New in the Bible App for Kids: “Coming Home,” the Timeless Prodigal Son Story

Available now in the Bible App for Kids, in “Coming Home,” religious leaders ask Jesus why He spends time with people who do bad things. Based on Luke 15:1–3 and 11–32, “Coming Home” shows Jesus answering them by telling a story about a man with two grown-up sons: the timeless parable of the prodigal son.

Sometimes parents save up money to leave behind for their children after they die. But the younger son asks his father if he can go ahead and have his share of the money now, even though his father is still alive. This makes the father very sad, but he gives the money to his younger son anyway. The son moves far away and starts spending his father’s money on things he thinks are fun — but that are actually very bad for him.

Because the son keeps making bad choices, eventually he runs out of money, and he has to get a job taking care of pigs. Then the weather turns bad, and farmers can’t grow enough crops to feed everyone. The son gets so hungry, he wishes he could eat the pigs’ food. All of a sudden, he remembers: “Wait a minute — my dad is rich! If I go back home, maybe he will give me a job. Then I’ll have enough food to eat.”

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When the younger son gets home, his father runs out to meet him. Even though he is embarrassed that he behaved so badly, his father is just so happy that he came home, he hugs him and tells him everything will be okay. This makes the older brother angry; he thinks it’s not fair that his younger brother wasted so much of their father’s money. But the father tells him, “Why are you angry? I have always shared everything I have with you. Your brother was lost, but now he’s found! Let’s have a party! He’s home safe and sound!”

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If you already have the Bible App for Kids, all you need to do to get “Coming Home” is open the app and tap the new story icon. But even if you don’t have the app yet, getting it is easy — and it’s free! Just click one of the buttons below.

 



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About the Bible App for Kids

Already installed on more than 8 million devices, the Bible App for Kids comes from YouVersion, makers of the Bible App. In partnership with OneHope, the Bible App for Kids was designed specifically to provide your children with a delight-filled Bible experience all their own. Here are all the places where you can get the Bible App for Kids:

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The Bible App for Kids is Now Available in German!

More than 200 million people around the world speak German. And ever since we added German to the Bible App almost 5 years ago, millions of you have been actively participating in the worldwide YouVersion community. Today, together with our partner OneHope, we’re pleased to announce the launch of the Bible App for Kids in German: Bibel App für Kinder. Now, more children than ever have the opportunity to enjoy a Bible experience all their own.

And with the new language selector, now you can select German as your language of choice — from inside the Bible App for Kids! Choose between Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Dutch, English, German, Korean, Russian, and Spanish. The audio will play in that language, and any text will appear in that language, too!

Please help us celebrate this great news!

 

 

 



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About the Bible App for Kids

The Bible App for Kids is the newest app from YouVersion, makers of the Bible App, designed to give children a delight-filled Bible experience all their own. Developed in partnership with OneHope, the Bible App for Kids has already been installed on over 8 million Apple, Android, and Kindle devices, and it’s always completely free. Kids from all over the world are now enjoying the Bible App for Kids — in Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Dutch, English, Korean, Spanish, Russian, and now in German!

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Bible Plans on Work and Leadership help you refocus.

Work. Inspired.

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It can be so easy to get caught up in the everyday busyness of work that sometimes we lose sight of what matters most.

Does God have a purpose for my life?
How can I find it?
Can I honor Him right where I am?
How can I serve Him…
yet still do what I need to to pay my bills?

The Bible offers us timeless wisdom from people who struggled with these same questions, inspired by God’s Spirit. In just a few minutes each day, YouVersion Bible Plans let you explore God’s Word, then reflect on how you can live out its truths in your daily life.

Find your spark again! Try one (or more) of these Plans and reignite your work and leadership with meaning, purpose, and vision. And when you discover one that truly inspires you, share it with your friends!

 

Plans for Working Life

 

 


Find Purpose in Your Work

Abide, 3 days
Examples from Scripture, focused prayer, and thoughtful reflection help you find meaning through pursuing God’s calling on your life.

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Monday Matters: Finding God in Your Workplace

Mark Bilton and Called to Business, 30 days
Drawn from Bilton’s book Monday Matters, these daily devotionals feature biblical insight paired with a quick prayer (with most available as audio) to help you transform your work life and workplace.

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Ambition & Your Work

The High Calling and Theology of Work Project, 6 days
In short video clips, authors who have devoted themselves to the working lives of believers share practical perspectives on ambition’s place within a biblical worldview.

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Today God is First – Devotions on Adversity

Os Hillman and Marketplace Leaders, 18 days
Os Hillman’s “TGIF” devotional offers daily inspiration and encouragement for how you can bring God’s presence into your calling in the workplace.

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Plans on Leadership

 

 


Leadership Personal Development

Leadership Bible, 14 days
From the NIV Leadership Bible, ancient and contemporary leadership experts address what the Bible has to say about character, risk, integrity, setting priorities, and more.

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The Maxwell Leadership Reading Plan

John C. Maxwell, 30 days
Featuring excerpts from Dr. Maxwell’s comprehensive work on leadership, discover biblical principles that allow you to glorify God by leading and empowering others.

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Lead Like Jesus: 21 Days of Leadership

Lead Like Jesus, 21 days
Discover practical application from insights into the many ways that Jesus developed people and handled difficult situations.

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Authentic Christian Leadership

Zondervan, 14 days
In excerpts from the NIV Once-a-Day Bible for Leaders, leaders like Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, Max De Pree, and Mark Batterson share godly wisdom on challenging growth topics.

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Parents, Students, and Kids: Plans for the coming season.


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Enjoy a Season of Renewal

In many parts of the world, August brings a change of season: students are returning to school, which means new teachers, new acquaintances, and new surroundings for them. And of course, new schedules — for everyone in the family!

Planning your family’s days around this “new normal” offers a unique opportunity to really think through the things you value most as a family. Devoting just a few minutes each day to connecting around God’s Word together is one of the best ways we know to draw your family closer. We’ve carefully selected the following devotionals for parents, for youth, and even for your little ones. (And, if you see a plan you like here, be sure you share it with friends!)

Plans for Parents

 


‘On The Farm’ Parenting Devotional

Journey Church PA, 28 days
Daily Scripture readings and short devotionals help you see how you can lead your children with biblical principles.

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Parenting with Wisdom

Jim Daly, 7 days
Help your children thrive through a relationship of love and grace, backed up with values and expectations from God’s Word.

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How to Ruin Your Child in 7 Easy Steps

Patrick M. Quinn and Ken Roach, 7 days
See how the Seven Deadly Sins — wrath, greed, envy, lust, sloth, gluttony, and pride — influence our modern parenting.

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Parenting

American Bible Society, 7 days
Discover biblical insight for raising your children according to what God desires.

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Plans for Students

 


Set Apart

LifeChurch.tv, 3 days
God calls us to be holy and to live holy lives… but what does that look like?

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Teens: Q&A Devotionals on Top Questions

Zondervan, 11 days
Featuring excerpts from the NIV Quest Study Bible for Teens, find Scriptural answers to many of the questions that teens commonly ask about God, faith, and the Bible.

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10 Things to Abandon for Spiritual Growth

Brian Price, 10 days
What baggage are you carrying? Materialism? Jealousy? Anger? Devotionals and prayer help you call it what it is and leave it behind.

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It Starts with Me

NewSpring Church, 21 days
You’ve already accepted that Jesus loves you. Now discover practical things you can do to live in a way that honors Him.

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Plans for Kids

 

 


Bible App for Kids – God’s Good News

OneHope, 5 days
Use this plan together with the Bible App for Kids to help your children learn how they can join in God’s Big Story by accepting His love — and by loving Him back.

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Godly Character

LifeChurch.tv, 8 days
Designed for parents to use together with their kids, each day reveals ways that we can let God’s Spirit change us, then locks in Bible verses with fun memory games.

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The Power of Same: Family Devotional (Ages 3+)

Elevation Church, 35 days
This companion devotional to The Power of Same and the Bible App for Kids helps your family learn how to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.

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Truth or Trash

iKan Ministries, 35 days
With challenges from the popular app of the same name, your kids will strengthen their faith as they hold up common sayings to the light of God’s Word: Is it truth? Or just another selfish idea promoted by popular culture?

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New Bible App for Kids Story: Jesus Heals the Daughter of Jairus: “Time to Get Up”

In the latest story from the Bible App for Kids, “Time to Get Up,” Jesus heals the daughter of a leader in the temple. In a story from Luke 8:40–42 and 49–56 in the New Testament, Jairus, an important leader, goes to where Jesus is teaching and asks Him if he will come and help his little girl, who is very sick at home. Jesus leaves with Jairus to go to his house and see her, but before they even get there, a man who works for Jairus meets them with sad news: “Your daughter is already dead.” Jesus tells Jairus not to be afraid, but just to believe.

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When Jesus and Jairus get to his house, the people there are very sad because Jairus’ little girl has died. Jesus tells them she’s not dead, just asleep, but they laugh at Him. Jesus goes in to see her, and he takes her mommy and daddy and three of His disciples with Him. Jesus takes her hand and says, “Wake up, little girl, and live again!”

And she does! The little girl’s mommy and daddy are surprised and happy, but Jesus tells them not to tell anyone what has happened. Then he tells them to get her something to eat.

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To get “Time to Get Up” right now, just open the Bible App for Kids and tap the new story icon. If you don’t have the Bible App for Kids yet, it’s easy to get, and it’s always free! Just click one of the buttons below.



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About the Bible App for Kids

The Bible App for Kids is the newest app from YouVersion, makers of the Bible App, designed to give children a delight-filled Bible experience all their own. Developed in partnership with OneHope, the Bible App for Kids has already been installed on over 7 million Apple, Android, and Kindle devices, and it’s always completely free. Kids from all over the world enjoy the Bible App for Kids in English, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Spanish — and most recently, even in Russian!

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Featured Plans: John Bevere, Donald Miller, Shauna Niequist, & More

 

Become Who God Made You to Be

 

For many around the world, August marks the end of one season — and the beginning of another. Our suggested Plans this month help you discover what Scripture has to say about living in a way that fulfills God’s purpose for your life.


Bible in One Year
from HTB, 365 days

New Day, New You
from Joyce Meyer Ministries, 14 days

Experiencing God’s Renewal
from LifeChurch.tv, 5 days

New Thru 30
from Elevation Church, 30 days

Using Your Time for God
from Ligonier Ministries, 5 days

 

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Now on Android: The All-New Bible App

“Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night…”
Joshua 1:8, NLT

Our mission at YouVersion is to help you engage with the Bible every day. And we never stop working to make your Bible experience better. A few weeks ago, we rolled out the new Bible App for iOS. Today we’re introducing the all-new, redesigned Bible App for Android, completely rebuilt from the ground up. With a 40% smaller download than the previous version and more efficient memory use, this new Bible App even supports back to Gingerbread (version 2.3 of Android). What does all that mean? That the Bible App now runs on more devices than ever before. Here’s what you’ll find inside:

Simpler. By design.

Simple icons make all your options clear on every screen. Clean menu bars place the things you do most just a single tap away. But once you begin scrolling, the menus slip out of your way, giving you more screen real estate for Bible text. (To bring them back, simply scroll up slightly, or tap the Back button.) This is the cleanest, most responsive Bible experience we’ve ever offered on Android.


Make your Bible experience your own.

Customize your Bible experience with all-new Bible App Theme colors. Easily adjust your reading with more accessible font controls. Even switch between “Day” and “Night” modes, with color schemes optimized for reading in bright or dark conditions.


Connect with your biblical community.

The Home feed is cleaner and more compact than ever before, giving you more ways to engage with Scripture and more opportunities to discuss the Bible with your trusted Friends. Also, for the first time ever, Verse of the Day now includes a “View all” option, bringing you inspiration from previous days’ verses.


 Choose where you control audio.

When you select a Bible version that features audio, a play/pause button appears at the bottom, “floating” above the Bible text, so you can begin listening with just one tap. (Simply flip the “Show Controls” switch on or off to show or hide the floating button, whichever you prefer.)


Enjoy Plans… even offline.

Bible Plans are one of the best ways to engage with Scripture every day, giving you just a few passages to read each day. Now, for the first time ever, you can download Plans to your device to read offline (just as select Bible versions are available to download). When you read a Plan offline, the Bible App marks any days you complete, then syncs those with your YouVersion account the next time you’re online. So even when you can’t connect, you can still keep up.

 

Here’s how: Sometime when you’re connected:
1. Go to the Bible reader.
2. Tap the short version code to display a list of Bible versions.
3. Tap the download icon next to a version available for download.
4. Tap the Back arrow, then Plans, then Discover & subscribe to any Plan(s) you like.

 


Still inside: favorites, new and old.

When you tap a verse or passage, your classic favorites now appear as elegant verse actions: Highlight, Bookmark, Note, Verse Image, Share, and Related. (Related shows you everything you’ve previously attached to the selected passage — along with what other people are posting about it in their Public Notes.)


 

This is simply the best Bible App we’ve ever offered for Android, available right now. Keep spreading the Word.

YouVersion. It’s Your Bible.

 

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Tip: We want your Bible App experience to be as amazing as possible. So before you update or install this latest version, please check your device Settings to ensure that it’s up-to-date with the most recent release of Android available. Some Bible App features may not be available on older devices, or on older versions of Android.

 

About the Bible App

The Bible App™ has been installed on more than 185 million unique devices, all over the world. Developed by YouVersion, the Bible App offers more than 1,000 Bible versions, in more than 770 languages. And it’s always completely free.

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The Bible App for Kids is Now Available in Dutch!

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YouVersion and OneHope are thrilled to announce the next language for the Bible App for Kids: Dutch. Each time we introduce another language into the Bible App for Kids, children all over the world — and even kids right next door — discover the opportunity to fall in love with God’s Word in their own heart language. The Bible App for Kids is already available in Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, English, Korean, Spanish, and most recently Russian — with many more languages still to come!

Please help us celebrate this great news!

 

 



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About the Bible App for Kids

The Bible App for Kids is designed to give kids a delight-filled Bible experience all their own. Its interactive animations and kid-friendly navigation invite children to explore all 41 of its Bible stories. The Bible App for Kids is available for free on Apple, Android, and Kindle tablets and smartphones:

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In New Bible App for Kids Story, “Journeys for Jesus,” Paul Faces Danger Throughout his Travels

Available now in the Bible App for Kids, “Journeys for Jesus” shows that even though it’s really hard for Paul to go to faraway places to tell others about Jesus, his work helps a lot of people — and it’s still helping us today! This thrilling new adventure follows Paul on his travels through much of the New Testament book of Acts: chapters 13–14; 16; 20–21; 25; and 27–28.

When God’s Spirit leads Paul to tell as many people as he can about Jesus, a lot of the people he visits are so happy that they start churches. But then, some other people — people who don’t like the things Paul is saying — have him put in jail. Then soldiers put Paul on a boat to take him to Rome, a big city where he will have to stand before a judge.

Storms are coming as they load the boat, but the captain decides they should go anyway. Their boat gets caught in a giant storm that tosses them around for several days, and eeveryone is afraid they’ll sink. But an angel comes to Paul at night and says, “Don’t be scared, Paul! God is looking out for you — and all the people with you, too!” Soon after, just like the angel said, even though their boat crashes, every single person makes it safely to an island nearby.

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They stay on the island until all the storms pass. While they’re there, Paul prays for a very sick man, and God heals him. Eventually, another boat comes and picks them up, and they continue on toward Rome. When they finally get there, because Paul is still a prisoner, soldiers chain him up in a house. While Paul waits for his trial to start, he writes letters to many of the churches that he had visited during his travels. Those letters that Paul wrote are in the Bible now… and we still read them today!

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If you already have the Bible App for Kids, all you need to do to get “Journeys for Jesus” is open the app and tap the new story icon. But even if you don’t have the app yet, getting it is easy — and it’s free! Just click one of the buttons below.

 



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About the Bible App for Kids

Already installed on more than 7 million devices, the Bible App for Kids comes from YouVersion, makers of the Bible App. In partnership with OneHope, the Bible App for Kids was designed specifically to provide your children with a delight-filled Bible experience all their own. Here are all the places where you can get the Bible App for Kids:

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New Audio Helps Pre-Readers Get Even More from Bible App for Kids

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Now the Bible App for Kids can actually read teaching questions to your children — and in every language that the Bible App for Kids supports! Many Bible App for Kids stories feature “hidden” activity questions designed to help your kids remember what they’re learning. When your child discovers a thought bubble in a story, they can tap it to reveal fun multiple choice, true/false, and yes/no questions. And now, for the first time ever, they can tap a speaker button above the question, and the Bible App for Kids narrator will read it to them! (Each quiz offers positive reinforcement when your child taps the correct answer — and a hint when they don’t.)

Bible App for Kids stories have always featured teaching questions, but for kids to answer, they either needed to be able to read, or they had to get help from someone who could. But now with audio, everybody can play — even if they can’t read yet!

Here’s how to get your audio questions:

If this is your first time installing the Bible App for Kids, you’ll have this feature right away. But if you already have the Bible App for Kids, first you’ll need to update your app to the latest version. Then you’ll need to update each of your Bible stories individually. (Don’t worry! It’s easy, and your kids won’t lose any stars they’ve achieved or any collectibles they’ve gathered.) Once you have the new version, each time you tap on a story that you don’t have audio for, the Bible App for Kids will tell you there’s an update for it. Just tap to update, and as soon as it’s downloaded, that story will have its new audio questions!

 



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About the Bible App for Kids

The Bible App for Kids is the newest app from YouVersion, makers of the Bible App, designed to give children a delight-filled Bible experience all their own. Developed in partnership with OneHope, the Bible App for Kids has already been installed on over 7 million Apple, Android, and Kindle devices, and it’s always completely free. Kids from all over the world are now enjoying the Bible App for Kids — in Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, English, Korean, Spanish, and now in Russian!

 

Get it now

 

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