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March Music Month: Lift God up… and find yourself lifted.

Few artistic expressions can connect as deeply with our emotions as music can. Music can make you cry, remind you of a specific person, calm your nerves — or even start a spontaneous dance party!

This week, pay attention to how the music you hear influences you. Then consider how you might start becoming more intentional about using its power to lead your heart. When you pour in love, wisdom, and gratefulness, those are the things that will flow out.

We hope you’ve been enjoying March Music Month as much as we have. Over the past three weeks, we heard from some of the leading voices in Christian music and worship about Creativity, Praise, and Evangelism in God’s Word.

Today we finish strong: Encouragement.

Hillsong Worship: Let There Be Light: A 5-Day Devotional
Hillsong Worship and The Overflow, 5 days

Find encouragement and renewal in the daily Bible passages and short video devotionals of this 5-day Plan, as leaders from Hillsong Worship share the inspiration and meaning behind five songs from their album Let There Be Light.

“We aren’t promised a perfect life. We are actually told that…we will have trouble, but Jesus said to ‘take heart! For I have overcome the world.’ There is nothing in our lives…that overwhelms God or takes Him by surprise.”

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Jesus Culture Bible Challenge: A 30-Day Journey
Jesus Culture and American Bible Society, 30 days

The Jesus Culture Bible Challenge helps you fuel your passion for God’s Word, tap into God’s Spirit to ignite revival around you, and build momentum in your life, through daily selections of Scripture from John and Acts, short devotionals, and questions for deep reflection.

“The woman at the well was a Samaritan and Jews hated Samaritans, but that didn’t matter to Jesus. He knew all about her past yet He still cared deeply about her. …Jesus is the life-giver and He sustains us.”

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Rivers & Robots: Still
Glenn Packiam and Integrity Music, 5 days

Find a quiet space of peace and stillness in these daily Bible passages and devotionals from Glenn Packiam and acclaimed indie worship band Rivers & Robots, from Manchester, U.K.

“Our jobs, our relationships, our hobbies, our country — these are all things that may be good vessels but horrible wells. …a vessel can carry the water, but a well is the source.”

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Christian Music Challenge: The Overflow Devo
ChristianMusicChallenge.com and The Overflow, 12 days

Transform your soul by changing what you feed your mind, as one-minute videos from top Christian artists and supporting Scripture help you begin to see how God can use Christian music in your life — and how you can incorporate more of it into your everyday.

“You know when you get so hungry that you begin to get angry? …When we starve ourselves from God’s Word, we start to get hangry! …But attaching melodies to God’s Word can really help you sing out biblical truths in your life.”

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Living Out the Psalms: Jon Foreman of SWITCHFOOT
Jon Foreman, 5 days

In these short video devotionals, Jon Foreman, co-founder and lead singer of the Grammy- and Dove-Award-winning band SWITCHFOOT, shares some of his favorite Psalms, challenging you to “sing your own unique song” by living your life genuinely, openly before God — just as David did.

“There’s a melody inside of you, an anthem in your chest. Your heart keeps time. Your words sing out in a cadence and a rhythm that is yours alone. …Be brave, and begin to sing the truth, one note at a time.”

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Labyrinth: Calming Anxiety
Paul, Rita, and David Baloche, 10 days

Listen to these ten unique, original sonic moodscapes — along with the Scriptures that inspired each of them — designed specifically to help reduce stress, whether during your commute, as personal devotionals, or just in moments when you need to find some calm.

“My close friends know my voice. They recognize…the tone of my voice over the phone. God, how much more do you know the deepest part of me? How much more do You hear me when I call?”

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Ginny Owens: Love Be the Loudest:
The Overflow Devo
Ginny Owens and The Overflow, 7 days

Blind since age three, Dove-Award-winning artist Ginny Owens shares her unique perspective on the significance of the voices we choose to listen to, offering encouragement and practical biblical wisdom for how you can silence your criticizing whispers — by overwhelming them with God’s perfect voice of love and truth.

“We learn to hear and know God’s voice and heart in the same way we know any trusted friend’s voice. We listen. We ask questions. We spend time.”

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Andrew Marcus: Constant: The Overflow Devo
Andrew Marcus and The Overflow, 7 days

Let two-time Dove-Award-winning worship leader Andrew Marcus inspire and encourage you, as he shares the Scripture and heart behind songs from his album Constant, in this exclusive series of video devotionals.

“…God is in control and is working out His perfect plan for our lives.… Deuteronomy 29:29 tells us that the Lord has…a secret will and a revealed will. Sometimes we will never know why He does what He does. We need to stand on His promises and trust that He is faithful through it all.”

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Chris Tomlin: Never Lose Sight Devotional
Chris Tomlin and CMG Label Group, 11 days

In this series of eleven devotionals, join Grammy- and Dove Award-winning worship leader Chris Tomlin as he explores the Scriptures that inspired songs from his album Never Lose Sight.

“…culture will relentlessly try to redefine us, calling us names like Stupid, Small, Ugly, Insignificant. But…the One who stills the wind and the waves…calls you Precious, Beloved, Beautiful, Priceless, Mine.”

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Updated Bible App for Voice: More to try on your Amazon devices.

We live in an amazing time!

First Century Christians treasured the apostles’ letters, hand-copying passages onto scraps of papyrus to share with one another. Today, our smartphones give us hundreds of complete Bibles in our pockets. And those early believers would be astonished to see us speak into the air… and then hear God’s inspired Word read back to us!

Our latest update to the Bible App for Voice makes it more amazing than ever. If you’ve already enabled Bible on your Amazon devices, then you can immediately start trying everything you see below. But if you haven’t, just tap this button (or use your Amazon Alexa App to enable the Bible Skill).

Enable Bible

(You’ll need to sign in with your Amazon.com account.)


Add Verse of the Day to your Flash Briefing.

Alexa’s Flash Briefing offers pre-recorded updates on things you’d like to know as you go about your day, such as news, weather, and traffic. And now, for the first time ever, you can get the Verse of the Day!

In your Amazon Alexa App:

  • Tap Settings > Flash Briefing.
  • Tap Get more Flash Briefing content.
  • Search for “YouVersion verse” (without quotes).
  • Select Verse of the Day.
  • Tap the Enable button.

Once you’ve added Verse of the Day, just ask:

1 Verse of the Day for Flash Briefing is currently only available in the NIV.


Enjoy the richness of God’s Word in professionally recorded audio Bibles.

The Bible App for Voice now offers four versions that feature audio recorded by professional narrators. To switch versions, just try asking:

All of these Bibles include professional audio:

  • English Standard Version (ESV)
  • King James Version (KJV)
  • New International Version (NIV)
  • New Living Translation (NLT)

You can even ask Alexa to read to you.

The Bible App for Voice also offers seven additional versions that are “as read by Alexa.” To change to one of these, just ask:

Here’s the complete list of Bibles Alexa can read to you:

  • American Standard Version (ASV)
  • Amplified Bible (AMP)
  • Good News Bible (GNB)
  • Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
  • The Message (MSG)
  • New American Standard Bible (NASB)
  • New King James Version (NKJV)

Try asking for what you want, in the way you want.

Now you can ask the Bible App to read you verses and passages in several new, natural ways. Just try asking:

Here are some examples of new phrases you can use:

  • I want to hear…
  • I want to listen to…
  • Give me…
  • Tell me…

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🎧 tobyMac, Chris Quilala, Saddleback Worship, and more

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Share your faith this week of March Music Month.

Jesus defeated sin and death, giving us joy not only for the life to come, but also for this life. And what do joyful people do? They sing. Paul and Silas sang praises to God — even when they were unjustly locked in prison! (Acts 16:16-25) When we sing, people around us take notice. Many will even ask, “Why are you so happy?” So let your music flow!

During the first two weeks of March Music Month, worship leaders have shared with us what the Bible says about Creativity and Praise. Next week, they’ll tell us where they find Encouragement.

Today, let’s hear about Evangelism.

Devotions from tobyMac: Eye On It
tobyMac, 5 days

Through Scripture, devotional ideas, and lyrics from songs from his album Eye On It, Grammy-, Billboard-, and Dove-Award-winning Christian artist TobyMac inspires you to fully receive God’s forgiveness, pursue His vision for your life, lovingly share your faith with others, and more.

“Nothing we pursue outside of relationship with our Creator will matter in the big picture of eternity. But even the smallest things we do in love and obedience to God will echo to His eternal glory.”

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Chris Quilala: Split the Sky
Chris Quilala and Capitol CMG, 7 days

Using songs from his album Split the Sky as a jumping-off point, Jesus Culture worship leader Chris Quilala brings you a week of encouragement and inspiration from God’s

“Something else happens when we invite God to reign within us: We put heaven on display for all of those around us to see. So let God reign!”

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Saddleback Worship: The Overflow Devo
Saddleback Worship and The Overflow, 7 days

Sharing the biblical principles that inspired their worship album FIRST, Saddleback Worship provides you with some first steps toward an authentic, lifelong journey of centering each day on God, closing each day’s devotional with guided prayers to draw you closer to Him.

“And if, out of a foundation built on Jesus alone, new melodies and new lyrics spring up and pour out, then we would be honored to join God on that journey.”

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Steven Malcolm: The Overflow Devo
Steven Malcolm and Word Label Group, 7 days

Let God’s Spirit speak to you through Scripture selections from up-and-coming hip-hop artist Steven Malcolm, then draw encouragement and hope from the daily devotionals he wrote to complement seven songs from his self-titled debut album.

“God’s plan includes more than pastors, ‘super-Christians,’ or missionaries you get postcards from for your fridge. Our Father invites and expects US to be a part of His mission.”

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OUTCRY: God’s Heart for Your Church
Ryan Romeo and Worthy Publishing, 14 days

Enjoy daily Bible readings and devotionals from OUTCRY Tour cofounder Ryan Romeo, as he reveals the power that worship has to unite God’s people with one another, giving us a heart for God’s plan for redemption: the local church.

“Jesus, thank you that you came in humility. Give me that same humility as I interact with my neighbors, friends and those in my church.”

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Extravagant: When worship becomes lifestyle
Dr. John Andrews and River Publishing, 7 days

Join author, speaker, and Church leader Dr. John Andrews in this series of reflections into the account of the grateful woman who anointed Jesus’ feet with perfume in Luke 7 — and how her extravagant display of worship might influence our lives today.

“Jesus shows us a Kingdom mind set that gives without expectation of receiving anything back from those to whom we give. He encourages us to be givers, because it is a Kingdom thing to do.”

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Aaron Shust: Love Made a Way: The Overflow Devo
Aaron Shust and Centricity Music, 7 days

Based on the Scriptures and personal stories that inspired seven of the songs from his album Love Made a Way, Dove-Award-winning singer/songwriter Aaron Shust wrote this series of devotionals to encourage you to return daily to Christ, the only One in whom we can find meaning and purpose.

“Jesus wasn’t afraid of our darkness, our sin, our diseases, our filth. Light is never afraid of the dark. Jesus touched lepers. He was a friend to sinners.”

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🎧 Music Month continues with Praise.

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This week of March Music Month is all about Praise.

Everything in creation testifies to the majesty and goodness of God, from the rhythmic roar of crashing ocean waves, to the soft colors in a perfect sunset, to the musical warbling of birds. And yet, after all those things, He made us, with a special purpose: we can choose to reflect His glory back to Him.

Music is one of our favorite ways to offer praise to our Creator. So all this month, we’re hearing from leading Christian artists about musical themes from the Bible. Last week, top worship leaders shared how the Scriptures inspire them with Creativity. Evangelism and Encouragement are still to come.

Now let’s look to God’s Word about Praise.

Worship Changes Everything
Darlene Zschech, 12 days

Through this series of devotionals, pastor and speaker Darlene Zschech shares what it means to truly live a life of worship, drawing on her insights spanning years as a world-renowned composer and worship leader.

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CeCe Winans: The Overflow Devo
CeCe Winans and The Overflow, 4 days

Let ten-time Grammy winner CeCe Winans encourage you with daily Scripture, devotional thoughts, prayer, and positive declarations inspired by four of the songs from her album Let Them Fall in Love.

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Breaking the Silence [Magenta]
Life.Church Worship, 3 days

Pursuing their mission to lead students closer to God through music, Life.Church Worship presents the Scripture that drives the lyrics of three songs from their student worship album, Breaking the Silence, along with the videos for each song.

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Plumb: The Overflow Devo
Plumb and The Overflow, 7 days

Through Scripture, short daily videos, and devotional thoughts, recording artist, songwriter, and performer Tiffany Lee (Plumb) shares personal faith experiences and the biblical application behind seven of the songs from her worship album Exhale.

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Joy of Worship
Branon Dempsey and Worship Team Training, 5 days

In these short, simple devotionals, leading worship trainer Branon Dempsey directs you to Scripture, helping you discover a purposeful response to the God who has done so much for us: a worshipful life filled with joy.

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Tamela Mann: One Way: The Overflow Devo
Tamela Mann and The Overflow, 7 days

Stellar- and Dove-Award-winning artist Tamela Mann shares her heart for helping people become filled with the Holy Spirit, breaking down the Bible passages and biblical messages that inspired the songs for her album One Way.

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Watch Brand-New Videos in the Bible App

Today we’re announcing several videos making their Bible App debut:

How to Read the Bible is an all-new series from The Bible Project, with each video designed to give you the basic skills you need to read the Bible more effectively. And from the Jesus Film Project, Life of Jesus (Gospel of John) lets you see Jesus from the firsthand perspective of one of his closest friends. Also, the short, animated videos from The Bible Project’s Read Scripture series introduce you to facts, themes, and context for every book of the Bible.

All of these videos are perfect for sharing — especially with friends who tell you they want to know more about the Bible!

How to Read the Bible
The Bible Project, 1 episode

While How to Read the Bible is great for introducing new readers to the Bible for the first time, even people familiar with the Bible will enjoy its rich depth and connect-the-dots teaching style. In this first of 14 episodes, “What is the Bible?”, Bible scholars Tim Mackie and Jon Collins explain how the Bible came to exist in its current form.

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Life of Jesus (Gospel of John)
Jesus Film Project, 49 videos

From the Jesus Film Project, Life of Jesus offers a dramatic portrayal of the life of Jesus Christ, accurate to the New Testament gospel account recorded by Jesus’s disciple John. You can enjoy Life of Jesus (Gospel of John) as a full-length feature film, or as a series of 49 videos.

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Read Scripture: Old Testament
The Bible Project, 40 videos

Whether you think of the Bible as one long book or as a small library of connected works, it can be challenging to understand how its various themes and ancient literary styles relate to one another. In this video series from The Bible Project, Bible scholars walk you through each book of the Old Testament, using vivid animations and step-by-step explanations to help you understand where each book fits within the bigger story the Bible is telling.

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Read Scripture: New Testament
The Bible Project, 31 videos

Just as in their Old Testament series (above), Bible scholars from The Bible Project offer context, explanation, and insight on every book in the New Testament through this series of short, easy-to-understand animated films.

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Keep watching.

The Bible App offers many more video titles in the Videos section, at Bible.com, and on your Apple TV. Enjoy featured content from LightWorkers Media, producers of the epic television series The Bible and A.D. From Jesus Film Media, JESUS tells the story of Christ’s life, in a film shown millions of times all over the world, in over 1,400 languages. And Lumo Project brings the words of Scripture to life in The Gospel of John and The Gospel of Luke.

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