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American Bible Society Survey: 98% say everyone should be able to get the Bible

While most in the U.S. express strong support that everyone who wants a Bible should be able to have one, few have a clear grasp of the big picture of Bible access, according to the 2015 State of the Bible report just released by American Bible Society. The findings bring key insight about Bible availability and more:

 

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Most people (98% of those surveyed) believe everyone should be free to own and read the Bible.

“Eighty-eight percent of American households own at least one Bible,
with the average household owning about four copies” 

Geof Morin, American Bible Society

 

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Most (72%) also believe that’s already happening. Unfortunately, it’s simply not the case:

 

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More than half of the world’s 6,901 languages still do not have a complete Bible translation. For speakers of more than 1,859 languages, God simply doesn’t speak their language. Translation of the Bible hasn’t even started in the language they use in their everyday conversations. They’ve never heard truths in their heart language, something most of us take for granted:

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:38–39 NIV

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
Lamentations 3:22 ESV

“And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.”
Ephesians 3:18 NLT

And for an additional 2,195 languages, speakers only have part of the Bible available in their language.

 


 

Sharing the vision, continuing the work

We live in a unique time in history, equipped with tools that can help us reach more people than ever before with the Gospel. In fact, we have the potential to see the realization of a goal that past generations could only dream about. In our lifetime, we could see the Bible translated into every language on earth. This is only possible thanks to a broad coalition of partners like American Bible Society, publishers, authors, translators, and YouVersion volunteers around the globe. We are working together in unprecedented ways so that every person in the world can connect with the Bible, no matter where they live or what language they speak.

 

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Featured Plans: A.D., Jesus Film, Francis Chan, Kyle Idleman, Abide, R.C. Sproul, & More

 

Featured Plans: Abide, Time of Grace, Lysa TerKeurst, Adam Stadtmiller, & More

6 Bible Plans to Help You Connect During Lent

As that New Year’s excitement begins to fade, are you losing traction on some of the healthy habits you started this year? Thankfully Easter is on the way, bringing with it another chance for renewal. Christians all over the world observe the 40 days leading up to our remembrance of Jesus’ resurrection as a time to reflect, repent, and prepare our hearts to celebrate new life.

Seek God through His Word

Consider making the Bible an intentional part of your day, every day, between now and Easter Sunday. The most important things in our lives are best when we’re sharing them with others. Ask a family member or a friend — or several — to join you in a Bible Plan during Lent. Then each day, discuss what you’re discovering. Share your questions with each other, and encourage one another as you pursue greater devotion to Christ.

What are Bible Plans?

When you subscribe to a Bible Plan, the Bible App gives you a brief passage to read (or listen to) each day. Plans draw you into the Bible every day, helping you meditate on what God’s Word means in your life. Here are six Plans that can help you connect during Lent:

Lent for Everyone
N.T. Wright, 53 days

40 Days of Lent
Journey Church, 47 days

Devotions for Lent
Holy Bible: Mosaic, 46 days

ReThink Life
ReThink, 40 days

40 Days of Revival
Hillsong, 40 days

The 40-Day New Testament Challenge
Margaret Feinberg, 40 days

Don’t see what you’re looking for here? We have many more Plans to choose from:

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February’s Plans feature biblical foundations for marriage, meeting the Gospel Christ, and devotionals for Lent.

 

He Is Risen…

Easter is just around the corner. These select plans can help you prepare your heart to receive our risen Savior:

In Our Place: Lenten Devotions
from Time of Grace, 14 days

Lent for Everyone
from N. T. Wright, 53 days

Devotions for Lent
from Holy Bible: Mosaic, 46 days

Acts
from YouVersion, 14 days

Prayer
from YouVersion, 3 weeks

Psalms & Proverbs
from YouVersion, 372 days

40 Days of Lent
from Journey Church, 47 days

The worldwide YouVersion community just shattered all previous records

More and more people are exploring God’s story and discovering their place in it every day — to the tune of more than 4 million new Plan subscriptions during the last month alone. That’s a 68% increase over the same period last year! And the YouVersion community is finishing Plans in record numbers. During that same month, readers completed more than 1.3 million Plans. That’s the most Plans ever completed in a single month — a 69% increase over last year!

What are Bible Plans?

When you subscribe to a Bible Plan, the Bible App gives you a brief passage to read (or listen to) each day. Plans draw you into the Bible every day, helping you meditate on what God’s Word means in your life. And here are just a few examples of the 133 Plans we’ve added in just the last three months:

How to Get Through What You’re Going Through
Rick Warren, 5 days

He Walks Among Us: Devotions
Rich and Reneeé Stearns, 7 days

Experiencing God’s Best
R.C. Sproul, 10 days

Discover God’s Dream for You
Jennie Allen, 14 days

Don’t miss out.

Clearly, something big is happening.  If you’re ready for a new Plan or you’ve never tried one before, why not take that first, simple step right now:

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7 Ways to Feed Your Bible Habit

During each of the first 7 days of YouVersion’s 21-Day New Year Challenge, we’ll reveal a new tip: one more simple way you can use the Bible App to connect with God’s Word. And we’ll add a new tip every day, so keep checking back to see the next one.

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Tip 1. Start a Bible Plan

Plans are a simple way to read the Bible every day, just a little at a time. Whether you’re looking for inspiration, direction, or a fresh perspective, the Bible App has Plans that meet you where you are. Start small. You’re more likely to complete a shorter Plan than a long one, especially when you’re just beginning. Then, as soon as you finish the Plan you’re on, find your next one and tap start.

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Find Friends

Tip 2. Enjoy the Bible with Friends

The Bible is better with friends. Sharing, discussing, and exploring the things that God’s Word is saying to each of you — in a community of people you trust — helps you apply the Scriptures in your everyday life. The Bible App makes it easy for you to center conversations with Friends around the Bible.

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Watch the Bible

Tip 3. Watch the Bible with Videos

Featured Bible App video content helps you connect visually with the concepts and stories in the Bible. Enjoy compelling video from The Lumo Project’s just-released “The Gospel of John” film, clips from groundbreaking television series The Bible, and selections from Jesus Film Media’s JESUS, the movie about Jesus’ life that’s been seen more than 6 billion times, all over the world.

Watch Bible videos





Listen to the Bible

Tip 4. Listen to Audio Bibles

Did you know the Bible App can read to you? It can! Listen while you drive, work, exercise — or even read along. In the versions list, speaker icons indicate which Bibles offer audio. The Bible App even offers Audio versions in several different languages.

Note: Audio Bibles use streaming, so be aware of the data usage plan for your provider. For best audio results, we recommend connecting over WiFi.

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Bible Plan Reminder

Tip 5. Set a Bible Plan Reminder

Have the Bible App remind you what time you’re planning to read. In your Plan’s settings, tap Reminder to turn it on, then specify when you’d like to be reminded.

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Create Highlights, Bookmarks, or Notes

Tip 6. Highlight, Bookmark, & Create Notes

In the Reader inside the Bible App, tap on any verse, and tools pop up to Highlight, Bookmark, write Notes, and more. Just tap the one you want and follow the prompts. You can specify colors and labels, and with Notes, whether you want them Public or Private. Try it!

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Subscribe to the Verse of the Day

Tip 7. Subscribe to Verse of the Day

Let the Bible App bring God’s Word to you every day. Just specify whether you’d prefer email or push notification, which Bible version you prefer, and what time.

Subscribe to VOTD





YouVersion’s 21-Day New Year Challenge: You could win an iPad Air!

We know how much it means to spend time in the Bible every day — and how challenging that can be when life gets busy. One of the best ways we’ve found to form a daily discipline is to complete one short Bible Plan after another in the Bible App. That’s what the 21-Day New Year Challenge is about: helping you lock in a daily habit of connecting with the Bible.

To help you keep inspired, anytime between January 1 and January 21, if you tweet which Plan you’re reading during the Challenge — with the hashtag #BibleFor21 — you’ll be entered to win one of the following: a YouVersion prize pack*, an iPad mini, OR an Android Nexus 7 tablet!

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We’ll give away prizes each week all throughout the Challenge. Tell your friends!

 

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And the Grand Prize…

If you complete the day’s selections from at least one Bible Plan each day from January 1 to January 21, you’ll also earn a special 2015 21-Day New Year Challenge badge on your YouVersion profile — and be entered in a special drawing for the grand prize: an iPad Air!

21 Day Challenge Badge 2015

During the first 7 days of the Challenge, each day, we’ll send a new tip to your device that shows you a simple way you can use the Bible App to get into God’s Word. We’ll devote a special blog post to them, adding one each day as we reveal them — so you’ll want to check back each day to see the next one.

 


 

Official rules…

  • Make sure you have the Bible App installed on a device or devices that you’ll be able to use from January 1 to January 21.
  • If you haven’t already, sign up for your own free YouVersion account.
  • Sign up for a Bible Plan (or more than one).
  • From the Plan’s page inside the Bible App, tap the share icon and share your plan on Twitter. Don’t forget to include the #BibleFor21 hashtag, so we can find your post and enter you in that day’s drawing!
  • Every day from January 1 to January 21, go to the Plans section of your profile and complete the daily selection for at least one of your plans.
  • As you complete your selections, make sure they get checked off each day.

 

Note: If you start a Bible Plan before the 21-Day New Year Challenge begins on January 1, that’s great! Just keep going, and make sure you complete at least one day, every day between January 1 and January 21 — and that each day gets checked off.

 


 

If you haven’t signed up for your next Bible Plan yet, the 21-Day New Year Challenge is just one more great reason to start. Here are a few you might try:

 

21 Day Fast Explore biblical passages about intimacy with God, questions for reflection, and encouragement to pray. From LifeChurch.tv. 21 days

21 Days Of Powerful Breakthroughs Find clear direction from the Scriptures and quiet reflection to help you overcome life’s barriers. From Twenty-One Days. 21 days

This Book Is Alive Short video stories about young people pursuing the meaning of their favorite Bible verses in their everyday lives. From This Book Is Alive. 21 days

 

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*Tablets available for shipping within the continental U.S. only. Prize packs include a YouVersion T-shirt, an exclusive YouVersion mug, and Bible App sticker sheets. Winners will be contacted with details for how to receive their prizes.

 

YouVersion community passes monumental milestone . . .

20 Million Completed Bible Plans

Plans make your daily Bible reading easy and convenient.

We hear it from the YouVersion community all the time: Bible Plans have radically improved your consistency in connecting with God’s Word every day. But at 20 million completions, we’re only getting started. We add terrific new Plans all the time, along with new features designed to help you find the best Plans for your needs:

See what’s new, and what’s classic.
A convenient addition to your Bible App Home screen now shows our currently featured Plans. While many of the Plans we spotlight are new, we also love sharing popular favorites that you might enjoy. Anytime you spot a Plan that intrigues you, just tap it to learn more.

Discover your next favorite.
Many of our newer Bible Plans now feature high-resolution images that make browsing for your next Plan a pleasure. And with hundreds of Bible Plans to choose from, images can help you find what you’re looking for faster.

Find inspiration from your Friends.
Every Bible Plan has its own page, one stop telling what it covers, how many days it lasts, and more — like which of your Friends are currently subscribed to a plan, which Friends have completed it, and how many people overall in the YouVersion community have completed it. Seeing which Plans your Friends are enjoying is a great way to find Plans you might also like.

It’s all in your latest update.

If you have your device set to update your apps automatically, all of these great new features are already waiting for you inside the Bible App. But if not, simply update your Bible App to the latest version.

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YouVersion Introduces the Jesus Calling Bible Plan

Ever since its publication in October 2004, millions of people from all over the world have been enjoying Jesus Calling, the bestselling book from author Sarah Young. Today, in partnership with Sarah and with HarperCollins, the book’s publisher, we’re excited to introduce a very special Jesus Calling Bible Plan to the YouVersion community. In this exclusive special guest post, Sarah shares her reflections with you on writing Jesus Calling:

JC-980x1200Writing Jesus Calling was an integral part of my quest to grow closer to my living Lord and Savior. Actually, writing is something I have enjoyed for most of my life. I’ve filled up many journals with my thoughts and prayers. However, the journals that became Jesus Calling were different. These writings came out of my intense longing to experience Jesus’ presence in my daily life. So I started getting up early to spend time alone with the Lord before my family woke up. Equipped with pen, paper, Scripture, and coffee, I delighted in this time of seeking God’s face and gaining His perspective on my life. I found it more personal to write from the voice of Jesus speaking to me. This was private journaling, not intended for the eyes of other people.

Our amazing God, the God of surprises, had other ideas. Three years after I began this new type of journaling, my perspective changed dramatically during a spiritual retreat. I was asked the thought-provoking question: “What is Jesus calling you to right now?” Immediately, I knew the answer—write for publication. I was journaling my responses, so I committed myself in writing to this challenging adventure. Eventually, over many years, I came to realize that my “private” journaling was actually for the eyes of many other people—millions of readers!

I’m delighted to have this opportunity to partner with YouVersion through the Bible App. So many people are on the go, and the Bible App—the largest digital Bible provider—helps people spend time with the Lord every day, in the midst of their busy lives. I think one reason Jesus Calling has resonated with millions of people is that it’s a daily reminder of Jesus’ constant presence with us, regardless of where we are or what we’re experiencing. He offers us not only His presence, but also His peace—in good times, in hard times, at all times. The Jesus Calling Bible Plan is simple and accessible; it’s an easy way to start a daily habit that has already blessed so many people around the world.

I’m very thankful for the Bible App. I believe that Christians need to be spiritually nourished by reading the Bible frequently and absorbing its life-giving “nutrients.” On the Jesus Calling Facebook page, I’ve been excited to read people’s stories about how spending time in Scripture and reading Jesus Calling has helped them find their way through difficult circumstances. The Bible App incorporates technology into everyday life in the best way, making God’s Word so conveniently accessible to users—literally at their fingertips!

—Sarah Young

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