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It’s not too late…

Been putting off getting into the Bible? It’s never too late.

The trick to making positive changes that stick (such as spending time in God’s Word) is simply picking something small, then repeating it every day.

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That’s just what Bible Plans do.

Each day, the Bible App gives you a short, manageable passage to read or listen to. If you like, you can have your Plan remind you when to read, or even email you with each day’s reading.

The best strategy is to start with a shorter Plan, just a few days. As soon as you complete it (yay!), start your next one. Over time, you’ll see a habit form, and you’ll gain the confidence to take on longer, more in-depth Plans. You can do this!

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7 Tips in 7 Days: Get More in God’s Word

Start your 2017 with a new Bible habit.

Voices influence you every day: friends and family, news and entertainment, self-improvement articles and “life hacks” — even your own thoughts. What if you could make God’s voice the one you listened to most? The Bible is God’s inspired Word to us. It teaches us what’s true, helps us see things in our lives that we know we should address, and empowers us to discover more purpose, more fulfillment. Jesus said:

“I have come so that [you] may have life and
have it in abundance.”

John 10:10b HCSB

Distractions constantly compete for our attention, making it hard to find quiet spaces where we can hear his voice. And that’s why we do what we do. We never stop exploring new ways that we can help people engage more with God’s Word — people just like you. Each day for the next seven days, we’ll share one tip — one simple thing that you can do right then — that will help you start connecting with the Bible more consistently. Here’s the first one:

Tip 1: Start a Bible Plan

Tip 1: Start a Bible Plan

Browse our Bible Plans for topics where you’d like to learn God’s perspective. Each Plan divides its content into relevant Bible passages that you can read (or listen to) in just a few minutes each day. Many also include ideas or questions that help you think about how you can apply the things you’re learning. You may have heard these called Reading Plans or Devotionals. We call them “Bible Plans” because many offer additional content beyond reading, such as short videos, audio clips, or images. Whatever you call them, Plans are a proven way that you can start making the Bible a natural part of your everyday life. Our “Discover” tool makes finding Plans you enjoy easy and fun:

Start Starting

🙏 Set yourself up for success:
When you’re just starting out, we recommend that you choose Plans that are two weeks or less, and then gradually add longer, more challenging Plans as your daily habit begins taking hold. Most importantly, each day before you start your Plan, ask God to speak to you through his Word.


Tip 2: Enjoy the Bible with Friends

Tip 2: Enjoy the Bible with Friends

What do you and your friends usually end up talking about? The television shows you’re binge-watching? Things that you’re thinking about buying? Sports? Celebrity news? Do you ever talk about big(ger) ideas? Something you heard recently that challenged how you see the world? You started a new Bible Plan yesterday. Today, invite a friend (or several) to join you. Then let that experience you’re sharing begin to fuel more meaningful conversations. As you and your friends explore one another’s perspectives, you’ll all discover new things in God’s Word that you might not have noticed on your own.

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The Bible is better with Friends!


Tip 3: Watch Bible Stories in Videos

Tip 3: Watch Bible Stories in Videos

A couple of days ago, we mentioned that many Bible Plans offer additional content beyond reading, including audio and video. The short clips inside a Plan specifically address that Plan’s topic. The videos in the Bible App’s Video section, on the other hand, are more like a “Bible Channel,” offering you many different ways to experience the Bible. Animated short films from the Bible Project help you understand what’s in the Bible and why, revealing the bigger story that God is telling through his Word. Select clips from Lumo Project’s “The Gospel of John” and from Lightworkers Media’s Son of God let you witness historical events from Jesus’ life. Enjoy scenes from the record-breaking television series The Bible. You’ll even find the complete feature-length version of JESUS, a classic telling of our Savior’s life story. See the Bible in a whole new way:

Start Watching

For your best Video experience:
Watching Bible App Videos while connected to WiFi does not use your mobile data plan.


Tip 4: Listen to the Bible with Audio

Tip 4: Listen to the Bible with Audio

Do you ever think about how fortunate we are to have so many options for experiencing the Bible? In the English language, most of us have the luxury of choosing our “favorite” version. Early Christians — the ones who knew how to read — might have one hand-written copy of a letter written to their group by one of the apostles. More often, believers could only experience Scripture by meeting together to listen as someone read aloud to them. Audio versions let us experience the Bible as they did, by hearing. Just tap on any Bible version where you see a speaker icon. Then, as you listen from the convenience of your commute , your workout ‍, your job ☕️, your couch — just imagine: you’re very likely listening along with other believers , even though you’re in different places.

Start Hearing

Keep in mind:
Listening while connected to WiFi does not use your mobile data plan. All Bibles that feature audio have a speaker icon next to them. To see all available versions, just tap your current Bible version.


 

Tip 5: Create a Verse Image and Share

Tip 5: Create a Verse Image and Share

You’ve been getting more into the Bible for a few days now. Have you felt it speaking to you yet? It has the power to inspire deep spiritual responses: Joy. Encouragement. Conviction. Gratitude. Peace. When something special happens, you capture the moment with a photo . When God’s Word touches your heart, capture the moment with a Verse Image . To begin, just tap the verse, then Image, then follow the prompts. It only takes a few steps to perfect your personal expression of Bible art. When you’re finished, share it with friends!

Start Creating

Watch for hidden treasures:
Sometimes when you tap on a passage, you may discover that a professionally-designed Verse Image is already linked to it. (Every Verse of the Day has one.) These digital artworks are a free service that we provide, so you’re more than welcome to share them. (Although, we also love seeing the Bible inspire your original creations.)


Tip 6: Highlight, Bookmark, and Create Notes

Tip 6: Highlight, Bookmark, and Create Notes

Personalize the Bible text in your Bible App with highlighting, placeholders, and even your thoughts and ideas. To start, tap any verse. On the menu that pops up, tap a dot to create a Highlight in that color. (Swipe left for more Highlight colors and options. To remove a Highlight, tap the Highlighted verse, then tap the Highlight dot with the “x”.) Add a Bookmark, so you can easily come back to that verse again later. You can even add Notes to verses. When you create a Note, tap Options to mark it as Private (the default — where only you can see it), Friends (only your Bible App Friends can see it), or Public (any Bible App user can see it). Each time you read, make your Bible App more “yours.”

Start Personalizing

Tap your curiosity:
When you tap on a Bible verse, you’ll notice other options besides Highlights, Bookmarks, and Notes. Don’t be afraid to explore. ⛵️ Anything you do with this menu, you can easily “Undo.” Experimenting is one of the best ways to learn everything the Bible App can do for you. ⚗


Tip 7: Compare Versions

Tip 7: Compare Versions

What should you do if you’re having a hard time understanding the meaning of a verse? Or what if you come across a verse that feels like you’ve heard it before, but it’s somehow just not quite the way you remember it? Fortunately, it’s easy to look at a verse in several different Bible versions, listed one right after another: Tap on the verse, then Compare. You’ll see the same verse repeated in all of the Bible versions you’ve used recently. Tap the plus button (+) to add more versions to the list. To remove versions from the list, or to rearrange the order in which they appear: Android: Tap the Settings gear icon. iOS: Tap Edit.

Start Comparing

Take it offline:
Many Bible App features work even when you’re not connected to the Internet. But, if you’d like more than one Bible version when you’re offline, you’ll first need to download some to your device when you’re online. Sometime when you have a good connection, tap the 3-letter version code at the top of the Bible Reader. Tap “Download” next to the Bibles you’d like. (Note: Some Bibles not available for offline use.) ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


bonus-tipSchedule “Hear from God”

What’s the best way to lock in a habit and really make sure you stick to it? Put it on your calendar. When you really like a show, you make arrangements to watch it. We intentionally find time for the things we value. You already set a goal of connecting with the Bible more — now set the appointment. It’s okay if you’ve missed a day here and there in the past. But today is a new day. Set yourself up to succeed going forward. Schedule a daily time for God to speak to your heart through his Word:

Set a calendar reminder to pop up every day at a time that works for you.

You can also subscribe to receive the Verse of the Day, bringing God’s Word to you. Just choose the language you want, then the Bible version, then the time of day.


You have a great start.

Now keep going. ☺️

Enjoy God’s Word… every day.

Featured: Bible in One Year, Hillsong, Bethel, and New Year’s Plans

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Bible in One Year 2017
Nicky and Pippa Gumbel and Alpha, 365 days

Read through the entire Bible in one year, learning how you can apply God’s Word to your life through daily devotionals from Nicky and Pippa Gumbel, leaders of HTB in London and pioneers of Alpha.

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How’s Your Soul?
Judah Smith and HarperCollins, 5 days

In excerpts from his book, pastor and bestselling author Judah Smith helps you pause the busyness of your life to find rest and peace for your “inside you,” by bringing your feelings into alignment with God’s truth: the Bible.

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Blessed
Brian Houston and Hillsong Church, 7 days

Senior Pastor and Global Founder of Hillsong Church Brian Houston leads you through attitudes from the life of the righteous man described in Psalm 112, to help you see 7 key principles you can start putting into practice today and begin to see God’s blessings in your own life.

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Destined to Win
Kris Vallotton and HarperCollins, 5 days

With encouraging and practical devotionals drawn from his book, pastor and co-founder of Bethel School of Ministry Kris Vallotton helps you discover your true identity in Christ to step into God’s calling for your life.

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The Ten-Day Word Fast
Tim Cameron and Charisma House, 10 days

Uncover the source of negative words, thoughts, and feelings in your life as you fast for ten days from these words — complaining, criticism, judgments, sarcasm, and gossip — and see what the Scriptures say about each.

Christmas is almost here. Let’s celebrate!

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For weeks, we’ve been preparing our hearts in anxious anticipation, and now Christmas is just one week away. Celebrate with us as we reflect on God’s perfect gift to us: his only son, Jesus. And as you gather with friends and family this holiday season, we know you’ll enjoy connecting with God’s Word through these vivid reminders of the hope and joy we have in Christ.


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Christmas Reading Plan: The Christmas Story
YouVersion, 5 days

Read or listen to the complete biblical account of Christ’s birth, from prophecies about the Savior to come, to his humble beginnings in a stable, all the way to Emmanuel — the God who is with us.

Start Plan


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A Family Christmas Video Plan: The First Christmas Gift: Always With Us (Bible App for Kids)
Life.Church, 6 days

Developed to complement “The First Christmas Gift” story from the Bible App for Kids (see below), each day of this companion Plan features a fun, engaging video excerpted from the free Bible App for Kids curriculum. A memory verse, a key truth, an original song, and games and concrete lessons will help your kids understand the significance of Jesus’ birth!

Start Plan


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Bible App for Kids: The First Christmas Gift

Celebrate Jesus’ arrival with fun, touch-activated animations and colorful artwork. The children in your life will love exploring all 41 stories in the Bible App for Kids. You’ll love how the activities Story Mixup, Story Memory Match, and Story Sticker Time help them remember the things they’re learning.

YouVersion developed the Bible App for Kids in partnership with OneHope to give children a Bible experience all their own. Already installed on more than 14 million devices worldwide, the Bible App for Kids is available in 25 languages — and it’s always completely free.

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December Featured Plans: Bobbie Houston, Theology of Work, Passion, More

In this unique devotional for women, Bobbie Houston helps you find your place of influence, encourages you to become a catalyst for change, and points you toward a future filled with expectation and hope.

Using real-life case studies as examples, learn how you can apply biblical decision-making principles to challenging situations that commonly arise in the workplace.  

Developed by young people for young people, this short series of dynamic devotionals from the Passion generation captures the heart’s cry of believers who desire to live for God’s glory and fame.

 

This study of John 14-17 helps you learn to love people more effectively, inspiring you with some of the final life lessons and spiritual truths that Jesus shared with his disciples before he was crucified.

The I-Factor
Van Moody and HarperCollins, 7 days

Through daily Scripture and excerpts from his book, The I-Factor, pastor Van Moody helps you acknowledge, assess, and address elements of your thought life and behavior that may be hindering you from fulfilling God’s plan for your life.

In this series of daily Bible readings and short videos, Christian marriage counselor Dr. Kim Kimberling teaches you how to love your spouse the way that God intends, ending each day with application questions that help you live out the things you’re learning.

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Prepare your heart for Immanuel.

Are you ready for Christmas?

In the busyness of the holiday season, it’s easy to become so distracted that we forget why we’re even celebrating: the gift of Immanuel, “God with us.” Advent begins today, November 27, giving us the four weeks leading up to Christmas to reflect on the miracle of God choosing to enter the world in human form.

Please join us in spreading the message of God’s love for all people by sharing this Verse Image. We’ve even included some example text below to help you decide what you want to say.

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Today is the first day of #Advent. Let’s get ready for Christmas! http://share.bible.com/2016-11-advent/get-ready-for-christmas-en.html

Will you join me in starting an #Advent Plan in the Bible App? http://share.bible.com/2016-11-advent/get-ready-for-christmas-en.html

I’m getting my heart ready for Christmas with an #Advent Bible Plan. http://share.bible.com/2016-11-advent/get-ready-for-christmas-en.html

Are you ready for Christmas? I’m starting with a YouVersion Bible Plan. #Advent http://share.bible.com/2016-11-advent/get-ready-for-christmas-en.html

 


 

121 121 Advent
121 Community Church, 24 days
waiting-here Waiting Here for You, An Advent Journey of Hope
Louie Giglio, 7 days
season Rediscovering the Christmas Season
Life.Church, 25 days
greg-laurie Christmas Encouragement by Greg Laurie
Greg Laurie, 25 days
god-so-loved Our Daily Bread Christmas Edition: For God So Loved
Our Daily Bread, 10 days
worship-initive Christmas: The Worship Initiative
The Worship Initiative, 10 days
king-is-coming The King Is Coming
Seacoast Church, 26 days

 

We have many reasons to give God thanks.

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We have many reasons to give God thanks.

For each of us at YouVersion, when we discovered God’s story of love for us in His Word, it changed our lives. That’s why we’re so passionate about helping people engage with Bible. And today, all over the world, more people than ever before are turning to the Bible to see what God wants to say to them through His Word. That’s a great reason to celebrate!


7-days 7 Days of Thanksgiving
goTandem, 7 days
thanksgiving A Plan of Thanksgiving
YouVersion, 14 days 
family Thanksgiving Family Reading Plan
What’s in the Bible, 5 days
thankfulness Thankfulness
American Bible Society, 7 days 
the-power-of-being-thankful The Power of Being Thankful
Joyce Meyer Ministries, 14 days

 

Thanksgiving Plans

Join us November 14 for a global Bible event. 🌍

International Day of the Bible

Let’s read the Bible together.

Join us on November 14 — along with millions of friends from all over the world — as together we celebrate International Day of the Bible.

Today, start our official Bible Plan for International Day of the Bible, a devotional about the many ways that Scripture can affect our lives, from our friends at the National Bible Association.

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And here are some more great places to start.

In addition to our official International Day of the Bible Plan, we’ve selected some other great Plans to celebrate the occasion, each one devoted to what it means to connect with God’s Word.

Meditations on the Gospel of Luke for the Family Meditations on the Gospel of Luke for the Family
American Bible Society, 21 days
 
Examens Examens
Abide and the Jesuits of Great Britain, 4 days
 
Popular Verses: A Video Devotional with John Piper Popular Verses: A Video Devotional with John Piper
John Piper, 10 days
 
The Impact of Scripture The Impact of Scripture
Life.Church and Wycliffe, 15 days
 

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November Featured Plans: Tim Tebow, Chris Tomlin, Time of Grace, and More

In devotional excerpts from his new book Shaken, former Heisman Trophy winner, NFL player, ESPN analyst, and current New York Mets recruit Tim Tebow helps you see who you are by considering what God’s Word says about you.

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 latest album, Never Lose Sight.

Discover how seven of Jesus’ miracles can still change your life today, in this series of devotionals from Find Your Miracle, the new book from pastors and bestselling authors Kerry and Chris Shook.

 

If your life feels crazy, join self-described wife, mama, pastor, and writer Ashley Abercrombie in this uplifting series of devotionals, and connect with God no matter where you happen to be in your journey right now: celebrating, suffering, transitioning, or even just bored.

What the Bible Says About Work: For New Graduates
David H. Kim, 5 daysFeaturing excerpts from the Faith and Work Bible, these five devotionals help you understand from Scripture the ways that God has equipped you to live out your faith in every area of your life — including in your working life and career.

Time of Grace breaks down five foundational biblical principles: what their key words actually mean, the historical context that informs them, and how you can apply them to your own life today.

Find Your Next Plan

 

Replace your 😱 and 😟 with 😌 and 😃 from the Bible.

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What are you feeling?

Whatever’s going on in your life right now, you can find wisdom in God’s Word that can help you face it. But even when you can’t come up with specific search terms that apply to your circumstances, the Bible App’s new “Discover” feature can guide you toward Bible Plans that fit.

Just browse through our new emotions categories and tap on what you’re feeling. Choose from categories such as stress, loss, doubt, and more, each one color-coded to match your mood. Or tap on what you need, such as peace, hope, or joy. We’ve included just a few examples below to help you get started.

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Anxiety
American Bible Society, 7 days

Apply the practical “ask – read – reflect – respond” technique in this short series of devotionals as you discover what the Bible says about how we can learn to trust God more.

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100 Days of Hope
Hope International, 100 days

Staff and friends of HOPE International worked together to create this very special collection of Bible passages and devotionals, designed to connect you with the hope that comes from enjoying an authentic relationship with Christ.

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Toward a Fearless Tomorrow
John Piper and Desiring God, 7 days

Pastor and world-renowned Bible teacher John Piper takes you on a week-long devotional journey through the Scriptures to show you how you can embrace God’s greatness and let it carry you into a fearless tomorrow.

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The Peace God Promises
Ann Spangler and Thomas Nelson, 7 days 

Excerpts from award-winning author Ann Spangler’s book Peace God Promises reveal tangible steps you can take right now that will help you experience more of God’s peace, regardless of your circumstances.

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Unglued
Lysa TerKeurst, 5 days

In this 5-day devotional, president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and New York Times bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst helps you learn how to make wise choices even in the throes of raw emotion.

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Still not feeling it?

If you didn’t find what you were looking for in one of the Plans above, no worries. Discover for yourself: we have many more Plans, in many more categories:

Find Your Next Plan

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