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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.

Start Connecting

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.

The Best Apps for Your New Devices

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For your family of devices…

If your family received new tablets or mobile devices for Christmas, be sure you install the apps that can help you get the most out of them: the Bible App and Bible App for Kids! Looking for a great conversation-starter about your faith? Consider asking friends and family if they’d like you to install one (or both) apps for them!


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The Bible App

The Bible App has been installed on more than 250 million unique devices, all over the world. In addition to offering more than 1,400 Bible versions in over 1,000 languages, the Bible App now features more than 2,400 Bible Plans across dozens of languages. Plans help you build a Bible habit by bringing you select Scriptures each day, and adding context that helps you understand what you’re learning. And the Bible App is always free.

www.bible.com/app


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The Bible App for Kids

In partnership with our friends at OneHope, we designed the Bible App for Kids to help children engage with the big stories of the Bible through activities and fun, interactive animation. Available in 25 languages — with more still to come — the Bible App for Kids is being enjoyed by children all over the world. Installed on over 14 million devices, the Bible App for Kids is always completely free.

www.bible.com/kids


From our family… to yours.

The Bible App and the Bible App for Kids are both completely free — no ads, no strings attached. We designed the Bible App for Kids specifically to help your children fall in love with God’s Word. And we designed the Bible App to help you connect with God’s Word every day. No matter where you live, which language you prefer — or even what age you are:

YouVersion. It’s Your Bible.


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Our mission is helping people connect with God’s Word every day. Click here to become a part of what we’re doing all over the world.

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Merry Christmas from YouVersion

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Merry Christmas from YouVersion!

From all of us here at YouVersion, we wish you the very best this Christmas. We hope you take many opportunities throughout this season to celebrate the gift that God gave us in his son, and to reflect on all that it means, for the Bible calls him:

Immanuel, “God with us”


Share the love. It’s easy.

If you get to spend time with friends and family this holiday season, we hope you’ll make the most of every opportunity to share your faith. Show people how you use your Bible App — and how much fun the Bible App for Kids is. Invite them to join you as Friends in the Bible App. You can even share verses and Verse Images about Jesus’ birth on your favorite social networks.

…if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way.
1 PETER 3:15–16 NLT

Christmas Verse Images

1189_320x320 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

ISAIAH 7:14

 1187_320x320  “…And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

MATTHEW 1:21

565_320x320 “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” This saying is true, and it can be trusted. I was the worst sinner of all!

1 TIMOTHY 1:15 

Get the Bible in the Languages of India and Bangladesh

Hindi and Bengali Bibles

 

Thanks to the generosity of visionary Bible society and translation partners, YouVersion is pleased to offer several Bibles in the languages of India and Bangladesh, all available through the Bible App. And thanks to the The Bible Society of India, we’ve just launched several new versions of the Bible. Just tap any of the buttons below to select a Bible in that language:

New Bibles for India and Bangladesh

Hindi Bible
(Audio Available)

Bengali Bible

Marathi Bible
(Audio Available)

Gujarati Bible

Kannada Bible

Malayalam Bible

Eastern Panjabi Bible

 


Other Bibles for India and Bangladesh

Tamil Bible

Urdu Bible

Maithili Bible

Chhattisgarhi Bible

Santhali Bible

Sindhi Bible

Kok Borok Bible

Mizo Bible

Mising Bible

Karbi Bible

Ao Naga Bible

Konyak Naga Bible

Nyishi Bible

Zo Bible

Nepali Bible

Tangkhul Naga Bible

Angami Naga Bible

Vaiphei Bible

Liangmai Naga Bible

Riang Bible

 


And, don’t forget to share this Good News with your friends:


About the Bible App

 

The Bible App has been installed on more than 250 million unique devices, all over the world. Developed by YouVersion, the Bible App offers more than 1,400 Bible versions, in more than 1,000 languages. And it’s always completely free.

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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.

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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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Where do you fit in the story God is telling?

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Each dot indicates one person opening the Bible App — which now happens an average of 125 times every second!

YouVersion just had its biggest year ever.

Don’t miss out on what God does next.

When YouVersion launched as a website in 2007, we offered just 12 Bibles, in two languages. This year, thanks to the generosity of visionary partners, the Bible App became the first app in history to offer text content in over 1,000 languages. All over the world, more and more people are turning to the Bible to hear what God wants to say to them. When you give to YouVersion, you’re helping us connect them with God’s Word, in every country on earth.

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2016 was the worldwide YouVersion community’s most Bible-engaged year ever.

This is personal.

At YouVersion, each one of us has experienced the gift of God’s love through his Word. That’s why we’re so passionate about sharing the Bible App with as many people as we can. And because you use the Bible App, you’re already a part of what God is doing.

Every time you use the Bible App — whether it’s to read, to listen, to meditate, or to share — you’re participating in a community that spans the globe. Now, take the next step in your Bible App journey: discover how much better it can be to give than to receive (Acts 20:35).

Go all in.

GIVE

 

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What would happen if every person who wanted a Bible could have one?

We’re leveraging technology to equip this generation to be the most Bible-engaged people in history. That’s because we believe that when you invest in reading or listening to Scripture, it has the power to change your life. We’re seeing it happen all over the world. When you give to YouVersion, you help us connect more people with God’s Word, in places that have seen triple-digit Bible engagement growth like Mozambique, Nepal, Bangladesh, Argentina, Cameroon, Indonesia, and Iraq.

Imagine a world where every person can instantly engage with God’s Word in their own language. In the history of our planet, nothing like that has ever been possible before. But now, not only is this dream possible, it’s within reach — and during our lifetimes.

Let’s find out, together.

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Now Your Children Can Experience the Bible App for Kids in Romanian!

Bible App for Kids

Today, together with our partner OneHope, we are pleased to announce the launch of the Bible App for Kids in Romanian. Now, more children than ever have the opportunity to enjoy a Bible experience all their own.

Switching between languages is easy, right in the app’s Settings. Just make sure you’ve updated your app to the most current release, then look under Settings for “Language.” Choose between Afrikaans, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (Mandarin audio with either Simplified or Traditional characters), Dutch, English (UK or US), Farsi, Filipino (Tagalog), French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. 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 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 more than 13 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 Afrikaans, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (Mandarin audio with either Simplified or Traditional characters), Dutch, English (UK or US), Farsi, Filipino (Tagalog), French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese, and now… in Romanian!

Get it now

 

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Your biggest year ever. Again.

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The Bible App has now been installed on a quarter of a billion unique devices. Many apps come and go. But thanks to you, the worldwide YouVersion community, the Bible App continues to thrive and grow. The Bible App was one of the first 200 apps in Apple’s app store debut, and still more people come to rely on the Bible App every day, all around the world.

We also thank God for the truth and life that the Bible promises:

It is the same with my word.
I send it out, and it always produces fruit.
It will accomplish all I want it to,
and it will prosper everywhere I send it.
Isaiah 55:11 NLT


 

The Worldwide YouVersion community

Together, this was our biggest year ever. Again.

Thanks in large part to everyone who partners with us — visionary Bible publishers and societies, Bible translators, content providers, and hundreds of volunteers — we are privileged to be able to offer more opportunities for people to experience the Bible than ever before. In fact, in every category that we measure, the global YouVersion community has been more engaged with the Bible throughout 2016 than in any previous year.

 


 

We now offer Bibles in 1,045 languages.

We now offer Bibles in 1,045 languages.

The Bible App is the first app in history to offer text content in over 1,000 languages. And Bible engagement is increasing all over the world. People are turning to the Bible App to explore God’s Word even in some places you might not expect:

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While Cameroon’s highest usage is split between its official languages — French (50%), and English (47%) — Bibles in regional languages such as Fulfulde, Bulu, and Mandang are increasing in popularity.
 
Indonesia Indonesia
Although the Bible App features 26 Bibles in languages commonly spoken in Indonesia, our four Bahasa Indonesian language Bibles are the most popular. Usage for the most popular version, Indonesian New Translation, is almost evenly split between online and offline.
 
Mozambique Mozambique
Even as users continue engaging with Scripture in Portuguese (the official language of Mozambique) and in English, Bibles in Tsonga, Chichewa, and Sena are also seeing significant growth.
 
Nepal Nepal
Shortly after the Nepali New Revised Version and the New Testament in Eastern Tamang became available in the Bible App, users in Nepal began discovering them, prompting one of the most rapid increases in Bible reading in a heart language that we’ve ever seen.
 
Tanzania Tanzania
Bible App use in Tanzania is increasing, both in installs and in daily active use. Almost half of that use is offline. Usage of Swahili language Bibles increased during 2016, from 15% of total usage to 40%.

 


 

Bible Engagement in 2016

 

11 Billion Chapters Requested

11 Billion
Chapters
Read

2.1 Billion Audio Chapters Listened To

2.1 Billion
Audio Chapters
Listened To

1 Billion Highlights, Bookmarks, and Notes Created

1 Billion
Highlights, Bookmarks,
and Notes Created

230 Million Verses Shared

230 Million
Verses
Shared

48 Million Verse Images Created

48 Million
Verse Images
Created

27.5 Million Bible Plans Completed

27.5 Million
Bible Plans
Completed

 


 

Celebrate with us!

Let’s celebrate our biggest year yet as a global community. Which verse was shared the most during 2016? What happens every second in the Bible App? How far would 250 million iPhone Pluses reach? Where in the world are people using the Bible App? Which verses were the most popular in other countries? What can you do to be a part of changing the world? Find out at our 250 Million Celebration website.

 
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What would happen if every person in the world who wanted a Bible could have one?

Let’s find out together.

We’re pouring our lives into equipping this generation to become the most Bible-engaged in history. And we’re inviting you to join us. When you give to YouVersion, you’re investing in bringing God’s kingdom and His will to earth, today. Take part in what God is doing in the world. Together, we could see this vision fulfilled in our lifetimes.

 
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Spread the Word.

Help us spread the good news by sharing our celebration web page with your friends. YouVersion’s 250 Million Celebration is a terrific opportunity for you to introduce new people to the Bible App!

 
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This #GivingTuesday, reach the world.

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This Giving Tuesday, a social movement that helps people give back by donating time, money, or influence to a cause that they feel passionate about. Giving Tuesday is celebrated the Tuesday after Cyber Monday as a day to encourage kindness and generosity.

The Bible App is always completely free, without any advertising or hidden costs. At YouVersion, we do what we do because God’s Word has the power to transform lives. We hope that engaging with God’s Word through the Bible App has drawn you closer to him. We’d encourage you to take the next step in your journey: Help other people share in that same experience by giving to YouVersion.1

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1 You can also give directly inside the Bible App. Simply tap Menu, About, Donate.

Help others in your YouVersion community.

Volunteering is another way that you can participate in YouVersion’s mission. All around the world, people from all walks of life are helping more people engage with the Bible: by helping us localize the Bible App into their language, by providing technical support to other Bible App users, and by helping our communications team review and manage content. You can help, too. All you need is an Internet connection, a little time, and a passion for using your gifts to serve others. Tap to learn more.

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Help us spread the Word.

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Share that you gave, and encourage your family and friends to join you in giving back on #GivingTuesday. Tell them why you support YouVersion, and remember to include the hashtag #MyGivingStory, so other people will be able to see your story.

 

 

What’s new? Make sure it has the Bible App.

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The essential app for all your new devices.

Wherever you go, take God’s Word with you. Hopefully, you already have the Bible App on all your Android, Apple, and Amazon devices. Even on your laptop and other computers, think of Bible.com as the Bible App for them.

For all your new devices — including the ones still on their way for the holidays — chances are good we have a Bible App for them, too. You can find the Bible App in all kinds of places, such as on Amazon devices, Apple TV, and Apple Watch, to name just a few. Check bible.com/app or search for “Bible” in your device’s app store to see what we have for you.

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Don’t forget to get the Bible App for Kids on all your kids’ new devices — so they can start enjoying it as soon as they get them unwrapped!

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