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Thank a Dad today.

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…Father to the fatherless,
defender of widows—
this is God, whose dwelling is holy.

PSALM 68:5 NLT

Thank God for dads.

Think back on the “father figures” in your life. Who are the men who have helped you? Maybe someone spoke into your life with wisdom, or showed you kindness when you needed it. Whether it was your own dad — or a teacher, neighbor, or family friend — who was there for you?

For every special Dad in your life, why not send him Scripture to let him know how much he means to you? Call him. Text him with a Verse Image, or even post one on his Facebook page. We’ve included a few of our favorite inspirational passages below to get you started. (Just tap one of the buttons beneath a Verse Image to share it.)


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Joshua 1:9

…Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. (NIV)

 


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Ephesians 6:10-11

…be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. (NIV)

 


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Proverbs 20:7

The righteous who walks in his integrity—blessed are his children after him! (ESV)

 

Become a Dad Who Inspires.

If you’re a dad looking for godly insight for how you can inspire the people who matter most to you, we’ve put together a list of several Bible Plans that can help you:

 1 12 Leadership Ideas to Do with Your Kids
Dr. Tim Elmore and Growing Leaders, 12 days
 2 Jesus-Centered Family Devotions
Lifetree & Group, 7 days
 3 UNCOMMEN Role Models
UNCOMMEN, 5 days
 4 Learning to Lead Like Jesus
iDisciple, 7 days
5 Becoming a Fulfilled Father
Manhood Journey, 8 days
 6 Chris Tomlin: Good Good Father Devotional
Chris Tomlin & Capitol CMG/sixstepsrecords, 5 days
 7 Called to Greatness
Jimmy Page and Dan Britton, 4 days

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

Today, together with our partner OneHope, we’re pleased to announce the launch of the Bible App for Kids in Afrikaans. 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, Farsi, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish. 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

Developed in partnership with OneHope, 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, the Bible App for Kids has already been installed on over 11 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 Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (Mandarin audio with either Simplified or Traditional characters), Dutch, English, Farsi, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and now… in Afrikaans!

Get it now

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Bible App Android Update: Audio, Tablet, and Offline Features

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Bible App for Android update:

Listen more, see more, and do more offline.

At YouVersion, we never stop working to bring you the best Bible experience we can. And while we don’t usually announce every update we make to the Bible App, the features in our latest Android release are worth celebrating. (Many of these same features are also available in the most recent release of the Bible App for iOS.) Tap below to update now, or keep reading to see why we’re so excited!

Update Now


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Listen how you want, however long you want.

All-new audio Bible controls let you adjust your playback speed.1 Make God’s Word the soundtrack to your life: start the Bible App reading to you, and use the new Timer to tell it how long to play.


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Breathe new life into your tablet.

Enjoy the same features you already love on your Android phone, now optimized to take full advantage of your tablet.2 Study versions side by side with the all-new Split Screen parallel Bible feature for Android. This is the best Bible experience we’ve ever offered for Android tablets, with better performance and smoother transitions between screens.



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Your Plans for today, made clear.

We’ve made the ‘Day’ view for Bible Plans simpler than ever. Now when you tap on one of your subscribed Plans, the Bible App shows you everything you need to flow smoothly through today’s selection: devotional content, Bible passages, calendar, and more.


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Connect with Scripture… even offline.

Great opportunities to engage daily with God’s Word often happen when you don’t have a reliable Internet connection: on trains, on airplanes, or when you’re enjoying the outdoors. That’s why many Bible App features now also work offline. Sometime when you do have a connection, take just a few minutes to download a few Bible versions and subscribe to a Bible Plan (or several), and you’ll have them whenever you need them, even offline.3 And when you’re able to reconnect again later, the Bible App will sync your offline activity to your YouVersion account, making it available on all your devices.


Updating is easy.

This new release also includes several other improvements: bottom navigation that conforms to Google’s Material design specification, more refined control over your language settings, and a smoother sign in / sign up experience. Even with all of these improvements, we still managed to reduce the app’s size! How can you take advantage of all these great new features?

Update Now


1Adjustable playback speed available on devices running Android version 6.0 (Marshmallow) and newer.

2Although optimized for Android tablets running versions 5.0 and 5.1 (Lollipop) and 6.0 (Marshmallow), all versions will see noticeable improvements.

3Audio Bibles not available offline.

How a single Bible verse can unite your family

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Looking for a great way to lead your family spiritually?

Start with Scripture.

Do you have a Family Verse? A Family Verse serves as a compass point for your family, a helpful reminder of the principles that you value most together. Your Family Verse can be a single Bible verse or even a short passage that you choose together as a family, memorize together, and discuss how to live out—together.


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Share your Family Verse as a Verse Image, and your family could win.

Creating a Verse Image is easy in the Bible App. Just tap a passage to select it, then tap the orange Image icon. Many popular verses already have Verse Images that you can choose, designed by professional graphic artists. (We included some examples for you below.) If you’d rather make your own, select one of our background images or choose a picture from your own photo roll. Customize your image with fonts, colors, and other effects. Tap Save, then Share.

Share your Family Verse Image with us on Instagram, Twitter, or at Facebook.com/YouVersion. Just be sure you include the hashtag #OurFamilyVerse so we can find your entry!*


Some Family Verse Ideas


Verse Image: John 12:13, New International Version

Verse Image: Romans 6:23, English Standard Version

Verse Image: Isaiah 25:8, New Living Translation

Verse Image: Matthew 20:28, New Living Translation

Verse Image: Isaiah 53:5, New Living Translation

Verse Image: Romans 5:8, New International Version

Verse Image: Romans 8:11, New Living Translation

Tell us: What does the Bible mean to your family?

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Tell us your family’s Bible stories.

…I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes…

ROMANS 1:16, NIV

For this, the third day of Family Bible Week, we’d like to hear a story from you about what the Bible means to your family. Maybe you have an inspiring story about how you’ve used one of our apps together as a family—the Bible App or Bible App for Kids. Or maybe you’d like to share how the Bible led your family to faith in God.

As long as your story is about the Bible and your family, we’d love to hear it.

You’re welcome to include pictures with your story if you want. Or, if you’d like to make a short video to tell us your family’s Bible story, we’d love to see it. Choose one of these two ways to get your story to us and we’ll share some of them on our blog this week*:


Share Your Story


*When you submit your story, all content provided may be used publicly in whole or in part at the discretion of YouVersion. YouVersion reserves the right to edit your written content for length and spelling.

Thank a Mom today, the first day of Family Bible Week

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What better way to kick off Family Bible Week than to celebrate moms? Maybe it’s your mom. Maybe it’s a friend, a confidante who’s always there with great life advice, right when you need it. Or maybe you’ve noticed a neighbor who takes great care of her kids.

For every special Mom in your life, why not send her Scripture to let her know how much she inspires you? Call her. Text her with a Verse Image, or even post one on her Facebook page. Just take a moment to tell the moms in your life how much they mean to you. Here are a few of our favorite inspirational passages to get you started:

Verse Images for Mom

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1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking… (NIV)

 

 

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Romans 8:28

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (NIV)

 

 

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Proverbs 31:10

A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. (NIV)

 

 

Family Bible Week Begins Sunday, May 8

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Beginning Sunday, May 8, Family Bible Week is our annual celebration to help your family grow together around God’s Word. You’ll get free resources that your family can use to encourage one another. We’ll share our favorite tips for how you can lead your family spiritually. Along the way, we’ll even award some fun prize packs that families can enjoy together.

  • Delight the special Moms in your life with lovely Bible art made specially for them.
  • Discover which Bible Plans we recommend for families to experience together.
  • Learn how your family can become “that” family — the one that inspires others.
  • Begin planting seeds today that will yield fruit across your family for generations to come.
  • Find out the role that fun plays in fueling your family’s faith.

Start spreading the word: Family Bible Week is back! (Also… did we mention prizes?)

 

 

If you don’t already have a YouVersion account, then you can sign-up for one to receive our emails and follow along with Family Bible Week.
You can also check back with our blog as well as our social media to follow along each day of Family Bible Week.

Featured: Christine Caine, Steven Furtick, Jen Hatmaker, John Piper, and More

Acclaimed speaker and A21 founder Christine Caine shares how the power you find in God’s Word can help you release your shame and begin to live a life of freedom.

Through Bible passages that demonstrate how God uses broken people (like us) to do big things, Pastor Steven Furtick helps you come to terms with the good, the bad, and the unmentionable in your life.

With characteristic honesty and humor, bestselling author Jen Hatmaker shares biblical wisdom that shows how you can keep bringing grace—and joy—to the inevitable struggles and occasional heartbreaks that find their way into your relationships.

Author and pastor John Piper sheds the light of the gospel on three areas where everyone struggles, showing that when we give these things the place in our lives that God intended, we can actually bring him glory.

Through daily Scripture and audio prayers, author Seth Haines shares devotional reflections on how experiencing pain helps you recognize where you need healing, which can then lead you toward recovery.

Connecting a daily excerpt from the classic My Utmost for His Highest with a related Bible passage, a short video helps you visualize how Oswald Chambers’ inspiring words can help you make Jesus the center of your everyday life.

Find Your Next Plan


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Family Bible Week begins next Sunday, May 8. Throughout this year’s celebration, we’ll be offering free resources, tips, and even prizes to help your family grow together around God’s Word. One of the best ways you can do that is by enjoying a Bible Plan together. Tap below to see Plans from our “Family” category. When you find one you think your family would enjoy, open it and tap “Save for Later”—so you’ll have it for Family Bible Week!

See Plans for Families


Are you a church leader?

We have free resources you can use in your church to help your families connect with the Bible during Family Bible Week. Tap below to learn more.

Get Free Resources

Every person who wants to know what the Bible says should be able to find out.

But they can’t. At least, not yet…

If you’re reading this, it’s likely that you already have the Bible in your language. (We hope so.) You may even have several versions to choose from. But have you ever wondered what your life might be like without the Bible? Think about how God’s Word speaks to you when you read it. What if the Bible were available in your language… but you couldn’t see? Or you didn’t know how to read? It’s estimated that 285 million people worldwide are visually impaired,1 and that 775 million adults (~17%) cannot read or write.2 How will they discover all that God wants to say to them through His Word?

If you came here from an email we sent to you, welcome!
(If you’re not receiving our emails, you can subscribe here.)

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Bible societies are bringing God’s
Word to everyone. You can help.

In just the last three months, generous Bible society partners have introduced 25 new audio versions to the Bible App, offering new opportunities to connect with the Bible, for people who may never have had it before. Half of the world’s population now has a mobile subscription (up from just one in five 10 years ago).3 Anywhere a mobile device can go, God’s Word can be there. This freedom changes lives:

“I am totally blind. The Bible App is invaluable! I can read the Bible anywhere, anytime. Now I can truly study the Bible. As my husband has some difficulty with reading, this app is also invaluable to him!”
—Bible App User from Australia

As liberating as audio Bibles are, they’re just a small part of all that Bible societies are doing to change the world. During that same three months, they introduced 23 new Bible texts to the Bible App. Together, these contributions represent 38 new languages! (The full list is below.)

The day is coming when every person on earth will have the opportunity to experience God’s Word, because passionate people have dedicated their lives to bringing this vision to life. Of the 7,000 languages in active use today, the complete Bible has been translated into 550, and the New Testament into 1,300.4  While many language groups remain to be done, Bible societies are translating for the largest groups first. In addition, easier travel and new communication technologies have exponentially increased their capacity.

Don’t miss your chance to take
part in what God is doing in the world.

Your contribution to bringing God’s Word to Myanmar could transform a child’s life:


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(That’s thanaka on her face, a traditional cosmetic paste made from tree bark.5)

In Southeast Asia, where this girl lives, more than 32 million people speak Myanmar (Burmese), mostly within their country’s borders. Still classified as “unreached” by the Gospel, most of Myanmar’s population is Buddhist. Although some projections estimate that as much as 9% of Myanmar’s people might be Christians, it’s difficult to know for certain.6 People who profess any religion other than Buddhism are socially ostracized, and often violently persecuted. For these reasons, most Christ followers in Myanmar keep their faith secret.7

But their story is just beginning. In recent elections, the people of Myanmar united to overthrow years of government corruption and violence. Now mobile service providers are introducing technology there designed to advance health care, and even to help people conduct financial transactions.8 When these positive changes began sweeping across the nation, Global Bible Initiative was ready, bringing their New Testament Myanmar Standard Bible to Myanmar’s Bible App users. Now, thanks to their work, even if Christians in Myanmar can’t share their faith openly—yet—they can still remain connected to God’s Word.


Aided by new technologies, Bible societies now have the chance to bring God’s Word to every person in the world, no matter where they live, what language they speak—or even what physical challenges they face. An opportunity like this has never existed before in human history. And we get to be here. You get to be here. You were made for such a time as this.

Now that you know,
what will you do?

Join us. Click below and learn what our Bible society partners are doing. Find one whose vision inspires you—and commit to support them. All of creation is waiting in eager expectation to see what we will do.9

American Bible Society American Bible Society
Wycliffe Wycliffe
Global Bible Initiative Global Bible Initiative
Biblica Biblica
Viorel Silion Viorel Silion
Bulgarian Bible Society (BBS at UBS.org) Bulgarian Bible Society (BBS at UBS.org)
Bible Society in Guinea-Conakry Bible Society in Guinea-Conakry
The Bible Society of Ghana (BSG at UBS.org) The Bible Society of Ghana (BSG at UBS.org)
Messianic Jewish Publishers and Resources Messianic Jewish Publishers and Resources
United Bible Societies United Bible Societies

 


Newest Audio Bibles

 

The New Testament in Akoose:
Melɛ̌ Mékɔ̄ɔ̄lē
The New Testament in Teso:
Ebaibuli 1961
The New Testament in Awa-Cuaiquer (Ecuador):
Masas Pit Jesucristowa
The New Testament in Awa (Papua New Guinea):
Manikáne O Ehwehne
Today’s New Testament in Balinese:
Today’s Bali Bible
Genesis and the New Testament in Bambam
Today’s New Testament in Batak Karo:
Today’s Batak Karo Bible
Biblia Aymara, Qullan Arunaca:
Central Aymara
The New Testament in Buamu:
Dónbeenì Páaníi Fĩnle Vũahṹ
The New Testament in Galibi Carib:
Asery Tamusi Karetary
The New Testament in Chipaya:
Nuevo Testamento Chipaya
The New Testament in Chiquitano:
Chiquitano New Testament
The New Testament in Denya:
Ŋwɛ Menomenyɛɛ́ Mekɛ́
The New Testament in Ignaciano: New Testament
The New Testament in Ixil (San Juan Cotzal):
Viakʼla Txumbʼal u Tioxh
The New Testament in Jacalteco (Eastern) Popti’:
Nuevo Testamento yin̈ Abxubal
The Revised New Testament in Javanese (Indonesian, formal):
Javanese Bible
The New Testament in Lango (Uganda):
Baibul 1979
The New Testament in Mopán Maya:
Le’ec Ada’ U T’an a Dios a Tumulbene
Today’s New Testament in Nias:
Nias Bible
The New Testament in Quechua (North Bolivian):
Quechua Norte New Testament
The New Testament in Tamang (Eastern):
परमेश्वरला बचन छार कबुल
The New Testament in Tamasheq:
New Testament
The New Testament in Teribe:
Sbö Tjl̈õkwo
The New Testament in Tol:
Dios Tjevele Jupj ‘Üsüs La Qjuisiji Jesucristo Mpes

 

Newest Versions and Languages

 

The New Testament in Adioukrou
Asante Twi Bible with Deutero-Canons
Biblia în Versiune Actualizată 2015
Bulgarian Protestant Bible (Revised)
The Complete Jewish Bible (in English)
The Bible in Pennsylvania German
The Bible in Keley-i Kalaha
The New Testament in Komba
The New Testament in Kulina
The New Testament in Kwamera
The Bible in Guinea Kpèlèè
The Bible in Guinea Kpèlèè (DC)
The New Testament in Ladakhi
Matthew, Mark, and Acts in Saliba
Myanmar Standard Bible in Myanmar (Burmese)
Myanmar Standard Bible (Zawgyi) in Myanmar (Burmese)
Portions of the New Testament in Nali
Portions of the New Testament in Nek (Papua New Guinea)
Psalms, Proverbs, and the New Testament in Middle Newar
ses Bible in Songhai de Gao in Koyraboro Senni Songhai
Tagalog Contemporary Bible (Filipino)
The New Testament in Islander Creole (English)
World English Bible British Edition (British English)

 


Sources:

  1. Visual Impairment and Blindness,” World Health Organization.
  2. Statistics on Literacy,” UNESCO.
  3. Report: GSMA Mobile Economy 2015, Groupe Spéciale Mobile Association.
  4. Why Bible Translation?,” Wycliffe.
  5. Thanaka,” Wikipedia.
  6. Country: Myanmar (Burma),” Joshua Project.
  7. #23 on the World Watch List (of persecuted Christians),” Open Door.
  8. 2.3.1 Mobile Money, [mHealth, and 2.4.1 Connected Women,” GSMA Mobile Economy 2015.
  9. Romans 8:19.

The Bible App for Kids Is Now Available in Traditional Chinese!

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Now for the first time ever, your children can experience the Bible App for Kids in Traditional Chinese! Together with our partner OneHope, we want as many kids as possible to have the opportunity to fall in love with God’s Word in their own heart language. The Bible App for Kids is also available in Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Dutch, English, Farsi, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and most recently Turkish.

And, did you know that the Bible App for Kids lets you switch between languages directly inside the app? To get this great feature, just update your Bible App for Kids to the most current version. After you’ve run the update, look under Settings for “Language,” then select from any of fifteen languages. The audio will play in that language, and any text will appear in that language, too!

Please share this great news with your friends!

 

 



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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 more than 10 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 Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Dutch, English, Farsi, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and now Traditional Chinese!

Get it now

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