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The Bible App for Kids is Now Available in Russian!

Did you know that more than 160 million people all over the world speak Russian? And ever since Russian was added to the Bible App almost 5 years ago, millions of you have been actively participating in the worldwide YouVersion community. Today, together with our partner OneHope, we’re pleased to announce the launch of the Bible App for Kids in Russian: Библия для детей. Now, more children than ever have the opportunity to enjoy a Bible experience all their own.

All you need to do for your kids to experience the Bible App for Kids in Russian is make sure you have the app installed. When you open the app, if the default language on your device is one of those supported: Russian, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, English, Korean, or Spanish, 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 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 over 7 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 Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, English, Korean, Spanish, and now in Russian!

 

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The All-New Bible App for Android Will be Ready Soon

Recently you may have seen our release announcement for the new Bible App for iOS. And if you’re one of the tens of millions of people who use the Bible App on an Android device, you may have wondered, “What about Android?”

This release is taking a little longer because we’re making substantial under-the-hood improvements. When it’s ready, we’re confident you’ll agree that it was worth the wait.

Cleaner design. Inspired by Google’s “Material Design” initiative, this is the cleanest, most elegant experience we’ve ever offered on Android.

Faster. Getting where you want to go in the app is much quicker.

Smaller footprint. The Bible App for Android is 40% smaller than the previous version.

More compatible. It runs on more Android devices than ever before.

Our mission at YouVersion is to help people engage with the Bible every day. So we want to offer you the best Bible experience possible, no matter which Android device you use. We can’t wait to get this release in your hands soon.

The All-New Bible App, Available Now for Your Apple Device

“Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night…”
Joshua 1:8, NLT

At YouVersion, we’re always exploring new ways we can help you weave God’s Word into the fabric of your life. Our mission is to help you engage with the Bible every day. That’s why we’ve completely redesigned the Bible App, both on Android and iOS.* And today, we’re excited to introduce you to the best Bible App ever for your iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Apple Watch:

Simpler. By design.

You want God’s Word to be an integral part of your everyday life. We want to help. The Bible App for iOS is now completely reimagined, designed to help you do the things you want as quickly and easily as possible. Simple icons make your options clear on every screen. Clean menu bars place the things you do most just a single tap away. This is the cleanest, most responsive Bible experience we’ve ever offered.


Make your Bible experience your own.

Customize your Bible experience with all-new Bible App Theme colors. Easily adjust your reading with more accessible font and lightness controls. Double-tap anywhere in the Bible text to toggle between full-screen and default reading modes.


Connect with your biblical community.

The Home feed is now cleaner and more compact than ever before, giving you more ways to engage with Scripture and more opportunities to discuss the Bible with your trusted Friends. Also, for the first time ever, Verse of the Day now includes a “View all” option, giving you instant inspiration from previous days’ verses.


 Listen how you want, however long you want.

All-new audio Bible controls now allow you to change playback speed. And whatever you’re listening to, now you can skip backward or forward 30 seconds. Make God’s Word the soundtrack to your life: start the Bible App reading to you, and use the all-new Timer to tell it how long.


Still inside: favorites, new and old.

Two of your classic favorites are right where they’ve always been, just one tap away from whatever you’re reading, on whichever Apple device you happen to be using. Verse Images, our most popular feature ever, lets you place Bible text onto pictures to create art you can share. Speaking of sharing, you can send Biblical inspiration, encouragement, and insight to your friends through email, through text, and to your social networks — just like always.

Get the best Bible App we’ve ever offered, available right now. And keep spreading the Word.

YouVersion. It’s Your Bible.

 

 

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*The all-new Bible App for Android is every bit as spectacular as the Bible App for iOS. It’s faster. It takes up 40% less space on your device. And it will run on more Android devices than ever before. We can hardly wait to tell you all about it! We’ll have more details coming soon.


Tip: We want your Bible App experience to be as amazing as possible. So before you update or install this latest version, please check your device Settings to ensure that it’s up-to-date with the most recent release of iOS available for your device. Some Bible App features may not be available on older devices, or on older versions of iOS.

 

About the Bible App

The Bible App has been installed on more than 180 million unique devices, all over the world. Developed by YouVersion, the Bible App offers more than 1,000 Bible versions, in more than 770 languages. And it’s always completely free.

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Coming soon: The Bible App… completely reimagined

Coming soon…

…the all-new Bible App

Cleaner design.
Faster navigation.
A more personalized experience.

Very soon, we will unveil what we believe is the best Bible App ever. And as beautiful as it looks, what matters even more is how it connects you to the beauty of God’s living word and the people you want to share that with.

It’s coming soon, but in the meantime we couldn’t wait to share a preview with you. Thanks for being so passionate about the transformative power of the Bible!

YouVersion. It’s your Bible.
Spread the Word.

 

 

New Bible App for Kids Story: Elijah against Ahab and the Prophets of Baal: “Fire From Heaven”

In the latest story from the Bible App for Kids, “Fire From Heaven,” God’s prophet Elijah faces off against false prophets of a pretend god. Based on 1 Kings 16:2917:1, 18:1, and 18:17–39 in the Old Testament, “Fire From Heaven” begins with King Ahab, the worst king that God’s people ever had. Ahab’s bad wife Jezebel gets him and God’s people to follow a fake god called Baal. God’s prophet Elijah visits King Ahab and tells him to bring Baal’s false prophets and all of God’s people to meet him on a mountain.

When everyone gets there, Elijah gives them a challenge. “Baal’s prophets and I will each make a sacrifice. The god who sends fire and burns up our sacrifices is the one true God.” Elijah lets Baal’s prophets go first, but even after they pray and chant to their “god” for hours and hours, still no fire comes.

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Next it’s Elijah’s turn. Elijah offers God a sacrifice, then digs a ditch around his altar and pours water over everything to make it completely wet. Then, as soon as Elijah prays, God rains down fire from heaven. But God’s fire doesn’t only burn up Elijah’s sacrifice; it burns up the altar…and even all of the water! When the people see that God is the only God who’s true, they bow and tell Him, “We will worship only You!”

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To get “Fire From Heaven” right now, just open the Bible App for Kids and tap the new story icon. If you don’t have the Bible App for Kids yet, it’s easy to get, and it’s always free! Just click one of the buttons below.

 



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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 over 7 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 English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Brazilian Portuguese!  

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Over 5 Million Verse Images Shared… and Counting

The YouVersion community has shared more than 5 million Verse Images! One of the most popular features in YouVersion history, Verse Image is a beautiful way that you can share insight, encouragement, or inspiration directly from the Bible App. So keep engaging with God’s Word, keep creating, and keep sharing!

Note: We want your Bible App experience to be as amazing as possible. Verse Images work best when you have the most current release of the Bible App and the most up-to-date version of your device’s operating system. Some Bible App features may not be available on older devices, or on older versions of Android or iOS.


About the Bible App

The Bible App has been installed on more than 180 million unique devices, all over the world. Developed by YouVersion, the Bible App offers more than 1,000 Bible versions, in more than 770 languages. And it’s always completely free.

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5 ways you can help others connect with the Bible.

Wherever you are, inspire someone.


… Each of us did the work the Lord gave us. I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow.
1 Corinthians 3:5–7, NLT

 

A revolution is happening, a worldwide shift in how people connect with God (and with each other) by engaging with the Bible. The Bible App has now been installed in every country on earth, on almost 180 million unique devices. And holding each one of those devices is a person, a life poised to be transformed by the power of God’s Word. That person can then touch the lives of others all around them.

You can be that person.

 

 

Volunteer

God empowers each of us with unique talents and abilities. And when you use your gifts with YouVersion, you’ll discover opportunities to change lives and leave a lasting legacy.

 

Share Your Gifts

 

 

God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word.
We can’t get away from it—no matter what.

Hebrews 4:12–13, MSG

 

Invite people to the Bible App.

Tell your friends and family, in person or through social media, what you like about the Bible App, and how you use it. What’s your favorite Bible Plan? What does spending time in God’s Word do for you?

 

Share the Bible App

 

 

Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
Ephesians 4:29b, NLT

 

Share your story.

Does the Bible App help you spend more time in the Bible? Do you have more direction? More peace? Are your relationships different? We’d love to know how the Bible App helps you do the things you want!

 

Tell Us Your Story

 

 

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
James 5:16b, NIV

 

Pray.

Ask God to lead people to His Word, and to speak to them through it to change their hearts and lives. Pray that He will help those who are translating the Bible into other languages, and that He will prepare the hearts of people who have never had His Word before to receive it.

 

 

 

 

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9:7, NIV

 

Give.

Now, for the first time ever, you can easily use your YouVersion account to join in our mission financially. Make one-time or recurring gifts via credit card or echeck.

 

Support the Mission

 

 

Family Bible Week Wrap Up

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“…those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again.
It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”

—Jesus, from John 4:14 (NLT)

Thank you for joining us for our first-ever Family Bible Week. And now that you’ve tasted this living water, don’t stop! Here are just a few ways that you can continue to build on the many successes you’ve been sharing with us during Family Bible Week:

 


Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Psalm 119:105 (NASB)

Pick Your Next Plan.

Many families told us they really enjoyed reading a Bible Plan together. Bible Plans are a great way you can keep leading your family back to the well of God’s Word again and again. Which one will you do next?

“Our daughters signed up for their own account at bible.com. All four of us love discussing what we’re learning, even recommending Bible Plans to each other. We’ve been sharing verses and making comments. Jesus has really come alive to our girls in this way; they’ve both felt Him, especially when it comes time to pick a new one.

Find Your Next Plan

 


…“Write my answer plainly on tablets…. This vision is for a future time. It describes
the end, and it will be fulfilled. …wait patiently, for it will surely take place….

Habakkuk 2:2–3 (NLT)

Take Your Family Verse Further.

Did your family find a great theme verse during Family Bible Week? One that inspires you with vision? Have a family art project to write it out in huge letters on nice quality paper. Then place it prominently in your home, so you can remind yourselves every day what you value. You might even consider having your Family Verse framed!

 


Love one another with brotherly affection [as members of one family],
giving precedence and showing honor to one another.
Romans 8:12 (AMP)

Celebrate Each Other.

On Mother’s Day, we suggested you share a Bible verse to let all the moms in your life know how much they mean to you. But you can make every day “Family Day.” Whether it’s by posting a Verse Image to their Facebook page, or even just sending a text, encourage the people you love with inspiration from God’s Word.

“Last week at the beach, I took a picture and searched for just the right Bible verse to make a Verse Image. On Mother’s Day, I sent it to my mother – she was blown away! Even though we are thousands of miles apart, I will always remember my mother’s love and compassion that enabled me to endure the obstacles throughout the course of my life.”


My child, listen when your father corrects you. Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction.
What you learn from them will crown you with grace
and be a chain of honor around your neck.
Proverbs 1:8–9 (NLT)

Invest in Your Family’s Spiritual Life.

On Thursday we listed seven tips that could help you lead your family spiritually. When you maintain consistent, healthy relationships with each member of your family (that is, genuine, safe, and fun), those things will happen naturally. If you regularly think about your faith, and you regularly visit with your spouse and children, faith will be a regular part of those conversations.

“On the way to school, instead of the typical middle school chatter, we have our daughter read aloud the Verse of the Day and then explain in her own words what she thinks it means. It’s become a highlight and my own day feels “off” if we ever miss for some reason. I’ve noticed she reads these even on the weekends! It’s an excellent way to get something started with your family.”


…commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine….
Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home
and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed
and when you are getting up….

Deuteronomy 18:11-20 (NLT)

Enjoy Family Story Time… Every Day.

In partnership with OneHope, we designed the Bible App for Kids to give your kids (and grandkids) a delight-filled Bible experience all their own. And, although it already features more than 30 stories, many more are still to come. Enjoy new stories with your kids, and revisit their favorites again and again.

“The Bible for Kids is a smashing success with our foster children, ages 2 & 3. It was the number one activity that they asked for – “Can we do Bible?”

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Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God….
for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ….
God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished….

Philippians 1:3–6 (NLT)

Keep Sharing Your Stories!

Your commitment to living out the love of Jesus in your families this week has been inspiring. We’ve loved receiving your stories, and we’re looking forward to sharing many of them to inspire other families. So please keep them coming!

 

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Don’t stop…

The Newest Bible App for Kids Story is “Wherever You Go,” About Ruth and Naomi

Available now in the Bible App for Kids, “Wherever You Go” is about Ruth and Naomi, a classic story of devotion to God and family. Based on Ruth 12 and Ruth 4:9–17, when bad weather means they can’t grow enough crops for food, Naomi and her family have to move away from Israel. Sadly, Naomi’s husband dies in their new country. But then her two sons marry women named Orpah and Ruth, and they all take care of each other. Unfortunately, after a while, both of Naomi’s sons die too, leaving her, Orpah, and Ruth all without husbands.

A few years later, when people in Israel are able to start growing food again, Naomi decides she should go back. But because she knows that life there will be very hard, Naomi tells her daughters-in-law that they should stay in their own country with their families. Orpah decides to stay, but Ruth tells Naomi, “No. I belong with you, and I belong to God, too.”

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When Ruth and Naomi get to Israel, there are no jobs for them, so they are very poor. Ruth follows some farmworkers into a field, gathering up the grain that they leave behind so that she and Naomi can make bread. The farmworkers tell their rich boss Boaz about Ruth, and he comes out to meet her. When Boaz sees how hard Ruth works to take care of her mother-in-law, he falls in love with her and asks her to marry him. Ruth marries Boaz and thanks God for taking care of her and Naomi. But what Ruth doesn’t know is that she is a very important part of God’s big plan; one day her great-grandson will become Israel’s greatest king: King David!

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If you already have the Bible App for Kids, all you need to do to get “Wherever You Go” is open the Bible App for Kids and tap the new story icon. But even if you don’t have the app yet, getting it is easy — and it’s free! Just click one of the buttons below.

 



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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 over 6 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 English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Brazilian Portuguese!  

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7 Tips to Leading Your Family Spiritually

The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.
Psalm 37:23 (NLT)

You want to lead your kids in a growing relationship with Christ. But with your active family’s busy schedule, it can be hard to find the time. You may even feel unqualified to lead your children. If you’re like most parents, you’re still trying to figure out what faith looks like in your own life.

To help you get started, we’ve gathered some of our favorite tips from Focus on the Family. Don’t try to use all of these ideas at once. If you’ll be intentional to phase them in over time, they should gradually begin happening naturally:

1. Make it fun.

Engaging with God’s will through His Word isn’t school textbooks and quizzes; your family life is an adventure. Talk with your kids about things relevant to their lives, helping them apply biblical principles with age-appropriate language they can understand. Don’t try to “teach.” Encourage exploration, with gentle course corrections where they need it.

2. Keep it simple.

The average adult can listen for about 30 seconds before their mind wants to wander. Kids’ attention spans are even shorter. So instead of trying to “explain,” try asking leading questions. Feed your child’s natural curiosity. Your questions — and theirs — will fuel meaningful conversations.

3. Watch for opportunities.

Teachable moments happen everywhere in our everyday lives. When you see a squirrel burying an acorn, marvel together at how God provides for us. When you see trash in the park, say it makes you sad because God wants us to take good care of His earth. Make simple, connectable observations.


“These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
Deuteronomy 6:6–7 (NIV)


4. Be an example.

Live out your faith. Allow God’s Spirit to speak into your life, constantly transforming you into the person He wants you to become. You can’t lead your children to places you haven’t been. And connecting with the Bible — every day — is one of the best ways we know to grow.

5. Schedule time together.

Schedule regular times to talk at home about faith and spiritual things. Then demonstrate how we put faith into action. Lead your family to be spiritual contributors, not spiritual consumers. Make it a family priority to attend church regularly — and to participate. Then stay consistent, both at home and in your community of faith.

6. Talk to God together.

Lead your kids in praying about the things they care about. And lead them to never stop taking those things to God. Model for them how they can listen for His still, small voice. Keep track of things you’re praying for together, and celebrate when God answers. Demonstrate for your children what a life of worship and gratitude looks like.

7. Make it fun.

No, that’s not a mistake — this one is so important, we put it on our list twice! When your kids enjoy exploring their faith with you, they’ll look forward to family time together. They’ll even initiate it! Even better, you’ll be giving them the most important part of their faith: they’ll own their own spiritual growth, continually drawing closer to God.


Children, do what your parents tell you.
This is only right. “Honor your father and mother”
is the first commandment that has a promise attached to it,
namely, “so you will live well and have a long life.”

Fathers, don’t exasperate your children by coming down hard on them.
Take them by the hand and lead them in the way of the Master.
Ephesians 6:1–4


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We’d like to thank Focus on the Family for providing their excellent resources on building your family’s faith.

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