He is risen!

He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.

Matthew 28:6 NIV

Today is the day! It’s finally here, Easter Sunday, the day that followers of Christ all over the world celebrate His resurrection. The Son of God who walked among us as a Son of Man was dead, but now He is alive again! The Bible says that Jesus made us holy by sacrificing Himself: one sacrifice for all time (Hebrews 10:5–14).

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Celebrate with us!

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Please join us in celebration, and help us spread the Good News: He is risen! Just click on the image above to share it now with your friends.

Introducing Events, the Newest Feature in the Bible App

If you’ve ever used the “Live” tab in the Bible App, then you’ll love the all-new feature we’re introducing today that replaces it. It’s called Events. Here’s what Events will do for you:

Discover

Don’t miss a thing.

The Discover tab helps you find services happening at your church, as well as other special events taking place nearby.

 

Follow-Along

Keep up with the action.

As you attend an Event, you’ll be able to follow along with its main points, Bible references, and more… all from inside the Bible App!

 

Notes

Capture the moment.

When God’s Word begins speaking to you through a message, take notes in your own copy of that Event, saved and synced to your free YouVersion account.

 

Share

Get the Word out.

Share the what, where, and when about an Event to invite your friends to it. Share portions of an Event you’re attending—key points, Bible verses, artwork, and more—to your social networks. Even export the entire contents of an Event, with or without your notes, to apps like Evernote or to your email.

 

Saved-Events

Take church with you.

Save an Event to your YouVersion account (including your notes) so you can study it more deeply later and still have the context. Revisit all your favorite Events whenever you want on your Saved Events tab.

 

Plans

Get it all.

Discover Bible Reading Plans and Devotionals that can help you go further with the messages that resonate with you. Start a new Plan, or save it for later… all from inside an Event.

 


What if my church isn’t using Events?

YouVersion Events is an all-new service, so it’s likely that the leadership at your church hasn’t heard about it yet. Just as with YouVersion Live, Events is a completely free service that we’re happy to provide to churches. If you’d like your church to use Events, click below to let your church leadership know about it.

Tell Your Church About Events
 


How do I get Events?

Events is a free feature in the Bible App. Events is all-new, so you need to make sure that you have the Bible App on your Apple or Android device updated to the latest version.

Update Now
 


Tell your friends about Events!

We hope that you’re connecting with the Bible every day, and that you’re involved in a local church. If you’re actively engaged in biblical community, then you already know how much those relationships can help transform your life. Help other people discover those same connections. Join us in spreading the Word:

 

 


Events: Frequently Asked Questions

What is Events?

Events is a completely free feature inside the YouVersion Bible App that helps you easily connect with church events that you’re attending. Events can also help you discover other church and special events happening nearby. If your church isn’t using Events yet, you can direct your church leadership to bible.com/features/events, where they can sign up for a free YouVersion account to begin creating their own Events. Our free administrative tools for Events make it easy for your church to share key message points, Bible references, artwork, external links, important church news, and more.

 

I don’t see Events in my Bible App. Where is it?

iOS: Events is under the More view (…) on your toolbar, after Videos. Android: Events is in the main menu, under Videos (tap the menu icon at the top left corner). If you don’t see Events, but you see a “Live” tab, then you are running an older version of the Bible App. Please update your Bible App to the latest version by visiting http://bible.com/app.

 

Do I have to update my Bible App to get Events?

Yes. Because Events is an all-new feature, you must update the Bible App to get it. (We recommend that you configure your device to receive automatic updates.)

 

Do I have to have a YouVersion account to use Events?

You can search for and view Events without a YouVersion account. But, if you would like to take notes or save an Event, you must have a YouVersion account. Signing up is simple, and YouVersion accounts are completely free. A YouVersion account gives you access to all of the most powerful features of the Bible App — Bible Plans, Verse Images, Highlights, Notes, and more — synced across all your devices. Visit bible.com/sign-up to get your free account now.

 

Does it cost anything to use Events?

No. The Bible App has always been free, and it always will be. Although Events is an all-new service, it’s an integral part of the Bible App.

 

How can I find an Event?

The Bible App needs access to location services on your device to find Events near you. If you’re looking for a specific Event and you know what it’s called, you can search using part of its title.

 

Do I have to attend an Event to see it in the app?

No. If you know an Event’s title or its location, you can search for it that way. But, the purpose of our Events feature is to help you engage more with Events that you attend.

 

Can I see Events that have already ended?

Yes, if you have saved the Event, or if you have a direct link to it. However, once an event has ended, it will no longer appear in Events search.

Announcing the Winners from 21-Day Challenge 2016

On February 1, we invited you to join us for this year’s 21-Day Challenge. Users who completed the day’s selections from at least one Bible Plan each day from February 1 through February 21 were entered into a random drawing for our grand prize, a YouVersion Prize Pack including an Amazon Fire tablet! The results are in, and the lucky winner is:

Banji A.

Congratulations, Banji!

(Don’t forget to install the Bible App on your new Fire tablet!) 😉
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Throughout the Challenge, many registered users who tweeted which Plan they were reading with the hashtag #BibleFor21 also won prizes*. Here they are:

Cara P., T-Shirt
Chad J., T-Shirt
Samantha B., Kindle Fire
Ryan C., YouVersion Prize Pack
Jackie E., Kindle Fire
Chynna B., YouVersion Prize Pack
Aaron J., YouVersion Prize Pack
Melissa M., YouVersion Prize Pack
Tim P., YouVersion Prize Pack
Suzanne P., Kindle Fire

Of course, the 21-Day Challenge isn’t about prizes; it’s about spending time every day in God’s Word. So to everyone who completed the 21-Day Challenge this year: way to go! If your special 21-Day Challenge badge hasn’t already appeared on your YouVersion profile, you should see it sometime within the next week.

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Keep your momentum going!

We hope your time in God’s Word during these last three weeks has drawn you closer to Him. And we hope each day helped you get your daily Bible reading habit going. Our statistics from past Challenges are clear: once you establish a daily habit for several weeks, that momentum can carry you forward on a streak of consistent time in the Bible.

And with hundreds of Bible Plans in several languages, your next new favorite Plan is just a couple of clicks away:

 

Find Your Next Plan


* Weekly winners will be contacted through the social media channel where you posted. The grand-prize winner will be contacted through the email address associated with your YouVersion profile. Winners can expect to receive their prizes within the next few weeks. Refer to our original post for full contest rules.


 

About the Bible App

The Bible App has been installed on more than 210 million unique devices, all over the world. Developed by YouVersion, the Bible App offers more than 1,200 Bible versions, in more than 900 languages. And it’s always completely free.

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Fun new visual way to understand the first 5 books of the Bible

Now Playing in the Bible App:
The Torah Series

As you read (or listen to) certain books in the Old Testament, do you ever wonder, “Why is this in the Bible? What’s the story behind this story?” Today we’re excited to announce The Torah Series, an all-new collection of animated short films from the Bible Project that answers questions just like these.

In Jewish tradition, the first five books of the Old Testament are called “the Torah.” In this series of short films, Bible scholars walk you step-by-step through the Torah’s themes and literary structure, as vivid animations help you see the connections between its stories. We think you’ll want to watch The Torah Series again and again — and share its clips with your friends.

Presented by YouVersion in partnership with The Bible Project — now, for the first time ever, you can watch The Torah Series in any of these places:

Apple TV

The Bible App for Apple TV

(Read more on our blog.)

Videos

Videos section of the Bible App
on your mobile device or at Bible.com

 

Watch Now
 

Video: Players in This Weekend’s Game Talk about the Bible App

“It’s always the right message each day for me.”
—Lorenzo Doss, Cornerback, Denver Broncos

I play football, but I have to practice and I have to study to get better.
You do the same thing as a Christian.“
—Charles Tillman, Cornerback, Carolina Panthers

Sunday, February 7, will be the biggest day of the year in American sports. And, although the top two teams in American football are facing off as rivals on the field, several players from both sides share a love for the Bible. Now, thanks to YouVersion partner The Increase, listen to some of the players from today’s game telling why they love the Bible App:


Bonus: Media Day Video!

Thanks to our friends at fspn, we’ve just added a bonus video, featuring players from both the Panthers and the Broncos, talking even more about their love for the Bible at the pre-game Media Day:



Spread the Word.

Just like you, these guys love being able to connect with God’s Word anytime, anywhere with the Bible App. Whether it’s sharing the Verse of the Day, adding Bookmarks, or listening to audio Bibles, we’re all part of the same global community of people seeking God through His Word.

 

 


Find your inspiration…
straight from the source.

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UNPACK this… for Sports Fans
Bryce Johnson and UNPACKIN’ it Ministries, 5 days

Read intriguing sports stories through a lens of faith, unpacking biblical truths that will challenge, encourage, and inspire you.

Unpack Truth
 
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The Increase
The Increase, 21 days

NFL athletes like Matt Hasselbeck, Josh and Luke McCown, and Brandon Marshall, and MLB stars like Adam Wainwright, Brett Carroll, Paul Maholm (to name just a few) all share life lessons they’ve learned through their favorite Bible passages.

Increase in Wisdom
 
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FCA: True Competitor SPORTS Devotional
Jimmy Page and Dan Britton, 10 days

Whether you’re an athlete, coach, or teammate, train for unstoppable faith in all your relationships: at the gym, in the locker room, on the field, and especially at home.

Grow Your Faith