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YouVersion Support is All-New!

As the next step in our plans to continue improving your support experience with the Bible App™ and YouVersion.com, we’re pleased to announce the launch of the all-new YouVersion Support website. How different is it? Well, if you haven’t been to YouVersion Support lately, then you haven’t seen all the helpful new stuff. You’ll find: Comprehensive answers to Frequently Asked Questions, organized by platform and topic. Video tutorials for common tasks. Live feeds from @YouVersion and @YouVersionHelp. Links to the many ways you can contact Support for help. And comprehensive search.

 

 

As excited as we are about this relaunch, it represents just one piece of a much broader strategy. Our goal is to provide world-class support every bit as good—and even better—than you can receive for products and services that you pay for. But with the YouVersion community growing by literally millions of people every month, welcoming all those new members to our family means we rely heavily on your active participation. We can accomplish so much more when we all work together.

The Bible App is truly a worldwide resource, but most of what we’re presently able to offer is written in English—a fact that doesn’t accurately reflect the demographics of who’s actually using YouVersion tools. If you can help us translate into your language, we’d be honored to have your help. Also, we receive many requests every month that require individual responses. Even when these are short, they really add up. If you’re tech savvy, answering platform-related questions for the Bible App is a great way that you can get involved. (If you don’t know what “platform-related” or “tech savvy” means, probably this volunteer option is not for you.) But don’t let that stop you: Let us know what you can do at http://support.youversion.com/how-can-i-help/.

Although we’re always happy to respond to your requests on Facebook and Twitter, our new YouVersion Support site lets us serve you better, providing answers tailored to your specific needs. Perhaps best of all: It doesn’t limit you to just 140 characters!

New from YouVersion: The Bible App for HP webOS Has Audio Bibles!

Free audio Bibles are now immediately available in the Bible App™ for HP WebOS. You can even listen to audio Bibles right inside your Reading Plan! Visit the App Catalog to have the latest release, version 2.3.1, sent directly to your device. (Remember: You won’t be able to use the new audio features until you have this latest release.)

Once you’ve gotten the update, you’ll be able to listen to the Bible on your webOS device while you’re working, exercising, driving…or even reading along! Here are just a few examples of some of the audio Bibles you’ll find in this release:

  • New International Version (NIV)
  • English Standard Version (ESV)
  • New Living Translation (NLT)
  • King James Version (KJV) Listener’s Bible
  • Douay-Rheims (DRA) New Testament Audio Bible
  • Chinese Standard Bible (CSB)
  • American Standard Version (ASV) New Testament
  • La Biblia de las Américas (LBLA), and
  • World English Bible (WEB)

This release also fixes a minor bug that kept the version list from updating properly. You might even notice better performance, as the Bible App now runs many of its tasks in the background, to get you to your reading more quickly.

Our partners are constantly working with the YouVersion community to bring you as many options as possible—including more languages—so keep checking your list of available audio translations. Select the current version name to display the complete list; audio Bibles are indicated with a small gray speaker icon next to them. Then, when you choose a version that includes audio, use the basic play controls to listen, fast forward, and rewind. We’d love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter and hear what you think!

YouVersion Webcast Recap from May 26

Thanks to the thousands of you in our YouVersion community who tuned in for our live webcast today. We loved having the chance to connect with you and celebrate all you’ve been a part of over the past few months. So many of you joined us and did such an incredible job sharing the event and asking great questions that #YouVersion became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter! What a fantastic way to raise the visibility of God’s Word around the globe.

If you didn’t get a chance to catch the webcast while it was happening, we’ve posted the full video from the event below, along with a few highlights.

Key Links

A Quick Review

We recently announced that the Bible App had been installed on 20 million devices, and in the short time since that announcement, we’ve reached 22 million installs.

YouVersion currently offers the Bible in 41 languages and one of our main areas of focus this year is to rapidly increase that selection. Today, people can read the Bible or a portion of the Bible in about 2,000 languages, but there are more than 6,000 languages spoken throughout the world. Our goal is to make YouVersion available in every single language in existence.

More than 25% of the new installations of the Bible App occur on phones that are set to a language other than English, and Korean is the fastest growing language. By the end of the year, we hope to see 40-50% of new installations happening in languages other than English.

We announced a feature that many of us in the YouVersion community have been looking forward to—highlights! The feature is newly available on Android phones and will be coming to BlackBerry and iOS devices in the coming months.

The Bible App is here to help us all make God’s Word a part of our daily lives, but we also know how meaningful it is to share what we’re experiencing with others. To make this easier, we’ve set up a way for you to create your own meetups with other people who are passionate about the Bible. We’re also planning on adding social networks beyond Facebook and Twitter, and later this year we’ll be expanding the features offered for YouVersion Groups.

We’ve been aggressively working to upgrade the support we offer the YouVersion community. A new support site was just launched and we plan on including in-app access to support in coming releases.

Improved search functionality within the Bible App will be included on future updates to make it easier to find words and phrases in Scripture.

Many of you asked how you could say thank you to the Bible societies and publishers who make it possible for the YouVersion community to engage with so many great versions of Scripture for free. At the bottom of each version of the Bible you read in the Bible App, you’ll notice a link to more information about the organization who makes that version available. We encourage you to visit that link, contact them to say thank you, or support them financially. They are truly the heroes in making these versions freely available to all of us.

Thanks again for being a part of what God is doing through YouVersion. All of this truly could not happen without you. We believe that we could see half a billion or even one billion people engaging with Scripture through the Bible App as, together, we continue to take steps toward becoming the most Bible-engaged generation in history.

The Bible App for iPad: Now with Audio Bibles, YouVersion Live, and More

Although version 3.1 of the Bible App™ for iPad has lots to offer, many people will probably be most excited about audio Bibles, now available on iPad for the first time! Of course, before you can take advantage of these new audio features, you’ll first need to get the update, available immediately from the iTunes App Store.

With this update, we’re exploring some new ways to interact with the audio Bible component while reading Scripture. When you select a Bible to read that has audio, you’ll see a new small tab in the bottom right corner of the screen. Tap that tab to reveal the audio Bible player like the screenshot below. From there, you can play, pause, and move forward and backward within the chapter.

To see which translations support audio on your iPad, just look for the speaker icon [] next to the list of versions inside the app. Here are just a few examples you’ll find:

  • New International Version (NIV)
  • English Standard Version (ESV)
  • New Living Translation (NLT)
  • King James Version (KJV) Listener’s Bible
  • Douay-Rheims (DRA) New Testament Audio Bible
  • Chinese Standard Bible (CSB)
  • American Standard Version (ASV) New Testament
  • La Biblia de las Américas (LBLA), and
  • World English Bible (WEB)

Be sure to keep checking your Versions list, because we’ll be adding even more audio Bibles (and in more languages) in the coming months.

More for iPad. Also in this release, iPad adds full access to YouVersion Live Events for the first time, just like you’ve already been enjoying on iPhone. Lastly, one awesome new feature exclusive to iPad is that, as you begin typing Bible book names in Search, the Bible App will auto complete them for you—a huge time-saver!

iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. There’s so much to love in this release. No matter which portable Apple device you use to engage with the Bible, you should notice that chapters you’ve visited recently will load faster. And thanks once again to YouVersion’s awesome community of volunteers, if your device’s default language is set to Italian, you’ll discover that the Bible App’s interface is now much more intuitive for you.

Here’s how you can get yours right now:

If you already have the Bible App installed:

  1. On your Apple device, tap the App Store icon.
  2. When the App Store opens, tap the Updates icon.
  3. Tap Update for the Bible App
    OR
    Tap Update All.

If this is your first time installing the Bible App:

  1. On your Apple device, tap the App Store icon.
  2. When the App Store opens, tap the Search icon.
  3. Search for “Bible”.
  4. Tap the Bible App from LifeChurch.tv.
  5. Tap the FREE button.

Reminder: Webcast TOMORROW, May 26!

Be sure to mark your calendar and join us for a very special webcast, as together we celebrate all that God has done through YouVersion and what’s to come in the near future:

TOMORROW, MAY 26, at 11:00 AM CDT

We’ll be sharing the latest news and taking an inside look at what’s ahead for the Bible App. Don’t forget to let your friends know about it on Facebook and Twitter. When you do, you’ll be entered to win an iPad 2! Use the following phrase to be eligible:

Join me for the @YouVersion Webcast Thurs, May 26, 11am CT. RT to enter to win an iPad2!

We’re excited about this opportunity to come together as the YouVersion community and we can’t wait to hear from you. Get your questions ready, because we’ll be awarding a couple of iPad 2s to people who ask questions during the event (just be sure to use #youversion in your tweets/posts).

It’s going to be fun! We’re looking forward to seeing you there: http://www.youversion.com/webcast.

New Version: The Greek New Testament SBL Edition

The YouVersion community now has access to another version of the Greek New Testament! The Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software have partnered to produce The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition—SBLGNT for short.

What is the SBLGNT? A brand-new edition of the Greek New Testament, edited by Michael W. Holmes, well-known for his work on early Christian literature. To establish the text, Holmes referred to a wide range of printed editions of the Greek New Testament and consulted the latest technical resources and manuscript discoveries. What resulted is the latest, most up-to-date edition of the Greek New Testament available anywhere. You can read more about the SBLGNT at SBLGNT.com, including why and how it was created.

Get yours. Besides in the Bible App™ and at YouVersion.com, you can also download the SBLGNT directly to your desktop or download an Acrobat (PDF) file of the print version. Logos has also made this version available as a free download in their free mobile Bible app. But no matter where you read it electronically…it’s free. You can even order a print copy directly from the Society of Biblical Literature.

The YouVersion community has made it clear that you enjoy engaging with different versions of the Bible to increase your understanding of Scripture. We’re excited to be able to offer the SBLGNT. Thanks to Logos Bible Software and the Society of Biblical Literature for making it possible!

The Bible App and YouVersion: New Reading Plans…in More Languages

YouVersion now has more than 150 unique reading plans, with some available in as many as 10 different languages! If you haven’t already tried one, a reading plan is a terrific tool to help you engage with the Bible, as each day you learn what it says by reading a manageable, carefully selected portion.

Explore a whole new category of topical reading plans through the Uncover the Word series, with plans generously provided by the American Bible Society in both English and Spanish. Some of these plans last 7 days and some 40, with two plans even offering unique passages every day for an entire year! These clear, practical plans reveal what the Scriptures have to say about such various real-life concerns as losing a job, parenting, loneliness, dating and forgiveness (to name just a few).

Another new individual reading plan you’ll discover is the Discipleship Journal Reading Plan from NavPress, a one-year reading plan designed to help you see the continuity in the Bible by leading you through passages from four separate places in the Bible each day.

Finally, The Stewardship Council brings our YouVersion community three studies tailored specifically to helping us manage well the resources that God provides us: Undying Commitment, Unquestionable Character, and Unwavering Conformity.

If you’re looking for your next plan to read, or if you haven’t tried one yet, any of these would be a great place to start!

YouVersion Plans Webcast to Celebrate 20 Million Installs

It’s time for the YouVersion community to get together! Let’s meet for a live webcast on May 26, 11:00am CDT. You’ll be able to hear the latest news about the Bible App™, get an inside look at what’s coming up, ask your questions, and see if you win an iPad2.

In the meantime, there’s one number we just can’t wait to celebrate with you:

Together we’ve installed the Bible App on more than 20 million unique devices.

But what does it mean? Without context, even huge numbers like this one are just…well, numbers. What’s genuinely thrilling about this milestone is that it shows more and more people – literally all over the world – are making God’s Word an important part of their everyday lives.

As just one example, a woman named Carmen wrote us recently to share her story. Carmen has been a believer for 36 years, but she’d never been able to read her Bible consistently. She wrote, “Then I got an Android phone… My life has changed forever. I read (the Bible) every day, sometimes several times a day because it’s with me everywhere I go.” For the first time in her life, Carmen has even been reading all the way through the Bible – using a reading plan. And Carmen’s husband is reading every day on his phone, too. She writes, “It has really impacted our lives in such an amazing way!”

Reading the Bible anytime, anyplace is just one way the YouVersion community is using the Bible App to engage with God’s Word. Carmen’s is one of thousands of stories that shows how, together, we’re thinking about what we’ve read, working out how to apply Scripture in our lives, and sharing with others our journey toward a deeper relationship with God.

And those are things worth celebrating!

Share Your Bible App Story with the YouVersion Community

The Bible App™ on iPadIn a last-resort compromise, a couple on the verge of divorce agrees to read through the Love and Marriage reading plan together—opening the door to restoration. During his breaks, a construction worker reads the Bible on his iPhone, mainly to grow closer to God, although also to share his light with his coworkers. A family in the hospital with a loved one who’s fading—takes just a moment to express gratitude on Twitter for free, easy access to God’s encouraging words.

What do these stories have in common? Each one is an example of the power of God’s Word to affect lives. All of them actually happened. And all of them came from you, the YouVersion community. This group of millions of people, sharing their lives from literally everywhere around the world, needs to hear stories just like these—stories of encouragement, of comfort, of healing, of inspiration… We need your story. Would you share it with us?

  • How has the Bible App made a difference in your life?
  • How has having God’s Word with you wherever you go affected your life?
  • How has having anytime, anywhere access to the Bible changed how you interact with it?

Here’s how you can share:

  • On Video. Make a video (4 minutes or less) and upload it to YouVersion’s Vimeo page. (Please include your first name and last initial, and say where you’re from.)
  • In Writing. Not comfortable on camera? No worries. Tell us your story in 400 words or less, right below.
  • On Facebook. Even if you tell us your story on video or through the above form, we’d also love for you to share at least a portion of it with the entire YouVersion community today, right on YouVersion’s Facebook page. It’s a great place where we can encourage one another to daily engage with the Bible and to seek God.



Thank You, YouVersion Community! And Happy Birthday, KJV!

YouVersion King James Version Event Page (in progress)Thank you so much to everyone who participated in our worldwide celebration of the King James Bible today, the 400th anniversary of its printing. More than 10,000 of us took part in this global YouVersion flash mob, together reading God’s Word aloud 8 times in just 400 seconds!

For example, the community member who joined us from the farthest point south was from Christchurch, New Zealand, while the participant farthest north was in Rovaniemi, Finland. (View map.)

And we had a lot of fun too, as YouVersion’s Facebook page blew up with people sharing where they were and what they were reading:
Matt K. Crazy to think that most of us read an old timeless translation on electronic devices! So awesome!
Pat D. Read Hebrews 2 from a 1950s KJV Bible from Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
Ruth H. Happy Birthday, KJV! So grateful for those who went before us in making God’s Word accessible in the language best understood by the people in that time and place.
Jan R. I love this! We should do this once a month!
Michelle N. That was neat. Let’s do it again!
Betsy B. Spent the majority of my 400 seconds trying to pronounce weird names. 2 Samuel 23 – David’s mighty men! Usually I just skip over the hard ones or replace their names with Bob or Fred, but I made myself say them today. I wondered if they were listening from Heaven and laughing with us trying to say their names.

Many people also joined in on Twitter, sharing their experiences and links:
@Sylvia_Raoi Glad to be in this wonderful campaign! May all glory go to my Lord!
@brandonaldson Our #KJV400 reading party after we finished our reading. All together, out loud, different chapters, cool! http://twitpic.com/4sf14e
@jared_clark Stopped on the side of HWY 66 to read Mark chapter 8 aloud in 400 seconds!
@AmandaSims I just said the word “Behold” more in 4 minutes than I have in the last 4 years. #kjv400

Thanks once again for joining in the celebration. Please continue to share your stories with us all. We’d love to hear all about the ways that God used your time today engaging with His Word and with His people!

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