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Fresh Starts: Not Just for New Year’s

In a few days, 2014 will be half over. That means the second half of 2014 is just beginning! You don’t have to wait until January to begin or re-begin a daily practice of spending time in the Bible.

Kick off Your Half-Year Resolution on July 1

1. Pick a Bible Plan
Plans come in all shapes and sizes—more than 800 options from topical to devotional, and a few days to a few months in length. Search for one you’re really interested in and make sure it’s a goal you think you can achieve. How about a short Plan to get things rolling? Or, have you ever tried a video Plan? Find your Plan and start on July 1.

2. Put the App to Work for You
You’ll find lots of features to help you stick with your goal: Set a reminder in the app to help you stay on track. Listen to your daily selections with an audio Bible. And don’t be shy about using the “Catch Me Up” button if you fall behind!

3. Include Your Friends
People are more successful starting new habits with the support of friends. Make sure you’ve added your friends in Bible App 5 and start sharing what you’re bookmarking, highlighting, and noting each day. You can even do the same Plan together.

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4. Let’s do this together!
Use the hashtag #HalfYearResolution on Facebook and Twitter to share what you’re starting on July 1. It would be great to see the YouVersion community inspiring people all over the world toward a new beginning!

 

Bible App 5 is Now Available for Kindle Fire

Bible App 5 is our biggest update ever, and we’re thrilled to announce it’s now available for Kindle Fire! People around the world are seeing Scripture in a new way as they explore the Bible with their closest friends.

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Conversations About the Bible

Now, highlights, bookmarks, and notes are a way to share what you’re discovering with people you care about. Meaningful conversations about the Bible become part of your daily life as you ask questions, offer encouragement, and learn together.

Verse of the Day

One of the YouVersion Community’s favorite features gets a prime spot in Bible App 5. View today’s, yesterday’s, or even last week’s Verse of the Day right from the Home screen as a daily reminder of God’s truth and love.

Bible App for Kindle Fire

 Find out more about Bible App 5 from our announcement in April. Update the Bible App on your Kindle Fire today and start having meaningful conversations about God’s Word.

New Bible Plans from All Sons & Daughters, Beating Burnout, Family, & More

Reading (and listening or watching) the Bible every day, even if it’s only a little bit each time, impacts how you see life. When you subscribe to a Bible Plan, you’re a part of a worldwide community seeking God daily. Find these Plans and more by viewing the Featured category under Plans.

All Sons & Daughters – Devotional

All Sons & Daughter, 7 Days
All Sons & Daughters, the worship duo from Journey Church in Tennessee, focus on Jesus while embracing the tension of the Christian walk. In this seven-day devotional, learn to rely on Him and His truths as you walk a Christian life.

Journey to Change

NewSpring Church, 21 Days
From the minute we accept Jesus into our heart, our life is forever changed. In this Plan, NewSpring Church shares stories from 21 people who met Jesus and will never be the same. Learn how life changing a relationship with Christ can be!

31 Days of Building Your Family’s Values

Family ID, 31 Days
The first step to determining the legacy you want to leave behind is establishing strong values that are important to pass on. Strong family values prepare you for the future and help make daily decisions. As a family, explore 31 values that you can pray through together.

Beating Burnout: Finding Hope and Health

Anne Marie Miller, 3 Days
Feeling tired? Burned out? It’s easy to take on more than you can handle and become burned out. Join Anne Marie Miller in this daily guide and learn how to avoid burnout. Focus your energy on rest, holistic health, and the power of prayer.

YouVersion Community Favorites

Looking for more Bible Plans? Bible readers around the world recommend these noteworthy favorites. This month, we’re highlighting Plans about Pentecost and the early church, as well as family and parenting.

 

Bible Plans with Friends

By changing your Plan settings to “Friends,” your friends can see your daily progress and add comments of encouragement. They might even be inspired by your choice or progress and start the Plan themselves. If you haven’t already, update to Bible App 5 and add friends to start sharing the Bible together. Update to Bible App 5 now.

Tip: Use a Plan for Group Study

Does your group want to study the Bible together? Plans to the rescue! Choose a Plan, start on the same day, and see how you can bring additional insights to each other. Read each day’s content, bookmark Scripture that speaks to you, and share notes.

New Bible Plans from Rick Warren, Charles Spurgeon, and more!

Bible Plans are the YouVersion community’s favorite way to make the Bible a daily habit. There are over 800 Plans in the Bible App, and this month we have six brand new Plans, plus some of our old favorites. Find these and more in the Featured section in the Bible App.

 

YouVersion Community Favorites

Looking for more Bible Plans? We’ve collected a list of noteworthy favorites that Bible readers around the world recommend.

 

Finding Friends

In the newest version of the Bible App, you can connect with your closest friends. Share Scripture and encourage each other towards exploring God’s Word in a whole new way. If you haven’t already, update to Bible App 5 and start finding friends. Update to Bible App 5 now.

Tip: Set Up Notifications

You can create customized reminders in the Bible App for iOS and Android. Set up notifications for Plans you’re subscribed to for first thing in the morning or right before you go to bed. This way, you never miss a day.

Why Friendships in Bible App 5 are Different

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This is the second post in a four-part series.

In our always-on, constantly connected world, you see people on all kinds of social media platforms who have hundreds and hundreds of friends or followers. Many people even count their online “friendships” in the thousands. But let’s be honest: we all know most of those aren’t real friendships. True relationship only happens when we’re known…through trust, real transparency, and vulnerability.

You probably know the Bible App has great tools to quickly, easily share whatever you’re reading and learning. You can share verses, Bible Plans, and more on Facebook, Twitter, SMS (texts), and email. And you do: sharing more than 250,000 passages every single day. While sharing on social media platforms is a great way to use the Bible App to reach out, sometimes it’s so noisy there that it’s hard just to have an earnest back-and-forth conversation with close friends.

To address this problem, Bible App 5 limits the number of friendships you can form within the app to 150. Several studies have suggested that, realistically, most people only have the capacity to maintain that many real relationships. Limiting your YouVersion friendships to people you know well fosters an environment for honest conversations and shared discoveries among trusted friends.

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As you read, bookmark, and highlight Scripture, those interactions create opportunities for conversations about the Bible with your friends. So wrestle with those passages you don’t understand. Ask sincere questions. Share meaningful discussion. Allow your friends to speak into your time in Scripture so you can better learn and discover together.

We designed Bible App 5 specifically to help you draw closer to God through His Word. We sincerely hope you’ll find it to be a tool that’s equipping you to truly love Him more, with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.

 Update your app or download Bible App 5 for Android or iOS today.

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sirma.mobile.bible.android

App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bible/id282935706?mt=8

Why Bible App 5 is a Step Forward in Bible Engagement

Since the Bible App’s launch in July 2008, we’ve seen incredible changes in the landscape of Bible engagement. Many of the numbers we look at every day are now so big that, in some ways, it’s hard to get a handle on what they even mean. But one thing is for sure: a revolution is taking place. Millions and millions of people all over the world are making the Bible a part of their everyday lives, many of them for the first time. And our mission at YouVersion remains the same: to help people fully engage with the Bible.

Up until now, the Bible App was designed mostly around you as an individual—you reading or listening to your Bible, adding your personal notes and your insights. While many people have told us that this kind of personal experience has helped them grow closer to God through His Word, we think there’s still more we can do—a lot more. The all-new Bible App 5 transforms the way you experience Scripture…from “me” to “we.”

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Historically, people were only able to experience the Bible in community. Before the printing press, very few people had personal copies of the Bible. But movable type changed everything. For the first time in history, anyone who could read could experience God’s Word with their very own printed Bible. In more recent times, audio Bibles in several languages invite even more people to enjoy God’s Word by listening—even if they can’t read.

Bible App 5 was designed from the ground up to bring the best of all these things together again. It draws the Scriptures back into community, without sacrificing personalized access. You can keep enjoying your own Bible, just as you always have. But now, for the first time, you can also easily experience it within the context of close, trusted friendships.

That’s why we are so excited about Bible App 5, the most radical update since the Bible App began. Inside, you’ll find all-new features that let you discuss and discover the Scriptures—not with just anyone, but with the people you choose, real friends that you know and trust. Bible App 5 was designed specifically to help you connect more with God’s Word than you ever have before…through your relationships.

The new Bible App 5

Update your app or download Bible App 5 for Android or iOS today.

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sirma.mobile.bible.android

App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bible/id282935706?mt=8

Introducing Bible App 5

We’re thrilled to introduce Bible App 5, our biggest update ever. Over the last five years, the Bible App has helped millions grow closer to God’s Word through a personal experience with Scripture. Now, with this latest update, you can bring some of your favorite people into the picture as you explore the Bible with your closest friends.

Introducing Bible App 5

Conversation & Discovery: Explore the Bible with your Closest Friends

Share honest conversations about Scripture with a community of people you know and trust. Learn along with them as you see what they’re discovering. Gain a new way of looking at things as you spend time together in the Bible.

Bible App 5 helps these conversations become part of our daily life—commenting on the bookmark of a friend who’s going through a tough season, getting new insight as you read a friend’s note on a familiar passage, finding common ground with a friend who just highlighted the same verse. It’s an environment for asking sincere questions, sharing struggles and a-ha moments, and living closer to each other and God.

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It’s our passion at YouVersion to equip this generation to become the most Bible-engaged in history. We believe Bible App 5 is a leap forward in that effort, and we can’t wait to hear what you think!

Update your app or download Bible App 5 for Android or iOS today. You can also experience it on the web at bible.com.

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sirma.mobile.bible.android

App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bible/id282935706?mt=8

 

NY Times “Noah” Ad Encourages Bible Reading

In a full-page ad in yesterday’s New York Times, the makers of the new epic film Noah recommend you read the biblical account of Noah’s story in the Bible App. We couldn’t agree more!

Read Noah’s story in Genesis at bible.com or in the Bible App. 

With the abundance of Bible-related movies and television shows over the past year, Hollywood seems to be realizing something the YouVersion community already knows: all over the world, this generation is excited about engaging with the Bible.

The Noah movie, starring Russell Crowe, opens worldwide on Friday. But you don’t have to wait. You can read (or listen to) the original story right now in the Bible App—in about nine minutes.

21-Day Challenge Winners

21 Day Challenge 512On January 21, we invited everyone to join us for the 21-Day Challenge. Registered YouVersion community users who completed each scheduled day of any YouVersion Bible Plan or combination of Plans from January 21 through February 10 had their names entered into a random drawing. The prizes being awarded are five iPad minis, five Nexus 7 tablets, and 21 YouVersion prize packs. (Refer to original blog post for full contest rules.) The results are in, the custom 2014 badges are on their way to your inboxes, and we’re excited to announce the prize winners!*

iPad minis & Nexus 7s (Don’t forget to install the Bible App, first thing!)

Judy B. – Larry B. – Eric E. – Yashica K. – Nana M.

Tomika G. – Ed H. – Stephanie S. – Elaine W. – Weston S.

YouVersion T-Shirt and Sticker Pack. Congratulations to these 21 users:

Hsein C (Singapore) Amanda D. (United States)
Jason W (United States) Ruth P. (Jamaica)
Raahnisi (Vietnam) Invaildo R. (Brazil)
Yassa (United States) Gab S. (Mexico)
Ramey (United States) Tom T. (United States)
Atabong N. (Camaroon) Unathi M. (Zimbabwe)
LaQuinta P. (United States) Kevin A. (Indonesia)
Amber G. (United States) Jessie G. (United States)
Damaris H. (Chile) Trinette B. (United States)
Vincent  W. (United States) Jukka H. (Finland)
Margaret M. (Great Britain)

We hope that joining us for the challenge during these last 3 weeks helped you firmly establish your own daily Bible reading habit. More importantly, we hope this time brought you closer to God as you enjoyed spending time with Him each day in His Word. And now, even though the challenge is over, there’s no reason to stop! With more than 600 Reading Plans, your next plan is already waiting for you. Besides our lucky winners, we’d like to thank everyone else who participated in the 21-Day Challenge! If it hasn’t already posted, your special 21-Day Challenge badge should show up on your YouVersion profile sometime during the next week.


*Winners can expect to receive prizes within the next 7–10 business days. All correspondence with YouVersion to confirm winners’ shipping address will take place through the email address used when you registered your free YouVersion account.

How the Bible App Helps Players in the Big Game

The biggest day in American sports is here, and the Bible App is well-known to players on both sides of the field.

Thanks to 1615.tv, we had an opportunity to talk with several players who are competing in the big game on Sunday. And like so many of you, their love for God’s Word has grown by being able to read the Bible anytime, anywhere with the Bible App.

Along with you, they are sharing the Verse of the Day, adding bookmarks, completing Bible Plans, and listening to audio Bibles. Whether you’re a sports fan or not, it’s fun to be reminded that people from all around the world and in different walks of life make up the YouVersion Community. And no matter where you are, or what career you have, the Bible App makes it possible to seek God through His Word wherever you go.

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