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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.

 

 

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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

 

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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.

How a single Bible verse can unite your family

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What’s a great way to lead your family?

Start with a verse.

Many families enjoy choosing a “Family Bible Verse” that defines everything they value most. Never had a family verse before? A theme verse is like an anchor for your family: you can choose it together, memorize it together, lean on it together, and rally together around it.

Share your family verse with us, and your family could win a prize pack picnic basket. Just use the Bible App to make a Verse Image for your family verse (here’s how), then share it on Twitter, Instagram, or at Facebook.com/YouVersion, using #OurFamilyVerse.

Winners will be treated to everything you need for a family picnic: a custom YouVersion picnic blanket, tumblers, treats, and other snacking essentials!*

Here are just a few of our favorite verses to help you get started:

…choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve… as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
Joshua 24:15, NKJV

Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a
light for my path.
Psalm 119:105, NLT

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
Jeremiah 29:11–13, NIV

 


*Prize packs will be selected at random from eligible entries. For your entry to be eligible, you must use the hashtag #OurFamilyVerse on a publicly facing Twitter or Instagram post, or at Facebook.com/YouVersion. Prize pack contents subject to change based on availability of individual items. Sorry, we can only ship prize packs within the continental U.S.

Share your family’s story of faith with YouVersion

We’re listening.


…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

 

Today, for the third day of Family Bible Week, we want to hear from you. We’d love to know the story of your family’s faith. What does the Bible mean to your family? Does your family use the Bible App together? Tell us about it!

 

Write to us with your story of faith…

If you’d like, include some pictures…

Or even make a short video for us.

 

You can get your story to us in either of these two ways:

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*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.

Enjoy a Family Bible Plan together, and you could win!

FamilyBibleWeek2 The best way to help your family consistently connect with the Bible…is to invest time in it with them. That’s why today, for the second day of Family Bible Week, we’re presenting this special blend of Bible Plans for your whole family. And if you’ll let us know which plan you’re doing together, your family could be one of many randomly selected to win a prize pack* picnic basket. Each basket has everything your family needs for a fun afternoon together: a custom YouVersion picnic blanket, tumblers, treats, and other picnic essentials! Just tell us which plan you’re doing on your Twitter or Instagram, or at Facebook.com/YouVersion, using #FamilyBiblePlan.

Finding Hope at Home

Abide, 4 days Is there conflict in your home? Discover in the story of Naomi of Ruth how God’s heart for people can restore hope to your family.

Grow Up!

LifeChurch.tv, 10 days Daily readings and discussion questions help you lead your kids toward spiritual maturity, while games help them memorize verses.

A Daily Word for Parents with Ron Hutchcraft

Ron Hutchcraft, 5 days Author Ron Hutchcraft presents five devotionals for busy parents, showing how you can lead your family toward better choices, new beginnings, and more — with Godly wisdom.

Planting Lifelong Skills in Your Kids

Jim Daly and Focus on the Family, 7 days Learn how you can lovingly instruct your kids in building a life that honors God and blesses others, through fostering healthy relationships and managing responsibility.

Chosen

Thrive Moms, 6 days This daily Bible devotional for moms features thoughtful video and reflection questions that help you explore your identity in Christ and pursue God’s purpose for your life.

Becoming a Battle Ready Father

Manhood Journey, 8 days This devotional for dads helps you learn how to equip yourself daily for the spiritual battle facing your family, using the weapons and armor that God provides.

Plans for Everyone

Still want more? We have Plans for every member of your family:

For Kids

Truth or Trash from iKan Ministries, 35 days

Walk with Jesus: 21 Days through Matthew from Phil Vischer’s What’s in the Bible, 21 days

Handling Media Influences from LifeChurch.tv, 21 days God’s Good News from OneHope and Bible App for Kids, 5 days

Stained Glass: Eve’s Story from Lightside Games and OneHope, 6 days


For Teens

What is Love? God’s View on Love and Relationships from After the Music Stops, 7 days

10 Things to Abandon for Spiritual Growth from Brian Price, 10 days

Teens’ Q&A Devotionals on Top Questions from Zondervan, 12 days It Starts with Me from NewSpring Church, 21 days

Set Apart from LifeChurch.tv, 3 days


Find Your Family’s Plan


*Prize packs will be selected at random from eligible entries. For your entry to be eligible, you must use the hashtag #FamilyBiblePlan on a publicly-facing post or at Facebook.com/YouVersion, and you must include the name and/or link to the Plan your family is doing together. Prize pack contents subject to change based on availability of individual items. We can only ship prize packs within the continental U.S.

Announcing Family Bible Week

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Change is in the air. For much of the world, this change in the seasons marks the start of family fun and celebration. Many families are planning activities to keep their school-aged children occupied during the summer season. Other families are planning the next season of their lives, as they celebrate their “kids” who are graduating. And this coming Sunday, families from many countries will celebrate their mothers, mothers-in-law, and grandmothers for Mother’s Day.

That’s why today we’re announcing Family Bible Week. Family Bible Week is our special summer kick-off event to help you draw your family together around God’s Word. Beginning this Sunday, May 10th, join us for a week of tips, ideas… and prizes!

Celebrate Mom. Share a Bible verse that honors your mother and expresses how much she means to you. (We’ll suggest a few of our favorites to help get you started.)

Pick a Family Bible Plan. Choose a Bible Plan that your whole family can read together. (We’ll share a list of Plans that we recommend.) And if you’ll let us know which Plan you’re doing by using the hashtag #FamilyBiblePlan, your family may even win a prize!

Share Your Story. How does your family let God’s Word speak into your lives? How do you keep your family centered around faith in Christ? We’d love to hear your story! This week, we’ll tell you the best ways you can share it with us.

Create a Family Verse Image. What’s your family’s “theme” Bible verse? Don’t have one? No worries! We’ll offer some tips for how your family can choose their favorite. And if you share your Family Verse as a Verse Image using the hashtag #OurFamilyVerse, we’ll be randomly selecting a few families to receive prizes!

Enjoy Family Story Time. The next all-new Bible App for Kids story arrives next Friday. We’ll tell you then what it is and how you can get it, so you can enjoy it together as a family — not to mention the more than 30 stories already in the Bible App for Kids!

And more!

In the weeks to come, we hope you’ll invest some of the time you’ll be spending with family to intentionally engage with the Bible together. We’re looking forward to helping you explore new ways that you can seek God’s wisdom and encouragement — together, as a family.

“…I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out — plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen. When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.”
Jeremiah 29:11–13, The Message

New Bible App for Kids Story: Jesus Returns to Heaven: “Into the Clouds”

In the latest story from the Bible App for Kids, “Into the Clouds,” Jesus takes his disciples to a mountaintop near Jerusalem, where he tells them all the things he wants them to do after he leaves. Jesus tells his disciples to go home and wait for a little while, and God’s Holy Spirit will come to them. “Then,” he says, “after that happens, go tell everyone about me.” When you tell other people what Jesus means to you, that helps them learn how they can love him, too!

Jesus promises his disciples, “I will always be with you.” Then he rises up into the sky and disappears into a cloud. And his disciples see the whole thing happen! They are still standing there on the mountain, thinking about everything Jesus just said, when two angels come. The angels tell them that Jesus has gone to Heaven, and that one day, he’ll come back the same way. Jesus’ disciples are excited and happy, and they leave to start doing all the things Jesus told them.

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To get “Into the Clouds” 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 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!  

Get it now

 

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Now Available: The Bible App for Apple Watch

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Now there’s a whole new way you can experience the Bible App: on your Apple Watch. Jump directly into some of the Bible App features you use most often, right on your wrist:

All over the world, people just like you are connecting with each other through the global YouVersion community, sharing encouragement, inspiration, and insight. And the latest update to the Bible App for iOS places the power of that community around God’s Word…literally at your fingertips.

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