Archive - News RSS Feed

Featured: Christine Caine, Steven Furtick, Jen Hatmaker, John Piper, and More

Acclaimed speaker and A21 founder Christine Caine shares how the power you find in God’s Word can help you release your shame and begin to live a life of freedom.

Through Bible passages that demonstrate how God uses broken people (like us) to do big things, Pastor Steven Furtick helps you come to terms with the good, the bad, and the unmentionable in your life.

With characteristic honesty and humor, bestselling author Jen Hatmaker shares biblical wisdom that shows how you can keep bringing grace—and joy—to the inevitable struggles and occasional heartbreaks that find their way into your relationships.

Author and pastor John Piper sheds the light of the gospel on three areas where everyone struggles, showing that when we give these things the place in our lives that God intended, we can actually bring him glory.

Through daily Scripture and audio prayers, author Seth Haines shares devotional reflections on how experiencing pain helps you recognize where you need healing, which can then lead you toward recovery.

Connecting a daily excerpt from the classic My Utmost for His Highest with a related Bible passage, a short video helps you visualize how Oswald Chambers’ inspiring words can help you make Jesus the center of your everyday life.

Find Your Next Plan


Get ready for Family Bible Week! FamilyBibleWeek-featuredplans-email

Family Bible Week begins next Sunday, May 8. Throughout this year’s celebration, we’ll be offering free resources, tips, and even prizes to help your family grow together around God’s Word. One of the best ways you can do that is by enjoying a Bible Plan together. Tap below to see Plans from our “Family” category. When you find one you think your family would enjoy, open it and tap “Save for Later”—so you’ll have it for Family Bible Week!

See Plans for Families


Are you a church leader?

We have free resources you can use in your church to help your families connect with the Bible during Family Bible Week. Tap below to learn more.

Get Free Resources

Every person who wants to know what the Bible says should be able to find out.

But they can’t. At least, not yet…

If you’re reading this, it’s likely that you already have the Bible in your language. (We hope so.) You may even have several versions to choose from. But have you ever wondered what your life might be like without the Bible? Think about how God’s Word speaks to you when you read it. What if the Bible were available in your language… but you couldn’t see? Or you didn’t know how to read? It’s estimated that 285 million people worldwide are visually impaired,1 and that 775 million adults (~17%) cannot read or write.2 How will they discover all that God wants to say to them through His Word?

If you came here from an email we sent to you, welcome!
(If you’re not receiving our emails, you can subscribe here.)

lightstock_168098_small_kyle
Bible societies are bringing God’s
Word to everyone. You can help.

In just the last three months, generous Bible society partners have introduced 25 new audio versions to the Bible App, offering new opportunities to connect with the Bible, for people who may never have had it before. Half of the world’s population now has a mobile subscription (up from just one in five 10 years ago).3 Anywhere a mobile device can go, God’s Word can be there. This freedom changes lives:

“I am totally blind. The Bible App is invaluable! I can read the Bible anywhere, anytime. Now I can truly study the Bible. As my husband has some difficulty with reading, this app is also invaluable to him!”
—Bible App User from Australia

As liberating as audio Bibles are, they’re just a small part of all that Bible societies are doing to change the world. During that same three months, they introduced 23 new Bible texts to the Bible App. Together, these contributions represent 38 new languages! (The full list is below.)

The day is coming when every person on earth will have the opportunity to experience God’s Word, because passionate people have dedicated their lives to bringing this vision to life. Of the 7,000 languages in active use today, the complete Bible has been translated into 550, and the New Testament into 1,300.4  While many language groups remain to be done, Bible societies are translating for the largest groups first. In addition, easier travel and new communication technologies have exponentially increased their capacity.

Don’t miss your chance to take
part in what God is doing in the world.

Your contribution to bringing God’s Word to Myanmar could transform a child’s life:


lightstock_205051_small_kyle

(That’s thanaka on her face, a traditional cosmetic paste made from tree bark.5)

In Southeast Asia, where this girl lives, more than 32 million people speak Myanmar (Burmese), mostly within their country’s borders. Still classified as “unreached” by the Gospel, most of Myanmar’s population is Buddhist. Although some projections estimate that as much as 9% of Myanmar’s people might be Christians, it’s difficult to know for certain.6 People who profess any religion other than Buddhism are socially ostracized, and often violently persecuted. For these reasons, most Christ followers in Myanmar keep their faith secret.7

But their story is just beginning. In recent elections, the people of Myanmar united to overthrow years of government corruption and violence. Now mobile service providers are introducing technology there designed to advance health care, and even to help people conduct financial transactions.8 When these positive changes began sweeping across the nation, Global Bible Initiative was ready, bringing their New Testament Myanmar Standard Bible to Myanmar’s Bible App users. Now, thanks to their work, even if Christians in Myanmar can’t share their faith openly—yet—they can still remain connected to God’s Word.


Aided by new technologies, Bible societies now have the chance to bring God’s Word to every person in the world, no matter where they live, what language they speak—or even what physical challenges they face. An opportunity like this has never existed before in human history. And we get to be here. You get to be here. You were made for such a time as this.

Now that you know,
what will you do?

Join us. Click below and learn what our Bible society partners are doing. Find one whose vision inspires you—and commit to support them. All of creation is waiting in eager expectation to see what we will do.9

American Bible Society American Bible Society
Wycliffe Wycliffe
Global Bible Initiative Global Bible Initiative
Biblica Biblica
Viorel Silion Viorel Silion
Bulgarian Bible Society (BBS at UBS.org) Bulgarian Bible Society (BBS at UBS.org)
Bible Society in Guinea-Conakry Bible Society in Guinea-Conakry
The Bible Society of Ghana (BSG at UBS.org) The Bible Society of Ghana (BSG at UBS.org)
Messianic Jewish Publishers and Resources Messianic Jewish Publishers and Resources
United Bible Societies United Bible Societies

 


Newest Audio Bibles

 

The New Testament in Akoose:
Melɛ̌ Mékɔ̄ɔ̄lē
The New Testament in Teso:
Ebaibuli 1961
The New Testament in Awa-Cuaiquer (Ecuador):
Masas Pit Jesucristowa
The New Testament in Awa (Papua New Guinea):
Manikáne O Ehwehne
Today’s New Testament in Balinese:
Today’s Bali Bible
Genesis and the New Testament in Bambam
Today’s New Testament in Batak Karo:
Today’s Batak Karo Bible
Biblia Aymara, Qullan Arunaca:
Central Aymara
The New Testament in Buamu:
Dónbeenì Páaníi Fĩnle Vũahṹ
The New Testament in Galibi Carib:
Asery Tamusi Karetary
The New Testament in Chipaya:
Nuevo Testamento Chipaya
The New Testament in Chiquitano:
Chiquitano New Testament
The New Testament in Denya:
Ŋwɛ Menomenyɛɛ́ Mekɛ́
The New Testament in Ignaciano: New Testament
The New Testament in Ixil (San Juan Cotzal):
Viakʼla Txumbʼal u Tioxh
The New Testament in Jacalteco (Eastern) Popti’:
Nuevo Testamento yin̈ Abxubal
The Revised New Testament in Javanese (Indonesian, formal):
Javanese Bible
The New Testament in Lango (Uganda):
Baibul 1979
The New Testament in Mopán Maya:
Le’ec Ada’ U T’an a Dios a Tumulbene
Today’s New Testament in Nias:
Nias Bible
The New Testament in Quechua (North Bolivian):
Quechua Norte New Testament
The New Testament in Tamang (Eastern):
परमेश्वरला बचन छार कबुल
The New Testament in Tamasheq:
New Testament
The New Testament in Teribe:
Sbö Tjl̈õkwo
The New Testament in Tol:
Dios Tjevele Jupj ‘Üsüs La Qjuisiji Jesucristo Mpes

 

Newest Versions and Languages

 

The New Testament in Adioukrou
Asante Twi Bible with Deutero-Canons
Biblia în Versiune Actualizată 2015
Bulgarian Protestant Bible (Revised)
The Complete Jewish Bible (in English)
The Bible in Pennsylvania German
The Bible in Keley-i Kalaha
The New Testament in Komba
The New Testament in Kulina
The New Testament in Kwamera
The Bible in Guinea Kpèlèè
The Bible in Guinea Kpèlèè (DC)
The New Testament in Ladakhi
Matthew, Mark, and Acts in Saliba
Myanmar Standard Bible in Myanmar (Burmese)
Myanmar Standard Bible (Zawgyi) in Myanmar (Burmese)
Portions of the New Testament in Nali
Portions of the New Testament in Nek (Papua New Guinea)
Psalms, Proverbs, and the New Testament in Middle Newar
ses Bible in Songhai de Gao in Koyraboro Senni Songhai
Tagalog Contemporary Bible (Filipino)
The New Testament in Islander Creole (English)
World English Bible British Edition (British English)

 


Sources:

  1. Visual Impairment and Blindness,” World Health Organization.
  2. Statistics on Literacy,” UNESCO.
  3. Report: GSMA Mobile Economy 2015, Groupe Spéciale Mobile Association.
  4. Why Bible Translation?,” Wycliffe.
  5. Thanaka,” Wikipedia.
  6. Country: Myanmar (Burma),” Joshua Project.
  7. #23 on the World Watch List (of persecuted Christians),” Open Door.
  8. 2.3.1 Mobile Money, [mHealth, and 2.4.1 Connected Women,” GSMA Mobile Economy 2015.
  9. Romans 8:19.

The Bible App for Kids Is Now Available in Traditional Chinese!

BAFK-zh_tw

Now for the first time ever, your children can experience the Bible App for Kids in Traditional Chinese! Together with our partner OneHope, we want as many kids as possible to have the opportunity to fall in love with God’s Word in their own heart language. The Bible App for Kids is also available in Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Dutch, English, Farsi, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and most recently Turkish.

And, did you know that the Bible App for Kids lets you switch between languages directly inside the app? To get this great feature, just update your Bible App for Kids to the most current version. After you’ve run the update, look under Settings for “Language,” then select from any of fifteen languages. The audio will play in that language, and any text will appear in that language, too!

Please share this great news with your friends!

 

 



The Bible App for Kids icon

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 more than 10 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 Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Dutch, English, Farsi, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and now Traditional Chinese!

Get it now

Get the Bible in the Languages of Nigeria

nigeria-languages-blog

Thanks to the generosity of visionary Bible society and translation partners, YouVersion is pleased to offer several Bibles in the languages of Nigeria, all available through the Bible App. Just tap any of the buttons below to select a Bible in that language:

Bíbélì Mímọ́:
Yoruba Bible
 

Littafi Mai Tsarki:
Hausa Bible
 

Bible Nso:
Igbo Bible
 

Alkawal Kesal Nder Fulfulde Caka Naajeeriya:
Fulfulde Bible


And, don’t forget to share this Good News with your friends:

 

 


About the Bible App

The Bible App has been installed on more than 225 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.

New Bible App icon
bible.com/app

App Store Google Play store icons_amazon

 

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).

Celebrate with us!

john_11_25_26-niv-withicon

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!) 😉
YouVersion_Prize_US

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.

21-day-challenge-2016-512

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.

New Bible App icon
bible.com/app

App Store Google Play store icons_amazon

 

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.

2204-thumb

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
 
 increase

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
 
 true-competitor

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
 


 

5 million reasons to have hope for 2016

5-million-socialgraphic-emailDownload and share

The Bible App was installed on more than 5 million unique devices
during January — the most ever for a single month.
What does that mean?

First, one step…

Five million times during the last month, in countries all over the world, people shared one simple idea: “I should try reading the Bible.” And when they searched for “Bible” using their mobile device, they discovered the Bible App — then installed it. For many of these people, this was their first step on a journey toward God.

“You will seek me and find me,
when you seek me with all your heart.”
—Jeremiah 29:13, English Standard Version

Then another step…

The worldwide YouVersion community broke another record in January, too: together, you completed more than 2.3 million Bible Plans. Bible Plans are one of the best ways we know to learn how to apply principles from the Bible to your everyday life. Bible Plans give you a brief passage to read (or listen to) each day, feeding your soul with encouragement, wisdom, and inspiration. And when you feel inspired…

What’s your next step?

We hope that you’re one of the many who are already actively engaging with the Bible every day. If you’ve felt God’s Word (the Bible) speaking to you, then you’ve begun to understand the power it has to transform your life. Help other people discover that same power. Join us in spreading the Word:

 

 

Get the Bible App

Page 2 of 47«12345»102030...Last »