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Celebrating the Story of Christmas

For unto you is born...Christ the Lord.

All of us here at YouVersion want to wish you the best during this holiday season. We hope you’re able to reflect and celebrate that He is come: Immanuel, “God with us.”

Both the Bible App and the Bible App for Kids offer lots of great ways you can explore the meaning of Christmas together with your family:

  • Read the story of Christ’s birth in Luke 2:1-20.

  • Use your favorite audio Bible to listen to passages about the birth of Christ.

  • In the Videos section of the Bible App: Watch “The Nativity Story” or the “Birth of Jesus.”

  • In the Bible App for Kids: Explore The First Christmas Gift (pictured).

Being together with family and friends frequently presents opportunities for you to share your faith. And the Bible App and the Bible App for Kids make it so easy!

  • Use your device to show these apps to the people you’re with.

  • Show how they can get the apps on their own devices.

  • Even offer to install the apps for them!

The Bible App Named in Apple’s Best of 2013

Apple's Best of 2013For the fourth consecutive year, the Bible App has been ranked in the top 100 Free apps for iPhone on Apple’s “Best of” list. And for the third year in a row, the Bible App was also ranked in the top 100 for iPad.

This is just a part of the story that continues to unfold across the worldwide YouVersion community throughout 2013. What we’re seeing right now is nothing short of an amazing work of God.

  • The Bible App for Kids launched to broad acclaim, reaching an incredible 1 million installs during its first week! Many parents shared stories like this one: “Walked in on my son tearing up as he watched Jesus die on the cross on @BibleAppForKids. Praying for the call on his life this morning!” —Wade

  • The Bible App reached 100 million installs—just in time to celebrate our 5th anniversary in July. And by the time 2013 ends, we’ll have reached nearly 125 million. People all around the world are engaging with the Bible in new ways, people like Roxann, who told us she was finally able to set aside the Braille Bible that took up 5 feet of shelf space. Now she can hold her Bible in her hand.

  • Each of these milestones represents people spending time in God’s Word, people like Andrew: “YouVersion allowed me to, for the first time, read the Bible cover to cover. I listened to a 1yr Bible plan in my car every day for a year. I consider it one of my most important life accomplishments.”

Because you never stop sharing how the Bible is shaping your life on Facebook, on Twitter, and face to face, many more people all over the world continue to discover the Bible App and experience the powerful love of God.

The Bible App for Kids Surpasses One Million Installs in First Week

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Less than one week after launching, the Bible App for Kids has been installed on more than one million unique devices around the world. We’re amazed at how God has already been using the Bible App for Kids to connect children with the story of God’s love. Here’s what just a few of the people who have downloaded it so far are saying:

Bible App for Kids at #1“My 4 yr old LOVES the #BibleForKids. Thanks so much for helping to grow in him a love for the Word!”
—Angela

“Walked in on my son tearing up as he watched Jesus die on the cross on @BibleAppForKids. Praying for the call on his life this morning!”
—Wade

“Using the new Kids Bible App with my nephew & I’m fighting tears back from his excitement and seeing him grasping what he’s learning.”
—Desirae

“3 girls on 3 different devices ALL using the @BibleAppForKids!!! They can’t get enough!”
—Liz

“Just downloaded the @BibleAppForKids. It’s so beautiful and so cool! What an experience!”
—David

Part of the Bible App for Kids’ early success came from being visible in app stores. Over the weekend, the Bible App for Kids reached as high as the #2 overall free app for iPad, #3 overall free app for iPhone. It was also the #1 free app in the Kids or Education category on iTunes, Google Play, and the Amazon App Store. Climbing so high on each of these lists means that potentially millions of people who otherwise wouldn’t even know it existed will now see the Bible App for Kids when they’re browsing for new apps to install.

The Bible App for Kids

We specifically designed the Bible App for Kids to help children connect with Bible stories not just once, but again and again. And it’s our sincere prayer that exploring the Scriptures will help millions of kids discover a lifelong love for God’s Word.

Throughout the holidays, as you find yourself together with family and friends, whether at home, at church programs, or even at work parties, please keep sharing the Bible App for Kids. You can show it to them on your device, direct them to bible.com/kids, or even offer to install it for them.

You can download the Bible App for Kids for free at:

Website: bible.com/kids

Apple App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bible-for-kids/id668692393?ls=1&mt=8

Google Play: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bible.kids

Amazon Appstore: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GURLC40

Thank You for Helping Launch the Bible App for Kids

Bible App for Kids at #1Even though the Bible App for Kids only launched yesterday, it’s already being enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of kids all over the world. On the first day alone, the Bible App for Kids was installed more than 450,000 times! That means the app was installed 5 times every second, all day long.

Within the first 12 hours of launching, the app quickly gained momentum and garnered high rankings within the App Store.

  • #1 free Kids app
  • #1 free Education app
  • #2 overall free iPad app
  • #4 overall free iPhone app

And there are currently more than one million different apps available in the App Store. Getting so much visibility early on means there is the potential for millions of iPhone and iPad users to discover the app that may have otherwise never even known it existed.

Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, caregiver, or influencer, the Bible App for Kids is a fantastic way you can help the children in your life discover a Bible experience all their own. Designed specifically for children, we’re praying that the Bible App for Kids will help the next generation start engaging now with the grand story of God’s love for them. Thank you so much for your passion to share God’s Word with your kids!

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Even as incredible as yesterday was, we’re convinced that it’s only the beginning. God is doing something amazing. We always love hearing your stories on Facebook and Twitter. And don’t forget: millions of people haven’t even heard about the Bible App for Kids yet, so keep sharing it as much as you can. Tell people about it, show it to them on your device, even offer to install it for them!

Get the app now at any of these places:

Website: bible.com/kids
Apple App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bible-for-kids/id668692393?ls=1&mt=8
Google Play: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bible.kids
Amazon Appstore: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GURLC40

 

The Bible App for Kids is here!

Help your kids fall in love with God’s Word.

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Download the App Now! 

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The Bible App for Kids is coming this Thursday!

We’re thrilled to announce The Bible App for Kids is almost here!

Set a reminder for

Thursday, November 28

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That’s Thanksgiving Day in the U.S.—which we hope will present you with many opportunities for sharing as you enjoy time together with family and friends.

The Bible App for Kids will introduce:

  • Kid-friendly navigation
  • Touch-activated animations
  • Engaging content that introduces kids to the big story of the Bible
  • Experiences designed to encourage kids to return again and again

 

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Sign up and be alerted when the Bible App for Kids is available.

Check Out the Bible App for Kids Icon

The Bible App for KidsToday we’re excited to share with you the official icon for the Bible App for Kids! We purposefully designed this app icon to be inviting, fun, and engaging for your kids, a sort of “sneak peek” into what they’ll find inside the app.

And speaking of the app, we’re just now putting the finishing touches on it. If you’d like to be one of the first to know when the Bible App for Kids is ready, be sure to sign up at bible.com/kids!

And then, once you get that announcement, this is the icon you’ll be looking for.

Meet the Bible App for Kids

Meet the Newest Member of the YouVersion Family! One of the most common requests from the YouVersion community isn’t something you want for yourselves. You’ve asked for an app that helps your kids engage with God’s Word, just like the Bible App helps you.

Today we’re thrilled to announce that the Bible App for Kids™ is launching Thanksgiving Day! 

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See it in action and sign up to be the first to know when it’s ready!

Visit www.bible.com/kids today!

Coming soon to both Apple and Android smartphones and tablets, this completely free app is a delight-filled Bible experience just for children. As your kids interact with animations designed to bring its stories to life, they’ll be learning the grand narrative of the Bible. It’s the beginning of a lifelong love of God’s Word.

 

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See it in action and sign up to be the first to know when it’s ready!

Visit www.bible.com/kids today!

 

Dove Award Nominees, Winners Offer Bible App Devotionals

The 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards, hosted by Amy Grant and Kirk Franklin, air tonight—Monday, October 21—at 8:00 PM EDT on UP. Did you know that YouVersion offers several devotional plans from Dove Award-nominated artists and winners? Check out these great plans from some of your favorite inspirational acts:

All New Reading Plans on the Bible App!Casting Crowns Drawing from ministerial stories and personal experiences, Casting Crowns gives readers an in-depth look at life revealed through the lens of Jesus Christ. From The Overflow. 7 days

Matt Redman Based on Redman’s album Your Grace Finds Me, each day offers insight into what each song means, as well as the Scriptures that inspired it. From Matt Redman. 12 days

Tenth Avenue North Lead singer Mike Donehey explains the  devotional truths behind songs from their album, The Struggle. From Tenth Avenue North and The Overflow. 7 days

Lecrae Solo artist Lecrae developed this plan to share the Gospel of salvation and grace as expressed through his album Gravity. (Also featuring KB and Derek Minor.) From The Overflow. 8 days

Shane & Shane Intended to empower you with fulfillment, confidence, and joy from the Gospels, this devotional from Shane and Shane describes the Scriptures and personal experiences behind their album Bring Your Nothing. From The Overflow. 7 days

Devotions from Chris Tomlin This devotional from Tomlin was inspired by the Scriptures and themes addressed on his album Burning Lights. From Chris Tomlin. 5 days

Newsboys Highlighting tracks from God’s Not Dead, this exclusive devotional breaks down some of the Newsboys’ favorite worship songs, taking you straight into God’s Word. From The Overflow. 7 days

Dara Maclean Based on songs from her album, You Got My Attention, Dara Maclean offers a deeply personal look into her passion for Jesus. From The Overflow. 7 days

for KING & COUNTRY Named one of Billboard Magazine’s “Artists to Watch” in 2012, for KING & COUNTRY based this devotional on themes expressed in songs from their album Crave. From The Overflow. 7 days

Matt Maher Centered around the resurrection of Jesus, this devotional from Matt Maher explores how this singular event—a glorious reflection of God’s love and mercy for us—affects you personally. From The Overflow. 7 days

Matthew West Featuring personal accounts from the people whose stories inspired his album Into the Light, this devotional from Matthew West uses Scripture to reveal not just the root issues, but their ultimate solution: the salvation-giving love of Christ. From The Overflow. 7 days

Rhett Walker Band This Rhett Walker Band devotional explains the inspiration behind several songs from their Come to the River album (including the Grammy-nominated “When Mercy Found Me”). From The Overflow. 7 days

Building 429 Lead singer Jason Roy shares the Bible passages and personal experiences that became several songs from Building 429’s album, We Won’t Be Shaken. From The Overflow. 7 days

Every day, millions of Bible App users engage with God’s Word through devotionals and other categories of Bible plans. All you need to get started with any of these terrific plans is a free YouVersion account. Please also take a moment to check in on the conversations happening now on Facebook and Twitter, with your YouVersion friends from all over the world!

Have You Heard the Good News? The Bible App Can Read to You

iPhone4 - woman joggerPeople from all over the world tell us that listening to the Bible—wherever they are, whatever they’re doing—is changing their lives:

“YouVersion allowed me to, for the first time, read the Bible cover to cover. I listened to a 1yr Bible plan in my car every day for a year. I consider it one of my most important life accomplishments.”
—Andrew E.

“Being able to listen to Scripture this year has been a lifeline. I could not have managed without it. Thank you!”
—Charles L.

“I turn on the Bible App and put my phone in my hardhat so I can work and listen to the great book. TYVM for this app!”
—Nicky

Even if you already enjoy reading in the Bible App, did you know that some of our most popular Bibles…can also read to you? Listening to the Bible lets you experience God’s Word while you’re doing other things—driving, exercising, even reading along! Try one of these great audio Bibles:

More About Audio Bibles

Because audio Bibles are streamed, they’re best experienced over Wi-Fi. If you don’t have Wi-Fi available, be aware of your plan’s data limits and restrictions.

Where you can find audio Bibles:

  • Inside the Bible App: Tap to select a Bible version in the corner.

  • On the list of versions, a speaker icon indicates available audio.

  • Tap the audio version you want.

  • Back in the Bible reader: Tap the speaker icon at the bottom, then Play.

The Word is Getting Out.

You’ve probably heard by now that the Bible App has already been downloaded more than 100 million times. Check out this NBC Nightly News story, all about the Bible App!

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