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Actionable Notifications

Now on Apple devices, when the Bible App sends you a notification, you can swipe on it to take action, even right from the lock screen. When one of your Friends adds a Bookmark inside the Bible App, you can swipe the notification and tap Like or Comment. You can even accept Friend requests without having to open the Bible App.  Next time you receive a notification from the Bible App give it a try!

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Just in Time for Palm Sunday: Jesus Rides into Jerusalem in “The Donkey and the King”

“The Donkey and the King” is the newest story in the Bible App for Kids. Your kids will love learning about the first Palm Sunday, when Jesus fulfills Old Testament prophecy by riding into Jerusalem on a donkey. Based on Matthew 21:1–11, John 12:16–19, and Luke 19:36–40, Jesus rides into the city as crowds cheer, laying palm tree branches and their cloaks on the road in front of him to welcome Him. They’re hoping that He is the Messiah, the “Promised One” from God that they’ve been waiting for.

Palm Sunday: The Crowd Welcomes Jesus to Jerusalem

But not everyone is happy. The Pharisees are jealous at how much the people like Jesus. They tell Jesus that He should tell the people to stop cheering for Him. But Jesus tells them that if the people don’t cheer and shout, then the rocks will cry out!

The Pharisees are Jealous of Jesus

If you already have the Bible App for Kids, all you need to do to get “The Donkey and the King” 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

Already installed on more than 6 million devices, the Bible App for Kids comes from YouVersion, makers of the Bible App™. In partnership with OneHope, the Bible App for Kids was designed specifically to provide your children with a delight-filled Bible experience all their own. Here are all the places where you can get the Bible App for Kids:

 

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The Bible App Has a New Look

When the Bible App debuted in Apple’s App Store in 2008, the mobile landscape looked a lot different. YouVersion’s Bible App was one of only 200 free apps in that first store, offering Bibles in just two languages and a single Reading Plan. The worldwide YouVersion community has come a long way since then.

Now the Bible App has been installed on more than 170 million unique iOS, Android, and Kindle devices (among others). Today’s Bible App offers more than 1000 Bible versions, in over 750 languages. And with hundreds of Bible Plans (and more being added all the time), the Bible App truly makes it easier than ever to connect with God’s Word anytime, anywhere.

Of all the changes we’ve introduced over the years, one of the Bible App’s most recognizable features — our icon — has only changed once, when we gave it a facelift in 2011. It’s time. Today we announce our cleanest, highest definition, easiest-to-read icon yet:

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During these past seven years, God has already done more amazing things than we could ask, think, or even imagine. Best of all: we’re only getting started.

An All-New Way to Share What Inspires You


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Now for the first time ever, you can share a Bible verse — as an image — from directly inside the Bible App on your Apple or Android device. Did a verse encourage you today? Inspire you? Or even challenge you? Share it with your friends as an image. It’s easy!

On Apple Devices:

From inside the Bible App:

  1. Tap the passage you want to share.
  2. Tap the Share icon.
  3. Tap Image.
  4. Choose from dozens of beautiful, high-resolution backgrounds.
  5. Customize your image with fonts, colors, and other effects.
  6. Share your verse image directly into your Bible App Home feed, as an SMS or email message, or on social media.

On Android Devices:

From inside the Bible App:

  1. Tap the passage you want to share.
  2. Tap the Image icon.
  3. Choose from dozens of beautiful, high-resolution backgrounds.
  4. Customize your image with fonts, colors, and other effects.
  5. Share your verse image directly into your Bible App Home feed, as an SMS or email message, or on social media.

 

In addition, many verses contain pre-designed verse images with special text artwork. When you select one of these, you are able to simply share it from there without needing to do anything else!

 


 

About the Bible App

The Bible App™ has been installed on more than 170 million unique devices, all over the world. Developed by YouVersion, the Bible App offers more than 1,000 Bible versions, in more than 770 languages. And it’s always completely free.

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New: Share to your favorite apps: Evernote, Tumblr, LinkedIn, & more

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Available now on both Apple and Android devices, it’s easier than ever to share from the Bible App to other apps — like Evernote, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Pocket, and more. Send a Bible passage to Evernote to meditate on it or memorize it. Save a video to Pocket to watch later. Sharing from iOS to Twitter got an upgrade, too. Now when you share a Bible Plan, your Tweet includes the image for that Plan (if it has one). Try it and see!

Inside the Bible App:

  • Tap any verse.
  • Tap the Sharing icon.
  • Tap wherever you want to share — Text, Email, Twitter, Facebook, Evernote, etc. — and follow the prompts.

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What do you like to share? And Where?

Love sharing what you’re up to in the Bible App? We want to hear from you!
Leave us a comment below:

Interviews show top football players love the Bible App

Sunday, February 1, will be the the biggest day of the year in American sports. And although the top two teams in American football will face off as rivals on the field, several players from both sides share a love for the Bible. Thanks to YouVersion partner The Increase, hear some of the greatest players in American football tell why they love the Bible App:


 

 

And here’s a bonus video, captured by our friends at 1615.tv at Media Day talking with players from the Patriots and Seahawks about their love for the Bible:


 

Spread the Word.

Just like you, they love being able to read 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.

 

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Take it Further

Now is a great time to take a look at this special Bible Plan from The Increase. In this 3-week devotional, professional athletes from the NFL and MLB share the Bible passages that mean the most to them — and the stories behind them.

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You’ve read the Bible, but have you heard it?

Let the Bible App Read to you.

Just imagine listening to God’s Word while you exercise, while you get ready for work, during your commute — or whenever you want.* It’s easy! Inside the Bible App:

  • When reading the Bible, tap the version abbreviation at the top of the app.
  • Select any version with a speaker icon next to it.
  • Tap the Play button.

 

Start Listening Now

Now listen to The Message!

The Message was written to recapture the conversational style of the original documents that made up what we call the New Testament, translating God’s Word into our everyday language. The Message’s smooth, casual flow helps you engage easily with the Bible, so you can better understand its stories and ideas. And now for the first time ever, YouVersion partners NavPress and Oasis Audio are generously making the audio version of The Message available to the worldwide YouVersion community!

*Audio Bibles are best experienced over Wi-Fi. If you don’t have Wi-Fi available when you listen, be aware of your device plan’s data limits and restrictions.

The worldwide YouVersion community just shattered all previous records

More and more people are exploring God’s story and discovering their place in it every day — to the tune of more than 4 million new Plan subscriptions during the last month alone. That’s a 68% increase over the same period last year! And the YouVersion community is finishing Plans in record numbers. During that same month, readers completed more than 1.3 million Plans. That’s the most Plans ever completed in a single month — a 69% increase over last year!

What are Bible Plans?

When you subscribe to a Bible Plan, the Bible App gives you a brief passage to read (or listen to) each day. Plans draw you into the Bible every day, helping you meditate on what God’s Word means in your life. And here are just a few examples of the 133 Plans we’ve added in just the last three months:

How to Get Through What You’re Going Through
Rick Warren, 5 days

He Walks Among Us: Devotions
Rich and Reneeé Stearns, 7 days

Experiencing God’s Best
R.C. Sproul, 10 days

Discover God’s Dream for You
Jennie Allen, 14 days

Don’t miss out.

Clearly, something big is happening.  If you’re ready for a new Plan or you’ve never tried one before, why not take that first, simple step right now:

Find a Plan

“A Voice in the Night” – Samuel’s Story Joins The Bible App for Kids

In the newest story from the Bible App for Kids, “A Voice in the Night,” Samuel hears God’s voice for the first time. Based on 1 Samuel chapter 1, verse 2:11, and chapter 3, Samuel goes to live with Eli at the temple. One night, Samuel thinks his teacher Eli is calling him from the next room — until Eli realizes that it’s God who’s calling Samuel.

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Eli tells Samuel how he can listen for God’s voice, and how he should respond when God speaks. Of course, Samuel grows up to become an important prophet, sharing the things that God tells him with all of God’s people. But Samuel’s story begins when he first makes the choice to listen for God’s voice.

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All you need to do to get “A Voice in the Night” is open the Bible App for Kids and tap the new story icon. And if you don’t have the Bible App for Kids yet, it’s easy to get, and 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 5 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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Announcing the Winners from the Bible App’s 21-Day New Year Challenge

On January 1, we invited you to join us for the Bible App’s 21-Day New Year Challenge. Registered users who completed one day of an eligible Bible Plan every day from January 1 through January 21 were entered into a random drawing for our grand prize, an iPad Air! The results are in, and the lucky winner is:

Janeth V.

Congratulations, Janeth!
(Don’t forget to install the Bible App on your new iPad 😉

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Throughout the Challenge, many registered users who tweeted which Plan they were reading with the hashtag #BibleFor21 also won prizes*. Here they are:

Andy C., iPad mini

Melanie G., Android Nexus 7 tablet

Danielle P., Android Nexus 7 tablet

Juan V., YouVersion prize pack

Israel D., YouVersion prize pack

Jamie N., YouVersion prize pack

We think everyone who completed this year’s 21-Day New Year Challenge is a winner—way to go! If your special 21-Day New Year Challenge badge hasn’t already appeared on your YouVersion profile, you should see it sometime within the next week. 

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Keep your momentum going.

We hope your time in God’s Word during these last three weeks drew you closer to Him. And we hope each day helped you really lock in your daily Bible reading habit. 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.

With hundreds of Bible Plans in several languages, your next new favorite is just a couple of clicks away:

 

Discover Your Next Plan

 


*Winners can expect to receive their prizes within the next 7–10 business days. If you need to contact us about your prize, you must use the same email address you used to register your free YouVersion account. Refer to our original post for full contest rules.


 

About the Bible App

The Bible App has been installed on more than 165 million unique devices, all over the world. Developed by YouVersion, the Bible App™ offers more than 1,000 Bible versions, in more than 740 languages. And it’s always completely free.

The Bible App™

Website: bible.com/app

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