In a last-resort compromise, a couple on the verge of divorce agrees to read through the Love and Marriage reading plan together—opening the door to restoration. During his breaks, a construction worker reads the Bible on his iPhone, mainly to grow closer to God, although also to share his light with his coworkers. A family in the hospital with a loved one who’s fading—takes just a moment to express gratitude on Twitter for free, easy access to God’s encouraging words.
What do these stories have in common? Each one is an example of the power of God’s Word to affect lives. All of them actually happened. And all of them came from you, the YouVersion community. This group of millions of people, sharing their lives from literally everywhere around the world, needs to hear stories just like these—stories of encouragement, of comfort, of healing, of inspiration… We need your story. Would you share it with us?
- How has the Bible App made a difference in your life?
- How has having God’s Word with you wherever you go affected your life?
- How has having anytime, anywhere access to the Bible changed how you interact with it?
Here’s how you can share:
- On Video. Make a video (4 minutes or less) and upload it to YouVersion’s Vimeo page. (Please include your first name and last initial, and say where you’re from.)
- In Writing. Not comfortable on camera? No worries. Tell us your story in 400 words or less, right below.
- On Facebook. Even if you tell us your story on video or through the above form, we’d also love for you to share at least a portion of it with the entire YouVersion community today, right on YouVersion’s Facebook page. It’s a great place where we can encourage one another to daily engage with the Bible and to seek God.
Thank you so much to everyone who participated in our worldwide celebration of the King James Bible today, the 400th anniversary of its printing. More than 10,000 of us took part in this global YouVersion flash mob, together reading God’s Word aloud 8 times in just 400 seconds!
For example, the community member who joined us from the farthest point south was from Christchurch, New Zealand, while the participant farthest north was in Rovaniemi, Finland. (View map.)
And we had a lot of fun too, as YouVersion’s Facebook page blew up with people sharing where they were and what they were reading:
Matt K. Crazy to think that most of us read an old timeless translation on electronic devices! So awesome!
Pat D. Read Hebrews 2 from a 1950s KJV Bible from Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
Ruth H. Happy Birthday, KJV! So grateful for those who went before us in making God’s Word accessible in the language best understood by the people in that time and place.
Jan R. I love this! We should do this once a month!
Michelle N. That was neat. Let’s do it again!
Betsy B. Spent the majority of my 400 seconds trying to pronounce weird names. 2 Samuel 23 – David’s mighty men! Usually I just skip over the hard ones or replace their names with Bob or Fred, but I made myself say them today. I wondered if they were listening from Heaven and laughing with us trying to say their names.
Many people also joined in on Twitter, sharing their experiences and links:
@Sylvia_Raoi Glad to be in this wonderful campaign! May all glory go to my Lord!
@brandonaldson Our #KJV400 reading party after we finished our reading. All together, out loud, different chapters, cool! http://twitpic.com/4sf14e
@jared_clark Stopped on the side of HWY 66 to read Mark chapter 8 aloud in 400 seconds!
@AmandaSims I just said the word “Behold” more in 4 minutes than I have in the last 4 years. #kjv400
Thanks once again for joining in the celebration. Please continue to share your stories with us all. We’d love to hear all about the ways that God used your time today engaging with His Word and with His people!
Don’t forget: If you signed up to participate in our 400 years / 400 seconds event, tomorrow’s the day! We’re going to make history as we read the entire King James Version of the Bible together as a community—in just 400 seconds:
MONDAY, MAY 2
12:00 PM Noon U.S. EDT (GMT-4) /
11:00 AM U.S. CDT (GMT-5)
Be sure to check your email for the passage you signed up to read to make sure you’re all ready when it’s go time. You can also see your passage by signing in at YouVersion and then visiting our KJV event page.
It’s been fantastic to see people from all over the world joining in this celebration—it’s truly a global event! Make sure you share photos, video, and posts on Twitter using the #kjv400 tag, or add your photos and posts to the Facebook event. Visit http://www.youversion.com/kjv400 tomorrow to see everyone participating with you.
Don’t know what we’re talking about? It’s not too late to join us! You can even enter for a chance to win an iPad 2 when you register and use the Twitter #kjv400 hash tag. Check out our event page for all the details and to sign up.
Let’s do-eth this!
The makers of Glo Bible, innovative Bible exploration software for PC, Mac and iPad, wanted to make it easy for our YouVersion community to use tools from the Bible App™ and YouVersion.com. So, in what’s likely to be one of many such collaborations, Glo has become the first of YouVersion’s partners to integrate our community directly within their software. This means that you can link your YouVersion account with the latest release of Glo Bible, synchronizing all your bookmarks and notes between both applications! For the first time, you can use YouVersion notes and community tools within a desktop application.
Every month, millions of us in the YouVersion community add bookmarks and save notes in YouVersion. Whether you’re jotting private reflections, sharing your insights on certain passages, or simply thinking aloud, notes are a great way to capture what God’s Word seems to be speaking to you at a specific moment in time. Of course it goes without saying that there’s no better way to “mark your place” to jump back than with a quick bookmark. And now, no matter where you’re engaging with God’s Word, whether inside your Glo Bible, at YouVersion.com, or on the go using the Bible App, you’ll always have easy access to your favorite passages and notes.
You can learn more about Glo Bible at their website and on their YouTube channel.
Have you ever read through the entire Bible in a year? Or the New Testament in 30 days? Maybe you’re even so hard-core you’ve read the whole Bible in 90 Days. But what if we told you we’re planning to make history by reading the entire King James Bible in just 400 seconds?
Sound impossible? It would be…if you tried it by yourself. To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible, on May 2, 2011, the YouVersion community is going to read the Bible together — in just 400 seconds. (That’s 6 minutes and 40 seconds.)
Let’s do this! Here’s how:
- We’ll all volunteer (and sign up) to read a small section from the Bible out loud.
- On Monday, May 2, starting at 12:00 PM Noon U.S. EDT, 11 AM CDT (GMT-5), we’ll each read our portions out loud, simultaneously. Think of it like a global flash mob.
- We’ll all share what we’re doing with our friends on Facebook and on Twitter.
That’s it! Visit the YouVersion KJV in 400 Seconds page for details and to reserve your spot. Let’s make history by celebrating history!
YouVersion now has another helpful widget for the Bible App™ for Android. The Bible Verse of the Day widget displays an inspirational verse every day, right on your device’s home screen. If you’d like to read the verse in its context, simply tap it, and the widget will take you directly to that verse in the Bible App reader.
Also included in this release—thanks once again to the world-changing community of YouVersion volunteers—is the addition of Ukrainian, Norwegian, Italian, Romanian and Japanese as interface options. What that means is that when you select one of these as the default language for your device, you’ll see all of the controls and menu options for the Bible App in that same language.
To get this widget and the new language options, you’ll need to update to the newest version of the Bible App for Android, version 3.1, available immediately in the Android App Market.
How to Add Your Widget:
Note: Remember, you have to update to the newest version first.
- Go to your Home screen.
- Make room on your Home screen for another widget
(removing other unused icons and widgets if necessary).
- Tap Menu.
- Tap Add.
- Tap Widgets.
- Tap the “Bible (Verse of the Day)” item.
Today, Easter Sunday, holds a special place in the hearts of people who have chosen to follow Christ, no matter where they may live in the world. Our prayer is that our entire YouVersion community would experience a unique joy today as we all consider together what God’s gift, Jesus’ sacrifice, means to each of us personally.
At the center of this faith—whether you call yourself Christian, believer, follower of Christ, or something else—all of us share one constant: the Bible. For the last 2000 years, people devoted to sharing the Good News of Christ’s love have literally poured themselves out—many even at the cost of their lives—to make sure that the rest of us would have the opportunity to experience that same introduction to Jesus that ultimately, radically changed their lives. And now, in our day, we have literally hundreds (even thousands!) of ways we can experience a connection with God’s Word.
At YouVersion, we love the Bible. It’s always been our singular passion to make it freely, easily available for as many people to engage with it as possible. Whether it’s with the Bible App™, with YouVersion.com, with your treasured paper Bible, or any of the many excellent Bible resources broadly available, please spend some time today in the Scriptures, seeking what God would say to you personally.
We hope the power and beauty of the Resurrection blesses you this Easter!
Faster than ever before, we’ve been making new Bible versions and languages available in the Bible App for mobile devices and at YouVersion.com. Less than two weeks ago, YouVersion had 54 Bible versions in 24 languages. Today, you can find almost 110 versions of the Bible, representing 40 languages! And we’re just getting started. Our goal is for every person to be able to freely, easily engage with God’s Word in their own “heart language.” So in the coming weeks and months, expect to see a lot of new additions.
For now, check out YouVersion’s first Thai, Danish, Armenian and Ukrainian Bibles. There are even three ancient Greek New Testaments (SBLG, TR1624, TR1894) for the scholars among us! But with far too many new Bibles to list, we’d encourage you to go explore the list for yourself. Versions are sorted by language, so you can quickly drill down to find one you might enjoy. Also, please encourage your friends and loved ones to try out the variety and diversity YouVersion has to offer. There’s something for everyone.
We’d like to specifically thank the following Bible publishers for providing their Bibles free for our YouVersion community to use. This is just a partial list of some of these recent additions:
But wait, there’s more! Here are several other new additions:
A few days ago, we shared some cool details about the newest version of the Bible App™ for iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch): Version 3.0. We’re thrilled to announce it’s now available in the iTunes App Store and as a direct browser download. Of course the Bible App always has been and always will be completely free, with no ads and no strings attached. Here’s all you need to do to get yours:
If you already have the Bible App installed:
- On your Apple iOS device, tap the App Store icon.
- When the App Store opens, tap the Updates icon.
- Tap Update for the Bible App
Tap Update All.
If this is your first time installing the Bible App:
- On your Apple iOS device, tap the App Store icon.
- When the App Store opens, tap the Search icon.
- Search for Bible.
- Tap the Bible App from LifeChurch.tv.
- Tap the FREE button.
Please tell anyone you know with a mobile Apple device: This is a major release for the Bible App for iOS. And once you’ve had a chance to explore the new app for yourself, please connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to share your thoughts. Of course, even more great tools and features are already scheduled for future releases:
- Audio Bibles directly inside the Reading Plan reader.
- Supercharged Bookmarks (with flexible highlighting).
- All-new, easier navigation for books, chapters and verses.
- And more!
One week from today, on Sunday, April 24, all over the world, people who follow Christ will offer sincere thanks for the sacrifice he made for all of us on the cross. But more importantly, they will join together to celebrate the glory and awe of his resurrection. For many people, Easter offers a uniquely emotional opportunity for remembrance, reflection, and worship.
Prepared especially for the upcoming week, YouVersion is pleased to announce an all-new reading plan, “The Story of Easter.” This seven-day plan is purposefully designed to open our hearts as we approach the Easter celebration. Rather than dealing in the details of the historical events we will be remembering, The Story of Easter focuses instead on helping us evaluate the meaning and significance of the resurrection in our everyday lives.
Please consider joining with several thousand of us in the YouVersion community as we read through The Story of Easter together this week. You can find step-by-step instructions about how to select reading plans here:
(Note: If you like this plan, you might also enjoy the “Words of Jesus During Passion Week” reading plan this week.)