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