If you haven’t noticed it already, you might soon see your icon for the Bible App just a little…differently. That’s because the next time a new update is available for your app, you’ll get our updated icon. Of course, YouVersion is still the same Bible App you know and, we hope, love.
Because of platform differences (like BlackBerry vs. say, iPad) our icons evolved slightly differently in different places. However, with the Bible App’s growing momentum, we thought it was perfect timing to unify the icon across all platforms.
Some people have asked why we didn’t go with a YouVersion icon. The answer is simple: to help people focus on the Bible instead of a brand. We wanted people to easily recognize the Bible when they see it in the app store and, more importantly, on their phone.
So, in the coming weeks and months, wherever you experience YouVersion—whether iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7, webOS, or even in Facebook — you’ll see the new Bible App logo. It’s one small tweak that we hope will help even more people open up God’s Word.
It can be hard not to get swept up in all the chaos of the Christmas season: Parties, travel, food, guests coming into town, and of course, shopping, shopping, shopping! For many of us, even if we take a moment to really think about what Christmas truly means to us, we might express it as “having your loved ones close,” or “family traditions,” or “peace, love, and joy.”
While certainly there’s nothing wrong with enjoying the people that we love, Christmas is about so much more than emotion, sentimentality, and giving and receiving gifts. First and foremost, it’s about Jesus. It’s about the greatest gift that mankind ever received, when the One Creator of the universe sent His only Son, knowing that that baby would one day grow into the man who would sacrifice Himself to redeem our lives.
What’s most important to us at YouVersion is helping people engage with the Bible. To give you opportunities to interact with God’s Word in fresh ways, we offer several different reading plans, which are great tools to help you read through the whole Bible, or just portions of it. We recently added a special Christmas Reading Plan: “Rediscovering the Christmas Season.” If you start this plan on December 1, you can experience the true Christmas story—direct from the source, along with supporting material to help you understand its significance—just in time for Christmas Day. (But don’t wait…You can get started right now!)
Decide to dedicate just a few minutes each day for the coming month to remember what Christmas is truly about.
Here in the U.S., on the fourth Thursday of each November, we celebrate a national holiday called Thanksgiving Day. Historically, Thanksgiving was considered a religious holiday for people to express gratitude and appreciation to God for providing them with a bountiful harvest season. Today, all of us at YouVersion would like to take just a moment to share with you some of the things we’re thankful for:
Our partners, publishers, and donors. Many dedicated people have committed time and resources to join us in fulfilling our vision: making the Bible available to as many people as possible, and helping them connect with it. We couldn’t do that without these people and organizations.
Our users, and especially our volunteers. YouVersion is for you. And your feedback and passion have propelled the Bible App even further in helping people fall in love with God’s Word. Thanks especially to those of you who have devoted your time, your energy, and your abilities to helping us make it all work. There’s no way we could cover the ground we do without you.
This time that we live in. We’re convinced that this period in human history offers us opportunities unlike any this planet has ever seen: connection, interaction, and genuine global community. We believe that technology—whether we’re talking computers, communication, travel, whatever—makes it possible that we could actually see the Great Commission fulfilled in our lifetime.
A God who truly loves us. God has given us the opportunity to know Him and to hear His voice, especially when He speaks to us through His Word. We love the Bible because we love Him. And we’re deeply thankful to Him for the community He has brought to YouVersion—especially you!
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This week we’re sharing some stories with you from our users, about how YouVersion and the Bible App have helped them and the people they serve connect with God’s Word. Today’s is from a pastor who uses the Bible App on his phone to share verses on Facebook and Twitter, and encourages the people in his church to take advantage of the
As always, The Bible App (and every translation you can find there) are free. All you need to do is download YouVersionto your iPhone, iPad, Android, or Blackberry. You can also point your browser directly to YouVersion.com, or to our newest platform: inside Facebook.
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Frequently, we hear from users who let us know how YouVersion and the Bible App have helped them engage with the Bible. This week, we’ll be sharing some of those stories with you. Today’s is from a Youth Pastor who used the Bible App to read through the Bible—in just 90 days!—with one of her students.
Our favorite quote:“…gave me a bigger, broader scope of the redemption plan.”
At YouVersion, we love The Bible. That’s why we developed The Bible App. It’s amazing how God can speak to us through His Word when we begin to make it a part of our everyday lives.
We’re passionate about The Bible App, but we’re passionate about it because we’re passionate about The Bible. Of course, YouVersion is just one way you can engage with God’s Word. We’re grateful to live in such an amazing time, when so many passionate people are building great tools and resources around the Bible. You can find so many great mobile applications or websites that will help you read and study The Bible. Several of them make a great complement to The Bible App. We want to make sure you know about as many of these as possible. So we’ve added a page to YouVersion.com where we can highlight for you some of the great options that you have available.
While we’d love for you to try The Bible App (which is completely free), most of all, we just want to help you connect with the Bible. Happy reading!
Wow, it’s been quite a week for the YouVersion community! Our announcement that you’ve downloaded the Bible App on more than 10 million devices made a big splash with major headlines—here are just a few:
Then, so many of you showed up at the YouVersion Webcast that we were a trending topic in the U.S. on Twitter! If you missed it, you can catch the webcast in this post.
And in case you haven’t had a chance to get a good look at it yet, we wanted to share an infographic that gives you a little more insight into the 3.5+ billion minutes you’ve spent engaging with the Bible on YouVersion. (view below)
Thanks a million (or make that 10+ million) for all you’re doing to creatively use and share the Bible App. We can’t wait to see how God works through you in this next season to help more and more people fall in love with His word.
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Yesterday was a blast! We were honored to have thousands of people watching the webcast together (actual viewership stats coming soon) and excited to see the hashtag for the event (#yvwebcast) become a trending topic in the US. Our Facebook page was lighting up as well.
During the webcast you heard about several opportunities for you to be involved in what Bobby calls “a revolution of Bible engagement” around the world. Here’s a recap of those opportunities:
Become a YouVersion Volunteer. (We have volunteer roles for everyone, from assisting with customer support to helping build mobile apps and everything in between.)
Spread the word on Facebook or Twitter, send an email to your friends and family, or tell a stranger in the grocery line.
Thanks to everyone who spent time with us yesterday and to all of you who shared about the event with your friends. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.Ephesians 3:20-21
During today’s special webcast, we shared exciting news about the Bible App’s recent milestones and about YouVersion’s future. So far, the Bible App has been downloaded more than 10 million times and people have used YouVersion to read the Bible for 3.5 billion minutes!
And as amazing as it is to see what God has done in the past 2.5 years, we’re confident that He wants to do much, much more to help people make the Bible a daily part of their lives. So today we introduced a crazy, God-sized goal:
1 billion minutes reading the Bible in 1 month
During January alone, we hope to see users spend at least 1 billion minutes reading the Bible. Because, after all, that’s really what YouVersion is all about: falling in love with God’s Word.
It’s only because of you, our user community, that YouVersion and the Bible app are where they are today. And we’ll need your help again to reach one billion minutes in one month. Here are just a few of the things you can do to help make it happen:
Assist your friends. Help friends install the Bible app on their phones and other devices.
Share with your community. Mention @YouVersion in some tweets and Facebook status updates, and encourage your friends to download it to their devices. (It’s available for download on iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7, and webOS in their respective app stores and marketplaces.)
Write about us. If you have a blog, please consider writing at least one post to let your readers know what we’re doing and ask them to participate.
Share the Bible on Christmas Day. You’ll be hearing more about this soon, but it will be a great opportunity to point people to the birth of Christ.
Consider serving on the YouVersion team in one of the many different positions that are available: proofreading, user support, app testing, design, development, and more. Sign up here.
If you could focus your efforts between now and Christmas, that’s the window where we have the opportunity to make the biggest impact. Stay tuned to the YouVersion Facebook page or Twitter feed to keep up with the latest.
We can do this! But only together. Let’s see what can happen when a passionate community of users works together to help people everywhere spend more time than ever in God’s Word.