History is being made, right now. Be a part of it.

For “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.” …But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him?

ROMANS 10:13-14 NLT

Life.Church started YouVersion to help people engage with the Bible. Year after year, more and more people join us in the vision to spread God’s Word. Installed on over 270 million unique devices, the Bible App has been downloaded in every country on earth. All of us in the global YouVersion community are blessed that we get to take part in this historic move of God. Even so, today we face a significant challenge together:

More than a billion people still don’t have a complete Bible in their language.

In fact, thousands of the world’s languages don’t even have a complete New Testament. And of these, more than 1,000 have only some Scripture, ranging from just a few Bible verses up to perhaps one or two chapters. Everyone deserves the same opportunity to experience the life-changing power of God’s Word that we already enjoy. That’s why…

This needs to change.

In the past, getting the Bible into another language — accessing sources, translating, proofing, printing, and finally, distributing it — often took decades. But today, the world’s leading Bible translation ministries collaborate as illumiNations, an alliance created to help them easily exchange ideas, share systems, improve practices, and recruit givers. Working together, they have leveraged advancements in technology, communication, and travel to shorten the translation process, in many cases to just a few years.

It starts now.

Another benefit of their collaboration is that illumiNations now believes that they can have at least the New Testament translated for 99.9% of the world’s population by the year 2033. What will happen when almost every person on earth can finally engage with God’s Word in their own language? For the first time ever, not only is this dream possible, it’s actually within our reach.

We’ve already accepted the challenge.

We believe we can accelerate translation even further. That’s why, over the next four years, Life.Church has committed to match $1 million of contributions made towards Bible translation.* We’re working closely with our Bible translation partners to identify specific high-impact projects that can get the ball rolling. For example, the Mongu cluster of people groups in Zambia, Africa recently received the Gospel of Luke, the first Scripture they’ve ever had in all five of their languages: Fwe, Kwangwa, Makoma, Mashi, and Shanjo. But that’s just the beginning.

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Now, we’re challenging you.

Our first project is the next book of the Bible scheduled to be translated for the Mongu: the book of Acts. Project coordinators estimate that with some financial assistance, they could have the entire book of Acts translated into all five of these languages by this September. So that’s our first challenge: Life.Church will match whatever the YouVersion community gives towards translating Acts for the people of the Mongu cluster.*

Let’s wipe out Bible poverty together.

In the coming months, we’ll tell you more about the other projects for which we’ll be matching funds, and we’ll update you on each project’s progress. Get in now on this worldwide move of God. Pray and ask Him to continue accelerating the work of translating His Word into every language. Ask Him to prepare the hearts of those who will be hearing about Him for the first time. And give.

Then one day, you’ll have the great joy of standing before God’s throne and seeing some of the very people that your gift helped bring there:

After this I looked, and there in front of me was a multitude that no one could count, people from every tribe and every nation.

REVELATION 7:9a NIV

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Notes

* All contributions received through this campaign will be used exclusively for the purpose of Bible translation. Life.Church has committed to match up to $1 million of contributions that the YouVersion community makes toward Bible translation from 2017-2020. Life.Church will contribute $250,000 during calendar year 2017, spread across four different, high-impact translation projects. Contributions will first be applied toward the most current Bible translation project identified by YouVersion. When that translation project is fully funded, any remaining funds will then be applied toward the next translation project, as selected by YouVersion and its partners.

This Month: Plans from Louie Giglio, Brennan Manning, Tony Evans, and more

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Goliath Must Fall: Winning The Battle Against Your Giants
Louie Giglio and Zondervan, 7 days

Let pastor Louie Giglio inspire you in this series of short videos, as he shares thoughts from his new book on the biblical story of David and Goliath, then offers real-world strategies from the Scriptures for how you can walk in the victory Jesus has already won — overcoming adversaries like fear, rejection, comfort, anger, and addiction.

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Giving it All Away…and Getting it All Back Again

David Green and Zondervan, 9 days

Through select excerpts from his book Giving It All Away, David Green shares the Scripture, biblical principles, and practical application that show you how to live generously, change the lives of the people you touch, and leave an enduring legacy.

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Chasing Greatness

Dr. Tony Evans, 7 days

Pastor and author Dr. Tony Evans leads men on a journey of discovery through Bible passages and thought leadership, challenging you to fully pursue the potential God calls you to: responsible leader, willing owner, kingdom man.

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People of the Second Chance

Mike Foster and WaterBrook Multnomah, 5 days

Mike Foster helps you let go of the shame and regret of your past mistakes, by revealing the names God has for you in the Bible, offering encouraging devotionals and reflection questions that will help you find the real “you.”

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Armor of God

Priscilla Shirer and LifeWay, 5 days

With daily Bible readings and excerpts from her women’s Bible study series The Armor of God, Bible teacher and bestselling author Priscilla Shirer equips you with an action plan for protecting your heart, your mind, and your relationships, and for facing your spiritual enemy head-on.

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The Lies We Believe About God

Dr. Chris Thurman and David C Cook, 4 days

Through daily devotionals excerpted from his book, psychologist and bestselling author Dr. Chris Thurman presents biblical truths selected to challenge the common assumptions many people have about God, revealing His true nature to help you know Him more intimately.

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The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning

Brennan Manning and WaterBrook Multnomah, 5 days

Drawn from Brennan Manning’s classic book, these daily devotionals help you experience “the furious love of God” in Scripture, then offer questions for reflection that will help you begin to apply the truth of God’s grace into your everyday life.

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Relaxing with God

Andrew Farley, 8 days

From his book Relaxing with God, speaker and bestselling author Dr. Andrew Farley shares Scriptures that clearly show how Jesus’s words, “It is finished,” apply to your life today, helping you leave behind the burden of your failures and sins once and for all.

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🗣💬 Ok Google, ask YouVersion what it can do

“Ok Google, talk to YouVersion…”

The same Bible App for Voice that recently launched on Amazon Alexa is now available on Google Home. There’s nothing to download, install, or enable. Just start with the same “Ok Google” that you use to ask Google Home to play music, answer questions, or add strawberries to your grocery list.

Are you the type of person who loves reading spoilers online? Then this is for you:

Ok Google, ask YouVersion what it can do.

But, if you’d rather pace yourself, we’re happy to accommodate you, as well. (Just keep reading.)


What can I do with Bible App for Voice?

Select from five different Bible versions that feature audio recorded by professional narrators:

“Ok Google, ask YouVersion to switch to the…

  • …English Standard Version.”
  • …King James Version.”
  • …New International Version.”
  • …New Living Translation.”
  • …Message.”

Select from five different Bible versions that Google Assistant can read to you:

“Ok Google, ask YouVersion to switch to the…

  • …American Standard Version.”
  • …Good News Bible.”
  • …Holman Christian Standard Bible.”
  • …New American Standard Bible.”
  • …New King James Version.”

Ask for any book, chapter, or verse. Here are just a few examples, but you can try whatever phrasing feels most natural to you:

“Ok Google…

  • …tell YouVersion I want to hear Esther chapter 4.”
  • …tell YouVersion I want to listen to First Corinthians chapter 13.”
  • …ask YouVersion to give me John chapter 3, verse 16.”
  • …ask YouVersion to tell me Romans chapter 8, verse 28.”

Hear the Verse of the Day in the last Bible version you used:

“Ok Google, have YouVersion read me the Verse of the Day.”

Create your own customized Reading Plans:

“Ok Google, tell YouVersion to create a 5-day Reading Plan for the book of James.”

Ask for a Bible passage or verse based on whatever emotion you’re feeling:

“Ok Google…

  • …ask YouVersion what the Bible says about feeling anxious.”
  • …open YouVersion.… I’m feeling tired.”

You can even search the Scriptures using a specific topic or keyword:

“Ok Google…

  • …ask YouVersion, what does the Bible say about food?”
  • …ask YouVersion, what’s that verse that says, ‘God is love’?”

Spread the Word.

Who else do you know who has a Google Home or Amazon device? People are more likely to try something new when a friend recommends it to them. So share the good news of the Bible App for Voice with them today, and help them engage with the Bible.

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Quickly explore one verse in many versions.

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See every Bible verse in a new way.

What do you do when you have trouble understanding a verse? What about when you read a verse that feels familiar, but it’s worded differently than you remember? How do you dig deeper into a verse… really meditate on it and unlock its treasures?

“Compare” lets you easily view a verse in different versions at the same time.

Tap any verse, then tap Compare. You’ll see the same verse repeated in all of the Bible versions you’ve used recently — even offline.1 To add more versions to your list, tap the plus button ( plus button ). To remove versions from your list, or to rearrange the order, tap Edit ( settings button on Android).

Try it now

(On mobile devices, opens the Bible App in Read mode. Not available at Bible.com.)


1 To have more than one Bible version when you’re offline, you’ll first need to download some to your device when you’re online. Sometime when you have a good connection, tap the 3-letter version code at the top of the Bible Reader. Tap Download next to the Bibles you’d like. (Some Bibles not available for offline use.)

Celebrate with us: Jesus is alive!

Tap this image to download a version that you can share with friends.

He is not here;
he has risen!

Luke 24:6 NIV

Today is the day! It’s finally here, Easter Sunday, the day that followers of Christ all over the world celebrate His resurrection. The Son of God who walked among us as a Son of Man was dead, but now He is alive again! The Bible says that Jesus made us holy by sacrificing Himself: one sacrifice for all time (Hebrews 10:5–14).

Celebrate With Us

Please join us in celebration, and help us spread the Good News: Jesus is alive! Just click on the image above to share it now with your friends.