Life is better with Friends.

Plans with Friends

The Bible reminds us again and again that we need relationships with people we can trust: close friends who will encourage us, inspire us, challenge us, love us, and pray for us. And they need us to do the same for them.1

“Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

John 13:34b-35

Learning about the Bible is better with Friends, too.

As we shared with you a few days ago, Plans are great at helping you get God’s Word speaking into your life every day. And, talking about the Bible with trusted friends fuels your spiritual growth, even as it draws you closer to one another.

Plans with Friends brings together the best of both.

Complete each Plan day on a shared schedule, then talk it over in a group-text-style discussion. Study the Bible together in a small group, or work through challenging issues with close friends, or simply invite friends to share meaningful conversation centered around Scripture. However you use it, Plans with Friends helps you discover things in God’s Word together that you might not notice on your own.

Starting is easy:

  • Start any Plan
  • Select “With Friends”
  • Choose a start date
  • Invite your Friends

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There is just one more thing.

Consistency is the key to locking in your daily practice of connecting with God through His Word in 2018. The strongest habits start small, one day at a time. You can do it! Especially when you invite friends on your spiritual journey — because then you can help each other along the way…together.

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1 Heb 10:24-25; Ecc 4:9-10; Pro 13:20; Pro 27:17; Mat 18:19-20.

How can you discover all that God has for you?


Take one day at a time.

Your soul needs spiritual food — every day. When we engage with the Bible consistently, God’s inspired Word teaches us what’s true, shows us things in our lives that we need to address, and helps us find purpose and fulfillment.

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.

Romans 12:2a

Streaks help you build your daily Bible practice.

Streaks show you how many days in a row you use the Bible App, encouraging you to connect with Scripture every day.1 If it looks like you might miss a day, the Bible App sends you a brief reminder. Streaks even rewards you with special mini celebrations when you achieve new milestones.

And starting is easy…

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Next time…

In the final email in this series, we’ll show you how we brought together two of our most powerful features to create the best Bible App experience we’ve ever offered, and we’ll show you how to start using it. (It’s super-easy!) Then we’ll tie everything together to help you lock in your new Bible practice.

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1 Streaks require a network connection, and that you be signed into your YouVersion account. No matter which activity you choose, every day that you open the Bible App, you’re building a Streak. Learn more about Streaks on our blog.

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Make 2018 your best year yet.

The voices that you listen to will end up shaping your life: friends and family, news and entertainment, self-improvement articles and “life hacks” — even your own thoughts. But, this year, what would happen if you made God’s voice the one you hear most?

The Lord shows us how we should live, and he is pleased when he sees people living that way.

Psalm 37:23

Getting started is easier than you think.

How can you build a daily Bible practice in 2018? By taking it just one day at a time. Reading Plans, Devotionals — whatever you like to call them, Plans help you get God’s Word into the flow of your everyday life, by giving you just a little to read or listen to each day.

Your best year ever begins now…

Bible In One Year 2018
What the Bible Says: The Blessing of God’s Will
The One Year® Chronological Bible
I Am
An Attitude Of Gratitude: Devotions From Your Time Of Grace
Breathing Room
Help Me! I Need To Change My Life!
Sanctuary - Moments In His presence
All Things New
Follow The Leader, Becoming A Better Disciple

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What’s next?

In a few days, we’ll share why it’s so important for followers of Christ to connect with God’s Word every day. And, we’ll introduce you to a Bible App feature that we created specifically to help you do just that. We’ll even share three simple ways that you can engage with the Bible from almost anywhere.

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For your family of devices…

If your family received new smartphones, tablets, or other devices for Christmas, be sure you install the apps that can help you get the most out of them: the Bible App and Bible App for Kids! Looking for a great conversation-starter about your faith? Consider asking friends and family if they’d like you to install one (or both) apps for them!

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The Bible App

The Bible App has been installed on more than 300 million unique devices, all over the world. In addition to offering more than 1,600 Bible versions in over 1,100 languages, the Bible App now features thousands of Bible Plans across dozens of languages. Plans help you build your Bible practice by bringing you select Scriptures each day, and adding context that helps you understand what you’re learning. And, the Bible App is always free.

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The Bible App for Kids

In partnership with our friends at OneHope, we designed the Bible App for Kids to help children engage with the big stories of the Bible through activities and fun, interactive animation. Available in 33 languages — with more still to come — the Bible App for Kids is being enjoyed by children all over the world. Installed on over 19 million Android, Apple, and Kindle devices, the Bible App for Kids is always completely free.

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The Bible App for Voice

Now you can experience the Bible App on your Google Home or Amazon Alexa device. There’s nothing to download or install. Just start with the same “Ok Google” or “Alexa…” that you use to play music, answer questions, or add strawberries to your grocery list.

Google Assistant:
“Ok Google, ask YouVersion what it can do.”

Amazon Alexa:
“Alexa, enable the Bible Skill.”

From our family…to yours.

The Bible App and the Bible App for Kids are both completely free — no ads, no strings attached. We designed the Bible App for Kids specifically to help your children fall in love with God’s Word. And we designed the Bible App to help you connect with God’s Word every day. No matter where you live, which language you prefer — or even what age you are:

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⭐️ Merry Christmas from YouVersion.

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From all of us here at YouVersion, we wish you the very best this Christmas. We hope you take many opportunities throughout this season to celebrate the gift that God gave us in his son, and to reflect on all that it means, for the Bible calls him:

Immanuel, “God with us”

Share the love. It’s easy.

If you get to spend time with friends and family this holiday season, we hope you’ll make the most of every opportunity to share your faith. Show people how you use your Bible App — and how much fun the Bible App for Kids is. Invite them to join you as Friends in the Bible App. You can even share verses and Verse Images about Jesus’ birth on your favorite social networks.

…if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way.

1 Peter 3:15-16

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