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…love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders.

DEUTERONOMY 6:5-8 NLT

The idea of leading your children spiritually can feel intimidating. This passage from Deuteronomy makes it seem really involved, like it will fill our every waking moment. Even harder, we’re supposed to be the “grown-ups,” even though we’re still constantly working out how we live out our faith in our own lives. (That’s why it’s so important to stay connected to God’s Word to us, the Bible.) And, that’s actually what these verses are about:

Share your faith journey with your children.

The Israelites who originally heard this passage worked its principles into their everyday lives. They would write out passages from Exodus and Deuteronomy, tuck them into a small leather box (called a phylactery), then strap it to their wrist or their forehead. Devout Jews all around the world still wear these tiny boxes today, constant reminders of all that God has done for them, and of everything that they value. While that may sound strange to us, we actually do the same thing:

We carry our digital devices everywhere we go.

Smartphones and tablets are our always-on lifeline to the people in our lives. Wearables like fitness trackers and smartwatches constantly update us with the things we’ve told them are important to us. For us adults, these conveniences still feel new. But our children have been able to carry the Internet around with them for their entire lives.

Be intentional in how you use technology.

Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it.

PROVERBS 22:6 ESV

As important as digital media has become to us, it will play an even larger role in the lives of our children. Our partners at Scripture Union in the U.K. have been helping children engage with God and with the Bible for 150 years. That’s why they developed the Bible-focused Guardians of Ancora game app, and why they’re offering this Devotional Plan for families through the Bible App. Here’s their advice to parents about how we can fulfill God’s calling in our families:

717uCE1YuCLWith a high percentage of children spending over seven hours on phones or tablets each day (source: Kaiser Family Foundation study, 2010), let’s start where they are and help them to engage with Biblical material in a way that’s relevant and exciting. Then, the words God spoke to the Israelites recorded in Deuteronomy 6:1–9 will become a reality for your family. In particular, God’s people are commanded to immerse themselves in his commands and live them out daily in every situation they encounter. A huge challenge, but a challenge that starts in the child’s world.

Most of what our kids learn from us comes through the examples they see in our lives. If you’re making your spiritual life a priority, you’ll install apps that help you read, study, listen to, reflect on, and share the Bible. But not all the apps that you like weren’t designed for children. Yes, let your kids see you using technology to engage your faith… but also, equip them to make wise decisions about how they will use it. Just as you seek out music and movies that are age-appropriate for them, help them find the tools they need to draw closer to God.

Now we’d like to hear from you in the Comments below:

What are the best apps and digital media
tools you’ve found to help your family
engage with God and with the Bible?

Enjoy a Family Bible Plan together, and you could win

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Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds… Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

DEUTERONOMY 11:18–19 NIV

The best way to help your family consistently connect with the Bible… is to invest time in it together. That’s why today, for the second day of Family Bible Week, we’re presenting this special blend of Bible Plans for your whole family.


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Let us encourage you.

We’ve suggested several Plans below, but you can use any Plan you think your family will enjoy. And if you’ll let us know which Plan your family is doing together, you could be one of many who are randomly selected to win a prize pack* picnic basket. Each basket has everything you need for a fun afternoon together: custom YouVersion items and other picnic essentials! Just share which Plan you’re doing on Instagram, Twitter, or at Facebook.com/YouVersion. Be sure you include the hashtag #FamilyBiblePlan so we can find your entry!


Family Bible Plans


Unshakable Moms

Refreshing daily devotionals connect sound biblical truths to the everyday struggles moms face, helping you build your life on a solid foundation.

Guardians of Ancora Family Devotions

Based on the biblical game app Guardians of Ancora, you’ll be learning about the Bible each day, reading Bible verses, and talking together with your friends or family about your adventures and the meaning of what you discover.

A Daily Word for Parents with Ron Hutchcraft

In this devotional series, author Ron Hutchcraft empowers busy moms and dads with scriptural insight on how to make wise choices, find new beginnings, leave a legacy, and more.

12 Huge Mistakes Parents Can Avoid

Dr. Tim Elmore shares practical twelve biblical principles that will help you lead your children to become thriving adults and fully devoted followers of Christ.

Never Say No: Raising Big Picture Kids

The parents of Jon and Tim Foreman (from the band Switchfoot) present ideas for how you can raise your children to have creative character that inspires others.

UNCOMMEN Dads

In just a few minutes each day, this series of short devotionals will stretch your dad muscles and help you learn to lead as a husband and father.

Exploring Your Gifts

AWANA shares key questions that will help emerging adults, college students, and young leaders identify the things they’re most passionate about, equipping them to pursue God’s plan for their lives.


Plans for Individuals

For Teens


Fighting FOMO

10 Things to Abandon for Spiritual Growth

Teens: Q&A Devotionals on Top Questions

Better Together: Connecting with God and Each Other

Set Apart
 

 

For Kids


Truth or Trash

Big Dreams, Big Prayers: A 6-Day Devotional for Kids

I Can Learn the Bible: The Joshua Code for Kids

God’s Good News

Every person who wants to know what the Bible says should be able to find out.

But they can’t. At least, not yet…

If you’re reading this, it’s likely that you already have the Bible in your language. (We hope so.) You may even have several versions to choose from. But have you ever wondered what your life might be like without the Bible? Think about how God’s Word speaks to you when you read it. What if the Bible were available in your language… but you couldn’t see? Or you didn’t know how to read? It’s estimated that 285 million people worldwide are visually impaired,1 and that 775 million adults (~17%) cannot read or write.2 How will they discover all that God wants to say to them through His Word?

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Bible societies are bringing God’s
Word to everyone. You can help.

In just the last three months, generous Bible society partners have introduced 25 new audio versions to the Bible App, offering new opportunities to connect with the Bible, for people who may never have had it before. Half of the world’s population now has a mobile subscription (up from just one in five 10 years ago).3 Anywhere a mobile device can go, God’s Word can be there. This freedom changes lives:

“I am totally blind. The Bible App is invaluable! I can read the Bible anywhere, anytime. Now I can truly study the Bible. As my husband has some difficulty with reading, this app is also invaluable to him!”
—Bible App User from Australia

As liberating as audio Bibles are, they’re just a small part of all that Bible societies are doing to change the world. During that same three months, they introduced 23 new Bible texts to the Bible App. Together, these contributions represent 38 new languages! (The full list is below.)

The day is coming when every person on earth will have the opportunity to experience God’s Word, because passionate people have dedicated their lives to bringing this vision to life. Of the 7,000 languages in active use today, the complete Bible has been translated into 550, and the New Testament into 1,300.4  While many language groups remain to be done, Bible societies are translating for the largest groups first. In addition, easier travel and new communication technologies have exponentially increased their capacity.

Don’t miss your chance to take
part in what God is doing in the world.

Your contribution to bringing God’s Word to Myanmar could transform a child’s life:


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(That’s thanaka on her face, a traditional cosmetic paste made from tree bark.5)

In Southeast Asia, where this girl lives, more than 32 million people speak Myanmar (Burmese), mostly within their country’s borders. Still classified as “unreached” by the Gospel, most of Myanmar’s population is Buddhist. Although some projections estimate that as much as 9% of Myanmar’s people might be Christians, it’s difficult to know for certain.6 People who profess any religion other than Buddhism are socially ostracized, and often violently persecuted. For these reasons, most Christ followers in Myanmar keep their faith secret.7

But their story is just beginning. In recent elections, the people of Myanmar united to overthrow years of government corruption and violence. Now mobile service providers are introducing technology there designed to advance health care, and even to help people conduct financial transactions.8 When these positive changes began sweeping across the nation, Global Bible Initiative was ready, bringing their New Testament Myanmar Standard Bible to Myanmar’s Bible App users. Now, thanks to their work, even if Christians in Myanmar can’t share their faith openly—yet—they can still remain connected to God’s Word.


Aided by new technologies, Bible societies now have the chance to bring God’s Word to every person in the world, no matter where they live, what language they speak—or even what physical challenges they face. An opportunity like this has never existed before in human history. And we get to be here. You get to be here. You were made for such a time as this.

Now that you know,
what will you do?

Join us. Click below and learn what our Bible society partners are doing. Find one whose vision inspires you—and commit to support them. All of creation is waiting in eager expectation to see what we will do.9

American Bible Society American Bible Society
Wycliffe Wycliffe
Global Bible Initiative Global Bible Initiative
Biblica Biblica
Viorel Silion Viorel Silion
Bulgarian Bible Society (BBS at UBS.org) Bulgarian Bible Society (BBS at UBS.org)
Bible Society in Guinea-Conakry Bible Society in Guinea-Conakry
The Bible Society of Ghana (BSG at UBS.org) The Bible Society of Ghana (BSG at UBS.org)
Messianic Jewish Publishers and Resources Messianic Jewish Publishers and Resources
United Bible Societies United Bible Societies

 


Newest Audio Bibles

 

The New Testament in Akoose:
Melɛ̌ Mékɔ̄ɔ̄lē
The New Testament in Teso:
Ebaibuli 1961
The New Testament in Awa-Cuaiquer (Ecuador):
Masas Pit Jesucristowa
The New Testament in Awa (Papua New Guinea):
Manikáne O Ehwehne
Today’s New Testament in Balinese:
Today’s Bali Bible
Genesis and the New Testament in Bambam
Today’s New Testament in Batak Karo:
Today’s Batak Karo Bible
Biblia Aymara, Qullan Arunaca:
Central Aymara
The New Testament in Buamu:
Dónbeenì Páaníi Fĩnle Vũahṹ
The New Testament in Galibi Carib:
Asery Tamusi Karetary
The New Testament in Chipaya:
Nuevo Testamento Chipaya
The New Testament in Chiquitano:
Chiquitano New Testament
The New Testament in Denya:
Ŋwɛ Menomenyɛɛ́ Mekɛ́
The New Testament in Ignaciano: New Testament
The New Testament in Ixil (San Juan Cotzal):
Viakʼla Txumbʼal u Tioxh
The New Testament in Jacalteco (Eastern) Popti’:
Nuevo Testamento yin̈ Abxubal
The Revised New Testament in Javanese (Indonesian, formal):
Javanese Bible
The New Testament in Lango (Uganda):
Baibul 1979
The New Testament in Mopán Maya:
Le’ec Ada’ U T’an a Dios a Tumulbene
Today’s New Testament in Nias:
Nias Bible
The New Testament in Quechua (North Bolivian):
Quechua Norte New Testament
The New Testament in Tamang (Eastern):
परमेश्वरला बचन छार कबुल
The New Testament in Tamasheq:
New Testament
The New Testament in Teribe:
Sbö Tjl̈õkwo
The New Testament in Tol:
Dios Tjevele Jupj ‘Üsüs La Qjuisiji Jesucristo Mpes

 

Newest Versions and Languages

 

The New Testament in Adioukrou
Asante Twi Bible with Deutero-Canons
Biblia în Versiune Actualizată 2015
Bulgarian Protestant Bible (Revised)
The Complete Jewish Bible (in English)
The Bible in Pennsylvania German
The Bible in Keley-i Kalaha
The New Testament in Komba
The New Testament in Kulina
The New Testament in Kwamera
The Bible in Guinea Kpèlèè
The Bible in Guinea Kpèlèè (DC)
The New Testament in Ladakhi
Matthew, Mark, and Acts in Saliba
Myanmar Standard Bible in Myanmar (Burmese)
Myanmar Standard Bible (Zawgyi) in Myanmar (Burmese)
Portions of the New Testament in Nali
Portions of the New Testament in Nek (Papua New Guinea)
Psalms, Proverbs, and the New Testament in Middle Newar
ses Bible in Songhai de Gao in Koyraboro Senni Songhai
Tagalog Contemporary Bible (Filipino)
The New Testament in Islander Creole (English)
World English Bible British Edition (British English)

 


Sources:

  1. Visual Impairment and Blindness,” World Health Organization.
  2. Statistics on Literacy,” UNESCO.
  3. Report: GSMA Mobile Economy 2015, Groupe Spéciale Mobile Association.
  4. Why Bible Translation?,” Wycliffe.
  5. Thanaka,” Wikipedia.
  6. Country: Myanmar (Burma),” Joshua Project.
  7. #23 on the World Watch List (of persecuted Christians),” Open Door.
  8. 2.3.1 Mobile Money, [mHealth, and 2.4.1 Connected Women,” GSMA Mobile Economy 2015.
  9. Romans 8:19.

Get the Bible in the Languages of Nigeria

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Thanks to the generosity of visionary Bible society and translation partners, YouVersion is pleased to offer several Bibles in the languages of Nigeria, all available through the Bible App. Just tap any of the buttons below to select a Bible in that language:

Yoruba:
Bíbélì Mímọ́
 

Hausa:
Littafi Mai Tsarki
 

Igbo:
Bible Nso
 

Fulfulde:
Alkawal Kesal Nder Fulfulde Caka Naajeeriya


And, don’t forget to share this Good News with your friends:

 

 


About the Bible App

The Bible App has been installed on more than 220 million unique devices, all over the world. Developed by YouVersion, the Bible App offers more than 1,200 Bible versions, in more than 900 languages. And it’s always completely free.

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Fun new visual way to understand the first 5 books of the Bible

Now Playing in the Bible App:
The Torah Series

As you read (or listen to) certain books in the Old Testament, do you ever wonder, “Why is this in the Bible? What’s the story behind this story?” Today we’re excited to announce The Torah Series, an all-new collection of animated short films from the Bible Project that answers questions just like these.

In Jewish tradition, the first five books of the Old Testament are called “the Torah.” In this series of short films, Bible scholars walk you step-by-step through the Torah’s themes and literary structure, as vivid animations help you see the connections between its stories. We think you’ll want to watch The Torah Series again and again — and share its clips with your friends.

Presented by YouVersion in partnership with The Bible Project — now, for the first time ever, you can watch The Torah Series in any of these places:

Apple TV

The Bible App for Apple TV

(Read more on our blog.)

Videos

Videos section of the Bible App
on your mobile device or at Bible.com

 

Watch Now
 

Video: Players in This Weekend’s Game Talk about the Bible App

“It’s always the right message each day for me.”
—Lorenzo Doss, Cornerback, Denver Broncos

I play football, but I have to practice and I have to study to get better.
You do the same thing as a Christian.“
—Charles Tillman, Cornerback, Carolina Panthers

Sunday, February 7, will be the biggest day of the year in American sports. And, although the top two teams in American football are facing off as rivals on the field, several players from both sides share a love for the Bible. Now, thanks to YouVersion partner The Increase, listen to some of the players from today’s game telling why they love the Bible App:


Bonus: Media Day Video!

Thanks to our friends at fspn, we’ve just added a bonus video, featuring players from both the Panthers and the Broncos, talking even more about their love for the Bible at the pre-game Media Day:



Spread the Word.

Just like you, these guys love being able to connect with God’s Word anytime, anywhere with the Bible App. Whether it’s sharing the Verse of the Day, adding Bookmarks, or listening to audio Bibles, we’re all part of the same global community of people seeking God through His Word.

 

 


Find your inspiration…
straight from the source.

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UNPACK this… for Sports Fans
Bryce Johnson and UNPACKIN’ it Ministries, 5 days

Read intriguing sports stories through a lens of faith, unpacking biblical truths that will challenge, encourage, and inspire you.

Unpack Truth
 
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The Increase
The Increase, 21 days

NFL athletes like Matt Hasselbeck, Josh and Luke McCown, and Brandon Marshall, and MLB stars like Adam Wainwright, Brett Carroll, Paul Maholm (to name just a few) all share life lessons they’ve learned through their favorite Bible passages.

Increase in Wisdom
 
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FCA: True Competitor SPORTS Devotional
Jimmy Page and Dan Britton, 10 days

Whether you’re an athlete, coach, or teammate, train for unstoppable faith in all your relationships: at the gym, in the locker room, on the field, and especially at home.

Grow Your Faith
 


 

50 New Bible Versions. 39 New Languages.

See where you fit in.

We live in an extraordinary age. All over the world, people are looking for meaning, seeking answers to life’s big questions. Inevitably, that means many will be discovering the Bible for the first time. The fact that half of the world’s population now has a mobile subscription (up from just one in five 10 years ago) — means that God has entrusted our generation with a historic opportunity:

To one day meet each person with a Bible, wherever they are.

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Of course, when people first encounter the Bible, they can only read it (or listen to it) if they can find it in a language they know. More than a billion people still don’t have the full story of God’s Word in their own language. And of these, 2,000 language communities don’t even have Bible translations started. Thankfully, YouVersion’s visionary Bible society partners are actively working on new translations…and then sharing those Bibles — for free — through the Bible App and at Bible.com:

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Where do you fit in the story God is telling?

The power of God’s Word is reaching the world.

We’re leveraging technology to equip this generation to be the most Bible-engaged people in history. Why? Because we’re convinced that when you invest in reading or listening to Scripture, it has the power to change your life. We know it does… because we’re seeing it happen all over the world.

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I felt like when I read it, it was
speaking TO me, instead of me
just reading the pages of a
book. That was the beginning
of a whole new life for me.
It’s something that gets inside you

and changes you from the
inside out.

—Scott
   Toronto, Canada

Continue Reading…

The Power of the Lord’s Prayer…Today

All around the world, people are hungry for hope. And God’s Word remains just as relevant, meaningful, and powerful as it has for thousands of years. In Matthew 6:9–13, Jesus taught His disciples a simple model for how they could reach out to the Father every day. Even today, people still recite Jesus’ words — what we know as “The Lord’s Prayer” — for comfort, provision, and direction for their lives.

We hope you’ll enjoy this short video from the Church of England, “Just Pray,” showing the profound power that these words still carry:

The Lord’s Prayer

“Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come. Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.
Amen.”
Matthew 6:9–13, NASB

Share the Video

Please let your friends know about Just Pray and their amazing video of the Lord’s Prayer.

 

More About #JustPray

Just Pray shows a live feed of Tweets, Instagrams, and Vines that use the hashtag #JustPray. Post your prayer with the hashtag, then visit Just Pray’s website to see what other people around the world are praying for…and let them know you’re praying with them. We’d also love for you to post your prayers below in the comments so that our global YouVersion community can pray for and encourage one another.

It’s International Day of the Bible!

Today’s the day…

It’s November 23, International Day of the Bible. Remember to join us at noon (your local time) to read, listen, or watch passages from the Bible together. And be sure to share the Word you’re enjoying on your Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or other social media. Use #BibleCelebration in your posts to help your Friends and followers discover this special day.

For your convenience, we’ve even included some example text below, along with a shareable Verse Image of the theme Scripture for International Day of the Bible:

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Download Verse Image

 

Today is the International Day of the Bible. Join me at noon for a #BibleCelebration!

Let’s have a #BibleCelebration at 12:00 — today is International Day of the Bible! http://www.internationaldayofthebible.com

Read, listen, and share during the #BibleCelebration today at noon for International Day of the Bible!

 


 

 

#BibleCelebration

Connect with International Day of the Bible:

 

@IntlDayofBible
International Day of the Bible
@IntlDayofBible

www.internationaldayofthebible.com

 

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