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Brennan Manning and Bill Hybels inspire hope, bring clarity with new Bible Plans

Find the fuel you need in God’s Word.

Bible Plans are a great way you can connect with God’s Word every day. But don’t take our word for it. Try one of this month’s recommended plans and find out for yourself!

Case for Christ

Lee Strobel, 7 Days
Atheist and Chicago Tribune reporter Lee Strobel’s search for truth led him to a life transformed by Christ. In this 7-day plan, Strobel leads youthrough some of his investigation into Scripture that ultimately convinced him Jesus was exactly who he claimed.

Ragamuffin Reflections

Brennan Manning, 10 Days
This collection of honest, heartfelt devotions, selected from the works of bestselling author Brennan Manning, demonstrate through the truth of Scripture that not only does God love you—but he actually delights in you.

Simplify

Bill Hybels, 10 Days
Pastor and author Bill Hybels identifies common issues that fill our lives with busyness and stress, then counters them with Biblical truth and practical advice that can help you find more energy, clearer purpose, and richer relationships.

7 Days to a Hope-Inspired Life

Nick Vujicic and Life Without Limbs, 7 Days
Born without arms or legs, motivational speaker and evangelist Nick Vujicic shares the unique perspective he’s discovered through a life of adapting and overcoming, along with key insights, inspiration, and hope from God’s Word.

Select Plans Designed for Youth, Kids, and Family

Looking for a plan to inspire your teen with Godly wisdom? Trying to teach your younger kids how they can put their faith in action? Or maybe as a parent you’re looking for these things for yourself! Each of these Bible Plans were developed specifically to help youth, kids, and family engage with the Scriptures:

New Bible Plans Refresh, Challenge, and Inspire You

Let God’s Word refresh, challenge, and inspire you!

Whether you’re starting a new season of life, heading back to school, or just seeking some fresh perspective, this month’s Featured Plans can help you make the Bible a daily habit:

Grace for the Moment

Max Lucado, 7 days
Grace For The Moment Morning and Evening Devotional will help you meditate on His Word and apply the promises of scripture to your life.

Catalyst: Devotions For Leaders

Catalyst, 7 days
We’re challenging leaders who love the Church to break the bounds of an ordinary existence and find the courage to embrace and radiate bold change.

Streams in the Desert

L.B. Cowman, 21 Days
Let your thirsty soul be restored and refreshed! This 21 day devotional offers encouragement, peace and strength during the hardships and trials of life.

Creation Festival – the Overflow Devo

Various, 5 Days
Chris Tomlin, Tedashii, the Newsboys, and more share devotionals based on songs heard at Creation Fest 2014.

Perspectives on Prayer

Through prayer, we enjoy the privilege of conversation with the Creator of the universe. The Bible goes further than defining prayer—it gives us words we can use as we seek God’s presence in our lives:


Tip: Subscribe to Verse of the Day

The Bible App can send you the Verse of the Day, every day, so you’ll never miss one! Available for the Bible App for iOS and coming soon to Android and bible.com, simply tap the gear icon on any Verse of the Day, then Subscribe. Choose the time you want it sent, whether you want email or push notification, and the Bible version you prefer. Of course you’ll want to read more than just the Verse of the Day, but subscribing helps remind you what’s important.

Happy Half Year! New Plans for a Fresh Start

January is months away, but we can create a fresh start right now. Today, the YouVersion community is making and sharing Half-Year Resolutions for spending time in the Bible. Wondering where to start? Check out this month’s Featured Plans!

No Other Name

Hillsong Worship, 7 Days
Bring a spirit of bold worship to your daily time in the Bible. Aligned with their new album, Hillsong Worship created this Plan exclusively for The Overflow Devo on YouVersion. A great choice if you’ve never tried a video Plan!

Gospel Dynamite

Tim Keller, 6 days
Re-invigorate your view of the Gospel with an explosion of joy and freedom. In this plan, Dr. Timothy Keller guides you through a portion of Galatians with a powerful perspective.

12 Leadership Ideas To Do With Your Kids

Dr. Tim Elmore, 12 days
Introduce leadership principles to your kids with creative ideas grounded in Scripture. This Plan offers simple, yet clever, teachable moments: go people watching at the mall, hide money where you’ve asked your kids to clean, or visit sick kids in the hospital. Perfect for parents of tweens-teens

When You’re Hoping For a Miracle

Rick Warren, 17 Days
When we come up empty, need a fresh start, and can’t find our way, hope is our lifeline. Pastor Rick Warren shares his unique perspective about hope and the miracles God stands ready to do in our lives.

What’s Your Half-Year Resolution?

Once you decide on your goal, you can inspire others to make a fresh start too! Use the hashtag #HalfYearResolution on Facebook and Twitter to share what you’re beginning today. Talking about your Half-Year Resolution is one more way the YouVersion community can bring the Bible into everyday conversation, right where it belongs.


Tip: Friends = Accountability

If you’ve been using Bible App 5 with friends, you’ve seen how easy it is to share your time in the Bible. When you make a note, create a bookmark, or just check off your reading each day, your friends can see what you’re up to and add their thoughts. Consider asking a friend to help you stay accountable for your daily reading, and let the app help you stay in touch as you do. (Make sure your Plan is visible to friends.)

Now Available Offline: NIV & Other Versions from Biblica

ephesians3The New International Version (NIV) and 30 other versions from Biblica are now available for free download through the Bible App™.

Biblica has been a valuable partner since YouVersion’s early days, and we’re thrilled with their bold move to make this diverse collection of versions available to the global YouVersion community.

These versions represent some of your favorites in twenty-five languages, including NVI in Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese, KLB in Korean, NIV-UK in British English, HFA in German, HTB in Dutch, and BDS in French. It’s a huge step forward in increasing worldwide Scripture engagement and availability.

If you download any of these versions to your device, you’ll be able to read it anytime, anywhere—even when you can’t connect to your service provider or to the Internet. And this is not a limited-time special offer.

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Beginning today, Biblica is making these versions available offline on an ongoing basis.

(If you’re not sure how to download a Bible version to your device, visit our support website to learn how easy it is!)

We are deeply grateful for Biblica’s partnership and all that it has already meant to YouVersion and to our community worldwide. Biblica continues to demonstrate increasing passion about the mission of helping this generation become the most Bible-engaged generation in history.

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The Bible App Around the World: Over 600 Versions, 375 Languages

YouVersion Versions and LanguagesNo matter where you live, no matter what language you prefer, we want to help you engage with the Bible every day. You may know that thanks to YouVersion’s generous Bible publishing partners, the Bible App™ already offers more than 600 versions of the Bible in more than 375 languages. What you may not know is that the Bible App has been installed and used in every country on earth, and that about 40% of new installs take place outside North America.

Of course, the Bible App is more than the Bible. We want your entire experience exploring God’s Word to be fulfilling. But we couldn’t do that without help. More than 350 volunteers all over the world passionately devote themselves to ensuring you enjoy the Bible. They share their talents and time translating basics like screens, menus, and buttons into your language, as well as all of the Bible App tools you know and love, like Reading Plans, Notes, and more.

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That’s why today—right now—you can use the Bible App for iOS (Apple iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch) in any of 33 languages. The Bible App for Android offers 40. And bible.com has 42. On iOS or Android, the Bible App defaults to your device’s language, or you can change it in the app Settings. At bible.com, simply select your favorite language at the bottom right. The languages we’ve most recently rolled out include Malay, Catalan, Albanian, Portuguese (Portugal), and even Arabic!

The Bible App has been installed more than 100 million times so far. Each one of those installs—wherever it happens in the world—represents a story, a person, a life connected to God and to His Word. You can be a part of that, too, every time you share the Bible App with someone who speaks a language other than English. It starts with 100 million.

New Plans from Phil Vischer Bring the Bible to Life for Your Kids

♫ If you like to read in your Bible ♪ /

♪ If your kids can make you smile ♫ /

…have we got a Bible Plan for you!

Today we’re pleased to introduce a delightful new series of plans for families, developed exclusively for the Bible App: “Buck Denver Asks…What’s in the Bible?” VeggieTales® creator Phil Vischer has partnered with YouVersion to help you explore God’s Word with the littler members of your family.

Based on an all-new 13-DVD series, each plan includes Scripture, reflections on the reading, and videos featuring Vischer’s infamous wit and contagious melodies. But don’t take our word for it…let Buck Denver himself tell you all about them:

What’s in the Bible: Heroes of the Old Testament tells the stories of some of your favorite Bible characters, showing you how God worked through them—and helping you think about how God wants to work through you, too! 25 days

What’s in the Bible: Comfort shows your family how faithful people from the Bible turned to God for comfort when times got tough. Let your children see how God’s living Word has the power to encourage their hearts. 7 days

The Ten Commandments takes your family on an epic journey to explain why God gave the Ten Commandments to the Israelites. Then Buck and his friends will help you see what they mean in our lives today. 11 days

Walk with Jesus: 21 Days Through Matthew follows the book of Matthew, from Jesus’ birth through His ascension. Learning about Jesus’ life can help your family imagine what our own lives could look like—with Jesus as our guide. 21 days

What’s in the Bible: Holy Week is perfect for the week leading up to Easter Sunday. If you begin this plan together on Palm Sunday, your family can walk with Jesus through His last week on earth—right into His resurrection. 8 days

Why Do We Call It Christmas? connects the modern traditions that most people seem to observe now with Jesus’ birth: Santa Claus? Christmas trees? What do these things have to do with Jesus? Maybe more than you think! 10 days

Each of these new plans can make exploring the Bible with your kids fun, easy, and meaningful. So please share this exciting news (and what your kids are learning) with your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about Buck Denver & Friends—and to find activities, DVDs, and more that can help you and your children learn all about the story of the Bible—visit WhatsInTheBible.com.

YouVersion Exclusive: John Piper Video Devotional

john-piper-video-devoYouVersion’s newest Bible Plan features John Piper discussing your favorite verses! In Popular Verses: A Video Devotional with John Piper, the renowned Bible teacher, pastor, and author discusses the top 10 verses bookmarked and highlighted most often by the worldwide YouVersion community. Each day, Piper reads a verse, then explains its relationship to other passages, explores its meaning, and wraps up with practical application for your everyday life. (Videos range from just two and a half minutes to four minutes.)

YouVersion is honored to partner with Desiring God to bring you this new plan that packs so much into a concise, accessible format. Sample the first day, and you’ll be hooked. Piper’s insights will ignite your mind and give you plenty to meditate on throughout your day.

All you need to subscribe to “Popular Verses” is a free YouVersion account. Even after you’ve completed this 10-day plan, we think you’ll find yourself coming back to watch again and again.

YouVersion Welcomes Billy Graham

BGEAinK.C.04-56YouVersion is excited to announce the Bible App’s newest devotional reading plan, Day by Day with Billy Graham. In a partnership with BGEA, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Day by Day with Billy Graham gives you 366 days of biblical wisdom and practical advice, drawn from decades of Reverend Graham’s sermons and writings. The one-year plan features content from his popular devotion, Day by Day, in an easy-to-read, easy-to-share format.

One of the most trusted, recognizable Christian leaders and influencers of our time, Reverend Graham’s messages—and in particular, his televised “Billy Graham Crusades”—have been seen by an estimated 2 billion people. Reverend Graham has been a pioneer in leveraging technology for evangelism through the early use of radio, television, and film. Often called the “Pastor to the Presidents,” Billy Graham’s name has appeared in the top 10 of Gallup’s “Most Admired Man and Woman” poll more than anyone else in history: 55 times since 1955.

Use your free YouVersion account to subscribe now to Day by Day with Billy Graham for insight, encouragement, and life application. And be sure to share on Facebook and Twitter to let your friends know about this exciting new plan.

Celebrating 5 Years of the Bible App: Thank You

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us,
to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”

Ephesians 3:20, New Living Translation

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A Simple App. When Apple opened its App Store on July 10, 2008, YouVersion’s Bible App™ for iOS was there, one of only 200 free apps. No one knew if that experiment would even work, let alone what impact apps and smartphones might one day have on our lives. With the App Store passing 50 billion app downloads in May this year, it’s clear we’re just beginning to see what’s possible.

Engaging with God’s Word. YouVersion didn’t stop there, of course. We made the Bible App for every popular platform we could: BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone—even Palm OS! Then we just kept going, building the Bible App for international platforms like Java, Symbian, and mobile users in general. We wanted to make it easy and free to get the Bible, so more people than ever could experience it for themselves. And today we’re more focused than ever on helping as many people as possible daily engage with God’s Word.

A Team of Millions. As word began spreading about what God was up to, Bible publishers and societies, churches, and other partners joined in, generously sharing resources. As those collaborations began to bear fruit, the YouVersion community erupted into a worldwide movement. Now, hundreds of passionate people in many countries and languages are volunteering their God-given gifts to help get the Bible into even more people’s hands…and hearts.

Changing the World. With more than 500 Bible versions in more than 300 languages, the Bible App today represents the single largest digital Bible community in the world. And you are the difference. Click the image at right to see just a snapshot of how you are changing the world, ways that you are helping make this the most Bible-engaged generation in history.

We’re just getting started. While it’s extraordinary to think of the Bible App on 100 million smartphones and tablets, more than 7 billion people share this planet with us. In the coming months, we’ll bring you several exciting new announcements: features, partnerships, plans, and tools that will help people engage more with the Bible than ever before. We can’t say, “Thank you,” enough for all that you’ve already done. And we can’t even guess what God is going to do—more than we can ask, think, or imagine. But we do know this much:

It STARTS with 100 million.

Worldwide YouVersion Community Shatters Records Throughout March

When The Bible series was breaking ratings records this past Sunday, attracting nearly 100 million viewers over the course of its run, YouVersion was making history as well with a month full of firsts:

  • The Bible series producers named the Bible App™ their official app of the series even before the first episode aired.

  • During the first episode of The Bible, YouVersion debuted its first-ever national television commercial in the U.S. And it continued to air multiple times each week throughout the series.

  • The brand new Videos feature launched, helping people experience the Bible’s stories and concepts visually from inside the Bible App.

  • Every Sunday in March landed on YouVersion’s top 10 list for most installs in a single day.

  • March 31, Easter Sunday (the same day as The Bible series finale) saw the most installs of the Bible App ever in a single day: more than 3.5 per second… all day.

And while each of these firsts are truly thrilling, even when we take them all together, still they don’t tell the whole story. You, the worldwide YouVersion community, broke several far more important records. Together during March, we:

  • Spent more than 3.4 billion minutes reading God’s Word.

  • Completed almost 671,000 reading plans, and

  • Shared more than 6 million Bible verses through Facebook, Twitter, email, and text messages.

Literally millions of people all over the world discovered the Bible App for the first time during March, thanks in part to your passion for the Bible. Thank you…for reading, listening, watching, and sharing it. You are an inspiration. Together, we’re helping more people engage with God’s Word than ever before.

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