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.
God creates a good world and appoints humans to rule it on his behalf. Humanity rebels, and the story traces the tragic consequences of human sin for individuals, families and societies, and creation itself.
God responds to humanity’s rebellion by making a promise to Abraham, that he will restore his divine blessing to the world through Abraham’s family. The story traces the fate of that promise through four generations of a very dysfunctional family.
Abraham’s family is brutally enslaved in Egypt, so God raises up a deliverer, Moses, to confront the king of Egypt and set his people free. This story gives meaning to the words “redemption” and “salvation” which are used here for the first time in the Bible.
Leviticus can be difficult to understand, but its basic message is profound and amazing: God graciously provides a way for sinful, broken people to live near his holy presence so they can find wholeness and life.
Moses gives his final words of wisdom and warning to the Israelites who are about to enter into the land. He calls them to covenant faithfulness, obedience to God’s law, and to love God with their whole being.
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:
“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.
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.
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:
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.
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
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
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Please let your friends know about Just Pray and their amazing video of the Lord’s Prayer.
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.