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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.)

Fresh Starts: Not Just for New Year’s

In a few days, 2014 will be half over. That means the second half of 2014 is just beginning! You don’t have to wait until January to begin or re-begin a daily practice of spending time in the Bible.

Kick off Your Half-Year Resolution on July 1

1. Pick a Bible Plan
Plans come in all shapes and sizes—more than 800 options from topical to devotional, and a few days to a few months in length. Search for one you’re really interested in and make sure it’s a goal you think you can achieve. How about a short Plan to get things rolling? Or, have you ever tried a video Plan? Find your Plan and start on July 1.

2. Put the App to Work for You
You’ll find lots of features to help you stick with your goal: Set a reminder in the app to help you stay on track. Listen to your daily selections with an audio Bible. And don’t be shy about using the “Catch Me Up” button if you fall behind!

3. Include Your Friends
People are more successful starting new habits with the support of friends. Make sure you’ve added your friends in Bible App 5 and start sharing what you’re bookmarking, highlighting, and noting each day. You can even do the same Plan together.

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4. Let’s do this together!
Use the hashtag #HalfYearResolution on Facebook and Twitter to share what you’re starting on July 1. It would be great to see the YouVersion community inspiring people all over the world toward a new beginning!

 

Bible Plans with Your Friends

Plans with Friends

We know the value of experiencing the Bible within community. In the newest version of the Bible App, we want you to experience the power of friendship in the Bible. Now on iOS, Android, and at Bible.com, you can see what Bible Plans your friends are working on. Offer encouragement, celebrate their successes, and even join the same Plan.

Like and comment on friends activity

Now you can see when your friends start or complete a Bible Plan, as well as their daily progress. Cheer them along by adding a Like or Comment.

Discover new Bible Plans

With over 800 Bible Plans to choose from, seeing your friends’ activity can help spark interest, introduce you to a new devotional, or help you learn from a trusted pastors and authors. And your Plans might interest your friends in return.

Set the status to “Friends”

When you’re working through a Bible Plan, set the status to “Friends” so your friends see your activity. Not ready to share your Plan? You can set your Plan to “Private” at any point.

If you haven’t already, upgrade to Bible App 5 to add friends and enjoy Bible Plans together.

New Bible Plans from All Sons & Daughters, Beating Burnout, Family, & More

Reading (and listening or watching) the Bible every day, even if it’s only a little bit each time, impacts how you see life. When you subscribe to a Bible Plan, you’re a part of a worldwide community seeking God daily. Find these Plans and more by viewing the Featured category under Plans.

All Sons & Daughters – Devotional

All Sons & Daughter, 7 Days
All Sons & Daughters, the worship duo from Journey Church in Tennessee, focus on Jesus while embracing the tension of the Christian walk. In this seven-day devotional, learn to rely on Him and His truths as you walk a Christian life.

Journey to Change

NewSpring Church, 21 Days
From the minute we accept Jesus into our heart, our life is forever changed. In this Plan, NewSpring Church shares stories from 21 people who met Jesus and will never be the same. Learn how life changing a relationship with Christ can be!

31 Days of Building Your Family’s Values

Family ID, 31 Days
The first step to determining the legacy you want to leave behind is establishing strong values that are important to pass on. Strong family values prepare you for the future and help make daily decisions. As a family, explore 31 values that you can pray through together.

Beating Burnout: Finding Hope and Health

Anne Marie Miller, 3 Days
Feeling tired? Burned out? It’s easy to take on more than you can handle and become burned out. Join Anne Marie Miller in this daily guide and learn how to avoid burnout. Focus your energy on rest, holistic health, and the power of prayer.

YouVersion Community Favorites

Looking for more Bible Plans? Bible readers around the world recommend these noteworthy favorites. This month, we’re highlighting Plans about Pentecost and the early church, as well as family and parenting.

 

Bible Plans with Friends

By changing your Plan settings to “Friends,” your friends can see your daily progress and add comments of encouragement. They might even be inspired by your choice or progress and start the Plan themselves. If you haven’t already, update to Bible App 5 and add friends to start sharing the Bible together. Update to Bible App 5 now.

Tip: Use a Plan for Group Study

Does your group want to study the Bible together? Plans to the rescue! Choose a Plan, start on the same day, and see how you can bring additional insights to each other. Read each day’s content, bookmark Scripture that speaks to you, and share notes.

New Bible Plans from Rick Warren, Charles Spurgeon, and more!

Bible Plans are the YouVersion community’s favorite way to make the Bible a daily habit. There are over 800 Plans in the Bible App, and this month we have six brand new Plans, plus some of our old favorites. Find these and more in the Featured section in the Bible App.

 

YouVersion Community Favorites

Looking for more Bible Plans? We’ve collected a list of noteworthy favorites that Bible readers around the world recommend.

 

Finding Friends

In the newest version of the Bible App, you can connect with your closest friends. Share Scripture and encourage each other towards exploring God’s Word in a whole new way. If you haven’t already, update to Bible App 5 and start finding friends. Update to Bible App 5 now.

Tip: Set Up Notifications

You can create customized reminders in the Bible App for iOS and Android. Set up notifications for Plans you’re subscribed to for first thing in the morning or right before you go to bed. This way, you never miss a day.

Holy Week Bible Plans, Bible App for Kids Stories, and Shareable Art

With Easter only a week away, now is a great time for a short Plan that can help you align your heart and mind toward Christ with the Bible. The Bible App has several great Easter Plans, each designed to help you make the most of your time in God’s Word this week:

My Utmost for His Highest: Holy Week is a special edition of Oswald Chambers’ timeless classic devotionals, offering selections that encourage you toward a deeper, more passionate walk with God. From Discovery House. 7 days

Our Daily Bread: The Hope for Easter is a quick series of daily devotionals specially selected to help you discover peace, comfort, and encouragement through the great love that God has for you. From Our Daily Bread. 7 days

The Story of Easter presents the biblical account of Jesus’ last week of ministry on earth, as He fulfilled ancient prophecies, spent powerful time in prayer, and ultimately changed our world forever. From LifeChurch.tv. 7 days

Here are several other great plans you might also want to try this week:

The Children’s Guide to Easter from 4Soils. 7 days

Matt Maher – The Overflow Devo from The Overflow. 7 days

Love to the Uttermost: Holy Week with John Piper from Desiring God. 9 days

Seven Mile Miracle Easter Devotion from Seven Mile Miracle. 7 days

For the Joy Set Before Him from Carol McLeod and Just Joy Ministries. 8 days

The Artist Bible: Easter from The Artist Bible. 8 days

Red-Letter Day from LifeChurch.tv 12 days

Bible App for Kids EasterKids’ Easter Stories: “It Is Finished” and “A Happy Sunday”

Of course, this week is also a great time to discuss with your kids what Easter is all about. The Bible App for Kids makes it easy, with two new stories that explain Easter in a way they’ll understand. “It Is Finished” tells the story of the very real sacrifice of God’s Son, while “A Happy Sunday” introduces them to the power of His resurrection. Already downloaded nearly 3 million times, you can get The Bible App for Kids for iOS and Android, as well as Kindle Fire, and it’s always completely free.

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Inspire Your Friends with Easter Art

For the first time ever, YouVersion has commissioned custom artwork to match the Bible App’s Verse of the Day for each of the seven days leading up to Easter. Available now on the blog, each one is free for you to download and share on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or anywhere you want.

 

Plans to Help Prepare You for Easter

cross of christ built into a brick wallToday is Ash Wednesday, the first day of the Christian tradition of Lent. During these 40 days leading up to Easter (April 20), followers of Christ prepare their hearts by turning their minds away from the physical to the spiritual. YouVersion offers several Bible plans that can help you reflect on God’s Word every day between now and Easter:

  • Lent For Everyoneis a devotional featuring a daily reading from Matthew and inspirational words for reflection from renowned New Testament scholar N.T. Wright. 53 days
  • 40 Days of Lent chronologically traces Jesus’ last week on earth, through the New Testament gospel accounts. The seven Sundays are days of rest, according to tradition. 47 days
  • ReThink Life: 40 Day Devotional presents Scripture, key thoughts, and prayer to challenge you to “rethink” seven important areas in your life. 40 days
  • Hillsong: 40 Days of Revival reveals attributes from history’s greatest revivals — presence, prayer, purity, power, personal sacrifice, and praise — to help you know God and His ways.40 days

Whether you prefer reading the Bible or hearing it read to you, you can find many more plans at www.bible.com/reading-plans.

The most important things in our lives are worth sharing. Tell your friends which Bible plan you’re committing to—and ask them to join you! Then keep sharing what you’re reading and learning, all the way up to Easter Sunday. Online, the worldwide YouVersion community will be using the hashtag #PreparingForEaster.

 


Prepare for Easter: Share in God’s Word with Friends

Preparing for EasterPeople around the world will celebrate Jesus’ resurrection on Sunday, April 20. Traditionally, many individuals use Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter, as a time to reflect and repent. During this time, we choose to actively prepare our hearts to receive the gift Jesus gave us through the Cross.

Consider making the Bible an intentional part of your day—every day—between now and Easter Sunday. The most important things in our lives are worth sharing with friends and family, so ask some of your favorite people to join you in seeking God through His Word. Make time each day to check in with each other. Talk about what you’re reading and encourage each other, spurring one another on toward Christ.

Each of these Bible plans were developed specifically to help get us all into the spirit of Lent. Pick one that works for you:

Lent For Everyone is a devotional featuring a daily reading from Matthew and inspirational words for reflection from renowned New Testament scholar N.T. Wright. From SPCK Publishing. 53 days

40 Days of Lent chronologically traces Jesus’ last week on earth, through the New Testament gospel accounts. The seven Sundays are days of rest, according to tradition. From Journey Church. 47 days

Devotions for Lent from Holy Bible: Mosaic brings together quotes, readings, and Scripture to focus your mind on Christ. From Tyndale House Publishers. 46 days

ReThink Life: 40 Day Devotional presents Scripture, key thoughts, and prayer to challenge you to “rethink” seven important areas in your life. From ReThink. 40 days

Hillsong: 40 Days of Revival reveals attributes from history’s greatest revivals — presence, prayer, purity, power, personal sacrifice, and praise — to help you know God and His ways. From Hillsong. 40 days

The 40-Day New Testament Challenge leads you through the entire New Testament in just 40 days, taking off Sundays as traditional days of rest. From Margaret Feinberg. 40 days

Whether you prefer listening or reading, of course you’ll find plenty more Bible plans to choose from at https://www.bible.com/reading-plans.

Plans Explore Love from God’s Perspective

Around this time of year, one topic seems to dominate thoughts and conversation throughout our culture: Love. As you might expect, the Bible actually offers a lot of insight on this subject. Here are just a few Plans that can help you understand God’s love, both for you and for those around you:

  • The Gift of God’s Love Learn how our modern perspective of romantic, worldly love is different from God’s sincere, enduring, perfect love. 13 days
  • Falling In Love Again With Your Lord In this exploration of Psalm 63, dive deep into what it means to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength… and to be loved by Him. 10 days
  • Marriage: A Lifelong Journey Building a lasting relationship is hard work, but that effort reveals treasures all throughout your life together. 7 days
  • Love and Marriage Intended for married couples (or those who want to marry), each day features Scripture and quick thoughts designed to initiate discussion and prayer. 5 days

Plans in Action

Engaging daily with the Bible can change your life:

“Thank you for such a wonderful app! Reading ‘21 days of Powerful Breakthroughs’ and ‘Made to Crave,’ I’m overwhelmed with what I’ve gained from both!” —Karen H.

During just the first 36 days of 2014, the YouVersion community completed more than 1 million Plans! Come see for yourself what the excitement is all about. You can find Plans about love and relationships — and so much more — right now at www.bible.com/reading-plans?category=topical.

The 21-Day Challenge: A Fresh Start

21 Day Challenge 512You’ve shared with us time and time again that reading the Bible is important to you. It’s something you want to do daily, a goal you set for yourself each year. We also know this is that time of year when life happens…you wake up late and miss your morning reading, someone in your house gets sick, or you lose momentum in Leviticus.

YouVersion loves to help you follow through on your good intentions—read the Bible. So for the third year, we’re kicking off the 21-Day Challenge to encourage you to keep up (or get back on track) with your daily Bible habit!

It only takes three weeks of consistent behavior—just 21 days—to establish (or reestablish) a habit. To help cheer you on, from January 21 through February 10, if you complete the day’s selections from at least one Bible Plan each day, you’ll get a special 21-Day Challenge badge on your YouVersion profile. Also…

You’ll also be entered to win one of

5 iPad minis, 5 Nexus 7 tablets, or 21 YouVersion prize packs!*

Here’s how it works:

  • If you don’t already have a free YouVersion account, sign up for one.

  • Complete each scheduled day of any YouVersion Bible Plan or combination of Bible Plans, starting January 21 through February 10.

  • If you are subscribed to more than one Bible Plan, you only need to complete 21 consecutive days for one of them. (But feel free to read as much as you’d like).

  • Listening to audio versions counts, as long as you mark off the reading for the day.

  • Whether you read, listen, or sign up to receive your Plan by email, be sure that every passage for each day’s reading is checked off as completed.

  • Don’t miss or skip any days!

  • 10 winners will be selected through a random drawing from the pool of eligible participants. Available prizes are 5 Apple iPad minis and 5 Google Nexus 7 tablets.

*ATTENTION: INTERNATIONAL USERSUnfortunately, since YouVersion cannot ship iPad minis and Nexus 7 tablets outside of the U.S., we will select 21 additional International winners. (All of the other rules will still apply.) Each International winner will receive a prize pack that includes a YouVersion T-shirt, a YouVersion sticker pack, and other fun YouVersion memorabilia. 

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