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Dove Award Nominees, Winners Offer Bible App Devotionals

The 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards, hosted by Amy Grant and Kirk Franklin, air tonight—Monday, October 21—at 8:00 PM EDT on UP. Did you know that YouVersion offers several devotional plans from Dove Award-nominated artists and winners? Check out these great plans from some of your favorite inspirational acts:

All New Reading Plans on the Bible App!Casting Crowns Drawing from ministerial stories and personal experiences, Casting Crowns gives readers an in-depth look at life revealed through the lens of Jesus Christ. From The Overflow. 7 days

Matt Redman Based on Redman’s album Your Grace Finds Me, each day offers insight into what each song means, as well as the Scriptures that inspired it. From Matt Redman. 12 days

Tenth Avenue North Lead singer Mike Donehey explains the  devotional truths behind songs from their album, The Struggle. From Tenth Avenue North and The Overflow. 7 days

Lecrae Solo artist Lecrae developed this plan to share the Gospel of salvation and grace as expressed through his album Gravity. (Also featuring KB and Derek Minor.) From The Overflow. 8 days

Shane & Shane Intended to empower you with fulfillment, confidence, and joy from the Gospels, this devotional from Shane and Shane describes the Scriptures and personal experiences behind their album Bring Your Nothing. From The Overflow. 7 days

Devotions from Chris Tomlin This devotional from Tomlin was inspired by the Scriptures and themes addressed on his album Burning Lights. From Chris Tomlin. 5 days

Newsboys Highlighting tracks from God’s Not Dead, this exclusive devotional breaks down some of the Newsboys’ favorite worship songs, taking you straight into God’s Word. From The Overflow. 7 days

Dara Maclean Based on songs from her album, You Got My Attention, Dara Maclean offers a deeply personal look into her passion for Jesus. From The Overflow. 7 days

for KING & COUNTRY Named one of Billboard Magazine’s “Artists to Watch” in 2012, for KING & COUNTRY based this devotional on themes expressed in songs from their album Crave. From The Overflow. 7 days

Matt Maher Centered around the resurrection of Jesus, this devotional from Matt Maher explores how this singular event—a glorious reflection of God’s love and mercy for us—affects you personally. From The Overflow. 7 days

Matthew West Featuring personal accounts from the people whose stories inspired his album Into the Light, this devotional from Matthew West uses Scripture to reveal not just the root issues, but their ultimate solution: the salvation-giving love of Christ. From The Overflow. 7 days

Rhett Walker Band This Rhett Walker Band devotional explains the inspiration behind several songs from their Come to the River album (including the Grammy-nominated “When Mercy Found Me”). From The Overflow. 7 days

Building 429 Lead singer Jason Roy shares the Bible passages and personal experiences that became several songs from Building 429’s album, We Won’t Be Shaken. From The Overflow. 7 days

Every day, millions of Bible App users engage with God’s Word through devotionals and other categories of Bible plans. All you need to get started with any of these terrific plans is a free YouVersion account. Please also take a moment to check in on the conversations happening now on Facebook and Twitter, with your YouVersion friends from all over the world!

New Plan: Billy Graham’s The Reason for My Hope

billy grahamBilly Graham’s The Reason for My Hope is a devotional plan including Scriptures chosen from the Gospel Daily and companion messages from Billy Graham’s latest book, The Reason For My Hope: Salvation. Daily readings also feature musical lyric videos from some of the biggest names in Christian music, written specifically for the brand new album My Hope: Songs Inspired by the Message and Mission of Billy Graham. For more information on the My Hope project, visit www.MyHopeTheBook.com.

Back to the Basics

If you’ve been thinking about trying to start a daily Bible reading habit, why wait? One of these four short plans can help you start now, building not just your Bible-reading confidence, but even your faith in God through His Word:

  • Acts Read all about the Apostles and the early church as this straightforward plan carries you through this entire book in the New Testament in two weeks. From YouVersion. 14 days
  • Psalms and Proverbs in 31 Days Discover comfort, encouragement, and truth in the songs and poetry of Psalms and the wisdom of Proverbs. From YouVersion. 31 days
  • Major People In just over two months, learn about the character of many historical figures from the Bible through their stories. Readings are five days a week, with two days off each week. From LCBC Church65 days

New Bible App Updates, Another Huge Milestone, and More!

Recently the worldwide YouVersion community completed more than 10 million Plans! Over and over again, you tell us how much Plans help you make God’s Word a daily part of your life. In 2009, we offered just one Plan. At the beginning of 2010, we launched 20 new Plans. Today, we offer more than 550 Plans, and this year alone, we’ve already seen 4.3 million Plans completed. That means that on average, Bible App users are currently completing more than 20,000 Plans a day!

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Top Completed Plans (All-Time):

This Month’s Most Popular Plans:

More Good Things to Come

All-New Windows 8 Release. We completely reimagined the Bible App for Windows 8 and Windows RT. It’s the smoothest, most easy-to-use mobile Windows version we’ve ever offered!

All-New BlackBerry 10 Release. As soon as BlackBerry introduced their all-new, advanced BB10, we knew we wanted to update the Bible App to take full advantage. BlackBerry fans, keep your eye on our blog for details because a new release is coming soon!

More Languages Than Ever. The Bible App has been installed and used in every country on earth—something that wouldn’t be possible without YouVersion’s generous Bible publishing partners and global network of volunteers. The YouVersion community is opening more than 600 Bible versions representing over 375 languages, and accessing the app menus, buttons, Plans, and more in 30+ languages!

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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.

Our Daily Bread Devotional Comes to YouVersion

YouVersion is pleased to announce Our Daily Bread, an all-new 30-day devotional plan from RBC, one of the world’s most trusted sources for devotions. It’s an honor to partner with RBC (once known as “Radio Bible Class”), who has published the Our Daily Bread devotional every day since 1956.

Designed to take just minutes a day, the Our Daily Bread plan encourages you to reflect on all that God means to you—and on what you mean to Him. You’ll find wisdom in daily passages from His Word, along with inspiration in the life-changing stories that accompany them.

The phrase, “our daily bread” comes directly from “the Lord’s Prayer” in the Gospel of Matthew, where Jesus teaches His disciples a simple way to pray. Of course, Jesus also pointed out that we don’t live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from God’s mouth. Making time for God’s Word every day is one of the most important keystone habits any believer can learn. Sign up for Our Daily Bread, and start yours today.

The Bible App for Android Tablet is All New

The all-new, reimagined Bible App™ for Android Tablet (v. 4.3.0) is available now from Google Play. (And it’s coming soon to Kindle!) We designed this version of the Bible App specifically for Android tablets, giving it an all-new interface and adding features optimized to take full advantage of the screens on larger-format Android devices. Besides the smoothest, most seamless experience we’ve ever offered in a tablet release, we think you’ll find a lot to love in this release:

The Bible App for Android TabletSync Across Devices. Any settings you’ve saved with your free YouVersion account—including all your Notes, Bookmarks, Highlights, Reading Plans, and more—will show up on all your devices. No need to do anything special; as long as you’re signed in, the Bible App will remember your preferences and settings.

Get the Most from Your Screen. Engage with the Scriptures like never before with the Bible App’s Video feature. Explore the JESUS Film, watch excerpts from record-setting TV miniseries The Bible, and view clips from the Lumo Project, all optimized for use on larger, hi-resolution screens.

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Access Multiple Bible Versions, Even Offline. The Bible App now offers more than 500 unique Bible versions in 300 different languages, right at your fingertips. Many of these are available offline, too, which means you can use them even when you’re away from Wi-Fi. Here’s how: When you have a solid connection, check the versions list for downloadable versions (indicated with a gray arrow). Simply tap the arrows for the ones you want to copy to your device.

We’ve even tweaked this version for performance enhancements, which we hope you’ll notice, and for a few crash fixes—which we hope you won’t. Let us know how you like this newest release on Facebook and Twitter. And be sure you share it with your friends!

This Easter, Let New Devotionals Bring a New Beginning.

He is risen!

Together, we celebrate this most important day of the year with followers of Christ from all over the world.

Join us for Easter Restart

Easter marks a time of redemption and rebirth. It’s also a great time to bring a sense of renewal to your life. YouVersion has partnered with American Bible Society to help you embrace the promises and power of Easter through a collection of devotionals:

Sign up for a Restart reading plan with your free YouVersion account:

  • Restart: Compassion and Justice Let God’s Word shape how you view and respond to poverty and injustice in a world that’s longing for the hope of Christ.40 days
  • Restart: Stepping Out in Faith See your community through new eyes, as the book of Nehemiah reveals God’s heart for rebuilding broken lives and hopes. 40 days
  • Restart: Leading With Confidence Explore God’s foundational promises for you and the people you serve—and become the leader He made you to be. 7 days

Watch The Bible Series Finale Tonight

With over 80 million viewers so far, the epic TV miniseries The Bible is helping people explore the Bible in new and powerful ways. It’s also leading millions to use the Bible App in record-breaking fashion.

In the finale of the series, we’ll see a compelling visualization of the Easter story. Watch the conclusion of The Bible, tonight at 8/7c on the History channel.

5 Devotionals to Help you Prepare for Resurrection Sunday

Easter is almost here! Next Sunday, March 31, join believers all over the world, as together we celebrate the resurrection of Christ. It’s so important to engage with God’s Word every day—especially during this last week we have before Resurrection Sunday. Consider trying one of these great plans to draw your heart into a posture of gratitude and worship for what Christ’s sacrifice means in our lives:

  • Revealing Jesus with Darlene Zschech This video devotional features devotions, worship songs, and encouragement from internationally renowned worship leader Darlene Zschech, inspiring encounters with the heart of our Savior. 15 days
  • Love to the Uttermost: Holy Week Spanning Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, this individual, family, or group devotional uses nine select readings from John Piper to help direct our gaze toward our Savior. 9 days
  • The Children’s Guide to Easter Read with your children about Jesus’ sacrifice to forgive our sins, featuring illustrations (iOS/Android/web only) and study questions designed to spark family discussion. 7 days
  • Matt Maher – The Overflow Devo This devotional from Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter Maher breaks down themes from several of his songs centered around Jesus’ resurrection, exploring how God’s love and mercy affect each of us personally. 7 days
  • Seven Mile Miracle Easter Devotion Pastor Steven Furtick from Elevation Church digs into seven of Jesus’ final sayings on the cross, with daily Scripture readings and practical application. From Seven Mile Miracle. 7 days

You can find these and several more Easter plans in the Featured category.

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