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Jesus Sets a Man Free in a New Bible App for Kids Story, “Demons Destroyed”

“Demons Destroyed” is the newest story in the Bible App for Kids. Your kids will thrill at seeing Jesus set a man free from evil spirits that had been tormenting him for years. Based on Mark 5:1–20, as Jesus and his disciples are walking by a cemetery near the Sea of Galilee, they meet a very troubled man. When evil spirits that live inside the man beg Jesus to leave them alone, the man tells Jesus that he has “lots” of mean spirits inside him. Jesus tells the bad spirits they have to leave, making them go into a herd of pigs nearby. All the pigs run into a lake together and drown.

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When the pig herders go tell the people in town what happened, everyone comes out to see for themselves. But when they see how different the man is, it makes them afraid, so they ask Jesus to leave. When the grateful man wants to go with Jesus, Jesus tells him he should stay and tell people his happy story instead — that when Jesus crossed the Sea of Galilee, he cast out “Lots” and set him free. And that’s just what the man did!

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If you already have the Bible App for Kids, all you need to do to get “Demons Destroyed” is open the Bible App for Kids and tap the new story icon. But even if you don’t have the app yet, getting it is easy — and it’s free! Just click one of the buttons below.

 



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About the Bible App for Kids

Already installed on more than 6 million devices, the Bible App for Kids comes from YouVersion, makers of the Bible App™. In partnership with OneHope, the Bible App for Kids was designed specifically to provide your children with a delight-filled Bible experience all their own. Here are all the places where you can get the Bible App for Kids:

 

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Now Available: Choose Your Own Photos for Verse Images

Verse Image is one of the most popular features in YouVersion history, with more than 1.8 million already created since it launched. Hopefully you’ve already been enjoying making your own Verse Images, turning Bible verses into inspirational art that you can share with your community of friends. Today we’re pleased to announce that with the newest release of the Bible App, now you can select your own photos as backgrounds for your Verse Images!

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Note: Before you can use Verse Images, make sure you have the most current version of the Bible App installed. Some older versions of Android and iOS may not be supported.

 

On Apple Devices:
From inside the Bible App:

  1. Tap the passage you want to share.
  2. Tap the Share icon.
  3. Tap Image.
  4. Tap the gray image icon in the first square.
  5. Follow the prompts to the photos already on your device and select the one you want.
  6. Customize your image with fonts, colors, and other effects.
  7. Share your Verse Image directly into your Bible App Home feed, as an SMS or email message, or on social media.

 

On Android Devices:
From inside the Bible App:

  1. Tap the passage you want to share.
  2. Tap the Image icon.
  3. Tap the gray image icon in the first square.
  4. Follow the prompts to the photos already on your device and select the one you want.
  5. Customize your image with fonts, colors, and other effects.
  6. Share your Verse Image directly into your Bible App Home feed, as an SMS or email message, or on social media.

Also coming soon…

Add blur.
Blurring your
background picture
can create greater
contrast for your text,
making your Verse
Image easier to read.

 

Adjust text and
line spacing.
Fine-tune space
between the letters
and between the lines
in your Verse Image.

 

 

 

 

 


About the Bible App

The Bible App™ has been installed on more than 170 million unique devices, all over the world. Developed by YouVersion, the Bible App offers more than 1,000 Bible versions, in more than 770 languages. And it’s always completely free.

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Why YouVersion is Bringing the Bible App to Apple Watch

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The power of God’s Word, close at hand.

At YouVersion, we believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, the primary way that He communicates with us. And we believe that the Bible has the power to absolutely transform lives. We’ve seen it happen — again and again and again.

That’s why we keep our mission simple: to help you engage with the Bible. Because we’re convinced that when you spend time with the Bible, either reading or listening, and then carefully reflect on what it’s saying to you, God’s Spirit will do something inside of you. His words will change you, make you into a new person. Ultimately, His words will draw you closer to Him.

That’s what drives every release of the Bible App, every new feature. We research which behaviors seem most likely to help you daily engage with the Bible. We select the ones we believe will be the most effective for the most people, and then we carefully craft features around those.

That’s why we’re bringing the Bible App to Apple Watch.

We’ll be there on launch day, just like we were among the first 200 free apps in Apple’s App Store on the day it launched in 2008. That first version of the Bible App let people have the Bible with them, constantly available everywhere they went. And we never stop evaluating new opportunities that might help you keep God’s Word in front of you.

We realized that certain aspects of this unique platform could deepen the presence of the Bible verses that mean the most to you — those that you tagged specifically with Verse Images, Bookmarks, or Highlights. We even tried to think through how your Apple Watch could help you stay closely connected to your community of Bible App Friends.

After hours of discussing, debating, prototyping, experimenting, tweaking, discarding — then repeating the process — we landed on the features that we think will help you get the most from the Bible App on your Apple Watch. Now we’re looking forward to the new ways we believe God will speak to you through his Word when you’re able to give it this kind of constant, natural presence in your daily life.

Meditation:
Verse of the Day

“Commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine.
Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders.”
Deuteronomy 11:18

Every day, the Bible App presents you with the “Verse of the Day,” keystone Bible verses meaningful to believers the world over. With Apple Watch, you can revisit the Verse of the Day anytime you want, with just a glance and a tap.

Biblical Community:
Friend Notifications

“Every time I think of you,
I give thanks to my God.”
Philippians 1:3

Taptic notifications are a brand new feature unique to Apple Watch. If you turn on your Bible App notifications, you’ll feel a tiny vibration each time one of your Bible App Friends likes or comments on your Bible activity. Without even looking, you’ll know that in that very moment, one of your trusted friends is thinking of you, encouraged or inspired by the time you’ve recently spent in God’s Word.

Inspiration:
Trending Verses

Trust in the LORD with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.
Proverbs 3:5–6

Which Scriptures are other believers engaging with right now? With a tap and a scroll, a quick glance at which Bible verses are trending will give you a sense of what’s happening across the worldwide YouVersion community. Available exclusively on Apple Watch.

Mindfulness:
Your Verse Images, Bookmarks, and Highlights

“…set your hearts on things above, where Christ is,
seated at the right hand of God.
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”
Colossians 3:1–2

Bible App on Apple Watch will let you scroll through and view your own Verse Images, Bookmarks, and Highlights. It’s a simple, practical way that you can find inspiration, encouragement, or even just a reminder of the things you value most.


All over the world, people just like you are connecting with each other through the global YouVersion community, centered around God’s Word. And very soon, the Bible App for Apple Watch will place the power of that community literally at your fingertips. Make the Bible App one of the first apps you connect to your Apple Watch. As long as your iPhone is up-to-date and Apple Watch-compatible, then the day that your Apple Watch arrives, the Bible App will be there.

iOS Actionable Notifications

Actionable Notifications

Now on Apple devices, when the Bible App sends you a notification, you can swipe on it to take action, even right from the lock screen. When one of your Friends adds a Bookmark inside the Bible App, you can swipe the notification and tap Like or Comment. You can even accept Friend requests without having to open the Bible App.  Next time you receive a notification from the Bible App give it a try!

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Just in Time for Palm Sunday: Jesus Rides into Jerusalem in “The Donkey and the King”

“The Donkey and the King” is the newest story in the Bible App for Kids. Your kids will love learning about the first Palm Sunday, when Jesus fulfills Old Testament prophecy by riding into Jerusalem on a donkey. Based on Matthew 21:1–11, John 12:16–19, and Luke 19:36–40, Jesus rides into the city as crowds cheer, laying palm tree branches and their cloaks on the road in front of him to welcome Him. They’re hoping that He is the Messiah, the “Promised One” from God that they’ve been waiting for.

Palm Sunday: The Crowd Welcomes Jesus to Jerusalem

But not everyone is happy. The Pharisees are jealous at how much the people like Jesus. They tell Jesus that He should tell the people to stop cheering for Him. But Jesus tells them that if the people don’t cheer and shout, then the rocks will cry out!

The Pharisees are Jealous of Jesus

If you already have the Bible App for Kids, all you need to do to get “The Donkey and the King” is open the Bible App for Kids and tap the new story icon. But even if you don’t have the app yet, getting it is easy — and it’s free! Just click one of the buttons below.



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About the Bible App for Kids

Already installed on more than 6 million devices, the Bible App for Kids comes from YouVersion, makers of the Bible App™. In partnership with OneHope, the Bible App for Kids was designed specifically to provide your children with a delight-filled Bible experience all their own. Here are all the places where you can get the Bible App for Kids:

 

Get it now

 

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The Bible App Has a New Look

When the Bible App debuted in Apple’s App Store in 2008, the mobile landscape looked a lot different. YouVersion’s Bible App was one of only 200 free apps in that first store, offering Bibles in just two languages and a single Reading Plan. The worldwide YouVersion community has come a long way since then.

Now the Bible App has been installed on more than 170 million unique iOS, Android, and Kindle devices (among others). Today’s Bible App offers more than 1000 Bible versions, in over 750 languages. And with hundreds of Bible Plans (and more being added all the time), the Bible App truly makes it easier than ever to connect with God’s Word anytime, anywhere.

Of all the changes we’ve introduced over the years, one of the Bible App’s most recognizable features — our icon — has only changed once, when we gave it a facelift in 2011. It’s time. Today we announce our cleanest, highest definition, easiest-to-read icon yet:

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During these past seven years, God has already done more amazing things than we could ask, think, or even imagine. Best of all: we’re only getting started.

An All-New Way to Share What Inspires You


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Now for the first time ever, you can share a Bible verse — as an image — from directly inside the Bible App on your Apple or Android device. Did a verse encourage you today? Inspire you? Or even challenge you? Share it with your friends as an image. It’s easy!

On Apple Devices:

From inside the Bible App:

  1. Tap the passage you want to share.
  2. Tap the Share icon.
  3. Tap Image.
  4. Choose from dozens of beautiful, high-resolution backgrounds.
  5. Customize your image with fonts, colors, and other effects.
  6. Share your verse image directly into your Bible App Home feed, as an SMS or email message, or on social media.

On Android Devices:

From inside the Bible App:

  1. Tap the passage you want to share.
  2. Tap the Image icon.
  3. Choose from dozens of beautiful, high-resolution backgrounds.
  4. Customize your image with fonts, colors, and other effects.
  5. Share your verse image directly into your Bible App Home feed, as an SMS or email message, or on social media.

 

In addition, many verses contain pre-designed verse images with special text artwork. When you select one of these, you are able to simply share it from there without needing to do anything else!

 


 

About the Bible App

The Bible App™ has been installed on more than 170 million unique devices, all over the world. Developed by YouVersion, the Bible App offers more than 1,000 Bible versions, in more than 770 languages. And it’s always completely free.

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“Brave and Beautiful Queen,” New Bible App for Kids Story about Esther

The newest story in the Bible App for Kids is all about how God gives Esther favor with the king so that she can save God’s people from a really bad man. “Brave and Beautiful Queen” is based on the Old Testament book Esther, from chapters 2–5, chapter 7, and verses 20 through 22 of chapter 9. In this new story, you’ll see Esther help rescue God’s people through her courage, grace, and integrity.

Esther visits the king

When the Jewish man Mordecai won’t bow to Haman, an advisor to King Xerxes, Haman is very angry. Haman decides to get even by having all of the Jews killed. What Haman doesn’t know is that King Xerxes’ wife Esther is Mordecai’s niece — which means she’s one of the Jews! Mordecai encourages Esther to tell Haman’s plan to the king. God gives Esther favor, and when King Xerxes hears what Haman said, he gets rid of Haman instead! Because of Esther’s courage, the Jews are saved, and they celebrate with a huge feast.

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About the Bible App for Kids

If you already have the Bible App for Kids, simply open the app and tap the icon for “Brave and Beautiful Queen.” But even if you don’t have the Bible App for Kids yet, it’s easy to get, and always completely free.

Already installed on more than 4.5 million devices, the Bible App for Kids comes from YouVersion, makers of the Bible App™. In partnership with OneHope, the Bible App for Kids was designed specifically to provide your children with a delight-filled Bible experience all their own. Here are all the places where you can get the Bible App for Kids:

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Get it now

 

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Helping Friends Start with the Bible App Has Never Been Easier

The Bible App has an all-new sign up process that’s inviting, intuitive, and quick. We worked hard to have it ready in time for the holidays, when you’ll have more opportunities to invite friends to try the Bible App.

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The Bible App makes sharing your faith easy. Just show a friend what it looks like on your device, and how you use it. If they like it, offer to help them install it. Then the new intro will welcome them warmly.

When people receive new devices as gifts, most of them want new apps they can try right away — especially free ones. And a free YouVersion account gives them all the Bible App has to offer: Friends, Bible Plans, customizable Highlights, Bookmarks, Notes…and more!

 

Get it now

 


About the Bible App

The Bible App has already been installed on over 160 million unique devices, all over the world. Developed by YouVersion, the Bible App™ offers more than 1000 Bible versions, in more than 740 languages. And it’s always completely free.

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Website: bible.com/app

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New iOS Bible Widget Puts Verse of the Day at Your Fingertips

A new feature on Apple iOS 8 devices, called widgets, lets you jump from the Notification Center straight to the things you want. With the Bible App’s first iOS 8 widget, the Verse of the Day is just a swipe and a tap away, taking you straight to the Verse of the Day from any screen:

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Here are the things the new Bible widget lets you do:
Tap the Verse of the Day to see it inside the Bible App.
Tap the share button to share the verse through Facebook, Twitter, Path, email, or SMS.
Tap the reference to return to the last chapter you were reading in the Bible Reader.

 

If you already have the Bible App on your iOS 8 device, here’s all you need to do to turn on your Bible widget:

How to add Bible widget

green-1 Swipe down the Notifications Center.
green-2 Tap Today at the top of the screen, and near the bottom, tap Edit.
green-3 Near the bottom of the screen, tap the Bible widget to activate it. It moves near the top of the screen, where you can slide it up or down.

 

Verse of the Day is also available on Android as a Widget.

Just go to your device’s Widget option, find Verse of the Day and drag it to your home screen. Android OS versions vary on how the widgets menu is accessed. Generally you can long-press the home screen until you get the menu option, then select Widgets.

 


About the Bible App

The Bible App has been installed on more than 160 million unique devices, all over the world. Developed by YouVersion, the Bible App™ offers more than 1000 Bible versions, in more than 740 languages. And it’s always completely free.

The Bible App™

Website: bible.com/app

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