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Make the most of family storytime.

We hope your family has been enjoying time together in the Bible throughout Family Bible Week. For our last day today, we’d encourage you to invest in some family storytime together. Our family of Bible App for Kids resources makes it easy!


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The Bible App for Kids is a completely free Bible experience designed just for children. Featuring delightful animations for 41 Bible stories—and available in 15 languages—this app from YouVersion and OneHope has already been installed on more than 11 million Apple, Android, and Kindle devices all over the world. If you don’t already have Bible App for Kids, click below to get it now.

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Bible App for Kids Storybook Bible

Featuring 28 stories from the most downloaded Bible story app in the world, the Bible App for Kids Storybook Bible brings the Bible to life for your entire family. With a presentation page you can sign and date, the Storybook Bible is your perfect go-to gift for baby showers, birthdays, child dedications, and more. For all the special kids in your life, give them the one thing that matters most: an abiding love for God’s Word.

Get the Storybook

(Also available in Spanish.)


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BibleAppforKids.com

BibleAppforKids.com offers free companion resources that help children get the most from their Bible App for Kids experience: videos and music, and downloadable Adventure Books, coloring pages, and Parent Guides. BibleAppforKids.com even offers materials for churches, such as the entire two-year Bible App for Kids Curriculum. All digital resources at BibleAppforKids.com are always completely free.

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Bible Plans from Bible App for Kids

On Tuesday, one of the Bible Plans we recommended for families was “God’s Good News” from the Bible App for Kids. We have many more Plans for kids, including several featuring videos from the Bible App for Kids curriculum that will help your kids understand and remember the principles taught in the Bible stories. Here are just a few to get you started:


The Bible App for Kids Bible Plan

Two by Two Bible Plan

A Roaring Rescue Bible Plan

Through the Roof Bible Plan

Stones, Slings, and Giant Things Bible Plan

 

Click below to see them all!

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Screen Time that Draws Your Kids Toward God

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…love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders.

DEUTERONOMY 6:5-8 NLT

The idea of leading your children spiritually can feel intimidating. This passage from Deuteronomy makes it seem really involved, like it will fill our every waking moment. Even harder, we’re supposed to be the “grown-ups,” even though we’re still constantly working out how we live out our faith in our own lives. (That’s why it’s so important to stay connected to God’s Word to us, the Bible.) And, that’s actually what these verses are about:

Share your faith journey with your children.

The Israelites who originally heard this passage worked its principles into their everyday lives. They would write out passages from Exodus and Deuteronomy, tuck them into a small leather box (called a phylactery), then strap it to their wrist or their forehead. Devout Jews all around the world still wear these tiny boxes today, constant reminders of all that God has done for them, and of everything that they value. While that may sound strange to us, we actually do the same thing:

We carry our digital devices everywhere we go.

Smartphones and tablets are our always-on lifeline to the people in our lives. Wearables like fitness trackers and smartwatches constantly update us with the things we’ve told them are important to us. For us adults, these conveniences still feel new. But our children have been able to carry the Internet around with them for their entire lives.

Be intentional in how you use technology.

Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it.

PROVERBS 22:6 ESV

As important as digital media has become to us, it will play an even larger role in the lives of our children. Our partners at Scripture Union in the U.K. have been helping children engage with God and with the Bible for 150 years. That’s why they developed the Bible-focused Guardians of Ancora game app, and why they’re offering this Devotional Plan for families through the Bible App. Here’s their advice to parents about how we can fulfill God’s calling in our families:

717uCE1YuCLWith a high percentage of children spending over seven hours on phones or tablets each day (source: Kaiser Family Foundation study, 2010), let’s start where they are and help them to engage with Biblical material in a way that’s relevant and exciting. Then, the words God spoke to the Israelites recorded in Deuteronomy 6:1–9 will become a reality for your family. In particular, God’s people are commanded to immerse themselves in his commands and live them out daily in every situation they encounter. A huge challenge, but a challenge that starts in the child’s world.

Most of what our kids learn from us comes through the examples they see in our lives. If you’re making your spiritual life a priority, you’ll install apps that help you read, study, listen to, reflect on, and share the Bible. But not all the apps that you like weren’t designed for children. Yes, let your kids see you using technology to engage your faith… but also, equip them to make wise decisions about how they will use it. Just as you seek out music and movies that are age-appropriate for them, help them find the tools they need to draw closer to God.

Now we’d like to hear from you in the Comments below:

What are the best apps and digital media
tools you’ve found to help your family
engage with God and with the Bible?

How a single Bible verse can unite your family

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Looking for a great way to lead your family spiritually?

Start with Scripture.

Do you have a Family Verse? A Family Verse serves as a compass point for your family, a helpful reminder of the principles that you value most together. Your Family Verse can be a single Bible verse or even a short passage that you choose together as a family, memorize together, and discuss how to live out—together.


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Share your Family Verse as a Verse Image, and your family could win.

Creating a Verse Image is easy in the Bible App. Just tap a passage to select it, then tap the orange Image icon. Many popular verses already have Verse Images that you can choose, designed by professional graphic artists. (We included some examples for you below.) If you’d rather make your own, select one of our background images or choose a picture from your own photo roll. Customize your image with fonts, colors, and other effects. Tap Save, then Share.

Share your Family Verse Image with us on Instagram, Twitter, or at Facebook.com/YouVersion. Just be sure you include the hashtag #OurFamilyVerse so we can find your entry!*


Some Family Verse Ideas


Verse Image: John 12:13, New International Version

Verse Image: Romans 6:23, English Standard Version

Verse Image: Isaiah 25:8, New Living Translation

Verse Image: Matthew 20:28, New Living Translation

Verse Image: Isaiah 53:5, New Living Translation

Verse Image: Romans 5:8, New International Version

Verse Image: Romans 8:11, New Living Translation

Tell us: What does the Bible mean to your family?

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Tell us your family’s Bible stories.

…I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes…

ROMANS 1:16, NIV

For this, the third day of Family Bible Week, we’d like to hear a story from you about what the Bible means to your family. Maybe you have an inspiring story about how you’ve used one of our apps together as a family—the Bible App or Bible App for Kids. Or maybe you’d like to share how the Bible led your family to faith in God.

As long as your story is about the Bible and your family, we’d love to hear it.

You’re welcome to include pictures with your story if you want. Or, if you’d like to make a short video to tell us your family’s Bible story, we’d love to see it. Choose one of these two ways to get your story to us and we’ll share some of them on our blog this week*:


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*When you submit your story, all content provided may be used publicly in whole or in part at the discretion of YouVersion. YouVersion reserves the right to edit your written content for length and spelling.

Enjoy a Family Bible Plan together, and you could win

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Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds… Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

DEUTERONOMY 11:18–19 NIV

The best way to help your family consistently connect with the Bible… is to invest time in it together. That’s why today, for the second day of Family Bible Week, we’re presenting this special blend of Bible Plans for your whole family.


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Let us encourage you.

We’ve suggested several Plans below, but you can use any Plan you think your family will enjoy. And if you’ll let us know which Plan your family is doing together, you could be one of many who are randomly selected to win a prize pack* picnic basket. Each basket has everything you need for a fun afternoon together: custom YouVersion items and other picnic essentials! Just share which Plan you’re doing on Instagram, Twitter, or at Facebook.com/YouVersion. Be sure you include the hashtag #FamilyBiblePlan so we can find your entry!


Family Bible Plans


Unshakable Moms

Refreshing daily devotionals connect sound biblical truths to the everyday struggles moms face, helping you build your life on a solid foundation.

Guardians of Ancora Family Devotions

Based on the biblical game app Guardians of Ancora, you’ll be learning about the Bible each day, reading Bible verses, and talking together with your friends or family about your adventures and the meaning of what you discover.

A Daily Word for Parents with Ron Hutchcraft

In this devotional series, author Ron Hutchcraft empowers busy moms and dads with scriptural insight on how to make wise choices, find new beginnings, leave a legacy, and more.

12 Huge Mistakes Parents Can Avoid

Dr. Tim Elmore shares practical twelve biblical principles that will help you lead your children to become thriving adults and fully devoted followers of Christ.

Never Say No: Raising Big Picture Kids

The parents of Jon and Tim Foreman (from the band Switchfoot) present ideas for how you can raise your children to have creative character that inspires others.

UNCOMMEN Dads

In just a few minutes each day, this series of short devotionals will stretch your dad muscles and help you learn to lead as a husband and father.

Exploring Your Gifts

AWANA shares key questions that will help emerging adults, college students, and young leaders identify the things they’re most passionate about, equipping them to pursue God’s plan for their lives.


Plans for Individuals

For Teens


Fighting FOMO

10 Things to Abandon for Spiritual Growth

Teens: Q&A Devotionals on Top Questions

Better Together: Connecting with God and Each Other

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For Kids


Truth or Trash

Big Dreams, Big Prayers: A 6-Day Devotional for Kids

I Can Learn the Bible: The Joshua Code for Kids

God’s Good News

Thank a Mom today, the first day of Family Bible Week

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What better way to kick off Family Bible Week than to celebrate moms? Maybe it’s your mom. Maybe it’s a friend, a confidante who’s always there with great life advice, right when you need it. Or maybe you’ve noticed a neighbor who takes great care of her kids.

For every special Mom in your life, why not send her Scripture to let her know how much she inspires you? Call her. Text her with a Verse Image, or even post one on her Facebook page. Just take a moment to tell the moms in your life how much they mean to you. Here are a few of our favorite inspirational passages to get you started:

Verse Images for Mom

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1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking… (NIV)

 

 

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Romans 8:28

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (NIV)

 

 

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Proverbs 31:10

A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. (NIV)

 

 

He is risen!

He is not here;
he has risen, just as he said.
Come and see the place where he lay.

Matthew 28:6 NIV

Today is the day! It’s finally here, Easter Sunday, the day that followers of Christ all over the world celebrate His resurrection. The Son of God who walked among us as a Son of Man was dead, but now He is alive again! The Bible says that Jesus made us holy by sacrificing Himself: one sacrifice for all time (Hebrews 10:5–14).

Celebrate with us!

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Please join us in celebration, and help us spread the Good News: He is risen! Just click on the image above to share it now with your friends.

YouVersion’s 21-Day Challenge for 2016: You could win an Amazon Fire Tablet!

If you’re like most people who download the Bible App, you installed it because you believe that reading the Bible is important, and you intend to read it more. One of the best ways we’ve found to start a daily discipline is to complete one short Bible Plan after another in the Bible App. That’s what our annual 21-Day Challenge is all about: helping you start building a daily habit of connecting with God’s Word.

To help inspire you, anytime between February 1 and February 21, share which Plan you’re reading during the 21-Day Challenge — on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #BibleFor21 — and you’ll be entered to win prizes such as a YouVersion T-shirt, stickers, a notebook, or drinkware… or even a 7-inch Amazon Fire tablet! *

Just make sure your posts are public (we can’t see any private posts, so will only be able to select winners that share publicly). 

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Listen to your Bible.

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Let the Bible App read to you.

51 times every second, people from all over the world click “Play” on another audio chapter of the Bible inside the Bible App. Just imagine: listening to God’s Word while you exercise, while you get ready for work, during your commute — or whenever you want.* You might even enjoy listening as you read along. It’s easy… Continue Reading…

Discover what 5 million Friends are talking about…

5 Million Friend Connections…

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“YouVersion helped me connect with an old friend,
and we encourage each other through our devotional readings.
It’s been wonderful to share Scripture and pray for each other!”
—Crystal in Ohio, USA

One of the best ways to bring the Bible into your everyday life is to talk about what it’s saying to you in a trusted community of close friends. In fact, Friends have now made more than 5 million connections inside the Bible App. Finding your Bible App Friends is easy! Imagine: just minutes from now, you could be enjoying meaningful, Bible-centered conversations with your favorite people. Continue Reading…

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