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Bible Plans on Work and Leadership help you refocus.

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It can be so easy to get caught up in the everyday busyness of work that sometimes we lose sight of what matters most.

Does God have a purpose for my life?
How can I find it?
Can I honor Him right where I am?
How can I serve Him…
yet still do what I need to to pay my bills?

The Bible offers us timeless wisdom from people who struggled with these same questions, inspired by God’s Spirit. In just a few minutes each day, YouVersion Bible Plans let you explore God’s Word, then reflect on how you can live out its truths in your daily life.

Find your spark again! Try one (or more) of these Plans and reignite your work and leadership with meaning, purpose, and vision. And when you discover one that truly inspires you, share it with your friends!

 

Plans for Working Life

 

 


Find Purpose in Your Work

Abide, 3 days
Examples from Scripture, focused prayer, and thoughtful reflection help you find meaning through pursuing God’s calling on your life.

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Monday Matters: Finding God in Your Workplace

Mark Bilton and Called to Business, 30 days
Drawn from Bilton’s book Monday Matters, these daily devotionals feature biblical insight paired with a quick prayer (with most available as audio) to help you transform your work life and workplace.

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Ambition & Your Work

The High Calling and Theology of Work Project, 6 days
In short video clips, authors who have devoted themselves to the working lives of believers share practical perspectives on ambition’s place within a biblical worldview.

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Today God is First – Devotions on Adversity

Os Hillman and Marketplace Leaders, 18 days
Os Hillman’s “TGIF” devotional offers daily inspiration and encouragement for how you can bring God’s presence into your calling in the workplace.

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Plans on Leadership

 

 


Leadership Personal Development

Leadership Bible, 14 days
From the NIV Leadership Bible, ancient and contemporary leadership experts address what the Bible has to say about character, risk, integrity, setting priorities, and more.

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The Maxwell Leadership Reading Plan

John C. Maxwell, 30 days
Featuring excerpts from Dr. Maxwell’s comprehensive work on leadership, discover biblical principles that allow you to glorify God by leading and empowering others.

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Lead Like Jesus: 21 Days of Leadership

Lead Like Jesus, 21 days
Discover practical application from insights into the many ways that Jesus developed people and handled difficult situations.

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Authentic Christian Leadership

Zondervan, 14 days
In excerpts from the NIV Once-a-Day Bible for Leaders, leaders like Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, Max De Pree, and Mark Batterson share godly wisdom on challenging growth topics.

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Parents, Students, and Kids: Plans for the coming season.


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Enjoy a Season of Renewal

In many parts of the world, August brings a change of season: students are returning to school, which means new teachers, new acquaintances, and new surroundings for them. And of course, new schedules — for everyone in the family!

Planning your family’s days around this “new normal” offers a unique opportunity to really think through the things you value most as a family. Devoting just a few minutes each day to connecting around God’s Word together is one of the best ways we know to draw your family closer. We’ve carefully selected the following devotionals for parents, for youth, and even for your little ones. (And, if you see a plan you like here, be sure you share it with friends!)

Plans for Parents

 


‘On The Farm’ Parenting Devotional

Journey Church PA, 28 days
Daily Scripture readings and short devotionals help you see how you can lead your children with biblical principles.

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Parenting with Wisdom

Jim Daly, 7 days
Help your children thrive through a relationship of love and grace, backed up with values and expectations from God’s Word.

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How to Ruin Your Child in 7 Easy Steps

Patrick M. Quinn and Ken Roach, 7 days
See how the Seven Deadly Sins — wrath, greed, envy, lust, sloth, gluttony, and pride — influence our modern parenting.

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Parenting

American Bible Society, 7 days
Discover biblical insight for raising your children according to what God desires.

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Plans for Students

 


Set Apart

LifeChurch.tv, 3 days
God calls us to be holy and to live holy lives… but what does that look like?

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Teens: Q&A Devotionals on Top Questions

Zondervan, 11 days
Featuring excerpts from the NIV Quest Study Bible for Teens, find Scriptural answers to many of the questions that teens commonly ask about God, faith, and the Bible.

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10 Things to Abandon for Spiritual Growth

Brian Price, 10 days
What baggage are you carrying? Materialism? Jealousy? Anger? Devotionals and prayer help you call it what it is and leave it behind.

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It Starts with Me

NewSpring Church, 21 days
You’ve already accepted that Jesus loves you. Now discover practical things you can do to live in a way that honors Him.

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Plans for Kids

 

 


Bible App for Kids – God’s Good News

OneHope, 5 days
Use this plan together with the Bible App for Kids to help your children learn how they can join in God’s Big Story by accepting His love — and by loving Him back.

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Godly Character

LifeChurch.tv, 8 days
Designed for parents to use together with their kids, each day reveals ways that we can let God’s Spirit change us, then locks in Bible verses with fun memory games.

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The Power of Same: Family Devotional (Ages 3+)

Elevation Church, 35 days
This companion devotional to The Power of Same and the Bible App for Kids helps your family learn how to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.

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Truth or Trash

iKan Ministries, 35 days
With challenges from the popular app of the same name, your kids will strengthen their faith as they hold up common sayings to the light of God’s Word: Is it truth? Or just another selfish idea promoted by popular culture?

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Family Bible Week Wrap Up

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“…those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again.
It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”

—Jesus, from John 4:14 (NLT)

Thank you for joining us for our first-ever Family Bible Week. And now that you’ve tasted this living water, don’t stop! Here are just a few ways that you can continue to build on the many successes you’ve been sharing with us during Family Bible Week:

 


Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Psalm 119:105 (NASB)

Pick Your Next Plan.

Many families told us they really enjoyed reading a Bible Plan together. Bible Plans are a great way you can keep leading your family back to the well of God’s Word again and again. Which one will you do next?

“Our daughters signed up for their own account at bible.com. All four of us love discussing what we’re learning, even recommending Bible Plans to each other. We’ve been sharing verses and making comments. Jesus has really come alive to our girls in this way; they’ve both felt Him, especially when it comes time to pick a new one.

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…“Write my answer plainly on tablets…. This vision is for a future time. It describes
the end, and it will be fulfilled. …wait patiently, for it will surely take place….

Habakkuk 2:2–3 (NLT)

Take Your Family Verse Further.

Did your family find a great theme verse during Family Bible Week? One that inspires you with vision? Have a family art project to write it out in huge letters on nice quality paper. Then place it prominently in your home, so you can remind yourselves every day what you value. You might even consider having your Family Verse framed!

 


Love one another with brotherly affection [as members of one family],
giving precedence and showing honor to one another.
Romans 8:12 (AMP)

Celebrate Each Other.

On Mother’s Day, we suggested you share a Bible verse to let all the moms in your life know how much they mean to you. But you can make every day “Family Day.” Whether it’s by posting a Verse Image to their Facebook page, or even just sending a text, encourage the people you love with inspiration from God’s Word.

“Last week at the beach, I took a picture and searched for just the right Bible verse to make a Verse Image. On Mother’s Day, I sent it to my mother – she was blown away! Even though we are thousands of miles apart, I will always remember my mother’s love and compassion that enabled me to endure the obstacles throughout the course of my life.”


My child, listen when your father corrects you. Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction.
What you learn from them will crown you with grace
and be a chain of honor around your neck.
Proverbs 1:8–9 (NLT)

Invest in Your Family’s Spiritual Life.

On Thursday we listed seven tips that could help you lead your family spiritually. When you maintain consistent, healthy relationships with each member of your family (that is, genuine, safe, and fun), those things will happen naturally. If you regularly think about your faith, and you regularly visit with your spouse and children, faith will be a regular part of those conversations.

“On the way to school, instead of the typical middle school chatter, we have our daughter read aloud the Verse of the Day and then explain in her own words what she thinks it means. It’s become a highlight and my own day feels “off” if we ever miss for some reason. I’ve noticed she reads these even on the weekends! It’s an excellent way to get something started with your family.”


…commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine….
Teach them 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….

Deuteronomy 18:11-20 (NLT)

Enjoy Family Story Time… Every Day.

In partnership with OneHope, we designed the Bible App for Kids to give your kids (and grandkids) a delight-filled Bible experience all their own. And, although it already features more than 30 stories, many more are still to come. Enjoy new stories with your kids, and revisit their favorites again and again.

“The Bible for Kids is a smashing success with our foster children, ages 2 & 3. It was the number one activity that they asked for – “Can we do Bible?”

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Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God….
for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ….
God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished….

Philippians 1:3–6 (NLT)

Keep Sharing Your Stories!

Your commitment to living out the love of Jesus in your families this week has been inspiring. We’ve loved receiving your stories, and we’re looking forward to sharing many of them to inspire other families. So please keep them coming!

 

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Don’t stop…

7 Tips to Leading Your Family Spiritually

The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.
Psalm 37:23 (NLT)

You want to lead your kids in a growing relationship with Christ. But with your active family’s busy schedule, it can be hard to find the time. You may even feel unqualified to lead your children. If you’re like most parents, you’re still trying to figure out what faith looks like in your own life.

To help you get started, we’ve gathered some of our favorite tips from Focus on the Family. Don’t try to use all of these ideas at once. If you’ll be intentional to phase them in over time, they should gradually begin happening naturally:

1. Make it fun.

Engaging with God’s will through His Word isn’t school textbooks and quizzes; your family life is an adventure. Talk with your kids about things relevant to their lives, helping them apply biblical principles with age-appropriate language they can understand. Don’t try to “teach.” Encourage exploration, with gentle course corrections where they need it.

2. Keep it simple.

The average adult can listen for about 30 seconds before their mind wants to wander. Kids’ attention spans are even shorter. So instead of trying to “explain,” try asking leading questions. Feed your child’s natural curiosity. Your questions — and theirs — will fuel meaningful conversations.

3. Watch for opportunities.

Teachable moments happen everywhere in our everyday lives. When you see a squirrel burying an acorn, marvel together at how God provides for us. When you see trash in the park, say it makes you sad because God wants us to take good care of His earth. Make simple, connectable observations.


“These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
Deuteronomy 6:6–7 (NIV)


4. Be an example.

Live out your faith. Allow God’s Spirit to speak into your life, constantly transforming you into the person He wants you to become. You can’t lead your children to places you haven’t been. And connecting with the Bible — every day — is one of the best ways we know to grow.

5. Schedule time together.

Schedule regular times to talk at home about faith and spiritual things. Then demonstrate how we put faith into action. Lead your family to be spiritual contributors, not spiritual consumers. Make it a family priority to attend church regularly — and to participate. Then stay consistent, both at home and in your community of faith.

6. Talk to God together.

Lead your kids in praying about the things they care about. And lead them to never stop taking those things to God. Model for them how they can listen for His still, small voice. Keep track of things you’re praying for together, and celebrate when God answers. Demonstrate for your children what a life of worship and gratitude looks like.

7. Make it fun.

No, that’s not a mistake — this one is so important, we put it on our list twice! When your kids enjoy exploring their faith with you, they’ll look forward to family time together. They’ll even initiate it! Even better, you’ll be giving them the most important part of their faith: they’ll own their own spiritual growth, continually drawing closer to God.


Children, do what your parents tell you.
This is only right. “Honor your father and mother”
is the first commandment that has a promise attached to it,
namely, “so you will live well and have a long life.”

Fathers, don’t exasperate your children by coming down hard on them.
Take them by the hand and lead them in the way of the Master.
Ephesians 6:1–4


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We’d like to thank Focus on the Family for providing their excellent resources on building your family’s faith.

Enjoy a Family Bible Plan together, and you could win!

FamilyBibleWeek2 The best way to help your family consistently connect with the Bible…is to invest time in it with them. 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. And if you’ll let us know which plan you’re doing together, your family could be one of many randomly selected to win a prize pack* picnic basket. Each basket has everything your family needs for a fun afternoon together: a custom YouVersion picnic blanket, tumblers, treats, and other picnic essentials! Just tell us which plan you’re doing on your Twitter or Instagram, or at Facebook.com/YouVersion, using #FamilyBiblePlan.

Finding Hope at Home

Abide, 4 days Is there conflict in your home? Discover in the story of Naomi of Ruth how God’s heart for people can restore hope to your family.

Grow Up!

LifeChurch.tv, 10 days Daily readings and discussion questions help you lead your kids toward spiritual maturity, while games help them memorize verses.

A Daily Word for Parents with Ron Hutchcraft

Ron Hutchcraft, 5 days Author Ron Hutchcraft presents five devotionals for busy parents, showing how you can lead your family toward better choices, new beginnings, and more — with Godly wisdom.

Planting Lifelong Skills in Your Kids

Jim Daly and Focus on the Family, 7 days Learn how you can lovingly instruct your kids in building a life that honors God and blesses others, through fostering healthy relationships and managing responsibility.

Chosen

Thrive Moms, 6 days This daily Bible devotional for moms features thoughtful video and reflection questions that help you explore your identity in Christ and pursue God’s purpose for your life.

Becoming a Battle Ready Father

Manhood Journey, 8 days This devotional for dads helps you learn how to equip yourself daily for the spiritual battle facing your family, using the weapons and armor that God provides.

Plans for Everyone

Still want more? We have Plans for every member of your family:

For Kids

Truth or Trash from iKan Ministries, 35 days

Walk with Jesus: 21 Days through Matthew from Phil Vischer’s What’s in the Bible, 21 days

Handling Media Influences from LifeChurch.tv, 21 days God’s Good News from OneHope and Bible App for Kids, 5 days

Stained Glass: Eve’s Story from Lightside Games and OneHope, 6 days


For Teens

What is Love? God’s View on Love and Relationships from After the Music Stops, 7 days

10 Things to Abandon for Spiritual Growth from Brian Price, 10 days

Teens’ Q&A Devotionals on Top Questions from Zondervan, 12 days It Starts with Me from NewSpring Church, 21 days

Set Apart from LifeChurch.tv, 3 days


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*Prize packs will be selected at random from eligible entries. For your entry to be eligible, you must use the hashtag #FamilyBiblePlan on a publicly-facing post or at Facebook.com/YouVersion, and you must include the name and/or link to the Plan your family is doing together. Prize pack contents subject to change based on availability of individual items. We can only ship prize packs within the continental U.S.

Announcing Family Bible Week

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Change is in the air. For much of the world, this change in the seasons marks the start of family fun and celebration. Many families are planning activities to keep their school-aged children occupied during the summer season. Other families are planning the next season of their lives, as they celebrate their “kids” who are graduating. And this coming Sunday, families from many countries will celebrate their mothers, mothers-in-law, and grandmothers for Mother’s Day.

That’s why today we’re announcing Family Bible Week. Family Bible Week is our special summer kick-off event to help you draw your family together around God’s Word. Beginning this Sunday, May 10th, join us for a week of tips, ideas… and prizes!

Celebrate Mom. Share a Bible verse that honors your mother and expresses how much she means to you. (We’ll suggest a few of our favorites to help get you started.)

Pick a Family Bible Plan. Choose a Bible Plan that your whole family can read together. (We’ll share a list of Plans that we recommend.) And if you’ll let us know which Plan you’re doing by using the hashtag #FamilyBiblePlan, your family may even win a prize!

Share Your Story. How does your family let God’s Word speak into your lives? How do you keep your family centered around faith in Christ? We’d love to hear your story! This week, we’ll tell you the best ways you can share it with us.

Create a Family Verse Image. What’s your family’s “theme” Bible verse? Don’t have one? No worries! We’ll offer some tips for how your family can choose their favorite. And if you share your Family Verse as a Verse Image using the hashtag #OurFamilyVerse, we’ll be randomly selecting a few families to receive prizes!

Enjoy Family Story Time. The next all-new Bible App for Kids story arrives next Friday. We’ll tell you then what it is and how you can get it, so you can enjoy it together as a family — not to mention the more than 30 stories already in the Bible App for Kids!

And more!

In the weeks to come, we hope you’ll invest some of the time you’ll be spending with family to intentionally engage with the Bible together. We’re looking forward to helping you explore new ways that you can seek God’s wisdom and encouragement — together, as a family.

“…I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out — plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen. When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.”
Jeremiah 29:11–13, The Message

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!

 


 

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New: Share to your favorite apps: Evernote, Tumblr, LinkedIn, & more

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Available now on both Apple and Android devices, it’s easier than ever to share from the Bible App to other apps — like Evernote, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Pocket, and more. Send a Bible passage to Evernote to meditate on it or memorize it. Save a video to Pocket to watch later. Sharing from iOS to Twitter got an upgrade, too. Now when you share a Bible Plan, your Tweet includes the image for that Plan (if it has one). Try it and see!

Inside the Bible App:

  • Tap any verse.
  • Tap the Sharing icon.
  • Tap wherever you want to share — Text, Email, Twitter, Facebook, Evernote, etc. — and follow the prompts.

Try It Now

 


 

What do you like to share? And Where?

Love sharing what you’re up to in the Bible App? We want to hear from you!
Leave us a comment below:

You’ve read the Bible, but have you heard it?

Let the Bible App Read to you.

Just imagine listening to God’s Word while you exercise, while you get ready for work, during your commute — or whenever you want.* It’s easy! Inside the Bible App:

  • When reading the Bible, tap the version abbreviation at the top of the app.
  • Select any version with a speaker icon next to it.
  • Tap the Play button.

 

Start Listening Now

Now listen to The Message!

The Message was written to recapture the conversational style of the original documents that made up what we call the New Testament, translating God’s Word into our everyday language. The Message’s smooth, casual flow helps you engage easily with the Bible, so you can better understand its stories and ideas. And now for the first time ever, YouVersion partners NavPress and Oasis Audio are generously making the audio version of The Message available to the worldwide YouVersion community!

*Audio Bibles are best experienced over Wi-Fi. If you don’t have Wi-Fi available when you listen, be aware of your device plan’s data limits and restrictions.

7 Ways to Feed Your Bible Habit

During each of the first 7 days of YouVersion’s 21-Day New Year Challenge, we’ll reveal a new tip: one more simple way you can use the Bible App to connect with God’s Word. And we’ll add a new tip every day, so keep checking back to see the next one.

Browse Bible Plans

Tip 1. Start a Bible Plan

Plans are a simple way to read the Bible every day, just a little at a time. Whether you’re looking for inspiration, direction, or a fresh perspective, the Bible App has Plans that meet you where you are. Start small. You’re more likely to complete a shorter Plan than a long one, especially when you’re just beginning. Then, as soon as you finish the Plan you’re on, find your next one and tap start.

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Find Friends

Tip 2. Enjoy the Bible with Friends

The Bible is better with friends. Sharing, discussing, and exploring the things that God’s Word is saying to each of you — in a community of people you trust — helps you apply the Scriptures in your everyday life. The Bible App makes it easy for you to center conversations with Friends around the Bible.

Find Friends now





Watch the Bible

Tip 3. Watch the Bible with Videos

Featured Bible App video content helps you connect visually with the concepts and stories in the Bible. Enjoy compelling video from The Lumo Project’s just-released “The Gospel of John” film, clips from groundbreaking television series The Bible, and selections from Jesus Film Media’s JESUS, the movie about Jesus’ life that’s been seen more than 6 billion times, all over the world.

Watch Bible videos





Listen to the Bible

Tip 4. Listen to Audio Bibles

Did you know the Bible App can read to you? It can! Listen while you drive, work, exercise — or even read along. In the versions list, speaker icons indicate which Bibles offer audio. The Bible App even offers Audio versions in several different languages.

Note: Audio Bibles use streaming, so be aware of the data usage plan for your provider. For best audio results, we recommend connecting over WiFi.

Listen to the Bible





Bible Plan Reminder

Tip 5. Set a Bible Plan Reminder

Have the Bible App remind you what time you’re planning to read. In your Plan’s settings, tap Reminder to turn it on, then specify when you’d like to be reminded.

Set a Plan reminder





Create Highlights, Bookmarks, or Notes

Tip 6. Highlight, Bookmark, & Create Notes

In the Reader inside the Bible App, tap on any verse, and tools pop up to Highlight, Bookmark, write Notes, and more. Just tap the one you want and follow the prompts. You can specify colors and labels, and with Notes, whether you want them Public or Private. Try it!

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Subscribe to the Verse of the Day

Tip 7. Subscribe to Verse of the Day

Let the Bible App bring God’s Word to you every day. Just specify whether you’d prefer email or push notification, which Bible version you prefer, and what time.

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