It’s not too late…

Been putting off getting into the Bible? It’s never too late.

The trick to making positive changes that stick (such as spending time in God’s Word) is simply picking something small, then repeating it every day.

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That’s just what Bible Plans do.

Each day, the Bible App gives you a short, manageable passage to read or listen to. If you like, you can have your Plan remind you when to read, or even email you with each day’s reading.

The best strategy is to start with a shorter Plan, just a few days. As soon as you complete it (yay!), start your next one. Over time, you’ll see a habit form, and you’ll gain the confidence to take on longer, more in-depth Plans. You can do this!

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7 Tips in 7 Days: Get More in God’s Word

Start your 2017 with a new Bible habit.

Voices influence you every day: friends and family, news and entertainment, self-improvement articles and “life hacks” — even your own thoughts. What if you could make God’s voice the one you listened to most? The Bible is God’s inspired Word to us. It teaches us what’s true, helps us see things in our lives that we know we should address, and empowers us to discover more purpose, more fulfillment. Jesus said:

“I have come so that [you] may have life and
have it in abundance.”

John 10:10b HCSB

Distractions constantly compete for our attention, making it hard to find quiet spaces where we can hear his voice. And that’s why we do what we do. We never stop exploring new ways that we can help people engage more with God’s Word — people just like you. Each day for the next seven days, we’ll share one tip — one simple thing that you can do right then — that will help you start connecting with the Bible more consistently. Here’s the first one:

Tip 1: Start a Bible Plan

Tip 1: Start a Bible Plan

Browse our Bible Plans for topics where you’d like to learn God’s perspective. Each Plan divides its content into relevant Bible passages that you can read (or listen to) in just a few minutes each day. Many also include ideas or questions that help you think about how you can apply the things you’re learning. You may have heard these called Reading Plans or Devotionals. We call them “Bible Plans” because many offer additional content beyond reading, such as short videos, audio clips, or images. Whatever you call them, Plans are a proven way that you can start making the Bible a natural part of your everyday life. Our “Discover” tool makes finding Plans you enjoy easy and fun:

Start Starting

🙏 Set yourself up for success:
When you’re just starting out, we recommend that you choose Plans that are two weeks or less, and then gradually add longer, more challenging Plans as your daily habit begins taking hold. Most importantly, each day before you start your Plan, ask God to speak to you through his Word.


Tip 2: Enjoy the Bible with Friends

Tip 2: Enjoy the Bible with Friends

What do you and your friends usually end up talking about? The television shows you’re binge-watching? Things that you’re thinking about buying? Sports? Celebrity news? Do you ever talk about big(ger) ideas? Something you heard recently that challenged how you see the world? You started a new Bible Plan yesterday. Today, invite a friend (or several) to join you. Then let that experience you’re sharing begin to fuel more meaningful conversations. As you and your friends explore one another’s perspectives, you’ll all discover new things in God’s Word that you might not have noticed on your own.

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The Bible is better with Friends!


Tip 3: Watch Bible Stories in Videos

Tip 3: Watch Bible Stories in Videos

A couple of days ago, we mentioned that many Bible Plans offer additional content beyond reading, including audio and video. The short clips inside a Plan specifically address that Plan’s topic. The videos in the Bible App’s Video section, on the other hand, are more like a “Bible Channel,” offering you many different ways to experience the Bible. Animated short films from the Bible Project help you understand what’s in the Bible and why, revealing the bigger story that God is telling through his Word. Select clips from Lumo Project’s “The Gospel of John” and from Lightworkers Media’s Son of God let you witness historical events from Jesus’ life. Enjoy scenes from the record-breaking television series The Bible. You’ll even find the complete feature-length version of JESUS, a classic telling of our Savior’s life story. See the Bible in a whole new way:

Start Watching

For your best Video experience:
Watching Bible App Videos while connected to WiFi does not use your mobile data plan.


Tip 4: Listen to the Bible with Audio

Tip 4: Listen to the Bible with Audio

Do you ever think about how fortunate we are to have so many options for experiencing the Bible? In the English language, most of us have the luxury of choosing our “favorite” version. Early Christians — the ones who knew how to read — might have one hand-written copy of a letter written to their group by one of the apostles. More often, believers could only experience Scripture by meeting together to listen as someone read aloud to them. Audio versions let us experience the Bible as they did, by hearing. Just tap on any Bible version where you see a speaker icon. Then, as you listen from the convenience of your commute , your workout ‍, your job ☕️, your couch — just imagine: you’re very likely listening along with other believers , even though you’re in different places.

Start Hearing

Keep in mind:
Listening while connected to WiFi does not use your mobile data plan. All Bibles that feature audio have a speaker icon next to them. To see all available versions, just tap your current Bible version.


 

Tip 5: Create a Verse Image and Share

Tip 5: Create a Verse Image and Share

You’ve been getting more into the Bible for a few days now. Have you felt it speaking to you yet? It has the power to inspire deep spiritual responses: Joy. Encouragement. Conviction. Gratitude. Peace. When something special happens, you capture the moment with a photo . When God’s Word touches your heart, capture the moment with a Verse Image . To begin, just tap the verse, then Image, then follow the prompts. It only takes a few steps to perfect your personal expression of Bible art. When you’re finished, share it with friends!

Start Creating

Watch for hidden treasures:
Sometimes when you tap on a passage, you may discover that a professionally-designed Verse Image is already linked to it. (Every Verse of the Day has one.) These digital artworks are a free service that we provide, so you’re more than welcome to share them. (Although, we also love seeing the Bible inspire your original creations.)


Tip 6: Highlight, Bookmark, and Create Notes

Tip 6: Highlight, Bookmark, and Create Notes

Personalize the Bible text in your Bible App with highlighting, placeholders, and even your thoughts and ideas. To start, tap any verse. On the menu that pops up, tap a dot to create a Highlight in that color. (Swipe left for more Highlight colors and options. To remove a Highlight, tap the Highlighted verse, then tap the Highlight dot with the “x”.) Add a Bookmark, so you can easily come back to that verse again later. You can even add Notes to verses. When you create a Note, tap Options to mark it as Private (the default — where only you can see it), Friends (only your Bible App Friends can see it), or Public (any Bible App user can see it). Each time you read, make your Bible App more “yours.”

Start Personalizing

Tap your curiosity:
When you tap on a Bible verse, you’ll notice other options besides Highlights, Bookmarks, and Notes. Don’t be afraid to explore. ⛵️ Anything you do with this menu, you can easily “Undo.” Experimenting is one of the best ways to learn everything the Bible App can do for you. ⚗


Tip 7: Compare Versions

Tip 7: Compare Versions

What should you do if you’re having a hard time understanding the meaning of a verse? Or what if you come across a verse that feels like you’ve heard it before, but it’s somehow just not quite the way you remember it? Fortunately, it’s easy to look at a verse in several different Bible versions, listed one right after another: Tap on the verse, then Compare. You’ll see the same verse repeated in all of the Bible versions you’ve used recently. Tap the plus button (+) to add more versions to the list. To remove versions from the list, or to rearrange the order in which they appear: Android: Tap the Settings gear icon. iOS: Tap Edit.

Start Comparing

Take it offline:
Many Bible App features work even when you’re not connected to the Internet. But, if you’d like more than one Bible version when you’re offline, you’ll first need to download some to your device when you’re online. Sometime when you have a good connection, tap the 3-letter version code at the top of the Bible Reader. Tap “Download” next to the Bibles you’d like. (Note: Some Bibles not available for offline use.) ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


bonus-tipSchedule “Hear from God”

What’s the best way to lock in a habit and really make sure you stick to it? Put it on your calendar. When you really like a show, you make arrangements to watch it. We intentionally find time for the things we value. You already set a goal of connecting with the Bible more — now set the appointment. It’s okay if you’ve missed a day here and there in the past. But today is a new day. Set yourself up to succeed going forward. Schedule a daily time for God to speak to your heart through his Word:

Set a calendar reminder to pop up every day at a time that works for you.

You can also subscribe to receive the Verse of the Day, bringing God’s Word to you. Just choose the language you want, then the Bible version, then the time of day.


You have a great start.

Now keep going. ☺️

Enjoy God’s Word… every day.

The Best Apps for Your New Devices

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For your family of devices…

If your family received new tablets or mobile devices for Christmas, be sure you install the apps that can help you get the most out of them: the Bible App and Bible App for Kids! Looking for a great conversation-starter about your faith? Consider asking friends and family if they’d like you to install one (or both) apps for them!


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The Bible App

The Bible App has been installed on more than 250 million unique devices, all over the world. In addition to offering more than 1,400 Bible versions in over 1,000 languages, the Bible App now features more than 2,400 Bible Plans across dozens of languages. Plans help you build a Bible habit by bringing you select Scriptures each day, and adding context that helps you understand what you’re learning. And the Bible App is always free.

www.bible.com/app


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The Bible App for Kids

In partnership with our friends at OneHope, we designed the Bible App for Kids to help children engage with the big stories of the Bible through activities and fun, interactive animation. Available in 25 languages — with more still to come — the Bible App for Kids is being enjoyed by children all over the world. Installed on over 14 million devices, the Bible App for Kids is always completely free.

www.bible.com/kids


From our family… to yours.

The Bible App and the Bible App for Kids are both completely free — no ads, no strings attached. We designed the Bible App for Kids specifically to help your children fall in love with God’s Word. And we designed the Bible App to help you connect with God’s Word every day. No matter where you live, which language you prefer — or even what age you are:

YouVersion. It’s Your Bible.


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Now Playing in the Bible App: Wisdom, the Gospel, and the Torah.

As you read or listen to the Bible, do you ever wonder, “Why is this in the Bible? What was the author trying to do by including this?” Available now inside the Bible App, The Bible Project offers a new series of animated short films designed to explore questions like these. Taking one book at a time, each video helps you understand how that book’s structure and themes fit within the bigger story the Bible is telling.

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The Wisdom Series:
Live well.

What does it mean to live well in God’s good world? In “The Wisdom Series,” three short videos — one each about Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job — all work together to answer that question, from three distinct points of view.

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The Gospel Series: Who was Jesus?

The Bible Project begins with background on the events that Mark chose to cover in his account of Jesus’ life, then explains each of the three parts of the narrative structure of The Gospel According to Mark, one at a time — all in just five minutes.

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The Torah Series: Setting up the Bible.

In Jewish tradition, the first five books of the Old Testament are called the Torah. “The Torah Series” walks you step-by-step through all five books, spending about five minutes on each, revealing along the way how the Torah’s themes and literary structure connect its stories.

Watch Now


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Keep watching.

The Bible App offers many more video titles in the Videos section, at Bible.com, and on your Apple TV. Enjoy featured content from LightWorkers Media, producers of the epic television series The Bible and A.D. From Jesus Film Media, JESUS tells the story of Christ’s life, in a film shown millions of times all over the world, in over 1,400 languages. Lumo Project brings the words of Scripture to life in The Gospel of John and The Gospel of Luke.

Watch Now

We have Plans to help you meet your Bible goals.

Remember when you planned to get into the Bible more this year?
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You have 108 days to go.

And since you know many of those days will inevitably be swallowed up by busy seasons like Fall Break, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, you need a new plan. Fortunately for you, we have a lot of them. Here are several Bible Plans that you can still complete before year’s end… if you start now:

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Bible in 90 Days
90 days • 36,000+ completions

Believe it or not, if you’ll commit to a fairly aggressive schedule (10-15 chapters a day), you can actually read through the entire Bible in just three months!

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New Testament Epistles and Acts
85 days • 41,500+ completions

Read all of the letters (epistles) of the New Testament, then finish with Acts, the book that chronicles the events that Jesus’ disciples faced after he ascended into Heaven.

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Old Testament: The Books of Moses
70 days • 5,800+ completions

Discover the history and tradition in the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Old Testament) in just a few chapters each day.

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What’s in the Bible: Heroes of the Old Testament
25 days • 5,900+ completions

Through fun videos, daily Scripture, and short projects designed for reflection, Veggie Tales founder Phil Vischer introduces your children to many of the first people that God used to fulfill His plans for us.

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60 to Start
60 days • 16,600+ completions

Get to know Jesus through the Gospels, see how His followers lived out His message through the epistles, and grow closer to Him through prayer.

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Back to the Bible
60 days • 2,500+ completions

Find practical daily wisdom in brief devotionals from Pastor Dale O’Shields, each one selected to help renew your sense of purpose and passion for Christ.


And there are plenty more where those came from.

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Have you tried our completely new Plan “Discover” page yet? All our Plans are now sorted in intuitive categories, conveniently organized so they’re easy (and fun) to search visually. Struggling with stress? Need relationship wisdom? Looking for hope or inspiration? Find just the right Plan(s) for the season of life you’re in.

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