What does the Bible mean to you?

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The Bible has had a tremendous amount of positive impact on individuals, communities, and the world, changing hearts and influencing generations. In a world full of brokenness, God’s Word offers hope and clarity.

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
Isaiah 55:11

The #WhyBible movement was started to spark discussion about why the Bible matters, and to show how His Living Word continues to be relevant and life-giving today and for generations to come.

Here’s a story from a Bible App user about how God’s Word has impacted them:

I decided to get the Bible App to listen to what God has to say about my struggles. Now that I downloaded the app, my time on social media has decreased, and my time reading God’s Word and experiencing His presence has increased. The Bible really changed my life for the better.” — Bible App user

You have a story too. A story of how the God’s Word has impacted and changed your life for the better. That’s what #WhyBible is all about.

Here’s what you can do to participate in #WhyBible:

  1. Post how the Bible has impacted your life on Twitter or Facebook (make sure to use the hashtag #WhyBible in your post!).
  2. Share a Verse Image that has meant a lot to you on Instagram or Pinterest.
  3. Send a message to a friend with a link to download the Bible App.

Want to let us know how YouVersion has impacted you?

How has YouVersion helped you read, listen or understand the Bible? We’d love to hear!

Tell Us Your YouVersion Story

Learn more about #WhyBible and see how people and organizations are participating across the world. Visit https://why.bible/.


About the Bible App

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The Bible App has been installed on more than 236 million unique devices, all over the world. Developed by YouVersion, the Bible App offers more than 1,300 Bible versions, in more than 1,000 languages. And it’s always completely free.

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Bible App Android Update: Audio, Tablet, and Offline Features

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Bible App for Android update:

Listen more, see more, and do more offline.

At YouVersion, we never stop working to bring you the best Bible experience we can. And while we don’t usually announce every update we make to the Bible App, the features in our latest Android release are worth celebrating. (Many of these same features are also available in the most recent release of the Bible App for iOS.) Tap below to update now, or keep reading to see why we’re so excited!

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Listen how you want, however long you want.

All-new audio Bible controls let you adjust your playback speed.1 Make God’s Word the soundtrack to your life: start the Bible App reading to you, and use the new Timer to tell it how long to play.


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Breathe new life into your tablet.

Enjoy the same features you already love on your Android phone, now optimized to take full advantage of your tablet.2 Study versions side by side with the all-new Split Screen parallel Bible feature for Android. This is the best Bible experience we’ve ever offered for Android tablets, with better performance and smoother transitions between screens.


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Your Plans for today, made clear.

We’ve made the ‘Day’ view for Bible Plans simpler than ever. Now when you tap on one of your subscribed Plans, the Bible App shows you everything you need to flow smoothly through today’s selection: devotional content, Bible passages, calendar, and more.


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Connect with Scripture… even offline.

Great opportunities to engage daily with God’s Word often happen when you don’t have a reliable Internet connection: on trains, on airplanes, or when you’re enjoying the outdoors. That’s why many Bible App features now also work offline. Sometime when you do have a connection, take just a few minutes to download a few Bible versions and subscribe to a Bible Plan (or several), and you’ll have them whenever you need them, even offline.3 And when you’re able to reconnect again later, the Bible App will sync your offline activity to your YouVersion account, making it available on all your devices.


Updating is easy.

This new release also includes several other improvements: bottom navigation that conforms to Google’s Material design specification, more refined control over your language settings, and a smoother sign in / sign up experience. Even with all of these improvements, we still managed to reduce the app’s size! How can you take advantage of all these great new features?

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1Adjustable playback speed available on devices running Android version 6.0 (Marshmallow) and newer.

2Although optimized for Android tablets running versions 5.0 and 5.1 (Lollipop) and 6.0 (Marshmallow), all versions will see noticeable improvements.

3Audio Bibles not available offline.

Give your kids more than “just” storytime.

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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.

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(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.

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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