June Featured Plans: Darlene Zschech, NewSpring Worship, Dave Adamson, and More

NewSpring Worship Leader Lee McDerment shares the biblical inspiration and application behind four songs from Now & Forever, the latest worship album from NewSpring, featuring music intended to prepare your heart to encounter Jesus.

Discover healthy biblical perspectives that will help you continue moving your life forward—even when you know you’ve made mistakes.

Drawing on her perspective as a sex-industry overcomer, author and speaker Harmony (Dust) Grillo shows you how God’s grace, love, and truth can direct you to His purpose for your life, healing your heart and freeing you from the pain of your past.

North Point Online Pastor Dave Adamson’s unique, social-media-ready approach teaches you key Hebrew words that will transform the way you read Scripture and help you apply it in your life—and then equips you to share them with others in meaningful ways.

Through this series of devotionals, pastor and speaker Darlene Zschech shares what it means to truly live a life of worship, drawing on her insights spanning years as a world-renowned composer and worship leader.

Theologian, professor, author, and speaker Dr. Jacqueline Bussie reveals six unspoken “Faith Laws” that dictate the lives of many Christians, contrasting them against healthy, life-giving, authentic truths from the Bible.

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Events gives you more.

We hope you’ve already been enjoying Events, one of the Bible App’s newest features (under “…More” on Apple devices, and under the main slide-out menu on Android).

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When you’re at a church that uses Events, you can open it in the Bible App to get more out of the sermon. Events lets you easily follow along with the pastor’s notes, share the Event with friends, take private notes, and save an Event so you can refer to it later.

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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 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:


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Two by Two Bible Plan

A Roaring Rescue Bible Plan

Through the Roof Bible Plan

Stones, Slings, and Giant Things Bible Plan

 

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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.

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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