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)

 

 

Family Bible Week Begins Sunday, May 8

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Beginning Sunday, May 8, Family Bible Week is our annual celebration to help your family grow together around God’s Word. You’ll get free resources that your family can use to encourage one another. We’ll share our favorite tips for how you can lead your family spiritually. Along the way, we’ll even award some fun prize packs that families can enjoy together.

  • Delight the special Moms in your life with lovely Bible art made specially for them.
  • Discover which Bible Plans we recommend for families to experience together.
  • Learn how your family can become “that” family — the one that inspires others.
  • Begin planting seeds today that will yield fruit across your family for generations to come.
  • Find out the role that fun plays in fueling your family’s faith.

Start spreading the word: Family Bible Week is back! (Also… did we mention prizes?)

 

 

If you don’t already have a YouVersion account, then you can sign-up for one to receive our emails and follow along with Family Bible Week.
You can also check back with our blog as well as our social media to follow along each day of Family Bible Week.

Featured: Christine Caine, Steven Furtick, Jen Hatmaker, John Piper, and More

Acclaimed speaker and A21 founder Christine Caine shares how the power you find in God’s Word can help you release your shame and begin to live a life of freedom.

Through Bible passages that demonstrate how God uses broken people (like us) to do big things, Pastor Steven Furtick helps you come to terms with the good, the bad, and the unmentionable in your life.

With characteristic honesty and humor, bestselling author Jen Hatmaker shares biblical wisdom that shows how you can keep bringing grace—and joy—to the inevitable struggles and occasional heartbreaks that find their way into your relationships.

Author and pastor John Piper sheds the light of the gospel on three areas where everyone struggles, showing that when we give these things the place in our lives that God intended, we can actually bring him glory.

Through daily Scripture and audio prayers, author Seth Haines shares devotional reflections on how experiencing pain helps you recognize where you need healing, which can then lead you toward recovery.

Connecting a daily excerpt from the classic My Utmost for His Highest with a related Bible passage, a short video helps you visualize how Oswald Chambers’ inspiring words can help you make Jesus the center of your everyday life.

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Family Bible Week begins next Sunday, May 8. Throughout this year’s celebration, we’ll be offering free resources, tips, and even prizes to help your family grow together around God’s Word. One of the best ways you can do that is by enjoying a Bible Plan together. Tap below to see Plans from our “Family” category. When you find one you think your family would enjoy, open it and tap “Save for Later”—so you’ll have it for Family Bible Week!

See Plans for Families


Are you a church leader?

We have free resources you can use in your church to help your families connect with the Bible during Family Bible Week. Tap below to learn more.

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Every person who wants to know what the Bible says should be able to find out.

But they can’t. At least, not yet…

If you’re reading this, it’s likely that you already have the Bible in your language. (We hope so.) You may even have several versions to choose from. But have you ever wondered what your life might be like without the Bible? Think about how God’s Word speaks to you when you read it. What if the Bible were available in your language… but you couldn’t see? Or you didn’t know how to read? It’s estimated that 285 million people worldwide are visually impaired,1 and that 775 million adults (~17%) cannot read or write.2 How will they discover all that God wants to say to them through His Word?

If you came here from an email we sent to you, welcome!
(If you’re not receiving our emails, you can subscribe here.)

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Bible societies are bringing God’s
Word to everyone. You can help.

In just the last three months, generous Bible society partners have introduced 25 new audio versions to the Bible App, offering new opportunities to connect with the Bible, for people who may never have had it before. Half of the world’s population now has a mobile subscription (up from just one in five 10 years ago).3 Anywhere a mobile device can go, God’s Word can be there. This freedom changes lives:

“I am totally blind. The Bible App is invaluable! I can read the Bible anywhere, anytime. Now I can truly study the Bible. As my husband has some difficulty with reading, this app is also invaluable to him!”
—Bible App User from Australia

As liberating as audio Bibles are, they’re just a small part of all that Bible societies are doing to change the world. During that same three months, they introduced 23 new Bible texts to the Bible App. Together, these contributions represent 38 new languages! (The full list is below.)

The day is coming when every person on earth will have the opportunity to experience God’s Word, because passionate people have dedicated their lives to bringing this vision to life. Of the 7,000 languages in active use today, the complete Bible has been translated into 550, and the New Testament into 1,300.4  While many language groups remain to be done, Bible societies are translating for the largest groups first. In addition, easier travel and new communication technologies have exponentially increased their capacity.

Don’t miss your chance to take
part in what God is doing in the world.

Your contribution to bringing God’s Word to Myanmar could transform a child’s life:


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(That’s thanaka on her face, a traditional cosmetic paste made from tree bark.5)

In Southeast Asia, where this girl lives, more than 32 million people speak Myanmar (Burmese), mostly within their country’s borders. Still classified as “unreached” by the Gospel, most of Myanmar’s population is Buddhist. Although some projections estimate that as much as 9% of Myanmar’s people might be Christians, it’s difficult to know for certain.6 People who profess any religion other than Buddhism are socially ostracized, and often violently persecuted. For these reasons, most Christ followers in Myanmar keep their faith secret.7

But their story is just beginning. In recent elections, the people of Myanmar united to overthrow years of government corruption and violence. Now mobile service providers are introducing technology there designed to advance health care, and even to help people conduct financial transactions.8 When these positive changes began sweeping across the nation, Global Bible Initiative was ready, bringing their New Testament Myanmar Standard Bible to Myanmar’s Bible App users. Now, thanks to their work, even if Christians in Myanmar can’t share their faith openly—yet—they can still remain connected to God’s Word.


Aided by new technologies, Bible societies now have the chance to bring God’s Word to every person in the world, no matter where they live, what language they speak—or even what physical challenges they face. An opportunity like this has never existed before in human history. And we get to be here. You get to be here. You were made for such a time as this.

Now that you know,
what will you do?

Join us. Click below and learn what our Bible society partners are doing. Find one whose vision inspires you—and commit to support them. All of creation is waiting in eager expectation to see what we will do.9

American Bible Society American Bible Society
Wycliffe Wycliffe
Global Bible Initiative Global Bible Initiative
Biblica Biblica
Viorel Silion Viorel Silion
Bulgarian Bible Society (BBS at UBS.org) Bulgarian Bible Society (BBS at UBS.org)
Bible Society in Guinea-Conakry Bible Society in Guinea-Conakry
The Bible Society of Ghana (BSG at UBS.org) The Bible Society of Ghana (BSG at UBS.org)
Messianic Jewish Publishers and Resources Messianic Jewish Publishers and Resources
United Bible Societies United Bible Societies

 


Newest Audio Bibles

 

The New Testament in Akoose:
Melɛ̌ Mékɔ̄ɔ̄lē
The New Testament in Teso:
Ebaibuli 1961
The New Testament in Awa-Cuaiquer (Ecuador):
Masas Pit Jesucristowa
The New Testament in Awa (Papua New Guinea):
Manikáne O Ehwehne
Today’s New Testament in Balinese:
Today’s Bali Bible
Genesis and the New Testament in Bambam
Today’s New Testament in Batak Karo:
Today’s Batak Karo Bible
Biblia Aymara, Qullan Arunaca:
Central Aymara
The New Testament in Buamu:
Dónbeenì Páaníi Fĩnle Vũahṹ
The New Testament in Galibi Carib:
Asery Tamusi Karetary
The New Testament in Chipaya:
Nuevo Testamento Chipaya
The New Testament in Chiquitano:
Chiquitano New Testament
The New Testament in Denya:
Ŋwɛ Menomenyɛɛ́ Mekɛ́
The New Testament in Ignaciano: New Testament
The New Testament in Ixil (San Juan Cotzal):
Viakʼla Txumbʼal u Tioxh
The New Testament in Jacalteco (Eastern) Popti’:
Nuevo Testamento yin̈ Abxubal
The Revised New Testament in Javanese (Indonesian, formal):
Javanese Bible
The New Testament in Lango (Uganda):
Baibul 1979
The New Testament in Mopán Maya:
Le’ec Ada’ U T’an a Dios a Tumulbene
Today’s New Testament in Nias:
Nias Bible
The New Testament in Quechua (North Bolivian):
Quechua Norte New Testament
The New Testament in Tamang (Eastern):
परमेश्वरला बचन छार कबुल
The New Testament in Tamasheq:
New Testament
The New Testament in Teribe:
Sbö Tjl̈õkwo
The New Testament in Tol:
Dios Tjevele Jupj ‘Üsüs La Qjuisiji Jesucristo Mpes

 

Newest Versions and Languages

 

The New Testament in Adioukrou
Asante Twi Bible with Deutero-Canons
Biblia în Versiune Actualizată 2015
Bulgarian Protestant Bible (Revised)
The Complete Jewish Bible (in English)
The Bible in Pennsylvania German
The Bible in Keley-i Kalaha
The New Testament in Komba
The New Testament in Kulina
The New Testament in Kwamera
The Bible in Guinea Kpèlèè
The Bible in Guinea Kpèlèè (DC)
The New Testament in Ladakhi
Matthew, Mark, and Acts in Saliba
Myanmar Standard Bible in Myanmar (Burmese)
Myanmar Standard Bible (Zawgyi) in Myanmar (Burmese)
Portions of the New Testament in Nali
Portions of the New Testament in Nek (Papua New Guinea)
Psalms, Proverbs, and the New Testament in Middle Newar
ses Bible in Songhai de Gao in Koyraboro Senni Songhai
Tagalog Contemporary Bible (Filipino)
The New Testament in Islander Creole (English)
World English Bible British Edition (British English)

 


Sources:

  1. Visual Impairment and Blindness,” World Health Organization.
  2. Statistics on Literacy,” UNESCO.
  3. Report: GSMA Mobile Economy 2015, Groupe Spéciale Mobile Association.
  4. Why Bible Translation?,” Wycliffe.
  5. Thanaka,” Wikipedia.
  6. Country: Myanmar (Burma),” Joshua Project.
  7. #23 on the World Watch List (of persecuted Christians),” Open Door.
  8. 2.3.1 Mobile Money, [mHealth, and 2.4.1 Connected Women,” GSMA Mobile Economy 2015.
  9. Romans 8:19.

The Bible App for Kids Is Now Available in Traditional Chinese!

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Now for the first time ever, your children can experience the Bible App for Kids in Traditional Chinese! Together with our partner OneHope, we want as many kids as possible to have the opportunity to fall in love with God’s Word in their own heart language. The Bible App for Kids is also available in Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Dutch, English, Farsi, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and most recently Turkish.

And, did you know that the Bible App for Kids lets you switch between languages directly inside the app? To get this great feature, just update your Bible App for Kids to the most current version. After you’ve run the update, look under Settings for “Language,” then select from any of fifteen languages. The audio will play in that language, and any text will appear in that language, too!

Please share this great news with your friends!

 

 



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About the Bible App for Kids

The Bible App for Kids is the newest app from YouVersion, makers of the Bible App, designed to give children a delight-filled Bible experience all their own. Developed in partnership with OneHope, the Bible App for Kids has already been installed on more than 10 million Apple, Android, and Kindle devices, and it’s always completely free. Kids from all over the world are now enjoying the Bible App for Kids — in Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Dutch, English, Farsi, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and now Traditional Chinese!

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Major Milestone: 50 Million Plans Completed

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Congratulations. You’ve just completed 50 Million Bible Plans.

Not by yourself, of course. But if you’ve completed even one Reading Plan or Devotional in the Bible App, then you’ve contributed to this milestone. More than that, you’re a part of something much bigger: a worldwide movement of people actively seeking God through His Word.

Plans are the most popular Bible App feature. Millions of times every day, people just like you count on Plans to help them make engaging with Scripture a daily priority.

And, thanks to generous content partners, we’re constantly adding new Plans, each one developed to help you explore the Bible from different perspectives, experience it in new ways, and meditate on how its words should shape your life. Here are several that we’d recommend:

Who is this Man?
John Ortberg, 7 days

Adapted from John Ortberg’s bestselling book, this week’s worth of devotions focuses on the person and character of Jesus, and on his impact on the world — and on us.

Mornings with Jesus 2016: 7-Day Devotional
Guideposts, 7 days

Developed to help you draw closer to Jesus, Guideposts compiled this series of devotions from women authors who seek to bring you daily hope, direction, and practical biblical application.

Trusting God’s Process
Brittany Rust, 5 days

Blogger and speaker Brittany Rust helps you find strength and renewal by learning to trust the things that God is doing in your life, even when you face unforeseen circumstances and difficult seasons.

Through devotionals, Scripture, and prayer, discover the biblical perspective and foundations for what work is, what it should mean to us, and how we can honor God with our work.

No Fear: Standing Firm in Your Faith
Tony Perkins, 5 days

Speaker and syndicated radio host Tony Perkins inspires you to live more boldly, sharing stories of both biblical and modern-day heroes, ordinary individuals who chose to fear God rather than people.

Waiting Well
Cheri Strange, 3 days

Through short video devotionals, author and speaker Cheri Strange reveals a biblical strategy that will help you avoid emotional fits of impatience and doubt, even when you have to wait for God’s timing.

Find Your Next Plan

Get the Bible in the Languages of Nigeria

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Thanks to the generosity of visionary Bible society and translation partners, YouVersion is pleased to offer several Bibles in the languages of Nigeria, all available through the Bible App. Just tap any of the buttons below to select a Bible in that language:

Bíbélì Mímọ́:
Yoruba Bible
 

Littafi Mai Tsarki:
Hausa Bible
 

Bible Nso:
Igbo Bible
 

Alkawal Kesal Nder Fulfulde Caka Naajeeriya:
Fulfulde Bible


And, don’t forget to share this Good News with your friends:

 

 


About the Bible App

The Bible App has been installed on more than 225 million unique devices, all over the world. Developed by YouVersion, the Bible App offers more than 1,200 Bible versions, in more than 900 languages. And it’s always completely free.

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Featured Plans: Max Lucado, Tony Evans, Casting Crowns, Elevation Worship, and More

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Through daily excerpts from his new book, bestselling author Dr. Tony Evans helps you get to know God — his nature, his character, and his goodness — as you explore some of the many names he has in Scripture.

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In this devotional from Casting Crowns, the GRAMMY- and Dove-Award-winning artists walk you through the biblical meaning and practical application of songs from their new album, A Live Worship Experience.

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From Elevation Church, based out of Charlotte, NC, musicians and church leaders from Elevation Worship share lyrics from seven songs on their latest release, Here as in Heaven, along with the Bible passages that inspired them and how God’s Word can influence our lives.

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Pastor and author Dave Willis shares the “7 Laws of Love” found in Scripture and offers practical advice on how you can put love into action to bring health and healing to your relationships.

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Author Megan Shook Alpha helps you see through the changing whims of what society tells us is beautiful, leading you to a genuine understanding of authentic beauty — and how you can experience it for yourself.

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Pastor and author Max Lucado helps you face each new day with courage and faith, inspiring you with daily reminders that God is with you, and that with him he brings comfort, encouragement, and grace sufficient for the day.

Find Your Next Plan

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