Fresh Starts: Not Just for New Year’s

In a few days, 2014 will be half over. That means the second half of 2014 is just beginning! You don’t have to wait until January to begin or re-begin a daily practice of spending time in the Bible.

Kick off Your Half-Year Resolution on July 1

1. Pick a Bible Plan
Plans come in all shapes and sizes—more than 800 options from topical to devotional, and a few days to a few months in length. Search for one you’re really interested in and make sure it’s a goal you think you can achieve. How about a short Plan to get things rolling? Or, have you ever tried a video Plan? Find your Plan and start on July 1.

2. Put the App to Work for You
You’ll find lots of features to help you stick with your goal: Set a reminder in the app to help you stay on track. Listen to your daily selections with an audio Bible. And don’t be shy about using the “Catch Me Up” button if you fall behind!

3. Include Your Friends
People are more successful starting new habits with the support of friends. Make sure you’ve added your friends in Bible App 5 and start sharing what you’re bookmarking, highlighting, and noting each day. You can even do the same Plan together.

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4. Let’s do this together!
Use the hashtag #HalfYearResolution on Facebook and Twitter to share what you’re starting on July 1. It would be great to see the YouVersion community inspiring people all over the world toward a new beginning!

 

“Two by Two”: the Story of Noah Comes to the Bible App for Kids

The newest story in the Bible App for Kids is here! Based on Genesis 6:5–9:17, “Two by Two” teaches your kids the biblical story of Noah and the ark. Your children will enjoy exploring this Bible story through the same fun, interactive, colorful features you’ve come to expect from the Bible App for Kids. To get “Two by Two”, simply tap its icon in the app to download it.

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TIP: While each story takes just a few moments to download over a fast Wi-Fi connection, you might want to download them first—before you share them with your kids.

What’s The Bible App for Kids?

Already installed on over 3 million devices, the completely free Bible App for Kids is the newest app from YouVersion, makers of the Bible App. Designed to give your children a delight-filled Bible experience all their own, here are all the places where you can find the Bible App for Kids:

Website: bible.com/kids

Apple: App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bible-for-kids/id668692393?ls=1&mt=8

Android: Google Play: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bible.kids

Kindle Fire: Amazon Appstore: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GURLC40

Six Bible App Features You Need to Know

Explore All the Bible App Has to Offer. No matter where you are or what you’re doing, you can always have the Bible App right there with you, helping you connect with peace, wisdom, and strength. Here’s what we recommend to get the most out of your time in God’s Word:

 

Friends

Your alt textClose friends who understand your life can encourage you to study and bring new insight to your time in the Bible. Add your friends in Bible App 5 to experience Scripture with people you know and trust.

Audio Bibles

Your alt textListen to the Bible as you get ready for work, during your commute, or even reading along. Grow your faith as you hear the same words that have inspired believers for two thousand years.

 

Offline Versions

Your alt textIf you’ll be traveling, did you know many Bible versions are available for offline use? Stay connected to the Bible even when you’re on a plane, on the subway, or traveling in a foreign country. Check the versions listfor your available options.

Bookmarks, Highlights, and Notes

Your alt textMake the Bible App your Bible. Personalize your experience with custom highlight colors, bookmark your favorite verses for later reference, and share notes with your friends.

 

Videos

Your alt textWatch Scripture come to life, with video clips related to passages you’re reading or listening to. Go to Videos on the main Bible App menu, where you’ll find clips from films like JESUS, Son of God, and many others.

 

Plans

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New in the Bible App for Kids: “The Big Picnic”

The newest story in the Bible App for Kids is here! Based on Mark 6:30-44, “The Big Picnic” brings to life the story of Jesus miraculously providing food for a crowd of 5,000.

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Your children will enjoy exploring this Bible story through the same fun, interactive, colorful features you’ve come to expect from the Bible App for Kids. To get “The Big Picnic”, simply tap its icon in the app to download it.

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TIP: While each story takes just a few moments to download over a fast Wi-Fi connection, you might want to download them first—before you share them with your kids.

What’s The Bible App for Kids?

Already installed on over 3 million devices, the completely free Bible App for Kids is the newest app from YouVersion, makers of the Bible App. Designed to give your children a delight-filled Bible experience all their own, here are all the places where you can find the Bible App for Kids:

Website: bible.com/kids

Apple: App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bible-for-kids/id668692393?ls=1&mt=8

Android: Google Play: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bible.kids

Kindle Fire: Amazon Appstore: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GURLC40

Bible App 5 is Now Available for Kindle Fire

Bible App 5 is our biggest update ever, and we’re thrilled to announce it’s now available for Kindle Fire! People around the world are seeing Scripture in a new way as they explore the Bible with their closest friends.

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Conversations About the Bible

Now, highlights, bookmarks, and notes are a way to share what you’re discovering with people you care about. Meaningful conversations about the Bible become part of your daily life as you ask questions, offer encouragement, and learn together.

Verse of the Day

One of the YouVersion Community’s favorite features gets a prime spot in Bible App 5. View today’s, yesterday’s, or even last week’s Verse of the Day right from the Home screen as a daily reminder of God’s truth and love.

Bible App for Kindle Fire

 Find out more about Bible App 5 from our announcement in April. Update the Bible App on your Kindle Fire today and start having meaningful conversations about God’s Word.

See What’s New in the Bible App for Kids

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The Bible App for Kids shares the grand narrative of Scripture through fun-filled, animated adventures, but that’s only part of the experience. Even better are the things that happen during storytimes and bedtimes and in between. Parents often tell us their kids are asking big, important questions when they use the app. And the conversations they’re having together are changing families and shaping futures.

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It’s already been installed on more than 3 million Apple, Android, and Kindle devices all over the world, but the Bible App for Kids is just getting started. Since launching last November, we’ve added six more stories and new collectibles for each Fruit of the Spirit. Our two newest stories, “God’s Amazing Promise” and “Abraham’s Big Test,” tell the story of Abraham.

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We’ll continue rolling out new stories, and we’re excited to introduce new languages soon. If it’s been awhile, grab your mobile device and sit down with your kids to explore the Bible App for Kids again.

If you’d like to share the good news of the Bible App for Kids, here are two things you can do right now:

  1. Get the Bible App for Kids on all your iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire devices. It’s completely free. Just visit bible.com/kids.

  2. Share the Bible App for Kids with your friends, your extended family, and your church. It’s easy to share, install, and explore! Engaging with Bible stories now could literally change generations to come, as they fall in love with the Bible.

Here are just a few reasons families all over the world are falling in love with the Bible App for Kids:

“Had a great conversation with my 4yr old this morning about why Jesus was on the cross. Thanks for the app!”

“Using the new Kids Bible App with my nephew & I’m fighting my tears back from his excitement and seeing him grasping what he’s learning.”

“Walked in on my son tearing up as he watched Jesus die on the cross on @BibleAppForKids. Praying for the call on his life this morning!”

“Story time before bed is now done with the @BibleAppForKids

Bible Plans with Your Friends

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We know the value of experiencing the Bible within community. In the newest version of the Bible App, we want you to experience the power of friendship in the Bible. Now on iOS, Android, and at Bible.com, you can see what Bible Plans your friends are working on. Offer encouragement, celebrate their successes, and even join the same Plan.

Like and comment on friends activity

Now you can see when your friends start or complete a Bible Plan, as well as their daily progress. Cheer them along by adding a Like or Comment.

Discover new Bible Plans

With over 800 Bible Plans to choose from, seeing your friends’ activity can help spark interest, introduce you to a new devotional, or help you learn from a trusted pastors and authors. And your Plans might interest your friends in return.

Set the status to “Friends”

When you’re working through a Bible Plan, set the status to “Friends” so your friends see your activity. Not ready to share your Plan? You can set your Plan to “Private” at any point.

If you haven’t already, upgrade to Bible App 5 to add friends and enjoy Bible Plans together.

New Bible Plans from All Sons & Daughters, Beating Burnout, Family, & More

Reading (and listening or watching) the Bible every day, even if it’s only a little bit each time, impacts how you see life. When you subscribe to a Bible Plan, you’re a part of a worldwide community seeking God daily. Find these Plans and more by viewing the Featured category under Plans.

All Sons & Daughters – Devotional

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All Sons & Daughters, the worship duo from Journey Church in Tennessee, focus on Jesus while embracing the tension of the Christian walk. In this seven-day devotional, learn to rely on Him and His truths as you walk a Christian life.

Journey to Change

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From the minute we accept Jesus into our heart, our life is forever changed. In this Plan, NewSpring Church shares stories from 21 people who met Jesus and will never be the same. Learn how life changing a relationship with Christ can be!

31 Days of Building Your Family’s Values

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The first step to determining the legacy you want to leave behind is establishing strong values that are important to pass on. Strong family values prepare you for the future and help make daily decisions. As a family, explore 31 values that you can pray through together.

Beating Burnout: Finding Hope and Health

Anne Marie Miller, 3 Days
Feeling tired? Burned out? It’s easy to take on more than you can handle and become burned out. Join Anne Marie Miller in this daily guide and learn how to avoid burnout. Focus your energy on rest, holistic health, and the power of prayer.

YouVersion Community Favorites

Looking for more Bible Plans? Bible readers around the world recommend these noteworthy favorites. This month, we’re highlighting Plans about Pentecost and the early church, as well as family and parenting.

 

Bible Plans with Friends

By changing your Plan settings to “Friends,” your friends can see your daily progress and add comments of encouragement. They might even be inspired by your choice or progress and start the Plan themselves. If you haven’t already, update to Bible App 5 and add friends to start sharing the Bible together. Update to Bible App 5 now.

Tip: Use a Plan for Group Study

Does your group want to study the Bible together? Plans to the rescue! Choose a Plan, start on the same day, and see how you can bring additional insights to each other. Read each day’s content, bookmark Scripture that speaks to you, and share notes.

Two New Stories and a New Collectible Set for Kids

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We’re excited to announce two new stories in the Bible App for Kids, totaling 12 stories so far! From the story of Abraham, “God’s Amazing Promise” and “Abraham’s Big Test” teach the importance of listening to God. When God calls us to do something difficult, we are rewarded when we trust in Him.

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Bring the Bible into your family life by sharing these stories together. It’s amazing what insightful questions kids can ask, and these opportunities can prompt larger conversations about faith. And parents, you might enjoy studying these passages during your personal Bible time. Read “God’s Amazing Promise” in Genesis 12:1-9 and “Abraham’s Big Test” in Genesis 21:1-8 and 22:1-9

We’re also adding more collectibles throughout the Bible App for Kids stories. In addition to finding pieces of the Armor of God, your kids can now find each Fruit of the Spirit.  The new collectible set is available now on Android and Kindle, and will soon be available on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

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The new stories are available now. The Bible App for Kids is available for free on iOS, Android, and Kindle. If you haven’t already, download the app at bible.com/kids.

You, Friends, and Bible App 5

Sharing the Bible with friends every day is a beautiful thing. It’s how Scripture was first experienced thousands of years ago—within community. We developed Bible App 5 to help you bring your closest friends into your journey with God through the Bible.

Millions of us are already getting a lot out of using the Bible App on our own, but since sharing it with friends is new, we thought we’d share a few tips we’re learning.

Make the most of your friendships in Bible App 5

See Verses Anew

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Sometimes it’s like you’re seeing a verse for the first time, no matter how many times you’ve read it before. When you see the passage a friend is highlighting, bookmarking, or noting, it can stand out in a new way. It might be the version they’re using or maybe just the right timing, but fresh perspective on Scripture is a gift that comes from sharing it with your friends.

Remember What You Learn

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A lot can happen in a day. That verse you read in the morning might be hard to call to mind hours later. But when you see a friend comment or like a verse you bookmarked, it’s a chance to open it again and revisit the meaning. When the Bible becomes part of your daily interaction with friends, it can help you refocus on how God is speaking to you.

Do a Plan Together

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Talk with some friends and choose a Bible Plan together. Start on the same day and see how you can bring additional insights to each other along the way. Read each day’s content, bookmark Scripture that speaks to you, and share notes. With over 800 available Plans, you’re sure to find one you’re all excited about. Check out our Featured Plans and start one today.

Ask for prayer

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Worried about something? Big day ahead? Open up to your close friends and ask for prayer. You can do it right in the app: Write a new note, set the status to “Friends,” and ask them to pray for you. When your friends see your note, they can pray for you and comment to give encouragement. And you can return the favor! It’s a daily opportunity to “pray for each other…”

Get Connected Today

If you haven’t already, we encourage you to connect with your close friends in the Bible App. You can do this by asking them if they have the newest version of the Bible App on their smartphone or tablet, by sharing on social media, or spreading the word in your community. Update your app today or download it for free at bible.com/app

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