How do you make life change that lasts?

New Year, New Plans, New Habits

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The old year is gone. The new year is your chance to start fresh. Would you like to become a new person in 2017? Just make one small change. Do it today — right now. Then repeat it each day. When you meditate on God’s Word every day, over time, those few minutes will add up to big change.

Start a new Bible Plan now, and start each day in this new year with a fresh perspective.

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RENEW: Romans 8 with Timothy Keller
Timothy Keller and The Good Book, 5 days

Through excerpts from the Explore Bible Devotional, pastor and author Timothy Keller leads you through Romans chapter 8, exploring how the power of God’s Spirit works within us to transform us from the inside out.

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New Thru 30
Elevation Church, 30 days

A short devotional before each section frames the context of the passages that you’ll read in the coming week, as this Plan from Elevation Church carries you through the entire New Testament at an intense pace: just one month.

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New Day, New You
Joyce Meyer Ministries, 14 days

Excerpts from Joyce Meyer’s most popular books help you set a positive tone for each day, as this world-renowned Bible teacher shows you how to daily focus your thoughts on honoring God.

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Fear Fighting in the New Year
Kelly Balarie and Baker Publishing, 7 days

Let God’s Spirit transform you into a fear fighter by silencing the lies that fear whispers to you — you can’t do this; you’ll never be good enough — with truths from God’s Word: “Fear not, for I am with you.”

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Renewing Your Mind
Kimberly Taylor and Take Back Your Temple, 4 days

Learn how you can make renewing your mind a part of your daily life, leading to lasting change in a new life in Christ.

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A New Year of Change
Bryant Wright and Right from the Heart, 14 days

Through this series of devotionals and daily Scripture, you’ll consider where your life is today, look back on where you’ve been, and make lasting changes that will carry you into the future.


Didn’t see what you were looking for?

With thousands of Plans to choose from, finding one that fits you is easy.

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Find your friends in the Bible App.

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The Bible reminds us again and again that we need relationships with people we can trust: Close friends who will encourage you, inspire you, challenge you, love you, and pray for you. And they need you to do the same for them.

Finding friends is easy in the Bible App.

Just tap anywhere you see the people icon or the word “Friends.” You can search for specific friends, or invite friends from your Contacts, Facebook, or Google. And it’s easy for them to join you. They can sign in with Facebook or Google, or create their own Bible App account.

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What’s in it for you?

The Bible is filled with stories of people sharing their lives, celebrating together in the good times… and helping one another through the hard times. In fact, there are so many reasons that we need friends, we couldn’t possibly include them all here. Here are just a few examples:

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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.

Start Connecting

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.

Featured: Bible in One Year, Hillsong, Bethel, and New Year’s Plans

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Bible in One Year 2017
Nicky and Pippa Gumbel and Alpha, 365 days

Read through the entire Bible in one year, learning how you can apply God’s Word to your life through daily devotionals from Nicky and Pippa Gumbel, leaders of HTB in London and pioneers of Alpha.

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How’s Your Soul?
Judah Smith and HarperCollins, 5 days

In excerpts from his book, pastor and bestselling author Judah Smith helps you pause the busyness of your life to find rest and peace for your “inside you,” by bringing your feelings into alignment with God’s truth: the Bible.

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Blessed
Brian Houston and Hillsong Church, 7 days

Senior Pastor and Global Founder of Hillsong Church Brian Houston leads you through attitudes from the life of the righteous man described in Psalm 112, to help you see 7 key principles you can start putting into practice today and begin to see God’s blessings in your own life.

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Destined to Win
Kris Vallotton and HarperCollins, 5 days

With encouraging and practical devotionals drawn from his book, pastor and co-founder of Bethel School of Ministry Kris Vallotton helps you discover your true identity in Christ to step into God’s calling for your life.

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The Ten-Day Word Fast
Tim Cameron and Charisma House, 10 days

Uncover the source of negative words, thoughts, and feelings in your life as you fast for ten days from these words — complaining, criticism, judgments, sarcasm, and gossip — and see what the Scriptures say about each.