Reminder: Webcast TOMORROW, May 26!

Be sure to mark your calendar and join us for a very special webcast, as together we celebrate all that God has done through YouVersion and what’s to come in the near future:

TOMORROW, MAY 26, at 11:00 AM CDT

We’ll be sharing the latest news and taking an inside look at what’s ahead for the Bible App. Don’t forget to let your friends know about it on Facebook and Twitter. When you do, you’ll be entered to win an iPad 2! Use the following phrase to be eligible:

Join me for the @YouVersion Webcast Thurs, May 26, 11am CT. RT to enter to win an iPad2!

We’re excited about this opportunity to come together as the YouVersion community and we can’t wait to hear from you. Get your questions ready, because we’ll be awarding a couple of iPad 2s to people who ask questions during the event (just be sure to use #youversion in your tweets/posts).

It’s going to be fun! We’re looking forward to seeing you there: http://www.youversion.com/webcast.

New Version: The Greek New Testament SBL Edition

The YouVersion community now has access to another version of the Greek New Testament! The Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software have partnered to produce The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition—SBLGNT for short.

What is the SBLGNT? A brand-new edition of the Greek New Testament, edited by Michael W. Holmes, well-known for his work on early Christian literature. To establish the text, Holmes referred to a wide range of printed editions of the Greek New Testament and consulted the latest technical resources and manuscript discoveries. What resulted is the latest, most up-to-date edition of the Greek New Testament available anywhere. You can read more about the SBLGNT at SBLGNT.com, including why and how it was created.

Get yours. Besides in the Bible App™ and at YouVersion.com, you can also download the SBLGNT directly to your desktop or download an Acrobat (PDF) file of the print version. Logos has also made this version available as a free download in their free mobile Bible app. But no matter where you read it electronically…it’s free. You can even order a print copy directly from the Society of Biblical Literature.

The YouVersion community has made it clear that you enjoy engaging with different versions of the Bible to increase your understanding of Scripture. We’re excited to be able to offer the SBLGNT. Thanks to Logos Bible Software and the Society of Biblical Literature for making it possible!

The Bible App and YouVersion: New Reading Plans…in More Languages

YouVersion now has more than 150 unique reading plans, with some available in as many as 10 different languages! If you haven’t already tried one, a reading plan is a terrific tool to help you engage with the Bible, as each day you learn what it says by reading a manageable, carefully selected portion.

Explore a whole new category of topical reading plans through the Uncover the Word series, with plans generously provided by the American Bible Society in both English and Spanish. Some of these plans last 7 days and some 40, with two plans even offering unique passages every day for an entire year! These clear, practical plans reveal what the Scriptures have to say about such various real-life concerns as losing a job, parenting, loneliness, dating and forgiveness (to name just a few).

Another new individual reading plan you’ll discover is the Discipleship Journal Reading Plan from NavPress, a one-year reading plan designed to help you see the continuity in the Bible by leading you through passages from four separate places in the Bible each day.

Finally, The Stewardship Council brings our YouVersion community three studies tailored specifically to helping us manage well the resources that God provides us: Undying Commitment, Unquestionable Character, and Unwavering Conformity.

If you’re looking for your next plan to read, or if you haven’t tried one yet, any of these would be a great place to start!

YouVersion Plans Webcast to Celebrate 20 Million Installs

It’s time for the YouVersion community to get together! Let’s meet for a live webcast on May 26, 11:00am CDT. You’ll be able to hear the latest news about the Bible App™, get an inside look at what’s coming up, ask your questions, and see if you win an iPad2.

In the meantime, there’s one number we just can’t wait to celebrate with you:

Together we’ve installed the Bible App on more than 20 million unique devices.

But what does it mean? Without context, even huge numbers like this one are just…well, numbers. What’s genuinely thrilling about this milestone is that it shows more and more people – literally all over the world – are making God’s Word an important part of their everyday lives.

As just one example, a woman named Carmen wrote us recently to share her story. Carmen has been a believer for 36 years, but she’d never been able to read her Bible consistently. She wrote, “Then I got an Android phone… My life has changed forever. I read (the Bible) every day, sometimes several times a day because it’s with me everywhere I go.” For the first time in her life, Carmen has even been reading all the way through the Bible – using a reading plan. And Carmen’s husband is reading every day on his phone, too. She writes, “It has really impacted our lives in such an amazing way!”

Reading the Bible anytime, anyplace is just one way the YouVersion community is using the Bible App to engage with God’s Word. Carmen’s is one of thousands of stories that shows how, together, we’re thinking about what we’ve read, working out how to apply Scripture in our lives, and sharing with others our journey toward a deeper relationship with God.

And those are things worth celebrating!

Share Your Bible App Story with the YouVersion Community

The Bible App™ on iPadIn a last-resort compromise, a couple on the verge of divorce agrees to read through the Love and Marriage reading plan together—opening the door to restoration. During his breaks, a construction worker reads the Bible on his iPhone, mainly to grow closer to God, although also to share his light with his coworkers. A family in the hospital with a loved one who’s fading—takes just a moment to express gratitude on Twitter for free, easy access to God’s encouraging words.

What do these stories have in common? Each one is an example of the power of God’s Word to affect lives. All of them actually happened. And all of them came from you, the YouVersion community. This group of millions of people, sharing their lives from literally everywhere around the world, needs to hear stories just like these—stories of encouragement, of comfort, of healing, of inspiration… We need your story. Would you share it with us?

  • How has the Bible App made a difference in your life?
  • How has having God’s Word with you wherever you go affected your life?
  • How has having anytime, anywhere access to the Bible changed how you interact with it?

Here’s how you can share:

  • On Video. Make a video (4 minutes or less) and upload it to YouVersion’s Vimeo page. (Please include your first name and last initial, and say where you’re from.)
  • In Writing. Not comfortable on camera? No worries. Tell us your story in 400 words or less, right below.
  • On Facebook. Even if you tell us your story on video or through the above form, we’d also love for you to share at least a portion of it with the entire YouVersion community today, right on YouVersion’s Facebook page. It’s a great place where we can encourage one another to daily engage with the Bible and to seek God.



Thank You, YouVersion Community! And Happy Birthday, KJV!

YouVersion King James Version Event Page (in progress)Thank you so much to everyone who participated in our worldwide celebration of the King James Bible today, the 400th anniversary of its printing. More than 10,000 of us took part in this global YouVersion flash mob, together reading God’s Word aloud 8 times in just 400 seconds!

For example, the community member who joined us from the farthest point south was from Christchurch, New Zealand, while the participant farthest north was in Rovaniemi, Finland. (View map.)

And we had a lot of fun too, as YouVersion’s Facebook page blew up with people sharing where they were and what they were reading:
Matt K. Crazy to think that most of us read an old timeless translation on electronic devices! So awesome!
Pat D. Read Hebrews 2 from a 1950s KJV Bible from Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
Ruth H. Happy Birthday, KJV! So grateful for those who went before us in making God’s Word accessible in the language best understood by the people in that time and place.
Jan R. I love this! We should do this once a month!
Michelle N. That was neat. Let’s do it again!
Betsy B. Spent the majority of my 400 seconds trying to pronounce weird names. 2 Samuel 23 – David’s mighty men! Usually I just skip over the hard ones or replace their names with Bob or Fred, but I made myself say them today. I wondered if they were listening from Heaven and laughing with us trying to say their names.

Many people also joined in on Twitter, sharing their experiences and links:
@Sylvia_Raoi Glad to be in this wonderful campaign! May all glory go to my Lord!
@brandonaldson Our #KJV400 reading party after we finished our reading. All together, out loud, different chapters, cool! http://twitpic.com/4sf14e
@jared_clark Stopped on the side of HWY 66 to read Mark chapter 8 aloud in 400 seconds!
@AmandaSims I just said the word “Behold” more in 4 minutes than I have in the last 4 years. #kjv400

Thanks once again for joining in the celebration. Please continue to share your stories with us all. We’d love to hear all about the ways that God used your time today engaging with His Word and with His people!

REMINDER: Let’s Read the Entire KJV Bible in 400 Seconds!

Don’t forget: If you signed up to participate in our 400 years / 400 seconds event, tomorrow’s the day! We’re going to make history as we read the entire King James Version of the Bible together as a community—in just 400 seconds:

MONDAY, MAY 2
12:00 PM Noon U.S. EDT (GMT-4) /
11:00 AM U.S. CDT (GMT-5)

400 Years of the King James Version of the Bible

Be sure to check your email for the passage you signed up to read to make sure you’re all ready when it’s go time. You can also see your passage by signing in at YouVersion and then visiting our KJV event page.

It’s been fantastic to see people from all over the world joining in this celebration—it’s truly a global event! Make sure you share photos, video, and posts on Twitter using the #kjv400 tag, or add your photos and posts to the Facebook event. Visit http://www.youversion.com/kjv400 tomorrow to see everyone participating with you.

Don’t know what we’re talking about? It’s not too late to join us! You can even enter for a chance to win an iPad 2 when you register and use the Twitter #kjv400 hash tag. Check out our event page for all the details and to sign up.

Let’s do-eth this!

Use Your YouVersion Notes and Bookmarks with Glo Bible

Lenses from the Glo BibleThe makers of Glo Bible, innovative Bible exploration software for PC, Mac and iPad, wanted to make it easy for our YouVersion community to use tools from the Bible App™ and YouVersion.com. So, in what’s likely to be one of many such collaborations, Glo has become the first of YouVersion’s partners to integrate our community directly within their software. This means that you can link your YouVersion account with the latest release of Glo Bible, synchronizing all your bookmarks and notes between both applications! For the first time, you can use YouVersion notes and community tools within a desktop application.

Every month, millions of us in the YouVersion community add bookmarks and save notes in YouVersion. Whether you’re jotting private reflections, sharing your insights on certain passages, or simply thinking aloud, notes are a great way to capture what God’s Word seems to be speaking to you at a specific moment in time. Of course it goes without saying that there’s no better way to “mark your place” to jump back than with a quick bookmark. And now, no matter where you’re engaging with God’s Word, whether inside your Glo Bible, at YouVersion.com, or on the go using the Bible App, you’ll always have easy access to your favorite passages and notes.

You can learn more about Glo Bible at their website and on their YouTube channel.

YouVersion Community: Let’s Read the Entire Bible in 400 Seconds!

Have you ever read through the entire Bible in a year? Or the New Testament in 30 days? Maybe you’re even so hard-core you’ve read the whole Bible in 90 Days. But what if we told you we’re planning to make history by reading the entire King James Bible in just 400 seconds?

400 Years of the King James Version of the Bible

Sound impossible? It would be…if you tried it by yourself. To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible, on May 2, 2011, the YouVersion community is going to read the Bible together — in just 400 seconds. (That’s 6 minutes and 40 seconds.)

Let’s do this! Here’s how:

  1. We’ll all volunteer (and sign up) to read a small section from the Bible out loud.
  2. On Monday, May 2, starting at 12:00 PM Noon U.S. EDT, 11 AM CDT (GMT-5), we’ll each read our portions out loud, simultaneously. Think of it like a global flash mob.
  3. We’ll all share what we’re doing with our friends on Facebook and on Twitter.

That’s it! Visit the YouVersion KJV in 400 Seconds page for details and to reserve your spot. Let’s make history by celebrating history!

New for the Bible App for Android: Verse of the Day Widget

YouVersion now has another helpful widget for the Bible App™ for Android. The Bible Verse of the Day widget displays an inspirational verse every day, right on your device’s home screen. If you’d like to read the verse in its context, simply tap it, and the widget will take you directly to that verse in the Bible App reader.

The Bible App™ for Android Verse of the Day Widget
Also included in this release—thanks once again to the world-changing community of YouVersion volunteers—is the addition of Ukrainian, Norwegian, Italian, Romanian and Japanese as interface options. What that means is that when you select one of these as the default language for your device, you’ll see all of the controls and menu options for the Bible App in that same language.

To get this widget and the new language options, you’ll need to update to the newest version of the Bible App for Android, version 3.1, available immediately in the Android App Market.

How to Add Your Widget:

Note: Remember, you have to update to the newest version first.

  1. Go to your Home screen.
  2. Make room on your Home screen for another widget
    (removing other unused icons and widgets if necessary).
  3. Tap Menu.
  4. Tap Add.
  5. Tap Widgets.
  6. Tap the “Bible (Verse of the Day)” item.