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

New Bible Plans from Rick Warren, Charles Spurgeon, and more!

Bible Plans are the YouVersion community’s favorite way to make the Bible a daily habit. There are over 800 Plans in the Bible App, and this month we have six brand new Plans, plus some of our old favorites. Find these and more in the Featured section in the Bible App.

 

YouVersion Community Favorites

Looking for more Bible Plans? We’ve collected a list of noteworthy favorites that Bible readers around the world recommend.

 

Finding Friends

In the newest version of the Bible App, you can connect with your closest friends. Share Scripture and encourage each other towards exploring God’s Word in a whole new way. If you haven’t already, update to Bible App 5 and start finding friends. Update to Bible App 5 now.

Tip: Set Up Notifications

You can create customized reminders in the Bible App for iOS and Android. Set up notifications for Plans you’re subscribed to for first thing in the morning or right before you go to bed. This way, you never miss a day.

Easter, Families, and Bible App for Kids

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We know the hope and joy found in Christ’s resurrection, but how do we share it with our kids in a way they’ll understand? The two new Bible App for Kids stories help your children learn about Easter through an age-appropriate experience. “It Is Finished” tells the story of the sacrifice of Jesus, while “A Happy Sunday” introduces the power of His resurrection.

Read the Easter Story Together

Turn Easter into a family Bible study by reading Scripture together. Read the Easter story while your kids interact with the Bible App for Kids stories. Your children will learn about persecution, Jesus’ disciples, the empty tomb, and where Jesus is today. Here are some Scripture references to get you started.

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Have a Conversation About Jesus

After learning about the death and resurrection of Jesus, your children might have some questions. This is the perfect time to have a conversation about God. Here are a few questions you can ask your kids to make sure they fully understand the Easter story.

  • Why did Jesus have to die and be raised from the dead?

  • What did Jesus do for us by dying on the cross?

  • Where is Jesus today?

 

The Bible App for Kids is available for free for iOS, Android, and Kindle. Download the Bible App for Kids today.

 

Holy Week Bible Plans, Bible App for Kids Stories, and Shareable Art

With Easter only a week away, now is a great time for a short Plan that can help you align your heart and mind toward Christ with the Bible. The Bible App has several great Easter Plans, each designed to help you make the most of your time in God’s Word this week:

My Utmost for His Highest: Holy Week is a special edition of Oswald Chambers’ timeless classic devotionals, offering selections that encourage you toward a deeper, more passionate walk with God. From Discovery House. 7 days

Our Daily Bread: The Hope for Easter is a quick series of daily devotionals specially selected to help you discover peace, comfort, and encouragement through the great love that God has for you. From Our Daily Bread. 7 days

The Story of Easter presents the biblical account of Jesus’ last week of ministry on earth, as He fulfilled ancient prophecies, spent powerful time in prayer, and ultimately changed our world forever. From LifeChurch.tv. 7 days

Here are several other great plans you might also want to try this week:

The Children’s Guide to Easter from 4Soils. 7 days

Matt Maher – The Overflow Devo from The Overflow. 7 days

Love to the Uttermost: Holy Week with John Piper from Desiring God. 9 days

Seven Mile Miracle Easter Devotion from Seven Mile Miracle. 7 days

For the Joy Set Before Him from Carol McLeod and Just Joy Ministries. 8 days

The Artist Bible: Easter from The Artist Bible. 8 days

Red-Letter Day from LifeChurch.tv 12 days

Bible App for Kids EasterKids’ Easter Stories: “It Is Finished” and “A Happy Sunday”

Of course, this week is also a great time to discuss with your kids what Easter is all about. The Bible App for Kids makes it easy, with two new stories that explain Easter in a way they’ll understand. “It Is Finished” tells the story of the very real sacrifice of God’s Son, while “A Happy Sunday” introduces them to the power of His resurrection. Already downloaded nearly 3 million times, you can get The Bible App for Kids for iOS and Android, as well as Kindle Fire, and it’s always completely free.

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Inspire Your Friends with Easter Art

For the first time ever, YouVersion has commissioned custom artwork to match the Bible App’s Verse of the Day for each of the seven days leading up to Easter. Available now on the blog, each one is free for you to download and share on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or anywhere you want.

 

What Can I Do with Bible App 5?

This is the fourth post in a four-part series.

Bible App 5 is all about offering you lots of opportunities to experience God’s Word in new ways. Here are just a few things people have said since upgrading to Bible App 5 this week:

“The updated bible app is beautiful and I love the potential of a community sharing it together.” – Brandon

“Really diggin the @YouVersion Bible App update–you can now connect with your friends on the app–great for encouragement/accountability!” – Aaron

“Wow! The new version of @YouVersion app is amazing! Love the ability to interact with others! Game changer for studying Bible …” – Paul

Hey @YouVersion the new app is amazing. Thank you for all your hard work to make it easier to read the Bible. – Kate

“@YouVersion Words can’t express how I feel about this update. I’m happy I can learn and grow in my faith by reading notes from other users.” – A-Gilbert

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And here are a few more ways we think you might enjoy using Bible App 5:

  • Extend the conversation about what happens on Sunday into the rest of your week with your friends.

  • Discover new Scripture with friends: passages you haven’t read before… or just haven’t read before in that way.

  • Reinforce (or start) accountability relationships through Bible-focused interaction.

  • When you know a friend is going through a tough time, find opportunities to encourage them with supportive comments and prayers.

Of course, all the same great features you’ve come to expect in the Bible App are still there:

  • Navigate quickly to any chapter and verse you want

  • Read or listen in many versions, in several languages

  • With just a few taps, share any passage to a variety of platforms

  • Watch video content that enhances what you’re reading, with several exclusive clips

Update your app or download Bible App 5 for Android or iOS today.

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sirma.mobile.bible.android

App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bible/id282935706?mt=8

How Does Bible App 5 Work?

This is the third post in a four-part series.

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When we’re intentional in our friendships with other Christ followers, we can explore our faith and grow together. This central idea drove the Bible App 5 update. Inside, you’ll find features to explore the Bible with your closest friends, as well as some fun new improvements:

Updated Menu:

  • Instant access to most features

  • New: View your Highlights as a list

  • New: Easier access to your active Plans

Updated Home View:

  • The Verse of the Day gets front-and-center attention

  • See a stream of Bible activity that shows what you and your friends are noting, bookmarking, and highlighting

  • Comment to share your thoughts, ask questions, and have meaningful conversations in the app as you study God’s Word together

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Finding Friends & Notifications 

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  • Friendships are mutual; you always control who can see your Bible activity

  • You choose whether your Plans are public or private

Every tool we build into the Bible App is designed to help you engage more with God’s Word.  Of course, we never stop working to improve the Bible App.  In the weeks and months ahead, we’ll continue adding and sharing great new features with you. You can keep using the Bible App the same ways you always have—connecting with the Bible, simply, one-on-one. But we think experiencing the Bible in community is even better, and we can’t wait for you to try it!

 

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sirma.mobile.bible.android

App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bible/id282935706?mt=8

Why Friendships in Bible App 5 are Different

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This is the second post in a four-part series.

In our always-on, constantly connected world, you see people on all kinds of social media platforms who have hundreds and hundreds of friends or followers. Many people even count their online “friendships” in the thousands. But let’s be honest: we all know most of those aren’t real friendships. True relationship only happens when we’re known…through trust, real transparency, and vulnerability.

You probably know the Bible App has great tools to quickly, easily share whatever you’re reading and learning. You can share verses, Bible Plans, and more on Facebook, Twitter, SMS (texts), and email. And you do: sharing more than 250,000 passages every single day. While sharing on social media platforms is a great way to use the Bible App to reach out, sometimes it’s so noisy there that it’s hard just to have an earnest back-and-forth conversation with close friends.

To address this problem, Bible App 5 limits the number of friendships you can form within the app to 150. Several studies have suggested that, realistically, most people only have the capacity to maintain that many real relationships. Limiting your YouVersion friendships to people you know well fosters an environment for honest conversations and shared discoveries among trusted friends.

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As you read, bookmark, and highlight Scripture, those interactions create opportunities for conversations about the Bible with your friends. So wrestle with those passages you don’t understand. Ask sincere questions. Share meaningful discussion. Allow your friends to speak into your time in Scripture so you can better learn and discover together.

We designed Bible App 5 specifically to help you draw closer to God through His Word. We sincerely hope you’ll find it to be a tool that’s equipping you to truly love Him more, with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.

 Update your app or download Bible App 5 for Android or iOS today.

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sirma.mobile.bible.android

App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bible/id282935706?mt=8

Why Bible App 5 is a Step Forward in Bible Engagement

Since the Bible App’s launch in July 2008, we’ve seen incredible changes in the landscape of Bible engagement. Many of the numbers we look at every day are now so big that, in some ways, it’s hard to get a handle on what they even mean. But one thing is for sure: a revolution is taking place. Millions and millions of people all over the world are making the Bible a part of their everyday lives, many of them for the first time. And our mission at YouVersion remains the same: to help people fully engage with the Bible.

Up until now, the Bible App was designed mostly around you as an individual—you reading or listening to your Bible, adding your personal notes and your insights. While many people have told us that this kind of personal experience has helped them grow closer to God through His Word, we think there’s still more we can do—a lot more. The all-new Bible App 5 transforms the way you experience Scripture…from “me” to “we.”

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Historically, people were only able to experience the Bible in community. Before the printing press, very few people had personal copies of the Bible. But movable type changed everything. For the first time in history, anyone who could read could experience God’s Word with their very own printed Bible. In more recent times, audio Bibles in several languages invite even more people to enjoy God’s Word by listening—even if they can’t read.

Bible App 5 was designed from the ground up to bring the best of all these things together again. It draws the Scriptures back into community, without sacrificing personalized access. You can keep enjoying your own Bible, just as you always have. But now, for the first time, you can also easily experience it within the context of close, trusted friendships.

That’s why we are so excited about Bible App 5, the most radical update since the Bible App began. Inside, you’ll find all-new features that let you discuss and discover the Scriptures—not with just anyone, but with the people you choose, real friends that you know and trust. Bible App 5 was designed specifically to help you connect more with God’s Word than you ever have before…through your relationships.

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Update your app or download Bible App 5 for Android or iOS today.

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sirma.mobile.bible.android

App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bible/id282935706?mt=8

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