#Verse2014 & Bible Plans for the New Year

A new year brings fresh focus and intentionality. As we dream, plan, and set goals, many of us create lists. But what if you stopped at just one item? We can find incredible clarity and power in simplicity, so as a community we’re trying something new: choosing one Bible verse as our personal focus for 2014.

#Verse2014

Find Your #Verse2014. A promise to reflect on. A different way of thinking. A new discipline. Through prayer and reflection, choose one verse that captures what you’re seeking in 2014.

Make Your Verse Visible. Display your #Verse2014 where you’ll see it every day: a bathroom mirror, in your car, your laptop’s desktop background—even on your phone’s home screen.

Share Your #Verse2014. Tell your family and friends about your verse and why you chose it. Share it from the Bible App, or via email or text. Post it on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. And use the hashtag #Verse2014, so others can see it, too.

Spend Time in Many Verses. Your #Verse2014 is a focal point for the year, but the vastness of God’s love can’t be boiled down to a single verse. Instead, use it as a springboard to dig deeper into the Bible and your faith as you continue to pursue God’s Word throughout the year.

Need some inspiration for your verse? See the YouVersion Community’s 2013 verse of the year along with other popular passages in this infographic.

Plans to Start Your Year Off Right

The following Bible Plans have helped hundreds of thousands remain connected to God’s Word. Try signing up for just one to start. Then, roll into another one as soon as you’re finished to keep your daily habit going.

Made to Crave: 21 Day Challenge Scripture and devotionals equip you with spiritual principles for your physical health. 21 days

Soul Detox Learn from God’s Word how to neutralize the influences that can negatively impact your faith journey. 35 days

From This Day Forward Explore five biblical principles for a healthy marriage through Scripture, prayer, discussion, and activities. 33 days

Experiencing God’s Renewal Daily devotional and Scriptures share what it truly means to become “a new creation in Christ.” 5 days

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Wisdom from Proverbs Learn practical, biblical principles for understanding and managing money. 10 days

The One Year® Bible Reading from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs for about 15 minutes a day, read through the entire Bible in 365 days. 1 year

Chronological Read the entire Bible in 365 days, with its historical events appearing in the order they occurred. 1 year

Life Application Study Bible® Devotion Daily devotions and a Bible verse help you apply the Bible to your life. 1 year

In addition to these, YouVersion has recently added many new Bible Plans—so many, in fact, that we now offer more than 600! From topical studies to whole-Bible Plans, you’ll find plenty of options that will help you connect daily with God’s Word in the new year. Get started at bible.com/reading-plans.

Our Year with the Bible – Infographic

Our Year with the Bible - Infographic

New Bible Plans for the New Year

Each new year brings new promise: an opportunity to start fresh. As you consider habits to begin or disciplines to develop, Bible Plans are a great place to start. Spending time in the Bible each day might be your goal, or helpful support for making changes in your life. Whatever you’re looking for, we’re thrilled to bring you hundreds of devotionals, including these new additions:

My Utmost For His Highest This special edition of Oswald Chambers’ timeless, widely read devotionals now includes Chambers’ personal prayers. From Discovery House Publishers. 30 days

How To Maximise Your Life Hillsong Pastor Brian Houston shares biblical truths that will help you build meaningful relationships and a healthy life balance. From Hillsong Church. 31 days

Toward A Fearless New Year Renowned Bible teacher John Piper takes you through Scriptures that demonstrate how knowing God’s greatness chases away fear. From Desiring God. 7 days

How To Be Rich Pastor Andy Stanley shows what God’s Word says about how to be truly “rich” according to God’s economy. From North Point Community Church. 10 days

Seeing The Kingdom Colson Center theologian T.M. Moore shares what the Bible says about God’s Kingdom—in this world, in the Church, and in your life. From The Colson Center. 7 days

For The Love Of God This daily devotional helps you deepen your understanding of God’s Word by walking you through the entire Bible in a year. From The Gospel Coalition. 1 year

Sun Stand Still Devotional Pastor Steven Furtick leads you through Scriptures that challenge you to ask God for the impossible and the miraculous, even as you pursue His very purpose for creating you. From Steven Furtick. 5 days

In addition to these devotionals, YouVersion has recently added many new Bible Plans—so many, in fact, that we now offer more than 600! From topical studies to whole-Bible Plans, you’ll find plenty of options that will help you connect daily with God’s Word in the new year. Get started at bible.com/reading-plans.

If you’re new to YouVersion, or if you’ve just added a new smartphone or tablet during this holiday season, don’t forget to install the Bible App on all your devices. Visit bible.com/app for a free, easy way to download the app on your mobile platform.

And don’t forget the brand-new Bible App for Kids! Available now at bible.com/kids, it’s also always completely free. Featuring fun animation and engaging storytelling, your children can explore the big stories of the Bible and fall in love with God’s Word.

 

Celebrating the Story of Christmas

For unto you is born...Christ the Lord.

All of us here at YouVersion want to wish you the best during this holiday season. We hope you’re able to reflect and celebrate that He is come: Immanuel, “God with us.”

Both the Bible App and the Bible App for Kids offer lots of great ways you can explore the meaning of Christmas together with your family:

  • Read the story of Christ’s birth in Luke 2:1-20.

  • Use your favorite audio Bible to listen to passages about the birth of Christ.

  • In the Videos section of the Bible App: Watch “The Nativity Story” or the “Birth of Jesus.”

  • In the Bible App for Kids: Explore The First Christmas Gift (pictured).

Being together with family and friends frequently presents opportunities for you to share your faith. And the Bible App and the Bible App for Kids make it so easy!

  • Use your device to show these apps to the people you’re with.

  • Show how they can get the apps on their own devices.

  • Even offer to install the apps for them!

The Bible App Named in Apple’s Best of 2013

Apple's Best of 2013For the fourth consecutive year, the Bible App has been ranked in the top 100 Free apps for iPhone on Apple’s “Best of” list. And for the third year in a row, the Bible App was also ranked in the top 100 for iPad.

This is just a part of the story that continues to unfold across the worldwide YouVersion community throughout 2013. What we’re seeing right now is nothing short of an amazing work of God.

  • The Bible App for Kids launched to broad acclaim, reaching an incredible 1 million installs during its first week! Many parents shared stories like this one: “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!” —Wade

  • The Bible App reached 100 million installs—just in time to celebrate our 5th anniversary in July. And by the time 2013 ends, we’ll have reached nearly 125 million. People all around the world are engaging with the Bible in new ways, people like Roxann, who told us she was finally able to set aside the Braille Bible that took up 5 feet of shelf space. Now she can hold her Bible in her hand.

  • Each of these milestones represents people spending time in God’s Word, people like Andrew: “YouVersion allowed me to, for the first time, read the Bible cover to cover. I listened to a 1yr Bible plan in my car every day for a year. I consider it one of my most important life accomplishments.”

Because you never stop sharing how the Bible is shaping your life on Facebook, on Twitter, and face to face, many more people all over the world continue to discover the Bible App and experience the powerful love of God.

Celebrate Jesus’ Birth with “The Christmas Story” Plan

One Week to Christmas

Looking for a great way to focus on the birth of Jesus? Try “The Christmas Story” Plan from YouVersion. This simple 5-day plan chronicles the humble beginnings of our Savior, connects us with His arrival as “God with us,” and ends with a celebration of His birth. Today is a great day to start reading “The Christmas Story”!

Share the Christmas Story with Your Kids

Your kids will love exploring the story of Jesus’ birth in “The First Christmas Gift,” just one of the stories they’ll find in the Bible App for Kids. Installed on more than a million devices during just its first week, the Bible App for Kids draws in children of any age, with colorful artwork and fun, touch-activated animations. Download and share the Bible App for Kids now at bible.com/kids.

"The First Christmas Gift" from the Bible App for Kids

The Bible App for Kids Surpasses One Million Installs in First Week

unnamed

Less than one week after launching, the Bible App for Kids has been installed on more than one million unique devices around the world. We’re amazed at how God has already been using the Bible App for Kids to connect children with the story of God’s love. Here’s what just a few of the people who have downloaded it so far are saying:

Bible App for Kids at #1“My 4 yr old LOVES the #BibleForKids. Thanks so much for helping to grow in him a love for the Word!”
—Angela

“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!”
—Wade

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

“3 girls on 3 different devices ALL using the @BibleAppForKids!!! They can’t get enough!”
—Liz

“Just downloaded the @BibleAppForKids. It’s so beautiful and so cool! What an experience!”
—David

Part of the Bible App for Kids’ early success came from being visible in app stores. Over the weekend, the Bible App for Kids reached as high as the #2 overall free app for iPad, #3 overall free app for iPhone. It was also the #1 free app in the Kids or Education category on iTunes, Google Play, and the Amazon App Store. Climbing so high on each of these lists means that potentially millions of people who otherwise wouldn’t even know it existed will now see the Bible App for Kids when they’re browsing for new apps to install.

The Bible App for Kids

We specifically designed the Bible App for Kids to help children connect with Bible stories not just once, but again and again. And it’s our sincere prayer that exploring the Scriptures will help millions of kids discover a lifelong love for God’s Word.

Throughout the holidays, as you find yourself together with family and friends, whether at home, at church programs, or even at work parties, please keep sharing the Bible App for Kids. You can show it to them on your device, direct them to bible.com/kids, or even offer to install it for them.

You can download the Bible App for Kids for free at:

Website: bible.com/kids

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

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

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

Get ready for Christmas with an Advent Bible Plan

AdventDuring the Christmas season, so much can pull us away from the significance of what we’re celebrating—the gift of Immanuel, “God with us.” Advent, spanning the four weeks before Christmas, brings us the opportunity to redirect our focus. YouVersion offers several Bible Plans to help Jesus’ birth become a point of your daily reflection. And this year, we have more plans than ever before. Find the plan that’s just right for you—or try one with your family!

  • Rediscovering the Christmas Season offers a non-traditional twist on Advent, with reflection questions and action steps that help individuals, families, and small groups center each day on Christ. From LifeChurch.tv. 25 days
  • The Christmas Story chronicles the humble beginnings of the Savior that the world had been waiting for. From YouVersion. 7 days
  • Good News of Great Joy helps you adore Jesus throughout Advent, with short daily passages directed toward feeding your joy in God. From John Piper and Desiring God. 25 days
  • Our Daily Bread Christmas Edition features daily devotionals specifically selected to help you find encouragement, comfort, and true joy through God’s love for you. From Our Daily Bread. 10 days
  • The Songs of Christmas highlights Christmas song devotionals from popular Christian artists like Mandisa, TobyMac, Amy Grant, Colton Dixon, Kari Jobe, and Hillsong. From Capitol Christian Music Group. 14 days
  • 12 Days of Christmas with The Overflow brings you stories about Jesus’ birth through Christmas songs, presented by such artists as Sidewalk Prophets, James Fortune, Jason Castro, and Building 429. From The Overflow. 12 days

You can find even more Christmas and Advent plans on YouVersion!

 

Share the Love of Jesus this Season

The holidays offer us unique opportunities to share our faith with friends, family, and others. And the Bible App makes it so easy! This season, watch for chances to share your faith simply by showing your Bible App:

  • When someone receives a new mobile device as a gift
  • As you attend Christmas services
  • When you read the Christmas story with your family

Best of all, it’s quick and easy to help others get their own Bible App—no matter what kind of mobile device they have. Tell them they can just go to www.bible.com/app—or even better, install it for them!

Thank You for Helping Launch the Bible App for Kids

Bible App for Kids at #1Even though the Bible App for Kids only launched yesterday, it’s already being enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of kids all over the world. On the first day alone, the Bible App for Kids was installed more than 450,000 times! That means the app was installed 5 times every second, all day long.

Within the first 12 hours of launching, the app quickly gained momentum and garnered high rankings within the App Store.

  • #1 free Kids app
  • #1 free Education app
  • #2 overall free iPad app
  • #4 overall free iPhone app

And there are currently more than one million different apps available in the App Store. Getting so much visibility early on means there is the potential for millions of iPhone and iPad users to discover the app that may have otherwise never even known it existed.

Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, caregiver, or influencer, the Bible App for Kids is a fantastic way you can help the children in your life discover a Bible experience all their own. Designed specifically for children, we’re praying that the Bible App for Kids will help the next generation start engaging now with the grand story of God’s love for them. Thank you so much for your passion to share God’s Word with your kids!

ranking 4:2

Even as incredible as yesterday was, we’re convinced that it’s only the beginning. God is doing something amazing. We always love hearing your stories on Facebook and Twitter. And don’t forget: millions of people haven’t even heard about the Bible App for Kids yet, so keep sharing it as much as you can. Tell people about it, show it to them on your device, even offer to install it for them!

Get the app now at any of these places:

Website: bible.com/kids
Apple App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bible-for-kids/id668692393?ls=1&mt=8
Google Play: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bible.kids
Amazon Appstore: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GURLC40

 

The Bible App for Kids is here!

Help your kids fall in love with God’s Word.

large image

Download the App Now! 

large image
large image
large image
Page 3 of 50«12345»102030...Last »