Announcing the Winners from 21-Day Challenge 2016

On February 1, we invited you to join us for this year’s 21-Day Challenge. Users who completed the day’s selections from at least one Bible Plan each day from February 1 through February 21 were entered into a random drawing for our grand prize, a YouVersion Prize Pack including an Amazon Fire tablet! The results are in, and the lucky winner is:

Banji A.

Congratulations, Banji!

(Don’t forget to install the Bible App on your new Fire tablet!) 😉
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Throughout the Challenge, many registered users who tweeted which Plan they were reading with the hashtag #BibleFor21 also won prizes*. Here they are:

Cara P., T-Shirt
Chad J., T-Shirt
Samantha B., Kindle Fire
Ryan C., YouVersion Prize Pack
Jackie E., Kindle Fire
Chynna B., YouVersion Prize Pack
Aaron J., YouVersion Prize Pack
Melissa M., YouVersion Prize Pack
Tim P., YouVersion Prize Pack
Suzanne P., Kindle Fire

Of course, the 21-Day Challenge isn’t about prizes; it’s about spending time every day in God’s Word. So to everyone who completed the 21-Day Challenge this year: way to go! If your special 21-Day Challenge badge hasn’t already appeared on your YouVersion profile, you should see it sometime within the next week.

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Keep your momentum going!

We hope your time in God’s Word during these last three weeks has drawn you closer to Him. And we hope each day helped you get your daily Bible reading habit going. Our statistics from past Challenges are clear: once you establish a daily habit for several weeks, that momentum can carry you forward on a streak of consistent time in the Bible.

And with hundreds of Bible Plans in several languages, your next new favorite Plan is just a couple of clicks away:

 

Find Your Next Plan


* Weekly winners will be contacted through the social media channel where you posted. The grand-prize winner will be contacted through the email address associated with your YouVersion profile. Winners can expect to receive their prizes within the next few weeks. Refer to our original post for full contest rules.


 

About the Bible App

The Bible App has been installed on more than 210 million unique devices, all over the world. Developed by YouVersion, the Bible App offers more than 1,200 Bible versions, in more than 900 languages. And it’s always completely free.

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Fun new visual way to understand the first 5 books of the Bible

Now Playing in the Bible App:
The Torah Series

As you read (or listen to) certain books in the Old Testament, do you ever wonder, “Why is this in the Bible? What’s the story behind this story?” Today we’re excited to announce The Torah Series, an all-new collection of animated short films from the Bible Project that answers questions just like these.

In Jewish tradition, the first five books of the Old Testament are called “the Torah.” In this series of short films, Bible scholars walk you step-by-step through the Torah’s themes and literary structure, as vivid animations help you see the connections between its stories. We think you’ll want to watch The Torah Series again and again — and share its clips with your friends.

Presented by YouVersion in partnership with The Bible Project — now, for the first time ever, you can watch The Torah Series in any of these places:

Apple TV

The Bible App for Apple TV

(Read more on our blog.)

Videos

Videos section of the Bible App
on your mobile device or at Bible.com

 

Watch Now
 

The best way we know to prepare for Easter…

The best way we know to
prepare for Easter…

As that New Year’s excitement begins to fade, are you losing traction on some of the healthy habits you started this year? Thankfully Easter is on the way, bringing with it another chance for renewal. Christians all over the world observe the 40 days leading up to our remembrance of Jesus’ resurrection as a time to reflect, repent, and prepare our hearts to celebrate new life. Consider making the Bible an intentional part of your day, every day, between now and Easter Sunday.

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from N.T. Wright, 53 days
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from Journey Church, 47 days
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from ReThink, 40 days
320x320 (3)40 Days of Revival
from Hillsong, 40 days
320x320 (4)Preparing Our Hearts for Easter: A Lenten Devotional
from Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 40 days
320x320 (5)In Our Place: Lenten Devotions
from Time of Grace from Time of Grace, 14 days
320x320 (6)Awed by Christ’s Resurrection: 6 Days of Decrease
from Alicia Britt Chole, 6 days

Don’t see what you’re looking for here?
We have many more Plans to choose from:

Find Your Next Plan


The Bible is better with Friends.

The most important things in our lives are best when we’re sharing them with others. Ask a family member or a friend — or several — to join you in a Bible Plan during Lent. Then each day, discuss what you’re discovering. Share your questions with each other, and encourage one another as you pursue greater devotion to Christ. Adding Friends in the Bible App is easy!

Find Your Friends Now

Video: Players in This Weekend’s Game Talk about the Bible App

“It’s always the right message each day for me.”
—Lorenzo Doss, Cornerback, Denver Broncos

I play football, but I have to practice and I have to study to get better.
You do the same thing as a Christian.“
—Charles Tillman, Cornerback, Carolina Panthers

Sunday, February 7, will be the biggest day of the year in American sports. And, although the top two teams in American football are facing off as rivals on the field, several players from both sides share a love for the Bible. Now, thanks to YouVersion partner The Increase, listen to some of the players from today’s game telling why they love the Bible App:


Bonus: Media Day Video!

Thanks to our friends at fspn, we’ve just added a bonus video, featuring players from both the Panthers and the Broncos, talking even more about their love for the Bible at the pre-game Media Day:



Spread the Word.

Just like you, these guys love being able to connect with God’s Word anytime, anywhere with the Bible App. Whether it’s sharing the Verse of the Day, adding Bookmarks, or listening to audio Bibles, we’re all part of the same global community of people seeking God through His Word.

 

 


Find your inspiration…
straight from the source.

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UNPACK this… for Sports Fans
Bryce Johnson and UNPACKIN’ it Ministries, 5 days

Read intriguing sports stories through a lens of faith, unpacking biblical truths that will challenge, encourage, and inspire you.

Unpack Truth
 
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The Increase
The Increase, 21 days

NFL athletes like Matt Hasselbeck, Josh and Luke McCown, and Brandon Marshall, and MLB stars like Adam Wainwright, Brett Carroll, Paul Maholm (to name just a few) all share life lessons they’ve learned through their favorite Bible passages.

Increase in Wisdom
 
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FCA: True Competitor SPORTS Devotional
Jimmy Page and Dan Britton, 10 days

Whether you’re an athlete, coach, or teammate, train for unstoppable faith in all your relationships: at the gym, in the locker room, on the field, and especially at home.

Grow Your Faith
 


 

5 million reasons to have hope for 2016

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The Bible App was installed on more than 5 million unique devices
during January — the most ever for a single month.
What does that mean?

First, one step…

Five million times during the last month, in countries all over the world, people shared one simple idea: “I should try reading the Bible.” And when they searched for “Bible” using their mobile device, they discovered the Bible App — then installed it. For many of these people, this was their first step on a journey toward God.

“You will seek me and find me,
when you seek me with all your heart.”
—Jeremiah 29:13, English Standard Version

Then another step…

The worldwide YouVersion community broke another record in January, too: together, you completed more than 2.3 million Bible Plans. Bible Plans are one of the best ways we know to learn how to apply principles from the Bible to your everyday life. Bible Plans give you a brief passage to read (or listen to) each day, feeding your soul with encouragement, wisdom, and inspiration. And when you feel inspired…

What’s your next step?

We hope that you’re one of the many who are already actively engaging with the Bible every day. If you’ve felt God’s Word (the Bible) speaking to you, then you’ve begun to understand the power it has to transform your life. Help other people discover that same power. Join us in spreading the Word:

 

 

Get the Bible App

YouVersion’s 21-Day Challenge for 2016: You could win an Amazon Fire Tablet!

If you’re like most people who download the Bible App, you installed it because you believe that reading the Bible is important, and you intend to read it more. One of the best ways we’ve found to start a daily discipline is to complete one short Bible Plan after another in the Bible App. That’s what our annual 21-Day Challenge is all about: helping you start building a daily habit of connecting with God’s Word.

To help inspire you, anytime between February 1 and February 21, share which Plan you’re reading during the 21-Day Challenge — on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #BibleFor21 — and you’ll be entered to win prizes such as a YouVersion T-shirt, stickers, a notebook, or drinkware… or even a 7-inch Amazon Fire tablet! *

Just make sure your posts are public (we can’t see any private posts, so will only be able to select winners that share publicly). 

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February Featured Plans: Jefferson Bethke, Nicole Reyes, & More



What If Christianity
Isn’t What You Think?

Jefferson Bethke, 9 days
Author and speaker Jefferson Bethke leads you through Scripture to help reveal who Jesus is and what He came to do — to meet us in the here and now.

Start Plan



Daring Faith

Nicole Reyes, 7 days

In this series of daily devotionals from author and speaker Nicole Reyes, follow biblical accounts of those who went before us, fearlessly trusting in God.

Start Plan



Pope Francis: “Wake Up!” –
The Album Devo

FrontGate Media, 7 days
Global Christian leaders expand on speeches from Pope Francis’ groundbreaking album, “Wake Up!”, with devotionals that help you see how you can live out your faith in practical ways that will change the world around you.

Start Plan



Comparison Trap

Sandra Stanley and North Point Ministries, 5 days
Whether you’re talking with friends, going to the store, or checking your social media, Sandra Stanley shows how you can find contentment in the blessings God chooses specifically for you — rather than comparing your life to the lives of others.

Start Plan



Victory – Men of Gospel:
The Overflow Devo

Brian Courtney Wilson, Travis Greene,
Jason Nelson, and Deon Kipping, 4 days

Four Gospel music Grammy nominees and Stellar Award winners share how you can find victory in your everyday life through relying on God and trusting in His Word — just as they do.

Start Plan



What is my Mission?

Hugh Whelchel and the Institute of
Faith, Work & Economics, 7 days
Daily devotionals and Scripture help you discover your role in the incredible story God is telling in the world, and then clarify how it applies to your life and relationships.

Start Plan

Find Your Next Plan

21-Day Challenge Returns
February 1!

Coming Soon:
The 21-Day Challenge Returns!

If you can make just one small life change, and then sustain it every day for three weeks, you’re well on your way to turning it into a habit. That’s why we started YouVersion’s annual 21-Day Challenge: to help you get started engaging with the Bible every day. We’ll post the complete list of official rules on our blog soon, but here’s the short version:

Beginning February 1:
Complete at least one day
of one Bible Plan
every day for 21 days
and earn a special 21-Day
New Year Challenge badge…

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…and be eligible for our grand prize!
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Now Your Children Can Experience the Bible App for Kids in Japanese!

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Around the world, more than 125 million people speak Japanese.  Today, together with our partner OneHope, we’re pleased to announce the launch of the Bible App for Kids in Japanese. Now, more children than ever have the opportunity to enjoy a Bible experience all their own. Continue Reading…

50 New Bible Versions. 39 New Languages.

See where you fit in.

We live in an extraordinary age. All over the world, people are looking for meaning, seeking answers to life’s big questions. Inevitably, that means many will be discovering the Bible for the first time. The fact that half of the world’s population now has a mobile subscription (up from just one in five 10 years ago) — means that God has entrusted our generation with a historic opportunity:

To one day meet each person with a Bible, wherever they are.

If you joined this conversation by clicking through an email you received from us:
Thank you! And welcome.
(If you’re not receiving our emails, you can subscribe here.)

Of course, when people first encounter the Bible, they can only read it (or listen to it) if they can find it in a language they know. More than a billion people still don’t have the full story of God’s Word in their own language. And of these, 2,000 language communities don’t even have Bible translations started. Thankfully, YouVersion’s visionary Bible society partners are actively working on new translations…and then sharing those Bibles — for free — through the Bible App and at Bible.com:

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