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Sports Spectrum 2017 Pro Football Five-Day Devotional

Sports Spectrum 2017 Pro Football Five-Day Devotional
Randy Alcorn and Pro Athletes Outreach, 5 days

See pro football stars Drew Brees, Ryan Tannehill, Matthew Slater, Matt Forte and Demario Davis share their faith in short daily videos — on such topics as connecting with God through His Word, praying, salvation, baptism, and more — followed by devotional reflections from author and speaker Randy Alcorn.

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Killing Kryptonite with John Bevere

Killing Kryptonite with John Bevere
John Bevere and Messenger International, 7 days

Through humorous video illustrations and excerpts from his book Killing Kryptonite, minister and bestselling author John Bevere helps you identify and eliminate common behaviors that may be stealing your spiritual strength — empowering you to pursue your God-given potential without limitations.

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All Things New

All Things New
John Eldredge, 5 days

Find hope, encouragement, and inspiration in these devotional excerpts from bestselling author and Ransomed Heart ministries founder John Eldredge, as he leads you through Scriptures that reveal God’s plan for your eternity: the ultimate Renewal of all things (from the book All Things New).

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7 Things the Bible Says About Marriage

7 Things the Bible Says About Marriage
YouVersion, 7 days

In this series of personal devotionals, YouVersion staff members share ways that they try to glorify God within their marriages, including biblical principles that you can use to draw closer to God and to your spouse — as well as social-media-ready Verse Images that you can share to honor your spouse.

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Exploring the Promises of Psalm 19

Exploring the Promises of Psalm 19
James MacDonald, 7 days

Pastor and author James MacDonald inspires you to press deeper into the Bible, by sharing practical application and devotional thoughts on six promises that God makes to people who take His Word to heart: life transformation, wisdom, joy, enlightenment, stability and justice.

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Dating in the Modern Age

Dating in the Modern Age
Ben Stuart, 7 days

Through daily Scripture reading, devotional excerpts from his book Single, Dating, Engaged, Married, and daily reflection questions, pastor and author Ben Stuart helps you identify which season of life you’re in, following up with guiding principles that can help you determine who and how to date.

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Teach Us to Pray

Teach Us to Pray
Rob White and Malcolm Down Publishing, 3 days

Minister and church planter Rob White helps you build an active and growing prayer life, offering daily Bible readings and excerpts from his book Teach Us to Pray that show his “3 D’s” of communicating with our heavenly Father: fanning Desire, establishing Discipline, and discovering Delight.

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Awaken

Awaken
Priscilla Shirer, Going Beyond, and B&H Publishing, 3 days

Featuring excerpts of complete days from her devotional book Awaken, each day of this short Plan from Bible teacher and bestselling author Priscilla Shirer delves deep into Scripture, showing you how you can draw close to God, hear from Him, and place your full trust in His goodness.

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Reading Romans with John Stott

Reading Romans with John Stott
John Stott Literary Executors and Dale and Sandy Larsen, 6 days

In this modern, easy-to-read update to world-renowned Bible teacher John R.W. Stott’s classic study guide, excerpts from his passage-by-passage breakdown of Paul’s letter to the early Roman church reveal subtle nuances in Paul’s writing style — not only helping you fully understand what Paul was saying, but even showing you how that same wisdom still applies to our lives today.

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How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge

How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge
Clay Scroggins, 5 days

In this short devotional from Lead Pastor of North Point Community Church Clay Scroggins, excerpts from his book unpack simple, biblical truths that demonstrate how being generous with your influence releases the gifts God placed in you in ways that benefit others — regardless of your circumstances or of your current position in your organization.

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Whether you call them Bible Plans, Reading Plans, or Devotionals, we offer Plans that cover a broad range of interests, including many in categories you may not have tried yet. Struggling with stress? Looking for wisdom for your relationships? Need a dose of hope or inspiration? Our Discover feature makes it easy and fun to find just the right Plan for the season of life you’re in!

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Bible readers are less stressed…

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We recently asked the YouVersion Community in the U.S. how they feel about stress, current events, and what role the Bible plays during times of stress. The survey examined stress caused by current events, at both national and international levels, and how reading the Bible changes the effects of stress on people’s daily lives. Then, we compared those results with the 2017 “Stress in America” study conducted by the American Psychological Association.*

The exciting news is that our U.S. Bible reading community is less stressed than the average American.

The APA survey reports that well over half (59%) of its respondents say terrorism is a significant source of stress. In contrast, only 18 percent of Bible App survey respondents say terrorism is the current event that causes them a significant amount of stress.

Graph showing less Bible app users said terrorism is a significant source of stress

Similarly, the APA survey showed 57 percent of people say the current political climate is a very or somewhat significant source of stress, while only 16 percent of YouVersion respondents say the national political climate is the current event that causes them the most stress.

Graph showing less Bible app users said current political climate is a significant source of stress

Why is this the case?

“I’m not surprised by the results of our survey,” said Bobby Gruenewald, founder of YouVersion.

“The Bible withstands the test of time because it speaks to the real struggles we face every day. For thousands of years, Scripture has helped people find peace despite the circumstances around them.”

In the YouVersion study, 30 percent say that reading Scripture before a stressful event occurs helps them best deal with stress, and 41 percent say reading Scripture in the moment best helps them find relief.

Charts showing scripture and dealing with stress relationships

And when they turn to Scripture to deal with stress, 47 percent first look at the Verse of the Day. Others first look up their favorite verses from memory (45%), resume reading where they last left off in the Bible (45%), or search for a YouVersion Bible Plan (40%) to deal with stress.

How about you?

Whether it’s stress, loneliness, loss or doubt, the Bible can give you the perspective you need, laying it all at God’s feet. Bible Plans are a great way to start, helping you study, understand, meditate on, and apply biblical truth to your life.

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Technology has given us the opportunity to provide the Bible on the devices we carry everywhere. You can open and engage with it throughout the course of your daily life, no matter where you find yourself.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7


* American Psychological Association (2017). Stress in America: Coping with Change. Stress in America™ Survey.

A Veteran suffering PTSD tells what the Bible did for him.

Hearing the Healing

“I was…being tormented every night through vivid hallucinations… reliving events that had occurred in Afghanistan. …that’s just one of the symptoms of PTS and TBI: I couldn’t actually read. I’d read the same sentence 4, 5, 6 times. The words just weren’t making sense. …you can’t hear God’s Word and not be affected. …He’s turned my entire life around. I’ve had physical healing, emotional healing.”

The Bible offers godly wisdom for the small, everyday problems that we all face, as well as hope and healing for our most significant challenges.

See how the power of God’s Word transformed life for one veteran and his family, as one simple practice helped him overcome the Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury that had been haunting him ever since his return home from combat.

Plans for Hope and Healing

This message is from the Lord. “I have good plans for you. I don’t plan to hurt you. I plan to give you hope and a good future.”

Jeremiah 29:11

Reading Plans, Devotionals — whatever you call them, Plans give you just a little to read (or listen to) each day. We’ve selected several Plans — including two developed specifically for those who have served: Wiser and Happier: Special Military Edition and Our Daily Bread: Military Edition — to help you start getting God’s Word speaking into the flow of your everyday life.

Hope After Trauma
Healing Negative Emotions
Experiencing Hope and Healing in a Fallen World
Thirty-One Days of Healing & Recovery
The Ten Commandments to Financial Healing
Healing from Divorce
Proper Healing from Pain
Release Healing
Healing the Wounded Heart
Healing a Marriage
Battles and Front Lines Devotional by Rita Springer

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🏈 Kickoff Plans: Carson Wentz, Tony Dungy, T. C. Stallings, more

Audience of One with Carson Wentz

Audience of One with Carson Wentz
Carson Wentz and Audience of One Foundation, 4 days

In this 4-day video devotional from professional football quarterback Carson Wentz, the rising star shares his life’s mission: to live for “an audience of one.”

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Professional Football and the Bible

Professional Football and the Bible
Museum of the Bible, 10 days

Discover the role that the Bible has played in the lives of some of the most iconic coaches and players in NFL championship history, from legendary greats such as Vince Lombardi, Mike Singletary, and Tony Dungy to more recent stars such as Ray Lewis, Russell Wilson, and Virgil Green.

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Faith, Family & Football Challenge

Faith, Family & Football Challenge
Jess Stainbrook and FSPN, 7 days

Take the Faith, Family and Football Challenge, a 7-day Plan based on the FSPN (Faith and Family Sports Programming Network) event broadcast during Super Bowl LI.

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UNPACK This…Inspiring Stories from the NFL’s Biggest Stage

UNPACK This…Inspiring Stories from the NFL’s Biggest Stage
UNPACKIN’ It Ministries, 5 days

Follow these intriguing stories about Super Bowl history presented through the lens of faith, unpacking biblical truths selected to challenge, encourage, and inspire you.

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Playing on God’s Team

Playing on God’s Team
T. C. Stallings and Broadstreet Publishing, 5 days

Featuring excerpts from T. C. Stallings’ book, this Bible study and devotional is designed to help encourage, inspire, and build committed Christian athletes who will consistently follow Christ’s game plan — on and off the field, in and out of season.

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The Increase

The Increase
The Increase, 21 days

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

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Still looking? What’s your game?

Although the Plans we featured above are inspired by professional football, we offer many Plans that profile athletes from other sports. Are you an MMA fan? How about 3 Days with Michael Chandler? Whether your interest is in professional basketball, baseball, golf, hockey, racing — or even just sports in general — we have Plans for you.

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What does the Bible mean to you?

#WhyBible
For thousands of years, the life-changing power of God’s Word has been transforming people’s hearts, influencing communities across generations — and changing the world in the process. No matter what shifting circumstances we may face, the Bible always offers hope and clarity.

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

Isaiah 55:11

YouVersion is excited to join with Wycliffe, American Bible Society, Camino Global and others as part of the #WhyBible movement. #WhyBible exists to encourage discussion about why the Bible matters, and to show that God’s inspired Word continues to be living, active, and relevant in our lives today — and that it will be for generations to come. Here’s what one YouVersion community member told us the Bible has meant to them:

œ“I decided to get the Bible App to listen to what God has to say about my struggles. Now that I’ve downloaded the app, my time on social media has decreased, and my time reading God’™s Word and experiencing His presence has increased. The Bible really changed my life for the better.

— Bible App user

What about you? What’s your story? How has God’s Word changed your life for the better? That’s what #WhyBible is all about.

Here’s how you can join in the #WhyBible movement:

  • Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, for special #WhyBible Verse Images that we’ll post on select days in September. (A Verse Image is a free, shareable piece of Bible art. You can also make your own Verse Images in the Bible App.)
  • On Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, share a Verse Image of a passage that has meant a lot to you. (Make sure you use the hashtag #WhyBible on any platform that allow hashtags.)
  • Text, email, or message a friend a link to download the Bible App.
  • Share your story.

    Let us know how the Bible App has affected your life. Has YouVersion helped you read, listen to, or understand the Bible more? In what way? We’d love to hear from you.


    To learn more about #WhyBible, and to see how others are participating around the world, visit why.bible.