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