Sunday, February 1, will be the the biggest day of the year in American sports. And although the top two teams in American football will face off as rivals on the field, several players from both sides share a love for the Bible. Thanks to YouVersion partner The Increase, hear some of the greatest players in American football tell why they love the Bible App:
And here’s a bonus video, captured by our friends at 1615.tv at Media Day talking with players from the Patriots and Seahawks about their love for the Bible:
Just like you, they love being able to read 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.
|Now is a great time to take a look at this special Bible Plan from The Increase. In this 3-week devotional, professional athletes from the NFL and MLB share the Bible passages that mean the most to them — and the stories behind them.|
Let the Bible App Read to you.
Just imagine listening to God’s Word while you exercise, while you get ready for work, during your commute — or whenever you want.* It’s easy! Inside the Bible App:
Now listen to The Message!
The Message was written to recapture the conversational style of the original documents that made up what we call the New Testament, translating God’s Word into our everyday language. The Message’s smooth, casual flow helps you engage easily with the Bible, so you can better understand its stories and ideas. And now for the first time ever, YouVersion partners NavPress and Oasis Audio are generously making the audio version of The Message available to the worldwide YouVersion community!
*Audio Bibles are best experienced over Wi-Fi. If you don’t have Wi-Fi available when you listen, be aware of your device plan’s data limits and restrictions.
In the newest story from the Bible App for Kids, “A Voice in the Night,” Samuel hears God’s voice for the first time. Based on 1 Samuel chapter 1, verse 2:11, and chapter 3, Samuel goes to live with Eli at the temple. One night, Samuel thinks his teacher Eli is calling him from the next room — until Eli realizes that it’s God who’s calling Samuel.
Eli tells Samuel how he can listen for God’s voice, and how he should respond when God speaks. Of course, Samuel grows up to become an important prophet, sharing the things that God tells him with all of God’s people. But Samuel’s story begins when he first makes the choice to listen for God’s voice.
All you need to do to get “A Voice in the Night” is open the Bible App for Kids and tap the new story icon. And if you don’t have the Bible App for Kids yet, it’s easy to get, and always free! Just click one of the buttons below.
The Bible App for Kids is the newest app from YouVersion, makers of the Bible App™, designed to give children a delight-filled Bible experience all their own. Developed in partnership with OneHope, the Bible App for Kids has already been installed on over 5 million Apple, Android, and Kindle devices, and it’s always completely free. Kids from all over the world are now enjoying the Bible App for Kids — in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Brazilian Portuguese!
On January 1, we invited you to join us for the Bible App’s 21-Day New Year Challenge. Registered users who completed one day of an eligible Bible Plan every day from January 1 through January 21 were entered into a random drawing for our grand prize, an iPad Air! The results are in, and the lucky winner is:
(Don’t forget to install the Bible App on your new iPad 😉
Throughout the Challenge, many registered users who tweeted which Plan they were reading with the hashtag #BibleFor21 also won prizes*. Here they are:
Andy C., iPad mini
Melanie G., Android Nexus 7 tablet
Danielle P., Android Nexus 7 tablet
Juan V., YouVersion prize pack
Israel D., YouVersion prize pack
Jamie N., YouVersion prize pack
We think everyone who completed this year’s 21-Day New Year Challenge is a winner—way to go! If your special 21-Day New Year Challenge badge hasn’t already appeared on your YouVersion profile, you should see it sometime within the next week.
We hope your time in God’s Word during these last three weeks drew you closer to Him. And we hope each day helped you really lock in your daily Bible reading habit. 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.
With hundreds of Bible Plans in several languages, your next new favorite is just a couple of clicks away:
*Winners can expect to receive their prizes within the next 7–10 business days. If you need to contact us about your prize, you must use the same email address you used to register your free YouVersion account. Refer to our original post for full contest rules.
The Bible App has been installed on more than 165 million unique devices, all over the world. Developed by YouVersion, the Bible App™ offers more than 1,000 Bible versions, in more than 740 languages. And it’s always completely free.
You don’t have to imagine… because it’s happening now, in every country in the world, all around us. Recently the Bible App for Kids was installed for the 5 millionth time! Take a moment to let that sink in. Somewhere, right now, even as you’re reading this, whether it’s across the street or on the other side of the world, children are exploring Bible stories designed just for them.
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With our partner One Hope, YouVersion launched the Bible App for Kids in November of 2013. We couldn’t have guessed we’d reach 5 million installs in just over a year. A revolution in Bible engagement is taking place in our lifetimes.
So far, the Bible App for Kids is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Brazilian Portuguese. But more languages are coming. And the app now features 24 stories — stories like “It Is Finished,” the story of Jesus’ resurrection, and “The First Christmas Gift,” the story of Jesus’ birth. Inside the app, kids have already completed these stories more than 35 million times. But more stories are coming — stories like “A Voice in the Night” and “Stones, Slings, and Giant Things,” to name just two. (You’ll have to watch the app to see what they’re about!)
“My twin 4-year-old nephews LOVE the Bible App for Kids! They choose it over their games. Better than that…one gave his heart to Jesus as a result of discussions that happened because of the app!”
“My 6-year-old daughter Talia absolutely loves the Bible App for Kids. She told me she wants to start doing her devotions in the morning and evening! As a father and pastor this pleases my heart so much. Thank you for doing what you do. You’re having a greater impact than you realise. ”
“@BibleAppForKids is Incredible! My girls love it! Highly engaged in God’s Word & excited to show it to their cousins last night.”
“Great job, @BibleAppForKids! First thing my boy said this morning: ‘Can I read the Bible?’”
Just like the Bible App, the Bible App for Kids will always be completely free. It’s made possible by the generosity of people who are passionate about making sure everyone on earth has access to God’s Word — people just like you. Getting it couldn’t be easier:
The newest story in the Bible App for Kids is all about how God gives Esther favor with the king so that she can save God’s people from a really bad man. “Brave and Beautiful Queen” is based on the Old Testament book Esther, from chapters 2–5, chapter 7, and verses 20 through 22 of chapter 9. In this new story, you’ll see Esther help rescue God’s people through her courage, grace, and integrity.
When the Jewish man Mordecai won’t bow to Haman, an advisor to King Xerxes, Haman is very angry. Haman decides to get even by having all of the Jews killed. What Haman doesn’t know is that King Xerxes’ wife Esther is Mordecai’s niece — which means she’s one of the Jews! Mordecai encourages Esther to tell Haman’s plan to the king. God gives Esther favor, and when King Xerxes hears what Haman said, he gets rid of Haman instead! Because of Esther’s courage, the Jews are saved, and they celebrate with a huge feast.
If you already have the Bible App for Kids, simply open the app and tap the icon for “Brave and Beautiful Queen.” But even if you don’t have the Bible App for Kids yet, it’s easy to get, and always completely free.
Already installed on more than 4.5 million devices, the Bible App for Kids comes from YouVersion, makers of the Bible App™. In partnership with OneHope, the Bible App for Kids was designed specifically to provide your children with a delight-filled Bible experience all their own. Here are all the places where you can get the Bible App for Kids:
During each of the first 7 days of YouVersion’s 21-Day New Year Challenge, we’ll reveal a new tip: one more simple way you can use the Bible App to connect with God’s Word. And we’ll add a new tip every day, so keep checking back to see the next one.
Tip 1. Start a Bible Plan
Plans are a simple way to read the Bible every day, just a little at a time. Whether you’re looking for inspiration, direction, or a fresh perspective, the Bible App has Plans that meet you where you are. Start small. You’re more likely to complete a shorter Plan than a long one, especially when you’re just beginning. Then, as soon as you finish the Plan you’re on, find your next one and tap start.
Tip 2. Enjoy the Bible with Friends
The Bible is better with friends. Sharing, discussing, and exploring the things that God’s Word is saying to each of you — in a community of people you trust — helps you apply the Scriptures in your everyday life. The Bible App makes it easy for you to center conversations with Friends around the Bible.
Tip 3. Watch the Bible with Videos
Featured Bible App video content helps you connect visually with the concepts and stories in the Bible. Enjoy compelling video from The Lumo Project’s just-released “The Gospel of John” film, clips from groundbreaking television series The Bible, and selections from Jesus Film Media’s JESUS, the movie about Jesus’ life that’s been seen more than 6 billion times, all over the world.
Tip 4. Listen to Audio Bibles
Did you know the Bible App can read to you? It can! Listen while you drive, work, exercise — or even read along. In the versions list, speaker icons indicate which Bibles offer audio. The Bible App even offers Audio versions in several different languages.
Note: Audio Bibles use streaming, so be aware of the data usage plan for your provider. For best audio results, we recommend connecting over WiFi.
Tip 5. Set a Bible Plan Reminder
Have the Bible App remind you what time you’re planning to read. In your Plan’s settings, tap Reminder to turn it on, then specify when you’d like to be reminded.
Tip 6. Highlight, Bookmark, & Create Notes
In the Reader inside the Bible App, tap on any verse, and tools pop up to Highlight, Bookmark, write Notes, and more. Just tap the one you want and follow the prompts. You can specify colors and labels, and with Notes, whether you want them Public or Private. Try it!
Tip 7. Subscribe to Verse of the Day
Let the Bible App bring God’s Word to you every day. Just specify whether you’d prefer email or push notification, which Bible version you prefer, and what time.
We know how much it means to spend time in the Bible every day — and how challenging that can be when life gets busy. One of the best ways we’ve found to form a daily discipline is to complete one short Bible Plan after another in the Bible App. That’s what the 21-Day New Year Challenge is about: helping you lock in a daily habit of connecting with the Bible.
To help you keep inspired, anytime between January 1 and January 21, if you tweet which Plan you’re reading during the Challenge — with the hashtag #BibleFor21 — you’ll be entered to win one of the following: a YouVersion prize pack*, an iPad mini, OR an Android Nexus 7 tablet!
We’ll give away prizes each week all throughout the Challenge. Tell your friends!
If you complete the day’s selections from at least one Bible Plan each day from January 1 to January 21, you’ll also earn a special 2015 21-Day New Year Challenge badge on your YouVersion profile — and be entered in a special drawing for the grand prize: an iPad Air!
During the first 7 days of the Challenge, each day, we’ll send a new tip to your device that shows you a simple way you can use the Bible App to get into God’s Word. We’ll devote a special blog post to them, adding one each day as we reveal them — so you’ll want to check back each day to see the next one.
Note: If you start a Bible Plan before the 21-Day New Year Challenge begins on January 1, that’s great! Just keep going, and make sure you complete at least one day, every day between January 1 and January 21 — and that each day gets checked off.
If you haven’t signed up for your next Bible Plan yet, the 21-Day New Year Challenge is just one more great reason to start. Here are a few you might try:
*Tablets available for shipping within the continental U.S. only. Prize packs include a YouVersion T-shirt, an exclusive YouVersion mug, and Bible App sticker sheets. Winners will be contacted with details for how to receive their prizes.