Dove Award Nominees, Winners Offer Bible App Devotionals

The 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards, hosted by Amy Grant and Kirk Franklin, air tonight—Monday, October 21—at 8:00 PM EDT on UP. Did you know that YouVersion offers several devotional plans from Dove Award-nominated artists and winners? Check out these great plans from some of your favorite inspirational acts:

All New Reading Plans on the Bible App!Casting Crowns Drawing from ministerial stories and personal experiences, Casting Crowns gives readers an in-depth look at life revealed through the lens of Jesus Christ. From The Overflow. 7 days

Matt Redman Based on Redman’s album Your Grace Finds Me, each day offers insight into what each song means, as well as the Scriptures that inspired it. From Matt Redman. 12 days

Tenth Avenue North Lead singer Mike Donehey explains the  devotional truths behind songs from their album, The Struggle. From Tenth Avenue North and The Overflow. 7 days

Lecrae Solo artist Lecrae developed this plan to share the Gospel of salvation and grace as expressed through his album Gravity. (Also featuring KB and Derek Minor.) From The Overflow. 8 days

Shane & Shane Intended to empower you with fulfillment, confidence, and joy from the Gospels, this devotional from Shane and Shane describes the Scriptures and personal experiences behind their album Bring Your Nothing. From The Overflow. 7 days

Devotions from Chris Tomlin This devotional from Tomlin was inspired by the Scriptures and themes addressed on his album Burning Lights. From Chris Tomlin. 5 days

Newsboys Highlighting tracks from God’s Not Dead, this exclusive devotional breaks down some of the Newsboys’ favorite worship songs, taking you straight into God’s Word. From The Overflow. 7 days

Dara Maclean Based on songs from her album, You Got My Attention, Dara Maclean offers a deeply personal look into her passion for Jesus. From The Overflow. 7 days

for KING & COUNTRY Named one of Billboard Magazine’s “Artists to Watch” in 2012, for KING & COUNTRY based this devotional on themes expressed in songs from their album Crave. From The Overflow. 7 days

Matt Maher Centered around the resurrection of Jesus, this devotional from Matt Maher explores how this singular event—a glorious reflection of God’s love and mercy for us—affects you personally. From The Overflow. 7 days

Matthew West Featuring personal accounts from the people whose stories inspired his album Into the Light, this devotional from Matthew West uses Scripture to reveal not just the root issues, but their ultimate solution: the salvation-giving love of Christ. From The Overflow. 7 days

Rhett Walker Band This Rhett Walker Band devotional explains the inspiration behind several songs from their Come to the River album (including the Grammy-nominated “When Mercy Found Me”). From The Overflow. 7 days

Building 429 Lead singer Jason Roy shares the Bible passages and personal experiences that became several songs from Building 429’s album, We Won’t Be Shaken. From The Overflow. 7 days

Every day, millions of Bible App users engage with God’s Word through devotionals and other categories of Bible plans. All you need to get started with any of these terrific plans is a free YouVersion account. Please also take a moment to check in on the conversations happening now on Facebook and Twitter, with your YouVersion friends from all over the world!

New Plan: Billy Graham’s The Reason for My Hope

billy grahamBilly Graham’s The Reason for My Hope is a devotional plan including Scriptures chosen from the Gospel Daily and companion messages from Billy Graham’s latest book, The Reason For My Hope: Salvation. Daily readings also feature musical lyric videos from some of the biggest names in Christian music, written specifically for the brand new album My Hope: Songs Inspired by the Message and Mission of Billy Graham. For more information on the My Hope project, visit www.MyHopeTheBook.com.

Back to the Basics

If you’ve been thinking about trying to start a daily Bible reading habit, why wait? One of these four short plans can help you start now, building not just your Bible-reading confidence, but even your faith in God through His Word:

  • Acts Read all about the Apostles and the early church as this straightforward plan carries you through this entire book in the New Testament in two weeks. From YouVersion. 14 days
  • Psalms and Proverbs in 31 Days Discover comfort, encouragement, and truth in the songs and poetry of Psalms and the wisdom of Proverbs. From YouVersion. 31 days
  • Major People In just over two months, learn about the character of many historical figures from the Bible through their stories. Readings are five days a week, with two days off each week. From LCBC Church65 days

Have You Heard the Good News? The Bible App Can Read to You

iPhone4 - woman joggerPeople from all over the world tell us that listening to the Bible—wherever they are, whatever they’re doing—is changing their lives:

“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.”
—Andrew E.

“Being able to listen to Scripture this year has been a lifeline. I could not have managed without it. Thank you!”
—Charles L.

“I turn on the Bible App and put my phone in my hardhat so I can work and listen to the great book. TYVM for this app!”
—Nicky

Even if you already enjoy reading in the Bible App, did you know that some of our most popular Bibles…can also read to you? Listening to the Bible lets you experience God’s Word while you’re doing other things—driving, exercising, even reading along! Try one of these great audio Bibles:

More About Audio Bibles

Because audio Bibles are streamed, they’re best experienced over Wi-Fi. If you don’t have Wi-Fi available, be aware of your plan’s data limits and restrictions.

Where you can find audio Bibles:

  • Inside the Bible App: Tap to select a Bible version in the corner.

  • On the list of versions, a speaker icon indicates available audio.

  • Tap the audio version you want.

  • Back in the Bible reader: Tap the speaker icon at the bottom, then Play.

The Word is Getting Out.

You’ve probably heard by now that the Bible App has already been downloaded more than 100 million times. Check out this NBC Nightly News story, all about the Bible App!

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4 Tips for Using the Bible App with iOS 7

Today, Apple released the newest version of their mobile operating system, iOS 7. To help you fully leverage the latest technology as you engage with God’s Word, here are four tips for using the Bible App with iOS 7:

  • Full support for the iPhone 5 and the new Videos feature are here!Make Space…and Keep the Bible App. If you haven’t upgraded to iOS 7 yet, you may temporarily need to make room for the update on your device by deleting photos, music, or apps. If you need additional space, you can simply remove a few offline Bible versions, and then re-download those versions again later when you have more space available.

  • A Fresh Start. For some people, updating to the newest operating system is a chance to get a fresh start. If you’ve fallen behind on your Bible Plan, or simply haven’t used the Bible App in a while, this can be a great chance for you to start fresh, sign up for a new Plan, and get back on track.

  • Let the Bible App Do the Talking. Many users tell us how much they love using audio Bibles. During your commute, in the kitchen, or even when you’re exercising, audio Bibles take advantage of being able to engage with Scripture in a hands-free way, and in places we may not otherwise be able to.

  • New Languages. In iOS 7, Apple introduced two new default language options: Mexican Spanish and Australian English. If you happen to switch your device to either of those languages, it’s possible you may not be able to launch the Bible App. We’ve submitted a fix to Apple for this bug. In the meantime, you can switch your phone back to English or Spanish and continue using the app until the new update is available.

As always, YouVersion will continue to take advantage of new technology and new ideas, with the goal of seeing this generation become the most Bible-engaged generation in history.

 

Now Available Offline: NIV & Other Versions from Biblica

ephesians3The New International Version (NIV) and 30 other versions from Biblica are now available for free download through the Bible App™.

Biblica has been a valuable partner since YouVersion’s early days, and we’re thrilled with their bold move to make this diverse collection of versions available to the global YouVersion community.

These versions represent some of your favorites in twenty-five languages, including NVI in Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese, KLB in Korean, NIV-UK in British English, HFA in German, HTB in Dutch, and BDS in French. It’s a huge step forward in increasing worldwide Scripture engagement and availability.

If you download any of these versions to your device, you’ll be able to read it anytime, anywhere—even when you can’t connect to your service provider or to the Internet. And this is not a limited-time special offer.

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Beginning today, Biblica is making these versions available offline on an ongoing basis.

(If you’re not sure how to download a Bible version to your device, visit our support website to learn how easy it is!)

We are deeply grateful for Biblica’s partnership and all that it has already meant to YouVersion and to our community worldwide. Biblica continues to demonstrate increasing passion about the mission of helping this generation become the most Bible-engaged generation in history.

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New Bible App Updates, Another Huge Milestone, and More!

Recently the worldwide YouVersion community completed more than 10 million Plans! Over and over again, you tell us how much Plans help you make God’s Word a daily part of your life. In 2009, we offered just one Plan. At the beginning of 2010, we launched 20 new Plans. Today, we offer more than 550 Plans, and this year alone, we’ve already seen 4.3 million Plans completed. That means that on average, Bible App users are currently completing more than 20,000 Plans a day!

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Top Completed Plans (All-Time):

This Month’s Most Popular Plans:

More Good Things to Come

All-New Windows 8 Release. We completely reimagined the Bible App for Windows 8 and Windows RT. It’s the smoothest, most easy-to-use mobile Windows version we’ve ever offered!

All-New BlackBerry 10 Release. As soon as BlackBerry introduced their all-new, advanced BB10, we knew we wanted to update the Bible App to take full advantage. BlackBerry fans, keep your eye on our blog for details because a new release is coming soon!

More Languages Than Ever. The Bible App has been installed and used in every country on earth—something that wouldn’t be possible without YouVersion’s generous Bible publishing partners and global network of volunteers. The YouVersion community is opening more than 600 Bible versions representing over 375 languages, and accessing the app menus, buttons, Plans, and more in 30+ languages!

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Bible App for Windows 8: New from the Ground Up

The All New Bible App for Windows 8

We’ve completely redesigned the Bible App for Windows 8 to be easier to use than ever! Available now in the Windows Store, this latest release of the Bible App works on all Windows 8 and Windows RT devices, including laptops, desktops, and tablets.

And with your free YouVersion account, you can enjoy the same Bible App experience synced across all your devices. With just one simple sign-in, use all your Bookmarks, Highlights, Notes—even Reading Plans—on any device that runs the Bible App. Have fun exploring all of the Bible App for Windows 8’s features:

  • More than 600 unique Bible versions in almost 400 languages ensure you’ll always be able to find one you like.
  • Audio Bibles read God’s Word to you as you do other things—exercising, working, traveling, even reading along.
  • Reading Plans are a proven way to build that consistent Bible reading habit. Enjoy more than 400 devotionals, topical plans, plans covering portions of the Bible, or even the entire Bible. Now available in many languages!
  • Highlights let you mark passages with custom colors—just like your paper Bible!
  • Today view displays the Verse of the Day, along with the Bible App features you use most so you can jump quickly to anything you want to do.

No matter which device you use, we think you’ll agree this is the best Bible App we’ve ever made for Windows 8. Please share this new release with your friends, and join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter to let us know what you think.

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The Bible App Around the World: Over 600 Versions, 375 Languages

YouVersion Versions and LanguagesNo matter where you live, no matter what language you prefer, we want to help you engage with the Bible every day. You may know that thanks to YouVersion’s generous Bible publishing partners, the Bible App™ already offers more than 600 versions of the Bible in more than 375 languages. What you may not know is that the Bible App has been installed and used in every country on earth, and that about 40% of new installs take place outside North America.

Of course, the Bible App is more than the Bible. We want your entire experience exploring God’s Word to be fulfilling. But we couldn’t do that without help. More than 350 volunteers all over the world passionately devote themselves to ensuring you enjoy the Bible. They share their talents and time translating basics like screens, menus, and buttons into your language, as well as all of the Bible App tools you know and love, like Reading Plans, Notes, and more.

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That’s why today—right now—you can use the Bible App for iOS (Apple iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch) in any of 33 languages. The Bible App for Android offers 40. And bible.com has 42. On iOS or Android, the Bible App defaults to your device’s language, or you can change it in the app Settings. At bible.com, simply select your favorite language at the bottom right. The languages we’ve most recently rolled out include Malay, Catalan, Albanian, Portuguese (Portugal), and even Arabic!

The Bible App has been installed more than 100 million times so far. Each one of those installs—wherever it happens in the world—represents a story, a person, a life connected to God and to His Word. You can be a part of that, too, every time you share the Bible App with someone who speaks a language other than English. It starts with 100 million.

The Bible App in the News

This July, the YouVersion community helped the Bible App reach 100 million installs on mobile devices around the globe. God is truly doing something remarkable, and media outlets worldwide are covering this historic milestone—including a story on the front page of the New York Times! You’re part of this celebration, so we wanted to make sure you have the opportunity to read and share the good news.

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New York Times: The Faithful Embrace YouVersion, a Bible App

by Amy O’Leary

More than 500 years after Gutenberg, the Bible is having its i-moment. For millions of readers around the world, a wildly successful free Bible app, YouVersion, is changing how, where and when they read the Bible.

Read and share the story

The Atlantic: The App of God

by Nir Eyal

It is reasonable to think that the more readers put into the Bible app in the form of small investments, the more it becomes a repository of their history of worship. Like a worn dog-eared book, full of scribbled insights and wisdom, the app becomes a treasured asset not easily discarded.

Read and share the story

And a few more stories you might enjoy:

The Christian Post: Bible App Hits 100 Million Downloads…

The Next Web: YouVersion’s Bible app passes 100 million downloads

fait religieux.com: YouVersion, l’application biblique dépasse les 100 millions de téléchargements

Thank you for all you are doing to help people everywhere make God’s Word a part of their daily lives. As the installs counter continues to rise, we’re looking ahead with anticipation to all that God stands ready to do, because we know It Starts with 100 Million.

New Plans from Phil Vischer Bring the Bible to Life for Your Kids

♫ If you like to read in your Bible ♪ /

♪ If your kids can make you smile ♫ /

…have we got a Bible Plan for you!

Today we’re pleased to introduce a delightful new series of plans for families, developed exclusively for the Bible App: “Buck Denver Asks…What’s in the Bible?” VeggieTales® creator Phil Vischer has partnered with YouVersion to help you explore God’s Word with the littler members of your family.

Based on an all-new 13-DVD series, each plan includes Scripture, reflections on the reading, and videos featuring Vischer’s infamous wit and contagious melodies. But don’t take our word for it…let Buck Denver himself tell you all about them:

What’s in the Bible: Heroes of the Old Testament tells the stories of some of your favorite Bible characters, showing you how God worked through them—and helping you think about how God wants to work through you, too! 25 days

What’s in the Bible: Comfort shows your family how faithful people from the Bible turned to God for comfort when times got tough. Let your children see how God’s living Word has the power to encourage their hearts. 7 days

The Ten Commandments takes your family on an epic journey to explain why God gave the Ten Commandments to the Israelites. Then Buck and his friends will help you see what they mean in our lives today. 11 days

Walk with Jesus: 21 Days Through Matthew follows the book of Matthew, from Jesus’ birth through His ascension. Learning about Jesus’ life can help your family imagine what our own lives could look like—with Jesus as our guide. 21 days

What’s in the Bible: Holy Week is perfect for the week leading up to Easter Sunday. If you begin this plan together on Palm Sunday, your family can walk with Jesus through His last week on earth—right into His resurrection. 8 days

Why Do We Call It Christmas? connects the modern traditions that most people seem to observe now with Jesus’ birth: Santa Claus? Christmas trees? What do these things have to do with Jesus? Maybe more than you think! 10 days

Each of these new plans can make exploring the Bible with your kids fun, easy, and meaningful. So please share this exciting news (and what your kids are learning) with your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about Buck Denver & Friends—and to find activities, DVDs, and more that can help you and your children learn all about the story of the Bible—visit WhatsInTheBible.com.

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