October Featured Plans: Brian Houston, Craig Groeschel, North Point Ministries, & More



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Craig Groeschel, 7 days 

Pairing excerpts from the book #struggles with daily devotionals, author and pastor Craig Groeschel helps steer you toward a Christ-centered life and away from dependence on technology.

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Redeeming Pleasure

Jeremy Jernigan, 21 days 

Jernigan reveals God’s goodness through Scripture, showing how actively pursuing God will lead you toward that “life to the full” that Jesus promised.


One Minute Apologist –
Doubting Toward Faith

Bobby Conway and One Minute Apologist, 10 days 

Actively redirect your doubts toward faith, where you’ll discover more dependence on God, deeper empathy for others, and renewed inspiration to seek satisfying answers for life’s big questions.


Identity in Christ

Jeff Bethke, 7 days 

Following daily Scripture selections with questions for meditation, Jeff Bethke helps you understand the benefits — and expectations — of what it means that God has adopted you into His family.

STAY FIT: Strengthening Your Connection to Jesus
North Point Ministries, 30 days 

The staff of North Point Ministries shows how focusing on our most important relationship — with Jesus — helps us lead others into relationship with Him.

Live Love Lead
Brian Houston, 14  days 

Founding and Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church Brian Houston shares biblical principles of life, love, and leadership that will help you follow the unique roadmap your Creator has set before you.

A New Way to Share God’s Word: free.bible

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For years now, bible.com/app has been the best place to direct people who wanted to experience the Bible for themselves. And while bible.com/app will always be available, today we’re pleased to announce another simple option: free.bible. You read that right. free.bible is a web page, one of the very first to use the all-new top-level domain recently announced by YouVersion partner American Bible Society: .bible. Just as “.com” is for commercial business, “.edu” is for educational institutions, and “.gov” is for government agencies, “.bible” is dedicated to becoming a trusted online source for all things Bible.

free.bible is simple to use and simple to remember. Anytime you meet someone curious about the Bible, just tell them about free.bible. No matter what device they use to visit, free.bible will direct them to where they can most easily install the Bible App.

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Help us spread the word about the newest, easiest way to share God’s Word: free.bible.

 

 



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5 Easy Ways to Get More Bible in Your Day

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We could all use more inspiration, more direction, and more meaning in our lives. For most Christians, we know there’s no better daily source of insight than the Bible. (It is God’s inspired Word, after all.) Of course, just deciding that you want to read the Bible more is the easy part. Actually making that commitment stick is where it starts getting tricky.

That’s where we come in: Each day for the next five days, we’ll reveal one more easy thing you can start doing right now — today — to get you started. Ready? Let’s do this!

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Turn our Verse of the Day into your Chapter of the Day.

One super-easy way to connect with Scripture every day is to read the Bible App’s Verse of the Day. But when a verse encourages you, what was its context? What happened before? And where do those ideas lead from here? Getting the rest of the story is actually pretty straightforward. Just tap the Verse of the Day, then tap [Read full chapter]. More Scripture = More Inspiration!

Don’t see Verse of the Day in your Home feed?
Tap Menu > Verse of the Day

 

 

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When the Word inspires you, create art that inspires others.

Often when you read Scripture, the Holy Spirit speaks. Are you listening? As you’re reading that chapter in the Bible App each day, pay attention to what it’s making you feel. Did a particular phrase speak to you? Was it joy? Conviction? Peace? Power? When those moments happen — and they will — make a Verse Image that expresses your inspiration. Just tap the verse, tap the Verse Image icon, and follow the prompts. And once you’ve put the finishing touches on that work of Bible art, share it with friends!

 

 

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Make Plans with Friends.

So much of what we end up talking about with friends feels shallow. But when you invite a friend (or a few) to share your spiritual journey, you’ll find yourselves discussing things that actually matter. What does this passage mean? Why does this particular thing seem so important to God? How can we put this into practice? Use the Bible App to find a Plan you’d like to read together, then commit to talk about each day’s reading. Here are some great ones to get you started:

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from Abide, 3 days

godspurposeUnderstanding God’s Purpose
from Ligonier Ministries, 5 days

findpurposeinworkFind Purpose In Your Work
from Abide, 3 days

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How To Maximise Your Life
from Hillsong, 31 days

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Discover God’s Dream For You
from Jennie Allen, 5 days

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Better Together
from Rick Warren, 24 days

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Discerning God’s Will
from Ligonier Ministries, 9 days

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What to do When You Don’t Know What to do
from Dr. David Jeremiah, 7 days

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Beginning a Relationship with Jesus
from David Dwight and Nicole Unice, 7 days

 

 

 

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Play God’s Word as the soundtrack for your day.

It can be so easy to just press snooze…for the third time. Probably because you know that as soon as your feet touch the floor, you won’t get to stop moving again until bedtime. School, work, friends, family, food, sleep, repeat. So why not invite God along, whatever you’re doing? Listen to audio Bibles on the go. On the Read tab, just tap the speaker icon.

Don’t see a speaker icon?
Tap your current Bible version, then select a different version
(one that has a speaker icon next to it).

 

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Set “Hear from God” on your calendar… as a daily event.

When you really like a show, you manage to find time to watch. We make time for the things we value. Set a goal to connect with the Bible every day. (Five minutes a day is plenty to start.) If you’ll just stick with it, it will become a habit. Don’t worry if you’ve been inconsistent in the past or if you miss a day; that’s okay. Just start small, today. Give God some time to speak to your heart. Set up just one of these, right now:

Subscribe to the Verse of the Day.
OR
Set up a Bible Plan to email you every day.
OR
Set a calendar reminder to pop up every day at a time that works for you.

 

 



About the Bible App

The Bible App has been installed on more than 190 million unique devices, all over the world. Developed by YouVersion, the Bible App offers more than 1,000 Bible versions, in more than 770 languages. And it’s always completely free.

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Now Your Children Can Experience the Bible App for Kids in French!

More than 220 million people around the world speak French. And according to a recent survey, 1.6 million families in the U.S. said that French is the primary language they speak at home. Ever since we added French to the Bible App almost five years ago, millions of you have been actively participating in the worldwide YouVersion community. Today, together with our partner OneHope, we’re pleased to announce the launch of the Bible App for Kids in French: La Bible App pour les Enfants. Now, more children than ever have the opportunity to enjoy a Bible experience all their own.

And with our all-new language selector, now you can select French as your language of choice — from directly inside the Bible App for Kids! Simply update your app to the most current release, then look under Settings for “Language.” You can choose between Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Korean, Russian, and Spanish. The audio will play in that language, and any text will appear in that language, too!

Please help us celebrate this great news!

 



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About the Bible App for Kids

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 8 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 Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Dutch, English, Korean, Spanish, Russian, and now in French!

Get it now

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In New Bible App for Kids Story, “A Goodbye Meal,” Jesus Shares the Last Supper with His Disciples

Available now in the Bible App for Kids, “A Goodbye Meal” is the story of Jesus sharing the last supper with His disciples. Based on passages from Matthew 26:14–16, John 13:26–30, and Mark 14:12–26, “A Goodbye Meal” explains why the religious leaders didn’t like Jesus, then shows the events that gave us the Communion we still celebrate today: to remember all that Jesus sacrificed for us.

Jesus tries to show everyone how much God loves them by healing sick people and giving food to people who are hungry. But some leaders don’t like the things that Jesus is saying (and they’re jealous of Him), so they want to make Him go away. They pay one of Jesus’ followers, a man named Judas, to tell lies about Jesus so that the police will arrest Him.

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But because Jesus is God, He already knows their mean plans. He even knows that Judas is secretly planning to help the bad leaders get Him in trouble! Jesus sits down to have a nice dinner with His main twelve followers, called disciples. As they are eating together, Jesus tells Judas in front of everybody that He knows what Judas is planning to do. Jesus tells Judas to go ahead and get it over with quickly, so Judas leaves to go get the bad men who will take Jesus away.

After Judas leaves, Jesus gives pieces of bread to His friends who stayed, and He shares a drink with them. He tells them, “When you eat bread—and drink together, too—remember all the things I did for you.” Jesus tells them that all the bad things that are about to happen need to happen, because that’s how God has decided He wants to forgive all of the bad things that people do. After Jesus and His friends finish eating, they sing a song together, then go to a special garden to pray…and wait.

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If you already have the Bible App for Kids, all you need to do to get “A Goodbye Meal” is open the app and tap the new story icon. But even if you don’t have the app yet, getting it is easy — and it’s free! Just click one of the buttons below.

 



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About the Bible App for Kids

Already installed on more than 8 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:

Get it now

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What does Brandon Marshall do before a big game?

In celebration of tonight’s official kickoff of the American football regular season, we have a special treat. Recently we got to visit with Brandon Marshall, one of the league’s top ranked receivers. We hope you’ll enjoy this short video, where Marshall reflects on the power of God’s living Word to transform lives — and on the importance of YouVersion’s mission.

Share this clip with all your friends who love football — and the Bible!

 

 

Switch Languages from Inside the Bible App for Kids!

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In a brand-new feature, now you can select any of the Bible App for Kids’ many languages…from directly inside the app! If this is your first time installing the Bible App for Kids, you’ll have this feature the first time you open the app. Or, if you already have the Bible App for Kids, simply update it to the most current version, then look under Settings for “Language.” The app lists all of our available languages, both in that language and in your currently selected default language. Just tap the one you want:

 

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When you open a story in a different language, the app will need to download that story again. Each time you open a story, if you’ve downloaded that story before, Bible App for Kids will simply replace the one on your device with that same story in your newly selected language. But don’t worry: it’s easy! And, more importantly, your kids won’t lose any stars they’ve achieved or any collectibles they’ve gathered. (Bible App for Kids remembers those things across languages.)

We know your children are going to love experiencing their favorite Bible stories in the language of their heart!



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About the Bible App for Kids

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 8 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 Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Dutch, English, German, Korean, Spanish, and Russian!

Get it now

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Parents & Churches: Exciting announcement about the Bible App for Kids!

Announcing the Bible App for Kids
Storybook Bible!

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The Bible App for Kids Storybook Bible brings the Bible to life for your entire family, with 28 stories from the most downloaded Bible story app in the world. It starts shipping October 13 (plenty of time for the holidays), but you can preorder now to be among the first to get yours.

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Get more free resources at BibleAppforKids.com

Today is the official launch of BibleAppforKids.com, our all-new website filled with free companion resources designed to help your kids get the most from their Bible App for Kids experience:

  • Fun Videos that complement the app’s Bible stories.
  • Downloadable Adventure Books accompany each video, filled with games that help your kids learn Bible concepts and memorize verses.
  • Coloring Pages featuring Bible story scenes and characters.
  • Parent Guides with fun Bible story activities you and your kids can do together.

BibleAppforKids.com even offers materials for churches like the entire two-year Bible App for Kids Curriculum. And all of these resources are completely free — no in-app purchases, no ads, no strings attached.

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About the Bible App for Kids

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 8 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 Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Dutch, English, German, Korean, Spanish, and Russian!

Get it now

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September Featured Plans: Rick Warren, Jack Graham, Time of Grace, LifeChurch.tv, & More

 

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Relationships, finances, health, addiction, decision-making: for almost any area of life you can imagine, find Plans devoted to that topic.

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Partial Bible

In daily portions, experience a single book of the Bible, Psalms and Proverbs together, or even the entire New Testament. Partial Bible Plans serve you sections of Scripture on a convenient schedule.

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Whole Bible

Featuring several different options — chronological, equal-length portions, shorter reading times with space for reflection, and more — any of these Plans will help you navigate your way through the entire Bible.

Browse All Categories

 

New in the Bible App for Kids: “Coming Home,” the Timeless Prodigal Son Story

Available now in the Bible App for Kids, in “Coming Home,” religious leaders ask Jesus why He spends time with people who do bad things. Based on Luke 15:1–3 and 11–32, “Coming Home” shows Jesus answering them by telling a story about a man with two grown-up sons: the timeless parable of the prodigal son.

Sometimes parents save up money to leave behind for their children after they die. But the younger son asks his father if he can go ahead and have his share of the money now, even though his father is still alive. This makes the father very sad, but he gives the money to his younger son anyway. The son moves far away and starts spending his father’s money on things he thinks are fun — but that are actually very bad for him.

Because the son keeps making bad choices, eventually he runs out of money, and he has to get a job taking care of pigs. Then the weather turns bad, and farmers can’t grow enough crops to feed everyone. The son gets so hungry, he wishes he could eat the pigs’ food. All of a sudden, he remembers: “Wait a minute — my dad is rich! If I go back home, maybe he will give me a job. Then I’ll have enough food to eat.”

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When the younger son gets home, his father runs out to meet him. Even though he is embarrassed that he behaved so badly, his father is just so happy that he came home, he hugs him and tells him everything will be okay. This makes the older brother angry; he thinks it’s not fair that his younger brother wasted so much of their father’s money. But the father tells him, “Why are you angry? I have always shared everything I have with you. Your brother was lost, but now he’s found! Let’s have a party! He’s home safe and sound!”

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If you already have the Bible App for Kids, all you need to do to get “Coming Home” is open the app and tap the new story icon. But even if you don’t have the app yet, getting it is easy — and it’s free! Just click one of the buttons below.

 



The Bible App for Kids icon

About the Bible App for Kids

Already installed on more than 8 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:

Get it now

 

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