The Bible has had a tremendous amount of positive impact on individuals, communities, and the world, changing hearts and influencing generations. In a world full of brokenness, God’s Word 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.
The #WhyBible movement was started to spark discussion about why the Bible matters, and to show how His Living Word continues to be relevant and life-giving today and for generations to come.
Here’s a story from a Bible App user about how God’s Word has impacted them:
“I decided to get the Bible App to listen to what God has to say about my struggles. Now that I 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
You have a story too. A story of how the God’s Word has impacted and changed your life for the better. That’s what #WhyBible is all about.
Here’s what you can do to participate in #WhyBible:
- Post how the Bible has impacted your life on Twitter or Facebook (make sure to use the hashtag #WhyBible in your post!).
- Share a Verse Image that has meant a lot to you on Instagram or Pinterest.
- Send a message to a friend with a link to download the Bible App.
Want to let us know how YouVersion has impacted you?
How has YouVersion helped you read, listen or understand the Bible? We’d love to hear!
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Learn more about #WhyBible and see how people and organizations are participating across the world. Visit https://why.bible/.
About the Bible App
The Bible App has been installed on more than 236 million unique devices, all over the world. Developed by YouVersion, the Bible App offers more than 1,300 Bible versions, in more than 1,000 languages. And it’s always completely free.
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We want to help you connect with God’s Word every day, even when you’re in places where network access is limited or where data is expensive. If you keep your Bible App up-to-date, then we hope you’ve already been enjoying the many new features we’ve introduced recently — along with our updates to existing ones — all designed to give you the best offline Bible App experience possible. Today we’re very excited to announce an all-new, super-practical feature we think you’re going to love:
Now you can control how much data the Bible App uses on your Android device.
Before the Bible App can show you images — in your Home feed, for example, or browsing through Bible Plans, or searching for Events — it has to download them first. When you have a strong Internet connection, that’s great. But if you have low signal on either Wi-Fi or cellular, those same images may not load quickly. This update helps you use less data by specifying which conditions the Bible App should consider before it loads images. When you want it to conserve data, the Bible App will display text instead, wrapping it in placeholders in attractive colors.
After you’ve run the update, look for “Downloading Images” in your Settings:
||Download images at the optimum resolution available, based on the current network signal strength.
||Only download images when your device is connected to a wireless network.
||Always download the highest-resolution images available.
||Never download images, regardless of network connection.
About the Bible App
The Bible App has been installed on more than 235 million unique devices, all over the world. Developed by YouVersion, the Bible App offers more than 1,300 Bible versions, in more than 1,000 languages.
We want your Bible App experience to be as amazing as possible. So before you update or install this latest version, please check your device Settings to ensure that it’s up-to-date with the most recent release of Android available for your device. Some Bible App features may not be available on older devices, or on older versions of Android.
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Find your rhythm for Fall.
Maybe we should officially rename September “Schedule-shock Month.” Whether you’re a part of the swarm or just surrounded by it, the streets and sidewalks begin buzzing with people again, parents and students and businesspeople, all trying to adjust to new routines now that school is back in session…
It’s the perfect season to start fresh.
Why not make the Bible a daily part of your new normal? Start one (or more) of our September Bible Plans, each one carefully selected to help you refresh your perspective:
Living out the Psalms: Jon Foreman of SWITCHFOOT
SWITCHFOOT, 7 days
In these short video devotionals, co-founder and lead singer of SWITCHFOOT Jon Foreman shares some of his favorite Psalms, challenging you to “sing your own unique song”: living your life genuinely, openly before God — just as David did.
Chase the Lion
Mark Batterson, 7 days
In this series of daily devotionals, pastor and New York Times bestselling author Mark Batterson inspires you to hunt for your own “God-sized” dream — and then to find the courage to pursue it.
Relat(able): Making Relationships Work
Louie Giglio, 7 days
Excerpts from pastor Louie Giglio’s curriculum, Relat(able): Making Relationships Work, reveal how you can relate with other people, how God can bring peace even during conflict, and how you can restore broken relationships.
Hillsong: Let Hope Rise
Hillsong and The Overflow, 5 days
Daily Scripture, devotionals, questions for reflection, and prayer draw you toward a heart of worship, as short video clips from Hillsong’s theatrical worship experience Hillsong: Let Hope Rise inspire you to join in.
Find Your Next Plan
Our mission at YouVersion has always been to help you engage with the Bible. Last year, we completely redesigned the Bible App to make it even easier to get more of God’s Word into your daily life. Today, we’re thrilled to announce our most significant update since that launch. These brand-new features — along with exciting upgrades to some old favorites — now help you do more of the things you want, even faster, and more simply than ever before.
Now, for the first time ever in the Bible App, you can quickly see how different Bible versions translate the same passage. Perhaps you’re having difficulty understanding the meaning of a passage, and you want to to see it phrased another way. Or maybe you come across a verse that feels like you’ve heard it before, but it’s just not quite the way you remember it. Tap on the verse, then tap Compare Versions, and see the same verse repeated in all of your recently used Bible translations. And as you’re comparing, you can easily add or remove which versions you’re seeing. You can even Compare Versions when you’re offline, showing your verse in any versions you’ve previously downloaded.
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New Bible Plan Discovery
We never stop exploring new ways that we can equip you with tools to bring biblical wisdom to every aspect of your everyday life. For this release, we created several new Plan categories, then expanded the ways we categorize Plans, then completely redesigned our Plan “Discover” page to be more visual and intuitive. Struggling with stress? Looking for wisdom for your relationships? Need a dose of hope of inspiration? Now, not only is it easier to find just the right Bible Plan(s) for the season of life you’re in — it’s fun!
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New Verse Action Design
We also completely redesigned how Verse Actions work, with a handy new menu that makes it simple to Share, Bookmark, Highlight, create Verse Images, and more. When you feel inspired as you’re reading or listening, one tap slides your options into view at the bottom of the screen… without blocking your view of Scripture. One more tap starts any available action. Adding or removing a Highlight — or changing the color of an existing one — is now as easy as touching a dot on the all-new color bar. Slide the Verse Actions bar from left to right to see even more options, such as custom Highlight colors and our all-new Compare Versions feature.
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About the Bible App
We want your Bible App experience to be as amazing as possible. So before you update or install this latest version, please check your device Settings to ensure that it’s up-to-date with the most recent release of iOS or Android available for your device. Some Bible App features may not be available on older devices, or on older versions of iOS or Android.
The Bible App has been installed on more than 231 million unique devices, all over the world. Developed by YouVersion, the Bible App offers more than 1,300 Bible versions, in more than 1,000 languages. And it’s always completely free.
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The best Bible App for Kids just got better.
Today YouVersion and OneHope are thrilled to announce the biggest Bible App for Kids news since its debut almost 3 years ago. Our latest update (available now) introduces so many upgrades and new features, the Bible App for Kids feels like a brand-new app.
- Your kids will be delighted by the all-new interactive map that greets them as soon as they open their updated app. This completely reimagined navigation system makes it easier than ever (and more fun!) to find exactly the Bible story they’re looking for. (You can also tap a menu button to see the stories in a list.)
- Full-color icons tell your kids at a glance which stories they’ve already downloaded, while faded white icons show which ones they don’t have yet.
- As they’re exploring, they’re sure to spot the cool new badges on several icons, marking them as the first stories to feature one of several brand-new games! And when they complete a story with one of these badges, they’ll discover an all-new button: Story Mixup.1
1After you’ve updated your app, the first time you tap on a story that features an activity you haven’t used before (such as Story Mixup), the app will prompt you to redownload that story to get the new content.
Story Mixup helps your kids learn Bible stories.
Story Mixup spreads out cards representing scenes from the Bible story your kids just experienced — but in random order.2 To play, they simply drag the cards from the table at the top of the screen to the drawer along the bottom, arranging the scenes into the same order as they happened in the story. When they put their last card in the drawer, if any are out of sequence, those cards jump back to the table for them to try again. (Cards they’ve already placed in the correct slot stay put.) When they get all the cards in the right order, confetti and music celebrate their achievement!
Your kids will love Story Mixup because it’s fun. You’ll love it because it locks Bible stories into their memory by helping them understand what happened when.
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2Story Mixup is available for In the Beginning, The First Sin, The Walls Go Up, It Is Finished, and God’s Good News. We’ll be introducing more new games and activities for other stories in the coming months.
Spread the Word.
Just like you, people are more likely to try a new app when a friend recommends it to them. (And offering to help them install it? Even better.) What if all you had to do to help kids fall in love with the Bible was tap a button? It really is that easy:
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Find out first… what’s coming next.
Story Mixup is only the first of four brand-new games and activities coming to the Bible App for Kids. We’ll tell you more about each one when they launch. And, if you follow Bible App for Kids on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, you’ll be among the first to hear about these and other new features as soon as they become available!
About the Bible App for Kids
Four years ago the Bible App had been installed on over 80 million devices. And as more and more people continued to discover it, we wondered: What if kids had their own Bible App? Together with our friends at OneHope, we envisioned a fun app that could introduce kids to the big stories of the Bible. The Bible App for Kids was born, featuring touch-activated animations and engaging content. Today the Bible App for Kids offers all 40 of those original stories we planned, plus a bonus story! Already available in 19 languages — with more still to come — the Bible App for Kids is being enjoyed by children all over the world. Installed on over 12 million devices, the Bible App for Kids is always completely free.
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