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YouVersion and your local church. Better together.

From its very beginning, the church has been the gathering of the followers of Jesus, meeting to grow in faith, to care for one another, and to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives.

And, like so many people around the world, you may have shifted to gathering together at church online during the pandemic. But we believe that at its core, the Church isn’t a building … it’s the people.

Incredibly, last year, more than 40,000 new churches signed up for Church Online Platform, a free YouVersion product designed for any church to host their own engaging services online.

But we’re not stopping there. We’re expanding our product focus to dream about the future of church engagement, and how to better connect you—the members of the YouVersion Community—with your local church community as together you grow closer to God every day.

Today, we’re excited to tell you about something new.

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We’re excited to offer an all-new website for churches! While additional products are still in development, this new site is a hub for free resources and ideas from YouVersion, all created to partner with your church as you serve your community. If you’re as excited as we are, we invite you to share with your church leaders.

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Built by the Local Church

You may not realize it, but YouVersion was created by a local church in 2007, and remains a ministry of Life.Church to this day. We’re fully invested in the mission of the local church, and we’re driven by a passion to equip ministry leaders with free tools, resources, and training. If this sounds incredible to you, consider joining our team!

God created us for community.

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Developing Godly Relationships

Love is to be sincere and active … Hate what is evil … hold on tightly to what is good. Be devoted to one another with [authentic] brotherly affection [as members of one family] …

ROMANS 12:9-10

God created us for community. We’re wired for relationships: with our friends, spouse, coworkers, or kids. God intended healthy relationships to be compassionate, sacrificial, honorable, and forgiving. Cultivating those qualities often means surrendering our expectations for our relationships and trusting Him instead.

Today, we’re sharing Videos and Bible Plans that can help you engage with the people you love, parent, or lead. Watch the Videos below, and then select one of the featured Plans to go deeper into the concepts they outline. You can complete Plans on your own, or go through them with someone using Plans with Friends.

Verse of the Day Videos:

1. Don’t miss what matters most.

Ellie Limebear

2. Be willing to forgive.

Nona Jones

3. Lay down your life for the people you love.

Judah Smith

4. Praise God, even when things get messy.

Jonathan Pitts

Want to learn more about developing godly relationships? Start a Plan:

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Who do you think you are?

3 ways to take back your thoughts and declare God’s truth over your life.

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When you approach a task, a relationship, or an opportunity—and you think about who you are and what you’re capable of doing—what words come to mind? Are they words that display confidence, hope, trust, and strength? Or fear, doubt, pride, or insecurity?

What we tell ourselves every day matters. If we believe something about our identity that isn’t true, then we will struggle to believe what God says about us when He reveals it to us.

Truths are unchanging. They don’t depend on what you do, what you’ve done, or who you want to be. Truths are not self-help mantras or cliché sayings. They are based entirely on God’s Word and what He says about you. While there will always be areas of life where you’ll need to grow, how God views you and what He says about you doesn’t change because God affirms who you are, not just what you do.

That’s why, when you root your identity in Him by declaring Bible-based truths over yourself, you will begin to see yourself the way He sees you—and this will influence the way you treat people, situations, opportunities, and events around you.

Here are 3 steps that can help you take back your thoughts and declare truth over your life:

  1. Identify the lies you tell yourself.

  2. Take a moment and think about a difficult conversation you had recently. What did you say? What were you thinking about yourself and the other person?

    Your words and actions reveal the narratives you tell yourself. To figure out if a narrative is false, ask yourself: Is this thought marked by fear, insecurity, pride, bitterness, or a lack of confidence? Is this thought leading me to cynical or self-serving behavior? If you can answer “yes” to either of those questions, then the narrative you’re telling yourself probably needs to be addressed and adjusted.

    Right now, take a few minutes and identify any lies you might be believing. Once you’ve done this, write down those false narratives and reflect on them. Spend a few moments in silence and ask God to clearly show you where those lies stemmed from.

    When you can identify where and when you began believing a lie, it’ll be easier to change the way you think.

  3. Shift your perspective.

  4. For every lie, there is a truth that can replace it. Look over your list of false narratives again, and this time, ask God to show you what His truth is for each of the statements you wrote.

    To do this, try spending a few minutes with God and then ask Him to clearly show you how He sees you. Afterward, search for Bible verses that contradict the lies you’ve been believing. (In the app, go to “Discover” on the menu, and search with keywords.)

    Here are some passages that can help you get started…

    Identity: Galatians 5:22-23, John 3:16, Isaiah 43:5, 2 Corinthians 5:17

    Money: Philippians 4:19, Hebrews 13:5, Deuteronomy 8:18, 1 Timothy 6:17-19, 1 Timothy 5:8

    Relationships: Romans 13:8, Ephesians 6:1-4, 1 Peter 4:8, 1 Thessalonians 5:11

    Security: John 10:28-29, Galatians 5:1, Titus 3:5-7, Psalm 27:1-3

    Confidence: Proverbs 3:26, Philippians 4:13, 1 John 4:15-18, Hebrews 10:35-36

    Daily living: 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, Isaiah 30:15, 1 Timothy 4:12, Romans 12

  5. Declare what’s true.

  6. Once you have your list of verses, rewrite each one in your own words. Turn the truths from Scripture into specific, intentional statements you can daily declare over your life.

    Here are what some potential declarations may look like:

    • I am enough because I am a child of God.
    • I rejoice in suffering because Christ suffered for me.
    • I am not ashamed of Jesus because His sacrifice changes lives.
    • I am greatly loved, and so I love others like I have been loved.
    • Nothing can separate me from God’s love.

As you create your list, keep in mind that when God looks at you, He sees His child. And if God—who is truth—says something about you, then it must be true. ​​That’s why, when you create your list of statements, you can create them with confidence…

Because you belong to the God who confidently equips you and calls you by name.

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A Prayer for Guidance

What’s guiding you?

Think about a decision you made recently. Maybe it was choosing what to wear for the day. Maybe it was figuring out whether or not to take a new job. Or maybe it was simply deciding to say “hello” to someone you didn’t know well. The average person makes thousands of decisions each day.

While our choices don’t carry equal weight, every choice we make contributes to the direction our lives take. The good news is—we don’t have to make decisions alone.

God’s Holy Spirit is with anyone who believes in Jesus, empowering them to live in a way that honors Him. So right now, think about a decision you need to make, and when you’re ready, ask the Holy Spirit to guide you.


A Prayer for Guidance

Holy Spirit,

You know my heart. You understand my deepest wants and needs, and You know my every intention. You know me better than I know myself. There is nowhere I could run to escape Your presence, and nothing I could hide from You!

And that’s why, right now, I am asking You to give me Your divine wisdom and guidance.

I don’t always know what to pray for. My soul is weary and I am tired. I often worry about making the right decision—but I want to live a life that honors You.

Even though I may feel like I can’t move forward or see what’s ahead—You see me. And You know me. So please guide me. Show me the paths that lead to abundant life, and convict me when I am tempted to stray from You.

As You guide me, restore me. I will place my hope in You at all times because You know all things, and by You, my life is held together. You are my strength in times of need, and You have become my salvation.

So hold me close, Lord, and teach me to walk in a manner worthy of the calling You have given me. Direct my steps as You guard my life, because I want to glorify You.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

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BibleProject: New Testament: Revelation

BibleProject: Read Scripture - New Testament

We want to help you to read through the Bible without getting lost or giving up. This series has a video for every New Testament book of the Bible that outlines its literary design and main ideas, showing you how it fits into the entire biblical story.

The Revelation 1-11

The Revelation 12-22