Andy Mineo: Living With Doubt.

You may have listened to Andy Mineo’s “You Can’t Stop Me” (now RIAA certified Gold®), seen him tour with Lecrae, or watched his popular YouTube show, “Saturday Morning Car-Tunez.” This hip hop artist, who’s making (sound)waves in the music industry, has had a memorable few years. But, that doesn’t mean his faith journey hasn’t had its share of struggles.

In this exclusive video with YouVersion, Andy opens up about doubting his faith, questioning what it means to follow Christ, and sharing how Scripture helped him through those dark moments.

If you’ve ever struggled with doubt or questioned your faith, you’re not alone. Let Andy’s journey inspire and encourage yours. Afterwards, learn how you can overcome doubting yourself, God, and relationships in Andy’s new Video Plan, “Living With Doubt.”

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How Do I Encourage My Family to Engage with God’s Word?

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All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living…

2 TIMOTHY 3:16

We all know someone struggling to connect with God’s Word. Perhaps they’re experiencing pain or loss. Perhaps they’re involved in something they shouldn’t be. Maybe they just don’t see how the Bible is relevant to them.

Whether it’s an aunt, uncle, parent, child, or a friend you consider family — how can we, as followers of Christ, help loved ones experience the transformative Word of God for themselves?

Here are three ways you can help your family get into God’s Word:


Be an Example.

God’s Word encourages us to set an example in what we say, how we act, and how we love. Why? Because how we choose to act and react has a lasting impact.

How can you set an example? Agree on a time each day when you’ll study the Bible together. (You could even memorize the Bible App’s Verse of the Day together.) Talk about Scripture whenever you have time together: at breakfast, on the way to school or work, and in the evening. Your interaction with God’s Word will influence how your family perceives God’s Word.


Make God’s Word Personal.

You can’t force your family to care about the Bible, but you can help them discover the value God’s Word can add to their lives.

Consider sharing a Verse Image from the Bible App (or one you created on Bible Lens) with someone who needs encouragement or wisdom. If you have kids in your life, download the Bible App for Kids and complete a story together. Try reading from a Bible version your family can enjoy together. When you help your family see how they can apply God’s Word to their lives, they’ll be more likely to own their spiritual growth.


Keep Showing Up.

If growth doesn’t happen immediately, it’s normal to get discouraged. Remind yourself why you’re doing this: these are your people, and you love them. You know how much better your life is with God’s Word in it, and you want that for them.

Keep being diligent. When your family sees that your commitment to the Scriptures is an important part of your life and not just a phase you’re going through, this will impact them more than anything you say.

If you do start feeling discouraged, consider starting a Family Plan to keep your daily devotions on track. Surround yourself with friends who will encourage you as you pursue leading your family spiritually.

Ultimately, it’s not all up to you. God’s words have the ability to transform lives, but we get to play an active part in that transformation. You are not your family’s Savior — but you can be a cultivator of Spiritual growth.

Start engaging with God’s Word together on the Bible App, Bible Lens, and Bible App for Kids, and let us know what tools have helped your family grow spiritually.

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How Can I “Speak Life” Over My Family?

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Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.

PROVERBS 18:21

Has anyone ever said something that hurt you? Isn’t it strange how you can still feel the sting of those words, even today? What about kind words? Has anyone ever said something encouraging to you — maybe a friend or a teacher — that still makes you smile when you think of it now? How do you want the people you love to remember your words?

You have the power to speak life.

But what should you say? Here are some things you can try:


See what Bible Lens says.

Find an old picture of someone you love, and run it through Bible Lens. Bible Lens will “see” things in your picture, then suggest Bible verses to match. If Bible Lens comes back with something inspiring, encouraging, even beautiful, share it with the person in your picture. (If you’d like something more in the moment, you can use Bible Lens to take their picture, and it works the same way.)

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Pray Scripture Over Your Loved Ones.

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Praying God’s Word Over Your Kids

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Pick a Family Theme Verse Together.

If you were to ask a friend, “What’s one word that sums up my family?” What would they say? Love? Joy? Peace? Patience? Talk with your family about what character traits you want to be known for. Then, in the Bible App, tap the Search tab, and explore one of the categories under “What does the Bible say about…” (Or just type the trait you want into the Search box.)

Find a Family Verse together that reflects the values you want. Use a family picture as your background, and turn it into a Family Verse Image. Save it as the background on your devices. Or print it, frame it, and give it a prominent place in your home. Making your Family Verse Image visible will help everyone in your family memorize it — and remember what you want your family to be about.

You can’t control the circumstances that your family will face. But you can choose how you respond. And when you choose…

Choose to Speak Life.

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How can I lead my family spiritually?

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Between work, household responsibilities, and social commitments, it’s hard to find time to connect with God’s Word as a family every day.

That’s why we created Family Bible Week: to give you the tools you need to point your family toward Jesus. This week, we’ve gathered Plans that will help your family spend time in God’s Word and draw you closer to one another. Help your family grow spiritually by reading or listening to one of our Family Bible Week Plans together.

Imprint these words of mine on your hearts and minds… Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

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