How do you connect with God?

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. - James 4:8 - Verse Image

How do you connect with God?

This is the question that drives us at YouVersion. We’re constantly praying, studying, collaborating, creating, and testing ways we can help you draw closer to God. What’s the easiest way for you to take advantage of all these resources? Create your completely free YouVersion account,* which gives you all of these, and more:

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YouVersion Responds to Parent Questions: What Can I Do About Sibling Rivalry?

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Recently we asked the YouVersion Community to share your parenting questions with us. (Thank you for your responses!) Today we’re sharing Scripture around a topic many of you asked about: Sibling Rivalry.

Got any tips for how I can reduce sibling rivalry? How should I handle sibling rivalry between teens? How do I raise my girls to be kind to one another, so when they're older they'll be close friends?

Imagine your family as a team that God assembled to reflect His glory. He carefully crafted each family member to help the whole family fulfill its shared potential. Your role as parent is to serve as coach. You lead toward a vision that you can all accomplish together, teach everyone how to play, and work with each child to help them contribute meaningfully. Here’s how:

  1. Celebrate each member of your family for their unique value.
  2. …a person’s body has more than one part. The ear might say, “I am not an eye, so I don’t belong to the body.” But saying this would not make the ear stop being a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, it would not be able to hear. If the whole body were an ear, it would not be able to smell anything.

    1 CORINTHIANS 12:14,16-17

    Just as in the body of Christ, each member of your family has a special role to fulfill. Help each of your children explore and discover their gifts. Help them learn to enjoy using their gifts in ways that serve the whole family. Along the way, encourage them with gratitude every time they show behaviors you want them to repeat. By equipping each child with self-awareness, service, and praise, you’re actually training them to cheer on every other member of your family.

    More on Connecting with Your Children Individually

  1. Unite your family around a common vision.
  2. Where there is no message from God, people don’t control themselves. But blessed is the one who obeys wisdom’s instruction.

    PROVERBS 29:18

    Talk together as a family about what you want your team to be known for. Start broadly, then gradually focus in on narrower themes, such Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, etc. In the Bible App, tap the Search tab, and explore under “What does the Bible say about…” (Or just type the trait you want into the Search box.) Once everyone agrees on a core family value, together pick a “Family Verse” that captures it.

    More ideas for Family Verses

  1. Never stop talking about what your family is about.
  2. Get my commandments inside you and your children. Talk about them wherever you are: at home or in the street; talk about them from the time you get up until you fall into bed.


    Unless you make it tangible, your family vision will fade. Use family pictures to make Verse Images of your Family Verse, then put them everywhere. Save them as backgrounds on everyone’s devices. Help your kids make their own custom versions. Print a few of your favorites, get them framed, and hang them in prominent places around your home. Most of all, reward your kids every time you “catch” them living out your family values. Over time, your family’s vision will become ingrained in your family’s dynamic.

    How to make Verse Image

  1. Adopt Grace and Forgiveness as honorary members of your family.
  2. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.

    EPHESIANS 4:2-3

    Especially as you begin this journey, set some short-term goals that will help your family score some quick wins. Just don’t lose sight of what you truly want: to build a lasting legacy together over time, a sustainable mindset of family unity that will span generations.

You will make mistakes. Your kids will make mistakes. Don’t give up on yourself. Don’t give up on each other. God’s mercies are new every morning. Keep trying, and keep showing love to each other.

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

1 PETER 4:8

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New! Daily Bible Experience for Preteen Kids

Kids Bible Experience


A Daily Bible Experience For Your Preteen Kids

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Inside Your Bible App

Today, we’re announcing a new experience for
your kids who are growing up, just not quite
ready for teen content yet.

Get the Update

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The Kids Bible Experience inside your YouVersion Bible App offers engaging, practical insight into how your child can apply God’s Word. And as they’re enjoying fresh, relevant content each day, this new experience will help them discover their own daily rhythm of seeking God.

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Friendly and inviting.

A quick intro sets clear expectations for each day’s message.

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Fun, fresh perspectives.

They’ll hear relevant insights from voices they relate to, with content curated by our partner, OneHope.

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Food for thought.

A simple question helps them reflect on what they’ve learned.

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Firm foundations.

Daily verses help them frame their world in the light of God’s Word.

Help your kids find a
daily connection with God
that’s all their own.

Get the Update

You can enable the Kids Bible Experience
in your Bible App Settings.

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How YouVersion Manages Your Permissions, Data, and Privacy

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Who we are. YouVersion is a digital ministry of Life.Church, a multi-site church based in Oklahoma that meets in multiple locations across the United States and globally at Church Online. We are Christ followers who create biblically centered, culturally relevant experiences to help other people grow closer to God.

Why we do what we do. For us, this work is personal. Our lives have been changed by God’s Word, and we want to share it with others. While still in college, our Senior Pastor, Craig Groeschel, read Ephesians 2:8 for the first time after being given a free Bible. Reading this verse led Craig to experience God’s love and forgiveness for the first time—changing the trajectory of his life.

Later, in 2006, our team at Life.Church realized that it was a struggle for us to read the Bible consistently. Our Innovation Leader, Bobby Gruenewald, wondered if there was a way technology could help. As a result, the idea for YouVersion was born.

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We introduced (later becoming in 2007 as a website designed to help people engage more with the Bible. In 2008, we adapted the website for mobile devices, then developed it as the Bible App, one of the first 200 free apps available in Apple’s iPhone App Store when it launched that July. Today, YouVersion remains a relatively small team of software developers, systems engineers, designers, data analysts, marketers, copywriters, managers, and support staff. Many of us left corporate careers to pursue our passion of leading people to become fully devoted to Christ.

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Who works with us. We couldn’t do this work alone. We partner with Bible societies and Bible publishers, with content producers from other ministries, and with a global network of passionate volunteers. All of us are united in a single vision: to help people pursue intimacy with God.

How we’re funded. Our work is supported financially by Life.Church, as well as by donations from our worldwide YouVersion Community. YouVersion is not a business; we have never had plans to monetize our app, nor to sell data or ads, nor will we. YouVersion, and the organizations we partner with, make our app and content available for free because we are a ministry whose sole mission is to help people draw closer to God.

We Respect Your Privacy

We value, respect, and protect the privacy of every person in the YouVersion Community. In order to enable the full set of features that YouVersion offers, you can choose to offer access to certain permissions in the app settings for your particular platform.

The Bible App is more than just a reading tool. Every feature in the Bible App is designed to help people grow in their relationship with God, within a trusted community. That’s why we have features like Verse Images, Plans, and Events—to help people seek God every day. To enable some of these functions, certain permissions are required:

Connect and Disconnect from Wi-Fi

The Bible App checks WIFI_STATE to see whether a device is connected to a cellular network (such as 2G or 3G) or to a wireless network (Wi-Fi). If the device is connected to a cellular network, the Bible App sends only low-resolution images, to minimize the amount of data used. But, if the device is connected to Wi-Fi, the Bible App sends high-resolution images, to create the best experience possible. (You can adjust these settings under More, Settings, Download Image.) The Bible App also checks Wi-Fi permissions when you want to watch video on another device using “casting” (such as Chromecast). This information is not stored or shared by YouVersion.

Modify Content Stored on Device

By default, every Bible version that YouVersion offers resides on our servers, with content sent to your device only when you request it (such as by selecting a different Bible version, or by tapping to see the next chapter). This means that, by default, you can only access Bibles when you have an internet connection (through Wi-Fi or on a cellular network). Thanks to special agreements with our partners—and by enabling this permission—you can choose to download certain individual Bible versions to your device, so that they are always available to you, even offline. (To see available Bible versions, tap the abbreviation code at the top of the reader, i.e., NIV, ESV, KJV, etc.)

Device Location

Although your device’s operating system refers to this permission as “track device location,” the Bible App does not actively track your device’s location. With this permission, the Bible App’s Events feature allows you to see if any live Events are taking place near you (such as local church services). This location-based feature is entirely optional, and is activated only when you specifically select the Events discovery feature (by tapping More, Events). Location information is stored for approximately seven days for troubleshooting purposes, but is never stored in our database in association with your account. Once your session ends, we will cease to receive information related to your location unless you access the Events feature again.

Access Contacts

The Bible App allows you to share the app with friends and invite others to join you in the app, only requesting access to your Contacts when you initiate one one of these actions. Granting the Bible App access to your Contacts is completely optional, and the Bible App never sends, shares, or transmits anything on your behalf without your specific consent.

We Value Your Safety

Scripture is filled with examples of people walking out their faith in the context of community. With the Friends feature, we’ve put extensive measures in place to make the Bible App a safe space where you can explore your questions, surround yourself with people you trust, and enjoy conversations centered around God’s Word.

When you ask someone to be your friend in the Bible App, they must accept your request before you can connect. And when someone invites you to be their friend, use your own best judgment about whether to accept. If you choose to reject a friend request or remove someone as a friend, they will not be notified. You are the owner of your Bible App friendships: if someone posts something inappropriate, you can report and/or block them using those tools inside the app anytime you want.

Still Have Questions?

You can find more information in our Privacy Policy and in our Terms of Use.

Have you started the Mid-Year Challenge?

2020 Mid-Year Challenge

What are you focused on?

Can you believe we’re already halfway through 2020? So far, it’s been a year filled with heaviness and hardship. Fortunately, even though we know we’ll face difficulties in this life, we also know that Jesus promises us rest when we draw near to Him.

“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”


We started the Mid-Year Challenge to help you do exactly that. Complete at least one day of a Plan for 7 days in a row during the month of July, and you’ll earn the 2020 Mid-Year Challenge badge!

Just pick a Plan to get started:

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