Merry Christmas!

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. - Isaiah 9:6 - Verse Image

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

2,000 years ago, Jesus came to earth to become Immanuel, “God with us.” And through this one sacrificial act of love, now we get to experience intimacy with God forever!

As we celebrate Jesus’ birth today, here’s how you can spread the great news of His love: share the Verse Image above with your friends and family.

From all of us at YouVersion, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!

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We hope you get to enjoy time together with family and friends during the holidays. With so much competing for our attention in this season, it’s important to remind ourselves what we’re actually celebrating.

The Story of Christmas tells the entire story of Jesus’ birth as told in the Gospels—in just over ten minutes. You can find this special collection of short videos from Lumo in the Videos section of the Bible App, at Bible.com, or on the Bible App for Apple TV.

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An Advent Prayer on Love

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. - John 3:16 - Verse Image

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This Advent Prayer is the last in a series of four.
Week 1 – An Advent Prayer on Hope
Week 2 – An Advent Prayer on Peace
Week 3 – An Advent Prayer on Joy
Week 4 – An Advent Prayer on Love

Discover the joy of Christmas:

Joy

For weeks, we’ve been preparing for Christmas with Advent Prayers, and now Christmas is a week away! Christmas is intended to be a joyous occasion, but how do you choose joy when the world is filled with hurt and hardship?

This week, get vivid reminders of the joy of Christmas with our special YouVersion Original Christmas Plan. If you haven’t begun the Christmas Challenge yet, this is a great way to join.

To help you get started, we’ve provided the first Plan day below:


Day 1: The Story Begins - What exactly is joy? To unpack it, let’s go back to when God created the world. Imagine you’ve just been brought to life by the breath of God, and as God pulls you up from the ground, He smiles at you. From then on, whenever He looks at you, His face lights up. Life’s perfect until one day, you do the only thing God swore you could never do, and because of this act of rebellion, you separate yourself from the One who knew you perfectly and loved you relentlessly. In an instant, what was meant to be eternal closeness with God becomes eternal separation from Him. That’s what happens in Genesis 1-3… but thankfully, it’s not the end of the story.

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Things were not good in my marriage. I was on a downward spiral, at the beginning of an emotional affair. I gathered the courage to send him ‘the’ text: the one that would change our relationship from friends to lines-being-crossed. I was terrified, typing what I knew could end my marriage. But the Holy Spirit was fighting for me. The word TEMPTATION flashed before my eyes. I didn’t know what to do, so I pulled up YouVersion and typed ‘temptation’ in the search field. As I read every verse the app showed me, the tears fell. I called on Jesus’ name, and the devil fled. I erased that text and ended the conversation. If I had not had the Bible App that day, I don’t know what would have happened. Thank you for always having His word so close!

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