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Get Your Digital Bible Reading Started Out Right. Use YouVersion.

YouVersion is a simple, ad-free Bible that brings God’s Word into your daily life.

By far this is the best tool in my daily devotional Bible Reading arsenal.

Here are some of the things you can do with YouVersion.

  1. Read the Bible. Make your choice from hundreds of Bible versions and languages.
  2. Study the Bible. Highlight in your favorite color, bookmark your favorite Bible verses, and make notes about what you’re learning.
  3. Subscribe to Bible Plans. Cover the whole Bible, focus on a topic, or read a devotional from a gifted teacher. Choose your plan and each day you’ll find a Bible selection waiting for you.
  4. Take the Bible with you. Download the Bible App for free on any mobile device. When you use the mobile app, your notes, bookmarks, highlights, plans, and more will be automatically synced across all of your devices.

It’s important to have a plan to read the Bible daily. I discovered that too often when my Bible reading plan happens only when I am “led by the Spirit”, I fall off the edge of daily being in His Word.

YouVersion provides me the daily plan and helpful reminder (yes, it will provide a pop up on your mobile phone if you want it) I need.

This year, like just about every year, I will be reading the Blue Letter Chronological Version straight from YouVersion. It’s important for me, year in and year out, to read the Bible cover to cover.

Most of YouVersion Bible reading plans come with an audio application. This means that you can have your daily Bible reading plan read to you through your laptop and/or mobile devices.

This is great for when you are in the car, exercising or on the go, when you don’t have the convenience to read. Some prefer the audio over reading anyway. Whatever means you use to get the Word in you, take advantage of it.

Choose a reading plan and schedule it into your day. Reading the Word daily should never be a burden but pure delight.

Jer. 15:16 “Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O LORD, God of hosts.”

Questions: Are you launching your own Bible reading plan, if so, what are you going to do?  What tools are you going to use? What has worked for you in the past?

Greg Simas

• Pastor | Writer | Leader | Coach • Senior Leader of Convergence House of Prayer in SF Bay Area. "Building people whose lives change so they can change lives."

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15 thoughts on “Get Your Digital Bible Reading Started Out Right. Use YouVersion.”

  1. Hi Greg,
    Like you I love to read the Bible in a year. Last year I did the Bible Gateway Chronological reading and will do that again this year. I also saw Barbie had put up on her Facebook the SheReadsTruth through YouVersion so I will give that a try as well. I also took a peek at the Chronological plan through YouVersion and like this too so maybe I will give it a go. At this rate I should read the Bible at least twice this year. 🙂 I am on walk that I feel needs to be soaked in Father’s Word. I want to be so deeply covered by Him that I won’t stray from the path He has placed before me.

    Blessings,
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    1. Reading the Word completely 2 times in a year is a monumental and amazing accomplishment! So glad you are going for it. Haven’t seen Bible Gateways Chronological plan yet, I will need to check that out.

      Maybe I will have a blog post in a few months with a Bible reading update and ask all to share how they are doing.

      Blessings – Favor as you go for more of God.

      1. You Version is such a great app. Your post triggered a desire to read through the chronological plan, together with my wife. There will be something powerful about getting the entire spectrum of the scriptures in addition to other scripture study. Thanks!

        1. Brian, I really think you and your wife are going to love it. So good!

          I’ve been using the audio to read through Genesis so I can get the right pronunciations of all the names. I haven’t combined my reading with the audio in the past, but I am sure enjoying it.

  2. Thanks for sharing pastor Greg ! Do you know any bible reading software or bible reading applications that can help keep saving my bible reading notes from time to time ? My paper bible has already full of notes and there is no more space allowed me to write notes again, so I am thinking it will be good have some ways that allow me keep updating and adding bible reading notes. so I can review it any time as I wish. Thanks !

    1. Hi Esther. I have a Mac and love Logos and Accordance. I use them often. Logos is my personal choice.

      Each of these Bible programs can bring in notes and a whole lot more. Logos has the most power and the program runs on Windows as well as Mac.

      YouVersion has a place for notes too. I don’t know how powerful it is.

      These are solid beginning points. Do a search on Google to see if any more programs pop up. I am always available if you need more help. 😉

  3. it is so funny because i use to be so “anti” reading your Bible online, but i have really fell in love with this app. particularly having a reading plan to be accountable to. it is helping me achieve my goals much better.

  4. Hello, I want to ask you and your friends, who use YouVersion: is there any options to read my own plan (for example with my friends) and how get it into YouVersion? Thanks a lot for your help! 🙂

    1. Hi, Katarina. Yes their are those options. Go to YouVersion at Bible.com and sign up. Determine what plan you would like to take on. Once you determine your plan, navigate to the community area and begin finding friends to join you. It’s a pretty cool setup!

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