Bible App

One of my most regular used and helpful tools in a discipline of Bible reading is an app call YouVersion [available for both ios and android].  The app is published by Life Church.

YouVersion has a range of Bible translations to choose from, is free, and easily accessible wherever you are.  It has a nifty audio option where you can have the passage read to you – which always seems to highlight things you miss when you read it yourself, and for those that find reading difficult, having passages read to you is a helpful option. 

I make frequent use of the highlighting feature [often in connection with Evernote, which I will talk about in a few days]; every year I use a different colour, and it is intriguing to come back to passages that I have highlighted previously.  I also use colours to highlight particular themes or topics.

One of its great features though, are the reading plans.  There are a whole range of plans you can choose from – whole Bible plans, book reading plans, thematic plans.  Some of them include mini devotions [even in video form].  They could last from a few days to a year’s worth of readings.  I highly recommend the Discipleship Journal Reading Plan.  It generally provides 5 passages a day; a few chapters from the OT, a chapter from a NT epistle, a reading from one of the Gospels, and a Psalm.  Reading from a variety of passages each day helps to connect all of the Bible together and offers a number of literary styles to meditate on (it is easy to get bogged down when reading large chunks from one book).  This particular plan also includes five or six rest days each month, so you don’t fall behind if you miss some of the readings.  I’m also currently enjoying a simple “New Testament Epistles and Acts” plan.  This is a brief plan that could easily be repeated a number of times throughout a year.

Additionally, with YouVersion you can link together with friends, you can design and publish verses with neat little backgrounds, you can find helpful verses for a range of topics and references, and you can search for particular themes and words.  The app is helpful as a guide but, more recently, I’ve found myself reading from my physical Bible while keeping track and highlighting using the app.

If you don’t already have the app I thoroughly recommend it to you.