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Bible app hits 10 million downloads
November 19th, 2010
10:45 AM ET

Bible app hits 10 million downloads

Editor's Note: CNN's Katie Glaeser brings us this report.

Can your cell bring you closer to God?

Oklahoma based LifeChurch.tv thinks so. Tuesday the church announced more than ten million smartphone users worldwide have downloaded its free Bible application. LifeChurch hopes by having a copy handy, people will be more likely to read scripture.

The app, which is based on the church-funded website, YouVersion.com, launched in July of 2008. Since then, users have spent 3.5 billion minutes trolling through Bible passages. Yes- that was billion.

During a webcast on YouVersion.com, pastor Bobby Gruenewald announced what he called a “revolution” taking place.

“Could this be the generation that’s more engaged with God than any other generation in history?” he asked.

YouVersion’s mission is to make God’s word more accessible and they seem to have done just that with their pocket-sized psalms.

Tuesday, Gruenewald declared a challenge. He wants his app’s users to generate one billion minutes of Bible reading during January.

“We really believe if God’s words can be part of our everyday life… that in itself will transform lives.”

Enhancements are expected to roll out over the next few months on the mobile app. Users will soon be able to keep journals, highlight passages, and take part in reading programs broken down by topics of interest. The LifeChurch app is available on Apple, Android, BlackBerry and Palm platforms.

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. Prayter

    There is a new kosher Twitter called Prayter.com. Check it out, that's awesome tool for people who walk with Christ and practice prayer.

    http://www.prayter.com

    November 15, 2011 at 2:07 am |
  2. Jared Bowie

    I have downloaded this app! I love it! When I'm sitting in line at a coffee shop or waiting on the morning train, I can pull out my iPhone and read the Bible for 10 minutes and have a great start to my day!!

    I also attend the church that made the app, LifeChurch.tv, online because I am currently living in Italy. The church is not perfect, but is humbly seeking God. I encourage you to check it out, too!

    November 29, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  3. roundoneinc

    Great app!! i use it all the time in my iphone!!

    November 24, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  4. Muneef

    Kindly find the book which the page above came out of:

    The Bible, The Qur'an and Science
    by Dr. Maurice Bucaille
    THE HOLY SCRIPTURES EXAMINED IN THE LIGHT
    OF MODERN KNOWLEDGE
    Translated from French
    by Alastair D. Pannell and The Author

    http://www.witness-pioneer.org/vil/Books/MB_BQS/default.htm

     

    November 21, 2010 at 7:57 pm |
  5. Muneef

    Sobhan Allah, how in the past those App were downloaded directly from God to His prophets in which was called as inspirations or revelations for benefiting and guiding their peoples..!
    But now these App are being made by mankind and downloaded into our mobile cell phones..!
    The earlier chosen ones were capable of communicating with God and receiving from him with their within communication utility but now we are not prepared our selves to be capable of communicating and are rejecting God App while accepting mankind App to be downloaded in to our mobile cell phones...!

    November 20, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
    • Muneef

      The Meaning of Wahy
      The word awha, from which 'wahy' (revelation) is derived, occurs in a number of shades of meaning in the Qur'an, each of them indicating the main underlying idea of inspiration directing or guiding someone. In each example below, the italicised words in the translation are forms of the root word wahy in the original text of the Qur'an:

      http://www.sunnipath.com/library/books/B0040P0004.aspx

      November 20, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
    • Muneef

      Prophets and Messengers of God who received his inspirations and revelations and those are just 25 in the Quran but many mentioned in the elder scriptures and many not mentioned at any:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prophets_of_Islam    

      November 20, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
    • Muneef

      Inspirations and Revelations come into insights that are within us through mind visions during awakens or through dreams during sleepiness it is told.  This is an interesting issue to read  
      Our divine feminine, the goddess within ... we all have the ability to know her, whether you're male or female, this 'intuition' or 'psychic awareness' within is omnipresent, a 'universal knowing' if you like.
      When was the last time you went against your intuition or gut feelings just to hear yourself say 'I knew I shouldn't have done that, I somehow knew it wouldn't work out'?
      This gut instinct, intuition or 6th sense, whatever you want to call it, is our spirit, our subconscious or what I like to call our 'authentic' self speaking to us.
      This very intuitive guide we all have within ourselves, and we can always call upon her provided we have the courage to listen to her.
      So often we take what appears to be the easy option, or we remain in our comfort zone, only to later realize the illusion. For example, have you ever stayed in an abusive or unfulfilling relationship, despite your 'intuition' telling you that you are unhappy and should leave, just to avoid being on your own?
      Have you remained in a dead end job that brings no satisfaction and a poor income, despite your 'intuition' telling you that you could do so much better for yourself if you could find the courage to leave?
      Fear of the unknown, fear of rejection and fear of loneliness are, for me, the three greatest reasons why we choose to be deaf or ignorant to our intuitive guide, and wind up staying in relationships, jobs and situations that we are far from happy with.
      Ask yourself 'what is the secret to finding the happiness I seek?' For our goddess within is the keeper of secrets, your secrets, and the greatest irony is that you are the only one who can know the secrets she has to share with you.
      You must develop the ability to silence the noise of your conscious fears, and allow your mind to be still and silent enough for your intuitive guide or our goddess within to communicate with you. Thus she will reveal the secret to your own happiness.
      The more you learn to trust your intuitive guide, the more aligned you will become with your 'true' desires and your 'true' self. For example, if the quiet voice in your head is telling you that starting an affair with your boss is not a good idea, it may be wise to listen to it!
      If that voice grows ever louder and more persistent about something you are doing or considering, see it as your own High Priestess imploring you to listen ... you need to pay attention! Your conscious self must learn to trust your intuitive self.

      November 20, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
    • Muneef

      If you may allow me to suggest if you have faith in heart but would want to learn more wisdom's and knowledge of the Holy books?
      I would say read the Holy Books start with the "Quran" being the latest Holy book that came combined to correct the older version ones read just for knowledge and not for finding a religion but to learn what they say about God.. And let your real religion or belief be in heart and mind only towards God the creator only...All you can do is communicate with God on daily basis within your self "mind and heart" gracing,thanking him for all health wealth family and talk speak with in total respect within your selves heard or unheard as respectable as should just as speaking talking to a dear elder respectable highly looked upon person and much higher than that...delegating every charity or good deed you do or good spoken word as only for him to reward you for and not the needy people you helped or assisted by any way ...only try to mind the other things that you might already know being sins or those you might come across when reading the holy books and take what you think makes sense to you and heart mind accepts, you might even quote some words of prayers that spoke of by the prophets that been mentioned in the Quran and even the older books since you would fancy using them as being the prayer of your daily communication with God that you know of in your heart and mind ...
      You know if you did these things you are better than any other committed religious person that might have mixed both good and bad deeds or lost in the too much talk,rules and complications about all religions that has got those dragged far from God wants, communications and good deeds...be different but main thing doing that maintain being at whole time clean as told about the ablution of the person ...my wish to God is to give us guidance and get us all out of this mess and have to look upon him only and not to the policies and politics that are carried out by men running our religions as pleased by words they translated or explained wrongfully or deliberately...
      Kindly ask of all to forgive me if have made any one feel unpleasant by any of my postings and feel thankful to all of you for your kind patience... So long now and God Bless All those are here with us...

      November 20, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  6. REal Reality

    An app for the athiest who spend all day trying to convinece themselves thier "logical" thinking " is all they need, because they don't have a soul. Therefore, they can do as they damn well please and not answer for it. Trapped in this "body is all there is box".
    An app that they don't have, so they need to ridicule, name call, those who do.
    The Bottom line, they need an app that teaches them respect and morals. Seems thier's are a bit screwed up. But, what the hell, they can get away with it, for now. Talk about delusional!

    November 20, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  7. Baffled

    What I don't understand is why non-believers put so much time & energy into debating, arguing, bashing & mocking Christians? yes I realize there are snarky & hateful Christians too...(albeit typically in response to hate) Are you non-believers on a mission to convert? Why bother except out of a desire to prove yourself right?? From a psychological perspective, most people who spend this much time defending/convincing ANY topic are usually wrestling with some lingering self-doubt & still trying to convince themselves. If your lives are so great as non- believers, that's fabulous for you...but I ask, why the need to pick on, bully, & belittle those who do believe to the extent you download the app for the sake of picking arguments with believers? It just seems to perpetuate negative energy, hate & bitterness and for what benefit? Is the satisfaction of thinking you are proving someone wrong (& yourself right) that big of a desire of your heart? So many of you are so offensive & attacking; but even if you have beef with a certain Christian or church – it's not everyone else's fault. I'm currently reading the book, When bad Christians happen to Good people bc i've been there & have come full circle... Life church helped me to see that many of us mistakenly put our faith in other Christians instead of God, but pple are sinners & will fail us at some point.  But despite my anger with my church, I never felt such an intense desire to bully & belittle as many as you do...& while I'm just a person – I apologize for the Christians before me who have hurt you and thus you feel such a need to condemn & spew hatred.  

    November 20, 2010 at 10:22 am |
    • Gargoyle

      It's because old-time mindless Biblical literalist, young-earth Christainity is so easy and fun to make fun of!

      November 20, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  8. Reality

    An app for the delusional? An app for those challenged by rational thinking? An app for those trapped in the bible box? An app to waste more of our time? Bottom line, said app is easily replaced by the screen saver, "Do No Harm"

    November 20, 2010 at 8:36 am |
  9. Kellieghrachel

    Depending on what country you were you were born in, who you are born to, and what influences you have had in your life, will depend on what you believe. Stop arguing... its pointless.

    November 19, 2010 at 11:26 pm |
  10. Iqbal khan

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d17Df5eHVLI&w=640&h=390]

    November 19, 2010 at 11:01 pm |
  11. Rhaptoad

    QUOTING " I think humans need something a little more unifying and rooted in the scientific realities"

    Science has a history of misleading people in humorous ways, and luckily guys like Einsten and Newton have been not only brilliant scientific thinkers, but they wrote and spoke in brilliant and humorous ways about their unshakable faith and love for God, and his son, Jesus Christ.

    Thank God for science. Without it we'd get bored.

    According to your scientific views, human
    SurelyUjest

    November 19, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
    • Rhaptoad

      sorry, ignore the part that says

      According to your scientific views, human
      SurelyUjest

      November 19, 2010 at 11:00 pm |
  12. Rhaptoad

    All you atheists just have authority issues.

    November 19, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  13. Wunderin

    Wunderin why people have a hard time believing in a BigBang? Just look at the athiest...can you not believe that they came out of some blast, that came from nothing? Then they are to blasted that they cannot believe beyond thier noses? Not only do they not believe in a God, and sit here and ridicule everyone that don't sgree with them, but the same God they don't believe in, is the first thing they will throw out at a believer, who gets some righteous anger towards thier folly? Kinda stupid dontcha think? Oh, well, look at that believer, I don't see Jesus in them.? Huh? Thought you didn't believe in any Jesus? Duhhhh!

    Thier still sifting thru thier alphabet prim soup! Trying to figure out what holds thier soup? Is it a bowl, a mug a cup? No, its just a porcelain piece of glass! PROVE its bowl, who created it? How long ago, how do I know it had a maker....

    November 19, 2010 at 9:09 pm |
  14. Sam

    An app which shows a random joke, in fact, got downloaded 25 million+ times.

    November 19, 2010 at 9:08 pm |
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