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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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soundoff (533 Responses)
  1. dave gress

    it's a shame that so many take their fantasy so seriously. Fantasy should be fun. What's an even bigger shame is that they are so easily scammed by religion. Be honest, religion has done nothing for you and never will.

    November 19, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
    • Greg

      I disagree. Faith and the spiritual community I am in helps me everyday.

      November 19, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  2. Rock God

    Do you think these people realize that The Bible was written, edited, and translated by human beings?

    November 19, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  3. Look_a_moose!

    Ah, but it's the responsibility of those who exist on a stronger moral fabric to reign in the unclean, unwashed, and uneducated. To show them the error of their ways, and allow them to see the light and worship it(or not).

    November 19, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
    • look_a_squirrel

      If you say so, then okay. Yet, it seems that there are (reading the posts) as many or more "non-believers" who find it absolutely necessary to do the same. Same 'ol, same 'ol.

      November 19, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
    • Look_a_moose!

      hence the (or not) bit at the end.

      November 19, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
    • look_a_squirrel

      Ah! I suppose it was the post about your "property line" that led me to "believe" which side of the fence you were standing (obviously your own).

      November 19, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  4. Limbaugh is a liberal

    I applaud this application. Maybe it will actually make Bible thumpers READ the book they cherry pick from.

    November 19, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  5. Christian - my name, not the fairy tale.

    Christianity:
    The belief that a cosmic Jewish Zombie who was his own father can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree...yeah, that makes perfect sense.

    November 19, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
    • dave gress

      Great definition. I'm saving this for future reference and to re-post as much as I can. Thanks!

      November 19, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  6. Pastor Evans

    Praise the Lord...this is part of the Great Commision to go into ALL THE WORLD and spread the Gospel of the Kingdom and then the end will, meaning the return of Jesus Christ. While many in this world, particularly in the United States want to try and keep God out of everything, He always invades His way into our lives because He has that right, and I'm thankful for that. Many nations outside of the United States such as over in the far east, Africa, and even parts of Russia have more of a desire for God than this country. They need to come over here and evangelize this country.

    November 19, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
    • Look_a_moose!

      The "rights of god" end where my property line begins.

      November 19, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  7. VegasRage

    Ten million sheep, baaaaaaaaaaaaaah

    November 19, 2010 at 4:13 pm |
    • Tacoma

      @VegasRage

      November 19, 2010 at 7:57 pm |
    • Tacoma

      Sorry for the double reply, technical problems.

      @VegasRage

      So the bible actually refers to Jesus as the shepard and his followers as his sheep. So when you call us sheep, I don't know that you're insulting us much considering it's a name we embrace, though I doubt we look at it with the same conotation that you do. It's like in early AD when people mocked followers of Christ by calling them Christians, welp we took that as a big insult, in fact we hated it so much we started to call ourselves christians.

      November 19, 2010 at 8:07 pm |
  8. Daniel

    Hopefully this signifies the start of Americans coming back to Christ. I'm sick of how this country is loosing it's Christian roots. Sarah Palin for President in 2012, a reawakening of Christian values, prayer in schools. Christianity decared the official religion of The United States!!!! Praise be the Lord. The Bible is the one true book, the only book you need to live a true and pure life.

    November 19, 2010 at 4:13 pm |
    • Frogist

      ROTFL@Daniel! *facepalm*

      November 19, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  9. Mr. T

    I believe in God and believe in His Word. What do I lose if I later find out that I am wrong?

    BUT IF YOU ARE WRONG,listen to this,I pity the fool who says there is no God.

    November 19, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
    • Look_a_moose!

      Pity me by giving me your money, then. That way I can know you mean it.

      November 19, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
    • dave gress

      Here's what you have to loose: valuable time and energy that could be spent doing something productive or even just plain fun.

      November 19, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
    • Know What

      "...believe in His Word"

      Which "Word" - the Bible, the Koran, the Book of Mormon, the Hindu Vedas, the Icelandic Eddas, umpty-ump others? What if you have picked the wrong one - oops!

      November 19, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
    • David

      @Know What: I'm assuming Mr T is talking about the god that a little over half the people believe in? Imagine a kingdom where the peasants squabble over the nature of the king.... their particular beliefs don't change the nature of the king or reality at all; they all just worship/revere/whatever the king from their perspective.

      November 19, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  10. joe

    Does this come with a free altar boy?

    November 19, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
    • VegasRage

      Hey they are just trying to help make altar boys more holey. Such clergy just happen to start by increasing their holiness in their butts.

      November 19, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
    • David

      Atheists. Classy as always.

      November 19, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
  11. Ron H.

    Sickening and disgusting.
    The systematic brainwashing of the masses prevails EVERYWHERE.

    November 19, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
    • SC

      Yeah exactly. All those brainwashed God haters. Victims of the machine

      November 19, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  12. grizz4freedom

    I suspect, Revelations most read...why? because we are experiencing the beginning of them...

    November 19, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
    • Know What

      If the Book of Revelation would have predicted that, "In the days of ignorance, 90% of Christians wilst quoteth the incorrect name of this book" it would hold a little more substance.

      November 19, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  13. JamesNM

    Really, the only true hope the world has is God, so reading his word is a good thing. Man certainly hasn't improved things on his own.

    November 19, 2010 at 4:04 pm |
  14. He'sAlive

    Thus saith the antichrist.

    November 19, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
    • HA

      The antichrist says He's Alive? Whaaat?

      November 19, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  15. Steve

    We live in a times where these resources are more relevant and needed today, then any period in human history. We now have access to an enormous array of technologies, archeological findings, scientific and theoretical mathematics discoveries that are all pointing in the same direction.

    The greatest gifts from the ancient world has been these sacred texts whether the Torah, Koran, or the Holy Bible, that we may be able understand ourselves, each other, and the events that are rapidly engulfing this world.

    November 19, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
  16. Grace

    Santa Claus will cease to exist when When our Lord Jesus Christ comes the judge the unbelieving and rebellious.

    November 19, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  17. Iqbal khan

    Read Read Read or Download for free the book is full of historical facts, also check many other lectures all free

    "What Jesus Really Say"..... on Amazon.com this book is about 35 dollars

    http://www.islamhouse.com/p/193556

    November 19, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  18. He'sAlive

    Jesus is indeed Lord. The Matchless Son of God rose from the dead, sits now at the right hand of the Father, and one day will rule over a new heaven and new earth, inhabitied by those who love and believe in Him. What about you? Have you met the King of Glory? Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your heart.

    November 19, 2010 at 3:47 pm |
    • Og the caveman

      Jesus not have match? Then he shud go to match.com or use a butane lighter like Og does.

      November 19, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
    • Sum Dude

      @He'sAlive
      I thought it was God who was in the business of "hardening hearts". If so, then it doesn't matter what you say, does it? You don't want to go against God's will, would you? Better think about it some more....!

      November 19, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  19. Rankor

    10 million !! im gonna be rich people r so gullable

    November 19, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  20. Charles

    I am a Mormon and Mormons read the Bible a lot also, as well as other books. Our church has a website http://www.LDS.org. On our church website you can search all of our scriptures as well as the Bible. However, you can also have the website read the Bible to You if you are somewhat board of reading or happen to have not so good eyesight. I just thought I would mention that. Imagine the ability to download the Bible on MP3'S and listening to it in your car or portable MP3 player.

    November 19, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
    • Frogist

      @Charles: I had a discussion with a few Mormons the other day on this very blog. And they were the nicest, most polite, full sentence-using, good grammar-having religious group I've ever met on here. The difference between them and the angry, spiteful christians who posted to this article is like black and white. The Mormons and I disagreed but they were respectful about it. They obviously cared about Christian ideas of kindness and sharing more than these people.

      November 19, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
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