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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

Filed under: Belief • Bible • Christianity • Technology

soundoff (533 Responses)
  1. A different tony

    If the media was not so biased towards religion, and the religious people so fond opf "spreading their word",we would have a sensible "unbelief blog" as well to read.

    November 19, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  2. tony

    gotta love hypocritical crap

    November 19, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  3. Buddha

    Ok, game's over. And now, if you've all had your fun, form a line and follow me down this path.

    November 19, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  4. HeisGod

    I just love it when the Atheists/Agnostics take the Word of God just to twist it and spew their vicious hate like demons from hell! They are the laughing stock of America....it is only 1.4% of Atheist and 2.4 of confused Agnostics. THANK GOD!!!!

    November 19, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
    • asrael

      Finally: a living, breathing example of "spewing"...

      November 19, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
    • Frogist

      I just love when Christians use their alleged bounty of love and peace to spew their vicious hate like demons from hell. It teaches me so much about Jesus.

      November 19, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
    • Sum Dude

      @HeisGod
      Where's the love? I'm not feeling the love here....?

      November 19, 2010 at 7:11 pm |
  5. CenterStage

    People who have not read. . .and studied. . . the Bible should not make uneducated comments about its contents. No where does it say that a woman working outside the home should be killed. Read Prov. 31: 10-31. The "virtuous" woman not only brings home the bacon, but she fries it up in a pan. Also, there isn't a commandment in the 10 Commands that give permission to parents to kill their children for disobediece. Parents are directec to DISCIPLINE their children because we LOVE them and want to direct them to make right choices. If you're going to quote the book, at least read it first to make sure you're quoting accurately. And, our opinions don't really matter. God does not and will not change or alter Who He is just because someone disagrees with Him or His ways. To those of you who will want to make comments about my post, please don't. The Creator of the universe doesn't need me to argue for Him. One day "every knee WILL bow and every tongue WILL confess that Jesus is Lord". Rom. 14:11. Whether you agree with it, or like it or not. End of story. End of discussion.

    November 19, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  6. HeisGod

    God is speaking loud and clear through media and through technology. Those who reject God will be risking their souls to Lucifer, the devil....don't do it!

    November 19, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
    • GOD

      MY WORDS ARE NOT CLEAR TO YOU
      MACHINES ARE ONLY TOOLS
      WORDS ARE NOT COMMUNICATION
      QUIT SAYING STUPID THINGS
      YOU WILL MISUNDERSTAND THIS ALSO
      YOU CANNOT UNDERSTAND ME
      YOU CANNOT PERCEIVE ME
      I AM NOT TALKING TO YOU
      YOU WILL DIE ANYWAY
      STOP SAYING YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN
      YOU DO NOT KNOW MY THOUGHTS

      November 19, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  7. gee

    ignore your family......-read the bible.
    -don't you know, the devils in your smart-phone!!?

    November 19, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  8. MrManny10

    Just because it hit 10 Million Downloads Doesn't mean people are reading it, i have so many apps on my android that i use once in a while. I have apps there that i just have there JUST IN CASE lol. Good for the Religious Brainwashed folks though, good fiction book 🙂

    November 19, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  9. locdvegan

    'if you do want to praise Him, don't hinder me...'

    sounds cool but i don't think a whole bunch of ppl whipn out their smart phones in Church is a good idea lol

    November 19, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  10. mightyfudge

    No one knows what happens when we die, and anyone claiming such knowledge is a liar and probably want's your money.

    November 19, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
    • Reallythough

      Can't take it with you.

      November 19, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  11. Alex

    The bible is just a terrible storytelling. Maybe one of the worse book even written.

    November 19, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  12. TwinCitiesJay

    So many sad, cynical people here.

    November 19, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
    • asrael

      And thanks for playing...

      November 19, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  13. Tom

    They can download it all they want, but they certainly won't read it.

    November 19, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  14. science101

    10 million suckers

    November 19, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
    • Sum Dude

      Sounds like a super-giant Blble-octopus is sucking out their brainz through their "SmartPhones". How ironic.

      November 19, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  15. Rich

    As an atheist, I think this is GREAT. When people actually read the bible, they inevitably become atheists.

    November 19, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  16. Alex

    To have that thing in your smartphone is a really waste of memory.

    November 19, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  17. faulpelz

    Alas, more absurdity. The god-absurd book strengthens the believers only–faith-based reality. Now we can rest at ease, finally, and for the zilliontth time over, of course, that Adam was so mentally challenged that he had no way at all, no inherit genius approach to stop the maniacal God and sly, devious Eve from bringing this entire biblical morass into our dumbfounded 9 to 5 lives forever.

    November 19, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  18. God

    Before christianity was a religion, it was a cult.

    November 19, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  19. John

    No need to argue with those who don't believe. Each of us as Christians have had an encounter with God that those from the outside cannot understand. I only pray that those who criticize God's Word will come to know Him.

    November 19, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
    • Frogist

      @John: Excellent idea! Please keep all the believers in thir own space where they can agree. And keep them away from influencing the public sphere where all of us have to live.

      November 19, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  20. Look_a_moose!

    The rights of god end where my property line begins.

    November 19, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
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