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. Truth

    I've got the Olive Tree app and I love it.

    November 19, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  2. PH

    Poke fun and say fairy tales of the Bible stories – this same Jesus rose from the dead and is Lord and Christ over all. Every man and woman from the beginning of time will stand before HIM and give an account of their lives. If you have not accepted HIM as Lord and Savior in THIS LIFE and have not received by faith the forgiveness provided by HIS dying for your sins on the cross, then know that the mouth of hell is wide open for you and you WILL go there. That is not a threat – it is a fact, clearly outlined in the Bible and the reality that He rose from the dead declares it to be so. Only Jesus can forgive your sin and make you justified before a HOLY GOD to whom we have to give account. A hard word for you and you will find that heaven is not a fairy tale – but a place after death ...eternity with God and HELL the same, an eternity lost without God – to those who chose not to believe on His son , Jesus – Hell ... this place filled with endless torment and it goes on forever and ever. The one who rose from the dead, Jesus, spoke of it often in Scripture as a warning and most dreadful to image. There is no crossing over once you die. So it is your decision. Read the book of JOHN in the New Testament and open your eyes and heart to who HE is and quit relying on what all these others say because they have closed their eyes.....Jesus said it is appointed unto man once to die and then the judgment. It requires a decision NOW about who HE is and a choice to live for HIM. Whether you choose to believe or not will not negate the truth here and you stand to lose all. Ask HIM to forgive you of your sins and invite HIM into your life and you will find HIM to be alive and real – try it. Challenge yourself to find out and quit relying on the loose talk of others who do not know and choose not to. What you find will change your life and where you spend eternity. Tell a friend.

    November 19, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
    • jesus777

      AMEN PH!!!! People need to hear the truth. Time is running out, God, Jesus, and the Bible are REAL!!!!!! Trust it, read it, have faith in our LORD!!! Jesus is the only way folks, we will all see Jesus one day, trust me!!!!!

      November 19, 2010 at 6:57 pm |
    • Sum Dude

      I prayed as a believer for the truth and saw the lies in the Bible as plain as day. Now I am an agnostic. Praise the truth!

      November 19, 2010 at 7:01 pm |
  3. Michael


    Why would an "all knowing" being try to get figs from a tree when he, and EVERYONE else in the region, knows they are out of season? – It was normal for the fig tree in the vicinity of Jerusalem to begin to put forth new leaves in the latter part of March or early April, the time of the Passover. This tree was apparently fully leaved out, in which case it should have had ripened figs on it, although the time of ripe figs was in June.

    Why would he then get angry and use his powers to kill the tree? – I don’t think that Jesus cursed the fig tree because he was angry. Notice the end of this verse says, "and his disciples heard him say it." This is why he cursed the tree – so his disciples would hear it and learn the lesson which he was trying to teach them. John 1:3 states, "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." Christ had created the fig tree so that it would produce fruit. We are also created to produce fruit.

    Why didn't he do something positive, like make it bloom? Technically it was in already in early bloom. Also God cannot make us do anything we do not want to do. He gave us free will and it is our choice on how to use it. We choose whether to bloom...or not.

    Didn't he create the tree and seasons in the first place? Now this tree cannot feed anyone anymore. Was it somehow the tree's fault? – In scripture the fig tree sometimes represents Israel. If that is the case here, then Jesus is warning that if the nation rejects him, they will dry up and wither away. The fig tree could also represent Christian fruit. If we don’t use our talents for the Lord and be faithful in ministry, we may find our gifts drying up and our influence for the kingdom diminish. Jesus specifically says this tree represents faith. If we allow our faith to grow, we will bear fruit. However, if we allow our spiritual walk to stagnate, we may discover that we have become dried up and bitter.

    I love your line of questioning! Keep digging and keep asking questions and the Lord will reveal!! I hope this helps a little. Take Care!!

    November 19, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  4. bilbao

    That's funny; they call it the SmartPhone but they downloaded the Bible, of all things.

    November 19, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  5. george in texas

    chrstianity in danger today. 10 million download is just 3 pct of population of usa. people are not responding to calls to jesus from such stalwarts as pat robertosn, preacher hagee, pope and on and on. a christian america devoted to israel can only ensure israel's security and salvation of christian people as hagee informs. this separation of church and state that so many jewish lawyers have fought for across usa is not helping israel. an atheists, heathen muslim coalition majority will stop the 3bils a year aid to israel, and then want happens when jesus comes back again? jehova will cuss at us, he wants us not to ignore him.

    November 19, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  6. George

    The greatest thing is ...the app is free. I've had it for over a year on my BB. I do read the Bible more because of this app. Thanks to you NewLifetv

    November 19, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  7. John of Florida

    "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."

    How do they know users have been reading the bible with the app for 3.5 billion minutes? Does the app on every smartphone send a report to their server every time a user runs it and says how long they were actually reading? I'm a Christian myself, but a statement like that seems kinda strange, if not eerie.

    November 19, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  8. scroo yoo


    How can a god exist in a world with child rapists and poor people dying of AIDS

    November 19, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
    • Jay

      The same reason why he allow you, who believe he doesn't exist, live

      December 1, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
  9. Mario

    10 million brainwashed chumps, that's pretty sad. Christianity is total nonsense and responsible for more hate and violence than any other idiotic religion.

    November 19, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  10. Dan

    Plants vs Zombies is better

    November 19, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
    • Sum Dude

      The plants would win, the jesus-zombies would not.

      November 19, 2010 at 7:10 pm |
  11. wsong33

    OK this is for all those who posted misinforamation about the bible on this site, please pray attention:
    Science says, man was created from space dust (story came out last year) the bible says man was created from the "dust" of the earth aka space dust. Science says, the earth was once a large land mass and split apart. The bible says, the earth was once a single land mass and God split it up. Science says, the earth is round and suspended in space, the bible says "HE sits above the circle of the earth and in another passage, He suspends the earth over nothing. Just read the bible, don't take somebody's word for it, read it yourself. The bible gave us important scientific information thousands of years ago. It's true, it's real and unless you read it for yourself, you'll never know and you'll miss so much. God bless.

    November 19, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  12. TyTBone

    I'm continually amazed by the hatred expressed because people choose to believe differently than others.

    November 19, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  13. Damien

    this isn't news, the bible is the most widely read book in the world, of course the app would be extremely popular

    November 19, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  14. muahahaaa

    I believe the reason people are so hostile to religion is because it tends to preach intolerance and ignorance. So many of its followers are so disgustingly hypocritical it's a disgrace to humanity.

    November 19, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  15. A different tony

    Do christians believe in an all powerful god? Or just the limited capability, mostly weather changing, sprite described in the bible?

    November 19, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  16. ObvUsername

    I hope some of the people using the app read the whole book at some point. it's called the "good book" not the "good snippet". Taking isolated passages out of context is what's makes organized religion into facism-lite these days.

    November 19, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  17. stu

    If God created the universe 6000 years ago, how can we see stars 7000 light years away? Hmmmm.

    November 19, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  18. MrManny10

    I wonder what would god would say that technology is making his so called man written book DIGITAL? Is that a sin, will you go to hell for having an app and not the actual physical book? What would god do?

    November 19, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  19. Religion is for the weak minded

    So now an electronic version of the "lieble" is available..... Religion is evil all of them.... Go Atheism

    November 19, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  20. MrManny10

    Funny how when you go to church..you have to pay money for the church, then you have to get up every whatever day you attend church, just to be with other god believing folks? Why can't people just worship god on there own, pray on there own, and be a good person by themselves? Why do you need to go to a location, meet with other people, and pray together with other people? that's one thing i just don't understand, isn't your belief between god and yourself? why be with a flock of people? hmm is called control!

    November 19, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
    • Greg

      No, it's not control. Don't you enjoy being around people. Humans are made for relationships. True, you don't have to go to church to be a Christian, but typically when you are a Christian you enjoy spending some time discussing things about God with other Christians.

      November 19, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
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