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. SantaBeliever

    For your information people...Santa Claus did exist..historically. Read...http://www.stnicholascenter.org/Brix?pageID=35

    The Easter Bunny? Go google St.Nicholas
    Spring also symbolized new life and rebirth; eggs were an ancient symbol of ferti-lity. According to History.com, Easter eggs represent Jesus' resurrection. However, this association came much later when Roman Catholicism became the dominant religion in Germany in the 15th century and merged with already ingrained pagan beliefs.

    The first Easter bunny legends were doc-u-mented in the 1500s. By 1680, the first story about a rabbit la-yi-ng eggs and hiding them in a garden was published. These legends were brought to the United States in the 1700s when German immi-grants settled in Pennsylvania Dutch country, according to the University of Florida's Center for Children.

    Of course, no one really worships this as was done in Pagan times, no more then believing a rabbit layed eggs,lol.. The Catholic Church interpeted the symbolism only, and used it as a form of acknowledging the Ressu-rection of Jesus. So, it was something that passed down, having its met-hods of pagan worship to the items changed to a whole different thing.

    Is the tooth fairy real Of course! Your Mom or in some cases ,Dad, was the Tooth Fairy!

    So relax and enjoy it all. Have a Great Evening and don't forget to Smile...Life is short!

    November 19, 2010 at 8:53 pm |
  2. fllthepwr

    "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come" Mathew 24:14

    November 19, 2010 at 8:05 pm |
  3. john r

    And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come...Mathew 24:14

    November 19, 2010 at 8:01 pm |
  4. Mic4life

    Well it is the best selling book of all time... why not be the best selling (?) app!

    November 19, 2010 at 7:32 pm |
  5. David

    “Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day;
    Give him a religion, and he’ll starve to death while praying for a fish”

    November 19, 2010 at 7:32 pm |
  6. Barbarian

    Cool. I just found out I can stone my wife to death since she wasn't a virgin on our wedding night. Oh, and I can sell my daughter into slavery. Awesome!

    PS – I think it's a ripoff that I can't covet my neighbors wife, but apparently women can covet their neighbor's husbands.

    November 19, 2010 at 7:31 pm |
  7. Christianity

    Hasn't anyone here just realized that religion is just plain foolish?

    November 19, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  8. Michael

    Such hypocrisy I smell. And it's not coming from the Christians this time....

    November 19, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  9. jason

    10 million, that's it!! I thought it would be more. Well, looks like humanity may finally be coming out of that 2000yr old trance. Maybe there is hope.

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

    Properly read, the bible is the most potent force for Atheism ever conceived. – Isaac Asimov

    November 19, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  11. David

    "Since then, users have spent 3.5 billion minutes trolling through Bible passages. "

    lol, I'm guessing "trolling" here means different things depending on whether the reader was religious or atheist.

    November 19, 2010 at 7:12 pm |
  12. oatieann

    Religion has been the number 1 source of confusion in my life. The concept of religion is too diversified. And it certainly does nothing to unite mankind. Of course MY religion would solve all the world's problems if everyone believed just like ME. But I AM right you know.

    November 19, 2010 at 7:06 pm |
  13. Roland

    10 million download means 10 million saved. That is good.

    November 19, 2010 at 7:05 pm |
  14. a slozomby

    So it is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you can win a hundred battles without a single loss.

    November 19, 2010 at 7:02 pm |
  15. jesus777

    All you out there that think the bible is some fairy tale or a joke, I feel sorry for you, I pray you all see the light and repent of your sins and accept Jesus into your hearts before its too late.
    And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

    November 19, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
    • Sum Dude

      Bring it on! I prefer an honest fight. LET the end times come – they will put an end to your lies!

      November 19, 2010 at 7:05 pm |
  16. Scott A

    Is it the Phelps version of the Bible (the one that says God hates anyone different and who isn't white) or is it the progressive form of the Bible? Considering it came from Oklahoma, its probably the hateful version.

    November 19, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
    • David

      I'm guessing the bible is the same... it's the interpretation that differs. Some people can read "the sky is blue" and go crazy. Others just read "the sky is blue" and carry on.

      November 19, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
  17. Edward Nashville, TN

    Why is it that any story that has to do with Chrisitanity (or any other faith) becomes a debate between athiests and believers. People love to bash each other's beliefs. let everyone make up their own minds about what they believe and be civil to one another.

    November 19, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
    • Sum Dude

      You really want to babble about the SmartPhone app? Or would you rather talk about something else entirely? Your choice.

      November 19, 2010 at 7:07 pm |
  18. Reallythough

    It just escapes me as to why the same people login to this thing all the time: the "belief" section and do nothing but try to tear it down and criticize those that do believe? Why is that? If believers are all fools and idiots do you consider yourself doing them a favor by teaching them? Even the bible itself considers correcting a fool a waste of time. Why do it?

    November 19, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  19. Don in Nevada

    It seems that if God made us then technically he is the co-author of all books because a piece of him is in each of us and the various fruits of our labor.

    November 19, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  20. Truth

    The Bible remains the best selling book on the planet every year. Any Bible apps are sure to sell amazingly because the words have been changing lives for thousands of years and continues to do so today. No surprise here.

    November 19, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
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