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November 16th, 2010

by Bobby Gruenewald

1 Billion Minutes in 1 Month: Can You Help?

In our YouVersion Webcast today, we just shared exciting news about some recent milestones and future goals. So far, the Bible App has been downloaded more than 10 million times and people have used YouVersion to read the Bible for 3.5 billion minutes! And as thrilled as we are with what God has done so far, we’re confident that He wants to do much, much more to help people fall in love with His Word.

So we’re stepping out with a big goal and hoping you’ll be a part of it too:

1 billion minutes reading the Bible in 1 month.

In January alone, our hope is that users will spend at least 1 billion minutes reading the Bible. For comparison, it took 18 months to reach the first billion minutes, so we’re counting on God to pave the way and awesome people like you to fuel the fire. If you would prayerfully consider whether you can be a part of making this God-sized milestone a reality, here are some things that would really help:

  • If you haven’t already, would you rate YouVersion in iTunes?
  • Please vote for YouVersion in the 4th Annual Mashable Awards.
  • Help your friends install YouVersion on their phones and other devices.
  • Please mention @YouVersion in tweets and in Facebook status updates, encouraging folks to download it to their devices.
  • If you blog, please consider writing at least one post to let your readers know what we’re doing and rallying them to join us. Feel free to use these graphics in your posts.
  • Share the Bible on Christmas Day. You’ll be hearing more about this soon, but it will be a great opportunity to point people to the birth of Christ.
  • Consider serving on the YouVersion team in one of the many different positions that are available: proofreading, user support, app testing, design, development, and more.

Between now and Christmas is when we’ll have the opportunity to make the biggest impact, so it would be really great if you could focus your efforts within that window. Stay tuned to the YouVersion Facebook page or Twitter feed to keep up with the latest.

Thank you so much for your help. We appreciate how much the Swerve community has already done for YouVersion and can’t wait to see how God moves in this next season as person after person spends more time than ever in His Word.

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November 16th, 2010

by Bobby Gruenewald

YouVersion: 10 Million Downloads!

If you didn’t know already, as of this posting, YouVersion’s very special webcast is happening right now (Tuesday, November 16, 2010). We’d be thrilled if you could join us and let your friends know (the webcast page has handy social sharing tools to make it easy).

During the webcast, we are announcing that the YouVersion Bible App has been downloaded more than 10 million times! And we’re also very excited about this: so far, people have used the Bible app to read the Bible for more than 3.5 billion minutes. We are witnessing the Bible being read, engaged with and shared in new, inspiring ways.

While we are thrilled that we get to be a part of what God is doing, we also would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped make it all possible. It’s only through your passion, your commitment, and your help that we have reached these milestones.

We’d like to first thank our publishing partners who make it possible for our users to enjoy so many great translations as they spend time in Scripture. We’d  also like to thank the Swerve community, the YouVersion user community,  all who contribute financially to YouVersion, and YouVersion’s core  group of volunteers. It’s only because of all of these dedicated people  that the Bible App is continuing to grow in usefulness and in reach.

We love God’s Word, and we are humbled that we get to serve Him by sharing it with others. Thank you for being a part of it all. This is just the beginning… millions more are ready for the Bible to become part of their everyday lives. More on that soon!

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November 15th, 2010

by Bobby Gruenewald

Reminder: Special YouVersion Webcast This Tuesday

I just wanted to take a moment to remind you about a very special YouVersion webcast coming up:

THIS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, AT NOON CST (GMT-6)

We would be honored if you could join us and invite your friends. If you missed our earlier message, you can find more information at http://www.youversion.com/webcast. If you have questions about YouVersion or the Bible App, we’d love to try to address those for you during that portion of our webcast. We’re even planning to give away three iPads. (Again, please check the website for details.)

We have a big week planned for YouVersion and the Bible App. We’ll keep you posted right here on Swerve with everything that’s happening.

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November 8th, 2010

by Bobby Gruenewald

LifeChurch.tv comes to your home TV via ROKU

Now in addition to your computer and mobile phone, you can stream LifeChurch.tv content directly to your TV. The LifeChurch.tv channel is now available on the Roku streaming player.What is Roku? Roku is a little box that allows you to instantly stream content from many sources including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon.com, and now LifeChurch.tv.

Version 1.0 of the LifeChurch.tv channel offers the current and recent message series in up to HD 720P resolution. Additionally, the current Talk It Over video (featuring discussion questions about the messages) is available for small groups. Future releases will offer even more content.

LifeChurch.tv is excited to be able to offer content to the more than 1 million Roku users completely free of charge. To learn more about Roku visit Roku.com. To add the LifeChurch.tv channel, visit the channel store on your Roku streaming player. Not a Roku user? No worries. You can always access our messages at http://www.lifechurch.tv/watch or download from OPEN.LifeChurch.tv to use them at your church.

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November 4th, 2010

by Bobby Gruenewald

Special YouVersion Webcast: November 16

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Please join us Tuesday, November 16, at noon CST for a very special webcast about YouVersion. Here’s what you can expect:

•    News about a huge milestone that YouVersion just reached
•    An inside look at some big things coming up, and
•    Vision for where we believe God is taking YouVersion in the future, and how you can play a part.

We’d be thrilled if you could join us and invite your friends.

We’re going to have some fun, and we’ll even be giving away three iPads. YouVersion will send a tweet to announce the webcast, and we’ll automatically register you to win if you retweet that tweet, post about it on your Facebook wall, or if you tweet about the event with a mention. Visit http://webcast.youversion.com for all the details, and then add it to your calendar!

You can follow what YouVersion’s up to in all of these places:
http://twitter.com/youversion
http://facebook.com/youversion
http://blog.youversion.com

We’re really looking forward to this opportunity to share all the exciting things God is doing through YouVersion, and say a big, “Thank you!” to all of you who’ve helped YouVersion come so far, so quickly in making the Bible part of people’s everyday lives.

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