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Bible Apps for Kids and Adults

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Bible Apps for Kids and Adults

Tom Elenbaas

For several years, I've been using something called YouVersion. It's a number of things. It's a Bible App for your device available on App Store, Google Play Store, and Amazon, and has a ton of different versions on it. If you create an account, you can take notes on it, share with friends, and post Scriptures to your favorite Social Media site. We've also used it at South Harbor Church where you can join the group and to view Scripture and Message notes on Sunday mornings, get the notes the pastor is using, keep your own notes, and even submit a prayer concern.

Previous to YouVersion, I used something called the LifeJournal developed by Wayne Cordeiro from New Hope in Oahu. Dan Reeves introduced it to me when he and a group of us were using it for daily reading and journaling. The LifeJournal is a great way to work through all the Scriptures in a year, paying attention to what God has to say in that specific day. He uses a simple system called "SOAP", which you see by clicking here. If you're a paper and pen kind of person, you can purchase them here and the proceeds go to support church planting. In any case, I like Wayne's reading plans - the LifeJournal Reading Plan, and then the First Steps Reading Plan for a little lighter daily load. The cool thing is that these reading plans are also available on YouVersion, and your phone app will remind you daily and keep track of your progress in reading.

This past year, YouVersion came out with a new app for kids. I downloaded the test version right away, and my 4 year old loves it. It's called "The Bible App for Kids" and is available on iTunes, the Google Play Store, and at Amazon. It's an animated storybook that kids can interact with, including some games and pretty good animation. What's cool is that you can read with your family (I have yet to do this... so feel free to beat me to it) by having your little ones use this app, having your younger readers using the Children's Life Journal  and your teens the Youth Life Journal. Just an idea. We did something like this with The Story with our kids several years back and it was cool, so if you haven't done that, you can try that as well, and there are resources for all ages.

 I'd love to know what you think of the Bible App for Kids, YouVersion, The Story, or any other resources you might have found useful for helping your kids learn more about the Bible. To be honest, I need to be more diligent in this area with my family, and as I've been thinking about it I thought I'd share my thoughts with you.

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