Pastor's Corner

26 Dec
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Mid-Week Challenge

YouVersion is probably one of the most popular Bible Apps available.  Each year the makers share how their product was used and the most popular verse downloaded.  The most shared, bookmarked, and highlighted is Isaiah 41:10: “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” 

“This year’s data shows people worldwide are continuing to turn to the Bible in search of comfort, encouragement, and hope,” said Bobby Gruenewald, Pastor, Innovation Leader for Life. Church and YouVersion Founder. “We’re humbled that 10 years after its release, people continue to use the YouVersion Bible App in record numbers to connect with God’s Word.”

The most exciting thing that I learned from this year’s report was that there are more than 1,800 versions in more than 1,250 languages available through the app.   One of the fastest growing areas for Bible use was in Japan.  Bible engagement in Japan saw year-over-year growth of 104 percent. Additionally, Bible engagement in Eastern Europe is growing quickly with Romania seeing an increase of 100 percent. In South America, Chile and Argentina are the fastest growing countries with 79 percent and 60 percent growth in Bible engagement, respectively.

“Many of us grew up with the ability to read the Bible in our heart language, but countless people around the world don’t have that privilege. That’s why we’re passionate about making the Bible available in more languages through the app,” said Gruenewald. “We’re eternally grateful to the generous publishers and Bible societies who have joined us in the mission of increasing worldwide access and engagement with the Bible.” 

The report concluded that “This generation is on pace to become the most Bible-engaged generation ever, and we believe the Church should keep investing in new technologies to help adults and children connect with the Bible,” said Gruenewald. “We’re honored to be a part of how God is reaching people around the globe through His Word, and we’re eager to see how Bible-engaged people make a difference in this world for decades to come.”

Think about how much the ability to get the Bible has changed in your life time.  For me, this report made me more aware of how thankful I should be to have the resources we have for Bible study.  It also is a reminder of how I have taken this opportunity for granted. It comes as a challenge to dig deeper into God’s Word in 2019 and discover His blessings a new as so many around the world are too.   

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11

Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan


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