What’s Bible Style?
Share the Bible.is app with your friends and family, and help them engage with the God’s Word daily. As you enjoy time in the Bible, you will find you have a new kind of swag in your daily walk. And that my friends, is Bible Style.
Simply go to your favorite app store, find Bible.is, and download it to your device.
Welcome to August!
It has been a great summer so far and we have learned about a great deal of Biblical characters. Following these fact filled months of “Manly Mentors of the Bible” and “Wonder Women of the Word”, we are excited to embrace a new journey with you.
So, what’s next…?
Over the month of August, we will be celebrating our children and youth with the Bible and characters from the Bible. We found it only fitting to focus on children during the month of August, with Vacation Bible School’s wrapping up and the commencement of a new school year just around the corner.
Join us each day on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest as we rejoice in “The Heart of a Child”. We will ponder scriptures about our youth and meditate on God’s direction for us to help lead the upcoming generations towards a focus on the Word of God and God’s Love for each one of them.
Wonder Women are here…
Just as the Bible is full of many great manly mentors, it is also filled with many “Wonder Women”. In the month of July, we will take time to celebrate these wonderful women of the Word just like we did with the “Manly Mentors”. Follow us each day as we post on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
We would love to see you engage with us as we learn from those lovely ladies who came before us, helping to pour that foundation of Christianity, upon which we stand so firmly. So share your knowledge and insight on these wonder women and maybe you might even know some present day wonder women of God’s Word. We would love to hear about them too.
Theres an email making its rounds with a song called Wheres the Line for Jesus?: Where’s the Line to See Jesus. It talks about a child at the mall who sees the line to see Santa Claus and he innocently asks this question:
Wheres the line to see Jesus…?
A few years back ( before the advent of outdoor malls ) the mall in our town had a gorgeous life sized Nativity scene. It was placed front and center as you walked in the mall. A couple years later, it was placed back by the food court.
The last time I saw it displayed, it was tucked away in a nook on the far side of a failing department store. I was glad to see that Chicagos Daly Plaza still displays a Nativity Scene.
My question for you is:
Is there a Nativity Scene, in a mall or public place, in your town?
Today is the day! You can join thousands of other Bible.is users from around the globe on the 40 Day Walk With Jesus. The best part? You can join from the comfort of your Bible.is app for iOS, Android, or Facebook.
The Walk takes you through the New Testament a few chapters at a time, letting you listen, read, and share your way through the greatest story ever told. You’ll finish right before Easter!
That’s right–you can experience the entire New Testament in just 40 days with people from around the world, whether you use your iOS device, Android, or Facebook!
40 Day Walk WIth Jesus is brought to you by Bible.is, a ministry of Faith Comes By Hearing.
We think Troy Carl, who serves as National Director of Faith Comes By Hearing, says it best: “While the Bible.is apps are great at home, in church and on-the-go, we really see them as a part of a larger strategy to fulfill the Great Commission.”
We want the entire world to be able to listen to the Bible in their heart language, and having 1,000,000 people start listening–in a matter of months!–is a huge first step toward the mission.
People from 166 countries have engaged in God’s Word through Bible.is, with a remarkable average listening time of 36 minutes per person.
We’re working hard to help more people than ever experience the Bible in 2011, with localization in many languages, continual feature updates, and a thriving community that spur one another on.
We all want to start the year off right. The Bible.is community knows that reading, listening to, and sharing the Bible is a great way to get into the treasure of the Bible on a regular basis. How do we come together and spur one another on in this endeavor for 2011?
Simple: The Listening Tree Facebook Group!
You see, for 35 years, Faith Comes By Hearing has created listening groups around the world where people–some of them for the first time ever–experience the Word of God together in their heart language. Often this Bible engagement group happens under the shade of a large tree in a village.
Why not bring the power of listening together to our Facebook community?
That’s exactly what we’re doing, and we want you to join us. During the month of January our Bible.is Listening Tree group on Facebook will listen to a chapter of Proverbs a day to start the year off right. We’ll follow the same simple process that people all over the world have for many years.
Best of all, you can follow along through your Bible.is app for iPhone, iPad, Android, or Online.
Join your Bible.is friends under the Listening Tree and start 2011 with the wisdom and inspiration only found in Gods Word.
Update: This giveaway is finished. Thanks for all who participated!
In honor of our recent launch of Bible.is for iPad and the holiday season, we’re happy to help you share the Word about Bible.is, and enter to win an iPad!
Share the Word, Get the iPad!
Faith Comes By Hearing is focused on recording and distributing the Bible in what we refer to as ones heart language. Dictionary.com lists 17 definitions for heart. The first two are biological, but the next three are:
- the center of the total personality
- the center of emotion
- capacity for sympathy; feeling affection; spirit, courage, or enthusiasm
When the right information is in someones heart language, a transformation can occur. This truth hit home to me in a big way a few years ago and has stayed with me ever since.
I had received a Christian prayer in an email from a pastor friend. The prayer used the word spirit instead of God, Lord or Holy Spiritwords I am used to when referencing Jesus. To me it seemed very new age and not very Christian. I asked the pastor about it, who told me it was a prayer from a Christian Native American tribe. In hindsight, the prayer was in their heart languageit used the words that spoke best to their hearts. To me the language seemed foreign and potentially blasphemous, but to the tribe it could not have been more holy.
I realized, then, that if they were only allowed to hear or read the Bible in my language, with my cultural subjectivity injected, they would not be able to connect with the truth in it. Some people love the King James Version of the Bible because it is what they have heard their whole lives and the language to which they connect. I prefer more modern language because I am a more recent Christian and also because I have read the Bible all the way through in a more modern version than the King James..
On January 9, 2009, an article appeared in one of Frances leading newspapers, Le Monde, in which Henry Tourneux, who has been associated with development projects in Africa for many years, tells of how development efforts have failed because they did not take the language of the people into account. In one example, a family planning program translated contraception as close the road to children. As you can imagine, the message was not well received. They could have used a metaphor well-known to the culture such as space out sorghum plants in the field. Henry Tourneux has many such examples, which is why he is trying to get language recognized as a key issue in development.
At Bible.is we believe that if we are going to reach people around the world with our Audio Bible app and text Bible app, it needs to do more than just translate the written and spoken Word. In fact, it is vital that we speak to them in their heart language. This is why our recording professionals are indigenous to the culture where we distribute our Audio Bibles and Bible app.
At Faith Comes by Hearing we have been giving the Bible away in print and audio for over 35 years. As we release our Bible apps for iPhone, Facebook, and Android in more and more languages, we will be reaching out in the native heart language of our listeners. This will help them better understand and relate to the Bible, and ultimately the Word of God.