International (MNN) — A new technological partnership is
creating a global communications community of believers.
"Now, anyone around the globe with access to a computer
and an Internet connection will be able to listen to God's Word," said
Bobby Gruenewald, LifeChurch.tv Pastor and Innovation Leader. "By making Audio Bibles available for free, we hope to remove many of the economic
and cultural obstacles that can stand in the way of people experiencing
Faith Comes By Hearing and LifeChurch.tv have united to
offer God's Word in audio at YouVersion.com.
"Faith Comes by Hearing's Audio Bibles are dramatized,
word-for-word Scripture recordings complete with sound effects and music,"
said Troy Carl, Faith Comes by Hearing's national director. "People can
listen to the Word of God while reading along or discussing with others through
the free online Bible at YouVersion.com."
YouVersion is a free online Bible with an emphasis on
community, collaboration and personalized content. Visitors to YouVersion can
read the Bible in different versions and languages, bookmark favorite verses,
and create an online journal to record insights or comments. With the addition
of FCBH's Audio Bible, believers can also listen to Scripture readings.
"We immediately received positive feedback about this
streaming Audio Bible integration into YouVersion.com," Carl said.
Nearly 2 million
people from over 200 nations are using YouVersion, spending over half a billion
minutes, or 1,100 years, reading God's Word.
"Users have responded very enthusiastically to the
addition of Audio Bibles on YouVersion.com and have let us know they are
spending more time in God's Word with this new feature," Gruenewald added.