4) YouVersion: The Bible You Always Wanted for Free

YouVersion_logo_The-Bible-App_for-lightIf you haven’t visited YouVersion for a while, it’s worth the time.

Thanks to the organizers, you finally have a free bible on your phone, tablet, and computer. It’s simple, clean and ad-free, with 150 million installs (and counting). With it, you can read, study, subscribe to Bible-reading plans, and use it across all your devices, with your notes, bookmarks, highlights, and plans syncing perfectly. And by visiting their “Now” page at…

You can get an idea of how much use the product is getting. (A lot, by the way.) So far, they’ve incorporated 982 versions in 679 languages. YouVersion is a ministry of, which, in and of itself, is worth a visit. Wow.

They began in Oklahoma City with 40 people meeting in a two-car garage in 1996. They have multiple locations in five states, along with 20 tv campuses. considers them the 5th most influential church in the USA. If you have kids, see the next item. :-)

12) The Most Affordable Bible Study App for your SmartPhone

blbWhat would you say is the best Bible study app for the money? We asked our new web publicist (Tina) and she immediately responded with BLB.

Her reasoning? First, it’s free. Always has been, always will be. Second, she says it’s easy, fast, and thorough when looking up original meanings of words. She says it breaks down the whole verse one word at a time. If that’s the case, it’s probably every bit as good at that as some of the “big guns” that charge a lot. So basically, BLB just might be a great “poor man’s Bible study app.” Sounds like it’s worth giving it a whirl! Unfortunately, it’s only available for iPhone. But there’s a mobile site for those with other versions:

12) How to Avoid being Ineffective and Nonproductive —

According to II Peter 1:5-8, “Add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.” Peter goes on to add that, “If you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (II Peter 1:8) I think it’s time we sought out those biblical qualities! :-)

14) The BackPage: is A Keeper —

bible studyIt’s got to be one of the best deals in town. We’ve mentioned it before, …

It’s the Holman Christian Standard Bible … but it’s a lot more than a regular Bible – and it’s all free. Point to any word and learn about the Hebrew or Greek. Hover over any footnote and see an explanatory pop-up. Check out the free word studies, dive into the topical concordance, look up terms in the free Bible dictionary, and even listen to videos and other media about each scripture. Bottom line: If you’ve got the bandwidth and access to the internet, the Holman Study Bible online is one of the best deals in town. In fact, if you register (also free), it’ll save your notes, highlighting, and all your accompanying work.

But maybe you have a similar site at some other Bible publishing house. I don’t know of many for this price. Do you? If so, please jot a note in the Comments after this item on the web. Thanks in advance for any resources you can share.

4) Bible Storytelling Training in Ireland

Over 80% of the world cannot (or does not prefer to) learn from reading. Story is the communication vehicle of choice for these oral learners. Take part in a “Simply the Story” (STS) workshop in Greystones, Co. Wicklow, Rep of Ireland from April 28 to May 2. You’ll learn ways to tell fascinating, accurate stories and to lead interactive discussions on Bible passages. Equip teams for short-term missions trips. Add excitement to family devotions. Witness naturally at work. Maximize church planting on the mission field.

Download the workshop brochure and find out more information here:

Or contact Kathy

9) LOGOS March Madness Begins Now

Every year, thousands participate at…

Hundreds of the individual titles will be on sale, but chosen by users based on authors. Last year’s champion was D. A. Carson. The year prior, N. T. Wright. Most likely, you’ll want a say in what books get heavily discounted. The winner’s works are discounted at 75% off! It’s a great (and fun) idea. Hats off to the people at LOGOS for suggesting it. And while you’re at it, don’t forget that LOGOS books and Bibles purchased at…

result in you getting a 15% discount AND LOGOS also makes a donation to Brigada in your name. Thanks in advance for any purchases you make there! When have you ever had such a great excuse to go splurge on Bible software!? :-)

5) Bible website gets 4 million visits in one year

The website… 

which offers the Bible in easy-to-read English, clocked up four million visitors from more than 200 countries during 2013. The EasyEnglish version of the Bible and commentaries use a vocabulary of just 1,200 words and are for those who have learned English as a second language. For those who have a greater knowledge of English there is another level using 2,800 words. Both levels follow simple forms of grammar which help to express complex ideas in simpler words and sentences. The rules followed include the use of one topic per paragraph, no passive verbs, split infinitives, idioms, rhetorical questions, or, ambiguous pronouns. Working from their homes, the team of volunteers involved comprise writers, translators, linguistic and theological checkers, and editors. Started 20 years ago, the EasyEnglish project is part of MissionAssist (formerly Wycliffe Associates UK) which offers a range of services at no cost to overseas mission workers.

7) Entrust’s Women-to-Women Ministry Training

Entrust does women-to-women inter-mission training in ministry skills, such as leading small group discussions, peer counseling, and inductive Bible study. These modules are easily transferable to those in the culture in which you serve. The dates are March 31 – April 9, 2014 in Kilchzimmer, Switzerland. For more information, contact Sherri, the Europe Coordinator, at
sherrwcarlsonatgmaildotcom or

Registration closes on January 15, 2014.

3) Free Faithlife Bible App WITH NIV if you Download by April 8

This is one of those dated items. If you’re seeing this after April 8, it’s too late. Faithlife Study Bible (by Logos Software) is offering their app for FREE, as in no cost whatsoever. It’s available in IOS, Android and Kindle Fire. I can’t figure out why you WOULDN’T want to download this — unless you’re out of memory? Use it offline when your favorite online Bible isn’t available. I had been using Olive Tree, then I tried Bible Gateway. Just installed this and it’s INSTANTLY better. Search for it in your online marketplace or app store. Awesome. And now with the NIV. Free. You heard it on Brigada. :-)

11) Looking for Bible Software?

Logos is still the benchmark, the standard by which everything else is judged. True, they offer a gift to Brigada if you purchase a package, but do your own study: If you can afford them, they constantly come back with the best ratings. Learn more at…

You can reportedly do 50 hours’ worth of old-fashioned parsing in seconds, using Logos. You can study anywhere (even on your mobile device). And you can glean from original language stuff without having to go to seminary. Try it out. If you’re not happy, I bet they’ll give you your money back. If you’d like them to help Brigada after your purchase, be sure to give them the coupon code “Brigada5” at checkout. We understand you save 15% in the process.

7) Download the Leader’s Audio Bible Today for Free Today

The Leaders Audio Bible, a complete biblical leaders audio training course, featuring 200 select Bible Stories is now available for free download. The producers of this course look at it as a kind of “Bible School for all those who cannot afford money or time or travel to go seek a college Bible education.” This new tool has been developed for those who prefer to learn by listening, by Bible stories, by oral methods, by practicing with their own group, at their own pace, and in their own place. Visit

to download to your device today.

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