At the start of the year, the article that really captured readers’ attention was this one about friendship. What does the Bible say about friendship? Can a Christian be friends with a non-Christian? These are some of the questions addressed in this article.
“Jesus’ commandments must be kept, and there are things that will keep you from being able to keep them. If your one interest is in keeping your heart pure, then God will show you what is right and wrong for you.”
In February we had a testimony from Carl Henry about a revelation he had about the difference the arrangement of 4 little words can make. It’s all about the difference between passively not trying to sin and actively trying not to sin. Readers must have been seen the significance of this as well, as this was far and away our most read article in February.
If you missed it in March, here is your opportunity to read Rob Cheetham’s remarkable story. The father of 5 children, all of whom have autism, his testimony is honest and uplifting. This testament to how a potentially difficult situation can be only a benefit through trust in God, really struck a chord with our readers.
“I have a firm faith in God’s perfect guidance as a foundation, and that is what holds me up in the storms of life.”
“It takes some brutal honesty to admit to all the tendencies to sin I see in myself.” So begins this article about the benefit for a young person in keeping themselves pure. Not an easy task in the world we live in today, but as the author writes, life is much richer when lived according to the Word of God. And the “perks” far outweigh the sacrifices.
In November 2004 Marc Woerlen lost his entire family in a tragic fire. Almost 13 years later, Marc is grounded in unshakable faith, and has a story to tell. Here he shares what gave him the strength to pull through that time, how he would encourage someone experiencing their own tragedy, and the power of faith.
In June Anna Carlson shared a personal testimony about how a friendly conflict with a non-believer helped her realize a very personal Christianity, and a personal relationship with God. Clearly our readers identified with her story, as we had an amazing response to this article.
“You know,” I said, “I’m not a Christian because it can be proven in a book. I’m a Christian because when I live according to God’s Word, it makes me happy.”
Should Christianity adapt to the world we live in today? Should a Christian feel guilty for wearing the latest fashion? Or using the newest technology? Should Christians avoid current trends, including sociological trends? These are reasonable questions, especially since cultural and technological shifts are occurring at a faster rate today than in any other era in history. How should Christendom adapt to today’s society? The words of the Apostle Paul from over 2000 years ago helped to define clear guidelines for our time.
Being a doer of the word is what leads to salvation and leads us to the Head, which is Christ. Unfortunately, it’s too easy to be content with being a hearer only, and deceive ourselves into thinking that’s good enough. In August this article by Johan O. Smith showed us clearly how to avoid falling into that trap.
God sees you as precious and unique and of great value. How do you see yourself? Many people, both old and young, can be plagued by self-doubt and insecurities. That’s why this reminder of how much God loves us, and why, went directly to the hearts of readers.
“You are a child of God; His own special people created to live a pure, faithful life… Don’t look down on what God created and loves!”
We live in a world where things that are impure are so easily accessible, and it can sometimes feel as though we are bombarded with ungodliness on every side. In this thought-provoking article we see how important it is for us to consciously and deliberately keep ourselves from being contaminated by these things. It’s possible for us to live in this world and still represent all that is of God: purity, faithfulness, thankfulness, love, holiness, etc.!
In November we published this article about the life of a woman dealing with a life-threatening illness. Her attitude as she came to terms with her situation and her faith in God, are an amazing example of how to take the situations that God gives us. Many readers were encouraged by her powerful testimony, which included excerpts from the diary she kept during that time.
December is not yet over, but so far as we’ve come, this article about what Jesus Christ is to the author has caught our readers’ attention. If you can say, “Yes, me too!” to the points on this list, then your life will also be unshakeable.
Most read of the year
And the article that had the greatest impact on our readers this year was this poignant story about a baby whose life and death were against all odds, and what his life meant for those who knew and loved him.
“What we are left with are experiences which leave a mark on our lives forever.”