Another year is just about over, and I can’t help but remind myself that every year that passes brings us closer to Jesus’ second coming! While we eagerly wait for Jesus’ soon return, our mission is to help as many people as possible grow in their relationships with Jesus and be ready for Jesus’ soon return. This year, God made it possible for our blog to have almost 5,000 visitors and over 10,000 views! We’re so thankful for His leading. Below, we’d like to share with you the most viewed posts from each month this year.
January: Isaiah 22 – The Christian Atheist
We ended 2013 with the beginnings of the book of Isaiah, and it took us about 3 months total to finish it. This blog by Josue Hernandez was based on Isaiah 22:11, “But you never ask for help from the One who did all this.You never considered the One who planned this long ago.” It got lots of us to thinking, “Do I claim to be a Christian, but forget to ask God for help?”
February: Isaiah 48 – God’s Valentine
Our devotionals geared towards special holidays are often some of our most popular ones. This turned out to be true, especially for our Valentine’s Day devotional. Written by Timmy Baze, this devotional looked at a text where God is lamenting the fact that Israel, by their disobedience, missed out on lots of blessings from God. God’s love for us is unconditional, but too often we forget to respond with loving obedience.
March: Isaiah 64 – An Angry God?
We finished Isaiah in March, and the most popular blog was this one. Sam Smith posed a question that thousands have debated over and over: Is God angry? Looking deeper, Sam found that God walks away from us when we choose to walk away from Him. He respects our choices. This blog was number 7 in our most-viewed posts this year!
We posted lots of devotionals in April, but the most popular blog this month was one posted back in 2012. In fact, this devotional by Angel Rivero is the second most viewed devotional we’ve ever posted, and number 8 in our most-viewed posts this year! Likely popular because of the Easter season, Angel explains that Jesus’ death was the fulfillment of the Passover feast.
The month of May was filled with devotionals based on 1 Chronicles. Although these were challenging to write, we found practical life lessons in the stories of the kings and prophets of Isreal and Judah. This devotional by Timmy Baze highlights some timeless advice he received as a child, and applies it to a story whose main character should’ve followed this advice!
We only posted a few devotionals in June because once school got out, our devotional team were all busy with internships, summer camp, and vacations! The most-viewed devotional this month is number one on both our all-time and 2014 lists! Dnieper Vegavillalobos shares why Jesus’ and Paul’s method of evangelism–making friends–is the best. Thanks to a quote from Theodore Roosevelt, this blog is viewed so often based on both web and image searches for that quote!
We were all still busy with other ministries, and didn’t post any devotionals this month either. Our most-viewed devotional was written in 2013 by Angel Rivero, reminding us through a Psalm, a joke, and a classic hymn that God is ready and willing to save us, sometimes in ways we don’t expect!
Still busy with our various ministries, this devotional was written by Timmy Baze at the beginning of June. He compared Solomon’s temple with the Garden of Eden. Lots of the items are similar, and God’s purpose for each is the same–to be with the people He loves!
We started posting devotionals on September 1, and continued where we left off in the book of 2 Chronicles. In this devotional, Timmy Baze explained that division can be a good thing sometimes, drawing lessons from the story of Rehoboam, who failed at keeping Israel and Judah from separating.
October: The Joy in Suffering
We took a trip out of the Old Testament in October and spent some time in the book of Philippians. In our most popular devotional, Dalia Hernandez presented a paradox she found in Philippians 1:12-18. Dalia shared how Paul could be filled with joy while in chains, and challenged us to be joyful despite our circumstances.
November: Where is Your Beauty?
In November we looked at the incredible story of Esther. Our most popular devotional was written by Jeffrey Maxwell, and fittingly, was based on the first chapter of Esther. Looking at the story of Vashti’s refusal to appear indecently before King Xerxes, Jeffrey reminded us that true beauty comes from what is inside.
December: Daniel 4 – Saving the Proud
In December, we continued looking at Old Testament books, this time focusing on Daniel and Micah. Our newest author, Charlene Wang, was the author of our most-viewed devotional this month. Based on the story of King Nebuchadnezzar’s 7 years of animal-like behavior, Charlene reminded us of our own dangers of falling into pride.
We’re looking forward to seeing how God will lead us in 2014. We’ll start a new round of devotionals based on the book of Proverbs starting Thursday!
The In Christ Alone Devotions Team