The top 5 most popular posts for 2011
In reverse order from the fifth most popular to the first, here they are:
5) Genesis 2:24-25 — …a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.
In the 1960s 5% of live births in the United States were to single mothers. Today that number is 42%. In 1960 77% of women and 65% of men had left home, finished school, become financially independent, married, and had their first child by age 30. Today that number is 46% for women and only 31% for men. The bottom line is that people today are taking longer to grow into mature adulthood and the cultural influences on marriage today are damaging. So I suppose then that I shouldn’t be surprised at the interest in this post. I wrote it in September of 2010 and it still remains in the top 5 today.
4) Genesis 2:7 — God formed man from the dust
The longer I’m alive the more I recognize the truth in Abraham’s statement to the LORD that I am nothing but dust and ashes. (Genesis 18:27) In fact today scientists know that all of the elements that make up the human body are found in the dust of the earth — just as the Bible describes. And if someone were to collect and separate all of those elements found in your body, and sell them, you would be worth only a few dollars.
This post isn’t primarily about our lowly earthy condition but is mainly about the dramatic difference that God’s Spirit can make in your life. I wrote it in July of 2010 and it’s popularity continues.
3) Genesis 12:1-9 — Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
This is about how Abraham’s adventures serve as an illustration of what you can expect to encounter in your life as a follower of Jesus Christ. I think most people don’t realize what they signed up for when they became a Christian. This post is an explanation of just that, an explanation of what you’ve signed up for. What you find will surprise you.
2) Genesis 7:17-24 For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth.
This Post’s about our window of opportunity to accept God’s offer of salvation. God says to you and He says to me, yes you can go to hell, but it’ll be over My dead body. While you’re still alive here on earth you have the opportunity to accept the ultimate sacrifice of His Son who died on your behalf.
I also talk about how a firefighter friend of mine serves as an example of someone who lives as a man should live while facing great adversity. By the way just a few weeks ago he was baptized in a fire department portable water tank similar to the one pictured at the beginning of this post.
The popularity of this post far exceeds any of the others from the top five. Most of what I write has to do with the life of Christ, scripture, and God’s kingdom but when I read this story I couldn’t help but speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves… (Proverbs 31:8) Apparently this post resonates.
Since I wrote it a baby’s been born at 24 weeks which is the third smallest baby born on record. Her name is Melinda Star Guido, she was born on Aug. 30, 2011 and she weighed just 9 ounces — about the same as two iPhones. If you’re interested you can read more at the UK newspaper link for The Daily Mail.
On behalf of everyone who makes this blog possible I want to thank you for your interest. I read something recently in the book Heaven is for Real that struck a chord in me. Five year old Colton, who claims to have visited heaven during a near death experience on the operating table, said, “Jesus told me he died on the cross so we could go see his Dad.”
It’s my hope and prayer that the LORD uses this blog to reconcile you to Him.
May He richly bless you in 2012.