This ought to give those activist atheists excited over the perceived decline of Christianity reason for pause: My favorite Bible app, much used and much-loved, called YouVersion, loaded with features, including a vast inventory of Bible reading plans and daily devotionals, one of just dozens of apps on the market, nearly all of which are free, recently announced they passed the 500 million downloads milestone! They finance their operation entirely on donations so there are no advertisements in them. In their year-end fundraising post on social media they reported the following:

–Two people install YouVersion Bible app
–1,179 people load a chapter of the Bible
–227 people play  a chapter of audio
–4 people start a Bible plan
–11 people share a verse on social media

Every second, 24/7! Those numbers are truly mind-boggling! And that’s just one Bible app of many. The Holy Spirit is at work in the world, just as God’s Word promises. Pay no mind to the crisis-mongers, the Gates of Hell will not prevail. Our God reigns! Face the New Year with optimism and joy in your heart–your best coping mechanism and your very best witness. When dejection and discouragement threaten, take it from James (1:2): “Count it all joy….”  Rest always in the Son of God’s umbreakable promise to his chosen: “…No one will take away your joy” (John 16:22b). To do otherwise belies your faith. And remind me I said this in the year ahead when you see my post veering  into Chicken Little’s ditch. Joyful New Year.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope” (Romans 15:13).

See you in church.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: