According to Christianity Today, “Every second, the world conducts more than 40,000 Google searches, creates five new Facebook profiles, and opens YouVersion’s Bible App 112 times.” Every year YouVersion also highlights the most popular Bible verses in the 10 countries where it has been installed the most. The verse that was bookmarked, shared, and highlighted more than any other in the app’s history was also the top verse for the US and Brazil in 2015. It is Romans 12:2:
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind… “
Mexico, the United Kingdom, and South Korea engaged the most with Isaiah 41:10:
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Likewise, Nigeria, South Africa, and the Philippines all went with Jeremiah 29:11:
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'”
They are all great verses, and my prayer for you this week is that the promises and possibilities of those verses will be fulfilled in your life in 2016.
As we enter 2016, I want you to know that God is glorified and honored by your worship, service and sacrifice. At Crosswalk, we are blessed with prayer warriors, dedicated workers and sacrificial givers. What we, as a Church Family, are doing will bring many people into God’s family in 2016. Our best days are ahead of us. The time, energy, and sacrifice are worth it all.
Let’s all enter 2016 with a heart full of praise and thanksgiving. This brings God joy, but it also increases our joy. The book of Psalms says, “The righteous are glad and rejoice in his presence; they are happy and shout for joy” (Psalm 68:3 TEV).
THIS SUNDAY will be a great day at Crosswalk. We will begin the New Year together by praying John Wesley’s powerful prayer of Covenant Renewal and sealing our prayer with our celebration of the Lord’s Supper.
The message for Sunday is a study of our Lord’s first miracle in John 2:1-11, where he turned the water into wine. The title: A Glorious New Beginning! It’s interesting that the most popular verse in the US and Brazil was Romans 12:2, the verse that speaks of transformation. Our Lord’s first miracle was one of transformation in the realm of nature, but it signals what he came to do in our lives and in the world.
To prepare for worship this Sunday, let’s consider the changes we would like to see in our lives in 2016. What is the “water” in your life that you would like to see transformed into “wine”?
New Year’s Blessings,