Adding to the end-of-the-year blogging trail, I draw your attention to the articles that received the most readership this year. I trust they will be a continued help and encouragement to your growth in the Lord and a means of strengthening your local church.
#13 – 11 Myths and Misperceptions about Suicide: There are many myths and misperceptions about suicide that hinder us from dealing effectively with suicidal persons. Here are some of them.
#12 – 7 Directives for Meditating on Scripture: This helpful counsel comes from Encouragement for Today’s Pastors: Help from the Puritans, by Joel Beeke and Terry Slachter.
#11 – 8 Responsibilities of Church Members to their Leaders: These are drawn from 1 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, and Hebrews.
#10 – 75 Astonishing Things that Happen at Conversion: Truly believers have been granted “the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Eph 2:7).
#9 – 6 Reasons to Be a Faithful Member of a Local Church: As believers in Christ, we are members of His body and must discipline ourselves to be actively involved in ministry as a way of life.
#8 – The Attitude of Gratitude: Delving into the life-transforming text of Scripture will result in an ever-growing attitude of gratitude.
#7 – 3 Criteria of Righteous Anger: Here is counsel that provides discernment for one of the most common, ongoing struggles we face in our sanctification as believers.
#6 – 36 Purposes of God in Our Suffering: Take some time to meditate on the wisdom of God as He works out His perfect will through our suffering.
#5 – 23 Reasons to Be Joyful: Counsel from the book of Philippians.
#4 – How to Write a Good Sympathy Card: It’s now been four years since my mom passed away. The way God’s people ministered to me has caused me to view sympathy cards differently.
#3 – When Jesus Confronts “Borderline Personality Disorder”: This short video from David Powlison and CCEF continues to generate traffic.
#2 – 37 Ways to Love One Another: The New Testament church thought very little about programs and very much about relationships.
#1 – 20 Ways Satan May Seek to Destroy You: This article received more than twice as many hits as #2!