December would never be complete without a beautiful retrospective of our year in the Bible Offline. These were great times with each of you. So many moments of reading God’s Word, plans, devotionals and new learning here in this blog.
I confess that I grew a lot myself in 2019, either in my understanding of the Bible or Christianity itself. I know I’ve grown a lot internally too and I’m sure the Bible Offline has cooperated a lot for it, as it must have cooperated for all of you reading here and using the app every day. Even though it was a small verse read, I am sure that the Word, which is living and effective, served to bring confrontation and comfort.
A few numbers
In all, we had 439 million verses underlined with color markers this year, 28.4 million shared verses, 68 million chapters read, and 40 million audio downloads of Bible chapters. Despite such large numbers, as a brother in Christ, I want to bother me and everyone who is reading.
We have approximately 65 million Protestant Christians among almost 210 million inhabitants in Brazil. On a basic account we can see that God’s word could have been even more shared. We cannot forget our mission as Christians, brothers! We must share the Word of God to the fullest with our brethren and those who have not yet known Christ.
It’s a warning that by 2020 we can reach the end with at least twice as many shared verses! Right!?
The blog retrospective
I would never let this text pass without mentioning the meetings we had here on this blog throughout the year. For those who didn’t know yet, my name is Marcelo Brandão and I’ve been here all year writing for you.
The first text I posted was “Fasting: Am I Doing Right?” On February 28th. Since then, I wrote weekly about the things God put in my heart and we had a total of 102 texts written (in Portuguese and English)!
Do you believe that in all, we received an average of 6,000 comments on these texts? Of course, I imagine some have commented more than once. But you have no idea how happy I am to think that this is the minimum number of people who were impacted in any way through the things that were posted here! Knowing that the number of people impacted, apart from those who commented, is much larger. I thank and glorify God for having such an opportunity!
And finally, I could not fail to cite my favorite texts here as well. Those where I could see more results with my own eyes and also those that brought me the feeling of greater productivity. Take a look at my Top 5 Blogposts below:
1st – There’s still time – It was certainly my favorite text, in it we look at everything God has done in the year and talk about how we can fix our spiritual life in small things with God.
2nd – A study about Jonah – I think it was the longest study and I spent the most time writing. I was almost a whole day just writing it! I could see how people had a clearer understanding of the biblical text and God’s forgiveness through it.
3rd – Do you live a shallow Christianity? – Perhaps this was not one of the most developed texts. However, it is third in my top 5 for directly impacting a young girl’s life. After reading the text, the girl came to me to chat on social networks. After that, he found me in a ministry. We had a conversation in person and I saw it reconciling with Jesus before my eyes.
4th – Where is your heart at? – A testimonial about my life and how I ended up here on this blog. The number of emails received after this post was appalling. What makes me happier, however, is that he served to bring to my church a woman who didn’t even know Jesus. Today almost your entire family is baptized and congregating in my church!
5th – Do not force the gospel! – “I have no special reason to like this fifth.” But I believe it is a teaching that I have been trying to apply to my daily life, so it gets my fifth place!
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If you want to chat directly with the author, search on instagram for the user @zmbrandao!