The 12 months 2019 noticed an American rapper infuse his newest album with references to biblical themes, a horror film spark worldwide curiosity within the Bible, a kids’s TV host increase consciousness of sacred concepts, and the commemoration of communion on the Moon. As all of the information transpired, Bible Gateway helped you course of it by means of a scriptural lens.
At the beginning of the 12 months, Open Doorways reported that Christians stay some of the persecuted spiritual teams on the earth, experiencing imprisonment, lack of residence and property, rape, torture, beheadings, and different types of homicide due to their identification with Jesus Christ. On Easter Sunday, coordinated terrorist suicide assaults focused worshipers in Christian church companies in Sri Lanka.
In April, the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral was severely broken by hearth, reminding pastor Mel Lawrenz of the nice loss brought on by the fires burning up our civilization right now. And all year long pastor Lawrenz offered perception on the way to dwell the Bible.
The most post-Christian cities in America have been named and it was noticed that the northeast/New England portion of the USA is probably the most post-Christian area.
July 20 was the 50th anniversary of the primary menastronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrinto land on the Moon. Whereas on the lunar floor, Col. Aldrin celebrated communion to honor God who had made their journey attainable.
This 12 months two award-winning musicians made their Christian religion well-known. When rapper Kanye West launched his album Jesus Is King containing 85 allusions to biblical themes, folks searched Scripture on Bible Gateway for the verses talked about within the albums tune Selah (John 8:33 and John 8:36) about 10-times greater than the traditional seek for these verses on earlier dates. When nation music star Randy Travis launched his memoir, Without end and Ever, Amen (Thomas Nelson, 2019), he stated the Bible has been his information e-book for all times.
When the horror film, Us, opened in theaters, it included references to the Bible verse Jeremiah 11:11, though by no means quoting it. Moviegoers needed to discover out for themselves what it says. Within the days following opening night time, that hunt resulted in a 3,828% improve in search outcomes for the verse on Bible Gateway over what it usually is. Google reported a 2,600% improve for that verse reference in worldwide searches.
Wholesomeness additionally attracted folks’s curiosity this 12 months, when folks investigated the religious legacy of American tv character Fred Rogers, musician, puppeteer, author, producer, and Presbyterian minister.
In additional than 2 billion pageviews carried out by guests to Bible Gateway throughout 2019, the most well-liked verse for the 12 months was John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” And the phrase love was the most well-liked key phrase search in each English and Spanish (amor).
Rating because the second hottest verse for 2019 was Jeremiah 29:11 “For I do know the plans I’ve for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and to not hurt you, plans to provide you hope and a future.
English was the language of selection for customers, adopted by Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Chinese language (44% of our guests have been from exterior the USA). Individuals visited BibleGateway.com from greater than 200 international locations and territories together with Vatican Metropolis, Christmas Island, and Antarctica.
The highest 5 international locations during which guests to Bible Gateway come are the USA, the UK, Mexico, Canada, and Columbia. In 2019, guests to Bible Gateway from Morocco elevated by 376% over 2018, Isle of Man by 128%, Dominica by 59%, Comoros by 59%, British Virgin Islands by 56%, and Vatican Metropolis by 37%.
Extra ladies than males used Bible Gateway this 12 months; guests aged 25-34 have been the most important age group; and other people largely used cellular, adopted by desktop and pill, to entry the Bible on Bible Gateway.
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