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This is the Most Popular Verse In Nearly 1 Billion Searches During 2018 on Bible Gateway

See the most popular Bible searches on Bible Gateway in 2018Out of more than 920 million unique Bible searches conducted by visitors to Bible Gateway during 2018 by app, tablet, laptop, or desktop, the most popular verse for the year was 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.” This verse ranked second in 2016 to John 3:16.

The most popular keyword searched for on Bible Gateway during the year was love in English and amor in Spanish (a repeat of 2016). Read the entire list of the top 100 Bible verses and top 25 keywords.

English was the language of choice for users, followed by Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, and French (44% of our visitors were from outside the USA). People visited from a total of 241 countries or territories, including Vatican City, Israel, Palestine, China, Vietnam, Cuba, and North Korea. The top 10 countries visitors came from were the USA, United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Philippines, Brazil, Australia, South Africa, and Peru.

[Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, The Three Kinds of Popular Keyword Searches on Bible Gateway]

More women than men used Bible Gateway this year; visitors aged 25-34 were the largest age group; and people mostly used their desktops to access the Bible on Bible Gateway, followed by mobile and then tablet.

[Read Bible Gateway 2016 Year in Review]

This year we launched the free Bible Gateway Bible Audio App, continued to enjoy an increasing membership in Bible Gateway Plus, and celebrated our 25th anniversary.

[Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, On 25th Anniversary, Bible Gateway Has Been Viewed More Than 14 Billion Times]

Continuing with the other nine most popular Bible verses in the top 10 list for 2018:
             2. 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. (#1 in 2016)
             3. Philippians 4:13 — I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (#3 in 2016)
             4. Romans 8:28 — And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (#5 in 2016)
             5. Psalm 23:4 — Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (#4 in 2016)
             6. Romans 12:2 — Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (#12 in 2016)
             7. Psalm 23:6 — Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (#7 in 2016)
             8. Psalm 23:1 — The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. (#6 in 2016)
             9. Psalm 23:5 — You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. (#8 in 2016)
             10. Matthew 6:33 — But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (#19 in 2016)

[Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Do You Live in a “God Has a Plan” State or an “I Can Do All Things” State?]

The other nine most popular keywords searched:
             2. peace (#3 in 2016)
             3. faith (#2 in 2016)
             4. joy (#5 in 2016)
             5. hope (#4 in 2016)
             6. heart (#16 in 2016)
             7. pray (#18 in 2016)
             8. holy spirit (#7 in 2016)
             9. prayer (#6 in 2016)
             10 spirit (not in the top 25 in 2016)

[Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, How We Read the Bible: Bible Gateway’s 2014 Year in Review]

The top 10 Scripture passages searched for in 2018 were:

  1. Psalm 91
  2. Psalm 23
  3. Genesis 1
  4. Romans 8
  5. Matthew 6
  6. 1 Corinthians 13
  7. Matthew 5
  8. John 1
  9. Ephesians 4
  10. Romans 1

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The Source of True Hope

Cynthia RuchtiBy Cynthia Ruchti

In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
1 Peter 1:3 (NIV)

“What is it about this family and hope?” my youngest grandson asked. “We have a cousin named Hope, and there’s hope everywhere in this house!”

I love his exuberance on the subject. Ours is a house filled with hope. It shows up in books on the bookshelves, mugs, pictures . . . it’s everywhere. I may have mentioned before that a young visitor came to our home and counted the items in our house bearing the word hope. She stopped counting at forty-seven.

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Bible Prophecy for Everyone: An Interview with Todd Hampson

Todd HampsonDo you tend to avoid studying books of the Bible like Revelation and Ezekiel? Does it feel like words such as rapture and apocalypse fly right over your head? It’s common to dismiss these and other topics related to Bible prophecy as irrelevant or too complicated.

Bible Gateway interviewed Todd Hampson (@thampson) about his book, The Non-Prophet’s Guide™ to the End Times: Bible Prophecy for Everyone (Harvest House Publishers, 2018).

Explain the title of the book and its format.

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Todd Hampson: The Non-Prophet’s Guide™ to the End Times features a comical character known as the Non-Prophet. He always gets prophecy wrong and doesn’t make wise business decisions, so he’s the Non-Prophet on both levels. I wanted to develop a systematic book on prophecy that didn’t feel like a seminary textbook and that would appeal to a younger, visual-driven generation. I also wanted to use humor to disarm the subject a bit. I really wanted to produce a book that made Bible prophecy accessible and attractive to everyone.

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Scripture Read At President George H. W. Bush’s Funeral

President George H. W. BushPresident George H. W. Bush, 94, (@GeorgeHWBush and @Bush41Library) the father of former US president George W. Bush, died Nov. 30, 2018 in Houston, Texas after suffering with vascular Parkinsonism. His funeral Dec. 5—declared a national day of mourning—at Washington National Cathedral (service leaflet) was attended by dignitaries, including President Donald Trump, former Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, and George W. Bush, Charles, Prince of Wales, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, former Mexican President Carlos Salinas, and former UK Prime Minister John Major.

[Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Scripture Read At Barbara Bush’s Funeral]

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How to Live the Bible — Christmas Joy


Sign up for the free email devotional Christmas JoyPastor and author Mel Lawrenz is interrupting his weekly How to Live the Bible series to focus our attention on the wonder of the Incarnation for the Advent season. This week, here’s a Christmas blessing for personal or church use (click here for a printable PDF version; permission granted to reproduce in full form). Christ has come!

Be sure to sign up for the free daily email devotional Christmas Joy. Many people do these 25 readings every year as a rhythm of reflecting on the wonder, the power, and the joy of the coming of Jesus the Christ. Each brief daily reading takes a word from the biblical text associated with the coming of Christ.

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”Luke 2:10-11

Great joy? Is it almost too much to hope for?

Where did all the Christmas joy go? How did things get so complicated? So rushed? So squeezed and cluttered? A nonstop buzz of Christmas lights and weary shoppers, boisterous television specials and pleading children. It doesn’t have to be this way. We can choose to step aside, step into a quieter moment, and read the angel’s words that came on the night that changed the world: “I bring you good news of great joy!”

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Take the Bible Gateway Christmas Quiz

How well do you know all the facts about the birth of Jesus? Have fun taking this brief quiz to find out. Encourage your family, friends, and social media followers to try their hand at it, too.

Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign: The virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 (MEV)

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But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Too little to be among the clans of Judah,
From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel.
His goings forth are from long ago,
From the days of eternity. Micah 5:2 (NASB)

[Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Because of Bethlehem: An Interview with Max Lucado]

The people who walked in darkness
    have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness—
    on them light has shined. Isaiah 9:1-2 (NRSV)

[Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Bible Verses That Tell the Christmas Story]

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The Key to a Real, Unshakable Faith

Charles ColsonBy Charles Colson

Boris Kornfeld is the great paradox personified. A Jew who betrayed the faith of his fathers. A doctor whose years of training were senselessly wasted. A political idealist whose utopian vision led only to a barren Siberian prison. A prisoner who gave up his life for nothing more than a loaf of stolen bread. In every one of these areas, Boris Kornfeld was a failure—at least in the world’s system of values. Yet God took that failure of a man and through his single-minded obedience used him to lead to Christ another who would go on to become a prophetic voice and one of the world’s most influential writers: Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

For Kornfeld’s words did their convincing, convicting work, touching what Solzhenitsyn later called “a sensitive chord.” That was his moment of spiritual awakening; “God of the universe, I believe You again! Though I renounced You, You will be with me,” he cried out. It was a spiritual transfusion—life taken from one man and pumped into another for God’s sovereign purpose.

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As With Elijah, God Uses Ordinary People to Do Extraordinary Things: An Interview with R.T. Kendall

R.T. KendallWho was the prophet Elijah and how is his ancient life exemplary for us in the 21st century? How did God use this ordinary man with many imperfections to accomplish extraordinary feats in the time of Old Testament kings?

Bible Gateway interviewed R. T. Kendall (@DrRTKendall) about his book, These Are the Days of Elijah: How God Uses Ordinary People to Do Extraordinary Things (Chosen Books, 2013).

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Are Verses Missing from Modern Bible Translations?

Modern English Bible translations are more accurate to the Bible's original language text than are vintage English translationsPerhaps you’ve noticed that modern English Bible translations have fewer verses in them than vintage English Bible translations such as the King James Version (KJV) and Geneva Bible.

[Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, The Lord’s Prayer is Revolutionary: An Interview with R. Albert Mohler Jr.]

For example: Matthew 6:13 in the KJV concludes the Lord’s Prayer with, “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.” But most modern English translations, such as the NIV, ESV, and NLT, don’t (although they do include the phrase in their translation footnotes).

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Bible News Roundup – Week of December 2, 2018

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Are Verses Missing from Modern Bible Translations?
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