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Top 13 blogs of 2008

According to my stat tracker, these were the thirteen most popular blogs of 2008. Ten of the thirteen blogs below are about something specific – usually an event – while just three follow the essay format I often favor.  I’d be interested in your feedback, including any blogs that you would …
By Seth Barnes

According to my stat tracker, these were the thirteen most popular blogs of 2008. Ten of the thirteen blogs below are about something specific – usually an event – while just three follow the essay format I often favor.  I’d be interested in your feedback, including any blogs that you would have liked to see on a Top 13 list. 

2. What abandon looks & feels like

3. Mother Teresa’s poem – ANYWAY

4. Raised from the dead or a hoax?

5. The Daniel fast is more than a diet

6. 3 year-old sex slave

7.  Lakeland revival: A post-Bentley analysis

8. It’s not about right & wrong, but life & death

9. How I helped liberate Dachau camp

10. Who do you trust your identity to?

11. Death of a radical Jesus-follower – Craig Gallegos, RIP

Final thoughts on 2008 in the blog:  The most interesting development of the year was that my coverage of the Lakeland Revival provided an unexpected boost to the overall blog, increasing readership by thousands for about five months and catapulting the blog to “Top 10,000” status. 

 

Since then, it has fallen back and averages about 700 visitors a day. Many of these are looking for a specific blog. (for example, this individual blog has over 50,000 visitors, and this one has 343 comments). I figure about half that number are showing up on a regular basis and form the core of the blog community.  The development of a community that actually assists in ministering to one another is for me the highlight of the blog and the main reason I keep writing. I’d love to figure out a way to make that community grow in breadth and depth.
 
For example, just an hour and a half ago, Gail posted this comment: “I would like to join you in fasting. One main reason is that my only son died in his sleep yesterday. My husband and I do not believe that it was God’s will for him to go to heaven at this particular time.  So we are believing that he will be raised from the dead. Of course, we understand that we do not fast to change God’s mind about anything, but we fast so we are more able to hear from Him as he speaks to us and directs us as to what to do and how to pray.” 
 
I subsequently wrote Gail to get more info. and she wrote me a detailed email back. She lives in Virginia Beach. She gave me her phone number and welcomes phone calls.  I sent the info to an intercessor who lives there and she actually knows the family.  She says that they prayed for another person who died for 23 days before God released them!  She is believing God for a miracle – so, if you’ve never prayed for the dead to be raised, now would be a good time to start.

(Blog community – Let me suggest that we pray with Gail and her husband about this today.)

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