Celebrating Before The Cross With 1,000,000 Views

Celebrating Before The Cross

We are very excited to announce that we now have over 1,000,000 views at Before The Cross! We wanted to celebrate and let you hear from our team and share the top 25 posts of all time below! Praise God for giving us such a tremendous opportunity to glorify Him by sharing the love of Christ. Here’s what our team wanted to share:

Erica Boutwell

As the newest member of the Before The Cross family, I am so grateful for the opportunity to flesh life out alongside such a great tribe of readers and supporters. There is something about the online community of Before The Cross that makes you feel a little less alone in your struggles and a little more cheered on in your victories.

My hope as I continue finding my place here at Before The Cross is that the Lord would keep my eyes open to those moments in life, big or small, that someone else might benefit from reading about. The great miracles and significant events are certainly compelling material for readers to take in. But sometimes it’s those everyday life lessons that carry the most weight in the life of another person. Knowing that others around you are walking the same roads, wrestling over the same questions, and searching for the same answers is comforting and can even get you through to the next day.

As a writer for Before The Cross, this season has been a time of great personal growth. The Word has become alive in a fresh way and God is revealing pieces of His character that I’ve not gotten to experience first-hand. I’ve been sweetly reminded to never put Him in a box because as soon as you do, He blows that box to bits.

Thank you for those who have read, liked, shared, and commented on my handful of contributions thus far. I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for us moving forward.

Chris Howard

Thank you to everyone taking the time to read Before The Cross. With all the content taking up server space in this digital universe, it’s a honor to know people are reading, sharing and interacting with each post. One of the many reasons I like writing for Before The Cross is the potential reach it has. To know God can allow Before the Cross writers to wrestle with an idea, write on it and then post it to the world with the capacity to reach our neighbors down the street or across the world is still mind-blowing and proof of our creative God.

I hope Before the Cross will serve as a beacon to those who feel they are about to be shipwrecked by life, drawing them toward safe harbor found in a relationship with Jesus Christ. I hope Before The Cross will continue to encourage believers, letting them know they are not alone when it comes to doubt and failure, however, always able to draw upon the Lord in any situation and circumstance. I hope Before the Cross reaches more people, providing the best content in the best form as we grow together.

One cool thing that has happened to me during my time writing for Before The Cross . . .  I’ve been encouraged to dive deeper into my own salvation story, one that I thought was somewhat boring, and discover how broad God’s grace was and is over me, covering a chasm I didn’t comprehend at the time and can scarcely comprehend now.

I’m sure my fellow writers would agree, Before the Cross has been an exercise in refreshing our soul. Thank you for supporting us!

Mike Mobley

I don’t even know what to say when it comes to Before The Cross and celebrating over 1,000,000 views. What started off as obedience to journaling, quickly grew to including others to contribute what they felt The Lord was doing in their life and then sharing it to more and more people over the years. I would have never dreamed of BTC being at the point where it is now and I’m incredibly excited that I have no idea what God will do with it in the future! My only hope is that we glorify God by sharing the love of Christ and if even 1 person is impacted, then it’s all worth it.

I’ve been humbled and have had many tears when thinking of so many that have emailed me, commented on posts, and shared their struggles of how Jesus has impacted them and what they have learned, and how they have changed their lives going forward.

I personally have grown in my own walk with The Lord by writing as well. I’ve seen passions God has developed within me, similar struggles that seem to creep up over and over again, and compassion grow for so many people out there looking for help.

It’s incredible to see how many people Google what is really on their mind and the fact that something from BTC might come up as a result to help provide an answer to their question is very exciting to me.


We all look forward to the future with anticipation that God will continue to impact people right where they are at through Before The Cross. Please let us know if there are ways we can help you and give us feedback if you’ve been impacted at all by BTC, we’d love to hear from you!

Here are the top 25 posts of all time since we’ve started at Before The Cross:

What’s Wrong With Living Together Before Marriage?

How To Humble Yourself Before The Lord

5 Questions To Ask Your Spouse Every Week

Scripture on Self Worth

How To Leave A Godly Legacy For Your Children

Head Knowledge vs Heart Knowledge

Scripture on Leadership

Are Christians Under The Ten Commandments?

7 Ways to Guard Your Heart

Why Is Repentance Important?

Characteristics of God

Men: Act Like Men

What Does The Cross Mean To You?

5 Ways For Men To Lead Their Family

Is Marriage Only Between A Man And A Woman?

Wave The White Flag

Jesus Christ Was Fully God And Fully Man

Why I’m Ditching The Bachelor

Scripture on Priorities

Should We Pray For The Same Thing Over And Over?

Events of the Holy Week – Wednesday

Scripture on Memorial Day

Let’s Build Each Other Up

Scripture on Thankfulness

Can You Take A Compliment?

Saved by Grace through Faith. In love with Jesus, His Glory, and obviously my beautiful wife Joelle, daughter Peyton, and son Matthew! Seeking Him in everything to glorify Him and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Online & Communications Minister at 121 Community Church.