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Social networks have become perhaps one of the most convenient ways for the public to follow the latest news on their favorite athletes, recording artists and Christian ministers. They have also become a source of inspiration for many, as some of the most popular tweets featured on Twitter are often from Christians in the public sphere who are very vocal about their faith. See which Christians had some of the most popular tweets in 2012.
1. Tim Tebow
The Official Twitter of NFL Quarterback Tim Tebow
Florham Park, NJ · http://www.timtebow.com
"Happy moments, praise God. Difficult moments, seek God. Quiet moments, worship God. Painful moments, trust God. Every moment, THANK GOD." 25,673 Retweets (Oct 4, 2012)
Tebow, currently in the spotlight for his displeasure with his backup quarterback role with the New York Jets, recently spoke out against critics for "attacking" his character. Read: Tim Tebow a Quitter? Jets Backup QB Frustrated With Public Perception
2. Rev Run
Words of wisdom non-stop.. Pls don't be offended if I don't reply or follow u, But I Love you!
Worldwide · http://globalgrind.com/revrun/
"1 cross + 3 nails =4 given #ThankYouJesus!" 11,296 Retweets (April 8, 2012)
Rev. Run, known as DJ Run in his rapping days but born Joseph Ward Simmons, is known for sharing words of wisdom on Twitter. Run is one of the most retweeted users on the social network, and shared the above tweet on Easter Sunday 2012.
3. Bubba Watson
Christian. Husband. Daddy. Pro Golfer.
Bagdad, Florida · http://www.bubbawatsongolf.com
"To God Be the Glory!!! #Masters" 10,297 Retweets (April 8, 2012)
Watson, married with a young adopted son, gave God the glory when he won his first-ever Masters in April 2012. The 34-year-old PGA golfer said after his tournament win, "I'd like to first thank Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior." Read: Bubba Watson Glorifies Jesus Christ After First Masters Win on Easter
Living to know God, dying to make Him known.
Atlanta, Ga · http://www.reachrecords.com
"I'm not a Christian because I'm strong and have it all together. I'm a Christian because I'm weak and admit I need a Savior." 9,704 Retweets (Aug. 23, 2012)
Lecrae Moore, married with children, CEO of Reach Records, and a ministry leader, has experienced great crossover success into mainstream hip-hop with his 2012 mixtape "Church Clothes." Lecrae has spoken with The Christian Post about his nearly decade-long career and the difficulties some churches have with hip-hop. Read: Lecrae Speaks on New 'Gravity' Album and Unashamed Tour 2012: Come Alive (Part 1) | Lecrae Reveals Top 5 Favorite Emcees, Addresses Jay-Z and the Illuminati (Part 2)
5. Gabrielle Douglas
2x Olympic Gold Medalist, 2011 World Champion!
Love my family, dogs & most importantly God :) 3
Virginia Beach, VA · http://www.gabrielledouglas.com
"Thank you guys for everything! I am SO grateful God has truly blessed me! Remember to ALWAYS give him the glory for he is GREAT!" 9,564 Retweets (Aug. 3, 2012)
Gabrielle Douglas made history at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London by becoming the first U.S. gymnast to win gold medals in both the women's all-around team and individual competitions. The 16-year-old shared her story in an interview with The Christian Post. Read: Gabrielle Douglas Exclusive: Blessings Amid Homelessness, Blood Disease and Absent Father
6. Joyce Meyer
Sharing Christ – Loving People
St. Louis, MO · http://www.joycemeyer.org
"God's timing is perfect; He is never late. Even when things seem out of control God is still working and has a plan for your life." 7,592 Retweets (May 11, 2012)
Joyce Meyer is not only one of the most popular Christian ministers, but she is also one of the more popular Twitter users, with her tweets being re-tweeted more frequently than tweets from celebrities like Lady Gaga and major networks like ESPN. Read: Joyce Meyer and Joel Osteen Dominate Twitter
7. Robert Griffin III
"Couldn't have written the beginning any better To God Be The Glory" 7,476 Retweets (Sep. 9, 2012)
Griffin, commonly referred to as RG3, is rookie quarterback for the Redskins and has become a favorite among many football fans in Washington, D.C., and around the country. Read: Robert Griffin III Dubbed 'Black Jesus' After NFL Debut
8. Joel Osteen
Daily inspiration to help you live the life of victory
and abundance that God intended for you.
Houston, TX · http://www.JoelOsteen.com
"God has you exactly where He wants you. Learn to be happy where you are, and God will take you where you want to be." 6,215 Retweets (March 24, 2012)
Joel Osteen, pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, has been criticized by some Christians for preaching prosperity and a "watered-down" Gospel. Osteen spoke with The Christian Post about the criticism he often faces. Read: Joel Osteen on Prosperity Gospel, Crystal Cathedral, and Jesus
9. Colton Dixon
love God. love music. love people
"Someone loved you so much that he died for you. His name is Jesus." 6,086 Retweets (April 6, 2012)
Colton Dixon, a finalist in season 11 of "American Idol" earlier this year, has since gone on to launch a successful singing career with his debut album coming in January. Dixon attracted numerous fans among Christian viewers with his openness about his faith during "American Idol." Read: Colton Dixon Keeps God Talk Alive; Says 'God, Use Me' on Live TV
10. Max Lucado
Minister. Author. Husband. Dad.
Counting on heaven to make sense of this earth.
San Antonio · http://MaxLucado.com
"On this Good Friday, envision the Savior on the cross, bloodied and cast in shadows. Listen as heaven whispers: For you, my child. For you." 5,318 Retweets (April 6, 2012)
Best-selling author Max Lucado launched a "40 Days of Prayer" initiative this past election cycle to rally Christians concerned about the condition of the U.S. to pray. Lucado, who preaches at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, also suggested in a sermon that Christians need to remember that God is always in control. Read: Max Lucado Tells Christians Not to 'Freak Out' Ahead of Election; God Is in Control
The list of "Top 10 Christian Tweets" was compiled between Dec. 19 and Dec. 27, 2012. The popularity of tweets was determined with the use of My Top Tweet by Twitsprout and Klout.