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28Dec

10 simple and deliberate actions to jumpstart 2012

But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. ~ II Peter 3:13

By Tami Heim

Yes, I’m still savoring Christmas, but I know this calendar year, whether I’m ready or not, is steam rolling into the history books. For some it’ll end like a strong sprint across the finish line or, at the other extreme, it’ll wash over as a muddled mess. Either way, 2011 is ready to wave its final good-bye and that leaves you and me almost standing face to face with 2012.

During this little gap between Christmas and New Year, are you trying to get a grip and orient towards whatever is new, better, and hopeful? How are you building your bridge between the timelines of the old year and the new one coming?

Our Prayer for 2012

We pray you will grow and discover new ways to make your voice heard. We ask God to give you a sense of urgency and an intense willingness to amp up the digital expression of God’s love and life in you. May the body be the body and radiate a magnificent cyber glow, living out boldly this great faith online. The world is desperate to see God’s glory in this time and place. You, beloved Christ followers, are His chosen point of contact. We pray you embrace the assignment and live each day to make Him known in the world.

We Encourage You

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12Dec
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9 extraordinary fruits of the spirit – alive online

What will you point, click, and scatter?

By Tami Heim

There’s a design feature in the masterpiece of creation that gives a planted seed the possibility to grow strong and bear fruit. In the same way the words you post in your network conversations are digital seeds. You point, click, and scatter them daily on a cyber mission field. Each one of them has the potential to travel a trillion megabytes, land somewhere unexpected, take root, grow strong, and bear fruit.


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8Dec

5 reasons Christians should be blogging

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by Toni Birdsong
You may not own a home or even your own car. But if you’ve got a blog today, you’re sitting on a very valuable piece of property. With the trust in traditional media declining and trust in social media channels on the rise, bloggers today have undisputed influence. This moment in time is especially true for Christians who are brand advocates for history’s most powerful message—the gospel.

Think about it. Some blogs get more visits each day than churches get on Sunday, giving some bloggers more influence than some pastors. While that’s certainly not the intended goal, it is the reality.


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6Dec

Former atheist starts powerful web evangelism ministry


by Gordon Marcy
Guest Blogger

When God builds a website, expect the unusual. EveryStudent.com is a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ and has become a highly successful web evangelism ministry.

It was started by Marilyn Adamson, a former atheist, stay-at-home Mom and technology outsider.

A perfect candidate for the assignment.

I met Marilyn at the Global Christian Internet Alliance Conference held recently at the Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center, located near Santa Cruz, California.

Our conversation took place on a porch overlooking a panorama of stunning redwoods.


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22Nov

10 godly ways to handle an online conflict

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Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Cor. 12:10

 

by Toni Birdsong
How do you adapt to a culture of substandard communication, express your intent in 140 characters, qualify, clarify, employ diplomacy, dodge bullets, and honor Christ every day in the online space? You don’t. Not with a 100% success rate that is.

Living out your faith on a digital stage is not for sissies. If you think about it, millions of people posting personal ideologies, opinions, beliefs and values to abbreviated channels such as Twitter, Facebook, blogs, is kind of like an invitation to miscommunicate on a global scale.

You will make mistakes. You will step on landmines. You will have to put yourself back together again. But, you will survive.

10 ways to handle an online conflict:


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14Nov

the digital disciple’s to-do list

NOW!

 

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” – Mark 16:15, NIV

By Tami Heim

The command has been given. There’s much work to do and it’s time for you, beloved digital disciple to GO.  Don’t keep this lost and dying world waiting another moment longer.

The journey starts HERE:

  1. Pray – Pray – Pray – Submit your heart, time, and online conversation to the Lord. Allow Him to power you up before you power on each day.
  2. Focus on the agenda – Stay on mission. Know why you are there and Who you serve.
  3. Listen carefully – There’s a lot of chatter, but among it are real people in real need of the Truth that can save them.
  4. Understand there’s a person behind every post –Hurt people hurt. It’s no different online. Don’t judge or discriminate. Ask your Father to see the person behind the post through His eyes.

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7Nov

The 10 Commandments of Twitter

by Toni Birdsong

Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Phil. 4:10

  1. Help people. Add value with your tweets.
  2. Stop talking and listen; genuinely respond.
  3. Write clearly; check grammar; don’t write in all caps (caps = yelling).
  4. Keep it short; 120 characters or less (so you can max your RTs).
  5. Be consistent; build trust; stand out.
  6. Be an encourager; lift the passions and concerns of others.
  7. Don’t dictate; but facilitate conversation.
  8. Meet with others face-to-face; attend events off-line.
  9. Go. Tweet boldly; @ 2-6 times an hour.
  10. Don’t argue online. We are contenders for the faith, not defenders.

Did we miss anything? Go ahead and add to this list!

Post/Tweet this today:
Your online feed may be the only bible some people ever read. ~@stickyJesus #LiveSticky


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1Nov

6 big ideas for how to live and be online

Releasing your gifts online is a holy act of worship.

By Tami Heim

Click on your favorite social media site and it’s easy to dismiss your digital impression as just a blip on the screen. Be warned, however, there’s danger in that kind of thinking. Go too far and the next thing you know, fear and insecurity show up. When you discount your influence online, you deny God’s ability to work through you. Remember, you’re a precious original. He’s made you one of a kind. You’re gifted to do good work and that includes online.

Your consistency, whole-hearted commitment, and dedication to being completely what God created you to be illuminates the way for others. It also builds up and strengthens the whole body of Christ.

And that’s why there’s more

God designed you to compliment and complete others. Deliberately commissioned, you’re here as a member of  His body to accomplish His plan for this generation. When you decide to live out your faith online, fully live it out; God’s progress is radically accelerated.

In chapter 12 of Paul’s letter to the Romans, you find the practical action plan for how to live and be. All of it’s applicable to you, online. Offer back to God the best of what He has put in you and your lives individually and collectively become a living sacrifice and a holy act of worship. It’s a beautiful thing and the consequences are eternal.

Paul instructs us how to live and be


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17Oct

10 lessons for living out faith on Google + and beyond

May I be pleasing in Your sight.

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. ~ Psalm 19:14, NIV

By Tami Heim

One evening while trying to get my mind around how Google + fit into my social media routine, I found myself in pause mode. An intense conversation between a small group of men caught my attention.

Dialog bounced back and forth like a Michigan hockey puck. Each person took his shot at vehemently recanting all the things he hated about Facebook.  For me, hate is a strong word, but I found myself stuck there, nonetheless, listening.


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14Oct

Are you living in a holy huddle online?

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By Toni Birdsong
It feels good to be with friends. We feel loved around people who affirm and encourage us. And, we feel safe—even empowered—when we strike the sweet, unmistakable note of common ground. For Christians, fellowship in the body of Christ can be one of the purest, most powerful forces we experience here on earth.

But what happens when we spend all of our time with people just like us when we log online? Blinders form. Exclusion creeps in. Well-worn digital paths emerge. Soon, we become blind to the brokeness and deaf to the need that pulsates around us.

As believers, we have three callings while we walk the earth:

  • To know God and enjoy His presence personally. Deut. 4:29-31
  • To worship God and grow within a body of believers. Phil. 2:1-4
  • To share God’s Truth and love with the people who still don’t know Him. Acts 1:8

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