Archive for the ‘Equip’ Category

11Oct

Are you leading technology in your family or is it leading you?

family technology, internet safety, christians online, Jesus Christby Toni Birdsong
I never thought as deeply about King David until I became the mother of a teenager. As a parent raising kids in a wired world, I can relate to David—only the Goliath I’m looking at is technology. I’m not as seasoned or as certain as I thought I would be at this point in my parenting career. In fact, some days, it’s as if someone changed out the script I thought I had aced then pushed me out on to the stage to perform anyway.

I sometimes wonder: Am I really anointed? Can I really take this giant?


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4Oct

10 ways to confront with integrity and respect

Defender of the Faith: quick to listen - slow to speak - slow to anger

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.  James 1:19 – 23, NIV

By Tami Heim

Every generation experiences debate and conflict when it comes to unpacking the intricacies of faith. As new Internet platforms emerge, believers garner easy access to delivery systems that give voice to their religious convictions and biblical interpretations. This generation’s public square is dynamic, emotional, and digitally documented for the whole world to observe, search, and reference.

The online network stream exposes all sorts of faith-based controversies.  When you see them surface listen carefully, be slow to engage, and don’t get worked up or angry. Instead hold fast to the truth and then you won’t be overwhelmed by the tensions. It’s imperative you not let the beauty and simplicity of the Gospel be convoluted and lost in a vortex of theological argument.

Remain centered on the pure and holy intention of God’s vision,

Christ’s mission,

and the charge of the great commission.


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27Sep

Q&A post: How do I overcome the fear of sharing my faith?

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A question I get a lot on the topic of evangelism (the “e” word) is this: Do you ever get scared when you share your faith?

It’s a great question to which I answer: not as much as I used to.

My personal evangelism story begins with going to Ft. Lauderdale during Spring Break with InterVarsity to share the gospel with other college kids fixed on partying (pretty extreme, right? And yes, s-c-a-r-y). Since then, I’ve shared my faith with countless neighbors, co-workers, and strangers that God has put in my path. I’ve shared with large and small groups. I’ve seen God move in both subtle and dramatic ways. Sometimes I’d give myself a 7 in ability. Other times, I’d be exaggerating to give myself a 2. Each time I was faithful.

My fear dramatically decreased when I understood 3 Key Things:


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19Sep

the abc’s of digital generosity

ABC's of Digital Generosity

All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. – Acts 4:32, NIV

By Tami Heim

Amid the volatile exchange of cyber conversation, you have the potential to establish common ground, build community, and intensify the light that comes from sharing your faith and God’s truth.

Network platforms are dynamic places. Here the digitally generous Christ follower discovers whatever flows from a pure heart is multiplied and returned in abundance. Outreach is amped and lives change.

  • Have you ever considered the measure and impact of your digital generosity?
  • Have you ever thought about how your online generosity reflects the character of Christ?
  • Are you giving to others as generously as God has given to you?
  • Are you sharing everything you have for the good of others and the advancement of the Kingdom?

Prayerfully read through the ABC’s of digital generosity. Click on the scriptures. Use them as a look in the mirror. Which behaviors or characteristics best describe you? Measure yourself against each one and then ask the Holy Spirit to help you become the generous and holy online ambassador God desires you to be.

The ABC’s of Digital Generosity


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29Aug

The Prayer of Jabez for wired Christians

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by Toni Birdsong
Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, ‘Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.’ And God granted his request.” 1 Chronicles 4:10, NIV

This amazing little prayer roars with incredible promise for our online time. Like so many others, I consumed the little book The Prayer of Jabez when Bruce Wilkinson wrote it in 2000. It opened our eyes to the power of inviting God into our daily plan and honoring Him as the “Lord” of our work. Jabez wanted to succeed and increase his sphere of influence in the world. As Christ followers, and digital scribes, we share Jabez’ goal only in a digital land.

Can you imagine the impact The Prayer of Jabez might have if prayed in earnest over your online time? The prayer has four parts that could alter everything as you seek to digitally multiply Kingdom territory . . . 


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24Aug

7 ways to build courage and speak truth

Be courageous and take heart all you who hope in the Lord.

By Tami Heim

But many who heard the message believed; so the number of men who believed grew to about five thousand. Acts 4:4, NIV

Peter and John knew well the walls of captivity, but it never slowed them down. For them every situation was an opportunity to share Jesus with a new audience. When they spoke, people were saved and lives changed. The Holy Spirit perfected the sequence of their words and they courageously delivered it.

  • Assert the name of Jesus.
  • Share the message of salvation.
  • Extend the invitation.
  • Step back and watch the Holy Spirit complete the work.

God used ordinary men to move with extraordinary confidence and courage. For them, nothing else mattered – nothing. That same power and courage are waiting to be released in you.


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22Aug

10 truths to anchor you in a wired world

Your Word is an anchor for my soul.

By Tami Heim

God’s Word is your divine advantage in a wired world.  In Psalm 119, David extols God’s precepts and principles as constant and eternal.  God’s truth lives independent of time, change, and most certainly cyberspace.

His Word anchors you securely no matter how fiercely the digital current tries to toss you like a wave on the sea.

When you are grounded deeply in the truth, it amplifies your influence and miraculously enables you to redirect the worldwide conversation for His glory.

Here are 10 truths from 20 verses found in Psalm 119.  They promise to anchor your soul and keep you steadfast as you make Him known in a digital world.


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15Aug

50 promises God gives you as step into the digital world today

evangelism, scriptures on evangelism, God's promises, Christians online, online evangelism, Holy Spirit scripturesby Toni Birdsong
It’s way too easy to light up your computer or mobile phone each day without even thinking. Sending an email, posting a tweet, or rattling off a digital reply becomes ordinary, kind of like background music.

But that’s where those of us who have agreed to drop our nets and follow Christ need to stop and pause . . . as the world stampedes past.

There’s nothing ordinary about the words that come from our mouths or the thoughts we share online, especially if they are God’s words. My spiritual mentor and uncle, Frank Kenyon, taught me: “no matter how long you’ve been a Christian, you should always tremble when called to speak or teach the Word of God.”

Uncle Frank went to heaven at 90 carrying the Truths of a worn-out bible and a torch of reverence for the Word of God now burns in my heart.


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10Aug

5 sites to equip and inspire sharing faith online

Will you remain silent?

By Tami Heim

For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?  – Esther 4;14, NIV

Mobilizing people online to pray, worship, donate, and exchange praiseworthy content exists right here within your God-given social media territory. You can do it and so can every believer with a heart willing to pray, power up, log on, and serve. But there’s one more thing you can do and it holds remarkable power.

You can share your personal faith story online.

While your story is unique, embedded in it are phrases of familiarity that often resemble the paragraphs found in the script of another person’s life.  Where common text exists, even if it’s just a sentence or two, the shared commentary instantly creates a bond.

There’s an anointing in the sweet overlap between your story and someone else’s story. It’s at that place the Holy Spirit begins to bring someone from death to new life. The Good News that rescues, saves, and redeems is released.

Five sites to help and inspire you to share your faith online…


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4Aug

what in the world do I post? Start here: 100 three-word power posts


“. . . God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.” ~Eccl. 5:2


by Toni Birdsong

(previously posted Jan. 2011)
In the abbreviated world of social networks, we attempt to share the depths and riches of God’s word in status updates, comment boxes, and 140 character tweets.

To get your creative muscle amped, we’d like to get you thinking in even shorter bursts of truth. Here’s a list of 100 Three-Word Power Posts. All express God’s word.

Remember, living out your faith online isn’t about how much scripture you can wallpaper onto the web. It’s about you being in such exciting fellowship with God that the notes from that conversation easily fall onto the pages of every other conversation you hold.

Feel free to cut and paste these posts for your own tweets or status updates.

You might be surprised how just three words can minister to others—when those three words are scriptural. Be sure to bless us with your own Three-Word Power Posts in the comment section.


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