The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. Luke 2:20, NIV
They remembered. “Glory to God in the highest heaven"
By Tami Heim
By any chance, did you wake up wishing Christmas lingered a little longer this year? I did. I’ve been thinking about the shepherds and the afterglow they experienced seeing the heavenly host of angels and then gazing on the face of the baby Jesus. I image they shared the story of that night often and every time they did it brought them new comfort and joy. I simply refuse to surrender the sacred sweetness of this Christmas season. Will you refuse, too? I’m making some choices today and invite you to join me.
Today I’m going to…
By Tami Heim
Jesus commands His followers to love God and love people. Every connection He makes serves to emphasize this point. By invitation, He forgives, redeems, and introduces His Kingdom in real-time.
When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table.
~ Luke 7:36, NIV
Jesus loves and leverages the power of story. With them, He resets cultural boundaries, rocks the status quo, and accentuates a love beyond the law that few comprehend. Stories with unprecedented compassion and forgiveness relocate hearts to foreign and uncomfortable places. His holy agenda permeates what He says and all He does.
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
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,
and the charge of the great commission.
But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.
– I Peter 3:15, NIV
Will you share your story?
By Tami Heim
When you decide to surrender your life and follow Jesus, the combination of His love and grace activates a massive transformation. When God’s story becomes your story, change begins on the inside and then moves outside where others can’t help but notice it. New replaces old and life is never the same again.
The Holy Spirit works in and around you. Whether someone’s known you most of your life or meets you for the first time – it’s quite clear – You are different.
As you daily live out your faith, God uses this difference in you to draw others to Him. Job #1 mandates you to be ready at all times to give the reason for the hope that’s within you. Now you no longer need to wait to be asked.
Inspired by Max Lucado and his new book, God’s Story, Your Story: When His Becomes Yours, a movement and site called His Is Mine launches today. With its release comes the opportunity for you to share your story throughout all your social media networks. Join with other believers and be a global witness in such a time as this.
Praise Him for His surpassing greatness!
by Tami Heim
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.
Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.
– Acts 16:25-26, NIV
When you profess to be a Christ follower, people take note. They pay attention to how you react and respond as life comes at you fast. When you live out your faith online, friends and followers crowd the cyber sidelines with added curiosity. No one suspects the digital wave of glory that exists at your fingertips.
They read your posts, follow conversations, and scrutinize your patterns of engagement. Some among your fascinated circle may not interact with you directly, but make no mistake this networked community notices the God-thing in your life.
The trials in life come, as they always do. People know you are going through the tough stuff. Perseverance becomes your personal trainer and works you over with a custom P90X program for the soul. (There’s a reason why your faith story is called a test-imony.) God has you on the ordained development plan for completeness and maturity.
Your character and countenance are widely observed. People wait to see if your God makes a difference and how long you’ll hang on until He does. Just like Paul and Silas, you deliver the completely unexplainable response and it radically alters the spiritual condition of the whole audience.
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.
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.
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…
Will you share the book of your heart?
God rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to His eyes. ~ Psalm 18:24, The Message
By Tami Heim
It’s amazing to live in a time when your faith story can transmit digitally and be received globally. In our book @stickyJesus, and on this site, we’re passionate about what’s possible when you share and live out your faith online. Imagine what God would do if the body united digitally to make Him known.
Are you be willing to make that happen?
Everyone has a story to share
King David knew how desperately he needed God to cleanse his heart and rewrite the text of his life. Imagine if David hadn’t shared his story? Think about how his experiences bring us joy, comfort, and assurance in moments of great need. We see his checkered life and what God can do even in times of great weakness. We connect with his exuberant triumphs and agonizing failures. In his story we relate, find hope, and understand the consequences of sin.
Isn’t it possible that your story could do the same for someone else?