Posts Tagged ‘Christians online’

24Jun

An open letter to the Church: will you lead the technology conversation?

Barna Group, David Kinnaman, technology and families, churches, Christians online, Toni Birdsong, sticky Jesus, digital age, online evangelismBy his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. ~2 Peter 1:3

by Toni Birdsong
This letter is to the Church; to pastors, bishops, elders, deacons, youth pastors, and anyone accountable for leading and discipling God’s people.

A recent Barna Group study reveals striking new data on how the digital age is shaping parent-child relationships. For us, the study begs the question: Why isn’t the church taking a stronger lead in teaching proper technology use in families?

We believe the study should compel church leaders everywhere to find the resources to equip their congregations in this area. In addition, this focus needs to take place immediately—not worked into a five-year plan.


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21Jun

18 ways to deal with mean people online

by Toni Birdsong
Mean people will always be part of life’s equation. And yes, this reality can multiply when you decide to go public with your biblical values online. Take it from us: With a name like “@stickyJesus” we’ve been in our share of cyber clashes . . . and emerged with God’s glory in tact.

God’s Truth will always bring out the toxins of this world. No one knew this better than Jesus—a magnet for persecution but a master at maintaining His cool. Thankfully, He taught us how to respond when the bullets fly and how incredible things can happen when we choose His ways over our own.

So here you go—18 ways to help you deal mean people online:


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8Jun

37 ways to celebrate marriage & love your spouse online

marriage, affair-proof your marriage, Christians online, strong marriage, Facebook

By Toni Birdsong
Jesus said, “A man planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it.” ~ Mark 12:1

We live on a broken planet; in a culture increasingly underwhelmed by vows, divorce and extramarital affairs. But infidelity is anything but casual. It’s real. It destroys lives on earth and fractures eternity.

As Christians living in a digital world we need to get intentional about honoring the covenant of marriage—for ourselves—and for a mislead world looking on. A Christ-centered marriage puts a “no trespassing” sign in the enemy’s face and tells everyone around you that values such as “marriage, fidelity, honor, respect, family, faith, and love” will never go out of fashion in your home.


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19May

digital outreach: the 30 minute plan

The 30 Minute Plan

There’s a time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth. Ecclesiastes 3:1, The Message

By Tami Heim

Almost every day @stickyJesus there’s a conversation with someone that isn’t convinced he or she can make a Kingdom impact on social media networks. When pressing in on this topic, we discover that fear is holding the perception of time hostage. If you aren’t wise to the enemy’s tactics, he’ll easily use that fear of wasted time to keep your salt and light from infiltrating the online world.

Candidly, it’s time to pin fear to the ground and the enemy with it. 

If you’ve been following us for any amount of time, you know everything has to start with prayer. And of course we’re not letting you off the hook here. Pray, wait, and seek are mandatory first steps for any Christ follower intentional about God’s agenda online. You can’t effectively log on if you haven’t adequately powered up. Once you’ve established a solid connection, you’re ready to execute this 30 minute plan online. 


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4May

sneak peek chapter 1: welcome to the Land of Shiny Things

Today’s post is an except from the first chapter of  @stickyJesus: How to Live Out Your Faith Online by Tami Heim and Toni Birdsong.

Look around. Welcome to the Land of Shiny Things. Your citizenship was not overtly solicited but gradually you made your way here. You are an unwitting but active, dues-paying resident.

The Land of Shiny Things is a finely manicured mental, spiritual, and physical subdivision of our universal domain. It is the cookie-cutter context that wraps itself around your mind daily, and for lack of an intuitive escape route, you fall into it way to easily.


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2May

the one morning meeting you don’t want to miss

Wake up, my heart! Wake up, O lyre and harp! I will wake the dawn with my song. Psalm 57:8, NLT

By Tami Heim

Early in the morning the reception between here and heaven feels wide open and remarkably clear. Before you rush into the busyness of another day, make certain your meeting with Him is the one you don’t miss.

Divinely programmed in the routine sequence of time, morning arrives every day. Whether you consider yourself a morning person or not – sunrise signals something new, a fresh start, movement forward, and the reality you are one day closer to home. You sense God has a fondness for the morning. He deliberately ordered it before evening, filled it with light, wrapped it in promises, and even revealed His resurrected Son in it.

So go ahead, meet Him…


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31Mar

35 creative [and fun] ways to share your faith online

Twitter, sharing Christ, Facebook ideas, evangelism, outreach onlineby Toni Birdsong

Sharing your faith online isn’t about how spiritual you appear or how much scripture you can post. It’s simply about being real and being ready to give the right answer (not the popular one) with refreshing honesty and compassion. It’s about getting outside of your digital clique to see what’s going on in the lives of those around you.

Sharing your faith is about walking so closely with God personally that His presence chases out anything that deems you ordinary, giving you the courage you need to act, post, or respond with His heart.

So, let’s have some fun . . .


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30Mar

8 ways to boost your [Kingdom] influence online: Part 2


by Toni Birdsong

Billy Graham once described Christ’s first 12 disciples this way: “The men who followed Him were unique in their generation. They turned the world upside down because their hearts had been turned right side up. The world has never been the same.”

As we discuss 21st century online influence and what that means, open your heart and mind to the possibility that what Graham said of Jesus’ disciples, can also be said of you as you endeavor to communicate the gospel.

Here’s Part 2 of how to amp Kingdom influence online . . .


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16Mar

4 Steps to Ignite Your Prayer Life

prayer, Christians online, evangelism, digital evangelism“Satan trembles when he sees the weakest Christian on his knees.” ~Wm. Cowper

by Toni Birdsong
As you eagerly set out to connect with those God has placed in your digital path, do so with an awakened, prayerful heart (a concept we dive into deeper in the book @stickyJesus: how to live out your faith online).

An awakened heart listens, shows up, responds, and follows through. An awakened heart is steeped in prayer. While prayer can’t fit into a formula, this simple ACTS approach is a great way to escort you into God’s presence and bring about effective prayer.


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8Mar

why being a lifesaver online matters

For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.
~ II Corinthians 6:2, NIV

We’ve challenged you to pay attention to others who may be hurting online—to see the “post behind the post” and the “tweet behind the tweet.” Still, you may not be confident that if you reach out that you could in fact be  a lifesaver for another person. You might be asking yourself right now, “Me? A source of hope? Can God really use me to change the course of a person’s life?”

Here’s a powerful story about someone who did just that . . .


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