Posts Tagged ‘evangelism’

12May

Facing trials where you are? Ask God to relocate your heart

"Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things." ~Paul, Colossians 3:1-2

 

“But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy . . .” Acts 20:24, KJB

by Toni Birdsong
Tough circumstances. Difficult people. Mounting troubles. A future void of any guarantees. You can’t help but wonder: When will I ever catch a break?

It’s a logical question but what if the answer to that question is never?

• Would you still worship God with the same fierce devotion?
• Would your life still proclaim to others the goodness of God and the glory to come?

Turbulence defined the Apostle Paul’s post-Damascus life; still, he answered those very questions with a resounding “yes!”

His secret? He relocated his heart.


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27Apr

would Jesus waste His time on Twitter or Facebook?

evangelism, sharing Christ online, Internet Evangelism Day, Toni Birdsong. . . I will seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. Ezekiel 34:12

by Toni Birdsong
A well-meaning friend asked me the other day: “C’mon, if Jesus were here, do you really think He would be wasting His time on Twitter or Facebook?”

I answered my friend . . .

I don’t know but what I do know is this: That Jesus is here—He never left us. His Holy Spirit is turning cyberspace inside out in search of His beloved. He never rests or ceases to rescue. He is stirring a fire in His people and rising up audible voices around every digital corner. No bandwidth can contain His reach and no amount of ram can house His power.


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18Apr

15 stickiest moments from the NOW Conference

And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow me.” John 21:18b, NKJV

by Tami Heim
High impact was redefined this past weekend when the Lifeway Threads staff assembled 15 speakers to pour into 500+ young adults for 22 hours. Friday night at 6:50 PM the doors of the Brentwood Baptist Church opened  to host the first ever  NOW Conference. Aaron Keyes and  the worship team launched the event by clearing out the clutter, amping up the energy, and preparing hungry hearts to receive exactly what God had for them.

Experiential and unconventional were promised and based on the buzz at the breaks and trending twitter feed, the desired outcome was achieved. God’s Word dominated each hour and it was impossible to escape the urgent call to live and give others the Gospel-NOW.

On the pages of custom-designed notebooks and through the hashtag twitter stream, sacred impressions were captured in the instant the Holy Spirit interpreted them. While the event was designed for young adults, truth is relevant at any age and it begs to be given away. The NOW of living missional applies to all of us.

Here are fifteen of the stickiest moments from the NOW Conference, the speakers who shared them, and the theme of each presentation.


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15Apr

Don’t slip quietly into heaven. You’ve been anointed for war.

“Let us not glide through this world and then slip quietly into heaven, without having blown the trumpet loud and long for our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Let us see to it that the devil will hold a thanksgiving service in hell, when he gets the news of our departure from the field of battle.” ~C. T. Studd

by Toni Birdsong
It’s messy, this war. The shrapnel of flesh and bone is nowhere to be found; still the death toll rises. Dark and light come to blows in a fiery clash and the battlefield rattles beneath our boots. The arms we bear—love, mercy, grace—have brought rebels to ruin and taken down Kings.

Today, you’ve been chosen to meet with the Almighty.

Today, you’ve been anointed to war like David and preach like Paul.

Today, you’ve been given victory over the perimeters of heaven.

Take up your arms:

  1. Examination & Prayer. Read 2 Corinthians 13:5.
  2. Forgiveness & Cleansing. Read 1 John 1:9.
  3. An Undivided Heart. Read I Chronicles 28:9.
  4. The Word. Read Proverbs 4:13.
  5. Fellowship. Read Hebrews 10:25.
  6. The Crown. Read 1 Corinthians 9: 24-25.

Can you feel the war that wages around you? What weapons have you chosen?

Post/Tweet this:
We bear arms of Love that have brought rebels to ruin and taken down Kings. War on, beloved. #LiveSticky

 


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11Apr

living out your mission, NOW

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11, NIV

by Tami Heim

How different does life look when you’re living true to the mission God has planned for you? Several years ago a leader from Youth With A Mission (YWAM) addressed one of the EQUIP board meetings I was attending. He presented a worldwide strategy for evangelism and then went on to discuss the four questions every person desires to be answered:

Who am I?
Why am I here?
What’s going on in the world?
How do I make a difference in it?


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1Apr

8 Reasons You Should Not Share the Gospel

 

Yes, these “8 reasons” are really “8 excuses” and we all hide one (or several) of them .  .  . somewhere. We’ve listed the “8 reasons” below and added some biblical truths to uproot the enemy’s lies. Thanks to the folks at RepentandTrust.org for making such a fun, relevant video … and inspiring the perfect April Fools Day headline! Here we go . . .


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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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21Mar

snapshots from the Cove: is transparency really possible?

For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.   – Romans 7:15, NIV

by Tami Heim
There’s a tension in the body of Christ around words like confession, transparent, holiness,  acceptancegrace, and forgiveness. Passions easily ignite when these words arise among believers. Core beliefs and life experience determine how each word ranks in the conversation and how deep that conversation will go. As we engage a needful world in increasingly public ways the question becomes even more imperative: Is transparency in the Church really possible?


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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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14Mar

the call of Christians to respond in fervent prayer


prayer, Christians online, sharing Jesus, Charlie Sheen, Japan earthquakeIf my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. ~
2 Chronicles 7:14

by Toni Birdsong
War. Famine. Disaster. Depravity. The need for prayer around us—especially in the past several weeks—is deafening. (And yes, that prayer extends to beloved misfits like Charlie Sheen).


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