Posts Tagged ‘Facebook’

31Aug

Defriend me . . . please?

....but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. ~ John 15:19

by Toni Birdsong
The direct message in my Facebook inbox was titled “enough Jesus already.”

The message, sent by a longtime friend, just got better from there. “I regret having to do this but I have to defriend you. I’m seriously over the 24/7 Jesus feed. If you want to go to church, do you really have to do it on Facebook? So that’s it. Don’t take it personally.”

I logged-off and prayed. A few hours later I wrote my friend back. I told him I would miss the great updates about his life and the pictures of his adorable kids but that I respected his point of view and still loved him.

Then I told him this: “You said not to take it personally but I’ll confess, I’m actually overjoyed to take it personally. You see, to be associated with Jesus Christ is my highest honor. You don’t know Him yet but He’s amazing! Who else do you know who would willingly climb up on a cross and suffer a violent death in your place? When He did that for me, and I truly understood it, it “clicked” in my heart in a huge way. His gesture meant that I—a total misfit and sinner—would get to experience God’s friendship and love . . . forever. So, you see, you defriending me is one ‘nail’ I can take. If this is the price I have to pay for sharing that miracle, then please, defriend me.”


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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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5Jul

10 powerful ways to make digital amends

forgiveness, apology online, digital amends, Christians online, Facebook friends, direct messages, Toni Birdsong

Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future. ~Paul Boese

 

 

 

by Toni Birdsong
Twenty five years is a long time to wait for an apology. Still, the moment went something like this thanks to our ability to send anyone, anywhere a private Facebook message:

Me: Dear Kelly, I certainly wouldn’t blame you if cuss me out, block me, or never even respond to this message. The way I treated you in high school haunts me to this day. You didn’t deserve any of it. The real truth? You were prettier than me, smarter, and basically—everything I wasn’t. I was jealous and I made your life hell because of it. I’m so ashamed of the hurt I caused you. Is there any way you would even consider forgiving me?


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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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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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7Apr

8 ways to use your social networks to increase your church’s reach

I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. John 5:24

by Tami Heim
Things are cooking: It’s exciting to see more and more churches developing their online presence and making a Kingdom impact in the world. For example, when you look at the ground breaking ministry of LifeChurch.TV and its senior pastor Craig Groeschel, you begin to see what’s possible when a church fuses evangelism and technology. Of course we’re always excited at @stickyJesus when we encounter any church that’s passionate about digital missions.

But what’s happening in your own church? Maybe yours isn’t fully wired and you aren’t sure what you can do. Today we’re going to give you 8 ways God can use you to communicate the life-changing things He is doing in your church.

So let’s roll…


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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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29Mar

5 ways to amplify your influence online: Part 1

influence online, Christians online, tips, sharing Jesusby Toni Birdsong

Sometimes tough love is in order. So here it is.

When posting online, please hear this friend: No one cares if you are going to the gym to work your quads today. No one cares if the grape soda you just opened is flat. No one cares that you like to pet your cat. No one.

To gain traction and build any kind of meaningful community online, you’ve got to be a giver of great content (note the word “great”). Good isn’t sticky. As a Christ follower, you carrying eternity in your words, so being intentional about how and what you communicate online is critical. We dive into this deeper in Chapter 5 of @stickyJesus: how to live out your faith online.

Note: To the casual user of social networks this post may seem over the top or waaaay too serious. But if you regularly read this blog, you know that as Christians, there’s nothing casual about the words, ideas, or thoughts we share online. Nothing. God has set us apart to make a Kingdom difference in the online space and, together, that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

So here are 5 ways to amplify your influence online . . .


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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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24Jan

Live Sticky: what it means and why it matters

At least once a week we get a direct message or a comment like this: “Sticky Jesus? I just don’t get it,” or we get the quick but stern “that’s disrespectful.” Thankfully, about 8 times out of 10 we get “brilliant, I love it!”

This week we’re all about how to #LiveSticky online; what it means, why you should care, and how your decision to #LiveSticky can impact the landscape of eternity.

We chose the title of our book, @stickyJesus: how to live out your faith online very carefully. No other title would do, because no other mission mattered as much. To Live Sticky (#LiveSticky) is a challenge issued to all Christ followers engaging online that they reflect the heart and character of Christ. It’s the biblical charge that our words, lives, and digital interactions transcend—and transform—the 24/7 chatter and turn people’s hearts to the things of God. It’s a call to stand for Christ in a culture that is falling for everything.


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