Your words will take them there. (Haiti - May 2012)
By Tami Heim
God’s Word not only transforms your life, it transports you back in time. The consequences of sin, brokenness, and repentance unfold by book, chapter, and verse. These themes repeat and God’s faithfulness in every circumstance trumps them all.
You live in a time where digital power allows you to bring others to wherever you are to experience whatever you’re doing. If you frequent any number of social media platforms, you may be living out your life and not even aware of how it is impacting someone else. When the Spirit of the living God’s is alive in you, your influence serves a higher calling and what you share penetrates the stream with life-changing possibilities. Other’s have a chance to see God’s faithfulness at work in you.
By Tami Heim
It’s Catalyst week in Atlanta and over 13,000 pastors, ministry leaders, and their staff have assembled to be challenged, stretched, encouraged, and inspired. The Catalyst team excels at creating a world-class experience. The theme for 2011 is “BE PRESENT” and I can’t think of a stickier state-of-being than this one.
Catalyst President and CEO @BradLomenick sums it up this way,
“BE PRESENT” is one of the most convicting and challenging topics we’ve ever tackled. In today’s consumer-driven culture, we all find ourselves distracted and overwhelmed by the myriad of diversions life throws at us on a daily basis. The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet. But how will we recognize that place if we are living in a constant state of distraction?”
Challenging topic? No doubt. Particularly true for an arena loaded with highly connected, tech savvy, social media maniacs (BTW – that love Jesus, too.) If you happen to be on twitter, you can search for the hashtag #CAT11. That stream immediately connects you to the Catalyst conversation and experience. Those present in- real-life at the conference virtually enable you to be present, too. You can follow the flow as each session helps you embrace what God has right in front of you, right where you are.
Peter, my young friend in Jeremie, Haiti
By Tami Heim
I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters; you were doing it to me. Matthew 25:40, NLT
Do you ever feel numb to the tragedy and pain in the world? Perhaps it happens most often on those days when you find yourself wondering, “Will there actually be enough grace to get me through this life I’m living?”
How do you wrap your head around need in the world? It’s too big, overwhelming, and seemingly impossible to satisfy. Present everywhere, philanthropic and mission-oriented organizations approach you with a plea for help. How can you bring relief, a smile, or anything that would make a difference?
So much need and so little you.
Do you can look away, turn the TV channel, flip the page, change the radio station, click off the video, or allow an urgent request to float right by in a social media stream?
For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.
II Corinthians 5:14, NIV
Is it possible for a series of tweets to wreck you? Absolutely.
It was January of 2010 when David Landrith, pastor of Long Hollow Baptist, released the twitter stream from the earthquake crumbled streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti which ultimately altered my life-forever.