Many of us are hunting mice while lions devour the land. ~Leonard Ravenhill
by Toni Birdsong
It may come as a shock to some Christians to discover that Jesus wasn’t (and isn’t) a registered Republican or even an Independent. He didn’t check the Caucasian box on the census. He wasn’t patriotic, didn’t crusade for baby seals, picket against poverty, or pin a colored ribbon to his chest. In fact, as perfect as he was, Jesus probably didn’t recycle (gasp!).
It isn’t that he didn’t care about these things. He just cared about heaven more.
Since redemption of sin is the only way to get there, redemption of sin is what He preached. Jesus came to rehabilitate and ready us for heaven. His allegiance, His crusade, and His colors were tethered to His hometown. If anyone looking on doubted that, the cross soon clarified His affiliations.
God loves. He gave. You believe. You live.
By Tami Heim
Do you ever get tangled up in online conversations that strive to clarify Truth? Every day waves of voices compete to rise above the noise. The sound jams the high-speed connections of your life with a constant buzz. Discernment can be challenging. You begin to wonder, “Has the truth always been this complicated? What happened to simply living out my faith?”
It’s unsettling to feel the push and pulls of religious debates as they bump and bruise the essence of what you believe. In every network stream, someone is serving up theology by way of numbered lists, strict guidelines, ordered facts, or linked references. All of them are well intended and created to help you, and the rest of us, get it right.
by Toni Birdsong
A question I get a lot on the topic of evangelism (the “e” word) is this: Do you ever get scared when you share your faith?
It’s a great question to which I answer: not as much as I used to.
My personal evangelism story begins with going to Ft. Lauderdale during Spring Break with InterVarsity to share the gospel with other college kids fixed on partying (pretty extreme, right? And yes, s-c-a-r-y). Since then, I’ve shared my faith with countless neighbors, co-workers, and strangers that God has put in my path. I’ve shared with large and small groups. I’ve seen God move in both subtle and dramatic ways. Sometimes I’d give myself a 7 in ability. Other times, I’d be exaggerating to give myself a 2. Each time I was faithful.
My fear dramatically decreased when I understood 3 Key Things:
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.
by Toni Birdsong
With images of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 fresh in our minds, we must never forget that Satan is still the world’s #1 terrorist at large. Evil wasn’t killed by U.S. Navy Seals in a secret compound in Pakistan. He is feasting on our fear and planning his next strike against our souls and the souls of those we love. Now more than ever, the Church is called to a digital awareness, to get a plan, and to get in the game.
Here are 7 cultural realities of technology we can’t ignore:
- Satan is a terrorist. He understands the power of social networks as channels of unprecedented influence. So he logs on each day to destroy and divide with words, images, threats, perversions, and bizarre ideologies that get shared globally. He goes where hearts congregate. Will you stand up like David with a sling and a stone and tell Goliath you’ve come to take back the land in the name of the Lord? (1 Sam. 17:1-50)
- This generation is commanded to lead the next [online]. Christians who are Digital Immigrants (those over 30) are called to biblically “raise up” the next generation of Christians who are Christian Digital Natives (those born with iPods in their hands). Technology minus a firm commitment to godly discipleship is sure disaster for the future of the church and a forfeit of Kingdom influence and mission here on earth. (Deut. 6:1-2, 2 Thess. 2:14-15)
- Culture is winning. Look around. The voice of the Lord (His Church) has become a mere whisper on television, radio, publishing and the web. Values of family, relationship, life, marriage, purity, service, and community are being aggressively pursued—for extinction. Will you be part of God’s commandment to influence culture for His eternal Kingdom or will you throw up your hands and let culture influence (and silence) you? (Rom. 12:2, Rom. 1:26, Rom. 2:1)
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?
Unending Love - Amazing Grace
By Tami Heim
I love weddings.
Regardless of the grandeur or simplicity of the ceremony, I find weddings breathtaking, sacred, and bursting with promise. And so it was when my daughter, Zoë, married Matthew Perry Henry Malone in the summer of 2009. The wedding theme was “Grace and Love” and their first dance was to a Kutless song of the same title.
Sweetly overwhelmed by the grace and love of the One that redeemed them, Zoë and Matt wanted their wedding celebration to be an outpouring of God’s presence in their lives. Undeniably inspired by this special day and their passionate vows to relentlessly pursue God, I’m drawn to quotes about grace.
This week I felt a gentle nudge to share some of my favorites with you. My prayer is that each one reminds you how preciously you’ve been wrapped in His unending love and amazing grace. I’m also praying that if you find a favorite quote here, you will take a moment to copy, paste, and post it so others can be encouraged, too.
"Feed my sheep." - Jesus
By Tami Heim
God longs for you to fall in love with the things that hold His heart and for your purposes to align perfectly with His. He schedules no time-outs when it comes to completing His master plan.
He is the God that rescues, redeems, and restores.
Oh how He desires for you to be part of it. God makes His presence known and He wants it to be known through you.
Jesus tells us in John 15:16-17, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed to you to go and bear fruit-fruit that will last Then the Father will give whatever you ask in my name. This is my commad: Love each other.”