Posts Tagged ‘love’


37 ways to show love to your spouse online

Happy Valentine's Day!

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

By Toni Birdsong
We live on a broken planet; in a culture increasingly underwhelmed by vows, divorce and extramarital affairs—so Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to give a shout out to Love—God’s love for us, ours for Him, and for the gift and covenant of marriage.

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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The 10 Commandments of Twitter

by Toni Birdsong

Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Phil. 4:10

  1. Help people. Add value with your tweets.
  2. Stop talking and listen; genuinely respond.
  3. Write clearly; check grammar; don’t write in all caps (caps = yelling).
  4. Keep it short; 120 characters or less (so you can max your RTs).
  5. Be consistent; build trust; stand out.
  6. Be an encourager; lift the passions and concerns of others.
  7. Don’t dictate; but facilitate conversation.
  8. Meet with others face-to-face; attend events off-line.
  9. Go. Tweet boldly; @ 2-6 times an hour.
  10. Don’t argue online. We are contenders for the faith, not defenders.

Did we miss anything? Go ahead and add to this list!

Post/Tweet this today:
Your online feed may be the only bible some people ever read. ~@stickyJesus #LiveSticky

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10 Ways to Encourage Unity Today

unity, believers, christians onlineMy prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.
~ John 17:20-21

by Toni Birdsong
We will never get there one at a time.
Who? The Church.
Where? Anywhere.

Jesus desired unity among believers. He knew the message of salvation would suffer if the world did not witness unity (the abnormal, radical, you-gotta-be-kidding-me kind) among believers. He knew that unity in the body produced love and that love would change the game—eternally.

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40 amazing quotes to ignite your heart

quotes on love, love quotes, Valentine's Day, Jesus, share Jesus onlineWe love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19, NIV

by Toni Birdsong
Love is awesome because God is Love.
We hope these truths and reflections on love help you love bigger, live deeper, and extend astonishing grace today to those around you. Whether you are single, coupled, widowed, divorced, or somewhere in between remember: the desire for love and to be loved exists because God first loved us. It’s a divine gift. So handle the hearts around you with care. Love God and one another well today on Valentine’s Day . . . and every day.

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  1. “Love the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind . . . and love your neighbor as yourself.” ~Jesus Christ, Matt. 22:37-39 (paraphrased)
  2. “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” ~Jimi Hendrix
  3. “To love another person is to see the face of God.” ~Victor Hugo (Les Miserables)
  4. “The human heart tells us that we are more alike than we are unalike.” ~Maya Angelou (Letter to My Daughter)

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listening to others online: can you hear me now?

And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ. – Philippians 1:9-10, NKJV

Listening is one of the deepest acts of love you can extend to another person.

Few people really listen anymore. In fact, it’s becoming a lost part of our cultural heritage, like playing board games or writing letters. We talk about this topic quite a bit in @stickyJesus: how to live out your faith online because it’s a critical part of sharing the gospel (online or off).

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the gift only you can give

At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises; Glory to God in the heavenly heights, Peace to all men and women on earth who please Him.

Luke 2:14, The Message

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in search of an awakened heart

Only the Holy Spirit can save people from themselves. Conducting yourself in a manner worthy to follow Christ online and off-line is a daily practice of humility and surrender. Through the Holy Spirit, bring an awakened heart to your online conversations.

Before you hit that enterbutton – be sure you are filled with His love.

What does an awakened heart look like online?

  • It responds promptly when someone is reaching out, even on the days it feels swamped.
  • It acknowledges and encourages others and can empathize with whatever others are experiencing.
  • It is blind to status, title, celebrity, or nationality.
  • It breaks for the lost.

You can’t give what you don’t have. If your heart is callous, seek out Jehovah-Rapha, your healer—the same one who healed the bleeding woman in the street that day. Touch His robe as He passes by, and believe that only He can resuscitate your heart. Regardless of what the rest of the world values design your online life after the awakened, present heart of Christ.

Until you step into heaven, you will be in the refining process. That’s okay. The Refiner loves you.

He will allow situations that put a spotlight on the yet unsurrendered places of your heart that may trip others up. God commands (does not ask) His followers to be of “one mind” when communicating the life-saving truths of the gospel. He expects us to reflect the values, behaviors, and holiness of Christ online (and off-line) at all times.

Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ,
so that whether I come and see you or am absent,
I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit,
with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel.”

Philippians 1:27, ESV

Study His Word. Allow it to transform you. Align your heart to His.

Remind yourself daily of who God is and what He expects you to be and become.

What’s God working on in you?

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