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 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?
The 30 Minute Plan
There’s a time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth. Ecclesiastes 3:1, The Message
By Tami Heim
Almost every day @stickyJesus there’s a conversation with someone that isn’t convinced he or she can make a Kingdom impact on social media networks. When pressing in on this topic, we discover that fear is holding the perception of time hostage. If you aren’t wise to the enemy’s tactics, he’ll easily use that fear of wasted time to keep your salt and light from infiltrating the online world.
Candidly, it’s time to pin fear to the ground and the enemy with it.
If you’ve been following us for any amount of time, you know everything has to start with prayer. And of course we’re not letting you off the hook here. Pray, wait, and seek are mandatory first steps for any Christ follower intentional about God’s agenda online. You can’t effectively log on if you haven’t adequately powered up. Once you’ve established a solid connection, you’re ready to execute this 30 minute plan online.
by Toni Birdsong
Sharing Christ today is critical to someone, somewhere in your life. And, your mobile phone might just be the key to initiating that life-altering conversation. This week we’re sharing some guerilla evangelism tactics using the shiny tools at your fingertips. Today, it’s all about creative ways to upload God’s voice into the mobile conversation. Here are just a few ways:
1. Fire up your mobile apps: Faith-based app design is exploding with new apps introduced every day. We’ve chosen just a few we’ve tried that will give you an amazing amount of helpful content to email, post, or text to others. You can send scriptures, quotes, and encouragements with a click of these apps: iShare Love Dare, Bible (lifechurch.tv), Bible.Is. (text & audio texts!), Jesus Life Together, and Promise.