by Toni Birdsong It’s way too easy to light up your computer or mobile phone each day without even thinking. Sending an email, posting a tweet, or rattling off a digital reply becomes ordinary, kind of like background music.
But that’s where those of us who have agreed to drop our nets and follow Christ need to stop and pause . . . as the world stampedes past.
There’s nothing ordinary about the words that come from our mouths or the thoughts we share online, especially if they are God’s words. My spiritual mentor and uncle, Frank Kenyon, taught me: “no matter how long you’ve been a Christian, you should always tremble when called to speak or teach the Word of God.”
Uncle Frank went to heaven at 90 carrying the Truths of a worn-out bible and a torch of reverence for the Word of God now burns in my heart.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~Jeremiah 29:11
by Toni Birdsong Jeremiah 29:11 is one of the most quoted scriptures of all time. And therein lies the rub.
We sing it, shout it, and share it with strangers—but still, like so many familiar scriptures, God’s words to Jeremiah have yet to arrest and take us captive. Why is it that the slightest crisis can so easily eclipse our hope?
Perhaps it’s because the one thing needed to ignite God’s power, is the one thing we refuse to fully render: trust.
Yes, these “8 reasons” are really “8 excuses” and we all hide one (or several) of them . . . somewhere. We’ve listed the “8 reasons” below and added some biblical truths to uproot the enemy’s lies. Thanks to the folks at RepentandTrust.org for making such a fun, relevant video … and inspiring the perfect April Fools Day headline! Here we go . . .
by Toni Birdsong
This week we’re living in the Book of John. Just for fun, we thought we’d channel our favorite desert preacher, John the Baptist (different from the author of this gospel), who we meet in John 1:6. He was bold, brash, and brave when it came to speaking Truth. John knew how to #LiveSticky and still inspires us to do the same today. We hope his ministry ignites your thinking and helps you share your faith online with uncompromised conviction. Have fun sharing these posts/tweets with others.
1. The good news of the gospel begins with the bad news of man’s sin. #JohnTheBaptist
2. If I had preached the soft gospel of this generation, I would have kept my head. #JohnTheBaptist
3. Go big with the gospel or go home. #JohnTheBaptist
Whoa—there’s a lot of noise and a lot of need online. The chatter is endless, the links are incessant, and the messages can begin to blur before long.
It’s easy sometimes to feel like no one is listening, you aren’t really connecting, or that the message of Christ isn’t flashy enough to get the attention you know it deserves. That’s where you are wrong.
People everywhere need help.
And as a Christ follower online in today’s world, you’re fully stocked when it comes to directing others to the help, and the hope, they need.
I love the spoken word, the written word, and the everlasting Word. That God would tap a misfit like me to communicate His sticky message of love to others is proof of His amazing grace. It's my joy to help you dig up, demystify, and, debunk the tech speak so together, we can #LiveSticky online—for Him. Here's a little more of my story.
I’m a child of the liberating King; soaked in grace, living to serve, and loving others along the way. I long for the utter relief of holiness and grateful I’ve not been left here to get there on my own. Believing whole-heartedly that He qualifies the called, I’ve accepted this assignment as a digital scribe for such a time as this. Here's a little more of my story.
. . . exists to equip you, the Christ follower, to confidently live out your faith in the digital world. We're here to infuse biblical perspective and daily inspiration into your online time. We'll help you grow your technical know-how so you can share the sticky love of Jesus Christ with others. We're teaching, listening, and collaborating with a fired-up community of digital scribes about culture, social media, and the kind of relationship building that will outlive cyberspace. Are you in?