Posts Tagged ‘social media’

2Oct

7 God truths that will blast the enemy today

christians online, stickyJesus, Toni Birdsong, Tami Heim, Amazon books, online evangelism“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” – 1 Peter 5:8, NKJV

by Toni Birdsong
A sobering reality that comes with our goal to #LiveSticky as Christ followers online is being wise to the enemy’s schemes. You know the score, beloved. The last thing the enemy wants to see is Jesus and His tribe of twenty-first-century, Internet-savvy followers gaining ground online. The enemy turns up the volume, complicates the simple, and amplifies the yammering so we don’t know which way is up. He is the cultivator of fear, paranoia, and intimidation. He is the master of confusion and the king of anxiety. His goal is the same as it was in the garden.

The enemy sets out each day to silence God’s message of hope and genuine relationship with His children. But you don’t have to pick up the lies the enemy is putting down. God’s Truth is your weapon as you log on each day.

Lies of the enemy

  • You are in the minority in the online world.
  • You are outvoted, outnumbered, and outranked here on earth.
  • Your faith is obsolete tradition rather than the God-breathed origin of humankind.
  • Your voice isn’t relevant.
  • No one is listening to you.
  • Engaging in social media is too hard, and you can’t make a difference.
  • You’re living in end times, and the online world is too lost to change.

God’s Truth

  1. Your inheritance includes the riches of heaven, and you belong to the holy majority (1 Peter 1:4; 1 John 4:4). You + God = a majority.
  2. As God’s child, you’ve been given dominion and power over this earth (Genesis 1:28).
  3. The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it (including the Internet).
  4. The voice of Truth—His voice through you—is desperately needed in online conversations (Psalm 78:6; Acts 1:8).
  5. You carry a message that has transformed every generation since the beginning of time (John 3:16; 2 Corinthians 4).
  6. Everywhere you turn online, ears (and hearts) are burning for truth and hope. The world is morally and spiritually starving to death (Isaiah 1; Matthew 5:14; Luke 5:31; Romans 5:8; 8:7–8; Philippians 2:15).
  7. We win (Job 19:25; Acts 1:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:8).

So get in the game beloved, there’s no turning back, sitting the bench, or asking the ref for a time out. God has given you have everything you need for triumph and promises that through Him you can do all things. It’s your responsiblity to influence the online conversation and tell a clicking, texting, searching generation that they can’t google their eternal life.

What scripture/s help you #LiveSticky (effective for Christ) each day?

Post/Tweet this today:
Fix your heart on Truth. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. All means ALL. #LiveSticky


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16May

10 amazingly easy ways to live out your faith on Pinterest

To you, Lord, belong greatness and power, honor, splendor, and majesty, because everything in heaven and on earth belongs to you. Yours, Lord, is the kingship, and you are honored as head of all.

~Chronicles 29:11, CEB

Pinterest featue in Metro - 27th February 2012

Pinterest featue in Metro - 27th February 2012 (Photo credit: Great British Chefs)

By Tami Heim

Social media enthusiasts are enamored with the momentum of Pinterest.  The number of men jumping on ‘boards’ is growing. Brand marketers are quickly and strategically infiltrating this network wherever they can. Big brands, intent on converting images into new revenue and profits streams, populate the daily flow of images.

Meanwhile, for those of us on the lookout for every opportunity to #LiveSticky, Pinterest is yet another place to share and live out our faith.  On this platform every board holds the possibility of becoming a glorious reflection the God we serve.

Captivating images create conversations and conversations birth more shared experiences. Community happens, relationships form, inspiration abounds, and with a dose of intentionality, Pinterest creations introduce others to the One true Creator. Spirit-filled faith cannot be contained. It seeks to flow directly from our lives into the lives of others. On this rapidly growing social media platform, the current is strong.

10 Amazingly Easy Ways to Live Out Your Faith on Pinterest


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7Mar

10 steps on the digital road to reaching millions

1.7 Billion and Growing

By Tami Heim

Important NOW

Keeping perspective in a world full of high-tech and high-touch shiny gadgets demands enormous energy and capacity. The velocity of change can blur your daily thinking about what’s most important – if you let it.

And what’s most important in all of it?  Right now One Spirit-filled voice has everything it needs to reach millions with a single post and click.

Coming Soon


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7Nov

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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17Oct

10 lessons for living out faith on Google + and beyond

May I be pleasing in Your sight.

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. ~ Psalm 19:14, NIV

By Tami Heim

One evening while trying to get my mind around how Google + fit into my social media routine, I found myself in pause mode. An intense conversation between a small group of men caught my attention.

Dialog bounced back and forth like a Michigan hockey puck. Each person took his shot at vehemently recanting all the things he hated about Facebook.  For me, hate is a strong word, but I found myself stuck there, nonetheless, listening.


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1Aug

Join us at Kingdom Bound 2011 all week!

 

This week we’re going to be taking you inside the mega worship fest Kingdom Bound 2011 at Darien Lake Resort outside of Buffalo New York. This amazing event attracts more than 45,000 people each year. Why? To worship, learn, fuse hearts, and and have a ton of fun doing it!

@stickyJesus has been invited (and blessed) to teach three daily breakout sessions to pastors and leaders on how to use social media to amplify Kingdom outreach. We’re having a blast and plan to share this fun time with you each step of the way.

Please pray for us this week and let us know how we can pray for you! Please pray:

  • Open hearts and open minds to the @stickyJesus challenge of intentional outreach online.
  • That lives are touched through the ministries, music, and messages being shared here 24/7.
  • That families and friends create deeper bonds and that the body of Christ experiences supernatural unity.
  • That prayer and woship drive every agenda and busy schedule. And, that quiet moments with God empower those organizing, leading, performing, teaching, and attending.

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27Apr

would Jesus waste His time on Twitter or Facebook?

evangelism, sharing Christ online, Internet Evangelism Day, Toni Birdsong. . . I will seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. Ezekiel 34:12

by Toni Birdsong
A well-meaning friend asked me the other day: “C’mon, if Jesus were here, do you really think He would be wasting His time on Twitter or Facebook?”

I answered my friend . . .

I don’t know but what I do know is this: That Jesus is here—He never left us. His Holy Spirit is turning cyberspace inside out in search of His beloved. He never rests or ceases to rescue. He is stirring a fire in His people and rising up audible voices around every digital corner. No bandwidth can contain His reach and no amount of ram can house His power.


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19Apr

the seduction of cyber celebrity

What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? –Mark 8:36

By Tami Heim

Social media in the land of shiny things, allows virtually anyone the opportunity to affirm and feed your ego with something as simple as a like, follow or retweet button. If you’re not careful, you can end up like our friend over there, hanging out in the pot on the stove. He’s absolutely clueless he’s only a few degrees away from, well, you know

Matt Brown, the Pastor of Sandals Church said, “The enemy of authenticity is celebrity.”

If you don’t have your ego in check,  the seduction of cyber celebrity can take you down fast-really fast. It requires daily surrender for anyone wanting to keep it real and maintain a God-centered perspective online. Be sure you know the warning signs when you get close to danger. Check your temperature often. When the enemy starts messing with you-things can heat up quickly.

Here’s summary of how cyber seduction happens…


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8Apr

what does your ringtone reveal about you?

Do you remember a time when a phone would ring and that was all it did – just ring? If you hear that happening today, more than likely someone found a download that makes them  feel oh-so-retro.

Have you thought about what your ringtone reveals about you? After all, you picked it. Hopefully you get that every time it rings, it broadcasts a message about you. As technology pushes commerce faster to the mobile platform, the interaction between you and your phone will intensify. Consider your current ringtone. Do you like what it says about you?

If you’re interested in a ringtone that signals when a call comes in, but also reminds you that you are His message going out, then checkout  The Message by All 4 Him. Now be inspired and enjoy this video of the song.


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7Apr

8 ways to use your social networks to increase your church’s reach

I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. John 5:24

by Tami Heim
Things are cooking: It’s exciting to see more and more churches developing their online presence and making a Kingdom impact in the world. For example, when you look at the ground breaking ministry of LifeChurch.TV and its senior pastor Craig Groeschel, you begin to see what’s possible when a church fuses evangelism and technology. Of course we’re always excited at @stickyJesus when we encounter any church that’s passionate about digital missions.

But what’s happening in your own church? Maybe yours isn’t fully wired and you aren’t sure what you can do. Today we’re going to give you 8 ways God can use you to communicate the life-changing things He is doing in your church.

So let’s roll…


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