Posts Tagged ‘social media’


are you hoarding hope?

The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. – Luke 4:18-19, NIV

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why being a lifesaver online matters

For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.
~ II Corinthians 6:2, NIV

We’ve challenged you to pay attention to others who may be hurting online—to see the “post behind the post” and the “tweet behind the tweet.” Still, you may not be confident that if you reach out that you could in fact be  a lifesaver for another person. You might be asking yourself right now, “Me? A source of hope? Can God really use me to change the course of a person’s life?”

Here’s a powerful story about someone who did just that . . .

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5 red flags that say “I need help.”

helping people, anxiety, depression, suicide, Christians online, sharing Christ, sharing Jesus“So we see that because of their unbelief they were not able to enter his rest.”  ~Hebrews 3:19, NLT

It’s easy to get moving so fast online that we click right past a heart may be crying out: “please . . . stop . . . save me!”

Today we want to help you adjust your vision so you can recognize and reach out to the spiritually needy around you in the Land of Shiny Things (L.O.S.T.). Be warned: It’s a task that will take divine sensitivity and—as we call out in @stickyJesus, the book—an awakened heart. It’s often in the routine of daily conversation that the lack of light is thinly veiled.

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No. 5 & 6 social media secret weapons: power up

prayer, bible study, social media, Christians online, Joanne Heim, Toben Heim“So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” ~Isaiah 55:11

As Christians we use social media differently. So, this week we introduced you to four old school tactics to amp your time online: sneakers (log off, get outside), a coffee cup (face to face fellowship), a kitchen timer (guard your time), and letter writing (connect heart to hand).

Secret weapons #5 & #6: Our last two Social Media Secret Weapons go together: the bible and a prayer journal. Both need to rule your time, your heart, and your intention. Every single day.

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#KeepingItReal builds real relationships online

God knew what he was doing from the very beginning.
He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son…
We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him.  ~Romans 8:29, The Message

Online is a place where it’s easy to hide behind an image of what you want to be instead of being real about what you’re in the process of becoming. If you can accept God’s unconditional love and be comfortable in your under-construction self, He’ll use you exactly where you are as a point of light for others.

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10 things God taught me about social networking (first!)

share Jesus online, social media, Christians, technology, faithby Toni Birdsong
1. Influence is everything. Who you know matters in this world but as Christians we know “the” One connection that trumps them all, Jesus Christ. When you log on, you do so under the reputation and authority of The Most High God. Now that’s influence. [Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12].

2. Be yourself. There will be imitators around every corner but if you follow Christ online, you will know who you are and whose you are. That authenticity will come through in everything you do and say online. [Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. Rom. 12:3].

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7 Awesome Things To Love About Facebook (Part 2)

Facebook, Mashable, Facebook Tips & Tricks, Facebook 101“For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless . . .” 
 Prov. 6-7, NIV

  1. Captive Audience. Get interrupted a lot? Facebook allows you to get your ideas across without interference. This = influence. Users with 600+ friends have the ability to multiply their ideas and content to Top News or Most Recent. This is great if you have a cause, a business, or a passion you want to share. Think about it: the sky is the limit! (Facebook is the ultimate faith-sharing app for this generation).
  2. The Facebook Blog. Here you will find the latest Facebook updates and ways to maximize Facebook personally and professionally. Topics include privacy issues, news, photo tips, and interface updates.
  3. Facebook Deals. This is a feature of Facebook that allows you to find local deals. You’ll get coupons, specials, and location check-in deals.
  4. Hide Feeds. This is great if you have a friend who either updates too often and monopolizes your feed or may post content that’s offensive. Just go to the right of their latest post in your feed and hover over the “x”. The drop down will allow you to delete the post, or hide all posts by that user without hurting their feelings by defriending or blocking them.
  5. Showcase Your Fav Friends. A little-known feature in Facebook lets you decide who shows up in the Friends box on the left of your profile page. Click the tiny “edit” pencil in your Friends box and check the names of your best friends. You can create a list (ie: True Friends or Thinking of You) and change it out from time to time. A great way to keep people on your mind or even have a weekly prayer list.Facebook Tips, Status Statistics, Facebook Apps
  6. Status Statistics. This app analyzes your Facebook updates and gives you a really cool list of how many updates you’ve written and how many times a day you post. You’ll also find graphs, an archive of updates (2 years back). This app is beyond cool!
  7. Facebook 101: Check out Mashable’s Facebook Guide Book. Get everything from a list of apps, to news, to tips, and tricks. This guide will help you dig into the hundreds of things Facebook is capable of you likely haven’t tapped.

What is your favorite thing about Facebook? Teach us something new!

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It’s impossible to imagine the things that God has prepared for you. Keep your heart wide open today. #LiveSticky

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7 inspirational videos for sharing

Sharing inspirationGive and it will be given to you, a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.  Luke 6:38, NKJV

Have you ever had ‘one of those days’ and then someone sends an unexpected link to a video?

A rush of God-breathed delight rolls over you. Everything is suddenly different.  You laugh, cry, and automatically hit the appropriate share button. No way are you resisting that emotionally-charged desire to transfer what you are experiencing to a friend or family member.

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so what are you standing for online?

Live StickyIf therefore there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.

Philippians 2:1-2, NASB

world wide momentum

The reach of social networking is inestimable. The digital revolution has changed disaster recovery efforts forever. Social networks proved critical in the minutes and hours following the devastating earthquake in Haiti in January 2010. Social networking became lifelines for people trying to get information about loved ones as traditional communication channels failed.

For the first time in the history of a global tragedy, nearly $32 million was donated to the Red Cross using mobile phone texts. Within hours of the May 2010 Nashville flood, volunteers mobilized and donations poured in, in large part due to the speed and agility of social networks.

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contagious compassion

Have A Heart

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

II Corinthians  4:16, NIV

Have you figured out yet the skies are alive with revelation and God’s purposes rolling out over wireless networks? Every day, people arise in the church with a message of hope, and social networks have fit nicely into God’s plan. Part of the plan includes God mobilizing His people to strengthen and support each other.

In our book, @stickyJesus: how to live out your faith online, Senior Pastor Steve BergerGrace Chapel, Leipers Fork, TN) shared his story with us and today we share it here with you.

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