Posts Tagged ‘twitter’

28May

how to use your digital power to take the world where you are

Your words will take them there. (Haiti - May 2012)

By Tami Heim

God’s Word not only transforms your life, it transports you back in time.  The consequences of sin, brokenness, and repentance unfold by book, chapter, and verse. These themes repeat and God’s faithfulness in every circumstance trumps them all.

You live in a time where digital power allows you to bring others to wherever you are to experience whatever you’re doing. If you frequent any number of social media platforms, you may be living out your life and not even aware of how it is impacting someone else. When the Spirit of the living God’s is alive in you, your influence serves a higher calling and what you share penetrates the stream with life-changing possibilities. Other’s have a chance to see God’s faithfulness at work in you.


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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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22Nov

10 godly ways to handle an online conflict

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Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Cor. 12:10

 

by Toni Birdsong
How do you adapt to a culture of substandard communication, express your intent in 140 characters, qualify, clarify, employ diplomacy, dodge bullets, and honor Christ every day in the online space? You don’t. Not with a 100% success rate that is.

Living out your faith on a digital stage is not for sissies. If you think about it, millions of people posting personal ideologies, opinions, beliefs and values to abbreviated channels such as Twitter, Facebook, blogs, is kind of like an invitation to miscommunicate on a global scale.

You will make mistakes. You will step on landmines. You will have to put yourself back together again. But, you will survive.

10 ways to handle an online conflict:


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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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4Aug

what in the world do I post? Start here: 100 three-word power posts


“. . . God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.” ~Eccl. 5:2


by Toni Birdsong

(previously posted Jan. 2011)
In the abbreviated world of social networks, we attempt to share the depths and riches of God’s word in status updates, comment boxes, and 140 character tweets.

To get your creative muscle amped, we’d like to get you thinking in even shorter bursts of truth. Here’s a list of 100 Three-Word Power Posts. All express God’s word.

Remember, living out your faith online isn’t about how much scripture you can wallpaper onto the web. It’s about you being in such exciting fellowship with God that the notes from that conversation easily fall onto the pages of every other conversation you hold.

Feel free to cut and paste these posts for your own tweets or status updates.

You might be surprised how just three words can minister to others—when those three words are scriptural. Be sure to bless us with your own Three-Word Power Posts in the comment section.


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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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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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31Mar

35 creative [and fun] ways to share your faith online

Twitter, sharing Christ, Facebook ideas, evangelism, outreach onlineby Toni Birdsong

Sharing your faith online isn’t about how spiritual you appear or how much scripture you can post. It’s simply about being real and being ready to give the right answer (not the popular one) with refreshing honesty and compassion. It’s about getting outside of your digital clique to see what’s going on in the lives of those around you.

Sharing your faith is about walking so closely with God personally that His presence chases out anything that deems you ordinary, giving you the courage you need to act, post, or respond with His heart.

So, let’s have some fun . . .


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29Mar

5 ways to amplify your influence online: Part 1

influence online, Christians online, tips, sharing Jesusby Toni Birdsong

Sometimes tough love is in order. So here it is.

When posting online, please hear this friend: No one cares if you are going to the gym to work your quads today. No one cares if the grape soda you just opened is flat. No one cares that you like to pet your cat. No one.

To gain traction and build any kind of meaningful community online, you’ve got to be a giver of great content (note the word “great”). Good isn’t sticky. As a Christ follower, you carrying eternity in your words, so being intentional about how and what you communicate online is critical. We dive into this deeper in Chapter 5 of @stickyJesus: how to live out your faith online.

Note: To the casual user of social networks this post may seem over the top or waaaay too serious. But if you regularly read this blog, you know that as Christians, there’s nothing casual about the words, ideas, or thoughts we share online. Nothing. God has set us apart to make a Kingdom difference in the online space and, together, that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

So here are 5 ways to amplify your influence online . . .


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23Feb

Save time: 5-point social media strategy

social media strategy, social networking strategy, Twitter, Christians online, Faith“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” ~ Proverbs 16:3

by Toni Birdsong
It’s a common question: How do I avoid getting “sucked” into the time vortex of social networking? It’s a valid question and a very real fear. And here’s the answer: you get a plan.

Here’s a quick, easy launch plan to get you rolling.

1. Determine why you are online. Make sure you answer this question before you start posting, tweeting, or blogging. Never invest your time in something simply because others are doing it. When you know why you are doing something, you are less likely to waste precious time. Are you online for personal or professional reasons? To learn or to teach? Social or spiritual? A mix of both?


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