Posts Tagged ‘Voice of the Martyrs’

31Aug

Defriend me . . . please?

....but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. ~ John 15:19

by Toni Birdsong
The direct message in my Facebook inbox was titled “enough Jesus already.”

The message, sent by a longtime friend, just got better from there. “I regret having to do this but I have to defriend you. I’m seriously over the 24/7 Jesus feed. If you want to go to church, do you really have to do it on Facebook? So that’s it. Don’t take it personally.”

I logged-off and prayed. A few hours later I wrote my friend back. I told him I would miss the great updates about his life and the pictures of his adorable kids but that I respected his point of view and still loved him.

Then I told him this: “You said not to take it personally but I’ll confess, I’m actually overjoyed to take it personally. You see, to be associated with Jesus Christ is my highest honor. You don’t know Him yet but He’s amazing! Who else do you know who would willingly climb up on a cross and suffer a violent death in your place? When He did that for me, and I truly understood it, it “clicked” in my heart in a huge way. His gesture meant that I—a total misfit and sinner—would get to experience God’s friendship and love . . . forever. So, you see, you defriending me is one ‘nail’ I can take. If this is the price I have to pay for sharing that miracle, then please, defriend me.”


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10Aug

5 sites to equip and inspire sharing faith online

Will you remain silent?

By Tami Heim

For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?  – Esther 4;14, NIV

Mobilizing people online to pray, worship, donate, and exchange praiseworthy content exists right here within your God-given social media territory. You can do it and so can every believer with a heart willing to pray, power up, log on, and serve. But there’s one more thing you can do and it holds remarkable power.

You can share your personal faith story online.

While your story is unique, embedded in it are phrases of familiarity that often resemble the paragraphs found in the script of another person’s life.  Where common text exists, even if it’s just a sentence or two, the shared commentary instantly creates a bond.

There’s an anointing in the sweet overlap between your story and someone else’s story. It’s at that place the Holy Spirit begins to bring someone from death to new life. The Good News that rescues, saves, and redeems is released.

Five sites to help and inspire you to share your faith online…


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