A worthwhile listen on the evangelistic charge:
Boundless Line has started a great section called I’m Here featuring pictures submitted by readers and a little blurb about them. I submitted a picture a few weeks ago, and much to my excitement, they published it today! Thanks, Boundless Line!
There is much going around the online Christian circle right now about Twitter. The biggest news is that John Piper has started tweeting. This news is probably the highlight of my week. That either speaks volumes for John Piper or very little for my life.
Now here are a few worthwhile Twitter posts to read:
- Why and How I am Tweeting– John Piper: “‘All things were created through Christ and for Christ’ (Colossians 1:16). The world does not know it, but that is why Twitter exists and that’s why I Tweet.”
- Should We Twitter During Church– Josh Harris: “God is speaking again through his word, we should all be silent–and so should our Twitter feeds.”
- More on Not Using Twitter During Worship– John Piper: “There is a difference between communion with God and commenting on communion with God.”
I started tweeting about a month ago. I had a multi-faceted purpose including expanding my online presense from just the blog to using it as a creative outlet to share truth. Most importantly, and as has been stated by the above named authors, Twitter, as with all things, should be used to God’s glory. While I do not think it is necessarily sinful to Tweet about your favorite salad dressing, sometimes online forums provide us with more opportunities to think about ourselves. We make the best use of media when we use it to point to our Savior.
It is Motivate Me Monday at Like A Warm Cup of Coffee. There is nothing more motivating for me that Scripture. Whenever I attempt to pull from Scripture, I always feel so inadequate to share for fear of misinterpreting or taking something out of context. However, I know the Lord can work through my own inadequacies, and I am always open to hearing other thoughts.
I was amazed at what I read in 1 John last night. Sometimes concepts just jump off the page and attach themselves to my heart.
1 John 2:15-17 states:
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world- the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions- is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. (ESV)
Now it is easy to see the importance of this passage as whoever does the will of God receives eternal life, but whoever does not passes away. So the question becomes- what is the will of God?
And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. 1 John 3:23-24
If we backtrack just a little bit in 1 John, we see the significance of abiding.
Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Ftather. And this is the promise that he made to us- eternal life. 1 John 2:24-25
1 John is the love book- there is much about love. And loving one another and not loving the world or the things of the world. It is key to our eternal life. The command given by God is to love eachother and believe in Jesus. It seems simplistic, but it is not watered down. This is the truth of God’s word. This is what He has asked of us. Let us do it with great joy- for whoever does the will of God abides forever!
You can’t fit God’s dream (if I can use that language) for his church inside of the American dream and have it work. It’s a radically different lifestyle. It just won’t squeeze into the available spaces of the time and energy that’s left over.
Go check out the rest of the post at Desiring God. You will be encouraged.
I was reminded today that not all people who find themselves online actually know what they are doing or where to begin. My mother is a perfect example. For a while she was convinced there was no “Q” on the computer keyboard because she could not find it.
So here is my meager attempt to introduce you all to the internet.
- For free e-mail, use Google Mail. No ads. It’s just better.
- For keeping up with all the great blogs you find, use Bloglines. It’s like a filing cabinet that keeps all your blogs in one place. (To test it, click “Add” and then type in: entrustedwith.wordpress.com ;).)
- For filter software (and accountability) to protect you and your family from the questionable internet content, use Covenant Eyes. Not free but worth every penny.
More to come. And the “Q” is in the upper left corner of the keyboard in case you are searching.