May 25, 2012
It is arguable that the most interesting people in the world are passionate people. Have you ever see someone who is passionate about playing a guitar play? Or a passionate singer sing? Or what about a passionate evangelist? Maybe that example is a little more rare.
As this article on Evangelism from ChurchLeader.com pointed out, we often think that evangelism is better left to someone in the church. But Jesus didn’t think so. From the beginning of his ministry, Jesus didn’t choose the most scholarly theologically astute men. Instead, the first of his disciples were fishermen. He chose the common, regular, ordinary people to be his closest friends and the first evangelists.
The wonderful thing about the internet is that it is open to the common man. Everyone can minister online- you only need a passion for God. If you are interested in turning your passion for God into ministry, join us June 2 to find out how! We will be talking about everything from what it means to be an online missionary to how to have a powerful prayer life. You don’t need to be an expert. You don’t have to have it all figured out or even having a seminary degree. You just need to have a willing heart. Just like the disciples of old, Jesus is wanting to use you.
April 24, 2012
It’s a celebration!
We are talking about Internet Evangelism Day, of course! Oh? You aren’t familiar with it? Please, allow us to share.
This year on April 29th, Global Media Outreach will be joining together (virtually) for Internet Evangelism Day. This will be a celebrations of online missions. The “event,” so to speak, is put on by The Internet Evangelism Day Coalition. These wonderful people have put together a FREE campaign solely to promote evangelism on the web. We are excited to join with everyone to promote God using online resources to spread the gospel. We at GMO have a LOT to celebrate this year on April 29th. For example,
- In 2011 alone 19 million people indicated a decision for Christ
- We have 7,900 AWESOME online missionaries working with us to respond to our emails
- AND we have proven fiscal responsibility which allows us to be accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).
And we don’t want to just stop there! We want everyone to hear. We would love to have you join us, and all the others as we get the word out about Internet Evangelism. What are you celebrating in online missions? Let us know! We would love to give you a shout out. How are you celebrating? Who can you invite to celebrate this Internet Evangelism Day? The more the merrier.
Let the virtual conga line begin!
February 20, 2012
At the end of last week, we posted our first three tips on how to respond as a Christian online. Here are the rest:
4. Be Gospel Focused.
One wonderful aspect of God is that he is big and often does things outside of how societies and cultures think he “should.” His word, is clear on the importance of the gospel. Remember to stay focused on the Christ instead of what divides us. If we take a look at Galatians 5 and we see how Paul stresses how the gospel is central to our faith.
5. Don’t Blast the Negative.
We understand that the beauty of social networks is that they allow us to express ourselves. They give us opportunities to post publicly what we are thinking or feeling. There is a trend, however, in which people tend to blast another person’s thoughts or actions in status updates or tweets. As Christians, we should think about how can build up the body of Christ, not tear it down. Realize that if someone does or posts something that bothers us, it is much better to virtually follow the advice given in Matthew 18:15 which says “If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens, and confesses it, you have won your brother over.” (NIV)
6. Be Encouraging.
“By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35 (NASB)
“Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5: 11 (NASB)
If Jesus wanted it to happen for his church in person, he would also want it to happen online. Let’s be focused on building one another up in each interaction we have with one another.
7. Check Your Heart.
Ask yourself and God to reveal why you feel the need to respond? What will responding do for the situation or discussion? Can I be loving in my response? From my own experience, I notice when I take those extra few moments in an space where my fingers can’t reach a keyboard I find it is often my own PRIDE that wants me to respond. It isn’t because I want to be loving. Sometimes it is because I want to be seen as better, more spiritual, kinder, wiser, or whateverer than the other person. This isn’t a reason to respond. When I give the space for God to either give me the words or to convict my heart, I am left open to do what he wants of me. Sometimes it means not responding at all. Othertimes it is confessing, and allowing HIM to give me the words I should say.
There you have it, seven tips on how to respond as a Christian online. What are some other things that you have found to be helpful when responding as a Christian online?
February 17, 2012
With more and more of our communication happening over technology rather than face to face, it is easy to sometimes forget that there is a real person on the receiving end of our communication. There seems to be a trend to blast people over text, tweets, or a Facebook status. Message board discussions can quickly turn to nasty debates. While it is perfectly reasonable to express your thoughts and opinions, Christians are often left wondering how Jesus would have them respond online. We have a two part blog on 7 ways to respond as a Christian online. Here are the first three:
Yes, yes. This may seem like the most obvious one. But how many of us actually do it? In the heat of the moment when we see an opinion that is clearly “wrong,” it is easy to not even think “oh, I got this,” and respond. But taking an extra moment to pray and ask God “how would YOU respond to this” helps to sift of focus from what we feel to what is truly important.
2. Walk away.
It has happened to all of us. We are on our merry way, not in a bad mood, not looking for a disagreement, and suddenly, we see something that makes our blood boil. It is so tempting to want to jump into a discussion right then, especially if others are. But before we
say type something, take a moment. Literally walk away from your computer or cell phone. Cool down. Get a drink of water. Walk down the hall, do ANYTHING but respond in kind online. Psalm 37:8 says “Cease from anger and forsake wrath; Do not fret; it only leads to evildoing.”
3. Avoid debate.
Proverbs 26:4-5 says “Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will also be like him. Answer a fool as his folly deserves, that he not be wise in his own eyes.” It is important to remember that many statement online are nothing more than folly. Everyone can spout off some very stupid things just because they can (Yes, everyone). So, avoid getting into foolish debates. Foolish debates wont change a person’s heart, and both parties in a foolish debate look, well, foolish. You can’t help others “see the light” if they are being foolish. That said, if you feel your silence will confirm a person’s foolish actions, do speak up. You only need to say it once. You don’t need to debate. Also remember, it is easy to mistake what and how a person is trying to communicate over technology. Because there are no nonverbal cues, people might take what you say wrong, even if you are tying to be friendly and helpful.
Stay tunes for our next 4 tips on how to respond as a Christian online…
December 30, 2011
Goodbye 2011. Although you are still with us, Our minds are mostly on 2012. We already are making plans and goals for oh twelve.
And to you, our wonderful readers, how are your goals shaping up for this coming year? We wanted to share with you some tips in making these goals a reality in 2012.
1. Write them down! A goal not written down, is just a dream. Also, it is helpful if you can find them again, so we suggest putting them in a place that is easy to find and access again! Perhaps in note on your phone? or evernote?
2. Make the most of your digital Calendar. We suggest writing reminders to yourself in advance, and setting your calendar settings to send you a reminder. This could be as simple as emailing yourself a prayer reminder, setting a quiet time alarm, or putting in when you will take a retreat. Speaking of which…
3. Unplug. As we mentioned in this blog, there are a great many spiritual benefits from simply taking a technology break, and spending that time with God.
4. Pray. Perhaps this should be number one. But, as Proverbs 16:9 says “In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.” Regardless of what we may have planned, it is God who guides us.
5. Assess the technology you are using. It is easy to read good bloggers, and to think, “wow, I should start a blog.” It is easy to read a clever tweet and think” I should tweet like this!” Others might be amazing at keeping their online calender, and you think “I really should move from paper to digital this year.” You get the point, it is easy to feel like technology has become the run away snowball that somehow ran you over. So, really take a look at the technology or social media you are using. Do you enjoy using it? Is it actually helpful? Does it feel too demanding. Does it help or hinder you from reaching your goals? If it does not help, ditch it. No point is trying to post some encouraging word to twitter if it becomes overwhelming and not spirit filled. Pray and see what else God has for you!
We hope these were helpful! We pray that you might grow in your relationship with God even more in 2012!
December 28, 2011
The beauty of storytelling is hindsight. To be able to highlight events and weave a story to show draw meaning from our experiences. Perhaps this is why much of the Bible is written in a narrative form. It highlighted what God has done.
Interestingly, this narrative story telling is going digital. Facebook has launched Timeline. Now, instead of posts, pictures, likes and comments being posted on a person’s wall, it is written out like a timeline. A person even has the option to add information on previous periods and important moments of their life. Of course there is criticism. Are we sharing too much person information? Why would my friends what to know what happened on my 7th birthday party?
Yet, what of it’s potential in redemptive story telling? What if we marked when we became a Christian? Or highlighted moments of deeper revelation of God? What if we took a moment to see how God has been moving in us over the last year? Perhaps the timeline could be a more significant change in social media that we currently think.
How would you think to use the new Timeline feature in internet evangelism?
December 19, 2011
Do you remember the Claymation Christmas special with the California raisins? And the waffeling/waddleing/wasling claymation animals? If not here is a peek:
YouTube is pretty amazing! It allows us to find bits and pieces of movies and songs and allows us to share them with others. What a fun way to stay Jesus focused during Christmas- share videos and songs with your friends and family! You could probably share a song, memory, or video clip a day for a whole week, and everyone would love it!
We’d love to hear, what are some of your favorite Christ Centered YouTube clips?
December 14, 2011
I am the sort of person who hates it when people play Christmas music before Thanksgiving day. I don’t like that our world today seems to be rushing ahead- always onto the next thing; never in this moment.
So, please know that what I am about to say isn’t from a desire to rush us past Christmas and onto the end of this year. Rather, I wanted to give you AS MUCH time as possible to join us. So, without farther ado: You’re Invited to join us this year in participating in our Year End Million Person day!!!
We want to end the year well as we reach others with the good news of Jesus! There are three ways to join us:
First, through your donations. Sadly, the web isn’t free. But, one very generous donor has agreed to match funds given for this million person day! Would you like to make financial contribution go EVEN farther this year?? Go here for more information.
Second, through your prayer. We have put together a prayer guide for this million person day. Download this FREE prayer guide, and join us to pray for people coming to the evangelistic and discipleship sites that day!
Third, join us for a LIVE broadcast. You will be able to find the live site here. Bookmark it, then join us at 4:00pm California time as we celebrate how God is moving in the final days of 2011!
Together we can give the best gift to a MILLION people all over the world!