Encouragement ExchangeHow could you give encouragement to someone today?
Top Music Videos
Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right,
and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are
excellent and worthy of praise (4:8).
Have you ever stopped to consider what the apostle
Paul’s page might look like if he were on
Facebook? Friends with Peter. Status update: In
prison—again—but well worth it. Paul was tagged in Silas’
Album “Best of Missions Trip—Part 1.” Religious Views:
former anti-Christian, sanctified servant. It certainly does
offer some room for thought. Would he have “unfriended”
John Mark? Written words of rebuke on Demas’ wall?
Publicly criticized the Corinthian church in a note?
The online world has changed the church. But the
question remains as to whether the results have made our
relationships stronger or more volatile. As more and more
churches create online communities through tools such
as Twitter, interactive blog sites, and Facebook, the body
of Christ finds itself wrestling with issues the apostle Paul
didn’t have to face.
Or did he? (See Ecclesiastes 1:9.)
While the applications might be different because of
new settings created by advances in technology, the truths
of Scripture remain the same (Psalms 119:89). Narcissistic,
negative behavior didn’t begin with modern culture. In his
letter to believers in Philippi, Paul shows us that we must
crucify our regard for self in order to “press on to possess
that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed [us]”
(Philippians 3:12). Doing so will not only influence the
focus of our hearts but our behaviors in everyday life—including those online.
While people hold differing opinions on whether Facebook is a friend or foe,
the real issue rests with the human heart. Scripture clearly calls us to behave “like”
those whose hearts have been searched and tested by God (Jeremiah 17:9).
Moving in real time, online venues provide ample opportunity to be self-centered.
So before your next online post or comment, perhaps you should ask: Is it true,
honorable, right, and pure?
Read James 1:19 and consider why God’s Word makes a far better
mirror than Facebook.
How can online sites be a tool for encouragement? In what
ways can Facebook—or other online media—stir division in the body of
- Encouragement Exchange - How could you give encouragement to someone today?...read more
- Raise the Temperature - ...read more
- Always There - Do you believe that the Lord is always with you?...read more
- Seasons of Grief - Are you going through a season of grief where you are struggling to grieve?...read more
- John's Question - What steps can you take to seek God’s perspective in a current challenging situation?...read more
- Victory - What battles are you facing these days?...read more
- Starting Over - Have you experienced a fresh start in Jesus?...read more
- Genuine Love - How have you experienced the reality of God’s love?...read more
- Straight Up - Is there a current situation in your life where you’ve been less than honest?...read more
- He Saw Something - Have you seen something so true that you would be willing to live or die for it?...read more
- Higher Law, Higher Love - What choice of conscience faces you today?...read more
- Stay or Run Away - How might God want you to display His glory in your life?...read more
- Jealousy and Generosity - To help His followers understand what the kingdom of heaven is like and the dangers of comparison obsession, Jesus told a parable about a landowner who hired workers to tend his vineyard....read more
- On the Fringe - Who sits alone at church that you can befriend?...read more
- Taming Anger - Think back to a time when you lashed out in anger, or when someone lashed out at you....read more
- Full of Joy - How can you tap into God’s joy more fully?...read more