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If You’re God’s Child, Part 7

June 24, 2012

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6

Last year, I compiled a series of 36 blogposts based on tweets from Scotty Smith on “Signs You’re Growing in Grace.” I, and I know countless others, were greatly encouraged in the gospel by those daily tweets.  Another person who brings the gospel to bear regularly on twitter is Paul Tripp.  He has recently begun a series of tweets called “If You’re God’s Child . . . ” and I have compiled them for you as well.  Depending on how many tweets he does, I may make this into another blogpost category/series. But for now, here’s the seventh (and final) installment of “If You’re God’s Child . . .”

If you’re God’s child, you are blessed with the convicting ministry of the Holy Spirit. The question is, are you listening?

If you’re God’s child, you can rest assured that God will do whatever is necessary to complete his redemptive work in you.

If you’re God’s child, it’s grace that is your hope; grace and only grace.

If you’re God’s child, you have the choice of denying your sin or running with joy to the forgiveness you’ve been given.

If you’re God’s child, you are never called to anything you aren’t graced by God to do.

If you’re God’s child, no detail of your life is outside of the care and control of your sovereign Savior.

If you’re God’s child, the fact that the end of your story has already been determined makes God’s care in the middle secure as well.

If you’re God’s child, there is no enemy you will face that hasn’t already been defeated by the cross of Jesus Christ.

If you’re God’s child, you need to know that no dark thing in you is a surprise to the One lived, died and rose to be your Savior.

If you’re God’s child, you need to know that the righteous life of Christ freed you from having to work to gain the Father’s acceptance.

If You’re God’s Child, Part 6

June 3, 2012

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5

Last year, I compiled a series of 36 blogposts based on tweets from Scotty Smith on “Signs You’re Growing in Grace.” I, and I know countless others, were greatly encouraged in the gospel by those daily tweets.  Another person who brings the gospel to bear regularly on twitter is Paul Tripp.  He has recently begun a series of tweets called “If You’re God’s Child . . . ” and I have compiled them for you as well.  Depending on how many tweets he does, I may make this into another blogpost category/series. But for now, here’s the sixth installment of “If You’re God’s Child . . .”

If you’re God’s child, you are blessed with the convicting ministry of the Holy Spirit. The question is, are you listening?

If you’re God’s child, you can rest assured that God will do whatever is necessary to complete his redemptive work in you.

If you’re God’s child, it’s grace that is your hope; grace and only grace.

If you’re God’s child, you have the choice of denying your sin or running with joy to the forgiveness you’ve been given.

If you’re God’s child, you are never called to anything you aren’t graced by God to do.

If you’re God’s child, no detail of your life is outside of the care and control of your sovereign Savior.

If you’re God’s child, the fact that the end of your story has already been determined makes God’s care in the middle secure as well.

If you’re God’s child, there is no enemy you will face that hasn’t already been defeated by the cross of Jesus Christ.

If you’re God’s child, you need to know that no dark thing in you is a surprise to the One lived, died and rose to be your Savior.

If you’re God’s child, you need to know that the righteous life of Christ freed you from having to work to gain the Father’s acceptance.

If You’re God’s Child, Part 5

May 27, 2012

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Last year, I compiled a series of 36 blogposts based on tweets from Scotty Smith on “Signs You’re Growing in Grace.” I, and I know countless others, were greatly encouraged in the gospel by those daily tweets.  Another person who brings the gospel to bear regularly on twitter is Paul Tripp.  He has recently begun a series of tweets called “If You’re God’s Child . . . ” and I have compiled them for you as well.  Depending on how many tweets he does, I may make this into another blogpost category/series. But for now, here’s the fifth installment of “If You’re God’s Child . . .”

If you’re God’s child, you must remember that God isn’t working to build your kingdom, but for the success of his.

If you’re God’s child, you must always view yourself and your world through the window of the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ.

If you’re God’s child, remember that your story is marching to an end that is glorious beyond the ability of your mind to conceive.

If you’re God’s child, it’s not your job to defeat evil, your job is to resist temptation. God is in the process of bringing evil to an end.

If you’re God’s child, know that every “What if” your fearful heart can generate is about something that is ruled by your sovereign Savior.

If you’re God’s child, you have little to boast about. Your reconciliation, wisdom, submission, and strength all are gifts of your Savior.

If you’re God’s child, obedience is not an option, to treat what has been command as a personal choice is to put yourself in God’s position.

If you’re God’s chid you have been bought with a price therefore you must not in any situation view your life as belonging to you.

If you’re God’s child you have been bought with a price, so you must not in any situation view your life as belonging to you.

If you’re God’s child, the same grace that you have been given is the grace that you are called to proclaim and extend to others.

If You’re God’s Child, Part 4

May 20, 2012

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Last year, I compiled a series of 36 blogposts based on tweets from Scotty Smith on “Signs You’re Growing in Grace.” I, and I know countless others, were greatly encouraged in the gospel by those daily tweets.  Another person who brings the gospel to bear regularly on twitter is Paul Tripp.  He has recently begun a series of tweets called “If You’re God’s Child . . . ” and I have compiled them for you as well.  Depending on how many tweets he does, I may make this into another blogpost category/series. But for now, here’s the fourth installment of “If You’re God’s Child . . .”

If you’re God’s child you have reason for hope no matter how hard things are or how weak you feel because Christ lives inside you.

If you’re God’s child you have been given an identity you didn’t earn and blessed with potential beyond your natural gifts.

If you’re God’s child you have to accept the bad news of your sin before you can celebrate the glorious news of God’s amazing grace.

If you’re God’s child, you have been called to be an ambassador of the same grace that has given you life and hope.

If you’re God’s child, you have been called to carefully obey, but not with the motivation of achieving acceptance with God.

If you’re God’s child your personal story has been woven by grace into God’s grand and glorious redemptive story.

If you’re God’s child you must remember that your faith is deeply relational – called to loving community with God and with others.

If you’re God’s child you must remind yourself today that your walk with God is designed to be a community project from beginning to end.

If you’re God’s child you still suffer from spiritual blindness and need the personal insight-giving wisdom of the body of Christ.

If you’re God’s child, your life doesn’t belong to you anymore, to act like it does never leads anywhere good.

Twenty Thousand Tweets

February 10, 2012

June 9, 2008 I created an account with Twitter.
Today, I posted my 20,000th tweet.

4.5 years of my life is chronicled in 140-character tidbits which, if I did the math correctly, comes to approximately 2,800,000 characters. I’ve been thinking this morning about the the ways God has used twitter in my life and ministry.  We hear a lot of the dangers and abuse of social media and the Internet, but on occasion we will hear a report on how it has positively impact someone’s life.  I for one can say that it has been a great experience thus far, for at least the following five reasons.

1.  People I’ve Met with Twitter

Between blogging and Twitter, the overwhelming majority of people I know in evangelical life came through these digital avenues.  My life has been enriched by friendships, several that developed to a greater degree offline and in “real life”.  Twitter opened the door and created accessibility to people who I otherwise would have never had the opportunity to meet.  Often times late at night, I end up having an extended conversation via direct message with people I’ve rarely (if ever) talked to on the phone or email. So Twitter has essentially flattened the world for guys like myself who don’t pastor a large church, published a book, or have influential people in my corner to have opportunity to connect, network, and build relationships online.

2.  The Twitter Help Desk

If ever have a question or practical need, I ask my Twitter followers first. Seriously. I cannot recount to you how many times I have been helped by people, many I don’t know, who care enough to reply when, for instance, my son decides to practice drawing with a massive permanent marker all over our furniture, television, and flooring. On more serious matters, I was leading our church to transition to small groups, and for 3 hours one day, I had over 15 people dialoguing with me via Twitter which tons of experience and practical counsel, logging in over a hundred tweets tailored specifically to helping me lead my church. It was like a customized, decentralized conference with a panel of folks from across the country address the specific challenges with incredible relevance. I was blown away that day. And still am.

3.  Tim Keller Reading Group

Two years ago, I started a Twitter experiment based on similar tweets from friends.  We all apparently were reading similar Tim Keller articles and tweeting them the same day. I decided to create a Tim Keller Reading Group using Twitter exclusively with no other online or offline promotion. The result was a six-month journey with 75 people from 24 states and 11 denominations and 12 video conference calls.  Twitter provided this platform, and many of the guys I got to know during that process have become good friends.

4.  Social Media/Networking Training

I find this really crazy, but over the past couple of years, I have been asked to speak at three conferences on the role of social networking and media to the local church and ministry.  They have ranged from church planting bootcamps and seminars to collegiate conferences.  If I ever thought I’d speak at conference, social networking would have never been on the radar. Yet, God has allowed me to encourage hundreds of church leaders and students on using social networking for the glory of God, for that I’m grateful.

5.  Resource and Renewal Aggregation

Before Twitter, I relied almost exclusively to Google Reader for aggregating information and resources. With increasingly limited time, I use Twitter for my main stop for helpful links and encouraging devotional thoughts.  I even took the time to compile a 36-part series from Scotty Smith with 720 tweets of “signs you are growing in grace.”  To a smaller degree, I have done this also with tweets from Paul Tripp and Tullian Tchividjian. God has used Twitter to bring me encouragement, exhortation, and rebuke from people I know and have great respect.

I could give you several other ways Twitter has been worth the (little) time each day. I hope that the 20,000 tweets logged over the past 4.5 years have been some profit and encouragement to you as well.

For other articles on Twitter by me, check out:

* Twitter Is Not Real
* Twitter – The New Traffic Generator
* Twitter for the Local Church
* Don’t Waste Your Tweets
* Why I Use Twitter

Signs You Are Growing in Grace, Part 33

December 6, 2011

Part 1 || Part 2 || Part 3 || Part 4 || Part 5 || Part 6 || Part 7 || Part 8
Part 9 || Part 10 || Part 11 || Part 12 || Part 13 || Part 14 || Part 15 || Part 16
Part 17 || Part 18 || Part 19 || Part 20 || Part 21 || Part 22 || Part 23
Part 24 || Part 25 || Part 26 | Part 27 || Part 28 || Part 29 || Part 30 || Part 31
Part 32

Your weekly installment of 20 grace tweets from Scotty Smith:

A sign you’re growing in grace: When critiquing a theological position, you don’t use unnecessary negative adjectives.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You let people finish their sentences and you don’t put your meaning on their words.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You’re just as passionate about pleasing God as you are in resisting legalism.

A sign you’re growing in grace: People suffering from depression don’t duck when they see you coming. You’re more merciful.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You love your Christian friends, but you’re making more time to be with non-believers.

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Signs You Are Growing in Grace, Part 32

November 28, 2011

Part 1 || Part 2 || Part 3 || Part 4 || Part 5 || Part 6 || Part 7 || Part 8
Part 9 || Part 10 || Part 11 || Part 12 || Part 13 || Part 14 || Part 15 || Part 16
Part 17 || Part 18 || Part 19 || Part 20 || Part 21 || Part 22 || Part 23
Part 24 || Part 25 || Part 26 | Part 27 || Part 28 || Part 29 | Part 30 | Part 31

Your weekly installment of 20 grace tweets from Scotty Smith:

A sign you’re growing in grace: You realize, more than ever, you simply cannot & MUST NOT do the Christian life alone.

A sign you’re growing in grace: Your friends hooked into pornography know they can come to you for care, grace and strength.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You don’t fall into gifts, smarts or looks envy as much as you used to.

A sign you’re growing in grace: The collective stories and wisdom of older friends has become a most sweet gospel nectar.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You not only treasure the riches of the gospel you obey the implications of the gospel.

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