…. they were unschooled, ordinary men …. they had been with Jesus …. the crippled man healed standing with them – Acts 4:13,14
… Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, …
Mark 16:15, Matthew 28:19 (KJV)
In our generation, … technology has unlocked and unleashed instant real-time information upon the fingertips of lay people in many fields to gateways of knowledge, experience, domains & networks … transformed our personal communications with each other near and faraway, … shared experiences of instant live images, streaming videos … cut the middle-man, spawned new industries, business models, … flatten bureaucracy, … and empowered anyone, anywhere with a platform to share on-site news, thoughts, experiences and ideas, … and run a business instantly with a multi-cultural globalized audience. Untold benefits to the individuals, users, consumers, clients, novice, lay person, etc.
Thank God, we live in a day where … ubiquitous instant information and increased education opportunities has diminished barriers, built bridges, … & sparked a kaleidoscope of views and collaborations across culture and borders.
Today, its so much easier to ‘stand upon the shoulders of giants so that we can see further’.
In a sense, portals and social media have made our world more open & borderless, as information travels virally at great speeds over long distances to an exponentially growing connected virtual community (church?) … challenging us to discern fact from fiction, truth from ‘near truths’, light from darkness … as traditional information sources are gradually being eclipsed (& sometimes replaced) by digital sources.
For example, at our fingertips we can assess more than 10 Bible translations, … right to the original Greek and Hebrew sources anytime, anywhere. Powerful search tools have replaced concordances.
While a ‘live’ presentation is being shared, one can easily tap into the Internet to verify the facts of what’s being shared, … and twit, instagram, periscope in real time; … comment, respond, participate, engage, … two-way, .. multi-way.
Consider, … how did we receive our daily dose of local & international news this morning?
How many sources of news did we read, … or checked?
Consider the number of face-to-face and phone conversations we had today,
with the number of virtual conversations we had thru multiple email accounts, instant messaging (whatsapp, wechat, line, snapchat, etc), and social media.
… Our social interactions are changing.
In the field of customer support, … today, most companies offer multiple channels by which we can get help, answer a query, request for support, contact.
Crowd sourcing & crowd funding has also shown … great things can be achieved when people unite with purpose.
The amazing open source community, made up of self-organising virtual volunteers around the world who collaboratively create, share and distribute free useful innovations to the public for the greater good; open source innovation examples – Wikipedia, Linux, Apache, etc.
Information asymmetry is shrinking, as information is shared, analysed, evaluated, … unlocked, unleashed, … (leaked?).
Indeed, we’re still discovering the impact & dynamics of this digital shift of a more well-informed, empowered world, and how we can harness it for the greater good.
We’ve moved from monologues … to interactive conversations … to online communities, social media … enabling each one to have a voice to join in.
Congregate … Communicate … Collaborate … Community
Blogging, multimedia digital content platforms, internet tools, messaging platforms, social media, etc
provide wonderful opportunities for any ordinary person or child to join this global conversation
… share insights, inspirations, experiences … across oceans and mountains … tribes and nations
… wherever there’s an internet signal 🙂
A global voice for the little guy, … the young child, … the mom & pop.
Imagine … whatever you’ve written sometime ago,
has the possibility to continue blessing others 24/7, months later.
An anytime, anywhere, borderless ministry.
In a sense, whatever is published on the Internet, is timeless and borderless,
… and instantly available worldwide;
time & space … becomes insignificant.
An investment that has the potential to reap ongoing future dividends,
… much like planting a fruit tree,
Through the internet — a ministry that never sleeps, or closes its doors to seekers of Truth.
Galatians 3:7-9 (NIV)
7 Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham.8 Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham:
“All nations will be blessed through you.”
9 So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.
Via the Internet & God’s grace, … we are able to reach out & bless the nations,
as visitors from overseas & anywhere are blessed wirelessly,
… far beyond the walls of the local church, … to the ends of the earth — God’s kingdom.
Hence, … the far-reaching impact of the digital generation upon the church will be very interesting and inspiring, as we re-imagine and unleash potential, with the Holy Spirit.
as we pray
Your name be honored as holy.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
as it is in heaven.
Matthew 6:9, 10 (HCSB)
Through the reach of the internet, we are empowered to,
… Go ye into all the world, and blog the gospel to every creature.
Go ye therefore, and blog to all nations, …
A blog can be a repository of one’s knowledge, experience, inspirations and insights … like Elijah’s cloak/mantle — which was the only thing Elijah left behind after a whirlwind took him to heaven.
2 Kings 2:8, 11, 13-15 (NIV)
8 Elijah took his cloak, rolled it up and struck the water with it. The water divided to the right and to the left, and the two of them crossed over on dry ground.
11 As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind.
When Elisha picked up Elijah’s cloak/mantle,
13 Elisha then picked up Elijah’s cloak that had fallen from him and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. 14 He took the cloak that had fallen from Elijah and struck the water with it. “Where now is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” he asked. When he struck the water, it divided to the right and to the left, and he crossed over.
15 The company of the prophets from Jericho, who were watching, said, “The spirit of Elijah is resting on Elisha.”
The things the Lord has taught us along life’s ups and downs, through our doubts, struggles and fears, through helping others, answering other’s queries, making sense of the Bible in real life, in everyday life, through life’s challenges, etc, etc … these form part of our cloak, our mantle … which we can pass on to others … who may be hiking up similar uncharted trails, looking for path markers for inspiration, encouragement, principles.
Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.
Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
Matthew 5:15 (NIV)
Blogs are like letters, epistles,
even today, … Paul’s letters still bless many,
even though when he first wrote some letters,
… he probably drafted it alone in a prison cell,
without anyone, … without a ‘live’ audience.
.. every Christian has his own creative work to do,
his own part in the mystery of the “new creation”.
— Thomas Merton
In some ways, a blogpost is like a heartfelt, earnest, tender letter of a father to a beloved son, … like Paul writing to Timothy and Titus.
Interestingly, Luke’s gospel and Acts were both written to an individual,
most excellent Theophilus. Theophilus’ name means ‘friend of God’, ‘lover of God’
The power of the Internet is the long tail effect (click here)
where niche interests can thrive.
Hence, even if one writes for a very niche, obscure topic, … its possible that it’ll interest someone, somewhere in the world to search, find, and be blessed by it.
Unlike a ‘live’ audience listening to a one-size fits-all message,
… over time, the number of views of a piece of digital content
has the potential to grow into an unexpected sizeable number of cumulative views
not just locally, and also from around the world.
Great rivers start from trickles of water in the mountains.
Fads, trends, styles … come and go.
Relevant, meaningful, clear Bible-based content are like flowing streams.
Besides subscribing to Internet information feeds,
most folks also seek, explore, study, … search for content — answers, queries, comments, explanations, definitions, ‘how to’, FAQ, various points of view, etc, etc.
Content search is targeted, specific and focused, … sometimes, like a hunt, a pursuit, an investigation.
Clear, meaningful content that ministers, encourages, comforts, inspires, edifies
is also, usually shared with peers through social platforms, … or over coffee.
just write … keep writing, … write from your heart, .. prayerfully write,
you never know who will be blessed by your sharing on digital platforms.
“We ourselves feel that what we are doing
is just a drop in the ocean.
But the ocean would be less because of that
— Mother Teresa
That drop could just be the truth thirst quencher
someone out there is searching for.
There are also some who are physically not able to attend a nearby church, … and digital content is one way to edify these precious ones to continue to trust the Lord.
The generous will prosper;
those who refresh others
will themselves be refreshed.
Proverbs 11:25 (NLT)
Good news from a faraway place is like
a cool drink when you are tired.
Proverbs 25:25 (NCV)
Hope you’ll blog, and share your mantle,
give a cool drink to refresh God’s people faraway and near.
Sharing your light to bless others
from what you’ve learn from the Lord, and from others in your walk & ministry.
9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night.
A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying,
“Come over to Macedonia
and help us.”
Acts 16:9 (NKJV)
The psalmist wrote:
5 O Lord, you alone are my hope.
I’ve trusted you, O Lord, from childhood.
6 Yes, you have been with me from birth;
from my mother’s womb you have cared for me.
No wonder I am always praising you!
15 I will tell everyone about your righteousness.
All day long I will proclaim your saving power, ….
17 O God, you have taught me from my earliest childhood,
and I constantly tell others about the wonderful things you do.
18 … Let me proclaim your power
to this new generation,
your mighty miracles
to all who come after me.
Psalm 71:6, 15, 17, 18 (NLT)
you taught me,
… I tell others
A quick word on digital blogs. Unlike a published book, blogs can feature multimedia content, .. and colored text. Blog content are also live documents that can be instantly updated, unlike physical books that need to be printed. Blogs are free, and can be interactive with the audience, etc, etc.
This little light of mine,
I’m gonna let it shine …
The Internet is the new village square, the marketplace of ideas,
with instant views and perspectives, opinions,
… that captivate, engage, & shape hearts and minds.
However, depending on the content and its intention,
the Internet is also an ideological battlefield,
enticing new followers & consumers of anything.
On the Internet, one is not judged
by one’s color, looks, qualifications, age, etc
…. rather its one’s thoughts, ideas, inspirations, perspectives, opinions, experiences, insights, warnings, joys,
… that others hear, evaluate and receive.
On the Internet,
one is judged by the ‘character of their content‘
Though, sometimes, …
some messages may trigger strong resonant or dissonant emotions.
Thus, its perhaps wise to light a candle with a measured and reasonable bridge-building response,
instead of putting more fuel to a fire.
and whatever you do, do it with kindness and love.
1 Corinthians 16:14 (TLB)
“Criticize by creating” — Michelangelo
Also, by taking time to draft our thoughts, … refine & edit our drafts,
… this helps us see more clearly our thoughts & understanding … as we check the truth in the Bible to confirm, … verify overlooked details, … challenge our preconceived bias & unspoken assumptions. Finally, when these thoughts are delicately assembled together in a persuasive structure that’s easy and clear for others to understand, … this leads us and others to fresh insights and liberating truth, … leading to fruitfulness.
Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.
32 Then you will know the truth,
and the truth will set you free.”
John 8:31,32 (NIV)
The seed is the word of God.
Luke 8:11 (NIV)
Let’s sow good digital seeds upon the fertile soil of the Internet … bearing good fruit.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step — Chinese Proverb
Dip our feet in, .. and give it a go!
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true,
whatever things are noble,
whatever things are just,
whatever things are pure,
whatever things are lovely,
whatever things are of good report,
if there is any virtue
and if there is anything praiseworthy
—meditate on these things. (Blog on such things !)
Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)
Philippians 4:8 is an excellent blog editorial guide that’s Christ-like, balanced & edifying.
(for more on editorial style guide, click here)
May God bless you richly in your service for Him!
林弟兄, brother Lim
by 林弟兄, bro Lim
May 20, 2014
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