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Social Media – It Can Be a Tool for God

Philippians 2:21

For everyone looks out for his own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.

June 2019Social media has connected a boat load of people in the last few years. I have a Facebook account – a Twitter account and other accounts as well. Follow me – if you so desire. I also have this blog page that I use to share my faith and thoughts.

I have numerous friends on Facebook (and that term is used at various levels on Facebook). There are so many friends that you have to put them in categories like folks who went to your High School – folks who are family – folks who are from your church – folks who live in your community – folks you really don’t know – etc. You can determine who sees your posts – no one but you (if you pick this option why are you posting on Facebook – lol) – everyone – your friends only – and you can even break some friends down into a group called acquaintances and you can also block some from seeing what other friends see. It can get confusing. You have a news feed where you see what your friends post. There is a private messaging portion of Facebook as well. You can post pictures and videos too.

On Twitter you can follow some folks and some folks can follow you. On Facebook you can leave long messages. On Twitter you are limited to 280 characters per post (that number used to be 140). Some programs will allow for larger posts. Twitter is supposed to be short thoughts and people come up with loads of shortcuts to get their message across in 280 characters.

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July 30, 2019 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Our Use of Social Media

Philippians 2:21

For everyone looks out for his own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.

facebook_icon112015 Ray McDonaldSocial media has connected a boat load of people in the last few years.  I have a Facebook account – a Twitter account – a Linkedin account – and a Google+ account.

I have numerous friends on Facebook (and that term is used at various levels on Facebook).  There are so many friends that we have to put them in categories like folks who went to our High School – folks who are family – folks who are from our church – folks who live in our community – folks we really don’t know – etc.  We can determine who sees our posts – no one but you (if you pick this option why are you posting on Facebook – lol) – everyone – our friends only – and we can even break some friends down into a group called acquaintances and block them from seeing what other friends see.  It can get confusing. We have a news feed where we see what our friends post.  There is a private messaging portion of Facebook as well.  You can post pictures and videos too.

twitter100x100-Black-BackgrOn Twitter we can follow some folks and some folks can follow us.  On Facebook we can leave long messages.  On Twitter we are basically limited to 140 characters per post (I say basically because some Twitter Apps or Apps connected to our Twitter account will accept more than 140 characters and let people know that there is more to read after the basic characters (YouVersion.com is a program that allows you to Tweet longer Scriptures than 140 characters for instance).  Twitter is supposed to be short thoughts and people come up with loads of shortcuts to get their message across in 140 characters.

Google+ is an app that allows a variety of options to communicate with friends.  I use it mainly to set up video hangouts with my friends (basically a video call from device to device).  You can put your friends into circles and message them in groups if you wish.  I also post my blog page on this and other formats. Continue reading

February 1, 2016 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Fast, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Just a Few Thoughts

Philippians 2:21

21 For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.

profileNot sure how many of our readers missed my devotional thoughts – but I must confess I missed writing and sharing them – I really did.  I only had a few days off – but those few days really helped to revitalize my thinking.  I feel refreshed and eager to tackle this task again.  I spent the weekend with my family in New Jersey/New York and did some soul searching as I relaxed and I really feel rejuvenated.  I slept well (and napped too) and had a great time with my wife – children – and grandchildren.  I hope these thoughts today and each day make sense to our readers.  Thanks to those who let me know that you missed our devotional thoughts and were praying for us.  I felt like I was slacking the last week of posts – writer’s block is what I called it.  The daily devotional thoughts were hard to churn out.  They usually flow pretty easily.  We’ll see how it goes!

Here are a few thoughts that came to me Monday morning during my devotional time – my time before God.  I tweeted both of these thoughts on Monday – so for some of you they will not be new thoughts – but I will try to add a little to them.  You can follow me on Twitter if you’d like at https://twitter.com/RayMcDonald. Continue reading

April 29, 2014 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , | Leave a comment

Would Paul Have Used Social Media?

Philippians 2:21

For everyone looks out for his own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.

RevRayfacebook_iconSocial media has connected a boat load of people in the last few years.  I have a Facebook account – a Twitter account and a Google+ account.

I have numerous friends on Facebook (and that term is used at various levels on Facebook).  There are so many friends that you have to put them in categories like folks who went to your High School – folks who are family – folks who are from your church – folks who live in your community – folks you really don’t know – etc.  You can determine who sees your posts – no one but you (if you pick this option why are you posting on Facebook – lol) – everyone – your friends only – and you can even break some friends down into a group called acquaintances and block them from seeing what other friends see.  It can get confusing.  You have a news feed where you see what your friends post.  There is a private messaging portion of Facebook as well.  You can post pictures and videos too.

twitter100x100-Black-BackgrOn Twitter you can follow some folks and some folks can follow you.  On Facebook you can leave long messages.  On Twitter you are basically limited to 140 characters per post (I say basically because some Twitter Apps or Apps connected to your Twitter account will accept more than 140 characters and let people know that there is more to read after the basic characters (YouVersion.com is a program that allows you to Tweet longer Scriptures than 140 characters for instance.  Twitter is supposed to be short thoughts and people come up with loads of shortcuts to get their message across in 140 characters.

Google+ is a newer app and allows a variety of options to communicate with friends.  I use it mainly to set up video hangouts with my friends (basically a video call from device to device).  You can put your friends into circles and message them in groups if you wish. Continue reading

May 3, 2013 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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