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What if every sin you committed showed up as your Facebook status update?

And it did so instantly and in real time? Woah.

Can you imagine status updates like this?

  • ___________ just stole money from the cash register at work.
  • ___________ is drunk, and cussing out his neighbor.
  • ___________ is viewing pornography and ___________.
  • ___________ is attempting to sleep with a guy she met at a club.
  • ___________ is pridefully thinking he’s better than everyone else while he reads Facebook status updates.

Were it this way, would you be more addicted to Facebook than you already are?

Shame on you! (but I might be too).

I don’t know why this thought about sin showing up in status messages struck me, but it did and I caught myself thinking, “Man, I’d be a lot more careful!”

Now I have to ask the question … why?

Psalm 139, Matthew 6, many Proverbs and other Scriptures remind us that God sees everything, and He’s the only one that ultimately matters.

So your sins show up as your Facebook status updates in real time. Everyone sees. What difference should that make?

If you’re a disciple of Jesus … none, but you know it would.

Being aware that others really know what’s going on in our lives causes us to be vulnerable in a way we’re not with God. Perhaps we take His omnipresence for granted. Perhaps we’ve written off the old saying, “God sees all,” as a mindless cliché. Perhaps we don’t really believe He notices everything we do.

Regardless of the reason, there’s something about knowing another person is aware of our sin that causes most people to want to get over it and stay over it.

Years ago I struggled with an addiction to pornography. I knew God saw me and what I was doing and I knew I was dishonoring Him by my actions. I tried numerous times to get over this sin on my own, but I couldn’t do it.

It wasn’t until I got others involved that I broke the habit. I confessed my struggle to a few of the guys at church, and told my newlywed wife what was going on. Then I took it a step further.

I bought a calendar, hung it on the wall in a room of our house, and told my wife that each day I stayed pure in that area I would mark an ‘X’ on the calendar for that day. I knew that every day my wife would see that calendar, and I decided I was not going to disappoint her.

That added layer of accountability helped me heal from that sin. With God’s help and the help of others I’d confessed my struggle to, I healed from an addiction to pornography.

While most of you would find Facebook reporting your sins involuntarily to be horrible, have you ever thought about sharing your struggles with someone else … voluntarily?

It could be that’s the missing ingredient in the recipe to help you truly get over it:

James 5:16
16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

Confession and the prayer of others = healing.

I found this healing the Bible speaks of … and I didn’t even need Facebook to confess my sins for me.

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Fight Starvation by Joining MANA’s Group on Facebook

Want to help a starving child by joining a Facebook group? Then take a second to join this one.

Thanks to Jonathan Storment for getting the word out on this – here’s  the skinny from his post:

The main goal of MANA [Mother Administered Nutritive Aid] is to stop people dying from severe acute malnutrition. And it’s got a chance to work. See MANA is a low cost peanut based paste that is high in calories and low in cost. It’s like Peanut Butter on steroids. It’s filled with vitamins and nutrients that can help back a starving child off of the cliff. It’s been called by experts a miracle food.

See before this paste the way that people helped starving kids was by putting them in a hospital, pumping them full with all the vitamins and food their body could handle. But it would take weeks to get their bodies back to some normal state, which took precious resources like hospital beds and medicine. And everyone knew in no time at all they would probably be back.

But with MANA it’s different. If a child eats MANA for 4-6 weeks, studies have shown that not only will they be helped immediately, but for the most part their bodies are in a place that can help them fend of starvation in the future.

It works like this. Since most of the malnutrition deaths occur among children, Field Doctors diagnose whether or not a kid is in trouble and then we distribute this miracle food to the mothers. Operating on the basic human reality that Mothers love their children, MANA gives the food to the moms of the malnourished kids, allowing them to care for their children with resources that can actually save their lives.

A donor has committed to contributing $10,000 to MANA if their Facebook group reaches 10,000 users in the next ten days. They’re at 3,700 plus right now, and still have a ways to go.

Let’s help! This is quick, painless, and it will feed starving kids. Please go here and join the MANA group.

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Facebook Overtakes Google in Web Traffic

Yet another piece of evidence that Facebook is here to stay.

Check out this story from The Financial Times:

Social networking website Facebook has capped a year of phenomenal growth by overtaking Google’s popularity among US internet users, with industry data showing it has scored more visits on its home page than the search engine.

In a sign that the web is becoming more sociable than searchable, research firm Hitwise said that the two sites accounted for 14 per cent of all US internet visits last week. Facebook’s home page recorded 7.07 per cent of traffic and Google’s 7.03 per cent.

It is the first time that Facebook.com has enjoyed a weekly lead over Google.com. The lead may be slim, but it has become inevitable as Facebook’s popularity has grown rapidly from just over 2 per cent of visits a year ago. Heather Dougherty of Hitwise said that Facebook had “reached an important milestone” with the weekly figures.

Facebook’s membership has more than doubled in the past year, passing the 200m mark last April and 400m in February.

The article continues …

Facebook’s trajectory suggests that it will soar ahead of Google.com in the coming months. However, social networking sites have fallen in the past. Google.com had led since September 2007, when it overtook News Corp’s MySpace.com.

Internet users worldwide spent more than five-and-a-half hours a month on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter in December 2009, an 82 per cent increase over the previous year, according to the Nielsen Company research firm.

US users spent nearly six-and-a-half hours on Facebook compared with fewer than two-and-a-half hours on Google.

This article reinforces my belief about social networking.

Contrary to the view of some who view social networking as evil (for reasons that aren’t very good in my opinion), Facebook can be used as an avenue for building connections thereby making it a natural tool for ministry.

Facebook is here to stay, and technologically competent ministers ought to take advantage.

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