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In the Bible, the word used for hope can also be translated to mean trust, or waiting or looking expectantly. Hope is ahead of us. It’s something we wait for and look forward to happening. Hope is knowing there is something in the future waiting for us to arrive.
As Christians, we have hope both in this life and in the afterlife. Because Christ died for us, we can have hope for a future in heaven with God. But we can also have hope for a good, abundant life here on earth with God’s grace, love, and provision.
A lot of people in the world today don’t have either kind of hope. Then there are some who believe in Christ and have hope for eternal life, but don’t have much for life right now.
Sadly, we see hate and destruction and tragedy all over the news and in every part of the world today. Constant exposure to that kind of negativity can change our attitudes and make us lose sight of Who is really in control.
When we’re caught up in everyday life that isn’t exactly “life-giving,” we don’t have life pouring into us from our Savior. Therefore, we won’t have hope for the future.
Since hope comes from God, it makes sense that we must have life channeling into us to have hope, and the only place we can get that hope is Jesus. The Bible says Jesus is the breath of life and that he breathes the Holy Spirit into us. This is a continual thing. So as the Holy Spirit continually breathes life into us and we have that connection to God, we are able to experience hope.
We must feed on the good things in life that God has blessed us with to keep our hope alive. By praying daily and reading inspirational Bible verses, we can keep that hope alive. With God on our side, we have no reason to lose hope.
Hope is not just for day-to-day, normal living. Hope is for big things. Why would we need to hope for the future if the future will only bring things we can handle? Why would we need to hope for the power of God if we’re not hoping for something that we can’t do on our own? If we can do it ourselves, we don’t need God’s help.
Christians are not the only ones who need hope. People all over the world who don’t know Christ are hurting and lost. They need a hope that they’ve never experienced, but they will only respond to the supernatural power of God. We can serve them and tell them about Jesus, but without God’s love and power, we can do nothing.
If we want to impact the world, we need to let God’s power flow through us and into them. It’s nothing we do. It’s all God. But if we can tap into God’s power and hope, anything is possible.
It is God’s plan or will that each one of us grow to our full potential and grow spiritual and so he have given us the tools for us to grow, mainly the Bible, prayer and our church family. However, like in the days of old with the church of Loadicea that became Lukewarm, or spiritual stagnant, many people in the church today have become spiritual lukewarm, they are not growing but remain stagnant, some have even drifted and gone backwarm even though they may continually attend church services each week.
The Loadicean church was very rich and what was happening in the church of Loadicea was that they have allowed their material blessings to become like a god to them. Their main focus was not on being rich spiritually, but to be rich in the world. Their spiritual eyes were dull and they were not bearing any fruit so God encouraged them to “buy if me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich: and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear , and anoint thine eyes with eyeslave, that thou mayest see.”- Revelation 3: 18.
Today, God is calling the church to another level, to grow spiritually. Too many people treat God as if he is their sugar daddy, someone they call upon when they need something, and not give him the reverence he deserves.
However, today each one of us can grow spiritually and become the person God intends for us to be. First we need to set some spiritual goals and stay committed to them.
Setting Spiritual Goals
Before you start, ask yourself these questions:
Why do I want to set these goals?
Are these goals for me or am I doing it because of someone else? If your focus is wrong then you will soon find that these goals that you set you will not keep doing them for long as you will go back to your old ways, for any goals to work you must be sincere and do it for you.
Then you need to ask yourself, how will I put these goals in practice, what methods will I use and how will I measure myself?
What contingency plan(s) will I put in place just in case I go off track or things don’t go as I plan? (For example, if I go off track or miss a day or a time, this is what I will do……). It is very important that you make plans for things not going as plan as then you will be less stress about it as you had already prepared your mind for it, and will be better able to pick yourself up and try again after you failed.
It is important to note that when you are making goals and decide to stick to them, sometimes you will make mistakes or go off track. For example you plan to pray 3 times each day at certain times but you missed your prayer time and only prayed 2 times instead of 3. That is okay, expect this to happen. Many people when things like this happen especially if they mess up few times throw in the towel instead of trying again. We will talk more on this below.
After you have answered the above questions, now you are ready to go into how you can set spiritual goals and remain committed to them. It is very important to understand that the process that is discuss here can be used to set any goals you might have, not just spiritual goals.
- How will it feel to have this or these goals? Think about how it would feel like if you should have this goal. Why should you do this? At times you will feel discourage, feel like it will never happen, but whenever you remember why you started this journey and how it will feel when you actually have this/these goal(s), you will feel motivated to continue, or to start again if you had stopped. Before I became a life coach and counsellor, I felt unfulfilled, at times felt as if it will never happen, but every time I felt like this I remember what my goal is and I think about how it will feel to have it being fulfil and that gave me strength.
- 2. Look at any limiting beliefs that would creep up and cause you to go off track or to abundant goal and go back to old ways. For example, ‘I am a failure. I will not be able to achieve this goal, I always mess things up’. If you realise that there is any limited belief that would stand in your way dismiss them immediately as they are destiny stoppers and dream killers.
- Have proper support group. For example have friends and family members, or even your church family to help you to achieve any goal you set and keep you accountable. Or you can hire a Christian Life Coach to help you to set the right goals, give you strategies and help you to stay on track on committed while building techniques to help you set new goals and stay committed.
- Understand that there will be days when you go off track or slip up. That’s okay; you may even fail few times. But the good thing is that you can get back up and start over or continue. It normally takes a person several failing attempts or mistakes before we master anything. Everyone have been there, we won’t have it all together at first. Have you seen any new baby learn to walk and actually start walking perfectly at first? No! When a baby first start learning to walk he/she at times will have to hold on to things that can give him support. At times the baby will try to walk and fall down. But when this happen the baby always get back up and try again. He doesn’t allow few falling down to stop him from achieving its goals, even if he falls down and get hurt and have to cry a few times; he always find a way to get back up, even if he have to hold on to someone for a moment.
- Stay committed. Whenever you feel like you can’t make it or you have made mistakes, sit down and remember why you started in the first place, what you hope to achieve, why and what it will do for your spirituality if you should have it. If you go off track and give up, how will it affect your spiritual growth- hinder it and maybe 5 years down the road you will regret that you didn’t continue or started as you would be much further than you are now.
- Commit your goals to God. The Bible promises us that he is a present time when we need him and he will never forsake us. The Bible also shows us that God cares about every aspect of our lives and he wants to be a part of it. Let God give you the strength and guidance you need as you commune with him in daily reading of his Word and prayer and watch him help you to realise your dreams.
There are 6 stages of change that people goes through even they actually see any real change in their lives according to Prochaska and DiClemente’s Stages of Change Model. Understanding of these stages can help you to achieve any goal(s) you set. The 6 stages of change according to this model are:
Stage 1. Precontemplation- At this stage people are not serious about change or even thinking about it. They are satisfy with where they are and what they are doing and maybe see nothing wrong with it and will even defend their behaviour. They may not take kindly to people forcing them to change.
Stage 2. Contemplation- Many people never pass this stage and many even die without passing this stage. In this stage they are aware of the consequences of their behavior, or their need to change, and may even thought about changing but may take week, years or a lifetime for them to actually move from thinking to doing. They will think about the negatives of their behaviour and the positives of changing it, though many do not think it will be of benefit to them in the long run. They are open to suggestions and ways of changing and some base on their conviction will move from this stage while some will not.
Stage 3. Preparation/Determination- This is the commitment stage. This is the change where people have looked at their behaviour or life and have decided that they have to change, they have to do something about the way they have been living and so they will seek out ways of changing. It is the research stage or learning stage. They are committed to change so they seek out information on how to change. At this stage they will seek out a life coach or any support group or counsellor to help them bring about this change they seek.
Some skip this stage and move to the doing stage, but this is dangerous as they do not have the knowledge of what to do most times and what it will take to change or level of commitment it will require.
Stage 4. Action/willpower- This is the action or doing stage. The individual have already learns and know what to do and move towards working on those things to bring about change. This is the stage where people believe they can change and so develop strategies to change. This is the shortest stage as it can take 1 hour or even 6 months. This is depended on the individual willpower. To reach their goal they will need the supportive help of others so they don’t relapse. At this stage they will look at anything that will distract them from moving to the next level and will even reward themselves on the journey.
Stage 5. Maintenance- the goal of this stage is maintain the new behavior you have learnt or acquire. In this stage you try to avoid temptations that will cause you to relapse. At this stage you continually remind yourself of what you have accomplished and continue to work to change your life. It is normal for persons to relapse or go back to a previous stage, but when that happens don’t give up and continue to push ahead as they realize that it will take a time to totally let go of old behaviour that is second nature to them. They learn new skills to maintain their new behaviour.
Stage 6. Relapse– this is abandoning of their new behaviour and going back to old behavior. When this happen people may feel discourage and like they are a failure. When they slip they should not think they have failed but analyze how they failed and try to prevent it from happening again and use it as an opportunity to cope differently. Failure doesn’t mean that you are a failure, you can start over or continue.
Which are you at in the process of setting and achieving your goals?
Do you need a Christian Life Coach or Christian Counselor to help you set the right goals and stay committed while understanding the different obstacles to your goals and how to overcome them? Call me today to see how we can work together on your relationship. 1 (876) 488-9369 or email me at swabyeston (at) yahoo.com
What spiritual goal do you want to make and what obstacles do you think you will face? Or what spiritual goal(s) are you working on now and what obstacles are you currently facing to seeing your goal(s) come to past? Please share it in the comment section below.
Lack of communication, frequent arguments, lack of trust and intimacy, infidelity, physical and emotional abuse, are all signs that your relationship is on the rock and need some help to keep it afloat.
Many couples when their relationship meets upon hard times instead of trying to find solutions to make it work they choose instead to cheat, to leave things as it is, or to get a divorce. There are however, many who will seek ways of saving their relationships, and that is when speaking to a counselor or a relationship coach comes in.
When should you go and see a relationship or marriage coach?
Almost all relationships started out very well, when they first started dating and married their partner things were great and they both got along well, sex was great and both were satisfied sexually, they felt connected, they had the passion for each other and would talked about every little thing, they were very intimate with each other and they honestly felt like they found their soulmate.
As time goes by the struggles of life comes in, they start having children which brings a lot of changes in the relationship. For many couples, the joy, happiness, lack of sleep they get because of frequently having to check on Junior and new stress of managing parenthood along with taking care of the home, financial issues, and work begin to slowly decrease that intimacy over time.
Relationship is like a business, if you don’t work on it then you will be operating at a loss, not at a profit. As relationships sometimes goes when both partner don’t work on their relationship things start to change in their relationship as the sex becomes boring and feels like a work and turns from pleasure into blame, communication starts breaking down, arguments and fights becomes more frequent, partners start becoming distrustful sometimes and disrespectful of each other to each other, everything becomes a bother and a fuss and the list goes on. When couples don’t realize the signs of relationship breaking down and tries to correct it, their relationship will deteriorate until there is no more relationship before one or both parties even realise it.
Many couples actually feels trapped and like they are being suffocated in their relationship and want out, maybe not out of the relationship but they want things desperately to change. The issue of divorce comes up but there is children involve so many couples opted to stay in the relationship for the sake of their children or child, sacrificing their happiness for the sake of the kids.
Oftentimes the relationship have deteriorated so much that couples become very afraid of starting an argument so they tip toe around each other fearful of starting a fight, walking on eggshell to avoid tripping the pent up outrage in both of you. Many try to avoid each other as much as possible so that they will not have to speak to each other or deal with the stillness they are feeling in the home.
If your relationship resembles anything I discuss above, it is time to call a relationship coach.
What is relationship coaching?
You may be wondering, who or what is relationship coaching? Relationship coaches works with one partner or both persons to help them find greater fulfilment in their personal relationships. A relationship coach will work with you or both of you to set realistic relationship goals, understand your current partnership, thrive inside your marriage, or take your long-term romance to the next level.
A relationship coach will have the requisite training and experience in various relationship dynamics, from romantic relationships to family relations and friendships to help your relationship create the kind of relationship you desire.
Is relationship coaching the same as “couples therapy”?
Many people mistake relationship coaching for relationship or couples therapy, but relationship coaching is not “couples therapy”. Look at it this way; if therapists are surgeons, coaches are personal trainers.
A coach will help you to clear up your thinking that may be hindering your relationship from growing, get some perspective, or set inspiring new goals. However, if the problems in your relationship have to do with issues in the past like sexual abuse or other forms of abuse mental illness or anything to do with the past, unhealed childhood wounds, couples therapy would be recommended.
Can a relationship coach save my marriage?
A relationship coach will help you understand and untangle any knots in your relationship but the saving of your marriage is up to you. Marriages often benefit from coaching, but each marriage has its’ own unique set of difficulties, so it is impossible to say whether or not a marriage will grow stronger through the process of coaching.
How do I choose a relationship coach?
Due to technology, geographic proximity is not an issue when it comes to hiring a coach, and is not always important when looking for a coach. Many relationship coaches work over the phone, via email and Skype, which allows for greater flexibility for both coach and client. The option to work with a coach over different medium increases the prospective of coaches you can choose from. You can often hire a coach who lives Miami while you live in Canada.
Most coaches offer a free consultancy session so you can talk to several coaches before making a commitment. When looking for a relationship coach, you might seek out someone you can relate to, who you enjoy talking to, and who has experience or training in your particular concerns.
What can you expect from your coaching sessions with a relationship coach?
There are several things you can expect from your coaching sessions:
- Individual Responsibility
Each spouse will have to take responsibility for the state of the relationship and its success. It doesn’t matter who started the problems or who is at fault, each one of you will have to take responsibility for your own thoughts, reactions and where the relationship is now and willing to work through any web. All the fault blaming have to stay out of the process. Relationship is a partnership, and in a partnership both partners work together to make the relationship successful. Your coach is not there to do the work for you; the coach is only there to help both of you see the result you want to see.
The first step therefore in the process is taking responsibility. Playing the blame game will not help, as you might have already experience, neither do you have the luxury of blaming anyone else.
- Set Realistic Goals For The Relationship
What would you like to see happening in the relationship? What would you like to change? You and your coach will work together to work through the different goals both of you set at the start of the coaching relationship. Therefore expect to do a little work, remember the coach cannot fix your marriage that is up to both of you. You however can expect a safe environment to discuss and work out the different issues affecting your relationship why it is not striving.
- Look for the Feeling Under The Feeling
There is oftentimes an underlying cause to an issue or behavior, what you might be experiencing in your relationship might be a symptom of something else that you or your partner might not be aware of. Coaching will help to dig under the carpet, look at the limiting beliefs or behaviours affecting your relationship and bring them out into the open so further discussion and attention can be place on them.
- Take Divorce Off The Table
It is very common to have arguments and for issues to arise in relationships, that is fine. However, there should be a 100% commitment to the success of the relationship for it to be successful. When the treat of divorce or breaking up comes up it tends to chip away at that commitment a little more every time. Oftentimes bringing up the topic of divorce only digs the relationship into a deeper hole as both parties, or one partner feels like trying to save the marriage is hopeless so there is no reason to try.
Of course, the topic of divorce often comes up to motivate the other party to let us try and work harder on the relationship, but this is not often the case as the opposite often happens. Divorce should never be place on the table if you want to see your relationship survive.
Your coach will help you to deal with the issues affecting your relationship so that divorce will never be an option.
For coaching to work, both person must be fully committed to the process and to your marriage, it is futile to hire of coach if you are not committed to the process and want to see the relationship survive.
As a life coach and counselor, I can help you and your partner to get to the bottom of what the issues are and how to bring your relationship from the brink of death to actually striving.
Call me today to see how we can work together on your relationship. 1 (876) 488-9369 or email me at swabyeston (at) yahoo.com
It is so hard these days to really be grateful, thankful and to stay motivated, yet, if we want to live an empowered life and live according to be biblical principles, we must do so. We should live a life of gratitude and be self-motivated to truly be happy and empowered.
So why are most of us not being thankful and find it so hard to be and stay motivated? It comes down to focus. As simple as that sounds, many people are not grateful and have the motivation they need to push ahead because of where their focus lies.
What you focus on will either drain your energy and cause you to feel and live miserable, or it can push you to have the life you want and while you are moving forward it motivates you. Not only that, if you focus on all the bad that is going on in your life then it will be hard for you to really be thankful as you will only be seeing the negatives in your life and the world around you. What are you happy about in your life right now? If you can’t think of any, what could you be happy about if you wanted to?
Focus on that, look at the good things that are going on in your life right now, things you are proud of, could be your family, your health, your career, you made a million dollars last month, whatever it is and focus on that. Not saying you should lose sight of your dreams, but while you are moving towards fulfillment, choose to be happy now, it’s a choice we all have to make. If you look around in the world, economy, in your own life, I am sure you can find things that could make you angry, frustrated, lose hope, but that’s a choice. Choose the things that will not hurt you but help you. Does anything I just said make sense to you
So what are few secrets of really being grateful and staying motivated? Here are some tips on how you can be grateful or thankful and be motivated:
1) Make it a habit to say thank you to others.
Thanking others will not only let them feel appreciated, but you will feel good about yourself and build your own self-esteem, that’s one of the miss beauty about being grateful.
Each day you take time to say ‘thank you’ to someone you will feel better inside, feel happier and more content with yourself and life. When you develop an attitude of gratitude that flows forth from you in all of your interactions with others, you will be amazed at how popular you will become and how eager others will be to help you in whatever you are doing.
2) Praise And Approve Others Continually
How often do you praise others for things they have done to you, for some contribution they have made or just a general praise? Praising and approval others will make them feel important and motivate them to continue being who they are, or to continue doing what they are doing; it empowers them. When you praise others they will feel good about themselves, be happier and feel motivated. They might even play and important role in your personal growth or success, business and other aspects of your life. Ken Blanchard in his book The One Minute Manager, encourages us to go around giving praises to people and see how much more people will like you and more willing to help you with your goals.
3) Practice The Law Of Reciprocity
There is a psychological law of reciprocity that says, “If you make me feel good about myself, I will find a way to make you feel good about yourself.”
What this law is saying that if you help enough people to achieve their goals, they will also help you to achieve your goals. It’s a win-win situation. As the Bible says:
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”- Luke 6: 38
When you help people with whatever they are doing no matter how small, when you look for opportunities to be kind to others, to say an encouraging word, to give a praise, when you make people feel good about themselves, you will feel good about yourself and your kindness will come back around to you. I remember one time I really needed to make a phone call, I saw a guy working at a gas station, a guy I thought I have never seen before, and asked him for a phone call. He was only too happy to let me use his phone to make as he started reminding me of what I did for him some time ago, something I had no recollection of.
4) Pay Attention And Listen To Others
People like to feel that they are being heard and what they have to say is important, if you can do that then you will be well like. Paying attention to what others are saying is an important way to build their self-esteem and make them feel important.
We have gotten so caught up in our own world that many of us do not really stop to pay close attention to what others are saying, if you want to live an empowered life and to empower others you cannot be one of the millions of people who do not take time to listen to others.
5) Build Others Whenever the Opportunity Arises To Do So
I cannot emphasize this enough, 3 important ways to empower people is to show appreciation to them, approval and attention. It is not very hard if you really think about it to say thank you to someone or to give them a praise for every accomplishment. If you pay close attention And pay close attention to them when they talk they will also do the same, if not then then others will. Sometimes it is not the people you do kindness to that will repay you, it is people you don’t know. Mastering these 3 behaviors will make you a master of human interaction and will greatly empower the people around you.
I hope that you will start putting these things into practice in your own personal life and business relations. If you do, you will be amaze at the returns.
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We know the numbers of people who smoke, at least we have an estimate of those who smoke, but what about those that have some mental illness, do they smoke? If so, what is the percentage of those that have mental illness that smoke? Well if you have asked these questions, we have some stats for you?
Men with mental illness are more likely than women with mental illness to smoke cigarettes.
Over 75% of people with mental illness who smoke cigarettes are under the age of 44.
Rates of smoking among people with mental illness vary from state to state.
|Less than 30% people with a mental illness who smoke cigarettes|
|30 – 34% people with a mental illness who smoke cigarettes|
|35 – 39% people with a mental illness who smoke cigarettes|
|40 – 44% people with a mental illness who smoke cigarettes|
|45% or more people with a mental illness who smoke cigarettes|
The state with the least people with mental illness who smoke cigarettes is Connecticut (21.9%).
The state with the most people with mental illness who smoke cigarettes is Missouri (52.1%).
American Indian/Alaska Native people with mental illness are most likely to smoke.
Asian people with mental illness are the least likely to smoke.
Rates of smoking are fairly consistent among people with mental illness of black/african american, white, hispanic/latino, and other ethnicities.
People with mental illness who smoke are more likely to be below poverty level.
The higher the level of education a person with mental illness has, the less likely they are to smoke.***
**Estimates are based on a definition of Poverty Level that incorporates information on family income, size, and composition and is calculated as a percentage of the U.S. Census Bureau’s poverty thresholds. Respondents aged 18 to 22 who were living in a college dormitory were excluded.
***Education estimates are among persons aged 25 or older.
How Can The Church Help Those That Are Smoking and Have Some Mental Illness?
It is being said that the church is a spiritual hospital, it is where those that are spiritually, emotionally, and even physically sick can come for healing and deliverance, those that are mentally ill are no difference. Many people in the church once they hear of someone having some form of mental illness they quickly want to drift away from that person, but is that how Christ would deal with someone that are mentally ill? NO! He would not. He would put be move with compassion for that person and if we are suppose to be Christ-like (isn’t that what it means to be a Christian, to be Christ-like?) we should move with compassion for those that are struggling with whatever form of illness.
Each one of us should do what we can to help someone who is mentally ill, we can start by Foster a culture of compassion and authenticity. It should be the normal thing for people in your church to rush to help those that have some form of mental illness, especially if that person has an addiction for smoking. So what can the church do to help someone who is addicted to smoking, and also have a mental illness?
- Help that person through prayer and fasting- Prayer and fasting is two of the most powerful weapons we as Christians God has given us to tear down strongholds and to destroy the plans of the enemy, and to bring healing and deliverance to an ill world.
- Be kind and affectionate- Everyone deserves to be love and to show love. As a body, we should recognize and embrace the truth that all of us, no matter what our mental or physical condition is, are created in the image of God and he loves each one of us equally. People with mental illness are no less important than others, and people with symptoms are no less valuable than when they’re not experiencing symptoms. This attitude is an important starting point for ministry.
- Get the person the necessary help that he or she deserves
- Be a friend and a guide to the person. Breaking an addiction is not something that is easy to do for someone who do not have a mental illness, how much harder will it be for someone who has a mental illness. You can play your part by being supportive to that person while you continually pray for his or her deliverance knowing that the power of God can bring total deliverance to anyone no matter what the condition is.
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Many churches are now finding the use of technology will greatly change how they reach people not only in their community, but around the world. But of course, the churches have always been using technology, I don’t want you to think that it is since recently with the introduction of social media sites like Facebook, projectors, emails, internet access, YouTube and so forth, but the church have been using technology through history with the use of papyrus, printing press, piano, organ, lighting, microphones, guitars, and drums. These are all forms of technology.
However, many churches have the wrong concept of the use of technology in the church. For this article I would like to dispel 4 myths of the use of technology in the church.
- “Technology could replace real-life relationships.”
Many thing that technology will replace real-life relationships. Though we spend less times interacting physically with others in recent years due to the preference for the use of online technology like Facebook instead of face-to-face interaction; technology does not have to replace real-life relationships. With proper management and educating your members, technology can be use to enrich real-life relationships. With technology, we are no longer restricted to face to face communication, but technology now enables a person to communicate with more people in more ways without being constrained by time and space.
- “If you build it, they will come.”
Another myth is that if you build it, then people will come. That is not always the way it is. It could be a website, a blog, a discussion board, a podcast, a Twitter feed, or a Facebook fan page, this does not mean that people will automatically start flooding your digital presence. For people to start viewing your website, downloading your podcast, checking out and engaging with you on Social Media and so forth, you have to make set it up in such a way that people will want to interact with you and these platforms. The truth is, people choose what they will pay attention to based on relevance (to their situation), value (that enhances their life), and trust (derived from the reputation of the content provider or a trusted friend who points them that way). Your online presence will need to be mentioned often using traditional media as well as word of mouth.
- “Only the younger generation uses social networking.”
Another myth on the use of technology is that only younger generation uses, and will use social network sites. That couldn’t be further from the truth. According to one study, 64 percent of people that uses Twitter and 61 percent of Facebook’s users are age 35 or older. Furthermore, according to another study by The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, 38 percent of adults 65 and older are online. You may have to provide training for using online tools that best serve your existing community.
- “It doesn’t cost anything.”
True, some online tools don’t cost anything to use, but that is not the case for all form of technology as some technology can cost you money in training and setting up. Similarly, the cost may not be in money, but there’s the recurring cost of energy to produce fresh and relevant content to post on your website, social media page and so forth. You will also need to find new ways of connecting with your community and to engage them effectively.
If you haven’t implement technology in your church, it’s never too late to start incorporating technology as part of your church’s ministry. You are missing out on a lot of opportunity connecting with people whose lives are technology-infused the longer it takes you to start implementing technology in your church ministry.
If you’re looking to get started with video projection for your church – we’ve got some great tips.
I said it already, and I will say it again, technology is changing how we operate in our daily life and if the church doesn’t try to apply the use of technology in the church then we will be left behind. Video projector is one of such technology that if you have the resources and see the need you should get one. If you and your team is planning to start video projection in your church, here are some great tips to help you get started.
Tips in Buying a Video Projector
- Why does your church need to buy a projector? What purpose will it serve, will it help to enhance the services? Can your church afford this one time expense at this time? Before you run and buy a projector, or even discuss it with your team, these are just few of the questions you and your team should start discussing. A projector can be use to make announcement, show lyrics of a song, show a presentation and so forth.
- After you have decided that yes your church is in need of one, now you have to think about where will you put the projector screen?
- What size of a projector screen do you want? If you are especially a mega church or have a lot of members, you definitely need one of those screens.You don’t want the words to be too small so people cannot read the words from where you were sitting.
- Once you know the size of the screen and what you want to do with a projection system, you can get an idea of which projector would work best and where you will also put it.
- You already know where you want to put the screen, now you need to decide the best place to mount a projector that will put it in directly in front of the screen. You will also have to account for ventilation and fan noise.
- Determine the throw distance to the screen and the throw ratio you will need in a lens. The throw ratio is the distance to the screen divided by the screen width.
- Some churches will only need one projector while some will need more than one. You will have to consider how many projectors you will need and if they be synched to show the same things.
- You will also have to consider how will the projectors be wired to processors and cameras. You will also have to consider where you will place this equipment. You will need to put your equipment(s) in a safe area that allows you to safely run wires.
- Before you can run these equipments you will need to have the right connections from cameras to processors to projectors.
- You will have to consider who will be responsible for operating the projection system and the equipment, and who will be his or her assistant. You need to have a dedicated personnel or small team that will be responsible for cameras (if any) and projector equipments.
Having a projector in your church will greatly improve your church services, but you will have to ensure you select the right one that will fit your needs.
Top 5 Video Projectors
1. Sony VPL-VW300ES
Projection system: SXRD | Resolutions: 4096 x 2160 | Brightness: 1,500 lumens | Video inputs: 2x HDMI 2.0 (1x HDCP 2.2), 1x S-Video, 1x VGA | Dimensions:496 x 195 x 464mm
For that proper cinematic feel it’s hard to beat a big screen projector, especially one that’s capable of filling a wall with 4K images. I would definately recommend you get this projector if your church can afford its price tag
2. BenQ W1070+
This projector comes with full HD images that impress even in ambient light make BenQ’s latest a bargain beamer for all seasons.
Projection system: DLP | Resolutions: 1920 x 1080 | Brightness: 2,200 lumens | Video inputs: 2x HDMI (1x MHL), 1x RCA, 1x Component, 1x VGA | Dimensions: 312 x 104 x 244mm
Edging ever closer to the plummeting price of a decent flatscreen TV, the BenQ W1070+ DLP projector offers enough brightness to be used in daylight as well as the all-important Full HD resolution.
If you’re wondering whether to take the plunge and make a projector your go-to display for films and games, the W1070+ is a certainly bold and bright enough – and easily one of the best value entry-level projectors around.
Check it out: BenQ W1070+
3. Sony VPL-VW520ES
The Sony VPL-VW520ES has stunning images with unprecedented future-proofing.
Projection system: SXRD | Resolutions: 4096 x 2160 | Brightness: 1,800 lumens | Video inputs: 2x HDMI | Dimensions: 495.6 x 195.3 x 463.6 mm
If you can afford it, the VW520ES rewards you with the most future-proof specifications and, for the most part, best picture quality the home cinema world currently has to offer.
If you want the full 4K HDR home cinema experience, and can stomach the nigh-on £9K price tag, then this is the pinnacle of home beamer brilliance.
Check it out: Sony VPL-VW520ES
5. Optoma HD36
If you are looking for a low cost projector then Optoma HD36 is an ideal, low-cost, beamer for everyday use, even in daylight.
Projection system: DLP | Resolutions: 1920 x 1080 | Brightness: 3,000 lumens | Video inputs: 1x HDMI 1.4a, 1x S-Video, 2x VGA, 1x Composite, 1x DVI-D | Dimensions: 386 x 162 x 280mm
A searing brightness that is most unusual on a home cinema projector make it possible to watch films, TV and games in the middle of the day, whatever the ambient light levels.
Boasting great colours, superbly bright images and yet somehow also decent black levels, the HD36 is as versatile as it is good value. Although it’s no looker, and its sole HDMI input may be a concern to some, this do-it-all projector is ideal for semi-permanent home cinema.
Check it out: Optoma HD36
You can check out other low cost video projectors on Amazon
Almost everyday I would post inspirational messages on my Facebook page (estonswabypage), my instagram page (@biblewaymag), on my two twitter page (@biblewaymag @estonswaby), but this morning I was just not in the mood to write anything.
You know that feeling, those days when you wake up and don’t feel like doing anything. You do not feel like getting up out of bed, you do not feel like reading your Bible, praying, doing just about anything you have to do.
And I did give in to this feeling…………….. that is until one of my coworker came and talk me out of it.
There will be days you do not feel like doing anything. But you need to learn to separate your emotions from what you need to do. Think about the end product, what do you hope to achieve and let that motivate you.
When you have the end product before you, the thought of what you need to accomplish will push you to get up and get it down.
What about your dreams?
Maybe you feel like giving up on your dreams because it is just too hard or a number of feelings that have you bound, I am not good enough, I will never accomplish anything, I am not important, I do not have what it takes, and so forth. These thoughts can keep you from being your best and from moving forward. Think about what it will be like to have your dreams accomplish. Maybe you want to be financially free, think about what it would be like to have the money you want to take care of your family.
Maybe you want to have your own business. Think about what it would be like to be your own boss and the type of life you could have.
What ever you need to do don’t let your emotions stand in your way of what you need to do and the life that is possible. If you keep allow your emotions to stand in your way you will not get anything done. You will not at all times feel like doing anything, but you have to learn to rise above it.
The feelings will come, that’s okay, it is what you do when it comes. I felt like a burden lifted when my friend came and talked me out of not making these post.
Don’t let your emotions stop you from being great and doing great things
Gender Neutrality and the Bible- Obama Commissions Rob Bell to write a Bible that aims for Gender NeutralityOctober 21st, 2016
It seems as if many words in the Bible is causing confusion as President Obama has asked Rob Bell and his team to write a new translation of the Bible that will remove any confusion dealing with Gender. This new Bible translation aims for a common language in Gender Neutrality.
So for example, Jesus being called the “Son of Man” will now reads “the Human One.” According to christianpost.com, this new Bible translation “Meant to serve as a corollary to Obama’s demands that public schools allow boys to go into girls’ bathrooms”.
To accomplish this task, Rob Bell receive $7 million to research, write and and publish a Bible that breaks through the barriers of gender.
Bell, who is the former pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan,after he was informed of his commissioning, allegedly responded by saying, “I am thrilled that THE President of our country wants me to write up a gender inclusive Bible.”
“Finally, I can stop spending time ignoring the parts of the Bible I hate and instead start rewriting the parts of the Bible I hate. After all, love wins!” he was supposed to have said.
In 2011, Rob Bell sparked a huge controversy in his book “Love Wins” in which he questioned traditional Christian beliefs on heaven, hell and the gospel, according to The Blaze.
He subsequently resigned from Mars Hill but this did not stopped him from continually speaking out against everything he believes to false or wrong- from his support of same-sex marriage to his claim that anyone who speaks about heaven and hell is merely dishing out unconfirmed theories.
When Obama commissioned Rob, he was only thinking about removing the thousands of references to men and women from the scripture, however, Bell has taken it a little further by adding “a few of his own ideas for the alleged new edition of the Bible. These include editing out every reference to the term “Christian,” omitting all references to eternal punishment or damnation, removing all verses that refer to homosexuality and extramarital sex as sinful, and removing Revelation 22:19.” According to Christian Today.
Some more of what Rob has added include:
– Editing out every reference to the term “Christian,” as Jesus would be mortified about the idea that the word in question was being used. At all. In any circumstance.
— Omitting all references to eternal punishment or damnation, especially Jesus’ parable about the Rich Man and Lazarus.
— Removing all verses that refer to homosexuality and extramarital sex as sinful and replacing them with the phrase “Love Wins!”
Obama in talking about choosing Rob for the job said of Rob “Best of all, Bell knows how to irritate the heck out of evangelicals. And while I believe we need a country that is welcoming of all Americans, regardless of who they are, everybody and their dog knows that evangelicals, babies, and nuns don’t count.”
What is your view on this matter? The Bible said that we should not add or take away anything from the Bible, but yet this new translation is doing just this
Businesses and different brands have been using Social Media the moment they realized that by using Social Media platforms for example Facebook, Twitter and now Instagram they can reach their target audience. This is because millions of people share, comment and like post such as videos, quotes, photos and so forth every second of the day.
I have previously written on ways in which churches can use technology to grow their ministry, and also on how we can measure how effective our messages are on these platforms, today I want to focus on attention on Social Media and how those in ministry can use it to reach their target audience.
Social Media is a gold mine for those who knows how to harness its power to achieve desire goals such as profits and engagement with their respective brands or businesses.
Churches and those involve in ministry are now waking up to the fact that they can use the different Social Media platforms to reach their target audience with videos, pics and other post. Everyday leaders, churches, those involve in ministry, and other persons in business make regular post on these platforms in other to engage their respective audience. For example, BibleWayMag uses Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to share new articles, quotes and other post on a regular basis. Other Christian base websites along with many church leaders and persons in ministry have been using these platforms to share the gospel in the form of motivational quotes, videos, musical tracks, Bible verses, articles, links and other form of post.
Should Your Church Be On Social Media Sites Like Facebook?
The quick answer to this question is yes, it would be so wrong on many levels if you are not on any Social Media platform. You may not like any one of them, but you need to put away your personal feelings for the sake of the ministry. When Jesus was leaving this earth after he rose from the dead he commanded his disciples to spread the gospel around the world. The disciples didn’t have the technologies that we now have like Television, Internet access, and of course, Social Media sites like FaceBook, Twitter, and Instagram that is taking over the lives of billions of people around the globe, but we now can use them to our advantages.
The introduction of Social Media sites and its acceptance by the mass provides an opportunity for brands (including churches and those involve in ministry, even individuals) to offer something the public need, information.
Of course there is a lot of negative things being posted on Social Media, but not everything on Social Media is negative and not everyone who goes on it engage in activities that they should not or go on it for the wrong reason(s), for example, I only use Social Media to share quotes and to promote my book and website, and of course to help to spread the gospel.
In a study conducted by Liz Dunn, who is the founder and CEO of Talmage Advisors, she learnt that “consumers trust the opinions of those in their social media group, including friends, bloggers and celebrities, more than messages they are getting directly from brands.”
This is because when people see their friends liking, sharing and talking about a product or brand they will more likely join in with the conversation or start engaging with that brand. Not only that, they will more likely share post and like pages that their friends have already liked, shared or commented on. I personally have like photos are shared videos because I have seen my friends doing so, many of them I would not have paid attention to if my friends weren’t doing so. That is why game developers have tapped into ‘word of mouth’ marketing by allowing those who play their games on Facebook, e.g Candy Crush, to invite friends to play, ask for different things and so forth. This method has no doubt cause these games to be so successful.
So how can churches and leaders use these social media to share the gospel? Here are 4 things we can do on Social Media to share our beliefs.
How Can We Use Social Media To Share the Gospel?
- Share Videos- Videos have become a very popular thing to share, like and watch on social media especially on Facebook. People are more likely to watch a video than to like a photo or read a post. Engagements are high on video post because people simple love to watch videos as it is much more visual than reading a post. Churches can video their services on have them posted on these networks for people to watch, like, comment on, and shared with their friends. This is a great way to spread the gospel as you will be reaching people where they are.
So what kind of videos can you share on Social Media platform like Facebook? Short videos, sermons, choir singing are very popular so have your team create videos that can be shared on these platforms.
- Share photos- I personally have created photo quotes (quotes in a picture format) especially to be shared on Social Media platforms I’m on. You can find many apps, web applications, and pc apps or software’s to create these. To great my quotes I use Textgram to create these picture quotes and they have been receiving a lot of shares, likes and comments from people. In fact these posts have been doing 100% better than my other post. This is because people will more likely read what is on a picture and share it than a regular post.
You can have your church logo, or brand added to the photo quote or a link back to your site if you have one.
Have pictures of events at your local church? You can have these posted on your profile and share with people on these platforms. I will guarantee you that you will get some engagement from posting photos on Social Media.
Photos could be a Bible verse, a quote, a motivational quote (people love these), something about the Bible, or Jesus or anything that represents your church or brand mission.
- Share inspirational quotes- This is similar to what I have said above, only that the quote doesn’t have to be in the form of a picture. These also get a lot of engagement and will allow people to know about your church or ministry.
- Engage people- Millions of people gather on Social Media every second of the day. People have different background searching for something. You can engage them with the right materials and methods and by doing so be an authority figure or church on Social Media.
For this I recommend Facebook as it allows people to do much more, and to interact on a wider bases than other platforms. People regular go on Facebook to see what people and their friends are posting and to also chat with friends. While on Facebook they will engage brands and personnel’s that they like or is posting materials they like. With the right strategy you can engage these people in conversations or other means.
Many people will not step into a church or read their Bible’s, but they will read what you post if it is engaging enough.
Effects of social media on spreading the gospel
You may now be wondering how effective is these social media platforms in sharing your beliefs or church mission? Using Social Media to share the gospel or your belief is very effective as by using these platforms you will be able:
- Share your faith or believes with persons that normally would never have listen to a message or read a post about God
- You will be able to share inspirational quotes that can uplift people. I remember one time I shared a quote on Facebook and it was so effective that someone left a comment on what impact it had on her, this no doubt encouraged me to continue to make these post.
- Help people to know Christ. By sharing quotes, Bible verses, messages, someone will either read it or listen to your message and accept Jesus Christ as their personal saviour.
- Share hope and strengthen people faith. They’re many people on these platforms that are broken and would love for someone to share a quote or motivational word, or a message with them. Everyday someone post a message on Facebook or on another network that gives someone hope or strengthen them.
- People will be aware of your personal brand. Whether you want to admit it or not your church is a brand, your pastor is a brand, you are a brand. Once you socialize or communicate with people, or share stuff you are a brand and whatever you share or post reflects you and what your represent. When you share stuff on Social Media platforms people will come to know your brand and trust you. When they need what you offer they will come to you. After you have built a presence on your chosen social media platform you will be in a position to introduce them to other things e.g Bible study courses, lesson plans, books and other materials.
- Bring people to your church doorsteps. People will read your post, see your photos or watch your videos and want to know more about your church or ministry and want to be a part of it. Some might even send donations to your ministry for its growth as they believe in what you are doing and want to be a part of it.
- Get invitations to events. Depend on what you represent or do, people will want to invite you to speak at their event, thereby allowing more people to hear about Jesus Christ and what you offer. For example if you share preaching sermons they might invite you to preach at your church or convention or refer someone to you. If you share motivational quotes or videos they might invite you to speak to their members or at some events.
How Social Media Help Us to Spread the Gospel
Social Media sites help us to spread or share the gospel by letting users on these platforms know more about Jesus and how they can overcome their challenges. On these platforms remember the gospel is not only about Bible verses and preaching to people, you can mix up your post with motivational/inspirational quotes that gives people hope or strengthen them. When users interact with your post or page whatever your intent was when you made and share your post, you will have accomplished that goal.
For example, when users see your motivational quote, they will immediately be inspired. Even if they do not pay much attention to your post, the fact that they see it and read it means that a seed has been planted in their spirit even if they do not realise it. Do not focus on instant rewards if you do not see the results you have been hoping for, just keep posting and your consistency will be rewarded.
Many people have received strength by reading other people post and some have even given their lives to Christ after reading a post or interacting with a page or post. Not only this, many backsliders have been convicted after reading a post or watching a video on these platforms.
You must keep in mind that the main reason people go on these platforms is to gain knowledge, whether they want to learn what their friends or other people are posting, watch a video or to interact with their favourite brands or personalities. You have something to share just like everyone else who goes on these platforms.
If you are not using Social Media to spread or share the gospel then you are denying potential Christians from hearing the gospel and being saved. Moreover, you have the right spiritual food that the people starving for and denying them is just so wrong. Remember you have a mission to give hope and restore the lost to Christ. Many people are starving for an encouraging word or just to hear something about Jesus that would uplift their spirit and take them out of the rot they are in. If you have not yet started using Social Media as a part of your ministry, I would encourage you to get started as soon as possible.
How else can churches and those in ministry use Social Media to spread the gospel? I would love to hear from you in the comment section below
Yes it is really happening. Churches and their pastors are getting on board with the use of technology in the church. And why not? It is a changing world and technology, whether we like it or not, is changing the way how we do things. I have previously written an article on how churches can use technology in the church, you should check it out here. I am here again with another article that will blow your mind, well I hope it does.
Pastors are jumping on the technology bandwagon as many of these pastors have realized that by utilizing church technology, they can reach even more people than they could before. In fact if you do a search, you will find that many pastors are using Twitter and Facebook to share inspirational quotes and videos.
Statistics on how churches are using technology
1. 38% of people increased their Bible readership last year by downloading a Bible app or by listening to religious podcasts and streaming services. (Source: Barna Group)
2. 96% of pastors use a computer at church. (Source: Barna Group)
3. In the past thirty days, about 21.5 million adults have visited the website of their own place of worship. (Source: Grey Matter)
4. Since 2011, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s internet evangelism ministry has converted at least 5 million people. (Source: BGEA)
5. Pope Francis has 9.46 million followers on Twitter. (Source: Twitter)
6. 52.9% of congregations use visual projection during worship. (Source: Faith Communities Today)
8. 80% of nonprofits say that their website is the most important communications channel for outreach. (Source: Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog)
9. 42% of churches facilitate online giving. (Source: Dunham+Company)
10. Only 21% of the general population and 34% of Christians say they read to grow spiritually. (Source: Barna Group)
What is your view on these stats?
Technology has been changing how many churches operate in this 21st century. One way in which technology has been changing how we reach people around the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ is through Social Media.
But how do you know if what you are doing on these social media platform is doing your ministry any good, or is effective in accomplishing what you set out to do?
To answer this question, here is an Infographic from marketingcloud.com
How To Know If Your Social Media Campaign Is Effective or Profitable
The use of technology can be seen everywhere: people walking on the road using their cell phones; banks using technology to make transaction much easier and allowing consumers to spend less time in the bank; technology in the homes changing how we do things and spend time with each other and so forth, and these are just few of the ways in which technology is changing our lives.
Although many persons misused technology, or use it in a negative way, there is no doubt that technology is making our lives much easier while allowing us to do much more than we could 20-50 years ago. The use of technology in advancing the gospel of Jesus is no exemption to this as the use of technology is seen as a resource the church can, and has been using, to help us to carry out the work of the Lord in winning souls for the Kingdom of God.
Due to the fact that technology can help us to do more in less time and help us to reach more people than we could, and also for the fact that the use of technology can enhance learning of the Word of God, I strongly believe that churches must take advantage of new technologies, and to upgrade existing technological equipment’s, to equip members, and to gain new members in the church.
For this reason, I have come up with 5 ways on how we can start using technology in the church.
The Use Of Technology In The Church Today
- Post sermons and videos on Social Media Networks and YouTube. Millions of people gather on Social Media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram each today to watch videos, look at photos, to like and share stuff, and to communicate with each other, thereby creating a medium in which churches can spread the gospel through videos and other means. Gone are the days when if you miss a preaching sermon that was it for you, there was no more opportunity for you to see it again. Today, almost everyone has a Social Media Profile and if they don’t, they watch videos on YouTube, this therefore create an opportunity for churches to get the gospel outside of the four walls of the church. Everyday thousands of people share and like videos on these mediums; yours could be one of them.
The church that I attend, Remnant of Jesus Christ, regularly post preaching sermons on Facebook which is watched, like, share and commented on by a lot of people. With the use of technology, churches can post preaching sermons/messages on relevant mediums like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube and have these watch and share by millions of people around the world.
People have become accustomed to watching videos on YouTube and on social media platform and so they will be more than willing to check out your video and if they like it they will either subscribe or share it or do a number of different things depending on which platform they are on. I cannot imagine what my life would be like now if I didn’t have access to messages on YouTube as these preaching or teaching sermons have really be of great help to my spiritual and personal growth.
Every church therefore should have a profile on one, or all of these platforms so that they can engage people around the world. Your videos will not only be seen by people in your community or area of influence, but it can be seen by people around the world, people you normally would not have reached without the use of your videos on Social Media and YouTube.
- Churches and or pastors can create a blog. I have seen enough websites/blogs by pastors and churches to know that having a website is a great way to spread the gospel. For example Joel Osteen each day shares devotionals for people to read and update his website with things happening in the ministry. With a webpage, churches and pastors are able to write articles that will be of great help to readers, and they can also post regular updates on activities happening in their respectful ministry.
And starting a website is not really expensive as you can start one for less than $200. After you have started your website you can have a dedicated team to regular update your website with articles, news, products, videos and so forth. You can also invite persons to post questions they have or to request prayer.
- With the use of technology such as video camera, churches are able to video their services. You would not be able to post videos of your services without the use of a video camera. You can find quality cameras with stand on Amazon for reasonable prices, for example $400.
If you want to create professional videos, you can get really good cameras from $500 upwards. If you are going to create video series for sale, I would recommend you invest in a really great camera that has good lens.
I have seen church leaders having their services on different media, and this could not have been possible without the use of a video camera.
Digital cameras are also great to have as you can take pictures of events and have them posted on your website and also on social media pages. Or just have them for viewing by members and friends.
- Technology can be used to enhance music or media ministry. Let me ask you a question, can you imagine what church would be like today without musical instruments, sound system and other equipment’s in the church? Technology has greatly enhanced how churches function in the media or musical ministry. In fact technology is what creates this ministry as without technology such as Mics, keyboards, lighting equipment’s, sound system and so forth there would be no music/media ministry.
Technology has greatly affected how churches operate in terms of music as now we have different equipment’s that can greatly enhance worship sessions and even preaching sessions. On top of this, some churches have personnel’s that creates flyers, brochures, learning materials and also handle commercials or other video aspects of the church.
- Create presentations on a Bible topic or on any topics. I was a part of a church ministry that has a projector and what would happen is that in Sunday school, persons would be able to see the lesson on the screen as the Pastor or teacher discusses the lesson. There were also times when we had special teaching sessions where someone would do a presentation on a topic of importance, for example depression, how Satan is infiltrating the different sectors in the world and so forth. These sessions were well attended and enjoyed by those who were in attendance.
Technology allows Bible Teachers to create presentations that they can be shown to the congregation and by doing so enhance the learning experience as the congregation is able to see what the person is talking about and take better notes at the same time.
Kingdom.com has a lot of technology that can be use in the church. Check them out
Which Technology Should I Use In My Church?
Now that you have seen 5 things technology can be used for in the church, you may now be wondering what equipment’s you can start using in your church. But guess what, I am sure that you have already started to use technology in your ministry, but again you could do more with the use of new technologies, right?
I am not able to tell you which technology you should be using as this will be a decision you and your team will have to make base on the need of your respective church. What may be a good fit for the church I attend may not be a good fit for your church and vice versa.
For example, Remnant of Jesus Christ is a new ministry and so special effects technologies, and techs to do commercials and video trailers will not be a good fit at this moment. What would be a good fit is projector and screen to show visuals and presentations, equipment’s for media ministry (and even this have to be limited as it is a growing ministry and so is not ready for certain equipment’s) and so forth.
To decide on what would be a good fit for your respective congregation sit down with your team and both of you come up with a technology plan. In this plan you will have to look at the present state of the church and what it needs, what the growth rate now is and what it could be in probably 2-5 years’ time. Why you have to think about the future is that if you are able to get the funds, it doesn’t make much sense you spend money on a piece of equipment you will outgrow in 1 year time as then you will have to find money to buy new equipment’s and a way to get rid of your current one.
I am convinced that technology is changing how we do things in the church today and we haven’t seen anything yet as I know that knew technologies will be coming on the scene that will allow us to do much more than what we are doing now.
Whatever you are going to allow or use in your ministry, it is best to seek the Lord for guidance as technology can be good and at the same time harmful to your ministry. For example having an open WIFI access in your church can be very good as it will allow persons to download songs for example at choir rehearsals as we did at a church I use to attend, or persons can quickly access videos on so forth for preaching/sermons or other forms of learning. However, this same technology can be very harmful as instead of listening to what is being preached on the pulpit, or participating in worship sessions, persons can be distracted accessing Social Media, or chatting away, or surfing the internet, this is what I have personal experience with.
What are your thoughts on the use of technology in the church today?
This is indeed my favorite Study Bible. I bought this Bible sometime this year (2016) and have never regretted buying this Bible as it have been very helpful in my studying of the Bible.
I am a Bible Study teacher at my church therefore you can understand that I need a very good Study Bible, and I am happy to say that my Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible is just that one.
See my post on: Tools To help you study the Bible
Every one who really wants to read and understand the Bible knows that they’re times that you will be reading a verse and see a word but your not so clear on the meaning of a certain word. One word misinterpret or misused can totally cause you to misinterpret or to misunderstand what the verse is actually saying. With Hebrew and Greek Key Word Study Bible you will be able to know and understand the underlying Greek or Hebrew word used in each particular verse. By knowing the original word used and its meaning you will be in a better position to understand what the Bible is actually saying and thereby be better able to teach or tell someone about the Bible.
“The Hebrew-Greek Key Word® Study Bible identifies “the key words of the original languages and presents clear, precise explanations of their meaning and usage. Those who love God’s Word will treasure this Bible, for it contains a whole library of biblical helps within its covers.” From the sales page on Amazon.
Unlike other Study Bible, Hebrew and Greek Key Word Study Bible gives you the tools you need to do your own study of the original languages rather than just giving you commentary on specific verses. So you get two for the price of one: commentary on Bible verses and Greek and Hebrew words used in the verse.
And if you do not want to use KJV this Bible is now available in ESV.
So let us look at some other things about this Study Bible
The Bible comes with:
Introductions of the different books of the Bible This covers the history and customs of the people the book was written to or about, and gives information of the significance of the book.
Scripture Index- This is basically a list of Scriptures that the footnotes and book introductions reference. This shows which verses have a footnote and what other verses they can go to for more information. This works like a cross-reference system for footnotes.
Concordance. You absolutely should never buy a study Bible that does not have a concordance at the back. We use a concordance for cross-referencing, which is basically determining where else the author used a particular word.
Annotated Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries- This is what sets Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible a part from all other Study Bible, at least that is just my opinion, you can always disagree if you want, but I love this section above all other sections, I not even use the dictionary and concordance much. This is the reason why I bought this Bible. This Bible don’t just give you notes on Bible verses, but it gives you the tool to help you study, and this is a great feature that every one using this Bible will find themselves using often. There is a lot of detail in the annotations, but these can be bias as they are base on the scholars point of view, but with the use of Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries you can quickly decide for yourself what is facts or bias.
Maps- I am strong believer that Study Bibles should carry maps, and this one no doubt has them, which may prove useful to you, though I have never used them because I have found no use of Bible maps, at least for now.
So what are the Pros and the Cons of this Bible?
- Strong’s Hebrew and Greek dictionaries
- Contains tools to help readers learn Hebrew and Greek
- Wider Margins on Pages of the Bible Text
- Does not have a lot of notes on verses, even some verses that may prove to be a little difficult to understand
- Print quality varies
And I guess I am not the only who things this is a great study Bible to have base on its many positive reviews on Amazon. For example:
G.M. Wolford said “This is probably the most useful study Bible I have. Having the Greek and Hebrew numbers right by the words in the text and the concordance and dictionary in the back makes digging deeper into God’s Word so much easier. The grammatical guide to the New Testament words are a wonderful help as well. It allows you to get the truest sense of what the author was trying to convey. The book introductions and ‘keys’ are informative. There are many cross-references included that are helpful, too.”
Someone name Researcher said, “If you are really serious about studying the Bible, I believe that this is a Bible that can help if you use it “religiously.” As noted, it gives both Hebrew and Greek explanations and definitions. The key words in the text are numerically coded to James Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible (noted in the introduction). It has a Concordance of its own to the Old and New Testaments. It even has a guide to transliteration from Greek to English with modern pronuciation guidelines.”
These are just two of the reviews about this Study Bible, but it seems as if one of the concern that most persons who use this Hebrew and Greek Study Bible is of the paper quality. I personally don’t have a concern about it as it doesn’t matter, didn’t even knew it was an issue until I started reading some of the reviews by other persons who bought it. But I don’t think you will have a much problem with using Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible.
I have to conclude that this is a great Study Bible that I believe every student of the Bible, and those interested in getting a better understanding of the Bible should have. The Hebrew Greek Key Word Study Bible is a great tool for learning and using the Hebrew and Greek language in Bible study and teaching. You could also check out the ESV version of this study Bible.
Well that is my opinion of this Bible, what do you think?
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Reading and understanding the Bible can sometime be a pain, I know, I have been there. What I learn during my over 15 years as a Child of God and reading my Bible is that it helps to have other tools other than your regular Bible translation.
That is why I would like to share with you 9 tools that can help you to study and understand the Bible better
Tools To Help You To Study The Bible
Different Bible Translation
I know you already have your favorite Bible translation whether it maybe King James Bible or NIV Bible, but I would recommend that you have at least 3 different Bible translation. Having more than one Bible translation will help you to better understand what each Bible verse is saying as you can see it much clearer. For example, my regular Bible I use is King James, however, at times to get a better understanding of what a verse is saying I would quickly run to my King James and Amplified Parallel Bible. What this Bible does is that it compares verse by verse between KJV and Amplified version.
Check out different version of Bibles on Amazon and then search for version of your choice
The second thing I will recommend is that you try and get a Study Bible. I strongly believe that anyone who wants to study the Bible should get a study Bible, which one is up to you. There is a wide variety of types and quality of study Bibles on the market.
Here is my recommendation base on experience:
NIV Study Bible– This one is really good. I bought it for a friend
The Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible– This is my favorite Study Bible. I have one at home right now and use it almost everyday. If I am not using my King James and Amplified Parallel Bible then I am using my Hebrew and Greek Study Bible. With this Bible you will be able to see both the original Greek or Hebrew words use so that you can better understand what the verse is actually saying. It also has a lot of other nice features I know you will love.
Life Application Study Bible NIV– Another favorite of mine. I bought one like this for a special friend of mine for her birthday, and she loves it. Life Application Study Bible not only explain difficult passages and give information on Bible life and times, but go a step further to show you how to “take it personally,” as God’s Word speaks to every situation and circumstance of your life. You must go out and get one. And guess what, they also have a KJV version if you do not want to buy a NIV version
A Bible background commentary covers the cultural background of the Bible verse by verse. Each book of the Bible has its own chapter (listed in the order used in the Bible, not alphabetically). Each chapter begins with an introductory section covering authorship, date, setting, purpose and genre, and then works its way through the entire biblical book, section by section. When using a Bible background commentary, be careful to distinguish between background information and interpretation.
My recommendations are: The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament and The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament
You can also check out (it is a bit costly, but it will be worth it) Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary Set: Old Testament
Getting a Bible dictionary should be on top of everyone’s list. Bible Dictionaries are formatted like an encyclopedia with short articles arranged in alphabetical order, just like your regularly dictionary or encyclopedia. A Bible dictionary is good for researching historical background and cultural context and meanings of different words. You can use a Bible Dictionary can be use to: learn about people, places, and what a word or phrase meant at the time of the author. If you aren’t able to find a particular word, identify the general category to which it belongs. For example, in the parable Jesus tells in Luke 19:11-27, a nobleman gives each of ten slaves a pound. The word pound is not listed in my Bible dictionary, but it can be found in the article on “money.”
My favorite is Zondervan’s Compact Bible Dictionary. It is small but it is packed with useful information to get you going. You could also check out Bible Dictionary & Concordance or Zondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary is also good.
We use a concordance for cross-referencing, which is basically determining where else the author used a particular word, it is also use for looking up the meaning of the original Hebrew or Greek. “Exhaustive” concordances list every occurrence of every word in the Bible and are arranged alphabetically.
I recently bought The New Strong’s Expanded Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible as birthday gift for a friend and she loved it. She is able to find the meaning of words and find other occurrences
Whereas a Bible dictionary is indispensable for filling out historical and cultural context, the Dictionary of Biblical Imagery provides understanding of the connotations of biblical images. The Dictionary of Biblical Imagery is used to shed light on biblical images, symbols, metaphors, motifs and figures of speech. For example, the article on “water” describes both the significance of physical water in ancient Israel but also covers the various ways water is used metaphorically in both the Old and New Testaments. The resource is also an excellent tool for identifying cross-references. Arranged like an encyclopedia, it is a good companion to a Bible dictionary.
If you are not able to get a Bible dictionary, just a regular English dictionary can help you to find words you do not understand and will even use it in a sentence
Bible Maps are an invaluable resource in helping students of the Bible to locate the places referenced, understand distances and perceive relationships between them. In many biblical narratives, the weight of the story is missed because we don’t recognize the significance of a place.
For maps you can check out I particularly like Nelson’s Complete Book of Bible Maps and Charts. This compact resource has a chapter for each book of the Bible and includes background material, a chart of literary structure, an outline and maps that show all the places referenced in that particular book. You can also check out Zondervan Essential Atlas of the Bible which is packed with multidimensional maps, photos, and charts, that will help to learn more about places mention in the Bible. Both are good, it just depend on what you like best.
I really hope that these tools will help you to better understand the Bible and you will enjoy using them. Some of these tools may cost a little money, but the knowledge you will gain from each one of them will help you in years to come.