“Tweets” at their best are a brief, concise, memorable, pithy summary and statement of a position that one believes and holds to be significant
At worst, they are a simplistic, opiniated and nonsensical reduction of a complex issue to less than 120 words.
As Christians we should be able to express succinctly and well our faith in a tweet.
We also need to both defend or our faith and argue persuasively for it in a substantial debate.
This monthly series of “Triumphant Tweets” is intended to give us examples of concise expressions of what we believe and why.
They set out to be encouraging and to help us reflect on what is means to belong to Jesus.
Tweety Bird: a Model
In the days before TV was common, mums and dads took their kids to the movies in town on Saturday afternoon (I have fond memories of going to the Savoy, the Tivoli, and the Regent cinemas in Cathedral Square in Christchurch). “Tweety Bird” would appear in a cartoon series known as “Looney Tunes” which appeared before the film. Tweety bird was constantly chased by a cat called by Sylvester – but Sylvester could never catch and eat Tweety Bird.
The song included the lines:
“I taut I taw a puddy tat a creepin' up on me.
I did! I taw a puddy tat as plain as he could be!”
If we put our faith in Jesus, we can be confident that He will guide and protect us. We will not see him “as plain as he could be” with our eyes, but we will with our hearts and minds.
Today President Trump moved the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This will be a highly controversial move. From a Christian point of view, perhaps our Embassy should be in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. It would be a sign of peace. Bethlehem is not far at all from Jerusalem. But New Zealand is a secular society and this is unlikely!
"He puzzled and puzzled till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. Maybe Christmas, he thought... doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps... means a little bit more!" How the Grinch stole Christmas
“When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?” G.K Chesterton
“God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.” St Augustine
Who can add to Christmas? The perfect motive is that God so loved the world. The perfect gift is that He gave His only Son. The only requirement is to believe in Him. The reward of faith is that you shall have everlasting life. Corrie Ten Boom
The Almighty appeared on earth as a helpless human baby, needing to be fed and changed and taught to talk like any other child. The more you think about it, the more staggering it gets. Nothing in fiction is so fantastic as this truth of the Incarnation. J.I Packer
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14
October 2017 Bible Tweets on faith
The October Bible Tweet
“Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
(1st John 5:5)
“This tells us we overcome primarily because of who we are in Christ, not because of what we do. We overcome because we are born of God, and we are born of God because we believe that Jesus is the Son of God- again, not in a mere intellectual sense, but we put our lives on the fact that Jesus is the Son of God for us.” [Rev David Guzik, Biblical commentator)
“Born of God” means that we have been (re)born in a spiritual sense – brought in to a new relationship to God. That changes everything and you can tell those born of God by the love. They don’t have to be perfect at loving themselves and others; they will be giving it their best shot though.
“God will never give you anything you can't handle, so don't stress.” [Kelly Clarkson]
“Faith is a living, daring confidence in God's grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.” [Martin Luther]
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.” [Martin Luther King Jr]
“We all face storms in life. Some are more difficult than others, but we all go through trials and tribulation. That's why we have the gift of faith”. [Joyce Meyer]
“Faith is permitting ourselves to be seized by the things we do not see.” [Martin Luther]
Triumphant Tweets; August 2017:
Bible Tweets on Hope
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” 1 Peter 1:3
“But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15
“For there is hope for a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its shoots will not cease. Though its root grow old in the earth, and its stump die in the soil, yet at the scent of water it will bud and put out branches like a young plant.” Job 14:7-9
Wise Owl tweets
“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness”
Bishop Desmond Tutu
“What gives me the most hope every day is God's grace; knowing that his grace is going to give me the strength for whatever I face, knowing that nothing is a surprise to God.”
“Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday.”
“The story of Christian reformation, revival, and renaissance underscores that the darkest hour is often just before the dawn, so we should always be people of hope and prayer, not gloom and defeatism. God the Holy Spirit can turn the situation around in five minutes.”
“Hope is patience with the lamp lit.”
Tweety Vogel (Vogel = German for Bird)@acpc
hey you, yes you, reading this, you are important you matter, just letting you know in case you forgot. God says so - Hope you all good.