Twitter helps spread God’s words

I have been immersed in the world of tweets lately. Five years ago when I heard the word "tweet," I would have thought about the sound of birds … but not today.

The network Twitter is a very popular and viable way to spread messages or information to millions of people at once.

According to the official Twitter website, Twitter is "a real-time information network that connects you to the latest stories, ideas, opinions and news about what you find interesting." (

I decided that I was not communication savvy if I did not explore the Twitter world. Charlie has had a twitter account for some time. So with his encouragement, I signed up for a Twitter account, and now I am able to follow conversations and posting for those people that I admire or organizations that interest me.

For a little time each night, Charlie and I share the tweets we have read that day. In the process, we have found some very meaningful tweets that have blessed us in one way or another. I want to share those with my readership audience.

One very popular pastor that uses Twitter is Rick Warren. He is a pastor in California and author of "The Purpose Driven Life." He tweeted a scripture this week: "He who guards His mouth and his tongue, keeps himself from calamity." (Proverbs 21:23)

That scripture was a good reminder to me on the very day that I needed to be reminded of the disaster that gossip can bring. Warren also wrote: "No matter what you say, narrow minded people will always relate it to a single issue," and "You can't get to the promised land until you go through the wilderness." Another tweet from Warren: "Anyone who gossips about others will gossip about you." (Proverbs 20:19) Well said!

Women of Christ wrote something this week that hit at the heart of mere religion: "Jesus didn't die so we could have religion. He died so we could have a deep intimate personal relationship with God."

John Piper, a minister and theologian, wrote: "The ultimate purpose of life is to show that Jesus is more precious than life."

On treating others with grace, he posted: "God sees people as His own treasures so be careful how you treat others." Finally, he put judging others and ourselves into perspective: "There are a thousand witnesses to our faults but only one Judge."

I follow Beth Moore, well known writer and conference speaker. She tweeted: "Three of the most depressing, deceitful words in the English language: 'It's too late.' Every repetition is another rotation in a downward spiral." She is right; the result of that small sentence has ruined the dreams of many people.

Max Lucado tweeted a thought that many of us think but would dare never say. He wrote: "The more people I know, the better I like my dog!"

Rick Platt, the minister who wrote "Taking Back your Faith from the American Dream" tweeted: "We are settling for a Christianity that revolves around catering to ourselves when the central message of Christianity is actually about abandoning ourselves."

Finally, Francis Chan, pastor in Southern California wrote: "Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter."

But one tweet this last week stood out since we are in the whirlwind of all the Presidential politicking, the analyzing of issues and the finger pointing at national debt problems. Rick Warren wrote: "America's financial crisis is just a symptom of our larger moral crisis, the result of rampant irresponsibility everywhere."

Well that is my head knowledge from the tweets I read this past week. Now I just have to take it all in and make it heart knowledge.

Judy Brandon is a Clovis resident. Contact her at:

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