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Church marketing personnel need to be up-to-date with the latest church marketing strategies and resources to successfully implement the church / parish marketing plan. This church marketing blog enables church marketing personnel to engage in blog discussions relating to the church marketing issues of today. The 'Church Marketing Manual for the Digital Age (2nd ed)', 2011, by Bryan Foster, forms the basis for most of these blog posts.

God can’t be found in the computer screen, even less in the smart phone - just look skyward!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

As I looked skywards, for the first time in a long time, while sitting on the seashore on a bright full moon evening, it dawned very clearly on me, that God is so much more than can be found on a computer screen, or in a smart phone – as found in the digital world, found locked up in cyberspace.

We cannot lock God up. This is what the digital age actually does, whether deliberately or otherwise.

I came to the realisation, while looking towards the sky this evening, seeing the three levels of cloud, seeing the moon in all its glory on this full moon evening, seeing the awesomeness of nature at her best, that our concentration on that small computer screen, on a blinkered reality, diminishes the reality of the awesomeness of our God.

We become unintentionally closed to this reality of God – closed to God.

The small screen encourages small thinking – a small intellectualisation of the reality of God. Over time, we seem to believe consciously or subconsciously, that the reality of containment, as espoused by, or through, the computer screen, is actually real! It is NOT!

Not only small thinking becomes somewhat the norm, but small imagining, small emotionalising, small acceptance of the inherent, closeness of God, who is yet still way beyond our normal everyday actualities, becomes closed, becomes digitalised.

Imagine an existence where our imagination becomes locked inside a computer, or locked inside our own brain, which believes the digitalised world is real, hence becoming for all intent and purpose, an actually believed existence inside a computer - becomes digitalised i.e. becomes other computer worldly – yet still very real for the viewer of that computer screen.

Even greater disbelief for someone within the real world, would be seeing someone who is locked, by virtue of that person’s cyber-world reality, away from any real human emotion. That person is becoming more computer-emotional.

Becoming more one emotionally with the digital world and less one with the human world!

Wonderful human experiences within the real natural world can inspire anyone, even one within the emotionally and intellectually fraught cyber-world closed in realism, to see the reality of a very special God within our human existence.

More moon beams and sun beams are needed to figuratively shine on to the computer screen – to awaken the reality of the one behind these beams. The softness of the moonbeam and the strength of the sunbeam see our God in true action within this world.

 The 'God can’t be found in the computer screen, even less in the smart phone – just look skywards!' blog post written by Bryan Foster, author of Church Marketing Manual for the Digital Age (2nd ed), - the paperback and ebook manual for Church communications and marketing personnel - 304 pages of easy to read and implement summarized points, which allow for a considerably large number of quality stategies and examples to be detailed and available for church marketing personnel - with copyright remaining GDPL. Book available from Amazon.com and Createspace.com 

 

 


Follow the moon beam – everyone is special in God’s eyes

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Wherever you are, you cannot escape the capture of the moonbeam.

As you look towards the moon on a clear night, you become the centre of its gleaming light. You are the one literally at the centre! No-one in this world is at the centre of the light shining on you! You are extremely special!

God is signalling you out! You are the special one! You are the full focus of God’s attention – you are it!

Everyone is special in the eyes of God. The moonlight shows this more than anything else. Wherever you move, no matter the speed, no matter the time, you are always at the centre! You cannot escape this centeredness. No matter how hard you try, you are always at the centre of the moonbeam – centre of God’s attention!

This is a very special invitation to realise the reality of God and the place you play in this loving relationship.

The same reality occurs when under the influence of a direct ray of sunlight. (We believe it is best not to look at this most powerful beam, due to the impact it may have on our eyes and our vision.) Yet, this awesome sunbeam, with all its power and heat and intensity, says much to us about God and God’s relationship with each individual person.

God loves us so much that he wants us to respond to his loving kindness, compassion and forgiveness.

If we can find God in the warmth and the power of the sun, or the gentle peacefulness and quiet of the moon-bean, we are open to experience the real God in our lives!

The moon-beam and the silence of the light gleaming over the sea towards us, as we sit quietly on the seashore, is a holy, Godly experience. We need to be open to experience our God in the silence, quietness and gentleness of the moon-beam.

The 'Follow the moon beam – everyone is special in God’s eyes' blog post written by Bryan Foster, author of Church Marketing Manual for the Digital Age (2nd ed), - the paperback and ebook manual for Church communications and marketing personnel - 304 pages of easy to read and implement summarized points, which allow for a considerably large number of quality stategies and examples to be detailed and available for church marketing personnel - with copyright remaining GDPL. Book available from Amazon.com and Createspace.com



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