The Faithnetworker Newsletter
Vol. 1. No. 3, October 21, 2000
We Have a Name!
After reviewing the many suggestions submitted for the Faithnet newsletter, the winning name is "The Faithnetworker" by Frank Zarzour. Thanks Frank, for your submission! The Faithnetworker captures the objective of our newsletter and web ministry as a faith-base online community to enable connections between Christians throughout the world. As our grand prize winner, Frank will receive a free copy of Richard Foster's Prayers from the Heart.
Personal Devotions Collection
The newest area in our Faithnet site is the Personal Devotions collection. Here you will find a small but growing archive of prayers, meditations, Scripture reading and Bible study resources. Several additional meditations are in the works and plans are underway for interactive Bible study. Whether at work or home, this collection of Personal Devotions can be an encouragement for your spiritual growth throughout your day.
Zillions of Christians log on every day to various chat rooms to seek fellowship with other believers. My experience with many chat rooms--even ones that are labeled as "Christian"--are heavily trafficked by chatters seeking sexual encounters or disruptive recreation. Chat rooms that are truly devoted to Christian fellowship are relatively few online.
Faithnet offers a number of options for Christians to chat online. First, we have our Chat Foyer available to the public for Christian chat. Our chat software is equipped with word filters and moderation capabilities to help insure that the chatting stays clean. The rooms are open 24 hours a day.
In addition, Trevor and I host Faithnet Fellowship chats on Firetalk and Yahoo. Check our events calendar for times.
Online Ministry Opportunities!
One of the greatest opportunities we have at Faithnet is in our conversations with persons online through chat rooms. Our goal is to have a Faithnet Fellowship chat room online at one of various sites twenty four hours a day. There are many ways to set up a chat room: the traditional text chat, audio chat (such as Firetalk), and even video chat (such as CUSeeMe). It's easy!
Virtually every time I set up a chat room in one of these venues, I find it rewarding as persons candidly discuss matters of significance. Chatters welcome my prayers and conversation.
Our number one prayer concern out Faithnet is for volunteers to host these chat room opportunities. Please join us in that prayer. Is God wanting to answer that prayer through you? We will train you in each step of the process and provide ongoing support so that your participation in this ministry will be as rewarding as it is for us.
Cool Scripture Cite
"Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it." (1 Corinthians 12:27)
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Make Your Vote Count . . .
Soon the polls will open and Americans will elect a new president and decide a number of local, state and national issues. Ours may be a strange system in some ways, but it is our system. You may not vote the same way I do, but I want you to vote. Every vote is a vote for participation and a vote against apathy. Every Christian that votes his or her conscience is bearing witness to a faith that says we all make a difference.
"What difference will my one vote make?" you may ask. Such questions regarding our significance in a large world are to be taken seriously. When I struggle with my sense of significance, I like to go out on a clear night and gaze at the stars. Billions and billions. But, what would the sky be like if just one star were missing?