Here at TWTL, we always try to bring our audience quality devotions and reviews of events we attend or are involved in. After the success of the past two years with BOTT on YouTube, we are planning to expand our content on that platform.
We will still bring you devotions on this website, though. In fact, we are planning to couple our YouTube videos with written content on this site. Typically, written content will come out first with a video to follow. Of course, we might flip that depending on the video or our coverage approach at the time (i.e. events are easier to do video/audio first and then written recaps later)
An example of this would be our Final Review of BOTT this year. We had a written review and video and each received positive feedback. The written review was short and to the point with each item we covered, while the video expanded on the idea further and had a more personal touch to it. This dual format will allow us to cover topics more thoroughly and relate with you guys better. You can read the post here and watch the video here to get a better idea of our new format and how they will work hand-in-hand.
We've announced it on several different platforms already, but we are just so excited to announce that our LYL series was tabbed to be adapted into an article for Fervr.Net. Fervr is a website geared towards helping young people navigate the waters of this life while also drawing closer to God. Our series on Losing Your Life for Jesus appealed to the core tenants of Fervr and their sister organization Youthworks. As a result, we took the series and boiled it down into one digestable devotion, which you can read here.
We would love to here your thoughts on the adaptation, so please let us know in the comments below. Also, if you haven't picked up your copy of the original LYL series, click here to get it and start learning how to lose your life for Christ.
Thanks again to all who have supported us and we look forward to sharing future opportunities we get to share the gospel.
TWTL Ministries has been working on the framework for our newest series and we have it ready to go!
The series will be called 3 Dimensional Witnessing (3DW for short) and will focus on how to take our witness to a deeper level. It is our hope to take individuals and help them to immerse their lives in the calling to witness.
Our series will focus on several subjects related to witnessing, all of which will go through the same filter: Devotion, Determination and Direction.
Below is a brief synopsis of what these 3 Ds represent in this series:
Devotion: commitment, loyalty. Everyday we get up and purpose in our hearts to do something for God's Kingdom and we refuse to waver in our loyalty to that purpose. This deals with our heart, or passion for God.
Determination: perseverance. Beyond our commitment to the Kingdom, we are willing to do what is necessary to serve God and see souls won to the Lord. Ths deals with our head, or our mindset in God.
Direction: focus. Unifying our passions and our thoughts, we then move to our actions. In order to have successful actions, there must be focus in our lives and in our witness. This deals with our lifestyle and the actions we take as a witness for God and His Kingdom.
Each week we will cover a topic relate to witnessing and filter it through these 3 criteria. It is our hope that at the end of the week, we will all have a better concept of each topic as it relates to witnessing and be able to apply it directly to our own witness immediately.
To help with everyone getting the most out of each topic, we want to have open and honest conversations with our readers. So, our Facebook page will have open threads where we can share our thoughts throughout the week and glean from the multiple perspectives. We are really excited about this because it means we get to connect with you all on a deeper level and grow our community.
The series will launch June 6th with the subject of faith. The series will run as long as we feel the Spirit leads us. Witnessing is a hugely deep subject and we could stay on this topic for a long time. We want to know what topics on witnessing you all would like to discuss as well, so head over to our Facebook page and comment under the post about 3DW (it will be at the very top of the page). We can't guarantee that your suggestion will be covered, but it will definitely be considered.
Thanks again for using TWTL Ministries as one of your sources of spiritual development and inspiration. We look forward to this new series and can't wait to hear from you about the topics you wish to discuss.
Also, don't forget to set your calendar for 3pm next Thursday, June 2nd for the LYL conversation on our Facebook page. You'll get to chat with Chris Farris about the series and much more. If you haven't gotten your copy of the LYL series, Click here to download it so you can be ready for this free chat. Any changes to this schedule will be announced via email.
Bless you all and have a great Memorial Day Weekend to those who are living in the United States, and a great weekend to all of our International viewers as well.
Find out how you can get a copy in advance!
Our LYL series was a smash success and we are already in the stages of preparing it all as DLC (downloadable content) along with our previous series, Aim For It: Vision. Each will be available for purchase on our Store Page in the coming weeks, but you can prebook to receive the LYL series by purchasing a digital copy of The Way. When you purchase The Way, just provide your email in the checkout form and we'll send you the LYL Series as soon as it is completed (targeted date of Labor Day weekend) for free! That's right. Just by purchasing our digital copy of The Way for $7.99, you'll also receive the LYL series for free as soon as it is available for download. This offer will run through the end of April, but May 1st we will have to drop it and you'll have to purchase the LYL series when it officially arrives separately.
What do you get with the LYL series? Check it out:
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LYL: Lose Your Life
A Christ-Centered Pathway to Sacrifice
There are few things Christ mentions in all four gospels. The Sermon on the Mount is only recorded in Matthew, though a number of its principles are mentioned in another sermon in Luke. The Golden Rule is only mentioned in Matthew and Luke. Christ's famous line, "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone..." which teaches us about how to treat those who have fallen only appears in one gospel (John 8:7). The conversation with Nicodemus in John 3 is only recorded once, though we find a similar statement to John 3:16 in Mark 12:6. People would assert that these as well as many more are core values and tenants of Christian faith. However, they don't fall into the category of being mentioned across all four gospels.
Does this make them less valuable than those that do? Of course not. All of Christ's actions and utterances deserve our attention and consumption. However, there is a certain level of reverence that is owed to those that were thought of by all four writers of the gospel to include. Christ's death, burial and resurrection are found in all four gospels along with several key actions and miracles. The Great Commission-every Christian's purpose in life beyond salvation and relationship with Jesus-is found in every gospel right towards the end along with other great statements and thoughts from our Lord and Savior. One of those cross-gospel statements is found right in the midst of Christ's ministry on Earth and it cuts us to the quick.
That's six times that Christ talks about losing or wanting to lose our lives! When we look further, three of those accounts are from the same story from different accounts (Matthew 16, Mark 8 and Luke 9). That leaves us with four separate instances Christ talks about losing one's life for the sake of Christ and His Kingdom. It's clear this is an important idea to God and deserves our further examination. With that in mind, over the next four weeks, we will learn what it means to lose our lives (a real LOL moment) for the sake of Christ. We will do so by examining the context surrounding Christ's utterance of this phrase and how it relates to us today. Here's what you can expect to receive:
Wednesdays: Weekly devotion detailing the Lose Your Life (LYL) moment, what was going on before Christ spoke the phrase, what spurred him to speak it and what happened directly afterwards. We will then do our best to relate it to our world and walk today.
Fridays: ACCESS only activity that helps us to try out the LYL moment discussed on Wednesday. The activity will be both spiritual and practical in its application and our hope is to here feedback on your results as you try the activities
Mondays: Special creative story that centers around a character struggling with their own LYL moments. These fictional stories will hopefully provide another perspective of the concept we are covering. You will be able to read an excerpt on our Compass Page, but the full version will only be available via the ACCESS Page.
We look forward to sharing this new experience and believe that, due to the season we are in, it is a great way to honor the sacrifice Christ made for us by sacrificing ourselves for him. Find out how starting this Wednesday!
What is a Vision?
We all want to know where we are going and what to expect when we get there. To do that takes vision. Vision is the ability to see or observe something on which you are focusing. The clearer your vision, the easier it is to understand and attain your focus. If we want to understand and attain our focused purpose in Christ's Kingdom, it is going to take clear spiritual vision. In the Bible, we find two primary types of visions:
The first type of vision is one reserved for select individuals at specific times. Prophets, priests and princes prophesied in the Old Testament and Christ and His apostles prophesied in the New Testament. Even Mary and Joseph had spiritual visions concerning the birth of Christ and what they must do to be in proper position for it to happen.
People still have prophetic visions today and they have great value to us as individuals and the Body of Christ. However, not everyone is called to prophesy, and we want this study to include as many people as possible. That's where the second vision comes into play.
Anyone can get a revelation of Jesus Christ. Anyone can come to understand their relationship with Jesus Christ and where He wants it to be. Anyone can find their purpose in Christ and His Kingdom. This is not to say that these visions are cheap. They are the most valuable pieces of information we can receive in our lives because they are the word and plan of God expressed to us from Him. There is no more precious treasure beyond our initial salvation.
So how do we get a vision from God? Well, that's what we are going to try and figure out. While there is no magic formula to receiving a God vision, there are some steps we can take to receive God's plan for us in a clear and precise manner. Over the next few week we will look at one man's vision, the circumstances around that vision and how it drove him to fulfill the plan of God for his life. We hope you join us tomorrow as we reveal this individual and start our journey to finding Vision.
If you want a sneak peek at the names of the lessons we will be presenting, head over to our ACCESS Page and sign up to get exclusive content for this series. We look forward to presenting this series and hope it helps you realize your purpose in Christ and His vision for you.
Want to see what God has for you?
Vision, our newest Compass series, will launch soon. We will have a special logo designed for the series on display as well as a list of the topics we are going to cover over the next 4-6 weeks. Also, there will be a special introduction that will get everyone excited about the journey we are about to embark on. We can't wait to start this series as we believe it is going to help us all focus ourselves on God and His Kingdom in 2016. See you soon!
UPDATE: Due to our coverage of BOTT, our Vision series will wait to launch the week after BOTT. We apologize for this inconvenience.
More To Come
You may have noticed that we have a BOTT page on the top of our site. It is a members only page that can be accessed for free by registering when you click on BOTT. You simply provide your name and email and you will be approved for access. Why do we want to create limited access? The Way is looking to gauge its viewer's interests. We plan on providing more free-to-access pages in the future as we cover more events and other items. Here are some of the ideas we have:
1. Book Club: We pick a book and the audience reads and we discuss it. There will be videos where I go over a concept and you will have the opportunity to comment on what was said, while also providing feedback which will be posted at a later date. The book would be read over the course of one month to six weeks depending on the the length of the text.
2. Special Topics: We engage in long and short running series here at The Way. One thing we may do in the future, though, is offer special topics designed for specific audiences. These topics would fall within our staffs line of expertise and would work to educate and empower interested participants in their pursuit of God's calling for their lives.
3. Special Events: This is what we are doing with BOTT. We take an event that we are attending and we cover it thoroughly and provide a view that isn't normally offered. You will get to see what it is like with BOTT this year if you sign up. We may make all of our content available at a later date with a small price tag so as to help fund the site and support missions.
4. Challenges: This was originally intended to be the first of the sign-up pages, but we wanted to cover BOTT thoroughly and didn't want to rush what we believe to be a breakthrough in going forth. We will use the power of the internet to offer specific challenges to interested parties to go into their communities and do the work of the Lord. We will also look to receive feedback for these challenges so as to share it within the group.
So that is what we are looking to do starting in January. Compass will still be a huge part of The Way and you can expect our next series on Vision to start next week in January. Do you have any suggestions for our Compass or Sign-In Pages? Leave us a response in the comments section and we will take it into consideration. We look forward to seeing you then and hope you have a Happy New Year!
Chris Farris is the author of The Way, a manual detailing how to implement the Beatitudes into your life. He review events and other media and offers other insights into writing and working for the Kingdom of God.