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The President of the United States likes to use Twitter. Twitter is a personal messaging program that can send messages of up to 140 characters in length. News organizations follow the President’s Twitter feed day and night with the intensity of the Catholic Church waiting for the College of Cardinals to release a stream of smoke from a Vatican chimney announcing the election of a new leader, or the ancient Grecian priesthood awaiting a word of wisdom from the Oracle of Delphi.

I prefer to begin and end my day thinking about what God said. Long before Google, there was God, and long before Texting on a computer or i-Phone, God was “texting,” and my favorite “text” was, is, and will always be John 3:16. Without the period, the King James version is exactly 25 words and 140 characters (including spaces).
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life

It’s message is succinct, important, precise and eternal. Long after other words are extinct and irrelevant, its message is like an eternal North Star that has led lost mariners to a safe Haven of Rest, harbor of hope, and Father’s House in Heaven. John 3:16 like a lighthouse on a rocky North Eastern shore has been a beacon of light beaming across the waves warning every sailor with it’s one word “perish,” and wooing the lost with its one word “loved.” The light of the text is brighter than any off Martha’s Vineyard or Cape Hatteras, brighter than the sun with the one word “Son.” The two characters “so” makes the message immense, and the word “gave” makes it intense. The word “believe” makes it clear and the word “only” makes it dear.

I don’t follow anyone on twitter. As a matter of fact, I don’t follow anyone except Jesus. I don’t follow Christ as a curiosity, or as a groupie, a fan or a fanatic. I follow Him in faith and I find His words living, and in Him found life, period. -id