LUP033 – Scriptures for Daily Meditation

Here’s a quick overview of what you’ll hear in Episode 33:

  • Update – 2017 goals for Edify Hub and for Steve Dwire
  • Encouragement – Daily Scripture Meditations: Bible verses that have become part of my morning reading every day
  • Tech. Tip – How to protect your Internet conversations over insecure public WiFi connections and browse the internet from the United States even when you’re overseas

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Update

  • Relationship Manager – an extension of the GMail web interface. Called Streak. Free for the features I need right now. Tracks my contacts with those I’ve invited to be guests on the podcast.
    • Still trying it. Seems to be helpful.
    • There will probably be some things I’d want to be able to do but can’t.
    • Also looking to see if it would be helpful for missionaries to track contacts.
    • Very flexible, but requires some setup – maybe too much setup with too little value for deputation, but it gives me some idea of what others have done for relationship management.
    • If it seems useful, I may make a tech tip out of it.
  • Goals for 2017
    • Goals really only for Q1 – to re-evaluate and refresh at the end of March
    • Aim for goals in each of the seven areas from Zig Ziglar’s “wheel of life.”
      • Social
      • Spiritual
      • Family
      • Health
      • Intellect
      • Financial
      • Career
    • Goal guidelines from Michael Hyatt:
      • Write them down
      • Don’t have too many
      • Don’t make them too easy
      • Don’t make them too hard
    • Goals in seven areas, but don’t make too many?
      • Overlapping goals
      • Spiritual – self-control overlaps with health
      • Career overlaps with both intellect and Social
  • With impact on Edify Hub
    • Have an overseas developer complete a development project before the end of Q1
    • Voice conversation with at least three missionaries on deputation to understand current challenges.
    • Have four Lift Up podcast interviews scheduled and/or completed. (overlaps with social – becoming more conversational)

Encouragement

Several years ago, my friend Andy Bonikowsky told a group of us how God used certain verses of Scripture to guide him over the course of his ministry. As those passages impacted him, he would add them to a list of his daily meditations.

Eventually, I found the same thing happening to me during my personal Bible study time. Today, I’d like to share the verses on my “daily meditation” list and how they have impacted my life.

  • Gal. 6:7-8
  • Psalm 127
  • 2 Timothy 1:7
  • 1 Corinthians 16:14
  • Exodus 33:14
  • Proverbs 18:21
  • Ecclesiastes 7:8
  • Galatians 6:9-10

How about you? Are there verses that have meant so much to you that you return to them over and over again? Is there a passage that has become the cornerstone of your ministry, helping you define the way that you serve? I’d love to hear about it.

You can share your special verse by leaving a comment. I’d love to have you go there and share one of your key verses, along with a little note that describes why that verse is so meaningful to you.

I promise I’ll personally read every one of them.

Tech. Tip

  • Ministry life often involves travel. Often involves electronic communication. Sometimes both at the same time.
    • Public WiFi in a coffee shop – computer warns you – it’s not private. What do you do?
  • Another problem:
    • You’re ordering something online – maybe a gift to be shipped to a family member. But you live outside the United States. Somehow, the website you’re ordering from knows that, and it either gives you a highly-inflated price, or won’t even let you order at all.
  • Surprisingly, both of these problems have the same solution.
    • Instead of connecting your computer directly to the internet, create what’s called a “tunnel”.
    • It’s a private, encrypted connection between your computer and another computer somewhere else in the world.
  • How does that help?
    • For that public WiFi in a coffee shop, all of the data that flows through the public WiFi system is encrypted. Even if someone else on that public WiFi connection were able to watch your communication, they won’t be able to decipher what you’re computer is saying.
    • For that online order, when you create your tunnel, you need to find another computer to tunnel through. in this case, you can choose a computer that’s physically located in the United States. When you visit your online store, that store thinks the order is coming from the computer on the other side of your tunnel, so it will treat your order like it’s coming from the United States.
  • I have no idea what you just said or how to do any of that.
    • If you tried to set it all up for yourself, yes it would be extremely complicated. Fortunately, there’s a service that makes this quite simple.  It’s called TunnelBear.
    • Full apps for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android. With the flip of a switch in the app, you can secure and re-route your web browsing through a tunnel that comes out through a computer in the United States (or one of a number of other countries).
    • When you flip that switch, your internet activities are secured from snooping on public WiFi, and the websites you visit will think that your connection is coming from a computer in the United States.
    • If you don’t want to install an app, TunnelBear also comes as an extension that will protect only the browsing in your Chrome browser.
  • You may be asking, “Well, what about accountability software? Will my accountability software still work when I’m using TunnelBear?”
    • I can only answer for Accountable2You, because that’s what I recommend, and that’s what I use for myself and my family.
    • Accountable2You watches what happens on the screen, not over the network. This means that no matter what happens to encrypt or re-route your activity over the internet, Accountable2You can still monitor and report on your activity.
    • Even on iOS where Apple forces the software to take a different approach, my tests with both the current software and an upcoming beta version confirm that Accountable2You can still see your activity even when TunnelBear is running.
  • Now, almost everything I do is from my own home network here in the United States, so I hardly ever need anything like TunnelBear. For that reason, I’ve only used it for a short period of time just to try things out. For missionaries, though, I’ve heard a number of times when shady public WiFi or a non-US connection has caused problems, and TunnelBear is a solution that I’ve heard recommended by others.
  • If you want to just try it out, TunnelBear has a free plan that will let you protect a small amount of activity for free every month. Or, you can protect an unlimited amount of activity with a yearly subscription of $40, which turns out to be just less than $3.50 each month.
  • And if you use our special link: http://liftuppodcast.com/tunnelbear, or any of the links from our Show Notes page, I’m working on a plan to let a portion of your subscription payment will go to Edify Hub to help keep things running here.
    • Here’s how things like this usually work:
    • I find a service that I believe will solve a problem.
    • I try it out and see how well it works.
    • If it works for me, I mention it.
    • Then I see if there’s any affiliate program to pay Edify Hub for the awareness we offer for the product.
    • If there is, then I create a special link so Edify Hub can get some kind of credit. If not, I’ll recommend the product anyway.
  • My favorite example is Accountable2You. If you use http://liftuppodcast.com/accountable or any of the links from the Show Notes page, part of your Accountable2You subscription will also go to Edify Hub. I’m so thankful for the hundreds of people who have already signed up for Accountable2You through one of Edify Hub’s links. The monthly commissions from those are enough to cover our hosting and software subscriptions for edifyhub.com, our free missionary websites, and the Lift Up podcast. Additional income will help support future enhancements to missionary websites as well as research into new software solutions to help missionaries.

Conclusion

Today, you learned how to protect your Internet conversations over insecure public WiFi connections and browse the internet from the United States even when you’re overseas. You also heard about the Bible verses that have become part of my daily Scripture meditations. And we talked about some of the 2017 goals for Edify Hub and for me personally.

And a reminder, I’d love to hear about your special verse. Leave a comment. Tell us the reference to your verse, along with a statement that shares why it’s so important to you and your ministry.

When you do, your story can honor Hebrews 12:12 and lift up someone today.

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