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What is the mission of TheWord.Online?
The mission of this discipleship ministry It is to help you be fruitful and to multiply your life. If you will be faithful here, we will become fruitful. We give you a money back guarantee on that.
How much does it cost to join TheWord.Online?
We offer you free, lifetime access to TheWord.Online Lite. We also offer a premium service (at just $7 a week) for those who want to take advantage of all the wealth and benefits of joining the team. When you apply, you can enjoy all of the premium Team benefits for free while you are going through our introductory 15 lesson minicourse, The Divine Drama. Try it out and see which option you wish to take advantage of.
Who writes the daily blogs?
I do. My name is Dave Garratt. I am a Bible college and seminary graduate. I've served 7 years as a missionary to inner city teens in Chicago and a dozen years as an associate pastor at a non denominational church- New Life Community Church in Chicago. I now am a full time missionary for TheWord.Online. We started with just a dozen people at the end of 2014. It's a joy to see how we've grown and to see people benefitting from it in various states and countries.
What if I don't agree with everything you write?
We are solidly Biblical and have people and pastors from various churches who love TheWord.Online. Our doctrinal statement is posted for all to read on the page What We Believe. Though I will seek to support what I say from Scripture, it's possible that on some verses we may differ. My plea is that we major on the majors, not divide over the minors. We need the truth and love. I will never ask you to believe what I say. If you disagree with my understanding of a verse, that's fine. Let's agree to disagree agreeably. Some of the brightest scholars disagree with each other. If you do have a beef with what I write, please email me or call me. Don't blast me on the blog; I might miss what you posted. Let's maturely speak the truth in love to each other; that's how we grow up (Eph.4:11-16). Note: You'll see that I often include the work of Bible scholars too. This is not a one man show. So if you are a good writer and Bible student and wish to contribute, just let me know.
What Bible translation do you use?
I often quote from the NIV, but I will refer to other translations as well. Whatever version you use is fine. This is not a King James only group that condemns others for using any other translation than the KJV. Use whatever Bible version you prefer.
How long does it take each day to participate?
Some may spend 20 minutes on the site while others might spend double that. It varies from person to person. What I can tell you is that people spend far more time going to the gym to get in shape physically, than you will spend getting in shape spiritually here. Paul reminds us, "Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come" (1 Tim.4:8).
If I can't participate every single day, will I be judged or kicked out?
We know life can get crazy busy. We will encourage you to make reading God's word a top priority though. Both Jesus and Job spoke of God's word as more important than their daily bread. Job said, "I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily food" (Job 23:12). Jesus said, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God" (Mt.4:4). So for your own growth, seek to participate Monday through Friday.
Who shouldn't join this group?
This is a mentoring/discipleship group. It's not for those who don't want to be faithful, who don't want to grow and be accountable and who aren't teachable. Everyone starts by going through a powerful mini-course on the the grand story of Scripture. It's called The Divine Drama. We ask everyone to complete the 15 lessons in the first 2 to 3 weeks from when they sign up. That's easy to do. But if people are not faithful and take longer than 30 days to complete it they will need to begin again. We are looking for hungry, faithful people in this multiplying discipleship ministry. The Apostle Paul said, "teach these truths to other trustworthy [faithful, reliable] people who will be able to pass them on to others" (2 Tim.2:2). If a person is not faithful, hungry, coachable or a team player, then this group is not for them.
May I give to support the continued work and expansion of TheWord.Online?
Sure! But first we would encourage you to join in and experience how beneficial it is to you. You may give a special gift or join the A Team- those who are part of our Automated Giving Team. (Click the word Give at the top of this page to learn more.)
Can my entire family join?
TheWord.Online is geared for adults and young adults. Older teens might like it too. To comply with federal regulations (COPPA), you must be at least 13 years old to apply. By the way, this is a great way to connect regularly with relatives and friends on a much deeper basis than people typically do on Facebook. Think of this as Gracebook -- a place where together you can enrich each other as you fellowship around God's book. "...the word of his grace which can build you up and give you an inheritance" (Acts 20:32). What a rich way to keep in touch.
Do I have to be a good reader and writer to take part in TheWord.Online?
You don't have to be a good reader or writer, but some writing is involved. My Spell Check bleeds on everything I write. So do what I do and use Spell Check. Please use periods to avoid run on sentences and proof-read what you write. You can even edit what you wrote after you publish it on the blog. Thanks for showing that kind of courtesy. Speaking of courtesy, please don't use foul language. God's word tells us that obscenities and coarse jesting are out of place for God's holy people (Eph.5:4). As believers, there are better words we can choose to use. Having said that, at times we use secular video clips that occasionally contain a crude word in them. Obviously, we are not promoting such speech. This is a PG rated site.
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