Is Social Media The New Distraction?

Hello all:

I came across a blog article that asks, “Is Social Media the New Drug”? (See http://templecuttingedge.wordpress.com/2010/04/27/is-social-media-a-new-drug/

The research shows that young adults who were without their IPod, cell phone, and other devices  felt lonely and stressed. The researcher also worried that this generation would cause themselves to have back and neck troubles from the poor posture and constant typing.

The feelings of stress and loneliness are understandable in that these devices and the social networks like Facebook make you feel connected to others.

Besides one’s concern about the the future physical ailments of the social networking generation, from a Christian view, I would ask, “Is Social Media the New Distraction?”

Blogging can be time consuming.

Facebook users have told me that can spend hours: writing on their wall, visiting others’ pages,  or even Facebook stalking.

Connecting with friends and family can be amusing and even therapeutic, but I would caution not to let it eat away at time with the Lord. We all need quiet time to be in His presence, to thank Him for His daily benefits to us, and to listen to godly direction for our lives.

Check your habits:  if you find yourself blogging, texting, chirping, or tweeting, and you haven’t prayed or listened for God’s voice today, just stop.

It takes discipline, but the reward and comfort of hearing from the Master will be worth the restraint.

Speaking of discipline… I’d better stop blogging and go talk to the Master myself. 🙂

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Spiritual Warfare: What Is It? ~ Part 2

The concept of spiritual warfare came up again in my life.

First,  I was reminded that the battleground of  spiritual warfare is in the mind. Satan does his best to gain control over us by provoking us to think and speak ungodly concepts. (If the Word of God says a situation is or can be, don’t defy it by speaking the negative even if your eyes see the negative!)

Also, we can not win the battle over Satan by using tangible weapons such as guns, knives, or swords. To defeat Satan we must use fasting and prayer, praise, worship, and the Word of God (See II Corinthians 10:3-5).

See November 14, 2009, posting for the beginning of this series.

Have You Started Walking?

For those of you who are thinking about becoming a Christian I wanted to give another entry* on how to get started. There is the concept of the Roman Road. This is a series of scriptures from the book of Romans that will help you understand how to start your new life with Jesus Christ.

The Roman Road

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Romans 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

If you are a more visual learner, click on the link below www.circulationidea.com/files/romanroad.pdf

* (I have these scriptures about salvation on my blog page, “How to Become Saved”. But if you do not search through the blog pages, you might miss it. I wanted the scriptures about beginning a new life with Chris right up front. Soo-o-o here it is.) 🙂

Can You Detect The Fragrance of Jesus Around Me?

The people knew when Moses had been in the presence of God. His face shone and he had to put a veil over his face so that he could talk with the Israelites. (See Exodus 34:29-33.)

Father, help me to prioritize my day and follow through in having the prayer time that I am suppose to have with you. Once we have fellowshipped, let others see and waft in the love and splendor of the presence that You have shared with me as we have spent time together.

Love The Sinner, Hate The Sin

Hello all:
Had to post something…

In browsing through blogs I came across one by a Jenny*, who says she is an evangelical Christian and she also has a homosexual father.  In her latest blog posts she is publicly sharing and working through her feelings of what it is like to have a father who openly confesses to being a homosexual.

It would take months, probably years before I could come to grips with such a circumstance.  And I know I would be in anguish.

I am staunch opponent of homosexuality.
Leviticus 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. 
I FIRMLY BELIEVE THIS!

Yet as she implies, homosexuality is a term that this shuttled back and forth between opponents and supporters of the issue. What she encounters is looking into the face of a father whom she dearly loves and she’s not just having to think about the moral or rational underpinnings of the topic.

I know I would quote and stand on what God says. If  God says “a thing” is a sin, then it is a sin. The requirement for righteous living by God does not change for anyone. Yet as this righteous principle came bursting from my lips, I could easily imagine being separated from one I love — that’s where the anguish comes in. (People rarely want you remind them of their weaknesses.)

This would definitely be one of those instances where one has to love the sinner, but hate the sin.

Share what you think.

* To see her blog go to http://jennyrain.wordpress.com/2010/04/12/will-they-laugh-if-i-call-you-daddy-growing-up-with-a-gay-father-day-1/

How Do You Feel?

I have had many times when Jesus had to take me out

of the murky waters of sin.

It is so refreshing to my spirit man to be in right fellowship with God. He is so gracious to give me yet another opportunity to get my life and actions right in His sight!

I feel refreshed when I know I’ve been delivered from sin!

How do you feel?