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  • Why Does Media Talk 101 Use Facebook and Other Kinds of Media? | Articles by Phillip Telfer
    about Facebook regarding privacy issues Like many other kinds of media it needs to be handled with caution and wisdom Unfortunately too many Christians have not been careful or wise with their use Ultimately it is an issue of the heart If your heart is captivated with Christ and your own desires are to honor God and glorify Him in all that you do then by all means use all reasonable means to glorify and honor God in your life But on the other hand if your heart is captivated with yourself then I would personally recommend that you get off of Facebook and get your face into God s book until your heart begins to reflect His heart Another concern is regarding the use of time The bible teaches us to redeem the time Facebook can be a huge time waster if you are not careful If you find that you are constantly on Facebook and it is distracting you from more important things in life or from face to face relationships or from time spent with God in His word and through prayer then you may want to take a break or get off Facebook permanantly in order to help break any time wasting habits that you have formed I have a Facebook and Media Talk 101 has a Facebook page I hope will be used for God s glory and to promote media discernment in the light of following Christ Don t you think it is ironic to make a DVD about media discernment Our website is a type of media I use PowerPoint when I speak to groups which is another type of media We provide audio recordings which are another type of media And we have produced a documentary that is on DVD I don

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  • A Titanic Lesson | Articles by Phillip Telfer
    disaster Jack Phillips the senior officer was feverishly trying to catch up on passenger communications when a message came in from the S S Mesaba warning of icebergs spotted at specific coordinates 9 30 p m S S Mesaba to R M S Titanic and All Eastbound Ships Ice report In latitude 42 N to 41 25 N longitude 49 W to 50 3 W Saw much heavy pack ice and great number of large icebergs also field ice Weather good clear 9 35 p m R M S Titanic to S S Mesaba Recieved thanks Minutes later the Mesaba responded with Stand by indicating that they were waiting confirmation that the message made it to the bridge They didn t get a reply from Jack instead he continued to send passenger messages 9 38 p m S S Mesaba to R M S Titanic Stand by About an hour and a half later the R M S California s radio operator chimed in 11 00 p m approx R M S Californian to R M S Titanic Say old man we are stopped and surrounded by ice Phillip s was perturbed at this interruption while trying to catch up on sending and receiving passenger messages through Newfoundland and fired back with the following message 11 10 p m approx R M S Titanic to R M S Californian Keep out Shut up shut up I am busy I am working Cape Race The California was the nearest ship capable of helping the Titanic once it began to sink but was not able to be reached because the wireless operators had turned their equipment off for the night Titanic s Second Officer Charles Lightroller had been on duty that night and wrote the following in his autobiography The one vital

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  • 2011 Media Discernment Challenge | Articles by Phillip Telfer
    the body The climbers have to spend a couple weeks at base camp to allow their bodies to climatize to the high altitude and the low oxygen levels The local Sherpas who were born and raised in that region have unique physical qualities that allow them to be better suited to the climate and altitude Their heart and lungs are adapted to give their bodies more oxygen than the average foreigner can gain without bottled oxygen Likewise if you want to grow in passion for Jesus and live a life that s different than what you are living now it will take time to climatize to a new surrounding Here are four ideas that can help you acclimate to new heights of spiritual living 1 Consider a two week media fast A media fast means to go without certain media for an extended period of time in order to humble yourself seek God and help your heart to clear from many of the media toxins that can distract us from God or grieve His heart Often times people who go on a media fast begin to realize the addiction they have to media and the impact it has on their life But the idea is not just to fast from media for a couple of weeks only to binge on media again Hopefully this time will encourage you to develop good lifetime habits of discernment and choices regarding your media diet read more about a media fast Keep a journal during your media fast and when you re done take some time and write a short article about what God taught you during that time or share your insights in a two minute video and send it to me and I ll post it on our site 2 Clean House Fasting from something that is good and nutritious or even unhealthy but sustaining can be a good thing but living on a diet of poison is deadly Much of media today crosses the line of unhealthy into the realm of spiritual poison Don t compromise Be sure and get rid of anything in your possession that dishonors God read more about cleaning house 3 Renew Your Mind and build a stronger Biblical worldview in your life by spending more time in the Bible Take our Bible reading challenge and read the entire Bible in 101 days you can do it It only takes about 45 minutes a day The average reader can read the Bible in about 70 75 hours I took this challenge myself earlier this year and it took me 44 minutes a day on average to read the entire Bible in 101 days Some people make the argument that they don t like to rush through reading the Bible or they don t want to be legalistic about a Bible reading plan I don t believe it is legalistic to discipline yourself to read the Bible on a regular basis because legalism is not about a disciplined

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  • Finding Freedom in a Media Captive Culture | Articles by Phillip Telfer
    that many are awakening to the reality that they are living in a cage even though they can t exactly define what it is Like a captive bird longing to fly deep down inside they sense there is something they are missing Defining freedom from a Biblical worldview What is true and authentic freedom defined by God s word Here is an insightful Scripture to open our eyes But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered And having been set free from sin you became slaves of righteousness But now having been set free from sin and having become slaves of God you have your fruit to holiness and the end everlasting life Romans 6 17 18 22 True freedom does not mean doing whatever you please or whatever gratifies you personally That is the deceptive philosophy of the world that has taken the masses captive Authentic freedom is about being set free from sin through Christ in order to live a holy life that glorifies God Freedom is escaping sin s penalty it s power and ultimately it s presence to be a slave of God and servant of righteousness This is where life to its fullest begins How do you break free and STAY free No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man but God is faithful who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able but with the temptation will also make the WAY OF ESCAPE that you may be able to bear it Therefore my beloved FLEE FROM IDOLATRY 1 Corinthians 10 13 14 emphasis mine One way of escape is to flee from idolatry Now if you only think of idolatry as people showing reverence and making sacrifices to statues of false deities then you have a narrow view of idolatry Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality impurity passion evil desire and greed which amounts to idolatry Colossians 3 5 Have you allowed today s entertainment and the constant distraction of media to become an idol in your life If you don t know here s a simple test that might help are you willing and ready to let go of it If the thought of that causes a reaction inside and you find yourself building a mental defense as to why it s not an issue in your life and how there s no need to let anything go then it might be an indication of idolatry This is what really hit home with me over 20 years ago as a young believer still in my teens when my heart was challenged with the issue of entertainment I had heard a powerful and convicting sermon about living for Jesus and the Holy Spirit began to confront me about entertainment even though the message wasn t distinctly addressing media choices A bell rang

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  • Media Saturation Threshold | Articles by Phillip Telfer
    Did you know that 43 of 3 4 year olds have a TV in their bedroom Is there a media saturation threshold Does there come a point in someone s life where a longing for something better something real something personal something eternal begins to break through the never ending digital stimuli I truly believe many youth and adults are finding themselves pixeled out and more aware of a need for personal change Yet they feel trapped and helpless and are not sure how to find freedom They are awakening to the need but unsure of the path ahead Most importantly they are beginning to see a possible correlation between their distracted lives and their distance from Christ I believe many today have become like Israel after the exodus They soon forgot His works They did not wait for His counsel But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness And tested God in the desert And He gave them their request But sent leanness into their soul Psalms 106 13 15 Are you finding that your plate is full at the end of the all you can eat media buffet but your soul is increasingly more empty Have you found yourself wandering in the digital wilderness and wondering if there s something more to life Are you concerned about those around you who are struggling to break free Are you empathetic towards those who are numb and unaware that they are exchanging a truly satisfied life for pseudo living offered conveniently through today s entertainments I was speaking to a group of teens several years ago in Knoxville Tennessee and afterwards a boy about twelve years old approached me and shared openly about the amount of time he knew he was wasting playing video games I was moved by his transparency as he explained his less than ideal family situation and gave some heartfelt insight as to why he was choosing the route he was on He honestly stated I am lonely and I don t know what to do with myself Isaiah 55 2 Why do you spend money for what is not bread And your wages for what does not satisfy Listen carefully to Me and eat what is good And let your soul delight itself in abundance I believe he could be a spokesman for a large demographic of youth and adults who have mistakenly attempted to pacify their gnawing internal emptiness through a diet that can never satisfy the soul that longs for God Jesus said blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be satisfied The souls of this generation are lean They need to be challenged but they also need to see others who are demonstrating what it means to respond to that challenge by learning to live in freedom from the distractions in this world with eyes trained on Christ I hope that you and I will be the examples that this world needs examples of what it means to follow

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  • Boys, Snakes, and Insatiable Media Appetites | Articles by Phillip Telfer
    when disturbed Without consultation I made an executive decision to let it go We need to be careful with what we let into our homes whether it s poisonous snakes or troublesome entertainment habits Danger doesn t always come with rattles Sometimes the greatest threats are the ones that are not perceived as such How many children are being raised from a young age with a steady stream of electronic media that fosters an insatiable appetite for more These appetites are not satisfied during youth The average age of a video game player in the U S is 35 years old Many parents today don t see the harm of a generation with many young boys growing up with a stunted purpose and passion for life in the real world because they ve become so accustomed to the unreal world of video games Adventure is relegated to virtual goals and pseudo accomplishments at the push of buttons and the flicker of pixels Many of them can t play a real guitar and they don t know the real meaning of a hero They think they can win battles and save the planet from invasion but can they conquer the dishes in the kitchen or stave off the invasion of a counter Biblical world view into their own hearts and minds Many parents today must not believe that there s any danger in putting a TV in their toddlers bedroom That s the case for 43 of 3 to 4 year olds in the U S Did you know that one out of five children under the age of 3 has a TV in their bedroom That doesn t appear to have fangs or rattles to some parents yet according a study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics Sustained television

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  • Entertainment: Handle With Care | Articles by Phillip Telfer
    what fuels the hearts and minds of our generation We mistakenly think it s just entertainment or it s innocent amusement On the contrary it has become one of the biggest stumbling blocks of spiritual growth and family health and is one of the most neglected subjects to be addressed from a Biblical worldview in homes and churches The dramatic and sudden change in our society that has come about through this electronic age has unfortunately left many families in a confused stupor wondering how to approach the subject of media in their homes Like gasoline it must be handled with care and we must start by finding help and direction from the Bible Too many people have the mistaken idea that the Bible doesn t have anything to say about the unique issues we face today After all where do you read in the Bible about Mp3 s HDTV PS3 MTV Wii DVD PSP DirecTV or Xbox 360 What about social networks video downloads texting chatting virtual worlds avatars reality shows or online gaming These may be unique to our time but the help we need in order to navigate safely through today s media jungle has been preserved for ages in Biblical principles The 21st century and its escalating changes haven t taken God by surprise His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence 2 Peter 1 3 With such a monster of a topic where do you begin It must start with the heart For over six thousand years mankind has been faced with sin temptations and distractions that can take a person s focus off of God and His plans Electronic entertainment has brought about new

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  • Violence in Media: How Much is Too Much? | Articles by Phillip Telfer
    principles from the Bible First violence in media must be appropriate in certain contexts because God depicted violence in the Bible Second God s inclusion of violence must certainly not be intended to foster a love for violence since God informs us that He hates it when people love violence That should also lead us to consider whether God might also hate violence inserted into stories for the express purpose of feeding a person s love for violence Before we go any further you must be honest and ask whether or not you have possibly been over exposed to violence in media and desensitized to the subject That would be my story and because of that I cannot trust my own tolerance levels to be the litmus test for what s appropriate I share the following story in my book What Wouldn t Jesus Do Media Choices in the Light of Following Christ An acquaintance of mine shared a story with me about a young man he was friends with who had grown up in an Amish home The Amish do not use electricity and do not have televisions in their homes There came a time in this young man s life when he chose not to remain Amish While at someone s house watching television he saw a person shot and killed in an old Western movie He had not been desensitized to Hollywood violence so his reaction might be a bit shocking to most He was so troubled by what he saw that he bolted from the house and threw up in the yard Our culture is so accustomed to depicted violence that it should be shocking how little shocks us With that in mind it is going to take some wisdom not necessarily a list of rules It is going to take some prayer and study in God s word to help us have a transformed worldview that comes from God s word and not from our entertainment crazed culture You may need to take a break from violent media for awhile to allow time to be re sensitized If you apply that former advice then hopefully the following will help INTENT CONTENT and CONTEXT I ll give some examples of questions you need to start asking and then I ll follow up by applying these questions to the violent video clip I described above Intent What is the intent and purpose of the violence being portrayed Is it gratuitous violence that is not necessary Has it been inserted for the sake of entertaining a violence thirsty audience Does it seek to glamorize violence or a violent person Or is the intent to teach a moral lesson or to accurately portray an historical event Is the intent driven by a Biblical worldview or a secular humanistic view of life Is there a specific audience intended and if so why There are more questions along these lines that you can ask but these can help us get started

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