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  • Corey's Media Challenge | Media Talk 101 Inbox
    now I could notice that thinking about God became a lot easier Does anyone ever think that it s hard to set your thoughts on God You really have to focus to keep thinking about Him talking to Him Do you want to see God Do you want to hear Him Clear your mind of trash It becomes a lot easier to be heavenly minded when your head isn t full of cuss words lusty thoughts and other useless information I like how in Jeremiah 12 3 4 there is a sort of intensity about it which really drives it home Yet you know me O LORD you see me and test my thoughts about you Drag them off like sheep to be butchered Set them apart for the day of slaughter How long will the land lie parched and the grass in every field be withered Because those who live in it are wicked the animals and birds have perished We must learn to take our thoughts captive The land is our minds the wicked are the thoughts we succumb to It s not just entertainment When you watch that show you are thinking about that show It does influence you Think about Jersey Shore I ve heard so much about this show but never watched a single episode Now there are Jersey Shore prom themes at some schools Girls want to be like the characters Youth groups are now doing messages about this show and trying to combat it We have become a society no a world numb to filth There is a very real war going on right now whether you want to be aware of it or not For we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities against powers against the rulers of the

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  • Confessions of a Football Fanatic Who Found Freedom | Media Talk 101 Inbox
    cold my truck steaming bloody radiator fluid on the side of the road This incident served as the climax for me not only in terms of the day s events but in terms of my building cognizance of my sorry state as it related to this topic It was as if God was saying I agree with your assessment of yourself What I needed that night more than any other thing was the opportunity to process what had happened and to make an honest assessment of my life in this realm The fact that God was displeased as I understood the circumstances to indicate was added incentive to repent Chuck and I had a good chance to talk as we walked over those 3 miles and it was during this time that I made a commitment not to ever let something like that happen again to the best of my ability The next day I threw out my TV and I have never watched a complete game since nor have I ever owned a TV since then either The addiction was broken But that is just it I realized that night that it was in fact an addiction I was not free while watching I was bound by this crazy need to watch the Lions lose It caused me anxiety when they were about to lose I got angry when they lost I got angry at the coach I got angry at the owner I complained about them losing I planned my time around the games Freedom was not where I was at What I discovered when it was all over is that it was only then when it was over that I was free Now ironically and here is where the Biblical principle comes in it was the act and fact of me placing and adhering to boundaries I had set around myself that brought me out of bondage and into freedom Psalm 119 44 45 states I will keep Thy law continually Forever and ever And I will walk at liberty in freedom for I seek Thy precepts Now we tend to think of law as restrictive and law is restrictive However it is restrictive not randomly nor whimsically It is not restrictive angrily or malevolently But it is restrictive in a protective sense What father does not restrict his son from certain death by placing barriers around him when it is appropriate When we go on a roller coaster we place the lap bar over ourselves so we don t fly out and splat on the ground So the restriction brings the freedom to live and breathe yet another day Just like other things in Scripture in God s economy down is up and up is down i e when you lose your life for His name sake you gain it when you want to be great you serve and become like a slave etc So too with boundaries They don t really bind in the negative

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  • Music Was My Stumbling Block | Media Talk 101 Inbox
    replaced with a passion for hard rock Though the particular rock I was listening to did not degrade sexuality or women to any great extreme it was no better I actually developed an addiction to this music Frustrated angry and hopeless I listened to hard rock that only fed these ungodly feelings The surge of adrenaline that I felt with all the thrash and noise gave me a temporary euphoria that kept me going just a little longer I look back now and I realize how desperate I was for a little more noise a little more grunge a little more metallic thrash to drown out the screaming in my soul I literally developed an unhealthy addiction If I didn t have rock music to listen to when met with difficult circumstances I actually had panic attacks and grew frantic I even had spurts of uncontrolled rage That was the extreme bondage I was in The music I listened to was violent depressing and angry Funny thing is I too was violent depressed and very very very angry Though I would not point my finger and blame it on the music itself I absolutely believe that what I was listening to actually aided in amplifying and even further developing these destructive feelings within my heart and my mind With all the distractions I had turned to and clung to with such an aggressive tenacity not one ever filled that lonely void in my soul And not one ever will Praise the Lord for His salvation Jesus gave me what for example My Chemical Romance couldn t He gave me hope He gave an identity in Him He filled my empty heart not with anger oppression or hopelessness but with peace love and a beautiful hope in Him and in Him alone Salvation in Him is what gave me enough strength to not just have a media fast as you call it from my old choices of music but rather an abstinence from it altogether I have chosen to not listen to what I used to because it not only fails to bring glory to God but it does not encourage me in my walk with Him The particular music I gorged myself with did not promote such vital principles such as the sanctity of life or the sacredness of purity and it certainly did not offer hope beyond life much less in this present one Knowing this and valuing such principles I have made the conscious choice to abstain from that music I would not put restrictions on anyone or even attempt to judge or criticize their choices or established limitations These are my own personal convictions because I know my own weaknesses and I know even more where I want to be in my relationship with God It s been several months since my salvation and since I ve listened to my old music the blessing is that I don t even struggle with desiring it in that capacity

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  • Media That Doesn't Acknowledge God | Media Talk 101 Inbox
    thinking in such a way that completely ignores God We view TV shows and watch movies about people living their lives making decisions deciding what to believe and commenting on various aspects of life without one thought that includes God As we view these shows it teaches us how to think to think in such a way that doesn t include God There s no one searching His word to

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  • Tendency to be Obnubilated | Media Talk 101 Inbox
    are regulated features in our house so as to cultivate good habits and to not favorise dependencies As for the content of films and so forth there is certainly a lot of trash out there and my policy is to turn it off if I see it I ve often said half kiddingly that I think reading certain texts of the Bible should be restricted for the 17 years and

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  • Convicted About My Media Habits | Media Talk 101 Inbox
    forced me to do more constructive things with my time and I began to read books and play the guitar and read the Bible more It definitely made me think about how much I could do and learn if I just changed that one little thing Also being out of the loop on things has kept me from spending so much time worrying about the lives of people that don

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  • Time to Clean House | Media Talk 101 Inbox
    knew deep down was bad for me It lasted for a little while and eventually I started adding back the music I had deleted plus more Months later I realized I was slowly retrogressing so I again deleted a lot of music this time all of the songs that were bad for me I think I went from 1800 to about 190 songs on my iPod Then I started replacing

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  • A Better Relationship With My Family | Media Talk 101 Inbox
    absorbing myself into the TV and Internet as an outlet As I went into high school I was focusing on how I could impress others instead on how I could impress the Lord My sophomore year I pulled the fire alarm I did it to impress my friends because I saw people on TV doing it and no one getting in trouble I however got kicked out of school I went to a summer boarding school and while I was ther I was sucker punched and I believe it was a sign from God I heard Him in the hospital when I was all alone telling me that I needed to focus on Him and not others and I started doing that I went to Horizon Christian school for my final two years of high school They were great I did great with soccer and ended up getting a scholarship to play soccer at South Western Christian University in Oklahoma city I was closer to God but until Phillip Telfer came to my school I was not as close as I wanted to be I would come home and just watch TV and go on the internet for hours if I didn t have something else to do like soccer practice or hanging with my friends I became addicted to the point where I wouldn t hang with friends because I would want to watch TV and go on the computer I would see myself treating my family badly and others If you would have come up to me and said I had a problem I would tell you I didn t and could stop at any time but I couldn t After Phillip Telfer spoke I began to minimize the amount of media I took in and spent more

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