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Chat Notes for Wednesday, March 18, 2015

"Let's Chat About What's Appealing . . . GAFYK"

Gadgets that can change your life.  External stimuli.  The power of the media and social networks.



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Let us read the key texts for today

Philippians 4:8: 

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Romans 12:2: 

 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

 How can you as a teenage battle against all of these evils around you? 

Ephesians 6:13

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

God wants you to use your brain and think critically about decisions you are making.  Do not just accept it because a friend is doing it.

1 John 4:1

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

As I said yesterday Satan can only get into your brain by using the five senses.   Therefore, you are to guard the five senses. 

Turn with me to Matthew 6:22:  

“The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. NKJV

Let us read to you The Voice translation:

“The eye is the lamp of the body. You draw light into your body through your eyes, and light shines out to the world through your eyes. So if your eye is well and shows you what is true, then your whole body will be filled with light.”

Let us understand that this means that it is through the eye you get information and that information impacts your life.   When you process the information it impacts your body and your mind negatively our positively.  

Here is another good text to illustrate what we are talking about today: 

Proverbs 4:23-27 NLT

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. 24 Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech. 25 Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. 26 Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path.  27 Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.

Since we know that what you see or hear can have a positive or negative impact on your life you must be wise in selecting what you see or hear.

Students with all these beautiful gadgets today you are not better off than the previous generation.  There's more TV than ever, more warnings than ever, and certainly more confusion than ever before.

Here is what a 2002 study about television and violence revealed.  “Watching just one hour of television a day can make a person more violent towards others, according to a 25-year study. In some circumstances, TV watching increases the risk of violence by five times.”

How many of you fall asleep in front of the TV?   How many of you go to bed very late at night watching TV?   You could be doing more damage to your brain and your body that eating ice cream.

Satan is targeting your brain.  He wants to get in to it.

Let me share with you some facts about television.  Research study estimates that the average person views approximately 9,230 sex acts, or implied sex acts, in one year. Of that sexual activity, 81 percent is outside of marriage.  This means that if the average person, watching ten years of television from age eight to eight, watch 93,000 scenes of suggested sexual intercourse and 72,000 of those scenes would have been premarital or extra marital sex.

What kind of impression does that make on your brain?  Do you also realize that by the time  you reach 18 you would have watched about 100,000 murders on television?  Science now know that too much television too early in life can dangerous impact one’s life. 

Here is research findings about television viewing:

“The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that children under the age of two not watch television.  Dr. Lorraine Day in her article of Attention Deficit Disorder states: “It is reported that children watch an average of 43 hours of TV per week, that's longer than the average adult work week. While watching, they rapidly become almost hypnotized. It has been shown scientifically that within minutes of beginning to watch TV, the brain changes from the alert brain waves (beta waves) to the hypnotic waves (alpha waves) where the judgment center of the brain is bypassed. So the violence and decadence that the child sees, bypasses the judgment center in the brain and is implanted in the child's brain without any ability on the child's part to decide whether what they are seeing is right or wrong.

 “The British Medical Journal published: “Children under three should be kept away from television altogether, according to the review of a study which looks at the amount of "screen time" toddlers endure each day.”   Dr Aric Sigman, an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society, has written about the dangers of too much television.  He stated in a 2007 article in the journal Biology that there are at least 15 ways TV viewing was damaging the health of children. These ranged from obesity to early puberty, autism, Type 2 diabetes and even early onset Alzheimer’s. He warned: “Watching television, irrespective of the content, is increasingly associated with unfavorable biological and cognitive changes.”

Students when it comes to FaceBook, and other messenger formats, these are great ways to establish and maintain friendship relationships.  But how much time are you using them?  What messages are you transmitting?   Too much time can be detrimental to your health.  It can robe you of your sleep, attention span, and causes poor nutrition.  Over use of social media can also result in superficial relationship.

Take the Gadget Fast

Here is my request for today.  All students within the sound of my voice I am requesting that you do not use any electronic media from tonight until next week Monday.  Do not use, watch or hold to use the television, iPad, iPod, smart phone, kindle, any electronic media device.  She how you would feel.   Learn to use your time wisely.

Here is another request.  Tell your parents that you do not want the television in your bedroom anymore.  Tell them that you have made a wise decision to do so for your intellectual, social, physical, and spiritual health


”According to Cornell University's Steven Strogatz, social media sites can make it more difficult for us to distinguish between the meaningful relationships we foster in the real world, and the numerous casual relationships formed through social media. By focusing so much of our time and psychic energy on these less meaningful relationships, our most important connections, he fears, will weaken”



"The immediacy provided by social media is available to predators as well as friends. Kids especially are vulnerable to the practice of cyber-bullying in which the perpetrators, anonymously or even posing as people their victims trust, terrorize individuals in front of their peers."



"Social networking sites encourage people to be more public about their personal lives. Because intimate details of our lives can be posted so easily, users are prone to bypass the filters they might normally employ when talking about their private lives. What's more, the things they post remain available indefinitely."



Note, that even you email name can send the wrong message.  For example: hotchick@gmail.com    Change those email.  Do not self yourself cheaply



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