What Are You Watching?

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Watching television and movies is a favorite pastime of many people. People love to watch something. It allows them to escape into a different world for a short time. It allows them to step out of reality into a fantasy world.

The things that people watch cover an extremely broad band of categories. Many of those categories overlap each other, creating new categories. Fantasy, drama, horror, and comedy are the base line of movies. Then they broaden out to fantasy/drama, or comedy/horror, or some other combination.

Movie Types

It is very interesting to watch what most movies are about. If you really look at them closely, most of them tell the same story that has been told a dozen times before. The only real difference is in how it is told. One time it is live action, next time it is with fantasy, next time it is with anime, the next is with puppets, the next is with music, and the variations of the same story keep going.

Other times it is the same type of story, such as boy meets girl, falls in love and after a time of rejection from her they get married. This story has been told hundreds of different times in different ways. Or the hero saves a person, city, nation, or the world. Or the flip side the bad guy does not get caught or die in the end, and they come back with a sequel.

Billions of dollars are spent every year watching movies, whether in the theater, pay-per-view, paid channels, television, or online rentals. People love to watch movies.

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Now you may be asking why did I say all of this. Where am I going with all of this?

During this past week the movie, “It,” came out as a remake of this classic movie. Many of the students I teach in 6-8th grade had went to see it. Several had seen it several times. Along with those in my public, non-Christian school, I know of several in the church that also went to see it or want to see the movie.

During one of my classes, one of my students asked me if I was going to see the movie. I had told the student that there is no way I would go and see it. The question was then raised as to why. The answer to that is what led me to write this post.

People who study movies and plays will always try to point out the good in a movie. They want to point out how the bad guy loses in the end. How good always triumphs over evil. They point out the good moral points of the story. It is true that in every movie there is usually some good moral point in it, no matter how bad it appears as a whole.

Christians will be very quick to point out that the bible does not say that a person should not watch movies. Many will be also quick to point out all the immoral stuff that is written in the bible. With both these arguments they want to say that it is acceptable to watch anything that they want to watch.

The first thing I would like to say is look at what Paul had said:

1 Corinthians 10:23 New International Version (NIV)

23 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive.

Paul says that you may do whatever you want, but not everything is beneficial. There are things that do not benefit you at all. It does not help you in any way.

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Romans 8:28 New International Version (NIV)

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.

God does not work that way. Everything that God does has a purpose. Everything that God allows has a purpose.

Many people think that God is just a great big ogre out to make life miserable for them. That He will not allow them to have any fun in life and is always out to get them or punish them.

God has given you the right to do whatever you want to do. However, what many people do not like to hear is that there are consequences to the choices made. If you want to make a choice to sin, God will allow that, but the consequence is death. God allowed Adam and Eve to make that choice, and He still allows people to make that choice.

Ezekiel 36:26 New International Version (NIV)

26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

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God wants to give you a new, living heart of flesh. He wants you to live life to the fullest.

John 10:10 New International Version (NIV)

10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

With God giving you a new heart and a new life, you should live the way He planned for you to live.

Going back to watching movies.

Philippians 4:8 New International Version (NIV)

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Paul says that you are to think about certain things. These things are what are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy.

When watching a movie, the movie may be excellent in the way it was made. It may have excellent acting and excellent filming, but that does not finish out what Paul said to think about. Does it fit the pure? Is it admirable? Is it praiseworthy? Is it lovely?

Watching someone or something just go around and kill does not fit the description of what Paul said to think about. Watching a couple or a person be unfaithful in their marriage is not pure. Watching the thief or crook be honored as good, is not praiseworthy.

Time To Decide

And of each of these few examples, how do any of them really benefit you? Do any of them bring you closer to God? Or make you more like God? If not, why watch them?

What you take into you will eventually come out. If you fill your life with garbage, that garbage will come out in the end.

Everything that you say, do, watch, or listen to should be done for the benefit of God and to bring you closer to God, or to bring others closer to God. Yes, you are allowed to do whatever you want, but there is a price to do it. If you choose things that bring about death, then it will be death that you will receive.

Take a moment and think about the movies or shows that you watch. What benefit is there in watching those movies or shows?

If Jesus were standing right next to you, would He choose to watch them with you? Would you be comfortable with watching them with Him next to you?

Ask God what He wants you to see or watch before you watch something. See what He has to say about it.

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The Heart Of Communication

My 16 year old son, Caleb, wrote this blog post. He actually came to me and told me it first. I was so amazed by it, that I asked him to write it down for others to enjoy.

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In all of life we use communication whether it is in the work place, school, church, home, or in other countries. Think about it, how many times do you read a sign on the road? That’s a form of communication.

There are three main tools of communication we use every day, which are the following:
1.Verbal
2.Non-verbal
3.Written.
Verbal means talking face to face, or the phone, public speaking, and more.

Nonverbal can mean watching a video on YouTube, a movie, music, the list goes on.

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Then there is written that’s books, articles, exactly what you are reading now.

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There is also a sub form of communication namely “Other“.
What is other? Well it means stuff like paintings, abstract art, drawings, and blueprints.
In order to perform any of these different types of communication you have to know what the heart of communication is.

At the heart of communication you need two key parts which are the following:
1.Giving
2.Receiving.

Here is an example: I give you the option to read this, but you have to receive it.
Now God has communicated with man since the beginning of time. In Genesis 1:27 you can find the first time God communicates with man, He blesses them. In Exodus you can find the account of Moses. God came to Moses through a burning bush told him to set his people free, but it would never have happened if Moses had not received the commission.

In 1 Kings in the bible you can find a prophet named Elijah, he prayed to God to send fire down from heaven. Yet again it would never have happened if God did not receive the prayer, and give the fire.

As you can see God has communicated since the beginning. It even gets better though. When a woman becomes pregnant, (hopefully in wedlock), God gave the child to her in the womb He knit the child together, created the child’s innermost being.

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Now when the woman gives birth if she is a follower of Jesus Christ, or attends a church, she would have the baby dedicated, or given back to God. This is when God receives the baby. If you fast forward a few years thechild one day has to choose whether to follow Jesus, or follow the world. God will knock on the heart of the child, and if the child decides to let God into his life. Than the child receives the gift of salvation God is presenting, and in doing so the child gave his life to Him.

But that’s not it. God receives your life with joy. But He also sends this child on a mission. God gives a command to the child to go to all the ends of the Earth and spread the gospel. This is the hard part for a lot of people to live out.

Why would you want to go out to the people in the mall and talk to people about Jesus, or at work, school, even in your own house? Yes you will be humiliated, mocked, ridiculed, there’s absolutely no doubt about it.

Take a look at what Jesus did for you. He, the Son of God himself, became a man for you, born in a manger which is a feeding trough. He grew up as a carpenter’s child, he taught people to love your neighbor as yourself. Love your enemies and to pray for those who persecute you. He was taken captive in the night, he was accused of blasphemy. He was spat upon, mocked, ridiculed, and beaten. He was scourged, than carried a cross about three miles. He had a crown of thorns, and was nailed to the cross where he died. All of this was for you. But three days later he came back to life.

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Thank God he did, or else we would all have no chance to go to heaven.
I hope this helped someone out there. God has and will always be there.

Psalm 52:3 Loving Evil Over Good

You love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than speaking the truth. Psalm 52:3

It is very easy to find things that are evil in this world that is fallen into the trap of sin. Man has fallen away from God and chosen to follow Satan and the evil he promotes. Satan states that he will bring a person joy and happiness, all that one will ever need. Yet, all of his words are a deception and bring death.

Take a look at the number one movies, or number one books that are made. Very rarely, if ever, are they a movie that promotes God and what God promotes. The world loves to view things that are filled with horror, death, sex, and “freedom” to do what a person wants, when he wants, the way he wants.

Along with what people watch, many fall into the trap of evil in the music that is listened too. The world loves to sing about death, divorce, killing, raping, sex, and other crimes as though it is good. Love of evil is prevalent in this world.

The sad part is that many Christians fall into this same deception. People of all levels in the church, from the simple attendee, to the pastor, have often fallen into the deception of this world.

People in the church talk about movies and music as though they were great. These are movies that are filled with extreme violence, without God anywhere in the picture. They enjoy movies and music that promote the things of this world.

Often, they will try to explain the movie or music in a way that excuses the falsehood or evil being promoted. The quality of acting is pointed out as great and worth seeing, even though it promotes a sinful lifestyle. Many fall into the same trap of calling evil good, rather than what it really is. They are no different from those in the world.

As you go through your days, what are you desiring to see or hear?

Are you keeping  your eyes and ears focused on God?

Or are you watching and listening to what the world has to say?

Be careful to not love what the world loves. See this world through the eyes of God and love what He loves–people, not things.

I pray today that you will have a heart after God’s heart; that you will love what God loves; that God will strengthen you to turn your eyes and ears away from evil; and that you will be a witness of Jesus in this world.