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Edition 14, No. 1 - January 13, 2009
If you've always struggled with the stereotypical quiet-time, don't give up hope!
You've been told that you're supposed to spend time with God. You've valiantly set your alarm clock an hour early or worked partway through some ambitious study guides, but sooner or later your busy life creeps back in and steals your resolve. Why do you consistently fail at your quiet times? Maybe it's because you've bought into somebody else's unrealistic, unsustainable idea of what time with God ought to look like.
Lose the guilt. Drop the unrealistic expectations. You can connect with God stay spiritually full. Doug Fields, pastor at Saddleback Church, offers a simple, uncomplicated plan that you can carry out. All you have to do is: STOP, BE QUIET, MAKE A CONNECTION.
Simple. But not simplistic. If you can practice these habits throughout your day, you will enjoy a new depth and fullness in your spiritual life.
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and Popular Music:"
"During my teenage years I thought I was a cutting-edge kind of guy. . . especially when it came to my interaction with popular music. The musical soundtrack to my middle school years played through a single earpiece connected to a nine-volt battery-powered transistor radio that picked up two competing Top 40 am radio stations. By high school, our family's stereo system was used to play my growing collection of vinyl 45s and LPs. By the time I graduated, I proudly stood at technology's front edge with a newly installed 8-track player at my fingertips in the family car. I even had - believe it or not - an 8-track recorder!
Every time I tell my own kids about this privileged pop music past, they just shake their heads and laugh, all the while wondering how people my age ever made it through the adolescent years with any semblance of sanity. Archeological relics like 8-tracks and 45s (upon seeing one of these my son asked, "What kind of CD is that???") have been replaced by a fast-growing glut of high-quality music devices and outlets that play a seemingly endless catalog of musical options, turning this generation of children and teens into the most music-saturated and savvy generation of kids that's ever lived. As parents, we often find ourselves left standing confused in dust as our children speed off into musical worlds that we either don't understand or might not know even exist.
For example, a trip to the local record store can be overwhelming. Rack after rack of CDs are loaded with thousands of different albums featuring as many singers and groups. Genres vary from pop, to rap, to country, to R&B. . . . all appealing to the varying tastes and preferences of teens. The growing prevalence of online music downloads and websites makes it all that much more complex.
Research points to the fact that kids are listening to lots of music each and every day. Hard and fast data is hard to come by since teenagers often report being engaged in other activities while music is playing in the background. Estimates range from anywhere between two to five hours of time spent listening to music every day. And when they're listening, they're hearing a variety of musical themes, some of them positive, and many that take them places far beyond the bounds of God's Kingdom design and order.
This musical reality is the cause for tension in many Christian families as parents struggle to monitor and guide their kids' music choices. The kids, on the other hand, wish we'd just leave them alone because after all, "it's only music!" Or is it? Does music have power in the lives of our kids, and if so, what can we as Christian parents do to teach our kids to make wise musical choices?
The place to start is with a look at the role music plays in the lives of our teenagers...."
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