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We Are Obsessed With Our Phones

Worship Devotion Intimacy with God

Source: “An obsession to touch phones is rampant’” Network World | Jul 7, 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-11-14

Scripture: James 4:8 ; Revelation 2:4

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Network World reports:

We’re obsessed with our phones, a new study has found. The heaviest smartphone users click, tap or swipe on their phone 5,427 times a day, according to researcher Dscout.

That’s the top 10 percent of phone users, so one would expect it to be excessive. However, the rest of us still touch the addictive things 2,617 times a day on average. No small number.

The research firm, which specializes in consumer reactions to products, recruited 94 Android device users and installed special software on their smartphones. The tool tracked each user’s “interaction” over five days, all day, the company says in a blog post on its website.

“And by every interaction, we mean every tap, type, swipe and click. We’re calling them touches,” it explains.

Averaging out the numbers, the aforementioned figures mean the heaviest users are touching their devices a couple of million times in one year, Dscout says.

... Probably the most interesting thing in all this was that the people surveyed completely underestimated their phone touching. While they were initially shocked by the numbers, 41 percent said “it probably won’t change the way I use my phone.”

APPLICATION

How many taps, types, swipes and clicks take place between you and God in a day?

If the number of times you were in contact with God on a daily basis could be tracked, would you be shocked by the result? Would it be because of how often, or, how infrequently you reached out to Him?   

"Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded" (James 4:8). 

“You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.  Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.  Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place” (Revelation 2:3-5). 

Knowing Christ

Intimacy with God Christlikeness Discipleship

Contributed By: Paul Barreca | Date Posted: 2016-04-07

Scripture: Philippians 3:10 ; John 15:5

Author: Paul Barreca
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ILLUSTRATION

In today's world of Smart Phones, tablets and instant Internet access, there are many things that we can "know." If someone asks the questions, "How long is the Verrazano Bridge," a nimble person with a 4 G connection and an iPhone can ask Siri, "How long is the Verrazano Bridge," and they will get an almost instantaneous response.

But if we were sitting next to an 85 year old retired construction worker who spent 2 years of his life building the Verrazano bridge in his 20s, we would not only get the right information, we would get it with great passion.

APPLICATION

That's what it means to "know Christ and the power of his resurrection." It involves much more than repeating facts concerning Christ or the Bible. Knowing Christ involves an intimate relationship with Him, one that changes your life.

"I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death" (Philippians 3:10).

You Can't Sit Here

Belonging Intimacy with God Marriage Supper of the Lamb

Source: THE SACRED ROMANCE by John Eldredge, pp. 181-82

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-01-13

Scripture: John 14:2

Author: John Eldredge
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ILLUSTRATION

John Eldredge, in his book SACRED ROMANCE, shares the pain of not belonging:

Being left out is one of life’s most painful experiences. I remember the daily fourth-grade torture of waiting in line while the captains chose their teams for the kickball games. As each captain took turns choosing a player, descending from best to worst, our rank in fourth-grade society was reinforced. Though others fared worse than I—“Don’t make us take Smitty, we had him last time”—I was never the first to be chosen. No one ever said, “Wait—we get Eldredge this time!” I didn’t feel wanted; at best, I felt tolerated. And then there was junior high cafeteria. After buying lunch, you carried your tray out into the dining room, looking for a place to eat. There was an unspoken hierarchy that determined where you could sit. I walked over to table filled with the “cool” kids, but before I could sit down, one of them sneered, “Not here, Eldredge, we’re saving this for someone else.”

John Eldredge is an author, a counselor, and teacher. He is also president of Ransomed Heart, a ministry devoted to helping people discover the heart of God, recover their own heart in his love, and learn to live in his Kingdom.

APPLICATION

“These,” he says, “are some of the ways I learned the lesson that I was on the outside."

Throughout our lives, each one of us lives with a constant nagging that we never quite fit in, we never truly belong. We’ve all had enough experience to teach us that we will never be allowed into the “sacred circle,” the place of intimacy. …

On the other hand, there is the joy of having someone save a place for us. WE walk into a crowded room at church or at a dinner party and someone cares, he waves us over, pointing to a chair he’s held on to especially for us. For a moment we feel a sense of relief, a taste of being on the inside. Now consider Jesus’ worlds in John 14:2—“I am going … to prepare a place for you.” … When we walk into the wedding feast of the Lamb … We’ll be welcomed to the table by our Lord himself. … There will be a seat with our name on it, held open at Jesus’ command for us and no other.”

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