What is a 30-Day Secular Media Fast?

What if the noise of godless media is drowning out the voice of God? Not all media is bad... but maybe the distraction away from God is making harder to hear and see God at work.

This is a journey of a group of high school students who have committed to take 30 days to focus on God through God-centered media. This includes TV, movies, books, magazines, smart phone apps, and many social media outlets.

Here, you can follow their stories, their lives, and their challenges. Feel free to leave comments and encouragement.


Saturday, March 6, 2010

Board Games!!

So in spite of my lack of being able to use electronics, me and my family had fun the old fashioned way tonight! we played a few board games, oooohhhh yyeeeaaaa!! haha I forgot how fun they can be! especially when you play them with your family. So the turnout, the first game was a trivia game and I was at a big disadvantage cuz my parents have years or experience more than I do, but WHAT DO YOU KNOW! i won :) haha, so that was fun cuz i could rub it in my mom's face. Because she does that to me, haha. The next game was "The worlds best word game" or so it was called.....aaaaannndd of course....those of you who know my mom, she naturally won of course. So after that we played a game called chicken foot, My dad won the first game and I won the second game and my mom won the third and fourth. And throughout the whole game I was singing old 80's rock songs in high octaves to try to distract them. Which ended up not working :/ I just ended up with a sore throat. But yea! so that was fun spending time with my family. Hope all you guys find something cool to do like that on the fast :) good luck!

Oh, Music.

Music is that hardest thing to give up for me, along with Facebook now. Especially right now. I've just started listening to Electronic/Trance music. Its mostly computerized I think, but I'm really liking it. I was just finding some really good secular bands that I was really enjoying. So now I'm looking for some Christian ones. They're kinda hard to find. Oh those elusive musicians. Plumb is pretty good. So is Andy Hunter. Another really good band is Deal Vail, but they're really mellow. Which is ok, but not what I'm really in the mood for. Hmmm. This is gonna be fun :]

Lets be more creative with our time

Well well well.
What have I been up to lately...
So let me tell you a little story. Us sophomore girls, Emma, Katie, Jess, Jessica, Kira, Diane and I
have been up to some tricky business....no not really. But Diane's good friend Robin who attends Arcade church with her family recently has a internal illness [I don't know exactly what it was] but it sadly has left her paralyzed from the waist down. D: Her husband at around the same time, lost his job. :/ She also has 2 teenage boys. Basically Its a really sad and difficult situation and we wanted to do something to help her and her family. Soooo... us sophomore girls have this brilliant plan of making these milk carton wallets and selling them for a couple of dollars. All of the profits will go to Robin and her family. Its the least we can do.
Robin's so positive and enthusiastic about her circumstances, its truly inspiring.

So dude, if you're EVER bored and have some old orange juice cartons lying around,
you can use this template and make one :)

~Heather Dunmoyer

Contest #1

Share your story of how your fast is impacting you and/or your friends.

Many of you have already shared, but many more need to jump in. The contest ends Sunday. All who share are entered... only 1 will win.

Day 6 whoo!!

So im doing great so far!!going to watch "A walk to remember" today with some awsome friends. It's going to be amazing!! going to have a lot of fun and do some christian stuff!! whoooo!! yay! I Found out that I LOVE "FM static" it's pretty cool!! check them out!! :)

Friday, March 5, 2010

Alice in Wonderland invite

ok so yesturday i was in my art class talking to my friend Marit and she invited me to go see alice in wonder land tomorrow! sadly, i had to turn her down... but i did get the oppertunity to tell her why and when she asked why i was even doing the media fast i got to telll her alittle bit about God and how the media fast will help me grow closer to Him! it was pretty cool to be able to tell her that stuff without getting an uninterested reaction. :)

goin' good!

The media fast is goin' good so far. I'm havin' a good time, lovin the veggietales! haha :)


OMW! I'm sooooo bored today.......ugh.............but I'm excited because I have a 3 hour baseball practice tomorrow! yay! :D first one of the season. I think I have a pretty good team. I won the championship last year with my old team, and i have a few of the players with me again this season so I'm hoping for another win!


So iPhone's pretty much suck when it comes to the media fast. I never really thought about how much time I spent on Facebook and playing fun apps on my phone. Now my Phone seems so lonely and plane :( I've been trying to do this first week with no media at all. Its been pretty interesting so far, I never realized that my truck has a clicker sound when I turn on my blinkers. I have so much time on my hands its kinda annoying. I have been reading a chapter of Proverbs everyday this week. Its amazing how God works because every chapter ends up reflecting on the day I have and I'm really able to see God work in my life. So i hope you all are doing well this week, only 25 more days. Anyone want to bowling some time next week?


wow i have a lot of free time on my hands now. i spent more time on facebook than i realized. going pretty good so far, though. i do have one question: what about books? are books considered media?

Almost 1 Week Down

Ok... 5 days in. How are you? I have from many of you that you are really taking this serious. You are reading your Bibles. You are looking for positive music. Keep chasing Jesus. Keep doing the Devos. Sign up to follow us on Twitter. Encourage your friends to sign up too.

One last thing... your first week isn't usually the hardest. It's usually the second week that it kicks in a bit. I'm going to give you guys a huge challenge next week. It may be the hardest week of your life. Follow the devotionals and be ready... you will definately need God to get through next week!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Its about time....

that i figured this thing out. so i have a little side story for you guys that are reading this to kill time: for the past four days i have been trying to find out how to log on to ourthirty and i couldn't figure it out, so it was making me angry because i kept on looking for a log in button. (and i am almost positive this happened to me last year also..)anyway i texted maggie to see what she did and she was like "blogspot.com" so then i go there and turns out i was still logged on from last year!!!! crazy ehhh???

anyways....my first four days have been pretty good actually. i have not had many challenges so far but im sure there are many to come. on monday i didnt really feel like i was in it for God to be honest, i mean it didn't feel like anything special until i did the first devo later that night....Hebrews 12:1 pretty much says that we need to get rid of all the sin that holds us back and even with media fast, there is still a lot of sin in our lives. devo #2 really got to me! especially 1 John 2:15 which said if you love the world, the love of the father in not in you. Dude is that crazy or what?!?!?! i don't know about the rest of you guys, but that freaked me out a little.....i mean there is so much awesome stuff that we have and everybody has something they love right? anyways the devo's have been really helping me out and giving me more encouragement so thanks matt! another reason that i think it hasn't been very hard for me is because my sister has decided to do it also, which i'm soo very thankful for!(especially since now we share a room) i'm positive that if she wouldn't have done it with me then it would be 100 times harder.....

so i hope you guys are all doing good! :)

Check these verses out

Hey, go look at these verses. They are two of my favorites and they have helped me stay strong for God in tough times. Psalm 27:1-3 and Psalm 23:1-6.

So far!

Well the media fast hasn't been as hard as I thought it would be, so I'm thinking thats a good thing! My house tends to echo, so when my parents are watching TV I can hear like everything so I have to like try to focus on something else to get my mind off it. Haha, it Kinda sucks but Oh well. I think this fast will really help me conect with God and remember that he is the one who blessed me with all the electronics I have in the first place. So be praying for me! good luck guys!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Philippians 1

So on Sunday we are looking at Philippians 1. Take some time to read through the whole chapter. What verse sticks out to you?

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Holy Guacamole!

Let's see if this thingy works........
So, I'll be honest, I really didn't think that this fast would be that challenging. Silly, silly me. ;) It about killed me not to watch Bachelor on the first day (yes, I admit to watching it..........I am sooo lame). I seriously considered starting the fast a day late, but I figured that the challenge of not watching would be good for me. So I sat in my room and wrote a song, but I couldn't help but overhear little tidbits of noise from the TV that was on across the hall. . . . Sadly, it was pretty agonizing not to be able to watch. I've already told this to some people, but I didn't realize what a high priority we place the media in until I couldn't watch/listen to it. It's like all of this stuff is turning our brains into big ole' lumps of tofu. Which doesn't taste too good, in my opinion. :) But, after resisting the everyday-impulse to surf the internet and stuff after school, I was actually able to hang out with my brother for a bit during these past 3 days.
I'm looking forward to these next few weeks. . . . well, sorta. :) I'm ready to really talk to God and hear what He has to say.

~Keisha B

so far

well this far in its still feeling like that past two years not too hard yet, I've boon listening to a ton of 90's christian music like newsboys and audio adrenaline thats been cool it takes me back for sure. today the boredom started to kick in a bit and i realized how much time i spend in an average day on facebook ... way too much. its and interesting revelation and my day feels empty without it. all these thoughts got me thinking why isn't that void there when i don't read my bible that was odd to me.

Journal Help

Ok... please read this! if you are posting on here, there is one very important step that some of you are missing: After you write you post, please, down at the bottom of the box you are writing in... you will see "Labels:" In that box, Put your first name and last initial with a "." at the end.

Here's why this is important... your sponsors want to read what you are writing and so on the site, on the right, you should see your first name and last initial. Along with that you will see a number. This is how many posts you have written. Some are from last year. Some are from this year. But for your sponsor, they want to read about you... so put a label on ALL of your posts...

Thanks for posting and keep it up!

Day 3!

Ooooootay... im not sure if this is working or not, but im gonna give it a try! Day 1 was pretty easy, i just missed music. Day two was pretty hard... we went to the library, and i figured out that i couldn't read books!!! i totally forgot, but luckily my mother told me that i couldn't before i checked anything out (: I was kinda sad... considering thats wat i do when i have free time. But my mom has some good books that i can read (: yay! today was pretty easy... n0thing hard has come up yet! but on friday, there is a dance at my school, but i choose not to go. My friend and i might hang out instead (: board games!!! lol. and we might ride her horses or something. teehee... its been a while since i have done that. So i have passed my past few days listening to Relient K and others. I miss my music, but its not that bad. Cause i love Relient K and listen to it all the time! so i just got 27 days to go! Thanks everyone for the prayers (:


Tuesday, March 2, 2010


So here's an idea. We have a Twitter... we've been "twitting" for about 4 years in High School group... but we've never pushed it for you students. Here's the deal... I want to really overload the ourthirty twitter account. I want it sending tweets to everyone's cell phone / computer / whatever. Here's what we will use it for...

  • Encouragement
  • Random funny stuff
  • Refocus moments

It's a great tool if you want to be refocused. It's also a way for you to point your friends to Christ... kind-of. It let's them see what you are focusing on... gives them room to ask questions... and maybe... just maybe they will understand why you are doing what you are doing.

So here's where you can help... click on the link above that says "TWITTER". Request to follow the ourthirty twitter. Then invite at least 2 friends to follow too. In fact... make it sound like the coolest thing ever. Don't lie... it will be cool... hopefully... maybe... maybe not. But let's see if we can get over 50 followers by the end of next week (the half-way point)!

Ok... Ready? Set? Go!

So... what to do now?

You are in Day 2... or those of you addicted to the Bachelor are on Day 1... yes, I know who you are and Jesus still loves you.

So you might be wondering what you should do with all your time... here are 5 things you can do:
1) DO YOUR HOMEWORK... yes, it's a good idea
2) READ PHILIPPIANS (or another book in the Bible)... it's what we are studying on Sundays in March
3) PLAY A BOARD GAME WITH FRIENDS / FAMILY... or go outside and play in the rain
4) READ THE OURTHIRTY DEVOS... might only take 5 minutes but the lessons are timeless... ok, that was hokie
5) ACTUALLY TALK TO YOUR FRIENDS... texting is killing your future to interact with people. Break the trend a little... step out... maybe talk about spiritual things...

Remember, the goal of the month is NOT to stay away from secular media... it's to "strip off anything" that is hindering your relationship with God and focus your attention onto Christ...

Keep it up... I'm praying for you guys

PS... my grade-school girls are doing it too... so I know "YOU CAN DO IT" (name that movie...)

Weight of the World. . . .

Day two.
So, challenges? Eh not too many. For me its mainly just music. Its always hard when you get so used to listening to that one band all the time. :P
If you even want to find a great source for music, try Pandora.com I love it. :D Just type in your favorite Christian band and it makes a playlist for you. Spiffy eh?
Well this year round I've decided to pick a book of the Bible to read everyday. I chose Acts and I'm liking it so far. Its really community and outreach oriented which I love. A lot of the book has to do with spreading the word. In chapter 1 this is the verse that stood out to me the most;
"8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere--and to the ends of the earth."
Acts; chapter 1, Verse 8
Powerful stuff. It lets me know that I'm never alone when I'm sharing my faith, God's always there with me so theres nothing I need to fear. So thanks God.

~Heather Dunmoyer


I knew it was coming. I felt it last night but it hit me this morning like a ton of bricks......... I'm sick. Thankfully Tim and Andrew came over to keep me company. We got our "Narnia" on! Day two is going great. I got to spend some good quality time in my bible this morning which doesn't happen enough. Thanks God!

Day 2!!

How much are we supposed to post on this website? I'm so confused haha! Day 2 is going great!!

Day #2

So its day number 2 and today has gone very well MUCH better than yesturday . Ive been listening to David Crowder, Rush of Fools , TREE 63 and Wavorly the last two days and im loving it. When i was riding to school this morning i got really into "Blessed Be Your Name" and passed my school without even realizing it, turns out i had gone about a mile and a half passed my school and was late to my first class of the day.. OOPS ...

Monday, March 1, 2010

So Far So Good

“Mediafast” is going great so far!! The first day was pretty easy, from what I thought it was going to be!! I don’t know how the first week is going to be but I’m up for the challenge!! YAY!!

I'm in!

hey does this work? it took me awhile. looking forward to 30 days of God-filled fasting. day one is going smoothly so far!!

Devos are up and running

For those of you who want to take this month seriously, Ourthrity Devos are up and running...


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Day # 1

WE ARE FINALLY IN IT ! With this year kicking off today im having a rough start . I came home early from school today because im sick and what was waiting to tempt me at home ? The T.V. and my computer my usual time wasters other than my bike , well those not being an option really i spent my entire day sleeping and, I'm really glad i did im already feeling better. How was everyone's first day ?

Up And Running

We are up and running everyone! Today is Day 1. Hope you are ready for quite a month! Make sure you come back here often, comment on other's entries, encourage each other (like if someone is having a tought day, call them or leave them a note), and pray for each other. If you have any problems, please let me know. I'm praying for you all!


Working on a new feature and passwords. Should be up and running today.

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