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 30, 2013

HE > I

I spent the entire day yesterday soaking up sun rays outside and reading through the gospel of John, mostly to catch up with the rest of the church. It is so. Freaking. Good. I don't think I had ever taken the time to read the whole entire thing before. Read it. Like, right now. Jesus is so bomb! I especially like the verse that Logan pointed out a few Sundays ago, John 3:30, "He must increase, but I must decrease".  It's kind of a punch in the gut, but it shows what our attitudes & actions should be like if we are in Christ.

Then today I went to the ocean and waded through the water and just watched the tide roll in and out. Like, who says God isn't real?! The ocean is like proof that we have a Maker. It gets me so pumped! He deserves praise for it.

I'd encourage you guys not to wait until next year to fast from media again if this month has grown your relationship with God. God is way more important than media or anything of the world.

The End... Or the Beginning???

hey so this it, the last day of the media fast.*WHEW* while i`m glad it`s over i kinda don`t want it to be! like i wanted to listen to more Christ-centered music other than Air1 or my Red CDs. i was thinking that this thing, the whole point is to spend more time on God and on no one else (or nothing else).
 i thought of a song by Kutless called 'To Know that You`re Alive' and there`s this one line in the song that goes 'will the moment get the best of you or will the situation bring you around? *heavy guitar* when it`s said and done *more guitar*  will it bring you around? what will you become???'(look up this song it`s good) so are we gonna let this be a "this was cool, i`m gonna do it again after i update my Facebook" kinda thing? or will it "Bring you around"? i hope that you guys will have a good spring break (unless it ends today then that sucks =P) and just... y`know be cool?

that last part about staying cool sounded really lame (LOL)!
i think what i`m gonna do is that i`m gonna be more attentive to what media i`m watching/listening/playing/reading etc... see you guys and gals all sunday!

Coram Deo. haven`t looked it up yet? it means For God (think like 2Cornthians 5:9)!

Last Day?

Over the last week I have seen God in so many amazing ways. I was able to meet many people with great stories, was present as the quietest kid in the room stepped up to speak, and witnessed three people rededicate their lives to Christ. All in one week in San Francisco for the Jr. High Mission trip.
   One thing I must say-- it was harder to stay commited to the media fast on this trip. In SF, the amount of secular media is overwhelming, even from my own group. I just so happened to be the only one in the car on the media fast at one point, and it took strength to stand up and say I couldn't listen to what they wanted to listen to on the radio. But I'm so glad I did, and I'm glad I wasn't the only one of my friends who was doing this.
   Before I started this fast and even while I was doing it, I didn't catch the whole point of it. I thought all I had to do was avoid secular media and I'd be good. Until one Sunday morning in church, when I was singing along with Pastor Jasen in worship. He started a song I had heard a million times, but I had never really thought about before:
   "Oh, I'm running to your arms, I'm running to your arms, the riches of your love will always be enough. Nothing compares to your embrace, light of the world, forever reign."
   Before I even knew what was happening, tears were streaming down my face, no matter how hard I tried to stop them. A whole new meaning to the song arose inside me as I lifted my arms and closed my eyes in surrender. A thousand thoughts burned through my mind at once:
   I don't need to thirst for the applause of others. I shouldn't strive to please my peers or the people around me, as I had been doing. The only thing that matters is God, and He's the only one that can and will love me and has loved me eternally, extremely, with no limitations or boundaries. He has given me life, so I will use this life to honor God, which is the least I could ever do.
   At that moment while Pastor Jasen was singing, I ran into God's arms, and He covered me in His love. It's one moment I'm going to remember for the rest of my life.
   Thank you, everyone who has been here for me. Thank you Matt for giving me the opportunity to participate in this amazing fast. It's been a wonderful experience, and I'm not going to stop fasting just because the month is over and everyone says I can go back to secular. I can't wait for next year. :)

                                                                                                       ~Luke 9:23~

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Last Few Days

Well, so this month  has been really long, but we only have a few more days! My weeks have been filled with Ted Dekker books and christian music on replay. So this month doing the media fast I was looking for something more than just avoiding secular media (that's pretty much how it was last year for me). Normally, I am terrible at reading my bible because I get really distracted, but this month I have actually read the bible and got something from it. My favorite thing that I've read so far this month is Colossians 3:1-4, "Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears then you also will appear with him in glory." I'm praying that we can have a successful last few days of the media fast!