Good Reminders about Social Media

8583949219_f55657573e_zSometimes it’s good to be reminded of things that you kind of already know, especially when it comes to something that’s become as engrained into our daily lives as eating food.

Here are 15 helpful questions to ask yourself about your use of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

If you’re really convicted, here’s a link to a more indepth examination.

Oh, and “Stop Instagramming Your Perfect Life.”

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Love is a behaviour, not just a feeling

On Sunday, June 30, we had a special worship service at Christ Community Church. We celebrated God’s feast of love, the Lord’s Supper; heard a message from 1 Corinthians 13, “All You Need is Love” (listen on our current series site or in the archives); and witnessed the marriage of two of our members.

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This week’s links are a follow up to that service and are meant to help you live love.
First, be inspired by Caitlin Crosby’s 12 minute TED talk, “Love is the Key.” It includes her singing!

Second, use “10 Tips for Unifying Your Family” to catalyst you to express love to those you spend most of your time with.

Third, ask yourself, “Are You Killing People On Facebook?” (or anywhere online…)
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This post provides inspiration on living a life defined by love. It is a follow up to a message preached by Rev. Chelsey Harmon at Christ Community Church, in Nanaimo, BC on June 30, 2013.

The Dangers Within: Envy

Mustache EnvyHave you ever said, “I’m so jealous!” when you hear of a friend’s awesome vacation plans, promotion, or new car? Most of the time we don’t really mean it. In fact, we may be saying it just to make sure they know how excited we are for them.

But sometimes, our motives aren’t so good and the words “I’m jealous!” tell the truth more than we realize. Looking at what others’ have compared to what we have, we become less content and more restless. Envy lurks within.

“Is Facebook envy making you miserable?” discusses the connection between Facebook and envy.
Michelle Van Loon offers a reflective self-diagnosis on the dangers (and losses) of housing envy at Her.meneutics.
And GroundWork media continues their series with an episode on Envy.

If not envy, then what? How about contentment and simplicity?
Donald Miller offers some thoughts on the downsized life at Storyline.
And here’s a blog list of sites to introduce, encourage and resource simple living.

This post is for adults and families and provides insights, stories and ideas that relate to envy, contentment, and simplicity.

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Unplug all the things getting in the way.


Children born after 2000 have been dubbed the Wired Generation. But you don’t have to be 12 or younger to know (or experience) how being connected has transformed our lives. This week, all of our stories and resources have to do with unplugging from technology so that you can actually be with people and God.

Begin with this article written by a teen for her high school paper, then picked up by a national newspaper. Shane talks about her relationship with her iPhone, and what it was like to no longer be a slave to it.

Then, check out Hannah’s confession about turning to social media instead of God in “First be a follower”. How many different avenues of social media do you use? How do they guide your actions, thought patterns, conversation pieces, self-image, etc.?

If you’re finding yourself getting a little lost in the world of technological connectivity, then be inspired by Sundi Jo’s friend Sandy. Read about their relationship on Jeff Goins’ site in a piece called “The Power of Being Present”.

And for good measure, here’s two more pieces you might find encouraging and helpful:
An interview with Jodi Cole Meyer after her FOUR MONTH media fast, and a resource to help you deal with the distractions that threaten to derail you.

This post is for adults and teens, deals with technology, social media, lifestyle habits, and the spiritual discipline of unplugging.

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