Monday, August 8, 2011

Facebook=Dangerous?

An interesting article on the addictive properties of Facebook:

Facebook: Public Health Danger

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Published August 08, 2011

| FoxNews.com

I have warned several times before—on Fox News programs and on this site—that social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter are causing psychological harm to large numbers of people by motivating them to publish profiles of themselves that resemble highly produced reality TV shows, while coaxing them into the erroneous belief that they are worthy of having thousands of friends or hundreds of followers.

In fact, Facebook itself is doing the heavy lifting. You needn’t be very quick-witted or very kind or even very likeable in order to gather a whole troop of people ready to reassure you that you are all those things. Technology does that. It’s no different than using a GPS system to get from one place to another. Trouble is, very few of us would contend that we have brilliant senses of direction because we can follow the turn signals emanating from our dashboards.

Not so, with Facebook. It makes you think you’re a star. And we all know just how well a fair number of stars are behaving these days. They value acting, not actualizing. They think the law doesn’t apply to them. They think sex and drugs are the answer.

Facebook feels good, just like every drug of abuse. You turn your computer on, click on the friendly icon and are invited into a world you control, with favorable feedback that inflates your ego (or you can block it), sometimes with hundreds of photos of yourself to remind people how fun or fabulous you are (and to remind yourself).

Just like ecstasy and cocaine, Facebook also promises to make it easier to leap boundaries and find sexual partners. It actually greases sexual gears and allows people to become intimate while intoxicated by the anonymity of the Internet.

Reality actually requires mutuality, empathy and real effort—whether to achieve success or connect romantically. But, like heroin addicts learn about their next injection, when fantasy is only a click away, it’s very hard to resist.

It should come as no surprise, then, that a new study by Dr. Larry Rosen, a professior at Cal State Dominguez Hills, shows that teenagers who use Facebook are more likely to use alcohol and to become more narcissistic, antisocial, paranoid and anxious. That makes sense: One drug (Facebook) should pave the way for the use of another (alcohol). And escaping reality by using drugs does indeed kindle irrational beliefs about oneself and the world.

Again: Dr. Rosen’s study doesn’t simply assert that narcissistic and antisocial people are drawn to Facebook. His study shows that using Facebook causes these traits.

Leaping from a world that requires face-to-face communication and unwanted feedback and real feelings, to one that is designed for quick hits of fake self-esteem is like crossing the Rubicon. It’s tough to come back, because the journey itself changes the person who has undertaken it.

There is a very apt comparison to be made here between Facebook and Twitter and cigarettes.

When these products were deployed, no one knew, or no one was willing to document and respond to, early data that suggested they were highly toxic. I believe social networking will turn out to have psychological consequences every bit as ominous as cigarettes. It is a legal drug that will cause an epidemic of personality disorders.

Now, here’s the really, really scary part: I have a Facebook account. There, I said it. And I am not shutting it down—at least not right now. That means that this drug is tenacious, with tentacles reaching very deep into our psyches and society.

What I will do, and what all of us should do—today—is limit our use of social networking.

This is a public health imperative. I promise you, more and more concerning data will be forthcoming.


Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/08/08/facebook-public-health-danger/#ixzz1UU4CE6YG

Saturday, August 6, 2011

The guys and the boxes we unpacked

The guys and the boxes we unpacked

Drew the trash compactor

Drew the trash compactor

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Josh working the pricing gun

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The girls sorting mailbox letters at habitay for humanity restore in oxford.

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Unpacking boxes at the habitat for humanity restore in oxford

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Coming Soon-The Truth Project

Starting September 11 we will be digging into a new study called The Truth Project

Here's a preview of what will be included in the study:


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The Truth Project is a video and discussion based study centered around worldviews and apologetics-defending our faith through the use of reason. A clear understanding of worldviews and the ability to defend one’s faith is a growing need in our society; even here in Lake Country.

Topics in this video series will include:
What is Truth?
Philosophy and Ethics
Anthropology: Who is Man?
Theology: Who is God?
Science: What is True?
History: Whose Story?
Sociology: The Divine Imprint
Unio Mystica: Am I alone?
The State: Whose Law?
The American Experiment: Stepping Stones
Labor: Created to Create
Community and Involvement: God Cares, Do I?

This video series will challenge the students intellectually and spiritually. Due to the challenging nature of this study I would like to invite and encourage you, the parents, to join us for this study. That way you can learn these important truths along with your students and be able to discuss them in depth during the week. Parent involvement will be the key to your students understanding and application of the material.

I look forward to leading you and your students through this study!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Kits for Kids-Back to School Ministry Project

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Here are the items we need for these kits (you can click on the picture to make it a bit easier to read). You can remind your parents to pick 'em up while you are doing your back to school shopping!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

What Has H2O Been Doing this Summer?

It's been a unique summer for H2O Student Ministries

Here are a few highlights:

We had a blast of a movie night getting some new "inside joke" material from Brian Reagan and Hoodwinked

Here's one example:

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Then there were the weeks at Camp Kerr Lake. It was great serving alongside so many of the students from H2O during these weeks. Thanks Drew, Nathan, Josh, Evan, Bailey, Paige, Chelsea and Lora for getting involved with the Lord's work at CKL!

-G-O-O-D, Our God Is (and later learning we could just sing Evan's name to this, because that's what his name means...God is Good)
-"Hurry up, my stem is killing me"
-"I ain't got no neck"
-Giant water slides and Giant grill fires
-A-Frame tents (some that worked and some...not so much!)
-Tether-ball (and Napoleon, because they just go together)
-Watermelon Football
-A Bible study MEAL plan (Main Idea, Example to Follow, Attitude Check, Lessons to Exercise)
-And 3 weeks worth of CHAMPs (Character, Hard Work, Attitude, Motivation and Perseverance)

A great two days in Williamsburg at Water Country and Busch Gardens to wrap up the camp season:
-Free falling while trying to catch a breath in the most terrifying water ride I've every been on...
-The mutual trust that is Water Country USA
-Wrestling all the way around HubbaHubba Highway, and the lifeguards didn't seem to care, which worries me a bit!
-Making eye contact...3 times!
-Too much food
-A stolen cheeseburger (Josh, I'm sure you ate it while watching that guy do the high dive)
-Coffee and Despicable Me in the King Sized bed with all the guys
-Dark Kastle (Worst ride experience EVER!-enough said!)
-Sitting on the end of the front of the Griffin (best roller coaster experience EVER!)
-Do you want to ride the Loch Ness Monster...again...
-How many times did we walk around that park???
-Caught in a storm...but we finally made it home!

Enjoying Andy Gullahorn and Jill Phillips as they sang to us in Powhatan, VA

It's been a great summer...and there's still a bit more to come!

"Not a Fan" Bible study series starts this week
Durham Bulls Baseball Game August 4
Habitat For Humanity ReStore project August 6
Frankie's Fun Park Back to School Bash August 27
The Truth Project-starting in September

So, invite your friends, let your neighbors know, that they need to come to H2O!
(ok, so that rhymed...I'm sorry...)

Habitat For Humanity Restore Service Project-Saturday, August 6

I hereby challenge you to give up ONE MORNING to help serve this ministry to low income families in a local county.

Saturday, August 6

9:00 AM - 2:oo PM

We'll serve the ReStore for a few hours then head to lunch (my treat!) before heading home.

Back to School Bash-Saturday, August 27

Go-Karts, Bumper Boats, Laser Tag, Miniature Golf, Drop Zone and more!
Invite your friends and join us for a fun afternoon at Frankie's Fun Park in Raleigh.
$30 gets you 5 event tickets and $5 in video game tokens.
Then we'll all go out to dinner as a group!
It should be a great way to end the summer!
Plus its a fun way to introduce your friends to H2O Student Ministries...

Friday, June 24, 2011

The First World Problems Rap


Just think about how blessed we are...why complain when we have so much?

Monday, June 6, 2011

Thanks!


Thanks everyone for donating to the Southern Cross Bible Project. Because of your donations, 15 Han Chinese vacationers will receive a copy of God's word that they otherwise may not have the opportunity to read.

Pray that the Spirit will use these Bibles to bring revival to China!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Question of the Day...

Over 9000 tv channels with unique logos around the world...are we obsessed with being entertained?

(Click on Image and then click again for zoomed image of 9000 logos)

Parents...are your kids addicted to technology?

How far would your kids go to get the latest technology? How are we doing when it comes to teaching our kids what is worthwhile?

Boy, 17, Sells Kidney to Buy iPad 2 in China

Published June 02, 2011
NewsCore

A teenager in China sold one of his kidneys to buy an iPad 2, Chinese newspaper the Global Times reported Thursday.

The 17-year-old boy, identified only by the surname Zheng, searched the internet and found a buyer who was willing to pay 22,000 yuan ($3,400) for the organ.

Without telling his family of his plans, he traveled north from his home in the eastern Anhui province to a hospital in the city of Chenzhou in Hunan province, where he was operated on under the supervision of a kidney-selling agent.

His mother's suspicions were aroused when her son returned home with an iPad 2 and an iPhone, and Zheng, who was left with a deep red scar from the surgery, was forced to admit what he did.
She took him back to Chenzhou to report the crime, but the contact numbers the kidney agents gave Zheng were not working.

The hospital, which admitted contracting out its urology department to a businessman, denied any connection with the kidney-removal operation.


Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/06/02/boy-17-sells-kidney-to-buy-ipad-2-in-china/#ixzz1OEH2NNGr

Monday, April 25, 2011

The church building needs to move!!!


Ok...we need all hands on deck for this...

Sunday, May 1, is our last Sunday in the building behind Wachovia, which means we have lots of things to move this week!
Thursday Night: Meet at the building around 6:00 to help load up and move items to the new facility.

Sunday: Plan on hanging around after worship (or meeting that night, I'll let you know) to help move chairs, tables, and everything that's left!

When we're done on Sunday we'll head over to Uppy's for some ice cream, so bring a few buck for a cone!

Mission Project



Don't forget about the Mission Project we have going on until the end of May.

We are collecting money for the Southern Cross Bible Project. Bibles are $2 each so save your pennies (or your dollars...or your tens) and make a donation the next time you come to an H2O event/Bible study.

For more information on how the Bibles will be used to get the Gospel into the hands of unreached people groups check out the SBCV Mission Opportunity Page Here.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011