Partnership – What are you thinking, Ben?

As I read the parable of the soils the other day, it struck me that in three out of four cases the seed, which Jesus tells us in the Word of the kingdom, brings forth no fruit.

It reminds me of another place where Jesus spoke a similar idea.

thus invalidating the word of God by your tradition which you have handed down; and you do many things such as that.” – Mark 7:13

Now we know that when the Word is sent forth to accomplish something it cannot return empty or void.

So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. – Isaiah 55:11

So what’s going on with the Word here? Has it lost its power?

Not at all.

The Word of God comes to us and we have two choices. We can partner with it and give place to it so it can grow and bring forth fruit in our lives, or we can crowd it out, or starve it.

For the Word to bring forth fruit in our lives, it takes both our part and God’s part. We must partners with the Word.

If we don’t engage it, the Word is not void or empty.

It judges us.

If the soil of our heart is hard, or rocky, or thorny, the word judges us unfruitful and eventually leaves us alone.

But if it finds us eager and attentive, if we attend to it and feed the word with our meditation, thinking on it day in and day out, acting on it as the Lord shows us where and how, it grows in us and bears fruit.

Friends, today God speaks. Will you partner with what He’s saying to you?

cropped-BenHeadshotHe who has ears, let him hear.

Blessings,

Ben

195 Dead–NetFlix Found Holding the Smoking Gun!

I’m quitting NetFlix.

I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts this week, The Holy Post, with Phil Vischer, Skye Jithani and Christian Taylor. They look at news articles and give a Christian perspective with thoughtfulness and humor.

They covered a story in this episode about the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. It’s the story of a school-aged girl who creates recordings about all the people in her school who mistreated her. She then commits suicide. It’s the “you’ll be sorry when I’m gone,” storyline taken to its natural conclusion.

The show is based on a novel of the same name by author Jay Ashur, and it’s making a bunch of money for NetFlix. It is a hit.

But – and this is a big but…

There was a 28.9% spike in suicides for boys ages 10 to 17 in the month following the show’s initial release.

The nine months after the release saw an extra 195 deaths by suicide in this age group than would have otherwise been expected from seasonal patterns alone, according to the study, published Monday in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. – From CNN

According to Phil and Skye, the effects of suicide contagion have been studied and verified since a book depicting suicide was released in 1774! This is not a new phenomenon and NetFlix was not unaware of the dangers.

Now, with this study in hand and clear proof that 195 deaths can be linked back to this release, NetFlix is going ahead with season three.

When there is a mass shooting we cry out for gun control, we scream from the housetops that something must be done.

But here, for the love of money and the sake of entertainment, we just let NetFlix continue to kill our children.

I’m not saying we shouldn’t talk about suicide, and I’m not trying to quench freedom of speech, but this is not the way to solve what is a huge problem in our society.

Well, I for one am quitting NetFlix. Hey – bad enough I allowed it to kill so much of my time. Now that I am aware it’s moving forward with content that literally took the lives of nearly 200 children in a nine-month period, I can’t do it any longer.

I may never learn what happens at the end of Friends, or miss what finally drives Abby off NCIS, but I can’t sow my money into this field of death. In my mind, this is the worst kind of human trafficking because we’re all supporting it.

I hope you’ll join me.

BenHeadshotThanks for coming by today.

Walk in the light.

Ben

Here are the links:

The Holy Post – http://thephilvischerpodcast.libsyn.com/episode-353-beating-guns-into-garden-tools-with-shane-claiborne

CNN article – https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/30/health/13-reasons-why-suicide-rates-study/index.html

Journal Article – https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0890856719302886