3 Parts | By: Ed Young
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The Ride of Pride
January 12, 2014
Technology allows us to experience life like we never have. It opens the door of communication and allows us instant access the world, and the world instant access to us. But along with the opportunities for greatness, it also paves the path for some serious pride in our lives.
In this message, Pastor Ed Young takes a look at some dangers of what we say through technology. We see that what we communicate speaks more than the words we type or pictures we post. And we learn how to win in God’s eyes by taking the focus off of ourselves and placing it where it needs to be.
Good morning this morning! The #1 word in 2013 was the word ‘selfie.’ It tells you a lot about our culture, doesn’t it? Selfie. A couple of nights ago Lisa and I went out to eat at an Italian restaurant and we looked around and we were flabbergasted at how many smart phones we saw. It’s almost as if the smart phones were a part of the silverware. When I ordered I almost said, “Hey, I’d like some pasta with some marinara sauce and could you give me a side of smart phone?” You go to a movie and people are checking their phones after the movie before they even look at their date or their spouse. We’re tethered to technology.
Technology, though, I think sometimes people think that it’s just horrible, it’s bad. It’s not bad. Technology is a tool. Now it can become a tail and the tail is affixed to a pit bull if you let it go, and that pit bull <barking!> can mess you up. Technology is neutral. A lot of us have a love/hate relationship with it. We either love it or we loathe it. I think it’s time we face it and embrace it, and understand the power of it and utilize it for some amazing things. And today I’m kicking off this series on technology because I think if the truth were known a lot of us have looked at our iPads and smart phones and we’ve looked at our Xboxes and we’ve said, now and then, “What the hecknology?” Technology works just enough to keep bringing us back, doesn’t it? Just enough to keep bringing us back.
January 19, 2014
Designed to keep us connected and grow community, social media has grown at a staggering rate in just the past few years. But is it always a good thing to be so connected? Does social media actually cause us to lose focus of what life is really about?
In this message, Pastor Ed Young unpacks the power, potential and even the possible pitfalls of social media in our lives. From God’s perspective, he shows us how social media can either be a tool, or a tail. And he reveals the amazing potential it has to bring us closer together…and closer to God.
ILLUS: A few days ago I took a tour of a new house and it was absolutely gorgeous, and the way it was decorated was really unique. I couldn’t help as I walked through this house to see all the different mirrors they’d used. They used mirrors in creative ways, different styles of mirrors. Some looked old, some looked brand new, some were contemporary, some were traditional, and then I looked over at this person’s office and I saw a computer. Then I saw an iPhone. Then I saw an iPad. And I thought to myself, you know the mirrors are pretty awesome, but the real mirror is the technology.
Technology is the most pristine mirror that I can think about in today’s culture. It displays our depravity. It also reflects our righteousness. It shows who we are and who we want to be. It shows the perceptions of our lives. It also shows the imperfections of who we are. Technology is a reflector because man is the director of it. You follow somebody, you read what someone posts, the pictures that are out there. Look at someone’s profile and you can tell a lot about people. Isn’t that true? I think we would all say, “You know, Ed, I have a love/hate relationship with social media.” We love it and we loathe it.
The Use of Technology
January 26, 2014
Our world of technology leads to some phenomenal results. Some of the greatest advancements of our time have happened because of it. But there are also some dangerous pitfalls that come with technology.
In the final message of the series, Pastor Ed Young unpacks how we can experience balance in an often unbalanced world of technology. And we discover how to use technology to connect with the life God has for us rather than allowing it to use us.
Jimmy Kimmel: Celebrities in particular get a lot of abuse on the internet, especially on Twitter because you have this direct connection. And some people are just inherently cruel. Some people write very harsh things to famous people without even thinking about the fact that they are people. So tonight I want to give you a chance to think about it. What you don’t see when you send a nasty Tweet is that it can actually cause pain. Over the last few months we’ve been asking some of our celebrities guests to read some actual Tweets directed at them. And here they are for your amusement and, hopefully, reflection.
Jessica Alba: I just saw Jessica Alba. If this was 2007 I’d be really excited.
Dean Norris: Hank, from Breaking Bad is just a fat Bruce Willis.
Justin Bieber: Dear God, Give us back 2pac and we’ll give you Justin Bieber.
Kelly Ripa: Kelly Ripa is kind of amazing when you think about how hard it must be to balance that huge head on a tiny body.
Andy Samberg: Whenever someone tells me that I look like Andy Samberg they’re basically saying: “Guess how big your nose is... very big.”
Technology opens up the opportunity for us to connect with more people and to have more influence than ever before. It gives us the ability to instantly make our world a better place. But is there a dangerous side to the connectivity and availability we have to anyone, anywhere at any time?
In this new series, Pastor Ed Young unpacks the advantages and pitfalls of technology and social media. He shows us how to take our connection to the world beyond a momentary conversation. And shows us how to utilize technology to make the kind of lasting difference God wants us to make in our world today.