I love technology; it can be a great blessing. We know that it is a gift from God and part of His common grace to all mankind. But like any blessing, it can move... from being leveraged to serve our King, to becoming king. We must thoughtfully consider technology's place in our lives.
Is it being used as a tool to serve our King, or has it become a king in our lives where we are slaves to it and obey its calling out to us?
I've included a video below from John Piper who has a timely word we should consider.
I trust it helps.
If you struggle with your Personal Quiet Time (Devotions, Daily Bible Reading and Prayer Time), this should help.
"To begin the day with God is the great secret of walking through the day with God"
"What a privilege this the moment that 'slumber's chain' is broken, and we wake to duty and toil (perhaps to temptation and trial), to raise the soul to God, and seek to fill your soul at this Infinite Fountain of life, love and bliss --- with such thoughts and feelings and purposes as will give us a hallowing, soothing, and controlling influence upon the day!
Before the secular commences, to begin with the Spiritual.
Before care insinuates, to preoccupy the mind with peace.
Before temptation assails, to fortify the heart with prayer.
Before sorrow beclouds, to irradiate the soul with Divine sunshine.
What a precious privilege this is!"
"A morning without God is the precursor of an uneasy, cloudy and dark day."
"It is like a morning around whose eastern horizon thick vapors gather, veiling the ascending sun, and foreshadowing a day of storm.
'The first thing I do when I awake in the morning,' remarks an aged saint of God, 'is to ask the Holy Spirit to take possession of my mind, my imagination, my heart, directing, sanctifying, and controlling my every thought, feeling, and word'."
(This comes from, Morning Thoughts, or Daily Walking with God by Octavius Winslow, Preface -- Kindle Edition: http://amzn.to/PbrEUx)
You don’t have to be the pastor or worship leader to be prepared and serve on Sunday morning. Here are some ways to prepare and serve Sunday mornings:
Before the Service