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From: "Forthright Magazine" <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Sun, 01 Feb 2009 07:36:30 -0200
Forthright Magazine
Straight to the Cross


A Home Edification Center
by Tim Hall

With the Super Bowl just days away, it's time to set
up our home entertainment center. We'll begin with the
flat screen TV and we'll go conservative: an off-brand
and a modest size (42") will cost around $700. Of
course, we'll need to add the surround-sound speaker
system, and that goes for about $500 (again, we're
being conservative). High definition has to be added
to our cable package, and a digital recorder will
ensure that we don't miss a single play of the game.

We don't want to watch the game standing up, so a
visit to the furniture store shows us many choices in
comfortable couches and chairs. Better figure on at
least $2,000 for those. With friends coming over, we
also need to have plenty of food and drink on hand. By
now our financial situation is factoring in.

Is this an outlandish scenario that we've described or
is it fairly common in American homes? And what is the
effect of having such settings in our homes? Is it not
difficult to walk by these home entertainment centers?
"Just a few minutes is all I need. I've worked hard
today and I deserve a break."

Don't our souls also deserve some attention? This
article is not meant to blast those who invest a few
thousand dollars in entertainment centers. We should
ask, however, if we also pay attention to the care and
feeding of the spirits that reside in our tired

The words of the psalmist still have relevance: "Be
still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among
the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" (Psalm
42:10, NKJV).

Often throughout scripture God's people are urged to
take time to nourish their souls. Peter's admonition
is another example:

"As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word,
that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted
that the Lord is gracious" (1 Peter 2:2-3).

Sometimes the setting makes all the difference. Jesus
said so:

   "But you, when you pray, go into your
   room, and when you have shut your door,
   pray to your father who is in the secret
   place; and your father who sees in secret
   will reward you openly" (Matthew 6:6).

That room of which Jesus spoke was likely a simple
place with no distractions. There a disciple could
pray without interruption. He could pour out his heart
to God in blessed solitude and feel God's peace.

Entertainment can be a good thing. Edification is
always good. What if we arranged for a place in our
homes that would actually invite us to sit down and
open God's word for a while? What if that place also
had good books that would further fortify our spirits?
Would that encourage us to spend time with our God?
Would it be worth a try?

For Tim's good-book suggestion, check out these,
including his "Discovering the Kingdom of God:"

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