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Sun 14 Nov 2010

  GTL, T-Shirt Time, Snookie. Don't know what these mean? Your

The terms above come from the hit MTV show The Jersey Shore. Yet another "reality" tv show that is spreading like a virus among young viewers. Heading into its 3rd season Jersey Shore has been gaining momentum in High School, and yes even it's Junior High School viewers. It doesn't take long to see rampant drinking, swearing, promiscuous sex, womanizing, and the "Do whatever you want" are the dominating themes of the show. But students are tuning in weekly at an alarming rate. 


So why don't parents know about this show? Some parents may be unaware what their kids are viewing, or that these kinds of shows are even on. Some parents who recently watched the show were appalled by what they saw and heard. One even said they were surprised that something like that is even on tv. I tend to agree.

You might be thinking, we block MTV, or we dont have cable for that very reason. However most of the shows that we try to ban from our households are available online anytime! DVR's make it possible for students to watch these shows at their friends houses. Kids will find a way to watch shows, and movies, that we are unaware of, or tell them they cant watch. Think back, as kids most of us found ways to watch the shows, the movies, or listen to the music that our parents said no to. I am not condoning their behavior, but trying to help open our eyes, that the problem is there. Kids naturally rebel against what their parents tell them.

So what can we do? One idea is to sit down and watch the shows that your kids are into. Ask questions. What do you think about that? What does God say about it? Listen to some of their music(as painful as that may be) check out lyrics.com, on your computer, and go over the words with them. Again engaging in conversation with them. Check out the lyrics from one of the more popular songs...

"Next time? There won't be a next time. I apologize, even though I know it's lies. 
I'm tired of the games, I just want her back, I know I'm a liar. 
If she ever tried to f*** leave again I'ma tie her to the bed. And set this house on fire." 
- Eminem and Rihanna "Love the Way You Lie"
 
 
As a parent and a youth pastor I know how important it is to understand the media that students are exposed to. I encourage you to sit down with your kids, and have a conversation(not a lecture) about what they are viewing. Allow them to dialog with you. You will gain some insight into their world, reveal biblical truth to them, and get to spend time with your kids which is alway needed.

Together, we can help them see the truth behind the lies.

 

 


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Tue 10 Aug 2010

  Student Ministry Website!

Student Ministry Website is up and running! If you have students, mark it as a favorite to keep up to date on all things youth ministry at Alive!

http://alivestudentministry.com 



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Fri 19 Feb 2010

  NO PAINTBALL TOMORROW

Paintball field cancelled on us tomorrow :( Sorry about the late notice.



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Mon 25 Jan 2010

  New Blog

Switched my blog over to WordPress... like it much better! Check it out! http://chrisharkins.wordpress.com/



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Thu 22 Oct 2009

  Our Kids Are Scarred

Last night was a tough night...reading some of the hurts and pains of the students at Alive. Please be praying for them, and for our leaders that God would use us to help them.

More here http://alive-fusion.blogspot.com/2009/10/scarred-week-1.html



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Fri 7 Aug 2009

  Chris_Harkins is ready for the Overnighter Tonight!



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Tue 4 Aug 2009

  Chris_Harkins is preping for Camp Reunion and the Overnighter



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Sun 12 Jul 2009

  Chris_Harkins is Today we head out to camp with the JHM I will try to update a daily blog! http://bit.ly/A5Tag Be back Friday!

NO YOUTH THIS WEDNESDAY!!!

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Mon 6 Jul 2009

  Chris_Harkins is working on the student website and August calendar



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Wed 1 Jul 2009

  Chris_Harkins is looking forward to youth tonight!



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