Trouble Comes to Town


Idolatry-Discerning: Our music and our videos.


Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.

Colossians 2:8

Some people may try to make you believe false ideas. Be careful that you do not believe them. Those ideas may seem clever, but they will lead you away from God ... those ideas belong to this world. They do not come from Christ.


"I don't listen to the words, I just like the beat." "I know it's wrong and I'm not going to do it, but I still want to watch this program or see this movie." Have you heard that from your kids? I know I did when my children were growing up. Sometimes it's hard for children to understand that what enters their minds can influence their behavior. Maybe it's hard because they see their parents watch television programs and movies that have questionable content and hear the same explanation from them. One of my friends once described this process as developing a callous, so that what once would have shocked us becomes routine. The red flags no longer go up, and we are desensitized to the violence, sex, and unholy lifestyles that are portrayed in music and video.

God is not unaware of the danger. He tells us to think about excellent and praiseworthy things (Philippians 4:8). Jesus tells us to love God with our minds (Mark 12:30). We do that when we fix our minds on God and all the excellent and praiseworthy things that he has given us.


How well did you listen to the story?

Q. What was the name that Papa Dogg gave to Spike?
A. DJ Sonic Spike

Q. Why was Papa Dogg in Terrene?
A. His car broke down.

Q. What did Papa Dogg’s license plate say?
A. Papa Dogg

Q. What game were Liz and Lucille playing?
A. Ping-pong.


This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.

Why is what we watch and listen to so important to God?
Because God knows that our actions proceed out of our hearts and minds. So what we put in our hearts and minds will determine what our words and actions will be (Luke 6:45). That is why Philippians 4: 8 is an important guideline for all Christians as they evaluate what they see and hear, "Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things."


Do your music and videos lead you to God or away from him? Talk with your parents about this and then go through them today and get rid of those that are not excellent or praiseworthy.
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