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Indistractable

Hebrews 1:1 “Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son.” On Saturday one of my friends at House Church asked “I have this urge to watch Netflix instead of spending time with God. Something about that doesn’t feel quite right. Is there anything we can do to make quiet time more attractive?” We discussed the importance of keeping at it even when we don’t feel like it, but I also added that “the tech and media industries have managed to hack the pleasure center of our brains so we keep on using their products. The Netflix series ‘Social Dilemma’ and Nir Eyal’s book ‘Indistractable’ unpack some of these ideas. Unfortunately, we don’t have enough believers leveraging these same tactics to get us to read scripture or pray more.” My wife Elaine brought up The Chosen and suggested that our friend have a look. I’ve talked about it before but for recent additions I’ll say it again. If you haven’t checked it out, it’s really, really worthwhile. Creator Dallas Jenkins explained that “Netflix creates all these binge-worthy shows, but I couldn’t understand why there wasn’t a similar show about the most binge-worthy story in the history of the universe.” In today’s passage, the author of Hebrews contrasts the amazing stories of the old testament with the most amazing story of God’s son. It reminded me this morning of the singular specialty of this story. So I watched an episode of the Chosen, and as usual, I was deeply moved. Lord thanks for the good news. Thanks for recruiting Dallas Jenkins and a new generation of creators to create insanely addictive experiences of your love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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