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February Difference Makers: Media Messengers

Media Messengers is a non-profit, inter-denominational organization commissioned to communicate the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ, in unique and creative ways. Their vision is to reach the local community as well as the world wide community, through TV commercials, print and internet media, video, film, and evangelistic missions, such as the  Lansing Bless Fest, a Christian music festival held annually, in Lansing Michigan.

The vision for Media Messengers began over ten years ago. It was born out of prayer and a great desire to use media to bring the message of hope and life to the people of the Lansing community.  Back in 2003, Rev. Rudy Henderson along with his family, began Media Messengers, an evangelistic organization.

From the beginning evangelism and street outreach were at the heart of this mission. The idea for a media outreach was born after months of prayer and waiting upon God. Media Messenger’s senior director, Rev. Henderson, had been active in Christian work for over thirty years. Much of that time was devoted to helping people in spiritual need, ministering to those who were down and out and in pastoring a church. In the last twenty-five years, Rev. Henderson also worked in media and television production, within the Michigan TV market.

God revealed the direction and scope of our mission in a clear and difined vision.  The directive is to share the good news in a language that anyone can hear and understand.   A major part of our mission is to share real life stories of people who have encountered God in their lives. Visit Media Messenger’s other website www.thinktwicetv.com  and read true life stories. A real God, can transform real lives.

Let’s Smack Talk!

Let’s “smack” “talk”!!

A quick note about your favorite football-sport team: It’s TERRIBLE!!!

Your team is so bad that when I think about that team, I laugh about it, because the way it runs its plays is all backward. Furthermore, half of your guys are, in my opinion, ill-suited for the sport that they’re playing, which is football, and another sport might be a better choice for them so they should pursue those sports, and not this one, which is football.

Brant and Sherri’s Deal Breaker Question

Deal Breaker Question for the ladies: Let’s say you’re single and a FANTASTIC guy wants to marry you. He’s incredibly attractive. Smart, handsome, a provider and protector. Spiritually mature kinda guy. Loves kids and “gets” you. ONE little quirk: He wears big floppy clown shoes. Yes, they squeak when he walks. He will them for the rest of his life. That’s just how he rolls. That’s his only quirk. Otherwise, he’s AWESOME. Do you marry him?

Brant & Sherri – Never Miss a Radio Show!

We’re now uploading our show the day after it airs. You can subscribe here (on iTunes), or if you don’t use iTunes, via the Stitcher app. Yesterday’s show: Brant is a “Loon”, The People Jesus Repelled, Parmesan Cheese Dinner, Grace, Nik Wallenda, Forgetting the Candy, Our Show Agenda, No Pets Scrutiny, Awkward Jog of Gratitude, What’s in a Person’s Heart Sherri’s Fave Quotes: “You’ll hear us talk about grace a lot because it’s the only thing that changes any of us.” “I’m ok with looking dumb if I can just love people for once. I’ve gotten that frustrated with it. It’s time to grow up and love people.” “People get judgmental about me having a bowl of Parmesan cheese for dinner. That hurts.” “Grown man hiding behind a couch to avoid some kid in a Superman outfit. That’s how I roll.”

Brant & Sherri’s Call List

We’d love you to join our CALL LIST! We need people to do awesome contests and talk to us about stuff. If you want to be on our list, send your info to producersherri@branthansen.com.

WARNING: If you say you’re available, but you’re not, like Drew did, well… we take it very, very seriously. It hurts. Bad.

www.branthansen.com/podcast

“My dogs need Jesus.”

“Think about how powerful it would be if you’re a preacher and you’re trying to get people to make a decision about their eternity and you have a live lion in the sanctuary. Now it’s real.”

“I’m keeping my “I Voted” sticker on forever.”

“If you’re a spiritual ‘searcher’ that’s fine. But if you’re not holding out the possibility that there’s an actual thing you can find…then you’re not really searching are you?”

“Be open to the fact that God has been looking for YOU.”

“I’m gonna irrationally stick to my guns on this…”

Here’s the link! www.branthansen.com/podcast

Good News: Dog Returns Missing Wedding Ring that He Swallowed

Diamonds are a dog’s best friend, too. It took six years, but Lois Matykowski’s missing diamond wedding ring finally reappeared when her 10-year-old Rottweiler mix, Tucker, swallowed a popsicle stick this month. With advice from his veterinarian, Tucker coughed up the popsicle stick. Then a few days later, he also coughed up Lois’ wedding ring that had went missing around the couple’s 20th wedding anniversary. Click here for more on this diamond and dog dilemma!

New Research on the Impact of Social Media

Some new research is out on the impact of social media on our lives—and it’s not exactly good news.

According to a story on Pluggedin.com, researchers observed groups of middle school, high school and college students as they were studying.  Within two minutes, many of them were texting, tweeting, surfing the Web, watching TV or updating their Facebook page.

In fact after 15 minutes, the scientists found that students had spent just 65% of their time, actually studying.

Meanwhile, according to the folks at learnstuff.com, six out of 10 employees visit social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter while on the clock.

And we’re interrupted, on average, once every 10.5 minutes by instant messages, Facebook messages and tweets.

After those interruptions, it takes an average of 23 minutes to get back on task.

By the way, Relevant Magazine recently featured an insightful article by blogger Shauna Niequist.  Commenting on the impact of social networking, Shauna says:

Everyone’s life looks better on the Internet than it does in real life. The Internet is partial truths—we get to decide what people see and what they don’t.

[But] community—the rich kind, the transforming kind, the valuable and difficult kind—doesn’t happen in partial truths and well-edited photo collections on Instagram.

Community happens when we hear each other’s actual voices, when we enter one another’s actual homes, with actual messes, around actual tables telling stories that ramble on beyond 140 pithy characters.”

To read the entire article, go to RelevantMagazine.com and enter “Instagram” in the search engine.

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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The Impact of Mobile Technology on Teens and Young Adults

What impact is mobile technology having on teens and young adults?

According to a new study from Kent State University, the more time college students spend talking, texting, Facebooking or surfing the Internet on their smartphones, the more likely they are to be anxious, unhappy and get lower grades.

Plugged In.com reports on the research, in which students kept a record of their mobile phone use.  They also took psychological tests designed to measure anxiety and life satisfaction.

Andrew Lepp, the co-author of the study says “The lower frequency users use their phone to keep in touch, check the Web and update Facebook but they can put it away and get on with other tasks.”

“But the higher users are not able to control it and are glued to the cellphone. They need to unplug and find some personal time where they can disconnect from the network.”

Dr. Lepp says we all need time to be alone with our thought and recover from the daily stresses of life in a way that doesn’t involve electronic media.

Meanwhile, some teenagers are sleeping with their cellphones—and sending texts during the night without any memory of it the next morning.

Dr. Gerald Rosen, who leads the pediatric sleep disorders program at Children’s Hospitals of Minnesota, believes teens are being conditioned to respond to their phones almost like a mother responds to her baby.

He says “If you’re a mother, you awaken to the sound of your child crying.  Even if it’s not a loud noise, it will trigger an awakening. That’s essentially what’s happening with lots of kids with their phones.”

Dr. Rosen also believes there are deeper problems to explore when anyone is so attached to a piece of technology that they have to sleep with it.

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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Making The Right Choices For Children’s DVD Viewing

Dear Dr. Bill,

Recently my 5-year-old daughter has been crying and getting hysterical at bedtime.  A couple weeks ago, we checked out a “kids movie” from the library that involved witches.  Now every night, she’s afraid witches are going to get her.  Last night I did something my husband and I vowed we would never do — I slept in their room.  But I was desperate, because it was 11pm and she had to get up early for school the next day!  What should we do?

–Debbie

Dear Debbie,

It’s clear that this so-called “kids movie” really scared your daughter.  Unfortunately, as parents we can no longer trust ratings or descriptions of films.  We need to research movies and DVD’s ourselves, using a trusted source like Focus on the Family’s “PluggedIn.com.”

Since your daughter was obviously traumatized by the witches, the first thing I would do is sit down and discuss the movie.  Ask her what she saw, what she thought about it, and what she felt.

Don’t dismiss her fears as silly or immature.  After all, she is only five years old, and it sounds like she has a very sensitive spirit.

Then reassure her that it was only a story, just like the stories in her story books.  Explain to her that God will protect her and pray with her about the scary movie and her fears.  Also, encourage her to pray on her own when she becomes frightened at night.

It’s definitely NOT a good idea for you to sleep in her room or let her sleep in your bed.  That will only reinforce her behavior, encouraging her to act helpless and dependent.

Instead, find another way to make her feel secure, like turning on a nightlight for a while or letting her take a special stuffed animal to bed with her.

Thanks for writing, Debbie.  If you have a question for me about family issues or Christian living, click the “Questions” tab on the Family Expert page.

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