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Then & Now - Week of November 17

  • 2008 Nov 17

"The Tendency to Live Online"
John 15:4

I’m only 30 years old and yet I remember a day when there was no such thing as the Internet, cell phones, iPods, or mp3 players. And yet now I can’t imagine trying to live life without them.

If you’re in your teens, then you don’t even remember a world without all this digital stuff. In fact, you probably think iPods and cell phones are relics of the past. You definitely don’t know a world without mySpace and Facebook and Twitter.

I think its exciting to live in such a connected, digital age. I’m amazed the speed of communication and the immediacy of information. As a writer and pastor I can’t imagine a world without Google, Wikipedia, and Bible Software. God is using the tools of this age to spread the Gospel in ways never before imagined.

But there is a catch to all of this connectivity. Something that worries me about my generation and your generation of young people. Its this. I fear we may be so connected digitally to our online friends and online activities, to our phones and our music players, that we disconnect ourselves from what’s really important.

No gadget or gizmo can replace the power of relationships. Important relationships with our friends, teachers, youth pastors, and mentors. Most importantly, being connected digitally gives a comfort level that may keep you from being connected with God.

In other words, don’t be so connected to your gadgets that you disconnect from your Creator. Jesus offers a real connection that will never fail, never disappoint. He is the source of love and light and grace.

Most importantly, Jesus wants to be connected with you. He wants to give your life impact and purpose. He wants the Holy Spirit to flow thru you and give you power to do things you never imagined.

In other words, Jesus offers something you can’t find online, on your iPod, or on Facebook. 


  • How many hours do I spend in front of the computer? 
  • Can I ever leave the house without my iPod? 
  • How many hours do I spend unplugged from anything? 
  • What steps am I taking to get connected with God? 

Daniel Darling is an author and pastor with a passion for young people. He is the author of Teen People of the Bible, a 100-day devotional for teens. Visit him at

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