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1 Breeding Life or Death: You are What You Listen To Presented by: Sis. LaTonya Y. Pettigrew This presentation will probably involve audience discussion, which will create action items. Use PowerPoint to keep track of these action items during your presentation In Slide Show, click on the right mouse button Select Meeting Minder Select the Action Items tab Type in action items as they come up Click OK to dismiss this box This will automatically create an Action Item slide at the end of your presentation with your points entered.

2 Marinating … What is the definition of hearing? Why is what we listen to important? Does what you listen to define your character, your morals? Why should we be more cognizant of our music choices? What is the impact on our lives, our salvation, our futures?

3 What is hearing? Hearing depends on the ability of sound waves to travel through the various parts of the ear. As sound waves travel through the ear, they are converted into electrochemical messages that are sent along more than 30,000 nerve connections to the brain. The brain then interprets these messages as words and other sounds.

4 WATCH OUT NOW?!?!?!?!?! Ecclesiastes 7:5 It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the SONG OF FOOLS. Romans 10: How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But not everyone welcomes the Good News…Lord, who has believed our message? So faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.

5 Is It Really That Serious? After studying 522 black girls between the ages of 14 and 18 from non-urban, lower socioeconomic neighborhoods, researchers found that compared to those who never or rarely watched these videos, the girls who viewed these gangsta videos for at least 14 hours per week were far more likely to practice numerous destructive behaviors. Over the course of the one-year study, they were: –Three times more likely to hit a teacher –Over 2.5 times more likely to get arrested –Twice as likely to have multiple sexual partners –1.5 times more likely to get a sexually transmitted disease, use drugs, or drink alcohol.

6 LETS EXAMINE: –Superman; When you are mad at your girl for not having sex with you. So when she falls asleep you masturbate on her back. After that, stick the bed sheet on to her back and when she wakes up it's stuck to the sperm and she has a cape like Superman!!! (Soulja Boy) –Like This: Dancing and Gyrating so hard that it is the only way to keep a guys attention. (Kelly Rowland) You wanna keep that boy then make it jump like this. –Coffee shop: hard song by yung joc bout cocaine being sold at a trap house first i take they order at the coffee then i cook it up and serve it at the coffee shop –Candy shop: thanks to 50 Cent, a "candy shop" is basically a place where girls like me are painted up like streetwalking whores, make out with other girls, and degrade ourselves all the while girating our body parts in 50 Cent's face and happily licking on his "lollypop". 50 Cent: "I'll take you to the candy shop. I'll let you lick the lollypop. Go 'head girl dont you stop. Keep goin' 'till you hit the spot WOAHHHHH" Is It Really That Serious?

7 You Are What You Listen To… People who listen to "reflective and complex" music, for example, score highly on openness to new experiences, verbal ability, self-perceived intelligence and political liberalism, while people who listen to "upbeat and conventional" music score highly on extraversion, self- perceived physical attractiveness, athleticism and political conservatism. "People who enjoy spending time with others, people who enjoy talking and socializing, tend to enjoy music that is also extraverted--in some ways, party music," says Rentfrow. People also use music to inform others about themselves. "Adolescents, in particular, use music as a way to fit into groups, as a way to manage people's impressions of them," says Rentfrow. "It's a badge, if you will, of their identity."

8 Does the Bible Really Prohibit Us From Singing or Hearing These Lyrics Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying that IT MAY MINISTER GRACE UNTO THE HEARERS. WHAT DOES YOUR MUSIC MINISTER TO YOU?

9 Marinating…II If faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God, then what comes to us as we hear rap music? Understand the difference between rap music and hip hop. –Hip Hop defines a beautiful culture; it tells a history; promotes our communities, our futures and empowers our people. –Rap music is degrading, disrespectful, selfish, disgusting, desensitizing, demoralizing, and only promotes the rapper while demoting females and the logic of the African-American mind altogether.

10 Ezekiel 12:2 Ezekiel 12:2 Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house. Proverbs 8:32-34 (King James Version) 32Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. 33Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. Luke 11:28 Luke 11:28 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it. Listening and Doing James 1: Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. 20 Human anger[a] does not produce the righteousness[b] God desires. 21 So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.ab 22 But dont just listen to Gods word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 23 For if you listen to the word and dont obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and dont forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it. 26 If you claim to be religious but dont control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless. Breeding Life: Hearing the Word Of God

11 But to Steal, Kill and Destroy Understand your enemy. –He comes to steal your destiny, your dominion, your power and your identity in God. –He comes to kill your potential, your promise…he comes to slaughter your dreams, to massacre your value and to annihilate your goals –He comes to destroy your mind, destroy your body and your soul By ANY MEANS NECESSARY!!!?!?!?!?!

12 LIFE OR DEATH: YOU DECIDE Kirk Franklin- life or death? Young Joc-life or death? J Moss-life or death? 50 Cent-life or death? Mary J. Blige-life or death? Alicia Keyes-life or death? How do you determine what is life? –John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.John 8:12 –If the people above promote the life and message of Jesus, they walk in the light and are worth listening to; if they dont, their message is death. There is no middle ground. Agree or disagree, why not? –John 15:4-5 4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. – 5 Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. –6 Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned.


14 The Debate The rapper Cee-Lo argued that success in rap music is about selling [the] soul. Selling music has become secondary for a long time. Do you agree or disagree? Why or why not? How does this statement support or argue against the fact that some music today is sending us deadly information?

15 FOR EVERY ACTION THERE IS A SEPARATE REACTION: The Promise Deuteronomy 28 Blessings for Obedience If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully keep all his commands that I am giving you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the world. 2 You will experience all these blessings if you obey the Lord your God: 3 Your towns and your fields will be blessed. 4 Your children and your crops will be blessed. The offspring of your herds and flocks will be blessed. 5 Your fruit baskets and breadboards will be blessed. 6 Wherever you go and whatever you do, you will be blessed. 7 The Lord will conquer your enemies when they attack you. They will attack you from one direction, but they will scatter from you in seven! 8 The Lord will guarantee a blessing on everything you do and will fill your storehouses with grain. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you. 9 If you obey the commands of the Lord your God and walk in his ways, the Lord will establish you as his holy people as he swore he would do. 10 Then all the nations of the world will see that you are a people claimed by the Lord, and they will stand in awe of you. 11 The Lord will give you prosperity in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you, blessing you with many children, numerous livestock, and abundant crops. 12 The Lord will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them. 13 If you listen to these commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today, and if you carefully obey them, the Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you will always be on top and never at the bottom. 14 You must not turn away from any of the commands I am giving you today, nor follow after other gods and worship them.

16 FOR EVERY ACTION THERE IS A SEPARATE REACTION: The Consequences Curses for Disobedience 15 But if you refuse to listen to the Lord your God and do not obey all the commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come and overwhelm you: 16 Your towns and your fields will be cursed. 17 Your fruit baskets and breadboards will be cursed. 18 Your children and your crops will be cursed. The offspring of your herds and flocks will be cursed. 19 Wherever you go and whatever you do, you will be cursed. 20 The Lord himself will send on you curses, confusion, and frustration in everything you do, until at last you are completely destroyed for doing evil and abandoning me. 21 The Lord will afflict you with diseases until none of you are left in the land you are about to enter and occupy. 22 The Lord will strike you with wasting diseases, fever, and inflammation, with scorching heat and drought, and with blight and mildew. These disasters will pursue you until you die. 23 The skies above will be as unyielding as bronze, and the earth beneath will be as hard as iron. 24 The Lord will change the rain that falls on your land into powder, and dust will pour down from the sky until you are destroyed. 25 The Lord will cause you to be defeated by your enemies. You will attack your enemies from one direction, but you will scatter from them in seven! You will be an object of horror to all the kingdoms of the earth… 28 The Lord will strike you with madness, blindness, and panic. 29 You will grope around in broad daylight like a blind person groping in the darkness, but you will not find your way. You will be oppressed and robbed continually, and no one will come to save you. 30 You will be engaged to a woman, but another man will sleep with her. You will build a house, but someone else will live in it. You will plant a vineyard, but you will never enjoy its fruit… 32 You will watch as your sons and daughters are taken away as slaves. Your heart will break for them, but you wont be able to help them…You will suffer under constant oppression and harsh treatment. 34 You will go mad because of all the tragedy you see around you… 37 You will become an object of horror, ridicule, and mockery among all the nations to which the Lord sends you. 38 You will plant much but harvest little, for locusts will eat your crops… 41 You will have sons and daughters, but you will lose them, for they will be led away into captivity… 43 The foreigners living among you will become stronger and stronger, while you become weaker and weaker. 44 They will lend money to you, but you will not lend to them. They will be the head, and you will be the tail! 45 If you refuse to listen to the Lord your God and to obey the commands and decrees he has given you, all these curses will pursue and overtake you until you are destroyed. 46 These horrors will serve as a sign and warning among you and your descendants forever.

17 Extra, Extra, Hear All About It! II Timothy 2:22 Run from anything that stimulates youthful lust. REMEMBER: The enemy is trying to seduce you into disobedience. Fill your ears with the Word of God. Love music; but find music that edifies your inner spirit which is of God AND your natural man. Remember that the enemy has no power; he can only make suggestions. Listen to the music; it suggests how you should do certain things.

18 Understand the Importance of the Word. –If Jesus is the Word and through the Jesus [who is the Word According to John 1:1-14,] we receive salvation, then you must recognize that you cannot fully call yourself a Christian or a disciple of Jesus who is the Word if you dont know it. –I come back to the Word-faith comes by hearing the Word of God. And it is through faith that we receive salvation. So if the Word of God is not present in your life, how can you have faith? It is more of empty hope without promise. Extra, Extra, Hear All About It!

19 What the Point, Again? To move you out of zeal for God that you might understand that the blessings, abundance, and purpose of God are attached to the requirement- Be holy as I am holy- of God. This means that your life, in its entirety must resemble the glory of God; without feeding your ears the Word of God, you cannot have true faith. For faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. This also means that you have to be aware of the enemys messages; what could seem to be harmless or has a nice beat, could degrade you, deform your soul and cut you off from God. Who you listen to decides who you serve. If you serve God, why do you listen to music that is contrary to his Word. You shall not have sex before marriage. And yet we cloud our thoughts, ears and souls with messages that promote such behaviors. We listen to people who promote killing, stealing, running street pharmacies, and yet we fail to recognize that as long as these messages take precedence over the message of the Good News (the death, burial and resurrection of Christ for your sins and transformed life), we will never truly enter into our purpose, Gods plan for our lives, or the blessings he has for us.

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