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As a  childrens’ Bible teacher in BSF I can usually tell  the children who are home-schooled and are not allowed to watch TV. They usually always have their lessons done and seem to be quite a bit more articulate.  Here are some excellent excerpts from David Clouds site, Way of  Life.

By David Cloud

FAMILIES THAT HAVE GIVEN UP TELEVISION
The following is taken from “Keeping the Kids,” which has just been released.

Following are some of the testimonies that were sent to me recently by Christian parents who have gotten rid of the television. I requested these in the context of a new book I am writing entitled “Keeping the Kids.” These testimonies are extensive and there is some repetition, but I believe that it is important to publish them in order to offset the status quo that exists even in most allegedly staunch Bible-believing churches today.

“Sick of the nasty language, barely dressed women and/or men, sexual content, drugs, drinking, murder, the commercials, the list goes on, we have not had cable/antenna hook up for about six years in our home and we LOVE IT! The result has been wonderful! We are no longer couch potatoes. We enjoy the quietness in the home. We enjoy each other’s company. We enjoy more time spent with Father God. We spend more time in prayer, reading God’s Word and being with the each other. We do more out of doors activities–walking trails, driving to the mountains, etc.”

“Being engulfed in front of a TV has nothing to do with family time. Real family time is getting closer to God and developing an intimate, passionate, and personal relationship with Jesus!”

“We were compulsive TV watchers. Enslaved is actually the word, so I had to eliminate it. Now we have a lot of time for the family. We do Bible study after dinner every day and play games with the kids. My wife and I have more personal time.”

“We gave up the television because of the wickedness of it and its effect on our lives and the kids. I can’t stand hearing God’s name being blasphemed! The kids are a LOT more obedient and listen to instruction. Reading has been the main replacement activity.”“We have four children from ages 16 to 8. We do not watch commercial television with the exception of occasional news and weather. Our children are not allowed to watch TV unsupervised. There are no TVs in the bedrooms. We found that even good educational shows had offensive commercials. Even most educational shows have a strong humanistic, evolutionistic, and anti-Christian bias.”“God spoke softly to our hearts. We just started feeling very uncomfortable when we were watching TV. My husband said that it’s time to get rid of it. It was not a slow process of just eliminating a few programs; we just threw the TV out. … It is a real tool of Satan to subtly get your mind off of Jesus. I mean when you’re watching Die Hard, or any other show for that matter, are you really thinking on things that are pure, just, holy, peaceable, etc. like the Bible commands us to do? We need to obey the whole Bible not just parts of it. Do you think Jesus and the Holy Spirit are sitting down with you as you watch TV hours on end? God has a higher calling for us. Just read James 1:27. Most people forgot that second half of that verse, ‘Keep yourself unspotted from the world.’”

“We have chosen not to watch television because of the ungodly influences. Scripture is very clear that we are not to learn the way of the heathen and that we are to be simple concerning that which is evil. We don’t feel justified in wading through the filth to enjoy a few decent programs. Some folks say they can control it, but we don’t believe that is possible. It ends up controlling those who watch it and they become desensitized to the wickedness that is on it. We also believe that TV viewing is a great waste of time, that it hinders creativity and results in a short attention span. How can we ask for the Lord’s blessing on our home while pumping the filth of this world into our living room? How can we expect our children to be spiritually minded and to have a heart for God and revival while having a steady diet of ‘garbage’ from TV?”

UPDATE:  8/3/2010

PLEASE READ – There are some red flags about  BSF.

https://kimolsen.wordpress.com/2010/08/03/bsf-bible-study-fellowship-going-contemplative-going-off-the-narrow-path/

Hello……I would like to invite you to try a wonderful Bible Study called BSF.  This will be my 7th year in this 8 year program. This year we are going to study the Book of John and something new has been added. 1 John is going to be incorporated into the study.  John  presents the life of Jesus and His death so that one can come to believe that Jesus is truly the Son of God.

  Those who are already  familiar with BSF will think the above paragraph has a mistake. 8 year program? Yes indeed, 8 years. The good news is out. A new study is being prepared for the 2010-2011 year. Isaiah!  Yes it is true. Those who have completed the entire series will have a new study to look forward to.

We also got great news that the weekly questions will be available as a download. If for some reason you missed a week, you can download the questions and be ready for the next week’s discussion. I just tried the link and it works great. If you are enrolled in BSF, you will be able to  access up to 5 weeks of questions. Also all 5 levels of the children’s questions will be available too!

Access the questions at this site and if you have any problems you should contact your discussion leader.

http://www.bsfgroups.org

The adult program has men’s and women’s classes, days and night. Check this site for local times and dates. I teach in the Children’s Program on Monday nights and this program is intended to encourage child and parent to daily study the Word of God together during the week.

Through Bible study we learn how to have a personal relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. On a daily basis we establish the habit of reading the Bible and knowing Jesus Christ through His Word.

The picture you see is me and my Bible and my study notes and questions.  That is it. This is the extent of the adult program paperwork.  By reading the scripture, and then answering the questions, you will learn how to apply the truths from the Word of God to your daily life. A discussion group follows and then you listen to the lecture afterward. 

So are you hungry for the Word of God and living a life that is dedicated to serving the Lord? Try BSF….

Please also read:

https://kimolsen.wordpress.com/2007/08/20/bsf-bible-study-fellowship/

If you have children please read:

https://kimolsen.wordpress.com/2007/08/29/bsf-childrens-program/

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UPDATE

March 28th, 2011

I no longer teach in the BSF program but I was very blessed to be part of this wonderful program for three years.The  BSF children’s program strived to teach truth to the children about biblical concepts and did not try to merely entertain them. I have never met a more dedicated and godly group of women.

I did leave BSF for other reasons, which is discussed in some of the other articles. The executive branch would not publicly address the issued raised by others concerned about new age and emergent books recommended in their newsletter and the scripture taken from “The Message.”  “The Message” is not a bible but a paraphrase written by universalist Eugene Peterson who has alarmed many in discernment circles by his unbiblical writings and endorsement of the heretical book, “The Shack.”

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I am a children’s leader in BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) and this will be my third year teaching, and my seventh year overall. This year we will be studying The Book of John. September 2009 – May 2010.

The extent of this program to teach the Bible to the children is quite amazing. The  children’s BSF program consists of 5 parts.  We start in assembly for hymns and prayer. First in the class we have the discussion of questions and answers of the Bible passage we are studying, then we have Discovery or Homiletics which is a fun way of learning  Bible truths and applying them. Next we give the the Bible lesson itself from scripture.  The last activity varies according to the age group. The younger children are usually playing a verse memorization game. For the older children, we have Basic Truths or The Atttributes of God.

I am amazed at the quality of the lessons that are provided for these children. If you have ever participated in BSF then you may know that the lessons for the children are almost the same as the adults. The only difference is that the lesson is age appropriate. The basic principles that are taught for the Bible passage are the same as the adults.

The goal of the children’s program is to  bring families together through mutual study of the Bible, to teach children the Word of God and encourage them to love and serve Him, and apply the principles in their daily lives. BSF  is meant to supplement Christian teaching in the home and the  church, not replace it.  A parent cannot drop off the child on class night. Both have to be in attendance.

We spent a lot of time just on the safety of the children.   There are ALWAYS two adults with the children. The same person who dropped off the child has to pick him/her up.  This is the same procedure for all age groups, 1st grade through high school. So you can see the importance that is placed on your child’s safety while they are in our care.

I previously attended BSF as an enrolled participant  and have been amazed at the wonderful staff and the dedicated discussion leaders who head up each group of ladies when they separate for the discussion groups. Every year my love grows for our teaching leader and know her as a true and loving servant of the Lord.

What an honor and joy it is to be able to work with these women whom I highly appreciate. Surely, I am not worthy….so I am extremely humbled to be offered such an opportunity to serve my Maker and teach children the Word of God. 

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