My Japanese friend told me that she was having some arguments with her husband.  Finally, they stopped arguing and made a compromise.  How?  Her husband agreed to get off the computer by 2:00am each night!  He had been staying up until 5:00am surfing the net, and then staggering to work in the morning.


            How do you use the Internet?  How much time do you spend surfing the net, emailing or chatting online?  What are your primary uses for the Internet?  Where do you access the Internet?  What languages do you use on the internet?


             Is it important to check your email frequently?  Do you use it more for business or personal use?  How long can you go without checking your email?  Do you have a problem of email piling up in large numbers?  Do you use instant messaging?


            Do you have a lot of spam to deal with?  How do you handle it?  Have you changed email addresses very often?  Why or why not?


            How reliable do you rate the information that you can find on the Internet if you do a search using Yahoo or Google?  Why do you think that?


            Do you shop on the Internet?  What do you typically buy on the Internet?  Have you ever used E-bay or U-bid?  Do you enjoy bargaining for purchases?


            Do you remember when you didn’t use the Internet or email?  How was your life different?  Does it make a difference to your productivity, happiness, relationships or does it have a fairly minor impact on your life overall?  Explain.


            The new possibilities that came through the Internet brought some dangers as well.  Chatroom kidnappers and molesters have appeared.    Also, the Internet has made pornography much more accessible and tempting.    What is the best way to handle these kinds of negative by-products of Internet technology?  Can you think of other negative effects of the Internet?  How should they be handled?




Think about this major method change in the Bible:


For 3 years, Jesus walked around on earth in a human body – God in the flesh.  Then Jesus died and became alive again.    After that, he communicated with his believers using a new method:


“You shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now . . you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses, both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”  Acts 1:5, 8