Powering Off: A Pastor’s Challenge

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - It's a new year with new resolutions.  We focus on our health with diet and exercise, but a pastor at a valley church is challenging his congregation to get focused in the New Year.

In a technology driven world, too many times technology drives us.

Between email, text, Facebook, Twitter, even Google... the convenience of information at our fingertips is a double-edged sword.

"I was so distracted all the technology coming at me all day every day," said John Tanner, Pastor at Cove Methodist Church.  He came under conviction for his technology dependence.

"'I was so plugged in all the time in the information age with social media that I was busy about many things and having a difficult time focusing on my work every day but also focusing on my relationships with God and other in my family and friendships," Tanner said.

He turned his conviction into a challenge for his congregation: A 21-day 'tech fast' to get focused.

"I was going to step away from most technology including TV, the Internet, social media, Facebook, my sports recruiting sites," he said.  "I was going to set aside for 21 days to focus more on my relationship with God, as well my relationships with others.  That’s what I've done."

Watch and read our series of reports on Powering Off:

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