Please keep praying for the countless numbers of people who have lost so much during this time.
I think about this all the time. What kind of legacy will I leave? Am I the only one?
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"God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world."--CS Lewis
What an incredible quote. How is God speaking to you lately?
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Now, you can now access the Bible via your mobile phone at m.youversion.com! If you have a web enabled mobile phone, you will be able to read and search The Bible in 14+ translations and much more. Incredible.
Some of the key features include:
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I enjoy creating a nice, custom graphic. Sometimes I'm nearly crippled by the time, money, or skill limitations to make the investment. In this post, I'd like to share with you some premade graphics that you can use in your organization or ministry that are off-the-chain!Here are 15 of the best sites offering free church graphics and resources. I have also included 6 sites that cost money but are worth considering for premade resources.
Free Church Graphics and Resources
Offers free church graphics including logos, photos, vector art, projector slides, bulletins, sermon graphics, projector slides, templates, and more. The site also includes a social network for Christian artists.
- LifeChurch.tv Open
Offers free sermon series resources that include message outlines, sermon graphics, videos, and more creative materials created by LifeChurch.tv (Edmond, OK).
- Muddy River Media
Offers free illustrative videos, motion backgrounds, countdown timers, stock photographs, illustrations, small group resources, and more.
- NewSpring Ministries
Offers free sermon series resources (e.g., sermon graphics, audio, message outline, & service outline) as well as administrative forms and manuals created by NewSpring Church (Anderson, SC).
- Northside Christian Church Creative Resources
Offers free logos, posters, and other artwork designed by Northside Christian Church (New Albany, IN).
- Nside Admin
Offers free administrative documents from North Point Community Church (Alpharetta, GA) on church government, human resources, accounting, facilities, IT, and Web.
- Seacoast All Access
Offers free sermon series resources that include sermon graphics, motion graphics, audio, video, message notes, and small group questions created by Seacoast Church (Mt. Pleasant, SC).
- Vine Resources
Offers free sermon series graphics, postcards, countdown videos, and message bumpers created by the college ministry of Southeast Christian Church (Louisville, KY).
Free General Graphics and Resources
- Adobe Exchange
Offers free downloads to use with Adobe software including brushes, styles, gradients, custom shapes, and patterns for Photoshop.
A blog that regularly highlights free Photoshop brushes, Flash components, vector graphics, and more.
Offers free Photoshop brushes.
Offers free Flash elements.
- PS Brushes
Offers free Photoshop brushes.
- Smashing Magazine
A blog that regularly highlights free graphics, fonts, and more.
Offers free vector graphics.
Church Resources that Cost Money
- Creative Pastors
Sells sermon series resources that include sermon graphics, video, mind maps, outlines, audio, and more created by Fellowship Church (Grapevine, TX).
- North Point Resources
Sells logos, DVDs, sermon messages, conference messages, and more created by North Point Community Church (Alpharetta, GA).
Sells church graphics that include postcards, banners, bulletins, door hangers, invitations, brochures, logos, signage, and more.
- The Church Box
Sells sermon series resources that include sermon graphics, PowerPoint slides, and audio created by Four Corners Community Church (West Chester, OH).
Sells sermon series resources (e.g., outlines, graphics, videos, audio, & scripts) and administrative resources (e.g., forms, documents, & manuals) created by Granger Community Church (Granger, IN).
- WorshipHouse Media
Sells mini-movies, motions, stills, software, and editables for churches.
(ht to Kent Shaffer)
What's funny here is that if you are still undecided like me and the other 20-somethings I spoke with this weekend, little things like this could determine this particular election. I don't think we'll ever see another Presidential election quite like this.
(ht to Bob)
Today is World Malaria Day. Malaria is one of the leading causes of death in the third world, particularly in parts of africa, where it’s the number one killer of children. The crazy thing about this is that it’s completely preventable. A $10 treated net can protect and eliminate the disease for individuals and families who have them; and simple and affordable treatment is available (if made accessible) to those who do contract the disease. In short: this is a killer we should be able to easily eliminate.
350-500 million cases of malaria occur worldwide each year. Malaria causes 20 percent of ALL childhood deaths in sub-Saharan Africa. 90 percent of malaria deaths occur in Africa—nearly 1 million people. Malaria kills 3,000 children each day.
Biting back is easy... just $10 will:
Click here to visit BiteBack.net
If you'd like to donate a net, click here.
Learn more about bed nets by clicking here.
Johnny and I were best of friends, particularly through our middle school years. He and I spent a lot of time together in school and had a lot of fun.
It seems like only yesterday we were staying up all night playing video games, board games or watching movies. I'll always remember those times with him.
I recall the last time I saw him. It had been a few years since we had seen each other, as I was in college, but instantly he was excited to see me and pick up where we left off. It was then that I got to meet his wife and children. He loved them very much.
Johnny was an incredible friend...a constant friend, loving father and touched the lives of many -including mine.
After hearing this news it made me stop and really appreciate the friends God has given to me along the way. What a wonderful gift.
I look forward to the day I get to see you again Johnny.
To read the obituary,click here.
"When the worlds of poverty and wealth collide, the resulting powerful fusion can change the world. But that collision rarely happens. I could feel it happening inside of me. One of my punk-rock friends asked me why so many rich people like talking to me, and I said because I'm nice to them. He asked why I was nice to them. I said because I can see myself in them. That gives me a little patience and grace. I long for the Calcutta slums to meet the Chicago suburbs, for lepers to meet landowners and for each to see God's image in the other. It's no wonder that the footsteps of Jesus lead from the tax collectors to the lepers. I truly believe that when the poor meet the rich, riches will have no meaning. And when the rich meet the poor, we will see poverty come to an end."--Shane Claiborne, The Irresistible Revolution
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I cannot wait to see this movie. It is in theatres May 16.
Over the past few weeks the church has worked hard to recover from this difficult event. The church has since launched a "church trailer" billboard and web campaign -- with an intentional attempt to make contact with the people who stole their church's stuff but also in a Christ-like effort to forgive.
This blew me away and I applaud Kinetic Church.
Click here to visit Kinetic's site.
Click here to watch the video message to the thief.
Click here to see the pictures from the billboard campaign.
(ht to Collide)
The message: "Carry on singing..."
NASA has a whole gallery of shots, captured via satellite, from the Great Wall of China to Glaciers in Antarctica. They have also captured some stills with perspective on tragedy, like the smoke plume rising above New York City on September 11, 2001.
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(Thankfully no Mr. Annonymous comments thus far...)
I was only raising awareness about the event and my only rant in the post was about the contract students were being asked to sign - which I felt was a little over the top. With any issue I attempt to find middle ground and respond as Christ would.
Today I received an email from Jonathan McKee on this very issue who alerted me to his latest post on his blog (albeit different rant). I so appreciated Jonathan's words, research and conversations he had prior to his post. I want to share with you a portion of what he said:
"It’s probably no secret to some of you that this Friday is the pro-homosexual tolerance Day of Silence. This day brings attention to the anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. I’m not going to address the issue of homo-sexuality in this blog. I’ve addressed it before in blogs and articles. In this blog I’m simply addressing our RESPONSE to the world when we don’t like what we see. (and I’m going to highlight an example of how NOT to respond)He further made us aware of a way Christians are responding to this event.
Why do Christians think that picket signs or protesting is the answer?
Let me ask you one question. Name one person you know that accepted Christ because someone “protested” them into the Kingdom?
"Well, Christians have created their own day in response to the Day of Silence called The Day of Truth. On Monday, April 28, 2008, some Christians have decided to establish this day to “counter the promotion of the homosexual agenda and express an opposing viewpoint from a Christian perspective… The Day of Truth provides an opportunity to publicly exercise our free speech rights.”Dan gave me some quick thoughts:
When I saw this I immediately thought of a few conversations I've had with Dan Kimball on the subject. Dan is a Christian speaker and author who believes engaging in homosexual acts is a sin, but shows incredible compassion and love to the homosexual community (He touches on this in our podcast with him, Podcast Episode #12 and in his powerful book, They Like Jesus, But Not the Church). I asked Dan his opinion about this Christian response- The Day of Truth.
i think those types of things end up doing more harm than good. i would encourage parents to be talking with their teenagers and youth leaders addressing it wisely in their ministries, but doing a public event at a high school i am not sure is beneficial to the direction of hope. i would encourage the Christian teenagers to simply be friends with gay students and pro-gay students, and in the context of friendships the message of jesus will come through. I don't know if formalizing a date to do it only reinforces things and we lose our voice."
Right on! I so agree that whatever the issue we need to be careful of how we handle our responses to issues such as this.
That reminds me of my post about Christians protesting and petitioning after the Kathy Griffin Hate Speech.
In the words on Bill Cosby... C'mon people.
Click here to read Jonathan's full article.
What I found particularly interesting about what she had to say was that her niece came home from school with a contract and was told to ask her parents to sign the contract allowing her to participate in the full-day of silence at school.
Insert comic relief here:
First of all, full-day? Honestly, I don't think I've ever gone a full-day in silence - for anyone.
After some research here is what I found...
"The Day of Silence is held by students every year to bring attention to anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) name-calling, bullying and harassment. The senseless tragedy at E.O. Green Junior High in Oxnard, Calif., brings even more meaning to a day that has brought hope to millions of students.Students will be asked to hand out speaking cards during the Day of Silence that read:
Hundreds of thousands of students are expected to participate by taking some form of a vow of silence for the entire day or part of it. Their efforts will be supported by hundreds of community-based "Breaking the Silence" events at the end of the day. Together, concerned students will create a powerful call to action in order to prevent future tragedies."(from the DOS website)
"Silent for Lawrence King: Please understand my reasons for not speaking today. I am participating in the Day of Silence (DOS), a national youth movement bringing attention to the silence faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their allies. My deliberate silence echoes that silence, which is caused by anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment. This year’s DOS is held in memory of Lawrence King, a 15 year-old student who was killed in school because of his sexual orientation and gender expression. I believe that ending the silence is the first step toward building awareness and making a commitment to address these injustices. Think about the voices you are not hearing today."
While I do agree that homosexual behavior is a sin (in fact, one of many), I think those who commit hate crimes should be punished as violence is not the answer.
Additionally, I'd like to add that forcing students to sign a contract to observe a full-day of silence is also not the answer and frankly I'm quite disturbed by this. As an alternative I'd encourage a prayer for families of those slain or violated and ask for further conversation to be had on the topic among schools, families and government.
My agenda for posting this topic is simply to make you, the blog readers, aware of what is taking place in our schools next week. You can respond however you feel led; however, I like to encourage followers of Christ to respond as Christ would.
After taking a look at the list of schools participating and those not participating, I did see a number of our schools represented in our area that had been removed from the participant list. Are schools in your area on the list? Check the links below.
For a list of schools participating in the day of silence, click here.
For a list of schools who have been removed from the participant list click here.
"For many people, entire theological systems are built around us getting out of here. And so many presentations of the gospel are, “Do you wanna know how you can get outta here?” And yet the Scripture is the story not of people going up, the Bible is the story of God coming down. God wants to come down and he wants to take up residence in the midst of his people.
See, we have whole theological systems built around scaring the hell out of people so they won’t be left behind.
Maybe you could say it this way (and this is not like either/or): Is the question, “How do I get into heaven” or “How do I get heaven here?” See, you have whole theological systems that are built on, “Some glad morning when this life is o’r, I’ll fly away.” Now what happens - and if that’s your favorite hymn, I’m sorry…kind of - what happens? And obviously we believe that when we die we go into God’s presence in heaven, this is obviously not some sort of denial of heaven, but nevertheless, if your theology is getting out of here, what subtly happens over the years?
And we need to just be brutally frank about this. What happens over time is this life becomes irrelevant, correct? If our message is “Hey, do you want to join us in getting out of here?” then what happens subtly over time is our message is really about some other places and we really have less & less to say about life now. And we have less & less the kind of eyes to see a whole world right here within this one, right here, right now.
And so we have to understand that the Bible is the story of a God who wants to come down and wants to inhabit this place, and take up residence in the midst of his people.
(from Rob Bell's message at Willow Creek)
Ben called to check and make sure there was no bruising after his attack on me just a few days ago. We chatted about the posts, blogging and Whiteboard among other things. Ben may have bragged on me but he is one standup guy himself. Not only did he esteem me in his recent post but he also gave me a call to further affirm me.
Ben, I'm honored to know you. Love reading your stuff... and looking forward to your world-class conference, The Whiteboard Sessions.
To read my Life on Life interview with Arment, click here.
To register for WiBo, click here.
"God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house.
God is in the silence of a mother who has infected her child with a virus that will end both their lives.
God is in the cries heard under the rubble of war.
God is in the debris of wasted opportunity and lives, and God is with us if we are with them."--Bono,U2
(ht to Scott Harris)
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