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It’s on everyone’s minds. Whether we have children going back to school or not, we all recognize the fall as a time when schools go back in session, children and young adults take on challenging new subjects, and rhythms and routines are formed again. In your services, people will have this on their mind, so why not throw in some media to go along with it? In this post, I want to highlight a countdown from Hyper Pixels Media, a cinemagraph from Journey Box Media, and three mini movies from Creative Media Solutions.

Countdown

Back to School Countdown

This 5-minute Back To School Countdown features a chalkboard design with chalk drawing animations. The fun and contemporary music makes it a great opening for your worship service, youth group, or college Bible Study. Add this Back-To-School Countdown to your church media library today.

Cinemagraph Pack

Back to School Cinemagraph Pack

This cinemagraph pack contains 3 fresh Back to School motions, a countdown, and still backgrounds With your purchase, you will receive versions with and without text. Cinemagraphs bring still images to life, and are an eye-catching way to communicate necessary (but often, boring) information.

Mini Movies

Children of God

This video should be used as an encouragement to Christians going back into the public school system. Inspire the Children of God in your congregation to shine their light and take their school for Jesus.

Back to School with Granny Smith

These animated apples remind us that as parents, we must abide by Proverbs 22:6. It is our responsibility to train up our children—not the public schools’.

Back to School

This video gives a gentle reminder that it is our responsibility to train up our children—not the public schools’, private schools’ or even the local churches’. As parents, we must abide by Proverbs 22:6.

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New Album from Alisa Turner Releases Soon!

Music is a powerful medium for the Lord to move in our lives. He uses music in unique ways in each of us: to restore hope, convict of sin, instill courage, and more. When I listen to an album, the combination of words, melodies, and rhythms all combine to create the overall experience of the album. There is, however, another dimension that takes music to a new level. It’s the personal story of the artist sharing their music. It’s the knowledge that the artist is real that helps give depth to a song or an album. When I say “real,” I mean that they are just like you and me. We share similar joys, sorrows, mountain tops, and valleys in ways that unite us together. The words being sang are not just nice poetical lines strung together to beautiful music. The words come from the person that God is leading through life’s highs and lows, just like us.

Alisa Turner is someone who brings her life and all that God has brought her through to the piano and to the mic. When I listened to her music, I enjoyed it. I loved the lyrics, the melodies, and the emotion. When I read her story, those same songs took on an entirely new meaning in my life. Those songs no longer simply contain nice lyrics and enjoyable melodies. Knowing her story, those songs now contain my heart and my life, as I can now identify with her struggles, longings, joys, and pains. Knowing an artist’s story can take their music to a whole new level. Here is her press release, which shares a bit more about Alisa Turner’s life:

Set for global release from Integrity Music Aug. 25 with the pre-sale beginning Aug. 4, Alisa Turner’s self-titled debut EP captures the lilt and innocence in Turner’s voice and the heartbreaking, but hopeful truth of her story. Produced by Grammy-nominated, Dove Award-winning Michael Farren, Alisa Turner inextricably weaves her very personal story of grief and suffering with hope and redemption through unfettered, unfiltered worship.

For Turner, who has battled the debilitating effects of Lyme Disease since childhood, music has always been her connection point with God. This includes painful seasons after the unexpected death of her worship pastor dad, hospitalizations brought on by the ravages of her disease and losing her infant son only minutes after he was born.

Through it all, Turner returned time and again to the piano, to music. “I think the Lord created me this way, drawn in by the emotion that comes with music,” says Turner. “When I sit down at the piano, He always uses it to draw me back, to awaken the dreamer, and I always leave different than when I came. I leave different knowing He sees me, He is with me. He is my hope.”

That hope shines through each track on her EP, including “My Prayer For You,” the project’s first radio single, which was penned by Farren.

May God give you eyes to see He’s still greater / Courage to rise and believe He’s able

May God be your peace in the fire you’re walking through… This is my prayer for you

“It’s always a bit of a wrestle to merge an individual’s story and voice into melodies and anthems that the Church can sing along with,” says Farren. “And yet, when you finally land in that authentic place, everyone recognizes and engages with the refrain you’ve created. Everyone has their story of brokenness, but when they hear from someone who has shared that pain and yet stands and declares the goodness of God, that’s when true worship is loudest…and I pray that’s what we’ve been able to do in telling Alisa’s story wrapped in these moments of worship.”

Apart from the single, Turner co-wrote all of the tracks for the EP, with each song exploring the depths of what it means to worship among the ashes, comforted by and confident in the presence of God. These faith-building songs of overcoming, including “Lift My Eyes,” “Not Even Now,” “More Than Gonna Make It,” and “As It Is In Heaven,” declare God’s Kingdom, deliverance, glory and unshakable power. The project closes with “Psalm 13,” a modern lamentation, conveying the unique timber and emotion of Turner’s life-story.

“My life and my story are messy… there are days when all I can do is keep lifting up my hands in desperation and in worship,” confesses Turner, who still struggles daily with her health. “I know the hard parts of life well, and I can see and sense when someone else is going through it. The best way I know to lead is by example. So, I just worship. That’s all I know to do.”

Be sure to check out Alisa’s new album by clicking on the link below!

Self-Titled Debut from Alisa Turner

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Backgrounds PERFECT for Back to School Season

Whether we are ready for it or not, summer is coming to a close. I hope you’ve taken advantage of the warmer weather and slower pace of life. Maybe you and your church have had an opportunity to get together and brainstorm what direction your church will be going in the fall and winter months. Well, with the arrival of fall comes the back to school season. We all love this time of year, because it means we can settle back into a steady rhythm and routine of life. Now is the perfect time to highlight the back to school theme in your services. Whether it’s mini movies, countdowns, motion backgrounds or sermon slides, there is sure to be some back to school media that will work wonderfully for your church. One site I want to highlight is Playback Media. Playback Media exists to create visuals for the local church. In addition to the designs I’m featuring below, they can also customize any of these slides with your church name, logo, or more. Here are two of their Back to School collections I think you will love.

Color Pencils Collection

Color Pencils Closing Still

Color Pencils Welcome Still

Color Pencils Announcements Still

Geometry Lesson Collection

Geometry Lesson Welcome Still

Geometry Lesson Closing Still

Geometry Lesson Church Still

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In Case You Missed It – Videographer Job Opportunity

Sometimes, an opportunity comes around that we don’t want you to miss, and this is one of those times. Pinelake Church in Mississippi is currently looking for a Videographer/Editor to join their team in order to make an impact in their area. Pinelake Church has a vision of seeing Mississippi changed one life at a time, while they help people learn from Christ, live in Christ, and lead others to Christ. Pinelake Church is looking for someone who can stand behind that vision and seek to use their gifts in this position to further their purpose. If their mission/vision gets you excited, then check out the requirements of the position being offered:

  • Creatively develop, shoot, and edit a variety of video content that communicates Pinelake’s vision and values, life change stories and ministry initiatives.
  • Strong understanding of innovative storytelling techniques, narrative plot development, lighting, composition, non-linear editing, and color grading.
  • An aptitude to bring fresh ideas with a clear vision of how a project can be creatively expressed – all with appropriate regard to the audience, goals and objectives.
  • Ability to work independently on projects as well as be able to collaborate with teams that include producers, other videographers, motion graphic artists and writers.
  • Ability to co-create alongside ministry leaders, web designers, graphic artists, and other strategists.
  • Welcomes constructive feedback and input.
  • Knows how to adapt creative concepts and production schedules to meet deadlines and fulfill overall project objectives
  • Proficient in Adobe Premiere, After Effects and Photoshop
  • Advanced editing skills are required.

If you are qualified for this position and have three to five years of related experience and/or training, then click on the link below to read more about this incredible opportunity!

Videographer/Editor with Pinelake Church

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You Are the Light

What if the one thing the world is missing is the single unique thing you have to offer? Your heart. Your soul. Your passions. Your quirky smile. Your kindness. Your humor. Your courage. Your unwillingness to give up. Your desire to serve behind the scenes. Your creativity.

Your everything.

What if the world is missing you?

What if the world is thirsty for the beauty of God as He expresses Himself through you, and what if they can’t even identify that thirst?

Everything is holding us back from offering ourselves to the world, because it’s either too good to be true, or too difficult to believe. Or both.

We don’t have enough time.

We’re low on resources.

Our fears are too great to overcome.

And we just don’t really believe that anyone needs us. There are so many better people than us.

WE JUST DON’T REALLY BELIEVE.

And we bring all those doubts and misgivings about ourselves to Scripture, and we read something like this chunk of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:14-16), and then we’re screwed because Christ’s words don’t align with our beliefs about not really believing.

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Please understand who Jesus is speaking to here. He’s looking into the worn and wrinkled faces of broken and battered people who had Palestinian dust pressed into every crevice of their skin. They have no clout in any arena where clout or influence is required. They are one half-step above the bottom of the smelly caste barrel that society accepted as normal.

But as the master Rabbi teaches them, He’s making absurd comments about them.

About THEM.

And as the religious leaders look on from a distance, they cannot believe what they’re hearing. And I’ve always wondered if it was at this point when one of the key religious leaders looked at another key religious leaders and said, “We gotta get rid of this guy.”

Because this Guy is saying these things:

“YOU are the light of the world.”

And again, “Let YOUR light shine before people…”

And finally, “… so the world will see YOUR light…”

If they could afford a mirror, they’d look into it and see only darkness, if they had the courage to look into it at all. But not in the mind and heart of Jesus. Jesus always seems to see what no one else sees, and He has the uncanny ability to frame that vision into a truth that everyone must either love or hate.

JESUS ALWAYS SEEMS TO SEE WHAT NO ONE ELSE SEES, AND HE HAS THE UNCANNY ABILITY TO FRAME THAT VISION INTO A TRUTH THAT EVERYONE MUST EITHER LOVE OR HATE.

Can these words on this hillside really be true?

I get it – I get that we Christians are always very careful to give all the glory to God, and to say things like, “Oh. That wasn’t me. That was Jesus.” We really want for Jesus to be the light, and make no mistake about it. Jesus is the light.

But you are imprinted with that exact same Light.

So am I.

That doesn’t make us equal to Jesus or divine or anything like that. But in the mind of Jesus, broken people are also illuminating people, because the presence of Christ is not a respecter of persons.

PEOPLE WHO ARE WELL AWARE OF THEIR OWN BROKENNESS WILL SHINE THE BRIGHTEST LIGHT.

So it all comes down to each one of us. What if the world needs your light so they’ll be drawn to the truest ever Light-Giver? What if Jesus’ words to them are really the words of God to us?

That might just be enough to inspire us to live differently today. So go into your world.

Blind them.

 

This post originally appeared on GaryMo.com. Used with permission.

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