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Happy November everyone! Seeing that Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away, with all the turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, biscuits and butter we can eat, I figured we could get a head start and talk about some things that we are thankful for. So what are you thankful for? There are so many things, there’s no way we could list them all. Well here are a few things we can be thankful for: 1. Free Media  2. Cooler days  3. Family  4. Friends  5. Free Meida  6. Football season in full swing  7. Grilling on charcoal  8. Free Media  9. Starry nights  10. Free Media!  As I said, so much to be thankful for. So let’s dive in and get right to the free media we’ve all been waiting for. You’re going to love what we have for you this month. Go ahead and check them out and then send them to your media loving friends! Can you believe you can get all this for free? Amazing!

Study Cinemagraph by Journey Box Media

This cinemagraph is great for making announcements about Bible Studies or Lifegroups. Cinemagraphs bring still images to life, and are an eye-catching way to communicate necessary (but often, boring) information.

Invite 2 by The Sound Tank

Invite 2 by The Sound TankNo other institution or organization Christ has given this commission to reach out to the community to make them part of his body. Taking the commission seriously, we all need to invite some one to go to church so that they to will have the opportunity to the God the Creator who died to save them. This short, humorous video is another installment in the popular “Invite” series. This time we learn to reach across barriers to invite people on a weekly basis. Another great ending!

It’s Christmastime by Yancy Ministries

It’s Christmastime is A fun song by Yancy! This pack includes both the English and Spanish versions. Both versions include 2 Files: Full and Instrumental.

Change the Room by Ryan Emerick Media

As Christ-followers, the Bible challenges us not to be changed by our environments, but to change every environment. A great opener for a message or small group discussion on relationships, holiness, or evangelism.

Reflection Motion Background by Playback Media

Clouds drift over a mountain landscape. A reflection of the mountains sits in a circle on top of the landscape. This is a modern background that can be used any time of year and is part of the Reflection Collection.

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It’s Time to Fall Back: Media to Help Your Church Remember

Daylight saving time is about to end. I know. I know. It’s a bit sad. The days are going to be shorter. We’ll be driving home from work in the dark. It can be a bit of a bummer if we let it. But I refuse to get down over setting our clocks back an hour. I refuse to hang my head and let my shoulders droop because the days are getting shorter, the weather is getting colder, and the sun just isn’t staying out as long. I ask you to stand with me and look at the bright side. By turning our clocks back an hour, we are another day closer to springing them ahead. That’s right, we’ve got to think of the long game here. It’s not that we’re losing daylight. It’s that we are getting closer to the spring and summer when the days get longer and weather gets warmer. So no more slouching. Let’s get out there and use this media with passion and announce to our church that though Daylight Saving time may be ending, we are getting closer to that day when we can spring ahead again!

MINI MOVIES

Fall Back Reminder: The Clock Shop by Skit Guys Studios

Fall Back with Johnny and Chachi by Igniter Media

Fall Back with Dumb Riddles by Media4Worship

MOTION BACKGROUND

Fall Back Motion Background by Graceway Media

Fall Shades Fall Back Motion Background by Life Scribe Media

STILL BACKGROUND

Fall Back Still Background by Playback Media

Painted Autumn Fall Back Still Background by Centerline New Media

COUNTDOWN

Fall Back Countdown by Playback Media

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Failure as the Starting Place for Worship

The pressure to be a worship leader today is intense! If someone who does not go to church started looking around at worship gatherings today, I think a general statement they could make would be that worship leaders are rock stars. I think that’s an easy assumption to make because I could make the same statement as well! But is that the goal? Is being a worship leader equal to being a rock star? I sure hope not. And Zac Hicks has a few things to say about this topic.

In Zac’s book, The Worship Pastor, Zac challenges this notion by sharing his own personal journey in this area and by digging into the Scriptures to give us a solid, biblical picture of what it means to be a worship leader. In this brief excerpt, Zac gives us a glimpse into where we should begin in our new venture into understanding what it means to be a worship leader.


Failure as the Starting Place for Worship

For the same reason, failure is the great and perpetual starting place for worship too. The worship of God begins only when the worship of ourselves ends, and acknowledgment of our failure hastens that ending. I imagine this is why hymn writer Joseph Hart (1712–68) included this verse in one of my favorite call to worship songs:

Let not conscience make you linger,
Nor of fitness fondly dream;
All the fitness He requireth
is to feel your need of Him.4

What does God require of His worshipers? What is our entry ticket into wor- ship? What’s the password? It’s “I need you, God.” As C. FitzSimons Allison said, “Restlessness, uneasiness, and dissatisfaction with ourselves is the only qualifica- tion for worship.”5 We can properly look up only when we are flat on our backs. Failure leads to a life-giving shift in posture, a change from looking downward and inward to looking outward and upward. And then the very hill that we know we can’t ascend becomes the mountain on which our hope lies:

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord.
– Psalm 121:1-2

It is atop that same mountain that the angel took a despondent apostle John when he was weeping over the unworthiness of the whole world. And as their eyes ascended the hill, an elder cried, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able.” And John turned, lifting up his eyes to the mountains, and saw “a Lamb, looking as though it had been slain” (Rev. 5:5–6). Atop the hill we could never ascend, the hill of Calvary, hangs the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world—the One with clean hands and a pure heart.

Who may ascend the hill of the Lord? The Lamb answers, “I.”
And suddenly, our failure is swallowed up in worship.

4. Joseph Hart, “Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy” (1759). Public Domain.
5. FitzSimons Allison, Fear, Love, and Worship (New York: Seabury, 1962), 27.


Taken from The Worship Pastor by Zac Hicks. Copyright © 2016 by Zachary M. Hicks. Used by permission of Zondervan. www.zondervan.com.

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Zac Hicks is Canon for Worship and Liturgy at Cathedral Church of the Advent (Birmingham, Alabama).

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FREE Media for Your Service This Weekend

Using media in your service does many things. For one it can help create atmosphere’s in which we worship God. Media can also help tie thematic elements of your service together in one cohesive bundle; and that in turn helps the message stick with your congregation throughout the week. In today’s culture, what language do most people speak? To answer this question, just look around and see what people are doing. They are looking at their phone, their computer screen, movies, TV’s, etc. Our culture understands imagery, color, and motion. Good or bad is not the discussion here. We are simply trying to speak the language of the people. So whether you use this FREE media or not, I encourage you to prayerfully choose what media you can use to help solidify the point you are trying to make this weekend.

A Purpose by James Grocho

Jesus our savior, gave his life in place of ours, so that we could have a purpose in life.

Control by AdoptionMedia

We all like to have control, to be our own master, but the truth of the matter is our control only leads to death. But Jesus graciously fixed that and gives us the victory if we hand control of our lives over to Him. This thought provoking mini-movie asks the question who is in control of your life, you or God?

Gorilla Game by Digital Felt Productions

An interactive, crazy take on the Rock, Paper, Scissors game. Kids compete against their neighbors to try and be the last kid standing. Game starts out spoofing a yoga video and then breaks into some loud, crazy music. Game has 3 questions.

Every Conversation Matters by Pink Goose Media

Does what we say really influence others to make a decision to follow Christ? We may never know how long it will take for our words to impact others lives. What we do know is that every conversation matters. Even those casual chats that seem to be about nothing, they matter! Every conversation you have about Jesus is important.

Passing Clouds Motion Background by Playback Media

This motion features a beautiful orange sky with rolling clouds slowly drifting across the background. The faint glow of the sun highlights the center of the clouds. The warm hues help set a peaceful serene feeling. This is a gorgeous background to help set a calm meditative mood for any setting and is a great background for any time of the year! The Passing Clouds 7 Motion Background is part of the Passing Clouds Collection.

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ICYMI – GREAT Opportunity for Web Designers

Calling all web designers! I have some good news for you. Christ Fellowship, in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida is looking for YOU! That’s right. They’ve opened up a position for a Web Designer for their church of 40+ thousand people! Are you excited about this one yet? If this position is for you, then you would spend your time designing and managing digital experiences for this church that is focused on glorifying Jesus! Here’s a few things they are looking for:

You are:

  • Passionate about design, user experience & user interface (UX/UI)
  • A WordPress savvy, fluent in Html5 & CSS3
  • A full stack designer, familiar with PHP, WP theme development, JavaScript and jQuery
  • A Photoshop, Sketch and Bootstrap expert
  • Used to wire-framing and prototyping
  • Up-to-date with the latest design trends and technologies
  • Fast learner and driven to action
  • Highly creative, flexible, and fun to work with
  • A Christ follower, and want to make a difference in the world

You will be:

  • A part of a team that cares about you and your personal growth
  • Committed to the core values and culture of Christ Fellowship
  • Working with graphic designers, project managers, and volunteers to produce digital experiences
  • Designing responsive pages from scratch, email campaigns, coding interactive forms, and other.
  • Enhancing our Mobile App UX and functionality
  • Setting up SFTP accounts, web hosts and SSL certificates
  • Configuring domains and DNS records
  • Managing our video archives on web, mobile app, tv app, podcast and YouTube
  • Reviewing and updating all digital content, including our blog and intranet
  • Recruiting and leading a team of volunteers
  • Bringing creative solutions to keep our online presence on the cutting edge

If that sounds like you, then click on the link below to continue reading about this amazing opportunity!

Web Designer for Christ Fellowship

 

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