I have really enjoyed watching the testimonies on the I am Second website over the past few years. The cinematography is great, and the message is always focused on Jesus. The latest video is a long one at almost 30 minutes, and it features the Robertson family from Duck Dynasty. I encourage you to set aside some time and watch the clip. And when you are done, please check out the I am Second website.

I am Second is meant to inspire people of all kinds to live for God and for others. Actors. Athletes. Musicians. Business leaders. Drug addicts. Your next-door neighbor. People like you.

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Today I read the news that Billy Graham was hospitalized and released after a recent respiratory illness. A few weeks ago, I was able to watch his latest message as it was broadcast on TV on online. If you missed it, you missed a powerful testimony to the significance and the power of the cross.

I have incredible respect and admiration for the ministry of Billy Graham. He is a true hero of the faith. I have read a number of books and biographies about Graham, I have visited his library in Charlotte, and I have even heard him preach live at one of his crusades. Each experience has shown me his dedication to proclaiming the Gospel. One of the things that many people miss is how Billy Graham finds ways to connect with his audience. In Graham’s latest message, he includes Christian music artists Lecrae and Lacy Sturm from Flyleaf and they both share powerful testimonies. Even at 95 years old, Billy Graham is reaching out to youth. If you missed the 30 minute message, then take some time, gather your family, and watch the video below. And as Billy Graham will tell you, you must respond to Jesus!

If you want to hear the song that Lacy Sturm sings, then click here to download it from iTunes. It’s an amazing song! You can also find more information about this message from myhopewithbillygraham.org.

wordswagI’m always on the lookout for cool graphic apps. WordSwag is an easy to use app that allows you to add text to your photos and create great graphics you can share on Facebook, Instagram, email, or Twitter. You can choose from your own photos or numerous built-in backgrounds. To try it out, I took a quote from my sermon yesterday and added a stock background from the program. In less than a minute, I had the image shown here that I could share. I could see this being a valuable app for ministry. It allows you to leverage social media with messages from your church. Check out their website for examples and watch the video below for more info. At this time, it’s only available on iOS and requires iOS 6 or higher.

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Another Beautiful Sunset

November 4, 2013

Taken near my house today. Simple beautiful.

Goodbye to the Beard

November 2, 2013

It’s time to say goodbye to the beard.

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I saw this on the Evernote blog and it looks great. I use my iPad for taking notes during meetings, but the typical stylus with the large tip is hard to write with. This stylus has a much smaller tip. It also uses bluetooth so that note taking apps will allow you to rest your hand on the screen. I have been using Notability for note taking, but I need to check out Penultimate again. With its new updates and integration with evernote, I may need to change. This stylus is a little expensive at $74.95, but if you take a lot of notes, it may be worth it.

from the evernote blog:

It all comes down to the tip. If you’ve ever used a stylus, you know that at best it’s like writing with a fat crayon. The Jot Script Evernote Edition stylus is different. It’s an active, Bluetooth 4.0 stylus with a 1.9mm point, which is about as thin as a rollerball. For the first time, you’ll not only see your handwriting as you intended it, you’ll feel like you’re writing in your favorite notebook.

The Jot Script uses advanced technology to generate a capacitive experience from its fine tip. This means that it’ll work with any iPad or iPhone app, even if the app doesn’t know about the stylus or maintain a Bluetooth connection. Apps that know how to integrate with the Jot Script SDK, like Penultimate, will provide a significantly enhanced experience. Other Evernote and third-party apps will be adding native support soon.

Kindle Matchbook

October 29, 2013 — Leave a comment

Amazon launched their new Kindle Matchbook service today. I’ve already picked up a couple of kindle books. Check it out, you can find some great deals on books you have previously purchased in hardback or paperback.

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Woke up to a little snow on the ground. Such a beautiful morning!

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