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Matt

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May 26, 2015

Give what you’re in need of

I was working on editing a youth sermon series on giving for the fall. Each week talks about a different way to give by focusing on things like time, talents, and finances. In writing one of the titles I was reminded of the story of the widow who gave two small coins in the offering. Jesus commented on how she…
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May 25, 2015

Turn Off Double Notifications on iPhone

So I've had an iPhone for nearly two years now and I've lived that long with double notifications on every single text. It's always been annoying, but I guess never enough to do anything about it. Apparently it's a system default to repeat the notification. Alas it's a new day and for the first time, I ventured into settings to…
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May 24, 2015

2015.05 // Memorial Day Weekend

A little rain didn't spoil our Memorial Day weekend. We grabbed some bubble mix and had some fun getting wet in our yard.
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May 24, 2015

Judgement, Potential and Listening to Sermons

I recently got my hands on a sermon intended for teens that included a portion of text from a book (which I'll leave unnamed) with an illustration about an accountant who gets to heaven and stands before God. God calls for "Robert the Missionary," but the man doesn't step forward. After God calls again for "Robert the Missionary," the accountant…
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May 23, 2015

The Heart of the Story in Film

Filmmaking is all about story. Much of our work in the past year has been capturing things that are happening as we film: weddings, church spotlights, event recaps, and personal stories. Many times it's showing up in unknown territory without a complete picture of what we're getting into. We've done this a number of times. Most frequently it's going to churches on…
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May 21, 2015

Being Burnt out on Burnout

(Repost from 2011) When I was in high school, my dad overheard me telling someone that I got "yelled at".  He later corrected me, because, as he pointed out, he didn't actually raise his voice at me.  I explained to my dad, a school teacher, that being "yelled at" only meant I got in trouble.  The phrase had transitioned from…
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May 20, 2015

The Context of Love

The other day my Bible reading came from the 13th and 14th chapters of 1st Corinthians. The former is known as the love chapter. Usually it's used as a basis of love in marriage. That of course is a great application, but it's not actually the intention of Paul. Paul is writing to a dysfunctional church that had a hard time agreeing on…
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May 19, 2015

Download Photos from a Galaxy Note 4

My wife maxed out the storage on her phone, so I had to figure out how to download photos from a Galaxy Note 4 to a Mac. I've had some trouble in the past transferring the photos, but have always figured it out. This time, however, I think the lack of free space complicated things. I tried Samsung Kies, but…
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May 19, 2015

My Evolution of Cameras for Filmmaking

I was thinking today about why I'm writing more about filmmaking. Like I've mentioned before, I don't consider myself an expert, but there are number of things I've learned in the last few years that might be helpful to someone out there. Much of my experience has happened within the context of the non-profit/faith-based world. Many non-profits have utility players like me…
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May 18, 2015

Timeline and My Go-to News Apps

I think I'm a news junkie. I read the news on my phone a few of times a day, follow news outlets on Twitter and listen to news radio on my commute.  There was a time I wouldn't miss the local evening news at the end of the day, but those days are gone since it's now served directly and immediately…
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May 17, 2015

Our Sins and the Minnesota Twins

I love the Minnesota Twins.  I know sometimes my Tigers hat throws people off, but that's more about home representation than being a fan. I come from a sports-watching family (see "Sports Moments" post from '08), but with my busy schedule the last couple years, I've limited the number of teams I completely follow (every game, stats, etc.) to just a…
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May 16, 2015

2015.05 // Vietnam

I had a good time traveling to Vietnam last week with a couple of friends. It's an amazing country with incredible people and great food (except for durian). We had a lot of fun experiencing the culture and cuisine of Ho Chi Minh City.
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#Tech
May 15, 2015

How to Post Instagram Photos in Twitter as Native Photos

I remember many things from long ago: "Where's the Beef?" commercials, 99 cent gas, and when you could view a photo from Instagram on your Twitter feed. Now when you share from Instagram, all you get is the Instagram url link that takes you back to their site. I sure miss the good ol' days. IF to the rescue! IF…
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May 15, 2015

A Humble Beginning in Filmmaking

If you've read my philosophy on filmmaking then you know I'm a huge advocate of starting with whatever you have. There are some recommendations I'll make in upcoming posts once you have some money to invest in some starter gear, but I'd strongly recommend just using what you have at first. Our first venture into filmmaking really started in 2004 between…
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May 14, 2015

Download YouTube Videos

I run slides and videos for a good number of events and inevitably a speaker will find a video on YouTube that they want to show (and usually with some disregard to quality) to the audience. So what do I use to download YouTube videos?  I've tried a number of different resources like browser add-one and media players with streaming…
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May 13, 2015

The Four-fold Philosophy of Filmmaking

Let it be known that I'm no expert in filmmaking. I honestly don't even know if I meet the criteria to be called a filmmaker. There's some debate on the definition of a filmmaker, but most agree that filmmaking is the art of telling stories on video. Since that is where my heart and passion lies and the representation of most…
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May 12, 2015

Turn Off Your Email Notifications

Most weeks I work 40 hours Mon-Fri. There are occasional anomalies where I find myself working a weekend for an event, but for the most part there are fixed hours each day where I am punched in. Years ago during the emergence of smartphones, I was thrilled with the prospect of being able to receive work emails and send an…
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April 18, 2015

Equip 15 // Closing Video

Closing video for the 2015 Equip Conference in Spring Lake Park, MN on April 18, 2015.
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April 17, 2015

Equip 15 // Welcome Video

Welcome video for the 2015 Equip Conference in Spring Lake Park, MN on April 17, 2015. Infinity by One Hundred Years is licensing by the Music Bed.
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March 18, 2015

Identity, Job & a House Built on Sand

I had a thought today that gave me a little insight into the book of Job. That book of the Bible has always been a bit of a mystery to me simply because I haven't had much of a connection to Job. I haven't lost nearly as much as him and I don't feel like God has had many conversations…
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March 17, 2015

I Dare You to Dream

We had a great time creating a promotional video for a Single Moms Retreat that happens in Minnesota every year. We are so grateful to the family who welcomed us into their home and let us put together this little film. Enjoy!
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March 17, 2015

Adobe Acrobat Alternative

I've used Adobe Acrobat in the past mostly for combining PDFs or trying to compress the document to get a smaller file size. I had a personal copy of it from my CS3 suite, but at work I have a CS6 software set that didn't have it. The first time I needed it, I downloaded a trial of Adobe Acrobat…
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January 31, 2015

How to Stop Autoplay Videos on One Website

I've long been a news junkie. I have no allegiance to one news source, and I've skipped around new websites over the years. Right now I'm digging USA Today as my primary mobile app and NBC News as my main website. The only problem I have with nbcnews.com (as with most every news site) is that when I click on…
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