Adjust Mac Volume in Smaller Increments

It’s surprising how little Mac users know this trick.  For many people, the default volume increments on Macs are too big of a jump for many applications.  Luckily, there is a way to adjust your volume in smaller increments.

Instead of just tapping your volume buttons, hold down shift, option, and then adjust your volume using the volume adjustment keys (F11 and F12 on most Apple keyboards).  You will see that the volume jumps are much smaller now.

This can also be used with brightness settings by holding down shift, option, and then adjusting your brightness (F1 and F2 on most Apple keyboards).

This may be obvious to many of you, but there is a big number of people who don’t know this useful trick.

The Most Oversung Worship Songs

We’ve all been there.  That time standing in church when a new songs starts and a certain hollowness fills the put of your stomach as you think “Oh no, not this song again.”

If you have never thought such a thing, thanks for reading this blog Jesus.  Everyone has thought this, whether we want to admit it or not.

Here are some songs that make me want to shrivel up in a corner until they are over.

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Gosh, This Communion Bread is Good

I recently attended a church service where the bread served during communion was actual bread, not those styrofoam-like wafers that some churches use.  As in, this bread was a big piece of bread that people broke smaller pieces off of.  And boy was it good.  Soft yet chewy on the outside with a slightly sweet taste to it.  It made me wish all communion bread was like it.

Now, some of you reading this are appalled that this is what I was thinking about during communion.  But let’s face it; we’ve all been there, and we’ve all thought some of these things.

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Good Friday free church slide fingerprints

Free Good Friday Graphic

This free Good Friday graphic was inspired by the following verse:

“6 When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. 7 Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. 8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. 9 And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. 10 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son.” – Romans 5:6-10 (NLT)

These free Good Friday slides are perfect for your Good Friday services.  They depict a cross of red fingerprints, representing the blood that Jesus spilled for our sins.

You may use them in any way you wish; there are no restrictions.  The download is a single ZIP file containing five 1920×1080 JPGs.  Click continue reading to see the images included in the ZIP file.

Also, make sure to check out the other free Good Friday graphic here.

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Three Signs of a Dying Event

1)  Declining Attendance

The obvious one.  If you’ve noticed dwindling attendance for an event, it’s time for either a revamp or a replacement.  There’s no use in kicking a dead horse.

2)  You Wouldn’t Go If You Weren’t On Staff

I see this all the time in church, and it is painfully obvious despite attempts to cover up the false enthusiasm.  If the fact that you are on staff is the only reason that you go to an event, something needs to change.

3)  It Happens Because It’s “What We’ve Always Done”

If the only reason an event is happening is because of tradition, it’s time for a change.  Most of the time people don’t even know why the event continues.  It becomes a routine instead of a meaningful event.

If your church event hits any of these three points, it’s time to rethink that event.  Of course, there are more signs of a dying event, but these three have stood out to me lately.

Why Own Your Domain Name?

I bought my domain name as a junior in high school.  Of course, people asked me “why own your domain name?”

Last night, I had the pleasure of hearing Jon Acuff, author of Stuff Christians Like and Start, speak at Belmont University in Nashville on social media and how he got to where he is today.  For those who don’t know, that’s 4 million unique visitors monthly and over 200,000 Twitter followers.

Over and over again, he hammered home that the most important thing you can do is own your own URL.  Here’s why.

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