Tech Tip: YouTube Playlist Basics

YouTube is a great resource for churches, small groups, and other events or venues when maybe you don’t have any musicians or song leaders but you’d like to have some time worshiping the Lord together through music. Here are a few tips to help you do that using a YouTube playlist.

Make a YouTube Playlist on a Mobile Device

  1. Open the YouTube App
  2. If you’re not already logged in, log in
  3. Find a video you want to add to a playlist
  4. Tap and hold “Save”
  5. To add it to an existing playlist, tap the playlist
  6. To create a new playlist, tap “+ New Playlist”

Make a YouTube Playlist in your Browser

  1. Go to http://www.youtube.com
  2. If you’re not already logged in, log in
  3. Play a video you want to add to a playlist
  4. Click “Save”
  5. To add to an existing playlist, click the box
  6. To create a new playlist, click “+ Create new playlist”
  7. Type the name and click “CREATE”

Rearranging Videos on a YouTube Playlist

  1. Open the YouTube App or visit YouTube in your browser
  2. If you’re not already logged in, log in
  3. Find the Library section (location varies by device)
  4. Click the playlist you want to rearrange
  5. Click or tap the left side “=” of the video and drag up or down

Play a YouTube Playlist on Another Device

  1. Open the YouTube App or visit YouTube in your browser
  2. If you’re not already logged in, log in
  3. Find the Library section (location varies by device)
  4. Click the playlist you want to play
  5. Shuffle videos by clicking or tapping the crossing arrows

Love Has Come

An original Christmas worship song based on John 1:1-18.

Love Has Come
Words and Music by Tim Northup

Lying in a manger the Promised Child was born
His parents stared in wonder could this be the Lord?
Surrounded by the shepherds, come to testify
As heaven’s host was praising him
Glory to God on high

Love has come, love has come
The Son of God is born to save the world
Love has come, love has come
Heaven’s Light has come to dwell with us
Heaven’s Light has come to dwell in us

Forsaking every privilege, He laid aside his crown
Born to dwell among us, coming to His own
Despised and rejected the Son of Man was scorned
But faithful unto death He brought
Salvation to the world

Love has come, love has come
The Son of God is born to save the world
Love has come, love has come
Heaven’s Light has come to dwell with us
Heaven’s Light has come to dwell in us

Love has come, love has come
The Son of God is born to save the world
Love has come, love has come
Heaven’s Light has come to dwell with us
Heaven’s Light has come to dwell in us

In Everything Give Thanks

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Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for You. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NJKV)

The ancient city of Thessalonica was the capital of the Roman province Macedonia, making it a hotspot for Roman travel, trade, politics, and religion in the region. And when Paul preached in Thessalonica, he quickly encountered much hostility from local non-believers. After Paul left, the Thessalonians continued to experience similar hostility and persecution in the city. Against this backdrop of hostile daily life, we read Paul’s isntructions to the Thessalonian church.

Confession time. When God lets my life get uncomfortable, I get upset. Personally, my issue is anger. When life starts piling on the difficulties, even the small annoyances that I can usually shake off feel like red-hot iron pokers burning away sanity.

Maybe you’re like me and your issue is anger. Or maybe your struggle is with discouragement, doubt, and despair. Or, perhaps, when life closes in around you, you detach from the world and run away. Whatever your response, all of us at various times experience the pressures of life weighing heavily on us.

But imagine being a Thessalonian believer. You’re living in the center of a pagan world that worships their gods with gluttonous parties, drunkenness, wild orgies, and so forth. As a Thessalonian, you used to do those things, too. But now, as a believer in Jesus, He has set you free from those lifestyles of sin and you don’t do those things anymore. But your old friends aren’t ok with that. They won’t sell you food, clothes, or other necessities. They won’t socialize with you anymore. And if you start telling them about Jesus, they literally drag you and your family out of your house and beat you.

As a Thessalonian, your first pastor, Paul, and his ministry team were forced out of town by such hostility. But he has heard about your struggles and he has written you a letter, encouraging you to give thanks in everything. How absurd!

But Paul doesn’t say, “rise up and slaughter the offenders,” or “take them to court and squeeze every penny from them,” or “run for office and force Christian morals on society.” Those are the methods of men. They’re not our mission from God.

God’s will for us is to let Him transform our hearts and minds into the likeness of His Son, Jesus Christ. God’s mission for us is to go out, into all the unbelieving world, preaching the gospel and making disciples of the nations. Both God’s will and God’s mission require us to remember the single most important fact of every believer’s existence:

Jesus Christ died for our sins, saved us from death, and gives us eternal life.

It is this reality that enables us and impels us to be thankful at all times, in all things. One author explains the situation this way,

[Remember] Rom. 8:28, [how] all of which cooperate for good to God’s children and thus call forth our thanks to God. We need to learn this secret of the happy Christian life—thankfulness. If everything actually conspires to do us good, how can we do otherwise than always rejoice? [1]

Our thankfulness is not based on external circumstances. It flows from our relationship with Jesus Christ. When we begin looking at life through the lens of salvation, we see God working through the hardship in this life to make us holy. That holiness grows in us, making us more like Jesus, focusing our hearts toward heaven, filling us with joy, and turning our frowns upside down.

[1] R. C. H. Lenski, The Interpretation of St. Paul’s Epistles to the Colossians, to the Thessalonians, to Timothy, to Titus and to Philemon (Columbus, OH: Lutheran Book Concern, 1937), 358.

Recipe: Apple Cinnamon Pancakes with Peanut Butter Maple Glaze

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

  • Servings: 16 pancakes
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup quick oats, blended into flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp iodized salt
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups sweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  1. In a medium size mixing bowl stir together dry ingredients until well combined.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together wet ingredients until well combined.
  3. A little bit at a time, stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients until well combined.
  4. In a preheated skillet or griddle, use 1/4 measuring cup to pour batter.
  5. Cook over medium-low heat on each side for 2-4 minutes, flipping when the edges become firm and the top isn’t shiny.

About 90 calories per pancake.

Peanut Butter Maple Glaze

  • Servings: 16 tablespoons (roughly)
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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup

Directions

  1. Pour ingredients into a small sauce pan.
  2. Simmer over low heat 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

About 95 calories per tablespoon.