New Photo Packs and Valentine’s Day Sale

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I’ve just added two brand new photo packs for sale! One is themed flowers and the other plants. Each contains a curated collection of eight high quality photos measuring 4000 by 3000 pixels in jpeg format. These photos are great as standalone images or a starting point for backgrounds, wallpapers, websites, flyers, texture overlays, and other kinds of digital and printable media.

To get the discount, use the discount code “ysckc5q” during checkout.

Check them out now at my store on Gumroad!

New Digital Media Storefront on Gumroad

I have a special announcement to make: I’ve just launched a digital media storefront on Gumroad!

Some of the ways God lets me serve my local church include music, media, and web. Graphics is a natural intersection of these outlets—song lyric backgrounds, website images, handouts, flyers, and so many other things. Recently, God graciously allowed our church to move to projected song lyrics. We’re also moving forward with a fairly in-depth website overhaul. As I was looking around to source graphics, I discovered two things: there are a lot of great resources out there… but most of them are really expensive. There’s not a lot for small churches on a tight budget. We’re not in a position to invest a lot of money in this kind of thing right now, so it’s an opportunity to learn to do the work ourselves. And after a bit of prayer and soul-searching, God has open some doors for me to get my feet wet with digital media.

Unfortunately, I can’t offer these resources for free. It takes time, work, and investment to take, edit, and share these resources. I can do a little bit for the church as a labor of love, but a small bit of compensation will allow me to produce a greater quantity of resources with higher quality and make them available to the public. At the same time, I’m certainly no pro, and the goal is budget-friendly resources for clients of all sizes. Hopefully, the pricing reflects those values.

To check out the store, head over to: https://gumroad.com/timnorthup!

Tech Tip: Basic Audio-Video Settings on a Mac

Apple computers are especially well-suited for audio and video projects. But if you’re new to using Macs, changing audio and video settings can be challenging. Here’s a simple guide to changing basic audio and video settings.

Changing the audio settings

  1. Click the Apple icon at the top left on the menu bar. (If the menu bar is hidden, move the mouse to the top left corner and it will unhide.)
  2. Click “System Preferences,” then click “Sound” (the speaker icon)
  3. If you’re sending audio from the computer to another source, change the output setting appropriately. (For example, you might be using the headphones jack to send audio to a mixer.)
  4. If you’re bringing audio into the computer from another source, change the input setting appropriately. (For example, you might be using an audio interface to record audio from a mixer.)
  5. The output volume can vary greatly depending on your setup. I typically set it about halfway on the computer and let the source I’m sending audio to handle additional volume adjustments.
  6. If you’d like to access this menu easily in the future, click “Show volume in menu bar.” This puts a speaker icon in the right of the top menu bar that you can single-click to bring up some quick settings and a link to this preference window.

Changing the video settings

  1. Click the Apple icon at the top left on the menu bar. (If the menu bar is hidden, move the mouse to the top left corner and it will unhide.)
  2. Click “System Preferences,” then click “Displays” (the computer screen icon)
  3. To change the display resolution, click “Scaled” and choose the desired resolution
  4. If you don’t want the screen to “Automatically adjust brightness” then uncheck this option
  5. If you have a second screen connected, you can the options for both screens to show up on the current display by clicking “Gather Windows” in the bottom right corner of the window
  6. If you have a second screen connected, you can turn mirroring on and off by clicking the “Arrangement” tab and (un)checking ?Mirror Displays? (note: screen resolutions might have to be adjusted after switching this setting)

Make God Your Resolution

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Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go in to Pharaoh and tell him, ‘Thus says the LORD God of the Hebrews: “Let My people go, that they may serve Me. For if you refuse to let them go, and still hold them, behold, the hand of the LORD will be on your cattle in the field, on the horses, on the donkeys, on the camels, on the oxen, and on the sheep—a very severe pestilence. And the LORD will make a difference between the livestock of Israel and the livestock of Egypt. So nothing shall die of all that belongs to the children of Israel.” ’ ” Then the LORD appointed a set time, saying, “Tomorrow the LORD will do this thing in the land.”

So the LORD did this thing on the next day, and all the livestock of Egypt died; but of the livestock of the children of Israel, not one died. Then Pharaoh sent, and indeed, not even one of the livestock of the Israelites was dead. But the heart of Pharaoh became hard, and he did not let the people go. (Exodus 9:1-7, NKJV)

Many of us know the Exodus narrative. How God called Moses from birth to deliver the Hebrew people from their slavery in Egypt. How Pharaoh ordered all the male Hebrew babies killed, but Moses’ mother hid Moses in a basket in the river. How Pharaoh’s daughter found Moses and rescued him. So, Moses grew up in the Pharaoh’s palace, saw the bondage of his people, killed an Egyptian who was beating a Hebrew, fled to the wilderness of Midian, and lived as a shepherd. Then, at Moses’ lowest, God spoke to him through the burning bush, and despite all Moses’ protests, God was adamant that He would deliver the Hebrew people through the leadership of Moses. And here, in this passage, we read how Moses, with Aaron’s help, is waging God’s war against Egypt through the plagues until Pharaoh finally lets the Hebrew people leave.

Tomorrow begins a new year. Many of us are thinking about resolutions. Maybe you want to lose weight, manage your money better, be a better mother, father, sister, brother, friend. Find a job. Get a promotion. Whatever it is, there’s probably something on your heart you’d like to see happen in the New Year. I’d like to suggest one additional resolution for each of us to make.

When God started the plagues in Egypt, they were a sign to Pharaoh about God’s power, an attack against Egypt’s God’s that would ultimately provoke Pharaoh to let the Hebrew people leave Egypt. But with some of the plagues, like the flies and the livestock, God adds another element: a difference between His people and Egypt.

Spiritually, we can look at Egypt as a picture of the world and the Hebrew people as a picture of the church. As believers, we live in this world, working alongside believers and unbelievers, providing for our households and improving our communities. But even though we live in and work among the world, God has called us to come out from the world, to be different—to come and worship Him.

Our worship offends the world because our world doesn’t understand God. But God doesn’t call us to change this world by Christianizing governments, arguing with skeptics, or slaughtering unbelievers. God instructs us to go and make disciples. He commands us to love Him and others with our whole being and to show that love by our actions toward others. And He describes those acts of love as being light in a dark place, salt to preserve the world (Matt 5:13-16).

As we begin this new year, I want to encourage you to let God’s invitation to His people—to come and worship—be your invitation as well. God wants to make a difference between you and the world, bringing His light into this dark world through you. But He makes that difference by changing your heart and renewing your mind (Rom 12:2). How does He do that? By His Spirit, through prayer, through the Word, through fellowship with believers, and through circumstances, day-by-day, moment-by-moment, as you yield your heart to His presence in your life.

Let God change your life. Let Him make a difference between you and the world. Let God bring His light into this world through you. Let God be your resolution this new year.

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

O the Joy

An original worship song based on Psalm 40:1-5.

O the Joy
Words and music by Tim Northup

Patiently i waited on the Lord
And he turned to me
And he heard my cry
Patiently i waited on the Lord
And he turned to me
And he heard my cry

O the joy of trusting in the Lord
Not in men or patterns of this world
O he puts a new song on my lips
All will see the glory of the Lord
All will see the glory of the Lord

He lifted me up from the miry clay
Onto solid ground
And he showed the way
He lifted me up from the miry clay
Onto solid ground
And he showed the way

O the joy of trusting in the Lord
Not in men or patterns of this world
O he puts a new song on my lips
All will see the glory of the Lord
All will see the glory of the Lord

O my God you do miracles
And your plans toward us are good
There is none who can rival you
Full of wonder, rich in grace

O the joy of trusting in the Lord
Not in men or patterns of this world
O he puts a new song on my lips
All will see the glory of the Lord
All will see the glory of the Lord