National Threat

A public school teacher was arrested today at John F. Kennedy International airport as he attempted to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a compass, a slide-rule and a calculator. At a morning press conference, Attorney General Eric Holder said he believes the man is a member of the notorious Al-Gebra movement.

He did not identify the man, who has been charged by the FBI with carrying weapons of math instruction.

‘Al-Gebra is a problem for us’, the Attorney General said. ‘They derive solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on tangents in search of absolute values.’ They use secret code names like “X” and “Y” and refer to themselves as “unknowns” but we have determined that they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with coordinates in every country. As the Greek philosopher Isosceles used to say, “There are 3 sides to every triangle.”

When asked to comment on the arrest, President Obama said, “If God had wanted us to have better weapons of math instruction, He would have given us more fingers and toes.” White House aides told reporters they could not recall a more intelligent or profound statement by the President. It is believed that another Nobel Prize will follow.

Live Second – Day 2

Day two and the Live Second: 365 Ways to Make Jesus First book is doing great at!

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Thanks to all that are praying and have purchased the book. If you’re interested in finding out more about the book or buying a copy, you can click the image below for or visit your local Barnes & Noble or Christian bookstore.

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Live Second – Released today!

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Some of you are familiar with the I am Second website, and the films which have become very popular over the past four years since the site was launched. You may even be familiar with the first book, I am Second: Real Stories. Changing Lives., which was released this past January. But you may not know that a new and different I am Second book is coming out 12.09.12 called Live Second: 365 Ways to Make Jesus First. I’m asking friends and family to pick up a copy or two between 12.9 and 12.15. Please read on…

Most people do not know that the I am Second training materials on the website (offered for free) are designed from the expertise of people that have studied church planting movements for decades. Live Second is born out of that material. It is much more than a daily devotional. Live Second is a daily disciple-maker that increasingly challenges the reader to grow in obedience to the Word of God.

Our goal with the timing of this release is to make the New York Times Bestsellers’ List – a secular list. The previous book was a Christian bestseller for 8 months, and that’s great, but we want everybody to get this book, because it gets them reading God’s Word. This is about making Jesus first in people’s lives.

I have attached the first 3 days of reading for you to look over.  You can also read my review at which explains the book in detail. Take a look, and consider getting a copy for yourself or a loved one this Christmas between 12.9 and 12.15.

First 3 Days

My Review

Thanks for reading, and for your support.

Have a Merry Christmas, and live second

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One Year Later

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A year ago today, our house was empty, the cars were being transported and Sarah, the kids and I were on a plane, eager to start a new chapter in Spokane, WA.

For those unfamiliar with the “story”, I accepted a new job at the corporate office in Spokane, WA in October of 2011. On December 7th, everything had fallen into place and we were off to Washington to start a new life. Little did we know that 7 short weeks later, we’d be back in Illinois as if nothing had ever happened.

I won’t go into details, but it was one of those life changing events. I know that Sarah feels the same when I say that we came back changed for the better.

Refocused. Prioritized. Intentional.

Three (of many) words I can use to describe how we changed.

In the end, we’re glad it happened how it did. We’re happy to be home and countless friends and family have resonated the same.

To those that offered support and a shoulder to lean on… Thanks.

Photography Cheat Sheet

If you have a DSLR camera, hopefully you’re not like me and use it mostly on the AUTO setting. While this is a decent place to take pictures, there are near unlimited possibilities to discover using the manual mode of your camera.

If you ARE like me, then the manual mode of your camera intimidates the heck out of you and every time you mess with the dial, you take pictures that wouldn’t be worthy of gracing the bottom of the bird cage.

LivingInTheStills has created a great cheat sheet for using the manual options on your digital camera.

From exposure to ISO settings, the chart below is pretty easy to follow if you want to take better pictures.

I plan on printing this one out and dropping a copy or two in my camera bag.

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