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May 2012 Blog Posts (16)

"What Is Animation?-- What can it contribute to society?"

 Animation is defined by any dictionary as 'the state of being alive, full of vigor and liveliness,' but what most people recognize animation today as 'the enjoyed optical illusion of a cartoon.' Computer artists today define this type of animation as the optical illusion that involves the appearance of motion caused by displaying still images one after another." While often celebrated around the world at Film Festivals,…


Added by Jeff Goodner on May 26, 2012 at 6:00am — No Comments

Books on Mobile App/Game Development

"Beginning Mobile App Development with Corona" is now available as PDF/ePub/mobi (kindle).  It is an eTextbook to teach app & game development for Apple and Android devices.  It is now available at my website:

I have started a new book "Learning Mobile Application Development" which will assume no previous programming experience.  Hope to have it ready by the end of summer…


Added by Dr. Brian G. Burton on May 18, 2012 at 10:50pm — 1 Comment

Mobile Security Webinar Wrap Up

A BIG thanks to our presenter!  We had 21 participants.   Very insightful remarks related to your personal as well as organizational security.   Here are the links to the recorded webinar (55 minutes). 

    Streaming recording link (recommended)



Added by Clyde Taber on May 17, 2012 at 2:49pm — 1 Comment

Moms Consider These Inspirations and Helps

Please go to my Pinrerest Boards for Moms.

I hope you enjoy them.

Maybe you will follow.

She had been a chain smoker.

She died of emphaszema.

So I celebrate ALL mothers and motherhood.

The holiday is Mothers' Day for me instead of Mother's Day.

LONG after the holiday is past as a mom you will needs a boost.



Added by John S. Oliver on May 13, 2012 at 7:25am — No Comments

Community Art Event

This is for anyone who has already or is thinking of organizing a community art event.  In 2009 my church art group partnered with the Limner Society in order to gather 12 artists for a week's community studio in order to make art and exhibit it in a public venue so we could dialogue with the public about our art and faith.  I've added a link below as a summary of that event.  If you have questions or want more information, please contact me via my VSN page.  Thanks to Kirsten and the Visual…


Added by Phyllis Thomas on May 10, 2012 at 9:39pm — 4 Comments

Seven Day Guide to Pray for Missions


This is from the prayer workbook Disciple’s Prayer Life page 186.


Mission Functions/Ministries

Day 1: Church development, spiritual awakening, and discipling.

Day 2: Church planting, evangelism, and partnership evangelism

Day 3: Leadership training (seminars, Bible and lay institutes, extension programs)

Day 4: Hospitals, clinics, public health

Day 5: Publication work and literature distribution

Day 6: Mass media (television,…


Added by John S. Oliver on May 10, 2012 at 1:20pm — No Comments

The End of an Era


Added by harold hay on May 10, 2012 at 1:41am — No Comments

Missionary Needs


This is from prayer workbook Disciple's Prayer Life  page 183 and 184.






Personal Needs


Language and culture

Health and safety

Children and aging parents

Spiritual growth and emotional well-being






Work Needs


Cooperative relationships with nationals

Professional skills (such as preacher, doctor, agriculturist,…


Added by John S. Oliver on May 9, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Creative Media Evangelism - SONGKRAN BLESSING 2012

by Allyson B.

We were soaked before we even got started. I had predicted that arming DTS students with water guns and buckets was risky and I was proved right before I even entered the base. I turned to level the revenge only staff can on a student and found I was staring down the barrel of another staff member's water pistol. The epic shoot-out that followed was nothing less than expected during the Thai water celebration of the New…


Added by Cal Curtis on May 8, 2012 at 9:03pm — No Comments

Prayer Requests Based on the Four Missions Imperatives


From prayer workbook Disciple’s Prayer Life page 179.


Missions Imperatives


  1. All people need the salvation God has provided.
  2. God wants all people to repent and be saved.
  3. God’s plan requires people to go and preach the gospel to all nations.
  4. All humankind must acclaim the glory of God.



Prayers based on Missions Imperatives


  1. Pray that the lost will…

Added by John S. Oliver on May 8, 2012 at 3:46pm — No Comments

Pray for Missionaries – A to F


This is from the prayer workbook Disciples Prayer Life page 177.



These can help you in praying for missionaries based on what Paul wrote.

Memory aid the requests start with a letter from A to F.




Acceptance by coworkers – other believers -- Rom 15:31


Boldness in witnessing -- Eph 6:19


Clarity in communicating -- Col 4:2-3


Deliverance from evil -- Col…


Added by John S. Oliver on May 7, 2012 at 6:36pm — No Comments

If You Live It, They Will Come! Better Faith-Based Filmmaking through Better Stories

Telling (and more importantly, living) stories that leave a beautiful feeling even as the credits role is the heart of genuinely Christian Filmmaking


Part 3 in series The Future of Faith-Based Filmmaking


by …


Added by Gary David Stratton on May 6, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Prayer Targets about Missions

Here is what I was reading in the prayer workbook named Disciple's Prayer Life.

page 175


What do we ask the Lord of the harvest for?


Pray –


for the youth and adults of your church to be sensitive to the call of the Holy Spirit to missionary service


for children to be called into the harvest


for college and seminary students to learn God’s specific plans for their lives


for evangelists and…


Added by John S. Oliver on May 5, 2012 at 12:59pm — No Comments

Why Most “Christian" Movies Suck, and Why It Matters

Many Christians see these movies as a safe alternative to Hollywood’s immorality. Are they? 

Part 2 in series The Future of Faith-Based Filmmaking

by Brennan Mark Smith

People have asked me to write on this for various reasons, but let me say at the outset: my goal is not to mock anyone’s creative…


Added by Gary David Stratton on May 5, 2012 at 12:54pm — No Comments

The Future of Faith-Based Filmmaking: What is a Christian movie?

Christian Movie, Faith-based Film, or Christian Worldview Movie? Can you tell the difference?

Part 1 in series "The Future of Faith-Based Filmmaking"

by Mike Rinaldi

What is or isn’t a Christian movie? What is the difference between a “Christian” movie and a “Faith-based” film? Many people use the terms interchangeably but they are very distinct things. The…


Added by Gary David Stratton on May 4, 2012 at 7:37pm — No Comments

The Perfect Storm - A Single Story Arc


Added by harold hay on May 3, 2012 at 1:51am — No Comments

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