Inserting Youtube videos in your blog is a little more tricky than pictures. In youtube there is an option to share and also embed your video. Below is a picture of what that should look like.
Once you have the text selected (it starts with <iframe) copy it (ctr c) then go back to your blog entry. You need to click on the text tab in the upper right corner of your post (picture below where the arrow is)
Once you are in text mode paste the youtube embed code and then go back to visual mode. It should then look like the picture below.
After that your youtube video should show up as it is supposed too.
Happy Blogging :).
“For the Lord’s sake, respect all human authority….Respect everyone…” 1 Peter 2:13,17
“For the Lord’s sake…”
This does not say, “For the sake of the people around you,” “For your own sake,” but it says “For the Lord’s sake.” God is asking us, pleading with us and making His will perfectly clear, that respecting someone is for His sake. He needs us to obey this command, He expects it.
“all human authority…”
We know we ought to respect our pastors, policemen, the husband, the parents, our boss, etc.
Then God takes it even further than just “all human authority” and tells us to “respect everyone.”
Every car on the road, every co-worker, the homeless, children, wives, Christians, those who don’t choose Christ, the drunkard, the murderer, the person guilty of the worst possible crimes are to be respected, for the Lord’s sake.
This is not to say that what people do against us or others is right behavior. It is, however, recognizing the person’s value in God’s eyes. He desires none to perish. He died on the cross and rose from the dead so that every last person could have the opportunity to accept His gift of life. Simply put, respect is just loving a person regardless of their earning the right to it.
“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them.” Romans 12:9a
To respect people the way God desires us to respect, we must fully understand our own failures in the sight of a Holy God; we must understand how God sees us through Jesus; and then we need a revelation of God’s same love for others. This type of respect and love does not come out of our own efforts; it comes from time spent with the Savior, one on one.
Rolling eyes, grumbling behind someone’s back (to ourselves or to someone else), gossiping about, name-calling, shouting at, talking over or cutting them off, breaking promises, outright disobedience, tailgating out of impatience or anger. Most of us know, deep down, when we are not respecting someone. If this type of behavior is seeping out of us, it is evidence of needing to spend more time with the Savior and getting His perspective and His heart for His creation.
Listen to their point of view and weigh it out, give our point of view calmly and patiently. If they don’t want to hear what we have to say, we ought not force them to hear our view. Sometimes it is just not the right time or place. Respecting someone is treating them according to their value in God’s eyes.
Allow God to reveal His unchanging love for you; then let Him show you His unchanging love for others. Loving others, truly, only comes from time spent with Him. This will separate us out from the world. We will be strange. Just as we ought to be!
We don’t always have access to a computer. Luckily for us we can blog our blog posts from our phones. I personally only have an android phone. So my description of what to do will be for that. I would imagine that the iPhone app is roughly the same (they look really similar).
The first thing you need to do is simply install the app. It’s a free app from the google play store or the apple store. When you open the app it will ask you 3 questions.
Start a new blog
Add a blog hosted by wordpress.com
Add self-hosted WordPress blog
We want to choose add a self hosted blog. You will then be asked to enter your blog url and username and password. The blog url is
www.faithandvictory.com (note you can’t use this until we go live October 1st 2013)
Username and password you should already have via an email.
That’s all there is to it. You should now see the wordpress menus on your phone. So you can start blogging. I listed the websites for these apps below if you want more information about there features but for the most part it’s just easiest to download the app from the store and try it out :).
Adding pictures to your blog post is a great way to make it look interesting. I recommend at least one picture per post and you also need to set your featured image (covered in the how to make your blog video).
We can’t just steal images from the internet though. Most images on the internet are copyrighted. So we have to be careful about using them so we don’t make other people mad or worse get sued.
So I am going to provide the 4 best places to find images to use for your blog post.
#1. Pastor Matt’s Facebook Photos
Pastor Matt has 908 pictures in his facebook albums. Most of these are high quality photographs so we won’t have any issues with it being out of focus or to small. Pastor Matt also takes a lot of scenic photos which can be used if for topics in which you don’t want to have a person on the front. To use a photo right click on the facebook photo and then click save as. Then upload the photo to your blog post (detailed in the how to post a blog post video).
#2. Faith and Victory Facebook Photos
Pastor Todd is adding daily pictures to the FVC Facebook page. All of these photos are able to be used for your blog. To use a photo right click on the Facebook photo and then click save as. Then upload the photo to your blog post (detailed in the how to post a blog post video).
#3. Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia is a site that users around the world post there pictures and art to be used on other people’s websites. They sign an agreement that says you can use my picture on your website. So any picture that you search find on there will be fine to use. To use a photo right click on the photo and then click save as. Then upload the photo to your blog post (detailed in the how to post a blog post video).
#4. Photos on our webpage
I have a project in the works where we will have a blogger who all he/she does is post pictures to our webpage. A picture blog if you will. Any of these pictures will be able to be used. You won’t have to upload these pictures you’ll simply have to find/search for them and use them. This won’t be live until after the launch of the new website.
So now you know where to find pictures. In my next post I’ll detail how to edit pictures for those that want to be a little more advanced.
Search engine optimization (SEO) is just a big long phrase for I want my webpage to appear at the top of Google searches. We don’t know exactly how Google works (because it’s super secret formula is guarded by a ninjas) but we do we do know a lot. I’m going to walk you through some of the steps that you can do to make your blog posts show up on Google when people search for them.
#1. The title of your page should include the focus keyword/phrase you want people to search for (this also creates a page url which includes the search phrase). This phrase is the key to everything we do. You need to sum up what your post is talking about in 1-4 words. My phrase for this page is search engine optimization.
#2. Have your focus keyword/phrase in mind and use it a lot. In a 300 word post you need to use your search word 4-5 times. Myfocus keyword/phrase for this post is search engine optimization. I will use it 6 times on this page.
#3. To increase your search engine optimization you’ll need to add a picture. You also need to edit the properties of you picture and make the title and alternate text your focus keyword/phrase.
#4. Add your focus keyword/phrase and meta description. This is at the bottom of the page. The focus keyword/phrase is what what you want people to be searching for to find this page. The meta description is a short sentence or two that Google puts beside your search for people to decide if they want to view your page or not. Do not go over the 156 character limit.
#5. You need to make it long enough. Google does not like posts that are super short. Make your post at least 300 words.
#6 Check the SEO Color and Page Analysis
SEO by Yoast is something that I have install on our Faith and Victory website. This was made by a person that knows more about search engines than we will ever know. He has created a handy color code system and analysis page that will help us stay on top of our search engine optimization. The page analysis is the second tab in that section at the bottom of the page.
Hopefully this article has helped you grasp the basics of search engine optimization. If you have any questions feel free to comment below. Have a blessed week.
God gives us His commands for our protection and to give us the best quality of life possible.
There are extremely important reasons for why God commands us to pay attention to how we think. Our thoughts can drive us into the pits of despair and depression and make us feel like there is no way of escape. Our thoughts can foster deeper love or deeper hate. Our thoughts can make our bodies physically well or physically broken and sick. Our thoughts bring us into sin or they lead us away from sin.
It is in our thoughts that we choose what we believe or don’t believe. With these thoughts we then make proclamations that determine our eternal destiny. From our thoughts we either build people up in our estimation, or we use our thoughts to judge, tear apart and brood on ill. With these type of thoughts, you open your mouth either in building up the church or tearing down the church. It all starts in our minds.
From the wellspring of our thoughts come our words and actions. Thus we see that obedience to God begins in our thoughts.
Once we have accepted the gift of Jesus’ work on the cross on our behalf, we are required to obey God. He gives us this power with His Holy Spirit; yes, He works in us to help us to obey Him. But we have a part to play as well. Our part is to order our thoughts in such a way that they please God.
Here are some scriptures to meditate on:
“Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8
“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight…” Ps. 19:14
“And this is the message I proclaim-that the day is coming when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge everyone’s secret life.” Romans 2:16
Consider listening to “A Change of Mind” from the Sermons page for some tools and some more challenges!
At Faith and Victory Church many people do many things that advance the cause of Christ. Some people clean the church, some people play instruments and others teach Sunday school classes. For me I wanted to go over a series about how to help your local church without ever leaving your computer. After Jesus died the apostles went and told the world about what Jesus did on the cross. That is what I will be asking you to do in today’s world except telling the world today no longer requires you to leave your home. I’m asking you to be a Web Apostle.
Even as I type it out it seems like a trick. Like one of those websites that says you can make thousands of dollars every day at home just browsing the internet. The truth is though that for Faith and Victory Church the majority of our visitors come from searching Google (aka the internet). This does not happen by accident. The majority of people click on one of the first few links in Google when searching for a new church home. Pastor Matt and I have spent many hours configuring our website and content to be at the top of any Google search involving going to Church in the Auburn area. As a Web Apostle you can help us be even higher on Google searches and encourage more people to come check out Faith and Victory Church.
The first thing you can do as a Web Apostle is easy. Sign up for the Faith and Victory Newsletter. This keeps you up to date on all the things that are going on a Faith and Victory Church. As a Web Apostle you’ll need to be well informed so you can share your knowledge with others. Signing up for the newsletter can be found from a picture link on the front page.
As you may have noticed we have completely revamped our website. One of the new features to the website is our forums and the ability to comment on posts. One of the ways you can be a Web Apostle is to join in on the discussion of the forums or comment on what our bloggers are saying. To do that you’ll need to sign up (right hand side of the website) Joining in on the conversation helps in a couple of different ways.
The first way is that it creates content. Every time you say something it “posts” what you typed on our website. Seems pretty simple but it’s a huge thing. The way Google works is it tries to search the entire internet to find new information. When it comes across new information it adds it to the searches it has based on the information that was typed. So when you make new posts or post on other peoples posts in our forum you are adding things that Google can search for on our webpage.
The second thing that posting on our forums/comments does is update our website. Google tends to favor web pages that are updated a lot because they are not stagnant. Anything that is new information that is on your website is considered an update. Websites that are updated more frequently are more at the top of Google searches. So by adding new updates you are helping us be near the top on Google searches because you are “updating” or creating new content for our website.
That’s pretty much everything I have for my first blog. So subscribe to the FVC newsletter and get on the forums and post something. Next week I’ll talk about Facebook and how you as a Web Apostle can help spread the word there.
Have an awesome week.
Extra Credit: Make sure you upload your own personal avatar picture to show off your posts in style