Designing Easter – 2019

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My church asked me to design a banner/slide for our Easter service. So, I swung for the fences!

Here is my first attempt:

Easter One

Feedback on the above image = “looks like a beach towel”. I then decided to go with more pastel colors and swap out the background.

Second attempt:

Easter Two

With this image, I noticed that I was having issues with the times at the bottom not standing out. So I swapped out some colors and added more shadowing.

The final product:

Easter Three

I love how colorful the final product turned out. If there was a contest, in Longview, for most colorful Easter banner, I think I’d win.

Surf Report

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Surf ReportWelcome to the Monday edition of the Surf Report. A quick summary of my weekend.

.: God:

Why is Good Friday called Good Friday? What is good about betrayal, torture, and death? I understand Jesus’ death on the cross being a good thing but do not understand the goodness of Friday. Unless the word good, used in a more antiquated sense, meaning ‘holy’ is the sought after definition. Holy Friday, Sacred Friday, even Passion Friday convey more depth and meaning.

I learned something this weekend. Jesus is quoting Psalm 22:1a when he says, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” David goes on in verses 16-18:

Dogs surround me,
    a pack of villains encircles me;
    they pierce[e] my hands and my feet.
17 All my bones are on display;
    people stare and gloat over me.
18 They divide my clothes among them
    and cast lots for my garment.

What David describes in Psalm 22 is prophecy fulfilled under Christ. Interesting to note that crucifixion did not yet exist in David’s time and yet he writes about it.

.: Life:

Spent some time outside this weekend. Trimmed bushes and filled up the trashcan.

Went to the Caldwell Zoo. Which is a most excellent menagerie. Ever had a white tiger roar at you? I hadn’t either until Saturday. Scary.

Celebrated Easter with my in-laws on Sunday. My brother-in-law cooked up some steaks, which were perfect! Had a good time hanging out with them and playing Ticket to Ride. Even though I lost.

.: Gaming:

My wife and I played Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris for the first time this weekend. Mechanically, the controls feel tighter than Tomb Raider and the Guardian of Light. The gameplay is fun, varied, and adventurous. However, by the end of our first level we were both feeling eye strain. Not sure if it was due to how far the camera is pulled back or TV video settings, but our eyes hurt. Going to have to look into this.

Wave SplinterThat’s it for this weeks Surf Report. Make sure to comment below and have a good week!

Signs of Life: Day 1

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As of Easter Sunday, my church has started going through David Jeremiah’s Signs of Life book. The goal with the book is to have everyone read an entry during the week and then on Sunday’s hear a message that ties everything we have read together.

Day 1 talked about how our words and actions, as Christians, should reflect evidence of Christ living inside of us. The life verse for today was:

Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.

– Philippians 2:14-15

2011 Pokémon Video Game Championship

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Kotaku reported earlier today that the 2011 Pokémon Video Game Championship is but a month away.

For those in the United States, prepare your Pokémon to battle on:

  • May 14th, Seattle, WA- Washington State Convention Center, Hall 4B
  • May 21st, San Jose, CA – San Jose Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 2
  • May 28th, Dallas, TX- Arlington Convention Center, Grand Hall
  • June 4th, Atlanta, GA- Gwinnett Center, Hall A and B
  • June 11th, Washington, D.C.- Dulles Expo Center, South Hall
  • June 18th, Newark, NJ- Meadowlands Exposition Center

For those over the pond:

  • June 4th, Birmingham, United Kingdom- National Exhibition Centre, Hall 8
  • June 11th, Rome, Italy- Fiera Roma, Hall 12, Ingresso Nord
  • June 18th, Madrid, Spain- IFEMA, Hall 1, Feria de Madrid
  • June 25th, Paris, France- Espace Grande Arche, Parvis de La Défense
  • July 2nd , Cologne, Germany- EXPO XXI Köln GmbH, Gladbacher Wall 5

Those that prove that they’ve got what it takes will continue on to the  2011 Pokémon World Championships (August 12-14th) hosted at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in San Diego, California.

I may or may not be getting Pokémon Black for Easter. 🙂 Wonder if I have enough time to catch and train a group worthy of defeating the very best…