Video Daily Devotions for Students

Video Daily Devotions for Students

So I am on this constant crusade for Instagram to take over Snapchat. I’m not a fan of Snapchat for a myriad of reasons, so I am always trying to push Instagram to the forefront*.

When they added the very weird IGTV service I thought I would try it out and ran daily devotions for a while, but eventually I lost steam and moved on. Mainly because the tools I needed were hard and the devotions took too much time out of my day.

Fast forward to 2019 and I think I have found a solution to making daily devotions for my students, and I think you can do the same. Here is how it works.

  • You will need to start with some software and camera. I found for ease of use I would just use the front facing camera of my phone and would record in the portrait orientation that IGTV prefers. This lead me to an app called Videoleap. This let me record in portrait mode and export it to be used in IGTV
  • If you have an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription Premiere Rush works even better, but without that subscription already it isn’t worth the fee.
  • Pick a daily devotion plan that your students can read. This month we are reading a chapter of Proverbs a day, but your plan can be any type of plan. The ones found within YouVersion’s Bible app are great.
  • Each day make a 1-3 minute video on something found in that reading.
  • Upload that video to the platform of your choice.

If you want to skip the editing process and you can always just do it live on the “story” of your choice too, but I have found editing it gives me a chance to fix some light mistakes.

I have been doing this all month, and have found that it takes about 30 minutes to read, come up with a quick take, record, and edit the videos. So it isn’t that taxing on my time and ads a new way to help reinforce what students are reading.

I think the next thing I am going to do is ask students to record their own thoughts. We will see how that goes!

*In so many ways Instagram is what I wish Facebook would be. Pictures of people doing stuff. I don’t follow celebrities so my feed is just my friends showing pictures of their day. The simple fact that you can’t share articles or rant about politics makes it nice for me.

Minecraft Bible Study on John 15:5

Minecraft Bible Study on John 15:5

I am working on a new series of Minecraft Bible study videos with my son as Minecraft expert. We are making them at the pace of about one a week so be sure to subscribe to the YouTube channel if you want to get all of them when they come out.

Here is the working script I used. We didn’t follow this exactly, but you can get the basic idea. Nathan ended up making a mine cart track that would shoot fireworks as long as it was connected to a big redstone cross. It was pretty cool. (then of course since he is 11 he wanted to make it shoot fireballs at the village, and well…that was actually pretty cool too)

Hey guys! Welcome back to another Minecraft Bible Study. I’m your host Bro. Shane and I’m joined as always by my son/co-host/minecraft guru Nathan. Say hey, Nathan.

So this week we are going to be building a contraption that uses Redstone to work.

Before we get too much further you need to go and find your Bible and turn to John 15:5

There will be a link in the description if you don’t have a Bible.

OK, every time we make these redstone things I am fascinated, because for me Minecraft is always about survival mode which is the way I like to play the best and in survival you don’t find a whole lot of red stone, so I don’t build with it much.

But Nathan Is my go to guru to show me how this stuff works.

So what does this have to do with the Bible? Well, if you will open your Bible to John 15 we will take a look at some of the teachings of Jesus.

John 15:5

5 “I am the vine;  you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit,  because you can do nothing without Me

Jesus says that he is the vine and we are the branches and then he says that we must remind in Jesus if we are to bear fruit.

So if you break the connection to the redstone the machine no longer works. The same is true for us. If we break our connection with Jesus we will no  longer produce good things.

So how do we remain in Jesus?

We spend time reading the Bible, it is important for us to spend some time every day reading God’s word.

The second thing is we need to spend time talking to God. Nathan what do we call talking to God?

Yeah, we should spend time praying.

We spend time hanging out with other people who love Jesus

It is important that we spend time with other people who love Jesus because that helps us to learn to love Jesus more.

So just like the redstone lines are important if you want the machine to run it is important that we remain connected to Jesus through prayer, reading our bible and going to church if we are going to productive in the role that God has for us.

Thanks so much for watching, be sure to tell your friends about us, share us on facebook and whenever else you go and like and subscribe so that other people can find us.

Minecraft Bible Study Devotion 2: What you need to survive

Minecraft Bible Study Devotion 2: What you need to survive

OK, Nate the Minecraft Guru joined me again for another Minecraft Bible Study. This one is focused on the Roman road and how important it is to choose Jesus. Just like you won’t survive your first night in Minecraft without some weapons or at least shelter you can’t survive without Jesus. Check out the video below and be sure to subscribe to get the upcoming videos in the series!