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Writing, photography, scrapbooking, acting, singing, God, hanging out with Garrett and all my other wonderful friends, Italian food, Mexican food, brownies and most anything else chocolate, video production, music, my iPod, dancing, laughing, reading


Switchfoot, Jars of Clay, Lifehouse, Bethany Dillon, Kutless, Relient K, The Fray, Starfield, Leeland, Building 429, U2, Avril Lavigne (first two albums), The Phantom of the Opera soundtrack, no country and no rap


Pride and Prejudice, Phantom of the Opera, While You Were Sleeping, Little Women, Daddy Day Care, A Beautiful Mind, October Sky, The Majestic, The Mighty Duck movies, I Am Sam, Night at the Museum, and many more...


The Bible, Wild At Heart, Waking the Dead, A Walk To Remember, Finding Alice, Little Women, Captivating, Crime and Punishment, The Veritas Conflict, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Importance of Being Earnest

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Sometimes, Others Say It Best...

Lord I want to yearn for you

I want to burn with passion

Over you

Only you


And the cry of my heart

Is to bring you praise

From the inside out

My soul cries out


A thousand times I've failed

Still your mercy remains

And should I stumble again

I'm caught in your grace


Heal my heart and make it clean
Open up my eyes to the things unseen
Show me how to love like you have loved me
Break my heart for what is yours
Everything I am for your kingdom's cause
As I walk from earth into eternity 


Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.


In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.


Lord," Martha said to Jesus, "if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.


"But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us."

" 'If you can'?" said Jesus. "Everything is possible for him who believes."

Immediately the boy's father exclaimed, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!"


I'm a believer, help me believe... 

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Happy Halloween

Garrett and I were walking together on campus earlier when we overheard a guy talking to one of his friends:


"I was wondering why so many people were dressed up today... and then I remembered that it was Halloween!"


We both started laughing out loud at the same time. It was priceless.


Patrick, I hope you have a good day!  

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Why I am Not Concerned

Jesus' response when asked about the signs of the end times...

Luke 21:7-19 

7"Teacher," they asked, "when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?"

 8He replied: "Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am he,' and, 'The time is near.' Do not follow them. 9When you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away."

 10Then he said to them: "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.

 12"But before all this, they will lay hands on you and persecute you. They will deliver you to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. 13This will result in your being witnesses to them. 14But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. 15For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. 16You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. 17All men will hate you because of me. 18But not a hair of your head will perish. 19By standing firm you will gain life.


Ok, so why do I post this passage of Scripture and what am I not concerned about? Well, I'm not concerned about global warming. Period. It does not frighten me in the least bit. There is scientific reasoning for this (check out this article) but as you see above, there is also Biblical reasoning. As I read that passage last night it made me think...


It really isn't all that uncommon to hear outcries about the end of the world coming. Whether it's a religious group declaring a prophecy or Al Gore claiming global warming is going to get us all, you hear outcries that our time is short. And that's true, it is. However, no one predict when exactly the end is coming and we can have assurance that it's all in God's hands. 


There are lot of things that will be happening before this time comes. There will be wars and natural disasters, which we do see now. We are not given any indication of how long we must endure these, just that "the end will not come right away". But it does note severe persecution is also on the horizon before the end times. In my opinion, that's a little bit scarier than a few ice caps melting. 


But there is hope: "By standing firm you will gain life."Now that is a promise I can stand on, unlike the claims of men. 

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Single Cam Project #3

What do a wooden key, a squash, and a cubed ottoman have in common?


Well, they're all going to be in my next video project: a music video, Michael Johnson style. 


My group has to use an excerpt of a song called "Sunset Passion", recorded by some RIM students. It's pretty cool, but it sounds sort of like African tribal music. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but now that's all I can think of. I need to think outside of the box... but thankfully I have two creative guys on my team with me. I'm excited about working on this project...

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The Continuing Saga Known as Single Cam

Well, I knew it was coming. I knew that Michael Johnson would rip my first project to shreds, which he did. I guess I can be comforted that most everyone in my class was in the same boat as me and we all took some hard hits.




After two semesters of making these videos, we haven't improved much. 


And it makes me wonder...


If we ever will.




I guess it's awfully pessimistic of me to think this way. Of course we're improving, and will continue to do so. It's just much slower than I want it to be.


And I don't understand how these big names got there. How long did it take them? Were their first projects as crappy as mine? I don't need to be a big name, I just want to make a professional looking video.


I don't want to be like all those guys on YouTube. I want to do better.


I don't mind being criticized for things I could control, like camera shots and such. But just one thing I wish MJ would consider...


I don't have a professional crew.


Or sets designed for me.


Or professional actors.


Nor very much time.


But I am determined that by the end of the semester, I can turn in a project with confidence, and that he could find more good in it than bad... something I can be truly proud of. And I guess that's exactly where he wants us to be.   

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