This year's Super Bowl commercials saw a much different tone than we have become familiar with when watching the big game in years past. There were still some companies that chose to be more crude here and there, but we saw a surprising turn towards messages of hope that were sure to pull at the heart strings of America. Two in particular reminded us of a couple of our Igniter originals that are near and dear to our own hearts.
The first was from Microsoft. The story of young Braylon O'Neill is incredibly inspiring.
This commercial reminded us of "Cody's Story," a story we were honored to tell back in 2011 that continues to inspire and encourage others to overcome.
Another ad that caught our attention was the #RealStrength Ad from Dove Men's Care.
Just this past year, we made a Father's Day mini movie that told the story of a father/daughter relationship that not only looked similar to the Dove ad, but it even sounded familiar!
If you follow our parent company RT Creative Group at all, you know we spent a great deal of energy in 2014 on the new space we'd eventually move into. Well, 2015 is here, and while we still have a ways to go, we're finally getting settled in!
We know that we (Igniter + Graceway) function as the "tech team" for a lot of our customers who work at smaller churches, so we thought we'd give you guys a peek into your tech team's workspace. And for those of you who do have tech teams, maybe this will give you some inspiration. We'd love to hear your comments!
These images really affect me. It is amazing to see our videos (Social Christmas Network, above) being used in countries on the other side of the globe. This is a room full of 2,500 students in India. So cool and so thankful.
If you're anything like me, the idea of silence sounds pretty great this time of year. Non-stop Christmas music, sitting in traffic IN A PARKING LOT at the mall, hustle, bustle, and all that. Yeah. Silence. I'll have some of that.
"Heartbeat" tells the story leading up to Jesus' arrival, when God's people were experiencing a season of silence. But instead of a few peaceful moments of rest, this silence lasted centuries, and was marked by their separation from God.
I hope you can experience some silence this season, but a silence wherein you can draw near to Him. If your silence is the hopeless kind, know that God is at work, just like He was 2,000 years ago, when he revealed Himself in a way he never had before.
Be encouraged by "Heartbeat."