Zoom, skype, facetime camera angle and clothing

Jun 12, 2020

None of wants to be that person on the Zoom call whose face is so dark no one can see us and the angle of the camera makes us look like a cartoon.  

Here are some quick tips about camera angle whether you are using a phone or a PC to connect to the internet.

The bottom line is that we don't want to be a distraction to the words that we are trying to share with those who are listening.  I was on a Zoom call and one of the speakers had his computer sitting on his lap and all we saw was a rather disturbing shot under his chin and nose.  It clearly made it difficult to take what he was saying seriously.

With a little preparation, you can avoid a few common mistakes.


Dr. Vance

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Zoom, skype, facetime lighting tips

Jun 02, 2020

Zoom and other forms of digital communication have now become a way of life for just about everyone and it looks like they are here to stay. 

Since all of us will be using these tools on a regular basis, this video gives you the tips and tricks to getting the right lighting for your video, whether you are indoors or outdoors.  

Why do we plan and prepare this way?  Is it just because we want to look good?  No, of course not.  It is because we want to most effectively communicate our message without distractions.


Dr Vance

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Renewal International Update! God is doing GREAT things!

May 29, 2020

Our world has been impacted dramatically with the Covid-19 virus.  Yet, God is using this tragedy to further His Kingdom.  Here are just three areas where Renewal International is seeing dramatic impact:

1.  The requests for internet meetings and presentations has skyrocketed.  Just today I taught online to what looks thousands of people in over 15 countries.  I teach again tomorrow.

2.  I have been able to finish our Godly Marriage seminar in record time, increasing content from a mere 33 pages to 175 pages.  This will give us the basis to teach pastors and train trainers around the globe.

3.  We have been able to come alongside 100's of pastors who have little money and were on the brink of starvation, providing them and their church members with food and medicines.


Dr. Vance

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Challenge for married men!

Apr 15, 2020


2 Challenges for you married men!

Can't leave home? These 2 challenges will change your life.

Challenge #1 - Read I Corinthians 13:4-7. Ask yourself, Does this describe me??

Challenge #2 - Read those same verses out loud to your wife and ask if you are this kind of husband.

If you accept the challenge, comment below "Challenge Accepted!"

But, you have to do both challenges! 


Dr. Vance

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Wash HER feet! Seriously!

Apr 08, 2020

So, we are all supposed to stay home because of this virus. Want a happy marriage? Here's something your wife will love AND you can do this for her while staying at home! 

Gentlemen, you may think I'm crazy, but I want you to consider two things:

First, God calls us husbands to love our wives.  Please notice that no where in Scripture does it say that our wives are to love us.  That doesn't mean they shouldn't, it just means that God doesn't call them to do so.  However, God does call husbands to love their wives.

Second, in John 17, we have an incredible example of what it means to love.  Christ, our leader and Lord, humbled himself and washed his disciple's feet because He loved them so much.

So, if you love your wife...

and if you are following the example of Christ...

I would ask you to take the time to wash your wife's feet.

Lay out some nice soap, lotion and a soft towel.  Get a big, warm bowl of water, and ask your wife to sit...

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Panic or Pivot

Mar 27, 2020

Panic or Pivot - Your choice! THIS CRISIS IS AN IMMENSE GIFT. The crisis is not good, but you can USE it for good.

This crisis has taken the whole world by storm.  Almost every country is implementing some form of lockdown lasting 2, 3 or more weeks.  Many of the things that we used to do, we can no longer do.  So, in order to get things done we are changing.  Doing things differently.  Some work.  Some don't.  Some work much better than before.

That is the key.  If you are willing to pivot, and see this as an opportunity (and please don't read that I am saying this crisis is good - people are dying and suffering - it is terrible), but, if you are not caught in the terrible part of this crisis, you might discover things that you are doing differently now that you want to continue to do after the crisis has been averted.  And that is the gift.  

So often we get stuck in a rut, doing things that we have done for years because we...

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THREE things in your life tell people LISTEN or DON'T LISTEN

Mar 18, 2020

Before you speak, there are three things in your life that tell people whether they should listen to what you have to say or disregard you entirely:

Your walk with God;

Your marriage;

Your children.

If your walk with God is a struggle, or you are in rebellion...

If your marriage is poor and you and your spouse do not get along...

If your children have rebelled against your teachings and do not follow the Lord...

Then people will sense the disconnect between what you are saying with your mouth and what your life is saying, and not pay attention.

Leaders will argue that their walk with God, their marriage and their children are all in their private life and are not anybody's business.  But that is never true.  People know what is happening in those three areas by watching you, your reactions, your body language, your spouse and his/her reactions to you, your children's lives and your children's reactions to you.  By looking at those things, they already know...

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STOP!! You need Silence!

Mar 10, 2020

STOP!! You need silence! It is essential for your mind, spirit, ministry, and your relationship with God.

How often do we push on because people need us, there are too many meetings, demands, expectations and our days seem never ending until we fall into bed only to get up the next morning and do it all over again?

That may seem like a productive way to use our days, but in reality, not only does our productivity plunge with a schedule like that, but we are essentially telling God that we've got this ministry thing ourselves.  We can handle it.  We have the answers.

The only way to be truly effective is to set time aside.  Time for silence.  Time to listen.  Time to hear the voice of our God calling to us.  Time to worship.  Time to admit we don't have the answers and we are simply servants of the most High God.

If you don't regularly have times like this in your schedule, time to start.  In fact, as soon as I finish writing this, I am going...

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Meet My Hosts and Hear a Great Story!

Mar 03, 2020

It isn't often that I get to introduce my hosts, but I'd like you to meet Pastor Jay, his wife and children.  For security reasons, I am not giving their full names.  But when I last went to India, this family, whom I had never met, treated me like a king. 

They gave me a room in their apartment, fed me, set up a series of meetings that were so well organized, all I had to do was show up and everything was done.  Pastor Jay drove me hundreds of miles, translated all my seminars and made sure that when we were on the road we had a comfortable place to stay.  

For the last seminar, his wife and children took a many hour train ride to join us.  His son shot video and his wife helped translate.  They were truly a blessing.

They have set the example for how to treat a brother from another country and I look forward to working with them in the future as we all pray for the blessing of pastors, churches and the nation of India.

Thank you Pastor Jay,...

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Does preparation = impact?

Feb 22, 2020

Often, as we prepare for a presentation, we equate the amount of preparation with the impact of the presentation.  

I was always taught to do the work, put in the preparation, to do the details, plan and if I was willing to work hard enough the results, the impact would reflect the time and work that I had put in.  There is some truth to that.  Clearly, we have a responsibility to do our best with the gifts, abilities and opportunities that God has given.  

At the same time, though it seems pedantic to state this, the results are not up to us, but are in the hands of the Holy Spirit as he moves on the hearts and minds of the listeners.  

So, what insures the presence and activity of the Holy Spirit?  Our humility, prayer, and dependence.  This cannot be something that we simply take for granted.  It must be something that is consciously acknowledged each and every day, and especially as we anticipate sharing the truth of God's...

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