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Today, friends, I’d like to tell you about FreeFoto.com. When I spoke in Boston I met a new friend, Colin Britton, who I had been chatting with online for sometime and actually helped organzize my Church 2.0 Local Forum there. Colin is the co-founder of FreeFoto.com. They are a GREAT resource for you to check out and use.

FreeFoto.com is made up of 122886 images with 157 sections organized into 3386 categories. FreeFoto.com is the largest collection of free photographs on the Internet (link back and attribution required). See FREE USE RULES. The comprehensive, yet easy to navigate site, offers images that are free for on-line use, with higher quality versions available for sale.

Also non-commercial users may download their web size images to use off-line in school projects, church services, cards, leaflets, etc. Basically if your off-line use is not commercial you can download their web size images for free. FreeFoto.com features exclusive images found nowhere else on the web with new pictures being added every week.

*** Hear me: If you’d like to find some FREE pictures to use for your church/ministry website, bulletin, newsletter, etc – you’ve found a new resource here. 

Yesterday I was contacted by John Falke of OpenResources.org, a new website for churches worldwide to download and use an entire library of creative materials – absolutely FREE. Materials include sermon audio, countdowns, promotional design graphics and opening videos from a wide variety of message series and churches.

In my book, Church 2.0, I have a whole chapter titled “Open Source” that is dedicated to writing about resources like this (and others I’ve mentioned on here before). I believe this open source model is a God-thing and am happy to tell others about it.

Church Video Idea:
This Sunday, as a Call to Worship, we’re using Amena Brown’s “He is Here” (HD) video from Bluefish.tv. The cool thing that I’m glad we’re doing is going with the “no music” version (they have one totally ready to go with background music and one with her speaking and no underscore).

While the video is playing and Amena is speaking (she’s amazing) – our band will be softly playing and building underneath – we’ll immediately go right into our first song when the video ends.

I’ve mentioned this before: the beautiful thing about Bluefish.tv is that their videos are $1.99! I’d encourage you to do like we have and download every video clip they have of Amena Brown.