Archive for the ‘Resources’ Category

New Resources Pages

Friday, August 21st, 2009

I’ve added several new resources to the John Pape Online Blog.

  • Bible Trivia – Test your knowledge of the Bible
  • Daily Bible Story – A new story every day from the Bible
  • Christian News – News items with an emphasis on Christianity.
  • eBooks – There are many resources available to help you to grow and learn in your Christian faith.
  • Shopping – A shopping section has been added to help you easily find items such as books, software, musical instruments

Our Only Hope

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

jesus is my hope

I thought this was an interesting variation on a theme.  Especially, when it comes to hope.

Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God;
For I shall yet praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God.

Psalm 43:5

You can get this on a tee-shirt by going to

5 Ways to Set Your Goals in Stone

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Here is an excerpt of an article that I came across that I thought would be beneficial the the readers of this blog.  Setting goals is a way to help create your future.  Here are some tips that can help you in the pursuit of you dreams and ambitions.  Enjoy and feel free to make any comments you would like in response to this article

– John Pape

Most of us set goals for our lives. Whether the goal is to climb Everest or to buy a pair of shoes, setting goals can sometimes seem like second nature to us. Even so, setting a goal doesn’t automatically mean getting the result. Sometimes goals are gradually forgotten about and fade away into the back of our minds.

As with most things, it’s better to keep this process simple. These are five suggestions that I use. They’re easy to do and don’t take much time, but the effects are obvious once you do them.

1. Create a “vision board” or “board of dreams”.

The idea is to get a notice board, and let your artistic side out.  Don’t just write a list. Stick up things that remind you of what it is that you want. Photos, gifts, memorabilia, letters, notes, pages from books. Anything that provides you with a reminder of that original inspiration.

Be creative:  This board will engulf everything about your goal and show you all the reasons you want to achieve it.

2. Photos (everywhere)

Images are a source of great inspiration. Seeing a sunset isn’t the same as reading about it, no matter how good the writer. Get photos of what you want to achieve and stick them everywhere you can. Pictures of the people that inspire you doing what they do best are great. Decorate your home with them, put them on your desktop background, put them on your cell phone background, have photos on your desk of things that represent your aims. The picture isn’t as important as the emotional connection to your goal that comes with it.

3.  Leave notes (everywhere)

As well as the photos, have notes dotted around the place. Write notes that explain the photo you have chosen. A photo of a mansion with a pool with a note saying “I am going to buy this house” will further reinforce your goal. The more unavoidable and obvious your goals are, the easier it becomes to remember what you are working for. Notes can be left anywhere. I leave notes on my desk, by my bed, on the refrigerator door, in the bathroom.

4. Your most used applications

What applications do you use most? The majority of applications that are used everyday will have some way of keeping a note, whether it was meant for that purpose or not. I’m an avid user of iGoogle and my iGoogle homepage displays my goals every time I log in. Microsoft Outlook can do the same. Firefox can (there are handy notes add-ons!). Even Windows can. Google’s Desktop sidebar lets you save notes so that they’re ready for you when you log in. Whatever application you use the most, have it remind you of your goals.

5. Tell people (but be selective)

Tell others about your goals. Tell the people that inspire you and will throw encouragement your way. The inspiring people in our lives will add to our momentum. Have a conversation about your goals often. If your goals are well known and a regular talking point, you’ll never lose that inspiration.

Staying motivated past the original spark of inspiration is not easy. It can take discipline and a strong will to keep working towards a long term goal, but at the very least we can make things easier.

Remind yourself of the original moment you set your goal. The reasons you want to achieve that goal. The potential results of your hard work should be seen around your home or workplace.

Hopefully with the above methods, you will find your goals become part of who you are, and you’ll find the journey to achieving them much easier.

Source Dr. Mercola, Lifehack


Music Copyright Information

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Here is a list of various organization that are available to you with information and assistance on copyright issues.

Christian Copyright Licensing, Inc. Copyright licensing for churches and ministries.

Copyright Office
(United States) – copyright those worship songs you’ve written

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
Performing rights organization

Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI)
Performing rights organization

Performing rights organization

Music Publishers Association Copyright Resources
Links and useful resources

The Copyright Website
Practical and relevant copyright information of interest to infonauts, netsurfers, webspinners, content providers, musicians, appropriationists, activists, infringers, outlaws, and law abiding citizens.

I am sure there are other resources out there, if you know of any please feel free to include links and descriptions in the comments for this post.

Free Music Software Resources for Worship Leaders

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Below is a list of many free software resources that are available to you.  If you have also found software that is useful and you want to share it please leave a comment to this post.

Worship team database has all the functions from SongBuilder (below) plus a database to track team members, worship sets and schedules.

(formerly CLOG Chord, Lyric, Overhead Generator).  New version can also do key transpositions for chord charts and choose inline chords or chords on top.

Anvil Studio
Anvil Studio™ is a free Windows program designed for people who want to:

  • record music with MIDI and Audio equipment,
  • compose music for MIDI and Audio equipment,
  • Sequence music with MIDI equipment, or
  • play with music using a computer and sound card.

Finale Notepad
You can create great looking sheet music with this free application.

A freeware program for creating PDF files.

VanBasco MIDI Player
vanBasco’s Karaoke Player plays MIDI Karaoke files. Lyrics can be displayed in full-screen. You can change and recall tempo, volume, and key of a song, and mute or solo instruments.

Adobe PDF viewer
This is the software need to view many of the sheet music files on this site.

Finale viewer
This program is needed to view .MUS (which are a combination of Sheet Music and Midi)  files created by users of Finale software.

UltraPlayer is a free MP3 player supporting MP3, WAV, CD Audio and Internet radio streams. Loads of features including a sleep timer.

Very popular, versatile MP3 file player. If you use it longer than 14 days, you’re required to pay $10 to continue to use it for noncommercial use or $25 for commercial use.

Free Praise And Worship – Worship Leader Resource
Praise And Worship, chords, lyrics, mp3, realaudio, sheet music. Over 700 songs from independent christian songwriters. A great resource for worship leaders

Worship Assistant
Software tool for planning your worship services and presenting song lyrics using a video projector.

Online Transposer
Web based tool automatically transpose song chords to a new key

Free Bible Software
Free 31 volume Bible Software CD that this nonprofit ministry gives away. Commentaries, Bibles, and more.

Resources and Links For Guitarists

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Songs with Chord Notation

English Gospel Songs with Chord Notation

Guitar Tuner
on line guitar tuner. This tuner works only for Internet Explorer.
This site was started in July of 2000, to fill a void in the area of Christian tab sites on the internet. There were several decent sites out there, but I felt that more could be done to serve the Christian guitarist community. Thus, Christian Guitar Resources was born! This site is here to help you help each other. I’ve tabbed a number of songs, and I’m getting better at it, but I still rely on you for most of our tabs.

Josh’s Christian Guitar Page
Many praise songs for your use in your ministry

Rockin the Cross: Guitar
This is a Christian guitar tablature archive for musicians by musicians.

Christian Guitar Network
Now the page is a complete archive with tabs from different archives on the web as well over 100 tabs and lessons done personally by Brian that are exclusive to this site.

Acoustic Guitar Central is the online home of Acoustic Guitar magazine. Founded in 1990, Acoustic Guitar won the coveted “Maggie” Award as the Best New Consumer Magazine of the year, and quickly established itself as the leading magazine for all acoustic guitar players, from beginners to performing professionals. Through interviews, reviews, workshops, sheet music, and song transcriptions, Acoustic Guitar readers learn music from around the globe and get to know the artists who create it.

Website Update

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

In addition to this website I have a couple of others as well.  From time to time I go in and tweak the site to make them better.  One site I’ve been working on is It is what you would call is single product e-commerce site.  This item is used in many application primarily in vehicles.  It is used as a gasket in truck campers and also use in a blow-through audio port for car audio speakers.

Recently I expanded the site to include new pages.  The goal for creating these pages was to develop new content that would help in my SEO for the site.   To accomplish this I added a resource page.  On the resource page I added several page that relate directly to the accordion boot product.  I included these pages:

  • Glossary of terms
    The idea behind this was to create a list of keywords that are related to this product.  Then provide definitions of these words.  The hope is to create a keyword rich content.  In turn, I hope that it will attract the search engine spiders and index this page.
  • White Paper
    The purpose of a White Paper is to provide a document that will provide information regarding the product.  The format contains 5 sections:

    • Abstract
    • State the Problem
    • Describe the Product
    • Tell how the product solves the problem
    • Conclusion

    Again the purpose of this document is to provide my client with additional information that will allow them to make an informed decision when they decide to purchase the product.

  • Technical Data for the rubber material
    I added this page to provide proof and evidence of the technical performance of the material used in the product. With this I hope to gain trust with the client.  Although this data is technical, it will appeal to a certain segment of my audience that wants this type of detailed information.
  • Online calculator
    This page came about as a result of one of my customers ordering the wrong amount of accordion boot material.  As a convenience to my customer I included an online calculator that will help them determine the amount of material they will need for their project.  As the boot is designed to fill a gap between two openings, all a person has to do is make a few measurement, then enter the numbers into the appropriate form.  The calculator will them use the proper formula to determine how many feet are required.  The form uses javascript to perform the math functions
  • Installation Guide
    Although the material is very simple to install, one issue that popped up was how to properly boot the two end together.  This page has a visual representation of how to do that.  I create an illustration in Photoshop to help the customer visualize the solution.

Now that I’ve added these resources to my website, I can now monitor any improvements in incoming traffic.