Thanksgiving Day Preachers Emphasize Forgiveness and Gratitude

first_imgTwo Liberian clergymen have emphasized forgiveness and gratitude as virtues that Christians need to adapt to in their daily living.Rev. Dr. George W. Zorbah and Rt. Rev. John Kunkun in their separate statements on this year’s Thanksgiving Day in Monrovia, said for God’s intervention to come to Liberia, Liberians must learn to live by these virtues because God instructed His followers to show gratitude and forgiveness.Rev/Dr. Zorbah, who serves as president of the National Grass Root Pastors Association, spoke first and stressed that many Liberians, though claiming to be Christians, find it difficult to forgive their compatriots.Liberia’s unforgiving culture, he said, is leading some to call for the establishment of a war crime court in the country, which would only target certain people, leaving out many more.According to him, the Liberia war was fought by all Liberians, directly or indirectly, stressing that those who did not take up arms to fight supported fighters to kill other Liberians.Biblically backing his statement, Rev. Zorbah said Jesus Christ, to whom Christians pray, urged his followers to forgive 70 times seven times, which according to him, makes forgiveness to be infinite.Regarding “justice,” he said the Christian bible stresses it to be acceptable to God. He said justice is also forgiveness because if one does wrong and seeks pardon from the victim, the victim needs to demonstrate forgiveness as Jesus prayed, “… forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”He said many Liberians were glad to see former Liberian President Charles Taylor incarcerated in the United Kingdom following his trial in The Hague, yet, they have made no changes in their own lives since Taylor was incarcerated.He said the unforgiving spirit in Liberia is a curse that could serve as a driving force to the prevalence of catastrophe diseases including Ebola, noting, “Liberians claim to be Christians, but they are so wicked and envious. This is what sparks up God’s anger to punish people with plagues.”For Rt. Rev. Kunkun of the City of Light Church of God, the need to show gratitude to people when they do good cannot be over emphasized.Citing an encounter Jesus had with the ten lepers, Rev. Kunkun said that among them only one person returned to thank Jesus.Comparing it with the attitudes of Liberians, he said they are good at complaining and seeking favor, but when favor is shown them, they quickly forget those who have met their needs.“Liberians are good at seeking God’s intervention in times of crisis, but when the crisis is over, they draw far away from God and engage in things that will please their bodies. During the Ebola crisis, they were much close to God and promised to always serve Him, but as Ebola is gone now, churches are no longer packed as they used to be,” he said.He said showing gratitude brings “wholeness,” adding that for wholeness to come “upon Liberia,” citizens must learn to appreciate what God has done for them before asking for future needs.He also called on Liberians to show gratitude to people who show them favor, stressing that it serves as encouragement for them that are fond of well-doing.Meanwhile, the National Thanksgiving service held at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion in Monrovia yesterday was specially organized to memorialize Ebola victims.Clergymen and members of their congregations used this year’s Thanksgiving Day to express gratitude to God and pray for the government, neighboring countries and Ebola survivors.Yesterday’s ceremony attracted government officials, among them Vice President and Mrs. Joseph N. Boakai, Senators Jewel Howard Taylor and Prince Johnson, Acting Foreign Minister Elias Shinoyin, a representative of the Muslim community and Christians from various denominations. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Using the Audio Gain Feature in Premiere Pro

first_imgUsing the Audio Gain Feature in Premiere Pro is really easy. There are multiple ways to adjust the gain of a clip. You need to know how each gain setting works in order to use it properly.To get to the gain settings of a clip, simply right click the clip and go to “Audio Gain…” You can do this either in your timeline, or in the project window. This will give you a window with multiple options.There are 4 settings in this window.“Set Gain to:”This will set the clip’s gain to a specified value. For example, if you specify “set gain to: 6dB,” the clip’s gain will be set at 6dB.“Adjust Gain by:”In Premiere Pro this will adjust the gain by the amount specified. For example, if the clip’s gain is already set to 6dB, and you specify “adjust gain by: +3dB,” then the clip’s gain will be set to 9dB.“Normalize Max Peak to:”Normalize Max Peak will analyze the clip’s peak amplitude and adjust it to the specified value. Make sure you keep this value negative to keep your audio from peaking. For example, if you set “normalize max peak to: -3dB,” a clip with a peak amplitude of -9dB will be adjusted up by +6dB to equal -3dB.If you have multiple clips selected, the clip with the maximum peak will be adjusted to the specified value, while the other clips will be adjusted by the same amount, preserving their relative gain differences. For example, with two clips selected, set “normalize max peak to: -3dB.” Assume clip one has a peak of -9dB, and clip two has a peak of -6dB. Since clip two has the greater peak value, it will be adjusted by +3dB, boosting is to -3dB, while clip one also will be adjusted by +3dB, boosting it to -6dB, and preserving the gain offset between the two clips in the selection.“Normalize All Peaks to:”This is similar to the previous setting, except that each clip’s peak amplitude is adjusted separately. For example, with multiple clips selected, set “normalize all peaks to: -3dB.” Assume clip one has a peak of -9dB, and clip two has a peak of -6dB. Clip one will be adjusted by +6dB, boosting it to -3dB, and clip two will be adjusted by +3dB, boosting it to -3dB.When I normalize audio peaks in Premiere Pro, I usually normalize them to -3dB. This allows for some headroom.If you select your clip in the project window, the entire clip is affected. If you select the clip in the timeline, that instance of the clip is affected by the gain adjustments.NOTE: Adjusting the gain in this window does not affect the value of the volume level in the “effect controls” window and will not adjust your audio keyframes.Normalize the Master TrackYou can also normalize the master track volume of a sequence in Premiere Pro. This will take the loudest peak of the entire sequence and adjust the fader to set it to the specified value.Select the sequence you want normalized. Go to “Sequence>Normalize Master Track.” In the popup window, specify a value to be normalized to. Click OK.You’ll notice your Master Track fader has been adjusted. This will adjust any keyframes that are on the master track.Learning how to use the gain feature is essential to mastering the audio tools in Premiere Pro.Got more Premiere Pro audio tips?Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more