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Jeff
Chaves
Writing Portfolio
Here are a few samples of recent articles. I have a variety of different formats and subjects. Some are based on interviews, others are from my experiences in television and ministry. I write both, technology and inspirational pieces. Most of these have links directly to the publisher's web site. Others have PDFs taken right from the publication.

Videomaker Magazine
Sports Spectrum Magazine
Into the Wild with Videomaker
My first cover feature! I interviewed one of the leading outdoor cinematographers, Gavin Thurston. He's worked on every continent and has worked for Disney Nature, Nova, Nature and many BBC productions. We talked about his many adventures including what it takes to film in the wild on documentaries like "Bears" and "Monkey Kingdom".

WEB
Seriously Funny Church Production
A feature I did the Skit Guys. I have laughed at these guys work for years and it was a pleasure to get to know they journey. This was one of the times when ministry met a non-church publication. It was great to gives these guys some exposure to a new audience. They gave me some great quips. This one will make you laugh!

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CES 2019 Wrap
Because I live in Las Vegas, I already in place to cover big trade shows. Videomaker sent me to the Consumer Electronics Show this year. It is absolutely a massive show with everything from refrigerators to robots. I searched the halls for new technologies that could impact video production. It was a lot of walking!

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Church Production Magazine
Outreach Magazine.com
Reaching the Homeless in Subzero Temperatures
A web piece I did on Pastor John Steger of Grace in the City Church in Minneapolis, MN. As the polar vortex brought serious weather conditions to the Twin Cities, this Pastor hit the streets to save the homeless. This is the kind of story that I love to tell. This is the church being the church!

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The Secret to Contentment
I really enjoyed writing devotionals for Church Production. This one is based on what I call "The Amen Life." First we find out what "amen" means and then learn how to put it into practice. To live a life of Amen is learning to be content in any situation as the Apostle Paul says.

A Christian's Guide to
Walt Disney World Resort
Book Excerpt
It took more than 5 years and a couple of trips to Florida to produce my devotional guide to Disney World. It's a really unique concept. Inside you'll find biblical ties to your favorite rides and attractions from all the lands at Disney World. The excerpt is actually a lesson that didn't make the book's final edit. So it's really a "lost lesson".
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Reflections from the Streets
A early feature piece I did for the web. This was my reflections on ministering to the homeless in Las Vegas for more than 12 years. This may be my most important piece to date. I definitely have thoughts that are important to anyone wanting to minister to the homeless.
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The Veteran Coach
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I really enjoy writing daily devotionals and recently I started writing for Sports Spectrum. The have a devotional 5 days a week that is targeted at athletes and sports fans. I'm a baseball and hockey fan. This piece focuses on the Dodgers third base coach, Dino Ebel. He's got a real wisdom that reminded me of the source of wisdom found in scripture.
Interlinc
Living Hope
I started writing years ago for Interlinc. They produce quarterly youth group studies based on contemporary Christian Music. I started back with them in 2018 and I've had the opportunity to interview artists like this one I did with Phil Wickham. Phil has written a lot of great music and he said this song "Living Hope" really expresses how he feels about God.

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This is a devotional based on Jackie Robinson's entrance into baseball on April 15, 1947. Many people are not aware that Jackie was a man of faith. By his own admission, his faith in God is what allowed him to endure the hardships of his career.
Jackie Robinson Day 2019
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