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2 years, 3 months ago 3

Well, after an entire day on airplanes, I’m here!!!  After taking care of lots of prep work, I went down to Old Town Albuquerque, and took in some of the rich colors and textures of this historic district.  Tomorrow it’s down to work on the Media Center for photographers run by Nikon.  Thanks for the prayers, I’ve already had some witnessing opportunities!  I will try to get back on a more normal schedule tomorrow!    Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me!

 

I sure enjoyed being immersed in this great place, I promise to bring you more!

 

Be blessed,

 

the pilgrim

 

Photo Note:  All images with Nikon D800 and Nikon  24-120 AFS VR f4 lens.

 

 

 

2 years, 3 months ago 2

This evening I’m headed to Louisville for an  early morning flight tomorrow to Albuquerque for the Balloon Fiesta, then on to Henderson Kentucky for Western Kentucky Universities Mountain People’s Workshop and finally off to Florida with my bride to rest up from almost 5 of the previous 6 weeks on the road!  I hope to find a great number of things to photograph in the off hours of my assignments.  The Balloon Fiesta is certainly fun to shoot and the entire area around Albuquerque should provide some serious opportunities!  I will further wring out the new D600 and D800, and D7000.  I love the color contrasts in this part of New Mexico, and hope to work on that themes for the first week.  Henderson Kentucky will be a little more challenging, but I enjoy trying to find things worthy of a photograph when it is not dead obvious!

 

I’m also very interested also testing the hand hold-ability, (is that a word!!!) of these new very high resolution cameras. Either way it should be fun and I promise to share what I’m finding.  Now a special favor, please pray for my ministry opportinities while on the road, I’m always excited to see who God places in my path. I just want to honor Him in the way I treat others,and share His love!!!!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

2 years, 3 months ago 3

 

How does it work?  As the sign says, Faith is not believing God can, but knowing He will. Some things, I believe, somethings I hope are true, this is one thing of which I’m certain!   This walk is something extraordinary, living a life that is firmly rooted in the knowledge that God not only can but will keep His word to us.  Over the years I’ve gone through many great times, and desperate lows.  One thing I’ve never doubted is that He is in control and always brings what is in my best interest.  Now it has taken years of trusting in my Heavenly Father to realize that what I want to happen is not always what He brings about.  Never, in retrospect, have I thought my idea or desire was better than His!!

 

If God had only one incredible ability, the ability to do anything He desired, but it was not measured by love, it would be dangerous, not an act of  God!  The pivotal truth is that God is love, I did not say God loves, I said God is LOVE.  God is the very embodiment of Love, He loves us so much that when we were dead to sin, with no hope, He sacrificed His only Son so that we might be forgiven.  Imagine a God that owns it all, controls it all, but gave His most precious possession for us!!

 

This journey has led me to the truth that having Faith in Him is the only thing that really matters!

 

the pilgrim

 

2 years, 3 months ago 12

I got an interesting email when I got homelast night from Florida, it said:

 

I read your blog and find it  fantastic.  I would love to go on one of your workshops.  However, I  have a serious question.  I am Jewish but really a very unreligious  person.  I think I live my life following the basic principles of all  religions. Would  you have a problem  with me in the workshops  and/or would I have a problem  with you?
I look forward to your  reply.

 

I answered;

 

I cannot answer the question of if you would  have a problem, I can only describe what we do.  We pray each morning  before shoots,  we play Christian music during classroom and editing time,  and show film clips from faith based movies sometimes in late evening,  It  is a very evangelical experience, and you would certainly be welcome to join  us!

 

 

The final response was;

 

Thanks
I guess based on that, that I will take a pass.

 

 

Now I do not know this person, and I wish they had decided to give us a try, and this entry is not aimed at them, at all,  but to anyone to which these words apply.  It does however bring me to a much larger issue, that of why do some people lock up their hearts to God?  Why do some people turn their backs on the greatest gift they could ever receive?  I believe it is for one of the following reasons:

 

1.  Pride.  Some could never admit that they need His love and help.  They would rather fail alone than acknowledge they need Him!

 

2.  Fear.  Some believe becoming His would strip their lives of the enjoyment they get doing things they know they shouldn’t be doing!  They also fear that others who are not believers would reject them if they got “religious”.

 

3.  Unbelief.  Some people believe that no one , not even God, could ever forgive them for their sins and wrong doings.

 

4.  Other gods.  Many have already accepted another god for their lives, materialism, fame, fortune, solutions to all man’s problems through science. They believe we can defeat, death, heal our earth, and solve all our own problems in our own strength.

 

Sadly, they’re all wrong.  PRIDE goes before a fall.   FEAR is not from God.  UNBELIEF blocks our path to God. And we are to have no other gods before us,.  Some simply don’t get it!  Acceptiong Christ brings the following incredible results;

 

1.  Total Forgiveness.

 

2.  Complete Peace and Joy.

 

3.  Real Hope in a world with little hope.

 

4.  Faith to face anything life can hand out.

 

I am challanging anyone reading these words to ask yourself four important questions:

 

1.  Are  you perfect?  Do you want forgiveness?

 

2.  Do you want to have the hope of eternal life?

 

3.  Do you want the greatest Hope,  joy and,  love in this life?

 

4.  Do you have the kind of Faith that can get you through any of life’s worst circumstances?

 

The answer is simple, come in out of the cold.

 

the pilgrim