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2 years, 6 months ago 10

Well the long wait is over, just got a call from a very excited, R.C.  I love how R.C. is always excited, this is a specials trip with some special friends.  Some time ago, I asked R.C. if he would do a workshop with Jim and I and he said, you bet!!!  I asked where he wanted to go, and he said he had never been to Monument Valley and the Golden Circle, I just smiled!  I’ve done that trip maybe 15 times and I know the area really well, I was delighted to tell him, “you bet”!  R.C. is one of those guys that you can’t help from loving!  He is a warm outgoing man who is always thinking of how he can make things better for those around him, the kind of guy that it’s so much fun just to be with!  As if that’s not enough Matt Kloskowski another great friend couldn’t stay away, and he will join us too.  Matt and I have done several trips together and he is a wonderful teacher, and people really enjoy him, he loves to tease, and cut up, and everyone really enjoys what I call the, “Kloskowski Stage Act!

 

Then you have my incomparable partner Jim Begley, such a great shooter and such a wonderful man, a real joy to work with, and my goodness what work!  Jim is a fabulous photographer and has never met a stranger!  Then you have Snake Barrett and Chuck Barnes and my team is complete. Great guys, terrific shooters, and they love to take good care of the groups, I really love working with them!  This trip my son Wesley will return to a place he loves dearly, and we had many great adventures doing America From 500 Feet!  We will present a rare program for the group, Wes and I together reliving the wonderful project and sharing stories and rarely seen video from  the air of us flying for the book images!

 

This group is a great mix of old friends and new people we can’t wait to welcome into the His Light family.  One thing is for sure, we always have the best time, laugh hard, and we all, even the team, learn a lot!

 

I’ll keep you posted as we travel through out Utah and photograph some of God’s most amazing vreations!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

 

If we are fortunate we will see a dusting of snow like the scene at the top in Bryce Canyon National Park!

2 years, 6 months ago 5

Tomorrow I will drive to Louisville with Wes, and Jim, and will fly out to Phoenix on Saturday morning to join up with our team and group to start the tour!  I will try to post each day, probably late in the evening, and keep you guys posted on  the progress of the trip.  I would ask once again that you pray for everyone’s safety, great light, wonderful fellowship, and that our hearts would be open to Him!  I expect to share a lot of great stories of victory through the week, as always, thanks so much for joining me!

 

May God Bless, and keep you,

 

the pilgrim

 

* The official His Light Workshops hat, being re-done, we thought the logo was little too big!!!!

Blessings!!!!

2 years, 6 months ago 2

Yesterday we started a good conversation on how to witness.  This mornings lesson in the In Touch Daily Devotional  from Dr. Charles Stanley was an an amazing reminder that when we are in tune with His spirit we will reach out with His word!!!  It was such a confirmation thatg we asrte on the  right track.  Here is today’s scripturte and devotional;

 

John 16:7-11   New Living Translation (NLT)

But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment. The world’s sin is that it refuses to believe in me. 10 Righteousness is available because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more. 11 Judgment will come because the ruler of this world has already been judged.

 

Jesus assured His disciples that it was to their advantage that He go away so that the Helper could come (John 16:7)–God sends Him to convict people of their sin. Since the Holy Spirit is unlimited by time or space, He can reach out to every individual on the planet. However, His work differs with regard to believers and unbelievers.

 

With regard to unbelievers, God’s Spirit penetrates the heart and brings awareness of wrongdoing. He reveals that according to God’s holy standard, they have sinned and stand condemned by their transgression. Unbelief is the greatest sin against God, so every prick of the heart is meant to point out their need for the Savior.

 

As for believers, the Holy Spirit deals with them on the basis of their relationship with Jesus Christ and convicts us of disobedience to Him. In other words, He makes us aware of specific sins and the Lord’s attitude about them. But He also prompts us to be accountable before Christ for our wrongdoing by confessing it and repenting.

 

 

Convicting believers of sin is an important part of the Holy Spirit’s job, but He is equally delighted to make them aware of the Lord’s approval. God commends righteous living, obedient actions, and loving acts done in His name.

 

While conviction is often uncomfortable for unbelievers and believers alike, it’s a beautiful demonstration of God’s love. He desires to bring us into the center of His will and keep us there for our good and His glory. The Holy Spirit’s work makes that possible, if we choose to follow His promptings.

 

While it is never comfortable to be under conviction, it is a vital part of our walk to seek conviction.  It is the critical link that keeps us on our knees, and in His will!

 

Be blessed,

 

the pilgrim

 

* Today’s image is from our dear friend Raymond Jabola, one of the best shooters I know!  Raymond is recovering from some surgery and I would ask everyone to pray for a speedy and full recovery!  We miss you Raymond, won’t be the same out west without you!!

 

2 years, 6 months ago 16

You’ve heard the old saw many times, Don’t rock the boat!!  When it comes to sharing our faith, it doesn’t apply!  I’m not suggesting that sharing our witness should agitate people, far from it, I’m saying that when you share something as profound as your experience with Jesus Christ, some people are going to be taken back.  Our goal should be to love others the way Christ loved them, and in that love, they will want to know more about the Man that sacrificed everything for them!

 

Last year when I worked the Masters Golf Tournament, upon leaving for the day each afternoon I saw a group of committed Christians attempting to witness, I’m afraid it was not effective on 99.9% of those they had hoped to reach.  Standing on a box a man held a large sign that said REPENT! While the message was true, and the scripture to back it up is certainly something the world needs, the approach was harsh.  Is it harsh to call mankind sinners?  No, it’s truth, but it seldom makes someone want to throw down their sin, repent, and ask God for forgiveness.  I’m sure someone has been saved by such a stark dose of reality, but I believe that what the world is looking for is evidence that being a Christian really does mean we are truly different. That we are not judgmental, but offering a love that goes beyond what the world offers!  Showing kindness, forgiveness, compassion, concern, and care speaks much more deeply to someone that calling them out for their sin.  Let’s not white wash the human condition, it’s clear, God has proclaimed t hat we are all sinners, everyone of us, we have “all” fallen way short of what God had planned for  us.

 

So if we are all sinners what hope do we have?  Only one, Jesus Christ!  Our heavenly Father saw the wickedness of man and made the ultimate sacrifice so that we might be forgiven and made holy.  He allowed His only Son to die for us!  Does that make me want to stand on the corner with a sign that says REPENT?  It does, but I know a sign that says GOD LOVES YOU has a better chance of making someone consider how great a promise that is!  Repentence and redemption always follows the recognition of how far we are from God, let’s start by bringing others closer to Him, and then guide them to take the neccesary steps to accept His magnificant gift of forgiveness and eternal life!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim