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3 years, 6 months ago 10

The news this week is all about Lance Armstrong and his finally admitting to taking performance enhancing drugs after years of denial. It’s bad enough that he took the drugs, it’s worse that he lied for all these years, but even worse that he ruined the lives of others that tried to get at the truth while he was denying it.  What is it about us humans, that we will do almost anything to get attention, to be praised, honored, to have fame??!!  I was once guilty of being obsessed with getting attention and respect. I understand the need, I don’t understand sacrificing anything to get it.


Some years ago a sports team that I followed and loved, lost a game on a  last second shot.  I exploded with anger.  After I calmed down my wife ask me who was the champion two years before?  I didn’t know, two years later it didn’t matter, it probably didn’t matter three months later, but yet I was acting like it was the end of the world.  As I said that was some years ago, in recent years I’ve come to understand that following sports can really be fun because, in the end, it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t change anything about life, it’s just a game.


I don’t think God minds us enjoying sports, and games, but I feel certain He doesn’t want them to rule our lives, He doesn’t want anything to rule our lives accept Him!  I wish Lance had admitted his actions when he was first asked about them.  I would have admired him more for that, than all those trophies.


What price are we willing to pay for things that, in the end, don’t matter anyway?




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3 years, 6 months ago 3

All jobs are jobs, but all jobs have their up side!   Saturday and Sunday I got to do one of , my favorite assignments, I spoke each day for the great folks at the Wilderness Wildlife Weekend in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  The folks that come to these events are really special, they a re down to earth, and love photography, and always how great appreciation for my programs, I guess we really love those that love us back!


What really impresses me is how secure most of the folks are in who they are, just regular folks, that are kind and compassionate.  A great group to find myself hanging out with. As I prepare for my future, it is my goal to do that almost every day I can!  We are given choices in life and we need to choose those things that work for us.  God doesn’t want us to live in misery, and we don’t have to.


I’ve found a simple formula; trust God, read His word, listen for His voice, and Obey.  If you do He will lead you to the kinds of days I spent Saturday and Sunday!!




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3 years, 6 months ago 4

Charles Stanley’s new book is titled “I Love To Tell The Story” and it is a marvelous coffee table book of his work.  Photography really is all about telling the story, the story you want to tell.  For many years I was probably best known as a photographer for showing music/image shows whenever I would go out to speak.  I’ve done slide synchs, (that’s what we called them in the old film days),  for Fortune Five Hundred Companies, and local photography clubs.  It never ceases to amaze me how much people enjoy some images set to the right music.  Over the years I’ve worked with a number of production companies to help  produce major shows, once using 48 slide projectors!!!  It’s been fun and very gratifying to see the reaction of the audience.  Now I want to share that fun with others.  In February (20-23), Jim Begley and I will teach a small group of students all the ins and outs of planning, and producing a image/music presentation.  We will cover the following:


Developing an idea for a image/music show.


Shooting and editing for a image/music show.


Developing mood with the right music.


Construction of the show, dissolve timing, and image placement.


Polishing the production with titles and effects.


How to introduce and present the final product!


Each student at this workshop (limited to 12 people)  will produce their own show before the end of the workshop!  On Saturday night we will get to see all the shows!  One evening all the attendees will be my guest at my home in Corbin, for my famous Pork Bar B Q!!


If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to produce these shows this is your chance!  Jim and I will teach how to do them on both the MAC and PC platforms with Pro Show Gold and Keynote.


Be sure and email me at   billfortney    if you are interested in joining us.  It will beheld in Corbin, KY   and the price for the seminar is $499.  ( 6 spots remain open. )




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I’m speaking this weekend at the Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge, TN,  2:30 – 3:30 Saturday, and  10:30 -11:30 Sunday, please come out and join us!

3 years, 6 months ago 2

fence |fens|noun1 a barrier, railing, or other upright structure, typically of wood or wire, enclosing an area of ground to mark a boundary, control access, or prevent escape.


 ”Mark a boundary, control access, or prevent escape.”   Let me encourage you to knock down the fences in your life. What is marking the boundaries in your life, what is preventing you from escaping?  Who would want to control access to a fulfilling life?  You have an enemy, he is real, he is the author of lies, and evil.   Let’s get down to brass tacks, if their is a God, and there is, then it makes complete sense that there is a Satan.  Think about it, a man goes into an elementary school and kills dozens of people in cold blood, can anyone really believe that real evil does not exist in this world.  Trust me on this one, there is someone out there that wants to fence you in and hold you back from what God wants you to have!


The amazing thing is how many people think that the existence of evil is not a reality in spite of the world we live in and the atrocities we all witness, they beleive somehow with the right government  program and we can make the world all better.  No wonder so many are wandering in the wilderness!  There is a magic bullet, and he died to save the world, when will we turn to the right source so that all our fencess can be torn down??!!  Anything else, is only mending fences…….




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