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7 years, 7 months ago 0

Do you have a mission? What is your mission? The word mission means; a strongly felt aim, ambition, or calling. Webster’s Dictionary.
So what is your calling? As and observer of life I would say I’ve seen a lot of different people with different missions. Some want success, whatever that means to each individual. Some want wealth and power. Some want to be loved or admired, some to just be left alone. Some want ot bring pain and agony to others, some are driven by hate. So is the world. My mission is very simple; being overcome with joy and thankfulness for what God through His Son Jesus has done for me, I want to serve Him. His instructions on how I am to serve are very easy to understand.
I am to live in a way that honors Him, and I am to share His love and forgiveness with everyone I meet.

Sounds great, but how do you do it. Obviously, first you accept Christ and ask Him to give you the wisdom and strength to carry out this task. I do not have the strength or wisdom to do this on my own. No offense intended, but none of us do. Once you make that commitment, there is one very important thing you must do. Avoid falling into the trap of dwelling on how the world sees itself.

If you go out and listen you will find people that exhibit these characteristics; Love, forgiveness, charity, peace, joy, grace, generosity, and compassion. They offer hope and stand for what is right. They believe we can be better than we are. Unfortunately, there are also those that exhibit a far different attitude about life. These people will be indentified by their; accusations, criticism, negativism, greed, division, resentfulness, blame, and derisive comments. How can you overcome these people? Love them, but do not listen to their hate filled speech, and do not accept their premise of life.

Jesus, went right out into the world and sought out the worst, that He might bring them home to Himself. We are to do the same, but we must always remember that we are not Christ. It is only through His power, protection, and love that we can see a victory. We must constantly strive to love for Him, while asking for His protection from the arrows of the enemy.

I fully confess that my first reaction to these negative people of the world is to be angry myself, but that is falling into the enemy’s trap. Jesus said “Love your enemies and treat those that try to harm you with kindness.” In all honesty, apart from Him, I can’t do it. That’s the point, we were not designed to go off on our mission, apart from Him.

Amazing Love

I’m forgiven because You were forsaken,
I’m accepted, You were condemned.
I am alive and well, Your sprit is within me,
Because You died and rose again.

Amazing love,
How can it be?
That You, my King would die for me?
Amazing love,
I know it’s true.
It’s my joy to honor You,
In all I do, I honor You.

I’m forgiven because You were forsaken,
I’m accepted, You were condemned.
I am alive and well, Your spirit is within me,
Because You died and rose again.

You are my King
Jesus You are my King

You are my King

the pilgrim

7 years, 8 months ago 0

These are a few of the accessories I use the most often. I’m not suggesting you need to own them, just sharing that they make my life as a photographer easier.

1. The Hoodman 3.0 Loupe. The best way to study what you can see on the LCD panel. Around $79.99
2. The Think Tank Pixel Pocket Rocket, the best Compact Flash card holder I’ve found. I have several. $16.50
3. The Kinetronics Tiger Cloth. The best Micro Fiber cloth I’ve found, I buy them by the case of 10 for $41. from Kinetronics.
4. A electronic cable release, which ever one works with your camera (I carry two).
5. A Hoodman Right Angle Finder. Around $179.
6. My card wallet with business cards.
7. Automatic Extension Tubes, great for close-ups. I would have bought Nikon tubes, but sadly we don’t make them.
8. The Verizon MiFi Card. $49. with contract. A way to have an internet connection almost anywhere.
9. Zeiss Lens Cleaning pre-moistened cloths. Great for cleaning all kinds of things, glasses,
LCD panels, eye pieces, and lenses. $2.95 a box at Walmart.
1. The Visable Dust 7X Sensor Loupe. This is a great way to see just what kind of shape your sensor is in. $82.75 U.S.
2. The Leatherman Crunch Tool (multi tool with vise grips.) $75.
3. Spare batteries, I only show on in the photo but I always carry a couple of extras.
4. A lens pen, handy for lot of cleaning chores. Any camera store will have them.
5. The Gary Fong Puffer diffuser for on camera pop up flash Really works and for
$19.99 nothing will make your flash pictures look better.
1. A small digital recorder for making notes and recording background sounds. I have a
$50. dollar Sony and a $300. Olympus, both work great.
1. I good field knife for utility jobs, cutting robe, mild sawing, etc. this one is the Gerber Epic
I picked mine up for less than $30. at this dealer:,-Serr-Clam.html

This is a great example of a man obsessed with being prepared, blame my days as a Boy Scout.

Even more important is being prepared in your spiritual life, may I make some suggestions for that task?

1. Stay in prayer, God want to talk, it will make Him happy and you too.
2. Stay in the Word, it’s God’s love letter to you, it will inform you, inspire you and teach you.
3. Stay in fellowship with your family and your brother and sisters in Christ.
4. Stay in Worship of Him, do this your way, I love to loose my self in Christian praise music and center on how much I love Him and the life He has given me and you.

Great blessings, have a great weekend,

the pilgrim

7 years, 8 months ago 0

Number One, my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Number Two, my bride Sherelene and the wonderful family she has given me. Number three the great brothers, sisters, and friends God has blessed me with. Number Four is a tie, Photography and Flying.

From the time I was a little boy, I wanted to be a pilot. Twelve years ago I decided to learn to fly ultra lights after seeing the movie, Fly Away Home. Wesley, my middle child, and I, decided to do a book on America from 500 feet in the air. That was how it all started. The airplane above, (yes it is an airplane, it took off, flew, and landed), was my first that I flew for any length of time. I started training in Cessnas and for a short time flew a tail dragger Kolb ultra light. An unfortunate crash ended my love affair with the Kolb. It wasn’t the Kolb’s fault, pilot error.

Anyway, I transitioned to the Microlight above. This is a French Air Creation Fun Racer. This is a true Part 103 ultra light. That means it weighs less than 254 lbs., holds only 5 gallons of fuel, and is flown by a single occupant. This little guy was a blast to fly, slow and easy to control, it took me on great adventures, all over America.

Almost a decade later I got my next
plane, a Hughes Aero Predator
Powered Parachute. This was the plane
I used for the second book, America
From 500 Feet II. The PPC was also
a great way to enjoy the wonder of
flight. Floating at a slow 30 mph
over the trees and deserts was always
a thrill, and hey if a problem happened
the parachute was already open!
No problem ever did though.

The next plane should arrive next week
and the adventure begins anew. I’ve
shown one very much like it below.

I tell you all this to say that a scripture
that is very dear to me, is real and true.
“Seek first the Kingdom of God
and all these things will be added
unto you, even the desires of your

I believe and scripture teaches us that
God loves us more than we could
ever know or understand. I believe that he also wants us to have great joy in our lives. I think in my case, He knew that my great desire to fly was in keeping with His will for me. For many years I’ve wondered why He chose to bless me with this dream. After countless talks to various kinds of groups I came to realize that my aerial adventures gave me one more interesting thing to use to reach out to others in His name and for His glory. Audiences will sit in rapt attention to tales of aerial adventures only to find me sharing how much I love the Lord as part of the talk.

Isn’t it so like God that He
could answer our most
personal prayers and at
the same time bring Glory
to His Kingdom. Then
again we are talking about
God, why shouldn’t He be
able to do anything He
desires. Of course He can,
and does.

I don’t think that God re-
wards us because we
deserve it, He blesses us
because He loves us.

Every time I take off I know that I’m rising up into the sky closer to Him, physically and spiritually.

Today’s Prayer: Father, thank you for blessing me in so many ways, and thank you for understanding my great desires and making it possible for me to realize them.

the pilgrim

*Photo Note: The top images was shot on film F100 camera, the PPC shot was made by my brother, Mark Kettenhofen, D300 and the 17-55 AFS lens, the last shot was courtesy of Wings of Freedom the builder of my new Phoenix 103.

Post Script: It took until I was over fifty years old to realize this dream. One of the little ideas that arrived in my head during the first book project was that since I was now excitedly a pilot, I wanted to master all three kinds of ultra lights; Trikes (top image), Powered Parachutes, and three axis (conventional type airplanes). With this last plane, one more dream will become a reality.
I have over two hundred hours in the first two types and now will start to build hours in the third.

7 years, 8 months ago 0

One of the unfortunate ways that man dealt with punishment in biblical times was stoning. Many accounts in the Bible tell of the sinner or offender being stoned to death. What is the opposite behavior from this radical way of dealing with anger and hurt?

Romans 12:8-20 (New Living Translation)

8 If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.
 9 Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. 13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.
 14 Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. 15 Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!
 17 Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. 18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.
 19 Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God.
If I’m reading this passage right, God has a plan for us that does not include condemning, judging,
scolding, and stoning. You may be thinking that you’ve never stoned anyone, but don’t be too quick to let yourself off the hook. We may have never literally taken up a stone and thrown it at someone, but how many times have we hurled insults, accusations, and judgements on others. In the end those kinds of actions can bring just as much if not more damage to a person’s spirit as a stone does to their physical body.

Today will be a day of choices, will you be an agent for good in the lives of others or will you take part in their destruction? Unless you’re ready to start picking up stones, their is no way better than
His way. As Jesus said, “Love one another as I have loved you.”

the pilgrim