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2 years, 3 months ago 3




If you shoot the Fuji X System you better have lots of batteries and chargers, because they eat them!!!!  A mirror less camera is useless without a steady supply of batteries, or POWER!


Your ministry for Him is useless without POWER too!  If you want to be effective in sharing you faith with others it must come from a spiritual life that is powered by the Holy Spirit!  We can not be what God wants us to be without His power, His love, and His wisdom and we can only get that in the Word, and on our knees.


Standing for Christ means you want more than anything else, to make a difference in other’s lives and the only way we can truly do that is introduce them to our best friend, Jesus!




the pilgrim

2 years, 3 months ago 21



This is a very difficult subject for me to write about, it is a deep concern for many, but as a Christian I must wade into these waters!  I have been in prayer for some time and I wanted to share what God is encouraging me to share, with you.


I am afraid we are headed for difficult times.  Our country has strayed further and further from God.
We fight constantly about prayer in schools, pre game prayers, faith based Christmas displays,  the meaning of marriage, and the right to abortions.  Several states are fighting over bills about who can use public restrooms!!!!!  According to recent studies, we have fewer people attending churches, and fewer people taking part in prayer or many that do not pray at all.  Young people in massive numbers are rejecting a belief in God.  For most of the history of America, God has blessed our nation, but with so many of our fellow citizens rejecting or ignoring God, if you were God what would you do??!!  Thankfully we are not God, and His love is far above ours, but I have to believe we are trying His patience!  After all He has done for us, we are not showing much love and respect back to Him!


The elected leaders that we have been sending to Washington, for the most part, have not been making decisions in our best interest!  It has become a good old boys club with the inside members benefiting while we have been robbed, cheated and lied to.  Debt has climbed to the highest amount in history, the last eight years have seen debt far greater than all the years of our nation’s history combined!  The world economy is in shambles and something has to give!  Economic reckoning is coming.


Now why am I concerned about this?  I’m a husband, father and grandfather and a servant of God, and if times get very difficult, and I’m afraid they will, I have the responsibility to not only take care of my family, but to also reach out and help others!  What is person of good conscious to do?


This is what I believe God is saying to me.  Prepare for the worst, that is prudent advise for any of us, storms, tornados, severe weather,  even civil unrest, we need to be able to survive for a while until things get under control, that just makes sense!  The spiritual side is more important!  Here is my to do list:


1.  Trust in God and know He is aware of my circumstances .  Have faith in His love, protection and power to watch over me and my family.


2.  Know that great trials are the greatest opportunity to lead others to Him.  I must be prepared to try to help others, assist them and show compassion in difficult times.


3.  I must be prepared myself to face hard times.  My personal faith philosophy has come down to a wonderful quote I have given here in the past.  A character in a wonderful Christian film, said this; “Life comes down to just two things, God Loves you , so love others and God sacrificed everything to be with you, so sacrifice everything.”


Artists Standing For Christ is having t-shirts made with that simple phrase, “sacrifice everything.” It is the essence of living for Him, let nothing be more important than your devotion to Him and your service for Him to the lost, all else is rubbish!




the pilgrim

2 years, 3 months ago 16


I just got back from two weeks in the Smokies and two wonderful workshops the last with Jack Graham and our friend Chris Klahpeke.  Never laughed so hard and had so much fun.  I never cease to be amazed at how wonderful the people are that God places in my life!!!  the internet service down in Townsend is pretty awful so I couldn’t get a blog post out and was pretty exhausted when I got home Sunday.  So sorry for being AWOL!  I continue to really enjoy the Fuji X-PRO 2 and am amazed at how nice the files are coming out of it.  Makes all future hopes for the X System all the more exciting!  I will share some of my favorite images of the two weeks, and don;t be surprised that a number are monochrome, the new ACROS film simulation is stunning, all these images are straight out of the camera jpegs!!!



I hope something here inspires you or makes you want to get out and do some shooting!  I’m blessed! Pray you are too!


Blessings in Him,


the pilgrim


2 years, 4 months ago 3







This is the info.!!!



Facebook Event Link:

Event Registration on our website:


Fujifilm presents ‘Fall in Love with Photography Again’ with Bill Fortney at the Eiteljorg Museum


Join the wonderful Bill Fortney as he helps us reignite our love of photography! Bill will offer practical suggestions on how to light the fires again! He will go through light, composition, color for color sake, rediscovering monochrome and how to tell a real story with your photography. Whether you are a professional photographer and want to remember what it’s like to shoot because you love shooting or are just getting started in your passion, you will be inspired, motivated and educated to create images with joy and impact during this seminar. Join us for a great night!


Bill Fortney is a photographer, writer, pilot, and highly sought after presenter with over 46 years of experience in-the-field. Bill has done professional work as a newspaper and magazine photojournalist, sports photographer, (once an official photographer for the Washington Redskins), medical photographer, and nature/landscape photographer. Bill’s best selling books include; The Nature of America (with David Middleton), American Vision (with David Middleton, John Shaw and Wayne Lynch), America From 500 Feet (with Wesley Fortney), Bill Fortney’s Great Photography Workshop. America From 500 Feet II (with Mark Kettenhofen). Bill’s books have sold well over 150,000 copies, placing him on the list of best selling photographer/authors in America. Bill has been named a Fellow by the North American Nature Photographers Association.


Bill currently teaches for KelbyOne and appears at Photoshop World as a speaker/teacher. Bill teaches His Light Workshops, a Christian based workshop company and with Jack Graham Photography Workshops. Bill has been named as a X-Photographer by Fujifilm and use the Fuji X-System. You can learn more about Bill, his workshops and view his work at: <>


Date: Friday, May 6th from 6pm to 8pm

Location: The Eiteljorg Museum – Clowes Ballroom


Cost: $20* – attendees will receive a coupon for free admission to the Grand Canyon exhibit at the Eiteljorg Museum, a $10 Roberts gift card and Bill’s 6 e-book collection, the Reliable Guide Foundation Series (a $30 value)!


Please join me!!!!




the pilgrim