Thanks to a Veteran

We are with you in the battle Grandpa Between Veterans’ Day and Thanksgiving Day, in the midst of political change, climate change (weather change), and yes even the time change, here is a tribute to a veteran with unchanging character. First of all, we appreciate his natural awareness of others and their needs We appreciate his steadiness as a patriarch. We have benefited from his wise financial decisions. We want to follow his example of loyalty and dedication to nonnegotiable principle. We enjoy Sunday dinners with you and watching the West Virginia Mountaineers on occasion but we know that most of what we enjoy is built on sacrifices you chose to make long before we ever came on the scene. Thank you. By God’s grace we will know the challenge and fulfillment of sacrifice. We won’t forget that freedom and order and rest and security are not as free as they seem to be. We have a chance to build on those things today … thanks to a veteran. God bless you as you have blessed us.Times together as a family are valuable. Consider all that needs to happen for them to take place! Let a veteran know how thankful you are.

Following Through

This time at Nationals has been, for each Bible Bee contestant and their families, not only a grand finish line in the competition that has taken place for young people all across the country but a starting line for a new approach to life, putting God’s kingdom and righteousness not last but first in daily life.

A few good follow through prayer requests would be:

  • Grace to read the Bible this morning
  • Delight in meditating on what they have memorized (Psalm 1)
  • Wisdom to know how to continue their memorizing regimen
  • Family unity around the rock of God’s Word (Matthew 7)
  • Fruit, much fruit, to God’s glory

Praise the Lord for what He continues to do. Onward and upward! “Go, claim your prize!”

Teaching Photography in Kansas

I just got back from a photography excursion to Topeka, Kansas! I’ve always loved to travel, and it’s neat to see the Lord opening doors to teach photography in many places across the country. The Lindsay family very graciously made it possible for a CAPTURE Kansas workshop to take place last week near the home, which happened to be an ideal location for doing landscape photography.

Contrary to what I used to think, Kansas can be a very beautiful state to photograph. The western half really does give the eastern half a bad name. Below are a few shots of the places we went during the 3 day workshop. If you’re ever driving through Kansas on I70 and enjoy taking pictures like I do, these spots are not that far from the Interstate and are certainly worth checking out. It’ It always helps to arrive during the golden hours or the times of sunrise or sunset.

 

2455_Maple Hill-Kansas-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 24 mm, 1-30 sec at f - 5.6, ISO 800

The Old Stone Church, near Maple Hill

 

2514_--_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 80 mm, 1-4 sec at f - 16, ISO 100

Ted Ensley Gardens, just outside of Topeka

 

2524_--_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 24 mm, 1-60 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 800

Kansas State Capitol Building, downtown Topeka

 

2671_--_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 24 mm, 1-6 sec at f - 22, ISO 100

Just drive the country back roads at sunrise!

 

2759_Manhattan-Kansas-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 24 mm, 1-125 sec at f - 11, ISO 400

Konza Prairie Nature Trail, south of Manhattan

 

Kansas Workshop Pros

Bible Bee Nationals Have Begun!

Join in for the Semi Finals on Friday and the Finals on Saturday via live webcast. From wherever we may be, this is one event that is an honor to pray for, enjoy and tell others about.

Last year it was an honor to meet some of the Kennedy family at their booth.

Ought I to Vote?

Yes.

Taking the liberty to vote, especially in light of conscience, is much more than taking advantage of an option, right, or privilege. It is the duty of civility, a responsibility that reflects the fear of the Lord and love for fellow citizens, bestowed by responsible men upon responsible men to limit irresponsible men. In this way we as Americans are sure to be given at each election the leaders which we most exactly deserve.

“You have the highest of human trusts committed to your care. Providence has showered on this favored land blessings without number, and has chosen you as the guardians of freedom, to preserve it for the benefit of the human race. May He who holds in His hands the destinies of nations make you worthy of the favors He has bestowed, and enable you, with pure hearts and hands and sleepless vigilance, to guard and defend to the end of time, the great charge He has committed to your keeping.”

-Andrew Jackson, 1837

Farewell Address, next to last paragraph

(Source: American Patriot’s Bible, pg. 1425)

A Few Good Links:

Ken Pierpont
Ken Pierpont is a fantastic story-teller with a wonderful family. There’s a lot of fun reading on his blog.
The Waller Family
The Waller family has a heart for sharing the light of Christ around the world

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