Life Principle | Purpose To Love, Honor Others More Than Ourselves

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“In whatever you do, don’t let selfishness or pride be your guide. Be humble, and honor others more than yourselves. Don’t be interested only in your own life, but care about the lives of others too.” ~ Philippians 2:3-4 There are a lot of sermons on loving others, but what does that actually look like? Christ’s love happens when you love others when it’s difficult. If you harbor annoyance in your heart towards someone, then you don’t harbor love for them. If your annoyance leads you to ignore or avoid them, then you do not love them. If any negative …

Part 1 | Total Eclipse of the Heart | How I Shot The 2017 Great American Eclipse

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“The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men often get laid asunder.” ~ Robert Burns Full disclosure: I didn’t know that a total solar eclipse was going to happen. I kinda feel pretty silly admitting that, but alas ’tis true. My friend Howard made a passing comment about “the eclipse next year”, to which I thought to myself “What the what?” And thus my adventure began. You see, up until late 2016 I mainly tracked tornadoes and Milky Way visibilities to shoot, along with humans in candid mode in my international travels. But an eclipse? I thought you needed thousands …

My Greatest Sin, A Wretched Man, Amazing Grace

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“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound. That saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now I’m found. Was blind, but now I see so clearly. Hallelujah, grace like rain falls down on me. Hallelujah, all my stains are washed away.” ~ Todd Agnew, ‘Grace Like Rain’ The years we collect seem to directly correlate with the scars that we carry, the wounds of regrets from our less wiser and more vulnerable years.      There’s a scar that I’ve carried inside of me for the last 18 years, it haunts me in my dreams and begs for my …

Call The Photographer

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Photo Credit: Kawika Singson | Instagram: @kveekshawaii Being a photographer isn’t an easy passion to have burning inside of you, and it requires much more grace than non-photographers will ever realize. The reason being is that in the moment of snapping photos you are the annoying person to others who simply won’t stop taking photos. Your passion of capturing life around you is momentarily being flogged, put under a heat lamp, and ridiculed. The heart that you are wearing on your sleeve is being stomped on. “In whatever you do, don’t let selfishness or pride be your guide. Be humble, and …

Small World—Scottish Clans, Mottos, & Arms With Coats

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So I got a fun little email this morning. For the last several months I’ve been searching for a machinist to craft me a custom wax seal based off of a design I made on the computer, my family’s Coat of Arms from Scotland. Well I get an email this morning that says this little fun fact: “Incidentally, you’re not the first Agnew to order from me – my favorite signet ring to date was your Clan Badge.” It turns out that another Agnew had him custom design a signet ring with our Clan Badge. Given that “Agnew” is a …

Man’s Mind, Less Than Yahweh’s Mind

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“If Christ submitted to Scripture and lived His life under its authority, then we are faced with a stark choice. Either we believe Christ and embrace the entire Bible as our own absolute authority, or we reject both Christ and the Bible as impostors. The authority of one is inextricably bound up with the other.” ~ Pastor Don Landis, Community Bible Church Article Link: Seven Compelling Evidences Confirm the Bible Is True A great article here, and a wonderful quote of truth. Whether I’m discussing with someone the truth of the 6 day creation account in Genesis or the fallacy …

Flying High, Far Below Heaven

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This sickens me. This is truly saddening. What a squandering of the money that the Lord has blessed them with and the donations that their followers have given to them. How many Bibles could’ve been purchased for the lost or real missionaries could’ve been financed to the lost ends of the Earth with the funds that one of these planes burns on just one trip? Kenneth Copeland: “With the shape the airliners are in, we just couldn’t get there from here.” Oh I don’t know, flying commercial—ya know, what us lowly village folk do—has worked out pretty well for Billy …

Making The Leap—DSLR to Mirrorless Camera

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It’s been a year in the making, saving my hard-earned pennies, but as of today I’ve graduated from intro DSLRs to professional DSLRs with my first full frame mirrorless camera. Why this one specifically? For years now I’ve been wanting to enhance my astrophotography for when I photograph the milky way galaxy, moon, stars, and any shots at night. I have done very in-depth research over the last year as well into the offerings out there and the Sony a7S II has been getting across the board rave reviews for how amazing it shoots in low light. It was a …

Consider Others More Than Yourself

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Life Principle: Treat others with respect and be considerate of them and they will be much more likely to treat you with respect and be considerate. You should be considerate of others simply because it’s the right thing to do. A week ago I returned a vacuum cleaner to Best Buy that I had a warranty on and the customer service person was thrilled beyond measure that I put labels on the vacuum cleaner with all of the warranty information. It’s a bit of an OCD thing for me but I also used to work retail and so I know …

Woman, Sustainer Beside Him

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“And the LORD God said, “It is not good for the human to be alone, I shall make him a sustainer beside him.” I’ve always loved Robert Alter’s translation of “woman” in Genesis as being a “sustainer beside him”, a critical partner in the oneness of man and woman—one who sustains and actively intervenes for the other. A true partnership, not “help meet” as in other translations that seem to convey an indentured servitude for a woman. “sustainer beside him. The Hebrew ‘ezer kenegdo (King James Version “help meet”) is notoriously difficult to translate. The second term means “alongside him,” …