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Evening City

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Life in the city is stormy and unpredictable. Walking the streets of the city you can see his soul, warmed by the rays of the sun and brightened by the smiles of the inhabitants. But really special this city streets become after the sun goes down below the horizon line and first street lights are lighting.

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Light Equipment

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In this post i will tell you some information about light equipment that i use in my work. Light and shadows are very important part of any photo composition. And if you have not good quality light it will be very hard to get awesome photos in studio sessions. So without many words we will go directly to equipment review.

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Important News

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Here i want to tell you something important. Something like frequently asked questions, because i’ve got a lot of your emails on my mailbox and sometimes it is heavy to answer to all of this. So here you can find my fresh news, updates and basic information, how i work with my clients.

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Abandoned Place

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Thankful, But Careful

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We ought to be thankful for godly families, good churches, and useful educations.

But these good things can become the very things that keep us from Jesus if we put our trust in them rather than in Him.

We can become so proud of being a Christian that we lose sight of our need for Christ.
Ray Ortlund

Our Soul’s Picture

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“We look for our true identity, our ‘soul’s picture’, in many things. The culture tells us it can be found in accomplishments, relationships, or possessions.

Scripture tells us something very different. Our true identity cannot be discovered or constructed; it can only be received.

It is given to us by the only One who can see what we truly are.”
Skye Jethani

Planting Tomatoes

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I’m no gardener.

If you want proof, ask my wife. She’ll be more than happy to reiterate that fact.

But I may not be as bad at it as I thought.

I recently got to sit in on an informal forum about black fatherhood. My barber, who I consider a big brother and mentor, hosted it at his shop, which I felt set the tone for open and honest dialogue.

The convo was amazing.

Despite being the youngest (and the only millennial) in the room, I didn’t feel like my voice was irrelevant. I was surrounded by a treasure trove of older, seasoned black men who were refreshingly transparent about the challenges and rewards of being a black father in our society.

I followed suit and opened up about my fear that I wasn’t doing enough to foster my two daughters’ relationship with God. “We don’t do enough family devotionals, we don’t pray together as often as we should, they don’t know enough about biblical history, there are so many arguments against God that can be seen with one swipe”…my list goes on and on.

A retired colonel looked me dead in the eye and said, “Young man, if you plant tomatoes, you expect tomatoes to grow, correct?”

“Yes sir.”

“Well then, if you’ve planted seeds of faith in your daughters, then expect what you planted.”

Boom.

I hope he reads this post, because that simplistic yet profound wisdom nugget has stuck with me ever since.

The truth is, even if I did a devotional with them everyday, prayed with them every hour, did an apologetics course with them every week, and had them listen to an audio bible every night while they slept…my efforts would be meaningless without God’s intervention. As with any seed that is planted, there is a growth process that goes on without the gardener’s hands being involved. And that process ultimately brings about a crop despite how good (or bad) the gardener’s skill level is.

And if there is one type of seed that is strong enough to grow on it’s own, it’s the seed of God’s kingdom.

So, I’ll continue to plant kingdom seeds in my daughters with these inept hands of mine, and leave the results to God.

Looking forward to seeing the tomatoes.

The Tyranny Of Self…

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I realize this sounds hard. Delaying gratification, doing what’s right, surrendering your will. It might seem like teeth-gritting, white-knuckling stuff. But it isn’t.

As we’ll discover, though building self-control requires effort, it gets easier as you go. Eventually, it can feel like gliding.
In a beautiful twist of biblical irony, submission leads to victory.

Surrender produces freedom. As you are liberated from the tyranny of self, you’re able to experience God’s best for your life.
Drew Dyck

The Value of Privacy

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“Today value is increasingly measured by publicity, not privacy, and we are losing sight of the truth that genuine intimacy requires secrecy.

This cultural desire to be seen makes us approve Jesus’ call to, ‘Let your light shine before others’...

...but we forget that in the same sermon Jesus said, ‘Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them.’

~ Skye Jethani

Mentionable and Manageable

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This post is being brought to you by a movie, a tweet, and a devotional. Interesting combo, right?

On Christmas Eve, I went to see “A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood” with my wife, youngest daughter, Mom, and Dad. ‘Beautiful’ is definitely the appropriate word to attach to this movie. Not surprisingly, Tom Hanks nailed the character of Mr. Rogers, and the movie did an amazing job of illustrating just how much of a handprint Fred Rogers left on the lives of those who met and watched him.

I came across a tweet later that day from one of my favorite “Twitterers” that highlighted a particularly poignant phrase from the movie.

Fast forward to a couple days ago, where I read a devotional concerning the mixed emotions that Mary (Jesus’ earthly momma) must have felt when Simeon the prophet shared his thoughts on her newborn son. He sang Jesus’ praises, but then added that a sword would eventually pierce Mary’s heart, foreshadowing the agonizing heartbreak she would feel during His crucifixion.

How does this all come together?

I believe that there are many people reading this who currently find themselves in Mary’s shoes. The holiday season can be a mixture of overwhelming joy and excruciating pain.

And sometimes, in an effort to keep the positivity going into the new year, we don’t mention or manage our true feelings.

This isn’t healthy…or necessary. Keeping up the “Christmas spirit” and holiday cheer doesn’t require us to mask our pain or sadness. Because doing so would undermine a key component of Jesus’ earthly ministry.

His empathy.

Every aspect of Jesus’ life was sprinkled with suffering. He didn’t shy away from it, and He lovingly offers us His nail-scarred hand to hold in the midst of our own sorrow. We don’t have to be fake about how we feel.

Our feelings are mentionable, and manageable, in Jesus’ hands.

Show Them Through Our Love…

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“Marilynne Robinson has observed, ‘The word Christian now is seen less as identifying an ethic, and more as identifying a demographic.’

In other words, being a Christian in our society is more about what you buy and how you vote, rather than how you care for people.

Rather than showing the world our faith through our merchandise or yard signs, what if we showed them our faith through our love?”

~ Skye Jethani

Christmas Rally

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As most of you reading this are aware, the President has been impeached by the House of Representatives.

So how is a President supposed to respond in this situation? I’m certainly not an expert on such matters, but I can say pretty confidently that his two hour rant at a “Christmas rally” wasn’t very presidential…or Christlike.

But I digress.

What I’m more interested in pointing out is how much differently Jesus responded to being accused of wrongdoing.

When given the opportunity to defend Himself, Jesus didn’t berate or belittle His accusers. Nor did He encourage His followers to do the same. Jesus didn’t grandstand about His long list of wins, or mouth off about how much of a Messiah He was. He didn’t flex His divine muscles in anyone’s face.

The same Jesus who made men from dirt didn’t pull up any dirt on the men who treated Him like dirt.

As much as He had EVERY right to do it, Jesus, as the old saints used to say, didn’t say a mumblin’ word.

Instead, He extended grace to those who lied on Him and spit in His face. He didn’t punch back with words or with fists, but instead asked His Father to forgive those who were complicit in His brutal execution. And He charged His followers to do the same.

Our president…and everyone else for that matter…could stand to learn from Jesus’ example.

He’s the one truly worth rallying around.

Switching Things Up!

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So…this is more of an announcement than a post.

I’m changing the name of my blog…and doing a complete aesthetic overhaul as well!

The general message and focus of it, however, will remain intact. Jesus will ALWAYS be at the center.

Stay tuned…I think you’re gonna like what’s in store.

No Fruit, No Root…

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“We tend to think of self-control as a strictly human enterprise, but Scripture describes self-control as a product of being connected to God.

It’s something that grows when your life is rooted in divine reality. In fact, if it’s missing, your faith may be a ruse.

No fruit, no root.”

~ Drew Dyck