Glorification and what to do with it

One of the areas I am growing in is the glorification of God.

To quote Piper

God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.

This seems to be a constant cycle of realization, confession, repentance, forgiveness, and changing the what and way I desire things and accomplish tasks to be in line with the created order.

Not perfection, but a deep longing to glorify the Lord in everything. 

This longing for the Lord’s glorification spills over as a desire for you. That you too would know Christ and the beauty of His action on the Cross. The forgiveness of sins that comes through His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension. 

His great love for you. And the grace that comes from having Him receive punishment instead of us. 

If this seems tormenting – that He would be put to death instead of us – recall that He did not remain dead! The injustice we placed upon Christ has been corrected through His resurrection.  And we, who were once indebted, are given grace through this payment, His faithful acts.

Now our life’s purpose is to be most satisfied with Him, to make Him first, and to walk out Matthew 28:16-20.

For those who don’t know Christ or the story of His great love for you, let me buy you a coffee.

For those who do, here is the reason that I am writing this post (among sharing the Gospel, trying to express my daily need for satisfaction in God, etc.) – 

In a sermon entitled, ‘All Authority in Heaven and on Earth,’ John Piper gives a practical set of scriptures that he prays for those who do not know Christ. The strength of this was overwhelming to me as I am pressing more and more into Scripture as I pray. I wanted to share it with you:

How do you pray for the salvation of others?

God my hearts desire is that you would save X! 

Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. – Romans 10:1

Take out the heart of stone and replace it with a heart of flesh! 

And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. – Ezekiel 36:26

Make them born again, give them a living hope! 

Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.  – 1 Peter 1:3

Raise them from spiritual death!

even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— – Ephesians 2:5

Bring them to Christ, overcome their resistance. 

And all the while know, from Matthew 28:18, that Christ has the authority to do this.

tbh

Let us have this,

love…for all the saints,

because we have,

the hope laid up for us in heaven.

Knowing that

[God the Father] has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

And if you don’t have that love or hope, or know that redemption, then let’s talk.

You are valuable. And loved.

Architecture Photographer – Spangler Barn Restoration

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The Spangler Barn restored to it’s original glory.

As an architecture photographer, I am intrigued by historic buildings and their original use. Working with the Gettysburg Foundation and LSC Design, I was hired to document the barn on George Spangler Farm. The structure is a pre-Civil War era barn that was used as a field hospital for both the Union and the Confederate armies. We were shown around the grounds by a historian with the Gettysburg foundation and learned that the doctors were able to save the lives more than 80% of the nearly 2000 men who went through the hospital. Quite a feat for the time!

While I was hired to photograph the restored barn and smokehouse, the grounds were a family-owned, working farm up until about a decade ago.  The property also holds an old farm house and summer kitchen. Today, the farm is used as a historic teaching site and is preserved as part of the Foundation.

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Field surgeons operated under the overhang near the stables. The farm house sits in the background.
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Side view of the barn showing stone work.
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Left, summer kitchen. Center, smoke house. Right, Spangler farm house.
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Restored smoke house.
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Interior of the barn restored – 90% original floorboards according to historian.
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Wine and root cellar.
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Stables interior.
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Barn with storm clouds rolling in.

 

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Faith and Pharisee

not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith

Philippians 3:9

This week I came to the conclusion that I have been trying to work out my salvation through understanding every last bit of God. The task is insurmountable. Not just because of the sheer amount of information, but because of the nature of God. 

Because He IS. 

Yet, my heart was in this position, and my spirit was with inner turmoil:

that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

Philippians 3:11

I wanted salvation. It was something I was willing to work for, fight for, educate my mind, and discipline my body for (1 Cor. 9:24-27). But surrender for? Believe that God was working it out for me? 

No, I had forgotten this. 

I was a Pharisee.

It’s hard to be in that place. You know something is wrong, but you can’t quite put your finger on it. All the striving won’t help because a piece is missing. 

And if a piece is missing, you need the manual to figure it out, then you have to go out and buy it (Matthew 13:44).

Thankfully, the manual we have is living and timely. It is my experience that the discipline of reading the Bible brings about the change God desires, shaping you perfectly through the act of submission to this task.

It is here that I found myself studying Hebrews with my wife. 

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.

Hebrews 11:1-3

And it clicks. 

Again? More fully? 

But certainly in a way it should have ‘clicked’ in the past decade. 

Oh, I need faith!’ 

I can’t understand the creation without faith. Or salvation without faith. These are too big for me.

Not that I can’t cling to or explain these concepts. Or hold them to be true.

It’s just that I can’t work them out myself. 

Nor obtain them without recognizing that God, as the good Father He is, has a greater understanding than I and is working them out. 

And the gap that fell short when striving and working hard, was immediately made full. And it helps that,

These all [Able, Enoch, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob] died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they werestrangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.

Hebrews 11:13-16

It’s not that I’ve solved all my confusion. It’s just to call a spade, a spade. To recognize that I have been a Pharisee and that with this in my trajectory I need to be careful to guard my heart. Filling up myself with faith and not with self-righteousness.

Faith > Pharisee.

Head Shot Photographer Lancaster PA

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Head shot of Denise, staff member of the YMCA.

Recently I’ve had the opportunity to created headshots for several businesses and organizations around Central Pennsylvania. I love working with individuals to dial in their personality. I became increasingly inspired to create headshots by a friend of mine. He works with a different style and has an amazing creative element! I seek to dial in on the subject’s personality, bringing a modern headshot to the business professional or creative team.

I know time is a precious commodity so I seek to work quickly and thoroughly with each individual, capturing their person within a matter of minutes. The process is painless — I’m not the dentist after all! We laugh a lot, talk about how you can approach having your picture taken in the future (for your professional and personal life), and best represent you.

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Head shot for Michael Schmucker, filmmaker in Lancaster, PA.

After the shoot, I handle all the back-end work so you don’t have to. I choose the best images, crop, edit, and retouch the photos, before delivering them to you via the cloud. It would be my pleasure to work with your business or organization to create lasting, memorable representations of your employees and members.

See my head shot portfolio here.

Give me a call today to book – 717.781.9802 or contact me online to schedule a session.

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Head shot of Joe, owner of an assisted living community.

 

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Splendor of Holiness

“Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!“

Psalm 96:9

So completing is the worship of the Lord, that we will be given a new wardrobe of splendor in the presence of His holiness. Not only will our clothes change in response to Him, but our hearts, our bodies, even the environment will adapt upwards to the perfection of who He is. All shall shake; everything will tremble and be moved before His glory. Not a thing will be able to remain still, and nothing will resist acknowledging His worthiness.