Information Overload.

Information Overload.

For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus – 1 Timothy 2:5 There has never been a time in the history of mankind when access to information is as fast and as easy as it is today. I don’t know about you, but there are times when access to all this information can actually work against me. I’ve noticed information overload, if I’m not careful, can bog down my decisions, because I can find a thousand positive reviews and a thousand negative reviews on any gadget, vehicle, book, or vacation rental, all of which can validate any decision I want to make. Even more, if a search engine cannot find what I’m wanting, then I can just take to social media and ask a gazillion people what they think about it. I suppose that’s why the simplicity of God is such a beacon to my soul. In a world of Google searches, social media, and access to information that is endless and often confusing, God has, since the dawn of time, made Himself easy to find. His message to me is clear: there is one God and the only way to get to Him is through His...
God and Hootsuite.

God and Hootsuite.

God use Hootsuite to teach me a truth I'd un-learned over time. I've been in ministry well over 20 years now. I learned pretty quick that if you’re the kind of person that needs a consistent stream of affirmation from people, then ministry isn’t going to be a lot of fun. Sure, people continually encourage me in one form or another, but man cannot live on encouragement alone, for it normally comes in small doses. Working From A Different View. In fact, of all people, those of us in ministry receive little energy derived from ROI: Return On Investment. The reason is simple: a lot of what we do is measured in the eternal scope of work; which means that a large portion of our life’s work will not show up in what we can see in the here and now. However, few things can cause a man of God to wither faster than living in a barren land where encouragement never comes. We are human, and like it or not, we are created to be emotional. Our souls need injections of encouragement, no matter how strong we may be as leaders. Recently, God spoke to me about this very issue. God has spoken to me through songs. God has spoken to me through people. God has spoken to me through creation. God has even spoken to me through dreams. However, God has never spoken to me in the way He did, or I should say, never through the medium He used most recently. God spoke to me about the results of the work of those of us called...
iPhone Photography For Hunters

iPhone Photography For Hunters

iPhone photography for hunters looks a little different. After all, we’ve got dead animals in most every frame! Even still, just a little bit of insight can help you capture trophy iPhone photography that lasts a lifetime. In the end, that’s what a picture is: a lifetime of stories, strung together, telling your story to your family that comes after you.  You can take world class shots with an iPhone these days. There’s never been a time in the history of iPhone photography, or any smartphone for that matter, when capture memories is as easy as it is today.  This is a shot I was took to showcase Banded’s 900D tote strap. Banded makes incredibly solid gear, and that was the feature purpose of this photo.  What makes this photo creative is that I intentionally shot into the sun; which is normally not wise to do. However, if you know the rules, then you know when to break them. I used the tree to “block” the majority of the sun, which gives the photo a blurred background by partially blocking sun as an effect.  Use blockers to block light, and you can create some cool images in the field.  (click image for larger view)   Other Strengths Of This Photo:  Image isn’t too wide. The green heads in the tote are enough to let a hunter know we stomped the ducks that day. No need to show the ducks full body. Photo use the Rule Of Thirds and thus brings in the entire landscape. This article is part of a series called Better Field Photos. It’s a series of quick tips for the...
Need Motivation? Think about this.

Need Motivation? Think about this.

Motivation escapes every one of us at times. Finding a hard time pulling the trigger? Think about this ...A Timeless Motivational Truth Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. - Proverbs 6:6-8 The ant doesn't need anyone looking over its thorax telling it to "get to work." In simplest terms, the ant is self-motivated. Whether it's on Twitter, through an email, or when I'm speaking at a live event, about once a week someone will ask me, "How did you get into writing books, speaking, the hunting industry, and that sort of thing?" While there are some real reasons which could probably explain it, the simple truth goes back to this: I started. My motivation was that I was no longer content to watch others play ball. I wanted in the game and I felt called to play.A Myth About Motivation.  People often use excuses like, "I need more training and more insight before I get started." That's a myth. And a lie. So don't believe a lie, because if you do, you'll never move out of the batter's box. No, I didn't know much at all. Yes, I didn't really even know where to start, other than to start making relationships, writing, and accepting invitations, any invitation, to speak and share my story. Making a plan doesn't have to be rocket science. Effective plans are often 25% strategy and 75% relentless motivation to see it through. You can research all you want. Think...
A Surefire Way To Ruin Wild Game Dinners

A Surefire Way To Ruin Wild Game Dinners

Wild Game Dinners and Door Prizes Can Be Your Best Friend ... Or Your Worst Enemy. ​ If you do it right, wild game dinners and outdoor ministry efforts to reach hunters can be a gold mine of outreach for your church. Perhaps the greatest privilege I have within my calling to reach outdoorsmen is in getting to speak to hunters at wild game dinners and men’s conferences all over the nation. As a result, I see and experience a variety of issues related to creating the best atmosphere for an event. Continue...