It’s A Good Voice

Jeremiah assured him, “They won’t get hold of you. Listen, please. Listen to God’s voice. I’m telling you this for your own good so that you’ll live.” – Jeremiah 38:20 (MSG)

The other day, I realized that I went my entire day without taking the time to make any conversation with the Lord.  I was actually surprised at how easy it was to slip past each minute without any acknowledgement of the Lord’s presence.  As the sun was setting, I sat still and asked myself why I let those 24 hours go by like that.

Is there something I was hiding?

Was I more concerned with myself that I did not want to take the time to look up?

Did I focus more on what I needed to get done for the day instead of focus on who I needed to be?

No matter what the reason was, I realized that we all can come up with a list of reason why we don’t stop to take the time to be with Jesus.  And all of the reasons stem from a much deeper place in our hearts – fear.  Fear has a way of taking control over how we live, especially when it comes to listening to the voice of God.

The primary attitude I see here from Jeremiah is that he is begging the listener (King Zedekiah).  Jeremiah is pleading for the King to pause and focus in on the voice of God.  There is a persistent attitude coming from Jeremiah for the leadership because he understands the importance of a leaders influence and how it effects others.

Jeremiah yearns for this man in power over others, to listen to God’s voice for the sake of life.

My thought process begins to shift as I see the two reasons that Jeremiah eagerly wants us to listen to the voice of God:

We listen to God’s voice for our own good.

As a man in this culture, I am bombarded daily with making decisions for the good of my family.  I can relate to a father who wants the best for his family.  At the same time, I struggle with accepting the fact that God has my best interest in mind as well.

We listen to God’s voice so that we may live.

For some of us, this may be a literal life and death like it was for King Zedekiah.  Other times, it is for our emotional, mental, and physical life.  The bigger picture reveals that there are healthier ways of living.  Jesus constantly talks about the abundant life that is offered to us each and every moment of the day.

On the days I am most honest with myself, I can see the fear that pushes me away from listening to the voice of God.  In order to live each day in His presence, it is imperative to remember that the voice of God is screaming goodness and true life.  I pray that today would be another step closer to the heart of the Father who loves me.

Is It A Safe Place?

“Do not be afraid of the king of Babylon, whom you now fear. Do not be afraid of him, declares the LORD, for I am with you and will save you and deliver you from his hands.”  – Jeremiah 42:11 (MSG)

How much more direct can God be in this verse?

He is clear with His words, “Do not be afraid of the king!”

I have run into many people this last year that have been deeply wounded by church people and pastors.  You can see how this hurt turns into anger, which is driven by the fear to never trust again.  For some, the wound goes too deep that it is causing separation in the church.  The church resorts to tossing people out when they feel they cannot be trusted anymore.  I am often left wondering if the church really the safe place that it is meant to be.  Safety is something people run to, not away from.

Why is the church becoming less known as a tower of refuge and more commonly known as a place that causes pain?

There is great comfort in these words from the Lord.  I can hear Him saying, “Do not fear leadership.  Do not be scared.  Do not be afraid of man.  You do not have to worry or be afraid because I am in control and will deal with leadership how I see fit!”  Then the Lord gives us the security of His words:

I am with you.
I will  save you.
I will deliver you from the person who was in authority over you.

To be delivered means to be set free.

The Lord can set us free from the people that have hurt us the most.  We can experience freedom in the deepest wounds of our heart.  Being set free means that we no longer are tied to that person or the pain that was inflicted on us.

We are not meant to fear man, but to fear God alone.  The one that we fear is the one that we trust and follow.  I pray that today would be another step closer to following God and trusting Him more.

Inward Training

”When you practice some appetite-denying discipline to better concentrate on God, don’t make a production out of it. It might turn you into a small-time celebrity but it won’t make you a saint. If you ‘go into training’ inwardly, act normal outwardly.” – Matthew 6:17 (MSG)

Inward training.

It reminds me of what God told Samuel,  “Looks aren’t everything. Don’t be impressed with his looks and stature. I’ve already eliminated him. God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart.”  God spoke to Samuel when he immediately compared himself to another man of God.

That does not sound like a new concept does it?  One man of God comparing himself to another man of God.  A church trying to be like the church down the street.  You wishing that you had the life that God gave to someone else.  Thank you Lord for bringing us to what is most important.

The Lord looks into the heart.

My journey is a journey of my heart.  It’s difficult for me to not think of God as someone who looks at all of my outward appearances.  How can He not look at my stature?  How can His focus not be on my great accomplishments?  What kind of a Father would be more concerned with who I am rather than what I can do?

YHWH.  He is my loving Father and the Almighty God

Am I that kind of a Father?

I want my daughter to be respectful.  I pray that my daughter will be loving.  I hope that my daughter will be more organized than I am.  I would feel like an accomplished dad if my daughter was successful in life.

If I want to be the man I was created to be, then my heart must reflect the heart of YHWH.  My heart and His heart must become so intertwined that I desire the same things that He desires.  When our hearts are immeshed, then I start to see things like He sees them.

I guess I have some inward training to do.

I pray that today would be one step closer as you continue to train inward.

Krista + Brett Wedding Story

Krista and Brett got married on June 30th, 2013. I had the privilege of being a part of their special day and capturing their day and their story. They are a great couple and I really enjoyed celebrating with them! Thank you to a mutual friend who introduced me to them.

Music Credit | “Intro” by the XX and “Best Day of Your Life” by Katie Herzig
Venue | Lionscrest Manor in Lyons, CO
Photographer | Melissa Del Vecchio with Plum Pretty Photography

Hi! My name is Adam. There is nothing better than a great story. I am an artist by nature and breathe creativity into everything that I do.  My wife gives me a hard time because I view strangers as friends whom I have yet to meet. For me, a successful wedding video is watching a bride and groom relive the joy, tears, sacredness, and love for each other from their wedding day, each time they watch their Wedding Story from AdamFusion Films.

What is my style?

Most people would say I take a journalistic approach and add my own unique artistic style. Which is another way of saying that I won’t get in the way on your special day and you will be amazed at how beautiful the final video turns out. True story. It’s happened every time my friends watch their wedding video.

Also, I won’t try to confuse you with a lot of different packages or options. I promise to get everything you will need to relive the special moments of your day and put it in a package you won’t forget. Feel free to check out my work. I am good at what I do because I love doing it.

Can’t wait to celebrate with you on your amazing wedding day!

You can contact me at adam@adamfusion.com or at 425.280.7493 to schedule your session.

 

Stay At Your Post & Keep Watch

“So, stay at your post, watching. You have no idea when the homeowner is returning, whether evening, midnight, cockcrow, or morning. You don’t want him showing up unannounced, with you asleep on the job. I say it to you, and I’m saying it to all: Stay at your post. Keep watch.” – Mark 13:37 (MSG)

I had a dream last night that gave me an outside perspective of who I was growing up.  In the dream, my years as a youth were focused around making decisions that were easy and safe.  Even in my dating life, I went after the girls that I knew liked me first before I would approach them.  I was often afraid of the people that seemed like they had life more figured out than I did.

As a boy, I lived my life in fear of the world around me.

I was afraid.
I was timid.
I was not confident of who I was.
I was not able to carry myself to the next level.

This last year of my life has shown me how I have been living in fear for too long.

Jesus makes two powerful statements in this scripture:

Stay at your post.
Keep watch.

In this passage, Jesus is revealing the truth to them that they really don’t know how long their life is going to be.  God could show up at anytime and at any moment.  Our life is a lot shorter than we think it is.  None of us can predict our time here in this earth.  With that in mind, do not live a life of fear!  Stay at your post.  Keep watch.

What is my post?  Today, my job is to be positioned as a child of God.  My station is to be the man in my house.  I am called to love my wife and lead my children into the heart of Christ.  I can only do this by standing firm in the life God has called me to.  In between the lines of these statements, I hear Jesus whispering strength to my soul:

Stay at your post.
Be strong.
Be firm.
Be bold.
Be confident.
Be planted.
You can do it!

Keep watch. Stay focused.  Keep your head up.  Fix your eyes straight ahead on Jesus.  Throw off anything that easily entangles you and run towards Him with everything you have.  I pray that these words would take you one step closer by whispering strength into the very places today that you feel weak.

Jared Wilson | Photographer Recommendation

Jared Wilson, from Jared Wilson Photography, is a fellow artist and friend. We had the opportunity to work together recently at a wedding. He was the photographer while I was the videographer.

After the shoot, I was able to ask him a few questions in regards to the wedding day and what it was like to work with me. I love the way he articulates a wedding day into an artistic story. I think he is accurate when he shares how the photographer and videographer are meant to work together. And they must do it in a way where they are looking out for wach other while creating a positive environment for the Bride and Groom.

Enjoy and feel free to email me with any thoughts, questions, or feedback.

Adam Bradley
www.adamfusion.com

You can also see Jared’s work at: www.jaredwilsonphotography.com

 

Mercy On the Outsiders

“Jesus, overhearing, shot back, “Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick?  Go figure out what this Scripture means:  ‘I’m after mercy, not religion.’ I’m here to invite outsiders, not coddle insiders.” – Matthew 9:12-13 (MSG)

The words of Jesus always pierce my heart.  His simplicity and directness often surprises me and leaves me cheering.  In this single statement, I relate to what He is saying.  It causes me to come back to some basic truths that are not often at the forefront of my mind.

Jesus is after mercy.

I like the Tyndale Bible Dictionary’s definition of mercy.  It is, “A divine quality by which God faithfully keeps his promises and maintains his covenant relationships with his chosen people despite their unworthinessand unfaithfulness.”  In this definition of mercy that we see a God who clearly is not afraid to take action.

There are also other Biblical words that correspond with the word mercy.  The Bible uses words like, kindness, goodness, grace, favor, pity, compassion, and steadfast love.  When I read it that way I see a God who goes after people by means of goodness, kindness, grace, compassion, and steadfast love.  In the same way that God goes after us, we are supposed to go after others.

Jesus came to invite in the outsiders.

My first perspective of Christians was during my high school years.  I remember my first time at youth group and standing in awe as I watched a bunch of peers interact with each other.  Despite how foreign the culture was to me, there was something tantalizing and attractive about it that made me want a piece of whatever they had.  I can recall the raw feelings of being an outsider that was looking in.  What broke the barrier?

It was a meal.  I remember dining at a table with these people that put their faith in Jesus Christ.  This pivotal meal was the first of many different physical and spiritual meals that we would share together.  I believe that Christ does the same thing for us.  He invites the outsiders to come and to dine at His table with Him.

In John 6:35, Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life.  The person who aligns with me hungers no more and thirsts no more, ever.”   It is true that once you align yourself with Christ, your soul will never go hungry or thirsty again when you dine at Christ’s table.

Just as Jesus went after the outsiders with mercy, we are to do the same.  This is a word picture for what the body of Christ is supposed to look like.  I pray that would be one step closer for you to feast at the table of everlasting life.

Noelle | 13 months

Michelle and John Zizz have been good friends for about a year now. We finally found a great time and place to do a Kid Newborn Session! This video with Noelle has been one of my all time favorite kid videos so far! Some of my favorite moments are watching John interact with Noelle and his boys in the background. Enjoy!

Music Credit | “Wonderfully Made” by Scripture Lullabies.

Noelle is 13 months old here. Special thanks to John and Michelle for letting me put this video together!

Newborn and Kid Videography Sessions are a great way to capture special life moments. Videos can be used for a birth announcement, as a gift, or a beautiful and unique way of creating a memory for your friends and family.

Feel free to email me if you are interested in ordering a Newborn or Baby Videography Session today!

Alisha + Kyle Wedding

Music Credit | “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri
Photography | Jarred Wilson Photography
Wedding Venue | Crooked Willow Farms in Larkspur, Colorado
Make-Up Artist | Brittany Wells

 

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Interview with Joseph Fehlen, author of “Ride On”

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I met Joseph Fehlen a while back when I was the youth pastor in the NW. He is an incredible man and always found a way to make my family chuckle. Fehlen recently wrote a book that continued to make me laugh, but also brought a new perspective for me in the way I start to see God moving in our everyday lives.I had an opportunity to interview Joseph and wanted to share that with you. You can also find a link to his book by clicking here.

 

Enjoy!

 

What inspired you to write Ride On?

I was 34 years old when I got on a motorcycle for the first time. I was never allowed to get on open aired motorized vehicles (other than a riding lawn mower) my whole life so when this happened I honestly felt my senses and my soul coming alive. So I just started to jot down in a journal what I was feeling, then started sharing in blogs the links I was seeing with my faith.  From there people started asking more questions and asking for more details…so I wrote more.

From there I knew I had the genesis for a book and started setting aside time every week to get the stories on paper and really explore this idea of my soul awakening to Jesus. That whole process took a couple years to get to this point.

 

Who was the audience you had in mind when writing this book?

I had a 46 year old biker, who had ADD, had never read a book since high school and had a slight understanding of Jesus but hadn’t explore their faith much.  The reason I write the book the way I do with stories, no direct quotes from scripture and shorter chapters is because I had that guy in mind

I have since found out that 50 plus year old ladies really love it. I talk about growing up and the life of a man so much and I think it helps women understand men better. So it is a win for everyone!

 

What’s life been like after publishing and having other people read your book?

I am humbled that people that don’t even know me are buying my book. I am angered that my best friends and family members have not read it (I am getting over that). I am overwhelmed with the amount of work you need to do to promote your book. I am amazed every time someone leaves a review on Amazon (Unless I get a bad one then I just want to dig a hole and fill it back in again.) I also struggle internally with wanting to write my next book but not wanting to burn out.

So Adam, this book has me running the gamut of emotions. I think as an author you might learn more about yourself after the book is done than when you are writing. When you have very few champions for your cause you have to be the one with the trumpet. Which is really hard because you don’t want to seem arrogant or prideful that you wrote something you think is good. But yet you think you have something good that others might benefit from.

 

So you are wanting to write another book? What is it about?

I got the ideas lined out for a book called, ‘Rebuild: when your life and bike seem beyond repair.’ This is coming from my son and I rebuilding a 1974 Honda CB360 which was a family bike. What a process that it, especially when you don’t really know anything and need lots of help.  But before that I am currently writing a book about hunting. It is titled at this point, ‘Nine Arrows: A Hunters life of patience, practice, perseverance and utter failure’.  It actually has nothing to do with how to hunt, unless you learn best by others failure!

 

That is cool Joseph. One last question. Why write a book on motorcycles?

Look for ‘motorcycle’ on Amazon Bookstore and you get over 15,000 titles that show up. So obviously (sarcasm intended) there isn’t enough out there on this topic. Right? I did a lot of research and most of those books fall into a couple categories.  1. Maintenance 2. Travel 3. The Gang World 4. Photos of Bikes.

 

Besides ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’ which is an international best seller and has nothing to do with maintenance, there are very few books that use the motorcycle as a metaphor for life. I thought I could write something that could help the over seven million bike owners make some connections to their soul and their Maker. There are a couple that are Biblical based but I thought them to be a bit cheesy or not particularly related to motorcycles even though they had a motorcycle on the cover.

 

Speaking of cover, who designed your cover?

Well when I went about this process to independently publish this book I wanted to get some of my friends involved that had skills. That is why I used some original poetry from my friend Michael. A former student of mine, Kristen, did the editing (and she didn’t hold back the red ink).

When it came to the cover I went with a friend that had written a book and did the cover himself. I would have not read the book if not for the cool cover, so I asked him to help me out.  He listened to my ideas, made a couple versions which we crowd sourced to see what others thought. We ended up with the one you see and even got a TheBookdesigner.com Gold Star.

Check out his website here to see what else he does.