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    Kindom First Photography

    Hi, my name is Jeremey Voit. I was born and raised in Virginia. Over the last few years I've developed (no pun intended!) a love for photography. It started with getting a camera for my birthday that I didn't even want. Shortly after, I began realizing I did enjoy it, however other things overtook it and it went on the back burner. Flash forward to 2014, and a few simple photographs later, and I rediscovered the joy of photography, and then some. Over the last few years, I’ve felt led more and more into this as a career but as a Christian, my first love is Christ. To me, photography would mean nothing if it doesn't glorify God. So, as I grow in my pursuit, I hope to share not only photographic insights, education, equipment review, but more importantly to share the Word of God. We'll see where this ride goes, but I hope you'll join me. I ask that you take a look at my links page. You'll find a couple charities there that I personally partner with, and I hope you'd consider sharing a donation with them.

    Let me share a little more about me if I may. As a kid we started going to church, and I spent a lot of my youth in church. I came to accept Christ as my Savior when I was young but after we left church a number of years later, I drifted away. I never did anything horrific growing up but I wasn't a perfect child either. I know God kept me from a lot. Well several years later I felt a huge desire to return to church, and since then God has been shaping me and helping me in my walk with Him. But the bottom line is, the most important thing that ever happened in my life isn't the amazing photographic opportunities I've had, the friends and family that God has given me, though I am incredibly thankful for both. No, it's the decision to accept Christ. Maybe you're reading this and you think all that sounds silly, but let me explain it a little bit more.

    You see, as I said I never did anything horrific, yet at the same time I sinned greatly. Sin being anything that we say or do or even think that is against what God would have for us. Because of this, I was separated from God, because God is righteous, loving, and just. He can't excuse sin. In fact, here's what the Bible says about it:

    "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," - Romans 3:23

    That's everybody. You, me, your mom, your dad, your best friend, and that guy at the coffee shop.
    So, what's the big deal with sin?

    "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." - Romans 6:23

    We'll get to that second part in a minute. First, that wages thing is pretty serious sounding isn't it? Maybe you think that's harsh of God to punish sin, but think about this. Say someone murders someone else, and they're brought to court. Is the judge a loving and righteous judge towards the family of the one killed, if he just lets the murderer go? Of course not! The difference being, God is God. He is perfect, and so His standard. Ever heard of the ten commandments? Lying, stealing, taking God's name in vain are just 3 among the 10, and I bet if you're really honest with yourself, you've committed at least 1 or 2 of those sins, probably all, am I right?

    So, based on that, I'd say we're all deserving of hell.

    But that second part that we glanced over earlier, that's the wonderful truth of the gospel. You see, in Romans 5:8 it says:

    "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

    God loves us and wants better for us, but He also can't look on sin, so what did He do to make it so we could be right with Him?

    He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die in our place. Here's what happened. You see, God came as a man, born of a virgin (that's why Christians celebrate Christmas). He lived a perfect, sinless life. Something we could never do! But He was wrongfully accused, and sentenced to death on a cross. He willingly laid down His life, taking the punishment our sins deserve. He died, was buried, but the story doesn't end there. Three days later, He rose from the grave, and now He is with the Father in heaven.

    Because of all of this, we can have forgiveness of our sins, and have that relationship with Christ.

    Romans 10:9 says: "that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."

    It's really that easy.

    So, in the quietness of your heart, if you believe these things truthfully, confess your sins to God, put your trust and faith in Jesus Christ, believing in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead. Put your trust in Him as you would a parachute, knowing He will save you. And make Him Lord of your life. That means it's His way, not yours.
    I'm so glad that God called me to Him as a child, and that I accepted that free gift of salvation. I hope that you will respond in faith as well.

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