Picture of the week

The joy of photography

I have enjoyed photography for many years. I also experienced a spiritual wilderness when I did not know God. My passion for photography waned in that period of my life. Subsequently, my walk to  and with God was resurrected (see section ‘My Walk to and with God’). I also rediscovered the joys of photography and the blessing to capture special moments in time.

Picture of the week

Some time ago I added a photography section to the website with the idea to showcase pictures I have taken and add some personal thoughts and verses from the Bible. The idea has evolved and I wish to add a ‘picture of the week’ once week. Should you wish, you are welcome to make use of these pictures – click on the picture and you will be transported to my photography website at www.bendebruynphotography.com where the picture can be downloaded at no cost.

Picture of the week: 23 September 2016

… And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God …“.

Picture of the week: 20 July 2014

Should you wish, you are welcome to use this picture as you please

Dec 2011 Geneva Christmas Lights 1

Cathedral in Geneva, Switzerland with Christmas lights

Proverbs 2:1-13: “… My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding – indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds success in store for the upright, He is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for He guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. Then you will understand what is right and just and fair – every good path. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you. Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse, who have left the straight paths to walk in dark ways… ” (New International Version, ©2010)

Picture of the week: 9 June 2014

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June 2014 Geneva Poppy 21
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I was blessed to attend a workshop last week in Geneva where Sean Feucht (musician, speaker, writer, revivalist and founder of a grassroots global worship, prayer and missions organization called Burn 24/7) shared thoughts on worship and creative arts. One thought which touched me was centered on God’s divine creativity. He knows that our hearts long for beauty and wonder and that creativity will go places many sermons may not be able to reach. This inspired me not to neglect my photography and writing and to reach out for wonder and beauty!

“… I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes. Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings …” Psalm 17 v 6-8, New International Version (NIV) )…”

If you have time, try and listed to Sean Feucht new album “Messengers” which was released recently – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIkJswrJAv0

Picture of the week: 18 May 2014

Bible Verse

Ecclesiastes, a Time for Everything:

“… There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, time for war and a time for peace…” Ecclesiastes 3: 2-8, New International Version

Picture of the week: 19 April 2014

The cross againts a white background - salvation via Jesus Christ resurrection

Bible Verse

‘’ Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die‘’, John 11:25, New International Version

Picture of the week: 12 April 2014

Sunflowers in bright sunshine

Bible Verse

‘’He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near…’’ Luke 21:29-31, New International Version

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Picture of the week: 5 April 2014

Sedgefield South Africa – Rough surface of old boat at riverside

Bible Verse

I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them, Isaiah 42:16, New International Version

 

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Ben de Bruyn – Copyright © 2014

The section below forms part of the earlier development of the website. The pictures listed below are not available for general public use.

Emotions: Joy

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Jesus Christ: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV

Moscow People: Fountain fun in Moscow heatwave summer 2010 1

Moscow, Russia – Girl cooling off in summer heatwave

Joy:Thelma Eddie in Geneve Dec 2011

Old friends visiting us in Geneva, Switzerland

Emotions: Downcast

“Why are you cast down, O my soul?…Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him – Psalm 42:5, New King James version

Paris: Montmartre clown 1 July 2012

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”; Philippians 4:6, New King James Version

Paris: Street art near Pompidou museum 2 July 2012

Emotions: Own Thoughts

“… In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul …” – Psalm 94:19 – New King James version

Istanbul: Spice Market – Woman selling spices

“… But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength;They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary,They shall walk and not faint …”; Isaiah 40:31 – New King James Version

Concert at Red Square – Waiting for the kids

Easter Weekend

At home in Geneva this Easter Weekend. Fun project with the girls to take pictures reminding us of Jesus, the cross and His resurrection.

“…This is the kind of life you’ve been invited into, the kind of life Christ lived. He suffered everything that came his way so you would know that it could be done, and also know how to do it, step-by-step. He never did one thing wrong, not once said anything amiss. They called him every name in the book and he said nothing back. He suffered in silence, content to let God set things right. He used his servant body to carry our sins to the cross so we could be rid of sin, free to live the right way. His wounds became your healing. You were lost sheep with no idea who you were or where you were going. Now you’re named and kept for good by the Shepherd of your souls…” 1 Peter 2:21 -25 – The Message Bible

Geneva: Garden railing cross

“… I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, My soul shall be joyful in my God;For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels …” Isaiah 61:10 – New King James Version

Geneva:cross in the house

Childhood memory

“…The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.…” John 3:8 – New International Version

These words of Jesus to Nicodemus is about changes the Holy Spirit makes in our lives – when I reflected on the words it took me back many years to a time when I was around six years old and walking under large trees on the farm where my grandparents lived, listening to the sound the wind caressing the trees and its branches and leaves. It was a very comforting experience – I still enjoy this sound a lot. I searched my picture portfolio for a picture to express this feeling. I was not able to find one showing what I have described above, as the gentle wind is rather difficult to capture in a picture and this made me smile when I read the words “… but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going …” again. In the end I settled on a picture which somehow reminds me of the feeling I have described – a red flower in gentle wind in a cornfield near Geneva. Like I cannot see the wind, I am not able to see the Spirit in me but I am experiencing what He does.

Hope you enjoy it.

Photography: Our eyes, our windows !

I love those moments in photography when I am fortunate to capture feelings shining through a person’s eyes. The first picture was taken in an incredibly busy Istanbul Spice Market. Somehow this woman, between serving customers, managed to carry such a warm and comforting expression. If only I could do the same during really busy work days! The second picture was taken in Paris in the crowded Montmartre area. I enjoyed her introspective gaze and just the hint of a smile. This made me think of a verse from Matthew where he mentioned that eyes are windows into your body. I love the message he conveys – it touches me. For me the experience is enhanced by my view of the world through my camera lens.

“… Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light … If you pull the blinds on your windows, what a dark life you will have! Matthew 6:22 – The Message

Istanbul: Spice Market - Woman selling spices
Istanbul: Spice Market – Woman selling spices

I also like the message of Psalm 119 below –

“…GOD, teach me lessons for living so I can stay the course. Give me insight so I can do what you tell me – my whole life one long, obedient response. Guide me down the road of your commandments; I love traveling this freeway! Give me a bent for your words of wisdom, and not for piling up loot. Divert my eyes from toys and trinkets, invigorate me on the pilgrim way. Affirm your promises to me – promises made to all who fear you. Deflect the harsh words of my critics – but what you say is always so good. See how hungry I am for your counsel; preserve my life through your righteous ways!…” Psalm 119:36-40 – The Message

Paris:Montmartre posing for painting 4 July 2012

Montmartre posing for painting – 2012

“…Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace…” Matthew 6:6 – The Message

Sanoen winter snow 1Samoen, Switzerland

“…So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision – you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it…” Philippians 3:15-16 – The Message

2011 Tour de France Grenoble Frank Schleck

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Photography: New Pastor

On Sunday, our church will consider the appointment of our new pastor. Over the centuries many leaders have taken up similar roles in churches accross this city. I pray that God’s hand will lead the way, that He will bless our new pastor and give him and his family favor, wisdom, strength and continue to nourish him for the task which lies ahead. May this also be the case for all the leaders in other churches in Geneva.

7 rue Tabazan – Geneva – Switzerland

“… Appreciate your pastoral leaders who gave you the Word of God. Take a good look at the way they live, and let their faithfulness instruct you, as well as their truthfulness. There should be a consistency that runs through us all. For Jesus doesn’t change – yesterday, today, tomorrow, he’s always totally himself…” Hebrews 13:7-8 – The Message

St. Pierre Cathedral in Geneva

“… Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you…” Hebrews 13:17 – New International Version

St. Pierre Cathedral in Geneva

“… That’s plain enough, isn’t it? You’re no longer wandering exiles. This kingdom of faith is now your home country. You’re no longer strangers or outsiders. You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone. God is building a home. He’s using us all – irrespective of how we got here – in what he is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day – a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home. …” Ephesians 2:19-22 – The Message

Music, Praise and Worship

Our church band, Becoming Worship, was one of many bands and artists who took part in the Arena this past weekend at a praise and worship event organised by churches across Geneva. I was blessed to be there for a few hours. Arriving, my thoughts were to sit back, soak up the music and let the Spirit do the rest.

I brought my camera along to take a few pictures of the kids who had a special event on the big stage. God knows my love for photography – I ended up enjoying the music, praise and worship and was privileged to also spend some fun time behind the camera lens taking pictures (even back stage courtesy of a special pass from one of our church band members). It was a great few hours (see some pictures below – first three of Becoming Worship and remaining two of other performers).

‘’ It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp ’’- Psalm 92:1-3, New International Version (NIV)

‘’The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the LORD. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the LORD and sang: “He is good; his love endures forever.” Then the temple of the LORD was filled with the cloud, 14 and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the temple of God ’’ – 2 Chronicles 5:13-14 , New International Version

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are his people, the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations”, Psalm 100, New International Version

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord,the Maker of heaven and earth “, Psalm 121 v 1-2, New International Version

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