Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

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(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography

"I can do all
things through
him who
strengthens me."

- Philippians 4:13

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Sunday's Thought!

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"Spring's Violas"
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Today is Easter Sunday. I am so happy to be attending church and being with my church family celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Last year, the Virginia Governor determined it was necessary to close churches because of a "supposed" pandemic of COVID-19. While it didn't ruin the meaning or reason for Easter, it did make it different not being able to see my church family and friends. I didn't like that.

Coming from me, that's a weird statement to make. I'm really a quiet introverted-nerd who is happiest hanging out with my wife, dog, and cat but not really anyone else. However, over the years of my life at Easter, I would get to see some of the college students who have been away at school, meet some of the family of your friends who are in town, as well as visit with your Christian friends. The Christian friends who have been with you through many aspects of life. There is just something special about seeing them on Easter Sunday morning. I think it is the love that Christ gives us which creates that special bond that is only found within the Christian community. 

The Easter season brings quite a few memories. The beautiful celebratory music, the awesome sermons, and the pageantry. It is a glorious time. Once Easter comes, the earth begins to come back to life after its cold wintry season. The Spring season often reminds me of the glorious gift of eternal life God gave us by being crucified on a cruel cross some 2,000 years ago. As humans, we are like the dead of winter with its cold, harsh, and sometimes brutal storms. Due to our sins, we are lost and unable to truly find our way. Sometimes it seems that the winter storms are all we have in life. But, when Christ died on the cross for us, it's like the Spring season after a long winter. Everything comes to life, the darkness goes away, nature begins to bloom in it's full glory- a beautiful sight to behold. 

When we accept Christ as our Savior, we have kind of an Easter of our own. Our sins are forgiven and we become dead to the dark and alive to the beauty of life- like which we see in Spring.  It is a glorious transformation which, though may take time, is a grand experience. God did it all for us! 

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

 

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography

"He is not here,
for he has risen,
as he said. Come,
see the place where he lay."

- Matthew 28:6