Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Wednesday's Words

"Spring's American Robin"
(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved
"With men it is impossible,
but not with God,
for with God all things are possible."

- Mark 10:27

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sunday's Thought

"Always the Same-"

I have heard this phrase ever since I was a child growing up in the church, "God is always the same, always will be, and never changes." Seems like it became a trivial quote that I'd hear often but, unfortunately, as a child and young adult, I never really paid much attention to it.

As I look back over the years, I can see where some people or ministries tried to make the Gospel and God and the church more exciting or more entertaining or more attractive. There were some interesting attempts along the way. Some of them made me wonder what they were really trying to do, while others were pretty successful at reaching a specific group of people.

If you've been following my blog for long, you know that we've had several years of family illnesses and deaths, mostly with our parents, grandparents, and my brother. Much of the years from 2007 forward were absolutely crazy!

My mother became ill, my dog was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer and died three weeks later, my mother had a stroke, my grandmother passed away, my mother-in-law became ill and passed away, and the list of life's events could go on and on-

When these life events were happening, I remember God speaking to me at various times whether it was to comfort or give me peace or instruct me to learn something from this event! He was there.  His speaking was through my heart and one time audibly so it would get my attention- it did. He was there.

After all this, and I look back, and realize God is still the same- He's always the same. He was with me throughout all the craziness I just mentioned. Just as He was during the challenges of my youth and young adult years.

He loves me just as much now as then- He never left my side- His Word, the Bible, has never changed- it's still the same as ever. Though my love for Him has grown stronger, my desire to serve Him has grown stronger, He has always been who He said He would be.  His Word has been the same and never changed.

God doesn't need to grow to understand or learn about life, like we do, He's always known and will always know. 

The comfort of His love, His Presence, the friends He brought to us, and His caring for our needs during these life events- trust in Him and you will see.

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever."

- Hebrews 13:8 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wednesday's Words

"Spring's Red Buds"
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"God thundereth marvelously with His voice;
great things doeth He,
which we cannot understand."

- Job 37:5

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Photographing the Seasons: Virginia Bluebells

"Virginia Bluebells"
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Spring in Virginia means the Virginia Bluebells are in bloom everywhere.  I took this photo in my backyard where I planted a few plants.  They grew and had several beautiful blooms each  year.

However, the best way to see these blooms is to see them at parks like Bull Run or the Manassas National Battlefield Park where they grew in droves.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Wednesday's Words

"Red Bud Blooms"
(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved

"For I am NOT ashamed 
of the Gospel of Christ: 
for it is the power of God unto salvation 
to everyone that believeth."

- Romans 1:16a

(Emphasis added are mine)

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Sunday's Thought

Happy Easter!

Today, we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ!  We celebrate His death on the cross for our sins, then on Easter Sunday, He rose from the grave so that we may have eternal life.

This Easter, quite a few family memories coming rushing to mind as I miss my parents and brother.  My parents gave us Easter baskets and had some fun with the Easter Bunny, but we're really into it.  I remember that I never seemed to really get into it either. My brother loved it!

For my parents, the real reason for Easter was never overshadowed by the worldly celebrations so they never really put much into it.

My fondest memories are of being a church organist and preparing for months for the special Easter Service.  Easter music was easier than the Christmas was, but still required quite a bit of practice- as I wanted to give my best to Him during the service.

One year, the pianist and I, who I learned quite a bit from over the years, played a difficult hymn for the offering titled, "Crown Him" written by Mrs. C.H. Morris.  The timing was difficult as it was written as if to tell a story- then you get the chorus, and played it joyfully.

I love the words to the hymn:

Crown Him

1. Behold one day a wondrous scene:
There rode a man of lowly mien,
Along the dusty way, along the dusty way;
The people thronged Him as He passed,
Palm branches in His way they cast,
And cried, Hosanna to the King, today!

Crown Him! Crown Him!
Crown the Savior King of kings;
In your hearts enthrone Him,
Lord and Master own Him;
Crown Him! Crown Him!
While heaven exultant rings;
Crown the bless├Ęd Savior King of kings.

2. He’s passing by, just as of yore,
And great and small and rich and poor,
Today their Lord deny, today their Lord deny;
Oh, make of Him supremest choice,
And with uplifted heart and voice,
Hosanna to the King of kings still cry. [Refrain]

3. Soon He is coming back again,
A thousand years on earth to reign;
We’ll see Him by and by, we’ll see Him by and by;
All the redeemed with Him He’ll bring,
Who in their hearts have crowned Him king,
And they shall live and reign with Him on high. [Refrain]

by Mrs. C.H. Morris, 1914, Public Domain


While I may miss my parents, I am thankful God has been with me through the times of loss and grief.  Am thankful for all the wonderful memories too. 

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Good Friday

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I have never understood why they call "Good Friday,"  good.  It was anything but.  Jesus Christ was crucified in a violent way to a cross for the sins of man.  This was after He carried the cross through town.  He was persecuted by his own people.

I don't mean any disrespect when I question the use of "Good." I am curious about this.  I write what I think to share what I think and hope what I write and think will mean something to someone.

When I began researching to find an answer to my question, I quickly discover that though, it wasn't good that Christ died on the cross, it is more than "good" because He died, rose on Easter, so we may have eternal life.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: 
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” 

- Romans 5:8

 “For Christ died for sins once for all, 
the righteous for the unrighteous, 
to bring you to God. 
He was put to death in the body 
but made alive by the Spirit.

 - 1 Peter 3:18

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