Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Corey Blaz on Unsplash

An Encounter With God
by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders

"So I was left alone, gazing at this great vision, I had no strength left, 
my face turned deathly pale and I was helpless." - Daniel 10:8

Daniel received a vision that troubled him greatly. He wanted understanding of this vision. He set himself out to understand the vision by fasting for three weeks. Three days after his three weeks of fasting, a messenger of God appeared to Daniel. The messenger explained that Heaven had heard his prayer from the first day, but the angel was temporarily prevented from coming by the prince of Persia, a demon angel, who sought to thwart God's messenger from coming to Daniel.

There are times in our lives when we must set ourselves to seeking God with all our hearts. It is in these times that we hear from Heaven in ways we may never have experienced before. Daniel's perseverance in prayer was rewarded with a personal encounter with Heaven. However, in order to receive from God, Daniel had to be left alone, have his strength removed, and be placed in a helpless condition. When we have no ability in our own strength to move Heaven or the events around us, we are in position to hear from Heaven. It is the acknowledgment of our humanity and our frailness that places us in a position to have a personal encounter with the living God.

Do you need a personal encounter with God today? Do you need God to intervene on your behalf? Seek Him with all your heart. Demonstrate to Him you are serious. Get alone and acknowledge your helpless condition before Him. He will reward you with His presence.

To learn more about God's Plan of Salvation and repentance, please visit Peace With God!

Devotion used by written permission of Marketplace Leaders with Os Hillman.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) Allen Pearson
"For the sake of Christ, then, 
I am content with
weaknesses, insults, 
hardships, persecutions, and 
calamities. For when I am 
weak, then I am strong."

2 Corinthians 12:10 ESV

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

"Autumn Leaf Blanket"
Photo by vision webagency on Unsplash

Making the Personal Decision to Follow Christ
by Jack Graham, PowerPoint Ministries

"And Peter said to them, 'Repent and be baptized every one of you in the 
name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and 
you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'

Acts 2:38

Billy Graham, in my estimation, was one of the greatest preachers in the history of the Christian faith. I once heard him talk about his son, Franklin, who grew up with a very godly mother and father. But when Franklin was about 25 years old, he realized that he didn’t know Christ.

Here he had grown up in the home of Billy Graham, but didn’t know the Lord! So Franklin personally received Christ. And now as you know he leads his late father’s ministry and he works in some of the most troubled spots in the world for the advancement of the Gospel. But first, he had to realize that being a member of Billy Graham’s family didn’t get him into heaven. Only a personal faith could.

It doesn’t matter if you grew up in Billy Graham’s family or Osama bin Laden’s, you must personally receive Christ as your Lord and Savior to be saved. Salvation is a personal decision and each and every person is held to account for it!

Maybe you’ve grown up in a Christian home. Or, maybe you’ve been raised in a very un-Christian home. Either way, you have the choice today to personally follow Christ or not to do so. So no matter your background, step out in faith and receive forgiveness through Christ today!


To learn more about God's Plan for your life, please visit PowerPoint Ministries with Jack Graham, New Life in Christ.

Devotion used by written permission of PowerPoint Ministries with Jack Graham.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Railroad Photography! "Rounding the Harper's Ferry Curve, WV"

"'Rounding the Harper's Ferry Curve, WV"
(C) Allen Pearson
Harper's Ferry, WV is an awesome place to sit and watch trains. That is if you have the patience to sit and wait since CSX uses radio transmissions to dispatch trains and to communicate between the trains and dispatchers. In the mountains, sometimes it's difficult to receive these transmissions. The last time I went to Harper's Ferry, I sat in the car and read a book while waiting for a train. Also, there is a park with a walking path which allows you to get great views of the train going over the bridge and coming through the park.

My dog Noah and I were walking one of the paths when a rock train came through. We were able to watch it from the path. Next time, we are going to take the bridge across the river and see what's on the other side of the mountain.

If you are interested in prints of any images shared on this blog, please feel free to contact me.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) Allen Pearson

"For I know the plans
I have for you,
declares the Lord,
plans for welfare
and not for evil,
to give you a future
and a hope."

- Jeremiah 29:11

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

The Only Thing You Have that God Wants
by Adrian Rogers, Love Worth Finding Ministries

He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life
 for My sake shall find it.” Matthew 10:39

We have nothing that God needs. Think about that. If I were to give God my riches, I couldn’t make Him richer. He owns everything. If I were to give God my wisdom, I wouldn’t make Him wiser. He is the all-wise God. If I were to give God my power, I couldn’t make God more powerful. He is omnipotent.

God wants only one thing from His children—our hearts. If we pray to God without giving Him our heart, we are mocking Him. If we preach without giving God our hearts, we are preaching in ignorance.

God is saying to you today, “Give Me your heart.” How will you respond?

For more from Love Worth Finding and Pastor Adrian Rogers and to learn about salvation, please visit Assurance of Salvation.

Devotion used by written permission of Love Worth Finding.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

"Love is patient and kind; love does not 
envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude.
It does not insist on its own way; it is not 
irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice 
at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 
Love bears all things, believes all things, 
hopes all things, endures all things."

- 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

(C) Allen Pearson

Over the past several weeks, I have been listening to or watching bits of the news and sometimes even discussing it with friends. I usually avoid the news because it sometimes stresses me. Also, it seems, the news is full of violence which isn't very beneficial to me.

The political news over the confirmation these past few weeks has repeatedly brought a thought to my mind. Not political thoughts, but another thought of more importance. The thought which came to mind repeatedly is, "How thankful I am that Jesus Christ has forgiven me of my sins, my wrongs, and the like. In God's eyes, I am forgiven."

Jesus forgiving me of my sins doesn't mean that there is no consequence, nor can I go out and do it again and it's not a get out of jail free pass either. It means that He has forgiven me and given me the gift of eternal life in Heaven with Him.  Though sometimes it's hard to do, I am supposed to forgive myself and move on. If I need to make amends to someone, that should be done too.

The amazing part of this is Jesus doesn't come back to me, after I've asked forgiveness, and say "Hey- remember when you ......" or "Are you going to do that again?" or "I know what you did, and you cannot escape it, I will tell everyone." He forgives and forgets. Many times, I find that hard to believe, Seems like God should be pointing His Fingers at me. But, it's true and He doesn't.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a Christian, please visit Peace With God.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) Allen Pearson

"Anxiety in a man's heart
weighs him down,
but a good word makes 
him glad."

- Proverbs 12:25