Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Hebrews 12:3
(C) Allen Pearson Photography


"Consider him who
endured from sinners
such hostility against
himself, so that you 
may not grow weary or
fainthearted."

- Hebrews 12:3

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Nature Photography! The Art of Tree, Shenandoah National Park,Tree on Rocks

"The Art of Tree, Shenandoah National Park, Tree on Rocks"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

When I first started photographing around 2003 or 2004, my interest or fascination with it was nature. I loved capturing the beauty of nature, especially that which most people miss because they are in a hurry or are just not paying attention.

Another aspect of nature that I love to photograph are trees. I love capturing the silhouette of trees against the sky or maybe a mountain or other natural background. The trees grow up into the sky and into many different directions with the branches reaching out here and there.

Often, as I am walking through the woods by trees or even in my neighborhood where there are a lot of old trees, I like to think about the history these trees have seen. Where they just young trees when the First and Second Battles of Bull Run (Manassas) raged through the countryside? What history have they seen? If they could think like that and share their thoughts, wouldn't it be interesting?

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Honoring Our Veterans!


"Stars and Stripes"
Photo by Lucas Sankey on Unsplash
Thank you to all the Veterans of the US Armed Forces for all that you have done, all you do, and will continue to do to serve the United States of America and it's citizens protecting our freedoms.

A huge "Thank you" today and every day!

HAPPY VETERANS DAY!

THANK YOU!


Sunday, November 10, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

"A Deer at Manassas National Battlefield Park"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

Can You Know You’re Saved For Sure?
By Jack Graham, PowerPoint Ministries

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. 
He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
- John 5:24

I don’t have to tell you that there’s a fascination today with prolonging life. People are exercising more, trying to take better care of themselves, and doing whatever they can to squeeze a few more years out of their lives.

But the fact is (and we all know it’s true) that the chances of you being here 100 years from now are slim to none. That means at some point in the next 100 years, you’re going to have a moment when you stand before God and what you’ve done with Jesus Christ in this life will determine your eternal destiny.

Sounds heavy, right? It’s a sobering thought that all of us must deal with the issues of life, death, and eternity. Perhaps you’ve already made the decision to follow Christ and you’re certain of your eternal destiny. Or, maybe you’re on the fence today, unsure of what God is going to say on that day.

But here’s the truth: You can know today where you will spend eternity. If you believe Christ died for you, eternal life isn’t a matter of speculation – it’s assured! Don’t go another day without trusting in Jesus to save you from your sins. Believe in Him today and you’ll never live apart from God!

BELIEVE THAT JESUS DIED FOR YOU AND YOU’LL NEVER EXPERIENCE LIFE APART FROM GOD.

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, November 8, 2019

Norfolk Southern 9976 and 9593 Locomotives at Horseshoe Curve, Altoona, PA, by Train Dog!



My dog Noah and I have begun our railfanning season with a trip to Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark, Altoona, PA, where we saw around 20 trains roaring through the curves!

I have started experimenting with recording videos on my new Nikon D3500. The camera has a simple-to-use video function which allows me to simply turn on the video and capture trains or whatever in whatever setting I would like without too much trouble.

My intention in creating train videos is to share with those who may not be able to get out and watch trains themselves. As I learn more information about trains, I will share it with you by including it in the video.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Nature Photography! Clouds Over the Great Smoky Mountains!




I have to admit, this photo was taken and created for a specific friend who happens to truly absolutely love the mountains. She has been an inspiration to me to find the beauty in the mountains and photograph. To her, the mountains are as close to heaven as you can get on this earth. I've often wondered if she would move to a cabin in the mountains to be there all the time when she retires. So, I thank her for turning my eyes to the beauty of the mountains with this photo.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Francis Chan
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"Our greatest fear
should not be one of failure
but of succeeding at things
in life that don't really matter!"

- Francis Chan

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

Fall at Walney Park
"Fall at Walney Park"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

This week has been unbelievably crazy! I had just returned from a trip with my wife to Indiana. We drove it so we could make some stops along the way. So, the week started out tired. But, that was alright with me because I had a lot of fun along the way.

One of the stops was in West Virginia where we caught up with some friends we made on our trip to South Africa earlier this summer. They were a lot of fun and such a pleasure to meet that we had to catch up with them for lunch. Later in the day, I caught up with two friends I went to college with some 30 years ago. Though I see her on Facebook quite often and laugh at the jokes and stuff she shares, it'd been a long time since I saw her. I went to college with her husband too. A very good man in so many ways. I know his life is blessed with a lot of laughs along the way.

My week began on a good note, I didn't have to work at the store, which was my usual shift, so I had Monday to catch up on what I needed to do. Of course, the incredibly warm weather drew me outside so I spent a good part of the day doing outdoor chores. My dog Noah and I took a relaxing 3-mile walk around the neighborhood too.

As the week went on, it got crazier. I had an important appointment for my dog Noah at the Veterinarian. He was scheduled for a dental exam and check-up. Of course, I was stressed out about this before the day even got there. We love our Veterinarian as she has been incredible in taking care of Noah, but any procedure can become a problem so though I didn't "intentionally" worry about him, I was worried about him for several days. As it turned out, the exam prior to the procedure showed he wouldn't need the surgery after all. Was I ever relieved and jumping for joy!

That same day held another stressful moment for me. I was covering a different shift at the store because my manager needed to be out of the store for a few hours. However, the stress was my resignation from my part-time job at the hobby store. I enjoyed my part-time job but retail really isn't for me. So, I decided to give my two-weeks notice. I was truly amazed at how God created an opening for me to share my resignation with my boss without stressing out.

Friday was to be my last day at the store but a meeting with my Pastors preceded it. We met for lunch and had an awesome discussion about the church and it's future outreach plans. As I was asked to help out the church in the area of outreach, my heart became extremely happy. Again. I noticed my heart feeling happy over the past few days but wasn't sure what it was all about until I learned about the church's needs.

As I look back over the past year with its challenging events, I am now understanding why I went through several of those problems because God was preparing me for important challenges in life. I am overwhelmed with the realization that God was watching out for me, loving me and making sure that everything I need was provided. The Scripture, "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." - Romans 8:28, ESV, came to mind several times. 

While I know that life has it's challenges and tragic events, being a Christian doesn't make you immune to those, but it does give you confidence that God's Got It! He's Got Your Back! 

If you would like to learn more about God's Plan of Salvation for Man, His Plan for our lives, please visit Peace With God

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Daylight Saving Time Ends - Sunday, November 3, 2019

Daylight Saving Time
(C) Storyblocks, Used by Permission

I have to admit, today is my least favorite day of the year. Tomorrow morning at 2 a.m., Daylight Saving Time ends and the days really seem so much shorter than they should be. Where did the time go?

I have had a great summer and early fall season. The summer was hot and sunny providing me many opportunities to travel and be outside in the yard or garden. It's taken a few years into retirement to really learn what makes my heart happy. This year, I made it. Be outside in the yard or garden, walk Noah, and take Noah with me everywhere I can!

Though I will miss summer's heat and sunny days, it is time to let others who, for some really weird reason, love the colder weather including all the ice and snow which could arrive pretty soon. Who knows.

Don't forget- 
Fall Back!
Turn Those Clocks
Back One Hour
Before Bedtime Tonight!

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Babbie Mason

"God is too wise to be mistaken,
God is too good to be unkind.
So when you don't understand,
when you don't see His plan,
when you can't trace His hand,
trust His heart."

- Babbie Mason

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Railroad Photography! NS Locomotives at Horseshoe Curve, Altoona, PA

NS Locomotives at Horseshoe Curve, Altoona, PA
NS Locomotives at Horseshoe Curve, Altoona, PA
(C) Allen Pearson Photography
My wife, my dog, and I kicked off my railfanning season with an excellent trip to Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark in Altoona, Pennsylvania. I discovered this to be an excellent place to watch trains a few years ago. My first trip here was such an awesome adventure, I decided to make a yearly trip here! Though next year, I might have to make two trips, one to end my current season in early Spring and again next Fall to start up again.

When I go out railfanning locally, my dog Noah always goes with me. He loves going places with me and I love having his companionship! I have gotten so used to his traveling with me that I don't like to go without him. Since the weather gets a little too hot for him in late Spring and early Summer, we typically do not go out much during the summer- this year, even locally.

My dog Noah and I are making our plans to head out around once or twice a month to watch the trains go through wherever we are! Please follow our adventures by subscribing to this blog. To follow Noah's adventures, subscribe to: from The Dog's Paw!

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Sunday's Thought!


The Many Colors of Fall
"The Many Colors of Fall"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

I was driving home yesterday through the state of West Virginia. I've been through West Virginia many times as my mother's side of the family is from there so I've got a lot of great childhood memories. However, I'd never driven from one side of the state to the other especially not in the Fall season. My drive took me down winding and curvy roads with a few 4-lane roads to give me a breather between the extremely sharp curves which occasionally made me think I would see the back-end of my car still coming around the curve as the front-end was going into it.

My wife and I were returning from a fan retreat with the Booth Brothers in Shipshewana, IN. It was a week of awesome music, inspiration, and lots of humor! The time spent there reminded me of how much God takes care of me in this life. He blessed my wife and me with the time at the retreat and then as we were driving home, an incredible trip.

When my wife took the wheel of the car to give me a break, I couldn't help but notice how beautiful God created the West Virginia mountains with its incredibly beautiful fall foliage. In some parts of the mountains were areas where the trees hadn't changed colors yet so green leaves were interspersed throughout. In some parts, it looked like God had taken a paintbrush mixed with various shades of red, yellow, and orange and splashed it across the mountains. The landscape was so incredibly beautiful.

As we drove through the mountains, at first, I began wondering if it was wise to drive this route instead of the interstate. I soon realized that the scenery along the way was a Gift from God who was directing us through His Creation instead of rushing through and missing the beauty of the Fall season and weather. To think, I know the Creator who singlehandedly and perfectly created the beautiful scenery we drove through was unfathomable.

How do I know the Creator? When I became a Christian in my college years, I gave my life to Christ. I was raised in the church and thought I was saved at a very young age of 6. However, a college professor instigated a few thoughts in my mind about whether or not I was a Christian so I confirmed it with Jesus and made sure that I was. Jesus has been a part of my life and guiding my steps since that young age.

Many times the idea of becoming a Christian is blurred by someone or something making it sound out to be more difficult or complicated than it is. Or, we believe we are not worthy because we have committed so many wrongs in our lives. First, it isn't complicated and, no, we do not deserve it but God loves us and says that we are if we accept Him as our Lord and Savior. It is as easy as prayfully reading through the following steps:

Admit
Admit that you are a sinner, just like everyone else born into this world, until we confess to Jesus Christ and ask His forgiveness:

"(23) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (24) and are justified 
by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
- Romans 3:23-24, ESV

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

Believe
Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ:

"(16) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, 
that whoever believes in him 
should not perish but have eternal life." - John 3:16, ESV 

Confess
Confess your sins in a prayer to the Lord Jesus Christ:

"(9) because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord 
and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. "
- Romans 10:9, ESV

"(13) For 'everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'” 
- Romans 10:13, ESV

Pray
"Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner and do not deserve eternal life. 
I believe You died and rose from the grave to make me a new creation 
and to prepare me to dwell in your presence forever. 
Jesus, come into my life and take control, 
forgive my sins and save me. I place my trust in You alone
for my salvation and I accept your free gift of eternal life."

Amen

Now, you're a Christian - Welcome to the family. So, what's next-
  • Find a 100% Bible-believing, teaching, preaching church. Here are a few resources:
  • Find believers (Christians) to fellowship with.
  • Get baptized.
  • Buy a Bible
  • Read the Book of John.
  • Get in a Bible Study.
  • Daily: Pray and read the Bible
  • Find a Mentor
  • Learn how to Pray
  • If you find yourself asking "Why am I not perfect" or "Why am I still doing wrong things?" Be sure to talk with your Pastor, a Christian friend or a mentor.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

"The Earth and the Heavens"
(C) Storyblocks, Used by Permission

What Do You Say Will be Earth’s Greatest Event?
by Adrian Rogers, Love Worth Finding Ministries

"... and the Lamb shall overcome them: for He is Lord of lords, and King of kings:
 and they that are with Him are called, and chosen, and faithful."
- Revelation 17:14

The Second Coming of Jesus will be the greatest event of all ages. It’s one of the grand theological truths taught from Genesis to Revelation.

· The New Birth is vitally important, but it’s mentioned only 9 times in the New Testament.

· Baptism is vitally important, but it’s mentioned only 20 times in the New Testament.

· Repentance, important and required, is mentioned only 70 times in the Bible.

· But the return of the Lord Jesus Christ is mentioned at least 380 times!

One out of every 25 verses points with an eager finger to the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. We’re living in a time where Jesus could come at any moment. Some glorious morning, all will be peace when Jesus comes again.

How are you getting ready for His Second Coming? What if He came this very hour? Is your heart prepared? Are you ready? Listen to some of the last words Paul wrote before his execution: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing” (2 Timothy 4:7-8). Do you love the thought of His appearing?

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

Devotion used by written permission of Love Worth Finding.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Wednesday's Word! Encouragement from God's Word

Galatians 6:7
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"Do not be deceived:
God is not mocked,
for whatever one sows,
that will he also
reap."

- Galatians 6:7

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Sunday's Thought

"The Heavens At Sunrise"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography
One morning, a few weeks ago, I found myself looking out the front window of my house staring out of the sky. The neighborhood was doing its usual thing, school buses picking up students, the trash trucks making their rounds and people heading off to work in their cars. The neighborhood will soon settle down into its daily quiet with only the noises of birds singing in the air.

As I stared out into the sky, I found myself wondering if the Promise of God's Return to take Christians to heaven is really true. Is He really going to make everything great and take care of those who love Him? The Promise of God's Second Coming is a teaching that I can remember from the very early days of my youth. I have believed it to be true as it is in God's Word and some people who I highly respect taught it to me over the years of my life.

But now, for some reason, I am staring into the skies debating its validity. For a bit, I wondered if it was a fairy tale as so many these days are saying. Or maybe it's just some speculation that was taught over the years. Have I spent my life believing something that wasn't real? Wasn't truthful?

As I went back into my studio, I got to thinking about those thoughts. If you know me very well, you know I can tend to over-analyze something sometimes beyond belief. I wondered about the people who have gone before, like my family or the people in the Bible Stories for days of old. Have they really gone to heaven or have they just died and been buried. These are questions and thoughts that really cannot be answered. I will only know the truth for sure, for absolute certain, after I die and go on to heaven. Or?

As I thought, I felt a wave of happiness and contentment go over me. If what I was taught isn't true and God isn't coming back to take me to heaven or I will not go to heaven when I die, it really doesn't matter because I have had a happy and content life serving and worshipping God from a very early age. It was almost as if it was God's Presence reminding me to hang on... He will be coming soon.

So if I die and find it isn't true, it doesn't matter because I am happy and have been content in this life. I will just die and be buried and remembered by my wife and friends. I really haven't lost anything at all. I have served and worshipped an awesome God and am very thankful for the ability and blessings of doing so.

If I die and find it is true, God will take me to heaven where I will spend eternal life with other Christians I've known in my life including my parents and brother. I will be blessed with worshipping God throughout eternity. Eternal happiness beyond my ability to describe! I haven't lost a thing.

I found God's Love, His Plan of Salvation for man, happiness, and peace beyond my understanding by giving my life to Christ at a young age..college age I believe. Are you ready for what happens to you when you die? If you would like to learn more, please visit Peace With God.


Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
(C) Allen Pearson Photography


"God does not give us
everything we want, but
He does fulfill
His Promises,
leading us along
the best and
straightest path to
Himself"

 - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

The Colors of Fall
"The Colors of Fall!"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"And you will feel secure, because there is hope; you will look around 
and take your rest in security." --Job 11:18

I want you to think about Jesus’ words, “Follow Me” for a moment.  They were written in Matthew 9:9 as an imperative…a command.

Jesus didn’t ask Matthew to follow Him if he felt like it.  No.  Jesus said, “Follow Me.  Start today…and follow me for the rest of your life.  Don’t ever stop following Me.”

But I want you to notice too that the words Follow Me actually mean “to walk alongside the road with me.”  Jesus, the great God of the universe, told Matthew…a social outcast…to walk with Him!

And you know what?  Jesus says the same thing to you today!  The great God of the universe is saying to you, “Follow Me.”  Not “Walk way behind Me,” but “Walk with Me.”  God wants to be your friend!

“But Pastor,” you say, “there are things in my past…things that God could never forgive me for.  It’s too late for me.”

I’m here to tell you today that Jesus Christ is passing your way.  And He’s calling your name and saying, “Follow Me”!  This is a great deal!  You can leave your sin and your past and walk into a brand new life and a brand new future with the Lord.

Take Jesus up on His offer to follow Him today!  Your life will never be the same.

CHOOSE TO FOLLOW JESUS CHRIST TODAY AND WALK INTO A NEW LIFE OF JOY, HOPE, AND PEACE

To learn more about how to follow Jesus and 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.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Ephesians 4:29
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"Don't use foul or abusive
language. Let everything
you say be good and helpful,
so that your words will be 
an encouragement to those
who hear them."

- Ephesians 4:29

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

Washed Car
"Washed Car"
Photo by Erik Mclean on Unsplash

Yesterday, I spent the afternoon cleaning my wife's car. We took it to the beach and a few other places since it's last washing so it was time. Did you know sand in a car stays forever! And, it is everywhere? Not to mention, all the dog hair everywhere too. Of course, it didn't help any to have 3 adults and my dog getting in and out of the car with sand on our feet and paws. Oh well, it was fun and I'd do it again.

Not only that, somewhere along the way, we added hundreds of bugs to the front grill, hood, and windshield. My first thought was it's going to take all day to get the car washed and cleaned the way that I want it. And, I noticed the car was returning to its original color with each swipe of the sponge. Light beige to white is awesome!

As I spent the afternoon washing the car, I got to thinking about God and how He refines those who accept them into their lives. Often, people think that they are too bad or have committed to many wrong acts for God to love them. I know I have had many thoughts over the years as to how a Perfect God could love someone as imperfect as me. We wonder how God could make us into the humans He wants us to be thinking it is impossible. With God, nothing is impossible.

As I washed the car, it dawned on me about how God changes us into the people He wants us to be. Like I was doing with the car, I would repeatedly scrub the stubborn bug spots and vacuum the sand until the area was clean. God works on us a bit at a time. He will start scrubbing in an area and gently works on it until we are where He wants us to be. The work God does within us makes us better people who are what He wants us to be.

As a Christian, I have lived a happy and content life. However, I know it's not anything I could have done. Whenever I searched for something to make me happy, I found I could never find it. However, with God, and becoming a Christian, it did place a peace, happy, and contentment within my heart and life. This isn't saying that I have not had my sadness, heartaches, or problems in life. I have had my fair share. However, each time God was there for me.

As I finished up washing the car, I realized that when God worked on "washing" or "cleaning" me up, He used His gentle Kindness and Love to improve me.... much like I use gentle sponges or soft long brushes to clean up the car.

Interested in learning more about the Christian life, Jesus, and God, please visit Peace With God.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Garden Perspectives! A Bumble Bee Enjoys Pollen!

A Bumble Bee Enjoys Pollen
"A Bumble Bee Enjoys Pollen"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography
Over the years that I have been photographing, one of my favorite scenes in nature to photograph is the Bumble Bee.

Last season, I planted a Poppy flower in my container garden which grew lots of blooms. I enjoyed watching the Bumblebees gathering the nectar most of the season.

My garden photography work is shared in the Garden Perspectives Gallery. Please visit and view my other work. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

John 3:16
(C) Allen Pearson Photography


"For God so loved
the world, that he
gave his only Son
that whoever
believes in him
should not perish
but have eternal
life."

- John 3:16

When I was growing up, it seemed like I was always learning the Scripture "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
- John 3:16" It seemed like every grade in Sunday School, some classes in youth group and even some classes in young adult/college/career, I was learning this Scripture. Some of this is a little exaggeration but not by much.

I understood as a young child that this verse is one of the most important ones in the Bible. Why? It is the verse which expresses how much God really loves us. For God to give His only Son Jesus for me so that my sins are forgiven is truly amazing yet difficult to understand.

Why would God do that? I cannot provide an answer to this except that He loves each and every one of us. He forgives us for what we have done. He wants each of us to accept His forgiveness and be in heaven when we leave this earth. His Love is infinite and forever!

If you would like to learn more about God's Love and His Plan of Salvation for mankind, please visit Peace With God.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

James 1:17
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"Every good gift and every
perfect gift is from above,
coming own from the
Father of lights,
with whom there is no 
variation or shadow
due to change."

- James 1:17

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

Black-Eyed Susan
"Black-Eyed Susans in Summer Garden"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

Are You Ready at Any Given Moment?
By Dr. Adrian Rogers, Love Worth Finding

"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man:
but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; 
but will with the temptation also make a way to escape,
 that ye may be able to bear it." - 1 Corinthians 10:13

Winston Churchill was speaking to the House of Commons one day when he gave this advice, “We must always be ready to meet at our average moment, the thing that any possible enemy could hurl against us at his selected moment.”

Satan could hurl a deadly temptation at you at any given moment. The phone could ring with terrible news about a friend. A police officer could knock on your door to inform you of a tragedy in your family.

Trials can come with such a force that they blow you off course. Temptation can strike at your backside and almost give you whiplash!

It is not God’s will that you have fewer temptations or trials, but that you have victory in temptation and trials.

Are you ready at this moment to meet either what the devil may throw at you or what God may allow to come your way? If you’re not sure, you can get ready by spending time in His precious Word today.

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

Devotion used by written permission of Love Worth Finding.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

2 Thessalonians 3:3
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"But the Lord is
faithful. He will 
establish you and
guard you against
the evil one."

- 2 Thessalonians 3:3

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Sunday's Thought!


Billy Graham
"Billy Graham"
(C) Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Used by Permission

Freedom Through Truth
By Billy Graham


We are all interested in truth, and Christ is truth. When you give yourself to Him, He opens the doors of your mind in the most glorious way. You see a new dimension of life that you have been previously blind to. When you open yourself to Christ—to truth—your life lights up. Your whole inner life glows, and there comes a peace and joy and security that only He can give.

God demands a decision, a commitment, a surrender, a conversion. Jesus said, “You must be born again” (John 3:7). It wasn’t optional. He said, “You must be born again” before you can get into the Kingdom of Heaven.

When you come to Christ, He gives you a freedom that is real. First, He frees you from the penalty of sin; and second, He frees you from the power of sin. How wonderful!

Our heavenly Father has seen everything that you have ever done. He is just waiting now for you to come and confess it, to acknowledge it and say, “Lord, here I am. I want a fresh start. I want a new day in my life. I want a new beginning. I want a new birth. I want to be yours from this moment.”

Today’s Prayer

Heavenly Father,
thank You for the freedom we have in Christ. 
Thank You that when we come to Christ, 
Satan no longer has the power over our lives that he once had. 
Sin is no longer in command; You are. 
Thank You for giving Your Son to die for our sins. 
In Jesus’ Name. 
Amen.

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

Devotion used by written permission of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Garden Perspectives: Gardens of Black-Eyed Susans

Black-Eyed Susans
"Gardens of Black-Eyed Susans"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

A favorite perennial of mine is the Black-Eyed Susans. This photo was taken at a garden in a Vienna, VA park. The rabbits seem to love my yard and gardens so I haven't been able to get many to grow in my yard in recent years.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Philippians 4:7
(C) Allen Pearson Photography


"And the peace of God
which surpasses all
understanding, will guard
your hearts and your
minds in Christ Jesus."

- Philippians 4:7

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Sunday's Thought!


Sunlight in the Fall Leaves
"Sunlight in the Fall Leaves"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

Taking a Step of Faith
by Jack Graham, PowerPoint Ministries

He [Jesus] said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus.

--Matthew 14:29

There’s nothing quite as scary as taking that first step of faith. Yet at the same time, there’s nothing quite as exhilarating as actually taking that first step of faith!

So often in life, we’re averse to any kind of risk… anything that might take us out of our comfort zone. But that’s the great part about the Christian life. It’s risky sometimes!

Yet we know that with any step of faith, our hope is in the Lord Jesus Christ, who as the Scripture says, will not let your foot slip.

Remember Moses? There he was, minding his business as a shepherd when God spoke to him from the burning bush, and called him to deliver the children of Israel. What was Moses’ response?  “I can’t do it, Lord. I don’t speak very well, and no one will believe me.”

Then God asked Moses, “What’s in your hand?” Moses looked down at his shepherd’s rod and said, “A stick.”

God eventually used that stick… that ordinary shepherd’s crook… to bring water from a rock, to split the Red Sea, and to deliver an entire nation from the hands of Pharaoh!

God used what Moses was already doing… something he was already good at… to do what only God could do.

So what about you? What’s in your hand today? Could it be that, like Moses, God could use something you’re already doing, something you’re already good at, to accomplish his purpose?

If you sense that God is urging you to take that first step of faith today, I urge you… once and for all… just do it! It may feel risky, but through Christ Jesus, your future is secure. Your course is set. God may be just waiting on you so you can start the rest of your life!

So look at what’s in your hand, trust in God’s care and provision for you, and take that first step of faith. Will it be scary? Yeah, maybe. Will it be exhilarating? Absolutely!

Jesus said all it takes is the faith of a mustard seed to move a mountain. It’s my prayer that God will give you the courage to take that first step to see the mountains move in your life today.

WITH ANY STEP OF FAITH, YOUR HOPE IS IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, WHO WILL NOT LET YOUR FOOT SLIP.

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, August 30, 2019

Garden Perspectives! "Two Hearts!"

Two Hearts
"Two Hearts"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography
One Red Gerber Daisy grew two blooms. Each bloom different in its own way. Beautiful, strong and vibrant flowers. The two grew together and formed a heart!

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Sunday's Thought!


Cancelled
(C) Storyblocks, Used by Permission

It’s Canceled—You’re Free!
by Adrian Rogers, Love Worth Finding Ministries

"For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus made me free 
from the law of sin and death."
- Romans 8:2

I’ve always found airplane flight amazing. Planes are so heavy, yet they fly! The pilot gets behind the controls, moves the throttle, and those great engines begin to roar. And the first thing I know, I’m flying. The law of gravity has no effect to cause me to fall 30,000 feet to earth because I’m in a plane overcoming that law, that downward pull on the airplane and on me.

Has the law of gravity been canceled? No, but another law, the law of aerodynamics, came into effect. A greater power than gravity was keeping me aloft. When you get right with God, the law of sin and death is still there. But for a Christian, there’s a new law—the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. It sets us free from the law of sin and death.

That doesn’t mean the law of sin and death isn’t pulling on me, I’m not tempted or there’s not that downward pull. But hallelujah, there’s that upward pull, power of life in Christ Jesus.

Now, if I were to step outside the plane by my own choice, I’d go down. The law of gravity is always there. It’s also my choice as a Christian: if I cease to abide in Christ, the law of sin and death is always there. I have to stay in the plane; I have to abide in the Lord Jesus Christ, where there’s no more condemnation, no more control by sin.

As long as you abide in Jesus Christ, you’re free from the law of sin and death. Then it’s your turn to set another captive free with the Good News. Go out and share it with someone today.

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

Devotion used by written permission of Love Worth Finding.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Genesis 1:1-2
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"In the beginning,
God created the heavens
and the earth. The earth was
without form and void, and darkness
was over the face of the deep.
And the Spirit of God was hovering
over the face of the waters."

- Genesis 1:1-2

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

"Horizon View from the Beach"
Photo by Sam Wheeler on Unsplash

I just spent a week with a college buddy at Topsail Island, North Carolina. I had rented the house where we would stay more than a year ago for a few weeks and invited him to come to visit. He was my senior year roommate and lived to tell about it. More than a few times, I'm sure he was ready to kill me or, at the least, change roommates. But, he never did and stuck in there.

One of our mutual friends who lives not far from the beach was able to drive over and catch up with us. Of course, this added to our fun as she often remembered the people, the annoyances, and the laughs we can have now about those days. My wife enjoyed the stories of those days as we all laughed.

I do not remember much about my college days besides having him for a roommate and one or two other friends. Seems during the time when I took care of my parents and their deaths with my brother's death in between, I've lost some of the memories of the days before those trying years.

We shared a few memories of friends from those days, a few pranks, and some stories of days gone by. I felt my age creep up a bit as I realized the time that has passed. It dawned on me how awesome it is to catch up with friends from the early years of life again in my "old age."

As I sit and think about our time together, I smile and think about the clean and good fun we had. No profanity, no dirty jokes or comments or innuendos, no out-of-control alcohol, no drugs, no filthy television or movies- just a good clean fun time. Our exploring the island added to our laughs and enjoyment of each other's company.

One of the amazing things about our time together is how when we get together, it seems like we have never been apart living our lives in separate states hundreds of miles away.  Though we text throughout the year, and maybe some social media along the way, we have a peace between us that's more than just a getting together of old friends.

My friend's commitments to God is always evident regardless of whether they tell you in every other sentence. And, I know this is true not because we attended a Christian college but because of the happiness, contentment, and commitment to God when it needs to be shared or shown.

I might not get to see my friends as often I as would like. Even if I were to move closer to them, there is work commitments and the like. However, should something happen before we get to get together next year, I know I will see them in Heaven one day. Without a doubt! My two friends will head to heaven when they die. One already has a list of questions for God which I want to be there to hear the answers.

Seriously, heaven is a place where Christians will go when they die. However, it is not a place where anyone who calls themselves a Christian will go- you have to accept Christ as your Savior and commit your life to Him to make it there. God has given man a gift, the Gift of Salvation, which is free to man but he has to accept it. God will not force on us nor it is an automatic thing either. If you would like to learn more about God's Gift of Salvation, please visit Peace With God!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Psalm 19:1
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his
 handiwork."

 - Psalm 19:1


Sunday, August 11, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

Billy Graham
"Billy Graham"
(C) Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Used by Permission

Spiritual Heart Disease
By Billy Graham

The word heart is used in different ways all the way through the Scriptures. The Bible says that “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). When God looks at you, He doesn’t look to see the color of your skin. He doesn’t look to see the kind of clothes you wear. Nor does He consider your social position. The Bible says that God looks upon the heart to see what you are on the inside—your thoughts, your motives.

The Bible indicates a great deal about the condition of the heart. In Proverbs 6:18, it speaks of a “heart that devises wicked plans.” In Jeremiah 17:9, it says “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.” In other places, it refers to the heart as dark, proud and rebellious.

But the Bible gives this glorious promise—that God will give you a new heart. If you will come to Christ and surrender to Him, He says, “I’ll take out the old heart. I’ll put in a new one.”

Would you like to have a new heart? Change the whole direction of your living, your affections? Surrender your life to Christ and He will give you a new heart. It’s called regeneration. It means that God will give you a new life.

Today’s Prayer

Dear God, 
Thank You for the new heart You have given me. 
Please renew my strength as I surrender my life to You each day. 
In Jesus’ Name. 
Amen.
To learn more about God's Plan of Salvation and repentance, please visit Peace With God!

Devotion used by written permission of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"God never said that the
journey would be easy,
but He did say that the 
arrival would be
worthwhile."

- Max Lucado

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

John 3:16
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"For God so loved
 the world, that he
gave his only son
that whoever
believes in him
should not perish
but have eternal
life."

- John 3:16

I'm not much for spending hours watching television. To me, there isn't much, if anything, worth watching on these days. However, I love to watch the old shows of the '50s and '60s, you know the old black and white ones, "I Love Lucy," "Dick van Dyke," "Father Knows Best," "Donna Reed" "Andy Griffith" and "Dennis the Menace" to name a few. 

I'm not sure why I love watching those shows so much. Maybe it's the values or the good clean funny content which keeps me laughing or the wholesome content. I've probably seen every episode of those shows listed at least 3 times! 

This week I was watching "Father Knows Best." The episode was about a "Formula for Happiness" which got me to thinking. What does television say, especially in the '50's-'60's say is the formula for happiness? So I watched the episode. At the end of the show, Jim finds an envelope with the "Formula for Happiness." As it turns out, Kathy wrote a paper for a class describing what she thought as the key to happiness.  Basically, she wrote her version of "doing unto others as you would have them do unto you."

While I agree with that as it is always best to treat others how you would want to be treated. If everyone would do that, the world would be a better place to live and people would be much happier. 

However, if you really want to be happy and content in this life, following Jesus and becoming a Christian is the true "Formula for Happiness." While becoming a Christian will not necessarily give you a perfect life, nor will it guarantee prosperity, wealth, or riches, it will give you a peace that passes understanding, a happiness and contentment which is difficult to describe in a blog post. 

To learn more about becoming a Christian and following Jesus, please visit Peace with God!