Saturday, July 20, 2019

Church Photography! Church Among the Trees, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Delaplane, VA

Church Among the Trees, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Delaplane, VA
"Church Among the Trees, Emmanual Episcopal Church, Delaplane, VA"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

My dog Noah and I like to head out on Wednesdays to explore our universe and "hunt" trains. By "hunt" trains I mean we try to find them throughout the Virginia-West Virginia area. Once we find one, we photograph it and look for another.

When we are out exploring and hunting, I look for churches alongside the country roads we take. "Church Among the Trees, Emmanual Episcopal Church, Delaplane, VA" was stumbled upon after sitting by the railroad tracks in Rectortown, VA. Its beauty was nestled with the trees which, to me, added to its beauty.

The Emmanuel Episcopal Church has a history in the Marshall-Delaplane area dating back to 1649. Officially, the church was founded in 1859. If you would like to learn more, please visit the church's history page at Emmanuel Episcopal Church - About Us, Our History.

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Railroad Photography! "Into the Sunset, Bristow, VA"

Railroad Photography
"Into The Sunset, Bristow, VA"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography
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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

2 Timothy 3:16-17
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"All Scripture is
breathed out by God
and profitable for
teaching, for reproof,
for correction, and
for training in
righteousness, that
the man of God may be
complete, equipped 
for every good
work."

- 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Railroad Photography! NS Locomotives in Sunspots, Horseshoe Curve, Altoona, PA

Railroad Photography
"NS Locomotives in Sunspots, Horseshoe Curve, Altoona, PA"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

A few years ago, I discovered the awesome adventure of watching trains go through the Horseshoe Curve in Altoona, PA! My wife and I saw approximately 15 trains on the first trip and close to 20 the second one.

This year, since I had two other trips planned, I didn't go to Horseshoe Curve in the Spring. Huge mistake! In the middle of the summer season gets a bit busy so I will have to wait until the Fall to go north.

I photographed several trains, especially locomotives, that day. When I photographed NS 9233 and NS 9973, I was photographing into the sun. Having recently read an article about sunspots and glare in photography, I kept shooting to see what I could get. I think it turned out pretty awesome.

The result is posted above. What do you think? Please share in the comments below-

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Sunday’s Thought!

"Elephant in South Africa"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography
A Safari

A few weeks ago, I returned from an African Safari. My wife found the trip through Living Passages and Answers In Genesis. We were familiar with Answers in Genesis so it’s what got our attention.

We flew out of a local international airport to Istanbul, Turkey where we had a 10-hour layover. Not as bad as it sounds since the airport has a hotel within it where you can get a few hours of rest if you want. We took the opportunity and rested before boarding another plane for another 10-hour flight to Johannesburg, South Africa. Our final destination was another town 4-hours north and the Zhikaru Lodge. By the time we arrived, I felt like I had traveled to the ends of the universe! The distance traveled really made my home town in Virginia seem really small.

The week was full of awesome adventures. My wife and I got to sit in on a few discussions about God’s Creation of the Universe with Answers in Genesis several times. We went on several game preserve-type safaris where we saw many animals up close, and almost, personal. We saw elephants, lions, cheetahs, impalas, giraffes, and so many more animals. It seemed we were always in the wild looking for animals. I marveled at some of the landscape too. A mountain named, “Hanglip Mountain” because it suddenly protrudes into the air over the height of the other mountains. I thought it was something man-made since it was such an obvious design or look.

We had an awesome opportunity to meet other people in the travel group too. I was amazed at how much kindness was shown to us. Normally, I am not much for meeting others and having a discussion with people I don’t know. Even then, it’s brief to the point and be on my way. It’s never ever meant as anything against the other person, I’m just an introvert who often relishes his quiet time or time alone- except I always like and want my wife’s company.

The week in Africa was quite a bit of fun. The safaris were awesome and I actually enjoyed making some new friends. I kind of hated to see the week come to an end as we would all fly home to different homes throughout the United States, Canada, and England. I might not ever see them again. In this life...that is.

As a Christian, it is an awesome blessing to know that if I do not see them again in this life, I will see them in heaven! That is… if they have received the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior. This would be true for any of my Christian friends that I have met along life’s way.

I have been blessed to have been a Christian since a young guy. I have known Jesus and seen Him working in my life in many situations. Though my life isn’t perfect, as I’ve had many challenges and life events just like everyone else in life, I have seen God work through those situations and always there for me. Loving God and having His Love isn’t something that is easily written about or described in a blog post. It’s is the most awesome experience man can know.

If you would like to learn more about God’s Love, Jesus, and becoming a Christian, please visit Peace With God.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Sunday's Thought!


Yellow Cone Flower
"A Yellow Cone Flower"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

The All-Powerful God Loves You!
by Jack Graham, PowerPoint Ministries

"The LORD appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you."

--Jeremiah 31:3

Did you know that the most incredible love known to man can be yours? It’s the unconditional, unchanging love of God!

The problem with most of us isn’t that we don’t love God enough. It’s that we don’t let God love us enough.

If we could only understand how much God loves us, we could be set free from disappointment in ourselves… and from the slavery of sin and rebellion.

God who is omnipotent and all-powerful loves you! His love is unconditional and unchanging. In Jeremiah 31:3, our verse for today, He said, “I have loved you with an everlasting love.”

If you ever doubt that God loves you, just look at the cross and remember His love. Jesus defines and demonstrated the love of God. Calvary is the heart of God beating for you. He loved you enough to step out of heaven and offer His sacrificial blood.

Did you know that the precious blood of Jesus has the power to cleanse… to wipe away sin… and to conquer death and hell? The blood gives power for freedom and the power to love others.

And not only can the blood place God’s love in us, but it can also share God’s love through us.

Have you experienced that love? You can. Just say this prayer:

Lord, I know that I am a sinner and separated from Your love. I believe that You provided a way for me to experience Your unchanging, unending love through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I believe in and I accept your love today.

If you prayed that prayer of faith, you have just accepted God’s unending love. Congratulations!

SHARE THE UNCHANGING, UNENDING LOVE YOU HAVE FOUND WITH SOMEONE ELSE 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.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Sunday's Thought!


"Lincoln Memorial, Washington, United States"
Photo by Jingda Chen on Unsplash

This coming Thursday, the U.S. will be celebrating its birthday, the 4th of July or Independence Day. The day will be commemorated with fireworks, picnics, parades, family reunions, and many other celebrations! As a child, my parents always took us to the hills of West Virginia to a family reunion where we would spend the day with dozens of people I didn’t know very well. But, they were family and family means a lot. After that, when we were older, my parents would take us to town to see the local fireworks.

The 4th of July, or Independence Day, is a day when many will celebrate the freedoms we have in the U.S. Many of the freedoms you would not have in other countries of this world. A reality check, to me, says that no other country has the freedoms and opportunities we have in the U.S. Yet, are we really free?  No, we really aren’t.

We have laws, rules, and regulations which govern our society. Pretty much whatever is needed to make life liveable, and safe is governed by laws which in some cases restrict our freedom. While this isn’t a political post nor about the government being too large or too many laws, I’m making the point about freedom. We aren't totally free. However, these laws are needed to have a polite society.

Though we love our country and the laws allow us some freedom, there is another, even more important freedom, which no matter what laws are country passes, it cannot give you nor can it take away. Nor, can you find it in other countries. It’s the freedom found in following Jesus Christ, becoming a Christian.

All of us have things in our lives we have done or unintentionally done, wrongs in our lives which weigh on us or drag us down whether we know it or not. This is called sin. These sins burden us causing us to feel guilty, ashamed, or embarrassed. Whether we realize it or not.

Yet, God provided us freedom from our sins and the guilt it gives. He gave His Only Son for us to offer forgiveness for what we have done.

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

Freedom. The best freedom we can find is by accepting Christ as our Savior and following Jesus. To learn more, visit Peace With God.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Railroad Photography! Norfolk Southern Rock Train in Manassas, VA

"Norfolk Southern Rock Train in Manassas, VA"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

Every once in awhile, when I am in the Manassas area, I like to look for trains. Usually, there are not many freight trains which go through Manassas since the Virginia Railway Express began operating.

However, during the middle of the day, after the commuter train has gone through, the rock train will begin its runs. A bit that I learned about the Rock Train is that keeps several dump trucks off the highways in the Northern Virginia-Washington D.C. area for which thousands of commuters are probably very thankful!

By the way, my photography work can be viewed at www.allenpearsonphotography.com. While I do not have an e-commerce website these days, purchases can be made by contacting me by email at allenpearsonphotography@gmail.com.  My work is available in traditional matte archival paper, metal, canvas, posters, and notecards. If you see an image you love and would like it on a coffee mug or other type of products, please inquire.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Church Photography! Reformed Christ Church


"Reformed Christ Church, Shepherdstown, WV"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography


Recently, I have finally had the time to start a photography project that I have had an interest in doing for a while now. The project is driving the back roads of wherever I can to photograph churches is an interesting adventure.

I find churches to be an interesting subject to photograph. Some of the architecture is fascinating with its instinct detail and design. Architecture has always been a fascination. I think part of my adventure is that being a Christian myself, I have been around churches all of my life and it provided a subject of interest for many years. It is interesting to see the different churches other people worship in throughout the area.

The congregation which meets here has been since 1747 though not in this church. They are part of the German Reformed Church which began ministering to the German-speaking people of the area in that year. To give a time perspective in U.S. history, George Washington was fifteen years old, tobacco was being used as legal currency, and West Virginia was part of the British Colony of Virginia under the reign of King George, II. Around 1795 efforts began to build the church with the completion approximately 1798. An integral part of the church around the bells. These bells have been sounding in the community for 200 years.

By the way, my photography work can be viewed at www.allenpearsonphotography.com. While I do not have an e-commerce website these days, purchases can be made by contacting me by email at allenpearsonsphotos@gmail.com. My work is available in traditional matte archival paper, metal, canvas, posters, and notecards. If you see an image you love and would like it on a coffee mug or other type of products, please inquire.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Garden Perspectives! Blue Hydrangea Blooms

Blue Hydrangea
"Blue Hydrangea Blooms"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

A retro-photo for me back to the years when I first began photographing. The Hydrangea at my old house grew to the most beautiful blooms every year! Once the plant was established, which happened before I bought the house, the blooms were an awesome enjoyment every season.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word!

Romans 12:12
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"Rejoice in hope,
be patient in
tribulation,
be constant in
prayer."

- Romans 12:12

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

Great Smoky Mountains
"Great Smoky Mountains"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

A Lot of Dead People Walking Around...
By Dr. Adrian Rogers, Love Worth Finding Ministries

He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” 1 John 5:12

If you are a child of God and this moment were to have a stroke or heart attack, and the doctor were to announce, “He/she is dead,” he'd be “dead” wrong! You'd never be more alive!

Physical death is the separation of the soul from the body; spiritual death is the separation of the spirit from God. I can never die in that sense because I can never be separated from God. Neither can you, if you have asked Jesus to save you. The apostle Paul said nothing can “separate us (the child of God, the Christian) from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

A lot of dead people will go to work tomorrow. They have existence, but they don't have life. But if you know Christ, you have life and will never die! Do you have Jesus, dear friend? Are you “washed in the blood of the Lamb”?

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, June 19, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word!

Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"And let the peace of
Christ, to which you
were also called in one
body, rule your hearts.
And be thankful."

- Colossians 3:15

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

"Reading The Bible"
Photo by Rod Long on Unsplash






Father’s Day

The other day, I thought about calling my father to ask for his advice. Another time, I had an issue with something on my deck and needed his help and strength to make the repair. Once again, I realized how much of a role he played in my life. Not only in my years growing up as a young child, but as a teenager, young adult, and finally as a married man.  I think one of the best compliments I paid him was by asking him to sing a solo at my wedding to surprise my bride. I have always enjoyed his music, his love of singing solos and leading music in the church, and now I miss hearing those solos.

My father wasn’t an adventurous kinda-guy. I don’t think he ever went zip-lining, whitewater rafting, or fishing. Though I do have fond memories of him taking me camping at church camp for many years. However, he wrote quite a few Christian songs which many were published and some poetry. He loved to write and keep journals of his daily life. All the while, he worked a full-time job to provide the best he could for his family.
"Father and Child"
Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash




One thing I remember about my father is his strong Christian faith. Not only did he have faith in God, believed in the inerrancy of the Bible, read his Bible daily, but he also lived the Christian example every day or moment of his life. When I had to take care of him after an accident, I learned more about him and was amazed at his strong faith in God. I discovered quickly where I learned about faith and God was through my father’s life. It was not only “said” but “modeled.” Though he could not take me to heaven with him when he died, nor could he “save” me, he shared his faith. Only Jesus can “save” someone and take them to heaven. However, it can be difficult to understand God, Jesus, and the Bible if you do not have a good foundation through parents, friends, a pastor, or a local church. Dad sometimes did things a little too laid-back. At times, my mom and I would get frustrated with this but I have to wonder if it’s because he wanted to live life as Jesus did.

My father wasn’t perfect, as I might describe him, and I’m sure he had his faults but I’m not going to point a finger at that because I know he did the best he knew how. He could have done worse. Of course, I like to think that since he had a great son like me, being a great father wasn’t too difficult.

My father went on to heaven in July 2014 after a serious injury in an accident. I miss him. I think of him often especially on Father’s Day and at Christmas. Christmas? All the Christmas music at church reminds me the many days we worked together on Christmas music for the church. He was a Minister of Music and I was the church organist.

Hug your father today. Maybe even give him a kiss on the cheek. If he’s no longer living, spend some time thinking about the good memories you have.  Maybe you know of a father whose children, for whatever reason, are not able to celebrate this day with him- help him to celebrate today with a small gift or dinner at his favorite restaurant.

May you have a blessed Father’s Day!

If you would like to learn more about God, Jesus, Christian faith, and the Bible, please visit Peace With God.

Father's Day
(C) Storyblocks, Used by Permission

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word!

(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"I have been crucified with Christ.
It is no longer I who live,
but Christ who lives in me.
And the life I now live in the flesh
I live by faith in the Son of God,
who loved me and
gave himself for me."

- Galatians 2:20

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

Birds
"Birds in Motion"
Photo by Phil Botha on Unsplash

Fifth Sparrows
By Max Lucado

Do we matter? We fear we don’t. In Luke 12:6, Jesus says, “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God.” One penny would buy two sparrows. Two pennies, however, would buy five. The seller threw in the fifth for free.

Society has its share of fifth sparrows: indistinct souls who feel dispensable, disposable, worth little. It’s time to deal with the fear of not mattering, the fear of insignificance. Why does God love you so much? You are his idea. And God has only good ideas. Ephesians 2:10 assures us, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”

Reprinted by permission of Max Lucado.

Interested in learning more about God's Gift of Salvation for man? Please visit Peace With God.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

"A Yellow Cone Flower"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

Where Do You Place Your Confidence?
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman

"Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel." -1 Chronicles 21:1

God always requires total trust in Him alone for our victories in life. Throughout Scripture, we are cautioned not to place our trust in the strength of horses, other men or our own abilities. In 1 Chronicles, David's decision to take a census was a failure to keep his trust totally upon the Lord.

David's purpose in counting his population was to assess his military strength, much like the second census taken under Moses (see Numbers 1:2-3). David found 800,000 men eligible for military service in Israel, and 500,000 men in Judah (see 2 Samuel 24:9), more than double the previous head count.

David's commander evidently recognized the grave error that his king was about to make. "But Joab replied, 'May the Lord multiply his troops a hundred times over. My lord the king, are they not all my lord's subjects? Why does my lord want to do this? Why should he bring guilt on Israel?'" (1 Chronicles 21:3).

Joab was right--the census displeased the Lord. David was falling into the temptation of trusting in the size of his army rather than in the Lord. In consequence, God punished David and reduced his forces by bringing a plague that killed 70,000 men.

How do you avoid placing your trust in God today? Do you trust your bank accounts, your skills and the security of your workplace? When you begin to place your faith in these things instead of in the Provider of these things you get into trouble with God.

What a lesson this is for each of us. Today, place your total trust in the Lord for all of your needs.

Devotion used by written permission of TGIF Today God is First, Marketplace Leaders.

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

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Garden Perspectives! Blue Sea Holly

"Blue Sea Holly"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to travel to California. One of the stops we made was at the Getty Center Gardens. I thought was in heaven. Incredibly beautiful and awesome ideas that I could use in my garden at home.

When I returned to Virginia from California, I began looking for the flower in the local garden centers and had quite a bit of success. I planted a few in my gardens over the years. The beauty about this flower is the blue hue it has. When you plant several of them, in a mass planting, it really shares the blue hue.

By the way, my photography work can be viewed at www.allenpearsonphotography.com. While I do not have an e-commerce website these days, purchases can be made by contacting me by email at allenpearsonsphotos@gmail.com.  My work is available in traditional matte archival paper, metal, canvas, posters, and notecards. If you see an image you love and would like it on a coffee mug or other type of products, please inquire.







Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Monday, May 27, 2019

Memorial Day 2019!

Memorial Day
(C) Allen Pearson Photography


Today I pause from my writing and sharing photography to say THANK YOU and honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in serving our country. Words don't seem to express how thankful I am to those who have served and our serving in the US Armed Forces.

Thank you for all you have done and for all you are doing!



Sunday, May 26, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

Great Smoky Mountains
"Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

This week, I found myself wondering about God and being a Christian. I wondered about whether God and Jesus really exist and if God really cares about me. I found my wanderings to be interesting and curious, to say the least. It seems there were no circumstances or problems which led to me thinking about this. Nor could I really find any reason to contemplate God's existence.

As I thought this week, I think my wanderings are based on being a Christian all of my life. I wondered if being a Christian all of my life was the way to go. I found myself thinking "what fun have I missed because I started following Jesus at an early age?"

After all, the news and the media makes all these things look like fun. The movies, the TV shows, the commercials -all come together to make things look fun while criticizing the Christian faith and anything or anyone related to it. Are they right? Am I missing something or have I missed something throughout my life?

I spent more time thinking about it than I have time to share in this post. I contemplated MY life and how I have spent it, where I have been, and what I have done. I have to admit, except for a few years of rebellion, I have been a pretty good guy most of my life.

If being happy, content, loved, and loved by someone bigger than the entire universe is wasting a life, then maybe I have. But, somehow, I do not think so. In my heart, throughout my life, I have always felt loved and happy. As I look back, even at life events which were very difficult, I can see God's Love and Presence and remembering feeling God's love for me.

Have I missed any worldly things? No, God has taken care of all my needs. He has blessed me along life's way. No, not necessarily with material or financially but what I need. The things of this world and stuff I could have done aren't anything and are worthless compared to knowing Jesus and God and living the Christian life. I would not change it for anything in the entire universe.

No, even in wanderings, I would not have changed a thing. I am very thankful for finding Jesus, God, and living the Christian life. There is nothing in this world that I could do, gain, or want, which would replace the love of God!

If you would like to learn more about the Christian life and following Jesus, please visit Peace With God.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Garden Perspectives! A Bumble Bee on a Purple Cone Flower

"A Bumble Bee on a Purple Cone Flower"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

Nature, and being out in nature, excites me. There is something about being outside which tugs at my heartstrings or maybe my soul. Its beauty is exhilarating, to say the least. Around 13 years ago, I was working in an office with a window which overlooked trees and a schoolyard. My lunch hours were spent taking a walk in the park. The office moved to a multi-floor building located in an urban environment with few trees. How I missed my trees!

Knowing my love of nature and being outside, I began exploring it with my photography. One of my favorite photos from that time of photography is "A Bumble Bee on a Purple Cone Flower." I learned about the nature of the Bumble Bee so I wouldn't get stung or harm them.

My photography work is available on traditional paper, metal, canvas, and notecards. I have other products available too. Visit my website at Allen Pearson Photography. If you are interested in my using my photography for your nature publications, please inquire as my rates are reasonable. For more information, please inquire at allenpearsonphotography@gmail.com.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word!

(C) Allen Pearson Photography


"Seek the Lord, 
all you humble of the land,
who do his just commands
seek righteousness; 
seek humility; perhaps you 
may be hidden on the day
 of the anger of the Lord."

- Zephaniah 2:3

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Garden Perspectives! A Toad in the Yard!

Frog
"A Toad in the Yard!"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

I love creating a wildlife garden in my backyard and maintaining it over the years. In 2016, I began creating my third wildlife garden at my home where I have retired. The garden features native plants, flowers, and trees and is designed to look like a habitat area to feed butterflies and birds. When it's completed, not only do I get to enjoy the beauty of native plants but the wonders of the birds taking advantage of the area.

Over the years, I have enjoyed watching the birds come into the wildlife garden fighting over places to make nests for the spring. I have had an Eastern Box Turtle and a snake or two wander in. I've taken the time to learn about the snakes to make certain they are the beneficial type I want near my home.

While creating the wildlife garden in 2016, the toad pictured had wandered into my yard. I don't know what species this toad is, but I welcomed him with open arms. Throughout the season, I saw the toad all over my yard including on the deck! One night, I was sitting on the deck reading and felt something around my feet. New to the area, I wasn't sure what it was- thankfully, it was the toad.

My photography work is available on traditional paper, metal, canvas, and notecards. I have other products available too. Visit my website at Allen Pearson Photography. If you are interested in my using my photography for your nature publications, please inquire as my rates are reasonable. For more information, please inquire at allenpearsonphotography@gmail.com.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

Flowers
"Phlox Around A Tree"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

What Do You Really Live For?
by Adrian Rogers
Love Worth Finding Ministries

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21

I want you to finish this sentence: “For me to live is _________.”

Now, don’t give an answer that you think should be there. I want you to think of the thing that means the most to you because that is what it means for you to live.

 You might fill in the blank with money, family, pleasure, finishing your education, fame, popularity, your spouse, closing the next big deal, or even church work.

“For me to live is ________, to die is ________.”

If you put anything other than Christ in the first blank, then you must finish the sentence with the word “loss” because you can’t take anything else with you when you die.

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.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

Mother's Day
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

The Influence of A Mom!

My mother was born in the 1940s in a small railroad town amid the hills of West Virginia. She had a brother and a sister. They lived a somewhat simple life. My grandparents never drove a car and the family lived in a small 3 bedroom home. Two railroad tracks for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway ran through their town not more than a few yards from their front door.

My mother never had many fancy material things in her life. She never finished her college degree. What she was, was a Christian mother with a very strong faith. She had a love for her two boys and her husband which always amazed me. She found contentment in the simpler things in life and knew how to make an ordinary day into quite a bit of fun without having to spend a lot of money.

It wasn't until I was in college that I had designer brand-name clothes. I got these because Mom worked at a local department store and got a great discount. She wanted me to look nice in college and it meant a lot to her for me to do that.

One of the greatest gifts my mother gave me was time spent with me. She didn't go to work until I was in high school. She took care of the home, my father, me, and my brother with loving care. In the summers she would take me, my brother, and a few friends to a local park to swim for the day. It was such an awesome treat. She loved to encourage me to bring friends home and play in the yard. She was interested in what we were doing and would always keep an eye out on us.  This was her way of getting to know who my friends were. When I went off to college, she called every once in a while to see how I was doing. At the time, I, of course, thought she was being meddling, nosey and a mean mother. Later in life, probably even in college, I began to realize that it was love that made her do the things she did.

The Greatest Gift Mom ........ was introducing me to Jesus, the Christian Life, and living the example. My mother was a devout Christian. It wasn't just going to church on Sunday, she lived the example. It often played out in her life even without her saying anything. Later in life, I would learn she prayed every day for me and my day. When I went off to college, away from home for the first time, she prayed even more. Mom wasn't a controlling-type Mom who tried to order my life but she knew that when she prayed for me, I would be in God's Care. Though Mom wasn't perfect since she was human- though I always wondered why she had "eyes in the back of her head" and I don't, but she lived an example as best as she knew how and that taught me to do the same. She took an active role in the church's Youth department as it's Director. While I didn't like that at all, I learned later in life it was because no one else would do the job and she didn't want to see the activities end. She knew they were good for us.

One of the reasons I became a Christian was because of Mom's influence. She couldn't save me nor could she force me to be a Christian, it was up to me, my choice. Though if she could have forced me, knowing how great it is, she probably would have!

Happy Mother's Day! My mother has been deceased for 8 years now. I still miss her and think of her quite often. May your day be blessed with God's Love and the love of your family.

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Saturday, May 11, 2019

Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad!

Railroad
"Union Pacific No. 5924 Leads Norfolk Southern, CSX Intermodal Through Nokesville, VA"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography 

HAPPY 150th BIRTHDAY
TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD!

As a railfan guy, though the steam era isn't one that I study closely, I couldn't let the date get too far past without writing about it.

Yesterday marked the 150th Birthday celebration of transcontinental railroading in the United States. On May 10, 1869, dignitaries from the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads met at Promontory Summit, Utah to commemorate the uniting of the East and West. A spike made of gold was driven into the railroad ties and rails to celebrate the event.  The completion of this rail system ushered in a new age of transcontinental routes.

The completion of the Transcontinental Railroad is considered one of our country's and mankind's biggest achievements. The vision, dedication, innovation, and collaboration connected the country with a ribbon of rail.

What's the big deal? Most, if not all, of the products you use in your home or office, and products made to create many of those products have been shipped by rail.

"Norfolk Southern No. 9262 Leads Helpers Through Manassas, VA"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word!

(C) Allen Pearson Photography


"Blessed are they
that keep his 
testimonies, that
seek  him with
the whole heart."

- Psalms 119:2

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

Sunflower
"Sunflower Perspective"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

Assurance for Eternity
By Jack Graham, PowerPoint Ministries

"It is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment."
--Hebrews 9:27

The saying is true…the only two things that are certain in life are death and taxes! Every human is destined to die, and that includes you and me.

We are reminded of the frailty of life almost every day. Death can find us no matter where we are.

We all skip appointments, whether it’s an appointment with the doctor, or dentist we don’t want to keep…or a boring meeting that we don’t want to be stuck in for hours. But the truth of the matter is that there is one appointment we simply can’t skip, and that is our appointment with death.

But here’s the good news. We don’t have to fear this appointment because Christ didn’t miss His appointment with death. He was appointed to die on the cross, and He did not break it. And because He met that appointment…and also met His appointment with the resurrection, we can now face our final appointment with death with great confidence and joy.

Christ’s complete victory over death is our hope and assurance for eternity!

I can’t tell you all of the times that I have stood at a graveside and tried to comfort the family of the deceased. But I can tell you this…it makes all the difference if that family has the eternal hope of Christ in their hearts!

Thinking about death can cause us to reevaluate our lives – which is not a bad thing. So as you think about your life…and the fact that someday you will indeed die…let me ask you, are you living with the hope and certainty of heaven? I pray that you are. And I pray that you help others find this peace and security in Jesus Christ today.

BECAUSE CHRIST KEPT HIS APPOINTMENT WITH DEATH…AND THE RESURRECTION, YOU CAN LIVE WITH THE CERTAINTY AND HOPE!

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.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Railroad Photography! "CSX with Auto Racks, Shenandoah Junction, WV"

"CSX with Auto Racks, Shenandoah Junction, WV"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

What I love about this photo is the lights of the locomotive glaring up the tracks as it heads west. The photo was taken at Shenandoah Junction, WV, on January 9, 2019.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson Photography


"For whatever was written
in the past was written
for our instruction,
so that we may have hope
through endurance and
through the encouragement
from the Scriptures."

- Romans 15:4

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

"Norfolk Southern Heading East Through Belvoir, VA"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

Are You on the Right Track?

A hobby that I recently got back into is railfanning. It's pretty simple, and, for me, and many others, quite a bit of fun. What is railfanning? Basically, it's sitting by the railroad tracks, legally, waiting for a train to go by. Chances are if you cross railroad tracks driving around town and happen to see people sitting by the tracks, that's what they are doing.

I have found myself enjoying railfanning quite a bit so I take a day or a few hours here and there to go. I find it a great escape from the noise and chaos of the city- besides the noises of the train going by that is!

I have had an interest in trains, railroads, and railfanning since I was born- I think. Mostly because my grandparents lived in West Virginia next to a busy Chesapeake and Ohio Railway railroad tracks. Also, I grew up in a railroad town in a time when the trains went roaring through town all the time. Unfortunately, I didn't live close enough to watch all the trains go by but there were times I got to see a few go by.

Back in the day, I would sit by the tracks waiting for a train to come. At my grandmother's house, the day was filled with checking the train signals up the street for a "green light." When the light was green, I was on alert for every noise that sounded like a train approaching. OF course, when it was a train, I was out on the front porch waiting for the train.

These days, a scanner radio, the internet, and computer software allow me to pretty much know when a train is coming or at least within a few hours. I can fairly easily grab my camera and stuff and go out to the tracks.

As I watch the trains go by, sometimes one right after another on a single track and even in opposite directions, I began thinking about how precise and exact the trains operate. The Locomotive Engineer doesn't just get into the cab of the locomotive, turn it on, and go like we do in our cars. He has to know all about his train, the load he's carrying, the tonnage, where he is going, aware of any trouble areas like steep inclines, and be able to follow the Dispatcher's directions. The Dispatcher knows what's coming down the railroad and keeps trains from meeting by way of accident. The entire railroad industry is an exact science of knowing everything you can about the train to get it from point "A" to point "B" safely.

I got to thinking about the Christian life and how trusting God gets me through the rough times in life. When we are on a "track" that can lead to other problems God helps us through these. If we read the Bible, it's a like the "dispatcher" for the Locomotive Engineer giving us guidance from God's Word for life. An important difference is although the dispatcher cares that the train crew is successful in completing its trip, he doesn't "love" the crew unconditionally. God does! God loves us no matter what we have done, where we have been, and what "track" we are on in this life. All we have to do is believe in Jesus, ask for forgiveness of our sins, and follow Him.

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"A Freight Train Through the Woods"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word!

Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson Photography


"And let us not grow
weary of doing good,
for in due season we
will reap, if we do
not give up."

- Galatians 6:9

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

Matthew 27:51-52, 54
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"And behold, the curtain of the temple
was torn in two, from top to bottom. 
And the earth shook, and the rocks
were split. The tombs also were opened. 
And many bodies of the saints who 
had fallen asleep were raised. When
the centurion and those who were with
him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw
the earthquake and what took place, 
they were filled with awe and said,
'Truly this was the Son of God!'"

- Matthew 27: 51-52, 54

Christ the Lord Is Risen Today!

YAHOO! HALLELUJAH! AMEN! CELEBRATE! PARTY! GLORY! PRAISE THE LORD! As a writer, I just cannot write or say one word when I think about what Jesus has done for me. Me! And you too! I am just a regular guy who writes and photographs about dogs, cats, gardens, and railroads. I am not a celebrity or popular political candidate or one of the wealthiest guys in the country. Just a regular joe!

When I stop to think that Jesus gave His Life for me so that I would go to heaven when I die, if I accept Him as my Savior, amazes me. Why? Why would anyone do something that great for me? I don’t understand but I know He did. The reason He did, is because He loves us much more than you and I understand or, as a writer, I can’t begin to explain.

Easter Sunday brings quite a few memories to mind. From all the music preparation I did as a church organist to the sermon, celebrations, and family dinners- all done in celebration of Christ’s resurrection from the grave! As a church organist, I loved the Easter season because it was full of special music to learn and play during the Worship Service. After church, my mother always fixed a delicious ham for Sunday dinner. It was a special time because it wasn't something we could have that often. It was a day to celebrate!

One of the reasons I have such a hard time understanding God’s Love for me that He would give His only Son Jesus to die on a cross for me, my sins, is that I have a hard enough time getting people, who I can see, to do things for me like a few repairs. Or, most people I know do not have the time to get together to do something besides a quick dinner or a “hello.” Maybe since I can see them, but I can’t see God, is why it’s hard to comprehend how God loves me so much!

This season, my heart is full of feeling God’s Love during the Easter season. It seems to be overflowing within me and I want to jump for joy and in excitement.

Do you have peace, contentment and know God’s Love? If you would like to learn more about God’s Plan for man, God’s Plan of Salvation, please visit Peace With God.


(C) J. Vernon McGee, Thru The Bible
Creative: Allen Pearson