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
.

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.

Please visit my Garden Perpectives at Allen Pearson Photography - Garden Perspectives.

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!

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

James 4:7
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"Submit yourselves
there to God.
Resist the devil,
and he will free 
from you."

- James 4:7

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

White Poppy Flower
"A White Poppy Bloom"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, 
nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, 
nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, 
which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 - Romans 8:38-39

A wife borrowed her husband’s brand new car, and she wrecked it. It didn't hurt her, but she just demolished the car. She felt so bad. She reached in the glove compartment where they kept their insurance papers and got them out.

When she opened the papers, there was a note right in the middle written by her husband. I think it's one of the sweetest things I've ever heard. He had written, “Remember, Sweetheart, it's you I love.”

Isn't that great? He was saying, “This car is not important. Honey, you're the important one.”

I want to tell you, you may have wrecked your life, but God says, “It's you I love.” God loves you. Whatever comes your way today, you must believe that.

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, July 24, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word


Adrian Rogers Quote
(C) 



"We ought to be living
as if Jesus died
yesterday, rose this 
morning, and is
coming back this
afternoon."

- Adrian Rogers

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

Bible
"The Bible"
Photo by 
Aaron Burden on Unsplash

The Story of the Bible
By Billy Graham

The message of Jesus Christ, our Savior, is the story of the Bible—it is the story of salvation; it is the story of the Gospel; it is the story of life, peace, eternity and Heaven. The whole world ought to know the story of the Bible.

If this Gospel is hidden today from anyone reading these words, it is hidden because you have never opened your Bible—or you have opened it with a closed mind.

The story of the Scriptures is the story of your redemption and mine through Jesus Christ. The Scriptures teach the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. Jesus Christ is the Gospel. His death, burial and resurrection is the Gospel story, and without Him you are lost and doomed.

The Bible teaches that there is a hell and a Heaven. The way to Heaven is by receiving and trusting Jesus Christ. The Bible says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The Bible says, “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). The Bible says, “The soul who sins shall die” (Ezekiel 18:20).

And the Bible says the only way to bridge the gap between us and God is through Christ. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

Today you can accept the Christ of the Bible. You can know peace of soul, peace of conscience and peace of mind by letting Him come into your heart by faith. Will you now, as you read these words, open your heart to Christ?

Today’s Prayer

Dear God, thank You for the Good News of the Bible, 
that through it we find our way to You. 
Thank You that in its pages we can see Jesus and we can have peace. 
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.

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
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