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

Saturday, April 20, 2019

The Saturday between Good Friday and Easter-

Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"For as yet
they did not
understand
the Scripture,
that He must
rise from the
dead."

- John 20:9

Friday, April 19, 2019

In Remembrance of Good Friday......

Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson Photography


"When Jesus had
received the sour
wine, He said,
'It is finished,'
and he bowed his
head and gave up 
his spirit."

- John 19:30

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Railroad Photography, Noah's Railroad History! CSX Locomotive No. 5119 in Shenandoah Junction, WV


"CSX Locomotive No. 5119 in Shenandoah Junction, WV"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography
A favorite scene for me while railfanning in Shenandoah Junction, WV, is the locomotives coming around the "S" curve heading west! To me, and maybe I just need to get out more, it's an awesome experience to watch those huge machines roaring through town pulling their heavy loads to destinations unknown to me.

My interest in railroading is in railroad history and photography. When I was a young boy, I had an HO Scale model train layout. I didn't design it after any particular city, town, or landscape,  I just designed all the town as I wanted and had a few trains.

Today, I am starting a new series of railroad photography posts which will feature railroad history too. My dog Noah is my railfanning buddy most of the time when I go out, I am naming the posts "Noah's Railroad History!" The photography will feature my own work with a note about something that happened in the railroad world. The posts will not always be about what happened "that day in history" but about an event.

Noah's Railroad History: On January 1, 1800, the first successful non-condensing high-pressure stationary steam-engine was built by Oliver Evans. The engine was later used in the building of the first steam-powered boat.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Monday, April 15, 2019

Railroad Photography! Snow Flurries in the Shenandoah Junction, WV

"Snow Flurries in the Shenandoah Junction, WV"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography
I was in Shenandoah Junction, WV with my dog Noah this past January. We'd been there for a few hours watching trains go by. It's gotten to be a great experience especially when Noah goes along.

On this day, we were headed into Shepherdstown, WV too when it started to flurry. When we returned we were greeted with some more snow flurries creating a beautiful scene.

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Sunday's Thought!


"Spring Time"
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

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.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Bible
(C) Allen Pearson Photography


"Every way of a man 
is right in his own 
eyes, but the Lord
weighs the heart."

- Proverbs 21:2

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Sunday's Thought!


Road
"Country Road"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography
WOW! What a week! Not only have I been busy with my writing and yard work, there was a house fire and two friends passing away.

The house fire began around noon. I was sitting in my studio writing trying to pull together the final thoughts for my local article for the newspaper. When I am working, I often have classical music playing in the background. Sometimes, maybe even most times, I have my TV and laptop tuned to Virtual Railfan and Railstream so I can watch trains roaring through other areas of the country while I am working. I keep the volume low so it doesn't disturb me while I am writing but high enough that I can hear a train coming and get to watch it.

Sometimes a fire engine or ambulance will go through the town near the cameras which pick up the sirens. Most times, its pretty quick but this time the sirens kept going. It was starting to get a bit annoying so I turned the volume off the TV and laptop. However, the sirens didn't stop. I looked to the left out the windows and there was a fire engine racing up the hill. Then, I saw the smoke. So I quickly went outside to look. A neighbors house, or from where I was standing, appeared to be on fire. As I walked to see what was wrong, more and more fire trucks, rescue squads and the fire chief arrived. Fortunately, it was the garage, not the house, and nobody was hurt. It all happened so fast.

A day or two later, I learned that a friend of mine passed away. I knew my friend had some health struggles but nothing that should have caused him his death. I remember him as being the first and foremost fan of my photography but most importantly, he was a Christian man who was actively involved in his church. He was always there. He had a strong faith in God. This made him quite an exemplary man.

Not more than a day later, I learned about a friend's grandfather's passing. The friend described his grandfather as a great Christian man, a man of God, and was always helping others. I didn't know the man very well but I found it interesting to hear his grandson and several others, even those not related, speak so highly of this man and his Christian faith.

There are a few things each of these events have in common. They happened fast. They happened without any notice or warning. They were unexpected, sudden, and definitely not planned. Whether we like it or not, that's what happens in life- unexpected and unplanned events. It's a part of life. We can plan for these as best we can with life insurance to help pay for those final experiences or fire insurance which protects our property in the event it's damaged by a fire.

However, as simple as it is, there are many people who do not make any plans or preparations for where their soul will go when they die. I have a friend who prepares for everything that could happen including a terrorist attack and he's quite prepared. He's done everything he knows to do. While another friend prepared his will or living trust to take care of his family when he dies. But, again, what about preparing your soul- you for eternal life?

God wants everyone on planet earth to go to heaven when they die. It's the reason He gave His only Son Jesus to die on a cross for our sins.

“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)


He didn't have to do it, we were the ones who disobeyed Him. But, He did. All we have to do is:

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


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  • Find believers (Christians) to fellowship with.
  • Get baptized.
  • 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.
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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Railroad Photography! Railroad Art: The Railroad Signal

Railroad
"Railroad Art: The Railroad Signal"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography
One evening as I was winding up a few hours of railfanning in Bristow, VA, I noted The beauty of the Railroad Signal in the setting sun. Seeing the signal was "red" I headed home to return another day.