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.