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!