Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Babbie Mason

"God is too wise to be mistaken,
God is too good to be unkind.
So when you don't understand,
when you don't see His plan,
when you can't trace His hand,
trust His heart."

- Babbie Mason

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Railroad Photography! NS Locomotives at Horseshoe Curve, Altoona, PA

NS Locomotives at Horseshoe Curve, Altoona, PA
NS Locomotives at Horseshoe Curve, Altoona, PA
(C) Allen Pearson Photography
My wife, my dog, and I kicked off my railfanning season with an excellent trip to Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark in Altoona, Pennsylvania. I discovered this to be an excellent place to watch trains a few years ago. My first trip here was such an awesome adventure, I decided to make a yearly trip here! Though next year, I might have to make two trips, one to end my current season in early Spring and again next Fall to start up again.

When I go out railfanning locally, my dog Noah always goes with me. He loves going places with me and I love having his companionship! I have gotten so used to his traveling with me that I don't like to go without him. Since the weather gets a little too hot for him in late Spring and early Summer, we typically do not go out much during the summer- this year, even locally.

My dog Noah and I are making our plans to head out around once or twice a month to watch the trains go through wherever we are! Please follow our adventures by subscribing to this blog. To follow Noah's adventures, subscribe to: from The Dog's Paw!

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Sunday's Thought!


The Many Colors of Fall
"The Many Colors of Fall"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

I was driving home yesterday through the state of West Virginia. I've been through West Virginia many times as my mother's side of the family is from there so I've got a lot of great childhood memories. However, I'd never driven from one side of the state to the other especially not in the Fall season. My drive took me down winding and curvy roads with a few 4-lane roads to give me a breather between the extremely sharp curves which occasionally made me think I would see the back-end of my car still coming around the curve as the front-end was going into it.

My wife and I were returning from a fan retreat with the Booth Brothers in Shipshewana, IN. It was a week of awesome music, inspiration, and lots of humor! The time spent there reminded me of how much God takes care of me in this life. He blessed my wife and me with the time at the retreat and then as we were driving home, an incredible trip.

When my wife took the wheel of the car to give me a break, I couldn't help but notice how beautiful God created the West Virginia mountains with its incredibly beautiful fall foliage. In some parts of the mountains were areas where the trees hadn't changed colors yet so green leaves were interspersed throughout. In some parts, it looked like God had taken a paintbrush mixed with various shades of red, yellow, and orange and splashed it across the mountains. The landscape was so incredibly beautiful.

As we drove through the mountains, at first, I began wondering if it was wise to drive this route instead of the interstate. I soon realized that the scenery along the way was a Gift from God who was directing us through His Creation instead of rushing through and missing the beauty of the Fall season and weather. To think, I know the Creator who singlehandedly and perfectly created the beautiful scenery we drove through was unfathomable.

How do I know the Creator? When I became a Christian in my college years, I gave my life to Christ. I was raised in the church and thought I was saved at a very young age of 6. However, a college professor instigated a few thoughts in my mind about whether or not I was a Christian so I confirmed it with Jesus and made sure that I was. Jesus has been a part of my life and guiding my steps since that young age.

Many times the idea of becoming a Christian is blurred by someone or something making it sound out to be more difficult or complicated than it is. Or, we believe we are not worthy because we have committed so many wrongs in our lives. First, it isn't complicated and, no, we do not deserve it but God loves us and says that we are if we accept Him as our Lord and Savior. It is as easy as prayfully reading through the following steps:

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

Now, you're a Christian - Welcome to the family. So, what's next-
  • Find a 100% Bible-believing, teaching, preaching church. Here are a few resources:
  • Find believers (Christians) to fellowship with.
  • Get baptized.
  • Buy a Bible
  • 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.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

"The Earth and the Heavens"
(C) Storyblocks, Used by Permission

What Do You Say Will be Earth’s Greatest Event?
by Adrian Rogers, Love Worth Finding Ministries

"... and the Lamb shall overcome them: for He is Lord of lords, and King of kings:
 and they that are with Him are called, and chosen, and faithful."
- Revelation 17:14

The Second Coming of Jesus will be the greatest event of all ages. It’s one of the grand theological truths taught from Genesis to Revelation.

· The New Birth is vitally important, but it’s mentioned only 9 times in the New Testament.

· Baptism is vitally important, but it’s mentioned only 20 times in the New Testament.

· Repentance, important and required, is mentioned only 70 times in the Bible.

· But the return of the Lord Jesus Christ is mentioned at least 380 times!

One out of every 25 verses points with an eager finger to the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. We’re living in a time where Jesus could come at any moment. Some glorious morning, all will be peace when Jesus comes again.

How are you getting ready for His Second Coming? What if He came this very hour? Is your heart prepared? Are you ready? Listen to some of the last words Paul wrote before his execution: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing” (2 Timothy 4:7-8). Do you love the thought of His appearing?

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, October 16, 2019

Wednesday's Word! Encouragement from God's Word

Galatians 6:7
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"Do not be deceived:
God is not mocked,
for whatever one sows,
that will he also
reap."

- Galatians 6:7

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Sunday's Thought

"The Heavens At Sunrise"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography
One morning, a few weeks ago, I found myself looking out the front window of my house staring out of the sky. The neighborhood was doing its usual thing, school buses picking up students, the trash trucks making their rounds and people heading off to work in their cars. The neighborhood will soon settle down into its daily quiet with only the noises of birds singing in the air.

As I stared out into the sky, I found myself wondering if the Promise of God's Return to take Christians to heaven is really true. Is He really going to make everything great and take care of those who love Him? The Promise of God's Second Coming is a teaching that I can remember from the very early days of my youth. I have believed it to be true as it is in God's Word and some people who I highly respect taught it to me over the years of my life.

But now, for some reason, I am staring into the skies debating its validity. For a bit, I wondered if it was a fairy tale as so many these days are saying. Or maybe it's just some speculation that was taught over the years. Have I spent my life believing something that wasn't real? Wasn't truthful?

As I went back into my studio, I got to thinking about those thoughts. If you know me very well, you know I can tend to over-analyze something sometimes beyond belief. I wondered about the people who have gone before, like my family or the people in the Bible Stories for days of old. Have they really gone to heaven or have they just died and been buried. These are questions and thoughts that really cannot be answered. I will only know the truth for sure, for absolute certain, after I die and go on to heaven. Or?

As I thought, I felt a wave of happiness and contentment go over me. If what I was taught isn't true and God isn't coming back to take me to heaven or I will not go to heaven when I die, it really doesn't matter because I have had a happy and content life serving and worshipping God from a very early age. It was almost as if it was God's Presence reminding me to hang on... He will be coming soon.

So if I die and find it isn't true, it doesn't matter because I am happy and have been content in this life. I will just die and be buried and remembered by my wife and friends. I really haven't lost anything at all. I have served and worshipped an awesome God and am very thankful for the ability and blessings of doing so.

If I die and find it is true, God will take me to heaven where I will spend eternal life with other Christians I've known in my life including my parents and brother. I will be blessed with worshipping God throughout eternity. Eternal happiness beyond my ability to describe! I haven't lost a thing.

I found God's Love, His Plan of Salvation for man, happiness, and peace beyond my understanding by giving my life to Christ at a young age..college age I believe. Are you ready for what happens to you when you die? If you would like to learn more, please visit Peace With God.


Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
(C) Allen Pearson Photography


"God does not give us
everything we want, but
He does fulfill
His Promises,
leading us along
the best and
straightest path to
Himself"

 - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

The Colors of Fall
"The Colors of Fall!"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"And you will feel secure, because there is hope; you will look around 
and take your rest in security." --Job 11:18

I want you to think about Jesus’ words, “Follow Me” for a moment.  They were written in Matthew 9:9 as an imperative…a command.

Jesus didn’t ask Matthew to follow Him if he felt like it.  No.  Jesus said, “Follow Me.  Start today…and follow me for the rest of your life.  Don’t ever stop following Me.”

But I want you to notice too that the words Follow Me actually mean “to walk alongside the road with me.”  Jesus, the great God of the universe, told Matthew…a social outcast…to walk with Him!

And you know what?  Jesus says the same thing to you today!  The great God of the universe is saying to you, “Follow Me.”  Not “Walk way behind Me,” but “Walk with Me.”  God wants to be your friend!

“But Pastor,” you say, “there are things in my past…things that God could never forgive me for.  It’s too late for me.”

I’m here to tell you today that Jesus Christ is passing your way.  And He’s calling your name and saying, “Follow Me”!  This is a great deal!  You can leave your sin and your past and walk into a brand new life and a brand new future with the Lord.

Take Jesus up on His offer to follow Him today!  Your life will never be the same.

CHOOSE TO FOLLOW JESUS CHRIST TODAY AND WALK INTO A NEW LIFE OF JOY, HOPE, AND PEACE

To learn more about how to follow Jesus and 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, October 2, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Ephesians 4:29
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"Don't use foul or abusive
language. Let everything
you say be good and helpful,
so that your words will be 
an encouragement to those
who hear them."

- Ephesians 4:29