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