Sunday, May 24, 2020

Sunday's Thought!

"Empty Shelves in Putney"
Photo by John Cameron on Unsplash

A thought which has been going through my mind quite a few times during COVID-19 is "WOW! How quickly people's lives changed in a matter of minutes or hours." People went from having great jobs with an income to having no income, from having plenty of food to having to repeatedly search several stores to find it, from being able to find the simplest item such as toilet paper to having to ask neighbors or friends for a roll or go shopping at odd hours to find it or even order it online, from having a crazy hectic ridiculous schedule to being home all the time not having anything to do because you didn't invest in your family or home time, from confidently being about their business to being scared or frightened about their every move and this list could go on and on.

I can't help but think about the last days of this earth, our world, the universe. Throughout my life, I've been taught in church about the Lord returning for His People, the Christians. Fortunately for me, I had a few great Sunday School teachers, one in particular who did a study on Bible Prophecy where I learned quite about the Lord's Return. While Christians, and definitely not this writer, do not know the day or hour of His Return, we can watch the events of this world and understand that His Coming is getting close.

A key point of importance about the Lord's Return is He will return without warning and quick-

"It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown.
 For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. 
And we who are living will also be transformed." - 1 Corinthians 15:52

The Scripture tells us, it will happen quicker than an instant. We will go from this life to the next. For me, I am excited to be reminded of that and to hold fast onto the Promise. However, if you're not a Christian, it will not be an exciting time. 

As we saw with the pandemic of COVID-19, it caused a panic and shutdown of countries, including the USA, really quickly. I was surprised at how quick it happened. If you think that was quick, the Lord's Return will be much quicker and will not be like COVID-19 where countries and states did what they determined best for their locations. It will be all at once. The time on earth after this will not be fun and it will make the pandemic of COVID-19 look like a "dress rehearsal" at best.

I have never been one to run around saying "The END is near! REPENT!" nor gloom and doom kinda guy. However, I am one to share the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ, and that His Return for Christian may be sooner than we think. 

To learn more about the Gospel and the Good News of Jesus Christ, please visit Peace With God

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word!

(C) Allen Pearson Photography
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"If only we knew what was
happening when we pray,
we would never cease to pray."

- Louie Giglio

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Railroad Photography! Freight Cars Rolling, Art of the Freight Car Series!

"Freight Cars Rolling, Art of the Freight Car Series"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

During the COVID-19 pandemic, I have been at home watching trains on Railstream and the free YouTube feed locations of Virtual Railfan. While it hasn't completely replaced being by the railroad tracks themselves photographing and videotaping the trains as they roll through town, it has created a great way to watch the trains whenever and wherever I want.

Being tired of some of the restrictions these days, really wanting to go on one of my railfanning day trips with Noah my dog, and wanting to find the time to get out, I went through my images and found a favorite to share with you. 

"Freight Cars Rolling, Art of the Freight Car Series" shares an example of my favorite aspect of railroading and that's watching the freight trains go by.  The image was created while watching Norfolk Southern trains rolling through the town of Nokesville, VA.

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Sunday, May 17, 2020

Sunday's Thought!

Splashes of Black-Eyed Susans (C) Allen Pearson Photography
"Splashes of Black-Eyed Susans"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

How should you come to Christ?
by Jack Graham, PowerPoint Ministries

"Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?
--Acts 8:35-36

As a pastor, I perform wedding ceremonies for couples in all kinds of emotional conditions. I’ve seen couples who cry all the way through the ceremony. There have been times between the wedding party and the couple, we went through an entire box of tissue because they just cried and cried.

I’ve also seen others where there’s no emotion; it’s like a business deal. I’ll ask, “Do you take–“ And with a straight face they look right at each other and give a very simple, “I do.”

But in each of the examples above, who’s more married? The ones with all the emotion, or the ones with none of the emotion? The answer is obvious – they’re all married! What matters is whether or not they made a commitment in their hearts to one another.

Christians love good “come to Jesus” stories that are filled with emotion and drama. But that’s not how it always goes as we see in today’s passage. This man simply knew he had a need, and looked to have it met. So when it comes to placing your faith in Christ, don’t worry if you didn’t have a huge, mountaintop emotive experience. What matters is that you trusted in Him with your heart and now you’re His forever!

DON’T WORRY ABOUT A BIG EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE WHEN YOU COME TO CHRIST. WHAT MATTERS IS THAT YOU’VE GIVEN HIM YOUR HEART.

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, May 13, 2020

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

1 John 2:6
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"whoever says he
abides in him ought
to walk in the same
way in which he walked."

- 1 John 2:6

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Garden Perspectives! A Strawflower Blooming!


"A Strawflower Blooming!" (C) Allen Pearson Photography
"A Strawflower Blooming!"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

When the spring comes and it's time to plant my annuals, one of the first trips I take is to the garden center which sells the "Strawflower." My favorite, as shown in this image, is the Yellow Strawflower. The variety of flowers bloom in a shade of red and white too.

Please visit Allen Pearson Photography - Garden Perspectives to view my creative work. Also, I have a Cafepress shop at Cafepress - Allen Pearson Photography

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Edward Cisneros on Unsplash
"Mother's Day!"
Photo by Edward Cisneros on Unsplash

Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's in this awesome universe of ours! The role you have in raising your children, to become honest, hard-working, and respectable members of society is the most important job you can have. Though I am not a mother, nor a father for that matter, I have seen or observed the roles of mother's over the years.

Of course, I have one like all of us do. My mother passed away several years ago. As I reflect over the years and thinking of her, I'm very thankful for the mother God gave me. Though I have to admit, there were times over the years of growing up that I got mad at her for this and that. Usually, it was because I was getting into something she knew wasn't a good thing for me to do or I simply had disobeyed her.

My mother taught me manners and respect which would help me be a good citizen in life. She taught me the beauty of nature and gardening as well as started my interest in photography. My enjoyment of watching birds and wildlife is an interest she shared with me too. She knew education was important so she encouraged me to finish school and go to college. I felt like a "mama's boy" when I went to college because I missed her. But, it was because she had become my friend in my adult years.

My mother had a funny sense of humor too. She would laugh at the silliest or most nonsensical thing happening and couldn't stop. It was often contagious to those around her. Or, like my father often did, they would look and wonder what was so funny. I remember one night, not too long after I moved into my first apartment, she called and said she just wanted to say "hi!" So, I replied, "hi!" We laughed for the longest time.

However, though my mother was awesome and did quite a bit for me and I have quite a few great memories of her, there is something she could never give me. She taught me about it. She set quite an awesome example throughout my life, and she was always making sure everything was good and right with me. What I am talking about? Salvation through Jesus Christ.

My mother knew Jesus and her Bible. She played the church organ for many years, sang in the choir and a few duets with my father, taught Sunday School and Youth Group, and prayed for me every day! Although doing those doesn't get you into heaven, they were an example of her faith in Jesus.  She knew that no matter what I did in life if I didn't personally accept Jesus Christ as my Savior, I would not make it to heaven. I remember when I decided to change denominations. I was in my 30's when I decided to do it. Of course, I made sure the teachings were Biblical, she was worried about me and the decision. To be honest, I was very thankful that my mother loved me enough to make sure I was still going to be in heaven when my life was over.

Today with the craziness of COVID-19, it's might be hard to get together with your mother. If it is, please take the time to call her. Not text. But, call. And talk for awhile not just rush through it like it's a chore to be done. You will be glad you did. Most of all, she will love it.

To learn more about Jesus Christ and the Christian life, please visit Peace With God!

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Ephesians 2:10
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"For we are his
workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus
for good works,
which God prepared
beforehand,
that we should 
walk in them."

- Ephesians 2:10

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Sunday's Thought!


Photo by Hedi Alija on Unsplash
"Happy Birthday!"
Photo by Hedi Alija on Unsplash

I celebrate my 57th birthday today. I would say that because of the COVID-19 stuff, I will not get to celebrate but that's would not be accurate. I'm not much on celebrating the day with others, I tend to like to be more private. So my wife and I will not go out to dinner or go anywhere, I like to go railfanning, but we will make up for it later. She watches trains with me and gets to choose her favorite places for dinner.

Over the years, since I do not enjoy birthday parties when I'm the center of attention or part of the month's birthday groups, I've had people say "what aren't you glad you were born?" Or, "what is wrong with you? You don't like parties or cake?" Well, there is nothing wrong with me, I am an introvert who happens to really like it this way. I've tried pushing myself to enjoy those things but in the long run of life, I do not like it and I need to be happiest with who I am.

One of my friends from what seems like a bazillion years ago now, who lived near where I bought my first home, didn't celebrate her birthday but she celebrated the day she became a Christian. To her, and she's definitely right, that was the day that she came alive! She was re-born. She accepted Christ as her Savior and began walking in a new life. I would do that too, except I do not remember the exact date as I was a very young boy and I re-affirmed my beliefs and faith in God in college.

I like to use my birthday, or a day near it, to reflect on my life. Though not always on the exact day, I think about the things I have accomplished, the places I have been, and the people I have met. Are there things that I wish I had done and haven't? And, what could I have done or be doing better? Of course, life isn't perfect and it doesn't always turn out the way you want or intended. However, while I will reflect on those to better myself, I try not to allow myself to focus on those negative things in my life.  Yes, there situations I would like to forget or erase from my life and forget they ever happened. I just learn from them, talk to God about them, and move on.

However, that is one of the awesome aspects of being a Christian. I don't have to hold onto the negative things in life that have happened to me or I have done to someone else. I can repent to God, ask His Forgiveness, and go forward. He takes those things and throws them away. This doesn't mean we aren't responsible for our actions because we are. We still might have to pay for those actions or make good on whatever. However, your life in Christ takes on a whole new meaning and those things disappear.

As I reflect today on my 57 years of this life, I am very thankful that I became a Christian at an early age. God has been part of my life and when I look back over the years, I can see so many times when He guided my steps in a better direction or placed me in places He wanted me to be for many reasons. God has blessed me over the years to have supplied my needs according to His riches. That doesn't mean that I am rich according to world standards as I am not. It does me that He loves me and takes care of me.

To learn more about the Christian life, Jesus. God's Good News, and the Bible, please visit Peace With God!

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Garden Perspectives! Yellow Swallowtail at Bloom!

"Yellow Swallowtail at Bloom!" (C) Allen Pearson Photography
"Yellow Swallowtail at Bloom!"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography
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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word


2 Peter 1:3
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"His divine power has granted
to us all things that pertain
to life and godliness,
through the knowledge of
him who called us to his
own glory and excellence."

- 2 Peter 1:3

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Introducing Garden Perspectives! A Garden Photography Project



When I began photographing around 2006-07, I quickly learned how much I enjoy using my macro lens. I decided to combine my interest in gardening with the enjoyment of the macro lens. When I did, I discovered the beautiful and interesting images I could create. Soon after, my "Garden Perspectives" series of nature images found in a garden began.

Please enjoy my video, "Garden Perspectives" which shares the images created in gardens over the years. In the video, I included the titles of the images which would allow you to request products of your favorite images. Please visit my gallery at Allen Pearson Photography - Garden Perspectives.

I have opened a Cafepress store at www.cafepress.com/AllenPearsonPhotography. At this point, only a few images have been uploaded to Cafepress to share a few products which you can purchase. Any image on this slideshow can be used to create a product. Please contact me at allenpearsonphotography@gmail.com with your interest. Should you have a product in mind that is not shared on the website, please inquire as I may be able to create that for you.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Martin Sanchez on Unsplash
"COVID-19"
Photo by Martin Sanchez on Unsplash

Fear. Anxiety. I wish I could reach into my pocket, backpack, or even my being and give you something from me which would help you with your fear or fears and anxiety. It would be so cool to have that ability. However, as much as I would love to be able to do that, it's not built into our beings to have something like that. It's something that you would have to do for yourself or even I would have to do for myself.

I was blessed to have had great parents when I was growing up. While I did not have everything I wanted, such as a sports car or fancy car or designer clothes, and the list can go on, they did provide me with everything I needed in this life. However, regardless of how much they loved me, they could only tell, share, or instruct me on how to deal with fear, anxiety, and what it's all about. Wouldn't I just love to have had my parents provide me with something to deal with fears or to handle them for me? Of course, in some ways, that would be nice but in reality, it would not have been good for me.

I don't remember too many times in life where I experienced fear. I know there were the fearful experiences of first dates with girls I wanted to impress, having enough money to make ends meet each month, the unknowns of a new job, and sometimes just the future, like when you get married. A fear I will never forget was 9/11 or September 11th. At the time, my wife and I worked jobs in and near Washington D.C. Her office wasn't too far from the White House. The chaos after the attack on the Pentagon caused me to fear I would never see her again.

However, I noticed during the time of 9/11, and most other times in my life, God was there to comfort me and keep me from being afraid or scared. He gave me a peace and calmness in my heart and mind which goes beyond understanding. He calmed my fears.

Yes, I would love to reach into my being and give you something to calm your fears and anxieties. While I can't, I can tell you about Jesus and what He can do for you. When you give your life to Jesus, He will live in your heart and life and take care of you in ways you cannot imagine nor understand without experiencing it. While this is not a guarantee that you will have a sweet prosperous life without any challenges or tragic life events, as you will experience whatever life brings you. Jesus calms your fears and anxieties. You do not have to fear anything. He will help you through everything. You do not have to fear what the Coronavirus could do to you or your family. You will not live a life of fear. A few verses which comfort me are:

"So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
- Isaiah 41:10

When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.
-Psalm 94:19

"for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
2 Timothy 1:7

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” - Psalm 23:4

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. 
Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34

Humble yourselves, then, under God’s mighty hand, so that he will lift you up in his own good time. Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7

If you would like to learn more about Jesus and the Christian life, please visit Peace With God!

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word!

(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"For God has not given
us a spirit of fear,
but of power and of love
and of a sound mind."

- 2 Timothy 1:7

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Sunday's Thought!

"Man Riding a Bike!"
Photo by Tower Electric Bikes on Unsplash

Another week with a quarantine lockdown. I keep thinking about this crazy virus. I am not one to just buy into something so I question everything. Then, I have to analyze it before I make decisions. With that comes a lot of questions. I won't get into too much of that here because it's not really a huge concern to feature in a post.

Since I am not able to get to the pool to do my Deep Water Aerobics, I am finding some other ways to exercise. It's been challenging because the Deep Water Aerobics really helped me with my health issues more than what I realized. So, I am glad I took advantage of the classes.

Since I am already walking my dog Noah, I increased my time with him pushing it to the limits. It seems he must know that I need to do it because he is walking really fast there days. Which is great. He isn't pulling me and I keep it at a comfortable, well reasonable, pace so I don't get hurt.

Thanks to a buddy of mine, I am riding my bike too. For me, this has turned out to be quite the adventure. My first trip was for 3-miles in 30 minutes. While that sounds great, I have to say I learned quite a few things on this adventure. First, the hills in my neighborhood are HUGE! I knew they were challenging while walking, never paid attention to them in my car, but on a bike?? Oh my goodness. And, I learned to prepare for those hills by shifting gears to one which is easier. Near the end of the ride, I finally got off my bike and walked as the hill before my house seemed to have gotten twice as high or challenging as it was this morning when walking Noah.

While doing my exercises these past few weeks, I've begun noticing a common look among the others who are doing the same. They have looks of confusion and fear. Some of them will go out about 6 or more feet away from me before they pass. Those people really have had fear written all over their faces.

Seeing these people, and of course, I cannot talk to them because I do not know them and their fears are controlling them, makes me wonder about myself. Why am I not afraid? Why am I not gripped by fear? It's not like I am immune to the virus. I've had my share of frustration and aggravation with this especially since I cannot do my Deep Water Aerobics. 

Why? As a Christian, I know, and believe, that God has my life in His Hands. He's in Control. What happens is what God knows is going to happen. Sometimes, we go through hardships or rough times. Sometimes, we go through illnesses and deaths of loved ones. Sometimes, life's events are tragic and heartbreaking. Through these events, God teaches us things in life we need to know or to grow in Him and His Word. For example, when I went through the period of caring for and ultimately losing my parents, I was worn out for stress and exhaustion. I wondered "why" quite often. During the time, I learned quite a few skills which may help others.

Fear. Fear of the unknown. Constant barrages of news, media, and social media sharing as if the world is coming to an end and you need to run for your life. Fear. The people I see walking or riding their bikes or even driving their cars are afraid... fear.

Well, you do not have to live that way. We cannot live in a constant state of fear. God didn't intend us to live that way. He gave us His Son Jesus so if we confess our sins, believe in Him, and accept Him, we will have eternal life in Heaven with Him. Until that glorious day, God will be with you throughout your life. When events happen, you will have peace in your heart which takes away the fear the world has. You'll be able to say "God's got this!" 

If you would like to turn your fears over and accept Christ's awesome gift to us, the Gift of Salvation- eternal life, please read and pray through the following-

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 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.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Garden Perspectives! Arizona Blanket Flower!

Arizona Blanket Flower
"Arizona Blanket Flower"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

Another perennial favorite is the Arizona Blanket Flower. Its a favorite because of the brilliant yellow and red/orange colors in the bloom, it's easy to grow and it attracts quite a few bees.

"Garden Perspectives" is my series of macro photography work focusing, pun intended, on close-up images of nature's beauty found in the garden. To view other images, please visit my Garden Perspectives Gallery!

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

1 John 4:4
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"You are from God,
little children,
and have overcome them;
because greater is
He who is in you than he
who is in the world."

-John 4:4

Monday, April 13, 2020

Garden Perspectives! Grape Hyacinth

"Grape Hyacinth"  (C) Allen Pearson Photography
"Grape Hyacinth"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

In the early days of my photography, I considered myself an "Artist Photographer." What that meant to me was that I photographed my subjects, mostly nature, as I saw them. I didn't know a lot of the skills which many photographers had. Also, some of my compositions were different than others might do!

At the time, I participated in many art exhibits, shows, and outdoor festivals. I was participating in several local art groups too. In one of the societies, I was selected to head the annual Photography Show which was usually held in July. I arranged the photographer who would judge the event and a few other odds and ends.

For that show, I entered my macro image titled "Grape Hyacinth!" Wouldn't you know, I got an "Honorable Mention!" The photographer who judged the show told me later that I would have gotten a better award if I weren't the one who arranged the show. I appreciated knowing that.

When I decided to begin sharing some of my older images in my early collection of Garden Perspectives, this one is one of my favorites.

To see my work including the Garden Perspectives Gallery, please visit Allen Pearson Photography.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Bruno van der Kraan on Unsplash
"He is Risen!"
Photo by Bruno van der Kraan on Unsplash
Christ the Lord is Risen Today!
by Charles Wesley 

Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia! 
Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia! 
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia! 
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia! 

Love's redeeming work is done, Alleluia! 
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia! 
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia! 
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia! 

A few verses of one of my favorite Easter hymns. I look forward to singing it each year in celebration. 

Easter is so different this year. The COVID-19 is keeping us all at home. I was looking forward to spending Easter Sunday at my new church doing my responsibilities and enjoying the church family. It's very disheartening to have to stay home instead of being there. However, like the Pastor says, it isn't the church building that makes the church as it is only the place where we meet. The people make up the church and make it a family.

Over the many years of my life, I remember Easter Sunday as always being very special. Also, I do not remember ever not being in church on Easter. As a church organist, I would practice special arrangements of songs for the service several months ahead of Easter. Often, this required many hours of practice but not quite as much as the Christmas season. However, it was always a blessing to practice the piece and play it on the special day.

Some families had big family gatherings for Easter dinner after going to church that morning. Others celebrated the day with the Easter Bunny, Easter candy, and Easter egg hunts or rolls. My parents always prepared an Easter basket full of candy which they gave to us before we went to church. However, they didn't put any emphasis on the Easter Bunny. They always reminded us that Easter is a celebration of Jesus's Resurrection from the tomb in which He had been buried on Good Friday. It a day of joy and celebration for Christians as it celebrates the eternal life He provides to those who accept and believe.

Yes, this year Easter will be different. COVID-19 has closed the doors of churches. In many ways, it seems like the virus is causing fear which is much like back in Jesus's day leading up to Good Friday. One moment, things are great and going fine. The next, things changed very quickly and got dark and frightening. Jesus knew what was happening. Others didn't and were frightened. He was crucified on an old rugged cross on Good Friday. On Easter Sunday, Jesus rose from the grave defying death and the grave. Amazing. For those who accept and believe in Him, they will spend eternity in Heaven with Him.

If you would like to become a Christian, follow Jesus, please pray through the following:

AdmitAdmit 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 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.
Today my wife and I will celebrate by streaming the Worship Service from our church and having dinner at home rather than a favorite restaurant.  The day will go down in my memory to be told to someone somewhere along the way. I pray that your Easter will be a blessing and a great memory to share with someone along life's way. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Religious Bible Sayings
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"Jesus didn't say
'I am finished.'
He said 
'It is Finished.'
He was just getting started."


- Religious Bible Sayings

Monday, April 6, 2020

Nature Photography! A Mountains Splendor!

A Mountain's Splendor
"A Mountain's Splendor!"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

Another image today dedicated to a friend of mine who absolutely loves the mountains. I will be surprised if she doesn't move to the mountains to live out her retirement years and we never see her again except maybe for special events.

I can't say that I blame her. I have found the mountains to be a beautiful place to go to relax, go hiking, and, yes, even to live.

For me, the mountains provide a quiet natural get-away from the craziness of this world especially the busyness of the hurried landscaped surroundings in the city or modern suburbia.  Their natural beauty provides a hushed setting helping to calm me down.

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Sunday, April 5, 2020

Sunday's Thought!


Photo by Timothy Eberly on Unsplash
"Morning Bible Study"
Photo by Timothy Eberly on Unsplash

This past week has been, for many, another challenging week because of the craziness of COVID-19. For me, I have some physical challenges which are remedied with a water therapy workout so I am anxious to get back into that.  Other than that, I have had a pretty good week.

It seems though, fear is gripping many people. Of course, it is understandable as we are living in an unprecedented and unusual time. As I read through social media I find so many seem afraid of what could be next. As a Christian, I do not fear the future and definitely not COVID-19. Although I will obey the guidelines we are asked to follow.

This past week, I found that a friend had written a post that sums up what I've been thinking along with several of my friends. I am sharing her writing here-
"As a Christian, I feel like the book of Revelations is unfolding before us. It shouldn’t be shocking, either, given the state of immorality in our world. Every day, the boundaries of sin seem to be pushed further and further. The line between right and wrong has slowly been erased by society, television, pop culture. Power, fame, and money seems to be the only concern for some. We have name-calling and finger-pointing throughout our world with a lot of issues. The people that are making national and world decisions can’t get along and sometimes aren’t even trying. The media is out of control. Where is the love? Where is our humanity? What are we becoming?
Witchcraft, spiritualism, “New Age” belief systems are being celebrated and exalted. Abortions, literal baby murders, are called a “right,” and are supported by so many. We have been removed further from the world God created and intended.
We better work on getting it right with God. Getting it right with one another. We need to take this time to re-evaluate ourselves. We need to prepare and repent. Jesus will return like a thief in the night. People are dying left and right. Will I be one of them? Will you? Are we ready? This is a fantastic wake-up call, and I am taking it so seriously. I want to go Home to my Father when my time is up.
Until The Lord calls me away from this world to the next, I want to make it clear that I believe in Jesus Christ as the true Lord and Savior. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God, was sacrificed on the cross, died for our sins, and rose again. He loves us all dearly (far more than we deserve) and forgives our sins if we are in repentance. His Word says 'whosoever believeth in Me, should not perish but have everlasting life.'"
She wrote quite a bit of truth in a few short paragraphs. 

What is your relationship with God? Have you given much thought to where your soul will go when you pass away? These are questions you really should give some thought. The Christian Life isn't a game or some weird practice that some people and the media like to make it out to be. It is serious and deserves your attention. Who knows when our last breath will be? Like the COVID-19, it happened all of a sudden and our world was turned upside down fast! 

To learn more about the Christian Life, Jesus, God, and God's Plan for Man, please visit Peace With God!

Friday, April 3, 2020

Garden Perspectives! A Unique Artistic Perspective from the Garden


Flames! Allen Pearson Photography
"Flames!"
(C) 2009, Allen Pearson Photography

Every artist tries to find their perspective on something to use their talents and skills to create something beautiful to share with the world. Sometimes this perspective has a limited audience of only those close to the artist while others can have a worldwide appeal.

Around 11 years ago now, I began a series of photography which I called "Garden Perspectives!" I created a series of images based on my love for wildlife gardening and the beauty I found in the garden's natural area. Sometimes the garden is a formal one or a botanical garden, but, most often it is one you'd see in your backyard. However, life events of taking care of ill parents and in-laws I got away from photography especially using the macro lens which was a favorite. Also, it is a bit harder lens to use and often requires more concentration and time than other lenses.

A few weeks ago, I got to thinking about my macro photography work and how much I enjoyed it. This spring, I am bringing back some of the original images in the series and planning to add a few more along the way.

I will be sharing them in my Photography Journal, at Facebook, Allen Pearson Photography, and my website "Allen Pearson Photography!" Follow my blog posts by signing up in the widget on the right side of this page or through social media.

The first image in this series is "Flames!" It is a close-up of a Red Gerber Daisy with wild petals in the blooms.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word


He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose." - Jim Elliot
(C) Allen Pearson Photography


"He is no fool who
gives what he 
cannot keep, 
to gain what he
cannot lose."

- Jim Elliot

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Sunday's Thought!


Isaiah 12:2
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"Behold,
God is my salvation:
I will trust, and will not be
afraid: for the Lord God is my
strength and my song, and he
has become my salvation."

-Isaiah 12:2


While the world is reeling and going crazy with the implications of issues created by the Coronavirus (COVID-19), it is comforting for me to know the fact that "God is in Control!" He is here with us, He will take care of us, He is in Control.

It is amazing to me that whenever I think about that simple phrase, "God is in Control" and hold onto His Promise, "He will never leave or forsake you, (Deuteronomy 31:8)" or "....I will trust, and not be afraid:.... (Isaiah 12:2) I have an overwhelming comfort of peace which truly passes my human understanding.   

As I've mentioned some these past few weeks, my daily life hasn't really changed that much. Except, my wife is home more, I cannot go to my Deep Water Aerobics classes or to church. While I miss the Deep Water Aerobics and a few of the people I work out with, I really miss going to church.

It's funny. I have attended church most of my life. Though I'd like to be like a friend of mine who, at age 60ish, has never missed a Sunday at church, I can't say that. However, one thing I have noticed is that since we had to suspend Worship Services because of the Coronavirus, I have really missed being there with friends and hearing the singing and hearing the Pastor preach. There is something awesome about the church I attend that brings happiness to my heart.

While I have seen many people in my neighborhood seemingly scared, afraid and even frantic of what's going on, even people on Facebook has this fear about them, the Peace of God takes control and provides a peace that says, "it's going to be alright!" For me, that means a couple of things. First, everything will be alright because life will get back to normal and He is taking care of me. Or, maybe, possibly, and I have no way of knowing this and am in no way predicting it either, the Lord God may be coming soon. When He does, He will take those who have accepted Him as their Savior to Heaven to live with Him forever! I will be there. Those who have not, will not go with him but will go to hell. Yes, that is a real place.

Are you ready to go to heaven when the Lord returns? Are you curious about the Christian Life?  To learn more about this awesome adventure called the Christian Life, please visit Peace With God.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word!

Ephesians 2:14
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"For he himself is our peace.
Who has made us both
one and has broken down 
in his flesh the dividing
wall of hostility."

- Ephesians 2:14

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Martin Sanchez on Unsplash
 "John Hopkins Map of Coronavirus Outbreak"
Photo by Martin Sanchez on Unsplash

For many, this has been a difficult and challenging week. For me, it is hasn't been too much different than other weeks because I am not really a social guy unless my wife wants to do something then I will go. However, I have missed going to my Deep Water Aerobic classes and my dates with my wife during the week- we like to go to our favorite restaurant once a week and Chick-fil-A for breakfast on Saturday morning after doing some church work. Other than that, my week is usually filled with walking my dog and playing with my cat, writing, and some photography work here and there.

If you are like me, this is the perfect time to get caught up on those home projects you keep putting off, maybe catch up on some reading, call or send some emails to friends you haven't chatted with in a long time. I am trying to catch up on some of my magazine reading of Trains and Classic Trains, Bible reading, and do a few home projects.

One thing I am not doing is watching a lot of T.V. Having the T.V. on all the time and watching the news constantly with all the updates is a mistake. Why? Since the media likes to go on and on and on and on about a subject or beat one to death, now is a heydey for them. Who's got the latest? Who's got the best angle? All of that causes fear in many people. Yes, we need to keep up with the news because we are being instructed to do or not do certain things by the President and other government leaders. However, a constant diet of it will put fear and panic in you. Select a time to watch the news to be updated and turn it off.

For me, since I am a Christian. I believe and know that God is control of all of what is happening in our country, I am not afraid. I have nothing to be afraid of because I know God will take care of me as He promised. Now, because I live in this world, I may have to go through some things related to the virus, but, I still know that God is in control and it will turn out to His Plan which is the best for me.

The awesomeness of being a Christian is not only going to heaven when I die, among many things, is how God speaks to us through Scripture. A few of my favorite Scriptures for a time like this are-

"fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
- Isaiah 41:10

"When the cares of my heart are many,
    your consolations cheer my soul."
- Psalms 94:19

"for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control."
- 2 Timothy 1:7

Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."
- Matthew 6:34

If the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing you to be fearful or afraid, trust in God. If you are not a Christian and are interested in learning more about becoming a Christian, please visit Peace With God!

Friday, March 20, 2020

Railroad Photography! A Yellow TTX Freight Car! Art of the Freight Car, Rail Art Series!

Railroad Photography! Yellow Freight Car! Art of the Freight Cart, Rail Art Series!
"Yellow Freight Car! Art of the Freight Car, Rail Art Series!"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography 

When I am out and about watching trains go through town, alongside the country road or highway or at one of my favorite places to watch them, like Horse Curve in Altoona, PA, freight trains get my attention quite quickly.

I think the variety of freight cars, tankers, boxcars, hoppers, gondolas, auto cars, coal cars, rock cars, and whatever other cars the railroads add on is what catches my eye. I like the variety. 

My series of railroad photography "Art of the Freight Car, Rail Art Series" was designed to share the artistic view of the freight trains and occasionally the graffiti.

To view my railroad photography and purchase a print, please visit, Allen Pearson Photography, Railroad Photography, Art of the Freight Car Series!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Happy Spring!

Happy Spring, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

Oh my word! Was that the fastest fall and winter season you have ever experienced? For me, it definitely was! It seems like only a few hours ago, instead of a few months ago, I was thinking it'll be 6 months until Spring! We'll have snowstorms, blizzards, and ice. None of the weather events happened. Now, we definitely will not have any snowstorms which stay on the ground for weeks on end until maybe next season!

Happy Spring! Time to get outside! Let the fun begin!

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Deuteronomy 31:6
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

Today's "Wednesday's Words" was selected to encourage you during this time of concern about the Coronavirus. 

"Be strong and courageous.
Do not fear or be in dread of them,
for it is the LORD you God
who goes with you.
He will not leave you or forsake you."

- Deuteronomy 31:6

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Sunday's Thought!

"Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak"
Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash
The Coronavirus or COVID19 is the headlines and the top news topic everywhere these days. You can’t escape it. Unless, by chance, you have had your head in the sand or you have been busy about your business these past few weeks and not paying attention to the news, you might be better off for having done so in some ways. 

While I respect and never ever mean to be mean or disrespectful to anyone who is ill or disabled, I have to wonder about the chaos which is now running rapidly in the media. It is almost like they have a new toy and want to be the first one to share with you about it. Really? I mean constantly? Is all the chaos really necessary?

As I was reading Facebook this week, I found a friend’s post encouraging which had more truth in it than most of the other content on Facebook. I have to share it with you:
“Still fearful about the coronavirus? That's just a smokescreen to keep you fearful so you can be manipulated by people with evil intent. God has a million different ways to kill your body and one day He will use whichever method He chooses to end your earthly existence. That's guaranteed. Nothing you can do to stop it. What is of utmost importance is what are you going to do about Jesus while you are here? You need to realize that sin is trying to take your forever, but Jesus has made a way for you to avoid that by His sacrifice for your sin, made more than 2000 years ago. And, the real beauty is, it's free! You can't earn it. You can't buy it. All you can do is believe and receive it. He could not have made it any simpler for you. Don't put it off. You're not guaranteed your next breath. 6850 Americans that died today now know the truth. It's too late for them to change, but you're still here. You still have time. For the moment.”
Finding God’s Love in these chaotic times is the best choice. He will give you peace that passes all understanding! He will be there for you in times of fear and anxiety like you cannot even imagine! For me, thinking the God of the Universe cares enough about me to put His Arms of Love and Comfort around me is incredibly amazing. Please do not wait. Our lives are truly a fleeting moment and will end one day possibly without any warning. 

Becoming a Christian is easy. Not hard, challenging, or difficult as it might seem or possibly been told to you. God makes His Plan of Salvation available to anyone who asks. If you would like to accept Christ's awesome gift to us, the Gift of Salvation- eternal life, please read and pray through the following-

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.
  • Read a Daily Devotional.
  • 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.