Friday, February 28, 2020

Railroad Photography! The Rock Train in Manassas, VA

Railroad Photography! The Rock Train in Manassas, VA
"The Rock Train in Manassas, VA"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

A regular train through Old Town Manassas is the rock train. This train goes to a quarry picks up carloads of rock and takes it to several locations throughout Northern Virginia and possibly beyond. Most people do not know about these trains' work, but, if it did not do its work, the effects would be felt on highways throughout the area.

My work in Railroad Photography is found at Allen Pearson Photography/Railroad Gallery!

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

A.W. Tozer
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"Always, everywhere
God is present, and
always He seeks to
discover Himself to
each one."

- A.W. Tozer

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Sunday's Thought!

John 11:25-26
(C) Allen Pearson Photography


"Jesus said to her, 'I am the
resurrection and the life; he
who believes in Me will live
even if he dies, and
everyone who lives and
believes in Me will never die. 
Do you believe this?"

- John 11:25-26

My question is, do you believe this? If not, why not? What is stopping you from believing or becoming a Christian?

In the world today are plenty of distractions to keep people away from the church. Here lately, I've seen and heard quite a few stories from the media and television shows which make fun of Christian, Jesus, God, and the Bible. It's caught me by surprise because Christianity used to be a subject that was respected and now a target of jokes or ridicule. 

Think about this, we do so many things in this life because it's our responsibility to do so or the results could be disastrous. Recently, I had my yearly physical. I get the results and respond as needed. If I didn't, I could have some serious problems in the long run. Not to mention, it is just "good for me." The list of things we do because it is better for us to do so could go on for a bit. 

My question is, why not do something for your soul, your spirit? Rather than believing what you hear from the media or the world and leaving it all up to whatever happens happens, why not learn more about Jesus, God, and Christianity for yourself? After all, in the long run when death finally does happen, you will no longer have the decision to make. It will be a done deal and what you've decided is where you will spend eternity. I'm sure I would NOT want the media or anyone else to make such a decision for me. 

One of the best resources I have found to learn about God, Jesus, and God's Plan of Salvation for man is this website, Peace with God

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Sunday's Thought!

Allen Pearson Photography
"Gerber Daisy Bouquet"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

This week was the 9 year anniversary of the death of my mother. The date was reminded to me by Facebook re-sharing with me something I wrote. It brought back memories.

I think one of the hardest things I have ever gone through in this life was when my mother became ill, had a stroke, and died. Before she had the stroke, besides her not feeling well, there were really no visible issues. There were plenty of medical problems going on behind the scenes though. Which, eventually, this led to her having a stroke which put her in the hospital, followed by rehab, and then a nursing home for memory care.

After the stroke, she did not have any physical issues, but she did have problems issues which meant she could not remember most people's names, form sentences which made sense to us, and a host of other things. It was a very challenging and heart-breaking time. To have your mother not be able to say your name or anything you understood, though the sentences were complete and spoken clearly, ripped my heart apart.

However, I noticed throughout the time of caring for my mother, I had a calm and comfort within me despite my being stressed out or upset about the situation. I know, how can that be? As it happened many times, including just before she passed away, I began to understand it was God giving His Comfort and Love.

After my mother passed away, I felt this strange comfort and a peace that passes all understanding. When I realized it was that, I remember reading in the Bible:

"And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts
 and your minds in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4:7 

When I became a Christian many years ago now, I remember a peace in my heart that has stayed with me through the years and I was blessed to have known the peace that passes all understanding during the difficult challenging events of life. 

My mother was a Christian. She never failed to show me God's Way by her example and love. When she passed away, I take comfort in knowing that I will see her in heaven one day. We will rejoice of God's Love hand-in-hand on that glorious day. 

To learn more about becoming a Christian, please visit Peace With God

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Gabriel Crismariu on Unsplash
"Puzzled"
Photo by Gabriel Crismariu on Unsplash

Making Sense of What We Don’t Understand 
by Adrian Rogers, Love With Finding

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts. Psalm 139:23

A little boy had a jigsaw puzzle. On one side it had a map of the world. On the other, a picture of a man. His mother asked him to try to work it. Before long the little fellow had put the puzzle together. The mother was surprised to find her little son knew so much about geography. “How on earth did you do that?” she asked.

“Oh,” he said, “I worked the other side first. When I got the man right, the world was right.”

How true that is! Let me tell you something, friend—you will never understand this world, you will never understand the universe, until you get the man right, the man Christ Jesus. You must see who Jesus is—that Jesus is Lord. We will never fix this world until we get the man right, the man Jesus Christ.

Are things in your world confusing you these days? Turn to Jesus and trust Him to make sense of what you don’t understand.

For more from Love Worth Finding and Pastor Adrian Rogers and to learn about salvation, please visit Love Worth Finding - Assurance of Salvation.

For more from Love Worth Finding and Pastor Adrian Rogers, please visit www.lwf.org

Devotion used by written permission of Love Worth Finding.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Railroad Photography! Norfolk Southern Heading Through Old Town Manassas

Norfolk Southern Heading Through Old Town Manassas
"Norfolk Southern Heading Through Old Town Manassas"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography
Not too long after I retired, I stopped by the train station in Manassas, VA, where I grew up. It had been years, if not decades, since I last stopped in here. Of course, I had my camera with me. I was like a little kid in a toy or candy shop. And, I was in luck as a train was heading north through town and I was able to capture a train going through town. Of course, I was very excited as I hadn't been around trains in who knows how long.

My wife was smiling as she was seeing a side of me she hadn't seen before. She knew I was happy and that is important to her. This day was a re-igniting of my passion for watching trains.

To view my photography, please visit www.allenpearsonphotography.com.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Ben White on Unsplash
"Man Reading Bible in Field"
Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

Why believing in God won’t save you
by Jack Graham, PowerPoint Ministries

"You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!"
-James 2:19

Once I was seated next to a lady in a waiting room. It was just us two, so I struck up a conversation and asked her if she attended church anywhere. She said she used to, but not anymore. So I shared the Gospel with her, and she told me, “I went to church for years and never once did I hear that! I believed in God but I never knew Jesus.”

That same scenario is being played out today in the lives of so many people. They’re good and faithful “churchgoers,” but through the shortcomings of their church or their own lack of engagement, they’ve missed Jesus. They like the idea of church, but want to keep their spiritual life at an arm’s length.

Let me be clear: Believing in God won’t save you. Today’s verse tells us that even the demons believe, yet they aren’t saved. What saves you is a personal faith in Jesus Christ – that He died on your behalf, rose again from the dead, and by faith in Him you can have eternal life.

If there’s any doubt in your mind today, place your faith fully in Christ. Good works can’t save… Going to church can’t save… Belief in God can’t save… But Jesus will!

BELIEVING IN GOD AND DOING GOOD WORKS WON’T SAVE YOU. SO PLACE YOUR FAITH IN CHRIST ALONE TO FORGIVE YOU OF YOUR SINS!

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.