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.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Sunday's Thought!

Damage at First Baptist Church in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee
"Damage at First Baptist Church in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee"
(C) Billy Ross Photography

This week took a scary and frightening turn for many of my friends who live in the Nashville, Tennessee area. As you may have heard, Monday night into Tuesday morning was met with tornadoes which caused quite a bit of destruction in the downtown Nashville and Donelson areas. When I heard the news of the storm’s destruction, it became very concerning for me since I went to college in Nashville decades or more ago and have a few friends and acquaintances still living there.

Early in the day, I heard from one friend who said she and a few others with her escaped without any injury or harm. Which was a great thing as a world without her would be a bit less cheerful! It’s odd but you don’t really think about losing friends or family because of a storm or really anything else. They are always there and seems they always will be.

I didn’t think any more about it because Tennessee is known for tornadoes and really horrible thunderstorms. Also, I had a very busy schedule for the day and had to make certain several things were done around the house before heading out. I did my chores, feed the dog, and gathered what I needed for this day out.

On my way home from my last appointment, I was surprised by a text from my college roommate with news about the terrible tornadoes which struck the city. As soon as I got home I got on the computer and read the news of the storms.

A former Pastor and his wife had recently moved to the Nashville area to fulfill God’s calling on their lives. Thankfully, they are safe. However, they did lose friends, the senior married couple who had been married for 58 years.

While looking through Facebook, I found a quote from my former Pastors' friends about her experiences during the horrible tornadoes. What she wrote after the storm, gripped my heart as despite the terrible night she just went through, she found the positive in what happened and shared the truth of the Gospel. I am sharing it here:
"From our friend who lost her house:
Well it’s been 20 or so hours since the bottom dropped out of our “material world." We’ve lost a lot of things, a little blood, and some great friends, but I can shout with the angels, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the great God almighty”. He is more powerful than that wind that ripped our house apart, more faithful than all the “faithful servants” giving their time to help last night, more loving than my husband who put his body over me and took the worst of the flying glass and best of all, His promises are true, He never leaves us or forsakes us. I felt His presence so strong during that storm. It was truly peace that passes understanding!
People, if you don’t know my Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, I beg you to not wait. Nothing this world offers compares to walking with Him in this life right on into eternity. I can’t wait till Sunday to worship with my brothers and sisters at First Baptist Church! I may be in sweat pants and tennis shoes but they don’t care - they love me and I am blessed. We’d love to have you there with us."
AMEN! Yes, God is powerful. His Love is neverending! He is ALWAYS there taking care of us in the best way! Sometimes we do not understand His Ways and why things happen, but we know that they are ALWAYS for our good. As my friend's friend said, "Don't wait!"

To learn more about God, Jesus, and becoming a Christian, please visit "Peace With God."

By the way, if you would like to assist First Baptist Church with the expenses of rebuilding, you can donate here! Select "Disaster Relief" from the drop-down menu!

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Daylight Saving Time Begins!

Daylight Saving Time, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

I have to admit! I LOVE Daylight Saving Time. Yes, I drive my wife crazy with my enthusiasm. I love having more light later in the day than in the early morning. I can get more done outside or just enjoying being outside longer- as the days get longer.

Don't forget to turn your clocks ONE HOUR AHEAD before bed on Saturday night. That way, you'll be on time to church Sunday morning.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

2 Corinthians 9:6
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"The point is this:
whoever sows
sparingly will also
reap sparingly, and
whoever sows
bountifully will also
reap bountifully."

- Corinthians 9:6

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Sunday's Thought!

"The Mountains in South Africa"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

Resting in the Promise of Eternal Life in Christ
By Jack Graham, PowerPoint Ministries

"And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." - Acts 4:12

I’m told that in a cemetery up in Indiana, there is an epitaph on a tombstone that says:

"Pause stranger, you who pass me by,
As you are now, so one day was I.
As I am now, so will you be.
So prepare for death and follow me."

So one day, a visitor walked by there and scratched on the bottom of that little epitaph:

"To follow you I am not content,
Until I know which way you went!"

There is only one way to heaven. Jesus said, I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6). Jesus is the one and only one to follow. There is no one else! He is the only one who can take you to the glory of heaven on the day you pass from this life to the next.

With all the ideas in the world today about this or that way to get to heaven, isn’t it wonderful to have a Savior who didn’t come to show the way? Rather, He came to be the way. And it’s by a faith relationship with Him that you can know for sure you’ll be with Him forever!

WITH ALL THE COMPETING IDEAS IN THE WORLD TODAY ABOUT HEAVEN, TAKE COMFORT THAT JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY TO ETERNAL LIFE!

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.