Sunday, May 31, 2020

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Madeleine Ragsdale on Unsplash
"Worn Bible With Notations"
Photo by Madeleine Ragsdale on Unsplash

A few weeks ago, while looking through Facebook reading comments from friends catching up on what everyone is doing these days. While doing so, I came across a post from a friend of mine. His words hit home as something I've been thinking over the past several weeks and sharing on posts as I write. I'd like to share it with you:
"The world is experiencing a very trying time right now with all that is going on with the coronavirus and the resulting collateral damage from the effort to keep it reigned in. People are stressed like they have never been before. If you are one of these people, maybe God is trying to get your attention to turn to Him, for He, through Jesus, is the only true pathway to peace in whatever circumstances we may encounter in this life. This morning as I was re-attaching a chapter marker tab that had fallen off of my Bible, and observing all the worn and discolored pages and ones that are held together with scotch tape I was reminded of a quote from the great evangelical preacher, Charles Spurgeon. "A Bible that is falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t." I've lived a lot of years now and I've had my fair share of troubles, but through it all, and because of my relationship with Jesus, I am able to have peace in my life that could come no other way, even in the worst of trials. I hope you can find that too. Run to Jesus. He's always ready and waiting for you. - Bryan Short
Bryan is right. A relationship with Jesus brings a peace that you can find in no other way. No other means.

Jesus is waiting for you to turn to him and become a Christian. It is not a complicated thing to do and it is the best thing you can do for yourself. To learn more, visit Peace With God

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Throwback Thursdays! Purple Pom Pom!

"Purple Pom Pom!" (C) Allen Pearson Photography
"Purple Pom Pom!"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

The image "Purple Pom Pom" is a favorite from the very early days of my interest in photography.  I used a FujiFilm point and shoot camera. I wish I could remember the model number as I remember really loving its simplicity and ability to create beautiful images.

I created quite a few beautiful images with the point and shoot. The only reason I decided to upgrade my camera was that I became interested in photographing birds and other wildlife in nature which moves!

This image is a reminder that a good photographer can, and does, create some beautiful work with even the simplest camera.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

1 Peter 5:8-9
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"Be self-controlled
and alert.
Your enemy the devil
prowls around like a
roaring lion looking for
someone to devour. 
Resist him, 
standing firm in the faith."

- 1 Peter 5:8-9

Monday, May 25, 2020

Saluting Our Fallen Heroes!

A Blessed Memorial Day (C) Allen Pearson Photography
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

Today, as you celebrate Memorial Day remember to salute and pay tribute to the fallen heroes who have fallen to provide you the freedoms you enjoy!

Memorial Day is designated to remember the fallen heroes who lost their lives while serving our country, often called "the ultimate sacrifice," when you see an active or retired service member, say "Thank You!" to them.

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. 

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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!


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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.

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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.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Ephesians 2:10
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"For we are his
created in Christ Jesus
for good works,
which God prepared
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.

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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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