Sunday, June 28, 2020

Sunday's Thought!

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

"And I will give you a new heart,
and a new spirit I will put within you.
And I will remove the heart of stone
from your flesh and
give you a heart of flesh."

- Ezekiel 36:26

When God saves us and we become a Christian, our hearts are changed. At first, when I heard that from a Christian friend, I remember saying to myself, "easy for you- you're a goody-goody and haven't struggled with what I have so that's nothing for you." While, at the same time thinking, I would love to have a change of heart. 

After I became a Christian, several years down life's road, I began to notice a change within me had taken place. I had changed from a man in the world with a self-centered mindset to the man God wants me to become. To say I was pleasantly surprised would be an understatement. One of the best surprises was my attitude had changed to being more positive and happy.

Becoming a Christian doesn't mean everything is going to be awesomely perfect all the time. There will be times when you think it is and there will be life's events and challenges, just like for everyone else. The difference will be the matters of the heart. For me, I noticed in life's challenges a peace in my heart which was God helping me through them.

To learn more about the God, Jesus, the Bible, God's Plan of Salvation for man, and the Christian life, please visit Peace With God.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

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

Allen Pearson Photography
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"The Lord is good,
a stronghold in the
day of trouble;
he knows those who
take refuge in him."

- Nahum 1:7

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash
"Father's Day!"
Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash

Happy Father's Day! Today is a day to remember our fathers. A day to say "thank you," "I love you," and do something special with them. When I was younger, I remember buying dad gifts and cards to celebrate the day.  Later in life, I took him out to dinner or I would grill him a steak dinner with his favorite "fixin's." He loved it! 

When I look back, I am surprised at my feelings about those gifts not being enough for him. He never said that nor did he ever give me any impression which led to these thoughts. As I reflect over the years, I see my father from a different perspective which I didn't notice before. Though, I have to say, that I knew it was there but just never really contemplated it that much.

While growing up with my father, I often saw him as the nerdy guy who took care of his family, loved God, church and classical music, reading, cars, and trains. He took an interest in his boys too. He was always taking us to car shows or even steam train rides. However, he wasn't cool. Far from it. Typical nerd. There was no way my father would give me a "sports" car or even a remotely sporty car for my birthday or for Christmas. He was not going to be wearing those cool sunglasses or the latest styles of clothing.  So to me, at that young age, he did seem to be a nerd. Yet, he was that way because he wanted to support his family and make sure that they had what they needed in life, not necessarily what they wanted. He was happy, content, and maybe even proud in a good way to be doing what he was! Maybe that's why I am not offended when I am labeled or called a nerd.

When I think back, I wish I'd honored him more with "better" gifts. However, it pleased him that we cared to honor him on Father's Day. He was a happy man.

Often people believe that they cannot be good enough, or give God good enough gifts so they will make it to heaven, or that He will love them enough to save them and allow them to go to heaven. It's never been based on gifts you give to God. It's about God's Gift to you, his Son Jesus who He gave so we might have eternal life with Him. 

A great resource to learn more about God's Gift of Salvation to all of us for the asking can be found at, Peace With God.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Garden Perspectives! Skipper and a Sunflower! Happy Summer Solstice!

"Skipper and a Sunflower" (C) Allen Pearson Photography
"Skipper and a Sunflower"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

Happy Summer! My favorite season of the year is finally here! I am wishing it would last forever! The days are longer, the weather, by now, it what it is, warm and hot!

The longest day of the year cannot be long enough or last long enough for me. I love every minute of the season. 

Happy Summer!

Friday, June 19, 2020

Garden Perspectives! A Fuchsia Dahlia!

"Garden Perspectives! A Fuchsia Dahlia!"   
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

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Sunday, June 14, 2020

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Jack Sharp on Unsplash
"Man Praying"
Photo by Jack Sharp on Unsplash

Are You Too Far Gone to be Saved?
By Adrian Rogers, Love Worth Finding Ministries

"… if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that 
God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10:9

A businessman came to my study and said, “Pastor, I need to be saved.”

“Wonderful. Let’s get on our knees.”

He got on his knees with me and prayed: “God, I’m a sinner; I’m lost and I can’t save myself. Jesus, You died to save me. You promised to save me if I would only trust You. I do trust you, Jesus. Now, with all of my heart, forgive my sins and save me.”

Right there, God saved him. It’s so wonderfully simple because the Lord Jesus Christ does it all.

But don’t think for a minute that because salvation is easy, it’s cheap. Jesus died in agony and blood for you to have it.

On one hand, here’s your self‑righteousness, your legalism, “trying to” be saved. On the other, the righteousness of God, which is yours by faith in the Lord Jesus by grace alone through faith alone. “Not by works, lest anyone should boast.” Now, which do you choose?

Self-righteous, good people, do you understand you’re a lost sinner and you, too, must be born again? Sinful people, you may be a murderer or committed some heinous sin, and think God cannot save you. Listen: “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

I promise you on the authority of God’s Word, every stain that ever came across a human soul, Jesus’ blood can cleanse. If you think you’re too sinful to come, you’re wrong. Jesus will save you if you ask Him. “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me; and the one who comes to Me, I will by no means cast out” (John 6:37).

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

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Thursday's Throwback! Garden Perspectives! "Summer's Praise!"

"Summer's Praise!" (C) Allen Pearson Photography
"Summer's Praise!"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

A few summers ago, I planted the usual Red Gerber Daisy in a favorite pot and placed it on my deck. A few days, maybe longer, I was greeted with this bright cheery bloom. I think it was thanking and praising God for the rays of sunlight which finally shown through after several days of rain and overcast skies.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

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

James 4:17, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) Allen Pearson Photography


"So whoever knows the
right thing to do and 
fails to do it, 
for him it is sin."

- James 4:17

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Garden Perspectives! Dahlia's Swirl of Colors

Garden Perspectives! Dahlia's Swirl of Colors
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

I am sharing this image of a Dahlia in memory of my mother. She was instrumental in my interest in nature, gardening, and photography! She always encouraged me to do my best and helped me to learn the way to accomplish it myself.

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Sunday, June 7, 2020

Sunday's Thought!

"Protesting!"
(C) Storyblocks, Used by Permission

As the world begins to re-open businesses, churches, and other public places, people are really wanting to get out and do more than sitting around the house and playing in their backyard for way too many hours. Many of us are so excited we can hardly contain it.

However, we are being greeted by protests and rioting in the streets where we live, work, and shop which is causing fear for many people who have to be in the area. It's concerning because people need to go about their business without fear.

While I am not here to take sides or to write my opinion about the protests or riots as it's not my area of writing. However, I will share with those who are afraid, have a sense of fear, and to anyone else curious about having a better life, that Jesus will help you through all this if you ask Him.

First, I need to point out, that asking Jesus into your life and helping through fears doesn't mean you can go into these situations without being concerned or paying attention to what is happening. You should always use common sense for your safety because God gave us a brain to use and does expect us to do so.

However, the fear you may be experiencing during these days doesn't have to grip you and take away your joy of life. It doesn't have to cause you to hide in your closet or wherever and never leave. Fear is not from God and He will help you through it but you have to ask Him to do so.

Living near a few places where the protests happened, I was quite surprised since the area is usually pretty quiet. However, it being the first time I was that close, I found myself, being afraid. It caught me off-guard. Then, I realized it was just Satan trying to destroy my faith and create fear within me. I immediately turned my thoughts to "God is in Control" so I will not be afraid. Before long, within seconds, I began to feel the fear leave and I relaxed.

The media, the world, other people, will tell you that Christians are crazy, don't know what they are talking about, and are behind the times. It's a shame because it's the furthest from the truth. At a time when people need God, they need to be turning to Him and not away.  I have always needed God. I would never want to be without Him or away from Him.

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

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Allen Pearson Photography
(C) Allen Pearson Photography


"You can never learn that
Christ is all you need,
until Christ is all you have."

- Corrie Ten Boom