Wednesday, July 29, 2020

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

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

"And this is the confidence
that we have toward him,
that if we ask anything
according to his will
he hears us."

- 1 John 5:14

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Riku Lu on Unsplash
"Flower!"Photo by Riku Lu on Unsplash

ALERT: There’s been activity in your account…
by Adrian Rogers, Love Worth Finding Ministries

"Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works." - Romans 4:6

What does “impute” mean? “To put it on your account,” like a banker or bookkeeper. It’s like making a notation: “This much was deposited in this account.”

At the moment you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, God imputes righteousness to you through His Son. God makes you righteous. He deposits Jesus’ righteousness into your account. Romans 4:8 follows up by saying, “Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.”

An old servant woman finally got saved. She was so happy. But she worked for a man who was mean and cruel, and he hated her happiness in Christ. He tried to ridicule and belittle her. Finally he said to her, “You say you’re saved. Tell me, how does it feel to be saved?” She said, “Well, I don’t believe I can explain it where you can understand it. But here’s what it feels like to me. It feels like I’m standing in Jesus’ shoes and He’s standing in mine.” A theologian couldn’t have said it better.

“For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Thank God that though you are a sinner, He doesn’t impute that to you, and though you are not righteous, He does impute—puts into your account—that to you, the righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ!

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

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Devotion used by written permission of Love Worth Finding.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

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

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

"Being a Christian is more than
just an instantaneous
conversion - it is a daily
process whereby you grow to
be more and more like Christ."

- Billy Graham 

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Sunday's Thought!

"Franklin Graham!" (C) 2020, Bill Graham Evangelist Association
"Franklin Graham!"
(C) 2020, Bill Graham Evangelist Association

God Rules Over All
By Franklin Graham

The only thing that has spread faster than the coronavirus itself is the fear raging around it. However, in the midst of all this growing hysteria, there are some things we can know.

We can know that whatever we are facing—including a formidable virus—we have a God who has promised to never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). Jesus said that He would be with us always (Matthew 28:20). So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear” (Hebrews 13:6).

He is the Good Shepherd who loves us. In the 23rd Psalm, He promises to lead us into green pastures and beside still waters. He is the One who restores our soul. Even though we may go through the valley of the shadow of death, we do not have to fear any evil. Our Lord is with us and is able.

Not only can we know that God is with us, we also can take comfort and find hope that our God rules overall. He is sovereign over every detail of our lives. Not a single sparrow, a single atom or a single germ lies outside of His control. He rules over nations, over kings, over history, over evil, over pandemics. There is nothing outside of His command, and He will use everything for His glory and our good.

Today’s Prayer

Lord, we cling to You. We know that You see us and You are with us. 
Thank You for Your promise to never leave us, especially in these troubling times. 
In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

To learn more about God's Plan of Salvation and repentance, please visit Peace With God!

Devotion used by written permission of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

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

The Lord bless you and keep you; 
the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; 
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

 - Numbers 6:24-26 ESV

Today is my beautiful wife's birthday! I am blessed by God to have such an awesome and incredibly amazing woman to spend my life with!  We have shared many good times together and I am looking forward to many more! Happy Birthday, Meg!

Monday, July 13, 2020

Garden Perspectives: Hosta Spiral

"Garden Perspectives: Hosta Spiral" (C) Allen Pearson Photography
"Garden Perspectives: Hosta Spiral"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

The hosta. It's a simple plant. Yet so beautiful. The plants come in many different species which have a variety of textures and colors too. I'm not sure which variety I photographed in this image.

Looking into the foilage with its deep dark spiral almost seems like it's taking me into a journey to the depths of the garden where a beautiful world of nature unseen by humans can be found. Remember "Alice in Wonderland?" Maybe I'm showing my age again. Either way, it's an interesting perspective. I still would like to go down into the hole to see a unique side of God's Creation!

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Sunday, July 12, 2020

Sunday's Thought!

Great Smoky Mountains, 2020 (C) Allen Pearson Photography
"Great Smoky Mountains"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

God's Power Transforms Us
by Jack Graham, PowerPoint Ministries

"But Jesus looked at them and said, 'With man this is impossible, 
but with God all things are possible.'"

--Matthew 19:26

The Christian faith is a can-do faith! “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” was the apostle Paul’s declaration in Philippians 4:13, and it should be ours as believers as well.

Jesus not only transforms our spirit when He saves us, but He transforms our way of thinking and looking at life.

Of course, there will be times when we’re blue and discouraged, so many are right now. That’s a normal part of being alive. But through it all, God’s Word promises us that we can defeat discouragement through the power and victory that is ours in Jesus Christ!

When you know Christ, all things are possible. No matter what your past has been, what your current state of mind is, or what your current circumstances are, if you will come to Jesus Christ, you can rebuild your life. Don’t let the devil or anybody else tell you that can’t happen to you!

If you’ve never put your faith in Christ alone for salvation, or if you’re not sure about your relationship with Him, I invite you to believe in the One who died on the cross for you. Put your faith in Christ, and receive Him as your Savior. And if you know Him, thank Him for new life and the can-do faith that He has given you!


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.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Railroad Photography! Horseshoe Curve with Norfolk Southern

"Horseshoe Curve with Norfolk Southern" (C) Allen Pearson Photography
"Horseshoe Curve with Norfolk Southern"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

By this time of the year, usually, I have gone to Altoona, Pennsylvania as well as several places throughout Northern and Northwest Virginia and West Virginia to watch trains. This year, I have only been out a few times. With the COVID-19 restrictions and having concerns about being out with my Service Dog, I decided to stay home and watch trains by streaming. That has been fun because I can watch trains around the country without leaving my studio. However, there is nothing like sitting trackside, waiting for trains, and watching a few finally go by.

My wife said she and I are going to head to Altoona, PA, and visit "Horseshoe Curve" to watch trains when it becomes easier and safer to travel... hopefully one day sooner than later.

To make up for lost time and fun, I'm sharing "Railroad Photography! Horseshoe Curve with Norfolk Southern."  As you have time, please visit my photography work at Allen Pearson Photography.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Romans 8:37 Allen Pearson Photography
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"In all these things,
we are more than
conquerors through him
who loved us."

- Romans 8:37

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Joshua Hoehne on Unsplash

"Stars and Stripes"
Photo by Joshua Hoehne on Unsplash

Freedom. We want freedom away from things that hurt us, harm us, or from problems of the day. We seek freedom by buying the latest gadgets or devices, new cars, new houses, the latest clothing designs, obtaining the highest salaries, or attempting to do away with anything and everything which offends us. The list could go on forever. I read this morning of an attempt to do away with the word "Freedom," so certain people will be "free?"

In the U.S., we have freedoms allowed to us by the U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, and other documents of importance written over the years. If you study history accurately, you'll notice our founding fathers and early leaders did what they thought best to allow all peoples freedom.

Even at that, we aren't truly free. We might think we are but we aren't. The only true freedom is in accepting Jesus Christ as our Saviour and following Him. When you have, you will begin to notice and notice more going forward in life, a profound feeling of freedom for which you have been yearning. Jesus Christ is the only answer to having freedom. You will be free from the haunts of your past, from the sins you have done, and other burdens in your life.  This doesn't mean, as some might claim, that you will have a perfect life without any tragedies, problems, nor will you be wealthy. However, the freedoms in Jesus Christ, as a Christian will help you through whatever comes your way.

If you would like to learn more about Jesus Christ, the Christian life, and God, please visit Peace with God.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Happy Independence Day!

(C) 2020, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2020, Allen Pearson Photography

Today as I write this post about Independence Day, a flood of emotions and memories good through my mind.

This year, many places will not be hosting their fireworks celebrations and parties because of fear and hate. Fear that people will get the feared COVID-19 yet protests, riots, and demonstrations against many aspects, including the destruction of statues and public property, of America can continue without concerns. For me, this has been highly offensive because we should be celebrating our freedoms and the independence of our country! Hate doesn't belong in any aspect of this country. Except maybe when it comes to Brussel Sprouts!

I grew up being taught to respect others even if you do not agree with them... respect. A huge word full of great meaning but not taught nearly as much these days. It has been a challenge to maintain those teachings over the years but I have learned quite a bit from others and have been truly missing that these days.

When I was growing up, my mother's family would have a July 4th Family Reunion. Everyone I was related to in "them thar hills of West Virginia" would come down their mountain to go to another mountain for the family picnic. When I was a very young boy, it seemed just like that. Everyone lived on the side of a mountain and some even owned their mountain. That was really cool for me. I was pretty introverted back then, not quite as bad these days but am still not into parties, so I didn't really "enjoy" these reunions that much but I liked the food. Of course, it was always great to see the relatives. What I liked about them was they were who they were and weren't pretentious or fake. My favorite part of the day though was always sitting on the front porch of my grandmother's house waiting for the trains to go by and watching the few fireworks in the distance.

Remember today as you Independence Day, love your and respect your fellow man, don't hate them! Also, remember to thank those people who worked so hard over the years of this country to provide and protect our freedoms and the First Responders who diligently work to care for us when it's needed.

Thank you 
US Armed Forces
and First Responders!

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Colossians 1:13-14 (C) Allen Pearson Photography
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"He has delivered us from the domain
of darkness and transferred us to the 
kingdom of his beloved Son, 
in whom we have redemption,
the forgiveness of sins."

- Colossians 1:13-14