Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography


"Another year of mercies,
of faithfulness and grace;
another year of gladness
in the shining of thy face;
another year of progress,
another year of praise,
another year of proving
thy presence all the days."

- Frances Ridley Havergal














Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Nature Photography! The Art of the Tree! A Tree Winters on the Farm D3856

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"A Tree Winters on the Farm"
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography

As I've mentioned a few posts ago, a friend shared with me about finding the beauty in the winter months. I am having quite a bit of fun doing just that.

During a railfan trip in Fauquier County, VA, I was driving from one location to another following one of those narrow back roads when I saw this tree. It was standing there, sharing its unique natural art in the winter. Its branches were going everywhere making it appear to have been around quite a long time, maybe back to the Civil War.

The tree's beauty stood out in the midst of the cold winter weather highlighting the season's effect on the natural surroundings.
 
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Sunday, December 26, 2021

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Jessica Lynn Lewis from Pexels
"A Christmas Nativity"

How Old Was Jesus When He Was Born?
By Adrian Rogers, Love Worth Finding

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, 
and laid him in a manger …” 
- Luke 2:7

 “And great is the mystery of godliness, God was manifest in the flesh” 1 Timothy 3:16.

I love 1Timothy 3:16, “…God was manifest in the flesh.” You may not understand that. The apostle Paul said, “I don’t understand it.” Great is the mystery. God stepped out of Heaven and came to this earth through the portals of a virgin’s womb.

Jesus did not have His beginning at Bethlehem. When the Bible says, “In the beginning was the Word,” it’s not talking about a start but a state. There never was a time when Jesus was not. There never will be a time when Jesus is not. A billion years from now, He will still be God. He is God from everlasting to everlasting.

When Jesus was born, He was older than His mother and as old His Father because He was the Son from Heaven. Jesus did not begin in a manger. He came to earth and was manifest in a manger.

This little baby wrapped in swaddling clothes was the great, eternal, uncreated, self-existing Word made flesh. The little baby in Luke 2 is the mighty God of Genesis 1. He is the One who made it all. Before Him “there was nothing that is made.” That little baby lying in the straw with dimpled feet is the One who swung planets into space. The little baby boy playing with shavings in Joseph’s carpenter shop is God of very God. God manifested in the flesh.

Ponder this truth today: What good is it to know history and the events of history and not know Jesus? For it is in Him we live and move and have our being. He is fully God, forever God.

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

Devotion used by written permission of Love Worth Finding.

Saturday, December 25, 2021

Merry Christmas!

 

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography

"Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord."

-Luke 2:11


May the Lord bless your Christmas Day with your family and friends!







Thursday, December 23, 2021

Nature Photography! A Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
"A Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains"
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
 

A few weeks or so ago, I read an article by Brian Solomon who writes several articles for Trains and Classic Trains magazines. In his article, he mentions going through old images which made me think about several files which I download from the digital card but did not go through. That, and the thought that my external drives where I store my photography were beginning to really fill up, reminded me to go through them. 

To my surprise, I found a file that I had completely forgotten about. The images were created in May 2015 on a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains in the Gatlinburg, Tennessee, area. These images reminded me of a favorite adventure of mine that I haven't done for a while.  I'll have to get back into nature hikes and trips through the mountains. 

Over the next few weeks, I'll share a few of the images I can across from that trip.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2021

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

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography


"Silent night, holy night!
Wondrous star, lend thy light.
With the angels let us sing
'Alleluia' to our King,
'Christ the Savior is born,
Christ the Savior is born.'

- Joseph Mohr, Franz Gruber

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Rodion Kutsaev on Unsplash
"O' Christmas Tree!"

Christmas. One of my favorite times of the year especially when I was a young boy. Yes, I looked forward to Santa's visit and buying presents for my family and friends. The music and decorations were my favorite part of the season. The music was cheerful and it was fun to go out driving around the neighborhood to see how the neighbors decorated their homes. We had a Charlie Brown Christmas made of plywood by my father as our front yard decoration. It was fun to see people stop by the display to look at it. My father would take me to see the local Christmas Parade. It was the best and largest in the area through the years becoming one of the most popular. My Christmas memories of childhood, and even some in my adult life, could go on forever.

My parents had a great way of making certain I knew the true meaning of Christmas. Yes, I got to enjoy Santa's visit but he isn't the main reason for the season nor is all the gift-giving or receiving either. The Birth of Jesus Christ is the reason for the season and celebrations. This wasn't just a Christmas time thing either. It was throughout the year too. They practiced what they preached. And, trust me, I was paying attention to them too. 

Jesus was born on Christmas Day in Bethlehem a few thousand years ago. He came to earth as God's Son so we can have eternal life when we die. That is if we accept Him as our Savior and Believe in Him. It's a pretty simple Gift from God, meaning no oaths or complicated passages just believe and follow Him. To learn more, please visit Peace With God

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography

"Alleluia! O how the angels sang.
Alleluia! How it rang!
And the sky was bright with a 
holy light,
'Twas the birthday of a King."

- William Harold Neidlinger

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Michael Payne on Unsplash
"A Christmas Nativity Scene"
Photo by Michael Payne on Unsplash


"And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.

- Luke 2:8-9

The shepherds were out in the fields tending to their flocks. These humble, lowly men had jobs that kept them away from their families – nomads who followed their flocks day and night. It was a poor, lonely life – a humble audience for the very first Christmas carol ever sung.But when Jesus was born, the heavens opened wide and the sky was filled with angels singing with voices beyond imagination. These lonely men were the audience for this most beautiful of songs, accompanied by the sight of angels filling the sky.

As we look in the Bible at places where God touches Earth – where heavenly beings come into contact with people – we find that it very often happens in extremely humble circumstances. This becomes even clearer as we look at the story of Christmas.

This announcement wasn’t made at Caesar’s palace in Rome. It wasn’t at the high, holy Temple in Jerusalem. The first announcement was the small cry of the child in a stable, and the second announcement was by angels above a humble pasture with an audience of lowly shepherds.

No matter where you are in life, how you live, or what you have, God can meet you right there. Don’t think you have to clean yourself up first to connect with God. He’s available to you right now. Don’t wait to meet Him!

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.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Wedneday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography


"Let the earth now praise the Lord,
Who has truly kept His word
And at last to us did send
Christ, the sinner's help and friend."

- Heinrich Held (1643)
Translator: Catherine Winkworth

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by freestocks on Unsplash
"Christmas Presents!"
Photo by freestocks on Unsplash

The constant and persistent emails began flooding my email inbox with Christmas sales and great deals that I had to take advantage of right then and there back in early November. It was a bit odd as some of them I wasn't used to receiving until at least "Black Friday." The television commercials began their usual timing of August it seems. Probably more likely in October, maybe September. I tend to ignore those as I don't watch television that much.

Ah, the commercialism of Christmas begins. This year, there's a strongly secular force behind much of this as it seems the shipping industry is having issues with getting products to their destinations so that customers can buy everything they absolutely must have or they will not have a Merry Christmas.

After all, if you were to buy the latest, greatest, and most popular new toys your children will be forever happy. If you buy your wife a new car or an incredibly beautiful piece of jewelry, everything will be perfect forever, you both will look incredibly awesome and all troubles disappear. While this may seem a bit exaggerated, maybe it is, but it is one of the points in marketing and advertising.

I have known a few people in my life who thought that obtaining material wealth would make them happy. A few of them lived their lives seeking fulfillment that only God can provide. However, all the material gains in the entire universe aren't going to make you truly content or even happy. Sure, these things can be fun bringing entertainment for a while but not true happiness. Only trusting in God will bring you contentment, peace, and happiness.

Give yourself a Christmas present this year, or better yet, let God give you His Gift, the Gift of Salvation. Celebrate this Christmas in a new way, a new spirit. To learn more, please visit Peace With God.

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Nature Photography! The Mountain's Quilt

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
"The Mountain's Quilt"
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography

A few months ago, my friend came to visit me at my new home and studio. This was a great opportunity for me to visit the Shenandoah National Park since he'd never been there before. 

When I was photographing this mountain, I couldn't help but think that God was creating a quilt over the mountain. The various color splotches across the mountain create a beautiful reminder of God's artistry.

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Friday, December 3, 2021

Railroad Photography! Norfolk Southern Freight at Horseshoe Curve, Altoona, PA

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"Norfolk Southern Freight at Horseshoe Curve, Altoona, PA"
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
 


Although this scene looks a bit like it could be taken in the fall, it was created in Spring 2017 on my first trip to Horseshoe Curve Historical Landmark, Altoona, PA.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography

"The First Noel
the angel did say
was to certain poor shepherds
in fields as they lay;
in fields where they lay
keeping their sheep,
on a cold winter's night 
that was so deep.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, 
born is the King of Israel.

- Anonymous (1833)

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Dawid Zawiła on Unsplash
"Sunrise"


A few weeks ago, I had one of the challenging weeks where you don't quite understand everything that happened while having peace in your heart about it. Yeah, a bit confusing in some ways. I'll explain.

On Monday, during the day I had gone outside to gather my water jugs, fill them, place them in the utility cart, water my newly planted trees and finish up some of the landscaping projects that were started on Friday and Saturday. As I was filling the jugs, taking them to the cart, I was thinking about how to move some of the garden art and rocks to areas of the garden making it more pleasing to look at. I would set a jug in the cart, look at the garden, grab a few rocks or garden art and move them to a new spot. Gradually, it seemed to be coming together nicely. However, when I went to the other end of the garden project, I got distracted by something. I began feeling a bit uneasy wondering if something was about to happen. The feeling grew stronger but I had no idea what it was. So I stopped and prayed. I knew God knew what this was all about. After praying for a few minutes, I went back to my yard work thinking about what just happened. And, yet, I didn't know what was happening.

Later in the day, I received a text from a friend about one of his friends who was facing some struggles. As he texted, I began to realize that might be what got my attention earlier in the day. The prayer for something going on but unknown.

As the days progressed of the week, I learned that my friend's friend had passed away. My friend had been going through several frustratingly challenging issues to help his friend but to no avail. However, there is a difference here than in many situations which could be deemed sad or depressing. My friend, though frustrated with it all, repeated to him repeatedly that "God is in control." Indeed He is. Knowing that, helped him through this problem.

The friend who passed away was a Christian. A very strong devout Christian who shared God's Love with everyone he met. He was instrumental in reaching many people, especially men, for Christ whose lives had been changed by knowing him. Though we would have liked the situation to be different, for our own selfish reasons, it is comforting to know he is in heaven pain-free and healed from the health challenges he faced every day. While we will miss him, it is comforting to know his influence on so many people, my friend has many great memories with him, and he is done running the race finally reaching the goal of heaven.

Another important point in this situation is that we all need to be ready to die and meet God or not. We don't receive any warnings when our time will be coming so we must always be ready at any moment. If you have put your faith in Jesus Christ and followed Him, you will go to heaven. If not, you will not. At this point in life, it will be too late to make any decisions or change your eternal destination.

This story is based on true events. However, no names are mentioned to protect privacy.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography

"Let us come into his
presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise
to him with songs of praise!"

 - Psalm 95:2

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash
"Plenty of Pumpkins!"
Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Be thankful. The world seems to be going crazier and crazier these days with people being unhappy about just about everything. No one seems to be thankful anymore. Since we live in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, we have a lot for which to be thankful. 

Yesterday morning I walked into my studio to find it all brightly lit up by the morning sunlight. Also, it was warm and comfy for a cold November day. God had prepared the morning for me. With the Thanksgiving deadline looming quickly, I got busy starting my day. However, I realized this was God's sharing with me a blessing in my new studio. I stopped and prayed a thankful prayer to God for this blessing. I had a sunroom studio before we moved to the country which I have missed. I loved the sunlight which came into the room with a view overlooking the backyard with the field behind it. God was reminding me that He was taking care of me for which I am thankful. 

Blessings to be thankful can be found everywhere in life. I'm not talking about having fancy cars or homes, having careers making great salaries, or anything like that. The blessings I am talking about are much simpler such as a call from a friend, having food to eat, having a job, a ray of sunshine, knowing God is always with you, seeing a beautiful flower, a walk through the woods on a crisp cool fall day and the list could go on. 

When we take time to be thankful for the simple things in our lives, we become more content and happier than if we are always constantly trying to get ahead or always complaining about everything. 

For me, I am thankful for quite a bit in my life. I have to say that I am most thankful to God for taking care of me throughout my life. His Love for me always comes through when I seem to be having the most challenges with my health. I never cease to be amazed at that. He always seems to know when I need His Arms of Comfort wrapped around me too. I am very thankful for His Love and all He has done for me especially things I don't even know about! 

Are you wondering or searching to learn more about God? A great place to start is Peace With God

Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography

"O worship the King all-glorious above,
O gratefully sing his power and his love:
our shield and defender, the Ancient of Days,
pavilioned in splendor and girded with praise."

- Robert Grant (1833)

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Railroad Photography! Norfolk Southern Locomotive 8168, Horseshoe Curve, Altoona, PA

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
"Norfolk Southern Locomotive 8168, Horseshoe Curve, Altoona, PA"
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
 
This image was created in Spring 2017, my first trip to Horseshoe Curve Historic Landmark, Altoona, PA. 

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Robert Linder on Unsplash
"The Potter"
Photo by Robert Linder on Unsplash

Who Needs a Do-Over?
By Adrian Rogers, Love Worth Finding

"Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel.
And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter;
so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make."
- Jeremiah 18:3-4

The making of pottery is one the oldest arts known to men. A potter takes clay and molds it and squeezes it until it is soft and pliable. It is a beautiful thing to watch: a vessel of beauty or a vessel of service, or both, emerge from that ugly clay.

God is the potter. We are His workmanship. God is the Master Workman, working on us. Think of yourself as the clay and see what God can do with you, for He is at work in your life.

Do you feel like a marred vessel today? Though you may not understand it now, every turn of the potter’s wheel has been a part of God’s plan. If God does not rule, He overrules. He’s going to turn every Calvary to an Easter, every midnight to a sunrise. He is going to turn every tear to a pearl and make a diadem for you. The last turn of the wheel hasn’t happened yet. Cease looking around. Instead, look up. Look to Him. Look to Jesus Christ. In faith, call out to Him.

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

Devotion used by written permission of Love Worth Finding.

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Nature Photography! An Eastern Bluebird

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
"An Eastern Bluebird"
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography


Sometimes photography images deserve a second look by the photographer who created them. Which is exactly what happened with this image, "An Eastern Bluebird." 

A client from several years ago, one of my first, contacted me asking whether I had any Eastern Bluebird images for a greeting card. I looked through my images finding a few which she was very pleased with. I have to admit, I'd overlooked them. 

Thankfully, my client's inquiry drew my attention to creating notes cards from this image. They turned out really great! 

For information on products, please visit the "Products, Prices, and Services" page. Also, this image is featured in my gallery at Fine Art America

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Photo by Sharefaith from Pexels
Photo by Sharefaith from Pexels
Creative: (C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography

"Put on the whole armor of God, 
that you may be able to stand 
against the schemes of the devil."

- Ephesians 6:11
 
Today's "Wednesday's Words!" is dedicated in honor of the Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. The simple words, "Thank You" for your service don't seem to be nearly adequate to express my gratitude for all you have done. 

So, knowing that, I express my sincerest:

THANK YOU!!
FOR ALL YOU'VE 
DONE! 

Monday, November 8, 2021

Railroad Photography! Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark Visitor Center, Altoona, PA

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
"Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark Visitor Center, Altoona, PA"
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography

A photo of my favorite place to watch trains. Unfortunately, due to COVID lockdown and the renovation of the funicular, their railway system used to transport people to the trackside park, I haven't been able to visit in two years.

I discovered Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark in Altoona, PA, in Spring 2017. Over the next several months, I will be sharing some of my photography work from the area over the next few months. I hope you enjoy it!

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Sunday, November 7, 2021

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Federico Respini on Unsplash
"Sunrise"
Photo by Federico Respini on Unsplash


When I went to college, I became somewhat dismayed with the Christian faith and belief in God. I had gone to a Christian college, one where my father, mother, and grandparents had attended.  I was brought up in a Christian home with my father being an ordained Minister of Music and my paternal grandfather was a retired Pastor and my maternal grandmother an ordained minister. So, I was surrounded by the Christian faith and good Christian people who taught me quite a bit about God and the Bible in my early years. 

However, college was different. It seemed there were many students who were "holier than thou" which basically gets on my last nerve then and now. It means a Christian who thinks or pretends to be "holier" than any other Christian, i.e. had done no sin, is not sinning, and will not sin. I had a very challengingly hard time dealing with people who had that attitude. I knew without a doubt, I could never be that holy. After all, I know what I've done in this life. 

These people had cliches which were repeated frequently and often, "God is in Control" or "Trust God" or "Have in Faith in God!" While these are all true and great to know, repeating it too frequently just added to the "holier than thou" spirit. It was often a bit confusing which was frustrating since I was brought up in a Christian family. 

I had a great roommate and a friend or two who were ordinary regular guys. I enjoyed hanging out with them because they showed me that an ordinary guy like me could be a Christian. God loves us all. Looking back, I think it was their lives and attitudes which kept me from running the other direction from God and Christianity. 

I have always had a hard time understanding why someone would not want to become a Christian. While there are probably several reasons, I'm wondering if they have met a few "holier-than-thous" rather than a few of the guys like my roommate and friends. Or, maybe a few "mean" people who called themselves Christians and may have even quoted Scripture at them. 

Thankfully, despite the many weird situations, unkind people calling themselves Christians, and the "holier than thou's," I decided I wanted to become a Christian. Why? I knew that loving and serving God would be a great blessing throughout my life. And, it sure has. 

God doesn't require us to be perfect or sinless when we come to Him to become a Christian. We will never be sinless because we are human. However, some sins we do will stop once we turn them over to God. When He takes control He begins processes to make you the person you should be. It's not frightening, it's not horrible. but you have to give your life to Him to live a happy, content, and fulfilled life. 

Don't let the media, other people, or anything else keep you away from giving your life to Christ and beginning an awesome journey. To learn more about God, Jesus, Heaven, the Bible, and the Christian life, please visit Peace With God.

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Eastern Daylight Time Begins Tomorrow, Sunday, November 7, 2021

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash
"Clocks, Clocks, and More Clocks"
Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash


Once again, it is time to turn the clocks back one hour to return to Eastern Daylight Time. Definitely not my favorite time of year I have to say. I love when the days are longer and being outside in the warm weather.  Well, we need the cold weather so I will do my best to enjoy it. 

Either don't forget to set your clocks one hour back before bedtime tonight. 

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
 

"The fear of the Lord is
the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom
and instruction."

- Proverbs 1:7

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Matt on Unsplash
"Fall Leaves!"
Photo by Matt on Unsplash


Today being Halloween and a Sunday, is an interesting combination. It brings attention to the importance of worshiping God, being in church today, being a Christian, and serving God.

Several years ago, I quit celebrating or acknowledging Halloween because of its evil connotations or meanings. When I was a young man, decades and decades ago, I was dating a girl who was struggling with Christian beliefs. She had a rough life, so the Christian life was something somewhat foreign. I have been a Christian most of my life, so I did my best to answer her questions. As we went over questions and discussed the Christian faith, I could see the evil trying to keep her attention away from God. It was really frightening. As she made the decision for Christ, it was wonderful for her, but she went through some terrifying situations as the evil tried hard not to lose its hold. And, of course, all of this happened in the fall near Halloween.  

I could share stories where I saw evil work in my life as well as others. However, I do not wish to glorify evil and its horrible activities. Knowingly this, I quit celebrating Halloween and its implications of justifying evil. 

Recently, my wife and I began attending a new church. We had moved to a new area to love, and the other church was too far away. One Sunday, a retired Pastor was filling in for the Pastor and began discussing how we shouldn't celebrate evil by dressing our children up as ghosts, goblins, witches, or anything of the sort. I was pleased to hear this but wondered how the children hearing his comments would feel. After all, it is very hard these days for children not to go along with the crowd. Soon after that, I learned that the church would be hosting an event, "Trunk or Treat," where members of the congregation would decorate the trunks of their cars to share candy with "trick or treaters" in the community but especially the children in the church. My first thought was it is a fantastic idea for the children, so they don't feel the pressures of being left out. Even better, the children would be dressed in costumes designed after people from the Bible. This took the evil out of the day for the children.

As a child, I remember celebrating Halloween by decorating my parent's house and hosting haunted houses to scare other kids. It was fun and not intended to be evil or mean. However, over time, it began feeling like something wasn't right. Though I was a Christian at the time, I didn't seem to understand the evil and bad things associated with it. Over the years, God has taught me about the spiritual warfare going on in this life which has detrimental effects on my well-being. The same is for everyone else, we just have to be willing to learn about it. 

If you are not a Christian, or maybe you have strayed away from your faith, make Halloween a turning point in your life. Learn about God, Jesus, the Bible at the Christian Life at Peace With God

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

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

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography


"And
give no opportunity
to the devil."

- Ephesians 4:27

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Denny Müller on Unsplash
"Wedding Rings of Love!"
Photo by Denny Müller on Unsplash

Tomorrow, I will celebrate with my loving wife twenty-five years of marriage. I wish that I could share with you that the last twenty-five years have been positively perfect in every single way every moment of every day, every day of the month, and every month of every year. However, anyone who is human knows that with humans nothing is perfect even when you marry the most perfect woman. However, I would not want to trade the last twenty-five years for anything or anyone.

We have been through life's challenges together. Though at times they were more challenging than either of us could imagine, it was a blessing to have one another to help get through them. I would not have wanted to go through the loss of my parents, my brother, my grandmother, without my wife with me. Nor, would I want to go through the many health challenges I have without her around. I believe my health challenges are better because of her. She is a godly woman and does what God would have her to do along the way.

Also, we have traveled the world together. If I get an itch to go somewhere, and it doesn't matter where it is, she will go with me, except maybe primitive basic camping. She wants running water, electricity, and air conditioning. We have visited Iceland, been on a safari in Africa, cruises to the Caribbean and Alaska, and visited many states in between. We have definitely had our share of fun these twenty-five years. 

Yes, I would say I have a perfect wife. But, it's not me that managed to find a perfect woman to marry. It was God who brought the perfect woman to me. As a young man, I prayed many times for a woman to marry. I was very careful in looking for a wife because I knew it would be very easy to marry the wrong person. However, again, I must point out that it was God's work in finding the woman for me to marry and directed my paths to find her.

When we got married, we invited Christ into our marriage. We made Him the focal point and shared the Gospel message within the wedding ceremony and our vows. We wanted God to be the Center of our marriage, not us. This began for both of us many years before we even knew each other existed. We became Christians and began loving and serving God at the times that we did- each was different times and experiences.

If you would like to learn more about the Christian life and serving God, please visit Peace With God.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

 

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography

"All hail the power of Jesus'
 name!
Let angels prostrate fall.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown him Lord of all.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown him Lord of all!"

- Edward Perronet (1780)

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Sunday's Thought!

 

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography

"But thanks be to God,
who gives us the
victory through our
Lord Jesus Christ."

- 1 Corinthians 15:57

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

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

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"When your knees are
knocking,
it might help to kneel on
them."

- Anonymous

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Sunday's Thought!

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"Silhouette of Mountains"
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Why Are You Running from God?
by Adrian Rogers, Love Worth Finding Ministries

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 
Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. 
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit. 
Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners shall be converted to You.” Psalm 51:10-12

The most miserable person on Earth is not an unsaved person, but someone who knows God, who has experienced salvation and what it means to have a relationship with Him, yet is out of fellowship with God. Stop and think about that. It is absolutely true.

If you are truly a child of God and out of fellowship with Him, I can state right now—you’re carrying a big burden. Now, if you’re not saved, you’re not carrying this burden at all. But if you’re truly saved and out of fellowship with God, that’s a different story completely.

When David got out of fellowship with God, he came to the point that he cried out to the Lord, “Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation.” He didn’t say, “Lord, restore unto me Your salvation,” but “Restore unto me the joy of Your salvation.” He was miserable when he was running from God.

Are you running from God? Or perhaps you know someone who is. Pray that they will be restored. Today’s passage is a good one to pray for them, inserting their name into the verse, asking God to restore and renew them.

For more from Love Worth Finding and Pastor Adrian Rogers and to learn about salvation, please visit http://www.lwf.org/assurance-of-salvation.

Devotion used by written permission of Love Worth Finding.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

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(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
 

"For his anger is but
for a moment,
and his favor is for
a lifetime.
Weeping may tarry
for the night,
but joy comes with
the morning."

- Psalms 30:5

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Sunday's Thought!

 

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"A Deer in the Woods!"
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Who Needs Jesus?
by Jack Graham, PowerPoint Ministries

"He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God." - John 1:11-12

I know it’s not a very popular thing to say in our world today, but I’ll say it anyway because it’s true!

Everyone in the world needs the Lord Jesus Christ. Everyone!

Your neighbor may not believe Jesus Christ is Lord. The people you see on television or read about on the internet may not believe it. But that doesn’t change the fact that they need Jesus desperately.

According to the Scripture, Jesus is “the way, and the truth, and the life.” No one can be reconciled with our heavenly Father except through Jesus. He holds the key to grace, forgiveness, and eternal life. Jesus Christ is the, I repeat, the only way to God and heaven.

Yet having a relationship with Jesus isn’t just for the afterlife. Jesus came to give you and me life, here and now. I love what Jesus said: “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

If you want joy, peace, grace, security, and unconditional love, the answer is simple: Jesus Christ.

EVERYONE IN THE WORLD NEEDS THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. EVERYONE!

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.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

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(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography


"My Jesus, I love thee, I know thou art mine;
for thee all the follies of sin I resign;
my gracious Redeemer, my Savior art thou;
if ever I loved thee, my Jesus, 'tis now."

- William R. Featherston (1864)