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

Following Christ leads to a happy, fulfilled, content, and victorious living. To learn more, please visit Peace With God!

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

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

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


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

- Anonymous

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Simon Berger from Pexels
"Silhouette of Mountains"
Photo by Simon Berger from Pexels

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

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
(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!

 

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
"A Deer in the Woods!"
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography


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

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
(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)

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Sunday's Thought!

 

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash
"Bible Reading"

Last weekend, I attended the Bible Prophecy Conference "Behold He Comes" at Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, Chino, CA, via streaming since I do not live near there. The speakers were Pastor Jack Hibbs, Jan Markell, Pastor Barry Stagner, and Amir Tsarfati. I was drawn to the conference because of my interest in Bible Prophecy and the teachings and writings of Jan Markell of Olive Tree Ministries. The event was incredibly phenomenal. At the end of the day, I was exhausted because of everything that I learned from the teachings of each speaker. 

An important takeaway whenever studying Bible Prophecy is that no man knows the day, time, or hour when the Lord will return to take His Children (Christians of all ages) home to be with Him. 

But concerning that day and hour no one knows,
not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only."
- Matthew 24:36

I learned quite a bit during each speaker's presentation. Since I grew up in the church, I've heard parts of Bible Prophecy throughout my life and have always had a fascination in the subject. Several years ago, I had a Sunday School teacher who taught a series of lessons about Prophecy which proved to be very fascinating as he wove event's of the day and the Bible. Since that time, my fascination with the subject has continued to grow so I attended the conference. 

A theme that went through the entire conference, each speaker repeated it, and my Sunday School teacher often said it, "The Lord will return soon, to take Christians to heaven." My question is, are you a Christian and ready to go to heaven? If not, you can learn about it at Heaven or Not!

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

 

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



"For those who exalt
themselves
will be humbled,
and those who humble
themselves will be
exalted."

- Luke 18:14

Monday, September 20, 2021

Railroad Photography! Red Flashing Lights Means Stop!

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
"Railroad Photography! Red Flashing Lights Means Stop!"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography 

This post is my contribution to support the continuing efforts of Operation Lifesaver who diligently work to educate everyone about railroad safety. No, I am not affiliated nor do I volunteer or work with them. However, I take the opportunity to share about railroad safety whenever I can. 

Railroad safety is really common sense. See the red lights in the above image which look like they are flashing? And, the gate is down? This means to "STOP!" and wait. Not, "STOP!," look, and go if you do not see a train coming. The lights came on for a reason so stop and wait until the lights go off. Don't see a train? Don't go around crossing gates.  

The railroad industry, according to various articles I read in Trains Magazines, has worked diligently over the years to make their mode of transportation and shipping the safest in the country. Whenever there is an accident, an injury, the railroad authorities work to determine the cause so appropriate actions can be taken to prevent it from happening again. 

Though, one area where they need the public's assistance is railroad crossings! The railroads do the best they can to warn the public; there's the loud bell ringing with red lights flashing as gates with red lights on them coming down over the roadway, there are the incredibly loud horns from the locomotives to alert the public a train is coming, and the trains have reduced their speeds too. Though, the speed reduction doesn't allow the trains to immediately stop when YOU pull out in front of them. It still takes a least a mile for it to stop and regardless of speed, your vehicle will be like a soda can being stomped on. That doesn't sound like a fun way to spend a day- not a all. 

While you might be late for an appointment or just want to keep on going, the few minutes you have to sit and wait for the train to go by could mean the difference between life and death- yours! Whatever the reason you are out on the roads, it's your obligation to STOP at railroad crossings when the red lights illuminate. 

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Eberhard Grossgasteiger from Pexels
"Into the Mountains!"
Photo by Eberhard Grossgasteiger from Pexels

Independence That Leads to Sin
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman

"So he got up and went to his father.
But while he was still a long way off, 
his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; 
he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him." Luke 15:20

The two young men had worked for many years in their family business. One day one of the sons decided he wanted to venture out on his own. He had been under the employment of his dad's business long enough. He felt he had learned all he needed to know. He wanted his independence. He wanted to take his stock options early, which would allow enough capital to begin on his own. The other son remained behind, working day in and day out, faithfully doing his job.

The first son went out on his own only to find it was more difficult than he had ever imagined. The immediate cash gained from the advance from his dad's business was a temptation that was too great for him. He spent all of the money, fell into sin, and failed to invest it in another business. He failed miserably. Finally, he came crawling back to his dad, seeking to be taken back as a mere laborer. The father took him back with open arms, fully restoring him to his original place. He experienced grace and love in a way he had never known before.

When we desire independence so much that we launch out without God's full blessing, we can expect to fall on our face. When pride enters our lives, it discourages us from dependence on anyone but ourselves; yet God says that we are to depend on Him alone. If we think we can go it alone, we will fail. On the other hand, in spite of the prodigal son's failure, he learned a great lesson of grace that he had not known before. This resulted in humility of the heart, which had a lasting impression for the rest of his life. Therefore, God even turns our failures into successes spiritually when we are willing to admit our failure.

Pride always goes before a fall. Check your heart today and ask God if there is any pride that is encouraging independence from total trust in God.

Devotion used by written permission of TGIF Today God is First, Marketplace Leaders.

To place your trust in God, learn more about God's Plan of Salvation and repentance, please visit Heaven or Not!

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Remembering September 11, 2021, Honoring the Heroes!

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography

"When anxiety was
great within me,
your consolation brought
joy to my soul."

- Psalms 94:19

Today, September 11, 2021, is the twentieth anniversary of the tragic events frequently referred to as 9/11. The events of the day were beyond belief. My wife was working in Washington, D.C., when the Pentagon was attacked. Several friends and acquaintances I'd made over the fifty-one years of living in Northern Virginia were working in the Pentagon and had been evacuated. Since my wife had to use the Metro Subway to get out of Washington, DC, and there could be other attacks, I wasn't sure I would see her again. Thankfully, three hours after the chaos began, I met her at the local subway station.

This year, with all the political stuff going on, the problems with Afghanistan, and the list could keep going on and on, I pray for our U.S. Military and their families and the First Responders and their families, now more than ever before. I am very grateful for your work serving others in so many different, often tragic, situations. 

If the memories of the events of this day become overwhelming, please remember the Scripture I share today. Talk to God in prayer, call your Pastor a friend, or a family member. If you do not have a Pastor, contact one at a local church. If you are a Veteran, or are concerned about one, free confidential support is available by calling the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255, or text 838255. For more information, visit Veterans Crisis Line.

The words "THANK YOU" don't seem to be enough to thank the First Responders and the excellent work they did in New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia on the tragic day of 9/11 twenty years ago. Followed by many years of the US Military serving to protect us from this type of event happening again. However, I will say "THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!" and pray God blessed you and your family for all you did to help others on September 11, 2001.  

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

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

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(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
 
"God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble."

- Psalm 46:1

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

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

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


"Great is thy faithfulness!
Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed thy hand hath provided.
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!"

- Thomas O. Chisholm (1923) 

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Dakota Roos on Unsplash
"A Meadow in Summer"
Photo by Dakota Roos on Unsplash

WOW! This week was another HOT heatwave! I love being outside in the hot weather so when I think it's hot. IT IS HOT!! Of course, this is the week to do all of my yard work which really should not be put off as I will regret that decision later. So, I plan my week to mow the yard in sections to keep from overdoing it and get heat exhaustion or heat stroke. I'm the kinda guy who wants to start a project, get it finished, and move on to the next one. However, with the heat, I shouldn't do that. 

Recently, I read a post online and have heard someone say, "it is hotter than, or is as hot as, hell out here!" That's not possible. Hades or hell will be hotter than any temperatures or heat waves we have had this summer. Not only that, there will be no afternoon rains or thunderstorms which cool off the temperatures just a bit. Nor will the water cool you off as it did me one evening when out in it. Nor will there be any water to drink. To say it will be hot is truly an understatement. 

When we have these heatwaves, some scientists and politicians fuss about climate change and it's all our fault that we are in this position. My thought isn't that. Though I remember plenty of heat waves throughout my life living in the south, it was something I always look forward to every summer in July and August, I have been wondering if God isn't using the extreme weather to get our attention? Is He allowing these to say, "lift up your head, your redemption draws neigh?" God loves us so much, He is doing everything he can to get our attention, to repent, come to Him, before it is too late.