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)

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!

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"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!

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"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!

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
(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)