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.