Monday, August 15, 2022

Some Thoughts and Updates-

(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography
"Parked"
(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography

Due to some technical issues and new expenses related to using this platform to write and share my photography, I will be closing this site. Google has decided to charge everyone using their products for business monthly fees. Frankly, the products haven't brought me any business advantages nor has it allowed the creativity I would like for me to continue using them. Also, I believe that I should be diligent, not wasteful, about how I spend the money God has provided to me.

Those who know me, know I have some physical challenges. As I wrestled with these challenges throughout my life, God has blessed me immeasurably. I have been on an amazing journey that has been nothing short of incredible. With that in mind, I have started writing posts at Isaiah Jacobs to help others living with chronic health issues. Please join me in this endeavor by signing up to receive our posts by email. Please know, that I will not share your email addresses with anyone. 

If you are interested in my photography work, I will be maintaining my webpage at Allen Pearson Photography. Also, you can follow me on Facebook/AllenPearsonPhotography, Instagram/Allen Pearson Photography and Flickr - Allen Pearson Photos

At this point, Noah, Samson, Abby, and I will continue to write from The Dogs Paw. We will share humorous stories about dogs and a cat living with their humans. Please follow me at that site too. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Sunday, July 10, 2022

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash
"Pages of Bible Blowing in the Wind"

Is it OK to question God? Is alright to talk to him like a friend? These are questions that I have heard or read lately so I want to share my thoughts on these questions. 

While I believe it is always very important to be respectful to God, I believe He likes us to ask questions. Asking questions helps us to understand God's Will for us in our lives and especially when we have situations where we want His Guidance. Sometimes, we have something happen where we just need to ask, "Why God?" or "Why not God?" 

I believe it is alright to talk to God about yourself too. Unfortunately, there are many people in this world who believe that they are not good enough to talk to God because of whatever they have done. Or, they believe, or assume, that God is too Holy for us to talk to about our sins or wrongs in our lives. Well, He wants to be part of your life, so He isn't too Holy for you to talk to, AND already knows everything about your life already and is waiting for you to make the choice to talk to Him.  God won't make you do anything or force you to accept Him. 

Yes, I believe it is fine for you to talk to God as a friend, being respectful about it, that is. Many years ago when I was a teenager and again in college, my friends, some Pastors, and a few college professors prayed to God in this holy manner of speaking that I just knew I could not speak like that much less know the right fancy words to say. Why? I guess it wasn't in my nature or vocabulary to do that. To me, it seemed like they were showing what they knew instead of really praying to God. Hearing that helped me to realize that God wants me to pray to him. He doesn't care about fancy words. 

At that point, I began talking to God as I would a friend, a very close friend. I talk to Him about everything and I thank Him for everything along the way too. I don't wait until my prayer time when someone asks for prayer, I stop and pray right there. After all, God says He wants to be part of my life always and forever. Why not talk to Him in prayer like a friend? 

Do you know Jesus? Do you have questions about God and the Bible? For answers to your questions, please visit Peace With God

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Wednedsday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography


"Worthy are you,
our Lord and God,
to receive glory
and honor and power,
for you created all
things, and by your
will they existed and
were created."

- Revelation 4:11


Monday, July 4, 2022

Happy Independence Day!

(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography


May God bless and keep you safe during your family gatherings and celebrations today.

Sunday, July 3, 2022

Sunday's Thought!


(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography

Happy Fourth of July
Jack Graham, PowerPoint Ministries 

… proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants.”

--Leviticus 25:10

A couple years ago I had a speaking engagement in Philadelphia and made a point of slipping downtown to Independence Hall to reflect on the founding of our nation. It’s an amazing experience and I recommend it.

As you move around the historical sites of that city you see the Word of God everywhere. It’s etched on buildings and even on the Liberty Bell itself, which says, “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof,” (Leviticus 25:10).

Scriptures are forever written into the history, the heart, and fabric of America. You see, the early Americans were patriots, but they were also believers. Those who settled this nation came here to advance the Christian faith and to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.

But we have to admit that America has strayed far from those years of patriotism and spiritual revolution. In fact, it’s time for a spiritual revolution, a new American revolution that would help transform our culture and our country.

And let me tell you something, when God sends this spiritual revolution, he won’t need armies of people. It’s true. It only takes one person answering God’s call to start a national revival! Will you be that person?

He may be knocking at the heart of your door even now. Say yes to his call!

IT ONLY TAKES ONE PERSON ANSWERING GOD’S
CALL TO START A NATIONAL REVIVAL!

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, June 29, 2022

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

 

(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography


"God bless America,
land that I love,
stand beside her
and guide her
Through the night with the
light from above."

- Irving Berlin, 1918, 1938

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Elena Putina on Unsplash
"An Open Bible"


For several years now, I've been writing "Sunday's Thought" with only one goal. It is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others as best as I can through stories. My original intent was to focus on sharing with my fellow artists including photographers that I have met and enjoyed their work over the years. However, I began thinking that was too limited and worked to focus my writing on God's Good News rather than a specific audience.

This week, I began wondering whether you, dear reader, know exactly where you will spend eternity after you die. Yup. Once you die, you will go to heaven or hell. Do you know where you will go? If you dropped dead this second, where are you heading?

Many people believe that because they are good people, doing good things, and staying out of trouble, they will go to heaven. Or, they believe because they call themselves Christian, they are heaven-bound. Some people think because they go to church, doesn't matter what church, sing a few songs, read a few Scriptures, say a few prayers, and recite church liturgical readings, they will go to heaven. It would be great if that were true.

What is true? If you pray to Jesus asking Him to forgive your sins with a sincere heart, He will forgive you of your sins. Follow Him going forward to live the Christian life God wants for you. It is as simple as that. God will form you into the person He wants you to be, possibly without you even realizing it, which is what happened to me. I wouldn't trade my life for anything else... thanks be to God, that is.

If you would like to learn more about Jesus, Christianity, the Bible, and God, please visit Peace With God.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Sunday's Thought!

(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography

Today being Father's Day brings back many memories of my father. He was a great man. Though I have to admit he didn't excel in greatness as society would describe. 

My father was a godly man who made Christ, the teachings of the Bible, and the church the focus of our family. He didn't work a job that would interfere with attending church, church work, or his family. Work had its place. He worked full-time and didn't have a lot of time during the week to do every single activity with us that he would like, he did his best to take my brother and me on many outings. 

We went to car shows, steam engine-led train rides, the zoo, the Christmas parades, and nearly, if not all, of the historical monuments or landmarks and museums (no, you can not get through any Smithsonian museum in one day) in Washington D.C. and where we grew up. I used to think that I knew all any young boy should know about American history in our area. Though, as I kid, I may not have enjoyed all that, now they are great memories.

A very special memory of mine is the many years that Dad took us to Virginia Nazarene Campmeeting for Family Week. It was a week of revival-type evening worship services with special singers and evangelists. He would pitch a good-size tent where we slept all week. He grilled a few meals on a portable stove. I made several friends during the week while hearing some of the best music and sermons.

I look back on this Father's Day thinking that my father was an example of what my Heavenly Father, God, is like. Dad always wanted the best for us, he wanted us to be Christians following God, Worship God, do the work of the church, and help others along the way. I dare say, that Dad would lay his life down for his sons so they would spend eternity in heaven much as God did so we would have eternal life. My earthly father loved us that much.

My heavenly Father did just that. He loves us so much He wants you to spend eternity in heaven. He doesn't force you to follow Him but tries to guide you along life's way to decide where you want to spend eternity after death. Your choice, heaven or hell?

Happy Father's Day to those who are fathers or spend any role with a child/youth as a father. When you see your father, give him a hug and spend some time with him.  I would love to spend Father's Day with my father but he decided to go to heaven with Jesus seven years ago. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography

“‘If you can?'” 
said Jesus. 'Everything
is possible for one 
who believes.'”

 - Mark 9:23

Sunday, June 12, 2022

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Євгенія Височина on Unsplash
"A Bride and Groom"

Whose Clothes Are You Wearing?
by Adrian Rogers, Love Worth Finding

"I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, My soul shall be joyful in my God; 
for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with
the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, 
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels." -  Isaiah 61:10

Some people reading this will be absolutely speechless when they stand before the King of Heaven. They are church members, but they’re not saved. Instead, they’re dressed in the rags of self-righteousness rather than the wedding garment of His righteousness. Can you say this? “He hath clothed me with the garment of salvation. He hath covered me with the robe of righteousness.”

In 1834 Edward Mote wrote this timeless hymn, “When He shall come with trumpet sound, Oh may I then in Him be found. Dressed in His righteousness alone, Faultless to stand before the throne.”

It would be tragic indeed for those who acted in every conceivable religious way to think they can come to the wedding without being clothed by the righteousness of Christ. I’m not trying to get you to doubt your salvation, but I want to ask you, are you saved? How do you know?

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.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography
 
"I cannot tell you how much I owe to the
solemn word of my good mother."

- Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Today's "Wednesday's Words" is written in memory of my mother who would have been 79 tomorrow. She passed away around 11 years ago but I still miss her. So many things to share with her as I grew older. 

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by cmonphotography
"Silhouette of Mountains"
Photo by cmonphotography

Choosing your Destiny

by Jack Graham, Powerpoint Ministries

"Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him…"
- Mark 10:21

I want to talk with you today about one of the most tragic pictures in Scripture. Jesus had just told the rich young ruler that he must sell all his possessions and give to the poor in order to follow him. The man went away brokenhearted because he was clearly unwilling to do what Jesus required.

Do you know what Jesus did next? He did nothing. He didn’t cajole him and say, “Oh, come on back. I’m sure we can negotiate something.” He let the man go.

This young man who had it all lost it all in an instant. He might have become a mighty preacher or used his wealth to the glory of God. He could have laid up treasures in heaven! But none of those things happened.

Now you have a choice to make too. You can choose to follow Christ and to be with him forever or to be separated from him for eternity. Jesus will not force you to follow him, and he will not change the terms of salvation. You come to Jesus on his terms, or not at all!

Right now Jesus is looking at you and loving you. And he invites you to turn loose of anything and everything that would keep you from following him.

Pick up your cross. Follow him, trust him, believe him and receive him into your heart right now.

JESUS WILL NOT FORCE YOU TO FOLLOW 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, June 1, 2022

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography

"Know this,
my beloved
brothers:
Let every person
be quick to hear,
slow to speak,
slow to anger,"

- James 1:9

Monday, May 30, 2022

Remembering Our Veteran Heroes! Memorial Day, May 30, 2022

(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography

Remember our Veterans who paid the ultimate sacrifice in their service to Americans. Why not remember those awesome people by saying "thank you!" to an enlisted Service Member?

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Cottonbro
"Remembering Our American Heroes!"
Photo by Cottonbro 


Memorial Day. A day when many forget the true meaning of the day and celebrate the beginning of summer. The day was created to remember those American citizens who served in our US Armed Forces and lost their lives paying the ultimate sacrifice. For that, I am very thankful.

Without the men and women who served, where would our country be? Most of our freedoms we would not have, especially free speech and freedom of choice, among so many others. We would be living under a socialist type of government. Not all the men and women in the service were required to serve as the draft ended many years ago. They signed up to work protecting the country they love because of their love for it. Some of these Service Members paid the ultimate price when they lost their lives doing their responsibilities.

However, no matter how great humans are and the awesome work they may do, there is one Man who gave the ultimate sacrifice for us. A Man who, if we believe in Him, takes away our sins, and we have eternal life in heaven. The Man's name is Jesus. He was crucified on a cruel cross, buried, and raised from the dead so we can have freedom from our sins. You can learn more about this by visiting Heaven or Not?

Thank you to all the Veterans who have served and to their families who served along with them for all they've done and you have while allowing your family member to serve.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Sergei A on Unsplash
"Smoky Morning in Cascades"
Photo by Sergei A on Unsplash

Peace-A Weapon Against Satan
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman

"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, 
I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me." - Psalm 23:4a KJV

In the battles of the workplace, your peace is actually a weapon. The workplace creates many opportunities to rob us of our peace. Cash flow concerns, deadlines, relationships - all create stress on us. Your confidence in the God of peace declares that you are not falling for the lies of the devil. You see the first step toward having spiritual authority over the adversary is having peace in spite of our circumstances. When Jesus confronted the devil, he did not confront satan with His emotions or in fear. Knowing that the devil was a liar, He simply refused to be influenced by any voice other than God's. His peace overwhelmed satan; His authority then shattered the lie, which sent demons fleeing.

There is a place of walking with God where you simply fear no evil. David faced a lion, a bear, and a giant. In this Psalm he stood in the "shadow of death" itself, yet he "feared no evil." David's trust was in the Lord. He said, "...for Thou art with me." Because God is with you, every adversity you face will unfold in victory as you maintain your faith in God! David continued, "You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies" (Ps. 23:5a). The battle you are in will soon become a meal for you, an experience that will nourish and build you up spiritually. Only God's peace will quell your fleshly reactions in battle.

The source of God's peace is God Himself. If fear has been knocking at your door, begin to face that fear with God's peace. It is God's secret weapon to destroy fear.

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

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

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

 

(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography


"This is what the Lord
says to you:
Do not be afraid or discouraged
because of this mighty army,
for the battle is not yours,
but God’s."

- 2 Chronicles 20:15

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Pascal Debrunner on Unsplash
"Spring in the Forest"
Photo by Pascal Debrunner on Unsplash

Are You Reading the Warning Signs?
by Adrian Rogers, Love Worth Finding

They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever 
kills you will think that he offers God service…. These things I have spoken to you, 
that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; 
but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
 - John 16:2, 33

Andrew Murray said, “God is willing to assume full responsibility for the life totally yielded to Him.” In this world, we are going to encounter tribulation. Are you aware it’s growing more, not less, intense? Where is Jesus? Jesus has overcome the world. That’s what He’s telling you and me.

The spiritual barometer is falling, and all of us who can read the signs of the times know a storm is gathering. The Bible tells us that. But soon our Lord, who has been on the mountain of His glory praying for us, is going to rise from His throne. And then, walking on the water will be child’s play. No water this time. He’ll come stepping on the clouds! He will come in His glory. And those of us who are here on the sea of time will be on the shores of eternity in an instant when He comes. Won’t that be a day?

The storm ceased when they received Him into the boat. Have you received Him? Have you trusted 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.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

 

(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography

"The world takes its notions
of God from the people
who say that they belong to
God's family."

- Alexander Maclaren

Monday, May 9, 2022

Railroad Photography! Norfolk Southern at Elkhart, IN 2

(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography
"Norfolk Southern at Elkhart, IN 2"
(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography


I was visiting the National New York Central Railroad Museum last October when a Norfolk Southern Railway train went by. Of course, I can't miss photographing a train so I stepped out and capture this image. 

Please visit my photography work at Allen Pearson Photography.

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Sunday's Thought!

(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography



"'Honor your father and mother' (this is the first commandment with a promise),
'that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.'"

- Ephesians 6:2-3 ESV

Mothers. These are such important people. As a friend said one time, without them, where would we all be? Nowhere. Good point. 

I believe mothers have the most important job in the human race. They give birth and spend their lives raising the child. Also, it seems, that they continue throughout the life of their children, helping them learn or taking care of them, or offering advice sometimes even after they are married. 

My mother passed away in 2011. She was a devout Christian with a strong faith in God. She taught my brother and me about God too. Whenever she was concerned about our faith, she never hesitated to ask us questions making sure we believed in God. Along with her faith, she was a painter, photographer, and an excellent cook. She did some beautiful artwork too. I remember my mother being a stay-at-home mom who dedicated her life to caring for my brother and me. It wasn't until when my brother and I were in high school that she took a part-time job but even at that, she was always there for us. 

If my mother was still alive, we would celebrate the day with dinner and cards. She would be so happy that we came together to celebrate. Be sure to love your mother today whether it's an in-person celebration or a phone call across the country. She will love you for it and you will too. 

To learn about the Christian faith, Jesus, the Bible, and God, please visit Peace With God

Friday, May 6, 2022

Garden Photography! Garden Perspectives! "Yellow Gerber Daisy with Raindrops"

 

(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography
 "Yellow Gerber Daisy with Raindrops"
(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography  

Another favorite annual flower of mine is the Gerber Daisy. While I don't like to plant too many flowers of the same species, I'll plant several Gerber Daisies but in different colors. If flowers in contrasting colors are available, I'll plant a few in same pot to create a very different look for the season. 

Please visit my photography work at Allen Pearson Photography. Also, my work can be purchased on various products at Fine Art America - Allen Pearson.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

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

 

(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography


"Gracious words are
like a honeycomb,
sweetness to the soul
and health to the body."

- Proverbs 16:24 ESV

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash
"Snowflake"

Over the  years of my Christian life, I have heard the phrases, "God will take care of you," "God will provide," and "God will supply your needs!" I have always believed those phrases and have known that, yes, God will take care of me. I have to admit, I believe but I don't give it a second thought most of the time because I know He is always there. This past winter, I went through an experience that showed me how much God watches over me and takes care of my needs. 

Last fall, I met with two gentlemen about installing a generator in my home. Since I have some health issues which could be a serious problem should the power go out for very long, thus no heat, I inquired about a product to keep the heat going. Also, it'd be good to prevent the refrigerator from being off for too long and my hot tub from freezing up ruining it. For me, buying a plug-in generator wasn't ideal because of the challenges of plugging it in during a storm and keeping it running. So, an installed generator was needed and we entered into a contract to have one installed. 

During the days leading up to the installation, the gentleman I contracted with became ill. He wasn't sure when he would be able to do the work but would get back to me soon. I trusted the man because he is a leader in our church so I wasn't too worried about not getting a generator probably before winter's end.

Our winter season started out warm but on January 3, it quickly turned cold along with our first snowstorm of the season. I prepared for it by doing the usual country prep and said a few prayers asking God to protect us from the cold and keep the power on. The snowstorm turned out to be a beautiful snow of around 5-6 inches with enough ice to cause travel problems on I-95. Not too long after, we had really cold temperatures in the teens and more snowstorms. 

The winter season was one of the coldest and snowiest in many years. Many people had several days of no power which caused more than a few problems for them.  We never lost power. I never had to worry about getting too cold. As I look back, I realize it was God's Hand taking care of us keeping the power on and stopping me from worrying about the weather. 

I will remember this winter for many years to come and how God took care of me. To learn more about God, Jesus, and the Bible, please visit Peace With God

Friday, April 29, 2022

Garden Photography! Garden Perspectives: Calibrachoa's Brushes of Color

(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography
"Calibrachoa's Brushes of Color"
(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography

My porch, deck, and a few hanging baskets in my front yard are full of these beautiful flowers. I like to buy them in small pots and in a wide variety of colors. Depending on the pot or basket size, I will place different colors in each one. Once they start growing, it creates quite a beautiful array of colors, in some cases quite contrasting against each other.

A favorite trait of this flower for many gardeners is not having to spend time dead-heading the dead blooms. For me, dead-heading blooms are a great way to enjoy some time outdoors so it wasn't an issue for me. Also, I like how the flower doesn't tend to get "stringy" if left unattended as Petunias will. 

Please visit my photography work at Allen Pearson Photography.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Pixabay
"Morning in a Garden"
Photo by Pixabay

Can Anything Remove My Guilt?
by Adrian Rogers, Love Worth Finding

"But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags. 
We all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.…" - Isaiah 64:6

What a beautiful, wonderful life Adam and Eve lived in the Garden. But when they disobeyed the Lord, immediately they were stricken with guilt. They hid themselves from His presence when God came walking through the Garden. They tried to cover their guilt by making suits of fig leaves. But what looked good to them as a suitable covering could not stand under the gaze of a holy God. He knew they required something else, so He shed innocent blood to make them coats of skin (Genesis 3:7-8), and for the first time in His perfect Creation, innocent blood was shed. Their covering is a picture of the covering of righteousness we receive in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for us.

So many of us have tried to dress ourselves in the rags of our own self-righteousness. We are helpless to cover our sin. We need the blood of Jesus.

Examine your heart. What fruitless efforts are you making to sew a fig leaf covering for yourself? What is the only thing that will wash away sin and bring you purity, cleansing and righteousness? Apply that to your heart today. Ask Jesus to cleanse you.

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.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Words

(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography

"Whoever pursues
righteousness and
kindness will find life,
righteousness,
and honor."

- Proverbs 21:21

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Railroad Photography! NS Freight at Elkhart, IN 1

(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography
"NS Freight at Elkhart, IN 1"
C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography

A fascination for me in the area of railroad photography, and watching trains too, is what I call the freight train. In the world of railroading, it's called a "Manifest." Basically, that means a variety of freight cars carrying products of various kinds to destinations for the consumers. 

"NS Freight at Elkhart, IN 1," is a perfect print for a man cave or train room. I offer several print products for all of my images. I do not have an e-commerce website so I can offer my work at cheaper prices. If you would like more information, please contact me at  allenpearsonphotography@gmail.com.

Please visit my work at Allen Pearson Photography.

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Bruno van der Kraan on Unsplash
"Easter Caves at Sundown"
Photo by Bruno van der Kraan on Unsplash


Easter Sunday is the culmination of events for Jesus and Christians. These events began with Palm Sunday, last week, through Holy Week, Good Friday, then Easter Sunday. Jesus was crucified so that we may have everlasting life.

However, often, this time of year, I often find myself asking the question why did Jesus love me so much that He was willing to die on a cruel cross to offer salvation from my sins so I could have eternal life in heaven? Why should He love me so?

I have had the blessing of being married to a wonderful woman for nearly 25-1/2 years. Over the years, we have had quite a few challenges from taking care of our ill parents and their going on to heaven to our own health problems to the everyday challenges of life. Over the years, I've noticed that my wife will do anything to help me through life. That's love. I do my best to do the same for her. I would give my life for her if it meant something better for her. I can understand our love for each other but for someone who has never met me to give their life for me so that I can have eternal life is challenging. 

Many years ago, I was a teenager attending a Sunday morning Worship Service at Nazarene Campmeeting. The pianist and organist played a duet for the offertory titled, "Why Should He Love Me So?" The duet was so beautiful that I looked up the words in a hymnal:

Why Should He Love Me So?

Love sent my Savior to die in my stead;
Why should He love me so?
Meekly to Calvary's cross He was led;
Why should He love me so?

Refrain:
Why should He love me so?
Why should He love me so?
Why should my Savior to Calvary go?
Why should He love me so?

Nails pierced His hands and His feet for my sin;
Why should He love me so?
He suffered sore my salvation to win:
Why should He love me so? [Refrain]

O how He agonized there in my place;
Why should He love me so?
Nothing withholding my sin to efface;
Why should He love me so? [Refrain]

- Robert Harkness (1880-1961)

The words in this hymn made me think, why? Love is the answer and the reason that Jesus died on a cross on Good Friday and rose from the grave on Easter Sunday. He did this so we can choose to believe in Him, repent of our sins, and follow him to have eternal life. To learn more about Jesus's Love for mankind, the Bible, and the Christian life, please visit Peace With God

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Railroad Photography! The New York Central System Steam 4-8-2 L-3a Mohawk No. 3001

(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography
"New York Central 4-8-2 L-3a Mohawk, No. 3001,
North facing Side View"

(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography

Last October, my wife and I took our annual trip to Shipshewana, IN, to attend the Booth Brothers Retreat which is a few days of devotions, a few nights of Southern Gospel Music concerts, and some "meet and greet" time with the artists. 

(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography
"New York Central 4-8-2 L-3a Mohawk, No. 3001  Front View"
(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography
Since I began renewing my interest in watching trains, whenever we go traveling, I enjoy finding places where I can spend a few minutes watching them. This year, we went to Elkhart, IN, to watch trains for an afternoon. We visited the National New York Central Museum too. 

Founded in 1987, the Museum recaptures the days when America's railroads were symbols of progress. It is constantly growing in the area of preservation of the New York Central System heritage.

At one point in railroad history, the New York Central System was the second-largest railroad in the United States. It had 11,000 route miles of track in eleven states and two Canadian provinces.

Elkhart is the perfect location for the museum. The New York Central System's Robert R. Young Yard, now Norfolk Southern's Elkhart, is the second-largest railroad freight classification yard east of the Mississippi River. It is an important link connecting the Atlantic Seaboard with the Midwest and beyond. 

At the museum's stockyard, there are several pieces of rolling stock that represent many years of the railroad's operation. For me, it was a fascinating walk back in time seeing rolling stock that, in some cases, I'd only seen in photos. 

The most interesting piece in the yard was the New York Central steam locomotive, which was dual-service passenger and freight, 4-8-2 L-3a Mohawk No. 3001. It was built by the American Locomotive Company of Schenectady, NY in 1940. Its first assignment was in Elkhart where it retired in 1984.

If you are in the northern Indiana area, it's worth your time to stop by The National New York Central Museum


(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography
"New York Central 4-8-2 L-3a Mohawk, No. 3001,
South Facing Side View"

(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography

Our Lord has written the
promise of resurrection,
not in books alone but in
every leaf of springtime.

 - Martin Luther

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Pixabay
"Waterfalls in the Forest"
Photo by Pixabay

The other night, I found myself watching the news, and on another night, one of the news commentary programs. I didn't have to watch the programs for very long to find myself upset and worried about the future. Rising gas prices, food prices, and just about everything else. It hits us "middle-class" people hard since we aren't the richest people in the country. All the constant bad news is enough to make a person go crazy and wonder what is next?

I have to step away from the TV news and focus on something else as I get keyed up about the nonsense happening in the world. Sometimes, I find myself getting fussy, blood pressure rising, and stressed about all I hear on the news. Then, I realize, this is all in God's Plan. I don't need to be getting upset, mad, fussy, or worrying about the future. I just have to trust God and know He is in control of it. That's it! He's in Control! 

A Christian has the benefit of reaching out to God and saying "Help me Lord God to get through this" or "Please God help me to relax and know you are in control and I need not worry for tomorrow." 

"Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own." - Matthew 6:33 NIV

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, 
with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." - Philippians 4:6 NIV

"Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you."  1 Peter 5:7 NRSV

"Anxiety is the natural result when our hopes are centered 
in anything short of God and his will for us."  - Billy Graham

(Scriptures/Quote: Martin Manser, ed., Christian Quotations (Martin Manser, 2016)).

If you would like to learn more about becoming a Christian, please visit Peace With God.