Friday, April 29, 2022

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

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"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. 

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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

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"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.

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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. 

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"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)).

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Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography
 
"Living by Faith
in Jesus above,
Trusting, confiding in 
His great love;
From all harm safe in 
His sheltering arm,
I’m living by faith and 
feel no alarm."

- James Wells, Robert E. Winsett, 1918
"Living by Faith"

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Yoksel 🌿 Zok on Unsplash
"Yellow and White Daffodils"
Photo by Yoksel 🌿 Zok on Unsplash

Who is the Lord of your life?
Jack Graham, PowerPoint Ministries

"When I saw him [Jesus], I fell at his feet as though dead."
--Revelation 1:17

There are many things we can learn from today’s verse, which describes John’s initial reaction to seeing Jesus in all His glory.

As husband and father, I’ve seen a lot of amazing sights over the course of my life. The sight of my bride walking down the aisle, the births of all three of my children, and especially the births of my eight grandchildren. But as great and wonderful as those experiences were, none of them caused me to fall to the ground like a dead man!

Yet when John saw Jesus, it was too much for his mind… too much for his body… to bear. And as a result, he crumbled like a leaf at the feet of Jesus.

Today I want to ask you, what is your initial reaction to the Lord Jesus Christ in your life?

In Galatians 2:20, Paul says, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” Is this the cry of your heart today? Because Jesus can’t take His rightful place as Lord of your life until you die to yourself… until self is conquered and laid at the feet of Jesus, dead.

Are there areas in your life that you haven’t died to… that you haven’t truly laid at the feet of Jesus? I would encourage you to pray Psalm 139:23-24 today, “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous (or wicked) way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!”

It’s my hope that you will begin to truly give up control of every area of your life to Christ today… so He will lead you in the everlasting way.

JESUS CAN’T TAKE HIS RIGHTFUL PLACE AS LORD OF YOUR LIFE UNTIL YOU 
TRULY DIE TO YOURSELF.

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.