Sunday, May 22, 2022

Sunday's Thought!

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"Smoky Morning in Cascades"
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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.
 

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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!

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"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

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"Norfolk Southern at Elkhart, IN 2"
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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. 

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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. 

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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