Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

"Train Coming into Station"
(C) Allen Pearson

This week one of my friends had to go to work in Washington D.C. attending a few workshops and conferences.  Since he knows that I have a strong interest in watching trains, he'll send me photos of the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) coming into the Manassas Park, VA, train station to pick up the commuters. 

During his week of commuting, he texted a few comments to me which got my attention. He said "So many people going to different places. How many of them know where they will ultimately end up." I got to thinking about that and realized how true the comment is. Sad, but true.

We make preparations for ourselves in this life such as where we want to work or what our career will be. We plan our commutes to the office and home whether it's by car, commuter bus, VRE or other means. We plan our week to get chores accomplished and make doctor appointments. We plan vacations sometimes in exotic places of the world. We plan our marriages with weddings which are usually the ultimate in a lady's dream,  We save for retirement so we can live how we want to in our golden years. And, in some cases, we make our final arrangements so our loved ones will not be "stuck" with the decisions.

While planning is all well and good as I know if I didn't do it, I would not get everything done in my week. However, how about for your soul and eternity? Have you made anything plans or given any thoughts to where you may spend eternity?

When I was younger, probably the day after I was born knowing my parents, I began my life-long journey of attending church and all the events hosted there. I made friends, met people who spent their lives as Missionaries sharing God's Word and the Gospel throughout the world. I heard excellent song evangelists and preachers too. However, this doesn't make me a Christian but simply a man going to church.

As I grew up and was preparing in college for my career, I realized that I haven't really made any preparations or done any planning for my soul and eternity after death. I thought I had, but a few life things came up which left me uncertain.  So, if I am planning for my career, who I might like to marry, and other things I want to do in life, shouldn't I prepare for eternity to? So, I stopped and did. I asked Christ to come into my life, save my soul and take me to heaven to be with Him with I die.

Making plans for where you will spend eternity is essential. It shouldn't be put off as no one knows when and where they will take their last breath.

If you would like to accept Christ's awesome gift to us, the Gift of Salvation- eternal life, please read and pray through the following-

Admit that you are a sinner, just like everyone else born into this world, until we  confess to Jesus Christ and ask His forgiveness:

"(23) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 
(24) and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus," 
- Romans 3:23-24, ESV

"(23) For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- Romans 6:23, ESV

Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ:

(16) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him 
should not perish but have eternal life." - John 3:16, ESV 

Confess your sins in a prayer to the Lord Jesus Christ:

(9) "because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. "
 - Romans 10:9, ESV

(13) "For 'everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'   
 - Romans 10:13, ESV

"Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner and do not deserve eternal life. 
I believe You died and rose from the grave to make me a new creation 
and to prepare me to dwell in your presence forever. 
Jesus, come into my life and take control, 
forgive my sins and save me. I place my trust in You alone
 for my salvation and I accept your free gift of eternal life."


Now, you're a Christian - Welcome to the family.  So, what's next-

  • Find a 100% Bible-believing, teaching, preaching church. Here are a few resources:
  • Find believers (Christians) to fellowship with.
  • Get baptized.
  • Buy a Bible.
  • Read the Book of John.
  • Get in a Bible Study.
  • Daily: Pray and read the Bible.
  • Find a Mentor.
  • Learn how to Pray
  • If you find yourself asking "Why am I not perfect" or "Why am I still doing wrong things?" Be sure to talk with your Pastor, a Christian friend or a mentor.

"The Train Has Left the Station - Heading to Many Directions,
Where are you Headed?"

(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved

Friday, May 18, 2018

Garden Perspectives! Yellow Burst

"Yellow Burst"
(C) Allen Pearson
The idea for my series and photography gallery titled "Garden Perspectives" came about several years ago when I began noticing how beautiful nature can be. Not only in every day as we see it, the planted flowers, trees, birds and the like, but in viewing it from different perspectives. Laying on the ground looking into a flower or other plant, or even looking up into it.

"Yellow Burst" was created by studying the side view of a bright yellow Dahlia. The image was created, by permission, using a Dahlia in a neighbor's yard. Doing a little research, I've found the Dahlia is a "Dahlia's Jaune." If you enjoy photographing nature, trying photographing from different angles with different lenses and see what you come up with.

My work is available in various from traditional prints you can frame yourself to metal, canvas, posters and notecards.  Visit Allen Pearson's Photos - Garden Perspectives to learn more.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

"All Scripture is 
breathed out by God
and profitable for 
teaching, for reproof,
for correction, and for 
training in
righteousness, that the
man of God may be
complete, equipped for
every good work."

- 2Timothy 3:16-17, ESV