Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word




"For we do not wrestle against
flesh and blood,
but against the rulers,
against the authorities,
against the cosmic powers
over this present darkness
against the spiritual forces
of evil in the heavenly places."

- Ephesians 6:12, ESV

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

Bible Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson

"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

The school shooting this week in Florida was nothing less than tragic. It's frightening to learn its the worst school shooting in American history. My heart goes out to the families and friends of the victims and the community.

As I watched or listened to the news, I kept hearing the statement about needing "more gun control, more gun control" and seeing faces and faces of hurt and pain. It breaks my heart to see this. 

However, it's not gun control or more mental health care which our society needs. It's God. We need to return to asking God to be in our society and our lives. When we start ignoring God or leaving God out of our lives and society, we allow the evil forces of the world ro run rampant.

While I know becoming a Christian isn't going to stop or prevent the tragedies of this life from happening as they are a bit of life, God will give you peace, comfort, and love to get you through these times. Not only that, when you go thtough the loss of loved ones or friends, God will be there for you.

However, God isn't one of those who will "but" into your life without you asking Him. He wants you to ask Him, to invite Him, with the sincerity of your entire heart to come into your life.

How do you do that? By reading and praying through the following:

Admit
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
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
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

Pray
"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."

Amen

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.
  • 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.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Sunrise Photography: "Orange and Purple Morning"

"Orange and Purple Morning"
(C) Allen Pearson
I love the mornings- especially the warm mornings of Spring, Summer and early Fall. I love having the windows open and allowing the breeze to flow through my studio.  To me, this is the closest I can get to heaven on earth.

Most mornings I see the sunrise over the community. I have an excellent view since my house is located on a hill and the back faces the east.

The morning I took this image wasn't after a thunderstorm or anything - just a cloudy morning. The sun coming up gave quite a light display with oranges, reds, purples, and yellows across the sky.

Obviously, I couldn't sit in my studio very long without grabbing my camera and going outside to photograph this beautiful sunrise. Out the door I went.

If you would like to purchase this image, it is offered as a traditional print which you can frame, a metal print, a canvas print, a poster, a standout, and notecards. Please visit my Clouds Portraits Gallery to make a purchase and view other images.

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