Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) Allen Pearson

"It is the Lord who goes before you. 
He will be with you; 
he will not leave you
or forsake you.
Do not fear or be dismayed."

- Deuteronomy 31:8, ESV

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sunday's Thought

"Fall at Walney"
(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved

You’re Too Late!
by Adrian Rogers

When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, 
He said, ‘It is finished,’ and He bowed His head
 and gave up the ghost.
 - John 19:30

Evangelist Billy Sunday preached in tent meetings. It is told that one time after a meeting had ended, a young man who had been in the services and under great conviction found Billy Sunday and said, “Oh Mister Sunday, I need to be saved. What can I do to be saved?”

Billy said, “I’m sorry. You’re too late.” The young man said, “Oh, but I wanted to be saved. I should have been saved. What must I do to be saved?”

And Billy Sunday said, “You’re too late to do anything to be saved, for Jesus has already done it all. It’s finished. All you need to do is receive what He’s already done,” and he led the young man to Jesus.

It is finished. All you need to do is receive what Jesus has already done.

If you would like to receive what Jesus has already done for you,  please visit Assurance of Salvation.

For more from Love Worth Finding and Pastor Adrian Rogers please visit www.lwf.org.

Devotion used by written permission of Love Worth Finding.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement for God's Word

(C) Allen Pearson

"The fear of man
lays a snare,
but whoever trusts in
the Lord is safe."

- Proverbs 29:25

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Sunday's Thought

(C) Allen Pearson
"Behold, God is my
salvation;
I will trust, and will not be
afraid; for the Lord God is
my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation."

- Isaiah 12:2, ESV

What a week it has been! My wife shared with me on Monday about the news of the Las Vegas shooting. I was shocked at such a horrible act to happen. I have felt so sorry for the families of the victims and others who were harmed in the event and spent time through the week praying for them.

I heard a man on a local radio station who was at the concert when the shooting happened, "I wonder if I did enough to help others,.... why wasn't I shot instead of one of these younger people.... I will be heading home to my daughter and will be hugging her.... but these people will not be..... it's just awful..." His story went on for a few minutes and really provoked a lot of thought.

Life is short. You never know when it will end.  Not to be doom and gloom but that's just the way life is- regardless of who you are.  Now, this doesn't mean that you hide and quit doing the things of life that you enjoy doing like going to outdoor concerts, outdoor art festivals, and the like.

However, maybe its time to think about what would happen to you when you die. None of us knows when our time will come so we should be prepared for the "last second notification!"

I became a Christian at an early age as my parents were active in their church so the Gospel was familiar to me.  I recommitted my life to Christ in college after a college professor said "You can't get to heaven on your parent's shirttails- it's your decision" which caused me to wonder about my own life.

While my life hasn't been picture perfect and I am not a wealthy guy having everything in the universe that I would ever want to have, I am a very happy and content man which God has created within me. By accepting Him as my Savior and following Him over the years, He has taken care of me. When it comes time to die, whenever that is, I have no worries as I know I will go to heaven.

If you would like to become a Christian and follow Jesus, read and pray 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 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.
Another excellent resource is Peace With God.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Friday's Foto! Norfolk Southern at Elkwood, Virginia

"Norfolk Southern at Elkwood, Virginia"
(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved
My dog Noah and I will take off in the Subaru Forester and go railfanning- often at the last minute. We have followed several local roads to learn where we can easily and legally watch trains go by and capture some photographs of the awesome machines.

We were surprised by this train. While we knew a train should be coming as we'd seen "green signals" during our drive but we didn't know when. The trains are so quiet these days compared to years ago, we didn't even hear this one coming.  We were parked in the direction the train was headed when all of a sudden the train come up from behind.

Also, I was surprised I was able to get any good photos of it. Since I already had my camera set and had a general plan to capture the image, I got this one.

Most of my photography can be purchased on prints and various products.  Visit "Norfolk Southern at Elkwood, Virginia" at my Railroad Gallery.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Timeless Thursday! Walney Pond Red

"Walney Pond Red"
(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved
Foggy and overcast mornings are ideal for finding nature's beautiful array of colors, especially in the fall.  Don't miss an opportunity to find the beauty of color just because it's a foggy and cloudy morning.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) Allen Pearson

"Peace I leave with you;
My peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give you.
Let not your hearts be troubled,
neither let them be afraid."

- John 14:27, ESV

Today's Scripture is shared to encourage the families of the victims of the shooting in Las Vegas on Monday and for others who were there as well. 

My heart aches for the people in Las Vegas.  As I pray for all involved, I hope you will too.  

Please share this graphic with those you know need encouragement.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Sunday's Thought


"Dunn Loring Fall Sunrise"
(C) Allen Pearson
WOW! Hard to believe that the month of October is already here.  The fall season began a few weeks ago- the last time I looked the leaves were still green and on the trees. As I went out to church this morning, I noticed the leaves seem about ready to burst into their magnificent fall colors! Living in Virginia with all its trees, and not far from the Shenandoah Valley, I am getting a bit anxious to for the brilliant display to start.

When I look through the viewfinder of my camera, I am in awe at the beauty of God's creation. The intricate detail of the leaves and colors. Sometimes they look like God took a paintbrush and slathered a splash of  paint across the trees.

I remember one tree behind our house trees ago always caught my attention in the fall as it began its change to fall colors. It was one leaf, then several and then even more. Within no time, the tree was all one color, a bright cheery red.

When you think about it, that's how God does things for people too. Once you accept Christ as your Savior, He begins a work in you to change you from what you are to "be the best you can be!" He will change you in areas that aren't so pleasing and help you grow in those areas where you are already awesome.

But, it doesn't happen overnight.  If you give your life to Him, it's not an instant change process for which I am truly thankful since I'm not sure our human-selves could really stand a process like that.

I have to say though, the journey God takes you through to become the person He wants you to be, is a awesome experience. I would not want to live a life any other way but by following God, being a Christian. I have seen enough of someone without Christ in their life to know it's the best life you can live on this earth.

While some will say, you have to give up "this" or "that" or you have to be perfectly good and you know yourself and you know you cannot do all of that. You don't have to do all that or worry about it.  God will take of it for you- along the way you be blessed, loved and loved some more!

If you would like to learn more about God's Plan of Salvation, please visit Peace With God.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Friday's Foto! Coming Around the Bend! US Rail Safety Week September 24-30


"Coming Around the Bend!"
(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved

Railroad Photography, or as I'm starting to call it "Railroad Art," is becoming a fascination to me. While I've spent several years learning to photograph nature, dogs, cats, and gardens, this will be a new venture with new ideas for me.

To start with, "safety" is a huge issue.  Unlike my current interests, the risks are known and can pretty much be planned or prepared for.  While I have a few safety concerns like not finding a Copperhead snake near my legs when I'm trying to photograph the beautiful sunset by the lake, being surprised by a bear, being bit by a dog or scratched by a cat. To be safe, I read up on whatever I need to be cautious with, more than a few times before I go out- especially if it's something I haven't done in a while. The risks here are slight as most areas where I photograph nature, there are others around and most wildlife isn't interested in bothering us.

For railroad photography, it's basically simple and common sense: STAY OFF THE RAILROAD TRACKS and STAY OFF RAILROAD PROPERTY. Simple as that. As I have photographed trains in various areas of Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and now exploring Maryland, one consistent theme comes to mind, I do not always hear the trains coming. Staying off the tracks not only keeps me in compliance with local and federal laws, it keeps me alive and well and able to go see another train coming.

Back in the day, when I was a young sprat, no not quite back to the steam engine, when I would listen for trains then run to the front porch of my grandmother's house to watch them go by, the locomotives were noisy. I knew the train was coming, like well in advance, so I was prepared. Today, the locomotives and trains are much quieter.

Since I photograph dogs, cats, horses, and gardens, I do not have reasons or even thoughts about taking my clients on the railroad tracks to photograph them. However, as a photographer when I am work to create my "Railroad Art," I do not want to photograph in a way that looks like I am standing on railroad tracks to get the shot. Why? While I have learned my photography art from looking at what others have done, learning techniques, and finding my style, other photographers might see my work- if I stand on the tracks, they might too.

Stay off the railroad tracks and railroad property. There are plenty of safe places to photograph railroads and trains.



#USRailSafetyWeek, #NorfolkSouthern, #OperationLifesaver, #RailroadPhotography, #RailroadArt





Thursday, September 28, 2017

Norfolk Southern at Horseshoe Curve! US Rail Safety Week, Sept. 24 - 30!

"Norfolk Southern at Horseshoe Curve!"
(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved
Whenever I go, wherever I go, to photograph those awesome locomotives which run the rails throughout our country, safety is my first focus. Where can I stand to capture those incredible locomotives which is safe?

Do not stand on the tracks to photograph trains or your clients. Not only is it illegal it is very dangerous. Trains are much quieter these days and you may not hear one coming before it's too late.

Used by Permission, Operation Lifesaver



#USRailSafetyWeek, #NoPhotosOnTracks, #Photography, #RailroadPhotography

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement for God's Word

(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved

"The heart of man plans his way,
but the Lord
establishes his steps."

- Proverbs 16:9, ESV

Monday, September 25, 2017

Railroad Photography - Rail Safety Week, Sept. 24 - 30


"NS 9721 Locomotive in Manassas"
(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved

Think this guy can stop for you? WRONG! Think again! It can take a freight train more than a mile to stop!

See tracks? Think train! It might be your life you save!




#USRailSafetyWeek, #NorfolkSouthern, #RailroadPhotography

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sunday's Thought

Used by Permission, Storyblocks
God is Good
by Max Lucado

There’s a reason the windshield is bigger than the rearview mirror. Your future matters more than your past!

God’s grace is greater than your sin. You thought the problem was your calendar, your marriage, or your job. In reality, it may be unresolved guilt. Don’t indulge it! Don’t drown in the bilge of your own condemnation. What you did was not good. But your God is good and He will forgive you. He is ready to write a new chapter in your life. Say with Paul, “Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God is calling us” (Philippians 3:13-14 TLB).

Your salvation has nothing to do with your work and everything to do with the finished work of Christ on the cross. Rejoice in the Lord’s mercy!

Reprinted by permission of Max Lucado.


Interested in learning more about God's Gift of Salvation for man? Please visit Peace With God.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Photographing The Seasons! Foggy Morning

"Foggy Morning"
(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved
One of my favorite images was created on a foggy morning as I was leaving Walney Nature Center down by the pond  I'd been there a good part of the morning when the sun began to peek over the trees in the fog.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sunday's Thought


"Three Crosses at Sunset"
GraphicStock, Used by Permission

All for Love
by Bill Graham

"He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds, we are healed." — Isaiah 53:5 (NIV)

Flogged… Bits of glass and rocks shredded the flesh of His back…. Crucified… Nailed to the rough wood of the cross and left hanging there to experience the excruciating pain of death by suffocation…

Why did Jesus willingly die such a violent death? The Bible says He went to the cross for one reason: to become the final and complete sacrifice for our sins. Each of us has sinned; each of us is guilty before God; each of us deserves to die. God is holy and just, and sin must be punished.

But Christ became our substitute; He died in our place. He was without sin, but all our sins were placed on Him, and He willingly took the punishment and death we deserve.

The Bible says,

"Christ died for sins once for all, the Righteous for the unrighteous, 
that He might bring us to God." — 1 Peter 3:18 (AMP).

Christ died for you! Why did He do this? He did it because He loves you, and He wants you to spend eternity with Him in Heaven. Have you responded to His love?

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

Used by written permission of  Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved

"For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever, 
and his faithfulness
to all generations."

- Psalms 100:5, ESV


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sunday's Thought

"Large Flag at the Pentagon Remembers September 11 Attacks"
(C) DoD News, Flicker Creative Commons 

A September 11 Memory

Tomorrow the nation will remember September 11, 2001, a day which brought horrible terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Stonycreek Township near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Around 3,000 people and a record number of First Responders lost their lives that day.

My office wasn’t far from the Pentagon and my wife was working in Washington, D.C. at the time. There were quite a few stressful moments while waiting to hear that she made it from her office to the Kiss-and-Ride at the local metro station.

During the time of waiting, I wasn’t able to talk with her because the cell phones, and probably the landlines too, were overwhelmed with people attempting to call their loved ones to learn about their safety. I managed to hear from my parents concerned about our safety.

While I was waiting for my wife to call. I began to pray. I prayed for her safety and all the others involved in this attack. My mind couldn’t quite wrap itself around the attacks as I’ve never gone through anything so tragic. I prayed and prayed and prayed!

Within a few hours, my wife met me at the subway as we had planned. I was never so glad to see someone in my life.

As I look back over that awful day, many sad memories come to mind. One thing that comes to mind is the comfort I found in God in those sad and tragic moments of my life. Ever constant, never failing. A peace that passes all understanding. God’s love for me.

If you would like to become a Christian and start a relationship with Jesus, prayerfully do 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 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.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Wednesday's Words - Encouragement from God's Word

Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson

"For to set the mind on
the flesh is death,
but to set the mind
on the Spirit is life
and peace."

- Romans 8:6, ESV

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Sunday's Thought

(C) Allen Pearson

Understanding What Jesus Did for You
by Jack Graham

"For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, 
so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

--2 Corinthians 5:21

The verse above is one of the most powerful verses in the Bible. It describes the most extraordinary moment in the history of mankind.

When Jesus died on the cross, a magnificent exchange took place. Jesus, who was sinless, pure, and blameless, literally took upon himself your sin and mine… the sin of the world. As Jesus became sin for us, all the judgment of God that was intended for us fell upon him!

The cross of Jesus Christ was, and still is, the world’s most astounding picture of love. It was the moment in history when Jesus took our sins upon himself and blotted out your transgression. And in that divine moment, God found the one worthy sacrifice to pay for all our sin, Jesus Christ.

Let me ask you, have you recognized that sacrifice? Jesus took the death and the judgment that you deserved. And through his sacrificial act on the cross, the blood of Jesus Christ cleansed you from every sin, every stain, and every shame.

Have you received Jesus’ tremendous gift of forgiveness and love? He’s waiting for you even now. Ask him to be Lord of your life right now. It’s a decision you’ll never regret.

IN THAT SACRIFICIAL ACT ON THE CROSS, THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST CLEANED YOU FROM EVERY SIN.

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, August 30, 2017

Wednesday's Words - Encouragement from God's Word

(C) Allen Pearson

"But, Jesus looked at them and said,
with man this is impossible, 
but with God all things are possible."

- Matthew 19:26

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Sunday's Thought

(C) Allen Pearson

 "Jesus said to them.
'I am the bread of life;
whoever comes to me 
shall not hunger,
and whoever believes in me
shall never thirst."

- John 6:35, ESV

When I was a child, I didn't understand some of the words in Scriptures which had other meanings. I thought, after reading this Scripture, that if I became a Christian, I would always have something to eat and drink for the rest of my life.  Really cool! Yes, hear as a child, think as a child, and learn what it really means later in life.  As time went on, I learned it means that my spiritual life will be filled, fed, and the thirst quenched by the things of God.

When I accept Jesus Christ as my Savior, I invite Him into my life and give Him control.  That is a most awesome experience. From there, let go and let God run everything.

And, no, you do not have to work for God's Gift of Salvation, nor can you buy it.  You cannot be too bad to receive it or too good. Accept Christ and allow Him to do His Work within you.  You will be amazed at what God will create in you and how awesome your life will be.

I like to throw in a disclaimer too, becoming a Christian is not a way to have an easy problem-free life. Nor do the problems you are experiencing or could experience go away. Nor does it mean you will rich or wealthy. Only God knows what will happen in your life.  As life's events happen, God is there with you - all the way. To me, that has been worth much more than anything money could ever buy.

Interested in following Christ, becoming a Christian?  Pray through these steps:

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 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.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Wednesday's Words - Encouragement from God's Word

(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved

"Whoever believes in me,
as the Scripture has said,
'Out of his heart will flow
rivers of living water."

- John 7:38

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sunday's Thought

(C) Graphicstock, Used by Permission

The news of violence and chaos just keeps coming- doesn’t take a day, or even a minute or two, off. And, if it isn’t one thing, it’s definitely another.

I have finally gotten to the point where I do not watch the news anymore. Every time I watch it or listen to it, it’s almost frightening and definitely unnerving. A few months or so ago, I turned on the TV to watch one of my favorite black and white television shows from my early days of life. The TV was on a news channel my wife likes to watch. The news story which came on was covering some violence which made me immediately think something was happening overseas somewhere. I was caught off-guard, totally surprised, to find it was happening in this country.

More r
(C) Graphicstock, Used by Permission
ecently, I returned home from a trip to learn violence happened in the form of protests of angry people. I didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to it as it would just stress me. However, I prayed for everyone involved. Again this week, the same type of violence happened in another city. Though not sure where, I heard more violence later in the week.

Such acts as these used to be uncommon in this country. Of course, no place is perfect and we’ve had our share of violence but the magnitude and frequency of it wasn’t like it’s been lately. Almost seems like everywhere you turn or every time you turn on the news something violent is happening somewhere where it doesn’t usually happen. For some people, this is stressful and creates a heavy load on them even though they are not directly involved.

Though the news sometimes stresses me and leaves me a bit concerned or worried, it doesn’t leave me worried, concerned, frightened or wondering what’s next or what’s going to happen in the long run of things. It’s all in God’s hands.

The confident peace-of-mind given to me by God through becoming a Christian provides a peace of mind and a happiness which is really beyond understanding. I am not concerned for tomorrow or the future as my faith is in God. Whatever I might go through, whatever violence may happen, God is still in control of it all. Whenever I hear news about violence or chaos, I focus on the fact that God is in control of everything. Period. I need not worry.

To know this Peace of Mind, you must make a decision to follow God by becoming a Christian. It is simple concept or Plan. Prayerfully read 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 wondering or 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.
(C) Graphicstock, Used by Permission

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved

"I wait for the Lord,
my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;"

- Psalms 130:5

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sunday's Thought

(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved

"On the cross, Jesus died for our sins
so that we will have eternal life with Him in Heaven!"
If you Accept Him,
Believe in Him, 
Confess your sins to Home- 
He will wash your sins away!"

Finding God, or Jesus Christ, or becoming a Christian is as simple as that, Accept, Believe and Confess.  

If you would like to begin your awesome journey following Christ, please visit Peace With God where you can walk through the steps to becoming a Christian. 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday's Foto! Noah at Manassas National Battlefield

"Noah at Manassas National Battlefield Park!"
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Scouting a place to photograph a dog for a client is harder than you would have to do when photographing humans.

A few weeks ago, Noah and I took off on a Saturday morning to scout a few places at the Manassas National Battlefield for me to photograph a client's dogs. My client enjoys history and loves her dogs.

At the New York Monuments area of the Manassas National Battlefield, I captured a photo of Noah assisting me to find the perfect place to photograph my clients dogs.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Sunday's Thought

"Cloud Portraits - The Heavens"
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Here lately, I have had three friends pass away and go on to heaven. One of them wasn’t a surprise because of her age, the other two were complete surprises as they were young and in the prime of life.

A few weeks ago, I travelled to Tennessee to a “HomeGoing Service” for a lady I went to college with. She was the one who was always laughing finding humor in everything! It was her laughter and humor which got me through the crazy college years. Without her, I probably would have never, or at least not as much, laughed and enjoyed those years. She had this absolutely contagious personality which everyone seemed to love. She married my college roommate and friend and they spent twenty-some-odd years together. They probably laughed them through. Occasionally, we caught up over the years by phone, email, or text. At the center of her life was an awesome Christian faith which was constantly shared with others. Her death was a complete surprise as she was quite young.

I spoke to her husband about a week after her passing and discovered an amazing wealth of Christian Faith pouring out of him. While I was expecting sadness and had thought of things not to say while we were talking, he was doing amazingly well. He said his wife went to heaven while he was there with her and it’s been something they’d always wanted. He was going through the “peace that passes all understanding” which only a relationship and faith in Jesus Christ will provide. God was with my two friends during the time they received the news she only had a few days left to live to the day she passed away and every minute thereafter.
"Purple"
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When I returned home, I learned one of the Christian saints that I met as a young child around 7- or 8- years-old, had made her way to heaven. I wasn’t too surprised because she was 92-years-old and her health was failing. Prior to my travels to Tennessee, I went to visit with her and her daughter. All things considered, we had an awesome time. It was an awesome time for me to remember the days of playing organ and piano music on Sundays’

My friend spent her life as a Pastor’s wife and church pianist. She raised three children and loved them very much. As a very young church organist, she taught me many things about music as we played for church services every week. She always represented the kindness, love and attitude of Christ.

Soon after I got the news of her passing, I was asked to play the piano for the funeral service. I didn’t hesitate to say “yes” but had to qualify it by saying I haven’t played in years so it may not be the “prettiest” music. Also, I wanted to honor my dear friend by playing for the service. During the service, I learned quite a bit about her. Quite a saint, who spent her life serving God, loving others and loving her children. The amazing part is God blessed the music I played to her family and those in attendance. I was blessed as well as I played for a “Saints HomeGoing Service!”

More recently, a man from church passed away after being admitted to the hospital for what I thought was to be a routine procedure. I got to know this guy by seeing him in the church hallway and taking a few minutes to say “hi.” He always had time to chat, ask if there was something he could pray about for me and was always, and I mean always, smiling.

What’s so unique about this? The man had several health issues which caused him quite a few limitations. He never let them stop him from what he was to do in life though.

What? I don’t know as it didn’t matter- the guy was friend and a great man who loved God and served God to the best of his ability.

When he passed away there was a true sense of loss and sadness in the church and among his friends. Yet, we celebrate as we know he is no longer suffering any of his health problems- he is healed in heaven. An amazing thing happened the Sunday he passed away. While no one was expecting this to happen so none of this could have been planned for his passing. The choir song and the sermon was centered on “death” and “mourning loss.” God was sharing his message of grief to us that morning- it was truly a amazing experience.

What do all these people have in common and what’s the reason for all this? Its their love of God. At some time in their lives, they accepted Christ as their Savior and began a walk the Christian life. While none of them had an easy life or were free of physical or health problems or life’s tragedies their faith in God kept them going and kept them happy. God took care of them throughout their challenges of life.

Following Christ is as simple as A-B-C- go through these steps-

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 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
"The Light of Morning!"
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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Wildlife Gardening - A Few Decisions

"Purple Cone Flowers in Wildlife Garden"
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Before you go gung-ho headfirst into creating a Wildlife Garden in your backyard, there are a few items you need to think about and make decisions before you spend one penny toward the project.

Attracts Wildlife!  A Wildlife Garden isn’t a garden where God creates wildlife because you have watered and fertilized everything as best as you can.  It is a place where wildlife will come to feed, get a drink of water, make nests, create families, feed their young and send off their young to the wilds of the world!  While not every garden will see everything stage of this with the native wildlife but it will be some or all or variations on a theme thereof.

Over the years, I have seen American Robins build nests, feed their young and teach them to fly and sometimes I think they are waving their young as they go off into the wild.  I have seen Northern Cardinals feeding their young on the railing of my deck.  I have seen bazillions of pollinators coming in for pollen and nectar and anything else they might want- saw a black Bumble Bee taking a sip of water in a birdbath. I’ve hand-fed a Hummingbird who realized I really am a good guy.  I have seen Carolina Wrens gathering food and rush it back to the nest. I've seen Song Sparrows feeding their youngs open mouths who are nestled in a bird house.  All of this is incredibly awesome to see. I have had two snakes come into the garden to do whatever it is they would want to do in a garden and no, I did not stay close to find out either!  Many mornings, rabbits come into the yard for breakfast and stop by later in the day for their evening salads. I have seen a Cooper’s Hawk come in for its meals which are usually smaller birds or critters. This can be heartbreaking when it’s a favorite bird but when it’s a snake- I found myself rooting for the hawk and asking him to come back for more.

Wildlife Garden
 "Black-Eyed Susan's in Wildlife Garden"
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On the other side, the dark side- the night that is, the wildlife that comes out at night such as skunks, opossums, and other critters come into the garden for their salads and snacks.  I don’t see these for obvious reasons so I can’t be 100% positive who did what and when, but I have seen evidence of plenty of blooms, leaves, and branches chewed up.

I love seeing the wildlife activity in my wildlife garden. I have had some great ringside views of the beauty of nature and its critters.  The photography opportunities have been awesome as well.

Knowing these events happen in the garden can mean the native plants will get eaten, the blooms you’ve been waiting to see will be someone’s favorite snack and it could take a long time for the garden to “grow out” because of the critters eating and snacking.

First decision- Can you handle this? At first, I was very frustrated and thought about how I could get the critters to stop destroying my plants.  Then, my brain realized, “that’s the purpose of the wildlife garden- feed the critters!”

Do you have a dog? I do. And, he is a very important part of everything that I do. He is always around. He is a hound too.  Not all dogs are hounds- just hounds are hounds in the manner that they hunt and chase when they can. Sometimes capturing the critter of the chase. To keep my dog out of trouble with the local wildlife laws, I’ve paid attention to the habits of the critters which come into the yard such as the Eastern Cottontail Rabbit. I pay attention to the times of day when they might be out and avoid letting my dog out. This isn’t a foolproof system so I have often knocked on the door or window near where I will let the dog out in an attempt to give the critters a head start!

Second decision- Can you work with this and keep your dog(s) out of trouble?

Native Plants. To me, native plants are absolutely beautiful. In my experience, they are beautiful because they belong in the environment in which you live. If you go hiking in the woods, you will see most of the plants you have in your garden at some point. However, sometimes the native plants look like weeds until they grow out or bloom.

Third decision- Can you handle that look or do you want the garden to be perfect all the time?

Not your polished formal garden. I enjoy taking long walks through the woods getting back to nature as often as I can. The woods, the trails, the plants, the weeds are all beautiful to me.  Often nature will take me from a stressed moment in life to a more relaxed feeling. A wildlife garden can offer these benefits in your own backyard!

When planting in the wildlife garden, you will want to stagger the plants to give a more natural look to the garden as opposed to creating straight lines which will create a more formal look. When the plants are grown, they will provide a look like of a woodsy area too.

Should you have trees in the garden which drop leaves in the season, these leaves can be raked into your wildlife garden to provide even more natural design and a compost for the coming season.

Fourth decision- Can you handle a garden looking like it belongs in the backwoods?

Do you have a wildlife garden? What do you like or dislike about it? Please share in the comments-