Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wednesday's Words

(C) Allen Pearson

"For I know the plans I have for you,
declares the Lord,
plans for welfare and not for evil,
to give you a future and a hope."

- Jeremiah 29:11

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Instagram and Photography and Noah and -

Used by Permission, GraphicStock
Social media is what it is and I enjoy using it for different purposes, personally and professionally.

As a photography and writing business owner, it's an excellent way to share my work with many diverse people from many areas of the country and even the world.

Sometimes, though, I can be a bit slow in embracing new technology and new gadgets.  I think it's more that I want to be sure I am getting something I can use, incorporate easily into my workflow, and have good reason to use the technology, device or app.

I say all that to share this, as far as social media, I have gotten into Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Blogger - from The Dog's Paw, Blogger - Lenses in Bloom, Pinterest, YouTube, and Flickr. Now, several months ago, I started using Instagram- from The Dog's Paw.

Instagram - from The Dog's Paw is going to be a bit different.  I will be sharing my photography skills using my Android phone- which is still a work in progress.

If you know me very well, you know I don't like to do what everyone else is doing or does.  I'm kind of a nonconformist.  I don't seek that, it just comes naturally. Having said that, Instagram will be where I share my journeys with Noah and my wife too. You will see photos from all over the place as we head out for vacations, railfanning, nature walks and hikes and just "going for a ride!" It will be a fun ride and I hope you join us.

Please join our adventures by following us on Instagram - from The Dog's Paw! See you there!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday's Thought

"Early Spring Skies"
(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved

Sometimes I am just not as brilliant or on top of things as I wish I was. What? Yeah, it seems that I have a lot to learn as I meet people in this universe in which we live. What am I talking and writing about?

A few weeks ago, my wife and I embarked on a cruise which we’d been anticipating for quite a while. It seems that whenever I travel, I overpack. I take too many clothes and too much stuff to do should I have time and so on. So, determined to avoid this, I packed only what I thought I would absolutely need on this trip.

As we travelled to Fort Lauderdale, everything went as planned. It was becoming an awesome experience together as we celebrated 20 years of marriage.

We arrived a day earlier than the cruise was to leave in order to allow time for whatever to happen. It worked well and provided us some “breathing” room for a delay or two.

On the day we were to travel from the hotel to the cruise ship, we met a couple in the hotel lobby breakfast who were excited to be going on their cruise. It wasn’t on our ship or with the Gospel Music Celebration Cruise we had chosen.
"Boarding"
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I noticed the couple seemed to be very happy and cheerful. However, when we shared about our cruise, they seemed to not know what we were talking about or maybe wondered why we would take a trip like this.

As I paid more attention to the lady traveling, I came to the conclusion that she has some sort of cancer diagnosis. Of course, I couldn’t ask her as I did not know her. I determined this by the hat she was wearing- I've seen it way too many times over the years.

We joined them later in the morning on the shuttle from the hotel to the cruise ship. Once again, I noticed that she seemed a bit concerning but was going on a journey with someone she loved.

Later in my journey, my heart ached as I realized she didn’t seem to know God. I don’t judge someone so I don’t know for sure but gathering from some comments and actions, I wondered.

I wish I hadn’t left my Gospel Tracs at home as I could have given her one and I wished that I had said more about God in the brief time we had in meeting on this earth.

I don’t know her diagnosis or what time she has left on this earth, but I do know that with God in her life, she would experience His Awesome Presence in the most difficult of times.

While God doesn’t always choose to heal our physical needs, He does choose to help us through them or will use them to reach others. God isn’t a crutch to help losers that is often portrayed in media but a True Help in many different times of trials.

Do you know God? Have you met His Son Jesus Christ who died on a cross for your sins so that you can have eternal life with Him in Heaven and not in hell for all eternity- which means forever and ever?

If you have not, please follow these steps to doing so- 

(C) Allen Pearson
If you would like to learn more, please visit Peace With God!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday's Foto! A Trip to Horseshoe Curve

Railroad Altoona PA
"A Trip to Horseshoe Curve"
(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved
My wife, dog and I headed to Altoona, PA once again this Spring to visit my favorite train watching location which is Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark, Altoona, PA.

The day was absolutely perfect!  We arrived around 11 a.m. and stayed until 4 p.m. seeing around 10-15 trains in that time period. The weather was sunny and warm.

If you enjoy watching trains, this is the place to go.  Be sure to visit the RailroadCity website for seasonal operation dates and times, do not use the website found through Google Maps as the times are incorrect. My heart stopped when I found the site and thought it was closed after driving all that distance.



Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wednesday's Words

(C) Allen Pearson
"Finally, be strong in the Lord
and in the strength of
his might."

Ephesians 6:10, ESV

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sunday's Thought

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The Resurrection


16 "When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2 And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3 And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” 4 And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. 5 And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. 6 And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him."
 - Mark 16:1-6

Today we celebrate Easter, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave. He was crucified on Good Friday for our sins and rose on Easter. He paid the ultimate price for our sins -death- so that we wouldn't have to if we accepted Him as our Lord and Savior.

Sometimes I have a difficult time believing someone would do that for me.  It's part of my nature to analyze and think about things much further than what I should- in some cases.  This is one of them.

Whenever I question, I chat with a buddy of mine or read something written by Billy Graham, David Jeremiah, Charles Stanley, or Jack Graham. These men have written incredible books and devotions which remind me that we have to have faith! Belief in God and Jesus Christ requires faith. So, I focus on that- keeping Jesus in my mind while many other things try to get my attention.

God's Gift of Salvation is available to everyone and anyone who is willing to accept Him. There is no price, there is no work required or initiation or anything like that- just to have faith. Interested in becoming a Christian and learning more about Him and the life He has for you?  Follow 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

So now what?

If you prayed this prayer with your whole heart and believed what you did, you are now a Christian.  My suggestion is to find a local church and become involved.  Talk to the pastor about this experience and ask him to teach you where to go or what to do next.

If you are not familiar with a local church, a few excellent resources to get you started or who can follow up with you are:

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Southern Baptist Convention

Southern Baptist Conservatives

Church of the Nazarene

In Touch Ministries (Charles Stanley)

Turning Point Ministries (David Jeremiah)

PowerPoint Ministries (Jack Graham)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Wednesday's Words

(C) Allen Pearson
"even as the Son of Man
came not to be served but to serve,
 and to give his life 
as a ransom for many."

- Matthew 20:28, ESV

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Sunday's Thought

"Spring in Walney"
(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved
Today is Palm Sunday.  The day before Easter that begin Holy Week. It is the day Christians remember and celebrate as the day Jesus entered in Jesus entered into Jerusalem as Savior and King.  As he rode a donkey into town, a crowd gathered and laid palm branches and their cloaks across the road.  They shouted "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!"

This time of year causes much reflection for me.  As I think about Palm Sunday and Easter is all about, I have a hard time understanding why someone would die for me so that I could have eternal life in heaven.
"Spring in Walney"
(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved

I've had the blessing of being brought up in the church.  My father was a Minister of Music and my mother say in the choir.  Each of them did many jobs in the church throughout the years. We were there every time the church doors were open. Of course, as a young boy I knew this is what we were supposed to do and really didn't rebel too much from it.

In my early teen years, I began playing the organ for church services.  I loved it and practiced and practiced and should have practiced even more.  As an organist, I was blessed with the ability to play music by ear which made it easier to read the words to the songs and sing along with the congregation and choir specials.  So, the works of those songs repeated much of the truth of the Gospel.

As the words of the hymns and choir specials recounted through my mind, I was constantly reminded of how Christ died on a cruel cross for my sins.  The music played and sung on Palm Sunday was usually more of a "mourning" or "sad" song less celebratory- Easter was definitely a celebration.  Even as I've aged, and am not playing the organ at church, these songs go through my mind as reminders of what Christ did for me-

Ten Thousand Angels 

1 They bound the hands of Jesus 
in the garden where He prayed;
They led Him thro' the streets in shame.
They spat upon the Savior so pure and free from sin;
They said, "Crucify Him; He's to blame."

Chorus:
He could have called ten thousand angels
To destroy the world and set Him free.
He could have called ten thousand angels,
But He died alone, (alone), for you and me.

2 Upon His precious head 
they placed a crown of thorns;
They laughed and said, "Behold the King."
They struck Him and they cursed Him
and mocked His holy name.
All alone He suffered everything. (Chorus)

3 When they nailed Him to the cross,
His mother stood near by;
He said, "Woman, behold thy son!" 
He cried, "I thirst for water," 
but they gave Him none to drink.
Then the sinful work of man was done. (Chorus)

4 To the howling mob He yielded;
He did not for mercy cry.
The cross of shame He took alone.
And when He cried, "It's finished,"
He gave Himself to die;
Salvation's wondrous plan was done. (Chorus)

Author: Ray Overholt, 1980

If you are wondering about the Palm Sunday and Easter season- what it all means or what its all about, be sure to visit a local church this coming Easter to learn more. 


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

#easter, #jesuschrist, #palmsunday, #holyweek, #godsword, #eastersunday, #godssalvation, #salvation, 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Wednesday's Words

(C) Allen Pearson
One of my most favorite Scriptures is:

"but they who wait for the Lord
shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with 
wings like eagles;
they shall run 
and not be weary;
they shall walk
and not faint."

- Isaiah 40:31


Sunday, April 2, 2017

Sunday's Thought!

"As the Deer"
(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved

I Ask for Mercy

Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” - Luke 23: 42-43

The Polish astronomer Copernicus, through his writings and education, changed the concepts of what men think about the universe and how the universe runs. He was a brilliant man. But when Copernicus came to die, he did not see himself as an astronomer but as a sinner in need of forgiveness. He asked that this epitaph be inscribed on his gravestone: “Lord, I do not ask the kindness Thou didst show to Peter. I do not dare ask the grace Thou didst grant to Paul; but, Lord, the mercy Thou didst show to the dying robber, that mercy show to me. That earnestly I pray.”

Do you want that today? Do you want the mercy that God showed to the dying thief? He will show it to you and save you today.

For more from Love Worth Finding and Pastor Adrian Rogers and to learn about salvation, please visit Assurance of Salvation.

Devotion used by written permission of Love Worth Finding.