Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) Allen Pearson

The Birth of Jesus Christ

"2 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child."

- Luke 2:1-5

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Sunday's Thought

As I watched the news and news commentaries over the past few times this week, I couldn't help but be very thankful! Very thankful to God that He doesn't bring to mind repeatedly wrongs I may have done in my life after He has forgiven me for them. It is time to move on and become the man He wants me to be.

When I watch the news, I hear about many wrongdoings of people who have supposedly messed up and made mistakes. Of course, everyone has to get on the proverbial bandwagon to criticize or point out the mistakes of someone else as if they hadn't made any mistakes, doesn't really matter what mistakes in this case, in their lives. Everyone's pointing their fingers including the media. I get tired of hearing all of this and feel sorry for the person who erred. I remember reading the Bible many years ago,  Jesus said, "Let Him who has no sin cast the first stone."

When I was younger, I was a pretty good kid. I wasn't too interested in getting into trouble or causing my parents problems. I wasn't the perfect angel that I will happily let you think that I was. Over the years, I made a few mistakes here and there, but I asked God for His Forgiveness. He forgave me of those sins and mistakes. 

This isn't to say that mistakes, sins, crimes, or whatever, don't have consequences. It's not a get out of jail free card.  Those would be dealt with as they are and in the appropriate manner.

The point is that God loves you no matter what you have done in this life. While people you know may constantly bring up that you did this or that, God will not do that once you've accepted Him as your Savior and repented of  your sins. People may browbeat you with allegations and comments about your wrongs, but rest assured, God isn't like that.  He doesn't like when we make mistakes or err in our ways, but He forgives and moves on.

If you see these news stories and wonder, "how can or would God ever forgive me for what I have done?" He does.  He will. Just ask.

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

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

(C) StoryBlocks, Used by Permission

May you have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Allen, Photographer and Writer
Noah, Pawthor and Pawtographer

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) Allen Pearson
"And now we thank you,
our God,
and praise your
glorious name."

- 1 Chronicles 29:13, ESV

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Sunday's Thought


(C) StoryBlocks, Used by Permission

This year has gone by so fast.  Hard for me to believe this week will be Thanksgiving. 2017 has been one fast year. The old saying "time flies when you are having fun" hold very true. Or, the "older you get, the faster time flies."

As Thanksgiving approaches once again, I begin my usual thoughts of being thankful and what I am thankful for and what I am thankful.

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I'm not much on material stuff or having the latest and greatest of anything. These things wear and tear or fall apart and are gone before you know it. Though, I thank God often for what He has provided in this life. Food, clothing, shelter, and the human needs of this life.

I am thankful for God, my wife, my dog, and friends. God has taken care of me throughout my life in ways I never would have imagined, especially at the time. I couldn't even begin to write or say enough great things about my wife, dog, and friends. They are the awesome in my life which I would miss if they weren't around.

As I go through this life, I've seen many people work to make as much money as possible so they can have the largest house, the nicest cars, and the best clothes. All fine for them, but those don't bring peace and contentment within your heart and your life as having God in your life will.

What seems like centuries ago, my parents took me to church every time the church doors were open. I was taught about Jesus, God, the Bible and the church.  As I learned, I became a Christian and followed Jesus throughout my life.

What are you thankful for?

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



Thursday, November 16, 2017

Timeless Thursday: Fall's Paint Palate

"Fall's Paint Palate"
(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved
The beauty of fall can be found everywhere. Sometimes I capture the beauty of the brilliant colors by walking through my neighborhood with camera in hand.  Sometimes, it's a tree in someone's yard (be careful with this as you do not want to photograph something personal giving away the location of the  house or anything which indicates who lives on the property.)

Other times, I take a walk, as I used to do quite frequently at Walney Nature Center and capture God's beautiful handiwork in nature.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) Allen Pearson

"So we do not lose heart,
though our outer self
is wasting away,
our inner self is being
renewed day by day."

- 2 Corinthians 4:16, ESV

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sunday's Thought

"Splashes of Fall Colors"
(C) Allen Pearson
Last Sunday when a man went to a Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas and began shooting killing 26 people, I found myself disturbed that such a crime could happen within the walls of God’s House, a church, the Sanctuary.  Why did this happen? Why did this man go to the church and begin shooting and continue inside the building? Questions I may never really have answers for but ones which are not as important as one which came glaring in my mind.

Another disturbing point in the Texas Church shooting was the lack of respect for God’s House, the Church, the Sanctuary.  When I was growing up, we were taught to respect the God’s House, the Church, the Sanctuary. This wasn’t the place to run, play, have parties, drink sodas and eat snacks, it was where you worshipped God. Maybe a little legalistic, but the idea was it was a place of worship, sanctity, and respect. It’s not like other buildings or businesses in the area. So, the idea that the shooter went into the church or shot into the church got my attention. Not sure why I felt this way, maybe it was Satan trying to discourage me from attending church or to stay away from Christian activities.

Once again, my mind began to contemplate, as it often does, “If this happened to you, would you be ready to meet Jesus?” If I was at an event somewhere in the universe and someone opened fire and I died, in that split second when I would have no way to do anything including saying a prayer to Jesus to confess all my sins or to proclaim my belief in Him or to become a Christian in those last fleeting seconds of my life- am I ready to meet Jesus? Repeatedly, I debated that thought. Without a doubt, I know that I am. What about others?

"Sunshining Through"
(C) Allen Pearson
Chances are, I would not have the time to pray those prayers or have those thoughts as the shooting would be too fast or too quick. I’m sure the adrenaline of the situation would be distracting too.  It would be over in a matter of seconds.  I would be on my way to my eternal home. Simple as that.

I need to be ready. I began my Christian life within a few days of being born. At least that’s what I’ve always said since my parents attended church all of their lives and there used to be a week between leaving the hospital and going out in the world, so it had to be a few days or a week before I went to church.  Once I started, I was not allowed to miss because my parents went every time the church doors were open. But, that isn’t what makes a Christian. Going because your parents make you or because you HAVE to isn’t it.

I knew that, I became a Christian at a very early age and recommitted my life in my college years. I remember a college professor saying, “You can’t get to heaven on your parent’s shirt tails!” The comment made me think so I had a conversation with God to be sure that I was ready to go in a moments notice.

My post is all over the place this week, kind of unusual for my writing, but I’ve had concerns for me, for you, as the country is still reeling over the events of last Sunday in Texas and the increasing violence.

The real question is, “are you ready?”  Should something happen to you in this crazy world, would you be ready to go to your eternal home?

If you would like to follow Jesus and become a Christian, please read and 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.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Veteran's Day!


Photo Credit:Samuel Branch


Thank you Veterans!

Celebrating the greatness of the men, women, and dogs who served in the U.S. Armed Forces! Thank you for all you do and have done to protect our freedoms and keep us safe!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Garden Perspectives: Late Summer Sunflower

"Late Summer Sunflower"
(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved

The garden is one of my favorite places to photograph. I enjoy looking for flowers, plants, trees, and even bugs to photograph from a different and unique perspective. 

This technique is based on using the basic rules in photography using a macro lens and an artistic eye. This just takes practice until you design the perspective you want.

To see more images and order products such as note cards, canvas prints, and metal prints, visit my Garden Perspectives Gallery!

When purchasing products from my galleries, you are always receiving the best quality prints and products.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Timeless Thursday! Grey Foggy Morning

"Grey Foggy Morning!"
(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved
As many photographers will say, a foggy cloudy morning can be a great time to photograph.  The cloudy skies brings out the color and diffuses the bright sunlight allowing a better photo.

Sometimes I enjoy photographing scenes in the fog for the beauty and mysteriousness of it. Seems natures beauty shows a different side in the fog, rain and snow.

When is your favorite time to photograph?




Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) Allen Pearson

"Lord, remind me
how brief my time on earth
will be. Remind me that my days
are numbered - How fleeting
my life is. You have made
my life no longer than
the width of my hand.
My entire lifetime is just a
moment to you;
At best, each of
us is but a breath." And so,
Lord, where do I put my hope?
My only hope is in You.

- Psalms 39:4-5, 7, NLT



Sunday, November 5, 2017

Sunday's Thought


"Fall at Walney Nature Trail"
(C) Allen Pearson

”...to Live is Christ...to Die is Gain”
with Dr. Adrian Rogers

And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with Me in paradise.” 
- Luke 23:43

I read about a man who was on an airplane in a bad storm. Even the flight attendant was nervous. But there was a little lady humming “Blessed Assurance.” She seemed to be at ease. This man said to her, “Lady, aren’t you afraid?” She replied, “Not at all. I’ve given my heart to Jesus Christ. Not so long ago, I had a daughter who died. She was a radiantly beautiful Christian and is now in heaven. I have another daughter who’s in Denver, where this airplane is going. But, I tell you the truth. It really doesn’t make much difference to me which daughter I visit.”

Jesus told a man on a bloody cross, “Today you’ll be with Me in paradise.”

If you were to die today, where would you spend eternity? And what about your family?

For more from Love Worth Finding and Pastor Adrian Rogers and to learn about salvation, please visit http://www.lwf.org/assurance-of-salvation

Devotion used by written permission of Love Worth Finding.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Railroad Photography: Rolling Rock Cars

"Rolling Rock Cars"
(C) Allen Pearson
An interesting train which goes through the Manassas and Northern Virginia area daily, if not twice daily, is the "Rock Train" which consists of several rolling stock designed to carry rock from a quarry to construction sites in Northern Virgina. Thankfully, this train exists as it takes quite a number of dump trucks off the road during peak travel times.

I have recently begun learning railroad photography working to capture the beauty of the railroad and related aspects. 

If you would like to see more of my railroad photography work, please visit Allen Pearson's Photos - Railroad Photography. Prints and notecards are available for purchase.

I am interested in learning your constructive comments about this photograph. Please share your comments below. 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved

"You keep him in 
perfect peace whose
mind in stayed on 
you, because he 
trusts in you."

- Isaiah 26:3, ESV