Sunday, August 19, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

Beach
"Top Sail Beach, North Carolina"
(C) Allen Pearson

I just returned home from a week at the beach. A quiet natural beach, Topsail, NC. It is one of the most beautiful beaches on earth. I was surprised to find the ocean water was blue. Yes, blue. The last time I'd been to a beach on the Atlantic, the water was browner than it was this past week.

Our drive to Topsail, NC, was anything but eventful. We had ridiculous traffic for the first few hours of travel and a few really powerful thunderstorms which caused us to get off the interstate to safety in the later hours of our trip.

"View from the Car Window"
Photo by Charlie Deets on Unsplash
When we got off the interstate to get out of the rain monsoon, we found the roads to be flooded really bad, probably a foot or two. However, we needed to get to safety as it was still raining really hard making it difficult to drive and see where we were going.

We did our best to get to the parking lot of a gas station and quickly realized we needed to change locations as the rains weren't subsiding and the fire hydrants we saw along the road were quickly disappearing. We determined we could get across the street to the other gas station safely if we acted quickly. As we surveyed our surrounds and where we thought the road might begin and began our journey. My wife was driving our Subaru Forester so I was confident we could make it without any trouble and breathing a prayer wasn't out of the question and done with a precise request of "Lord. please get us through safely" and a huge "Thank You LORD!" when He did. However, the situation would have been dangerous if we were in a sedan or smaller vehicle so be wary of flooded roads in vehicles as we saw a few "almost" attempts which would have been dangerous if they proceeded.

Our vacation was really great. It was really quiet. That is after I determined the noise I was hearing was the ocean and not the local traffic as it would have been back home. We went to a few local establishments for dinner, the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Hospital Center, Surf City, NC, the Tiki Water Tour, and the beach several times.

I loved the beach. Noah and I walked it several times. It wasn't crowded and the people were friendly. We had to be aware of the Sea Turtle nests and to stay away from them. Disturbing a nest would be a federal crime. We saw one nest but kept our distance as Noah's hound qualities and traits are always in excellent form. One of the purposes of our trip was to see Sea Turtles born and head to sea. As I walked the beach, I couldn't help but be amazed at the beauty of God's Creation along the seashore. I see it quite often back home near the mountains with all it's trees and green but I don't have the opportunity to see the shores.

The week seemed like a weekend. Not even a long weekend. I guess it's the problem with aging, the days get faster and faster and faster, and well, faster.

Storm
"Lightning Storms"
Photo by Leon Contreras on Unsplash
As we headed home, it was sad to leave the beautiful island of Topsail. I wasn't cut out for the large beaches with all the fun hoopla but the more natural beaches like this one. Our drive wasn't as eventful as the drive down. We had traffic and plenty of it and a few rain storms or thunderstorms but not like the ones on the trip down.

The storms got me to thinking. Life is full of storms. Whether it's weather-related like snow, rain, thunderstorms, tornadoes or the loss of a loved one, a loss of a friend, a loss of a job, a bad car accident and this list can go on and on. In my life, I've been through many storms. Some of them weather-related while others, like losing my family or many health issues or the loss of my brother-in-law and mother-in-law, are sad life events which happen as they do.

Through life's storms, I've noticed that God has been there all along. He's helped, comforted, calmed, and helped me through those rough times. He never failed. He never let me down. He never failed to show up at the right time just when I needed Him. Even without, at the time of the event, asking Him. It's an amazing journey which I wouldn't change for anything.

If you would like to learn more about the Christian life, becoming a Christian, becoming a follower of Jesus, please visit Peace with God.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Bible
(C) Allen Pearson

"For while bodily training
is of some value,
godliness is of value
in every way,
as it holds promise
for the present life
and also for the life to come."

- 1 Timothy 4:8, ESV

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

Billy Graham
(C) Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Has He Made Your Heart New?
by Billy Graham

The Bible gives us this glorious promise: God will give you a new heart. If you will come to Christ and surrender your heart to Him, God says, “I’ll take out the old heart. I’ll put in a new one.” An old heart will not do. He must give you a completely new heart. God doesn’t just patch you up when you come to Him. The Bible says, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10).

And in Ezekiel 36:26, the Bible says, “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.”

Would you like to have a new heart? Change the whole direction of your living? Change your whole moral life? Change your affections? Surrender your life to Christ and have Him give you a new heart.

Today’s Prayer

Dear Lord, thank You that You love us so much that You sent Jesus to the cross to pay the price for our sins so that we can be made new—heart, soul and all—for all eternity in and through Him. 
In His Name. 

Amen.

If you would like to learn more about surrendering your life to Christ and having Him give you a new heart, please visit Peace With God.

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, King James Version. Adapted from “Spiritual Heart Disease,” by Billy Graham, Decision magazine, February 2018.

Devotion used by written permission of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Wednesday;s Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson


"If the world hates you,
know that it has hated me
before it hated you.
If you were of the world,
the world would love you as its own;
but  because you are not of the world,
but I chose you out of the world,
therefore the world hates you."

- John 15:18-19, ESV

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

Lightning
"Lightning Strike!"
Photo by Felix Mittermeier on Unsplash
A few days ago, I was busy working in my studio on my writing when I realized I needed to work on my photography for a while. I’d been so busy writing, posting, social media, and some gardening chores thrown in, the time had gotten away from me.

I recently photographed a PR event for a local dog rescue at an assisted living/memory care place. As I was going through my images, I noticed the clouds beginning to gather forming a storm. I enjoy storms and have a magnificent view of the skies as they go through the area plus they darken my studio a bit making it easier to work. I didn’t pay much attention to it as it was just another summer storm coming in. This summer, though, it is a bit odd as we have had no rain much less thunderstorms. Good, we need the rain so maybe I can quit watering my plants every day.

As I began going through the images I was quickly distracted when I realized the storm was going to be more severe than I realized. The rain began and quickly turned to a very heavy rain with the winds blowing. As the winds blew and the rains began to almost come down in a straight line, I began wondering if a tornado might be in the making as the winds seemed to be getting stronger and rains heavier.

I went back to going through my images to be processed periodically looking out the window keeping an eye on the storm. Then, suddenly, it happened. A bolt of lightning strikes the ground across the field from my house, not as far as that description made it seem. A little closer, it might have hit the power lines a little further away, a home might have been struck. WOW! Truly amazing!
"Lightning in the Skies"
Photo by Leon Contreras on Unsplash

The lightning strike reminded me of my boyhood days sitting on the porch at my grandmother’s house during a thunderstorm. A train was supposed to be coming and we thought it was really cool to sit on the porch watching the storm while waiting. May not have been the wisest idea and my grandmother repeatedly reinforced it wasn’t.

After my grandmother went inside, I stayed on the porch to watch the storm and wait for the train. Within seconds, a bolt of lightning hit the rail of the railroad track closest to the house. The bolt bounced up and down on and off the rail for as far as I could see. Even the train signal flickered with the strike.

At that time, I didn’t think much about it. After all, I was a curious kid thought, whether I knew it or not, nothing was going to hurt me! Of course, I was wrong as it certainly could have! Now that I am around 45 years older, I am more contemplative and analytical, probably some cynical and sarcasm thrown in too. I’ve thought several times about that incident and the more recent one realizing my life could have been over in a flash. Literally.

I got to thinking more and more about that point. In both instances, if the lightning had been a little closer, I would have been seriously hurt, maybe even killed. Am I ready for what could have come next? Yes, I am. As a Christian, I know that when I die, my soul will go on to live with Jesus in Heaven. It's not over. I’m not at the end of the line. I’m headed to heaven. It’s a blessed assurance that I was given when I accepted Christ as my Savior when I was a teenager.

The wisest and greatest decision I have made in this life was when I became a Christian those many years ago. If you would like to learn more about the Christian life and becoming a Christian, please visit Peace With God,

Friday, August 3, 2018

Railroad Photography! "Green Light! GREEN LIGHT!! GREEN LIGHT!!!"

"Green Light! GREEN LIGHT!! GREEN LIGHT!!!"
(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved
"Green Light! GREEN LIGHT!! GREEN LIGHT!!!" is dedicated in loving memory to my brother who passed away several years ago and my grandmother who did the same a year before him!

When I was growing up, one of the exciting parts of my summer was going to West Virginia to see my grandmother.  She lived across the street from two railroad tracks which were part of the Chesapeake and Ohio and Baltimore and Ohio railways. Of course, for me, trips to Grandmother's house were made more awesome because of being able to sit on the front porch in a swing and watch the trains go by! I had a front row seat for every show.

When my brother and I went together to visit Grandmother, when we heard a train coming, we would holler as loud as we could, "Train! TRAIN! TRAIN!!" Whenever we went out front if the red signal had changed to green, we would holler, "Green Light! Green Light!! GREEN LIGHT!!!" so the other, and everyone within hearing distance, would know a train should be coming soon.  Of course, for two young boys that began the longest hour or so in our lives! It's no wonder my grandmother didn't like the two of us to stay with her without our parents!

"Green Light! Green Light!! GREEN LIGHT!!!" is available on printed products including traditional quality archival papers you can frame, metal, canvas, standouts, posters, and notecards. To learn more, please visit my Railroad Gallery. If you are interested in other products, like coffee mugs and journals, please email me from my website.

I have opened a store on CafePress: Allen Pearson's Photos making it possible for you to have my images on other products. If you are interested in other products, like coffee mugs and journals, please visit the site or email me from my website.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson
"You are
my hiding place
and my shield;
I hope in your word."

- Psalms 119:114, ESV


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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson
"Jesus said to her, ' I am the
resurrection and the life.
Whoever believes in me, though 
he die, yet shall ye live, and
everyone who lives and
believes in me shall never die.
Do you believe this?'"

- John 11:25-26, ESV

Do you believe this? I do. I have to admit, sometimes since I cannot see God or Jesus, I have to wonder about Christianity. However, every time that I have wondered or questioned, my inquisitive analytic mind is shown a reason to believe and a reason to learn more.

Am I perfect? Though I would like to think so, I have to be honest and say I am not, never have been and will only become perfect when I go to heaven. Jesus accepts us as we are, not as we think we should be. 

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

Friday, July 27, 2018

Garden Perspectives! "Pink Splashes"

"Pink Splashes"
(C) Allen Pearson
As I was processing this image, the brilliant vibrant colors of the Dahlia gets my attention and it's difficult to believe the colors in this image are real, not Photoshopped or otherwise edited.

As I enjoy the flowers in my garden this season, I can easily spend quite a few hours photographing the flowers, bugs, and various natural elements of our world.

If you do not own a macro lens, I encourage you to invest in one and begin exploring another awesome world of photography.  Before you invest in a lens, be sure to read about the many lenses available. I prefer a 1:1 Macro lens as it allows me to get almost on top of a bug or flower creating an awesome experience.

"Pink Splashes" is available on printed products including traditional quality archival papers you can frame, metal, canvas, standouts, posters, and notecards. To learn more, please visit my Garden Perspectives Gallery. If you are interested in other products, like coffee mugs and journals, please email me from my website.

I have opened a store on CafePress: Allen Pearson's Photos making it possible for you to have my images on other products. If you are interested in other products, like coffee mugs and journals, please visit the site or email me from my website.

#gardening, #spring, #gardenphotography, #photography, #dahlia, #spring, #annuals, #pink, #nature,
#macrophotography

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Sunday's Thought!


"Wealth"
Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

What do you value most?
by Jack Graham, PowerPoint Ministries

"And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, 'You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.'

--Mark 10:21

I love reading the Scripture. Perhaps you and I have that in common. But I especially love the end of the Bible, because it has a happy ending. And in the end there will be no more sin, no more suffering, and no more Satan! 

But, of course, not every story in Scripture has a happy ending. In fact, the rich young ruler, as he’s commonly known, didn’t find the happy ending he had hoped for. In fact, he’s one of the few people who, having encountered Jesus, left worse than he came.

You see, by all natural standards this young man was a tremendous success. He was popular, powerful, and had great possessions. But when he asked Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life he was stunned by Jesus’ reply.

Jesus told this young man that he still “lacked one thing.” And to find it he would have to rid himself of all his possessions. The Scripture says the young man walked away sorrowful.

Listen! There is nothing on earth as important or as valuable as eternal life.

You don’t have to walk away from Jesus sorrowful, not if you’re willing to let go of the world and follow him.

THERE IS NOTHING ON EARTH AS IMPORTANT OR AS VALUABLE AS ETERNAL LIFE.

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.

"Bible"
Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Friday, July 20, 2018

Railroad Photography! Norfolk Southern Gets the Green Signal in Belvoir, VA

"Norfolk Southern Gets the Green Signal in Belvoir, VA"
(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved 

One of my favorite places to photograph trails is in Belvoir VA. When I was first learning about great places to photograph trains, my friend said he was going to take me to Belvoir. I immediately thought about Fort Belvoir which isn't open for the general public to go watch trains if they should go through there.

Why do I like Belvoir? Sometimes, you get to see two trains while waiting for one. This westbound train was waiting on a siding for another train to go east. Once the westbound went through, it wasn't long that the eastbound geared up to go through. A train gearing up means it will be moving slower so you can photograph all you want and get some images you can't get from a fast moving train.

"Norfolk Southern Gets the Green Signal in Belvoir, VA" is available on printed products including traditional quality archival papers you can frame, metal, canvas, standouts, posters, and notecards. To learn more, please visit my Railroad Photography Gallery.

If you are interested in other products, like coffee mugs and journals, please email me from my website.

I have opened a store on CafePress: Allen Pearson's Photos making it possible for you to have my images on other products. If you are interested in other products, like coffee mugs and journals, please visit the site or email me from my website.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson

"Whatever you do,
work heartily,
as for the Lord
and not for men,
knowing that from the Lord
you will receive the inheritance
as your reward.
You are serving the Lord Christ."

- Colossians 3:24-24, ESV

Monday, July 16, 2018

Garden Perspectives! "Dahlia's Pink Petals"

"Dahlia's Pink Petals"
(C) Allen Pearson
The brilliance of the colors found in Dahlia's are truly amazing and grab my attention whenever I see them. The detail in the petals of "Dahlia's Pink Petals" gets my attention because of the brushed look of the fuschia color coming into the white. The center yellow is like a bonus color too.

"Dahlia's Pink Petals" is available on printed products including traditional quality archival papers you can frame, metal, canvas, standouts, posters, and notecards. To learn more, please visit my Garden Perspectives Gallery.

I have opened a store on CafePress: Allen Pearson's Photos making it possible for you to have my images on other products. If you are interested in other products, like coffee mugs and journals, please visit the site or email me from my website.

#gardenphotography, #macrophotography, #digitalphotography, #gardening, #spring, #flower, #dahlia, #flowerphotography, #gardenphotography, #macrophotography, #nature, #naturephotography, #photography

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Sunday's Thought!


"Desktop Computer"
(C) Storyblocks, Used by Permission
As I look back over my life, I am amazed at how much things have changed. Yes, I know most people say the same thing but its made some speculation and thought for me these past few days.

Not too many years ago, I could not have contacted a college buddy of mine without having his mailing address, or as commonly known snail mail address. Now, I can send him a text or an email and he receives within a few minutes. Or, if he is on social media, I can contact him through that or the instant messenger app within it. It’s really made the world seem like such a small place. The great thing is to be in touch with friends quicker and easier than ever before.

As I write this post, I am writing on a computer with a monitor and whatever it is that is within this machine which allows me to write, make corrections, and changes without having to scrap the paper and starting over or using white-out to correct an error. I use a word-processing app which allows me to write wherever in the universe I happen to be at the moment. I can remember the day when I used pen and paper to write compositions for school. Also, I remember when I learned to use a computer and forgot to save my work along the way! A power-blip caused me to lose everything I had written. Nowadays, I have the apps I use backup my work regularly. I can change the backup frequency to my preference. These changes are awesome and I thoroughly enjoy writing this way rather than the old pen and ink method.

Phone
"Cell Phone"
Photo by Caspar Rubin on Unsplash
Another technological advancement which I have seen be awesome for many people is the cell phone! Often referred to as the “Smartphone.” Nowadays, you can do about everything you can think of on a cell phone. You can order products from the internet, you can pay for your meals at a restaurant or products when shopping at a store. These advancements are amazing and make our lives much more convenient.

One of my favorite advancements in technology is the internet. I can remember going to the big box stores looking for something and having to go to several stores sometimes without even finding the product that I was wanting. The internet has made shopping for an item much easier. I can learn if I can find it locally and even if they have it in stock. If not, I can learn if the product is available from websites like Amazon. So convenient and saves so many headaches!

As I thought about the advancements in society, I got to thinking about Jesus, God, and Christianity. It seems like from the minute I was born until now, just flew past by 55th birthday, I have been in church, read the Bible, heard Bible Stories in Sunday School classes, and learn life lessons with God’s Word from Pastors in their sermons. It seems it has not changed any along the way.

As I have gone through life, I have seen God in my life. So many times and through so many events of life, some great and some tragic, God has always been there to guide me through life sometimes without my knowing He is there!

"Bible App on Cell Phone"
Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash
A few advancements I enjoy in the Christian life is having access to my Bible whenever I want and wherever I go. An app, Bible - You Version, allows me to have any translation I want. It allows me to highlight the Scriptures and make notes. My church has it’s Sunday sermon notes online with the app too. For me, this is awesome because I can have access anywhere and everywhere. While I kept a Bible in my cubicle at work for years, the app makes carrying a Bible to read at lunch or wherever much easier even without internet access.

Another favorite advancement is BibleGateway. This website allows me to read the Bible in several translations as well as having access to quite a few reference materials. If I want to dig further in God’s Word to learn more, I can read the Concordances, Commentaries, Dictionaries and the like to do so. Not too many years ago, I would have had to purchase volumes of books to gain the understanding I can do with the BibleGateway website.

As society has advanced and made many everyday chores or tasks easier, Jesus, God, the Bible and Christianity has not changed. Not one bit. Why? The old saying “You can’t improve on perfection,” comes to mind. God, Jesus, Christianity and the Bible are always the same, forever and ever. What I learned about Him as a child, or a teenager when I decided to become a Christian, whenever along life’s way has been the truth of the Gospel then and now. While it may not be “modern” as some want or considered “old” and “outdated” as some will say, it still applies to today, to today’s family, to today’s people. God created Christianity and the Bible to apply to the times of old and today’s world as He knew our needs before we did. We just have to seek.

The greatest blessing of my life has been being a Christian from an early time in life. I asked Jesus to come into my life, forgive me of my sins and to lead me in His Will. Interested in learning more, please visit Peace With God.

Bible
"Bible on Table"
Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Bible
(C) Allen Pearson

"You are my hiding place
and my shield;
I hope in your word."

- Psalms 119:114, ESV

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Sunday's Thought!


Man
"Billy Graham at New York Crusade in 2005"
(C) Billy Graham Evangelistic Association


The Greater New York Billy Graham Crusade, in June 2005, was Billy Graham’s final Crusade, although he preached later at two Franklin Graham Festivals (New Orleans and Baltimore). The following sermon, preached on the final night of the New York Crusade, carried the same message that Mr. Graham proclaimed throughout his nearly 80 years of ministry: We are all sinners, but God loves us and will forgive us when we turn from our sin and by faith put our trust in Jesus Christ.


Almost everyone today understands that we are approaching a climactic moment in history. The world is going to come to an end.

In the New Testament the new birth is mentioned nine times. Repentance is mentioned 70 times. Baptism is mentioned 20 times. The coming again of Christ is mentioned hundreds of times. Jesus Christ said that as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.

When the situation in the world becomes the way it was in Noah’s day, you can know that Jesus’ return is near. In Noah’s day the world was filled with wickedness, corruption, violence—every imagination of man’s thought was evil. It was a world in which marriage was abused and violence prevailed.

Think of the headlines of our papers today. All of that is happening today, and I believe that today God is warning us.

Noah was a good man. The Bible says he walked with God. He was a man of moral integrity. He worshiped God. The Bible says by faith Noah, being warned by God of things not yet seen, moved with fear. People ask, “Is it legitimate for a person to come to Christ out of fear?” Absolutely. Many people in the Bible came to God because of fear.

But God is a God of love. The primary message about Jesus in the New Testament is that God loves you. Some of you feel unloved. Some of you feel depressed, or you feel you don’t have purpose and meaning in your life. God is there to rescue you from that situation. If you repent, He will forgive your sins, because when Jesus died on the cross God laid on Him the sins of all of us.

Quote
(C) Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
It would be great if you could go home tonight and know that you’re different, that you have a new strength with God, by faith in Christ.

When I read the news today, the only bright spot I see on the horizon is the return of Christ. I believe He is coming back. In the New Testament there are so many passages about the coming again of Christ. I could spend all afternoon reading them. Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:2-3). If I died right now—and that’s a possibility—I’d go straight into Heaven and see Jesus.

Most of the interviews that I’ve had here in New York have asked the same questions about death—“What happens when you die? Are you looking forward to death?” Yes. I’m looking forward to death.

We are going to die. We’re all under judgment. War does not increase death. Did you know that? Think about it. Some may go a little quicker than others. Thousands of people were killed when the Allies invaded Europe in 1945 at Normandy. And thousands of people have died in Iraq, Vietnam, Korea and many other places. But that does not increase death, because we are all going to die; we’re going to join them in death.

Scripture
(C) Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
But when we die, we’re going to be divided. Some will be eternally lost and some eternally saved. We are saved through Jesus, if we put our faith in Him.

Jesus loves us, and He went to prepare a place for us. When Christ was ascending into Heaven following His death and resurrection, the angels asked His disciples, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11).

Jesus is going to come back. Are you ready? Now when is that going to happen? When Jesus and the disciples met together, the disciples asked, “‘Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?’ And He said to them, ‘It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority’” (Acts 1:6-7). He also said, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only” (Matthew 24:36).

But the Scripture says, “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first” (1 Thessalonians 4:16). There’s going to come a day when you’ll hear a gigantic noise from Heaven, a shout, and then the archangel is going to speak. At that moment, those who have died—your fathers, your mothers, your relatives, your friends who are dead in Christ—are going to rise from the dead.

Scripture
(C) Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
For years, every time I would come to New York, I would pass a graveyard on the way to Times Square. I don’t know the name of it, but there are graveyards all over New York. And those graves are going to be opened, if they are people who knew Christ as their Lord and Savior. And we’re going to join them. Those of us who are left here, who are still living, are going to join them in the air on our way to Heaven.

Then the Bible teaches us that there’s going to be a great coronation, with millions of angels. Thousands of people who have followed Christ in their life here on earth are going to have a gigantic banquet called the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. Jesus is the Lamb. He’s going to be crowned King of kings and Lord of lords, and what a glorious moment that will be.

I’m looking forward to that. In fact, George Beverly Shea, whom you just heard sing “How Great Thou Art,” is 96, and I’m 86, on my way to 87. I know that it won’t be long before both of us are going to be in Heaven.

Man
(C) Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
Jesus said, “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Matthew 24:44). The Bible says, “Prepare to meet your God” (Amos 4:12). Are you prepared? Have you opened your heart to Jesus? Have you repented of your sins?

You ask, “What is repentance?” Repentance means that you say to God, “I am a sinner, I’m sorry for my sins, I’m willing to turn from my sins. But Lord, You have to help me to turn. I’ve tried so many times to give up things I know that are wrong, and I just can’t do it.’”

Then, by faith, receive Jesus, who died on the cross for you. Open your heart and say, “Yes, Lord Jesus, come in. I’m ready to follow You.” ©2005 BGEA

Open your heart to Jesus today.

Devotion used by written permission of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Railroad Photography: "Rails Through Delaplane, VA"

"Rails Through Delaplane, VA"
(C) Allen Pearson
Throughout the history of the United States, there are plenty of towns, cities and metropolitan areas which began there existence because of the railroad. The railroad brought business and businesses grew from there. Such was the case with Delaplane, VA.

Delaplane is an unincorporated community located in northern Fauquier County, Virginia, approximately 50 miles west of Washington, D.C. just off I-66, where the traffic becomes less congested and the noises you hear aren't from the city life! You might even get waved at by a local or two.

The town is in the heart of Virginia's famous Piedmont Hunt Country. It was originally named Piedmont Station but renamed after the prominent businessman W.E. Delaplane. It was formed around a stop on the Manassas Gap Railroad.

Delaplane has a place in American Civil War history. During the First Battle of Manassas, in 1861, General Stonewall Jackson marched his troops from Winchester to the Piedmont Station train depot where they loaded onto rail cars headed for the First Battle of Manassas. This event marked the first time a railroad had been used to move troops into battle.

Delaplane is located in part of North America's oldest fox hunting territory.

"Rails through Delaplane, VA" is available on printed products including traditional quality archival papers you can frame, metal, canvas, standouts, posters, and notecards. To learn more, please visit my Railroad Gallery.

If you are interested in other products, like coffee mugs and journals, please email me from my website.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

Sunflower
"Glimmers of the Sunflower"
(C) Allen Pearson
Are Psychologists Right? Are You “Repressed”?
By Dr. Adrian Rogers, Love Worth Finding

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, 
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

Psychologists are always talking about getting rid of your guilt complexes. They say man has all of these desires within him, and he's been held in by blocked memories that squeeze him in. If he represses himself, they say, he’ll develop neurosis or psychosis. So they say, “Express yourself. Live it up! Do your thing.”

“The opposite of repression is expression,” they say. No friend, let me tell you, it’s not repression, it’s not expression -- it’s confession.

God says that if you will confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus Christ and believe in your heart God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

The Amplified Bible says it this way: “If you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe [adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth] that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart a person believes [adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ] and so is justified [declared righteous, acceptable to God], and with the mouth he confesses [declares openly and speaks out freely his faith] and confirms his salvation.”

God also promises, “...the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” ( 1 John 1:7) and “...where sin abounded, grace did much more abound” ( Romans 5:20).

To learn about salvation, please visit Love Worth Finding - Assurance of Salvation.

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

Devotion used by written permission of Love Worth Finding.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson

"Behold,
the eye of the Lord
is on those who fear him,
on those who hope in his steadfast love,"

- Psalms 33:18, ESV

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson

"Jesus said to her, 'I am the
resurrection and the life. 
Whoever believes in me, though
he die, yet shall he live, and 
everyone who lives and
believes in me shall never die.
Do you believe this?'"

- John 11:25-26, ESV

At a friend's celebration of life a few weeks ago, I read this Scripture in the Memorial Service Program. It is one that I had not been familiar with until today. 

After I read it, I said to myself. Yes, I believe. Yes, I believe! I have been a Christian for at least 35 years and was brought up in the church. But, that is really beside the point. Though I may be exposed or told something, such as about God or Jesus or Christianity, doesn't mean that I accept or believe it. I have to think about it, analyze it or determine for myself what I believe in.

A few times in my life, even after I became a Christian, I questioned my beliefs. I questioned the Bible, God, Jesus, and the church. After all, you cannot see God or Jesus and we are told who wrote the Bible, but none of us were there when it was written. I have one of those analytical minds that has to analyze everything so that's what I did. 

In my search, I began to notice how God came alongside me when life presented challenges, whether finding a job or a place to live or make ends meet on my salary, or in tragic events such as the loss of family members or a best friend. God was always there. How could I tell? This could make this post of a million words but I'll say that the things which happened, could have only been controlled by God. Having God's Presence in my life has been the most awesome adventure I could have had. 

Do I believe? Yes, I do. Do you? An excellent place that I have found to learn more about God, Jesus and God's Plan of Salvation for man is the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's website, Peace With God!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson

"Create in me a clean heart,
O God,
and renew a right spirit within me."

- Psalms 51:10, ESV

Monday, June 18, 2018

Railroad Photography! Art of the Freight Cars, Rail Art Series, 1

"Blue Freight Through Belvoir Virginia"
Art of the Freight Cars, Rail Art Series, 1
(C) Allen Pearson

Art? Yes, art. Though many people consider the graffiti painted on freight cars as graffiti, vandalism, and destroying railroad property, which is my thoughts, it isn't going away so I've decided to create  "artful" beauty of it in this photograph and in my series, "Art of the Freight Cars, Rail Art Series."

For me, freight trains and the myriad of railroad cars have always been a fascination for me. There are cars hauling fuels, oil, foodstuff, computers, new cars, chemicals, and almost everything you have or use or see in your daily life.

I am not sure why trains, especially freight and coals, keep me so fascinated. It's not unlike me to take an afternoon, get my dog Noah, grab my camera, and my radio scanner and head out to the local railroad crossing and watch these awesome machines go through town.

The "Blue Freight Through Belvoir, Virginia" is available on printed products including traditional quality archival papers you can frame, metal, canvas, standouts, posters, and notecards. To learn more, please visit my Railroads Photography Gallery.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

Car
"Antique Car"
(C) Allen Pearson

Father’s Day!

Father’s Day has rolled around once again. Since my father passed away a few years ago after a tragic fall, I haven’t had reason to celebrate or commemorate the day so I usually let it go by- kind of ignoring it. However, the day does remind me of how awesome my father was.

In many ways, I didn’t “celebrate” Father’s Day in the way many people do when my father was alive. Oh, I know, you think I am a horrible human and need to re-think things or be punished somehow.

Well, no. Why do I need a holiday or a designated day to honor my father? I should be doing that all the time, year-round, showing my love for him. Granted, Father’s Day is the only time you can get those goofy greeting cards that never really say what you want it to say so you buy one that’s kinda close t your thoughts.

Over the years, I took time to do things with my father such as grilling steaks, going to the car shows in Washington D.C., going to Tower Records and Bookstores, enjoying music together, doing some home repairs together which was a favorite thing of his, and I made sure he knew that I loved him.
Car
"Car Show in Manassas"
(C) Allen Pearson

Yes, ultimately, I celebrated Father’s day with my father and honored him. We usually went out to dinner somewhere and gave him a gift. It was later in life that I learned what he liked most were the many times we celebrated the day with my grilling dinner for him.

My father was a Christian man with a strong faith in God. He read his Bible and had devotions every day and he lived a life that he thought would be pleasing to God. He took his family to church every Sunday and Wednesday. When the church had a revival or any other special event, he took us to it. I remember we had family devotions too. His Christian example was the greatest gift that my father could have ever given me. Though he could not “make” me a Christian because it’s a decision I would have to make, he led the example that caused me to consider becoming a Christian and eventually do so.

As you celebrate Father’s Day, remember to tell your father you love him. If you live near your father, take him to dinner and give him a big hug. Be sure to tell him “thank you” for all he has done for you. After all, without him, you wouldn’t be here or be the person you are.

Happy Father’s Day.

If you would like to learn about becoming a Christian, please visit Peace With God.

Car
"Car Show in Manassas"
(C) Allen Pearson

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Bible
(C) Allen Pearson

"Do not be slothful in zeal,
be fervent in spirit,
serve the Lord.
Rejoice in hope,
be patient in tribulation,
be constant in prayer."

- Romans 12:11-12, ESV




Sunday, June 10, 2018

Sunday's Thought!


Hawk
"Cooper's Hawk"
(C) Allen Pearson

Many years ago now, I discovered the art of digital photography. I found it to be an awesome way to create memories of life as it happens. Not long into learning the techniques of photography, I began to explore photographing nature. I still remember some advice given to me by an instructor at Ritz Camera, "Yes, there are rules in photography which you should learn and pay attention to when you photograph. However, do not let these stop you from exploring and even breaking the rules. You never know what you will discover and learn. You might create a work of art!" While I never really created a work of art, I have had many great years of exploring nature.

"Spring Phlox by Tree Stump"
(C) Allen Pearson
As I took the instructor's advice, I decided I needed to have a unique perspective on my photography work. While there are many great nature photographers in the world, each has their own "focus." I decided mine would be to photograph the unique beauty of nature, to find it's brilliance which is often overlooked and share through photography. Also, I wanted to do it in a way which respects nature. So, I learned quite a bit about nature and what I would be photographing.

While I was learning about the awesome world of nature. I learned what an interesting, complex, and fascinating world it is. One critter exists to feed another one or this plant serves this purpose or that one. It all comes together to create an incredible universe for us to live.

Another aspect of nature that I never really gave much thought too is that I know the Creator of the awesome beauty that I love and photograph. I met Him many years ago when I was just a child and my parents took me to church. I got to know Him even better when I became a Christian not too many years later. Sometimes, it's sometimes hard to comprehend how the complexity and beauty yet so simply beautiful of the natural world can be. How could any of this just come together? God created it in His time. He created you too,

Do you know the Creator? He is God who loves you more than anything in this universe. If you would like to follow Jesus and become a Christian? If so, please visit Jack Graham, Power Point Ministries.

"Humble Bumble and Purple Cone Flower"
(C) Allen Pearson