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

Friday, June 8, 2018

Garden Perspectives! "Dahlia Brilliance"

"Dahlia Brilliance"
(C) Allen Pearson
My Garden Perspectives Gallery shares the unique perspectives of nature found in the garden. The Dahlia flowers with their awesome array of colors have gotten my attention recently as one of my neighbors has planted several along his property.

The "Dahlia Brilliance" is available on print 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.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Bible
(C) Allen Pearson

"Let no corrupt talk
come out of your mouths,
but only such as is good
for building up, as fits the
occasion, that it may give
grace to those who hear."

- Ephesians 4:29, ESV

Monday, June 4, 2018

Network Blogs Service Closing Soon! Subscribe by Email

Blog
(C) StoryBlocks, Used by Permission


A few days ago, I received an email to alert me to a change coming with Network Blogs. As of Wednesday, June 6, 2018, they will be discontinuing their services for blogs using their services.

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Blog
(C) StoryBlocks, Used by Permission



Sunday, June 3, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

Concert
"Gaither Family Fest in the Smokies"
(C) Allen Pearson

Last weekend, I had the blessing of traveling with friends to Gatlinburg, Tennessee to attend the annual "Gaither Family Fest in the Smokies." The event is an awesome weekend of Southern Gospel Music featuring many of the genres notable artists like the Gaither Vocal Band, The Booth Brothers, The Isaacs, The Hoppers, Lynda Randle, The Easters and the list goes on. The artists sing Southern Gospel songs and hymns in their various styles which is really an awesome way to hear music from artists you are not familiar with.

"Clouds in the Smokies"
(C) Allen Pearson
Every year, soon after the concert starts on Friday night, it begins to give you an idea of what heaven will be like. The atmosphere is full of music, love, and often a bit of clean humor. It is a time of rejoicing and celebrating the blessings God has given us and for laying our problems, heartaches, and headaches aside and focus on God and His Magnificence which Bill Gaither, Kevin Williams, and others draw us into through the beauty of music. 

Also, I love this time because I get to hear my favorite songs from over the years and hear some new ones.  Although I have to admit, the music never fails to remind me of my father who was a Minister of Music and Songwriter who loved to sing solos using many of the Gaither songs. One evening, I aged myself 35 years when I remembered the debut of the song, "He Touched Me" written by Bill Gaither.

Another part of the weekend I really enjoy is hearing how "human" the artists really are. Sometimes we think we are the only ones in the universe going through a particular problem as we don't know someone who is going through it or all of our friends are living the perfect lives while we are still trying to get ours together. When an artist shares about God helping them with a problem, it's a blessing to hear their story. I was particularly humbled and blessed to meet a man named Daniel Ritchie who has struggled through physical difficulties all of his life. Though he has had significant struggles, he didn't complain about them but focused on God's Power to use them to help others.

The weekend features 5 concerts with a grand finale-type celebration on Sunday evening. Then reality hits as its time to head home and back to all the problems, heartaches, headaches and crises of the world. While it can be difficult to leave this taste of heaven, those who are Christians, accepted Christ as their Savior, know we will one day leave this world and go to heaven where there will be no more pain, problems, headaches, and heartaches.

Yes, the problems will most likely still be there but having Christ in our hearts, living in our lives, makes these trials easier to handle and go through. It is a peace which goes beyond our human understanding.

To learn more about God's Plan of Salvation for man, please visit, Peace With God!
"The Nelons in Concert at Gaither Fest"
(C) Allen Pearson


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson

"What then shall
we say to
these things?
If God is for us, who
can be against us?"

-Romans 8:31, ESV

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

Mountains
"Lake in the Mountains"
(C) Storyblocks, Used by Permission

Jesus Is Your Advocate!
by Pastor Jack Graham, Power Point Ministries

"… But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous."

--1 John 2:1

Has the devil ever tried to “re-try” you for a past sin? The enemy just loves to bring up sins that we’ve confessed to God. He’ll say things to us like, “You can’t be forgiven. There’s no hope for your sin!”

Well, if our salvation was dependent on us, this would be true. But you and I have an advocate who sits at the right hand of God! And when the devil tries to condemn and blame us, Christ Jesus is representing us before the Father saying, "He’s ours, Father. She belongs to us.” And the case is closed.

However, there is no forgiveness for sin apart from Jesus. If you don't know him, you will die in your sin and will be forever separated from God. There is no greater tragedy that this.

But maybe you’re wishing you could start over in life. Perhaps you’re thinking, “If only I could be truly forgiven of my sin. If only I could forgive myself.” You can!

Jesus died to wash away your sins and to give you a brand new life!

Pray right now, “Dear Lord, I know I have sinned against you. Please forgive me and become Lord of my life. Be my advocate. And give me power to live in victory over sin.”

THERE IS POWER IN THE BLOOD OF JESUS!

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, May 23, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Bible
(C) Allen Pearson

"Rejoice always,
pray without ceasing,
give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is the will of God
in Christ Jesus for you."

- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, ESV

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sunday's Thought!


"Train Coming into Station"
(C) Allen Pearson

This week one of my friends had to go to work in Washington D.C. attending a few workshops and conferences.  Since he knows that I have a strong interest in watching trains, he'll send me photos of the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) coming into the Manassas Park, VA, train station to pick up the commuters. 

During his week of commuting, he texted a few comments to me which got my attention. He said "So many people going to different places. How many of them know where they will ultimately end up." I got to thinking about that and realized how true the comment is. Sad, but true.

We make preparations for ourselves in this life such as where we want to work or what our career will be. We plan our commutes to the office and home whether it's by car, commuter bus, VRE or other means. We plan our week to get chores accomplished and make doctor appointments. We plan vacations sometimes in exotic places of the world. We plan our marriages with weddings which are usually the ultimate in a lady's dream,  We save for retirement so we can live how we want to in our golden years. And, in some cases, we make our final arrangements so our loved ones will not be "stuck" with the decisions.

While planning is all well and good as I know if I didn't do it, I would not get everything done in my week. However, how about for your soul and eternity? Have you made anything plans or given any thoughts to where you may spend eternity?

When I was younger, probably the day after I was born knowing my parents, I began my life-long journey of attending church and all the events hosted there. I made friends, met people who spent their lives as Missionaries sharing God's Word and the Gospel throughout the world. I heard excellent song evangelists and preachers too. However, this doesn't make me a Christian but simply a man going to church.

As I grew up and was preparing in college for my career, I realized that I haven't really made any preparations or done any planning for my soul and eternity after death. I thought I had, but a few life things came up which left me uncertain.  So, if I am planning for my career, who I might like to marry, and other things I want to do in life, shouldn't I prepare for eternity to? So, I stopped and did. I asked Christ to come into my life, save my soul and take me to heaven to be with Him with I die.

Making plans for where you will spend eternity is essential. It shouldn't be put off as no one knows when and where they will take their last breath.

If you would like to accept Christ's awesome gift to us, the Gift of Salvation- eternal life, please 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 a 100% Bible-believing, teaching, preaching church. Here are a few resources:
  • Find believers (Christians) to fellowship with.
  • Get baptized.
  • Buy a Bible.
  • 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.


"The Train Has Left the Station - Heading to Many Directions,
Where are you Headed?"

(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved











Friday, May 18, 2018

Garden Perspectives! Yellow Burst

Flower
"Yellow Burst"
(C) Allen Pearson
The idea for my series and photography gallery titled "Garden Perspectives" came about several years ago when I began noticing how beautiful nature can be. Not only in every day as we see it, the planted flowers, trees, birds and the like, but in viewing it from different perspectives. Laying on the ground looking into a flower or other plant, or even looking up into it.

"Yellow Burst" was created by studying the side view of a bright yellow Dahlia. The image was created, by permission, using a Dahlia in a neighbor's yard. Doing a little research, I've found the Dahlia is a "Dahlia's Jaune." If you enjoy photographing nature, trying photographing from different angles with different lenses and see what you come up with.

My work is available in various from traditional prints you can frame yourself to metal, canvas, posters and notecards.  Visit Allen Pearson's Photos - Garden Perspectives to learn more.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word


"All Scripture is 
breathed out by God
and profitable for 
teaching, for reproof,
for correction, and for 
training in
righteousness, that the
man of God may be
complete, equipped for
every good work."

- 2Timothy 3:16-17, ESV

Monday, May 14, 2018

National Train Day!


"CSX Rounding a Curve at Harper's Ferry"
(C) Allen Pearson
Saturday was National Train Day, a day set aside by the powers that be and note these things as a way to bring attention to the awesome role in our lives trains play. Without the hard work of the railroads in this country, our economy and the ability to have pretty much whatever we want and can afford within a reasonable good distance from wherever we live, we wouldn't have nearly most items we frequently use in our lives.

Trains play a role on the highways and interstates in the USA too. If there were no trains, the increased truck traffic would be beyond ridiculous bringing many, if not all, roadways to a  halt. There is a "rock train" which runs near my home almost every day. The train hauls rock to different locations in Northern Virginia and keeps hundreds of dump trucks off the road. Which, in this area, is really awesome as the traffic already a standstill during rush hours.

For me, I am foraying into the world of learning about trains, the railroads, and their history.  As a young boy through my teen years, it was a treat to me to watch the trains going by my grandmother's house in West Virginia. These magnificent machines captivated me as a child and again as a retired guy. 

Please visit my Railroad Photography Gallery at Allen Pearson's Photos - Railroad Gallery. My work is available for purchase on various mediums such as traditional prints, canvas, metal, posters and standouts.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

(C) Allen Pearson

Honoring our Mother’s

It seems like only yesterday that I was enjoying time with my mother. My wife and I would invite my parents over to help with gardening/yard work, which was one of my mother’s favorite things to do, and a dinner of grilled steak and baked potatoes. Mom always loved the time she could spend with her son and daughter-in-law. Invariably, Mom would have an idea for gardening or planting a flower or a design for an area of the yard to make it prettier and we would do it. She loved every minute of it.

As I was growing up, Mom stayed home to take care of us. She didn’t take a job outside the home until I was in high school, and even that, it was part-time. She was always there for whatever I needed. I didn’t realize how awesome that was of her until later in life. 

I remember times when I was sick, mom would be there to nurse me back to better health. She always seemed to know the “right remedy” to make me well. Somehow, she knew when something was bothering me and would try to help by wanting to listen. Of course, I was having no part of that but she tried.
One thing I always knew about mom. When the world seemed to be against me or maybe even just the obnoxious kid or bully teenager, my mom was always there to encourage me and let me know she loved me. 

A memory of mom I hope I never forget, when I went back to school after breaks, she would cry for a few minutes because she missed me and had loved the time spent with us in the summer or Christmas and Spring breaks. 

When my mom passed away several years ago, it was like a huge part of me was gone. To this day, I miss her and think of her often. I can't count the number of times I have almost picked up the phone to call her with a question about gardening only to realize that heaven doesn't have phones. A part of life that I have been very thankful for is the time I spent with Mom even after I got married. Though I could not be there all the time, there were times I could which created great memories to help me through the grieving when she passed.

My mom was a Christian lady who read her Bible, went to church and had become a Christian at a very early age. She was always concerned about my faith and belief in God. I will never forget when I decided to change denominations, though it was to another Christian denomination, she was worried about my salvation and often talked to me about it. She wanted me to be sure and not to make a mistake which would affect me for the rest of my life and eternity. That was love, honest and true love for her son. Mom realized later that the denomination change was the best for me as I learned quite a bit more about God and Jesus.

Interested in learning more about Salvation, Jesus, and God? Please visit Peace With God

And, oh yeah, no Mom is perfect. She drove me crazy at times like many Mom's do to their kids. But, that's no reason to miss time with my mom and creating memories that will last. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Bible
(C) Allen Pearson

"Do all things without grumbling or disputing,
that you may be blameless and innocent,
children of God without blemish in the midst of
a crooked and twisted generation, among whom
you shine as lights in the world,"

- Philippians 2:14-15, ESV

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

"Yellow Crocus Blooms"
(C) Allen Pearson

Is Jesus Your Stumbling Block or Your Stepping Stone?
by Dr. Adrian Rogers

We preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

 - 1 Corinthians 1:23-24

Jesus Christ will be either a stepping stone into heaven or a stumbling stone into hell. No one can be neutral about Jesus Christ. Either you rise on Him, or you fall on Him. You cannot walk around Him. Either you’re saved by Him or you’re judged by Him.

You will encounter Jesus Christ. He is inevitable. He is unavoidable. He is inescapable. What you do with Jesus Christ determines what Jesus Christ will do with you.  What are you doing with Jesus Christ today?

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

Devotion used by written permission of Love Worth Finding.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson

"In the beginning, God created the heavens
and the earth. The earth was without form and void,
and darkness was upon the face of the deep.
And the Spirit of God was hovering the face of the waters."

- Genesis 1:1-2, ESV

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

(C) Allen Pearson

"“He himself bore our sins” 
in his body on the cross, 
so that we might die to sins
and live for righteousness; 
“by his wounds you have
been healed.”"

 - 1 Peter 2:24, NIV

To learn more about Jesus Christ and God's Plan of Salvation for man, please visit Peace With God
If you would

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Bible
(C) Allen Pearson

"Make sure that nobody
pays back wrong for
wrong, but always strive
to do what is good for
each other and for
everyone else."

- 1 Thessalonians 5:15, NIV

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

Sun
"Sun Rising in the Clouds"
(C) Allen Pearson
What is important in this life? It was a question I often asked when I was starting my career and getting married. When I was first starting out in my career with a school system, my intent was to work there until I found a full-time job in my field-of-study which was Mass Communications. I had a part-time job at a Christian radio station and was hoping that one day, it would be full-time. The day never came for me to work full-time in radio but I had an awesome 10 years working with awesome people and its where I met my wife.

As life went on, I learned to live by my means and not more. I had expenses which were to be met and the everyday life stuff too. I was having a good time and loving the life that God had provided for me. 

As I worked my career with the school system, I promoted within to better-paying jobs with more responsibility. The work was good and taught me quite a few life lessons too. Also, I had the opportunity to meet many awesome people.

Some of the people I met had everything I could imagine and were acquiring more all the time. A fancy car, the best in clothing, always brought the best foods or snacks to office luncheons and the best whatever else there was to have. I found them to be interesting people and it gave me thought, is this what's important in life?  Do I always work to always acquire more? It was an awesome idea in my young mind.

My parents were probably best described at the time as middle to lower middle class where my father worked but my mother worked at home until I was old enough to go off to high school. We had what we needed but not much more. My parents took good care of me and always provided.

We went to church too. Every time the doors were open, we were there. My parents were active in the church throughout the years.  They instilled the importance of Christian values and being a Christian.

As I worked and thought about what's important in life, the return of Christian values often returned to my mind.  When I got married, I realized that, even more, there are more important things in life than expensive clothing, fancy cars, and homes. Besides my wife, first and foremost, was God. It is important to keep God in the forefront of all I do. Worshipping Him is the true foundation to life and happiness.

What is important in this life? The lesson was easy to learn as I saw other people becoming wealthy and the like. Keeping God first, others second-my wife, and I last brought God's blessings throughout life.

To learn more about Jesus, God and His Plan of Salvation for man, please visit Peace With God

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Garden Perspectives! Black and White Dahlia Bloom

"Black and White Dahlia Bloom"
(C) Allen Pearson
I have become fascinated with Black and White Photography. Though being one who loves the color and bringing out all the color I can in a photograph, I have become a bit intrigued by the black and white too.

For this photograph, I took an image I created and worked on it in Lightroom to get a depth of intrigue that I like.

If you would like to purchase a print, "Black and White Dahlia Bloom" is available on 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 am interested in reading your professional opinion on this image. Please share in the comments below.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) Allen Pearson

"How great you are,
Sovereign Lord!
There is no one like you,
and there is no God but you,
as we have heard
with our own ears."

- 2 Samuel 7:22, NIV

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Sunday's Thought!


Clouds
"Clouds in the Heavens"
(C) Allen Pearson

Over the past few years, I've gotten back into watching some of the old black and white television shows of the 1950's and 60's. I love watching episodes of "I Love Lucy," "Dennis the Menace," "Father Knows Best," "Hazel," "Andy Griffith," "Donna Reed" and "Leave it to Beaver." The old shows remind me of my childhood when we were allowed to watch only a few shows a day. What? My parents didn't allow my brother and I to watch much television as they wanted us to spend time outside playing and learning to entertain ourselves. Back then, I didn't understand that, but now as I look back, I can see their point. I don't need to rely on television or video games to keep me entertained These days, I prefer to be outside more than sitting inside watching TV.

As I watch these old shows, in many of the episodes, I can see some great moral and values lessons. Do not steal, or lie, always be a friend, and always go to church on Sunday. Nothing should keep you from church on Sunday.

One of my favorite episodes of "Leave it to Beaver" is where Beaver gets into some trouble. He is trying to trick someone which just leads him into more trouble. As the episode plays through you see his escapades and adventures to stay out of trouble himself while he was getting into it and he learns that it doesn't work. In the end, June, his mother shares, that "although other people may not know what you've done, God does." Beaver is surprised and listens intently. June continues, "God knows all and sees all and still loves you." I was surprised to see the true lesson that June was teaching Beaver on television. All truth.

My parents grew up in homes with a Christian influence. My father was a Pastor's Kid, known in Christian circles as a "PK" and my mother's mother was a Christian raised her in the church and Christian life. I was blessed with being raised in a Christian home being taught family and Christian values.

These values, have followed me through life. After I became a Christian, God has always been a part of my life directing it in the way He knows is best.  If you would like to learn more about Jesus, God, and becoming a Christian, please visit Peace With God.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Railroad Photography! "Tank Cars Rolling"

"Tank Cars Rolling"
(C) Allen Pearson
Spending some time with a friend going railfanning through the western areas of Virginia has proven to be an awesome experience. Not only do I get to watch trains go by, and make a new friend, I was often reminded of many awesome memories of trains go by my grandmother's house in West Virginia or through the town of Manassas.

There is an art to railroad photography which means, to me, finding the beauty in locations where you can watch trains or finding something unique to share. For me, this has been an interesting experience to look for the unique art of the railroad. To view my work, please visit the Railroad Gallery at Allen Pearson's Photos.

"Tank Cars Rolling" 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, April 11, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Scripture Graphic
(C) Allen Pearson

"But he said to me,
'My grace is sufficient 
for you, for my power is
made perfect in weakness.'
Therefore I will boast
all the more gladly
of my weaknesses,
so that the power of Christ
may rest upon me."

- 2 Corinthians 12:9, ESV

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Garden Perspectives: Blue Stem Sea Holly Blooming

"Bluestem Sea Holly Blooming"
(C) Allen Pearson
When I was traveling in California around 10 years ago, I came across a beautiful flower at one of the gardens I visited, the Bluestem Sea Holly. I waited for the onslaught of honey bees to clear away so I could capture a photo or two of the awesome flower.

The "Blue Stem Sea Holly Blooming" 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 enjoy sharing my work on various products.  When I find a new product, typically, I will test my images on it and determine whether it is something I like and think clients will enjoy. Should you find something you think others might enjoy, you are welcome to contact me from my website to share details.

I offer a variety of products like coffee mugs, journals, notepads, and the like at my store, Allen Pearson's Photos at Cafe-Press.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

"Virginia Bluebells"
(C) Allen Pearson
He Took It
by Max Lucado

Denalyn and I had enjoyed a nice dinner at a local restaurant. As we received our bill, a church member spotted us and came over. After we chatted a few moments, he took our bill. “I’ll take this,” he said. Guess what? I let him do what he wanted to do. I let him take it away.

Someday we will stand before God. All of us will be present.  All of us will have to give an account for our lives…every thought, every deed, every action. Were it not for the grace of Christ, I would find this to be a very terrifying thought. Yet, according to Scripture, Jesus came to “take away the sins of the world” (John 1:29 Phillips).

On that day, I will point to Christ. When my list of sins is produced, I will gesture toward him and say, “He took it.” Let him take yours.

Reprinted by permission of Max Lucado.

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

Garden Perspectives: Red Dahlia Blast


Red Dahlia Blast
"Red Dahlia Blast"
(C) Allen Pearson
Dahlia's are becoming one of my favorite flowers to photograph. The variety of colors bring such beauty to a landscape and for others to enjoy. I have planted the annual variety over the years, but haven't pursued the perennial mostly because the flower isn't native to where I live and I use mostly natives.  In my front yard, I use a variety of annuals to provide color and garden "work" for me to do. To me, its not really work but a passion, so I use a variety of plants including Petunias and Vincas.

The "Red Dahlia Blast" 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.



Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Bible
(C) Allen Pearson

"You shall love the Lord
your God with all your heart
and with all your soul
and with all your might."

- Deuteronomy 6:5, ESV

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Garden Perspectives! Tiger Lily

"Tiger Lily"
(C) Allen Pearson
Several years ago, I had an awesome container garden in my backyard. The previous owner had built a swingset for his children and removed it before we moved in. However, he didn't build-up the soil where the children had played for several years.The area would make a great container garden so I had a friend frame out the 10' X 10' area with 2 X 4's and build the soil up and level it out. In the middle, a huge 4 X 4 was posted so I could post bird houses and feeders.

I used the container garden to put unique annuals and perennials that I liked and didn't fit in the native plant theme of my wildlife garden. Also, I used it to experiment with my "plant hospital" skills.

The "Tiger Lily" was one of my first attempts at having a "plant hospital" in my backyard. I bought the plant for $1 at Lowes and read the little tag to what the plant was and the care it needed.  Before long, it had grown out to a beautiful flower.  The following summer, it grew tremendously. Just shows what some T-L-C will do for a plant.

The "Tiger Lily" 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.

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

Easter
(C) StoryBlocks, Used by Permission

It is NO APRIL FOOL's!

The first of April is traditionally celebrated as April Fool’s day. I can remember many of my friends over the years playing practical jokes on me and having a good laugh. It was always a fun day, but one of caution and wondering who would do what to me next! And, yes, of course, I liked to play jokes on my friends too.

Today, being Easter and April Fool’s Day, I couldn’t help but think about the one important aspect of my life which isn’t a joke, not at all. Nor, is it to be taken lightly.  Becoming a Christian and serving God.

It is NO APRIL FOOL’s that God gave His only Son for the sins of man so we can have eternal life.
Easter
(C) StoryBlocks, Used by Permission

It is NO APRIL FOOL’s that Jesus died on a rugged cross for the sins of man

It is NO APRIL FOOL’s that Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Sunday.

It is NO APRIL FOOL’s that man can be forgiven for his sins by declaring Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised from the dead, you will be saved.

It is NO APRIL FOOL’s that God’s Gift of Salvation is free and a gift to man. Man does not work for it. It is given for the asking.

It is NO APRIL FOOL’s that a man who gives his life to Christ is a forgiven Christian and given eternal life spending eternity in Heaven with Jesus.

It is NO APRIL FOOL’s that a once Christian, God will walk with man throughout his life to lead him in His Perfect Will.

If you would like to accept Christ's awesome gift to us, the Gift of Salvation- eternal life, please 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-

  • Get baptized.
  • Buy a Bible.
  • 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.
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