Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson

"I am the Alpha and 
the Omega,"says the 
Lord God," who is and
who was and who is 
to come, the
Almighty."

- Revelation 1:8, ESV

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

Billy Graham Evangelist Association
"Between Sept. 25 and Nov. 20 of 1949, some 350,000 people gather under a huge tent—often called a "canvas cathedral"—in Los Angeles to hear Billy Graham preach." - Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Used by Permission

Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord … 
that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.”

—Revelation 14:13, NKJV

For as long as I can remember, Billy Graham was an indirect part of my life. I wasn't saved nor did I find God through his ministries, as I became a Christian through my local church, but I knew of him and his powerful sermons. Many of his Evangelistic Crusades were broadcast on television where I was able to watch a few. My aunt and grandfather gave me several of his books over the years too. I remember these being easier to read and understand than many of the other Christian books I had obtained.
Billy Graham Evangelist Association
"On June 1, 1957, ABC broadcasts the first of 14 live, primetime, hour-long Billy Graham telecasts from Madison Square Garden. The network estimated the weekly viewership at 7 million people." - Billy Graham Evangelist Association, Used by Permission

I knew Billy Graham has one purpose in life which was to share the Gospel with the entire world. Though doing it was God working in his life. He always presented the Gospel in the simplest form possible so everyone could hear it, not just those who could understand what he was saying. His heart was in reaching others and loving them for Jesus. 

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to go to the Billy Graham Library during the Christmas season. For me, this was an eye-opening experience. The tour took you on a journey from the first revival meeting and crusade through many of his experiences around the world. It was an amazing experience. What I loved best about the visit is it wasn't really about him, it was about Jesus Christ and sharing the Good News of the Bible. At the end of the tour, before you exit, you are given the opportunity to hear the Gospel and talk with someone. I was impressed at how this was done as it wasn't shoved in my face and I wasn't yell at to "REPENT NOW!" 

After a visit to the Library, I visited his home. Here was a man who had traveled the world and done so many awesome things and yet, he lived so simple. His home was much like what my parents had when I was growing up. There wasn't anything luxurious. He lived a life where everything was to be used for reaching others for Christ.

What I took away from this visit was how one man can make a difference in this world for the cause of Christ. Billy Graham became a Christian at 16 and followed God's Will for his life. Simple as that. He had the purpose of sharing the Good News of the Gospel and never wavered from that.  He didn't get into the doctrines and theologies or the awesome depths of the Bible when he was sharing, he simply shared.  It was an inspiration to me to share the Gospel in its simplest form with others too.

When I needed to find a few photos for this post, I went to the BillyGraham website and to the Press links. As soon as I clicked on "Press Releases," the next page opens with a quick statement about meeting Jesus and the Gospel. Awesome Billy Graham.

Have you been hearing news stories and media coverage about Billy Graham? Have you been wondering what the message of his life was all about? Please visit Peace With God to learn about God's Plan of Salvation.

Billy Graham Evangelist Association
"Many times I have been driven to prayer," Billy Graham once said. "When I was in Bible school I didn't know what to do with my life. I used to walk the streets…and pray, sometimes for hours at a time. In His timing, God answered those prayers, and since then prayer has been an essential part of my life." (photo: Pittsburg, 1968) - Billy Graham Evangelist Association, Used by Permission

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word




"For we do not wrestle against
flesh and blood,
but against the rulers,
against the authorities,
against the cosmic powers
over this present darkness
against the spiritual forces
of evil in the heavenly places."

- Ephesians 6:12, ESV

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

Bible Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson

"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

The school shooting this week in Florida was nothing less than tragic. It's frightening to learn its the worst school shooting in American history. My heart goes out to the families and friends of the victims and the community.

As I watched or listened to the news, I kept hearing the statement about needing "more gun control, more gun control" and seeing faces and faces of hurt and pain. It breaks my heart to see this. 

However, it's not gun control or more mental health care which our society needs. It's God. We need to return to asking God to be in our society and our lives. When we start ignoring God or leaving God out of our lives and society, we allow the evil forces of the world ro run rampant.

While I know becoming a Christian isn't going to stop or prevent the tragedies of this life from happening as they are a bit of life, God will give you peace, comfort, and love to get you through these times. Not only that, when you go thtough the loss of loved ones or friends, God will be there for you.

However, God isn't one of those who will "but" into your life without you asking Him. He wants you to ask Him, to invite Him, with the sincerity of your entire heart to come into your life.

How do you do that? By reading and praying 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.
  • 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.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Sunrise Photography: "Orange and Purple Morning"

"Orange and Purple Morning"
(C) Allen Pearson
I love the mornings- especially the warm mornings of Spring, Summer and early Fall. I love having the windows open and allowing the breeze to flow through my studio.  To me, this is the closest I can get to heaven on earth.

Most mornings I see the sunrise over the community. I have an excellent view since my house is located on a hill and the back faces the east.

The morning I took this image wasn't after a thunderstorm or anything - just a cloudy morning. The sun coming up gave quite a light display with oranges, reds, purples, and yellows across the sky.

Obviously, I couldn't sit in my studio very long without grabbing my camera and going outside to photograph this beautiful sunrise. Out the door I went.

If you would like to purchase this image, it is offered as a traditional print which you can frame, a metal print, a canvas print, a poster, a standout, and notecards. Please visit my Clouds Portraits Gallery to make a purchase and view other images.

Products are made with quality archival paper and materials to provide excellent decor for your home or office.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) Allen Pearson

"(7) Dear Friends,
Let us love one another,
for love comes from God.
Everyone who loves
has been born of God
and knows God.
(8) Whoever does not love
does not know God,
because God is love."

- John 4:7-8

Have a blessed Valentine's Day

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Sunday's Thought!


"Billy Graham Preaches at 1978 Crusade in Kansas City, MO"
(C) Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Used by Permission

What if Your Time Is Running Out?
by Billy Graham 

There are many people who are nominal Christians. You joined a church, you have been baptized. Maybe in your church you were confirmed, but you really don’t know Christ. You’ve never had a real experience with Him so that He dominates and controls your life. You have not surrendered to the lordship of Christ.

If you are looking for purpose and meaning in life, give your life to Christ. Get into the cause of Jesus Christ and march in His army under His banner. We could use millions of people marching for Christ all over the world right now, taking love instead of hate to the world, telling people how to be saved, telling them how to find forgiveness and newness of life.

Jesus said, “I have finished the work which You have given Me to do” (John 17:4). God has given you something to do, too. Are you working on it? Have you finished it? You don’t have much time. Your life is a vapor, it’s a handbreadth, it’s grass that grows and withers. It may soon be over; it may be over at any time.

Today’s Prayer

Dear Lord, thank You for the gift of time, and please forgive me for so often not stewarding it well. Please help me to use the time You’ve given me for Your glory, growing in You, introducing You to others, and obediently answering Your call on my life. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.


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

Devotion used by written permission of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Railroad Photography: Norfolk Southern at Dusk in Bristow

Norfolk Southern Locomotive
"Norfolk Southern at Dusk in Bristow"
(C) Allen Pearson
Several years ago when I first to Bristow, I didn't know where the best places to watch trains were located. I knew where they were when I lived in the area around 20 years ago but those were now mostly Virginia Railway Express trains not the freights that I love to watch.

One evening I was driving through Bristow and noticed a train waiting near a crossing. It wasn't far from where I thought a crew station might be located. So, obviously, I had to pull over, park the car and wait for the train to come through.

The crew change happened and they were on their way. I was so excited to find a place where I could watch the trains! 

As the train came by where I was sitting, I was able to capture this image of a Norfolk Southern.

Where is your favorite place to photograph trains? 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) Allen Pearson

"Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian,
let him not be ashamed,
but let him glorify God in that name."

- 1 Peter 4:16, ESV

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Sunday's Thought

    (C) Allen Pearson

"There is therefore no 
condemnation for those who
are in Christ Jesus."

- Romans 8:1


The most awesome thing in this life is knowing that come what may, no matter what it is, Jesus Christ loves me. God loves me. It has been a difficult concept to understand.  But, it's the truth.

I was always the geek, the nerd, the last one to be picked for a sport that I didn't want to play anyways in P.E.classes or at any other event, the one who is overlooked because "he won't mind," the quietest and the introvert! Along with that, I had an analytical mind which causes me to analyze everything in life. I don't remember being picked on so much but I have seen many others like me who were constantly picked on by others, sometimes even beat up simply for just being themselves.

I thought, and hoped, it would change in my adult years as I knew kids could be cruel. Though I am not nearly as introverted as I once was, I am still that way and often keep to myself.

Having gone through this life with its experiences, being the awesome guy that I am, but seeing how others have treated me, I "sometimes" wonder how Jesus would be different than others. It can be difficult to understand how God or Jesus, someone you cannot see, loves when those you can see choose you last. Yet He does.

But, it's true. Jesus loves you for all you are, despite what you may have done, and whether you are the geek or nerd or the most popular person with a high IQ. He accepts us for who we are! No need to think about becoming a better person first, or quitting that sin or some other sin first. Jesus will change, help you to change, whatever may need changing and in the most awesome ways imaginable.

Over the years, I've kept my focus on having faith in God that He loves me. I have to admit, I sometimes wonder why, but I return to the faith that He does. When I look back over my life, I can see where God has loved me, taken care of me and done what was best for me.

So what keeps you from following Jesus? From giving your life to Him? 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 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.