Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

"Leaf on Pond"
(C) Allen Pearson

Have You Accepted His Gift?
by Jack Graham, PowerPoint Ministries

"For the wages of sin is death,
but the free gift of God is eternal life
 in Christ Jesus our Lord."

- Romans 6:23

If you’re a professional baseball player these days, you can get into the Hall of Fame by hitting about three out of ten balls successfully. And sadly, this is how a lot of people think about their sin. They think everything’s fine as long as they’re hitting a good batting average with God.

But God doesn’t look at our sin through human eyes. Otherwise, there would be no need for Good Friday or Easter.

Sin is a big deal to God because it violates his holiness. It requires a righteous judgment. It demands a payment because as today’s verse says, “the wages of sin is death.”

When you look at the cross, you see what God thinks about sin. And God said that sin is so tragic, so terrible, and so wrong that it demands a payment. It’s a payment he sent in the form of his Son, Jesus Christ, who was put to death on the cross for your sin and mine.

But here’s the good news of the cross, and the good news of Easter: Jesus Christ died on the cross on Good Friday, but he rose again on Easter Sunday!

Jesus went to the cross to die, but now you and I go the cross to live. The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Have you accepted his gift?

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.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Railroad Photography! "Canadian Pacific Leads the Freight"

"Canadian Pacific Leads the Freight"
(C) Allen Pearson
One of my favorite aspects of railfanning is seeing what is sometimes referred to as "foreign power." When I first heard the term, I thought they meant a train from a European or Asian country or the locomotive was built there. Obviously, a train could not come to the USA from anywhere overseas. It could mean Canada or Mexico though.  Basically, it was neither.

"Foreign Power" means the locomotive is from another railroad like a Union Pacific locomotive powering a train on Norfolk Southern rails Or CSX doing the same. And vice versa. Though in this image, the train is being led by a locomotive from another country, Canada, it is being led by a foreign railroad too- Canadian Pacific. To see it, was exciting.

The "Canadian Pacific Leads the Freight" 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.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Scripture Graphic
(C) Allen Pearson

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,
teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom,
singing psalms, and hymns and spiritual songs, 
with thankfulness in your hearts to God."

- Colossians 3:16, ESV

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Sunday's Thought

(C) Allen Pearson

"In this the love of God was made
manifest among us, that God sent
his only Son into the world, so
that we might live through him."

- 1 John 4:9, ESV

In the challenges of life, I find it comforting to know Jesus loves me, cares about me and is always with me come what may. While it may seem trivial, trite or repeative, its one of those things in life where you have to believe, have faith, hold onto the belief and learn about God as you go through this life.

Simple as that? Technically, yes, it is. However, I have to share that there will be challenges, some of them more challenging than you imagine, but God will be there with you. I can name several situations in life where I thought I was going to lose my mind. However, in the midst of those, I felt God' Presence and comfort to get me through them.

It all starts with belief and faith.

Interested in learning more about God and His Plan of Salvation for man? Visit Peace With God.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Daylight Savings Time: Spring Clocks Forward

(C) StoryBlocks, Used by Permission

Tomorrow, Sunday, March 11, begins Daylight Savings Time. I love this time of year of moving the clocks forward which causes there to be more hours of daylight at the end of the day.

I love because it makes scheduling dog photography clients easier since their humans often work and aren't available early day. Over the winter months, since the sunset is usually earlier, like 5 p.m., I have to schedule clients on Saturdays which can limit the time I get to spend with the dog.

For me, I love the sunlight so daylight savings time means the days are getting longer and longer and, well, longer which equates to more time outside. Longer days mean warmer days are on the way too. Which means more time outside too. My winter hibernation days will soon be over.

So, I don't get busy and forget tonight to change the clocks and sleep through church tomorrow, I start setting the clocks in the house which we don't use during the day, one-hour ahead especially the bedroom alarm clock. Also, an easy way to remember which direction to set your clock, I remember this simple poem, "Spring Forward, Fall Back!"

Daylight Savings Time Begins!
Spring Forward! 

Friday, March 9, 2018

Garden Perspectives: The Blue Pansy

"The Blue Pansy"
(C) Allen Pearson
A few years ago, I began planting Pansies in a variety of colors along the front walk, in hanging flower baskets and pots on the front porch. The intent was to give me an outside project to do in the fall when I would normally put away my gardening supplies and begin my winter hibernation.

I was surprised and happy to see the Pansies grow and create a gorgeous landscape of color! I received quite a few compliments on them. What surprised me was the flower seemed to die over the harsh parts of winter and quickly returned to life in late winter to usher in beautiful color cheering up the otherwise drab landscape.

The color and intrinsic simplistic detail of the Pansy gets my attention to the flower. If you look around at Garden Centers, the variety of colors can create a color palette to cheer up a landscape.

"The Blue Pansy" 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.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) Allen Pearson

"And without faith it is 
impossible too please Him,
for whoever would draw near to
God must believe that he
exists and that he rewards
those who seek him"

- Hebrews 11:6, ESV

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

(C) Allen Pearson
Satan's a Liar!
by Jack Graham, PowerPoint Ministries

"Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.
 He said to the woman, “Did God actually say…?”"

-- Genesis 3:1

One of Satan’s favorite strategies is to try to make you and me doubt God’s word. And this is exactly the tack he took with Eve in the Garden of Eden. Remember the story?

Satan told Eve, "God knows if you take of this fruit and you eat, you will be as God. God's holding out on you, Eve. He says He loves you, but he’s really jealous. Take and eat, enjoy, fulfill yourself and you'll be happy!"

Can you see how Satan distorted and twisted what God told Eve and caused her to doubt the love of God. And that’s what he does with us today. He comes to us with half-truths and innuendoes and tries to plant questions in our mind concerning God.

He especially likes to do this when we’re facing trials and struggles. He comes when you’re weak and says, "Does God really care about you?" That’s because if he can get you to doubt God’s word and love, then it’s a slippery slope into the sin of unbelief. This is exactly how sin entered the human race through Adam and Eve.

Don’t be deceived by the enemy. “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).


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.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Rescue[d] Dog Photography

"Looking for a Human to Love!"
(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved

One of the most awesome pleasures I have in my photography work is photographing dogs and cats for local rescues.  I love the idea that photographs I've taken can and often do help the dog or cat to find humans to love and their "Forever Homes!"

The images in this post were created at an Adoption Event for Operation Paws for Homes! I love the initial meeting of the new dogs- the dog hasn't met me yet so they can be cautious and curious. Sometimes, I can see the

When I am photographing a dog to be adopted, I like to try to get the dog smiling or like he's posing for a human trying to get their attention. Avoid any cuts or scares which aren't an issue for an adopter such as a shaving by the Veterinarian for tests or treatments. The rescue volunteer will inform you of these matters.

(C) Rescue[d] Dog Photography,
Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved
Some rescues want just a portrait of the dog or cat while some want to a full body, so I learn what they want and work with that.  Either way, I will work to bring out the best in the animal.

For certain breeds, like the Pit Bull, Doberman Pinscher, and others which seem to be considered vicious, since I do not support those beliefs, I work to get an excellent shot of the dog to show it's beauty.

I do not spend time photographing dogs and cats for adoption for attention but as it is my way to help them increase their chances of being adopted and ending up in a great "Forever Home" with humans to love on them forever. Yes, I'm doing it for the dogs and cats!

Another side is the helping the community be a better place and donating to worthy causes. When I first started out showing my photography at art festivals and exhibits, I received quite a few requests for art donations to support various worthy causes. My work in photographing rescued dogs allows me to support my community through a cause which I believe in.

Another exciting tidbit about photographing these dogs and cats is the rescues have mentioned their adoption rates have increased with the better photos! Makes my day!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Garden Perspectives: Caladium

(C) Allen Pearson
With Spring seeming to be right around the corner, though Vern's official arrival isn't until March 21, I had to share an image of one of my photos warm weather plants, the Caladium.

For most of my life, I remember seeing these beautiful plants in garden centers, my mother's garden and home as well as throughout museums and businesses.

I never paid much attention to the plant for my own since it requires a shady area rather than direct sunlight until I moved to a house with a front porch. Though porch does receive a bit of afternoon sun in the warmer seasons, it's not enough to harm the plant especially the ones which allow part sun.

What kept my attention on the plant over the years? The intricate design and colors have been the draw for me.

Printed copies of this image are available on various printed products such as traditional archival quality paper, metal, canvas, standouts and note cards. To view products for "Caladium," please visit "Allen Pearson's Photos - Garden Perspectives - Caladium."