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