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.

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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.

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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.