Sunday, September 16, 2018

Sunday's Thought!



"Storm Clouds and Lightning"
(C) Photo by Felix Mittermeier on Unsplash
Hurricane Florence
by Allen Pearson

My week began on a curious interesting note.  Maybe even a bit stressful. Maybe even frightening or scary. I heard the weather forecasters on the radio and TV and read on the internet and email blasts that doomsday was coming with this incoming Hurricane. All of this while the storm is still making waves in the Atlantic and hasn’t come ashore yet. Not to mention, there was quite a bit of uncertainty to where the storm would actually come ashore.

With the threats of a “monster” storm and “will be devasting” and my own assessments of the weather maps, it’s possible the storm would come to Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. area though not real likely. However, since I have an awesome wife, a dog, and a cat, I needed to prepare or at least make plans to prepare later in the week.

As the week the progressed, it seemed the storm was getting scarier and more frightening by the minute or by the forecast. I made plans to pick up a few items at the store, made sure we had plenty of food and treats for the dog and cat, double-checked my supplies of AA batteries for my weather scanner and a few other necessities.

I didn’t pay strict attention to the weather mid-week. It looked like, to me, that the storm probably would not come ashore in Virginia though we might get some of the remnants which isn’t that unusual since we are experiencing rainfall from the remnants of Hurricane, maybe Tropical Storm, Gordon.

While working this week and partially paying attention to the storms, I got to thinking. With all the frightening terminology, like “frightening,” “horrific,” “devastating,” or “monster,” repeated on every weather forecast, why am I not panicking, running to Costco and buying everything I could possibly ever need and then some and then running for cover?

For me, it’s because God is in Control. If I needed to prepare for the absolute worst of storms, God would have impressed on my heart what needed to be done. He would provide the wisdom to do what needed to be done in the storm too. Also, my faith in God provides confidence, comfort, and peace, because I know without a doubt He is in control and is His Will. Just as He is in all parts of my life.

If you are frightened or scared or needing a friend to love you, please visit Peace With God to learn more about God’s Plan of Salvation for man.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Railroad Photography! "Colorful Frieght" - Art of the Freight Car Series, 2

"Colorful Freight"
Art of the Freight Car, Rail Art Series, 2

(C) Allen Pearson
"Art of the Freight Car, Rail Art Series" is about the beauty of art found on the trains roaring by or the landscape by the railroad tracks, and items found around the railroad tracks.

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The "Colorful 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 Gallery.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson

"Seek the Lord
and his strength;
seek his presence
continually!"

- 1 Chronicles 16:11

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Remembering September 11

Flag
"USA Flag"
Photo by David Beale on Unsplash

Today, I take a step back away from my photography to fly a flag in honor of the victims and their families killed in terrorist attacks on September 11. Also, I am saluting all the First Responders who immediately went into dangerous situations unlike any other where they could have been seriously hurt maybe killed to rescue those in danger.

For me, the day will always be remembered as I wondered whether I would see my wife again. She had to travel by metro subway from Washington D.C. to Springfield, VA near my office. Cell phone services were jammed so I prayed we would connect. We did. The "Kiss and Ride" lane at the metro never looked so good!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

"Billy Graham"
(C) Allen Pearson

Have You Responded to Christ?
by Billy Graham

Jesus loves you so much that if you had been the only person in the world, He would have died for you. “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13).

Jesus laid down His life for you. And then something else happened. On the third day, He rose again. He is alive! And someday, the Bible says, He is coming back.

Let Him come and change your life. He will give you a new love for everyone. You will be concerned about your neighbor. It will make you a new father, a new mother, a new boy or a new girl. I am going to ask you today to receive Christ. Say today, “I am willing to turn from my sins; I want Jesus in my heart.”
Today’s Prayer

Dear Lord, 
Thank You for valuing a relationship
 with us so much that You gave Your life
 to save us from sin. 
Please deepen my understanding
 and appreciation of this great gift, 
and take my life and use it for Your glory. 

In Your Name. 
Amen.

To learn more about God's Plan of Salvation and repentance, please visit Peace With God!

Devotion used by written permission of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word!

Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson

"Rejoice in hope,
be patient in tribulation,
be constant in prayer."

- Romans 12:12, ESV

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

"Candles Burning"
Photo by Gaelle Marcel on Unsplash

Who Are You Burning Your Candle For?
by Dr. Adrian Rogers

For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit 
do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” Romans 8:13

We preachers are fond of saying, “Get right with God. You may die!” It is far better to say, “Get right with God. You may live!” The greatest joy in life is living for Jesus. Why waste more time? There is a life to live.

Friend, the best thing that you can say about a life lived without Christ is that it is a wasted life. Billy Sunday, a revival preacher from the 1920s, said that the deathbed repentance is “burning the candle of life for the devil, and then blowing the smoke in God’s face.”

If you are not saved, it’s not too late for you to be saved. If you want to be saved--wherever you are, whoever you are, whatever you’ve done, Jesus wants to save you. Repent and believe and you will be saved.

For more from Love Worth Finding and Pastor Adrian Rogers and to learn about salvation, please visit http://www.lwf.org/assurance-of-salvation.

Devotion used by written permission of Love Worth Finding.