Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson


"Rejoice always,
pray without ceasing,
gives thanks in all
circumstances;
for this is the will of God in
Christ Jesus for you."

- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18



May you have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Sunday's Thought!


"Corn Harvest"
Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Ahhh! Thanksgiving. A time for family, friends, and more food than you can eat in one day. And, for the sports-minded, which isn't me, it's a day of football games.

When I was growing up, I looked forward to Thanksgiving because my mother would make my favorite meal! She would make a baked ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls, corn, and tea. A simple meal, yet so delicious. We couldn't afford to have the Baked Ham very often so it was an awesome treat to have it on Thanksgiving and again at Christmas.

The Thanksgiving season is a great reminder for me to reflect on what I am thankful for in this life. The first blessing that comes to mind is Jesus. I am very thankful that Jesus has forgiven me for my sins, the wrong I have done in this life so that I can have eternal life with Him in heaven.

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

I'm really thankful that once I've prayed for forgiveness, He doesn't bring back those sins to my mind years later. Once it's forgiven, it's forgiven.

I am thankful for my parents who brought me into this world and taught me morals, values, and all the important aspects of being a decent human in this world. It would take a blog post of billions of words to describe how thankful I am for all they did for me.

I am thankful for my wife, dog, and cat. That's my family. They mean more to me in this life than anything else. My wife and I have been married for twenty-two years and have been through life events, good and bad, together. I think those brought us closer and made us love each other more.  My dog has been a buddy, companion, for many years. His constant need for attention and exercise has made me stronger and healthier than ever before. The cat is the newest addition to the family. He's been with us for 5 months. He loves his mom and is slowly becoming friends with me. He's very skittish so it will take him awhile.

This Thanksgiving season, take time to be with family and friends and remember the aspects of life which you are thankful. Maybe share those with others too. It's a great way to focus on blessings and remember them.

The Christian Life is yours for the asking. There aren't any difficult requirements, just ask Jesus to forgive you. If you would like to learn more, please visit Peace With God.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Railroad Photography! "Norfolk Southern Coming Through Belvoir, VA"

 "Norfolk Southern Coming Through Belvoir, VA"
(C) Allen Pearson
"Norfolk Southern Coming Through Belvoir, VA" was created at an intersection in a very small town named Belvoir. When my friend took me there to watch trains, the surprised me since there is a Fort Belvoir in Northern Virginia.

I love watching the trains come roaring through Belvoir as it rounds the curve just before the crossing and the small town. If you're lucky since this location has a siding not too far east, within sighting distance, where a train is sometimes waiting for another to come through.

The "Norfolk Southern Coming Through 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 Gallery.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word



"My flesh and my heart
may fail,
but God is the strength
of my heart and my 
portion forever."

- Psalms 73:26

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Sunday's Thought!


(C) Rhetorical Jesus, Used by Permission

"And behold, a man came up to him, saying,
“Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?"

- Matthew 19:16

It Isn’t What You Do 
When a rich young man came up to Jesus to ask Him what good deed he must do to inherit eternal life, he asked the wrong question. It is never what we can do, but what Jesus has done. Could any of us ever do enough good deeds to save ourselves since even our best works are like filthy rags to God (Isaiah 64:6)? If it were up to us, then all of us would be hopelessly lost. Jesus mildly rebuked the man by telling him that none are good but God (Matt 19:17). One man a friend and I witnessed to considered himself not just a good person but, in his words, “a great person.” I told him that this is contrary to what the Bible teaches, that none of us are good (Rom 3:10), that every one of us fall exceedingly short of God’s glory (Rom 3:23), and that all we have coming to us is what we’ve earned: death (Rom 6:23). He still didn’t humble himself and thought that he was good enough to go to heaven. When I told him that Jesus said that none are good but God, he refused to even listen. Self-Righteous Justification 
Jesus told the rich young man what he must do, since he was focused on doing good deeds to receive eternal life. Jesus told him about the commandments, and then, bragging to Jesus, the young man said, “All of these I have kept” (Matt 19:2). But could he or any of us really keep the commandments? I would ask this young man, “Have you ever told a lie? Have you ever looked at a woman with lust? Because Jesus equated this with adultery of the heart (Matt 5:28). Have you ever stolen anything? Have you ever hated anyone? Because hating someone is equated with murdering someone in your heart (Matt 5:22).” Then I would remind him that all liars, all the sexually immoral, and all murderers will be cast into the lake of fire (Rev 21:8). Would he still consider himself a good person? Would he still think that he kept all the commandments? Breaking even one of them is like breaking them all (James 2:10). So much for being a good person or justifying one’s self by doing good deeds.

Idolatry of the Heart 
Jesus, seeing that He was getting nowhere with this self-righteous man, told him that “if you want to be perfect, go and sell all of your possessions and give them to the poor and then follow Me” (Matt 19:21), to which the young man went away sorrowful since his money was his god. Apparently, he didn’t feel so good about himself anymore. Jesus used the law to humble the man and break his pride of self-righteousness. Doing good is not ever going to be enough for anyone to inherit eternal life. Here is the only work that a person can do to save themselves: to believe in the One Who the Father has sent (John 6:29). There is no other way to eternal life except to believe in the Son of God (John 3:16). A Closing Prayer
Oh Holy Father, none of us will ever do enough good or be good enough to inherit eternal life. It isn’t ever what we do, but about what Jesus has done, and what He has done on the cross is the only way that we can be saved. Help me to remember that we can never save ourselves, but only by believing in Jesus Christ by repenting and trusting in Him. In Jesus’ name, I pray to remember this.
Amen

Reprinted by permission of Rhetorical Jesus.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word




"Count it all joy, my brothers,
when you meet trials of various
kinds, for you know that the testing
of your faith produces
steadfastness."

- James 1:2-3





Sunday, November 4, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

Leaves
"Sunlight through Fall Leaves"
(C) Allen Pearson

Will You Risk It?
By Adrian Rogers, Love Worth Finding Ministries

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21

Jim Elliot, martyred missionary to the Aucas in Ecuador, wrote in the flyleaf of his Bible, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” He's talking about giving his life for Christ and the gospel.

I’ll tell you, in these days the most dangerous thing you can do is to play it safe. You are safer out on the waves with Jesus Christ than you are in the boat without Him. These are desperate days, and we need to live like it.

Don't just sit there and let life pass you by! You're going to die anyway. You can't save your life. You're not going to get out of it alive. And so you might as well invest it in something important.

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.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Timeless Thursday: Garden Perspectives! "Bumble Bee and Purple Cone Flower"

"Bumble Bee and Purple Cone Flower"
(C) Allen Pearson
One of my favorite adventures in photography is capturing images of bees while they are gathering nectar. Obviously, I have to be careful not to get stung. With the black bumble bees, if I keep out of their way by paying attention to where they are, don't harass or get too close, they generally do not bother me. However, the honey bees are a different story. With honeybees, you have to be extremely careful.

I used a macro lens on my Pentax camera to catch this close-up image of this bee. I get as close as I am comfortable and not interfering with the bee and its activities. I will stay back enough to allow it to take flight to its next nectar source!

The "Bumble Bee and Purple Cone Flower" 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.

If you are interested in other products, like coffee mugs and journals, please email me from my website.

I have 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.