The Glorious Evidence of Freedom

Stephen Nielsen

I have just read The Narrative of The Life of Frederick Douglass. It is the story of his slavery–from his young years to the time he escaped to freedom (I think he was about 19 or twenty). He went through the usual treatment, being whipped often and regarded as an animal and as the property of the slaveholder-the master. But at the same time he secretly educated himself–leaned to read and write. I have not read any more of his life than this narrative, but I have read that he came to be a very great leader and brilliant. In fact I read that Lincoln sought his advice on a few matters.

Anyway, I was so struck with what happened shortly after he escaped to freedom in the north, in New Bedford. What he experienced was not what he expected. He all along thought that free states would be…

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Large Pileated Woodpecker

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Minnesota Red-headed Woodpecker

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Wisdom — Psalm 111:10

Stephen Nielsen

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;

A good understanding have all those who do His commandments (Psalm 111:10).

When I act in wisdom I will always regard what He wants.

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Wisdom — Psalm 104:24

Stephen Nielsen

O Lord, how many are Your works!

In wisdom You have made them all;

The earth is full of Your possessions (Ps. 104:24).

God used great wisdom in His creation.

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Wisdom — Psalm 90:12

Stephen Nielsen

So teach us to number our days,

That we may present to You a heart of wisdom (Ps. 90:12).

God teaches us to use our time wisely, so that we may grow in wisdom.

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Wisdom — Psalm 51:6

Stephen Nielsen

Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being,

And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom (Ps. 51:6).

God desires truth (honesty) in my innermost being; and there He will make me understand wisdom.

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Wisdom — Psalm 37:30

Stephen Nielsen

The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,

And his tongue speaks justice (Ps. 37:30).

The righteous man will speak wisdom, then and also justice.

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All eyes on Georgia and Nevada

Stephen Nielsen

My eyes are closely on these election races to keep Republicans in power. We need both the Senate and the House. It is so close. Down to the end. We can pray, but we have to leave it up to God. His plans are final. The nations may fall, but each person is accountable for himself. We do whatever we can and leave the rest to God. We pray for those in power as God wills it. And we pray for peace in the world and for our own holiness. We live in this world and do all things without grumbling so that we may prove to be blameless children of God in the midst of a crooked and perverse world; and we live to appear as light in the world, always doing good (from Phil. 2:14). We are so thankful that He has rescued us from the domain of…

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Seek Wisdom from Above and He will Make Your Paths Straight

Stephen Nielsen

Seek wisdom from God and He will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:6

In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He will make your paths straight.

7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;

Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.

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Rooting for the Underdog

Stephen Nielsen

Booker T. Washington

I previously wrote an article on African American slavery, and some of the topics I am planning to blog on. This is a topic that I have been quite interested in lately—I’m not sure why. But I feel that God is calling me into it. The more I read and think about it, the more I feel called. I guess I just like to root for the underdog. And the African American, esp. those who came out of slavery were that. Lately, in my reading, I have seen how they have made great advances as they came out of slavery, even though treated very badly: with lynching, segregation (in the Jim Crow era), being treated so badly by whites, poor working conditions; etc.

And there were a few that were heroes like Ida B. Wells, who dedicated herself to an anti-lynching crusade and made…

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