Late Bloomers

Stephen Nielsen

Though a bit ragged, it’s still beautiful and colorful.

Small but lovely. I wish there were more of them.

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Be Not Overcome of Evil, But Overcome Evil with Good

Stephen Nielsen

That verse, from Romans 12:21, was put in front of me last night after I prayed, “Lord, give me a Scripture verse to guide me.”

Sometimes, occasionally, I feel overcome by evil. But here, I reasoned, is a way to counter it. I can overcome evil when it comes against me by doing good. It does not have to overcome me—and get me down.

Another verse, earlier, verse nine, says “Let love be without dissimulation (hypocrisy). Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.”

I am wondering how exactly to read these verses; in what context? Well, certainly, as it is here, it is regarding evil men of the world. But in a broader sense we can take it as all the evils of the devil and the world and the flesh. It all will overcome us if we let it. How many ways can evil…

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8 Teachings of Jesus on Prayer – Teaching #2 — Stephen Nielsen

Originally posted on Prayer A to Z:     Jesus taught that prayer must be with persistence—not losing heart (from Matthew 7:7-8, Luke 11:5-10, and Luke 18:1-8)   Jesus taught this lesson of persistence in prayer from two different stories, on two different occasions.  One of His stories, recorded in Luke 11:5-10, is about a…

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Peaceful Evening Sky

Stephen Nielsen

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful” (Jn. 14:27).

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Understanding that My Body is A Temple of the Holy Spirit – 1Corinthians 6:18-20

Stephen Nielsen

Recently, as I was meditating on 1 Corinthians 6:18-20, I suddenly realized, by the wording of verse 19, that since my body is a temple of the Holy Spirt, that that has a great significance to my purity.

1 Corinthians 6:18-20

Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.

The fact that my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in me, is the reason why I sin against my body when I am immoral. Let my explain. The devil and sin are always directed in…

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Young Buck in the Woods

Stephen Nielsen

Most deer are quite skittish, but this one was not at all afraid. He liked getting his picture taken.

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The Pains of Old Age Keep Me in Line

Stephen Nielsen

In Psalm 119:67 and 71 it says,

Before I was afflicted I went astray,

But now I keep Your word…

71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted,

That I may learn Your statutes.

I’m not sure exactly what the Psalmist was referring to, but for me it has plenty of application to my old age. Every morning I get up reeking with arthritis pain, and it takes me a while to get going. And I also find that every little thing I do is more worrisome. These pains and problems tend to drive me more to God in prayer and in the word. I seek Him more now than ever before. So, I conclude with the Palmist that affliction is good for me; it keeps me in line with Him, seeking His will.

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Am I Envious Toward the Wicked? From Psalm 37

Stephen Nielsen

After reading about how some who are, and have been, in political office, and have used their position to make millions, and I have to work hard for every dollar I make, I wonder, because of the way I feel, if I am guilty of the sin of envy?

So many are living the billionaire lifestyle, not by working but by using people—people that they were supposed to be serving. They are not business people or entrepreneurs; they are scam artists and they know how to work the system.

So anyway, after reading about all this, I think I may feel a little envious. I mean I don’t really want to do what they do, or be like them; but maybe just make more money and make it easier. I try to be content and be honest at my work and treat people fairly and not worry about what others…

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Digital Tyranny Coming Soon – 6 Points

Stephen Nielsen

In the back of my mind, I’m always wondering how safe my savings is and when this new digital currency is coming. Being a Christian, I’m not too concerned, but it always pays to be somewhat cautious.

I just read an article by John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute on this subject. I will share six points from it.

  1. The government has come up with a new plan to make it easier for its agents to seize Americans’ bank accounts. It will be by the digital dollar.
  2. President Biden, on March 9, 2022, issued an Executive order calling for the federal government to consider establishing a U.S Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC). Look out!
  3. Meanwhile, the FBI and the Justice Department have quietly moved ahead with plans for a crypto-currency enforcement team (digital money cops). What will they be doing?
  4. The government will tell us that they are giving…

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Do I Fear the Lord? from Psalm 112

Stephen Nielsen

Do I fear the Lord?

Do I delight in His Word?

If so I will be blessed.

And there will be light in the darkness.

I will never be shaken.

I will not be afraid of evil tidings.

My heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.

The desire of the wicked will perish.

(from Psalm 112)

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