Jesus’ Teaching Was with Authority

Stephen Nielsen

Matthew 7:28-29

 When Jesus had finished these words [His sermon], the multitudes were amazed at His teaching; 29 for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.

Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount was not long. If you add up all the verses in chapters 5, 6, and 7, you won’t come up with more than three or four pages. And if you were preaching it, it won’t take more than about twenty minutes.

Yet His sermon had a profound effect on all the people. They were “amazed at His teaching.” Why? I’m sure they were captivated by what He said, but more, by how He said it. Verses 29 tells us that He taught them “as one having authority, and not as their scribes.”

And I think they were equally amazed that He was yet a young man, an ordinary person, and just a carpenter…

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The Trials and Tests of Our Faith

Stephen Nielsen

Matthew 7:24-27

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine, and acts upon them, may be compared to a wise man, who built his house upon the rock. 25 “And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded upon the rock. 26 “And everyone who hears these words of Mine, and does not act upon them, will be like a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand. 27 “And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that house; and it fell, and great was its fall.”

Here is a picture of two men, a wise man and a foolish man. The wise man had a true and good foundation. The foolish man had a foundation made of sand—it would not last.

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A Gentle Wind On the Water

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Still Creek

Stephen Nielsen

I would rather see a moving creek, but this still, silent creek has it own charm.

With a still creek there are more reflections in the water. And this year we are already beginning to see color in the trees.

Interesting picture. I see here a broken down cross.

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Why Our Military Equipment and Weapons Were Left Behind

Stephen Nielsen

Yes, why were our military high-powered weapons left for the Taliban? We could have prevented it. We could have planned and carried out a better result. Why didn’t we?

I want to tell you why. In my opinion, it is because the globalists who are planning the Great Reset (or “build back better”) are really in charge of Biden and America.

They planned for this to happen!

They wanted a Taliban take over.

They wanted them to take our tanks and planes and guns. Yes, I think they planned it all out, every detail.

Why?

Because their ideology is to reduce America.Their ultimate goal is that all nations will be equal in power and easily controlled—controlled by a world dictator.

So America, in their belief, needs to be significantly reduced in power—militarily and economically and in every way.

And this is why they have installed Joe Biden. They knew…

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Why Prayer is Necessary: #9 – To Carry Out God’s Work

Stephen Nielsen

God is at work in heaven and on earth. He works in heaven through Christ who sits at His Father’s right hand, and He works on earth through the Holy Spirit in us. 

God’s work in heaven. The work of Christ in heaven is His intercession, of which, according to L. Berkhof, the following elements are found: (1) the offering of Himself as the perfect sacrifice having been completed; (2) the appearing of Himself now before God as a representative of his people (Hebrews 9:24); (3) the perpetual presence of the completed sacrifice of Christ before God—being a constant reminder of His perfect atonement; (4) Christ’s appearing before God now as our Justifier—and He is constantly reminding God that we are justified in Him; (5) Christ’s appearing before God now as the sanctifier of our prayers and our services; (6) Christ’s loving care for His people, helping them in…

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Yellow Flowers by the Creek

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Why Prayer is Necessary: #8 – For Obtaining the Power of the Holy Spirit

Stephen Nielsen

We know that the person of the Holy Spirit dwells in the heart of every believer (Romans 8:9); however, every believer does not seem to possess the power of the Spirit.  Some live every day just like pagans.  They don’t hear God speak to them; they don’t seem to have any spiritual strength; and they have very little power over temptation. 

The problem of course is that they have not allowed the Holy Spirit to be in complete control. If we expect to live in the power of the Holy Spirit we must invite Him to dwell in every part of our life. We must give Him the throne of our heart.

There are a few terms in scripture that are descriptive of this concept of giving Him control. In Galatians 5:16-25 there are three terms used: walk by the Spirit, led by the Spirit, and live by the…

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Why Prayer is Necessary: #7 – To Obtain Freedom from Anxiety

Stephen Nielsen

Anxiety is a terrible thing.  It is a state of uneasiness and worry, of fearfulness and dread.  But prayer can make it all go away; when you pray God will help you to see that He is in control and that He loves you and cares for you.

When we are anxious, we think only of ourselves and of all the things we think we need. Prayer, however, will take us to God and draw us away from ourselves so that we are more concerned for His kingdom and His righteousness. The practice of prayer will help us to see that life is more than food and clothing, and that we have no need to worry about those things—since God cares for us just as he cares for little birds and flowers (Matt. 6:25-29).

If you are prone to anxiety, try to develop the habit of praying about everything.  And…

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Three Warnings Against Deception

Stephen Nielsen

From Matthew 7:15-27, Jesus presents to His disciples three pictures with three warnings.

The first picture is of the false prophets who will come to them in sheep’s clothing (verses 15-20). This warning is addressed to Christians to be not deceivedby these false prophets (teachers) who will look just like any other Christian teacher.

The second picture is of the judgment day when a professing Christian is surprised that Jesus has rejected him as a Christian and says to him, “I never knew you” (verses 21-23). This warning is addressed to the professing Christian—who is not a Christian at all. The warning is to be not self-deceivedinto thinking that you are a Christian.

These two (above) scenarios I have already posted, so I won’t write any more on them.

The third picture is of two men who build their houses. The houses look the same, but one…

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