Evaluating Critical Race Theory – What is the Real Answer to Racism?

Stephen Nielsen

There seems to be two sides to Critical Race Theory. In one respect CRT is merely a broad study of race and racism. It is a changing package of ideas. It is a bunch of so-called race scholars trying to make sense out of our country as it is—a racist country; they are trying to understand how we got where we are. But another side of CRT is more dominant. These race scholars I think have a strategy: to infiltrate society and our schools with their ideas. But I’m not sure what their ultimate goal is. They may say it is to make society better; but at what cost? I fear it is at the cost of Socialism and even Communism.

In my reading on this topic I ran across this interesting article that was very revealing to me: A Lesson on Critical Race Theory. Here are a few…

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Capturing a Little Natural Beauty

Stephen Nielsen

These little flowers are only about one-half inch in diameter. They are so beautiful up close.

A very delicate flower, a pink wild rose.

The yellow Goatsbeard.

A Western Wild Rose.

A Viceroy butterfly. It looks a lot like a Monarch but it is darker in color.

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Blogging: Four Blogging Themes Evaluated

Stephen Nielsen

I think it is good every once in a while, for a blogger to stop and evaluate what he blogs on, especially for a Christian blogger, because he has a grater responsibility before God to present the truth before God and others.

Here are four different blogging themes I would like to evaluate.

1. Blogging on the evils of our day.

2. Blogging on the necessity of fellow believers to be grounded in the word.

3. To expound on the great truths of Scripture.

4. To present my own testimony and the testimony of others.

Blogging On the Evils of Our Day

Every once in a while, I am compelled to do this, both for my own understanding (through my research) and to inform others. As Christians and as good citizens I think we need to be aware of what’s going on in the world. How can we be discerning…

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Intercessors – The Workers of The Prayer Ministry

Stephen Nielsen

Intercessors are the workers of the prayer ministry.  We can have great leaders and organizers, great groups, and wonderful prayer conferences, but without intercessors there would be no prayer ministry.  Intercession is what makes the prayer ministry happen.

Recruiting Intercessors

There are always some faithful souls who are eager to pray that will volunteer to sign up as intercessors.  Most of us, however, are just too independent and too occupied with our own affairs.  Therefore, we need to be reminded to pray, and recruited to intercede for others.

You who are leaders in the prayer ministry are the recruiters. You need to stand in the gap for the prayer ministry that God has called you to (Ezek. 22:30). Here are some ideas on who you should recruit as intercessors.

Recruit those who are attracted to your ministry. Your ministry will be of a certain type; likewise, your personality and your…

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True or False Judgment – Matthew 7:1-5

Stephen Nielsen

In this seventh chapter of Matthew, in His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus talks about judging others—or criticizing and condemning others.

Matthew 7:1-5

“Do not judge lest you be judged. 2 “For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. 3 “And why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 “Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? 5 “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

Just previously (in chapter 6) Jesus spoke on worry. Now He turns to judging others…

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Oh Branch

Stephen Nielsen

I’ve been living in this apartment for over twenty years, and this branch has been hanging in front of my bedroom window for at least half that time—ten years. I’m not superstitious, but it is a mysterious looking branch. When I wake up in the morning it is the first thing I see. And when I go to bed and the moon is bright, it is the last thing I see. Well, here’s a poem—Oh Branch.

Oh Branch

Oh, big dead branch.

Will you fall to the ground?

Or will you remain for me

to look at every day?

Why am I so intrigued with you?

Why do you remain from year to year?

Why am I so attracted to you

when I look out my window?

Oh, dead branch,

please go away—or give me a wish today.

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Early Risers Will See the Yellow Goatsbeard

Stephen Nielsen

The Yellow Salsify or Yellow Goatsbeard may be considered a weed much like the dandelion.

I have been waking up early these days, because of the early light and also because of the heat. This morning I decided, before church, to go for a walk to beat the heat of the day. To my surprise I saw so many of my favorite flower—the Yellow Goatsbeard. They were all over the place—dozens of them. But I didn’t bring my camera. Rats! (the above is an earlier picture)

Here you see just the large pod of the Goatsbeard. It is in the middle of the day so the flowerhas closed up.

After church, though it was hot, I decided to go back to where I had walked earlier to get a few pictures of the Yellow Goatsbeard. But they were gone! I saw some of their pods closed-up, but no flowers…

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Why We Should Believe in A Literal Thousand Year Reign of Christ on Earth

Stephen Nielsen

I recently had a discussion with a young fellow about this subject, and he seemed surprised that I held this view—of a literal thousand-year reign of Christ on earth. I think his church holds the amillennial view. I didn’t have anything well-thought-out to tell him, so this is why I decided to do some work on it. I first got out my hermeneutics text book, which was written by my college professor, Dr. Edwin Hartill. He wrote a chapter entitled The Numerical Principle, which was very helpful as to the meaning of certain numbers. From there I developed a 5-point outline and conclusion, which you will see here in this blog post. I also want to apologize ahead of time for the length of this blog. But I know that if you are at all interested in this subject, it will be valuable to you.

I. Three Most Popular…

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The State, National, and World-Wide Prayer Ministry

These are large and far-reaching ministries, but I think they are just as important as the others.  God wants us to prayer for all people, far as well as near.  This is how these prayer ministries may be designed.

They may operate through the following avenues:

Magazines and newspapers.  There are a few good Christian magazines and newspapers out there that focus on prayer.  I get Herald of His Coming, which is jam packed with articles on prayer and it also provides the reader with about eight or ten News Briefs with prayer requests from various countries.  I think newspapers and magazines like this one is an excellent way to recruit prayer ministry members, provide the reader with world-wide prayer requests, and to keep him or her motivated to pray.

A prayer letter.  A letter may be mailed to all magazines and newspapers subscribers.  Its purpose will be to invite them to be a prayer ministry team member, to inform them of key prayer requests, to interest them in books and materials, and of course to encourage them to pray.

Websites and e-mails.  These will also be a valuable means to recruit new members and to pass on prayer information and requests.

Conferences.  Not many in a worldwide prayer ministry will be able to attend a conference, but those who do attend will always be blessed and encouraged. I suggest churches and ministries raise money to send key leaders to conferences. Leaders always need the encouragement that conferences provide.

They will have the following prayer requests:

  • For state and national leaders and their governments, that they would lead wisely according to God’s will.
  • For missionaries.
  • For church and ministry groups.
  • For people groups that are struggling to survive.  This would include all those in third world countries, and especially those who suffer from a lack of food and water, and from natural disasters.
  • For all who are persecuted for their Christian faith and that are oppressed by those over them.

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Benefits of Dandelion Tea

Stephen Nielsen

I haven’t tried it yet, but I have read that there are a lot of benefits to this tea. Here are three that I repeatedly came across.

It Reduces Water Weight. If you’re feeling bloated dandelion tea may help by increasing urine output and flow. And this will also allow your liver to eliminate toxins.

It Could Promote Liver Health. The role of our liver is to produce bile (which helps enzymes in the body break down fats into fatty acids) and also to filter and detoxify our blood. “The vitamins and nutrients present in dandelions help in cleansing and maintaining the proper functioning of our liver,” says Dr. Ritika Samaddar.

Dandelion Tea May Soothe Digestive Ailments. Dandelion tea helps with mineral absorption and soothes the stomach lining,” says Dr. Manoj K. Ahuja, Fortis Hospitals.

Now all I have to do is find some dandelions and make…

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