America At A Turning Point

Stephen Nielsen

The Washington Monument.

The Thomas Jefferson Memorial.

The Lincoln Memorial.

A memorial for our servicemen who fought in North Korea.

I have never been that much of a reader of history. Growing up I was one of those who was asking the question, “Why do we need to study history?” Though I do see the value of it now, I still wonder why most history writers have to make it so boring. Most history text books I think ought to be piled up and burned! It’s just too much for a kid to digest. But I do think there are better ways to learn history. For instance, I have all the books by Bill O’Reilly on Lincoln, and Reagan and Kennedy and Patton and more. They are so good, because he makes it into a story. And his book, Killing England is all about the history of America; and ten…

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Divorced: Disaster Hit Hard!

Stephen Nielsen

I remember so well the day I went to see a divorce lawyer. It was the day of the big snow storm on Halloween, 1991. On my way there a car slid into my lane right in front of me—a head on collision. My truck was badly damaged, yet I made it to the lawyer’s office. I realize now that I should have taken it as a sign not to go—because I got a bad deal. I guess it was partly my fault, because I wanted to pay as much Child Support as possible—for the kids.

But the way it worked out, no way could I afford what was set up, because of the downturn in my business. The next couple years was a disaster. My truck was totaled and I had to get another vehicle. I decided to go out of business, and I went to work as a…

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Married and Divorced

Stephen Nielsen

This is where I live now, but seven years ago. It’s a little messy.

It all went by so fast. We were married in 1985 and divorced in 1991. Though it seemed like such a waste, I do have some good memories. One of the best memories were the times we rented a cabin for a few days and did some fishing. I also enjoyed dinner times when my wife would cook a big meal. She loved cooking and there was always plenty left. And then I remember the father-daughter dance. Justina, my daughter loved it. To tell you the truth, most of the marriage years were happy years—at least for me. It was those last years that kind of went downhill.

Anyway, as I said previously, out of the blue she asked me to leave. She suggested that I go live with my mom, but I couldn’t do that…

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More Wildflowers

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My Marriage: What Went Wrong?

Stephen Nielsen

All I can think of when it came to our marriage is a maze. We were caught in a maze. And we couldn’t find our way through—at least that’s the way it was for me. We set the date for a wedding, and so there were definite things to do to get ready. For my part, I had to find a place to live. Where I lived just wasn’t big enough for the two of us, and for the baby coming. Eventually, I found a rental townhouse that we both liked, and I moved in early to get things ready.

For her part, there was the wedding. I can’t remember being into it that much, but she was, and so was her mother. So, I guess I just agreed to everything.

To get off on the right foot, I thought a surprise honeymoon would be good. So, I went and…

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Yellow Flowers

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Founders of BLM Want the Traditional Family Banished — Bill O’Reilly

Stephen Nielsen

In Bill O’Reilly’s Update Morning Edition, June 24, 2020, he gives us some valuable info about the founders of Black Lives Matter. The founders are three women:  39 yr old Alicia Garza, 36 yr old Patrisse Cullors, and 36 yr old Opal Tometi. They all are Marxists and they admit it and don’t hide it. Yet they want no publicity. What they want is to use racial unrest in the USA to gain power.

Now, as you may know, in Marxism the Federal government controls everything. There is no private property. The government ever controls thew family. On the Black Lives Matter website you will find this stated credence:

We disrupt the Western prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and villages that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mother’s, parents, and children are comfortable.

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Taking Oaths

Jesus teaching on this topic is from Matthew 5:33-37. He says,

Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.’  34 But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne;  35 nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.  36 Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black.  37 But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.

As D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones points out in his book, Studies In The Sermon On The Mount, the teaching of the Pharisees on the subject of oaths, from verse 33, “…are not to be found anywhere in the Old Testament, which again is a proof that He was not dealing with the Mosaic law as such but with the Parasitical perversion of it.”

No doubt, according to Lloyd-Jones, they took their perverted teaching from the following Scripture passages:

Exodus 20:7: You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain…

Deuteronomy 6:13: You shall fear the Lord your God and serve Him, and shall take oaths in His name.

Leviticus19:12: And you shall not swear by My name falsely, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the Lord.

We will look at the teaching of oaths from the Mosaic teaching, the Parasitical teaching and from Jesus’ teaching.

 

The Mosaic teaching on Oaths

The Mosaic teaching according to the above Scriptures regarding oaths was…

  • To keep people from lying.
  • To restrict oath taking to the most serious and important matters. They were to be aware that God is always watching and listening.

 

The Pharisees and scribes teaching

  •  Their attitude was legalistic. For example, adultery was seen as only a physical sin, not of the spirit. What mattered was only what could be seen, it didn’t matter about the heart sins.
  • What mattered was what appears to be worldly, like going to movies, dances, bars, etc. But they neglect sins of pride, and lust.

 

Jesus’ Teaching on oaths

  • We should never use the name of God or Christ when cursing.
  • We should not swear flippantly by any creature, or by heaven, or earth, by Jerusalem, or by our head. A serious oath should only be to God (Deut. 6:13).
  • We should not take oaths in ordinary conversation, but only in serious matters.

 

Conclusion

An oath is a promise made that we say is true. The problem today is that we constantly break those oaths. We lie. We see oath breaking too often in the political realm between countries, and also in our own country between leaders. We say we will do something and then do the opposite. We don’t keep our word. We are not honest. The breaking of oaths also happens between husband and wife, and parents and children.

Oath breaking is a serious offence. It happens openly and also secretly. It happens with all our little white lies, and also with our exaggerations—because it gives others a false impression of us. So, in all we do and say, we must always realize that we are in the presence of God and He hears us.

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My Painting Business: Customers, Part 2

Stephen Nielsen

This is Mrs. Collins house. Sadly, just before I painted the house for the third time, the big tree in back had to be cut down.

I wish I would have kept records of my earliest customers—from 1981 to 1990. So many of them are long forgotten. Back then I never thought I would ever need those records. Those first customers were the most fought for, and, of course, they were all new. Mrs. Collins, for example, told me that her first impression of me wasn’t that good, because I came to do the estimate in shorts and a t-shirt. But after a while I guess she got to like me and the way I explained how I would do the work—and also, the page of references I gave her. She liked my work so much that I was called back three different times, every 7 years or so. The…

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Another Nature Walk

Stephen Nielsen

I took the first denture off the paved path and immediately saw these beautiful flowers.

I walked a little ways down the narrow path and saw this flower. So beautiful, especially with the slight shadow on its pedals.

I came to this familiar trail. It leads to the creek. I hear voices nearby.

Ah, some happy kayakers enjoying the day.

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