Welcome bloggers! My name is Stephen Nielsen, from Mounds View, Minnesota, just north of Minneapolis. Much of what I blog on will be from my books. My sources are from the Holy Bible and from holy men of God, particularly known for their studies on prayer, such as: E. M. Bounds, Andrew Murray, and Charles Spurgeon. I welcome your comments.
I grew up on a farm near Montevideo, Minnesota. One of my most vivid memories was that I often wandered off into the woods to enjoy all the beautiful things that nature provides. I now know that God was pursuing me and was giving me a desire for Him. At age twelve a camp counselor helped me to receive God’s Son, Jesus Christ, into my life. Ever since that day I have had a wonderful peace and an assurance of eternal life. He is my constant joy. He continues to give me a desire for Him and to do His will. For the last eighteen years or so God has been leading me toward the ministry of prayer. (Notice, I have a more complete salvation testimony on another page of this blog.)
I have A Bachelor of Arts degree in Ministries from Northwestern College in Roseville, Minnesota. I also took classes at Western Seminary in Portland Oregon.
CHURCH AFFILIATION AND STATEMENT OF FAITH
My earliest memories of church were in the Evangelical Free Church. I have also attended Baptist churches and Evangelical Community churches. I am now a member of Grace Church Roseville, an evangelical church in Roseville, Minnesota, where I have attended for about sixteen years.
I believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error. I believe that salvation is by faith alone and not a result of works or by the observance of any ordinance. I believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ and that every believer can be filled and empowered by the Spirit through prayer and personal surrender to Christ. I believe in the pre tribulation rapture of the church, and that the church will reign with Christ for 1000 years on a beautiful restored earth, and then for eternity in the new heaven and new earth.
From 1971 to 1975 I was involved with the ministry of the Navigators, where I was trained in all phases of spiritual grow and discipleship. I learned the art of personal evangelism, how to study the Bible, how to have a daily quiet time, and I learned the discipline of regular scripture memory and review. I was involved for a time in the Evangelism Explosion ministry, where I became a certified teacher/trainer. I have been involved in the Billy Graham Telephone Ministry for about ten years, where we offer prayer, encouragement, and guidance over the phone. I continue to attend and lead Bible studies and prayer groups as the need arises. I also consider my blogging and book writing to be a vital part of my ministry.
I have had my own residential house painting business for the last thirty years. I enjoy painting and working with both new and repeat clients.