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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Dandelions, Dandelion Tea

Stephen Nielsen

Dandelions are one of the first flowers (or weeds) to appear. The big ones I think are kind of pretty. I guess the thing that most people dislike about them is how they tend to take over a lawn and choke out the grass. But I have heard that they have some benefits. You can make tea out of them.

How to make Dandelion Tea

First, make sure the Dandelions aren’t treated with chemicals.

Wash flowers and leaves, then steep in hot water for 15-20 minutes.

Next blog I will give you a few health benefits to this great flower–weed. Stay tuned.

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HR1: What It Is and Why Christians Need to Pray Against It

Stephen Nielsen

For a while now I have heard of HR1, I heard that it was bad for our country, but I didn’t exactly know what it was. Maybe you are in the same boat. Well, I got busy and did reading on it and here it is.

What is HR1?

HR1 is a 791-page bill in Congress, which has been given the title “For the People Act.” It is a bill that intends to expand voting rights and is truly a wish list for the political left. The bill is on the verge of passing into law but is presently being stalled by a filibuster.

I can’t tell you how important it is that this bill not pass into law; for it will introduce voter fraud into this country like we have never seen before, and we will quickly turn into a Communist country—where, just like Venezuela, our votes won’t mean…

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“Judge Not” – from Matthew 7:1

Stephen Nielsen

When our Lord says, “judge not,” in Matthew 7:1, He is using the term only in its negative sense—as the Pharisees judged. Certainly, we are to have discerning judgment, as to who is a false prophet and who is a true one, and to judge doctrine. And the state has judges and magistrates that are appointed by God to judge. And the church also is to judge its people in certain matters of discipline.

The kind of judgement our Lord is speaking of when He says “judge not” is a condemning judgement—a judgment we see in the Pharisees. This negative, condemning judgment can be seen in six ways.

  1. It has an evil spirit attached to it. I would say that, for this reason, it is of the devil and it works to destroy us.
  2. It condemns and despises others for no good reason. We have seen this toward the Samaritans…

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The Community and Citywide Prayer Ministry

These ministries are very important.  The goal for each of them is to get Christian people praying together for their city or community, so that, according to 1Timothy 2:2, they may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  Here are a few ideas of what I think this ministry should look like:

1.  There should be a clear focus of ministry.  That focus must be on interceding for the needs of the city or community.  Those needs will be at least three-fold:

(1) For its leaders.  Prayer must be made for all the city or community leaders, that they be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth; but also, that God would work through them, so that whether they are believers or not, they would rule and make decisions with God’s wisdom.

(2) For churches.  Prayer should be made for all Christian churches, that they would seek to honor God in their services and ministries.  Requests should be made for their pastors, church workers, and for the entire congregation. 

There are many things that we can pray for a church.  If you read Paul’s letters to the different churches he wrote to, you would find several great things he prayed for them.  For example, to the Colossian church, he prayed that they would be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding (Col. 1:9).

Paul’s prayers I think were written down in the scriptures for us to use.  No, I don’t think it is wrong to use other people’s prayers, especially Paul’s.  If you want, you can change the wording so it fits your language.  But feel free to use his prayers.  That’s what they are there for!

(3)  For all Christian ministries and para-church groups.  Pray that they would continue in God’s good work and not be discouraged (1 Cor. 15:58).

2. There should be prayer groups scattered throughout the community or city to intercede for all the various needs.  I envision this ministry having one central group to provide leadership and stability for the ministry, and three or four other groups located in different areas whose sole focus would be to pray for the needs of the community or city.  I also think there could be many other prayer groups scattered all over the city or community that are not really a part of the ministry but have promised to pray for needs as prayer requests are given to them.

3. There should be a leadership team to make plans, direct events and to gather and distribute prayer requests.  This team would come out of the central group I just talked about.  They are the hard workers of the ministry.  They not only show up for leadership meetings and plan events, but they are the ones who are willing to travel around, meet people, see what the various needs are, and then to see that those needs are recorded and distributed out to all the intercessors. 

I think it is especially important that key people are contacted: the governor or mayor, the police chief, and all the city leaders as well as all the church leaders.  They know more that anyone what the real needs are.  But I think it is also important to contact others who are not in leadership to find out their needs as well.  Thus all levels of society should be contacted so that all the various needs are prayed for.

4. There should be events to promote unity and fellowship.  I think it would be good to have social events for all ministry workers and prayer intercessors so that people get to know each other.  Conferences will also serve that purpose. 

 5. There should be events and materials to promote prayer learning.  The more anyone studies prayer the more they will be motivated to pray, and to pray as God would want them to.  For this purpose prayer conferences are ideal.  There should also be an effort to distribute books and materials to those who request them.

6. There should be good communication.  The ministry should work hard to inform all the intercessors of events and prayer requests.  It should also serve to encourage each other.  Therefore, prayer letters, phone calls and e-mails are a must.

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No Worries — Trust Him

Stephen Nielsen

This will sound like a broken record, but I am still on this journey to get rid of worry—worry…worry…worry…

Recently, I have been having auto troubles—hearing loud grinding noises from the starter. Yesterday morning I was reading from Psalm 37. The words trust, rest in, and wait on the Lord were the most predominant and helpful. I said “yes” to the Lord in regard to those things. I will trust Him and wait patiently.

Well yesterday afternoon, just before I was ready to leave my work place, I wondered how many starts I had left in my truck. Just before I would turn the key, I prayed and gave my situation to the Lord. I turn the key. It made a little noise and then nothing. It was gone. I called a tow truck and waited.

Surprisingly, I wasn’t too worried because I had given it to Him. Yes, I…

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Tranquil Sky

Stephen Nielsen

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you…

27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:1-2, 27)

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Comfort One Another With These Words

Stephen Nielsen

If there ever was a bible verse that is being ignored it is this one: “Therefore, Comfort One Another With These Words” (1 Thessalonians 4:18).

And for some reason I have been putting the blame mostly on pastors, because in their preaching they don’t very often preach to comfort their people with the news that Jesus is coming soon, and that the dead, as well as the living, will be translated and taken up to heaven to be with Him.

But Paul, in this verse, is not speaking to pastors; he said, “comfort one another with these words.” Hence, every Christian has the command to comfort others.

And how are we to comfort out fellow believer? Are we to put our arm around them and tell them that all will be well, that things aren’t as terrible as they seem?

NO!

The way we are commanded to comfort them is…

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