Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Nelson Newsletter January 2020




“Behold, I will do something NEW, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19

Happy New Year Saints!

A new year, a new decade, and a time for new beginnings. Our God specializes in making things new, like He did when we were born again in Christ. When we came to know the Lord as our Savior we began to really live. Now we can help others find new life in Him

Yesterday I spoke with Kevin, a Mechanical Engineer from China who now lives in Atlanta, about God wanting a personal relationship with Him. The puzzled look on his face revealed his lack of understanding, but he said, “I want to find out more about Christianity,” as he took my testimony tract. Please pray for Kevin and his wife to come to Christ and become new people! Our vision for 2020 is to love unbelievers like Kevin, share the gospel, and make new disciples in our city, state, and nation.

House Church Conference (January 24-26) Seven churches will be represented at our annual house church conference this weekend to seek God. We will read and discuss Ephesians, hear church updates and pray for one another, and continue to build lasting friendships between churches. We need your prayers to be renewed in reaching unbelievers and making disciples in our cities and states.


                                        Prayer & Praise
1. Generous Giving Thank you for your generous giving in 2019! We begin the new year on a good financial footing because of your support. We praise the Lord Jesus for such special people as you!
2. Faithwalkers Conference Praise God the seminar about prayer went well! About 60 people, mostly college students, were very attentive and eager to learn to pray. Thank you for praying!
3. House Church Conference (January 24-26) Pray we would hear and act on what He tells us, have meaningful fellowship, and come back envisioned and renewed for the mission.  
4. Granddaughter Update Wilhelmina just finished her 4th round of chemo for the cancer in her leg. Her courage and attitude have improved, but it’s still frightening for her. Pray for her to know God’s love and find a new life Christ. Pray for Matt & Amanda to keep trusting God and His word for new strength!
5.  Foster Twins Future Please pray for the twins that Grace and Ward have fostered for the past 7 months. They love them dearly and desire to adopt them. We are trusting God for His will to be done.

Thank you for praying!  

Yours in Christ’s unchanging love,     

Steve & Danelle   



Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Collecting


Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. - Matthew 6:19-21
Humans are collectors! Everything under the sun is fair game when it comes to collecting—sea shells, antique furniture, art, classic cars, guns, jewelry, Civil war artifacts, old stamps, trading cards, old dolls, autographs; the list never ends! My father helped me as a child to begin a coin collection. (My wife and I let a homeless lady stay with us, and she stole it. I was heartbroken and angry.) Now I have a collection of medals from the dozens of road races I have run.
What are you collecting? In the verses above Jesus challenged our natural human desire of collecting for the present with His contrasting view of collecting for eternity.
Should we follow the religious ascetics and throw out all our collections? No! We can have collections of earthly things and still faithfully follow Jesus Christ. We just need to remember our collections are just that—earthly, temporal, and of much less value than what God says is lasting and eternal. Perspective. What are you collecting of eternal value?
People are the only things that are eternal. Therefore, invest your life in people! Ask God right now to make you an example of Jesus with godly character so that unbelievers will see Jesus in you and be drawn to Him. Seek to bring lost souls to Christ and then help them grow in Him and bring others into His family.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Big Sinner or Little Sinner?



Transgression speaks to the ungodly within his heart;
         there is no fear of God before his eyes. For it flatters him in his own eyes
         concerning the discovery of his iniquity and the hatred of it.
    …he does not despise evil. Psalm 36:1-4

Okay, you and I both know we are sinners, right? Who isn’t? But, “I am not a big sinner like…” Most of us think like that in the beginning of our spiritual journey. That is exactly how Jared said he felt growing up, “I was just a little sinner.” I listened intently as he shared his thoughts regarding his condition (sin) with a group of his fellow missionaries. Jared said he knew that he had some problems, but he wasn’t a “big sinner” who had murdered someone or was a drug addict. Jared continued to tell us how he began to struggle with drinking and sexual immorality as a teenager. He said, “Then I began to see myself as God saw me, as a BIG sinner who needed a Savior!” He was always a big sinner, but he failed to see himself in the light of God’s holiness. He failed to compare himself with God and His standard and therefore he did not feel desperate and change was not necessary. There was no emergency, or so he thought!

Have you ever seriously thought about God’s holiness, His perfect character and flawless nature? How does it make you feel? The arrogant person mentioned in the verses above will only continue to do evil and be proud of it. There is no godly sorrow that the Bible calls repentance. Here is the NIV translation of verse two, “For in his own eyes he flatters himself too much to detect or hate his sin.”
I pray that you will see God in His glory and will react like Isaiah, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.” (Isaiah 6:5) God wants you to confess and forsake your sin and experience His grace and forgiveness. A clean conscience begins when you despise evil because you are a big sinner. That is why Jesus died -to make big sinners clean, new and holy!

Saturday, December 21, 2019

One Act Of Kindness


In those days, while Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate, Bigthan and Teresh, two of the king’s officials from those who guarded the door, became angry and sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. But the plot became known to Mordecai and he told Queen Esther, and Esther informed the king in Mordecai’s name. Now when the plot was investigated and found to be so, they were both hanged on a gallows; and it was written in the Book of the Chronicles in the king’s presence. - Esther 2:21-23
Mordecai was in the right place at the right time to save the king’s life. He chose to disregard his fears and the danger of reporting the murderers. If they found out, they likely would have killed him! Mordecai’s act of kindness was recorded but unrewarded. Life went on for the Jews who were captives in Persia.
We underestimate the effect of our good deeds on people coming to Christ. We often think that our faithful deeds of kindness go unnoticed or have little effect on people turning to Christ for eternal life. Later in this story we see the sovereignty of God as Mordecai’s deed was rediscovered and, as a result, the plot to annihilate all the Jews was thwarted. Nothing is truly coincidental or unnoticed by God.
Recently, a friend of my wife’s family told me how I helped him 40 years ago learn how to clean a paintbrush while simultaneously sharing the gospel with him. He later gave his life to Jesus. I was pleasantly surprised! We rejoiced together. God used one act of kindness to open his heart to the gospel.
Don’t underestimate the power your one act of kindness can have on the eternal destiny of others. Here are the last words of Esther, “And many among the peoples of the land became Jews, for the dread of the Jews had fallen on them.” May God bring many to Jesus through our acts of kindness!

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Nelson Newsletter - December 2019

“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32


Merry Christmas Dear Friends!

Our God is the ultimate Giver! At Christmastime we celebrate the birth of Jesus - God’s greatest gift!  What makes God’s giving so profound and beautiful is that He gave His only Son to deliver us from sin and judgement while we were His enemies! That is grace! It is unmerited, undeserved, and beyond any human capacity to imitate. Thank God, if we come to Christ in sincere repentance and faith, He gives us new life! “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23 It is our prayer that you have received God’s gift of Christ. If not, why not now?  Who do you know who needs this gift? Go tell them! Here are some people we worked with this year who want others to have The Gift!


Church In St. Petersburg, Florida
It has been exciting for Danelle and I to see God this lead this group in a new direction. He gave them teachable hearts, patience, and unity. Danelle and I traveled to St. Petersburg numerous times this year to encourage, train, and support these dear believers. We had many phone conversations with Jon and Pam Trunk - praying for God’s wisdom and direction. He heard your prayers and gave grace!

He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, "God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble." James 4:6




New Church In Virginia Beach In August, God gave David a job at Old Dominion. He, Stephanie, and their four children moved in August. He gave them a beautiful home where they have started meeting as a new church. God gave them new Christian friends, Michael and Denise and their children, to follow Jesus together. He has also given them many unbelievers to love. They plan to join us in January for our annual house church conference.




“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord gives grace and glory; no good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” Psalm 84:11


                                        Prayer & Praise
1. Atlanta House Church Ask God to give us comfort and strength to move forward despite the personal difficulties some face. Please continue to pray for the future of the twins Grace & Ward are fostering and hoping to adopt. The court hearing today was positive. We are trusting God and placing our hope in Him.
2. St. Pete Church Pray for these saints to continue giving their hearts to Jesus and allowing Him to give to others (both believers and unbelievers) through them. Ask God to deepen their Biblical convictions about being the church and living that out daily.
3. Virginia Church Plant Pray for them to grow in trusting the Lord Jesus and one another. Pray for the Spirit to lead them to broken people they can give the good news to who will give their lives to Jesus.
4. Faithwalkers Conference (December 27-30) Pray for God to give us grace to teach a seminar, “Making Sense of Prayer.” Ask God to give the college students hearts to learn and obey truth.
5. House Church Conference (January 24-26) Ask God to unite our hearts to give Him praise and to give one another support and encouragement in following Christ. Folks from 4-5 states plan to be there.
6. Our Granddaughter Please pray for our seven-year-old granddaughter, Wilhelmina. We just found out that she has bone cancer in her leg. We don’t know the extent of the cancer at this point. She will begin chemo next week. Pray for her parents, Matt and Amanda, to trust God to give them grace, peace, and strength for this journey. Ask God to heal Wilhelmina and to give her courage and peace. Thank you!


7. Our New Grandson Our daughter, Merry, gave birth to this little guy, Elijah Daniel Evans, on December 5th. He weighed 8 lbs. 6 oz. and was 20.25 inches long. Praise God for this gift! Merry and Nathan are exhausted but thankful and happy! Elijah will join his 16 cousins around the Nelson table. We are building a longer table!

Thank you for giving to us (with your finances, prayers, and words of encouragement) in 2019!  

Yours in Christ’s unfailing love,     

Steve & Danelle   

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Nelson Newsletter - November 2019


“But know that the Lord has set the godly man for Himself; the Lord hears when I call to Him.”

Dear Saints, 
King David wrote in Psalm 4 that the Lord has set apart the godly man for Himself. He created you and I to be His - to be in a relationship with Him. Incredible! He did not set us apart primarily for a task or mission, even though He gave us that. He wants you to know Him personally and to be satisfied with Him, and then for the mission to flow from the relationship. Don’t neglect your relationship! You are precious! Here are some things He has done recently as we have lived set apart for Christ! Thank you for praying!
                                  



UGA Outreach Rich and Mary Suplita (photo above) invited me to join them to speak with University of Georgia students about new life in Christ. There was a pro-life group they knew on the campus that day, so there were many wonderful opportunities to share the good news and to love students who were disturbed by the pro-life message and banners.

                                                              Pro-Life Banners attract students                      







                                                  Rich (center) respectfully interacting with students

 New Church In Virginia Beach David and Stephanie (our daughter) are encouraged by the new church meeting in their home. Michael and Denise are regulars who join them for prayer, Bible study, breaking bread and a meal each week. They have numerous unbelievers they are reaching out to at the park, in the neighborhood and the basketball court. Pray by name for these folks below!


Prayer & Praise
1. Atlanta House Church Pray for more opportunities during the holidays for each of us to build relationships with unbelievers and share Christ with them. Pray for the future of the twins Grace & Ward are fostering and hoping to adopt. Pray for God’s will to be done and for grace and peace to abound whatever happens.
2. St. Pete Church Pray for their meetings to be fresh & edifying because each member is daily living by faith in Christ, hearing from Him through His word and applying it to their lives, loving others, and reaching unbelievers. Pray for the Trunks and Shores to lead the church well by being examples in their love for the Lord Jesus and people, including unbelievers they know.
3. Virginia Church Plant Pray for them to grow in closer as His church. Pray for David & Stephanie’s outreach to Chris & Lewis, guys David met playing basketball, and for Becky and Stacy, Stephanie’s new friends from the park.
4. UGA Students Please pray for these students we shared Christ with - Rachael, MC, Samuel, and Raven to come to Him. Pray for Rich and Mary Katherine as the minister to students in their home and on the campus. Pray for the Spirit of God to convict of sin and reveal God’s love.

Thank you for supporting us and for interceding in prayer!        

Steve & Danelle   

PS Please consider giving a special end of the year gift for our work in evangelism and discipleship. You can do so by following this link, https://reliant.org/steve.nelson?newGift. Or  use the Reliant website below. Thank you for being vital partners with us in this ministry!
    
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