Sunday, March 18, 2018

Anyone Can Promise

Thus says the Lord who made the earth, the Lord who formed it to establish it, the Lord is His name, “Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”  – Jeremiah 33:2-3

He looked into her eyes and promised, “I swear I’ll pick you up for work on time tomorrow!” She struggled to believe him since it was the fourth time that month he was late, and her boss was growing impatient with her consistent tardiness.
She promised her little brother, “I won’t ever hit you again. Just don’t tell Mom!” For some reason the little fellow doubted his older sister’s words as his arm throbbed in pain.
The young couple stood in front of the assembled family and friends in the breath-taking venue overlooking the ocean and repeated the vows, “I promise to love you for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, until death do us part.” The married couples present knew how difficult it would be to keep that promise.
Have you ever wondered why we are so bad about keeping our promises? The promise, no matter how grandiose, is only as good as the character of the one making it. That’s why God always keeps His promises to us! He made the world, and His character is impeccable.
God has given us many incredible promises: “He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:3-4). Then why don’t we live amazing lives of faith and victory? Maybe we don’t know God as well as we think we do—we don’t trust Him and His promises. The Bible says, “The people who know their God will display strength and take action” (Daniel 11:32). Seek to experience God on a deeper level and believe His extravagant promises. He can be trusted!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Nelson Newsletter - February 2018

“So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of the month Elul, in fifty-two days. When all our enemies heard of it, and all the nations surrounding us saw it, they lost their confidence; for they recognized that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God.” Nehemiah 6:15-16

Dear Partners on “The Wall,”

 Thank you for “standing with us on the wall” as the Lord uses all of us to build His church! It is a great work!!! Here are some recent answers to your prayers…


Earlier this month, Danelle & I had a wonderful time at the retreat in Clemson with Brian Bridgeman and the students. We looked at what the Bible teaches about our new identity in Christ and as members of the body of Christ (the church) and the impact that has on our lives. Please pray for Brian and his wife, Miriam, as they build young disciples. Pray too for these students to grow to be faithful workers on the wall for Christ. 

Brian (right) & Clemson students @ the Bonfire     

                                                      Danelle sharing God's truth with the students                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Atlanta House Church     

The saints in our church are learning how to support and encourage one another through life’s changes and challenges.  “Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Danelle and continue to build into Abel and Francesca by reading the Bible with them weekly. They love it and so do we! Pray for them to become contagious Christians.
Worshiping the Lord together with songs

                                                           Prayer Requests
1. Clemson Ministry  Pray for the students to apply the truth from our retreat by being more devoted to one another. Pray they would love students who aren’t Christians yet. Ask God to save many more.
2. Atlanta Church  Pray for Abel & Francesca to love God and read His work daily. Pray for them to grow in their love for unbelievers - including their family.
3. Mother  Please pray for my dear mother, Alice, who is turning 92 March 13th, and is scheduled to have knee replacement March 28th. Ask the Lord to keep her healthy enough to have the surgery, and for it to enable her to live without the pain and be more mobile. Thank you very much!

We are yours in Christ’s unfailing love,  

Steve & Danelle  11002 Lake Hart Dr, Suite 100, Orlando, FL 32832               

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Another View Of Jesus - Part 2

“He who has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me; and he who loves me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him, and disclose Myself to him.” John 14:21

If you look at someone from a certain angle they will look different if you move to another position. You will get a different view and see something you did not see before. Then, if you speak with them, you will learn more about them. If you talk to others who have been with them you will learn even more. With each new view of the person we gain a better understanding of who the person really is.

Do not expect to understand Jesus Christ only through your eyes. Why do you think there are four gospels? There were four men who all wrote about the same person, Jesus Christ, and they each noticed different things. The Bible is one means to see different views of Jesus.

We also need other Christians and their views of Jesus to understand Him accurately. Observe the lives of those that act like the Jesus of the Bible and imitate their faith and love.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Another View Of Jesus - Part 1

“For I know the plans that I have for you says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will come to Me and pray to Me and I will listen to you declares the Lord. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13

I went deer hunting a few weeks ago and climbed up a pine tree about 15 feet. I wear camouflage and even cover my face so the only part of my body showing is my eyes. It was early in the morning before full light and this little brown bird landed in a tree only five feet from me. He was trying to figure out what this huge thing was up in one of his trees. How did he do it? He would quickly turn 180 degrees on the same limb and look at me from a different angle. He would then fly to another limb and repeat the process. Finally, he flew to another nearby tree and continued to flit and turn, constantly looking at me in an effort to see if I was dangerous animal or a large harmless limb. He kept getting another view.

You can experience God and know His plan for your life if you will seek the truth with a sincere heart. You must make the effort. The little brown bird was seeking the truth. “You will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” God is never found by the apathetic. The next post we will see how God reveals different views of Himself.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Nelson Newsletter - January 2018

“Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise, exalt and honor the King of heaven, for all His works are true and His ways just, and He is able to humble those who walk in pride.” Daniel 4:37

Happy New Year Friends!

I recently read a story about a man who learned humility the hard way. King Nebuchadnezzar was an arrogant man who believed that all his power and wealth were of his own doing. God loved him, so He humbled the king by taking the kingdom from him and sending him out in the field to eat grass for seven years. Nebuchadnezzar came to his senses and repented. God graciously restored his kingdom, and then he made the profound statement above. Read it again. After reading this story, I was challenged to pursue humility. May we learn from the king’s example and live humbly before God and honor Him this year! Receive God’s grace! “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (1 Peter 5:5)

Faithwalkers The conference in Asheville (Dec 28-20) is always like a sweet family reunion for us. Thank you for praying for Danelle, myself, and the students. It was delightful to have our daughters, Grace and Merry, and their husbands join us this year too. Our seminar was well attended, and most importantly, they were humble and eager to learn how to better engage unbelievers in spiritual conversations.
                                                 The Messers - friends from Florida

Clemson Danelle & I will visit our Alma mater to speak at a retreat for Clemson students February 3-4. Brian Bridgeman invited us to teach about our identity in Christ, including being the body of Christ (the church), and how to live that out daily. Pray for the Spirit to lead us and transform lives! Pray for God to mature more students as campus missionaries in 2018.

                                                              Prayer Requests
1. Clemson Retreat (Feb 3-4) Pray for us to be empowered by the Holy Spirit. Pray for each student to hear from God and humbly act on what He shows them. Pray for their love and unity to grow in 2018.
2. Atlanta Church Pray for our growing devotion to Christ that results in more love for unbelievers.
3. Our Support Thank you to each of you who gave special gifts in December! Thank you to all of you who give each month for our work in the gospel! We were able to receive all of our back pay from 2017. Praise God! You can give any time by following this link:  

Yours in Christ’s love,  

Steve & Danelle   
                                                                                                                             11002 Lake Hart Dr, Suite 100, Orlando, FL 32832 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

“When Facing Difficulties - Remember!”

“And you shall remember all the way which the Lord your God has lead you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. And He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.”
Deuteronomy 8:2,3

The responsibility for the life of the Jews was completely God’s. The Jews had no control. They were between the proverbial “rock and a hard place.” They were several million hungry people in the middle of the desert ready to starve. There wasn’t a Kroger for hundreds of miles! If God did not provide they would die! What did God want to teach them?
The Lord God wanted His children to know:
1. He was faithful to lead them and provide for all their needs (for forty years).
2. They could trust His word -  His promises.
What can we learn today from their situation?

First, remember He has been faithful to you in the past.

Second, God lets you get hungry. He allows trials. They are part of His plan.

Third, God does not always do the expected. He will feed you with manna, which you do not know. He needs you to give Him the freedom to provide in His way.

Fourth, you need to trust His word (promises).

It may seem like the responsibility is completely up to you to provide for your needs, and that things are under your control. It is not!  God wants you and I to be responsible, work hard, spend wisely, and give cheerfully to the work of the gospel. But He wants you to know it all comes from Him!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Nelson Newsletter - December 2107

“But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people!”  Luke 2:10

Merry Christmas Dear Friends!

It is difficult to escape the constant barrage of bad news from the radio, television, and internet. Murders, car accidents, hurricanes and floods, immorality, and deadly diseases are common stories that can leave us depressed and feeling hopeless.

Praise God there is “good news of great joy which will be (is) for all the people!” God does love all people and can change any life willing to come to Him in sincere repentance and faith. He is using you - your prayers and gifts to make this happen through our ministry. Here are some highlights from 2017.

We began the year with a God’s Will For Your Life conference in Clemson, SC for students (2 photos below). In addition, I returned a number of times to evangelize with Brian Bridgman and their student ministry.

In May we traveled to Ukraine. Danelle taught a seminar on prayer (below #1), and together we taught students about healthy relationships (below #2).

Our Southeast House Church Conference in August was just what God ordered (3 photos below). The churches from Gainesville, Raleigh, and Atlanta enjoyed rich discussions and support for one another as we learned how to hear from God together. It was different. We all left loved and envisioned.

Atlanta Outreach God has given me a passion to help the “average” Christian be faithful and fruitful in their relationship with Him, their family, and in the marketplace.  Here are some ways God is using this in Atlanta. Danelle and I continue to meet weekly with Abel and Francesca. They came to Christ two months ago and we are impressed by their desire  to read God’s word, as well as by the questions they have written down each week to ask us. They also have a passion to see their son, Abel Israel, and other family members to hear the good news & come to God too. Several weeks ago, I met Jesse from Eritrea at our local coffee shop. He had only been in America less than a month. I gave him my personal testimony tract the first time we met. He is eager to meet. Pray for us to find the time to meet, as well as his salvation. God continues to help me model taking every day situations and turning them into gospel conversations with the men at the car wash and lifeguards at the pool.

Danelle & Francesca
House Church Our church is growing in faith in God through responsibilities at work, raising families, and serving one another. God’s plan is to use each of these to help us grow our faith in Him and His word. Sometimes it may seem insignificant to live faithfully and be responsible, but it is His seminary training and extremely important. If we fail to be faithful servants at work, at home, or with one another, then the world is not drawn to Jesus. They don’t see the Lord alive in us if we grumble and complain about our work, or we are lazy and selfish at home. Please pray for us to keep growing in faithfulness to Christ, dependence on His Spirit, and living under His grace.   

                Alex & Oksana                    
Faithwalkers Conference (Dec 28-30) Danelle and I will teach a seminar at our annual conference in Asheville, NC. Pray for us and the 600 students to hear from God and apply truth.

Prayer Requests

1 Atlanta House Church Pray for us to grow in faithfulness in little things, godly character, our devotion to prayer, and compassion for the lost in our city in 2018.

2. Local Outreach Pray that Jesse and I would be able to meet & for his salvation. Pray too for Jairo, Michael, Harvey, Ken, & others to see Christ living in us & receive the good news!

3. Faithwalkers Conference Pray for Danelle and I as we teach a seminar, “How to Start Spiritual Conversations,” at the Faithwalkers conference, December 28-30 in Asheville.

4. Our Personal Support Finally, please pray for God to supply our needs. The last few months we haven’t been able to receive our full paycheck due to a shortage of support. If you wish to give a special gift at the end of the year, please follow this link to give on line. We appreciate it very much!  Thanks to all of you who support us month after month, as well as with your special gifts!

Yours in Christ’s love,  

Steve & Danelle    

                                        (Nelson Family 2017)                                                                                                                                                                                                     11002 Lake Hart Dr, Suite 100, Orlando, FL 32832