Monday, May 14, 2018

How You Start Determines How You Finish


“So we see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief.” Hebrews 3:19

Before I even began my search, I doubted myself. My unbelief totally influenced my search. If it weren’t for God’s grace, the end would have been just as discouraging.

Early one morning I shot a deer with my bow, or at least I thought I did. Immediately after taking the shot, I thought I had missed. When I got down from my tree stand to search for the deer, my doubt totally influenced my search. I was half-hearted. I did a perfunctory walk through the woods with little hope and a ton of self-abasement. What did I do wrong? After beating myself up, I had to cross a ditch on my return route. Guess what was in the ditch? I would never have found him if God had not directed my steps. He wanted me to find the deer, but even more importantly, He wanted to teach me about faith! His lesson was, “If you begin anything with doubt, you only set yourself up for failure.”

Start each journey with trusting God. A new job, a new friendship, a new marriage, or even looking for your lost keys will be done with faith in God or doubt. It’s your choice. Ask Him to help you. Expect Him to come through. Even if you don’t get what you hope for, you will have pleased God with your faith. “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6) 

Ask God to give you the grace to trust Him, no matter how bleak things look. He will!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Nelson Newsletter - April 2018

“I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies.” John 11:25
  
Dear Friends,    
Spring is a beautiful reminder of God’s redemption. It is when new life appears: daffodils bloom, new leaves appear, and animals give birth to their young. It is also a time to celebrate Christ’s death and resurrection! In the same way, God is using us to bring new life, eternal life, to the precious lives around us. Recently, Danelle and I witnessed a young man ask Jesus for forgiveness and a new life. It was thrilling! Pray for his growth and desire to reach his family and friends for Christ. Here is more news…        

 Pastors & Wives Conference Danelle and I had a delightful time with our friends last weekend. Pastor Tom Short spoke about 5 valuable things he and his wife, Roz, have learned about marriage. I thought they were worth sharing with you. 1. Have fun & enjoy one another. 2. Bring out the best in one another. Don’t look for faults. Praise their strengths. 3. Communicate daily. 4. Be hospitable. Make your home a place of peace and rest, as well as a place to serve others. 5. Be on mission, but keep your family first.    
Danelle and I enjoying Hot Chocolate with David and Mindy
         
David Henson Our very dear friend and fellow missionary passed away last month due to pneumonia. David was an amazing brother and a kind, compassionate servant to all! He was a close friend of ours for many years, especially when Danelle, Grace, Merry, and I lived in Ukraine. We served the Lord together side by side. Please remember his sweet wife, Mindy, in your prayers. Adjusting to life without him will be a challenge. Danelle and I will attend his memorial service this weekend in Columbia, Missouri to celebrate his life.      

David and I serving in Eastern Ukraine

Florida Church Matt Gordon, Larry Messer, and the church leadership in Gainesville invited Danelle and I to come help them seek God’s plans for their house church. From April 27 - 30 we will meet with the saints to seek the Lord in His word, have group and private discussions, and pray for His guidance. Please pray for this time. They are good people with hearts to please God!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Prayer Requests
1. Mindy Henson Please pray for God’s love and grace to comfort and sustain her.
2. Gainesville Pray for God’s wisdom for Danelle, and I and for the saints to hear from God.
3. Mother Thank you for praying for Mom. She is doing remarkably well after her knee surgery!  

Thank you,                
Steve & Danelle        
wwww.reliant.org 11002 Lake Hart Dr, Suite 100, Orlando, FL 32832    www.gcmnelson.com

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Nelson Newsletter


“‘All you people of the land take courage,’ declares the Lord, ‘and work; for I am with you,’ declares the Lord of hosts. ‘As for the promise which I made you when you came out of Egypt, My Spirit is abiding in your midst; do not fear!’” Haggai 2:4-5
Dear Ministry Partners,                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                                                       Atlanta House Church: Alan & Suzanne. Alan is a gentleman I met while working out in the weight room. I have prayed for all the people there to come to know Christ personally. Sadly, most of them aren’t believers yet, and their time is running out - it is a senior center. It has been challenging to share Christ with a room full of people. But, recently Alan got extremely sick and wanted some of my honey to help him recover. I took some to his house. I met his wife Suzanne and the three of us had a delightful conversation about our families. They told me how happy they are their daughter started attending a Messianic church. Then I was then able to share my testimony, which led to an in-depth conversation about the gospel. They were receptive. Towards the end Alan said, “Well, I’m not a Christian. But I think it is good to have something to believe in like that.” Please pray for both of them to come to Christ!

This experience made me reconsider the impact we could have if we all cared more about those who are lost. This care would enable us to build friendships with unbelievers, to show them Christ’s love, and to share the Good News of His love and forgiveness with everyone who would listen. Imagine for a moment the impact this would have on our communities and our country! Ask God to help you see unbelievers with His eyes and have His compassion for them. Pray for God to open their hearts and convict them of their need for Jesus. Then, ask Him to help you take practical steps to show them you care. Finally, ask Him to give you boldness to speak of Him. He will surprise you! Remember His promise, “My Spirit is abiding in your midst; do not fear!’



                                                                         
Prayer Requests

1. Atlanta Church Pray for Alan and Suzanne, and others we have been sharing the gospel with.
2. Mother Please pray for my mother, Alice, who will have knee replacement surgery on March 28th.
3. Pastors & Wives (April 13-14) Pray for the SE pastors & wives retreat to be building & encouraging.

Thankful for you,                

Steve & Danelle        
wwww.reliant.org 11002 Lake Hart Dr, Suite 100, Orlando, FL 32832    www.gcmnelson.com     

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…

Clemson 

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         

wwww.reliant.org 11002 Lake Hart Dr, Suite 100, Orlando, FL 32832    www.gcmnelson.com               

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.