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!