Sunday, November 19, 2017

Overcoming an assessment of victory

God was hit and so am I. I lay here unable to sleep. I am tired but all I can do is rest and await the dawn. I could find some excuse to get up again. I listen to the somewhat labored breathing of a sick child. I have done what I can for her for now. God help us. From our position of weakness we must come in strength to win the day. There is no other way for the story to end. Good had already told the ending. He is an excellent story teller and there is no way He can be wrong. However, sometimes it proves hard for me to see the way from here to there. I begin to think there simply must be many small victories between here and there and won't that be awesome? I think I will rejoice at each one. I think I will mark the days of victory and commemorate them as one does a birthday or an anniversary. But, I find myself beginning to wonder if indeed today was not such a day and if I have not already failed to see it let alone to celebrate for all its contained victory... Yes, it surely is so and if it can be so on this day then why not on every such day? What if I will suddenly arrive surprised to be vindicatedated in the end though I long for just that every moment of every day until I have so thoroughly missed it that it comes upon me when I am unawares? If I resolve that it should likely be so then I think I may just as likely result that I should in every day celebrate that day as a victory despite what my flesh eyes may see. I should celebrate with all the celebration I may muster though I should barely see a cause for any revelry at all. I should celebrate the celebration I have seen occasionally in the insane who have arrived at a moment of careless wonder. My victory is in the offing and my own weakness, the likelihood of my being altogether surprised at its sudden arrival while all the while begging God for one more small victory to cushion my gentler self, as a sort of force field to protect what I envision is a true self and God knows better. He is teaching me... While a greater day is yet coming, no greater day had yet come and that which is not yet, truly already is in every sense that counts. Choose what to be, He says. I choose free, I say. With the words and my feeble mastery of Language I fail to understand that from this moment in which the choice itself proves to be ultimate Grace all is settled, praise and just as much so, painless suffering have become the order of the day, every day. But for those who fail to fully grasp the implication though they be free from loss they be not free from failure of assessment and they had better be= they had better be free from failure of assessment= because their victory lies not at the end of a road spent questioning Him but at the end of a road spent believing. So believe and rejoice! Draw not your own conclusions. Stand not in the collection of your own strength For you have nothing other than that which He gave you or you have nothing at all. And if it be so, and surely it is then you had Better live accordingly (death is the only other option.)

Friday, February 10, 2017

Put simply

I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
Revelation 1:18 KJV

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Memory verse for January 2017

Yet I am the Lord thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me.
Hosea 13:4 KJV

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A Poem entitled Still Thinking

Still Thinking by Daniel Stevenson I, Like in a latter day think away my things. Time ebbs on because that is what it does. With tears that surface-coat scars that drive me more than they should, I reach for a tomorrow guaranteed In the hand of the master, But framed in the thinking, too common to yesterday’s reality. Time ebbs on ever-closer to that unsealed future, The image in the rear view mirror is fading but I lean in straining. Service and tears but even today’s events seem distant. I am without torment but sometimes wondering why my scars, drive me more than they should. Thinking through things like in days past, when my thought should simply be of one certain tomorrow… The thoughts I think may be of today. The scars I bear, some I thought forgotten, drive a present seemingly based on an old life. This new life, it is somehow more real, Eyes open, I, like Lot, live vexed, Moved to certain action, I work though I wonder. My help is eternal, my pain is temporal. One day I’ll stop thinking, but apparently not yet.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Fwd: URGENT! You are invited. Exposing the lies. Help Support Mississippi!

I believe in unilateral protection from discrimination and so does the governor of Mississippi.

P. Dan

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This is from our friends at Alliance Defending Freedom. Hope you can join the Live Feed tonight on Facebook. Please share with family and friends. Blessings, Phil

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Dear Friends,

As many of you have heard, two weeks ago, Mississippi passed the most comprehensive bill to date protecting the freedom of conscience as it pertains to citizens' beliefs about marriage.  The law preserves the freedom of all Mississippians to peacefully live, worship, and work according to their religious or moral beliefs about marriage.  It ensures that the government does not discriminate against or punish churches, and other organizations, such as adoption agencies, schools, and charities, by denying them tax exemptions, contracts, accreditation, or licenses simply for following their deeply held beliefs about marriage.  It also safeguards against the government forcing citizens to surrender free speech and religious freedom in order to run their businesses. I've attached the language if you're interested.

Per usual, there's been significant misrepresentations and attacks on both the law and Governor Bryant since its enactment. To expose some of those mischaracterizations and to tell the truth about the bill, who it protects, and diffuse common attacks (isn't this just a license to discriminate?), we are doing a Live Feed conversation on ADF's FB page this evening.  We will go live at 6:30 pm EST tonight. Please consider sharing the Live Feed from ADF's page through your FB page.  You can also encourage people to ask questions @alliancedefends #MSliveandletlive.

Please help us spread the word so we can help people understand the good of this bill and how courageous Gov. Bryant was in signing it—championing freedom and ensuring that in Mississippi tolerance remains a two way street.  We would love to partner together to create national momentum about the good of this bill.

What: Alliance Defending Freedom Attorneys Kellie Fiedorek and Casey Mattox on Mississippi's Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act. Learn the truth and get your questions answered.

When: Today, Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 6:30 pm EST

Why: To explain the bill, and tell the stories of who it protects

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me or Bob Trent (btrent@adflegal.org).

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Fwd: Mississippi's Religious Freedom Law Signed Today Gives Fresh Momentum to Legislative Efforts

Praise God there is still a political avenue to protect the rights of American citizens to believe in Biblical concepts. The fight continues.

P. Dan Stevenson

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April 5, 2016

   
 

It is time Ohio elected officials stood up to the bullies and liars and protected our freedom of beliefs the way they have done in Mississippi and North Carolina.  Anyone who is opposed to these laws has not read them.  Protecting one's freedom of beliefs is fundamental to being an American. More than 22 states have passed Religious Freedom laws. Ohio is not one of those states. Why are you waiting? Blessings, Phil Burress
 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 5, 2016
CONTACT: J.P. Duffy or Alice Chao, (866) FRC-NEWS or (866)-372-6397

Mississippi's Religious Freedom Law Signed Today Gives Fresh Momentum to Legislative Efforts in Other States

Mississippi Joins North Carolina, Texas in Protecting the Freedom to Believe

Washington, D.C. -- Today, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed into law HB 1523, the "Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act." Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement:

"This new law gives fresh momentum to efforts on the federal and state level to stop government discrimination against people who believe that marriage is between a man and a woman.

"We applaud Governor Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, and House Speaker Philip Gunn, for standing up for the fundamental freedoms of the people they represent. No person should be punished by the government with crippling fines, or face disqualification for simply believing what President Obama believed just a few years ago, that marriage is the union of a man and a woman.

"Big business and Hollywood have engaged in economic blackmail in Mississippi just like they have in Indiana, Georgia, North Carolina and Texas to try to force government discrimination of those who support natural marriage. However, unlike Indiana and Georgia, leaders in Mississippi, North Carolina and Texas have chosen to defend the fundamental freedom of their citizens to believe and live according to those beliefs, rather than capitulate to the economic threats of big business and entertainment.

"Long-term, political leaders who refuse to sacrifice fundamental freedoms under the threats of big government, big business and big entertainment are rewarded with support of voters as their states find such policies promote stronger families, stronger communities, which lead to stronger economies," concluded Perkins.

A poll released on Friday shows nearly two-thirds of Mississippi voters want to protect pastors, churches, schools, and businesses from government discrimination.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Blind Luck?

Since I became a Christian I stopped believing in blind luck. It seems to me that God is in charge and that all things happen according to His plan but is that what the Bible says? In Ecclesiastes Solomon, the wisest man to ever live wrote the following: Ecclesiastes 9:11-12 New International Version (NIV) 11 I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all. 12 Moreover, no one knows when their hour will come: As fish are caught in a cruel net, or birds are taken in a snare, so people are trapped by evil times that fall unexpectedly upon them. Observing the way the world works and considering what He knew of God, Solomon who got his wisdom from God concluded that no matter how hard you work or how skillful or wise you are or are not things can still go right or wrong. It seems to us that there is no reason we should not hit on the next big thing and become rich or perhaps we are looking for a simpler victory like a month without a care repair or recognition for our hard work on the job. Sometimes we get it and we judge it makes perfect sense and other times we don’t get what we expect and our mind struggles to grapple with why things have not gone the way we orchestrated. James wrote something on this topic as well. James 4:13-17 13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil.17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them. According to James, all our great efforts are as mist. That doesn’t amount to much, does it? The accumulated learning of a degree in whatever and a life time’s experience and it amounts to mist. People make plans and leave God and their God given responsibility out of it and then they bemoan their situation while they struggle to understand why it worked out the way it did. So, James warns us, instead of devising clever schemes or well concocted business plans we should say, even as part of a good plan, whatever God wills. He ends by saying, whatever good a person knows they should do and does not do it, for them it is sin. Paul says something about the topic in his famous speech on Mars Hill: 26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. A few quick takeaways: 1- Best laid plans go awry. Don’t not plan but don’t set your hopes on a good plan, rather trust in the God that has a plan that transcends all of ours. 2- Build yourself, get better educated, manage your health, clean up your mouth and your language because the only one that can get you better odds than a roll of the dice on the outcome of your next endeavor is God and if you want Him on your side you’d better live like your on His side. 3- If you know something you should do and you are blowing it off. If you are planning your life without giving special emphasis to those things that will make the world a better place (and you know what they are- feed the poor, care for those in need, be kind, and serve with no hope of being repaid by the person or persons you serve…) If you have a plan that leaves out any good thing that God would have you do, He calls that sin. Repent today and do the things you know you should. 4- Have hope: God can make something out of anyone at any time. He loves a reversal of fortune. He loves to bless those who don’t deserve it and realize it. Make asking God for help part of who you are. Make living for God more important than coming out on top and you can know that eternity settled and time and chance can’t touch that AND THAT”S HOPE The bottom line is: A lot of people are trying to bank on their good fortune tomorrow, they think it will eventually all come together because they work hard or learn much and while working hard and learning much are the right things to do, tomorrow’s profit is the wrong reason to do it and frankly just might not be coming because time and chance happen to all men. So, bank on God today doing the things you know He wants you to do. Start by accepting Jesus as Lord and then use all that you are and all that you can become for His glory. Do those small, good things today that you’ve been letting go because your plans or your business seemed more important. Let God take care of the outcome. If as His people we will choose to live like this, His kingdom will advance on earth, His will will be done, and that’s something so much more than mist.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Never Quit Learning

Thanks to NAMB I am blessed to be attending Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary on-line. Currently I'm taking a Hermeneutics course. The course has been enlightening and that's the whole goal of education. Some get degrees so that they can make more money or get a better job, even to feel better about themselves. That's not what God gave education for. He gave it to learn, to grow, to better oneself. One could argue that all things good and bad are given for that purpose. I remember one time we were driving in the woods. Well actually on the a road that was weaving through a wood. As we drove I looked up at the tall pine trees and I could see that all their branches had been broken from the wind rubbing them together. The Spirit in me spoke up and I knew there was something more there. I thought about how damaging the wind was and considered that this is the way that people are to each other and how the growth was damaging one to another and the process of refinement could be seen in these broken branches. Now, years later I am thinking that that process had happened time and again as rough winds had come and branches had been broken away. All the while the trees were growing taller and taller and the broken branches never stopped them. Think on this. Your troubles are incidental. They may be the worst that you have yet seen but they do not have to be the worst you will ever see. You will heal, grow, and continue on. You will have broken remains where the branches were. You will have scars but like those trees you will grow well beyond so that someone might see what you are facing at any given moment and mourn the damage not even thinking about how this has happened before. You can make it. You have made it before. You will make it through many times before. So, I'm studying studying the Bible and I'm learning how little I know. It's cool really because it leaves me with a long journey ahead and equipped to take it on. Better yet, it reminds me that I have been here before, ignorant and needing to grow, and I have made it through and I will again. Pastor Daniel Stevenson New Heights Fellowship Toledo Life Station Firestorm The Moment: Blood Bowl

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Expanding promotions

It's been interesting of late how God has provided more an more opportunities to get the word out there concerning the ministry and the books that He has led me to write. I can only assume that eventually this will take and people will start to respond in higher numbers. Praise God for the opportunities. Now, I pray Lord, your will be done. P. Dan Stevenson New Heights Fellowship, Life Station, The Moment: Blood Bowl, Think Again: Finding Happiness and Wholeness, How To Be a Great GM, and more...

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Awesome Sundays

The bottom line is, if God shows up, it's going to be a great day. I feel like God shows up at New Heights every Sunday. That pleases me very much. We may have our difficulties and sometimes we have to figure out how to get through but we always do.

Those who won't quit have this going for them- they won't quit. Steadfast they stand... Fusional, they walk, we walk together. Our church needs to grow and she will add the Lord sees fit and we are wide open to new people joining us.

The people that are with us now, that are us, are so very committed to doing the work of the Lord and to hearing from the Lord and as He sees fit serving the Lord. Together He will allow us to Change the world!

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Book signing

So I went to the book signing in Akron at the nervous dog. It was awesome. Not because I sold a bunch of books. I did not. Not because I met a bunch of people. I met some but not a lot really. It was awesome because I met one really cool young lady. Lindsay was her name. She's ex army. She works at the mall now. More importantly Good sent her to the coffee shop today for a divine appointment with me.

We had a long talk and she wants to start living out her faith now the way she committed to when she was twelve. I encouraged her to find a church home and to live unleashed for Christ. She committed to try.

That one decision, that one commitment made the effort worthwhile. A few people committed to buy the book which is now available electronically. But Lindsay's bold acceptance of and Commitment to live out the truth meant much more. Praise God for another day serving and another day here for Him. Another victory for Jesus!

Pastor Dan
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

March 2015 current facets of Stevenson ministry

I'm excited to be looking forward to my first book signing at the Book Nook in Monroe. The Life Station is in the middle of NE5 which is all of our partners helping to find new partners. We have a $5554 gap in projected giving to overcome before the end of the year if we are going to keep functioning at current levels and actually we expect the levels to increase. We keep seeing people get saved and recommitting their lives and that's awesome! However, many new people come all the time to get help which means more people hearing the gospel but it also means more people to feed and serve. New Heights has just moved into her new building and we are working on final inspections.The net step is getting the multi-purpose room ready and then getting the sanctuary ready. Walking the hall is a blessing. Anyone who's interested can check out our facebook page at facebook.com/newheightstoledo.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Empty Praise and Spiritual Warfare

When you are in a conversation on spiritual matters especially one that borders on evangelism or might call the other person to repentance beware of praise. It has been my experience that 'empty' praise is a defense mechanism. It is orchestrated by the enemy in the situation to set you back and slow you down. If you glance over it and do not give the glory to God you look petty and as if the conversation is somehow about how neat you are. If you give the glory to God at every empty praise then you will slow the conversation down and perhaps be distracted or the person you are talking with will be distracted. It feels good to be praised by those we are talking to but better we put a stop to it and stay focused on what we are about. Remember Peter imploring Jesus. He told Jesus how awesome He was and that it should never be allowed that HE would be sent to die. Jesus answered, 'Get thee behind me Satan.' Bottom line is, if you need praise, you aren't ready for evangelism or at least you have forgotten what evangelism is about. If you love the Lord an allow Him to use you there will come a time when the enemy tries to use praise to slow you down. Do not allow it. Pastor Daniel Stevenson New Heights Life Station Toledo

Monday, January 12, 2015

Temptation a Christmas Tree

It strikes me that temptation is sort of like a Christmas tree for evil spirits. They know the usual culprits and how we sometimes give into them and hover around waiting for an opening. They know how foolish people can be to yield to temptation and do those things that we know are wrong or to fail to do this things that we know are right.

Either way it gives therm an in. It's like a gift, so when you are in that moment and tarry there it's no wonder it gets more difficult to resist. If we understand this principle we would feel like we are standing on the edge of a pit of yuck in our best dress clothes. We would be careful or even more wisely, just move away.

They are waiting for people to come along and give them a gift, an inlet, a moment of free reign. I wonder if they are snickering. Maybe they sing a little ditty thinking how superior there are and how foolish their prey.

I say, let's leave them waiting. Don't go, let them wait expecting us to be lured and to yield. Meanwhile, let us live a life more abundant, seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Clean, we will be usable by God in so many other ways. If we should find ourselves standing on that edge, rebuke, refuse, retreat but whatever happens do not give them what they want.

  • Ooh, I'd bet they'd hate that. Snicker, snicker.

Pastor Daniel Stevenson

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Allegory, Analogy, Algorithm

Okay, I'm going to try to give the snapshot of Allegory, Analogy, and Algorithm from this last Sunday. An Allegory is a story, poem or really any device that conceals a deeper meaning. An analogy is a comparison between two things wiht the purpose of revealing the nature of one or both things. An Algorithm is a process of dealing with certain variables. When a set of steps is automatic when a certain thing occurs that is an alforithm. It's common in mathematics. 2 Sam 14:14 The people of David's day had this understanding despite the lack of full revelation of Gods plan. The woman says (and David does not disagree) that all people die and are spit out and done. God is no respecter of persons meaning all have an end and none are spared or receive special treatment based on their lot in life or their race, age, sex, etc. God however, is a God who devises plans for the banished to return to Him. So the allegory led them to to a conclusion. The allegory was their own life experience, the temple sacrifice, and the scripture which included the histories of their people and spoak about God and His plans. The conclusion was an analogy. The analogy was man's holiness versus God's holiness and the need for a sacrifice but the allegory of the temple revealed that the temple could not be the permanent solution because eventually there would be no way for a temple sacrifice to be made for all people in the world. What's more, the temple sacrifces had to be repeated all the time proving that a future sacrifice of a uperior nature would eventually have to become available. The analogy lead them to the see/understand the algorithm. The algorithm is one perfect sacrifice to end them all, a means devised by God to bring any back to Him that would be willing. All of the previous and all current circumstances point to Jesus and truth about God. So, look deeper, look for the meaning behind the events. I'm not saying to judge people's motivations but to look at what the events of today say about the God of every day. It's his story after all and it always has been. Satan tries to hide the truth behind the allegory and even perhaps fails to see it himself. If you let that revealed truth point you to the comparison between you and God you will see you need a savior. Once you have Jesus as savior you become able to see beyond the veil to some extent, better able to understand the allegory and the truths behind it. Accept Jesus, live in earnest for the Christ. Seek out others who will do the same. Because, we all die. We all re poured out and done eventually. God is no respector of persons. But he does devise means for His banished to return to Him and the one final, perfect means is Jesus! Pastor Dan Stevenon Newheightsfellowhipchurch.org facebook.com/newheightstoledo facebook.com/lifestationtoledo

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Running up bills and paying off debts

I'm thinking this morning about how every act of selfishness and correspondingly every act of kindness is like a pebble, cascading down the slope of time so that a collection becomes a rain and a large group becomes an avalanche until a person is buried under the effect.

There are no real superhumans that can stop bullets or jump in front of speeding cars and even the great power of government fails to legislate proper behavior in society.

However, this avalanche when properly applied results in adjusted behavior as people are carried along or buried under. Therefore, we could actually stop a bullet or perhaps an out of control car by doing acts of kindness now.

We could take this thought one step further by considering how our selfish nature, lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh, and pride of life lead us to be focused on collecting and dreaming of our own goals rather than considering how loneliness for example leads a Person to desperation.

Just as with financial principles we would do well to address these issues before they mount up to that avalanche of selfish needs pursued prompts an action by someone that is harmful. In this sense it is logical to assume that almost every evil action could have been prevented with an avalanche of small good deeds conducted, initiated, and/orchestrated before the evil act.

In other words, when a person says I've earned it. And ignores the needs of the less fortunate while giving in to some foolish desire for another quick fix feeling of health like consuming convenience, they have written a check against tomorrow resulting in a tomorrow that maybe leads to even more evil.

And so we moan that things aren't right in the world and it's true. We complain that the problems of today are too big to handle today and it's true. But it's true because they were the problems of tomorrow when today was yesterday and humankind failed to address them or even exacerbated therm by pandering to their own desires.

Bottom line: we should be working today to make a difference for tomorrow not just today. Realized that when we defeat evil even in the form of poverty and/or loneliness, we remove pebbles of destruction and put into motion pebbles of creation so that tomorrow can be a better day.

And Jesus for the joy that was set before endured the cross. He didn't fight against it, grasp for a"better" end or cannibalize those around him. He knew that tomorrow would be better if he denied himself and accepted the cup of wrath himself. He stood fully under the avalanche of evil intention and it killed him but he do not stay dead thereby overcoming evil and death to the point that he secured a great future for all of us at some point. We can see how following that example of denying ourselves on a daily basis could result in a better future for all those we touch. You can make a difference and it can be in the things you often overlook as each is a pebble. Rise up Christian. Rise up. Jesus has made you a visitor in this land to fight against evil and reconcile all those who are willing to be reconciled to God.

Our ultimate future in Christ is certain if we have accepted him. Society's future is heavily affected by present day choices. Change the small things to overcome great big future evils that when the time comes people will feel powerless against. Just being willing to see this possibility should encourage us all to take a stand against evil today.

Suffer a little. Give more than you think you can. Step up for the hurting. Encourage the downtrodden. Even if you don't see it now, know that you are securing a better future.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

I'm wondering why and then suddenly it hits me.

The world's action plan:

1 shoot self in foot
2 limp and complain all the way to the finish line.
3 spread this action plan to any others whenever possible.

I hereby veto this action plan.

Thank you Jesus!