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Jason Nelson

Jason Nelson

Jason had a career as a teacher, counselor, and leader. He has written and spoken extensively on a variety of topics related to the Christian life. He has been a contributing writer for Time of Grace since 2010. Jason lives with his wife, Nancy, in Wisconsin.

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Martha’s mistake

I think it’s time someone speaks up for Martha. For too long she’s been maligned in Sunday school lessons and sermons for being some…

Life’s Challenges

Thorns protect the flowers

I never want to romanticize suffering. I take it very seriously. But I can’t overlook what God has done through suffering people. Suffering made…

Living My Faith

A proverb and a prayer

“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win…

Life’s Challenges

The gift you didn’t know you gave

God bless you if you were a good kid. God bless you for not causing trouble. God bless you if creating drama for others…

Living My Faith

Working with clay

God is using us, and we may not even know it. “Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the…

Life’s Challenges

Pattern recognition

I’m looking forward to the changing of the guard. I’m hoping that young people who aren’t jaded by tribalism will go into church work…

Living My Faith

The sum of our lives

I don’t think I’m clinically depressed because I only feel sad in months that have an “r” in their names. I think it relates…

Living My Faith

The Sunday school story

I can’t remember her name, but I’ll never forget what she taught me in that musty church basement. We started with Jesus stories and…

Life’s Challenges

The second rule of holes

The Spirit of God gives us the energy to get out of the holes we’re in. Each message of perseverance in the Bible is…

Life’s Challenges

The first rule of holes

“Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit they have made” (Psalm 7:15). Stubbornness is one of our failings. We…

Prayer

Sounds like a prayer to me

Lord, I don’t even know where to begin. I’m not sure how it all started or how to pick up the pieces of my…

Life’s Challenges

Standing invitations

When voices of influence contradict each other and you don’t know whom to trust, you have a standing invitation from God: “Come, my children,…