Monthly Archives: May 2012

“Be Still and Know that I Am God”: A “Closer Read” of the Contemplatives’ “Poster Verse”

Phyllis Nissila THE POSTER VERSE It has been said that Psalm 46:10, that is to say the first half of it, is the poster verse of contemplative prayer advocates. The portion reads, “Be still, and know that I am God … Continue reading

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Is Your Loved One Caught up in False Teaching? Here’s a Story of Hope

Phyllis Nissila In the 1980s I worked for a ministry that focused on counseling people out of the cults and the occult by helping to establish or re-establish them in biblical truths. Stories of hope in the midst of great … Continue reading

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The Danger of Postmodernism in the Church (The Turn of the Snake)

  Phyllis Nissila THE POWER OF QUESTION A pretty crafty one, that Satan, to initiate the downfall of mankind with an innocent-enough sounding question: “Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” (Genesis 3:1, … Continue reading

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Invasive Species (devotional)

Phyllis Nissila INFESTATION Scotch broom, Cytisus scoparius, is an invasive species of shrub [1] that has infested vast tracts of land in the Pacific Northwest. It’s often called “wicked weed” because once rooted, Scotch broom quickly takes over and threatens … Continue reading

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Response to a Contemplative Prayer Advocate from a Former Roman Catholic

Phyllis Nissila A CONTEMPLATIVE DISAGREES Recently, I read a letter from a contemplative prayer advocate expressing disagreement with writers of articles critiquing that practice. The letter writer wonders why the authors would denigrate the prayer form that “had its flowering … Continue reading

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“A Pilot’s Story,” an Engineer’s Story, and a Christian’s Story

Phyllis Nissila “A PILOT’S STORY” A friend sent me a video clip about the pilot who was originally scheduled to fly the airplane carrying the passengers of Flight # 11 on September 11th, 2001. The plane was one of the … Continue reading

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