Monthly Archives: September 2019

On the Good, the Bad, the Ugly–and the Saved

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila I came across this fragment of a Charles Bukowski poem… A poem is a city filled with streets and sewers filled with saints, heroes, beggars, madmen, filled with banality and booze, filled with rain and thunder and … Continue reading

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On Sensory and Spiritual Deception–and “The Last Time She Saw St. Peter’s Square”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila I saw a photograph of something called “dazzle camouflage” (see below) which got me to thinking about how easy it is to trick the senses–and the spirit. It also got me to thinking about how powerful deception … Continue reading

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On the Power of Words in Politics and in Relationships (a Reminder and an Encouragement)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila On the Power of Words in Politics  Several verses in what I call “today’s chapter in the book of Proverbs,”* chapter 12, pretty much sum the deplorable and heartbreaking state of political chatter these days. I should … Continue reading

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UPDATE 9/19: “On Self Efficacy, Spiritual Efficacy, and Another Danger of ‘Male Headship’”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9, NIV) UPDATE: Back in 2014 … Continue reading

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Jesus, Son of God and Son of Man: Prophecy Patterns Re-Posted for 2019–#3 of 8

First posted August 14, 2016 The entire series can be accessed here as well as by clicking on the “Free downloads…” category in the header.  The third prophecy tri-fold developed by my sister, and researcher, Claire Gumbs addresses perhaps the most … Continue reading

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Part 7: “Then they came (for my ancestors)”–Holocaust Survivor Dies (It Was Real)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila WWII Dutch Resistance leader and Holocaust survivor Diet Eman died this week at age 99. Her story is encapsulated in a ten minute video interview she gave in 2017 as part of a Fox 17, West Michigan, … Continue reading

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What Prophetic Feasts are Left? Prophecy Patterns Re-Posted for 2019–#2 of 8

First posted August 20th, 2016 The entire series can be accessed here as well as by clicking on the “Free downloads…” category in the header. The prophecy chart/tri-fold was designed by my sister Claire Gumbs. Prophecy Chart 2, click: Moedim

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Riches or Ruins? On an Old City and the New “1619 Project”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila To paraphrase an old saying, Both riches and ruins are in the eye of the beholder. It depends, of course, on which lens you’re looking through… What prompts my post today comes from two very different places … Continue reading

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