Category Archives: Commentaries

(Part 1) A Call to Restoration (Especially in the Heat of the Fray)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters.  He restores my soul… (Psalm 23:1-3, Berean Study Bible) It occurs to me it’s time … Continue reading

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Dealing with (Spiritual) Earthquakes and “Mass Wasting”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila 24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against … Continue reading

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When Comes Contempt–On Sheltering in (God’s) Place While Resisting and Rescuing (& Redux: Nehemiah’s Strategies)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Introduction When I woke up yesterday morning and turned on the news there was yet another story about on-lookers at a crime scene verbally and physically insulting and assaulting police who were there to help and protect, … Continue reading

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In God’s Love There is Justice; in His Justice, Love–Don’t Be Fooled, Rejoice

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Where is the Justice? I have been thinking of late how we hear less and less about God’s justice these days, in certain churches, particularly “Business Model” and “Seeker Friendly” type churches that  have

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A Spiritual Perspective On Why It Is Virtually Impossible to Please or Appease “Evil” (Words to, and for, the Wise)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes reproach… (Proverbs 18:3, NIV) “PICKY” or CONTROLLING? Picky I once knew a woman who drove her family crazy trying to please her. I watched them go above … Continue reading

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On Righteous Anger versus Destructive Anger–How to Know the Difference

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila My previous post dealt with specific ways one woman believes God led her through and eventually out of an abusive relationship. The seven lessons she learned in the process, featured in the post, enable her now, she … Continue reading

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When They Hate You…and You Are Tempted to Respond in Kind: A Testimony and…

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila …A Follow-up to the Previous Post on Overcoming and Rising Above “Critical Mass” Frustration In my search for ways to encourage all of us in these very trying times, I remembered the following true story of a … Continue reading

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A Believer’s “Escape Room” for when Frustration Reaches Critical Mass

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way … Continue reading

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Reminder: the Believer’s Most Potent Weapon in the War of the World and the War of Words

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila From my “spiritual survival”  and “letters to the remnant” series’, I offer yet another post from the past, this one on the most potent weapon a Christian possesses: the Word of God. After all, Jesus used it … Continue reading

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End of the (Church) Empire? How Then To Proceed–A Survival Plan for the “Last Church”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila The Fate of Empires What with the state of global mayhem on multiple fronts, these days, and having largely to do (particularly in the United States) with an urge to destroy the artifacts and actors who shaped … Continue reading

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