Category Archives: Devotionals

On Prayer (Maybe Not What You’ve Been Thinking)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Prayer: “an invocation or act that seeks to activate a rapport with an object of worship, typically a deity, through deliberate communication. Prayer can take a variety of forms, it can be part of a set liturgy or ritual, it can be performed alone, or in groups. Prayer … Continue reading

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On Wagon Wheels and Ministries for Such a Time As This

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Living on the West Coast of the United States, as I do, formerly known as the “Wild West,” one sees rusty, crusty old wagon wheels in many places. I saw some today. Such wheels transported “Oregon Trail” … Continue reading

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On God’s Equal Parts Judgement and Love in This “End Times” Age

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing (Matthew … Continue reading

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Is It God’s Word, or Some Other god’s words? On Interpretation and a (Literary) Plan

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Tricks of the Interpretive Trade–From the Lit Teacher (it’s summer…I get poetic in the summer…) There are many approaches to interpreting and studying the Bible, a discipline known as hermeneutics. As a lover of “close reading” for … Continue reading

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On Desperately Seeking the REAL Jesus–You Are Not Alone

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Do any of the believers quoted below sound familiar? Maybe they’re you (excerpts taken from 5 years ago in the comment section of a video of a sermon by A.W. Tozer entitled “Holy Spirit: Why Some Can’t … Continue reading

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To a Hammer, Everything is a Nail; to a Teacher, a Lesson Plan; to a Believer, Jesus Christ

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Regarding Hammers and Teachers I’ve noted on the blog in several places that I consider myself a metaphorist (if there is such a word–or pursuit) as well as a teacher. Like the references above to hammers and … Continue reading

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They Might Take Your Voice But the Song Crescendos

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila I came across this song, today, while looking for another (as so often happens, right?). It prompted a tie-in to all of what I and my guest writers and others have written, lately, on false religions, cults, … Continue reading

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