Category Archives: Devotionals

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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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 Frustration Peaks: “Psalm 91 in the Midst of the Fray: Verses 9-10,” Redux

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila I have been offering encouragement lately to hopefully help allay some frustration and anger amid this, the middle of an unprecedented time in history where, on all fronts–and at the speed of (insert current number here: 5? … Continue reading

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Part 3: Verses for July–On “Weeding”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Part 1 Part 2 Part 4 From Parts 1 and 2: July Verses In July, we wait, water, weed, and watch

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Part 2: Verses for July–On “Watering”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Part 1 Part 3 Part 4 In Part 1 of this series, I offered a metaphor, copied below (“July Verses”), comparing the season of waiting for the harvest to spiritual “waiting” after prayers have been planted, as … Continue reading

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On Waiting: Verses for July

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.* Verses for July In July, we wait, water, weed, and watch

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(To A Hammer Everything Is a Nail) On Figurative and Literal Hell

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila The Hammer and the Nail You might need to hang in here with me for a few paragraphs because this post is really about Hell. But who wants to read about Hell? Religious and non-religious alike tend … Continue reading

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Key Prophecy of 70 A.D. Overlooked? In Christ, the New Temple. GUEST FEATURE

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Fellow blogger Colin Markham, at Fellowship of St. Peter , recently posted an essay on the destruction of the Temple that occurred in 70 A.D. He draws the analogy of the Temple’s demise with the establishment of the … Continue reading

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On “The Spirituality of Vincent Van Gogh” and Another Read of “God’s Masterpiece”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Van Gogh’s Masterpieces In a feature titled “The Spirituality of Vincent Van Gogh,” Jacob A. Davis, who blogs about “art, literature, liturgy and life,” writes of the famed Dutch artist,

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