Category Archives: Devotionals

“The Kraken 2.0” (On Evil’s Proper End)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Kraken? These days when evil seems to be metastisizing like stage 4 cancer, fattening on power, insolence, and presumption, I am reminded of “The Kraken,” both the sea monster from Scandinavian folklore and Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem … Continue reading

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(Don’t) Wait for It… On Time, Free Will, and Patience

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Time One day each of us will dwell in a kingdom where terms like “past,”present,” “future”–even “one day”–will be moot; where the exoskeleton of time will have fallen away; existence will be the realm of “now” and … Continue reading

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On Discerning Changes in the Weather and Understanding the Importance of Prophecy

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Signs of Changing Weather On days like today when wine-red and rust-colored leaves wink and flutter down shafts of late October light my thoughts turn to the transitioning of the seasons discerned by changes in the weather, … Continue reading

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On Who Fills the Void/the Rainbow Maker

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, and never satisfied are the eyes of man. (Proverbs 27:20, ESV) I was thinking about a conversation in the movie based on the book Girl with a Pearl Earring about the life … Continue reading

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“For the Workers Late in the Field”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. (Luke 10:2, NIV) Here is a different sort of take, … Continue reading

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The Jesus Christ Effect versus the Dunning-Kruger Effect

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7, KJV) On the Dunning-Kruger Effect The Dunning-Kruger Effect refers to contrasting biases people … Continue reading

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On “The Wellspring of Wisdom”–Not Really So Hard To Find

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.(Proverbs 18:4, KJV) Everybody is searching for truth these days because, well, there is a lot of fake stuff … Continue reading

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On God’s Priceless Algorithms

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila In mathematics and computer science, an algorithm…is a sequence of instructions, typically to solve a class of problems or perform a computation. (source) “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…”   (Jeremiah 1:4)   I was listening to an … Continue reading

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On the Other Kind of “Prayer Plant”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila I have a maranta leuconeura gracing my kitchen counter, commonly known as a “prayer plant” because it “folds up” its oblong-shaped leaves at night somewhat resembling hands closed in prayer. Besides being hardy

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On God’s Gold versus Fools’ Gold

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila “I have spoken openly to the world,” Jesus replied. “I always taught in synagogues or at the temple, where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret. (John 18:20, NIV) In contrast to Jesus’ full disclosure … Continue reading

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