Category Archives: free will

When God Pleads With Us

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Oswald Chambers wrote,” Get out of your mind the idea of expecting God to come with compulsions and pleadings*.” It is in a devotional on the theme of hearing God’s call to ministry. We can best hear … Continue reading

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“But Why NOT A God?”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila But Why NOT A God? I was lisening to a radio talk show interview of a guy who is brilliant by any calculation, a modern day Renaissance Man. He achieved a PhD in Philosophy and an MD … Continue reading

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For 2020: “Sufficient unto the day is the good thereof”–?

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila  Wait! What? Anybody familiar with the REAL Scripture (Matthew 6:34, KJV) I used for the title, knows I worded it wrong! The real version reads, “Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” (emphasis added) The rest of the … 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 Truth Hackers

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila I am often reminded, these days, of the words attributed to former CIA Director William Casey (1981-1987): “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.”  Whether or not he said it, … Continue reading

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ADDENDUM to “Holy Spirit Baptism” Post, Prior: But…What IS the HSB, Exactly? and How do You Get It? and Why?

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila This addendum was inspired by a reader’s comments in the prior post. Thank you, Yvonne. Here are a few more thoughts that come to mind for you—and perhaps others who stop by here.

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Condemnation or Compassion? Lessons from the Emmaus Road (From a Teacher’s Heart)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila THE GAPS Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things … Continue reading

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On God Theories and Free Will

I recently listened to an interview with noted astrophysicist Bernard Haisch, author of the book The God Theory wherein he proposes a new answer to two old questions: why and how did everything come into being? From his background in … Continue reading

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What God Makes of Us

Phyllis Nissila THE COMPETITION I enthusiastically confess I love the Food Network show, “Chopped.” It is a contest starting out with four chefs who have to create appetizers, entrées, and desserts in a given amount of time with ingredients unknown … Continue reading

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On “WIKIs” and Truth (Commentary/Devotional)

Phyllis Nissila WIKI BRAIN? I was listening to an interview with a futurist, a person who makes his living predicting and estimating life ten, twenty, even a thousand years from now. As opposed to many people in these days of … Continue reading

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