Category Archives: salvation by grace

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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UPDATE 9/19: “On Self Efficacy, Spiritual Efficacy, and Another Danger of ‘Male Headship’”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9, NIV) UPDATE: Back in 2014 … Continue reading

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Part 2: A Call to Restoration (On Two Kinds of Words from the Heart)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila The first section of Part 2, below, on restoration is excerpted from a series on verbal abuse I featured in 2017. It identifies a unique research project designed to illustrate the damage that can, indeed, by inflicted … Continue reading

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On the “Spiritual Occupy Movement” and Hearing God

Phyllis  Beveridge Nissila I am not asking that You take them out of the world, but that You keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. (John 17:15-16, Berean Study Bible) And he called his ten servants, and delivered … 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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Is It Time to Make Sure Our (Spiritual) “Oil Lamps” Are Full? Why and How

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila “Spiritual Oil Lamps?” I refer to the term as it is used to suggest spiritual truths in “The Parable of the Ten Virgins” (Matthew 25: 1-13, NIV): “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten … Continue reading

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On the Difference Between “Behavior” Faith and “Born Again” Faith

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila …fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith…(Hebrews 12:2, NASB) There Are Two Kinds of Faith? Wait, what? How can you separate having faith and acting on it?

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Easter Message 2019: Redux–“By Grace Efficacious (Or How the Meek Inherit the Earth)”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Originally posted 5/17/14 HUMBLE POWER “Every success becomes the force of timid people,” wrote my Chinese student on the topic of self-efficacy, that is, a “person’s estimate or personal judgment of his or her own ability to … Continue reading

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Post Script: on the Childbirth/End Times Prophecy Analogy–Are We Due?

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila If there were a post script for my series on the childbirth analogy Jesus used to help explain  prophetic events of the end times, I would put it like this: once the baby has emerged into his … Continue reading

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Sometimes…It’s Just…the Music…”Peace”

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