Category Archives: salvation by grace

God’s Love Is As the Air We Breathe

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila While I was researching, pondering, and crafting my “grace versus works” essay, a scrap of advice I read on some online relationship recovery forum directed to a woman experiencing an uncustomary glitch in her relationship with her … Continue reading

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HIS Utmost for MY Highest: Reflections on Grace versus Works and Oswald Chambers’ Holiness Devotionals

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila I have been reading through some of Oswald Chambers‘ devotionals in his famous work My Utmost for His Highest (you might have noticed that my title plays on his). But my title plays on Chambers’ for a significant … Continue reading

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Though Fragile in Years and Status, She Said Yes: a Meditation on Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and “Everybeliever”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila In the fullness of time, though fragile in years and status I understood the angel’s invitation and agreed to birth You among us… The devotional from which the excerpt, above, is drawn, linked here and reprinted in … Continue reading

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On “The Worried Well,” Religion, and the Cure

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila I got to thinking about how the medical expression “the worried well” also works in the religious realm. “The Worried Well”? From dictionary.com, this term means “…the people who do not need medical treatment, but who visit … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas (2.0)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila I am still thinking about my recent poem “Yet He Said Yes” wherein, for one thing, I wanted to express how Jesus Christ, through Whom all things were made, even crafted for Himself a body in which … 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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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 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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God’s Kintsugi (On Restoring You and Me)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Kintsugi, or “golden joinery,” is the 500-year-old Japanese craft of restoring broken cups, saucers, and bowls “with a lacquer that is mixed with gold, silver, or platinum.” (source) The craft is not merely for upcycling, however,

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Prophet or Pollyanna? (Is There Really a Future and a Hope?)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law. (Proverbs 29:18, ESV)   Who?

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