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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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Part 1: A Call to Restoration (Especially in the Heat of the Fray)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters.  He restores my soul… (Psalm 23:1-3, Berean Study Bible) It occurs to me it’s time … 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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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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When Comes Contempt–On Sheltering in (God’s) Place While Resisting and Rescuing (& Redux: Nehemiah’s Strategies)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Introduction When I woke up yesterday morning and turned on the news there was yet another story about on-lookers at a crime scene verbally and physically insulting and assaulting police who were there to help and protect, … Continue reading

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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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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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A Spiritual Perspective On Why It Is Virtually Impossible to Please or Appease “Evil” (Words to, and for, the Wise)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes reproach… (Proverbs 18:3, NIV) “PICKY” or CONTROLLING? Picky I once knew a woman who drove her family crazy trying to please her. I watched them go above … Continue reading

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On Righteous Anger versus Destructive Anger–How to Know the Difference

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila My previous post dealt with specific ways one woman believes God led her through and eventually out of an abusive relationship. The seven lessons she learned in the process, featured in the post, enable her now, she … Continue reading

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When They Hate You…and You Are Tempted to Respond in Kind: A Testimony and…

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila …A Follow-up to the Previous Post on Overcoming and Rising Above “Critical Mass” Frustration In my search for ways to encourage all of us in these very trying times, I remembered the following true story of a … Continue reading

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