“A Season of Man-Hating,” by Cindy Burrell @Hurtbylove.com

My good friend, author* Cindy Burrell, who blogs at Hurtbylove.com, has just posted what I consider to be an important and overlooked aspect of men/women relationships in this era of, as she puts it, “man-hating”. Her much-needed message is this: don’t forget there are still good men. Continue reading

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On Jesus’ End Times Childbirth Analogy: When the Water Breaks–Three Views

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

All these things are the beginning of birth pains (Matthew 24:8, NIV).

A Natural View

As I keep meditating on Jesus’ use of pregnancy and childbirth to help believers understand the chronology of the “end of the age” it occurs to me that there is another analogous event (besides the topics I’ve covered*): when the mother’s “water” “breaks”. Continue reading

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Free Speech Redux: “When Words Become Crimes: A Novel Idea on the Hidden Danger of PC Speech”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

Seems this post is timely, again.   Continue reading

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NEW SERIES: On John 16:13 and What He Said Today–Introduction and Sample

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth…           (John 16:13, NIV)


But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control…                                                                         (Galatians 5:22-23)

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A Little Autumn Tree Music

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

Then the trees of the forest will sing for joy before the LORD…*

Andrew J. Beveridge

A Little Autumn Tree Music

When I look at photographs of deciduous trees in Autumn embroidering the landscape in their translucent yellows, burnished reds, deep wines, and bright golds, I think of the words from David’s prayer of thanksgiving to the Lord, above, where the Psalmist compared trees to choirs. Continue reading

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Are We At the “Prequel” to Jesus’ Childbirth Analogy? Is It A Time of “Spiritual Decathexing”?

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs. 

-Jesus (Matthew 24:8, NASB)

Decathexis is “the process of dis-investment of mental or emotional energy in a person, object, or idea.” Or perhaps a previous way of life.

Prequel: “.”a work (such as a novel or a play) whose story precedes that of an earlier work.” An earlier stage of events. Continue reading

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On How to Foretell Certain Changes, Temporal and Spiritual–Featuring Also the Metonic Cycle (Redux)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

On Temporal, Tell-Tale Signs

One of my favorite poets is Ted Kooser who hails from the U.S. Midwest, as do I, although I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life.

Kooser’s poetry resonates with me in part because he speaks from our shared cultural foundations gleaned from life on the “Great Plains” region. Excerpts from one of my favorite of his poems on how to foretell certain (temporal) changes is featured below. Continue reading

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On Prayer (Maybe Not What You’ve Been Thinking)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

Prayer: “an invocation or act that seeks to activate a rapport with an object of worship, typically a deity, through deliberate communication.

Prayer can take a variety of forms, it can be part of a set liturgy or ritual, it can be performed alone, or in groups. Prayer may take the form of a hymnincantation, formal creedal statement, or a spontaneous utterance in the praying person.”


A lot of preachers and teachers will insist that morning is the best time to pray. They tack on “early,” too. I don’t know why it always has to be early (I am not always a morning person), but that’s what most of them tend to recommend.

Maybe they are always morning people? Continue reading

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12 Ways to Rise Above the Political Rage and Get Back to Civility

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

What now?

One rage-filled political episode in the United States has recently been resolved (see previous post)–but that’s apparently only one skirmish in a bigger war.

From all accounts, the opposition seems hell-bent on keeping the rage inflamed until their goals are accomplished, and the stress of the fray will require everyone’s careful attention to managing emotions in order to rise above what may come.

By maintaining calm hearts and clear minds we will be better able to proceed with civility and resist Continue reading

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On the Power of Careful Investigation and Critical Thinking: Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) Votes Pro Kavanaugh for SCOTUS

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

The speech given today by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) on her vote to advance the confirmation process of Bret Kavanaugh as the next Supreme Court Justice of the United States will inform and hearten anyone who has been carefully following the Senate hearings, particularly the hearings of alleged (but unsubstantiated) sexual misconduct when Kavanaugh was in high school. Continue reading

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