Critical Race Theory versus Critical Christ Truth–and A Critical Choice

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

Higher education is known to be an engine of political theories. Some of the theories catch fire, if you will, spreading from the academies to the avenues where political and educational ideologies merge to become a double-barrelled force of persuasion and policy.

Some for the good; others not so much.

The popular and recent “Critical Race Theory” (definition below) is one such theory in the worrisome category when one unpacks its core tenets (also below) not only in academia but also as it has bled out onto the streets torn up by riots (as opposed to legal protests), if not expressed in the same terms. Continue reading

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How to Boost Your Immunities…Part 28–Be of Tempered, Sober, Renewed Mind

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

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I ended my previous post with this encouragement:

Carry on with tempered mind, calmed emotions, and focused spirit.

This morning, after some time in prayer and meditation, I remembered this Scripture:

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8, NIV)

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How to Boost Your Immunities…Part 27–Why You Can’t Reason with Rage (Guest Feature) and Words of the Wise

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The one question I’ve heard more than any other about the current state of political rage is “Why is it so hard to engage in a civil conversation, let alone a debate, with many on the left?”

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PROPHECY CHART # 9 UP AND AVAILABLE: Technical Glitch Fixed

To the many readers who have downloaded Claire Gumbs’ set of prophecy charts/tri-folds, especially in recent months, and could not access the last–and perhaps most significant–chart, #9, it is now available. Technical glitch fixed!-PBN

Here is the original introductory post that includes the now available chart.

All other charts are available here, as they have been.

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Featuring “How to Prepare for a Communist Coup,” and/or a “Bolshevik-Styled Revolution,” and Encouragement from Psalm 91

FEATURE # 1

The first feature, “How to Prepare for a Communist Coup” by Judith Acosta for American Thinker (July 25, 2020) gets right to the point. 

Whether or not one thinks this is the year of America’s radical shift to Marxism via the likes of Antifa, BLM (Note: BLM’s founders describe themselves as “trained Marxists”) by means of a violent coup, it is clear we are not in Kansas anymore. Continue reading

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How to Boost Your Immunities…Part 26–”Who Ya Gonna Trust?”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

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Remember the former things, those of long ago;
I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me.
10 I make known the end from the beginning,
from ancient times, what is still to come.
I say, ‘My purpose will stand,
and I will do all that I please.’
11 From the east I summon a bird of prey;
from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose.
What I have said, that I will bring about;
what I have planned, that I will do. (Isaiah 46:9-11, NIV)

But the Lord laughs, seeing that their day is coming. (Psalm 37:13, BSB)

Rioters and Ragers and Revolutionaries, Oh My! Continue reading

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What God Showed Ezekiel; What God Shows Believers Today, and Why

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

Those Abominations

I always imagine that those in modern times up to no good who peep and mutter in the dark places behind the curtains; who huddle in hushed circles behind locked doors; and who hide in secluded chambers and mute all recording devices–thinking no one will ever find out what they’re up to–are akin to those who performed all manner of abominations inside the very walls of the Temple, the apostates and demoniacs God showed Ezekiel in ancient times (Ezekiel 8:1-18). Continue reading

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How to Boost Your Immunities…Part 25–God’s Rx for Well-Being

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

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The medical questionnaire I received this year to fill out in advance of my annual physical included an additional “social isolation”  section.

Categories to respond to in this section were listed under the heading, “Has your physical and emotional health limited your social activities with families, friends, neighbors, or groups?” Specific questions dealt with such things as “loss of interest in doing things” and feeling “down, depressed, or hopeless.”

No doubt this year’s unprecedented COVID-19 quarantine has something to do with the expanded questionnaire when, perhaps for many, one cause of a hit to emotional health may be due not to self-limiting from friends and activities but to health department limitations due to the COVID. Ya think? Continue reading

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On the New Normal versus God’s Normal

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

On the New Normal

One is beginning to hear the expression “new normal” more and more with regard to all the changes recommended or mandated concerning how we go about (or not) our everyday business as the coronavirus plays out. One of the most obvious adjustments is wearing face masks,* even with the risks involved.

That said, there is a silver lining: new recommendations and lifestyle alterations will make it easier for communities to offset future epidemics and pandemics. We’ll be supplied with, well, plenty of face masks as well as other healthcare products (not to mention vitamins A, D, C, and the mineral zinc)–and at least here in the U.S. mountains of leftover toilet paper.

So changes, aka new normals, have their benefits as well as deficits.

On God’s Normal Continue reading

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Jesus’ Open Ministry versus Mankind’s Secret Knowledge (Featuring a Powerful Analogy from Helen Keller’s Life Story)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

On Jesus’ Open Ministry

Jesus answered him, “I have spoken openly to the world. I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret. (John 18:20, ESV)

By the gates of the mighty she (wisdom) sits, in the entrances she sings aloud (ranan).*

One of the myriad things I appreciate about Jesus’ ministry to his followers that I, too, have also gleaned in my relationship with Him as the Holy Spirit continues to “grow me up spiritually,” is the availability of Jesus‘ availability.

Specifically, what I have learned is that if I have a question about something, the first step is to, well, ASK Him for the answer. Continue reading

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