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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, … 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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Condemnation or Compassion? Lessons from the Emmaus Road (From a Teacher’s Heart)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila THE GAPS Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things … Continue reading

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On Discerning Your “Spiritual Gut,” Part 1: Get God’s Word On It!

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila INTRODUCTION It’s amazing the stories you hear when this topic comes up “Have you ever had a ‘gut’ feeling about something?” A teen-aged niece told me about a time when she and some friends were out in … Continue reading

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Will the Real Body of Christ Please Identify? Over. (On “Aliasing”)

Phyllis Nissila I am captivated by an event in the technology world called “aliasing”. According to Wikipedia, aliasing “in signal processing and related disciplines […] refers to an effect that causes different signals to become indistinguishable (or aliases of one another) when sampled. It … Continue reading

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Psalm 91 in the Midst of the Fray: Verse 4, and Share Your Story

Phyllis Nissila For the complete booklet of Psalm 91 devotionals, click here. First Line of Defense “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” You … Continue reading

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On Christian Male Headship: Is There a Better Way?

Phyllis Nissila I was listening to a couple who subscribe to a particular brand of Christian male headship. The husband spent several minutes justifying his (superior) decision-making position in the family and with his wife, in particular. Both agreed that … Continue reading

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Rock, Glass, Transformation (Devotional)

Phyllis Nissila THE STORY  A volcano spews a molten mass atop a mountain. The lava cools, hardens, and snow blankets the mountain once again. One day, the earth adjusts slightly and dislodges a small piece of the stone. The following … Continue reading

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