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Out of the Fire: On Leaving Roman Catholicism 10 (Called to Peace)

To the post script of my series on “Is it The Silent Treatment or Emotional Survival”* a commenter responded by acknowledging his own realization of the sometimes call to silence which prompted this next post in my series on leaving … Continue reading

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On “The Gospel You Win Them With” (Be Careful)

Phyllis Nissila I’ve been pondering an expression spoken by a pastor who was emphasizing the critical need to “preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2) to the unsaved. “What you win them with,” he said, is what you … Continue reading

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Out of the Fire: On Leaving Roman Catholicism 9 (Dad’s Story)

Phyllis Nissila Again today I am prompted to respond to a reader’s comments within which she linked to the story of her experiences in prayer and intercession for her own relatives (mother and brother) before they passed on, although they … Continue reading

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Out of the Fire: On Leaving Roman Catholicism 8 (Witnessing to RC’s–A Labor of Love and of Angst)

Phyllis Nissila From the riches of reader responses to my posts, I often glean inspiration for more essays, devotionals, and commentaries. This reader, with whom I share a common joy–having through time come further out of and away from the … Continue reading

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On Witnessing to a Roman Catholic: an Explanation, a Story, and an Exposition

Phyllis Nissila On the hearts and minds of many former Catholics I know is a sense of compassion coupled with urgency to reach out to loved ones still involved in Roman Catholicism. This is a three-part offering that, I pray, … Continue reading

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Out of the Fire: On Leaving Roman Catholicism 6 (Fear)

Phyllis Nissila (Put your seatbelt on, here. This ride is a little bumpy at first.) FEAR, B.C. According to my careful Roman Catholic upbringing, topic, “sin,” there are the seven deadlies to watch out for, the eight horribles, the nine … Continue reading

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In The Midst of the Fray: Psalm 91:14, and Share Your Story

“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.” Phyllis Nissila For the complete booklet of Psalm 91 devotionals, click here It’s in The Name As opposed to names … Continue reading

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Out of the Fire: On Leaving Roman Catholicism 5 (From Dust to Redemption)

Phyllis Nissila “There’s never an end to dust and dusting,” my aunt would say as her rag, like a thunderhead, scudded across the yellow oak of her little house. There she lived seventy years with a ball of compulsion closed … Continue reading

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Out of the Fire 4: On Leaving Roman Catholicism (Ashamed or Redeemed?)

Phyllis Nissila ASHAMED “How (Christians) fail every day is noted by God,” said the radio preacher, “and may result in personal shame at the (Bema) judgment seat of Christ.” Her guest concurred, but he was quick to add this “assurance”: … Continue reading

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Out of the Fire 2: On Leaving Roman Catholicism

Phyllis Nissila THE POWER OF UNCERTAINTY I am reading How Mankind Committed the Ultimate Infamy at Auschwitz, a New History by Laurence Rees. He chronicles the history of the infamous World War II concentration camp with new perspective based on … Continue reading

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