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The Face–and Soul–of Abuse

Cindy Burrell at http://www.hurtbylove.com/the-face-of-abuse/#respond has linked the video that I have re-posted below. Her blog post is titled: “The Face of Abuse.” Her site and her ministry provide much help to people “on the other side” of videos such as … Continue reading

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The J-Team (On Spiritual Special Ops)

Phyllis Nissila THE A-TEAM I listened to a fascinating presentation by a special operations trainer. He’s one of the developers of neuroscience based methods employed to build the body, brain, and psyche of qualifying applicants to high levels of resistance … Continue reading

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On the Church and Domestic Abuse: “Who Will Help Me Now?” (Lisa’s Story)

Phyllis Nissila A responder to my previous post has prompted today’s story and comment. “What is so very disheartening,” she wrote, “is: it is ‘the church’ (her church), the leadership and long-time members that don’t care about abusive relationships as … Continue reading

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Update on “Is it The Silent Treatment or Emotional Survival?”: Another Good Resource

ANOTHER GOOD RESOURCE ON THE TOPIC OF VERBALLY ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS: https://bible.org/article/verbal-abuse Many months ago I posted a guest commentary written by a woman who had left a long-term relationship because of verbal abuse: http://pnissila.wordpress.com/?s=is+it+the+silent+treatment+or+emotional+survival There had been some physical abuse … 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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“Nickels and Noses”? (On Measuring Success in the Church—More Encouragement for the Remnant)

Phyllis Nissila I recently heard the idiom, “nickels and noses,” translation, “money and people,” referencing how success is counted in some churches. Cute, but really? How about one crown of thorns, two bloody beams, three nails, and success “counted” by … Continue reading

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“Hey, You: Talk to the Man on the Cross!” (On the Righteousness of Believers)

Phyllis Nissila Wondering who the You I am addressing in the title is? Who (hint, hint) prowls around seeking whom he may devour? Who likes to snake upside a believer’s brain with Blame and Shame thus keeping the spiritual klieg … Continue reading

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