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On Thieves in the Church

Phyllis Nissila THE DRILL An Army veteran told this story: When I arrived at the fort (to guard the gold) I was told there were no bullets for my weapon. “WHAT?” I asked the CO, astonished. “No need,” the commander … Continue reading

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On the God of the Dance and the Ballerina in Blue

Phyllis Nissila I estimated that when the ballerina in blue performed with her dance group there was not a dry eye in the audience— or backstage, my niece added, during the time she waited in the wings with her own … Continue reading

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Hope for A Hot Mess

Phyllis Nissila We live in a hot mess. We ARE a hot mess. This is readily apparent when one reads the news, looks around, looks in the mirror… But it really hit home recently when I began re-examining the “holiness” … Continue reading

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A Timely Reminder: Armor Up, 2–Whose Integrity?

Phyllis Nissila Though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand (Psalm 37:24, NIV). In a refresher course of study on spiritual warfare ( see Ephesians 6:10-20), I came across a broadcast on … Continue reading

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A Timely Reminder: Armor Up

Phyllis Nissila Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, … Continue reading

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What God Makes of Us

Phyllis Nissila THE COMPETITION I enthusiastically confess I love the Food Network show, “Chopped.” It is a contest starting out with four chefs who have to create appetizers, entrées, and desserts in a given amount of time with ingredients unknown … Continue reading

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Water Ways: Ten Simple Assignments to Change the World

Phyllis Nissila REFRESHMENT Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, … Continue reading

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In Plain Sight, 2: More on Those Mini Metal Spies

Phyllis Nissila Since I last posted on this topic, even more technological innovations have come onto the scene. Here is part 2. Where it used to be ginormous UFOs menacing the night skies and the population, what will soon blip … Continue reading

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A Response to “Why I Miss Being a Born-Again Christian”

Phyllis Nissila IS THIS ALL THERE IS? The story goes something like this. Two guys are conversing on a plane. One of them is a Christian. After discussing the issue of faith for a few minutes the non-Christian asks, “What … Continue reading

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On Law, Grace, and the Joy of the Race

Phyllis Nissila GOING PAST THE GOLD When I think about talented runners I think about two people: 1924 Olympic Gold Medalist Eric Liddell, the inspiration for the Chariots of Fire story and film [1], and let’s call him “Charlie,” a … Continue reading

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