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On Crushed Eggshells and Broken Hearts (Thoughts on Psalm 34:18)

The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart [1]; and saveth [2] such as be of a contrite spirit (Psalm 34:18 KJV). The idiom “walking on eggshells” connotes situations where one has to “tread carefully” around … Continue reading

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“Support Staff” (In the Desert and in the Spirit)

Phyllis Nissila IN THE DESERT My brother, retired military, commented that the enemy currently terrorizing its way through “deserts east” is benefiting at the moment from abandoned allied trucks and tanks and other battle gear. However, he says, unless its … Continue reading

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From Hurting to Healing—Wash, Rinse, Repeat (Meditation on Psalm 30)

Phyllis Nissila Wise ones tell you: the grieving process comes in waves; you will not feel the way you do today, forever. Commit to the work of recovery, they advise, with good counsel, support, and reliance on the grace of … Continue reading

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Dear Christians: Welcome Back to Public School! (Some Encouragement from a Believer Working in this Sometimes-Overlooked Ministry Arena)

I just finished reading yet another dire warning to parents sending their children off to the public school system. I responded to the prophet of (mostly true) doom as follows, adding a bit to this post, in order to provide … 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 the “Rapture” and the “Church Prevailing”—a Few Thoughts Pre-Trib

Phyllis Nissila A RAPTURE Rapture is a term in Christian eschatology which refers to the “being caught up” discussed in 1 Thessalonians 4:16, when the “dead in Christ” and “we who are alive and remain” will be “caught up in … Continue reading

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