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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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On (Spiritual) Asymmetric Warfare

Phyllis Nissila Asymmetric warfare: noun, warfare in which opposing groups or nations have unequal military resources, and the weaker opponent uses unconventional weapons and tactics, (such) as terrorism, to exploit the vulnerabilities of the enemy. [1] He knows he has to … Continue reading

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On the Occasion of Robin Williams’ Death: Back From the Edge of Suicide (A “Toolbox” and a Miracle)

Introduction: The death by suicide of beloved comedian and film star, Robin Williams, prompted me to ask my dear friend “Bev” if she would consider guest-posting her own experience with depression and addiction that has come to a very different … Continue reading

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