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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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Out of the Fire: On Leaving Roman Catholicism 7 (Yeast and Window Dressing)

Phyllis Nissila I just finished listening to a “debate” between members of the current apologists of “Catholics and Evangelicals Together,” a movement spear-headed in the nineties as the next phase of the so-called, “Ecumenical Movement” [1]. One speaker was a … Continue reading

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On Surviving Temporal and Spiritual “Birth Pangs”

Phyllis Nissila For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs (Jesus, Matthew 24:8, NASB). The Scripture passage … Continue reading

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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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