Letters to the Remnant: Welcome! (New Series)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

Co-Saints,

Perhaps you, too, can relate to the following:

  1. In recent months or years you left one or the other denominational church because you realized the leadership focus shifted from the basic tenants of Christianity to purposes, politics, “new paradigms” for a new century, and/or mystical throwbacks.
  2. Your presentations to the leadership regarding the contrast (however patient, respectful and/or urgent) netted a pat on the head, a deaf ear, and/or a boot out the door.
  3. You have begun to find others, too, in the same predicament—some in your family, neighborhood, or place of (former) worship; others Online expressing the same frustrations.
  4. Now, what? You have been wondering.
  5. More importantly, where to?

Welcome to my world, I should say, our world, as in a small home fellowship to which I now belong—and the world of more and more Christians I meet, hear from, and/or discover in their own blogs, Youtube presentations, and/or alternative Christian news sources.

We, too, have been wondering if there is anymore, anywhere, a denominational (or non-denominational) place of fellowship that has not been tainted by the Spirit of the Age that is not the Holy Spirit.

My (along with one of my sister’s) “odyssey” out of the Contemporary Church of What’s Happening Now, as it were, in its various and sundry morphs, constitutes the topic of one of my first blog posts [1] so I will not elaborate, except to say that after several years of prayerfully and carefully investigating quite a number of area houses of worship, we could relate to Ezekiel’s “guided tour” of the sins of Israel as chronicled in chapter 8 of the prophetic book bearing his name.

Just as soon as the Lord took E to a quick viewing of one corrupted “gate” right there in the temple, the astonished prophet was whisked to yet another, even worse, site…

(For just one peek into our local “temples”: one of the most extreme examples features gold dust and feathers.) (No, really.)

It’s easy to be discouraged.

However—good news–Jesus remains the same yesterday, today, and forever, and His words to us remain true: “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst” (Matthew 18:20).

Additionally, lest we mourn the loss of preachers and teachers and pulpits, more good news: we have an “inside”, as it were, teacher and guide available 24/7, the Same One Jesus Himself promised and delivered (aka the Holy Spirit, see John 14:16).

It’s easy to be encouraged!

And so to the purpose of this series: to share with the reader what others of the remnant (as in still following the same Bible, Gospel, and Jesus) are hearing. For most agree we live in unprecedented times. We need to know what God is telling His people. Today.

For have you noticed, yet, that what you seem to be “hearing,” and or reading/studying in the Scriptures just now so happens to be what others of the remnant are, too?

I think there’s a reason for that.

TODAY’S CONTRIBUTION

Regarding the temptation to tear one’s hair out over the (sorry) state of much of the (modern) temple, just this morning I was praying for “deliverance” from the temptation to be very angry (again) over one particular aspect of things gone awry.

Answer I got?

Don’t feed it.

(I love how wisdom can be so simple and so clear…)

(Note to self: you have done all you can think of to diffuse the situation. It’s likely time to just shake off the dust, hold on to the discernment, and move on.)

Perhaps this reminder can help you, too, today?

At least I hope you are encouraged.

POST SCRIPT AND INVITATION TO COMMENT: WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND TO SHARE?

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[1] https://pnissila.wordpress.com/2012/04/09/what-in-the-world-is-going-on-in-church-how-to-figure-out-whatsemerging-what-you-can-do-and-a-story-that-might-sound-familiar/

Bible translation: New American Standard.

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Who is on YOUR “Schindler’s List”?

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

Oskar Schindler's original listPhotograph of Oskar Schindler’s original list *

HIS LIST

If you are familiar with the movie Schindler’s List based on the true story of World War II era businessman Oskar Schindler who saved the lives of 1,100 Jews in Hitler’s Germany you know what the now-famous “list” is: column after column, page after page of the names of those he saved by hiring them to work in his enamelware and munitions factories in Nazi occupied Poland and the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia [1]. Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Congress to Stop Planned Parenthood Butchery–Warning: Graphic Truth

WARNING: GRAPHIC TRUTH

To Members of the United States Congress:

I am tired of sparing words and images about this subject: I am writing to urge you to do whatever you can to stop the slaughter of babies and the sale of their body parts by Planned Parenthood.

In short, it is time to defund the butchery.

For who can deny the truth any longer?

The whistle-blowers and clear, color videos of the babies savagely murdered and parted out for sale cannot, now, be word-smithed or politicized away. Continue reading

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Condemnation or Compassion? Lessons from the Emmaus Road (From a Teacher’s Heart)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

THE GAPS

Walk_to_EmmausNow that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him. Continue reading

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On Discerning Your “Spiritual Gut,” Part 5: a Re-Blog on Dreams and Visions

These days it seems everyone is having “dreams and visions” of end-times events. Some are of God, others are not. How to know? M’Kayla Kelly who blogs at “m’kayla’s korner” has, I believe, given us some excellent “standards,” as it were, by which to discern which is which. Here is her original post:

A Look at Dreams and Visions

M’Kayla Kelly

https://mkayla.wordpress.com/2015/08/07/a-look-at-dreams-and-visions/

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Who is “The One” We Await to Trigger End Times Events?

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

…until that the fullness of the Gentiles might come in… [1]

WHAT THE WORLD AWAITS

These days it seems that everybody—believers, non-believers, even cynics—sense that some big thing is on the horizon. And not a good thing, whatever it might be. It seems we can smell the smoke of an imminent conflagration of some sort, though we can’t yet see the fire.

Conspiracy theories—and facts—reveal a plethora of possibilities. Continue reading

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On ”Lording” Over Women: Does Genesis 3:16 Override John 3:16? And What of The Great Commission?

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

THE TRAGEDY

I am prompted to post this commentary today because of what has been exposed about the teachings promulgated by those involved in a neo-patriarchal belief system wherein men are presumed to be “kings, priests, and prophets” in the home and women are believed subservient in all matters to their fathers’ and husbands’ “lordship.” [1] Continue reading

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