On the Mind of Christ in the Midst of Chaos, Oh My!

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

stormIN THE MIDST OF CHAOS…

By all indicators, we’re getting close to something BIG.

Planetarily speaking.

It’s a heyday out there for conspiracy and reality theorists, geologists, cosmologists, eschatologists, and everybody who has read or watched, in recent months, (what’s left of) serious news features.

Jade Helm 15, New Madrid and San Andreas fault lines, Agenda 21, ISIS, and incoming Planet X are just a few trepidation triggers, a strange apocalyptic brew.

Preppers push 72 hour backpacks and solar generators (amid myriad other survival essentials). Doomsdayers and prophets touch up sandwich boards displaying warnings and crowd real and virtual street corners. Countless hoard silver, gold, freeze-dried food and what hope is left, while the normalcy bias fast frays at the edges.

And the call to be sober-minded, discerning, and observant sounds louder and louder from both secular and spiritual realms.

Oh my!

What to do? Choose 2:

  1. Panic
  2. Insert head in sand
  3. Run around like a chicken…
  4. Watch another episode of some mind-numbing television show*
  5. “Keep calm and carry on”**
  6. “Look up…for your redemption draweth nigh”***

Answer key, below.

…THE MIND OF CHRIST

And yet (take a deep breath, here), my fellowship group and I keep reminding each other, even considering what is likely ahead, God’s Word remains true (correct answer: 6 ), while doing one’s best to “keep calm” (correct: 5 ).

(And for extra credit: a sense of humor.****)

But seriously, we needn’t despair.

Consider the encouragement of the “sound mindedness” that is our inheritance in Christ Jesus, no matter what conspirators conspire and dread descends:

God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7 NIV).

But, how does that work?

As usual, the details are in the definition: “sound–sophronismos, self-control; properly, safe-minded, issuing in prudent (“sensible”) behavior that “fits” a situation, i.e. aptly acting out God’s will by doing what He calls sound reasoning.” [1]

But how does one discover what God’s will and reasoning is?

Study The Believer’s Field Manual–sixty-six power-packed, truth-ignited, dead-raising, hell-bending, Satan-defeating, mind-freeing books in the historical, literary, and spiritual anthology called the Bible. The Book of Proverbs, in particular, is specifically dedicated to helping one discern the difference between wickedness and wisdom—how to identify/avoid the former and employ the latter.

Even Jesus, when approached by the Tempter after the forty day sojourn in the desert, successfully deployed the weaponry of the Word breathed by the Same Who spoke what was not into what is starting with just four words: “Let there be light.”

Imagine the combined potency, in those 66 books, of 1,189 chapters, 31,173 verses, and 807,361 words…

A preacher I was listening to just this morning has a “burden” to call believers back into “alignment” with God as we face the serious and perhaps even deadly days ahead. “Get into (God’s) Word, His will, and His ways,” he said. [2]

I would add only: ASAP.

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*I confess to being a Food Network junkie, myself. But, then, who knows? All those episodes of “Chopped” might help me cobble together something nutritious and tasty with what remains after the SHTF…

**British government poster, 1939, created to keep the populace calm before the imminent storm of WWII.

***Luke 21:28

****Why did the chicken cross the fault line? Because the road got swallowed up in a sink hole…

[1] ] From Strong’s Concordance, Greek lexicon, # 4995.

[2] Rick Wiles, trunews.com

Picture from the public domain.

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Fellow Blogger’s Commentary Related to Why, I Believe, People Have Long Been Concerned About TLC’s Patriarchal Duggar Family

I would like to draw your attention to a fellow blogger’s website on which she has posted an excellent, well-researched article pertaining to why many people have long been very concerned about TLC’s Duggar family who subscribe to, practice, and promote the teachings of the contemporary “patriarchal” movement. Continue reading

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ON INTERNET TAKEOVER, 2: IS OUR OWN (U.S.) “CANARY IN THE BROADCAST COAL MINE” GASPING? AND A CALL TO MINISTRY

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

old antennaTHE NEWS

Have you seen this recent article (5/5/15): “FCC Commissioner: Conceivable Federal Government Will ‘Want to Start Tamping Down’”? [1]

If you are concerned about the Internet remaining neutral (original meaning) and remaining in the hands of the private sector, note carefully these excerpts: Continue reading

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Three Reminders for Troubling Times (from the “miscellaneous” stack)

treat-people ~~~~~~ The truism above caught my eye and “today’s Proverb” (chapter 6, verses 12-19, at the bottom) could not go without sharing, either. Does “he who might be referenced in this Proverb” remind you of anyone? Take heart, then.  Another “He (upper case H)” sees, knows, and works His plan. And HIS plan includes peace when we turn to Him in the midst of any fray. See: Continue reading

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On “The 10/80/10 (Physical ) Survival Theory” and “The 66 (Spiritual) Survival Plan”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

warning symbolsWisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men,
from men whose words are perverse,
who have left the straight paths
to walk in dark ways,
 who delight in doing wrong
and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,
 whose paths are crooked
and who are devious in their ways.
(Proverbs 2:12-15 NIV)

In a sense, there is nothing new under the sun (another Scripture reveals), yet to anybody paying attention just now, “dark paths” and “devious men” seem to be multiplying.

Exponentially.

One can hardly pick up a newspaper or turn on the television without noting more bad news about yet another terror.

Watchers on the temporal scene note the passing of some kind of tipping point as civilization (seemingly) breaks down.

Watchers on the spiritual scene note the up-tick of a number of so-called “end-times prophecies.”

The only ones left in the mocker’s chair are the frightful and the fearful as those who perpetrate perversion seem Hell bent…

What to do—“on the ground” and “in the spirit”? Continue reading

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On Our Abel and Our Cain Offerings

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

According to the narrative in Genesis chapter 4:1-15, it is said of Abel that his “thank offering” was pleasing to the Lord.

It is said of Cain that his was not.

Although both Abel’s fat of the lamb and Cain’s fruit of the land were minhah, acceptable, it is written their “hearts” made the difference. [1]

In quiet places, the echoes of the words of that story and The Word on that story prompt hungry listeners still…

For we are each Abel, and we are each Cain.

And it is still the heart that makes the difference.

Which heart?

Whose?

Consider…

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ON INTERNET TAKEOVER: IS NORWAY THE CANARY IN THE (BROADCAST) COAL MINE?

Phyllis Beveridge Nissilapaulshannon_Old_Timey_Radio Perhaps you’ve seen the recent article in hollywoodreporter.com citing Norway as the first country planning to shut down its FM band in favor of digital-only radio. The shutdown is slated for Jan. 11, 2017, the last FM transmission to be aired in December of 2016.*

“That will likely be the opening move in a global transition to digital radio,” notes reporter Scott Roxborough.

At least in Norway’s case, this move is in the interest of “access to more diverse and pluralistic radio content and […] better sound quality and new functionality,” as Norway’s Ministry of Culture puts it.

The rest of Europe will likely follow. Continue reading

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