Monthly Archives: January 2014

On Shame and Redemption (Devotional)

Phyllis Nissila SHAME His job was to find out what caused the major production error in the company’s overseas affiliate placed under his management. As he walked down the main factory corridor to meet with the local management team he … Continue reading

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On Witnessing to a Roman Catholic: an Explanation, a Story, and an Exposition

Phyllis Nissila On the hearts and minds of many former Catholics I know is a sense of compassion coupled with urgency to reach out to loved ones still involved in Roman Catholicism. This is a three-part offering that, I pray, … Continue reading

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Out of the Fire: On Leaving Roman Catholicism 6 (Fear)

Phyllis Nissila (Put your seatbelt on, here. This ride is a little bumpy at first.) FEAR, B.C. According to my careful Roman Catholic upbringing, topic, “sin,” there are the seven deadlies to watch out for, the eight horribles, the nine … Continue reading

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On Opportunity, 2: Support/Fellowship Groups

Phyllis Nissila My support/fellowship group has been discussing the value of prayerfully and carefully chosen associations of like-minded, like-spirited people with whom one has the opportunity to safely learn and grow.

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On Opportunity, 1: “Doors” (New Series)

Phyllis Nissila Prompted by a recent experience referenced below, today I begin a new series on the theme of opportunity. May you be encouraged. A colleague in the encouragement trade and I recently came to a kind of relationship closure. … Continue reading

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Genesis 3:16 is not a mandate for husbands…

Phyllis Nissila …it is a warning for wives who have been taught that they are to submit to their husbands because God demands it.

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Unconventional New Year’s Resolution #2: JOY!

Phyllis Nissila Joy? “Say, what?” says Doom. “You’re resolving to have more JOY in 2014?” “Haven’t you read the statistics, the predictions, the analyses, the forecasts, the Signs of the Times?” says Gloom. “Get your head outa the sand,” adds … Continue reading

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