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Best. Ever. Inspirational (Commencement) Speech, Given by Denzel Washington

I have sat through many “staff and faculty in-service” motivational presentations (speeches, slide shows, etc.) before the start of fall term at my college. However, this is the first time I have posted anything from the experience. I share this … Continue reading

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Let HIM Love You…

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila   How often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing  (Jesus,  quoted in Matthew 23:37 NIV).     Loving Him I was … Continue reading

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Prayers, please, for this friend of a friend. Not everyone is able to leave FL in advance of the storm, and there are likely thousands like her in their own predicaments. She emailed this, this morning:

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On Spiritual Blackmail: Guess the Perp (Hint: Archetypal, Hate-Filled, and Brilliant)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila So if the Son sets you free,* you will be free** indeed (John 8:36 NIV). BLACKMAIL The legal definition of “blackmail” is, “The crime involving a threat for purposes of compelling a person to do an act against … Continue reading

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My daughter remained high and dry during Harvey, but her friends and neighbors lost much in Houston Storm. Pictures…

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila As the headline notes, my daughter Jenni, who lives in Houston, Texas and owns rental property in Spring, Texas, thirty miles north of the city, made it through Hurricane Harvey dry and safe, both places. Her friends … Continue reading

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On the State of Political Rage, Part 12: But Isn’t It “Righteous Anger”?

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Righteous Anger versus Destructive Anger One needn’t be a trained mental health professional to recognize the difference between righteous anger and destructive anger.

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