Category Archives: Bible/literary themes, elements

Still. In the Moment. God.

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila         In days like this It is imperative To “mind the moment,” Quell the fear, Defy The urgent.

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On (Dying) Snakes and (Defeated) Satan

Phyllis Nissila ON SNAKES It is said of a snake that even though its head may be cut off, it takes a while for its slow metabolism to respond. In the interim, sometimes up to an hour, its tail thrashes … Continue reading

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By Grace Efficacious (Or How the Meek Inherit the Earth)

Phyllis Nissila HUMBLE POWER “Every success becomes the force of timid people,” wrote my Chinese student on the topic of self-efficacy, that is, a “person’s estimate or personal judgment of his or her own ability to succeed in reaching a…goal” … Continue reading

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How I Escaped the Foggy, Soggy Bog of Envy

Phyllis Nissila What prompts today’s post right in the middle of the Psalm 91 series is a radio program on the sin of envy I heard just a few hours ago. Just stop your sinful envy, noted the preacher. Confess … Continue reading

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Mercy for the Merciful (Devotional)

Phyllis Nissila “The quality of mercy is not strained. It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath. It is twice blessed: It blesseth him that gives and him that takes. ‘Tis mightiest in the mightiest. It … Continue reading

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Out of the Fire: On Leaving Roman Catholicism 5 (From Dust to Redemption)

Phyllis Nissila “There’s never an end to dust and dusting,” my aunt would say as her rag, like a thunderhead, scudded across the yellow oak of her little house. There she lived seventy years with a ball of compulsion closed … Continue reading

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Works in Progress (Devotional)

Phyllis Nissila The other day I ran into a girl who was in one of my old high school writing classes and who is currently working on her degree at the community college where I now teach. She greeted me … Continue reading

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