Category Archives: Contemplative/Mysticism

The Power of God’s Word versus the Powers of the Hegelian Dialectic and Synchronized Brainwaves. What?

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given. (Mark 4:24 KJV). Hear, as in “to … Continue reading

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Out of the Fire: On Leaving Roman Catholicism 7 (Yeast and Window Dressing)

Phyllis Nissila I just finished listening to a “debate” between members of the current apologists of “Catholics and Evangelicals Together,” a movement spear-headed in the nineties as the next phase of the so-called, “Ecumenical Movement” [1]. One speaker was a … Continue reading

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Johanna Michaelsen on Rapture Ready Radio, June 10, 2012: Her Testimony and Warning to Christians About Occult Influences Inside the Church

Phyllis Nissila I’m posting last evening’s Rapture Ready Radio program, “Afterglow,” co-hosted by Tim Roden and Vince Tarquini (Sunday, June 10, 2012). Their guest was Johanna Michaelsen, author of The Beautiful Side of Evil, and Like Lambs to the Slaughter: … Continue reading

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On Paradigms and Postmodernism in the Church: Watch Your Step

  Phyllis Nissila What prompts this commentary is a brief conversation I had on the term “paradigm” with the hosts of Rapture Ready Radio’s “Afterglow” program a few weeks ago (May 27th, 2012). The term paradigm, coupled with the current … Continue reading

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“Mrs. P.” and the Gold Rosary Beads: The Danger of One Degree Off

Phyllis Nissila The following story happened some years ago when I worked as an administrative assistant for a ministry set up to help people leave religious cults. [1] The woman at the center of the story was not one of … Continue reading

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“Be Still and Know that I Am God”: A “Closer Read” of the Contemplatives’ “Poster Verse”

Phyllis Nissila THE POSTER VERSE It has been said that Psalm 46:10, that is to say the first half of it, is the poster verse of contemplative prayer advocates. The portion reads, “Be still, and know that I am God … Continue reading

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Is Your Loved One Caught up in False Teaching? Here’s a Story of Hope

Phyllis Nissila In the 1980s I worked for a ministry that focused on counseling people out of the cults and the occult by helping to establish or re-establish them in biblical truths. Stories of hope in the midst of great … Continue reading

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