Category Archives: education and teaching

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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URGENT CALL TO THE REMNANT TO INTERCEDE FOR OUR SCHOOLS: ON “PRAYING THE PERIMETER”

Seventy-three miles south of the community college where I teach is another community college that just this morning was invaded by a shooter who took the lives of (latest count) 10 people and injured more. I’ve been much closer to … Continue reading

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Condemnation or Compassion? Lessons from the Emmaus Road (From a Teacher’s Heart)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila THE GAPS Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things … Continue reading

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Dear Christians: Welcome Back to Public School! (Some Encouragement from a Believer Working in this Sometimes-Overlooked Ministry Arena)

I just finished reading yet another dire warning to parents sending their children off to the public school system. I responded to the prophet of (mostly true) doom as follows, adding a bit to this post, in order to provide … Continue reading

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On Law, Grace, and the Joy of the Race

Phyllis Nissila GOING PAST THE GOLD When I think about talented runners I think about two people: 1924 Olympic Gold Medalist Eric Liddell, the inspiration for the Chariots of Fire story and film [1], and let’s call him “Charlie,” a … 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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