Category Archives: spiritual transformation

On the Nabokov “Christmas” Story. In July. Again…

I have decided to offer my post based on the Vladimir Nabokov short story “Christmas” (which I have featured, now, three times since 2012 for various reasons) as an annual “Christmas in July” tradition. It epitomizes to me the ever-present … Continue reading

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“Always Learning But Never Able…” Thoughts on 2 Timothy 3:7 and Aging (Prankster) Idols

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila …always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth… (2 Timothy 3:7). His Stack of Books I live in a lush  valley of the Pacific Northwest where not too far from here several … Continue reading

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How to Know if You Are a “Wise” or “Foolish” “Virgin”–On The Matthew 25: 1-13 Parable

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila (Sound of suspense): One of the nagging questions on the minds if not the lips of a lot of believers these days is: Am I “in” or am I “out”?–when it comes to the parable of the … Continue reading

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Is It REALLY “God Talking” or Commanding? Three Ways To Know–and What Jesus Said

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila SHORT ANSWER Note–the 3 verses below are taken from the Interlinear Bible, thus, the unfamiliar syntax  and (lack of) punctuation. For three there are bearing testimony in heaven the Father the Word and the Holy Spirit and … Continue reading

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On Receiving God’s Blessings: Religion versus Grace

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila I just heard a preacher say that if you cannot receive the love of God you cannot receive His blessings. (It reminded me of the religion of my youth: do this to get that.) I stopped listening. For … Continue reading

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On Self-Help Lists, GOD-Help Lists, and How I Succeeded Despite Math

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila For those who are reading this for the “How I Succeeded Despite Math” part, skip to “Real Life Math Story,” below.  ON SELF-HELP LISTS Recently, I viewed a number of  good “self-help” videos on strategies to overcome … Continue reading

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Believer: Have YOU been “Commissioned to Minister” Yet?

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Short answer: yes, from the get-go. That is to say, if you are a born-again believer, the Head of the Church, Jesus Christ, has already “officiated,” so to speak, at your commissioning, or will, for all those … Continue reading

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