On the “Human Cube” and Other Walls

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

The Human Cube

A friend and I were walking back from a popular coffee spot in the middle of a part of the city where gentrification has transformed old Victorians into new chi-chi restaurants and former warehouses into strip malls featuring flower shops, clothing boutiques and the like. There is even an old funeral home that now houses the “Bijou Art Cinema” (the place to go for Indy films and re-runs of old classics), although enough of the stained stucco facade and cloudy overhead “chandeliers” leftover from mortuary days can still haunt the movie-goer who has, perhaps, too much imagination.

This part of mid-town is also where one is likely to see a homeless one asking–or looking–for money and/or others clearly separate from the coffee drinkers, shoppers and movie-goers for one reason or another, self- or society-inflicted, who stand out because of their disheveled attire and demeanor. My friend and I passed one such. This one caught my attention, however, and in a way, my heart, for a few moments. Continue reading

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No Rapture on 9/23/17? But Prophesy is Both Signs AND Time (Consider: the Metonic Cycle)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila (commentary)

Claire Beveridge Gumbs (prophecy charts)

In the fullness of time…

If you were perhaps thinking that on September 23, 2017 the Rapture was supposed to occur, as some thought, but now it’s the 24th or later, you are likely both disappointed and discouraged. I mean, according to some prophecy watchers, those recent signs in the constellations were pretty convincing, right?! (See here for an example discussion.)

You might even be a touch cynical by now,  tending to agree with those referenced in 2 Peter 3:4 who said, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”

Got it.

But please remember: as the epigraph connotes: it is not only signs but also time that factor into prophecy. Continue reading

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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 year’s inclusion of a video of the 2017 commencement address given by Denzel Washington at Dillard University, because, hands down, it is one of the most inspirational messages I have ever heard. 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 thinking about a woman I know who left an abusive marriage some years ago.

At first, she said, there was physical abuse, but after counseling that stopped. However, whatever simmered beneath the physical manifestation of anger seemed to always hover near. Intermittent verbal abuse remained; he continued to feel entitled to criticize, mock, and accuse.

In between the good times… 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).


The legal definition of “blackmail” is, “The crime involving a threat for purposes of compelling a person to do an act against his or her will, or for purposes of taking the person’s money or property.”

Depending upon who wants what and the consequences, blackmail can keep human beings under small or great bondage, paying all kinds of money to stay out of trouble, and/or doing all kinds of things. Continue reading

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