On Abigail and Submission: The Much Greater Significance of Her Story–Gender Notwithstanding

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

It is no secret on my blog or among the people with whom I fellowship that when the topic of biblical heroes comes up, mine is Abigail, of 1 Samuel 25 fame. I have written about her specifically here and in other contexts in my devotionals and commentaries as well. Continue reading

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How Political Correctness Divides and Conquers

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

My brother recently brought this excerpt from a Wellesley College newspaper to my attention:

Wellesley is certainly not a place for racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, transphobia or any other type of discriminatory speech. Shutting down rhetoric that undermines the existence and rights of others is not a violation of free speech; it is hate speech. The founding fathers put free speech in the Constitution as a way to protect the disenfranchised and to protect individual citizens from the power of the government. The spirit of free speech is to protect the suppressed, not to protect a free-for-all where anything is acceptable, no matter how hateful and damaging… Continue reading

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“The Only Divorce in the Bible,” by Cindy Burrell

Today’s post, an article by friend, author, and fellow blogger Cindy Burrell, reveals an in-context, well-researched exposition of God’s Word on the topic of divorce rarely if ever taught in today’s Christian churches. I believe it reveals God’s true heart for those caught up in marriages where there is abuse in one or more of its myriad forms. I pray Cindy’s careful research that reinforces Jesus’ mission to “set captives free” will enlighten and help readers who stop by here, too. I encourage readers to share it in their own venues, and to forward it to church leadership. Continue reading

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

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila


Note–the 3 verses below are taken from the Interlinear Bible, thus, the unfamiliar syntax  and (lack of) punctuation.

  1. For three there are bearing testimony in heaven the Father the Word and the Holy Spirit and these three one are (1 John 5:7 ).
  2. …but the fruit of the spirit is love joy peace patience kindness goodness faithfulness (Galatians 5:22).
  3. But when comes the Helper whom I will send to  you from the Father the Spirit of truth who from the Father goes forth he will bear witness concerning me (John 15:26).

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Good Friday and Easter Message for You



Love, Jesus.



Image credit: Claire Beveridge Gumbs, used with permission.


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Sticks and Stones….Part 2

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

I thought the pictures, below, might suffice for a thousand more words (as in the idiom, “a picture is worth a thousand words”) on the importance of communicating with positive messages and with kindness. Continue reading

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Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones–But Words Will Crush My Spirit

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

My sister Claire wrote up the following anecdote about an event she witnessed in a recent intercessory prayer session at her church.

It was Sunday evening and time for the prayer warriors to gather and pray. You could feel the joy and anticipation in the friendly chatter as everyone arrived. Continue reading

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