Letters to The Remnant, 10: Carpe LOGOS (Seize the WORD!)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

I woke up this morning with just a hint of dread. Nothing major or pending. More like spotting a fly in the ointment, sensing a slight headache, hearing the faint rumble of a distant thunder on a sunny afternoon.

Just enough vague, soft angst to smudge some shine off a new day.

Soft angst?

Count me lucky, right (?!), when there’s enough real trouble looming: enough trending doom and trauma-inducing  headlines that spell Economies Collapsing, Terror Spreading, and Yet Another Anti-Hate Group Hating.

But back to the angst—more importantly, to the antidote.

Whether what troubles the day is minor or major, implied or imminent, physical or metaphysical, people born of the Spirit of God have the antidote: the living, breathing, powerful, gob-smacking, devil-defeating power of the Word of God.


“That Book”.

The one that is generally the first tome to be tossed on the burn pile when despots decree it, usually as soon as the propaganda du jour has sufficiently frozen reason, cauterized critical thinking, and numbed the minds of the masses even as other “religious books” are allowed…touted, even…ironically…

Yes, there is real power in the Word of God [1] spoken, prayed, believed, and judiciously applied.

And when people born of the Spirit of God finally comprehend this, Things Change. Or they CAN change.

You see, there is much warring against believers, starting from our own camp. Much to suppress the power…


I was raised under the heavy influence of the Roman Catholic Magistrates who had us little Catholic school kids (and our parents) convinced that the parsing of Divine instruction was not for the “layman,” certainly not for women and children. It was/is meant only for those at the helm of the hierarchy of spiritual privilege with the pope ensconced atop all as the “Vicar (Latin Vicarius Christi) of Christ” [2] ratcheting down to the least of these, as it were. Those of us on the bottom rung knew our place; do whatever they tell you, we were led to believe, and you will be okay with God.

The Bible? That great, big, fancy book on the lectern in front of the church by the altar? Up to the priest to tell you what it means! Period. Don’t you be thinking you can understand it all by yourself. There was some vaguery about it being some category of sin, too, as I recall, should we attempt to do so [3].

But even after I became a Christian in my early twenties and began my, now, over forty –year study of the Scriptures, reference tools in hand, I have come to realize there are plenty of impediments to comprehending the power of the Word of God instilled in other “faith traditions,” as well. Plenty of distractions to keep us “in our place” here, there, and everywhere.

History is replete with heresies, disputes, reformers, counter-reformers, and neo-heretical-reformer-counter-reformers that can set the mind in a spin.

Spin—ah, yes, quite a useful tool in another sense, too, as in the “spin” that slants truth to manipulate the hearer [4].

For example, use it to get the people’s heads out of the clarity of, well, truth (for, what IS truth? WHO is truth? Is YOUR truth greater than MY truth? How can you say that ONE truth is better than another?) and into a headache of semantic entanglement, and, at least for a while, you can get them warring amongst themselves which buys ”you,” as in the Devil, the despot, or some self-appointed diviner, time to further your plans, set more traps…do ANYTHING to keep the people away…

Speaking of the Devil, it is he, of course, who is at the bottom (as in the pit, the abyss, the fiery depths) of all of the mayhem that would bind and blind us to what power lies in the spoken Word of God. Not the fictional fiend with horns, pitchfork and tail but the cunning, beautiful one who knows how to spin his deceitful web with exceeding craft.

Because he knows there’s real power in the Word of God.


I believe our true enemy is best described, here:

”For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12).

He who is Satan, Beelzebub, the anti-hero of a thousand faces and in a thousand places–who would, if he could, supplant God, Almighty. And who does, because he can, influence the mind and heart of mankind to do his bidding…

But enough about him.


I’ll leave it to the physicists to pull the power of the spoken Word down from the ethereal (another good spin tactic—the Bible is just all metaphor and myth) to the real, i.e., to unpack what happens in time and space when particle energy forms (you and me) speak wave energy forms (the sounds of the spoken word [5]) especially when those words are as powerful as, well, the Original Words by the Creator of same. Consider:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made…” (John 1:1-3).

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

“Heaven and earth will pass away but my words will never pass away” (Luke 21:33).


But, so, you wake up with a small headache or the WORLD wakes up with a BIG headache, how does this repeating God’s Word thing work? Is it some magic, New Agey, speak-reality-into existence chant, or some cultic, “name it and claim it” mechanism?

When in doubt, I’ve learned to do what Jesus did: reply to what our real enemy is laying on us with, well, the weaponized Word–the kind that makes Satan turn tail and vamoose.

Here’s how Jesus proceeded, as chronicled in Matthew 4:1-11:

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’

Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6“If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

“He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”

Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’

11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

Satan, as illustrated, was defeated by the words emanating from Jesus, and he is defeated by the very same Word available to believers today.


Discouraged? Ill? Worried?

Get into the Word of God.

Study it, sing it, pray it, repeat it, meditate on it.

Shout it from the rooftops, if necessary.

In short, carpe logos and put the (real) enemy on the run.


[1] “Logos (UK /ˈloʊɡɒs/, /ˈlɒɡɒs/, or US /ˈloʊɡoʊs/; Greek: λόγος, from λέγω lego “I say”) is an important term in western philosophy, psychology, rhetoric, and religion. It is a Greek word meaning “a ground”, “a plea”, “an opinion”, “an expectation”, “word”, “speech”, “account”, “to reason” […]The Gospel of John identifies the Logos, through which all things are made, as divine (theos), and further identifies Jesus Christ as the incarnate Logos.”  (Emphasis, mine.) : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logos

[2] http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/15403b.htm

[3] http://www.followthissite.com/list-of-sins.php

[4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spin_%28propaganda%29

[5] Here is one interesting commentary regarding the “physics of the Word of God,” as it were, that might be of interest to the researcher:


Here is another: http://heavensphysics.com/chapter8/


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CERN Update: Is It Ready to Blow? More Importantly, Are You Ready to Go?

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

People who understand the physics behind the Large Hadron Collider humming away at CERN (the famed particle physics lab in a suburb of Geneva, Switzerland) and who track events there, believe workers now have what they need to blow the hole through what separates our dimension in time and space from another one. Continue reading

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Who is “The One” We Await to Trigger End Times Events? Part 2: UnconCERNed

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

Regarding A) the various views on the end of the age, B) the current near-fever-pitch-clamoring for a world savior, C) the seeming rush to Armageddon by those not versed in the down side of their quest for control (as detailed in the Book of Revelation and elsewhere), D) all of the above, in Part 1 I wrote: Continue reading

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The God Factory?

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

The job ad reads, “(looking) for experienced synthetic biology production specialists with knowledge of gene assembly, cloning, vector handling and related processes to manufacture…high quality custom gene products” [1].

I am not making this up.

On the”about” web page one reads that this “synthetic DNA” company includes not only advancements in antibiotics and “bio-defense” products (okay, good) but also in “directed evolution” (okay, what?).

The God Factory? Continue reading

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Letters to The Remnant, 9: “Let Your Yes be Yes and Your No, No”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila


In the dream I found myself in a very large group of people. We were gathered in a school that had been converted to what appeared to be a temporary health information gathering facility. Continue reading

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Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

Ohhhhhhhhh yeah! Take a look! One of my TWO, AMAZING daughters has (finally) started a blog!! WOO-HOO! You will find her posts here: Continue reading

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The Christmas Soldier

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

My teen-aged niece and I were standing in line at the checkout in J.C. Penny’s yesterday when we noticed the young soldier striding toward a nearby exit. He looked like any raw-boned, young GI, clad in desert camo, ACU cap, dog tags no doubt tucked beneath his khaki T-shirt. One of many such soldiers one encounters these days in stores, restaurants, and airports Anywhere USA as the wars overseas drag on.

But what made this particular soldier stand out, dodging and weaving through the throng of holiday shoppers, was the home-made sign he grasped askew in his left hand that read, “I Love You Mom” while he checked messages on an iPhone in his other hand. Continue reading

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