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Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild's Heart.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Magic and the Bible and More

Tuesday's Thought

We spent this past weekend with our children and grandchildren at a wonderful weekend getaway. We made some great memories that included fishing (for some of us), eating a great catfish dinner (for all of us), and listening to some genuine Ozark music.

It was such a relaxing weekend smack dab in the midst of a very complicated world. I was reminded of this when we started talking about how to teach kids about witches in a society where the occult is all too real. That conversation made me aware that I need to regularly pray that God will not only protect our grandkids from evil, but also that they will be able to discern good from evil and choose good.

It also made me look into what is available to help a mom, dad, grandmom, or granddad know how to talk with their kids/grandkids about the occult.

Surfing the Internet I discovered some good information from Andre Kole, a Christian illusionist, "Magic and the Bible" -- http://jestkidding.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/07/magic-and-the-bible.pdf

I also read about a book called Spellbound -- http://christiananswersforthenewage.org/AboutCANA_SpellBound.html. Until tonight, I had never heard about this book, but I think I’ll read it. Author Marcia Montenegro was asked by Cook Publishing to write this book as a guide for parents and other interested adults. It covers what the occult is, how it's being packaged and marketed in our culture, and how to talk to children and teens about the occult.

God gives us some clear direction about the occult in Galatians 5:19-21. It says, “The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

Please share in the comments any ideas that you have on this important topic. Thanks!

He is able,


Rachael said...

This is interesting. If your kids are asking about this subject, then perhaps you should. I feel if you teach the values of God and the teachings from the Bible, they will refuse evil. This book looks interesting and I will take a look at it.

How old are your kids? Do you read with them - Family Worship? For pre-readers, I have this great children's book to share with you - "This Bible Talks!" by Pamela Fischer. Narrated by Michael David McGuire.

Leading by example and learning the Bible, I feel, is a great way to move through this.

If you want to see the book (I get frustrated when people don't leave info on how to find their suggestions), this is where I ordered it. http://www.thisbibletalks.com

Thank you for the very intriguing post. God Bless!

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Thanks, Rachael! Our grandkids are preschool age. Their parents, Pops, and I read regular Bible stories to them. Appreciate the info. about "The Bible Talks."
- Mary

Anonymous said...

Rachel, thanks for telling us about the book and also the site. The Bible Talks book would really make great birthday gifts, appreciate the information. Elaine