What am I [Paul] saying then? That an idol is anything, or what is offered to idols is anything? Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons.
As Christians we need to be cautious about our pursuits. I used to think fortune telling was silly and harmless. Now I realize that demons can use stupid things like fortune cookies and visits to psychics against us. They take the opportunity to influence us because we go looking for wisdom in the wrong places. We have no business communing with tarot-card readers or practitioners of crystals, or hanging out with “good” witches. God hates that. He knows how dangerous it is. We can’t be fooled by popular culture into allowing demons into our lives. In Los Angeles, I encounter “spiritual” stores everywhere I go. There are psychics on every corner. Crystals and magnets promise healing. It’s easy to dismiss these things and laugh at them, but I’m learning to take them seriously and to avoid them at all cost. Not because they have a power of their own, but because demons will use these tools to get close to people. I don’t want to commune with demons. I have to be smarter than that.
If you were hoping to re-enact the announcement of Jesus’ birth with action figures one day, well, you’re going to be happy. I found this set on Amazon.
shepherd and angel action figures with sheep
I can think of a lot of other scenes to re-enact as well. For instance, the angel Gabriel driving Adam and Eve out of Eden. Ken and Barbie would come in handy for that drama. Or maybe you want to show your Sunday school class how the angel appeared to Paul on his tempest-tossed prison ship and told him that Paul would live through the shipwreck. Or you could create an entire stop-motion movie of the Book of Revelations. Oh, the possibilities are endless.
Did you read the news story about the mysterious priest who appeared to pray at the scene of a car accident with the victim trapped inside her car? You can read the full story here. It seems like he could have been an angel who showed up at an opportune moment to help a Christian girl survive a car wreck on her way to church. It reminds me of this passage in
“For there stood by me this night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you’.”
Daddy’s Star Catcher is a limited edition 12-inch angel sculpture by the artist Thomas Blackshear. This baby angel looks innocent enough, but he’s clearly destroying galaxies from his perch on his space cloud. Not everything Blackshear does is this cheesetastic. This baby will set you back $75 if you buy it, but you can enjoy looking at it for free. I know it brings a smile to my face.
I can’t remember where I bought this Holy Bible alarm clock or I would tell you. I’ve had it for years. It makes me laugh out loud every time I use it. It opens backwards, like the Jewish Torah. I’m pretty sure it was made in China. When it goes off, it lights up and plays the “Hallelujah” chorus from Handel’s Messiah at full blast. This is the LOUDEST alarm clock I have ever owned. There is no way to turn it down. I use it when I absolutely, positively, must get up.
Holy Bible alarm clock opening like the Torah
Holy Bible alarm clock fully open with pictures of Jesus to inspire you to get up.