No. 77
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
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Getting to know God together.

Becky’s friend, Pam, wasn’t a Christian believer,
but she believed in “spiritual” things.
Her parents had a New Age shop in town.
It was a strange place, Becky had gone in with Pam sometimes.
There were books on magic there, and magazines about UFOs and space aliens.
Pam’s Mum had a jewel in the side of her nose, her hair was long and untidy,
and she worn a dress down to her ankles and beads around her neck.
Becky never told her own Mum that she went into that shop sometimes.
She kinda felt that Mum wouldn’t approve.
Once, when she was at the shop Pam’s Dad gave Becky a magazine
with a thing called a “horoscope” in it.
“You can find out about your future from the stars in this,”  he told her.
Becky couldn’t wait to read it for that day.
It told her she would get a gift in the  afternoon.

Becky waited all day,
and oddly enough a gift came from her grandparents in the post.
In the evening. They were on holiday in England.
That made Becky think the horoscope was a magic thing,
and that the stars could tell her about the future.
She searched through the paper that came every morning to their place -
and there was a “horoscope” in it!
“Beck, I didn’t know you were so interested in the news, “ her Dad said.
Becky had been getting up early to bring the paper in,
and she carefully read the horoscope every day.
“Um, I need to know about things for school, “ she told him.
She wasn’t telling the truth,
she wanted to find out what was going to happen that day from  the stars.
Do you know that Becky let that horoscope set up her whole day?
If it was bad news, she was unhappy all day, waiting for something bad to happen.
If the “stars” told her good news, she was happy that day.
She couldn’t stop reading the horoscope in the paper.
It was as though she depended on it.
She was hooked.

One day Mum saw her reading the horoscope!
“Becky! What are reading that for.
God is not pleased with that sort of pagan rubbish.”
Then she did a very smart thing.
God must have given her real wisdom.
She took Becky down to a magazine and newspaper shop.
Then she showed her a lot of horoscopes
in all sorts of newspapers and magazines for that day.
They were all different!
The “stars” under Becky’s “sign” in every newspaper
contradicted the “stars” in other columns.
“I’ve been silly, Mum.
I was taking notice of the stars and forgetting my Bible reading for the day.
I’m glad God didn’t let me get hooked any further.”
She told her then about the New Age shop,
and promised not to go in there again.
“Those places are a trap, darling, “ Mum said.
“They have demons in them that pretend to be angels and aliens from space.
We must follow the Lord God.”

God has promised

“I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way
which thou shalt go I will guide thee with mine eye.” Psalm 32:8.

The New Age magazines and shops are everywhere today.
They tell of spirit guides, energies of Mother Earth, the Force and all sorts of “spiritual” mumbo jumbo! Christian believers know that the Lord God is our daily Guide, who needs horoscopes and pagan knowledge.
It is forbidden by the Lord, our Heavenly Father.
The New Age film series “Star Wars” saga has many “spiritual” themes and teaching hidden in it. Be careful, the “Force” is not of God. I will discuss the new film , “Phantom Menace, “about Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader and the rest tomorrow. There are many counterfeit “spiritual” teachings today. Don’t get hooked by any of them. Read all of Psalm  1. It has good advice indeed about real happiness. “Blessed” has the meaning of happiness in a sense

“Blessed (happy) is the man (or boy or girl) that walketh NOT
in the counsel (teaching and advice) of the ungodly...
but his delight is in the law of the Lord;
and in His law doth (does) he meditate (think about) day and night.”
(Psalm 1:1-2).

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