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BEING WITH THE HEAVENLY FATHER -
......DEVOTIONS FOR LAMBS.
No. 146
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
Access Online  http://www.despatch.cth.com.au/Main/tabco_main

Getting to know God together.

POKEMON IS NOT A GOOD CARTOON CHARACTER!
Our devotion is a long one today. Take time and read it all.
Lots of cartoons and television programmes seem fun when they are really dangerous!
They are not of God, and often have nasty devilish things in them.
Here is some of what one Christian writer, Berit Kjos, [ http://www.crossroad.to]
wrote about the Japanese cartoon, POKEMON:
Do you watch this or play any Pokemon games?

“CHANGING BELIEFS and VALUES

Barbara Whitehorse started seeking answers after her son asked a typical question: "Mom, can I get Pokemon cards? A lot of my
     friends from church have them." Much as she wanted Matthew to
     have fun with his friends, she gave a loving refusal. Matthew's
     tutor had already warned her that the Pokemon craze could stir
     interest in other kinds of occult (evil spirit beliefs) role-playing games such as
     Dungeons and Dragons. At the time, she wondered if the tutor had
     just over-reacted to some harmless entertainment. After all, the
     cute little Pokemon creatures looked nothing like the dark
     demonic creatures of D&D. But when she learned that a local
     Christian school had banned them because of their link to the
     occult (evil spirit beliefs), she changed her mind.

     Later, during a recent party for Matthew, Barbara heard two of
     the boys discussing their little pocket monsters. One said, "I'll
     just use my psychic powers." Already, the world of fantasy had
     colored his real world. So when some of the kids wanted to watch
     the afternoon Pokemon cartoon on television, Barb again had to
     say "no." It's not easy to be parents these days.

     Cecile DiNozzi would agree. Back in 1995, her son's elementary
     school had found a new, exciting way to teach math. The Pound
     Ridge Elementary school was using Magic: the Gathering, the
     role-playing game called which, like Dungeons and Dragons, has
     built a cult following among people of all ages across the
     country.

     Mrs. DiNozzi refused to let her son participate in the "Magic
     club." But a classmate gave him one of the magic cards, which he
     showed his mother. It was called "Soul exchange" and pictured
     spirits rising from graves. Like all the other cards in this
     ghastly game, it offered a morbid instruction: "Sacrifice a white
     creature."

     "What does 'summon' mean?" he asked his mother after school one
     day.

     "Summon? Why do you ask?"

     He told her that during recess on the playground the children
     would "summon" the forces on the cards they collect by raising
     sticks into the air and saying, "'Spirits enter me.' They call it
     'being possessed.'"

     Strange as it may sound to American ears, demonic possession is
     no longer confined to distant lands. Today, government schools
     from coast to coast are teaching students the skills once
     reserved for the tribal witch-doctor or shaman in distant lands.
     Children everywhere are learning the pagan formulas for invoking
     "angelic" or demonic spirits through multi-cultural education,
     popular books, movies, and television. It's not surprising that
     deadly explosions of untamed violence suddenly erupt from
     "normal" teens across our land.” [B. Kjos]

Well, it is a sorry world where cartoons and funny books are all about evil spirits!
 Those kids who want to serve the Lord God, and belong only to Him, must be careful not to get involved with “occult” books and cartoons. These can cause young people to become violent, very disturbed and ungodly in every way. Here is some more of  what

Berit Kjos wrote:
  "Who are the strange little creatures from Japan that have
     suddenly become global super-stars? Most kids know the answer
     well: They are called Pokemon (short for POCKEt MONster and
     pronounced Poh-keh-mon), and they have stirred up some mixed
     reactions.

     "We just sent a letter home
     today saying Pokemon cards are
     no longer allowed on campus,"
     said Paula Williams, a second-grade teacher in Danville, California.
     "The kids know they're supposed to be put away when they come in from recess,
     but they're often in the middle of a trade, so they don't come in
     on time. In the more extreme cases, the older kids are getting
     little kids to trade away valuable cards . . . . It drives a teacher crazy."

     It concerns parents even more. "Recently, my children were given
     a set of Pokemon cards," said DiAnna Brannan, a Seattle mom.
     "They are very popular with the children at our church and
     elsewhere. I was instantly suspicious but couldn't discern the
     problem. We have since been told that they are stepping stones to
     the 'Magic cards' that have been popular for the last few years,
     which we do not allow."

     She is right. For instance, any child exploring the most popular
     Pokemon websites  will be linked to a selection of occult games.
     A click on the ad for "Magic the Gathering" brings Pokemon fans
     to a site offering promotions such as this:

          "A global games phenomenon, Magic: The Gathering is to
          the 1990s what Dungeons and Dragons was to the 1980s,
          but with the added dimension of collectibility. Here is
          the official reference to the biggest new teen/young
          adult fantasy game of the decade, complete with
          full-color reproductions of every existing Magic card."

     THE POKEMON MESSAGE.
    The above websites gives us glimpse of the
     mysterious little creatures called Pokemon. Ponder the
     suggestions in this greeting:

          "Welcome to the world of Pokemon, a special place where
          people just like you train to become the number-one
          Pokemon Master in the World!"

          "But what is a Pokemon, you ask. 'Pokemon are
          incredible creatures that share the world with humans,'
          says Professor Oak, the leading authority on these
          monsters. 'There are currently 150 documented species of
          Pokemon. . . . Each Pokemon has its own special
          fighting abilities. . . . Some grow, or evolve, into
          even more powerful creatures.. . . Carry your pokemon
          with you, and you're ready for anything! You've got the
          power in your hands, so use it!'"

     What if children try to follow this advice? What if they carry
     their favorite monsters like magical charms or fetishes in their
     pockets, trusting them to bring power in times of need?”

What if children do trust in Pokemon?
They will learn pretty soon that those creatures are awful, are evil and will bring harm to kids! They are little devils, Satan has trained them to trap you. Trust in the Lord Jesus Christ to help you, not demons who pretend to be harmless little beings! The Lord will keep you safe from such things! He is mighty and strong, much stronger than they are.

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try (test) the spirits whether they are of God:”
(I John 4:1).

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