Bible Commentary: “One Who Practices Witchcraft”

October 31, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Posted in Bible Commentary | Leave a comment
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“When you come into the land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the LORD, and because of these abominations the LORD your God drives them out from before you. You shall be blameless before the LORD your God. For these nations which you will dispossess listened to soothsayers and diviners; but as for you, the LORD your God has not appointed such for you” (Deuteronomy 18:9-14 NKJV).

God just doesn’t like witchcraft, He says it is an abomination to Him and rightly so because witchcraft tries to do what God does without Him. The Dictionary defines witchcraft as, “The practices or art of witches; sorcery; enchantments. Sorcery is defined as, “the belief in magical spells that harness occult forces or evil spirits to produce unnatural effects in the world” or “Use of supernatural power over others through the assistance of spirits; witchcraft”. We should not be harnessing occult forces or evil spirits to produce unnatural effects we need to dwell in God’s supernatural provision and power and produce His supernatural miracles in the world.

Manasseh

“Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. But he did evil in the sight of the LORD, according to the abominations of the nations whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel. For he rebuilt the high places which Hezekiah his father had broken down; he raised up altars for the Baals, and made wooden images; and he worshiped all the host of heaven and served them. He also built altars in the house of the LORD, of which the LORD had said, “In Jerusalem shall My name be forever.” And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD. Also he caused his sons to pass through the fire in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom; he practiced soothsaying, used witchcraft and sorcery, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke Him to anger” (2 Chronicles 33:1-6 NKJV).
“Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hephzibah. And he did evil in the sight of the LORD, according to the abominations of the nations whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel. For he rebuilt the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; he raised up altars for Baal, and made a wooden image, as Ahab king of Israel had done; and he worshiped all the host of heaven and served them. He also built altars in the house of the LORD, of which the LORD had said, “In Jerusalem I will put My name.” And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD. Also he made his son pass through the fire, practiced soothsaying, used witchcraft, and consulted spiritists and mediums. He did much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke Him to anger” (2 Kings 21:1-6 NKJV).
“But they paid no attention, and Manasseh seduced them to do more evil than the nations whom the LORD had destroyed before the children of Israel” (2 Kings 21:9 NKJV).                                                       “So Manasseh seduced Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to do more evil than the nations whom the LORD had destroyed before the children of Israel” (2 Chronicles 33:9 NKJV).

Child of God – God told the Israelites not to be involved with witchcraft so that they would be blameless. Manasseh did not listen and provoked the Lord to anger. What happened to Manasseh? “Therefore the LORD brought upon them the captains of the army of the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh with hooks, bound him with bronze fetters, and carried him off to Babylon” (2 Chronicles 33:11 NKJV). God has given us free will and we can be obedient to His word or not as we choose however, as it is with our natural parents, disobedience brings consequences.  Witchcraft is a sin and should be shunned. Reading the horoscopes, having your palm read, celebrating Halloween, calling the fortune-teller number is witchcraft and God will not overlook this. Let us all repent before our Creator and ask for His mercy on our nations.

Our prayer:
Lord, forgive us for the multiple times that we have offended you practicing this sin of witchcraft, even thinking that it was harmless and just a game. You take this seriously. Please help me to keep myself clean and away from every evil practice. Help me to be wise and to be aware of the deceitfulness that is in the world today. Amen.

If you want to have a personal relationship with Jesus as your Lord and Savior pray: “Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and that out of love for me you willingly sacrificed your life so that I may live. I repent of all my sins and open my heart to you as my Lord and Savior. Amen.

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Book Review: “To Whisper Her Name” by Tamera Alexander

October 30, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Tamera Alexander in her new book, “To Whisper Her Name” Book One in the Belle Meade Plantation series published by Zondervan  brings us into the life of Olivia Aberdeen in 1866 Nashville.

From the Back Cover:  Set at Nashville’s historic Belle Meade Plantation, the most influential thoroughbred stud farm in America’s history, To Whisper Her Name weaves the struggles of real people of the post-war South with the journeys of a man and a woman scarred by betrayal.

Olivia Aberdeen, destitute widow of a man shot as a traitor to the South, is shunned by proper society and gratefully accepts an invitation from “Aunt” Elizabeth Harding, mistress of Belle Meade Plantation. Expecting to be the Harding’s head housekeeper, Olivia is disillusioned when she learns the real reason Elizabeth’s husband, Confederate General William Giles Harding, agreed to her coming. Not finding the safe haven she expects, Olivia is caught off guard by her feelings for Ridley Adam Cooper, a Southern man who seems anything but a Southern gentleman.

Branded a traitor by some, Ridley Cooper, a Southern son who chose to fight for the Union, is a man desperate to end the war still raging inside him. Determined to learn “the gift” that Belle Meade’s head horse trainer and former slave, Bob Green, possesses, Ridley harbors secrets that threaten both their lives.

As Ridley seeks to make peace within himself for “betraying” the South he loved, Olivia is determined to never be betrayed again.

History, Plantations, Horses, Horse racing, this book has it all.  “To Whisper Her Name” explores the South and a nation mending in 1866, just after the end of the Civil War which ended in 1865.  Ms. Alexander deals with the historic Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville.  Ms. Alexander has given us a novel of the South that is filled with scope and grandeur.  1866 is a time in history that will never be repeated by which I mean we will never see this side of the South again.  Unless, of course, it is in a book written by Tamera Alexander.  The characters are marvelous, meticulously crafted, and each one literally breathes on the pages.  “To Whisper Her Name” may be Ms. Alexander’s best book yet.  Tamera Alexander has written a well done novel that I recommend highly.

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Book Review: “Tangled Ashes” By Michele Phoenix

October 30, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Michele Phoenix in her new book, “Tangled Ashes” published by Tyndale House Publishers brings us into the life of Architect Marshall Becker.

From the Back Cover:  After invading Lamorlaye, France, Nazi officials don’t hesitate to take over the beautiful Meunier manor as their headquarters, hiring two young Frenchwomen, Marie and Elise, who clean and launder to help supplement their families’ meager incomes. But the girls begin to grow suspicious when medical equipment arrives, followed by an influx of pregnant women. As the Nazis’ plans for the manor become clear, the girls must decide where their loyalties truly lie.

More than fifty years later . . .

Architect Marshall Becker arrives in Lamorlaye to begin the massive renovation of a Renaissance-era castle. The project that was meant to provide an escape for Becker instead becomes a gripping glimpse into the human drama that unfolded during the Nazi occupation and seems to live on in midnight disturbances and bizarre acts of vandalism.

Becker explores the castle’s shadowy history as he seeks to cope with the demons from his own past. Only Jade, the feisty nanny of the owner’s children, is willing to stand up to him. But Becker soon discovers that every one of the château’s inhabitants seems to have something to hide and something to protect—and something worth fighting for.

If you read my reviews you know that I like history.  And I especially enjoy historical novels that center around World War II, something about the era I suspect.  Michele Phoenix has weaved together a story that takes place in 1943 and in 2001.  Each chapter alternates between then and now as Marshal Becker goes to France to renovate the exact castle that is the focus in 1943.  “Tangled Ashes” is a thriller with all kinds of excitement and danger.  This is a book about secrets and how the secrets made in 1943 affect the generations now.  Also Becker has secrets and they are causing him a great deal of problems.  Ms. Phoenix shows us cleverly how God has to expose those secrets to bring about a healing process.  Becker is an architect and not only are we rebuilding a decayed castle we are rebuilding lives.  Michele Phoenix knows how to weave a captivating story with wonderful characters that breathe.  I enjoyed reading this book and recommend it highly.

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