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Sunday Devotional: ‘Because the days are evil’

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Ephesians 5:15-20

Brothers and sisters:
Watch carefully how you live,
not as foolish persons but as wise,
making the most of the opportunity,
because the days are evil.
Therefore, do not continue in ignorance,
but try to understand what is the will of the Lord.
And do not get drunk on wine, in which lies debauchery,
but be filled with the Spirit,
addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing and playing to the Lord in your hearts,
giving thanks always and for everything
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.

We are indeed living in evil days.

Ten years ago, if someone had said a statue to Satan would be unveiled before the state capitol building in Little Rock, Arkansas, none of us would believe it.

But that’s what happened three days ago, August 16, 2018. (See “Satan comes to Arkansas: 8½-ft Baphomet statue unveiled in state capitol“)

Our Lord certainly knows and has foreseen all this. He counseled His apostles in John 15:18-19:

“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.
If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own.
As it is, you do not belong to the world,
but I have chosen you out of the world.
That is why the world hates you.”

And in Matthew 10:16:

“Behold, I am sending you out
as sheep in the midst of wolves,
so be wise as serpents
and innocent as doves.”

In these evil times, let us do what our Lord Jesus Christ and St. Paul counsel us to do:

  • “Be wise as serpents” because our adversaries are cunning and ruthless.
  • “Watch carefully how you live, not as foolish persons but as wise”.
  • Be informed: “do not continue in ignorance”.
  • Listen to the Holy Spirit: “try to understand what is the will of the Lord”.
  • Be aware, alert, and keep our minds clear: “do not get drunk on wine, in which lies debauchery”.
  • Stay true and be pure of heart: “Be filled with the Spirit”.
  • Be joyful and sing to God, heeding St. Augustine’s words that to sing is to pray twice.
  • And thank God always and at all times, no matter the circumstances. Just count all the good things we have, despite the evil times and in spite of whatever evil that has befallen on us.

May the strength and peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,


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Amazing Magic Card Trick!!!

FOTM’s Doc’sWife sent me this amazing magic trick.

Try it again. Pick another card….
And, again, your card is missing from Picture #4!!!!
It must be magic!
To find out how this trick works, scroll down….

It was no magic.
The reason why David Copperfield correctly “guessed” which card you picked — the reason why the card you picked is gone from Picture #4 is this:
The 5 cards in Picture #4 were never in Picture #1 !
This means that no matter which card you pick from Picture #1, you’ll never find it in Picture #4.
Go back and look at what the 6 cards are in Picture #1. From left to right, they are:
K♥         J♣         K♠         Q♦        Q♣        J♦
(King of Hearts; Jack of Clubs; King of Spades; Queen of Diamonds; Queen of Clubs; Jack of Diamonds)
Here are the 5 cards in Picture #4. From left to right, they are:
Q♥          K♣          J♥          Q♠          K♦
(Queen of Hearts; King of Clubs; Jack of Hearts; Queen of Spades; King of Diamonds)
It was no magic. It was simple cheating!
This was how I figured it out:
I begin with the a priori (presupposition or premise) that there is no such thing as anthropogenic (man made) magic, fans of Harry Potter notwithstanding.
David Copperfield, though hailed as the “King of Magic,” “Magician of the Century,” and the recipient of a “Living Legends Award” (!) from the Library of Congress, is not a magician but merely a very skillful “illusionist” trickster. For that he’s been richly rewarded, named by Forbes magazine as the 10th highest paid celebrity in the world in 2003, with total earnings of $55 million.
I then scrutinized the 6 cards in Picture #1. The red-colored King of Hearts immediately caught my eye, and I selected that.
When I got to Picture #4 and saw that, as predicted, my King of Hearts was missing, the red-colored King of Diamonds immediately got my attention. I had remembered when I looked at Picture #1 that the only red-colored King was the King of Hearts, but now there’s a red-colored King of Diamonds in Picture #4!
So I scrutinized the other 4 cards in Picture #4, went back to Picture #1, and…sure enough, all the cards in Picture #4 were never in Picture #1 to begin with!
At the risk of being preachy, there is a spiritual lesson in this.
Jesus warns that “I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” (Matthew 10:16) We are also warned that in the end days, “there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” (Matthew 24:24)
If Copperfield successfully tricks us into believing he performs magic, we’ll really be sitting ducks when that Man of Sin appears with his “great signs and wonders”.

This is magic:

“Every day will I bless you,
and I will praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord and highly to be praised;
his greatness is unsearchable.”
-Psalms 145:2-3


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