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Give false beliefs no power over you to influence, scare, hurt, tempt, derange, poison, imprison or impress you.

November 23, 2009
By Phebe Telschow, C.S., St. Louis, MO

Ever heard the expression, getting down to brass tacks? Its an old expression. It means, getting down to the basic facts or realities of a situation or problem especially for the purpose of fixing it. Experience has shown that getting down to brass tacks is usually the most efficient and effective way to handle any problem. This weeks lesson sermon tells us exactly how to take that caliber of direct approach to handling the false belief that there is a power other than God.

Before we get into the lesson, lets define some of our terms. The belief in and study of magic, witchcraft, or the supernatural has been around for a long time. These days we might use the word occultism to sum up all those other terms. Necromancy, along with the general belief in the supernatural (which operates on the supposition that theres another power other than God) comes under the heading of occultism. Necromancy uses black magic, witchcraft or sorcery, but its specifically used in an attempt to communicate with the dead for guidance, protection and even for predicting the future.

If youve studied ancient cultures at all, like Babylon, Egypt, Greece, and Rome, you may recall that they all have widespread traditions of occultism or necromancy. Remember the Egyptians and their elaborate pyramids and all the time, effort, and money they spent on their intense captivation with death? If youve read Homers Odyssey, you may remember how much time those characters spent trying to summon the dead for various reasons. As for modern day examples of necromancy, perhaps one could give some prayerful consideration to the vampire craze that seems to be sweeping the world?

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