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Magic tricks and faith

It’s Magic!

Many years ago, I learned a few “magic” tricks so that I could entertain the young people. On one occasion, I was “magically” pushing a pencil through my ear, and pulling it back out. Well, the kids were impressed. Their eyes opened wide, their mouth’s dropped open, and I could even hear a few gasps. Mission accomplished.

However, after church that morning, I saw a little boy with a pencil in his ear, grimacing in pain, as he was trying to push that pencil in his ear. Ouch! It was at that point I decided not to do that trick anymore. I can just hear it now…The emergency room doctor talking to the parents of this boy saying, “He said he preacher told him to do it.”

Something else I learned that day is that “Faith is only as safe as the object in which it is placed.” Blind faith is not only useless, but it can be dangerous. Friends, consider the things that you believe. In what have you placed your faith? We certainly don’t want to find ourselves pushing pencils through our ears because of a misplaced faith. Open your Bible and study it, for faith comes by hearing the word of God (Romans 10:17).

– Steve Higginbotham

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