Don't participate in the things these people do. For though your hearts were once full of darkness, now you are full of light from the Lord, and your behavior should show it! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, rebuke and expose them. It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret.
For example, never sacrifice your son or daughter as a burnt offering. And do not let your people practice fortune-telling or sorcery, or allow them to interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft, or cast spells, or function as mediums or psychics, or call forth the spirits of the dead. Anyone who does these things is an object of horror and disgust to the Lord.
Obviously we don't physically place our children on an altar and sacrifice them. We place them on the TV altar... the video game altar. We sacrifice them up just the same. We give them over to evil things and allow those things to get in their minds and grow. It is our responsibility.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
Those are the seeds that should be sown in the garden of your minds. Then you will reap a good harvest. Pay attention to the things you are always focusing on... what you always talk about. That comes from the seed you have sown. What is in YOUR garden?
Guard your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.
Yes, I happily bid farewell to October!
Be blessed... Arlene