God has been meeting with me on a very personal level over these last few months and has been encouraging us as to His past provision and to the trust that we can have for the future.
This encouragement is sorely needed as recently we checked out some local resources on our quest to get an insight on the type of influences that are around us. Within a 25 mile radius there are several thousand members of various occult, pagan and black magic groups that actively engage in the practice of their "art". A couple are even focussed on vampirism and make the point that they are not groups that read the various vampire books or meet to watch the films but that they are actively engaged in the practice of vampirism.
This is not surprising as there was a guy called Jack Parsons who lived in Pasadena and was called the father of the American space age. The other thing that he was involved in was trying to bring the gods of babylon into Pasadena and the USA. He did this by trying to use practical and magical methods. Check him out on wikipedia.
As I mentioned in our last email our battle is not against flesh and blood but against the various powers and principalities that would seek to bring deceit, deception and destruction into our lives and the lives of our friends and community that we are part of.