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Well this isn't exactly a magic topic, but I thought I might share it all the same. It might turn into a use for someone's Gospel magic presentation someday.

Many years ago, I happened to stop in the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College. In the lobby was the original "Born Again" sculpture by Dean Kermit Allison. Then Zondervan made a zillion miniature copies of it, I bought mine in a bargain bin in Muskegon about 8 years ago for less than $20. It's about 10.5 inches high- it is still sold on Mr. Allison's website for $162. It sits next to my office desk on a credenza, many people have commented on it over the years including just today. A natural tie in to share the Gospel in explaining what this beautiful sculpture means.

I was in Family Christian Stores this evening (I am very fortunate to have one less than 3 minutes away from my office) and stumbled upon a brand new similar item, just out this week. It cost me $15.89 including tax using one of their discount coupons. I also see it now listed on http://www.ChristianBook.com for under $18.00, type in WW377805X and it will pop up. It is Dicksons "Put on the Full Armor of God" sculpture. It is made out of plastic and is only about 9.5 inches high, but it is "classy enough" to look more like a cool little model or something. It is a miniature set of Roman armor on a pedastal designed by Jim Warren/Work of His Hand, with the appropriate verses from Ephesians 6 printed around the base.

By looking at this "sculpture"- it reminds one to "Power Up" with the six ways to fight spirtual battles: The Belt of Truth, The Breastplate of Righteousness, The Shoes of Readiness and Peace, The Shield of Faith, The Helmet of Salvation and The Sword of the Spirit. It also includes a pamplet which explains each piece, its use in battle, and the application verses connected to it. You could quite easily base an entire message around it.

There have been many larger plastic or metal writeups of the "armor" before, some on shield plaques or wall mountings, some in large kids play sets, but this is the first one I've seen that is very inexpensive but looks classy enough to put on an office desk or book shelf or fireplace mantel. Go to your local Christian bookstore to see if they have it to take a look at it first- although I already purchased the last one in stock here in Kalamazoo- so I think others thought it was pretty cool too (although I did not ask how many they had in the first place).

Check it out if you are so inclined- it could easily fit in a close up magic case if wrapped/protected and be used to conclude a Sunday School close up routine with a message about putting on the Full Armor of God.
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