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Ghosts, Goblins, and Spirits; Oh My!

~ Ephesians 5:11 (NIV84) ~~  Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.




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Today is Halloween.  As modern-day Christians it can sometimes put us in a bit of a dilemma.  On one hand we know the Bible says we are not to partake of such celebrations.  On the other hand, try explaining that to your child who just would like to go out Trick or Treating with their friends to have fun. 

“Awww, but Mom... All My Friends are Doing it?”
Saying “No” to your kids is never easy even when you know it’s for their own good.  Some Christians say “Yes, but no scary costumes”.  Others, simply skip over the questionable parts and take part in the whole shindig hoping that God or their other Christian friends won’t notice. 

Halloween comes from a history of pagan harvest celebrations and the beginning of the Season of Darkness.   People have always worshiped other idols, which breaks the Ten Commandments.  We make gods out of people labeling them ‘celebrities’ and ‘entertainers’.   We go to great lengths to scare ourselves even to the point of making movies for the purpose of scaring each other.  Crimes and gore are revered.  Characters like Freddy, Jason, and Chucky are turned into screen stars. 

You Can’t Worship both God and Satan
Many people today even go as far as attempting to connect with ghosts and spirits in the real world.  I watched a TV show recently about paranormal investigations.  It made me wonder about people in general.  Why do some believe in the bad side (to the extent of trying to connect with it) and not conclude that therefore the good side must also be true?  They are quickly willing to accept the demons but don’t want to accept the idea of Jesus.  Why?  My own basic common sense says that there is a flip side to everything.  Where there’s good there’s bad.  Where there’s summer there’s winter.  Where there’s dogs there’s cats.  Where there’s God (and He is everywhere) there’s Satan trying to lead us astray.  1 Corinthians10:21 says You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demonsEphesians 5:11 says Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

Jesus is the Light
And, He’s not just a season here and there like those in the season of darkness.  Jesus is forever.  You can live forever too if you celebrate Jesus and not Freddy Kruger and his fan club.  2 Corinthians 4:4 says In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.  Don’t be blinded by the darkness, when you have the option of walking out into the Light where there’s blessings waiting for you that no one else can offer you; blessings beyond your wildest dreams.  I promise you that no ghost, goblin, spirit, or false idol can replace the one and only real and living God. 

Let’s Pray
 ~~ Dear God ~~  Wonderful, loving Father.  There are so many times during so many occasions when I want so much to participate in worldly activities even though I know it's wrong.  Thank you for the forgiveness that I have received through Jesus.  Please help me to always choose You in every situation, and help me to always be happy and thankful with those choices.  In Jesus name, AMEN.

Now It’s Your Turn
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The Book that Shocked the Nations

~~ John 14:6 NIV84 ~~  Jesus answered “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 

No matter what genre you like to read, there’s one book that will shock everyone; Christians and Non-Christians alike.  The Bible.

Yes, You Read that Right

Doesn’t matter what side of the fence you're on about believing in God and His Word or not; reading the bible will astonish, surprise, and intrigue you.

The Bible is filled with:
  • excitement
  • action
  • drama
  • intrigue
  • surprise
  • romance
  • science
  • mystery
  • tragedy
  • murder
  • and more.   

The Bible:
  • is educational
  • is realistic
  • is a true story, yet filled with parables
  • is a complete instruction manual for life
  • can answer any question you have about anything (that doesn’t mean you will like the answers, but any question you have can be answered.)
  • proves itself on every point it makes 

People in the Bible were as Flawed as You and Me

God knows that we are not perfect.  We are broken because of sin.  The people that God chose to be the examples for us, were as flawed as the rest of us.  He chose people that we could relate to, to be examples for us.  
  • NOAH was a drunk
  • ABRAHAM was too old
  • ISAAC was a daydreamer
  • JACOB was a liar
  • LEAH was ugly
  • JOSEPH was abused
  • MOSES was a murderer and couldn't talk properly
  • GIDEON was afraid
  • SAMSON had long hair and was afraid
  • RAHAB was a prostitute
  • JEREMIAH and TIMOTHY were too young
  • DAVID was a murderer and adulterer
  • ELIJAH was suicidal
  • ISAIAH preached naked
  • JONAH ran from God
  • NAOMI was a widow
  • JOB went bankrupt
  • JOHN THE BAPTIST ate bugs
  • PETER denied Christ
  • The DISCIPLES fell asleep while praying
  • MARTHA worried about everything
  • MARY MAGDLENE was demon possessed
  • The SAMARITAN WOMAN was divorced...more than once
  • ZACCHEUS was too small
  • PAUL was a murderer and a blasphemest
  • TIMOTHY had an ulcer
  • and LAZARUS was dead!
You NEED the Bible

The Bible is better than the latest movie.  It will satisfy and shock you at the same time.  Wars are fought over its contents.  However, it will also show you the Truth.  That is, the one and only Truth.  Jesus said “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.(John 14:6 NIV84)  Read the bible, study it, look up original text, study the culture of the day.  You will be amazed at what you learn.  You will also be saved and get to have an eternal life in Heaven if you accept what it says.  Without accepting Jesus, you won’t get to have that privilege.  

Let’s Pray

~~ Dear God ~~ Wonderful, loving, and gracious Father, so often I’m guilty of not reading Your Word when I should.  So often I don’t understand what it means.  Other times I take what it means and twist it to suit my own desires.  Thank You for Your Word.  Please help us understand everything we read within its pages, to accept and take to heart everything You tell us.  In Jesus name, AMEN.

Now It’s Your Turn

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