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Halloween – Celebrate It or Not?

Revelation 21:8

But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

Life ChangeThe secular holiday called Halloween is coming. Even this week there are Trunk or Treat events going on. The church is trying to allow for creative juices to flow and fun to be had (along with candy) without succumbing to the world’s understanding of this holiday. I would like to debate the holiday called Halloween.

I understand All-Hallows Eve and its history – Ireland – Scotland – Wales – and other traditions. We will remember All-Saints Day in a few weeks by remembering those who had passed since last November.

I understand that most people simply see Halloween as a holiday to dress up and collect candy – so what is the fuss one might ask. Do we understand the true nature of the holiday or do we simply make own plans and believe our own traditions?

I also understand the religious holiday it represents – it is a Druid holiday (Satanic worship – witchcraft). So – why would a Christian family allow for their children – or for themselves even – to dress like demons – devils – witches – etc.? Here are a few passages that speaks to this subject. Continue reading

October 25, 2019 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Halloween – Celebrate or Not?

Revelation 21:8

But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

fullsizeoutput_ffeThe secular holiday called Halloween is coming. Even this week there are Trunk or Treat events going on. The church is trying to allow for creative juices to flow and fun to be had (along with candy) without succumbing to the world’s understanding of this holiday. I would like to debate the holiday called Halloween.

I understand All-Hallows Eve and its history – Ireland – Scotland – Wales – and other traditions. We will remember All-Saints Day in two Sundays by remembering those who had passed since last November.

I understand that most people simply see Halloween as a holiday to dress up and collect candy – so what is the fuss one might ask. Because we don’t understand the true nature of something – do we simply make own plans? Continue reading

October 26, 2018 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Questions, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Harry Potter – Your Opinion

Harry Potter has been a popular movie series since 2001.  I remember when the first movie was about to come out.  Christians everywhere debated whether Christians should see the movie or not – and whether they should let their children.  Here is the list of movies so far:

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Parts 1 & 2)

What is your opinion?  Is this glorifying witchcraft?  Is it harmless fantasy?  Is it simply entertainment?  Is it harmful to open your mind to such things?  Leave your comments please.

July 10, 2010 Posted by | Family | , | 11 Comments

   

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