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Halloween Is Fun! What's the problem? ( 4 Oct 2019)
Hey! Preacher why would you want me to stop my kids from the fun of Halloween? Does it matter?
Well fall season is here and thoughts turn to that big old holiday at this time of the year and that's Halloween. So many think of Halloween as harmless fun, and, yet is it really? Can we really relegate Halloween to just a fun time and especially as we think about it for our kids? So many times people will think, "Well, why would you want to take the way fun away from our kids? you know, it's all done in good fun, it's not serious. It's really should be something that we do as a fun experience for our kids." And yet, is that how we should look at Halloween?
It's hard as for me as a grandfather, to really figure out why a parent would want to have fun with their kids in the midst of ghosts and witches and disguise behind a mask on Halloween, in fact many churches will take Halloween and to blend it to make it sound like a Christian thing also. No way can we Christianize Halloween. Can we make Halloween just a fun, harmless experience for our kids? I think that is a vital question that we've got to answer ourselves, because if we say we can do, we just discount the fact that it's a based spiritualism and that it is based in demonic practices? I mean, you've got to kid yourself and say, "Well, that doesn't really matter," if you're going to celebrate this event
But of course we are living in a world and Christian feel it's alright to evangelize almost by melting together pagan ideas and pagan customs like this, and this is probably along with Christmas one of the major examples on the cultural calendar of the world where people try to mic something that comes form ancient paganism and occult practices of the spirits of the spirits coming out during this dark of the year as we enter into the dark months of winter-All Hallows, or All Saints or All Souls Eve, and people desiring to in a sense protect themselves from the influence of the dead spirit world coming back at the point by hiding behind a mask. There are some of the origins of this practice that Churches have attempted to Chrisianize and evangelize with, especially today.
And so many times we overlook the aspects of the occult that are involved in this. When you dress up or masquerade as an evil being, what is this saying? What does that say about us as people that we're willing to accept a little of evil in our lives? We're willing to dress up as though we might be evil or satanic or a murderer or a witch, you name it? And yet the bible is so clear-over and over and over again it tells us to avoid these kinds of things. In Eph 5:11 "Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather expose them." So what do we want to expose our children to-the right way of life, a good way to live, the righteousness of God His Son and the Holy Ghost or the darkness of the world of the occult.
I'd say if you are tempted by your traditions and you culture and want to put on a mask this time of the year and go out and party and take on the identity of some figure, some image from the dark world, don't kid yourself. There is a dark side of the spiritual world. If that is what you want to do, ask yourself if that is what God wants you to do. If you want to put on a new identity, put on the identity of Christ, which is an identity that''s involved with the light and not darkness and avoid the identity with the dark side
Can I Tell White lie? (4 Sept)
Did you ever wonder if was okay to tell a white lie sometimes? Well you could ask, "Is okay to put my hand on red-hot burner sometime? or "Is it okay that I stand in on a railroad track with a roaring train coming at you sometimes."
Truth is one of the absolute, always-right kind of things. You job is to always to tell the truth, because God always tells the truth. It's never right or good to lie, not even sometimes, not even a little bit, even if it keeps you out of trouble. In the long run it can cause you your soul. Lying well get you in trouble, because one lie leads to another. Lying make it difficult for others to trust you
But what if I am scared or embarrassed? Is it okay to lie then? No! because lying is wrong because God is truth and because he has told us not to lie. Telling the truth can be tough at time especially if you get embarrassed or know that you are going to be punished for speaking the truth. But it's always better to do what is right, when it isn't easy. In the long run, doing life God's way is better for you and everybody.
Boy, you and I know that lying is common in our culture today, such as in religion and our government but most people still want you to be honest with them. If you tell the truth when it is hard, people will think.Wow! They will respect you. They will trust you and consider you a dependable person. They might even ask you for advice and leadership. But sometime when you tell the truth some of your best friends, classmates, relatives, and neighbors may turn against you just because of the truth
God wants you to be truthful in any thing we say or do. Now this doesn't mean you have to answers everything thing that is ask of you. If you sister said, "Did you get that new DVD, I ask you to get me for my birthday and you didn't, you are not obligated to say so. Just say "Just wait and see." or "You'll see when you open it." And sure you can be truthful without being brutally honest. For example, if you boy or girl friends ask to you like my new shoes or do you like my new dress?. You don't to say "those shoe and dress are the ugliest shoes or dress I have ever seen. instead say, "They look pretty comfortable on you." Make it a ways personal rule, always speak the truth and always in love. And there is a good chance that your commitment to truth telling will spark honesty in others.
Christian Teenager dating
There are all kinds of advice out there about dating today, but most of it is about dating in the world, instead of Christian dating. Christians need to have a different attitude toward dating. However, even among Christian, there are differences as to whether you should or should not date. The choice is up to you and your parents, but Christian teens should still know God's perspective on dating.
Non-Christians have a different outlook on dating. You see magazines, TV shows, and movies that tell and show how you're young, and you should date a lot of people before you get married. You see certain "Role Model" jumping form date to date and even some have been married 5 times.
Yet God has more in store for you than jumping from one relationship to another. He is clear on whom you should date and why you should date. When it comes to Christian dating, you must live according to a different standard-GOD"S. Yet it's not just about following rules. There are solid reasons why God asks us to live a certain way, and dating is not different. Why should Christians teens date (or not date)? While most people have differing opinions about dating, it is one area of the Bible where there is not a lot of information, however Christians teen can get some idea of god's expectations from certain Scripture verses.
Genesis 2:24 "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother and shall cleave unto his wife, and they shall be one flesh". Proverbs 4:23; "Keep thy heart will all
diligence for out of it issues life". 1 Corinthians.13 :4-7 "Charity (love) suffereth long, and is kind" charity (love) envieth not; charity (love) vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up. Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil. Rejoiceth not in inquity, but rejoiceth in truth. Beareth all things, believeth all things, endureth all thing".
These three Scriptures give insight into Christian dating.We need to realize that God means for us to meet the "one" person that we are meant to marry. According to Genesis, a man will leave home to marry one woman to become one flesh. You do not need to date a lot of people-just the right one, also Christian teens need to guard their heart and minds. The word "love" is thrown around with little though, yet, we often live for love. We live for God's love first and foremost, but we also live for love of others. While there are many definitions of love I Corinthians told us how God defines love.
It is love that should drive Christians to date, No the quarterback of the football team, but it should be a shall version of love. When you date, it should be taken seriously.You should know the person your dating and know their beliefs. You should check your potential boyfriend or girlfriend against the value listed in 1 Cor. 13:4-7. Ask yourself if the two of you are patient and kind to one another. Are you envious to one another? Do you boost about one another or to each other? Go through the Characteristics to measure your relationship. Find out about each other, your likes and dislike.
Only date Believers: God is pretty picky on this one, and he make it very clear, Deut.7:3"Neither shalt thou make marriages with them, thy daughter thous shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt take unto they son". 2.Cor 6:14 "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship hath righteousness and unrighteousness.