Archive | October 2017

The Controversy Of Christians and Halloween and how to have Fun!

Do Christians celebrate Halloween?  The controversy  with Christians and Halloween as far as celebrating or not celebrating, stems from the fact that Halloween, no matter how commercialized, has pagan origins.  Are there things about Halloween that are anti-Christian and should be avoided? Absolutely.  In a word “Darkness” and anything the opposite of Love, because God is Love and there is no Darkness in Him.  Scripture does not speak about Halloween at all.  But it does give us some principles to live by.  The New Testament teaching on the occult is clear, Acts 8:9-24. The story of Simon, shows that occultism and Christianity don’t mix.  In the old testament witchcraft was punishable by death. Exodus 22:18, Leviticus 19:31.  So with or without Halloween, Christians do not celebrate darkness.

That being said those who have children and most do, you wouldn’t want your kids to feel as if they are being left out of all the “fun”.  There’s nothing wrong with the act of dressing in a costume and going to parties and filling their bags with candy, it’s a perfectly innocent thing for them.  No doubt their school will be having costume parties and providing candy for them.  Most parents want to allow children to have the fun of the season without the dark aspects and that is fine.  I was allowed as Child to celebrate Halloween and dress up in costume, trick or treat for candy.  However, my costume was never anything dark such as witches, demons, ghosts, etc….  There are much prettier and positive characters and costumes for your kids, such as superheroes, princess, angels.  I also don’t think there ‘s anything wrong with a scary movie. My family loved horror films. Being Christian is about  a heart attitude, and only God knows that. There are lots of ways for kids and adults to have fun with the day without being involved in the darker aspects of the event.  It doesn’t matter what day or holiday it is as Christian’s whatever you do or wherever you go let your light shine.  Enjoy the harvest!

Various ways for Christians to celebrate the Harvest with their kids

  • For adults, costume parties are fine.  Again as long as costumes aren’t dark or evil.

  • There are numerous places to take your child for Halloween without taking them door to door. (if that’s not your thing)  You can have a small party at your home for the kids or a neighbor’s home

  • Churches often have candy and dress up parties for the kids.

  • Schools participate in dress up and have parties.

  • Community centers have costume parties for kids as well.

  • Some Christians have an alternate “Harvest Party”  since fall is the time of harvest

  • Pumpkin Patches host candy hunts as well

Fun, positive costumes ideas for the whole family

  • You can show people that costumes don’t have to be dark or evil.  In fact your costumes are more fun and bring more smiles to people.  You are children of light.  You are good spirited, fun, and uplifting!

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Promise of Peace

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Pray More Worry less

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Leaving and Cleaving : Cementing the Marital Bond

Becoming One with your mate is God’s mandate for a marital relationship, and it’s a process.  Genesis 2:24 KJV, “therefore a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleave unto his wife, and they shall become one flesh”.  So What does it mean to “leave and cleave”?  It is a unique joining of two people into one entity.  This is the picture of marital intimacy.  Other translations: “leave and be united”, leave and be joined”.  God himself ordained that a couple be joined in Holy matrimony.

Why is cleaving important?

  • Recognize that your marriage created a new family, and your new family must be a higher priority than your previous family.  If the spouses neglect to cleave to each other the results are a lack of intimacy and unity.

  • Leaving your parents does not mean ignoring them or never spending time with them. You are creating a new family culture for your family.  Although you love your parents you have to do things your own way, loving them all the same.  His will is for you to discover commitment and security.

  • Cleaving is key to building a marriage that will endure hard times and be the beautiful relationship God intends it to be.

  • Ultimately we cleave to God as we read his word and submit to his authority over us.

 How to Cleave

Pray together and pray over your marriage.

Keep God first place by which you measure every situation

Intimacy, romance, and quality time spent together must be constantly renewed over time.

A commitment means you don’t quit when things get hard.

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God’s Masterpiece

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Fall Date Ideas 2017

Looking for a little fall adventure in your datesAs an alternative to the classic dinner and a movie?  I love dinner and a movie.  However, with a change of seasons comes change in activities. Active being the operative word!  Some couples enjoy active dates as do I.  Active dates are a reminder that dates are supposed to be fun!  Time to leave the worries behind and enjoy the company of someone special.  Each couple sets their pace of what is comfortable for them.  So ask questions, find out what they enjoy doing and do it together.  Laughter and fun keeps you young, and decreases stress!

Hot air balloon ride. Take your date to new heights with a balloon ride. The view of fall foliage is stunning.

Indoor Flying. I’m so excited about getting to do this, haven’t done it yet but it’s on the list.  It’s a very safe environment with trained instructors and a whole lot of fun! Soar!

Dinner cruise. Not just dinner, but dinner in motion on the water with a view.

Hiking. For all of you hiking buffs, it’s always better when you have someone to share it with. Take plenty of pictures to document your journey.  Even better make a scrapbook!

Fall County fair. County fairs are great fun, great food, and awesome rides.  Don’t forget to play a game or two and win your date a stuffed animal.

Picnic amidst  a fall backdrop  in the park. The trees have changed colors and the leaves have fallen. Get out your blanket and enjoy the fall scenery.

Get dressed to the nines and go dancing.  Shake it off!

A simple hayride through the country.  Perhaps a hayride is more your speed. Whatever the activity two is better than one.

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Living and Active

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