Thursday, October 30, 2014

Why We Don't Celebrate Halloween

"And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness,
 but rather reprove them." ~ Ephesians 5:11

Our family do not participate in Halloween.  In recent years we had participated in it, as we didn't really see what harm it was, but a few years ago we changed our minds, and here's why...

One evening my husband and I were talking together and relaxing, when the topic of Halloween came up.  We had never really discussed it before, you know?  It's just something we did every year without really knowing why.  We began to discuss whether Halloween glorified God, and was it appropriate for Bible-believing Christians to celebrate or participate in it?

"Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils:
 ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table,
 and of the table of devils." ~ 1 Corinthians 10:21

To be honest we didn't/haven't since, looked extensively into the history of Halloween, though we do know some.  There really doesn't seem to be much point in knowing all there is to know about the origins of this holiday.  We were convicted through God's word, that to participate in Halloween would be wrong for us, so any further research would be unnecessary and a waste of time.  Plus, Christians really should be careful doing "research", into the occult!

"I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: 
I hate the work of them that turn aside;
 it shall not cleave to me." ~ Psalm 101:3

We feel that Halloween does NOT glorify God at all.  Nor do we think that it was wise to be filling our children's heads and hearts (as well as our own), with wicked images and fearful thoughts.  We know that as Christians, we should be seeking to honour God in every aspect of our lives.  Why would we then, throw that idea out the windows once a year on October 31st, just because it seems like fun and everyone else is doing it?

We will still look forward to that time of year however, as our son Dylan, gets to celebrate his birthday on that very day! :)

Of course some might say: "Well, we are Bible believing Christians...we don't do the whole "scary" things we just dress up and have fun.  Whats wrong with that?"  Our family feels that if something is wrong, then it is wrong, no matter what sort of "positive spin" you put on it. 

When it comes to this holiday, we must ask ourselves:

  • Does Halloween glorify God?
  • What does the Bible say?
  • Should I be filling my head and heart with evil images?
  • Will this make my family spiritually vulnerable?
  • What does the Bible say about witchcraft and sorcery?
  • Will the things my child will see on this night, be wholesome and of God?
  • Are these things of Satan?
    All the above points can be and should be researched in the Bible.  The last point is really key!  Doesn't Satan ALWAYS try to tempt us, by enticing with fun and games?

    The purpose of this post is not to condemn Christians who do participate in Halloween, but to encourage everyone to stop and really think about it! 

    Thursday, October 16, 2014

    Warms You Twice!

    "Chop your own wood, and it will warm you twice" ~ Henry Ford

    It Is This Handsome Chap's Birthday Very Soon!

    Recently, my husband and Dylan have been busy chopping, sawing and hauling our firewood, ready for these cold autumn/winter months.  Most, if not all, of the wood so far, has come from those fallen trees that blew down in the storm earlier this year.  Last year we didn't use much wood and tried to use just coal, on account of me thinking the wood smoke was triggering Meg's asthma.  With coal, we only needed to use one bucket each time we lit and shut up the stove for the night; with wood, we have to open and close the door multiple times to keep adding new fuel and so I was worried about any escaping smoke.  However, it didn't make any difference, and so this year we'll be using wood again.  I'm sure our bank manager will be happier!!!  I am soooooo looking forward to cozy nights by the blazing stove, and a nice, hot cup of tea in hand. *sigh* 

    Abigail LOVES To Hang Out With Dylan

    "And Joshua made them that day hewers of wood
     and drawers of water for the congregation,
     and for the altar of the LORD,
     even unto this day, in the place which he
     should choose." ~ Joshua 9:27

    Saturday, October 11, 2014

    Why We Need Hard Preaching

    If you're thinking "didn't I see this post here before?", then the answer is: YES!  I *did* post this exact sermon some time ago!  In the original post, I had unfortunately slightly misquoted someone, and so an apology was made to the offended party, and I took down the post, as to remove any further issues.  However, my husband and I feel that the above sermon is so AWESOME, and are convinced that you won't hear this preached in most Independent Fundamental Baptist churches, that we wanted to post it here again, in the hopes that it will be a blessing to someone. 

    Hard preaching is sorely lacking in the churches of today.  We have been told by two of our previous pastors, that they personally disliked this sort of preaching and that it doesn't work...

    Failure to preach hard, only leads to sin in the church.  As I once heard it said: "you'd be offended at this sort of preaching, even if it was whispered".  Ha! ;)

    Well, my husband and I can tell you from our own experience, that it DOES work!!!  Not to mention the other families that we know personally, that LOVE this preaching and are thankful for the impact it has had on their own walk with the Lord, and within their own families.   Grab your family, pull up a chair and...buckle your seatbelt!

    "Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet,
     and shew my people their transgression,
     and the house of Jacob their sins."
    ~ Isaiah 58:1