Let’s replace the ‘scary stuff’ with innocent fun.
There are a lot of alternatives to what everyone else is doing.
Make it wonderful and positive and Christ-honoring.
We used to have a pumpkin carving contest to see which member of the family could be the most creative in their design.
Use the occasion to reclaim positive values.
Remember it was All Saint’s Day.
They called it Halloween Eve and it got shortened to Halloween.
All Saint’s Day affirmed positive role models, affirmed godly people.
By all means, parents, stand your ground. Say, “No.”
Instead, create wonderful fun substitutes but at the same time don’t mind saying, “No, we’re not going to do that. It’s not honoring to God and it’s not honoring to you.”
Make this year’s Halloween one to remember!
Selective morality is everywhere—and it’s a problem!
You see it in Ads, in TV shows. Selective morality.
I’m referring to the aberrations from traditional, natural marriage; traditional male and female couples.
It’s all too common to see same-sex couples and unmarried couples living together.
All this behavior is depicted as comfy and oh so cozy.
Some say these shows show too much, but I content they show too little.
It’s sort of like pornography. What you see is deceptive.
Because it shows the up-front fun, the joy of sin; but it fails to show the consequences. It’s a façade. It doesn’t show the brokenness, the emotional cost, the disease, the abortion, the one-night stand, AIDS, or the high cost of being treated like a throwaway.
Immorality hurts! It destroys!
We all tend to pray for those things really close—like family, friends, our jobs, our church, school.
But let me suggest a more global view!
Would you pray about the onslaught of secularism that would destroy the very foundations of our faith in this country?
Would you pray regarding violent anarchists who would destroy the entire order of community life?
Would you pray regarding radical Islamists who would destroy the freedoms we enjoy?
Would you pray regarding global, systematic poverty and human suffering?
Pray that people filled with the spirit of Christ will be put into positions of leadership and influence in our culture.
Pray for the church, for civil government, for education, for our religious freedoms.
Let’s be people of prayer that goes beyond our immediate circle!
Leaders who will honor God and honor His Word!
It can be a difficult time to raise children.
And they’ll test you to the max. But never give up on your children. They are the leaders of our future. Leaders whom I hope will honor God and His Word.
I care way more about the character of a child than where they get their diploma.
I care much more that they love God than if they have a high position or salary.
These things aren’t bad, but much more important is character, love of God and the way they treat other people.
What I’m saying is—it should be our desire as parents to raise convictional, rational, loving, highly principled children for wherever they serve!
The Church of the Isaiah 58 Project, in Quartzsite, Arizona, qualified for exemption from property taxes and filed the correct paperwork with county property assessor.
The assessor sat on church paperwork for three years before granting a tax exemption.
But it was only granted for the years 2009 and later, leaving the church liable for back taxes for 2007 and 2008.
Taxes that even the Arizona Department of Revenue say they don’t owe.
The good news is that the church, represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, was able to raise enough money to keep the church open.
Pray for a right outcome!
When the three-judge panel made the decision to try to remove “Under God” from the pledge of allegiance, 87% of Americans objected to it. That’s 9 out of 10 Americans who wanted “Under God” in the pledge.
Yet on any given Sunday, only 37% of Americans go to a church. Parents who are vocal about wanting their children to be able to say “Under God” in the pledge of allegiance in their schools, and yet the next weekend have their kids at soccer games and not in a place of worship.
Something’s wrong with that.
If you want to have our nation pledge “Under God”—then be under God yourself!
Be faithful in the things of God, including the house of worship!