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Halloween Exposed

Is Halloween Harmless or Evil?

I went trick or treating as a kid, as most of us did, but that doesn’t mean Halloween is a good thing for our own children. I remember coming home with PILLOWCASES full of candy. I ate it all, and some of my sisters too when she wasn’t looking. Now, when would a parent in their right mind ever hand over that much sugar to their child on any other single day of the year without a twinge of guilt? Never. And yet this happens in almost every home, every year, all in the name of a “Happy Halloween”. Do we all lose our minds or something when Halloween comes around?? Well we do lose our health every winter, child and parent alike, and wonder why that it is………after helping our children to consume all the Halloween pounds of immune suppressing sugar. Just as we are entering “flu season” too. Churches throwing the Halloween alternative Harvest Festivals are no less guilty as they are some of the best at dealing out pounds of candy to families. For this health reason alone, I view Halloween as a sin against humanity. Yet, that is not all, there is more, much more to expose.

As an adult Christian, I started to realize that I was associating myself with all that Halloween represents by celebrating it. I think the Spirit Halloween store typifies what Halloween represents. When you walk in you feel like your skin is crawling, or like there is a cold breath going down the back of your neck. That is a sign that the spirit in that store is in opposition to the Spirit in you. There is a lot of truth to the name of that store: Spirit Halloween–Halloween is spirit driven, but not by the kind of spirits you want in your life, thats for sure. We know demonic spirits have quite a presence in this earth according to the Bible. How do you think they manifest themselves? People don’t realize or don’t want to admit that Halloween is one of satan’s methods of drawing humanity towards the demonic. Being able to discern the spritual climate of an environment is important, especially for the sake of protecting our susceptible children. After having baby Noah, so sweet and innocent and undefiled, I couldn’t imagine taking him into a store like Spirit Halloween–full of every form of darkness, witches, and demonic images. So I began to think, if I want nothing to do with that store, why would I want to have any part in Halloween which exults these very dark things and thereby brings satan glory. Calling check–I am here to glorify God, not satan.

During this time of year, movies and television about murder, the occult, witchcraft, demons, the devil, sorcery are promoted. And are we to think that this is just an innocent holiday where our children go door-to-door dressed up in a costume collecting candy? Are we to ignore all the ghosts, witches, goblins, gouls, and haunted houses as we go down the street? Or are we to separate ourselves out of the environment altogether? What does the Bible have to say about witches, those who call up “ghosts”, and cast spells?

“There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire [an ancient occult practice], or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination [detestable] to the LORD…”
Deuteronomy 18:9-12a

Does it sound like God would think the spirits behind Halloween are harmless, or rather an abomination, a horror, objects of disgust? Run my friends from anything that would take the glory of God from your children and your home!

The Origin of Halloween

from the book Spiritual Housecleaning

The origin of Halloween is the Celtic festival of Samhain, the lord of Death and evil spirits. Long before Christ (over 2,000 years ago), Druids in Britain, Ireland, Scotland, France, Germany and other Celtic countries observed the end of summer by making sacrifices to Samhain. The Celts considered November 1 as being the day of death because the leaves were falling. They believed that Muck Olla, their sun god, was losing strength and Samhain, lord of death, was overpowering him. Further, they believed that on October 31, Samhain assembled the spirits of all who had died during the previous year.

Druid priests would lead the people in diabolical worship ceremonies in which horses, cats, black sheep, oxen, human beings and other offerings were rounded up, stuffed into wicker cages and burned to death. This was done to appease Samhain and keep spirits from harming them, for it was believed at this time that all of the wandering spirits would get hungry. If you set out a treat for them, they would not trick or curse you. Hence we have the origin of trick or treat. Tom Sanuinet, former high priest of Wicca, had this to say about Halloween:

Trick or treat is a reenactment of the Druidic practices. The candy has replaced the human sacrifices of old, but it is still an appeasement of those deceptive evil spirits. The traditional response to those who do not treat is to have a trick played on them. Giving Halloween candy is symbolic of a sacrifice to false gods. You are participating in idolatry.

Invite the Glory of God Into Your Home

The average Christian is not aware that their house needs to be spiritually cleaned in order to experience the peaceful presence of God. The book Spiritual Housecleaning teaches you how to purify your home for God’s glory (the Origin of Halloween was excerpted from this book). Defilement can come in many forms: statues of foreign gods, magic charms, souvenirs of past sins. But whatever the form, God does not want us possessing defiled objects, for they dishonor the Holy Spirit and they invite the devil to wreak havoc with our lives. I highly recommend this book as it will really open your eyes to the realities of the spirit world.

Noah was having a lot of bad dreams when he was 2 years old and we could not figure out why. We have always sheltered him! After reading this book, it dawned on me that ALL of our movies were being stored in his room. While Dean and I had moved on to watching innocent wholesome things like Christian movies and Veggie Tales on Netflix, we had forgotten about the boxes of movies that a friend had once passed onto us being stored in Noah’s room ever since we had moved. This very wordly friend had given us every type of movie, and some even remained unwatched because the impure content violated our standards (which were pretty loose at the time). I felt so horrible that I hadn’t realized such a mistake. Noah has been free of bad dreams ever since we removed every one of those movies and prayed over his room. I also removed an ex-boyfriends jewelry from my own room and stopped having dreams about him. Dean also found some religious paraphernalia that seemed like a good idea for him to let go of, which I believe played a part in letting go of a religious spirit. I was so thankful that our house was cleaned out of these type of possessions and that the results were pretty dramatic. Spiritual Housecleaning will open your eyes and make room in your home for the glory of God to come in a greater way.

Firestation Fieltrip

Firefighters, Not Photographers

Afton and Tayler in the Firetruck

Smokey the Bear and Tayler, looking like a Disney Princess

Little Firefighter Practicing with the Hose

Amazing.

Leaf Print Art (Crayons, leaves, paper. Rub. Wa-lah!)

Button Struggles…….. (buttoning practice on a button snake)

Faith’s Birthday! Celebrated Faithy Style (standing up at the table)

Tayler Rubbing Gift Box Padding on her Nose (she LOVES fuzzy stuff)

“Mommy, do Snails Have Angels Too?”

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Easter Spiritual Resources

How can we prepare our hearts for Easter, the most important Christian holiday of the year? We can revisit the familiar spiritual resources and experiences of Easters past, and learn about some new ones from the spiritual journey of a friend. Listed below is a partial recollection of things through the years that have opened the eyes of my heart to the miracle of Easter. I hope to share these resources so that they will serve you too this spring ……to help focus, remind, and offer meditation on the cross, the blood, the resurrection all day long, even flooding into your “free time” or “down time”. I am sure you too have a list of influences that have shaped your perception. What if we could make one comprehensive list between us all……..as a way to share what we have been given and bless each other? Take a moment friends to add any book, song, movie, etc. to the list that has caused you to behold Jesus face to face, caused your understanding to become less dim than before.

May we come to see Him more clearly in our quest for vision this season, and find ourselves transformed into His image glory by glory.

Books:

The Power of the Blood by H.A. Maxwell

Christianity: History or Hoax by Josh McDowell

The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel

A Family Guide to Biblical Holidays by Robin Sampson and Linda Pearce (Passover section)

Songs:

At the Cross at the Cross Where I First Saw the Light (hymn)

The Wonderful Cross

At the Cross

Here I am to Worship

Nothing but the Blood and Hosanna

The Same Power

Movies:

The Passion of Christ

The Case for Christ (documentary)

The Prince of Egypt (Passover)

Drama:

Lifehouse Everything

Scriptures:

But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. Philippians 3:1-8

8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Philippians 2:8

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