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Saturday, October 30, 2010

What Halloween is really about...

OK, so we have already done this nasty day several times.  I just don't know how to bring it up to hubby and some family members that here lately I just don't want to do it.  It is in honor of something evil and I don't want Maddie to participate.  Unfortunately we have already had a halloween party at Story Time, one at the church (which at least had some biblical theme and was a Fall Festival) and then we took her last night to see the grandparents.  I know right now she doesn't understand the real meaning of it, she just thinks it is about dressing up and getting candy.  How and when do I tell our little one we won't be doing it anymore when 'everyone else' is doing it?  When she starts going to school I know they will be doing a party there too.  Do I just continue to do it but explain the real meaning or just try to stop it all together.  How do I stop her from joining in at school?  This is something that I used to kind of wonder about the meaning but now that I have come back to God it has really been bothering me.  I feel like I guess it wasn't bothering me enough because I didn't explain it well to her and we still did some 'celebrating'.  How do you explain it to a 3 year old? 
(anyone have any thoughts?  Please let me know.  We will be out part of today but I will get back to you as soon as I can.  Thanks for opinions and for helping me understand) 

Halloween (from Exposing Satanism)

Raiders News Halloween Special


Knock, Knock, Knock..... You open the door and there stands one or more children standing in some sort of costume, highly excited and all screaming at the top of their lungs...."TRICK or TREAT", with out knowing the meaning of what they are saying or doing.

As an adult, do you know what Halloween represents? Most people are ignorant of what Halloween is all about and for that matter don't care. I grew up trick or treating like most kids in America and never knew what it was all about. We even had a haunted house in the attic of the little country CHURCH I attended!!!! I was like most kids in the fact that all I wanted to do is get as much candy as I could and would do what I had to do to get it!! Including fighting with my brothers and sisters to be the first at the door....Every year I was the devil. I had the most evil, horrible, grotesque, rubber mask that was ever made. I had a pitchfork and my precious mother even sewed me a long pointed tail on my red suit.

We all have stories to tell of Halloween, but do you really know what it is all about?? If all you know of it is what I have described above, you may want to read a little further and find out more info about what you are celebrating. Now if you are a pagan you know exactly what it is, if a Christian you are involved in something God forbids and if you just a "good ole boy or girl" you don't care



Harmless Fun?

A Seductive Bridge Between Two Cultures


Where did it begin?

It began over 2000 yrs ago with people known as the Celtics. They lived in what is today England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. This was also the beginning of the Celtic new year, a time to give thanks to the sun god for the harvest.

What is it all about?

Halloween, All saints day, All hallows eve or All souls day is a festival. It was held to honor the Samhain the so called "lord of death". It was a Druidical belief that on the eve of this festival Samhain, lord of death, called together the wicked spirits that within the past 12 months had been condemned to inhabit the bodies of animals.

It was a pagan belief that on one night of the year the souls of the dead return to their original homes, there to be entertained with food. If food and shelter were not provided, these evil spirits would cast spells and cause havoc toward those failing to fulfill their requests.

Sacrifices were offered on this night to the dead spirits because it was thought they visited their earthly dwellings and former friends.

There was a prevailing belief among all nations that at death the souls of the good men were taken possession of by good spirits and carried to paradise; but the souls of the wicked men were left to wonder in the space between the earth and the moon, or consigned to the unseen world. These wandering spirits were in the habit of haunting the living...But there were means by which ghosts might be exorcised.

To exorcise these ghosts, that is to free yourself from their evil sway, you would have to set out food and provide shelter for them during the night. If they were satisfied with your offerings, they would leave you in peace. If not, they were believed to cast an evil spell on you.

In modern day Satanism and Witchcraft covens, this is the day when Satan himself comes to "fellowship" with his followers. Many changes have occurred over the centuries, but one thing ha stayed the same, the practice of giving an "offering" has stayed the same. Oh we do it under the name of fun but what is the real meaning? Is it still the same as in the old days? I say the answer is YES.

The Christian Connection

The celebration in the Roman Catholic Church, which was later to merge with Samhain, was known as All Saints' Day. All Saints' Day originated in the 7th century when the Pantheon at Rome was wrested from the barbarians, made into a cathedral, and renamed the Church of the Blessed Virgin and All Martyrs. Thus, from honoring "all gods" (which is the meaning of the Greek word "pantheon") the Pantheon became the center for glorifying all saints.

This day that honored all the "hallowed" saints was first observed on the evening of May 13, and was known as the All hallows festival. The day was officially authorized in 835 by Pope Gregory IV after it was moved to November 1 to coincide with Samhain. It began on the evening of October 31, which was called All Hallows Eve.

Thus, without forcing the pagans to drop their pagan practices and accept Christianity, the Roman Catholic church merely made room to accommodate the barbarians.

Just as it confiscated the pagan Pantheon for its own uses, this church incorporated the customs of Samhain to further its mission to convert the known world to Catholicism.

The two celebrations made strange bedfellows: one in respect of evil spirits, the other honoring "saints."

Nevertheless, the joining of the two celebrations produced a hybrid of beliefs about what was supposed to happen in the spirit world. Souls in purgatory appeared as witches and toads to persons who had wronged them. Halloween fires took on a new meaning and now were used to comfort souls in purgatory as people prayed while holding burning straw in the air.

Even the idea of trick-or-treating by evil spirits took on an acceptable church flavor: costumed children went around on All Souls Day offering to fast for the departed souls in return for money or an offering.

As the Celts converted to the new religion, they did not forget their stories of the dead traveling to the afterworld on Halloween. Rather, exhibitions of this night became more evil and the observance adopted even more malicious overtones.

Where do Witches, Black cats and Jack-O-Lanterns fit in?

In America it's a pumpkin, but in Europe it was often a turnip, large beet, potato, rutabaga or even a skull with a candle in it. The fearsome face of the jack-o-lantern was representative of the god of the dead, Shamin, who would drive off less powerful evil spirits abroad that night. As glimmering lights flickered over an English marsh or an Irish bog, people imagined dead souls had returned to earth. They would place the jack-o-lantern on posts and in windows to ward off the spirits of the dead on Halloween.

The word jack-o-Lantern is an abbreviation of "Jack of the Lantern." Jack is another name for joker or Satan. In the Irish tale, a man named Jack was fond of playing tricks on the devil. Annoyed, the devil tossed Jack a burning coal from hell. With the coal in his "lantern" Jack was condemned to walk the earth forever searching for rest.

The jack-o-lantern is a Halloween idol that keeps alive an ancient symbol of demonic superstition.

Witches and Black Cats

A pagan practice that was not eradicated upon the coming of Christianity was witchcraft. The word "witch" comes from the Anglo-Saxon Wicca, or "wise one." Witches were thought to be possessors of magic.

Witches, who worship the deities of nature, have living talismans or symbols through which they derive their dark powers. They invoke evil spirits to enter the bodies of their talismans. Some have dogs, owls, snakes or swine for their talismans, but the most common are cats.

The broomstick is a symbol of the male organ, on which the witch mounts and leaps high around the fields to "teach" the crops how high to grow. The notion of flying witches relates to the fact that witches believed they could fly great distances to their feasts by smearing their bodies with ointments containing drugs. The drugs gave them psychedelic "trips" making them think they flew.

Witchcraft is demonic worship in diametric opposition to the worship of the Heavenly Father Yahweh. Yahweh minces no words about it. He told Israel through Moses, "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live" (Ex. 22:18). He says in Deuteronomy 18:10, "There shall not be found among you any one that makes his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that uses divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch."

Cats have been closely associated with mystery religion from the Egyptians to the Norse. But the Celts had a particular fear of cats, believing they were humans who had been changed into feline form by evil powers. The black cat particularly was connected to demonic powers.

Black cats are the chief idol of the goddess of Wicca, Diana. In legend, she turns into a black cat to commit incest with her brother, Lucifer. Eventually the Druids themselves came to be regarded as witches. Witch hunting during Halloween became almost a national pastime in the colonial years of our nation. But that was yesterday. Halloween is regarded as the high "Sabbath" for practicing witches today.

Orange, black, and red, the devil's colors, are the colors associated with Halloween. Black prefigures black magic and demonic influence. The black of night is when these forces of evil are busiest, using the cover of darkness for their sinister works.

Skulls and Skeletons

The skeleton is a form of the god of the dead, the witches' "horned god." The Dictionary of Satanism by Wade Baskin says this about skulls and skeletons under "skull worship": "Skulls play an important role as sacred relics and as objects of worship among primitives. Among Polynesians and Melanesians, skulls of ancestors are worshiped in order to establish connections with the spirits of the dead. Like the head of Osiris in Egypt, the skulls of ancestors may also serve as tutelar deities. The head or its parts, each of which may stand for the whole, can be used as magical food or as a means of increasing the fertility of the soil." Under "Skull," the Dictionary of Lore and Legend says, "Symbol of death, often with crossed bones beneath."

Fire Rites

Being that Halloween is a Celtic new year's festival, many of its surviving rituals trace to the Celtic feast. The fire rite was practiced in many areas around the world on the night before the new year. The old fire was allowed to go out and a new one was kindled—usually a sacred fire from which the fires of the village were relit. The fires were thought to rejuvenate the waning sun and aid in banishing evil spirits. The Druids built hilltop fires to celebrate important festivals. Ghosts and witches feared fire, it was thought, and so fire became the best weapon against evil spirits. Witchcraft was punished by burning at the stake, fire being used as a means purification. The light that fires gave off was a sign of sacredness.

Apple Bobbing

Popular at Halloween parties is apple bobbing. It was a means of divination among the Druids and survives in cultures influenced by the Celts. Because the apple is also a common love charm, the practice of ducking for apples seems to have been associated with the selection of a lover. Apple bobbing was originally a fertility rite deriving from the Christmas observance, which was replete with various fertility rites.

Is Halloween a TRICK or TREAT?

Most absolutely a TRICK. As you can see from all the above the real meaning of Halloween has been watered down. It is Satan's objective to get all to worship him. God tells us to not have any thing to do with this.

Peter I 5:8 Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking some one to devour.

1Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

1Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons.

If you are a professing Christian, you have no reason to be part of this holy day of Satan. Don't use the old cop out "well every body does it". No everybody is not doing it. God will hold you responsible for what you do this Halloween. Will you go ahead and participate in it? Or will you pass along the word and let someone know what the real meaning is.





"Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you." 2 Thessalonians 3:16
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Friday, October 29, 2010

Gotta love Netflix!!

Does anyone else do Netflix? I just love it! My husband got a PS3 awhile back and we got Netflix through that. I just love it!! They have an instant queue where you can add movies and then just watch them instantly! I love that! Tons of Veggie Tales for Maddie and they actually had some other great Christian movies. I have several in my queue now.

I loved the Gospel of John, Kind David, Jeremiah and I have several more in my queue too.  A lot of them though aren't available to watch instantly and you have to have them sent to the house which is nice too.  They never take long to get here and then you can keep them for as long as you want.  I do love that about it!   So glad we got it!
 

 
 
"Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you." 2 Thessalonians 3:16
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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Fall Festival!!

A friend of mine that goes to Story Time invited us to come to their church Wednesday night for the Fall Festival! It was a lot of fun!! Maddie had so much fun and got to spend a little more time playing with B. too. It was really fun! Here's some pictures. Well alright, here's a ton of pictures!
You can hop on over to My Mad World to see the pictures from the Story Time Halloween Party 

This is what she was at the beginning... Iron Man Princess! lol She wore the mask for a little bit at Story Time and long enough for people to see her at the Festival.



 eating a marsh mellow with no hands and some guy pulling it.  She did pretty well!


Daniel and the lion's den


Walls of Jericho

"Don't get caught in the web of sin"


Fishing for goldfish


Jonah and the whale, as you saw above she loved that room!

Showing off her rings to B.
She kept sitting down for some reason



It was a blast!   Thanks for looking!!!









"Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you." 2 Thessalonians 3:16
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Word Filled Wednesday


"I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of Him."
~ 1 Samuel 1:27





"Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you." 2 Thessalonians 3:16
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Helping the lost

For a few weeks now the question of, "Are you going out and telling people about Jesus" has been brought up every where I look.  Several blogs have been posting about it and our Pastor has been preaching about it.  Our last few Sunday School classes have been talking about going out and telling the lost about Jesus.  Letting them know that the only way to get to Heaven is to believe in Jesus Christ! 

"Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."~ John 14:6


I don't know why it is so hard for me to bring it up to people.  There is one, I have mentioned before, that says it isn't for him. How do I go about bringing it up in conversation without having him not want to come around anymore because I am just concerned for him and want him to be in Heaven with us?

They said in class if you saw someone getting ready to drive off a bridge that wasn't finished you would try to save them, try to stop them from dying.  Why can't I do that with my friends or others that are lost?  Why am I so worried about what others might think, that I might run them off.  I shouldn't care or worry about that because I am just doing what God wants us to do.  To tell the lost about Jesus and His wonderful Father!  To help them see that there is only one true way to happiness, to eternal life, to Heaven. 

I am still trying to work on that, trying to find people that I do know that don't know Jesus.  To find the right opportunity to bring it up with my friend.  Right now I just continue to pray for him and hope that is helping.

Here are a few great verses I found. 

"Be ready at all times to answer anyone who asks you to explain the hope you have in you, but do it with gentleness and respect." ~ 1 Peter 3:15b-16

Jesus said to His followers, "Go everywhere in the world, and tell the Good News to everyone."~ Mark 16:15

"Your lives are echoing the Master's Word...The news of your faith in God is out.  We don't even have to say anything anymore- you're the message!" ~ 1 Thessalonians 1:8

"Those who believe in the Son of God have the testimony of God in them." ~ 1 John 5:10a

"Send us around the world with the news of Your saving power & Your eternal plan for all mankind."~ Psalm 67:2

"Live life with a due sense of responsibility, not as those who do not know the meaning of life but as those who do."~ Ephesians 5:15






"Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you." 2 Thessalonians 3:16
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Monday, October 25, 2010

I'm cheating today....

Kinda cheating today. Just copying from the other blog. We had a great weekend!! Pumpkin Patch on Saturday and great day at Church on Sunday!
We went to Daze in a Maze on Saturday and had a great time!  It was kind of chilly again and very windy!  Maddie had a great time with the animals at the petting zoo area and loved feeding them.  The she went through a little maze and played on the swing set.  We walked down to the pumpkin patch too but there wasn't much left and what was left was all small.  All in all in was a great day!!


 a nice lady helped Maddie feed the little shetland pony

 Just a cute little goat
 going through the maze

 Happy that she made it to the top!

 Dizzy after spinning on the tire swing lol
 trying to find a pumpkin




 a silly little bone
 Carving the pumpkin we eventually got at Wal-Mart
 scooping out the icky stuff
 Smile!
 trying to smile like her pumpkin




 
 
"Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you." 2 Thessalonians 3:16
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Friday, October 22, 2010

Then Sings My Soul Saturdays

Just love this song!!








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"Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you." 2 Thessalonians 3:16
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Thank you all!

For being my counselors!!

The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.

~ Proverbs 27:9
 
 
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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Rules from God for 2010

Another great email I just wanted to share....

Rules from God for 2010
1. Wake Up !...Decide to have a good day.
"Today is the day the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it" Psalms 118:24

2. Dress Up !! ...The best way to dress up is to put on a smile. 
A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. 
"The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at outward appearance; but the Lord looks at the heart."
I Samuel 16:7

3 . Shut Up!!...Say nice things and learn to listen.. 
God gave us two ears and one mouth, so He must have meant for us to do twice as much listening as talking. "He who guards his lips guards his soul." Proverbs 13:3

4. Stand Up!!..... For what you believe in. 
Stand for something or you will fall for anything.. "Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as w e have opportunity, let us do good..." Galatians 6:9-10

5. Look Up !!... To the Lord.
"I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me."
Philippians 4:13

6. Reach Up !!... For something higher. 
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, And He will direct your path."
Proverbs 3:5-6

7. Lift Up !!....Your Prayers.
"Do not worry about anything;
Instead PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING."
Philippians 4:6


God answers prayer.



VERY SPECIAL DELIVERY

VERY SPECIAL DELIVERY

May the Lord open up
The windows of heaven
And pour you a blessing
That you will not have room
Enough to receive it all.

May the Lord bless
You exceedingly and abundantly,
Above all you could ever hope for.

May the Lord bless you
That you may walk in a
Financial overflow..

May you fall in love with Him
For the rest of your days
In the Name of Jesus .
Amen!

Let's just see Satan stop this one!!
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Word Filled Wednesday

'For it is Do and do, do and do, rule on rule, rule on rule, a little here, a little there.  Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues God will speak to His people, to whom He said, "This is the resting place, let the weary rest"; and, "This is the place of repose"- but they would not listen.  SO then, the word of the Lord to them will become: Do and do, do and do, rule on rule, rule on rule: a little here, a little there' ~ Isaiah 28:10-13 NIV


 How many times have I complained because I can't feel or hear God?  Too many!  and yet I still continue to go about doing my rush here, rush there, do this do that sometimes forgetting to take time to talk to God or read His word.  So why is it then that I wonder why I can't hear Him when I know the reason?  Why don't I just stop trying to do so much and just sit and rest, breathe, read, learn and listen.  I know there is so much to get done in the day but when we don't take that time to make Him first in our day, to wake up and say good morning Lord, thanks for another beautiful day with my family!  Why can't I do that everyday?  I have got to start doing that again, waking up praising Him because He let me wake up and chose to let me have another wild, crazy and love filled day with my family!



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