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Halloween – Good or Evil? (& cute spiders)

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First of all, let me just say that the cute little spiders were found on Pinterest and we (Michelle & I) decided to make some of our own. So they were a PinTest. We did ghosts too.

Now, let's get to the nitty gritty about Halloween. My question for you is –

Should Christians celebrate Halloween?

No worries, I am going to give you my opinion on this, but I would like to hear yours as well.

Halloween has always been fun to me. Dressing up as Casper the friendly ghost, Spiderman (yes, I did & I even had a web), Frankenstein (with the coolest paper-mached head ever, thanks mom!), and one year going as my dad.

I don't know the whole story behind Halloween, and I'd rather keep it that way because I don't really care. I do know that kids have been dressing up and trick or treating for years, and there are always more treats than tricks. There are fun costumes and scary costumes, but they are all worn with the purpose of having fun!

I would be willing to bet that the 8-year-old little boy that dressed up like the grim reaper has no idea what that means to us adults. Or what about the same boy wearing the Jason mask?

You know who Jason is right? You do? And you call yourself a Christian? You watch those kinds of movies?

Really, I could care less what kind of movies you watch. You CAN be a Christian and watch those movies because we know that it is purely entertainment. I am not a fan of those kinds of movies, but I do like shows like Criminal Minds, etc and it's about some sick and twisted individuals as well.

What about haunted houses? Love 'em or hate 'em, those are usually the two categories people fall into. I love 'em! I guess I enjoy being scared, as long as they don't grab me. If they grab me, then I go total Ziva on them. How about you?

We all know that the haunted houses aren't real. The same goes for the movies and the costumes we as children or adults wear on Halloween. We are not running around worshipping Satan, committing evil acts, or denying our Lord. We are out there to have fun!

If you know the background of Halloween, and buy into the beliefs behind it, then that is evil. If you don't buy into those beliefs, then by golly, throw on a costume and go get yourself some candy. Halloween is only as evil as you make it.

That's my opinion. What's yours?

Reviews

gods at war by Kyle Idleman – Book Review

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Book Description:

In gods at war, Kyle
Idleman, bestselling author of not a fan, helps every believer recognize
there are false gods at war within each of us, and they battle for the
place of glory and control in our lives. What keeps us from truly
following Jesus is that our hearts are pursuing something or someone
else. While these pursuits may not be the 'graven images' of old, they
are in fact modern day idols. Behind the sin you're struggling with, the
discouragement you're dealing with, the lack of purpose you're living
with is a false god that is winning the war for your heart.

According to
Idleman, idolatry isn't an issue—it is the issue.

By asking
insightful questions, Idleman reveals which false gods each of us are
allowing on the throne of our lives. What do you sacrifice for? What
makes you mad? What do you worry about? Whose applause do you long for?

We're all wired for worship, but we often end up valuing and honoring
the idols of money, sex, food, romance, success and many others that
keep us from the intimate relationship with God that we desire.

Using
true, powerful and honest testimonies of those who have struggled in
each area, gods at war illustrates a clear path away from the heartache
of our 21st century idolatry back to the heart of God — enabling us to
truly be completely committed followers of Jesus.

Review:

Okay, who wouldn't be interested in reading this book after reading that description? (That was taken from the back cover of the book.) I want to know who could read this book, and be the same person they were when they picked it up. Ann Voskamp's comment made me think about that, and I agree with her, I'm not sure it can be done.

When I first looked at the table of contents, I could see where this was going to take me. It was going to open my eyes to all of the idols in my life. So not a good thing. I didn't expect to read about the idols in my life that hadn't even crossed my mind. This can be a brutal read, I'm not going to lie to you. But. (You knew that was coming, right?) But, anyone that has committed their life to Christ and is trying to be a better Christian should read this book. In my opinion, it will help you see the things you need to work on in your everyday life. It will help you see the things that are possible to change. That is how it worked for me.

I challenge you, yes you, to read this book. Will you take that challenge?

Kyle Idleman, also the author of not a fan, and H2O, has recently released a study for this book, gods at war. I am on the search for it now!

I
received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan in exchange for an
honest review.