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3 Tips for Christians to Turn Halloween Into A Mission Field

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Halloween can be a testy topic for Christians. Some families forsake it completely, while others try to find ways to let their little ones enjoy the candy and costumes without the celebration of darkness and death.

Whatever your family chooses to do on this historically dark holiday, there is no question it’s a wonderful opportunity to share Christ’s light with the world–especially your own children.

You might find many questions arise from friends or around your own family table at this time of year, so be prepared to share the truth of the Gospel!

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Michelle Lazurek of Crosswalk shares her trips for being missional-minded on Halloween.

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Know the Word

Lazurek remembers a time that her child asked her what a ghost was after hearing from a friend at school that ghosts are dead people who come back to haunt the living.

“Knowing what the Bible has to say about the paranormal can help educate your children on what’s right and wrong about the dark side. Many people (including Christians) are confused about whether or not ghosts are real and if what is glorified in TV and movies is a part of the spiritual realm or just a fabricated story,” she writes. “Yet, the Bible speaks clearly about the paranormal.”

“Use Halloween as an opportunity to make your kids more aware of what the word of God says about this (and many other current issues),” she suggests. “Deuteronomy 18:10-11, Luke 24:39, and Romans 8:38 are great places to start.”

Reach the Lost

Halloween is one of those rare occasions where it’s more socially acceptable to talk to strangers. Take advantage!

“God is a God of redemption,” Lazurek writes. “This includes a day that celebrates the occult. Instead of dreading the day (as I have done in the past), see it as an opportunity to meet people you would never meet otherwise. Can you imagine the celebration in heaven if the people you met on a day intended for evil resulted in someone’s salvation?”

Redeem it, Don’t Avoid It

“You don’t have to slam a Bible over someone’s head to impact someone’s life,” Lazurek reminds us. “If you give out candy, attached a piece of paper to it with a Bible verse. “Taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8) is a great verse, as well as Proverbs 16:24 and Psalm 119:103. Also, let the neighbor kids know that if they ever feel unsafe at any point in the night (other kids harassing them, they get lost, etc.) your house is a ‘safe house.’ Reassure the kids that they can come to your house and stay there until you can contact their parents.”

She also recommends setting up a local Trunk or Treat with your church so community members who might not otherwise think of going to church will feel more comfortable stopping by (everyone loves free candy!)

 

At the end of the day, if your aim is to glorify Christ and share his message of hope and redemption, the Lord will be faithful.

“Whatever you choose to do when October 31st rolls around, make sure you put Christ at the center of it,” she concludes. “What the enemy intends for evil, you can turn into something good.”

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SCOTUS Sides With Religious Schools And Hospitals In Employment Discrimination Case

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The Supreme Court, in its second religious freedom decision, decided to side with religious employers, which includes schools, hospitals, and social services organizations, stating they are exempt from certain aspects of the employment discrimination law when that law conflicts with closely held religious beliefs. If you listen closely, you can hear the screams of the angry LGBTQ+ mob ripping through America as it dawns on them they have no right to force their beliefs upon those who disagree with their lifestyle choices. Here’s more from The Daily Wire: The 7-2 decision had the same breakdown as the Supreme Court’s contraception mandate decision; Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court’s conservatives, as did Justices Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer, and Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented. The case before the court involved two Catholic schools, St. James Catholic School and Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic School, that dismissed employees who later sued. Religious institutions typically have a so-called “ministerial exemption” allowing them more leeway in hiring and firing and certain protection from employment discrimination suits, but the case before the Supreme Court ultimately tested whether there was a specific limit to that “ministerial exemption,” particularly where the fired employees were not technically members of the church’s ministry. Employers have the right to decide who they want to hire and not hire, to terminate employment or not. It’s their business. They should be able to do what they want. Especially when it comes to actual religious institutions. This is a hard pill to swallow for the left who seems to think that employers themselves, by starting a business, have no rights, or give those up the moment they create a company. If a business owner doesn’t want someone to work at their business, they have the right to say…

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Instead Of Abolishing Police, How About Abolishing Abortion And Planned Parenthood? OPINION

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Over the last several weeks, we’ve all witnessed our nation being further destroyed and torn apart by individuals who claim to be fighting against racism and police brutality. We’ve watched as these same folks burn businesses to the ground in the name of peace, a message stuffed to the gills with oxymoronic irony that appears to be lost on folks who are trying to justify this behavior on the grounds of the cause we now know as “black lives matter.” That’s a phrase we’ve heard a lot lately. And you know what? It’s true. Black lives really do matter. Black lives are image bearers of God, which means they have intrinsic value and worth. Black lives are no different than lives of any other color or ethnicity. Adam and Eve are our first parents. Our blood is the same shade of red. Our ancestry is the exact same when you trace it back to the beginning. We all suffer from the same fallen nature, the same sinful disposition, that has earned us a place under the wrath of God, with our only hope being Jesus Christ and the work He accomplished through His life, death, and resurrection. Since black lives really do matter, instead of abolishing police departments, we should all be united in a fight against the ultimate destroyer of the black community: Abortion. Yes, instead of tossing out police departments, we ought to be giving Planned Parenthood the boot. More black lives have been taken at abortion clinics than have ever been killed by evil, twisted police officers. And that’s not to make light of police brutality. It’s a real thing. It exists. Perhaps we as conservatives have been so gung-ho in the past about blindly supporting police that we’ve ignored that reality. Well, it’s hard to ignore…

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