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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.

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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Former Pope Blames ‘Swingin’ Sixties’ for Catholic Church’s Cesspool of Pedophilia

The Catholic Church is again attempting to blame their rampant pedophilia on the outside world.

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The high pontiffs of the Catholic Church would make fantastic dodgeball players. Given just how well they’ve avoided taking the blame for, or properly reacting to, the disturbing prevalence of pedophilia among their ranks, there is little doubt that these purposefully-ignorant would be able to dodge just about anything. The problem is obtuse, obvious, and ostensibly disgusting.  There are literally thousands upon thousands of young children who have been sexualized by Catholic priests over the course of several decades in all corners of the globe.  The problem is not isolated at all, and the only common factor between these horrific crimes is that they occurred at the hands of the Catholic Church. If the entire world got sick from eating a certain food, we would stop eating that food.  In the case of the Catholic Church, the children of the world are being undeniably harmed by their religious leaders in habitual and systemic acts of pedophilia, yet the leaders at The Vatican continue to ignore and obfuscate the truth. Now, one former Pope is even blaming the cultural revolution of the 1960’s for the issue. Emeritus Pope Benedict has emerged from his cone of silence to offer a personal analysis of the clerical sex abuse crisis, citing the sexual revolution, a corruption of moral theology, and the formation of “homosexual cliques” in seminaries as causes of the problem. Benedict says that he felt compelled to contribute to a response to the present situation “since I myself had served in a position of responsibility as shepherd of the Church at the time of the public outbreak of the crisis,” and so penned his reflections, obtaining the present pope’s blessing to make them public. In his new, 6,000-word bombshell essay, the former pope turns his gaze toward societal forces outside the Church as well as…

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This Husband Didn’t Want To Adopt, Then God Gave Him An Incredible Vision

When God has something in store for your life, you can’t run from it for long.

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Adoption is an incredible, God-mirroring feat for Christian families to undertake, but it’s not without its challenges and pitfalls. When God has something in store for your life, however, you can’t run from it for long. Jeffrey and Kristine Moore learned this lesson on their 10-year adoption journey, ultimately leading them to adopt four children, Elizabeth, Jhonatan, Mariaelena, and Talia, from Peru. Jeffrey, however, recalled in an interview with PureFlix Insider that he wanted nothing to do with adoption in the early days of their marriage—even after suffering two miscarriages. “At the time I had said, ‘I don’t think I could adopt, I don’t think I could love a child that wasn’t my own biologically,’” Jeffrey said. Soon after, God lovingly set Jeffrey straight with an incredible vision that he reveals in the video below: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1910950709034153 “The story of adoption began because God called us to it. I had a vision, and it was really, really powerful,” he said. “I was floating in the ocean at night. It was very calm and peaceful, and I was being carried by something in the water, like a current pushing me toward something.” Jeffrey remembered the water in his vision becoming shallow and leading him to a beach on a tropical island. It’s there that he saw something breathtaking. “There were all of these jewels or gemstones that were lying around in the sand, and every one of them was glowing with this internal fire,” he continued. “All these points of light…and I just felt compelled to reach out and pick one up.” His vision ends there, but Jeffrey says he believes God was giving him a very clear message about international adoption: “‘He said, ‘My son, are you willing to be carried by my spirit to a land far away to pick…

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