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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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Catholic Priest Says A Prayer For ‘Unborn Child In The Womb’ During The DNC

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A Catholic priest who was called upon to deliver a prayer during the Democratic National Convention no doubt made quite a few folks very, very angry by praying for and making a plea on behalf of unborn children at the end of the event. Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit who has caused quite a stir in the Catholic Church for his writings about gay and transgender issues, prayed that folks who were watching the event would open their hearts to “those most in need,” which included “the unborn child in the womb.” Here’s more on this from The Washington Examiner: “Help to be a nation where every life is sacred, all people are loved, and all are welcome,” he said. Martin confirmed to the Washington Examiner earlier in the week that his prayer would contain explicit references to the unborn. Although a hot-button issue for much of the Democratic primary, abortion did not play a major role in the Democratic convention. Aside from Martin’s prayer, the issue received only minimal attention, with some speakers mentioning it in their speeches. Republicans, by contrast, are gearing up to make a major issue of abortion at the Republican National Convention next week. In addition to several anti-abortion speakers, the Republican National Committee invited Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, to deliver the convention’s opening prayer. Dolan has previously done so at both the Republican and Democratic conventions, during which he prayed for the protection of the unborn. At the end of the day, abortion is one of the most critical issues to face our culture in modern history. The reason, of course, is because fundamentally, at the core of the issue, is the defense of the most basic right we all have. The God-given right to exist, to live. If we cannot…

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President Trump Says He’d ‘Go In And Do A Number On Middle East Countries Persecuting Christians’

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President Trump recently said that he would “do a number” on countries located in the Middle East that are persecuting Christians if he could find solid proof and evidence that sort of thing was happening. Christians in that part of the world are heavily persecuted, mostly by radical Muslim government regimes and terrorist groups, for daring to stand up boldly for the gospel of Jesus Christ. Here’s more on this from The Washington Examiner: “If you look at the way Christians have been treated in some countries, it’s beyond disgraceful,” Trump said Thursday during a news conference at the White House. “If I had information and if I had absolute proof — some of the stories that we’ve heard, which are not easy, which is not easy to get — I would go in and do a number to those countries like you wouldn’t believe. He added, “What they do to Christians in the Middle East — it’s disgraceful.” Trump made the comment while discussing the nascent “Abraham Accord” treaty to normalize relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. This is not only going to be a big help to Christians in that area of the world, but it will also help Israel as well. For many, many years, the Jewish Nation has been surrounded by countries who do not recognize it’s legitimate right to exist. Striking this deal is a first step in changing that way of thinking in that part of the world. It’s something a lot of folks probably never dreamed possible before. Christians are told in the Bible to expect persecutions and to rejoice in suffering for the cause of Christ. However, that doesn’t mean we should allow persecution to continue on as if it’s a good thing. It’s not. If we have an opportunity…

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