Germany. The very first memory I have of Halloween, is when my dad helped the local teens paint the windows of our apartment building in Germany. I wanted to help, but I wasn't allowed to hang out with him on the indoor staircase. I have a photo of myself, around the age of four, dressed … Continue reading Celebration to Conviction… My Christian Halloween Journey
Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ, Jeanne and I do not celebrate Halloween. The reason is spiritual. Halloween is the complete opposite of Jesus Christ. It is a celebration of death and darkness. Jesus is the Light. No pagan holiday celebrated in any form will ever give you what you need. Back in the 70's, … Continue reading Guest Post by Pastor Mike Dean: Halloween is a Celebration of Death and Darkness… Jesus is the Light!
Does it burn you up to see people getting praise who don't deserve it? The devil blinds people to the truth. His job is to accuse genuine Christian believers, and to convince the weak to help him do his dirty work. The devil is the Deceiver, Father of lies, and the Accuser. He works hard … Continue reading When Evil is Praised, God is not Mocked… Enjoy Your Orchard!
By Angela Royse Pelleman Formerly published as "God’s Scriptures on Sexual Abuse are Written in Black and White… Not Grey" Confusion and Lies As if it wasn't bad enough to be exposed to unwelcome previews for the pornographic movie, Fifty Shades of Grey, right before Valentine's Day, it's déjà vu, two years later, with … Continue reading Fifty Darker Shades of Sin… Sexual Abuse is not a “grey area”
Cloud: When darkness hovers over your community, and people are hurting as tears fall, and sorrow saturates the painful places. Silver Lining: When light brings community together, and people are hopeful as smiles appear, and glimpses of joy can be found in the healing. "Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn." Romans … Continue reading Empathy
"Jesus answered, 'Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world's light. It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.' " John 11: 9-10 New International Version
The pre-lit Christmas tree promises “lights that stay lit, even if one goes out.” It doesn’t tell the truth. We’re all familiar with stressful holiday preparations. Everyone knows that a dose of irritation is included, for free, in every box of Christmas tree lights! A few years ago, our family purchased a pre-lit, artificial tree … Continue reading Oh Christmas Tree… Let YOUR Lights Shine!