Message for October 30: Holy halloween Hullabaloo

Blessings to you, family and friends of Bartimaeus Baptist Temple.  Here’s your weekly update.

Last Sunday was one of those special times we share together that you had to be there for.  When people share things they might not want the entire world to hear, I forego posting the podcast.  The Sunday school was one of those times.  Priscilla led us in a time of ministry that was inspired by the Holy Spirit.  Pastor David urged us not to give up, but to finish what we have started for the glory of God  That podcast is available for your edification.

This Sunday will be the day before Halloween.  If you’ve been in church long, you know this can be a point of contention in the church.  Some say that it’s evil and we should have nothing to do with it.  Others say it’s harmless fun and we shouldn’t make a big fuss over it.  Who is right?  How should a Christian respond to this holiday?  I think the guiding principles in this matter can be found in Romans 14 and in 1 Corinthians 8.  We’ll look at the origin and history of Halloween and then consider how this teaching can be applied to it.  I will say, however, that we could sum up the best advice about Halloween with this quote from Romans 13:12, “The night is almost gone, and the day is near.  Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.”  Let us celebrate good and not evil.  If we can do it on October 31st in a way that draws others to the message of Jesus instead of driving them away, so much the better.

Now don’t be afraid to come and join us.  I might look scary, but I’m harmless.  I promise the only ghost you’ll meet is the Holy Ghost.  See you there!


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