Because of the roots of Halloween, my family doesn't celebrate Halloween.
I'm not telling you what to do. I'm telling you what I do and why so you can get to know me a little better.
Halloween has very, very dark roots. I believe there is still very dark stuff that happens around Halloween because there are people who take it seriously from where the roots come from.
If something can be redeemed, I’m all for it.
Here are a couple of examples
We carved pumpkins. Of course, we did it at this time of year because that's when there are pumpkins around. We used the story of The Pumpkin Patch Parable, by Liz Curtis Higgs. It’s a super cute book about how God chooses us like we choose a pumpkin. First He has to open us up and clean all that gunk out of the inside. And then He places His light inside to shine...
God highlighted to me seven key areas that are vital to transformation. They are part of my journey and what I'm passionate about passing on. This is an introduction. For the next seven weeks, I will go deeper on each key.
It's more than saying Jesus is my Savior. We have a triune God. We have the Father, the Son - our Savior, and we have the Holy Spirit. How well do you know each one of them? How do you interact with each one of them? What are the things that have affected how you see them and how you relate to them?
Those things are all crucial toward transformation because if you don't see God clearly, you don't see anything else could be either.
The primary way that you hear God is from scripture, the Bible. Every secondary way that you hear from Him has to agree with that bottom line. That being said, there are tons and tons of ways He speaks. He has a lot to say, and He's willing to be incredibly creative and how He does that.
We can have an influence.
A little back story from 2 Samuel 20. Sheba son of Bikri is causing King David problems – again. As Joab is pursuing him he hides in a city called Abel Beth Maakah. Joab builds a siege ramp and began pounding on the walls of the city.
A wise woman of Able asks to talk to Joab. She sees there is destruction coming to her city in a very real way and she speaks up.
Joab comes to speak with her. She asks why he is destroying her city. I’m sure as the King’s general he didn’t need to give her an audience. We are not given her name, but Joab gave her audience. She carried authority.
She knew her city and her heritage was a heritage of having the wisdom of the Lord. People would come to her city, and likely to her, for the wisdom of God. She knew they were peaceful and faithful in Israel.
She questioned Joab, “Why are you destroying a...