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 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). This is the first verse in the Bible.

• All things begin with God.
• The Bible begins with God.
• A study of the Bible must also begin with God, for the Bible is God’s book. Continue reading

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What About Halloween? by Mike Riley

 Filed under: Holidays — Mike Riley @ 2:23 pm Tags: Holiday In looking at the upcoming observance of Halloween, what should the mindset of Christians be toward this holiday? The history behind the observance of Halloween (also see this article) indicates that it is pagan in nature, with its focus being on witchcraft [sorcery] and the occult, both of which are condemned in the Bible (Acts 8:9-11; Gal. 5:20; cf. Leviticus 19:31; Leviticus 20:6,27; Deuteronomy 17:2-5; Deuteronomy 18:9-14; 1 Chronicles 10:11-14; 2 Chronicles 33:1-6). Even though the term “Halloween” is not specifically mentioned in the Bible, there are several biblical principles that we must look at and adhere to as Christians, one of those principles being found in 2 Corinthians 6:14-17, which contrasts spiritual light from spiritual darkness. One of the key thoughts in this text is, “Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.” Additionally, Christians must be examples toward believers (1 Timothy 4:12-13,15-16) as well as unbelievers (Philippians 2:5-16; 1 Peter 2:11-12). What example are we setting before them if we observe a known pagan holiday? What example are we setting before our children? Paul tells us that we are to “abstain from all appearance of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:22 KJV). The J.B. Phillips translation of this verse clearly states, “Steer clear of evil in any form.” Brethren, we need to educate our children and grandchildren as to the history behind this pagan holiday, and why we as followers of Christ should not observe such. Let us remember that we are here upon this earth to glorify our heavenly Father (Isaiah 43:7; Matthew 5:16). Can we honestly say that our observance of Halloween glorifies our heavenly Father? Let us seriously think about the above thoughts, and then be directed by the holy inspired Scriptures (Acts 17:11; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; cf. John 12:42-50).

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Longing For Home

 We had a good time on our short family trip to Branson. I don’t know about you but it always feels good to get home. You may be gone one day or a month but there is something special about home. God gave us the home and it should be a place of learning, comfort and protection for those who live there. It is natural to want to be at home. Continue reading

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