I often get asked, “Is Halloween in the Bible.” The answer is no, it is not. As we know it, Halloween became popular only in the 1930’s—way, way, way after The Bible was written. However, the first origin of the “celebration” does have connections to Christian the celebrations of All Hallows’ Eve, and All Hallows’ Day, which is better known to us as All Saint’s Day. Most scholars believe Halloween (or Hallowe’en) traditions evolved from an ancient Celtic festival called “Samhain” that supposedly celebrated the harvest and acted as a part of preparation for the coming winter. And even though these celebrations fall on the same or close to the same days, it is believed that All Saint’s Day developed completely apart from Samhain. I do not think that’s accurate though, as too many parts of the two traditions are similar. Irrespective of that, except for vague references to undead, etcetera, today’s Halloween, as it is commonly celebrated especially by children and families, doesn’t seem to me to reflect much of either Samhain or All Saint’s Day.
That being said, it is ALWAYS wise to be on guard because the devil is ALWAYS looking for an opportunity to invade our living, our priorities, our habits, our minds, and our hearts. That’s not to scare you but it is the truth. Consider 1 Peter 5:8, “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” (NLT) And also Ephesians 4:27, “Don't give the Devil that kind of foothold in your life.” (MSG) In other words, don’t give the devil an invitation!
The best advice is always to be alert and test everything because Satan loves to disguise himself and his ways. As 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 says, “Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil.” (NIV)
Sounds like a great idea not just for Halloween time, but every day!
Have a safe and HAPPY Halloween, and keep it pointed toward God…and maybe candy…
Pastor Rusty <><
MORE GOOD NEWS AND UPDATES:
1. The Youth Group will host a Friendsgiving November 6, from 12-2pm. If your student would like to attend please contact Pastor Tonya at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Old Bethel is happy to take part in serving our community a Thanksgiving meal again this year. We are partnering with Shiloh Baptist Church and Driven by Faith Outreach to deliver meals to 600 families. This year's meal will look a little different. We will prepare the food the week of Thanksgiving and we will deliver meals on Thanksgiving morning. In addition to a meal, we will also provide hats, gloves and scarves. It is a joy to serve our community and share our many blessings this Thanksgiving! You may contact Community Life Minister Arin Schellenberg at 317-359-9651 or email@example.com with any questions. As in years past, we are asking for donations of food items and of hats, gloves and scarves. If you are interested in donating please check out our online sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040445A5AA23A6F58-thanksgiving. We are also looking for volunteers to help prepare the food and deliver the meals. To volunteer, visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeyKiUWFfEJ-K8Jhaab9oTVfOV507Gxzuz4ilAcyuV-6wDvqw/viewform?fbclid=IwAR0eBVrgPijR5ZyUHitmU_4Pkfldo5V2V-DiSrl_-BOmN7sNkFwVzEsQhKI
3. Congregational meeting Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 5 pm there will be another session with Mike Womack and Rev. Jerry Rairdon., who will answer questions around changes the UMC is facing. If you have questions you would like to submit, please email them to Margaret Ferry at firstname.lastname@example.org by November 14. The questions will be reviewed for duplications and submitted to the speakers ahead of the meeting.
4. We still need volunteer receptionist for several shifts. The morning shift is 9am-12:30pm. The afternoon shift is 12:304pm. You can work each week or every other week. OR you might like to be a sub and serve when others are on vacation. Building traffic is slowly increasing and having receptionists to answer the phone is a GREAT help to our administrative staff! Contact Administrative Assistant Lynda Preston at email@example.com or 317-359-9651, extension 131.
5. This week’s message notes are below. October 31: Balancing Life: Part 1
All of the world is based on the principle of _________________. It is the point at which everything is as it should be to do what it was _________________ to do.
"A man of understanding and knowledge maintains order." Proverbs 28:2
"For God is not a God of disorder, but of peace." 1 Corinthians 14:32
Two things that happen when your personal life is not in balance:
Just about the time you get one thing in _____________, another one starts to fall off.
Tires blow out but people ________ out because of imbalance.
So Jesus grew both in height and in wisdom and He was loved by God and and by all who knew Him. Luke 2:52
In this verse we see five principles for living a balanced life:
1. I NEED TO HAVE ____________ BALANCE (Jesus grew in wisdom.)
"Don't be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." Romans 12:2
We maintain balance by ______________ what we're going to think about.
2. I NEED ______________ BALANCE (This balance is part of wisdom.)
"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self- control." Galatians 5:22-23
When you're emotionally ___________ you can enjoy what life has to offer and are not blown away by crisis.
3. I NEED ______________ BALANCE (Jesus grew in height.)
“…don't you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
You can change if you really want to, but it takes _____________________.
4. I NEED TO HAVE ___________ BALANCE (Jesus was loved by God.)
"Grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." 2 Peter 3:18
Requires a balance of both __________ knowledge and ___________ knowledge.
5. I NEED ____________ BALANCE (Jesus was loved by all who knew him.)
"Live in harmony with one another." Romans 12:16
When all of our relationships are in ________________, there is social balance.
"If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everybody." Romans 12:18
The number one characteristic of the top achievers in the world is that they lead a well-rounded, ____________ life.
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