15 Last Minute Reminders for Halloween

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1. Be a Missionary – Become all things to all men, so that some might be saved.

2. Connect with people that you might otherwise never connect with by them coming to your door or your church

3. Teach you kids about the historical theory of Halloween along with how Christ redeems stuff like this, including our hearts

4. Serve your city by donating candy or buying costumes for families that can’t afford them

5. Throw a party with good food and drinks

6. Have some hotdogs and a cold drink for families that come by to pick up candy

7. Set up a table with free Gospel-Centered books to give out for free instead of candy

8. Offer to pray for those who God sends your way (don’t be weird about it)

9. Just have fun with your kids

10. Use it as a way to help encourage your kids imagination for dressing up

11. Be considerate

12. Be safe

13. Use it as an opportunity to talk about Reformation Day

14. Focus your teaching (e.g. small group, sermon series, Sunday school, family devotions, personal devotion) on the reformation and the doctrines of grace.

15. Pray

Other Great Articles on Halloween:

6 Tips for Halloween

12 Simple Ways to Be On Mission This Halloween

Halloween: Carnal or Christian

3 Tips For Discipling Your Kids On Halloween

Pat Robertson Calls Halloween Satan’s Night

Schools Cancel Halloween

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4 Tips for Young Moms

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Your biggest mission field is at home.

Many young moms have a growing guilt for their lack of involvement in “ministry” because they aren’t able to do as much as they’d like or feel called to do. Know this, as a young mom, your biggest mission field is your kids. Be a missionary to your kids. Do ministry in your home. It begins in the living room. Teach Bible in your home. Talk about Jesus in your home. Sing about the Gospel in your home. Your home is your biggest mission field.

 

This season is just a season.

Don’t feel guilty for spending more time with your kids than you are able to serving in the church. It is just a season. When kids are young, they soak up every bit of knowledge that you give to them. Instead of leaving that task up to someone else, use this season to pour into the life of your kids. It is not the church’s job to disciple your kids, but that’s what God has called you to do. Be faithful in the season that God has you in.

 

Remember grace.

Parenting is not easy. In fact, there are some days that are just flat out hard. On those days where you just want to give up, remember grace. There is grace for you and for your kids. When you mess up and fail as a mom, give yourself grace. When your kids act their age, give them grace.

 

A heart for the home.

If God has gifted you with a home, he wants you to love it. He wants you to enjoy it. Have a heart for your home. When you do that, your home will become a fun place for the whole family, as well as your guests. It’s contagious when you walk into a home that you can tell the mom has a heart for. Is your home like that? Have a heart for your home. Be hospitable. Use your home that God has gifted to you to be a gift and a blessing to others.

6 Tips For Halloween

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I am the proud dad of two kiddos; a 4 year old little princess and a 2 year old super hero. In recent years, our family has been invited to numerous Halloween parties, as well as thrown quite a few ourselves. It’s interesting for me to listen to and to watch Christians around this time of the year because, in general, many Christians aren’t really sure what to do with Halloween.

So…what are Christians to do with Halloween? Should we be involved? Should we stay away? Here are a few things to take into consideration as you discern how you, your family, and your church should handle Halloween.

1. Don’t Be a Weirdo

So many Christians are just flat out weird when it comes to Halloween. What I mean is they tend to withdrawal from the culture, lock their doors, and turn off their lights or go out to dinner so that they do not have to be “bothered” by lost people coming to their door steps or even get under the covers on Halloween night. Even worse, they will judge other Christian’s maturity level based on whether or not they do participate in Halloween. Be normal. Don’t be a weirdo.

2. Be a Missionary

Roll out your grill, cook enough chili dogs to pass out, get a huge bucket of candy, and talk to the people that voluntarily come to your house. The same people that will never step foot in a church voluntarily come to

3. Set Boundaries

Yes, set boundaries. I am not an advocate for Halloween. In fact, Halloween tends to be dark, bleak, and glorifies death. I would encourage you to use discernment through prayer and conversation as a family and then set the right boundaries as needed. There are times when we can and should say no if it is going to compromise our faith in Christ. Guard your children and their hearts.

4. Have a Conversation with Your Children

It’s important to talk with your children about Halloween (e.g. the history of it, the dark side of it, the missional opportunity in it, and the imaginative fun). Children are smart and Halloween can be a teaching time to share with your children and others the gospel of Christ. Talk to your kids.

5. Don’t Judge or Criticize Others

Lastly, don’t evaluate others based on whether they participate in Halloween or not. Good Christians can and do disagree on this issue. Some Christians feel very strongly about not celebrating Halloween while others have no problem with it at all. I believe that it is an open-handed issue and that each Christian must seek the Lord and obey their conscience. You have to decide what is right for you and your family when it comes to being involved with Halloween.

6. Have fun

Halloween is also just another opportunity for you to have fun with your kids. Decorate the house. Do crafts. Let their imagination run wild. Let them eat more candy than usual. Let them stay up late sorting their candy until they fall asleep in their costume without brushing their teeth. Let them be kids and have innocent fun with them.

Men of Valor Conference RECAP & Quotes

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This past weekend I was able to spend time with men like Shelton Quarles, Ellis Wyms, Anothony “Booger” McFarland, and Lou Piniella at the 2nd Annual Men of Valor Men’s Conference put on by Exciting Central Tampa Baptist Church in Tampa, FL. All of these guys, without exception, love the city of Tampa, FL and give generously ~ specifically to the kids in the area. They are all using the platform that God gave to them to give back to our community and speak into the life of our kids.

 

Additionally, I wanted to share my notes with you. Here are my most memorable quotes from the conference that have made an impact on my life.

 

 

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Brad White, Senior Pastor of Lifepoint Church

“The words you say today shape your kids life tomorrow.”

“Your words today will haunt you tomorrow.”

“To raise a man, you have to become a boy.”

“Speak vision and potential over your boys life.”

“Every man asks the question, “Do I have what it takes?”, so speak a holy purpose over your boys life.”

 

 

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Darryl Williamson, Lead Pastor of Living Faith Bible Fellowship

“Grace leads to action.”

“Grace makes you a fighter.”

“Grace leads to urgency.”

“Urgency requires preparation, which results in fitness.”

“Jesus didn’t go to the cross to make you more efficient.”

 

 

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RV Brown, Evangelist & Founder and President of Outreach to America’s Youth, Inc. (O.T.A.Y.)

“Men, make a difference. Pray over your wife.”

“A seed isn’t going to grow if it just sits there. It will die.”

“You have to plant it, cultivate it, prune it, and harvest it.”

“[Dads] Kiss your boys.”

“You can’t have a real legacy apart from the word of God.”

 

 

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Patrick Coats, Church Planter of Kingdom Covenant Baptist Church

“It’s never too late to pursue a relationship with your son.”

“If he’s 25 or 55, it’s never too late.”

“Every son wants to know that his father is proud of him.”

“Always hug your boys no matter how old they are.”

 

 

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Erik Cummings, Senior Pastor of New Life Baptist Church

“There are so many kids that need a dad in their life.”

“There may be one right in your own church, your neighborhood, or maybe even your own family that needs a dad to love them.”

 

 

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Jeff Parish, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks

“Most of the “enjoying your kids part” comes once they’re grown.”

“Once I become their friend, I lose the authority of their dad to say, “NO.”

 

Transitions

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Many people despise transition and most guard against it. You get moved. You get out of place. Our routine is thrown off. You’re forced to act and think.

 

 

Biblical characters were almost always in transition. If you look at just about any biblical character, they were almost always in transition, always moving. And if they were settled – that was about to be rocked.

 

 

I have learned that seasons of transition force you to rely on God in a different way than when you’re settled. All of your crafty ways to guard against your laziness aren’t there anymore. If you want to get something done in a season of transition you have to be intentional.

 

 

For clarification, I’m not setting “transition” against “settled.” They are both good seasons as long as God is in it. You do not want to be settled if God wants you to be moving. Likewise, you do not want to be in transition if God wants you to stand still and wait.

 

 

Being that I will have served in 4 different pastoral roles in less than 4 years doesn’t necessarily mean that something is up or wrong. It means that our family is sensitive to the Lord’s voice, calling, and leading and that we are unwilling to allow circumstances dictate where we are.

 

 

With that said, we are confident that the Lord is saying to us, “get settled.” Therefore, we are excited about this next season in our lives as a family – knowing that the Lord is in it and that where He brings us we will be for some time.

 

 

Ultimately, I want to and I want you to NOT waste our transitions.

 

 

Husbands and dads – in transition:

 

Intentionally love God by reading your Bible, talking to Him, spending time alone with Him, singing to Him.

 

Intentionally love your wife by talking to her, laughing with her, cuddling with her, etc.

 

Intentionally love your kids by coming into their world and singing Frozen ever 2 minutes or spraying spider man webs the entire house.

 

Intentionally keep yourself and your family connected to a local Bible believing church by driving there a couple times a week for community and kids activities.

 

Intentionally be a missionary by remembering that while you are in transition a lot of people are watching how you handle everything.

What Will You Do With HALLOWEEN?

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Whatever you do on this day, don’t go against your personal convictions and conscience. Here are 15 random things to consider if you’re still trying to decide what to do with Halloween.

1. Be a Missionary – Become all things to all men, so that some might be saved.

2. Connect with people that you might otherwise never connect with by them coming to your door or your church

3. Teach you kids about the historical theory of Halloween along with how Christ redeems stuff like this, including our hearts

4. Serve your city by donating candy or buying costumes for families that can’t afford them

5. Throw a party with good food and drinks

6. Have some hotdogs and a cold drink for families that come by to pick up candy

7. Set up a table with free Gospel-Centered books to give out for free instead of candy

8. Offer to pray for those who God sends your way (don’t be weird about it)

9. Just have fun with your kids

10. Use it as a way to help encourage your kids imagination for dressing up

11. Be considerate

12. Be safe

13. Use it as an opportunity to talk about Reformation Day

14. Focus your teaching (e.g. small group, sermon series, Sunday school, family devotions, personal devotion) on the reformation and the doctrines of grace.

15. Pray

Other Great Articles on Halloween:

6 Tips for Halloween

12 Simple Ways to Be On Mission This Halloween

3 Tips For Discipling Your Kids On Halloween

Pat Robertson Calls Halloween Satan’s Night

Schools Cancel Halloween

6 Tips for Halloween: Halloween, Culture, & the Christian

2012 Halloween. Amber (2), Parker (6 Mos), and Gavin (1 Mos) ~left to right~
2012 Halloween. Amber (2), Parker (6 Mos), and Gavin (1 Mos) ~left to right~

I am the proud dad of a 3 year old little girl and a 1 year old little boy, and in recent years I have been invited to several Halloween parties and have thrown our own Halloween parties. It is interesting for me to watch Christians around this time because, generally, Christians are not really sure what to do with Halloween.

So what are we as Christians to do with Halloween? Here are a few things to take into consideration as you discern how you, your family, and your church should handle Halloween.

 

1. Don’t Be a Weirdo

So many Christians are just flat out weird when it comes to Halloween. What I mean is they withdrawal from the culture, lock their doors, turn off their lights or go out to dinner so that they do not have to be “bothered” by lost people coming to their door steps or even get under the covers on Halloween night. Even worse, they judge other people by whether or not they do participate in Halloween. It is quite evident to me that some Christians turn off and even become a stumbling block to non-believers when it comes to how they act about Halloween. Be normal.

 

2. Be a Missionary

I don’t know that there is a better opportunity than the day of Halloween for Christians to be missional throughout the year. Every year, my family and I have rolled the grill to the driveway, got a humongous pot of candy, put on some good music and just hung out with the intention to get to know people. Even more, we will find a kid friendly neighborhood to walk through together and collect candy. It’s not only innocent and allows our children a great way of using their imaginations, but we also have the opportunity to talk about Jesus to people who would otherwise never step foot on a church property. Don’t miss the moments and opportunities that the Lord may be giving you to share and live out your faith. Have a party and invite your neighbors.

 

3. Set Boundaries

Yes, set boundaries. I am not an advocate for Halloween. In fact, Halloween tends to be dark, bleak, and glorifies death. I would encourage you to use discernment through prayer and conversation as a family and then set the right boundaries as needed. There are times when we can and should say no if it is going to compromise our faith in Christ. Guard your children and their hearts.

 

4. Have a Conversation with Your Children

It’s important to talk with your children about Halloween (e.g. the history of it, the dark side of it, the opportunity in it, and the imaginative fun). Children are smart and Halloween can be a teaching time to share with your children and others the gospel of Christ. Talk to your kids.

 

5. Don’t Judge or Criticize Others

Lastly, don’t evaluate others based on whether they participate in Halloween or not. Good Christians can and do disagree on this issue. Some Christians feel very strongly about not celebrating Halloween while others have no problem with it at all. I believe that it is an open-handed issue and that each Christian must seek the Lord and obey their conscience. You have to decide what is right for you and your family when it comes to celebrating Halloween. Don’t judge.

6. Have fun

Halloween is also just another opportunity for you to have fun with your kids. Let their imagination run wild. Let them eat more candy than usual. Let them stay up late sorting their candy until they fall asleep in their costume. Let them be kids and have innocent fun with them.