The Sunday Message

This column is edited and republished from a previous column for Halloween…

You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons. –1 Corinthians 10:21 (NIV)

Some Christians don’t celebrate or allow their children to participate in Halloween activities.

I think that’s a personal choice.

I remember Halloween being a big deal for me when I was a kid. In elementary school, I remember the “Halloween Parade” where we would walk through the gymnasium with our costumes on. I think I was Batman one year! There were prizes for the best costumes and lots of candy. I don’t remember anyone complaining about the event back then.

As a kid growing up in a small town, many kids went trick or treating together. One year a “big kid” dressed in a woman’s dress and wig grabbed my bag of candy and took off running. After chasing the big kid we found out that “the kid” went in my house. After further examination, we found out “the kid” was my dad.

When my children were younger, we attended a few church activities on Halloween night that had everything except devils, demons, and ghosts in costumes. The kids still received the same sugar high as the rest of the kids.

I also took my kids trick or treating when they were young. I remember people at a few houses handing out candy with Bible verses with candy, which was neat that they took that much time to do that.

I remember when I was in the military there was a two-hour time period where military kids could trick or treat in base housing. I think I lost count after about 120 kids came to my door. My wife had to run out and get more candy. I had to just stand by the front door because there was a line for most of the two hours. Fun times.

If you choose to allow your kids to participate in Halloween, that is your choice. If you do not, you might miss having some great memories for you and for your kids.

Just stay away from the demons…

Boo….

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The Sunday Message

Random thoughts about October…

Here we are – starting October. Fall is in the air. There’s football and playoff baseball. People are getting ready for hunting season. There are beautiful leaves on trees. Farmers are harvesting their crops. People are cutting wood for the winter.

It’s a good time of year.

October is kind of a mellow month. October is the calm before the storm. It’s a break before the hustle and bustle of November and December take over our lives.

I remember as a kid getting prepared for hunting season. Whether it was building a duck blind or scouting out places to hunt deer, the first part of October was the time to get ready.

I think our lives mirror the seasons – when we are born and to about age twenty we’re in the season of spring. The twenties and thirties and maybe early forties are summer. The fifties and sixties are fall. Age seventy and above are the winter time of our lives.

You can’t miss the smell of pumpkin spice lattes coming from the coffee shops. We’ll have the “big sales” on the Halloween candy. I don’t think there’s ever been a bag of Halloween candy last from the first of October until Halloween night at my house if I know it’s around!

One negative thing about October is the shorter days.

I hope that Mother Nature lets us enjoy October (and autumn) a little before the wrath of winter hits us hard. I’m not ready to scoop snow again.

Have a great October – make sure you get out and enjoy it.

Thanks for reading!

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The Sunday Message

You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons.1 Corinthians 10:21 (NIV)

Some Christians don’t celebrate or allow their children to participate in Halloween activities. I think that’s a personal choice.

I remember Halloween being a big deal for me when I was a kid. In elementary school, I remember the “Halloween Parade” where we would walk through the gymnasium with our costumes on. I think I was Batman one year! There were prizes for the best costumes and lots of candy. I don’t remember anyone complaining about the event back then.

As a kid growing up in a small town, many kids went trick or treating together. Some “big kid” dressed in a woman’s dress and wig grabbed my bag of candy and took off running. After chasing the big kid we found out that “the kid” went in my house. After further examination, we found out “the kid” was my dad.

When my children were younger, we attended a few church activities on Halloween night that had everything except devils and demons in costumes. The kids still received the same sugar high as the rest of the kids.

I also took my kids trick or treating when they were young. I remember people at a few houses handing out candy with Bible verses, which was neat that they took that much time to do that.

I remember when I was in the military there was a two-hour time period where military kids could trick or treat in base housing. I think I lost count after about 120 kids came to my door. My wife had to run out and get more candy. I had to just stand by the front door because there was a line for most of the two hours. Fun times.

If you choose to allow your kids to participate in Halloween, that is your choice. If you do not, you might miss having some great memories for you and for your kids.

Just stay away from the demons…

 

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Caught My Eye…

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out. – John Wooden

Welcome to the big show! Hey – take your mask off, it’s not Halloween just yet…

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” has been posted here every Friday morning since October 2010! This column is where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. Sometimes I throw in a touch of snarkiness to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today I write about the budget and debt deal, Paul Ryan, the CNBC debate, Bernie!, Barry Beach, Lions & Chiefs in London plus daylight saving time and Halloween, Mizzou football, and we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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The Sunday Message

“There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin.”– Linus from “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Halloween is this Friday night!

Some Christians don’t allow their children to take part in Halloween festivities and some do. Some believe it’s a night that people worship the devil and witches and warlocks and that Christians should stay away from it.

Whatever you believe I think it’s a personal choice and up to the parents as to what they allow their kids to do on Halloween.

I just don’t see how an adorable little kid could be seen as being evil dressed as Batman, Spiderman, or as a Power Ranger.

I’ve gone to church activities on Halloween where we played games and the kids were given candy.

It wasn’t that big a deal either way – maybe it’s because both events had free candy!

I’ve walked along the sidewalk (and sometimes froze) as my kids went door to door shouting, “trick or treat.” As a child I did everything from trick or treating to decorating a house with toilet paper and shaving cream to overturning an outhouse.

At one military base where I lived in base housing there was a two-hour “trick or treat” window for Halloween. We had over 100 kids come to the door. It was a mad rush to get to as many houses as they could in those two hours.

One time in a city where I lived the leaders of the city decided to celebrate Halloween on Saturday instead of Sunday. Of course, I never got “the memo” and had to give a sweet little girl some chips (probably stale) from an old open bag of barbecue potato chips. After she left looking somewhat dejected, we quickly closed the door and shut off the lights.

When my kids were younger, as their parent it was my duty to “sample” the candy from the haul they received on Halloween night to ensure it was safe for them. The rule was they were not allowed to eat anything until they arrived home and I had “checked” it.

To this day, I believe the best thing about Halloween is the snack-sized candy bars. I also like the fact that many stores will have sales the next day to get rid of the candy!

So, maybe it is evil…

 

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