Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?

Christians should be teaching their children (age appropriately) that:

  • there is a spiritual world filled with goodness from God and evil from Satan (Eph. 2:1-10);
  • life with Christ has power over darkness (1 John 4:4); and
  • those who celebrate Halloween either are unaware of its roots, or are intentionally promoting a world where evil is lauded and viewed as an ultimate power.
    To counter the evil influence of Halloween, we need to join together and celebrate the reality of the heroic efforts of Christians over the evil in their day. Many leaders in the past — and present — have fulfilled the mandate of destroying the works of the devil through their sacrificial commitment to Christ and His Kingdom.

The Power Exchange

Forgiveness.  We hear about it all of the time.  It has been commonly defined as absolving guilt or as a self-service.  But I venture to say that it means much more.  Forgiveness is telling a person:  “I will no longer allow you to rob me of my peace and joy.  You will not exercise power over me like an authority figure. I choose to be freed from your influence.  You will not rule me anymore.  You will not control my emotions and demeanor whenever you’re in my presence.  I will not be your puppet.  I strip you of your power now!  I choose to be freed.”  Forgiveness is a power exchange.

~ Tia Laree ~

Misfits vs. Conformists

I know to some, this title may seem like the never-ending Emo struggle. However, I am talking about Christianity. When we hear the word “misfit” we tend to think of a rebellious person, a nonconformist, or a deviant who exhibits aberrant behavior. We could even take it back to the Wild West and equate misfits with outlaws like Jesse James, Bonnie & Clyde or Billie the Kid.

The Oxford Dictionary says that a misfit is “A person whose behavior or attitude sets them apart from others in an uncomfortably conspicuous way.” Merriam-Webster defines it as, “A person who is different from other people and who does not seem to belong in a particular group or situation.”

God has called us to be misfits in the earth. He called us to be set apart; we are not to fit in with this world. “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” – Rom 12:2 (NLT).

Not only does God explicitly instruct His people to avoid resembling the world, but He also calls us peculiar. “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.” – 1 Pet 2:9. The Oxford Dictionary defines “peculiar” as strange, odd, and unusual. According to www.vocabular.com, “Peculiar comes from the Latin peculiaris, meaning one’s own, or personal.” Peculiar is a possessive word. Merriam-Webster says that it is “characteristic of only one person, group, or thing: Distinctive; different from the usual or normal.” We are to own our peculiar nature and not conform to this world.

The word “conform” means to “Comply with rules, standards, or laws; to behave according to socially acceptable conventions or standards” (according to Oxford). Essentially, it means to be one of the crowd; to blend in; and to be like everyone else. The Lord called us to be nonconformists. He wants it to be obvious that we are not of the world.

Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul – 1 Pet 2:11. The King James Bible Dictionary defines a “pilgrim” as “one who comes from a foreign country into a city or land to reside there by the side of the natives.” That’s how it is with us as Christians. We live in the world but we are not legal residents of the world. Our legal residency is in Heaven. We were once citizens of the world because we belonged to the god of this world. We became heavenly residents when we accepted Christ and chose to submit to His Lordship. Salvation was the rite of passage by which we renounced our worldly citizenship. Since we are not legal residents of the world, we should exhibit heavenly behavior which is reflective of our place of citizenship.

If we do not yield to God’s instruction, we will end up living according to our fleshly desires. In other words, we will be conformists. Are you a conformist? Or are you the misfit God destined you to be?

~ Tia Laree ~

“Why Now?”

2 Corinthians 6:2
For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.”

Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

This is the Mega question that is being asked in the nation’s today right now “is this the time” could it not be another time, well in fact the scriptures are clear today that faith in God works in the “Now” never had there been such a critical season as it is now for the prophetic word of God is coming to pass so quickly that we as Believers must now prepare ourselves to see the Savior face-to-face.

We repeat that no time is so critical as now the hour is crucial for us to respond to the call of God to do evangelism, souls are hanging in the balance and the Lord said pray for the Harvest that he would send laborers.

“Now” is the one word that preps us for Eternity We read in Hebrews 11 1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” and Heb 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Both of these verses are very essential to the success of any believer’s trust in the Lord in all possibilities “purpose” must be the quest to seek the truth in Christ Jesus Himself.

No other than Jesus can attest to the Miracles and Power that proceeds from the throne of God’s Grace and His Presence. I am convinced that the truth concerning all of our fears are rooted in the spirit of unbelief and that the instruction given to us by God’s Word is the ultimate answer required to see powerful results of the Covenant promises the Lord Jesus made to us By Holy Name, accessible to all that we have spiritually inherited from Him. How amazing is that? That we are heirs and Joint heirs together with Him for good.

Therefore, We can manage our lives through faith, gaining wisdom in victory every day according to His good pleasure toward us, based solely on His Righteous Promises. The big question today is “Are You Ready”? I am, let’s Go and Receive All that the Lord has Planned and Stored Up for Us. Jeremiah 33:3 says it all “Call unto Me and I will answer you and show you Great and Mighty things that you know not of. By the way this is the Day and Year of Jubilee. Why Now? Because it’s Time!!!

by: Bishop Cole

Stay the Course – Isaiah 35:8

“And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. “

“Stay the course” is a phrase used in the context of a war or battle meaning to pursue a goal regardless of any obstacles or criticism. You may be wondering what does this have to do with my Christian walk?

As children of God we are adopted sons and daughters, therefore we have been given a mandate, a purpose, a vision, and a destiny for our lives. Paul wrote to the Corinthian Church, “though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.” 2 Corinthians 10:3. By remembering that we are “not of this world,” remembering that these things are just for a little while, we can see them in a different light. We are still in this world but we are no longer of it (John 17:14). We are still surrounded by all the horrors and tragedy of this life, but this is not our life (Philippians 3:8-14). We are engaged at a spiritual level, and we are called to live our lives differently than those who are trying to “survive” in this world.

To STAY THE COURSE means that we must be intentional with pursuing our destiny. What does this mean? We must “Intentionally” speak to the Lord daily. We must “Intentionally” listen for His voice—set aside anything that will distract, disrupt, or derail us. We are to be “Intentional” when it comes to  applying kingdom principles in our daily lives; at home, on the job, at school, or when we are out in the market place.

STAY THE COURSE means that we must pursue with  EXCELLENCE those things that Jesus desires most for us. We are not to choose the wayward directions, but stay on the course of TRUTH which is found in written Word of God.

We must HOLD FAST to those things which were established by Christ Jesus some 2,000 years ago when he walked on this earth. He did all of this for you and for me out of the motive of LOVE:
Live Out Veritably Every opportunity with excellence. That is excellence in your home, excellence on your job, excellence in your academic studies, excellence in your ministry, and excellence in your daily walk with Jesus.

No matter what – STAY THE COURSE!
And see What the Lord will do for you, with
you, and through you.

Elder Kim Moen

Utterly Dependent on God

God wants you to utterly depend on Him.  He wants to be your crutch.  When a person has a broken leg, he can’t walk or do much of anything without his crutches.  The simplest things are close to impossible to execute without them.  God wants you to treat him like a pair of crutches.  He wants you to lean on Him with all of your weight and might so He can carry you through life.  He wants to carry you through everything you face in this world.  He doesn’t want your feet to ever touch the ground.  He doesn’t want you to lean on your own understanding or abilities.  “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6.  He is shaking you; stirring you from your slumber.  You have to wake up and realize that you can do nothing without Him.  “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing.” – John 15:5.  The desire of God’s heart is to be your everything; your all in all.  Will you allow Him?

~ Tia Laree ~

The Power To Believe

“12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God,to those who believe in His name:” John 1:12
The very presence of God TODAY is strangely distant to this modern day generation. In so many ways we are like the covenant people of God who by their own neglect drafted away from the original Foundations of Truth, that the Lord spoke to their father Abraham.
Today our task is to Revisit all of the promises of God to which He gave to us as believers through His Son Jesus Christ. This serious mandate requires our whole hearted passion to please the Lord according to Hebrews 11:1,6 “11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. .. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a re-warder of those who diligently seek Him.”
The time is crucial and disturbingly urgent; let’s strengthen our minds for this season:
1)With Faith in God’s Word “ 15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Tm 2:15
2) By Faithfully Participating in the Church Kingdom work “ 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” Heb 10:25
3) To unite in Praying, Fasting, Tithing, Singing and Witnessing to our Communities, State, and Region. “ 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me [a] in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8
4) To go wherever the Lord is leading in the Vision of our church fellowship when it comes to the plan and will of God “Go Ye …) Mt 28:19 By now you get an idea of what it is that God is requiring of ALL of US—in serving as Good Stewards in His Kingdom Work.
The Power to Believe is actually demonstrated by our active obedience to serve one another with the Loving embrace of Christ in all we do.

Can you Agree with ME?

Please leave a comment if you can agree with me.
– Bishop Michael R. Cole

His Representatives

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” – Galatians 2:20 At the moment we are born-again, we become new creatures. Not only this, but at the moment of our conception into faith we become His representatives on earth. Now, when we say we are Christians, we are saying we are a reflection of Jesus. (Which can be challenging at times!) We will never be perfect – that’s for certain. That’s why we needed Christ in our lives in the first place. But even though we know we’re still full of flaws, it doesn’t mean we aren’t striving for God’s reflection in our lives. The moment we are saved we become ambassadors for His kingdom, wherever we are. We become His ministers, in whatever we are doing. We grow in love as His sons and daughters. Day by day, we become more like Him, as we study His word and spend time worshiping Him and allowing His Spirit to fill us, to mold us, and to use us. There is nothing to be afraid of – He knows we will fall short. That is why He has given us His gift of grace to help us when we make mistakes. Imagine you are working for a company, one of the best in the world. This company is known for its service excellence and the way it treats its customers, employees, and the community. You have just been hired to be on the sales team, and you go through the training to learn the company rules and procedures. These policies aren’t too distant from those found in the Bible. In order to keep your position however, and grow in the company, you must attempt to follow those rules and procedures to the best of your ability. Sure, there are fun days at work. Sure, challenges will happen. But, the policies and procedures will help to guide you through the business landscapes you will endure. Being a Christian isn’t all that different – the Bible is our guide. As we walk into our future in Him, we move knowing that our lives are a reflection of His love, grace, mercy, beauty, strength, and everything else that He is. Consider yourself a sales representative for the greatest franchise in history – the Kingdom of God. Both an exciting and sobering concept, huh? May we grow in faith, grace, excellence, integrity, and most of all love, as we discover who we really are as His representatives on earth.