The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth purified seven times. Psalm 12:6.

In His Word, God has committed to men the knowledge necessary for salvation. The Holy Scriptures are to be accepted as an authoritative, infallible revelation of His will. They are the standard of character, the revealer of doctrines, and the test of experience.

Spiritual darkness has covered the earth and gross darkness the people…. Many, very many, are questioning the verity and truth of the Scriptures. Human reasoning and the imaginings of the human heart are undermining the inspiration of the Word of God, and that which should be received as granted, is surrounded with a cloud of mysticism. Nothing stands out in clear and distinct lines, upon rock bottom. This is one of the marked signs of the last days….

There are men who strive to be original, who are wise above what is written; therefore, their wisdom is foolishness…. In seeking to make plain or to unravel mysteries hid from ages from mortal man, they are like a man floundering about in the mud, unable to extricate himself and yet telling others how to get out of the muddy sea they themselves are in. This is a fit representation of the men who set themselves to correct the errors of the Bible. No man can improve the Bible by suggesting what the Lord meant to say or ought to have said….

I take the Bible just as it is, as the Inspired Word. I believe its utterances in an entire Bible.

This Holy Book has withstood the assaults of Satan, who has united with evil men to make everything of divine character shrouded in clouds and darkness. But the Lord has preserved this Holy Book by His own miraculous power in its present shape—a chart or guidebook to the human family to show them the way to heaven….

We thank God that the Bible is prepared for the poor man as well as for the learned man. It is fitted for all ages and all classes.
The Faith I Live By p. 13
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—–This is a praise report. Yesterday while I was working at my clients home. Yvonne received a phone call from one of her doctors. The receptionist informed her that the doctor was going to send a referral to the Lyme Specialist and a copy of their medical records so that she and her daughter Bernedette could get the proper care that they need. Roberta
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Dear Friends,
Since today is Halloween, I thought I would post an excellent article I had read some years ago. It is my hope you will take it to heart. Rose

Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?

by Debra J. Hicks
Please check all that apply. This year for Halloween, I’ll probably:

Dress the little ones up in costumes and escort them around our neighborhood
to collect candy.
Check out the local haunted house.
Get together with some buddies to watch a scary movie.
Dress up in a devil suit and scare the neighborhood kids that knock on the
front door.
Turn off the porch light and hope nobody finds me eating the three bags of
Snickers bars I bought for trick-or-treaters.
Most people see nothing wrong with the activities listed above. They
consider Halloween festivities to be a harmless way for their children to
have an evening of “fantasy and fun.”
But does this standard hold true for Christians? Is dressing up like ghosts,
goblins, and witches really “no big deal”? Or is it glorifying and
empowering Satan?
If we have truly committed our hearts and our lives to Christ, we will set
ourselves apart as people who seek to reflect God’s goodness and love to the
world. Because we become like the things we behold, the apostle Paul in
Philippians 4:8 counsels Christians to think deeply about-and to continually
fill our minds with-what is good. A careful, honest look at Halloween
reveals little or nothing that is good. Instead, it is a day that points
toward Satanism, fear, and gluttony.

“For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship
can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and
Belial?” (2 Corinthians 6:14-15, NIV).
Although the word Halloween means “holy or hallowed evening,” history shows
that nothing could be further from the truth. Halloween is clearly a relic
of pagan times, and it has never reflected true Christian virtues.
The customs connected with Halloween are most commonly traced to a festival
celebrated by the Druids-priests of the Celtic tribes that occupied northern
and western Europe. This celebration, which dates back several centuries
before Christ, began each year on October 31 and was called the festival of
Samhain, the lord of death.
As part of their worship of Samhain, the Druid priests built huge bonfires
on which both animals and humans were sacrificed. This barbaric practice
continued openly for hundreds of years, until Rome conquered Britain and
outlawed it.
Years passed, and Rome continued to conquer new territory and increase in
power. The people of each conquered nation were forced not only to become
Roman citizens, but also to become members of the Roman church. As you can
imagine, these new “converts” cared little about Christianity and clung
tenaciously to their cherished pagan practices.
So, since the Roman church was unable to get people to abandon their heathen
festivals, it decided to “sanctify” some of them. The Druids’ celebration in
honor of the lord of death thus became All Saints’ Day, which was to be
observed by all churches. Officially, it was proclaimed a day to honor all
the saints who had died, known or unknown. But in practice, it remained what
it had always been-a pagan celebration of the “Day of the Dead.”
Throughout its history, Halloween has been thought of as the time when
supernatural forces prevail. Anton LaVey, author of “The Satanic Bible” and
high priest of the Church of Satan, says that Satanists consider Halloween
the most important day of the year. He says that on this night, satanic,
occult, and witchcraft power are at their highest potency level, and that
any witch or occultist who has been having difficulty with a spell or curse
can usually achieve success on October 31st because Satan and his powers are
at their best that night.
Divination, or fortune telling, is also believed to reach its highest powers
on Halloween, as people are eager to learn what might happen to them in the
upcoming year. Even today, predictions of leading psychics and astrologers
are generally released about the time of Halloween.
Clearly, the rites and symbols of this holiday reveal that it is still a day
that glorifies Satan. Look around you. Though October 31 is still a month
away, you can probably see evidences that Halloween is approaching. Pictures
of ghosts, goblins, witches, skeletons, and devil-faced pumpkins appear on
store windows everywhere. Horror movies are promoted on television and in
the theaters, and most bookstores give prominent attention to books dealing
with death and the occult.
As Christians, we are not to associate with the things of Satan. Christ
Himself said, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the
one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the
other” (Matthew 6:24).

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love,
and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).
Since its beginning, the festival of Halloween has played upon people’s
fears. The Celtic people believed that on the night of October 31, demons,
witches, and the spirits of all those who had died within the past year
roamed about freely. Most people were afraid to leave their homes on this
night. Those who absolutely had to go out wore grotesque masks and
terrifying costumes. They reasoned that if they looked horrible enough, the
spirits would think they were one of them and would do them no harm!
Fear is a big part of modern Halloween celebrations, as well. Spooky
decorations, horror movies, and haunted houses make a very real impression
on little children. Is there any wonder so many youth have nightmares or are
afraid to be alone in the dark? Satan delights in filling people’s minds
with thoughts of fear, death, and destruction. It is a tactic he has used
for centuries to keep mankind under his control.
God, on the other hand, longs to give His children peace. He doesn’t want us
to be paralyzed by our fears. In fact, the Bible says that Christ died “that
through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the
devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime
subject to bondage” (Hebrews 2:15, NKJV).

“Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God”
(1 Corinthians 10:31, NKJV).
Several days before their festival began, the Druid priests would go from
house to house demanding food or other items they would use in their worship
of Samhain, the lord of death. If a villager refused to give them what they
wanted, the priest would put a demonic curse on the home. It was no idle
threat, either. Someone from that house usually died within the year. It is
from this abominable practice that our present-day “trick-or-treat” custom
While it is true that trick-or-treat is no longer primarily about curses, it
is about gluttony. Children go from house to house, filling grocery bags
full of candy and then returning home to feast on their great treasure.
Often, those who stay at home to hand out the candy consume great amounts of
it themselves!
Even this element of Halloween, which in comparison might seem harmless,
does nothing to glorify God. The Bible says that the body is the temple of
the Holy Spirit. We should not be polluting that temple with food that
clouds our perceptions and draws us away from God.

“Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather
reprove them” (Ephesians 5:11).
Satan is no doubt jubilant that such a large portion of this “Christian
nation” views a holiday in his honor as something that is harmless fun.
Could it be that by our carelessness, we are contributing to the
extraordinary power Satan seems to have on October 31?
No matter how fun or exciting it may seem, Halloween is no celebration for a
Christian. If we truly seek to glorify God, then how can we devote one day
of the year to worshipping Satan? We can’t.
The Bible says, “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 marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9)
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