5 Creative Ways to Celebrate Halloween

To celebrate Halloween or to ignore it?

That is the question Christian families have been asking themselves for decades. Halloween has become almost impossible to completely ignore due to the media and consumer hype behind the princesses, ghosts, and snack-sized Snickers bars.

The origins of Halloween connect back to the Celtic celebration of Samhain-which marked the end of the harvest.

The harvest festival showed traces of celebrating death and Irish mythology. This holiday has pagan origins. Now, Halloween is a real celebration for followers of the Occult and Wicca. It is no doubt that for that culture-Halloween is a chance to celebrate evil spirits and death.

In the seventh century, Pope Gregory III instituted another holiday in substitution of Halloween: All Saints Day (celebrated on November 1st). Designed as a day to pray for the saints who have already passed, this holiday was created to combat the pagan rituals of Halloween.

Throughout the centuries Christians have tried to find alternatives.

Here are five creative ways to celebrate October 31st:

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How To Find Your Phone Before You Lose It

I’m notorious for losing my iPhone. I’ve left it in restaurants, jacket pockets, friend’s cars, parking lots, and more.

Sometime ago I nicknamed by iPhone “Lassie,” because I always need him to come home.

On a recent trip to L.A., Lassie went on his own adventure. Continue Reading...

Let me introduce you to Sarah. Sarah Francis Martin is a wife, mother, mentor, and author of Just RISE UP!: A Call To Make Jesus Famous. She has a passion to ignite this generation to get up off the couch of complacency and do life differently for God’s kingdom. When she is not typing away at her laptop, you can often find Sarah on date nights with her husband, rough housing with her young son, or getting her hands messy with craft paint.

This fall, I've invited a few friends to share what God is teaching them. I hope their words are an encouragement to you as you continue to awaken to the joy and delight that comes with being a child of God.

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by Sarah Francis Martin 

A whole lifestyle of praise. Sounds like a lofty idea, right? I thought so, too.

But after recognizing some captivating benefits of said lifestyle, I’ve come to crave it. I’ve come to depend on it.

Making Jesus famous with every square inch of our lives brings us to a place of benefit. (And some benefits are self serving, because isn’t our God so kind?) The ultimate benefits of a life of praise lie in a renewed sense of the ultimate reality:

Jesus is ever worthy of our praise, even when we don’t feel like praising His name. He is worthy.

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4 Signs You May Be Suffering From Spiritual Decay

Athens in ruins.

Such words evoke centuries old images of one of the great cities reduced to rubble.

The images of Athens in ruins you’ll see below are startling. Not because their thousands of years old, but demonstrate what can happen in ten short years since the 2004 Summer Olympics. Continue Reading...

This Challenge Will Reset Your Whole Week

Over the years, I’ve discovered that even a brief moment in the presence of God can change everything—my perspective, attitude, and reaction. Being aware of and experiencing God’s presence reminds me of my dependence on God. He is the source of everything—joy, provision, protection, love, grace, mercy, hope and so much more.

One of the greatest wonders of God is His presence. Continue Reading...