Organize Your Prayer Lists

I wonder how the Psalmist organized his prayers and songs.  Since David wrote at least 73 of the Psalms, how do you think he kept it all nice and neat?   If he had an iPhone, he probably would have used the new app. called, “My Prayer List”.    😉myprayer“My Prayer Lists” helps to organize your prayers into lists and pray for them on certain days or certain times of the day. Forget about trying to remember who or what you wanted to pray for or trying to remember where you left the prayer request slips.

Here’s a demonstration how it works:

This little application will let you organize your prayers into groups, it’ll email your prayers to your friends to remind them of important needs in both your life and others and even has password protection.  Not bad for only $3.99.

So what do you use to organize your prayer list? Paper? A computer program? Memory? Let us know what system works best for you.


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The Theology of Halloween

What do you think about Halloween?

Is it O.K. for Christians to participate in “trick-or-treating”?

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Christian Halloween?

I’ve talked to a lot of Christians what have told me that they have no problems participating in Halloween festivities.  They say there’s nothing wrong with it.  They just change the name from Halloween to Harvest Festival or something like  that.  They also say it’s completely acceptable to be involved in any or all Halloween activities, besides, we should “become all things to all men so that by all possible means” we might save some (1 Cor. 9:22).

Yet there are many Christians who do not believe it’s acceptable to participate in Halloween.  They ask the question, “why would a Christian want to associate or celebrate on the devil’s day?”  Those who argue against taking part in Halloween say that it is not a good thing and that Christians should “avoid every appearance of evil” (I Thess. 5:22).

What do you believe?

As you can tell this is a sensitive subject.  I believe that most people just don’t know much about Halloween.  Most people do not know its history, whether it’s good or evil, or whether or not to participate in Halloween.  What about you?  Do you know why you are in favor or against participating in Halloween?

Growing up as a child I remember the fun I had dressing up as Satan with my brothers and sister and going out trick-or-treating (with my parents)  We had a blast!   Today, I’m a licensed minister.  I think I turned out alright.   So what’s the big deal?  Am I just lucky not to have been sucked into the dark world of evil and demonic activity?

If you ask me today, would I dress up any of my children as a devil for Halloween?  The answer is a definite NEVER!  I’ve often wondered, what were my parents thinking?  I even asked my mom about this but she doesn’t even remember me dressing up a devil.  Maybe the costume was on-sale?  Oh well.

Did you know that October 31st. is an important date for Protestants, and that it has nothing do with Halloween?  October 31st is known as Reformation Day.  It was this day in 1517 that Martin Luther, a Catholic monk, nailed his 95 Theses for discussion to the church door in Wittenberg.  What resulted over the course of many years was a massive reformation of the Christian church.  O.K. enough church history.


Is Halloween OK?
I recently read two good arguments for participating in Halloween. The first is that historically, “festivities on “All Hallows Eve” were the Christian’s way of laughing at death and evil, something that can be done in certain hope of Christ’s victory over the powers of darkness.  The Church for centuries, however, has seen All Hallows Eve not as a glorification of evil, but as a chance to affirm eternal life in the face of the death of our mortal bodies. Just as Easter is a celebration of Jesus’ victory over death and evil, so is Halloween!”

The second reason in favor of participating in Halloween is that “besides serving as the only time many people bother to go up to their neighbors’ houses and actually interact with them, it holds deeper meaning.  It is not about being afraid, believe it or not. It is rather about laughing in the face of fear and the things we fear: darkness, death, superstition, and monsters of every kind.  It’s about mocking the god of fear while meeting our neighbors face-to-face.”

Halloween
Although both reasons above sound good to me, not everyone agrees.  The arguments go back and forth and have been for years. Here’s a short list of pro’s and con’s on this ongoing dialogue.


Below are several articles that present reasons why Christians SHOULD NOT participate in Halloween.

  1. Why NOT TO participate in Halloween.
  2. Don’t Sup with the Devil
  3. It’s wrong but use Halloween to evangelize.
  4. Ten Reasons Christians Should Not Celebrate Halloween


Below are several articles that present reasons why IT’S OK for Christians to participate in Halloween.

  1. Halloween as an opportunity to win people to Christ.
  2. Christian Halloween
  3. Halloween Alternatives.
  4. Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?
  5. 7 Great Ideas for Halloween


Here’s the best answer I have found, so far, as to whether or not a Christian should participate in Halloween.

Is there a correct answer to the question as to whether or not a believer in Jesus Christ should participate in Halloween?  If there is, I think I found it right here. In a nutshell, the article says that since the debate about Halloween has been an ongoing question it falls under the category of “Romans 14”, a disputable matter.

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The article goes on to say that participating in Halloween should be a personal conviction.  If a person does not agree with it, he/she should not judge someone else who does.  Finally, the article concludes by saying that maybe there is no real right or wrong answer to this question.

I believe Christians can and should use the occasion of Halloween to be a light to the world, (why not, we live here).  Whether you’re doing a “trunk of treats”, a Halloween skating party or a drama depicting the power of Christ over evil, teach people about the supreme power of Christ over darkness, (1 John 3:8).  Let people know that Christ can take away all fear (1 John 4:18).  Tell people that if and when they walk through the valley of the shadow of death (Psalm 23:4) they do not have to fear evil when Jesus is Lord of their lives, just lean toward the Light,  (John 3:16).  Tell people that God loves them, and that He can make a difference in their lives. (Matt 4:17).  Tell people they do not have to fear but that they too can be safe and secure in the hands of a living God.

So I ask again, what do you believe about Halloween?  How does your church respond on this day?  Does your church hide out or reach out?  Has this post changed your view?  Agree? Disagree? Agree to Disagree?  I welcome all feedback, the good, the bad and the ugly.

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B.T.W. I haven’t even started to address the issue watching gory, scary and horror films.   Is it wrong or just “entertainment”?   Isn’t it probably worse than participating in Halloween? (which is only one night a year for just a few hours)

Should a person who practices Christianity not watch horror movies like, Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, The Blair Witch Project, The Exorcist, Saw 6 and Paranormal Activities?  What about you?   Don’t you like a good horror flick every now and then?  Would you let you children watch scary movies?   If so, at what age would you allow them to start watching them?  If you don’t participate in Halloween but do habitually watch horror films, what’s the difference? Talk to me.

As you are probably thinking this conversation can lead us to ask many other questions about the life of a believer in Jesus Christ.  I’m talking about the basic characteristics of a Christian; living in holiness & righteousness, being a light to the world, being honest, having integrity, honoring God on a daily basis, being careful to the things you listen to, people you hang around with, being faithful to church, not living a life of sin, etc.   We can also talk on the subject of spiritual warfare, spiritual darkness and evil spirits but we’ll get to that later.

This conversation all started with one simple question, “What do you think about Halloween?”  It seems that there are so many other questions that must be asked along with it.  Maybe the title of this post shouldn’t be, “The Theology of Halloween”, perhaps a more appropriate tile would be, “The Theology of a Christian”.  If that’s the case, maybe just maybe, I’m asking the wrong question.  What do you say?

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P.S.  I welcome all comments.
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It’s “All About God”.

I found a great resource that I think you may find very interesting.   It’s called, AllAboutGod.com.  All about God writes compelling websites that reach out to skeptics, seekers, believers, and a hurting world with powerful evidence for God and the Good News of Jesus.  Visit:  http://www.allaboutgod.com

All About God

All About God.com

All about God is also great site to visit for personal study and to learn about other issues like: Archaeology, parenting, evangelism and worldviews.  All about God provides a whole bunch of topics to learn about and share.  Here’s a list of their main topics.

All about God also has created a creative way to reach people wherever you go using Mission Possible Cards.  (It’s an evangelistic business card)  They are designed with your ministry info. on one side and an invitation to visit the AllAboutGod.com web site on the other side of the card.

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AllaboutGod.com is also on twitter.  Visit: http://twitter.com/allaboutgod They have pretty interesting tweets.

Related posts:

  1. Dad, I’m not sure I believe in God anymore
  2. Answering Atheists.
  3. Biblical Answers to Life’s Questions.

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Got Good Theology?

Here lies an opportunity to hear from two excellent theologians (and attend a free Apologetics Lecture). If you can make it, you will definitely benefit from them.   All three events are FREE and will take place in Southern California, in Oct. and Nov.  If you are student of the Word, these may be of interest to you.

Learning the Language of Peace & America's God

Learning the Language of Peace & America's God

The first free event is a Free Kick-Off with Lee Strobel. I’ve been at one of his previous gathering and it was outstanding.  He will be presenting the Gospel and Answering Objections: The Unexpected Adventure.  Date: Thursday, October 22, 7:00 – 9:30 pm. First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton, Main Auditorium.  2801 N. Brea Blvd. Fullerton, CA 92835.   If you can’t make it out to the event you can watch it “on-demand” here.

The event continues with a paid registration and includes speakers; Mark Mittelberg, Erik Thoennes, and Craig Hazen. They will be teaching a powerful synthesis between evangelism and apologetics that can make our Gospel preaching, in St. Paul’s words, “powerful through God” (2 Cor 10:4).  Get more info here.

Got Theology?

Got Good Theology?

The second event takes place on November 2nd, 2009 at my alma mater, Azusa Pacific University.  Admission is free.  Register here.  Stanley Hauer was has sought to recover the significance of the virtues for understanding the nature of the Christian life. This search has led him to emphasize the importance of the church, as well as narrative for understanding Christian existence.

His work cuts across disciplinary lines as he is in conversation with systematic theology, philosophical theology and ethics, political theory, as well as the philosophy of social science and medical ethics. He was named “America’s Best Theologian” by TIME in 2001. Hauerwas, who holds a joint appointment in Duke Law School, delivered the prestigious Gifford Lectureship at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland in 2001.

Thoughtful Evangelism

Thoughtful Evangelism

If you’re a learner and live in the area, I highly recommend these events.  Did I say it was free yet? BTW, here’s a short definition of theology that I find pretty accurate.

I just received this invitation so I’m adding this info here:

This Fri. Oct. 23, 2009 there will be a
FREE Apologetics Lecture.

Multiple short presentations from Biola university faculty are being recorded for promotional use and DVD/web distribution.  Lecture content will be on Christian Thought & Worldview issues such as: Existence of God, Problem of Evil & Suffering, Science & the Bible, the Resurrection of Jesus, Comparative World Religions, etc.

They need extras to play students/audience members in class sessions (non-speaking).  Filming will begin at 10:00 am and will conclude around 5:00 pm. Food and a copy of the finished product (when it is ready) will be provided. Everyone is welcome but you must let them know you are attending by sending email here:  apologetics at biola dot edu.

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Paul at Marshill interfaced with the philosphers in Acts 17.

This Friday, October 23, 2009,  9:30am – 5:30pm,  BIOLA UNIVERSITY,  13800 Biola Avenue,  La Mirada, CA   90639, Business Building, Moats Lecture Hall (Room 109).  Featuring: Craig Hazen, Scott Smith , Clay Jones, John Bloom, Tim Muehlhoff, and Fred Sanders!

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