Halloween: Ghosts and Hauntings

I really like Halloween.  Is it anti-christian to like such and “evil” holiday?  Hope not… because every since I was a kid, I always looked forward to Halloween!  This morning I read an article from a website that I frequent.  (and yes, after reading this article, I still like halloween)  These guys put out weekly questions that they answer and todays question is, “What does the Bible say about ghosts / hauntings?” It is a pretty interesting read.  Though Halloween is fun to celebrate…do we know biblically where we stand about the things that Halloween hails?  Here is a peice of the article:

Is there such a thing as ghosts? The answer to this question depends on what precisely is meant by the term “ghosts.” If the term means “spirit beings,” the answer is a qualified “yes.” If the term means “spirits of people who have died,” the answer is “no.” The Bible makes it abundantly clear that there are spirit beings, both good and evil. But the Bible negates the idea that the spirits of deceased human beings can remain on earth and “haunt” the living.

Hebrews 9:27 declares, “Man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment.” That is what happens to a person’s soul-spirit after death—judgment. The result of this judgment is heaven for the believer (2 Corinthians 5:6-8; Philippians 1:23) and hell for the unbeliever (Matthew 25:46; Luke 16:22-24). There is no in-between. There is no possibility of remaining on earth in spirit form as a “ghost.” If there are such things as ghosts, according to the Bible, they absolutely cannot be the disembodied spirits of deceased human beings.

The Bible teaches very clearly that there are indeed spirit beings who can connect with and appear in our physical world. The Bible identifies these beings as angels and demons…..

Read the rest of the article here.

Just food for thought!

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PARENTS: Dirty Dancing

I read an article today that was tweeted by CPYU (Center for Parent/Youth Understanding).  This post opens my eyes to the fact that our students are living in a new erra of morality, and it costs a lot.  Narrowing this topic down this article mentioned how schools are trying to crack down on dirty dancing (grinding) at school dances.  A high school student speaks our from her heart about the issue.  In the article she says;

“Parents, you have to understand this is what our generation has come to. This is us. There is no stopping it. . . . We don’t know any other way to dance. It’s also not our fault our music brings this on. . . . Students aren’t just going to go along with the rules of no grinding. They’re ticked, therefore, many are having parties homecoming night consisting of all the grinding they want and alcohol simply because they can’t grind at homecoming. . . . When our society’s values and morals are what they are, how else are you expecting us to dance? Schools can’t take this out on us for not knowing how else to dance and they can’t blame us for what our generation has become.” (underlining is mine)

The author of this article follows up with three great points;

“…First, we realize that those of us who are older need to think carefully about the examples we’ve provided to our children and teens. Second, behavior that we know is a fallen and sinful expression of God’s good gift of sexuality is no longer seen by kids as immoral and wrong. Rather, it’s normal, nuetral, and maybe even right. And finally, fewer and fewer members of the emerging generations are willing to take responsibility for their behavior.”

Read the entire article here.

This prods me to ask a few questions. Are we loving our student by being disengaged from their world?  Are we loving them by letting them define morality for themselves?  Are we loving our student by tightening the reigns so much that we strangle their personhood to the point that when they are on their own at 18…their first thought is “freedom from mom and dad” (which produces rebellion)?

For the sake of the gospel, and the lives of our teens, we need to know the difference between training behavior vs. training the heart (an on the opposite end, apathy).  God has given us everything in this world – out of love – for our pleasure.  When God’s design is taken out of context – so we can have control of that pleasure – that pleasure has an expiration date.

Morality is changing, just as much is God is changing.  It isn’t.  We need to fight for the hearts of our kids.  This is our responsibility as parents.  Have we forgotten how to fight for our students?  Has their teenage years jaded us to the point of apathy or worse, slave driving?  Love is what changed the world which brought Jesus to the rescue of our souls.  How we love our kids will make the difference in their understanding of how the world goes round.  It has to center on Jesus!

Great Bible for Students

One of the most frequent questions I get from parents is, besides are you going to bring my kid home alive, what is a great Bible for my teenager.  There are quite a few good Study Bible’s out there but I think the number one choice is the ESV Study Bible.  I am not alone in this.  Check out what this article has to say about it:

I’m not the first person to suggest 10 reasons why the ESV Study Bible is great, but I want to give you 10 reasons that I think it’s great for teenagers.  In fact, I think it’s so great, that it deserves the top spot on every teenager’s Christmas List!

Here’s why:

10. Teenagers need durability. This may not mean much to you, but a sewn binding (not glued!) means your ESV-SB should last a long time.  And all Bible paper is thin, but this Bible paper should be thick enough to write notes on John 3 without reading your notes backwards on John 4.  Plus several durableformats.

9. Teenagers need good stuff online. Buy the ESV-SB and you’ll find a code inside that gets you THE ENTIRE study Bible online: notes, maps, charts, everything.  Fully searchable.  Highlight a text and write your own note in the margin; save it and come back to it later! Check out the sample…

8. Teenagers need simplicity. With the ESV-SB, you’ve got thousands of invaluable study aids in one place: notes, maps, diagrams, outlines. It’s like holding an entire reference library in one book.

read the rest of the article here.  Be sure to read the number 1 reason as it’s the geratest reason in my opinion why this is the greatest Study Bible.