Oct 09 2009

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Message From The Graveyard

In Luke 16, Jesus relates the example of the rich man and the beggar.  Notice that Jesus says “There was a certain rich man. . .” and, later, a certain beggar named Lazarus. . .” These details seem to indicate that, in this instance, He wasn’t teaching by parable, but recounting an example from real life experience.

You may remember that after their deaths,  Jesus opens our vision to see into their two worlds.  The rich man, in great suffering, looks up to the bosom of Abraham, sees Lazarus, and eventually requests that Lazarus be sent back to earth to the rich man’s father’s house to warn his five brothers to avoid the terrible fate he has found himself in.

Abraham reminds him that his brothers have Moses and the prophets to point them in the right way. The rich man then claims that if a dead man were returned to earth,  they would then listen to him and make the changes in their lives so that they could end up where Lazarus is when they die.  Abraham gives the sad news that if  his brothers do not  heed Moses and the prophets, they would not heed even a dead man returned to the earth.

Jesus knew that even though He would rise from the dead and would be seen by over 500 people, that more people would choose to NOT believe in Him than those who WOULD believe and follow Him.

Have you  ever wondered what it would be like if a person could actually return to the earth and preach their own funeral message?  The fates of the rich man and Lazarus may give us the answer. You see, I believe that Saint Paul and Adolf Hitler, if allowed to attend their own funerals, would have preached the same message!  It would be the strongest evangelistic message ever heard in the history of mankind.

Those who have passed on from this earth are either in heaven or hell, depending upon whether or not they placed their faith in and committed their lives to Jesus Christ.  From whichever of these two places where they spend eternity, they would want to plead with those they love who still have a choice to make.   What choice have YOU made?

566048: Halloween: Invitation to the Occult?                   - Audiobook on Cassette Halloween: Invitation to the Occult? – Audiobook on Cassette
By Chuck Missler

Chuck Missler, argues the celebration of the pagan festival of Halloween is now a $2.4 billion merchandiser’s market. Fifty percent of Americans will decorate for Halloween (compared to over 80% for Christmas). It is now the third most popular party activity, after the Superbowl and New Year’s Eve. This is always a difficult time for Christians, especially those with children. It is also a dangerous time for some, since many of the seemingly “harmless” involvements associated with Halloween can also be “entries” for the occult, and can prove very tragic for the unwary.

There is only one true God, (Isa 44:6, 8; 46:9). Thus, only one true religion. Missler teaches that Scripture declares “all gods of the nations are idols” (Ps 96:5). All false religion and idolatry is by definition involved in demon worship – whether or not the participants recognize it (Acts 26:18). The spiritual power and reality behind idols involves demons (I Cor 10:20, Ps 106:37). The Bible tells us to shun occultic practices. This series will help you understand the pagan background to the modern Halloween traditions practiced today. Notes included. 2 cassettes.

8231: Mommy, Why Don"t We Celebrate Halloween? Mommy, Why Don’t We Celebrate Halloween?
By Linda Hacon Winwood

Children ask the toughest questions! As a parent, you want to give them the best answers. This children’s book will help answer tough questions simply, biblically, and lovingly. Christ-centered and sensitively written, it will help satisfy the curiosity of even the most inquisitive children.

For parents who need help explaining why they don’t celebrate Halloween, here’s kid-friendly resource to make it easier! Linda Hacon Winwood’s black-and-white illustrated story explains the holiday’s pagan origins and its disputed historic relationship to All Saints Day. Includes a suggested lesson plan. Recommended for ages 4 to 7.

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