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    Hello! My name is Laura, welcome to my blog! I write weird stories, collect dragon plushies and stay up too late with my nose in a book. I am a wife, mom and child saved by grace. My hope is that you find encouragement here or at least a smile or too.
    God bless!

  • “Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book that it may be for the time to come forever and ever.”
    ~Isaiah 30:8.

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    We have come from God, and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. Indeed only by myth-making, only by becoming 'sub-creator' and inventing stories, can Man aspire to the state of perfection that he knew before the Fall. Our myths may be misguided, but they steer however shakily towards the true harbour, while materialistic 'progress' leads only to a yawning abyss and the Iron Crown of the power of evil.
    ~J.R.R. Tolkien

    "The only just literary critic," he concluded, "is Christ, who admires more than does any man the gifts He Himself has bestowed."
    ~J.R.R. Tolkien

    “Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don't we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we're partisans of liberty, then it's our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”
    ~J.R.R. Tolkien

    "Writers who see by the light of their Christian faith will have, in these times, the sharpest eye for the grotesque, for the perverse, and for the unacceptable. To the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost-blind you draw large and startling figures."
    ~Flannery O'Connor

    You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you. And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.
    ~Arthur Polotnik

    Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.
    ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

    "There are forms of insanity that condemn people to hear voices against their will, but as writers we invite ourselves to hear voices without relinquishing our hold on reality or our right to control."
    ~Writing Fiction by Janet Burroway

    Christians have sometimes been suspicious of stories, because they really can influence you. If you read the Twilight novels once a month for a year, I think you'd be a different human afterward—and not a sparkly one.
    ~Nate Wilson

October 31st, 1517

“Unless I am convinced by Scripture and by plain reason and not by Popes and councils who have so often contradicted themselves, my conscience is captive to the word of God. To go against conscience is neither right nor safe. I cannot and I will not recant. Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me.” ~Martin Luther (From the movie Luther 2003)

496 years ago today Martin Luther penned his “95 Theses” and began a much needed reformation in the Church. He challenged the corrupt authority of the Church in the 16th century, stating salvation was reached through faith and repentance, not through works or the purchase of “indulgences”.
Today his work still influences us and he is one of my heros, a man God used to change how people saw Him and the Christian Faith. Luther faced death at the stake for what he believed, but he stood fast, holding on to his faith in Jesus Christ. He struggled, he doubted, and I’m sure there were days when he wanted to give up, but he didn’t. Through God’s leading he changed the world with his words. Words of truth to make the darkness flee.

“I cannot renounce all of my works because they are not all the same.First are those books in which if I have described Christian faith and life so simply that even my opponents have admitted that these books are useful. To renounce these writings would be unthinkable for that would be to renounce accepted Christian truths… The second group of my work is directed against the foul doctrine and evil living of the Popes, past and present… Through the laws of the Pope and the doctrines of men, the consciences of the faithful have been miserably vexed and flayed. If I recant these books, I will do nothing but add strength to tyranny and open not just the windows but also the doors to this great ungodliness… In the third group I have written against private persons and individuals who uphold Roman tyranny and have attacked my own efforts to encourage piety to Christ. I confess that I have written too harshly. I am but a man and I can err. Only let my errors be proven by Scripture and I will revoke my work and throw my books into the fire.” ~Martin Luther (Luther 2003)

 

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Why Christians Should Not Participate in Halloween: Part 2

After some of the responses I received from part one, I feel there are some things I need to clear up before I go into the rest of this series.

First off: If you are a Christian, and you celebrate Halloween, I am not condemning you and claiming you are worshipping Satan by participating in Halloween. That’s not was I was saying. I was merely trying to show the truth and speak the message that God had laid on my heart. I’m not judging you or pointing fingers, I’m acting on my own convictions. These articles are meant to educate, not judge. My family use to celebrate Halloween, but once we learned the truth we quit and no longer participate. All I’m asking is that you conceder what I have to say and pray about it. I encourage you to research it for yourself. Search in your Bible, seek God’s guidance in this issue.

Second: I’m talking about the origins of Halloween, NOT Christmas, or any other holiday that originated from pagan traditions. Yes, I know Christmas sprang from the Roman celebration of Saturnalia, a pagan festival that stuck around even after Christmas was made Christian holiday. Here is the point I wanted to make. Halloween originated from the Druid’s summers end festival and was a high point in Satan worship. It STILL is that today. Christmas originated as a pagan festival of violence and crimes, but today, it is the time we celebrate the birth of Christ regardless of when he was actually born.

I bring you back to Philippians 4:8 – “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

Christmas is the celebration of Christ’s birth. Yes there are “pagan” elements involved in a modern cultural celebration, but it is still CHRISTmas, about Jesus Christ. This holiday, as a day set aside to remember Christ’s coming to earth as our savior, reflects the truth, virtue, purity and loveliness Philippians 4:8 talks about. Halloween may not be an open celebration to Satan, and if you don’t believe it is celebrating Satan at all, then look at what it is putting our focus on – zombies, witches, werewolves, vampires, death – there is nothing in this holiday that embodies Philippians 4:8. That detail in and of itself is a reason why Christians should not participate in Halloween.

All Hallows Day/All Saints Day

The name “Halloween” was not given to the day until the 16th century. It was a variation of the Scottish name “All-Hallows-Eve”, the night before “All Hallows Day”. All Hallows Day was also known as “Solemnity for the Saints”, or “All Saints Day”, the Roman Catholic holiday celebrated on November 1st in honor of the saints. Though these two holidays fall at the same time and even share a name; they are not to be confused.

In my opinion, putting All Saints Day on October 31st was an act by the Roman Catholic Church in an effort to cover up the Druid holiday with a “Christian” one, much like what they tried to do with putting another day for the saints (Saint Valentine’s Day) over a Roman festival (Lupercalia).

Reformation Day, the day Martin Luther pinned the 95 Theses to the church door also falls on October 31st. This has become a Christian substitute for the satanic themed Halloween.

Some might consider these holidays as “Christianized” versions of Halloween, but they have nothing in common.
For Christians looking for a clean, Christ centered substitute for the holiday of Halloween, I would encourage you to look into the history of Reformation Day and why Martin Luther wrote the 95 Theses and what it said.

In part 3 of this series I will be posting videos of a documentary made by Jeremiah Films called “Halloween: Trick or Treat.” In this film, they go into detail the history behind Halloween and Halloween today. They interview former Satanists who have become Christians, and Satanists who are still active in their cults and ask them about their own Halloween experiences. This film was made to show Christians the truth concerning Halloween with real people and their real life experiences on this day. NOTE: These videos are not for young viewers and are difficult to watch.

Here is the trailer for what’s up next. Take a look at their website. http://www.jeremiahfilms.com/beta/

Missed “Why Christians should not participate in Halloween: Part 1”?  Click here to read.

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