The Truth about Ghosts

By Morgan JohnsonMorgankids
My heart is stirring today…for tomorrow. The month of October has really started to get to me, and I just can’t stay silent any longer.As I begin to teach my daughter about harvest time and as a church we are about to have a harvest party. This month has been a challenging one as far as turning on the TV goes, and really going any where in public.

Recently, I watched a couple different youtube videos with Carol Kornacki and another one “why christians shouldn’t celebrate halloween”. And I would say that it really started speaking to me. When I was a kid, I was raised that halloween we didn’t celebrate halloween, but I usually would dress up and at time trick or treat. We did take alternatives at church at times too. However, most of the time I think that we teach are kids that ghosts and witches and goblins and skeletons aren’t real. And I even caught myself trying to find the remote quick enough to change the channel when minnie mouse was dressed as a witch, “witches aren’t real honey…actually they are, but we won’t quite go into all that right now.” Yikes, this is going to be an open ended conversation for a while, but my heart is burning that my children know TRUTH…because the TRUTH will set them free.

I feel like as parents we have the responsibility to protect our children from opening themselves up to the very dark parts of this world. So I guess what I am getting at, Christians, is that we NEED to… HAVE to be teaching our children how to be LIGHT. They can’t think that this holiday is a holiday to be celebrated. Great for alternatives, but the alternative isn’t to keep the tradition of the holiday alive – its to absolutely forsake the evil traditions and begin celebrations of bringing LIGHT. This very holiday is to celebrate satan. Plain and simple. And heartbreaking enough…it is second to Christmas in revenue.

Some great excuses that I once bought into myself , they go trick-or-treating to get candy – there is plenty of candy at plenty of stores…I’d be glad to give your children some they want to dress up and be with their friends – great play dress up any time any where, and be something totally innocent 

My goal for our church harvest party is that only good will come out of it. The gospel of Jesus will be told, celebrated, and we will have a blast doing so. I cringe when I drive by a church with ghosts hanging from their trees. I highly recommend the book the pumpkin parable for any parents out there. I love the significance of carving the pumpkin getting the yucky things out and putting God’s light in us for the world to see…I’m sure I could go on, BUT you get the point. I just had to share my heart with the world, and I’m okay if you agree or disagree. Just make it a true matter of prayer and do a little research.

What God Says

By: Sandra DilleySandra Dilley

Encouragement for those who are struggling with identity and who you are hearing lies from the enemy….hear this/know this TRUTH about who you are in CHRIST:

The teacher says “he talks/disrupts class”, “jumps out of his seat”, “too social”….GOD SAYS: Matt 5: 14-16 “You are the light of the world, let your light shine before men.” Jeremiah 29:11 “I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord; the plans to prosper you, not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Psalm 139:13-16 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days are ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

The boss says “your position has been eliminated, we no longer need you”…GOD SAYS: Matt: 20: 26-28 “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve…” Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is Christ you are serving.” Romans 12:4-6 “Just as one body, and each member belongs to all the others, We have different gifts, according the grace given us.”

The spouse/significant other says “I don’t love you anymore”…GOD SAYS: Jeremiah 31:3-4 I love you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving kindness. I will build you up again and you will be rebuilt. Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” 1 Peter 4:8 “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.” Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever…”

The friend(s) makes fun of you, rejects you, doesn’t “like you” anymore…GOD SAYS: John 15:13 “Great love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” Proverbs 18:24 “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 17 “A friend loves at all times…” Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever…”

JOHN 3:16 -17 “For God so loved the world that HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON that who so ever believeth in HIM SHALL HAVE EVER LASTING LIFE! FOR GOD DID NOT SENT HIS SON INTO THE WORLD TO CONDEMN THE WORLD, BUT TO SAVE THE WORLD THROUGH HIM. WHOEVER BELIEVS IN HIM IS NOT CONDEMNED!! “

SELAH! AMEN!

Heart of the Father is Obedience to the Father

By: Morgan Johnson
Morgankids
One of those moments you are reading your children’s Bible to your daughter and the Lord starts to speak to your heart… “Abraham asked his son to climb on top of the wood. Isaac didn’t understand, BUT he KNEW HIS FATHER LOVED HIM. And so HE TRUSTED HIM. He climbed up onto the altar and Abraham tied his boy to the wood. Isaac didn’t struggle or try to run away, he just lay their quietly and didn’t make a sound.”

Most of the time, when I hear this story shared, I hear about Abraham’s love for his son, and Abraham’s obedience to God. However, what gripped my heart as I read this to Bella Grace was Isaac’s confidence in his Father’s love. This children’s Bible points out that as he bound him up and put him on the altar, the Bible doesn’t state any struggle. I believe Isaac trusted in his father’s voice, just like Abraham trusted in God’s voice. I believe that the scripture was hiding such a beautiful lesson in the beloved Isaac. He was God’s promise to them, and Abraham’s only son. What volumes that speaks to me as a parent to two beautiful children and to me as a daughter. I want to be found faithful listening to my heavenly Father’s voice, even when I don’t understand because I know that He LOVES me. As I obey the Lord and love my child, the Lord will lead us through every situation. I want to obey every command out of LOVE trusting and knowing God has my best interest in mind. I want to love my children well that they know every decision we make as a family comes from love. Clearly, the situation looked bad, but as he yielded to what his father told him to do the Lord honored both the son’s obedience to his earthly father and Abraham’s devotion to God through loving his son.

Filled to Overflowing

By: Morgan Johnson
Morgankids
Luke 5:4-11 When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” Simon answered and said, “Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets.” When they had done this, they enclosed a great quantity of fish, and their nets began to break; so they signaled to their partners in the other boat for them to come and help them. And they came and filled both of the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw that, he fell down at Jesus’ feet, saying, “Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man!” For amazement had seized him and all his companions because of the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not fear, from now on you will be catching men.” When they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him.One of my favorite stories……..Why? We try so hard and get nothing, then we lend an ear to Jesus. Jesus tells us how to do it. We listen, then obey and he knows how to fill our nets so much it’s over flowing, bursting, we won’t know what else to do other than be amazed!
Beth Moore says this story shows her:
1.) “Christ knows more about our jobs than we do.” -Praise God!
2.) “Christ honors our submission even when our only motivation is obedience.” -yikes!
3.) “The same job subjected to Christ’s authority can yield entirely different results.” -now that’s what I’m talking about!
4.) “Christ’s willingness to empower us can overwhelm us.” -Amen!

Philippians 4:8

Verse of the Day

Throughout life, we encounter hurdles, obstacles and distractions that take our attention away from God.  Today, when you come up against these things, take a breath and instead focus on the things described in Philippians 4.

Philippians 4:8 : Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of a good report – if there is any virtue and if there is any praise- think on these things.

~Bella Image