Saturday, October 17, 2015


INTRO! Some years ago when the Harry Potter books were being made into movies, people wanted me to address the subject from the Pulpit.  In so doing, I addressed Halloween and Harry Potter.  This is from my public address (sermon), along with a few additional thoughts.


Every year at Halloween people ask me, “Is it alright to celebrate Halloween?”  And every year I tell people the same thing: “To the pure all things are pure.”  What I mean by that is, if you have a problem with it, “Don’t,” if you don’t have a problem with it, “Do it and have fun.”  Personally I have no problem with Halloween.  Here’s why:

ILLUSTRATION:  Now that I look back on it, this is somewhat surprising.  Remember I grew up “Pilgrim Holiness.”  As “Holiness,” practically everything was wrong except going to church – yet we were allowed to celebrate Halloween.  And celebrate it we did!  We’d go out with pillowcases, fill them up, come home, empty them, and go out again.  Afterwards, those of us who went out together would compare our goodies and even trade for our favorite candies.  Never once, not for a moment, did any of us think we were honoring Satan by going “trick or treat.”  Why?  We never even thought of it as Satan’s day, it was a time for us to have good clean fun and get all kinds of goodies.  

I still remember the Halloween parties where we would get prizes for the best costume.  The person who remained unidentified for the longest time won the ultimate prize.  How clearly I remember Bob Westcott – we were all night trying to figure out who was under that outfit.  Finally, somebody recognized the boots – Bobby boy won first place.  

When Sheryl and I directed the Youth group at Mt Pleasant Church we would run a Scare Mare at Halloween.  Hundreds of kids came through.  The last room was a funeral parlor.  By then they’d be scared to death.  We’d give the plan of salvation.  We had hundred’s of “decisions.”  How many “disciples” was another story.  We would say afterwards, “Just because you scare the hell out of people doesn’t mean you put them in heaven.”

WHAT AM I SAYING?  If you want Halloween to be an evil holiday, then most likely for you it will be.  If you want Halloween to be a time of clean, wholesome fun – it will be.  “To the pure all things are pure.”  

1 Cor. 8:4-6 tells us: 
    [4] So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that an idol is nothing at all in the world and that there is no God but one. [5] For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many "gods" and many "lords"), [6] yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live. 

IN OTHER WORDS Paul is saying, “I could eat food offered to idols and it would never bother me, because I know idols are nothing.  Only God is God.”  Again, “to the pure all things are pure.”

MORE ON THE SUBJECT: I have written more extensively on Halloween, including its history.  On this sight, type in Halloween and open October 11, 2013; a history of Halloween is given. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015


Listen to your spiritual gut!  

Here’s what I mean:

Today I felt strongly impressed to have breakfast, which I seldom do, at Melinda's Gourmet Deli.  Whenever I have those gut feelings, they are usually not wrong; they are Holy Spirit promptings.  Well, listening to His voice brought 4 divine appointments in 40 minutes.  God is so amazing!  PS - pictured is PB's Special.  PPS - That's not what I had for breakfast.  LOL!

It was not coincidental that I received this from one of our GCCC mothers this morning – further confirmation that we should listen to out spiritual gut: 

PB, I wanted to share a story with you about something that happened at work today. There is a new secretary in my office and she has a picture up of one of her sons with his name "Phil" written on the picture. I have to pass by her desk often and every time I do, when I see his name, instantly the verse Phil 4:13 comes to mind. For the last two days I felt the Lord telling me to stop and tell this new secretary (whom I've only ever said hello to) that her son's name reminds me of Phil 4:13. I finally listened and told her this morning. It turns out that her son Phil is a freshman in college and has been struggling in school and with his faith, and she had been looking for words to encourage him. She was so thankful that I stopped by to tell her the verse! It turns out she is a Christian and used to listen to you on the radio a few years ago. I told her about WIAM.  She was so excited as she didn't know how to find you on the radio and couldn't remember the name of our church.  Amazing!  B. R

So, if God is speaking to your gut ... listen. You won't be disappointed. And your blessings will be more than the thrill of knowing you obeyed God, but eternal.