October 1st, 2019

October is a month for many things - harvest will be starting this month although a little later because of our interesting spring, leaves are changing colors, and Halloween is around the corner.

Halloween is a "holiday" that generates quite a bit of debate in the church as to whether it should be observed by Christians. I have always felt that we should redeem Halloween and use it to our advantage. There are many ways this can be done - do some research and be creative.

Of course, one of the aspects of Halloween is the "scare factor." That is, the desire to be scary - either to scare others or be scared. What you do with this I will leave up to you.

What is scary to me is the approach some have towards life. So many forget that God should have a place in our lives, or simply don't acknowledge their accountability before God. The reasons for this range from simply having a laissez-faire attitude towards one's relationship with God to an outright antagonism towards spiritual matters and God himself. Whatever the reasoning, this is a very scary position.

One should be scared about neglecting a relationship with God because God is real, and he should not be ignored. There are consequences to ignoring God. You may choose to ignore God, whether blatantly or just as a matter of neglect, this is your prerogative. But if you do, rest assured that God will not ignore you. No one escapes the eye of the all-knowing God. Hebrews 4:12 tells us, "Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account."

Even those who say they have a relationship with God should not forget this verse. We should always remember that God is watching us - this means he see our needs and meets them, but it also means he sees our disobedience, and he will not ignore this.

Life is scary enough - don't try to live it without God!

Pastor Steve Willis