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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

It's a Reading Rainbow

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Just about every week a book arrives at my house. I am a reading junkie. Denbigh is always saying, "What have you bought now!?" Well, I love to read. I explained to my dear husband whom I love and cherish that this is all the fault of Levar Burton from Reading Rainbow. Butterfly in the sky indeed. Take a look.
It's in a book. Reading Rainbow.

I dearly love to read. I am a studier. I want to be well informed. I think we as an American society just do things because other people do them. We never stop to ask ourselves if something is God honoring or even appropriate. Driving around our neighborhood a few years ago at Halloween, I had a thought. I thought that if someone from another country came over here who did not understand our customs, they would all think we were Satanists. One drive down the street my friend Christine lives on would convince you of that. One of her neighbors puts out a life-size demonic clown with a smoke machine annually. The whole thing creeps me out. When discussing the odd holiday with some friends the other day, Denbigh made an interesting point. He simply said to look at what Scripture says about it. I will post that below. I honestly don't see how glorifying witchcraft, demons, or fear can be God honoring. (editors note: this is my personal conviction that I am posting to cause others to think. It is not my condemnation.) God's Word says to test all things. I have read countless articles on the subject. One Christian woman who is a former witch told how she began in witchcraft was at a Halloween party playing with a Quija board. She was even knocking Harvest Festivals. She says it sends the message that we are missing out on something when we try to provide an alternative. That is her take.
Read the Scripture and make your own conclusions:

Don't imitate evil. : "When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who...practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium, or spiritist or who consults the dead
Deuteronomy 18:9-11.

I don't want you to become part of something that reduces you to less than yourself. And you can't have it both ways, banqueting with the Master one day and slumming with demons the next. Besides, the Master won't put up with it. He wants us—all or nothing. Do you think you can get off with anything less?
1 Corinthians 10:21-22

"what fellowship can light have with darkness?"
2 Corinthians 6:14-17

You have not been given a spirit leading to fear. Romans 8:15

"train a child in the way he should go" Proverbs 22:6

I am not going to go on and on trying to be your holy spirit. I just thought I'd throw some things out there to get some lively discussion going. Hopefully, it will do just what it is intended to: cause you to test what you hold as truth.

You can do your own
  • Google search:Is Halloween Biblical?
  • You can find many different viewpoints and see what you feel is God honoring. I even stumbled on a site called religioustolerance.com. Um, it was interesting. According to them we should dress up as demons to get along...and no one is going to hell. We Christians are so intollerant. (according to them)
    Some more to read:
  • Bible vs. Halloween 1

  • Bible vs. Halloween 2


  • Retreat Update
    The retreat was phenomenal. The Holy Spirit filled that place. I know that several women were set free in our midst. Praise God! I could go on and on about how well everyone did everything, but To GOD be the glory for the things He hath done.

    I am thinking about starting a talk show online.
    Me, Christine, and Anne.
    I laugh just thinking about how funny we will be.

    Guess who got her ears pierced!



    7 comments:

    Melissa said...

    I was a Reading Rainbow junkie! I still love it when we have PBS on and it comes on!!! I also love to read: coincidence? I think not! Love Lamar Burton on RR. Star Trek? Not so much.

    22One7.org said...

    It's all coming together, isn't it! I just saw it the other day. A flood of happiness overcame me.

    I concur, but I don't really like Star Trek at all. How can people love that show? Denbigh has some of the movies. Once I tried to watch one. I looked at Denbigh and said,"this is comprable to a slow death nap."

    All you Trekkies, don't email me any hate mail!

    Tiffany Atwood said...

    I love to read too! But my Nonni passed that on to me - I don't recall "Reading Rainbow". Is it a book or tv show or both? I'd love to check it out for Lane to pass on that love of reading. I am currently reading "The Power of a Praying Wife". Wow. I am being trained FOR SURE! I love it!!! BTW, I don't like Star Trek - never have, never will. You can't make me! Now Star Wars on the other hand...

    22One7.org said...

    Tiffany, the entire Cherry household mourns the fact that you have not seen Reading Rainbow. You must watch it. I still enjoy seeing it.

    Praying Wife...watch out Travis Atwood! The Holy Ghost is on the move!

    I like Star Wars myself. I used to love it when it would come on t.v. and of course now I live with a DVD junkie so we have them all.

    Melissa said...

    I used to watch the original Star Trek with my dad and brothers so it doesn't bother me. The New Star Trek however- no thanks!

    Tiff- you must see Reading Rainbow! I am pretty sure it's on PBS. Check it out!

    fpcc-fahs said...

    Preach on sister! You always seem to write the things that I am thinking so much more eloquently than I would. I am in full agreement about 10/31 - I can't even bring myself to type the "H" word.

    God has placed this on my heart as a true conviction for 2 years now. I must admit we used to sit on the fence about this one... but, no longer! If we should strive to be Christ like at all times - just think if Christ were living amongst us today in a house in our neighborhood... would Christ have little ghosts or skeletons hanging out on his lawn? I think NOT! Anyhoo!

    Love you for your boldness Steph! When do we start taping our talk show?
    :)
    Christine

    P.S.
    I love LuLu's ears! Way to be strong daddy Denbigh.

    22One7.org said...

    Christine,

    thank you for your encouragement. That Christ's lawn having ghosts makes me laugh! Can you imagine?!! Turn or burn! Just kidding.

    Talk Show! If you're waiting on me, you're backing up.

    We'll have to get a picture of Lulu and Sophia now that they have twinkie ear piercings.

    love!