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SUNDAY MORNING COMING DOWN: WHO ARE THE SAINTS?

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THIS WEEKEND IS ONE OF CONTRASTS, TAKING US FROM WITCHES AND GOBLINS  ON SATURDAY, WITH THE KIDS TRICK OR TREATING FOR HALLOWEEN, FOLLOWED BY SUNDAY, TRADITIONALLY ALL SAINTS DAY IN MOST CHRISTIAN CHURCHES AND DENOMINATIONS, BUT NOT ALL.  MANY CHRISTIANS AVOID HALLOWEEN DUE TO THE INFLUENCE OF BAD SPIRITS AND THEIR ASSOCIATED EVIL ACTIONS AND THOUGHTS, BUT I PREFER TO LOOK AT IT AS JUST AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE CHILDREN TO HAVE A LITTLE FUN IF IT IS CARRIED OUT PROPERLY AND WITH GOOD EXPLANATION.  I REMEMBER DUNKING FOR APPLES, GATHERING AND EATING TOO MUCH CANDY WITH THE RESULTANT TUMMY ACHE AS WELL AS MY DEAR DEPARTED DAD COMING HOME THAT EVENING FROM WORK WITH THE MOST OUTLANDISH MASK YOU CAN IMAGINE. AND SINCE WE KNOW THAT THE FALLEN ANGEL STILL EXISTS ON THIS EARTH, IT IS IMPORTANT TO EXPLAIN THE MEANING OF EVIL IN A WAY THAT CLARIFIES THINGS FOR CHILDREN AND PUTS THEM ON THE ROAD TO REDEMPTION.

AS FOR ALL SAINTS DAY, AS A PROTESTANT AND METHODIST, WE SEE IT AS A TIME TO CELEBRATE ALL OF THOSE DEAR DEPARTED SOULS WHO WE KNEW. BOTH FAMILY AND FRIENDS, THAT WERE GOOD CHRISTIAN BELIEVERS AND LIVED THEIR FAITH AS JESUS WOULD HAVE THEM DO. AND ON THIS DAY WE OFTEN ESPECIALLY MENTION IN CHURCH THOSE WE HAVE LOST IN THE PAST YEAR.  AND, OF COURSE, THE GREAT BELIEVERS OF THE EARLY CHURCH, THE APOSTLES AND OTHER GREAT LEADERS WHO LED THE WAY, ARE INCLUDED IN THIS GROUP AND WE OFTEN NAME OUR CHURCHES FOR THEM.

SO HERE'S TO THOSE WHO ARE NOW IN THE ARMS OF THE LORD FOREVER, THE PLACE WHERE WE ULTIMATELY WANT TO FIND OURSELVES. I HOPE YOU'LL JOIN US FOR A FEW WORDS, SOME SCRIPTURE, PRAYER, AND MUSIC AND A WHOLE LOT OF SPIRIT. THE SHOW WILL GO LIVE LATE SATURDAY NIGHT, THEN BE AVAILABLE ON DEMAND ON SUNDAY AND THEREAFTER. SUNDAY MORNING COMING DOWN ONLY COMES ONCE EACH WEEK, CELEBRATE IT AND WHAT THE DAY IS FOR, PRAISING THE LORD.

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