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October 31, 2016, 12:59 PM

Don't Be Scared. Be Loved Instead.

Halloween is a time for dressing up, trick or treating and being scared by things that go bump in the night.  A time for scary stories, ghost stories, and running through a graveyard at night with a bunch of black cats crossing your path...okay maybe that last one was just my plans this evening. 

No matter how you celebrate Halloween, or don't celebrate Halloween, there is no doubt that someone will try to scare you or creep you out this time of the year.  Scary movies reruns, scary sitcom  episodes, and scary commercials will invade our television viewing.  Hollywood has for the last several weeks been promoting the scary movies coming to a theater near you.   Haunted Houses, haunted corn mazes and haunted local places of legend will have throngs of people showing up for a scary good time.   

Silly costumes, scary costumes, and downright disturbing costumes will parade around our neighborhoods in search of candy and the occasional.....AAAAHHHHHHHH! Moment.
None of it is really all that scary.  In fact most of it is silly if not even comical.

But, do you know what is really scary?  Admitting what it is that really scares you.  Admitting what really scares you is the opposite of comical.  
Things like:

What is going to happen tomorrow or what does the future hold in store for me?

What happens to people when they die?

What would happen to me if I were to die tonight?

Is Heaven real?  Or worse yet, is hell real?

How do I get to Heaven, or how do I stay out of Hell?

Is Satan real?  What about ghosts?  

Is God real, and if so what does he expect from me and how do I find out?

If I did not know the answer to all these questions it would scare the life out of me!

If you don't know the answers to those questions or ones like them, let me answer them for you. 

I don't know what the future holds, but I do know that God holds the future.  He sent His son to die for you so that when you do die (as everyone faces the end of their life someday) you don't have to go to a real place of fire and punishment called hell that was not meant for Satan and his demons and not meant for you, but can live forever in a real place of perfection called Heaven.  God loves you so much that made away of escape through Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God, dying in your place on a cross and then rising from the dead proving He has conquered death and paying the price of sin once and for all.  

When our life ends on this earth we will be faced with a very real, very loving, and very perfect God that demands perfection.  We are not perfect.  We cannot live perfect.  We fail to reach perfection and that is called sin.  God cannot allow sin into Heaven, but if you turn from sin and believe on Him and ask Him to wash away your sin, He has promised that He will and He will welcome you into Heaven when your life on earth is over.  It's that simple.  There is nothing else to do.  The Bible says that we are saved by grace (undeserved kindness) through faith (believing without really seeing) that it is not of works or anything we could do, lest any man should boast or brag.  

Don't be afraid any longer.  Turn to a loving God and loving Savior today.  He will save you and there will be nothing to fear.  

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish but have everlasting life - John 3:16

Don't be scared...Be loved instead.  


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