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The New Geneva Leadership Blog 2009 Thanksgiving post…

““See what cause the saints have to be frequent in the work of thanksgiving. In this Christians are defective; though they are much in supplication, yet little in gratulation.

The apostle says. “In everything give thanks” (1 Thess. 5.18). Why so? Because God makes everything work for our good. We thank the physician, though he gives us a bitter medicine which makes us sick, because it is to make us well; we thank any man who does us a good turn; and shall we not be thankful to God, who makes everything work for good to us? God loves a thankful Christian.

Job thanked God when he took all away: “The Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1.21). Many will thank God when He gives; Job thanks Him when He takes away, because he knew that God would work good out of it. We read of saints with harps in their hands (Rev. 14.2), an emblem of praise. We meet many Christians who have tears in their eyes, and complaints in their mouths; but there are few with their harps in their hands, who praise God in affliction.

To be thankful in affliction is a work peculiar to a saint. Every bird can sing in spring, but some birds will sing in the dead of winter. Everyone, almost, can be thankful in prosperity, but a true saint can be thankful in adversity. A good Christian will bless God, not only at sun-rise, but at sun-set. Well may we, in the worst that befalls us, have a psalm of thankfulness, because all things work for good. Oh, be much in blessing of God: we will thank Him that doth befriend us.”

Taken from Banner of Truth’s Puritan Paperback, “All Things for Good,” by Thomas Watson, pp 62-63.

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“(NaturalNews) Ghouls and goblins may be spooky, but what should really give you the creeps this Halloween is the decorative makeup you might be putting on your face. New evidence from the nonprofit Ecology Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan shows many novelty face paints used for Halloween are tainted with toxic heavy metals like cadmium and lead.

Your Halloween Costume May be Hazardous to Your HealthResearchers at the Ecology Center tested 31 types of novelty makeup you can find on the shelves of big name outlets and party stores all over the country. Every single product contained traces of some kind of metal, but that is just the beginning. More than half of the products contained cadmium, a toxic heavy metal linked to cancer, birth defects and brain damage. Other toxic metals like mercury and lead were also detected.

Even more disturbing is the popularity of these products with children. Kids dressing up as comical clowns and blood-sucking vampires routinely have their faces painted to match, but dress-up can turn ugly if toxic metals are involved. Children are especially at risk because their growing bodies and developing brains are more vulnerable to toxins like heavy metals. The health campaign director of the Ecology Center says parents should err on the side of caution until we know more about what levels of these metals are safe or unsafe for our children.

Representatives of some of the manufacturers insist their products have been tested to ensure legal levels of heavy metals, but health advocates say legal levels for topical products may be far too high. Not enough testing has been done to determine how much of these products are absorbed through the skin. Our skin is highly permeable, and putting these toxic metals on our skin may be no more safe than putting them straight into our mouths.

This Halloween the wise choice would be to avoid commercial makeup by either making your own at home or simply going without. When it comes to your health and that of your children, it’s better to be safe than sorry.”

Sources for this article include:………

The following article is from the Jeremiah Project:

“History traces Halloween back to the ancient religion of the Celtics in Ireland. The Celtic people were very conscious of the spiritual world and had their own ideas of how they could gain access to it – such as by helping their over 300 gods to defeat their enemies in battle, or by imitating the gods in showing cleverness and cunning.

Their two main feasts were Beltane at the beginning of summer (May 1), and Samhain (pronounced Sah-ween) at the end of summer (Nov. 1). They believed Samhain was a time when the division between the two worlds became very thin, when hostile supernatural forces were active and ghosts and spirits were free to wander as they wished.

“During this interval the normal order of the universe is suspended, the barriers between the natural and the supernatural are temporarily removed, the sidh lies open and all divine beings and the spirits of the dead move freely among men and interfere sometimes violently, in their affairs”
(Celtic Mythology, p. 127).

The Celtic priests who carried out the rituals in the open air were called Druids, members of pagan orders in Britain, Ireland and Gaul, who generally performed their rituals by offering sacrifices, usually of crops and animals, but sometimes of humans, in order to placate the gods; ensuring that the sun would return after the winter; and frightening away evil spirits.

To the Celtics, the bonfire represented the sun and was used to aid the Druid in his fight with dark powers. The term bonfire comes from the words “bone fire,” literally meaning the bones of sacrificed animals, sometimes human, were piled in a field with timber and set ablaze. All fires except those of the Druids were extinguished on Samhain and householders were levied a fee to relight their holy fire which burned at their altars. During the Festival of Samhain, fires would be lit which would burn all through the winter and sacrifices would be offered to the gods on the fires. This practice of burning humans was stopped around 1600, and an effigy was sometimes burned instead.

October 31, Halloween, is one of the more popular holidays for children. What child wouldn’t want to dress up as a monster or fairy and score a bag of candy in the process?When Christianity spread to parts of Europe, instead of trying to abolish these pagan customs, people tried to introduce ideas which reflected a more Christian world-view. Halloween has since become a confusing mixture of traditions and practices from pagan cultures and Christian tradition.

By A.D. 43, Romans had conquered the majority of Celtic territory. During their rule of the Celtic lands, Roman festivals were combined with the traditional Celtic celebration of Samhain. The Romans observed the holiday of Feralia, intended to give rest and peace to the departed. Participants made sacrifices in honor of the dead, offered up prayers for them, and made oblations to them. Another festival was a day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees. The symbol of Pomona is the apple and the incorporation of this celebration into Samhain probably explains the tradition of “bobbing” for apples that is practiced today on Halloween.

As the influence of Christianity spread into Celtic lands, in the 7th century, Pope Boniface IV introduced All Saints’ Day, a time to honor saints and martyrs, to replace the pagan festival of the dead. It was observed on May 13. In 834, Gregory III moved All Saint’s Day from May 13 to Nov. 1 and for Christians, this became an opportunity for remembering before God all the saints who had died and all the dead in the Christian community. Oct. 31 thus became All Hallows’ Eve (‘hallow’ means ‘saint’).

Sadly, though, many of the customs survived and were blended in with Christianity. Numerous folk customs connected with the pagan observances for the dead have survived to the present.

In 1517, a monk named Martin Luther honored the faithful saints of the past by choosing All Saints Day (November 1) as the day to publicly charge the Church heirarchy with abandoning biblical faith. This became known as “Reformation Day,” a fitting celebration of the restoration the same biblical faith held by the saints throughout church history.”

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(This post comes as a warning from Fox News. To all the people out there that know a thing or two about natural health most of this should not come as a surprise, but seeing that a lot of people out there still need to have true healthy habits taught to them…)

“Just in time for Halloween, the FDA has come out with a warning that eating too much black licorice could lead to heart problems in adults..

Here are five surprising hazards to keep an eye out for this Halloween.

“Heart attack” licorice: Consuming too much black licorice may cause abnormal heartbeats, or arrhythmias, particularly in order adults, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Black licorice contains the compound glycyrrhizin, which can cause the body’s potassium levels to fall.

 In some people, this can lead to, besides arrhythmias, edema (swelling), lethargy or congestive heart failure, the FDA says. Several studies have linked black licorice to health problems in people over 40. The agency has the following advice for licorice lovers: Don’t eat lots of black licorice all at once; and if you’ve been binging on the stuff and you experience irregular heartbeats or muscle weakness, contact your doctor.*(see my note below)*

“Halloween diarrhea: Candy flavored with the sugar substitute sorbitol can cause diarrhea and other gastrointestinal problems. Sorbitol has fewer calories than sugar, and so it is often used in “dietetic” candies, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

[Halloween Health: The Best and Worst Trick-or-Treat Candy]

When adults consume 10 to 50 grams of sorbitol, they may experience a range of gastrointestinal symptoms, from mild gas and bloating to cramps and serve diarrhea, the CSPI says. Children may be affected by smaller amounts…”

*Please never get the candy licorice mixed up with the all natural licorice herb, where the taste came from originally. Candy licorice from the store is a chemically altered licorice flavoring with tons of unnatural sugar added to it. There is a lot of controversy involved with all natural remedies that use licorice, but I believe they work very well if not abused. So remember this: candy licorice causes heart and gum diseases while all natural herbal licorice root (when used properly) helps in fighting against gum disease, coughs, ulcers, arthritis, infection, and even cancer! See how man destroys God’s medicine (licorice root) and turns it into a disease causing candy (store bought licorice)?
I would highly encourage you to look into buying (if you have a medically problem check with a doctor first, or even better check with a nutritionist or herbal/all natural doctor first) licorice root in its raw, liquid, or in pill form. I have used licorice root in liquid form before and it is amazing in relieving dry mouth symptoms.
Praise be to the Great Physician for all Eternity!

“Halloween is shortened version of “All Hallows even” meaning “the night or evening before All Hallows Day” or “All Holy Day” or “All Saints Day.”

The celebration of this day in a positive way has a long tradition in various branches of Christianity. Reformed churches tend to celebrate 31 October in remembrance of Martin Luther’s posting of his 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg church on that day in 1517.

There is a “dark side” to this day: goblins, witches, macabre costumes, etc. For the general public, an aura of death pervades the day. “Trick or Treating” has a “downside” component. Many Cable TV movie channels run a string of “horror” movies that negate anyone’s sense for decency, sound mind, and good taste.

There is a long tradition in many cultures of the “Festival of the Dead.” It occurs after harvest (in late October) and it is a celebration or honoring of deceased members of the community. This festival seems to be the origion of many of our modern day Halloween accoutrements and practices.

Since this “festival” is resident in so many cultures, there would seem to be some justification for discovering its true origins. We have hints to this origin in the Bible.

In Genesis 7:11-12, we read “In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights.”

Note the detail of the dates. First, the age of Noah: 600 years. At age 600, Noah’s grandfather, Methuselah, was 969. The year of the Flood was the year of the death of Methuselah, the man who lived the longest according to Scripture. And, Methuselah’s name means “when he dies, it shall come.” This analysis reveals the long-suffering of God (cf. I Peter 3:20-21) since the display of His wrath is denoted in Scripture as His “unusual task” (Isaiah 28:21), not against His nature as Lord of all, but against His first intention as Creator, to shower the created order with His goodness.

Second, note the date of the commencement of the Flood: in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month. When was this in terms of our dating system? In the Hebrew civil calendar, this is the month of Marchesvan or Heshvan. The 17th day of this month equates with the end of October … Halloween.

On this day, those who did not heed Noah, the preacher of righteousness, died in God’s judgment. Since that day, it would be reasonable to conclude that all cultures, tracing their starting point to the descendents of Noah, in some way recognized this day. As these cultures turned away from the light and walked in darkness, the celebration of the “Festival of the Dead” (the original dead of the Flood) replaced the celebration of the salvation of God through Noah.

Speaking of God’s salvation through Noah, there is another important date in this narrative. As noted in I Peter 3:20-21, the ark of Noah is linked to the resurrection of Christ. At the baptism of Christ, the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in the form of a dove (cf. Luke 3:21-22 with Genesis 8:8-12) indicating that, in Christ, a new world (or new age), rooted in judgment on sin, was about to burst forth. In Genesis 8:4, we read that the ark rested on the mountains of Ararat on the 17th day of the seventh month (the Hebrew month of Nisan, our April) … the exact day that Christ rose from the dead centuries later, a day that demonstrated the triumph of Christ on the Cross and the commencement of the Age of Messiah, Anno Domini, the Jubilee Year of our Lord (Isaiah 61; Luke 4:18-19).

In conclusion, as Biblical Christians, let’s learn to celebrate God’s Reign of Triumph past, present, and future as we recall the demonstration of His justice and salvation on 31 October, so many years ago.”

(Written by Professor James Nickel… his website is

The Truth About Halloween
by Bob McCurry

“Excited children masquerading as witches, ghosts, goblins, demons, and other grotesque characters skipping through the neighborhood knocking on doors chanting “trick or treat” while holding out a sack in which one is to drop a piece of candy or other goodies…the party at school, church, or Sunday School where they bob for apples, tell fortunes, or go through “haunted houses”…decorations of jack-o’-lanterns, witches on brooms and black cats with arched backs…It is “Halloween”-one of the strangest days of the year.

 “Are Halloween activities really just the simple, innocent holiday fun most people believe them be? Where did this holiday originate? Why is this holiday celebrated?

History provides the answers. Though it was the Roman Catholic Church who designated the October 31st date as Allhallow’s Eve, or “eve of the holy one’s day,” in prelude to their November 1st All Saint’s Day, it was earlier pagan peoples who gave the annual holiday the sinister meaning and traditions it still holds.

 “The American celebration rests upon Scottish and Irish folk customs which can be traced in direct line from pre-Christian times. Although Halloween has become a night of rollicking fun, superstitious spells, and eerie games which people take only half seriously, its beginnings were quite otherwise. The earliest Halloween celebrations were held by the Druids in honor of Samhain, Lord of the dead, whose festival fell on November 1.

“It was a Druidic belief that on the eve of this festival, Samhain [also called Saman], lord of death, called together the wicked souls [spirits] that within the past 12 months had been condemned to inhabit the bodies of animals.”

“The Druids, an order of priests in ancient Gaul and Britain, believed that on Halloween, ghosts, spirits, fairies, witches, and elves came out to harm people. They thought the cat was sacred and believed that cats had once been human beings but were changed as a punishment for evil deeds. From these Druidic beliefs come the present-day use of witches, ghosts, and cats in Halloween festivities. Halloween “was the night for the universal walking about of all sorts of spirits, fairies, and ghosts, all of whom had liberty on that night.

 “The pagans believed that on one night of the year the souls of the dead returned to their original homes. “There was a prevailing belief among all nations that at death the souls of good men were taken possession of by good spirits and carried to paradise, but the souls of wicked men were left to wander in the space between the earth and moon, or consigned to the unseen world. These wandering spirits were in the habit of haunting the living…But there were means by which these ghosts might be exorcised. To exorcise these ghosts, that is, to free yourself from their supposed evil sway, you would have to set out food-give the demons a treat-and provide shelter for them during the night. If they were satisfied with your treat, it was believed they would leave you in peace. If food and shelter were not provided, or if they were not satisfied, these spirits, it was believed, would “trick” you by casting an evil spell on you and cause havoc.

“The modern custom of “Trick-or-treat” began in Ireland hundreds of years ago. A group of farmers went from house to house begging food for the village Halloween festivities in the name of their ancient gods. Good luck was promised to generous donors, and threats were made against those who would not give.” Thus these ancient pagan traditions continue today as youngsters, masquerading as ghosts, skeletons and demons go “trick-or-treating”-begging in a sense for food while promising to refrain from evil deeds.

 October 31st
“It was the Celts who chose the date of October 31 as their New Year’s Eve and who originally intended it as a celebration of everything wicked, evil and dead. Also during their celebration they would gather around a community bonfire and offer as sacrifice their animals, their crops, and sometime themselves. And wearing costumes made from the heads and skins of other animals. They would also tell one another’s fortunes for the coming year. “The celebration remained much the same after the Romans conquered the Celts around 43 A.D. The Romans did however, add a ceremony honoring their goddess of fruit and trees and thus the association with apples and the custom of bobbing for them.”

“The apparently harmless lighted pumpkin face or “Jack-O-Lanterns” were named for a man called Jack, who could not enter Heaven or Hell. As a result, he was doomed to wander in darkness with his lantern until Judgment Day. Fearful of spooks…folks began hollowing out turnips and pumpkins and placing lighted candles inside to scare evil spirits from the house.

 Halloween “Christianized”
“Since Halloween is unmistakably pagan in its origin and practice, how did the professing church come to accept and keep such a day?
Again history provides the answer.

Emperor ConstantineEver since the time of Constantine -who made Catholicism the state religion- the Roman emperors realized how essential it was to have a unified empire, where as many as possible would be of one mind. The civil and religious leaders saw how important it was for the sake of unity to allow only one religion within the Roman domain.

A stringent state policy was implemented to force all non-Christians to accept the state religion. The condition for “conversion,” of course, made it easy for the pagan population of Rome and elsewhere to “accept” ‘Christianity’. Since “acceptance” of ‘Christianity’ was made simple, refusal was made difficult. This plan resulted in large numbers of the heathen population within the empire to flock into the membership of the church. These people brought with them many pagan practices and celebrations, Halloween merely being one of them.

How could the church deal with this problem? The church realized that to excommunicate these pagans would only reduce the membership of the church. This they were unwilling to do. The church had also learned in past times that it was not possible to force the people into discarding all their heathen practices and adopting Roman ones.

There remained only one other way.

“It was reasoned that if a pagan practice or festival could not be forbidden, let it be “Christianized.” Let the recently converted pagans keep certain of their heathen festivals, such as Halloween or All Soul’s Day-but label it “Christian.” Of course they were asked not to pray to their ancient pagan gods on this day. They would now use this day to commemorate the death of “saints.”

 “In the A.D. 800’s [Catholic] church established All Saints Day on November 1 so that people could continue a festival they had celebrated before becoming Christians. The mass that was said on this day was called Allhallowmas. The evening before became known All Hallow even or Halloween…It means hallowed or holy evening. “The celebration of Halloween is a survival of ancient pagan beliefs. When the early [Catholic] church was unable to stop pagan practices, it accepted them and gave them a religious tune.”

 Halloween Today
“Most of the ancient symbols and traditions of Halloween still exist today. Youngsters still dress in costume and go trick-or-treating: begging in a sense, for food while to refrain from evil deeds. And, too, they still light their candles, although much smaller than a torch, and place them inside their pumpkins.

“…It is the one night of the year in which a child experiences the emotion of fear, fantasy and mystery.”

In advising on what to do on Halloween, The Good Housekeeping Book of Entertainment says: “Orange, black and red, the devil’s colors, are the colors associated with Halloween and this scheme should be carried out as far as possible…Have paper streamers and lanterns hanging from the ceiling, or if you would like to have something less usual, you could make a giant spider web with black and orange strings, or in narrow strips of crepe paper coming from the four corners of the room, complete with a large spider-one of the devil’s followers.”

 Inconsistency of Professing Christians
“Bible-believing Christians cringe and shutter at the thought of Satan worship and occult rites. But how many of these same people will dress their children as witches, ghosts, skeletons, or devils and send them out to “trick-or-treat”? How many smile approvingly at the church or Sunday School and youth organizations that have Halloween parties and sponsor “haunted house” activities?

Can any Christian give any scriptural-or even logical-reason for participation in, or approval of, that which is unmistakably associated with paganism, devil-worship, witchcraft and Romanism?

 God’s People Governed By The Scriptures

“The 18th chapter of the book of Deuteronomy, {v v 10-13} very explicitly forbids Christians to have anything to do with witchcraft, spiritism or the demonic. In verse 10 of that chapter we read: “There shall not be found among you anyone that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire {this has reference to the worship of the pagan god Moloch which was state worship}, or that useth divination {a false and pagan counterpart of prophecy; the art or act of foretelling secret knowledge, especially of the future}, or an observer of times {astrology}, or an enchanter, {to cast under a spell; charm; enrapture; to chant [magic words]}, or a witch {divinations in connection with the worship of idolatrous and demoniacal powers}, or a charmer {a fabricator of material charms or amulets to be worn especially around the neck, as a charm against evil or injury}, or a consulter with evil spirits {an inquirer by a familiar spirit}, or a wizard {a false prophet, especially a conjurer. One who summons a devil by oath, incantation or magic spell}, or a necromancer {one who in one form or another seeks to find information by consulting the dead}.”

 “Thou shalt not learn to do after their abominations…”{Deuteronomy 18:9}.
“Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God” {Leviticus 19:31}.

 It is obvious that the elements, symbols, and traditions of the Halloween observance with its emphasis upon goblins and demons, witches and skeletons, ghosts and apparitions rising from cemeteries constitute a dabbling with the very things that Scripture forbids to God’s people and an open invitation to demonic activity.

It is at this point that many will say, “But we don’t worship demons or Halloween. It doesn’t mean the same thing today as it did in the past. It’s now just a harmless, innocent time of fun for the children and the young people.”

 Yet, history clearly shows that Halloween is unmistakably a “religious” {pagan and Roman} holiday. Religion is the adoration, obedience and service rendered to the object of one’s worship. It presupposes profession, practice, or observance of whatever belief and practice-in this case Halloween-as required by some superior authority. It is indisputably clear that Halloween is not commanded or sanctioned by Jehovah God-the true Christian’s Superior Authority-in the Scriptures.

 “Abstain from all appearances of evil” {1st Thessalonians 5:22}.
“And many that believed came and confessed, and showed their deeds. Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men” {Acts 19:18, 19}.
“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” {1st Corinthians 10:31}.”

A Date And Event to Remember

It was on October 31, 1517 that Martin Luther published, by attaching to the church door, his Ninety-Five Theses declaring “Justification by Faith,” which was one of the major events that started the Christian Reformation in Europe and the World. If not for Martin Luther… everyone today would be Catholic to say the least. This is a date and event that we should remember and celebrate in accordance to Scripture (Read both 1st Timothy 2:22 and Philippians 4:8).

(Printable Microsoft document without the pictures: The Truth About Halloween by Bob McCurry)

The September 15th Organic Consumers Association‘s e-newsletter Organic Bytes Quote of the Week is as follows…

“”As the summer growing season draws to a close, 2011 is emerging as the year of the superinsect – the year pests officially developed resistance to Monsanto’s genetically engineered (ostensibly) bug-killing corn.

GM Corn

“In late July scientists in Iowa documented the existence of corn rootworms (a ravenous pest that attacks the roots of corn plants) that can happily devour corn plants that were genetically tweaked specifically to kill them. Monsanto’s corn, engineered to express a toxic gene from a bacterial insecticide called Bt, now accounts for 65 percent of the corn planted in the US.

“The superinsect scourge has also arisen in Illinois and Minnesota.

“‘Monsanto’s insect-killing corn is toppling over in northwestern Illinois fields, a sign that rootworms outside of Iowa may have developed resistance to the genetically modified crop,’ reports Bloomberg. In southern Minnesota, adds Minnesota Public Radio, an entomologist has found corn rootworms thriving, Bt corn plants drooping, in fields.

“[A] 2008 study, conducted by University of Missouri researchers and published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that within three generations, rootworms munching Monsanto’s Bt corn survived at the same rate as rootworms munching pesticide-free corn-meaning that complete resistance had been achieved. Takeaway message: rootworms are capable of evolving resistance to Monsanto’s corn in ‘rapid’ fashion.” -“Monsanto Denies Superinsect Science,” by Tom Philpott, Mother Jones, September 8, 2011″

You see, man can not create food. And when/if he does it does not survive. I believe, and pray, I see the end of GMOs in the USA in my life time. They are dangerous for the earth and everything living on it. GMOs are UNnatural. God has created the standards for food, we must follow those standards or else we will suffer. End of story.