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October 2007 Newsletter

Dear Beloved Working Women,

Praise the Lord in all His glory during this extraordinary season of blessing and harvest!

God is pouring out His goodness in many ways at God’s Love at Work by opening doors for upcoming events and a scholarship award.  Stand by for dates and details.  

Autumn Celebrations

Sukkot

Sukkot, otherwise known as the Feast of Tabernacles or Feast of Nations, is part of God’s High Holy Days.  It began at sundown September 26 and ends on October 3 this year.  It is a season of great joy, a time to celebrate walking in the Lord’s goodness.  It is a Holy time ordained to call forth the former and the latter rains of blessing (a double portion) into every facet of our lives.

During this seven-day season, Jews traditionally vacate their beautiful houses and enter temporary dwellings in remembrance that God supernaturally provided for them in the wilderness.  They acknowledge, with thanksgiving, God’s everlasting provision for wealth and blessing through His power.

Not coincidentally, the pilgrims celebrated their first Thanksgiving during the Sukkot season.  Like the Jews, when they came out of bondage (from religion in Europe) and into their promised land (America), they gave God thanksgiving.  The pilgrims and our forefathers understood this principle that only through God do we receive blessing and freedom.  

Halloween

In celebrating God’s beauty and harvest of autumn, it is important to also have a root understanding of Halloween. 

Halloween is historically an amalgam of commemoration that includes the final harvesting of crops for the year, the martyring of saints and a pagan festival known as Samhain.  The latter embraces divination, folklore and other satanic rituals that invite dead souls and dark spirits to join the living on earth.  Even today, Wiccans (a sect of witches) embrace the pagan portion—Samhain—as their most important holiday.  What’s more, in the year 835, Pope Gregory IV moved All Saints’ Day (or All Souls Day) from springtime to autumn to be celebrated congruently with Samhain (or the Day of the Dead), creating the official Halloween holiday.  If you look at your Gregorian calendar, you’ll see these holidays listed October 31 – November 2.

Parents, you may want to carefully consider this information when the world suggests we dress our children in scarey costumes, dash through haunted houses and harbor icons of death (skeletons, vampires, etc.) at our homes.  The Bible is clear about the dabbling in darkness of any kind resulting in dark consequences.

Joshua 24:14-15 instructs us to “fear the Lord and serve Him with all faithfulness.  Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped” and “choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve.”  Joshua says, “But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

Hosea 4:6 says, “my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.  Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.”   

God’s Love At Work Website

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Remember, by making purchases through our affiliates (ads) on the God’s Love at Work website, you help support this ministry.  

If you would like to bless a student in need by making a donation to our scholarship fund, click http://www.godsloveatwork.com/donations  


End Notes

For more information on Sukkot, visit:  http://www.larryhuchministries.com or http://www.jewsforjesus.org   

For more information on Halloween, visit: Wikipedia.org - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween or Focus on the Family - http://family.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/family.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=882


And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love.
Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.

1 John 4:16
Margaret D. Mitchell


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