Pastor/Professor Russ Hobbs Presents..

Cliffhangers 2018



OH MY, it’s Halloween!  Some Christians have been avoiding this “devilish” holiday for years!  There are others who have dismissed the whole matter as poppycock!  What say you?  

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DO WE as Christians really need to take the celebration of Halloween to extremes?  Where do we draw the line? 

What are the origins of Halloween? Many believe the festival of Samhain to have been the beginning of the Celtic year. At Samhain, farmers brought livestock in from summer pastures and people gathered to build shelters for winter. The festival also had religious significance, and people burned fruits, vegetables, grain, and possibly animals as offerings to the gods. In ancient Celtic stories, Samhain was a magical time of transition when important battles were fought and fairies cast spells. It was a time when the barriers between the natural world and the supernatural were broken. The Celts believed that the dead could walk among the living at this time. During Samhain, the living could visit with the dead, who they believed held secrets of the future. Scholars believe that Halloween's association with ghosts, food, and fortunetelling began with these pagan customs more than 2,000 years ago.

Many of the customs of the pagan Celts survived even after the people became “Christianized.” In the 800s A.D., the church established All Saints' Day on November 1. About two hundred years later, it added All Souls' Day on November 2. This day was set aside for people to pray for friends and family who had died. People made many of the old pagan customs part of this Christian holy day. Some people put out food for their ancestors, or left a lantern burning in the window so that ghosts could find their way home for the night. Through the years, various regions of Europe developed their own Halloween customs. In Wales, for example, each person put a white stone near the Halloween fire at night and then checked in the morning to see whether the stone was still there. If it was, the person would live another year.

In the United States, the origins of Halloween start with the early settlers. When early American settlers came from England, many of them brought various beliefs about ghosts and witches with them. In the 1800s, many immigrants from Ireland and Scotland arrived in the United States and introduced their Halloween traditions. Other groups added their own cultural influences to Halloween customs. German immigrants brought a vivid witchcraft lore, and Haitian and African peoples brought their native voodoo beliefs about black cats, fire, and witchcraft.  Before deciding on this issue one way or another, you may want to grab a Bible and check out Romans 14 as a starting point.




BY Russ Hobbs M.A.

 It is important that we realize that not everyone who attends our churches are there for the same reason!  Some people come into our group(s) and worship experiences to criticize and disrupt the peace of others.  You can spot them quickly and easily.  These folk never contribute anything of value.  But they are argumentative, angry, belligerent and put others within the group on edge.  Further, they dampen the spirit of the study or worship by acting silly, asking foolish and argumentative questions and attempt to draw attention to themselves and coerce the group to their point of view or should we say, their dysfunction.  Sadly, these individuals or persons often prevent others from growing spiritually.  That’s just WRONG and an affront to the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Word.


WE need to be very wary of people who join our groups, I’ll call them “drama seekers” who attempt to infiltrate our ministries and all they do is to week after week:


  • Put others on edge
  • Dampen the spirit of the study, group, worship, etc.
  • Prevent others from growing spiritually
  • Make fools of themselves
  • Embarrass the fellowship


When these people enter our churches, groups and ministries the leadership must bring them into immediate subjection or REMOVE them quickly!  Yes, it is quite OK to remove trouble makers from our groups and functions!  Let’s get real, angry, vindictive and sour people are walking time bombs.  Get rid of the poison or your ministry, group and all of the hard work that you have or are accomplishing may just go up in smoke.  Watch people carefully. 


According to Galatians 5:22 the “Fruit of the Spirit” is


  • Love
  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Long-suffering
  • Kindness
  • Goodness
  • Faithfulness
  • Gentleness

 If these attributes are not being produced within the ministry or group you have members or participants who are exhibiting a worldly and pagan view of life.  They are and they will be trouble.  Count on it AND deal with it!  Bitter and vindictive people exhibit the flesh with all of its passions and desires.  This affronts spiritual growth always. 


  • If we live in the spirit, let us walk in the spirit
  • Let us not become conceited, big shots provoking and envying one another
  • Immaturity is a BIG problem and inhibits (interferes) with healthy relationships and the progression of family, friend, ministry and organizational goals
  • Immature people are insensitive to the needs, hopes, desires and feeling of others














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Rev. Russell E. Hobbs


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