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Volume II, Number 16                                 Oct. 18, 2002
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Table of Contents

  • What To Do About Halloween
  •      Use To Teach Truth
  •      Response: Alternatives
  •      Response: Evangelism
  • Tract Evangelism
  •      Advantages of Tracts
  •      How To Use Tracts
  •      Resources
  • Pray for D.C. Residents & HSLDA Staff
  • Sunny Side Up: Humorous Anecdote
  • Resources
  •      "The Christian Warrior"
  •      LingoHouse-Language Home for Kids
  •      Moms For Life
  •      The Teaching Tank: Science for Homeschool Families

    Greetings!

         As a home schooler, you can use Halloween as an opportunity to teach the history of this holiday and what God says about the the unseen, but real, spiritual world around us of Satan's evil and God's good.

         Then as citizens of Heaven who have been given the mission of being ambassadors for Christ, learn how you can practice evangelism with a tract ministry. (See articles in this issue.)

         These will be invaluable life lessons for your family and an occasion to fulfill your family's goal of influencing our society for the Lord!

    Sincerely,
    Sue Welch
    for Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian Welch
    The Teaching Home is a home-school family business produced in our home since 1980.
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    "The Christian Warrior"
         Written by the author of "The Basket of Flowers" and republished by SAT Publications, publishers of quality Christian literature. Spiritual battles illustrated by the life of a Roman warrior. Excerpts, reviews, and ordering
    information at http://www.satpub.com
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    What To Do About Halloween

         Each year as stores and homes begin to decorate for Halloween, we can either ignore the holiday or respond to it in a way that will edify our families and others while honoring the Lord.

         Historically, Halloween was a pagan, occultic worship day. Even today we see that the primary focus of Halloween is the occult, the devil, evil, death, fear, and horror.

         By not celebrating this holiday as the unbelieving world does, we are acknowledging that as Christians we are different from the world and are obeying God's Word: "Have nothing to do with the evil deeds of darkness, but rather expose them" (Ephesians 5:11).

    Use To Teach Truth

         The first truth to teach is the pagan, occult, and satanic origin and present practices of Halloween. Tampering with the demonic and occult is serious business.
    http://www.annieshomepage.com/halloweenhistory.html
    http://www.annieshomepage.com/halloween2.html
    http://logosresourcepages.org/halloween.html
    http://christiananswers.net/q-eden/halloween.html

         Use a few of your family's daily devotional times to do a Bible study. Look up and discuss all the Scriptures you can find related to the occult. Use a Bible dictionary, your Bible's chain reference, and/or a topical Bible.

         Be sure to balance your study of Satan and evil with the glorious attributes of God, His power, and Christ's victory over Satan by His death and resurrection.

         A word of warning: when we expose Satan and his works and reveal God's Words to our family, the enemy of our souls will target us for attack. We must put on "the whole armor of God," for this spiritual battle is real.

         "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places" (Eph. 6:12).

    Passages to Study
         These are a few topics and passages to get you started.

    Light and Darkness: Eph. 5:1-17
    Witchcraft: Deut. 18:9-14; Lev. 20:27; I Sam. 28:3-25
    Satan: John 8:44; I John 5:19; Luke 22:31; I Pet. 5:8
    Fear: Matt. 10:28; Ps. 118:6; 27
    Hell: Luke 16:19-31; Rev. 19:20; 21:8.
    God's Love: John 3:16; I John 3:1; Rom. 8:31-39
    God's Power: Rom. 16:20; I Cor. 15:51-58; Luke 8:26-39
    God's Protection: Ps. 23; John 10:27-30; Ps. 91
    God's Presence: Ps. 145:18; Matt. 28:20; James 4:7-8
    Spiritual Warfare: Eph. 6:10-18; II Cor. 10:3-5

         You may want to select some verses that promise God's love and protection to memorize and be used to comfort and reassure your children when they are afraid.

    Alternatives

         Many families respond to the evils of Halloween with alternatives such as a harvest festival at their church.

         Some families celebrate Reformation Day on Oct. 31. An excellent resource for that celebration is:

         A Night of Reformation. This 170-page notebook contains a short play about Martin Luther plus instructions and illustrations for games, carnival booths, crafts, food, music, costumes, decorations, and art and writing projects.
    http://www.doorposts.net/Reformation.htm

         Do anticipate questions that your children may be asked about the holiday and help them prepare an answer that would honor our Lord.

    Halloween Tracts

         Many families use Halloween for an outreach ministry of tract evangelism (see article below).

         * You can turn your light on and welcome trick-or-treaters with candy and a gospel tract.
         * One family goes out on the sidewalks and offers candy and tracts to those who pass by.
         * Or you could wrap up plates of home-made cookies with tracts enclosed and take them around to your neighbors.

         To prepare for your ministry:
         * Select appropriate tracts.
         * Teach your children the courtesies of distributing tracts and the importance of being a good testimony while doing so.
         * Pray for the fruitfulness of the seed, God's Word, you will be sowing in the lives of people receiving the tracts.

         The Lord can help your family to turn Halloween into an opportunity to teach your children Biblical truth, disciple them in literature evangelism, and experience a fruitful time of ministry together.
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    Tract Evangelism

         Evangelism is an important area of Christian teaching. We need to go beyond preparing our children to be "salt and light," and actually show them how we are fulfilling these roles ourselves. Then they can minister with us.

         The Lord has given us a mission to "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." We can start in our own neighborhood and with those we meet in our daily lives.

         Train and model for your children thoughtfulness and concern for the eternal salvation of those around us. Then demonstrate how we can bring them God's Good News.

         As Christians, we know that we are to be witnesses for Christ, but not knowing where or how to do so can keep us at a standstill. Gospel tracts do not take the place of your personal testimony of how God saved you, but they can allow you to witness to people that you meet only briefly, building your confidence in witnessing to others.

    Advantages of Tracts
         Consider these advantages. Tracts:
    * Present a well-thought-out message.
    * Can be read and reread at a more convient time.
    * Can include Bible verses and a longer message.
    * Provide a non-threatening way to witness.
    * Often take the gospel where no other witness can go.
    * Can be used by any person; no special ability is needed.
    * Stick to the point; don't get side tracked.
    * Never get offended or lose their tempers.
    * May be read privately by people too proud to listen.
    * Lead many to accept Christ.
    * Are worth it all if just one came to Christ.
    * Can witness even to people who speak other languages.
    * Open the door to further witness.

    Advantages of Using Tracts on Halloween
         By passing out tracts on Halloween, you can:
    * See people that you would otherwise not meet.
    * Get the gospel to everyone in your neighborhood.
    * Just drop tracts into Trick-or-Treat bags. It's easy!
    * Stay at home. It's convenient!
    * Turn a pagan holiday into a witnessing time.
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    How To Use Tracts

    Preparation
    * Carefully select tracts with a messages that you want to
         give out. Make sure the Gospel message is clear and
         Scripture verses are given.
    * Use appropriate tracts for different situations and people.
    * Pray that the Lord will lead you to people that you can give
         tracts to that day and that their hearts will be prepared
         to hear and respond to God.
    * If possible establish a friendly relationship with recipients.
    * Keep tracts by your door to give to anyone who calls, and as
    a reminder to you to take tracts with you when you leave.

    Personalization
    * With your church's permission, put its name, address,
         and phone number on the back of each tract for further
         information.
    * Prepare a sentence to say when handing a tract to someone,
         such as "I would like to share something with you that
         so much to me."
    * Write your own tracts that include your own personal
         testimony. Your children can do this also. You may use
         or include (copyright free)God's Plan of Salvation.
    * Personalize a printed tract with a handwritten message
         such as "I have trusted Jesus Christ as my Savior and
         recommend Him to you."

    Delivery
    * Consciously smile and express love and care when giving
         someone a tract.
    * Don't force tracts on people.
    * Read and discuss a tract with a friend over a cup of tea.
    * Send a tract by e-mail with your personal testimony.
    * Leave a tract with your tip when eating out.
    * Anytime you speak to a cashier at a store or restaurant
         offer them a tract, "Could I leave you something to read
         when you have time?"
    * Enclose a tract with every bill that you pay on time.
    * Always be courteous, even if the tract is refused.

    Involving Others
    * Take tracts to church for others to give out.
    * Teach and encourage others to pass tracts along. Maybe
         you could give a class at your church.
    * Challenge each one in your family (or Bible study, etc.)
         to take seven tracts and hand them out in seven days.

    Afterwards
    * Give Scripture portions (e.g., Gospels) or low-cost New
         Testaments ($2 each) to those who show sincere interest.
    * Follow up tracts with prayer for recipients and for
         other Christians around them to water the seed or reap
         the harvest. (Someone else may be praying the same
         thing for you!)
    * If you meet a tract recipent again, ask, "What did you think
         about the pamphlet I gave you?" and/or give him another.
    * Don't become discouraged or give up. Giving out a tract,
         like any method of evangelism, may be either sowing,
         watering, or reaping. You may never see the end result
         until you get to Heaven.
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    Resources for Tract Evangelism

         We cannot endorse all copy in all tracts or everything about the organizations that produce them. Please be prayerfully discerning when making your selections.

    Halloween Tracts
         Most of these resources also carry other tracts.

    Child Evangelism Fellowship. Halloween tract, plus other
         children's tracts, some with tear-off postage-paid
         response cards to join the Mailbox Club, a Bible study by
         mail. One tract in Spanish.
    http://shop.gospelcom.net/cgi-bin/CEF.storefront/3db07c2e00e04cba271aac1410010642/Catalog/1017
    Good News Publishers. 15 Halloween tracts, usually
         ships in 2-3 business days. Christmas and Easter tracts
         with Thomas Kinkade art on cover.
    http://www.gnpcb.org/catalog/tracts.halloween/
    Halloween Outreach. Order until Oct. 26.
    http://www.halloweenoutreach.com/order.html
    American Tract Society. Halloween kits.
    http://www.atstracts.org/halloween/index.html
    Moments with the Book. 200+ Gospel tracts. Send by
         e-mail and e-cards.
    http://www.mwtb.org/pages/display.php?id=120000&PHPSESSID=0f5dca59c9cac0ee1fcd01b52008765d
    Halloween Cards.
    http://www.mwtb.org/pages/display.php?id=130020
    Chick Publications.
    http://www.chick.com/seasonal/halloween/tractsuggestions.asp

    Print or Make Your Own Halloween Tracts
    Life Saver Tract for Halloween. Free to download and print.
         Hand out with Life Saver candy. Also in Spanish.
    http://www.geocities.com/lisargood/holidays/Halloween.htm
    Make-Your-Own Halloween Tracts. How to make your own
         tracts. Suggested copy is free to use.
    http://www.rpdigest.com/00801.htm

    Gospel Tracts
    God's Simple Plan of Salvation. In 21 languages.
         You can also send tracts by e-mail.
    http://www.wholesomewords.org/gospel.html
    Gospel Tracts. Free to use with permission notice. Text
         could be used for printing your own tracts.
    http://www.script7.org/gospel_tracts.htm
    The Trinity Foundation. Some in German.
    http://www.trinityfoundation.org/ammo/tracts.asp
    Navigators. Classic tract "The Bridge to Life."
    http://www.gospelcom.net/navs/navinfo/resources/bridge/bridge.htm
    Steps to Peace with God by Billy Graham. Also
         in Spanish.
    http://www.grason.org/online/dept.asp?dept%5Fid=4&page=3&ssid=90KJEJLGHNRE9K0NE56P1JJ1M508BJT1
    J3:16 Free Tracts. Download tracts as PDF files, print,
         and copy them. English, Spanish, Portugese.
    http://www.impacto.org/j3-16/index-e.sht
    Absolutely Free, Inc. The Gospel of John.
    http://www.livingwater.org/InfoMin.html
    Christian Book.com. A variety of 160+ tracts.
    http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/easy_find/88387683?Ntk=typeset.typeset&Ntt=tracts&action=Search&N=0&Ne=0&nav_search=1&Go.x=12&Go.y=11
         Gospel of John.
    http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product/88387683?item_no=521788X&event=ESRC&item_code=WW#_top
    Here's Life. Bilingual tracts in 50 languages based on
         "The Four Spiritual Laws."
    http://www.hereslife.com/
    Pilgrim Fundamental Baptist Press. The Gospel of John
         and various tracts.
    http://www.pfbaptistpress.org/
    "The Four Spiritual Laws." Many languages and formats.
         "Good News," children's version. How to prepare your
         own personal testimony.
    http://www.greatcom.org/laws/languages.html
    Gospel Tracts Links.
    http://bornagain.port5.com/gospel_tracts.htm
    World Christian Tract Directory.
    http://www.tracts.com/CTD.html
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    Pray for D.C.-Area Residents

         On behalf of the residents of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and our co-laborers, I am requesting prayer for protection from the sniper who has now killed nine people in the D.C. area.
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    Sincerely,
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         When I began trying to improve our family's nutrition the most obvious change was from white to whole wheat breads, pastas, etc.
         One day, as our 7-year-old watched me open a container of eggs (that just happened to be brown), he looked at me with some dismay and said, "Aw, Mom, not whole wheat eggs!"
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         "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast" (Eph. 2:8, 9).
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