Weekly Update | October 25th

Hello Church Family,

I hope you’re having a good week! October is almost over. Can you believe it? Time flies! In the next few weeks I’m sure many of you will be dressing up your kids in Halloween costumes and going door to door for some candy.

Blaise, our 3 year old, is old enough now to really get into dressing up. He wants to be a LION. Not a zombie lion or lion ghost. Just a lion. I can get behind that! (Roby CISD -where I went school- has the Lion  as our school mascot! How could I not be cool with it?)

This coming Sunday Broadview West will be hosting a “Trunk or Treat.” They start at 5:00pm. If you want to help with this outreach you can bring candy up to the church office or show up Sunday evening and deliver it then. We appreciate any help that you decide to give.

Many churches in Abilene have these type of activities around this time of year. I think it’s great. Another great opportunity Christians have during this time of year is to bless their neighbors by being the “BEST HOUSE” on Halloween night.

Our street doesn’t get into it very much. I guess there’s not that many little kids where we live. However, some areas of our city are going to have hundreds of kids going up and down their streets. What if you decided to be the house that they remember the most?

I’m not talking about dropping in a Gospel Tract with your piece of chewing gum. (although tracts can sometimes be useful for starting a spiritual conversation) I’m also not suggesting you need to turn your home into a house of horrors. We won’t do any of that stuff. I’m just pointing out the uniqueness of this holiday.

You’re not having to go to your neighbors. Your neighbors are coming to YOU!

As a church we’re committed to blessing our city through the mobilization of 80% of our small groups in local mission projects. What if you and a few people from your small group decided to make your house the BEST house to visit on Halloween?

The best candy, unparalleled hospitality, and over the top enthusiasm for the creativity you’ll see are just a few of the ways you can bless the people who knock on your door. Be creative! Be a blessing. Leverage this day for God’s Kingdom.

I certainly understand the sentiments that some have about this holiday. A case can be made for not celebrating Halloween whatsoever. I think Christians of good conscience can disagree over the best way to think about it.

No matter what you decide to do, my encouragement this week is for you to be a blessing to people around you no matter where you are or what day it is. If you decide to live your life with a blessing strategy, you’ll be amazed at the evangelistic impact your life can make.

I hope you’ll join us this Sunday as we look at how that idea is spelled out in the Scripture. If there’s any way I can pray for you, please let me know! I hope you have a great rest of your week!

Blessings,

Pastor Wes

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