Events: CMML’s Annual Fall Conference

41st Annual Fall Missions Conference Do you have an interest in Missions? Are you interested in the Middle East’s recent events? Do you live in the New York City – Philadelphia metropolitan region? If so, Digital Sojourner recommends this Saturday’s Missions Conference: The Middle East, Saying What is Not Said.

The conference, hosted by Christian Missions in Many Lands, Inc., will focus on the recent, tumultuous events of the Middle East from a perspective that is not given by the media.

Lord willing the conference will be held at the Lincroft Bible Church, 790 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ from 10a – 3p on Saturday November 12th… arrive early for coffee and fellowship starting at 9:15a. Infant and childcare provided, so bring the entire family.

More information is available from the conveners here.

See you there!

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Events: 2011 Rise Up Conferernce

2011 Rise Up ConferenceFrom time to time Digital Sojourner will post information about upcoming events that we are excited about. One such event is the 2011 International Rise Up Conference. The conference is scheduled for December 27 – 30, 2011 at the Renaissance Suites Hotel in Charlotte, NC.

Among the featured speakers at this event is Dr. John C. Lennox. Digital Sojourner greatly values the ministry of Dr. Lennox, and has recently reviewed his website here and featured his writings in our Jottings category here. This event is your opportunity to hear Dr. Lennox speak on the topic of the New Atheism. He is is very gracious and loving in speech, yet unrelenting in his stand for the truth.

More information about this exciting event is available at the 2011 International Rise Up website. See you there!

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The Light of Halloween

Every year I’m baffled by all of the excitement and hoopla surrounding Halloween.

Don’t get me wrong, I fully understand why children get excited about free candy. Free candy! What’s not to like about that? You want to give me a box of Nerds? Go for it!

It’s also obvious why children like to dress up in costume. Who wouldn’t like to dress up as Darth Vader and run around the neighborhood with a plastic lightsaber?

Hot apple cider? I get it. Carving pumpkins? I get it. I get all of that.

What I don’t understand is why fully grown adults make such a big deal about it. Apparently, Halloween is second only to Christmas in the amount of money Americans spend for a holiday. Amazing.

Costumes designed to be as grotesque and evil appearing as possible– entire front yards are turned into pretend graveyards– fully grown adults trying to out do each other with lavish costumes. What exactly are people trying to celebrate?

As a Christian, what am I to do?

In our community there are a few ground rules for trick or treating: children 13 and under go door to door from 6p – 8p. Homes that are participating turn their lights on, homes that are not participating should turn their lights off.

This is my answer

  • You are the light of the world. Matthew 5:14
  • Hide it under a bushel? No! Matthew 5:15
  • Let your light shine! Matthew 5:16
  • Let the little children come to me. Matthew 19:14

Tonight, I’m going to leave the lights on – the light of our home and the light of the gospel. Each child that comes to our door will receive a nice piece of candy and a gospel tract. After all, it is the only time of the year when countless souls come to our door looking for a free gift… How can I possibly turn off the light?

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