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Connection the Magazine - Fall 2010

Connection the Magazine - Fall 2010

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Dear Friend,As Christians, I don’t need to tell you that we live inevil times. We live in a broken world. The reality ofthis surrounds us: war, genocide, hunger, prejudice,murder, political lies, environmental disorder, the riseof violence in our media—you get the picture.Evil is everywhere.How attuned to evil are you? Around this time everyyear, many throughout the world celebrate anold custom that highlights much of the evil in ourworld—Halloween. Nearly 80% of American adultsare going to watch a horror film on Halloween night.93% of American children will be out trick-or-treatingand only about 20% of us
hand out candy. Asa nation, we’ll spend about 3.3 billion dollars on Halloween-related merchandise thisyear. How did this all start?Two thousand years ago, the ancient Celtic people celebrated their New Year onNovember 1. It was called Samhain. At the end of the harvest season, the pagans litbonfires and wore costumes and masks, hoping to appease evil spirits and preventcrop damage. Halloween is based upon evil practices but, as Christians, we canredeem the holiday and infuse it with the light of Jesus Christ.To help us understand our broken world, this edition of
Connection—the magazine 
deals with the very real subject of evil.Josh McDowell, renowned author and my good friend, has contributed an articleentitled “Why Does a Good God Allow Evil to Exist?” He reminds us that although evilis here and it is real, it is also temporary.My beautiful wife, Lenya, will help us learn to view temptations and trials through abiblical lens. She reminds us of an important truth: “If we aren’t careful, testings onthe outside may become temptations on the inside.”In “Hot Spots” we’ll investigate the truth behind that ever famous statement, “The devilmade me do it!” Just how much do we blame on Satan and just how much of thatis biblical and accurate? Our “From the Blog” section looks into the proper Christianperspective on ghosts and supernatural beings. Should we be on the lookout forghosts?Also, Chip Lusko speaks with me about the new documentary
whichinvestigates the extent and impact of the occult through mainstream channels intothe youth culture.As always, you’ll find great resources, articles, and relevant information to help yougrow in your personal walk with Jesus Christ.In His strong love,Skip Heitzig
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