Why Christians Should Not Celebrate Halloween

Children and adults alive love celebrating Halloween but Halloween is seen as a no, no in the Christian community, and for a valid reason. When asked the reason why Christians don’t celebrate Halloween, many Christians will say because it is a pagan holiday because that is what they have been taught.

 What does it all mean,  pagan means one of a people or community observing a polytheistic religion, pertaining to, characterized by, or adhering to the doctrine that there is more than one god or many gods, paganism is a form of idolatry because it is the worship of something or things other than the true and living God.

Origins of Halloween

“The earliest trace (of Halloween) is the Celtic festival, Samhain, which was the Celtic New Year. It was the day of the dead, and they believed the souls of the deceased would be available.

The Symbols of Halloween

Halloween originated as a celebration connected with evil spirits. Witches flying on broomsticks with black cats, ghosts, goblins, and skeletons have all evolved as symbols of Halloween. They are popular trick-or-treat costumes and decorations for greeting cards and windows.

Now, I know you are thinking, the same thing many Christians will respond with, we don’t celebrate it like that today, it is all in fun for the kids! But fun is not the words that come to mind when you look not only at the Origins of Halloween, but the influence of Halloween.

Halloween Today

Black is one of the traditional Halloween colors, probably because Halloween festivals and traditions took place at night. In the weeks before October 31, Americans decorate windows of houses and schools with silhouettes of witches and black cats.

Influences of Halloween

Due to American social influences, the rise of satanic cults, and Hollywood’s sinister characters possessed with evil, Americans have become fascinated with gore and death.  All of this has manifested itself into many destructive Halloween trends. In the 1960s,  pre-Halloween pranks turned into vandalism in some parts of the United States, with some people breaking windows and destroying property. In the 1970s, nationwide reports of candy being loaded with pins and razor blades permeated the airwaves.  During the 80s and 90s, Halloween vandalism escalated to include arson, or the deliberate setting of fires, which destroyed private property and businesses.

As you can see Halloween brings real meaning to the scripture in  Ephesians 6:12 which says – For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Why would a Christian want to take part in this type of event? As a Christian, to take part in this celebration goes against the teaching of the bible and does not bring glory to the one we serve.

What Can We do About It?

We don’t have to take away the fun for the kids who look forward to the day, the church has been called to turn the dark things of this world into the light, for our father who is in heaven is light and his presence and purpose should be clearly evident on that day, the day the dark things in this world is being glorified.

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 says For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;  the battle is not ours but the Lord’s and we are his servants ordained to carry out his work, whenever there is darkness you turn on the light.

Let every church arise and fight, pick up the weapons our warfare, host positive Christian based youth/ children events on that day, support Christian events held at your church, or in your local community.


Article Complied and Edited By Lenora Lee

Starting a Puppetry Ministry At Your Church

When people think of the word “puppet” most people think of Sesame Street, Muppets, or a children’s puppetry performance. However, puppets have a very long history and today they are used in many movies and theatrical productions as well as in ministry.

Puppets are fun, silly, and colorful. They live in a world of pretend, but they can talk about real issues. If ministering to children is your calling then starting a puppet ministry is a great way to fulfill that calling. Puppetry offers a unique way of presenting the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Things you will need:

  • Puppets
  • Stage
  • Scripts

Begin by asking for the Lord’s guidance through prayer, next decide on the ministry’s mission statement.

How To Build A PVC Puppet Stage:

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Starting A Clown Ministry At Your Church…

Clowning” for many people goes hand-in-hand with happiness and laughter. Clowns add color and enjoyment to parades, community events, and promotional activities. People of all ages and walks of life love clowns. Clowns are great attention-getters. A clown ministry is an incredible asset to any church or event. They add fun and excitement to even the most ordinary event.

If you have the desire to start clown ministry, begin by asking God to show you the direction he wants you to go. “Whatever you do, do it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men…”Colossians 3:23
Begin reading the Bible through different eyes see the Bible characters as real people. Put together several skits, a good place to start is to use the parables of Jesus which in itself the telling of a story and a good starting format.

As you prepare your gospel clowning skits, make sure that you are giving your best to the Lord. Be the very best clown you can be. For your “clown” message to be effective it must glorify the Lord and convey a biblical message, from scripture. Whether you are starting clowning as a business or ministry the following e-book will help you get started in the art of clowning..

The Art of Clowning:

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What is Salvation?

To put things in perceptive lets start at the beginning, when we are born into the world we are unaware of God and what he desires of us, therefore we are were are born into darkness. Until we come into the knowledge of who God  is and what he has done for us we will continue to live in darkness also known as sin. And sin is what separates mankind from God.

Do we all Sin?:
Yes, sin is the deliberate disobedience to the known will of God. You can not live your life the way God intended unless you know who God is and His desire for your life. The  scriptures tell us – there is none righteous, not even one; It says all of us are like sheep which have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way.. Isaiah 53:6a. 

The power of sin leads us into all the different problems that exit in this world,  addictions, broken marriages, feelings of hopelessness out of fellowship with God etc. The wages of sin is death Romans 6:23.

The Remedy

God in his mercy-delivered us out of the power of darkness (sin) , and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of his love; (Jesus) in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of our sins: Colossians 1:13; 14

What is Salvation ?

Salvation is the deliverance from the power and penalty of sin;the saving of man from a state of sinfulness which leads to death and restoring him to honor, worth, reputation and right standing with God. Jesus Christ is our salvation , he died for the sins of mankind [the] just as well as [the] unjust, so that He might bring us to God,..” 1 Peter3:18a

When you accept Christ into your life you become born again. It is the day of new beginnings! 2 Corinthians 5:17 says Therefore if any man be in Christ, -( meaning any man who believes in Christ- any man  who follows after Christ) [he is] a new creation – old things have passed away;and behold, all things have become new.”

Know that salvation was brought with a price the precious blood of Jesus Christ. He voluntarily died on that cross for you and I, rose the third day and because he lives we live to life and life more abundantly..

God Has a Wonderful Plan for your Life:
But sin separates us from that plan and as long as we are separated from Him he cannot fulfill the plans he has for our lives. Salvation is God’s way of setting in order His plans and purposes for our lives so that we will be able to receive it!

Jeremiah 29:11 says I know the plans I have for you for good and not for evil to give you a hope and a future. Without salvation we would be separated from God forever, we would be like sheep gone astray with out God, with out hope and doomed to spiritual death through out eternity.

Ask yourself this question can you stand eternal separation? Do you want to be apart from God? Do you want to live in hell forever? The bible describes hell as a place of eternal torment. It is not God’s desire to see us perish but have everlasting life and to live with him through out eternity.

How do we receive Salvation?

It is a simple process- and it can only come through Jesus Christ:

John 1:12 says: But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right
to become children of God, [even] to those who believe in His name,…”

The first step to receiving salvation is:

#1 You must fist acknowledge that you are a sinner.

1jo 1:9 says – If we would just confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

#2 You must believe that Jesus died for your sins and rose the third day and is now seated on the right hand of God
interceding on your behalf. #3 You must invite Him into your heart by faith.

That is all it takes to receive salvation.

Romans 10:9- 10 – if thou shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shallbelieve in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shall be saved. For with the heart man believe unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Let us pray the Pray of Salvation Together:
Lord Jesus, I acknowledge I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness. I believe Jesus died on the cross for me. I now turn from my sins and ask You to forgive me. I invite You into my heart by faith take control of my life and have your way in it ,I trust You as my Savior and will follow . Thank You for saving me. Amen.”

Now you need to get into a bible teaching church because the decision you have made today is the first day in the beginning of a new life for you. In order to walk and grow in your new life you will need to learn the word of God for every circumstance in your life and in doing so you will be blessed!

When Feeling Burdened – LOVE

Know that we are called by God to do many things but if we do the things he calls us to do, save souls, testimony, or tithe under a yoke of burden– we are blocking HIS blessings.

Rather what God calls us to do we do in Love, in Christ, so that we may receive Gods, grace, and glory.  When I give of myself the way God calls me to do– it will be given back to me.

If you sow seeds in love, you reap a love harvest.  If you sow in fear or burden- you receive a harvest full of more fear and burden.  You receive a blessing and blessing come from Love, so if your sowing in LOVE you can receive a blessing because blessings are given to us by the Love of God.

When you live under the burden of circumstances— you empower the curse for failure.  Ask God for the excitement!!! 

We are not to be burdened because Christ’s blood which was shed by Jesus’ love, because he could have stopped it if he really wanted to–but for the Love of God he said THY WILL be done. 

It was in his love the blood was shed.  When you do things grudgingly–you block the blessing.

Think about why you LOVE GOD.  Be motivated not by NEED but by Love!  When HE sees your motivation in Love, he is compelled to deliver you LOVE.  Everything we do should be from the circle of Love, with the thoughts of “how would Love respond”  Every action done in love- harvests love.

2 Cor 9:7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  When we give in Love, it destroy ALL YOKES.  When compassion moves, burdens are removed.

The answer to ALL QUESTIONS are Love- God will not abandon love, God loves, and love amplifies the power given to us by God.  God will not prosper you financially and leave you sick.  He is a god of completeness.  Love impacts all areas of life, the body, the soul and your finances.

Prosperity will fatten your neck so the yokes of bondage wont even fit on you!!!  Solomon was moved by the Love of God to offer 1000 burnt offerings, and the glory of the Lord filled his house.  Say I love you what can I do for you today.  I tithe and will never not tithe because love motivates me to act like HIM.

How do we beat the enemy– LOVE.  No fear, no selfishness- but rather in all love we can receive his blessing.  Where you end up in life is based on what you do and if you do what you do in fear or necessity, or in love for God and his word.  LOVE IS OUR WAY OF ESCAPE.  It provides the confidence we need to build great faith, love makes you SURE.

We must remember WE DO NOT HAVE THE POWER- to cancel out Gods love.  He is Love, he loved you at your worst moment in life, and in your best moments!  He never stops so we should not waste time doubting God’s Love.

25“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?  Matthew 6:25-27

As God provides for his creations which he loves, WE ARE greater than birds- and God already knows what we need to be happy-and he is able and willing, in fact DESIRES to bless us! LOVES TO DO IT.  Exercise faith, and confessions because he loves you, Lions will roar in your life to make you fall away from what God would have you do, but when you operate in love, you realize that your circumstances are just the NOISE of the lions or the enemy-Lions CAN’T eat me because God loves me so they’ll have to wait for something else cause they CAN’T and God says they WONT have me, and we are not to focus on what is seen but rather what is unseen, for FAITH is the substance of all things hoped for the evidence of all things unseen Hebrews 11:1.  FAITH IS THE SHIELD IN THE ARMOR OF GOD- say– “I might not have what I want right NOW– BUT I WILL HAVE IT!”

Be put in remembrance that God LOVES, and we have to talk about IT, his LOVE.  Love is an anointing that we have been blessed and empowered with.  Love is our covenant with Jesus, who is our channel to GOD, as we are HIS channel to the unbeliever. 

We are given this LOVE by grace and in love.  Stir it up, and we will make the enemy mad- He’ll make all kinds of noise about it- but he can’t harm because of God’s Love.

 Ps 122: 6 -9 say:

6Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:

“May those who love you be secure.

7May there be peace within your walls

and security within your citadels.”

8For the sake of my brothers and friends,

I will say, “Peace be within you.”

9For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,

I will seek your prosperity.

We receive the ultimate blessing of Love when we receive Jesus’ death as a purification, and we receive that IN LOVE. 
If your feeling burdened say Lord help me to want to— where I don’t want to–.  You can be honest with God.  But instead of sowing words like I can’t or why do I have to or I don’t want to– PRAY FOR THE WANT TO and then receive the WANT TO in LOVE as God gives in Love.

Submitted by Sean of Victory Fellowship
Allentown, Pa

A Life Worthy of the Gospel..

The Bible always stresses a balance between the content of one’s beliefs and the resulting conduct in one’s life. A good example is found in Ephesians 4:1-3. “I, therefore, the prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live worthily of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (NET).

Paul admonishes us to live worthily of the calling with which you have been called. He means that we must live a life worthy of our high calling in Christ Jesus. Our practice should equal the teachings of our doctrine. We should take great pains to see that our lives are lived in perfect balance. The Biblical principle for living the Christian life is quite simply stated: The believer puts into daily practice the principles of the Word of God by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.

In order to live a balanced Christian life there must be good sound Biblical teaching. I have never seen any mature Christian who did not have a good understanding of the teaching of the Word of God. Practice without sound Bible teaching will go off in any and every direction. We can never attach too much importance to solid Biblical doctrine.

How can a Christian live a life worthy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ if he does not know what the Christian life is all about?At the same time we must never detach the importance of putting into practice what we understand to be true. How then do we live a life worthy of our calling? The Christian life is not the same thing as the culturally accepted norms of the local community in which we live. The world is antagonistic to the Christian life (1 John 2:15-17). God has called us out of the darkness into his marvelous light  (1 Peter 2:9b NET).

How tragic when you can’t tell the difference between the standards of the culture and the local church.We were spiritually bankrupt, emotionally in bondage, and morally corrupt. However, when we were saved God awakened us to a new life and gave us the power to live that new life. We are now spiritually alive. But God, being rich in mercy, because of his great love with which he loved us, even though we were dead in transgressions, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you are saved! (Eph. 2:5 NET) The apostle Paul wrote, So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has  passed away – look, what is new has come! (2 Cor 5:17 NET)

Therefore, the apostle Paul admonishes us to, Be completely humble. That is the opposite of arrogance and self-assertion.The world tells us to stand up for your rights. Be assertive.Demand respect. The Bible says, Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself (Phil. 2:3 NET). The world philosophy pulls in one direction, the Holy Spirit insists on another. Do you put other people’s needs and interests before your own?

Are you out for number one?We need to be gentle with people. The word Paul uses for gentle is power under control. Meek doesn’t quite give the sense of the original. The gentle person is a strong person under God’s control. This is what it means to be a Spirit filled.The Spirit filled believer is a Spirit-controlled person. Jesus was this kind of a person, and he set the example for us. Take my yoke on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls(Matt. 11:29 NET).Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth (Matt. 5:5 NET). That will be true because all who are not will kill themselves off in power struggles.

We must be patient. Literally it means long-tempered. It is the attitude that will never give in when the going gets tough. It sticks with it and reaps the rewards. It is the attitude that never admits defeat in disappointments and discouragement, but persists to the end. It is the attitude that refuses to retaliate, bears insults and injury without bitterness and complaint. Patience comes over a long time of suffering. I doubt if anyone is patient who has never suffered physically, emotionally or spiritually in life. We learn patience through the things we suffer (Rom. 5:3).

God is very patient with us and we need to become like him.

Bearing with one another in love is how we respond to the unloving behavior of other Christians toward us. How do we put up with one another ? What is our typical response when other people do us evil? What is my attitude when I see two Christians having problems in their relationships? What is my attitude toward problems in a church?Do I do as Paul suggests here, making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace? (v. 3 NET)Paul is saying the Holy Spirit has already given us this unity when we put our faith in Christ.

We are not called upon to create this unity, but to “keep the unity. Pride destroys this unity in the Spirit.Over powering self-assertion destroys vital relationships with other believers. Being short-tempered, rude and non-extending our love to those who act ugly to us destroys all effort at keeping this unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Churches grieve the Holy Spirit just as individuals do (4:30-31). Let’s be determined to walk in the Spirit and keep ourselves under his control.

Selah!

Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006

Vision and Destiny..

Whenever  God has sought to accomplish something in the earth for the sake of His Kingdom, He has always chosen a man, given him faith, vision, and provision for it, and has surrounded him with people who are committed to that cause. Although the people will love and respected the man, it not just about the man; it’s about the vision. I am not sure if most of us have an understanding of the importance of vision. I really pity the person who has no vision or cause and is not connected to any.

Jesus was the greatest visionary ever, but He had 12 men whom He trained to run with His vision ( Matthew 10:1 , 2). Gideon had 300 (Judges 7:7 ). Without a vision, the people will perish, but without the people, the vision will perish. The bottom line is; we all need each other.

Every vision must be nurtured, watched over and protected. It is the responsibility of the people to conduct their lives in an orderly fashion and be sure that they are not a hindrance to that cause (Luke 9:46-48 ). All it takes is one self-centered person who is not immediately dealt with to cause confusion and draw more attention to themselves than the vision. The vision we are a part of must be greater than our petty jealousy, envy, and strife.

 Many people have walked away from where the Lord has positioned them over an argument or disagreement that was petty and unprofitable. They allowed their condition to become greater than the vision they were a part of. Many of these same people have been unfruitful in their walk with God for years because of their refusal to forgive and refocus on purpose, cause, and vision. There is more to vision than preaching, singing, casting out devils, healing the sick, or winning people to Christ. We must live the kind of lifestyle that the Lord will say; well done!  Whether it is the local church vision, missions ministry, traveling music ministry, or an evangelistic ministry; you must have a forgiving attitude, a humble heart, and a love walk that overlooks the shortcoming of those around you.

You must be careful (prayerful) not to separate yourself from the person or the vision that is connected to fulfilling your destiny. For every person in the body of Christ, there is a vision and an anointing that the Holy Spirit will,  cause you to be attracted to for your good. When you get connected to the ministry with the vision that you should be a part of, stick to it like glue! The anointing on that ministry will cause you to experience great joy, peace,  illumination, and a sense of belonging and purpose.

But beware! The enemy will try to manipulate situations and your emotions to cause you to walk away. Don’t do it! Even if you have to pray through the night, shed some tears and turn down your plate and fast for a few days to conqueror your emotions and your imagination, just do it. There is no perfect church, perfect ministry, perfect vision, or a perfect leader. Don’t waste your time looking for one; it doesn’t exist! But, there is a vision, an anointing and ministry for you and your imperfections, and when you find it, you will know it. Remember, you must become a runner with your part in the vision. Speak with your leader and make yourself available. Be submitted, be faithful, be committed, be on time. As
you run with your part in the vision, your destiny will be fulfilled.

Bishop
McIver

Bishop/Pastor/Author/Publisher/Entrepreneur/Radio Producer/Conference Speaker

Overflowing Life Christian Center, Allentown, Pa

The Spirit Filled Life

The Spirit-filled life means to live in oneness with God, Romans 8:24 says all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. The Bible always stresses a balance between the content of one’s beliefs and the resulting conduct in one’s life. As Christians, believers, and followers of Jesus Christ, we are told to live our lives being led by the spirit.

A good example is found in Ephesians 4:1-3. “I, therefore, the prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live worthily of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace”.

Living a Life Worthy Of Your Calling

Paul admonishes us to live worthy of the calling with which you have been called. He means that we must live a life worthy of our high calling in Christ Jesus.

Our practice should equal the teachings of our doctrine (a belief or set of Bible beliefs held and taught by a Church Leader). We should take great pains to see that our lives are lived in perfect balance. The Biblical principle for living the Christian life is quite simply stated: The believer puts into daily practice the principles of the Word of God by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.

How can a Christian live a life worthy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ if he does not know what the Christian life is all about?

The Christian life is not the same thing as the culturally accepted norms of today’s society. Anything and everything is going. The world is living in opposition to the Christian way of living. At the same time, we must never detach the importance of putting into practice what we understand to be true.

In 1 John 2:15-17 we are told to 15 not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father[a] is not in them. 16 For everything in the world-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever!

In order to live a balanced Christian life, there must be good sound Biblical teaching. A mature Christian has a good understanding of the teaching of the Word of God and has a healthy prayer life.

The bible says ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light; 1 Peter 2:9

The New Birth

We were once spiritually bankrupt, emotionally in bondage, and morally corrupt. However, when we were saved or born again God awakened us to a new life and gave us the power to live that new life. We are now spiritually alive in Him!

God, being rich in mercy, because of his great love with which he loved us, even though we were dead in transgressions,(sin) He made us alive together with Christ – by grace you are saved! (Eph. 2:5 ) The apostle Paul wrote, Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (2 Cor 5:17 )

The Spirit-filled believer is a Spirit-controlled person whose purpose and calling is to be more like Jesus. Jesus says take my yoke on you and learn from me because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls (Matt. 11:29). Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth (Matt. 5:5 ). Meek means to have a gentle and quiet spirit, bearing with one another in love.

Walking in Love

As Spiritually led Christians we are to walk in love, the first call of love is to Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Mark 12:30.

How we respond to the unloving behavior of other Christians toward us. Paul suggests here, to make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace? (v. 3)Paul is saying the Holy Spirit has already given us this unity when we put our faith in Christ.

We are not called upon to create this unity, but to “keep the unity. Pride destroys this unity in the Spirit. Overpowering self-assertion destroys vital relationships with other believers.

Being short-tempered, rude, and non-extending our love to those who act ugly to us destroys all efforts at keeping this unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

Paul tells us not to grieve the Holy Spirit through anger. The word grieve means to pain, to hurt, to cause sorrow. When the Christian allows anger and bitterness to infect his life, God is hurt. The indwelling Holy Spirit is affected by the attitude of the Christian. Ephesians 4:29-32

Let’s be determined to walk in this Spiritual Journey in the Spirit of Love and keep ourselves under his control.

How Do You Know if You Are Walking in Love?

Corinthians 13:4-8 saysLove is patient love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

The History Of Biblical Praise Dancing

From ancient times to the present, dancers have expressed ideas, stories, and rhythm with their bodies. They use a variety of dance forms that allow free movement and self-expression, including classical ballet, modern dance, and culturally specific dance styles. The Biblical significance of dance is better understood by thoroughly examining the diversity and frequency with which scripture uses terms for dance.

Hastings Dictionary of the Bible defines dance as “an expression of the feelings by movements of the body, more or less controlled by a sense of rhythm.”
The bible says that in him we move, breathe and have our being. God made the human body with both eyes and ears, and the “Body of Christ” also needs to see and hear, to be seen and heard. When we can visualize the nature and character of God we can better understand and better worship Him. Dance adds the visual aspect to worship.

Dancing seems to have occurred at certain very great occasions in Israel’s history.

Ex 15:20—Miriam leads the dance after the Red Sea crossing, Israel birthed
as a nation.
2 Sam 6:14—Dance ushered in the establishment of the Davidic Kingdom and a new order of worship. Jer 31:4,13—Dance and the return from captivity in Babylon.

Dance is the fulfillment of prophecy.

“Again I will build you, and you shall be rebuilt, O virgin of Israel! You shall again be adorned with your tambourines, and shall go forth in the dances of those who rejoice” Jer 31:4 (“virgin of Israel” = the Bride, the end time church).

Dance is a sign of blessing and restoration in the church.

2 Sam 6:13-14—dance is associated with the restoration of the glory of God to his people. The joy of our heart has ceased; our dance has turned into mourning” Lam 5:15—the absence of dance is a sign of judgment.

Dance resists the enemy (Jam 4:7).

3 main occasions for dance in Israel’s day—harvest, marriage, victories in battle—all 3 of which spiritually point to the end times. When we dance it is a sign to Satan that his time is short! The authority of the feet—Gen 3:5, Rom 16:20, Ps 8:6, etc.—Satan is particularly nervous about what your feet are doing!

The range of expressive movement which the Bible describes includes leaping, jumping, running, to hop, skip, whirl, turn, twist, spiral, spin, to writhe or contract, to gallop, prance, stamp feet, to tremble, to circle around, to laugh and rejoice, to stretch, be limber, to throw up the hands, to clap, bow down, fall down prostrate, arise and stand up.

A. Mahol—“to dance with joy” over the blessings of God both present and future.
1) Ps 149, 150—because of His mighty acts and greatness.
2) Jer 31:31—because of future blessings.
3) N.T. parallel “choros” Luke 15:25 (dancing at banquet of prodigal son).

B. Mehola—“a joyous dance of celebration” usually for military victories or festivals.
May include round dances, interpretive or imitative dance (pantomimic dance), or responsive movement to a dance leader (“choregos” in Greek).
1) Song 6:13—“the dance of Mahanaim” or 2 armies (military).
2) Ex 15:20—victory over Pharoah’s armies (responsive).
3) 1 Sam 18:6-7—David & Saul’s victory (military).
4) N.T. parallel “orcheomai”—to dance in a row or rings as in ranks (Mark 6:22)

C. Hul—root word with 2 primary meanings: “writhing in travail or trembling,” and “whirling in a spiral motion.” Used in a broader sense, more figuratively applies to emotions or attitudes associated with the movements.
1) Ps 97:4—the earth saw and “trembled;” Is 23:5—“agony” at God’s judgment.
2) Jer 23:19—God’s anger in a “whirlwind;” Hos 11:6—whirling of a sword.

D. Giyl—“to circle in joy”—rejoicing at God’s works or attributes.
1) Ps 45:15—joy of a wedding procession.
2) 2. Is 9:3—joy of a redeemed nation.
3) Zech 9:9—joy of the coming Messiah
4) 4. Ps 118:24—rejoice in a new day.
5) N.T. parallel “agalliao”—to exult & jump for joy (1 Pet 1:6-8, 4:13, Rev 19:7, Luke1:14, Luke 10:21)

E. Pazaz—“to be supple or agile in movement, to spring up.”
1) 2 Sam 6:16—David leaping before the ark.
2) N.T. parallel “hallomai”—Acts 3:8 healed lame man leaped up.

F. Dalag—“to leap” as hurtling over an object.
1) Song 2:8—leaping on the mountains.
2) 2. 2 Sam 22:30—leaping over a wall.

G. Ragad—“to stamp feet and skip about” as in playful movements of children.
1) Job 21:11—children dancing
2) 2. Ps 29:6—Lebanon to “skip” like a calf.

H. Yadah—“to throw up the hands” in confession of praise, to acknowledge God’s character, or to acknowledge sin (surrender)
1) Ps 86:12—“praise” Him with all your heart.
2) Ps 105:1—“give thanks” “make known His deeds among the peoples!”
3) Ps 32:5—“acknowledge” sin and “confess” transgressions to the Lord.

I. Shaha—“to fall down in worship, to bend or stoop”
1) Is 45:14—“they shall fall down to thee.”
2) 2. Is 49:23—“they shall bow down.”

J. Kara—“to bend the knee, to prostrate oneself.”
1) Ps 95:6—“come let us worship and bow down.”
2) Is 45:23—“every knee shall bow.”
3) N.T. parallel “kampto”—to bend or bow low (Phil 2:10)

K. Quwm—“to rise up and stand”
1) Song 2:13—arise my love.
2) 2. Is 60:1—“arise, shine; for your light has come!”

The range of expressive movement which the Bible describes includes leaping, jumping, running, to hop, skip, whirl, turn, twist, spiral, spin, to writhe or contract, to gallop, prance, stamp feet, to tremble, to circle around, to laugh and rejoice, to stretch, be limber, to throw up the hands, to clap, bow down, fall down prostrate, arise and stand up.

Dancers normally work with choreographers, who create original dances and develop new interpretations of existing dances. Because few dance routines are written down, choreographers instruct performers at rehearsals to achieve the desired effect. In addition, choreographers usually are involved in auditioning performers.

Seven Hebrew Words for Praise

1. Halal

Halal is a primary Hebrew root word for praise. Our word “hallelujah” comes from this base word. It means “to be clear, to shine, to boast, show, to rave, celebrate, to be clamorously foolish.”Ps 113:1-3 Praise (halal) ye the Lord, praise (halal) o ye servants of the Lord, praise (halal) the name of the Lord.

Ps 150:1 Praise (halal) the Lord! Praise (halal) God in his sanctuary; Praise (halal) him in his mighty expanse.

Ps 149:3 Let them praise (halal) his name in the dance: let them sing praises with the timbrel and harp.

(Other references: 1Chr 2)

2. Yadah

2Chr 8:14; Ezra 3:10; Ps 22:22; Ps 63:5; Ps 69:30

Yadah is a verb with a root meaning, “the extended hand, to throw out the hand, therefore to worship with extended hand.” According to the Lexicon, the opposite meaning is “to bemoan, the wringing of the hands.”

2Chr 20:21 Give thanks (yadah) to the Lord, for his lovingkindness is everlasting.

Ps 63:1 So I will bless thee as long as I live; I will (yadah) lift up my hands in thy name.

Ps 107:15 Oh that men would praise (yadah) the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men.

Other references: Gen 49:8; 2Chr 7:6; 2Chr 20:21; Isa 12:4; Jer 33:11

3. Towdah

Towdah comes from the same principle root word as yadah, but is used more specifically. Towdah literally means, “an extension of the hand in adoration, avowal, or acceptance.” By way of application, it is appratent in the Psalms and elsewhere that it is used for thanking God for “things not yet received” as well as things already at hand.

Ps 50:14 Offer unto God praise (towdah) and pay thy vows unto the Most High.

Ps 50:23 Whoso offereth praise (towdah) glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.

Other references: 2Chr 29:31; Jer 33:11; Ps 42:4

4. Shabach Shabach means, “to shout, to address in a loud tone, to command, to triumph.”

Ps 47:1 O clap your hands, all peoples; shout (shabach) to God with the voice of joy (or triumph).

Ps 145:4 One generation shall praise (shabach) thy works to another and declare thy mighty acts.

Isa 12:6 Cry aloud and shout (shabach) for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, For great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

Other references: Ps 63:1-4; Ps.117:1; Ps 35:27; Ps 106:47

5. Barak

Barak means “to kneel down, to bless God as an act of adoration.”

Ps 95:6 O come let us worship and bow down; let us kneel (barak) before the Lord our maker.

1Chr 29:20 Then David said to all the assembly, “Now bless (barak) the Lord your God.” And all the assembly blessed (barak) the Lord, the God of their fathers, and bowed low and did homage to the Lord and to the king.

Ps 34:1 I will bless (barak) the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

Other references: Job 1:21; Ps 96:2; Ps 103:1-2; Ps 18:46

6. Zamar

Zamar means “to pluck the strings of an instrument, to sing, to praise; a musical word which is largely involved with joyful expressions of music with musical instruments.

Ps 21:13 Be exalted O Lord, in Thine own strength, so will we sing and praise (zamar) Thy power.

1Chr 16:9 Sing to Him, sing praises (zamar) to Him; speak of all His wonders.

Ps 57:8-9 Awake my glory; awake harp and lyre, I will awaken the dawn! I will give thanks to Thee, O Lord among the peoples; I will sing praises (zamar) to Thee among the nations.

Other references: Ps 66:2-4; Isa 12:5; Ps 27:6; Ps 149:3; Ps 30:4

7. Tehillah

Tehillah is derived from the word halal and means “the singing of halals, to sing or to laud; perceived to involve music, especially singing; hymns of the Spirit.

Ps 22:3 Yet Thou art holy, O Thou who art enthroned upon the praises (tehillah) of Israel.

Ps 33:1 Rejoice in the Lord, o ye righteous, for praise (tehillah) is comely for the upright.

Isa 61:3 To grant to those who mourn in Zion, Giving them a garland instead of ashes, The oil of gladness instead of mourning, The mantle of praise (tehillah) instead of the spirit of fainting, So they shall be called oaks of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.

Other references: Ps 34:1; 1Chr 16:35; 2Chr 20:22; Deut 10:21; Exod 15:11; Ps 147:1-2