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I was talking to a friend of mine last night, and she’s not allowing her kids to go trick-or-treating at all this year.  It's not that she’s afraid of them getting hurt or that it’s too scary or anything - it's just that they still haven't finished all the candy they got last year.


(Chosen specifically for Halloween!) "There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For whoever does these things is detestable to the LORD; and because of these detestable things the LORD your God will drive them out before you." --Deuteronomy 18:10-12

God "will give to each person according to what he has done." To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. --Romans 2:6-7

It is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast. — Ephesians 2:8-9


I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service. — 1 Timothy 1:12

Thought: We minister by grace. We are saved and made holy by God's grace given us in Jesus. We are declared holy and blameless before God because of the grace of Jesus. We are given a gift to use in ministry for the Church because of the grace of Jesus. We are given strength from the Holy Spirit to persevere during difficult times because of the grace of God in Jesus. So what ministry we find ourselves capable of performing, what opportunities we have to serve and make a difference in people's lives, and what power we have in fulfilling our ministry are all given to us. It is not something to boast about. The Lord's power is made perfect in weakness as we offer ourselves to him to be used for his glory.
Prayer: Glorify your name, O God my Eternal Father. Thank you for Jesus who has redeemed me, gifted me, strengthened me, led me, and empowered me to serve. May you be glorified in all that I say and do. In Jesus' name. Amen.
The Thoughts and Prayers for Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to


The chapter and verse corresponds to the month and the day!

1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV = So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.


(NOTE: Some holidays may be duplicated due to various calendars reporting conflicting dates)

Today is HALLOWEEN, established in the year 834 by Pope Gregory the 4th to honor the saints, the first All Hallows Eve was observed by all Christian churches. ***MARLAR: You didn’t know Halloween was a Christian holiday, did you?!
Today is SNEAK SOME OF THE CANDY YOURSELF BEFORE THE KIDS START KNOCKING DAY.  ***MARLAR: Actually, we started this about a week and a half ago.  We’ve already had to replenish the candy stash FOUR TIMES! And we don’t even HAVE kids!
Today is NATIONAL KNOCK-KNOCK JOKES DAY, a day for kids of all ages to try out their knock-knock jokes.  ***MARLAR: Oh great - so not only will we hear “trick or treat,” but we’ll also hear, “knock-knock. . . who’s there. . . banana. . . banana who. . . knock knock. . . who’s there. . . banana. . . banana who. . . ”


Beggars’ Night

Books For Treats Day

Day of the Seven Billion

Girl Scout Founder’s Day

Halloween (All Hallows Eve)

National Caramel Apple Day

National Forgiveness Day

National Knock-Knock Jokes Day

National Magic Day




All Saints Day

Hockey Mask Day

Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos)

Extra Mile Day

Give Up Your Shoulds Day

National Authors Day

National Family Caregiver Day

National Family Literacy Day

National Go Cook For Your Pets Day

Prime Meridian Day

Day Saving Time Ends (Turn Clocks Back One Hour)

World Vegan Day

All Souls Day

Cookie Monster Day

Fill Our Staplers Day

Job Action Day

Plan Your Epitaph Day


Cliché Day

Election Day

Sandwich Day


Traffic Directors Day

National Chicken Lady Day

National Candy Day

Use Your Common Sense Day


National Love Your Red Hair Day

National Men Make Dinner Day (No BBQ allowed!)

National Nachos Day

Saxophone Day

Domino Day

Digital Scrapbooking Day

National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day

Pumpkin Destruction Day

Sadie Hawkins Day

Sausage and Kraut Day


Abet and Aid Punsters Day

Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day

Dunce Day

National Parents As Teachers Day

X-Ray Day


World Freedom Day

World Orphans Day


1959: Lee Harvey Oswald told reporters in Russia, "I will never return to the United States." ***MARLAR: See where lying gets you?

1986: For the first time, Universal Studios in Hollywood opened at night. "Halloween Horror Night" featured Dracula, the Mummy, King Kong, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Wolfman, and Rick Dees. ***MARLAR: Rick Dees?!? What were they trying to do, frighten people?!?

1991: At their Halloween wedding, Jayne and Dale Peterson of Madison, Wisconsin, were married dressed as Frankenstein and the bride of Frankenstein. At the reception, the champagne was chilled in a coffin. ***MARLAR: The groom said they dressed that way so he would know what his bride was going to look like every morning.


451: At the 15th Session of the Council of Chalcedon, Canon 28 was adopted, granting Constantinole a patriarchate extending over the civil dioceses of Pontus, Asia, and Thrace.
834: Established by Pope Gregory the 4th to honor the saints, the first All Hallows Eve was observed by all Christian churches.
1517: German Augustinian monk Martin Luther, 31, nailed to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg a list of 95 theological points he wished to debate ... and touched off the Protestant Reformation!
1832: American Episcopal scholar George Washington Doane, 33, was consecrated as second Bishop of the Diocese of NJ. Doane is better remembered today as author of the hymn, "Softly Now the Light of Day."
1852: Swiss moral philosopher Henry F. Amiel wrote in his journal: 'Every landscape is, as it were, a state of the soul, and whoever penetrates into both is astonished to find how much likeness there is in each detail.'

1870: Birth of Hugh Ross Mackintosh, Scottish theologian. Teaching systematics at Edinburgh 1904-35, Mackintosh had a firm grasp of the German theological writers of his day and sought to make their teachings known in Britain, for which he was unfairly judged a liberal.


  • Actor (Rush Hour movies, The Fifth Element) Chris Tucker, 42

  • actor (The Waterboy, Fifty First Dates, The Animal) Rob Schneider 51

  • Actor (Young Guns, My Best Friend's Wedding) Dermot Mulroney, 52

  • actor (Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester on “M*A*S*H”, Reverend Perdy on “The Dead Zone”) David Ogden Stiers 73 (
    audio clip)


(Music Artist Birthdays From

1912 : Dale Evans

1922 : Illinois Jacquet

1927 : Anita Kerr

1934 : Ray Smith

1937 : Tom Paxton
1940 : Eric Griffiths (The Quary Men)

1945 : Rik Kenton (Roxy Music)

1947 : Russ Ballard (Unit 4+2, Argent)

1952 : Bernard Edwards (Chic)

1953 : Johnny Clegg

1961 : Larry Mullen (U2)

1963 : Johnny Marr (The Smiths)

1966 : Adam Horovitz (Beastie Boys)

1968 : Vanilla Ice

1970 : Linn Berggren (Ace Of Base)


Is stress ever a good thing?

Stress may be good for people. Rockefeller University scientists have determined that an acute episode of stress boosts immunity, offering better protection against infection. The fact that people don't usually catch a cold until a crisis is over may be due to the fact that humans have acute elevations in stress hormones, thus elevating the body's immune response.


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Casting Crown's Megan Garrett was, her words, "Getting my hair did". Megan said it was taking a lot of product to get her hair looking just right. She shared: So far she's used a billion foils (est), 2 gallons of bleach, 3 tubs of color (for the greys), and 2 plastic caps.
Audio Adrenaline's Adam Agee was looking for the good in something he really didn't enjoy doing. Adam tweeted: Beautiful day for a run. Still hate running, but it was the least miserable it could have been.
Tenth Avenue North's Mike Donehey says today was one of his favorite days. That's because his wife drove 8 hours to surprise him on tour. Mike tweeted: Love this girl forever.
More than huge crowd showed up for a Finding Favour homecoming over the weekend. The members of the band tweeted: So humbled that 2,000 people would show up to our hometown show! Loved Loved Loved every second of it.

The combination of high altitude in Colorado and low blood pressure due to her pregnancy had Francesca Battistelli feeling very weak over the weekend. She posted that she would be at her concert but would be forced to sit for most of the show.

The Afters are currently on their Time of My Life tour but it wasn't quite living up to its name over the weekend. Josh Havens says the band was dealing with a broke down bus over the weekend.
Citizenway guitarist Josh Calhoun is getting to try something a little different during their tour with Big Daddy Weave. Josh tweeted: I get to play a bit of drums on this tour.
The Newsboys were giving back over the weekend. They presented a check for $5,000 to the Harvest Hope Food Bank to help with Flood Relief. Members of the band tweeted: So honored to give back to the South Carolina community!
An embarrassing moment for Ellie Holcomb. She tweeted: That moment when you walk into the bathroom at the Nashville airport and think they remodeled...only to realize it's the men's room!
Comedian Bob Smiley recently found a notepad of jokes he used when he first started. Bob said: 1st one: “He had a Life Savor haircut. Had a big hole in the middle.” Hope I’ve gotten better.


Already home to a ski hill, Emirates may get a snow park 
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Already home to a ski hill inside a mall, the sunbaked deserts of the United Arab Emirates soon may be home to a snow park too. Officials with Abu Dhabi's Reem Mall, scheduled to open in 2018, say they plan to build a 125,000-square-foot...

Oregon man arrested, accused of stealing woman's underwear 

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Officials say a Portland man has been arrested for breaking into a neighbor's home and stealing women's underwear. HASH(0xc2b8a0) Police say they found the man's jacket on the roof with two pairs of women's underwear, maxi pads and a large bowie knife in the pockets....

Witch wins protective order against warlock in Salem court    photo
BOSTON (AP) — A judge granted a protective order against a warlock on Wednesday, spelling relief for the Salem witch who accused him of harassment. The two squared off in court before a Salem District Court judge, who granted the protective order to witch priestess Lori Sforza. She had...

Oh, deer: Vermont hotel to serve $75 road kill-inspired menu 
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A fish and wild game supper is featuring some Vermont road kill on the menu. HASH(0xc2d350) Residents say it's a quirky and interesting idea. The supper will cost $75 and will be prepared by chef Doug Paine. Also on the menu will be deer, bear, moose and muskrat. Paine...

Creepy Halloween doll in carpool lane doesn't fool officer    photo
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state troopers have seen drivers use all kinds of tricks to get access to carpool lanes. During Tuesday's morning commute, a trooper pulled over a man who tried to use a creepy Halloween doll to gain access to the carpool lane of Interstate 5 in Tacoma. The...

Dead chipmunks portray Michigan State's miracle football win    photo
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Touchdown! Chipmunks? A Lansing taxidermist is honoring Michigan State's stunning football victory over Michigan with dead, stuffed chipmunks portraying players on the final play. Jalen Watts-Jackson returned a fumble for a touchdown on Oct. 17. Nick Saade (SAAH'-day)...

In scramble for political finance, Bolivians turn to coca 

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — While U.S. politicians are scrambling for ways to pay for campaigns, few are likely to adopt the latest Bolivian tactic. Backers of President Evo Morales say they're bolstering their finances with donations of potatoes and coca, the crop that's a traditional stimulant...

Officer dressed as homeless man catches drivers using phones 
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — A Maryland police officer went undercover dressed as a homeless man to catch people who were using their phones while driving. Cpl. Patrick Robinson went undercover Tuesday morning equipped with a police radio and a body camera. He held a sign that read, "I am not...

Army blimp breaks loose, drifts for hours over Pennsylvania    photo
MUNCY, Pa. (AP) — A slow-moving, unmanned Army surveillance blimp floated over Pennsylvania for hours causing electrical outages as its tether hit power lines, after it broke loose from its mooring at a Maryland military facility. The 240-foot helium-filled blimp, which had two fighter jets...

From kung fu to California cops: Nunchucks make comeback 
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sgt. Casey Day was skeptical. The chief of his rural Northern California police department wanted him to find out if an ancient martial arts weapon made famous in 1970s Bruce Lee movies could be used to subdue unruly suspects. But it only took a few days of training with...

Tow company charges man $48K to pull his Jeep out of mud pit 

WALPOLE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man whose Jeep got stuck in a mud pit while off-roading with his girlfriend says a towing company is charging him $48,000. Joel Ramer says the Jeep landed in a mud pit last week in Walpole, near Boston. It took 12 hours for police and Assured Collision to...


Police, state investigate cryotherapy death at Vegas spa    photo
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas police said they have reopened an investigation into the death of a spa worker who was found dead in a cryotherapy chamber. In addition, the state and the family of 24-year-old Chelsea Patricia Ake-Salvacion, the woman who died, announced their own investigations...

NY agency to protect the disabled rarely brings charges    photo
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — In a video he made with his PlayStation, a 12-year-old developmentally disabled boy in a group home points to his swollen right eye and says, "Mom, this is what it looks like. ... He slammed me." His camera keeps rolling as his adult caretakers enter his room, where...

NY to require training for doctors who OK pot for patients 
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state will require physicians to complete an educational course before they can authorize medical marijuana for patients — an unusual mandate not applied to other new drugs or seen in other states with medical marijuana programs. State officials say the...

Prosthetic eye maker brings relief to wounded Gazans    photo

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Imad Abu Wadi barely slept after losing his right eye during the summer 2014 war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The 26-year-old, then engaged, was waiting eagerly for his wedding. But with a red, hollow eyeless socket, he imprisoned himself at home....

Sanofi recalls all injectors used for allergic reactions    photo
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Sanofi is recalling hundreds of thousands of epinephrine injectors used to treat severe allergic reactions because they may not deliver the correct amount of the life-saving drug. The recall includes all Auvi-Q injections currently on the U.S. market, or roughly...

Family stunts disabled daughter's growth to expand her world    photo
BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Whether Charley Hooper has any concept of the space she occupies in the world is an enigma. She is so disabled that her mother considers her "unabled." At 10, her brain is believed to function at the level of a newborn's. She cannot speak, cannot walk, cannot see...

UN agency links hot dogs and other processed meat to cancer    photo
PARIS (AP) — Bacon, hot dogs and cold cuts are under fire: The World Health Organization threw its global weight behind years of experts' warnings and declared Monday that processed meats raise the risk of colon and stomach cancer and that red meat is probably harmful, too. Meat producers are...

A look at other common cancer-causing substances 
PARIS (AP) — Hotdogs, bologna and other processed meats now rank alongside tobacco, alcohol and around 100 more substances on the International Agency for Research on Cancer's list of Group 1 carcinogens. In 2012, 14.1 million new cancer cases were diagnosed and 8.2 million cancer deaths were...

WHO removes Nigeria from list of polio-endemic countries 

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The U.N. World Health Organization is formally removing Nigeria from the list of polio-endemic countries, meaning the entire African continent is free of the crippling disease. A WHO statement said Monday's move comes after Nigeria reported no new cases for 15 months...

Police, state investigate cryotherapy death at Vegas spa    photo
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas police said Wednesday they have reopened an investigation into the death of a spa worker who was found dead in a cryotherapy chamber. In addition, the state and the family of 24-year-old Chelsea Patricia Ake-Salvacion, the woman who died, announced their own...

Another challenge to health overhaul heads to Supreme Court    photo
WASHINGTON (AP) — Opponents of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul are taking yet another challenge to the law to the Supreme Court, and say they will be back with more if this one fails. A new appeal being filed Monday by the Pacific Legal Foundation contends the law violates the...


(None on the weekends)

(None on the weekends)


Family matters is suggesting you look at Halloween in a whole new light this year. They say the holiday on the final day of October is the best day of the year to build community. That's because people leave their fenced yards and their closed-in houses and walk around the neighborhood. Family Matters authors suggest, rather then staying in your house and handing out candy, you get out there and celebrate with everyone else on your street. ***MARLAR: That sounds like fun – but then who is going to be here at my house to pass out the candy? Waiiiit a minute… if no one is here to pass it out, that means it’s all left over for me.  I LIKE this plan!!!

Halloween doesn’t seem to be negatively affected by the bad economy. Americans are expected to spend an average of $79.82 each this year for Halloween decorations, costumes and candy. That’s up from $72.31 last year. ***Only eighty bucks to spend on Halloween? That’s not enough for my own personal stash of Snickers bars!
Halloween is a good holiday for restaurateurs looking to scare up business, according to the National Restaurant Association. Research found that 20% of Americans said they expect to order takeout or delivery from a restaurant while they wait for trick-or-treaters to visit. That figure rises to 33% for younger adults ages 18 to 34, and 28% for families with children. ***MARLAR: And even more scary than the costumes at Halloween will be the astronomical delivery fees.

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