WHAT I REMEMBER ABOUT HALLOWEEN

Halloween was a big event around my house when I was a kid. It meant two things: dressing up to get candy and Christmas was right around the corner. We didn’t get a lot of candy growing up, so we couldn’t wait to start knocking on doors in the neighborhood.

When it came to costumes there were two rules. First, we couldn’t afford to buy one, so we had to make our own. And second, mom didn’t allow costumes that were about killing or death. That meant our costumes were pretty normal things like football players, firemen and hobo’s. Halloween wasn’t about satan or evil, it was simply about fun.

I remember spending hours trick-or-treating up and down the blocks for a medium size bag of hard candy. If someone was giving out chocolate, word would spread throughout the neighborhood, and we’d get there as fast as we could. If you could get one or maybe two pieces of chocolate, you’d struck gold.

Oh, and we were always reminded of the rules like, “Only go to houses that have their porch lights on and never eat anything until you bring it home to be inspected.” We were always warned at school that bad people put needles and razorblades in apples, so never eat an apple with out inspecting it. I remember thinking, “Who’d want a stinking apple anyway, bring on the candy.”

This Friday night my youngest two will dress up and go trick-or-treating. They’ll get twice as much candy as I ever got with only half the time and effort. Seventy percent of the candy in their bags will be chocolate, and I can guarantee you that they’ll be unwilling to share any of it with dear old dad. But that’s okay, because I know where they hide their candy bags. :)

What do you remember about Halloween when you were a kid?

(Comment of the Day: penitentman said… “I remember a couple years where we filled multiple pillowcases with sugary loot.I remember egging an old guy’s house the year he handed out cellophane wrapped rolls of pennies with like 7 cents in them… that’s worth like… a laffy taffy and a half. Come on!I remember the guy who some years would put a stuffed scarecrow on his porch and some years would dress as a scarecrow and sit there and you never knew which it was until he jumped up and growled at you. At which point I was glad to have a pillowcase sized bag to hide the fact I wet myself.I remember tearing the crotch in my batman costume from jumping around the house yelling Ka-Pow! And later jumping off the swingset with the batman cape on… and oh the delightful smell of those plastic masks with poor vision and sweat in the eyes…”)

PREACHING ABOUT MY WIFE

Holy Smokes, did this ever hit home!!!

A GOOD PREACHER JOKE

Nothing is funnier to me that being able to laugh at yourself or what you do. I have an arsenal of preacher jokes, but here is one of the ones that is at the top of my favorites list…

Three ministers and their wives were on a cruise. A tidal wave came up and swamped the ship; they all drowned, and next thing you know, they’re standing at the gates of heaven before Peter.

The first minister came with his wife and stood before Peter. Peter opened the book of life and shook his head sadly. “I’m sorry, I can’t let you in. You loved money too much. Your life was only about money. You loved it so much, you even married a woman named Penny.”

Then came the second minister and his wife. “I’m sorry, I can’t let you in, either. You loved food too much and you know what the Bible says about gluttony! In fact, you loved to eat so much, you even married a woman named Candy!”

The third minister turned to his wife and whispered nervously, “It doesn’t look good for us, Fanny.”

  • Do you know any good preacher jokes?

WAZZUP!

I laughed and laughed when I saw this…

In case you forgot, “this” was the original.

PORNOGRAPHY AND MARRIAGE

Last week I did a post on “Sex and Men,” (read it here) and the difficulties of staying pure in your marriage. While the post dealt more about men staying pure, a nerve was touched when I mentioned pornography in marriage. I received countless emails from people shouting the dangers of pornography in marriage from their first hand experiences. I asked one kind lady if I could share her letter and she told me I could. This is just another example of how pornography can kill marriage and innocence.

Dear Trey,

I’ve been in prayer about your “Men and Sex” posting on the blog. I’m a little defensive towards the view that porn is okay.

I hesitated in posting a comment, not sure why, and need to explore that. That being said, as you know, I lost a marriage of 25 years to pornography/sexual addiction.

The fact remains that pornography destroys the intimacy in a marriage. It brings a “third” party into the bedroom and in time totally erodes the relationship as God intended between man and wife. Any wife who is complicit in the participation might do so for a myriad of reasons. I for one, when asked to perform specific requests by my husband, believed what he told me…that this is “exploration of ourselves”, that its okay with God what he and I did in the bedroom as long as both people agreed with the activity. What I didn’t know was he was addicted to porn and what I was doing was helping him recreate whatever video/pictures were in his head. I just thought I was being a ‘dutiful wife”. There’s a big difference between exploration of different activities, but if the husband pressures the wife, asks her to participate in watching the pornography, it should be a huge red flag. I lost my spiritual, child-like innocence because of it. Satan lives in pornography.

The physical act of intercourse is a SPIRITUAL act, a physical manifestation of love that God created….but introduction of pornography is the beginning of the end. Porn rarely stays at the same level, meaning it demands the guy ramp up on the scale. What excites/entices him today will loose the desired effect, the thrill will take more to be achieved. The porn becomes more explicit and deviant. And so is the cycle goes into sexual addiction.

I could go on and on about this, and I’m prayerfully asking God to use me as He wants in helping husbands and wives to see the dangers of pornography. My world was torn asunder, my heart broken in a way to never be repaired. Yes, God can heal. But the scars are forever….
Much love to you and Lea,

Anonymous

(Anonymous – No telling how many marriages you’ve helped today by sharing your letter. I applaud you for your courage. I continue to keep you in my prayers.)

For those who might want more on the issues of pornography and marriage, here are some more links:

2008 PALO DURO CANYON TRAIL RUN

I had a great weekend. About 200 runners showed up for a 12.2 mile run in some of God’s most beautiful creation. I wasn’t sure if I could do a run this difficult, but shoot, you’ll never know what you can do if don’t try. The thing I’m still learning is that when you put […]

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THIS WEEKEND’S ACTIVITIES

SATURDAY is the PALO DURO CANYON TRAIL RUN: I’m going this Saturday to Palo Duro Canyon for a 20k (12.5 mile) run. It’ll be a monster of a run because 99% of it will be on dirt trails and up and down hills. Last time I ran this race it was only 9 miles, but […]

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PURE TERROR

God has put me in some sticky situations that have left me a little concerned about my life … I’ve ridden public transportation in a foreign country. I’ve had military police with machine guns, in a foreign country, board my bus to find out who I was. I’ve run at night through parts of Mexico […]

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MEN AND SEX

I’ve heard the quote that on average men think about sex every 7 seconds, I personally think that those numbers might be a little on the conservative side God is the creator of sex, and He made it to be GOOD (can I get an “Amen” here guys?!) in the confines of marriage. Yet, due […]

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THE DAY OFF

It’s healthy to take time off to rest and play. Yesterday the Morgan’s went to the Henderson’s farm to hide out. Here are a few things we enjoyed on our day out… Playing Rummy & Jenga. Watching the movie Transformers. Riding 4-wheelers (for a short time, due to the rain). Having the mother of all […]

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COLUMBUS DAY

My kids are out of school for Columbus Day today, so I’ve taken the day off. To celebrate the day, I thought I’d share a very special blog post today called… “10 things I never do when my kids are out of school and I’ve taken the day off on Columbus Day …” 1. Blog […]

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PREACHING POLITICS FROM THE PULPIT

Big news story, “Pastors to Preach Politics from the Pulpit.” Me? I’ll be preaching Christ this Sunday!

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HAVE YOU SEEN THIS?

Here are a few things I found really interesting this week. Click on the “this” to check them out. This was a great article on Men and Sex! Ever wonder which Presidential candidates are the best and worst charitable givers? Me too, you might find “this” interesting. I know I did. Pornography brings in more […]

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THE WORLDS WORST DAD AWARD GOES TO…

This dad who was wearing his “World’s Greatest Dad” shirt when he was arrested for trying to pick up a 14 year old girl. Sheesh! Who knows maybe his, “World’s Greatest Pedophile” shirt was in the wash. Come on guys … be a real DAD!

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THE ECONOMY IS BAD, BUT THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT

If you’ve watched the news lately you know that… The stock market is down. Gas prices are high. The economy is bad. Unemployment is up. The future is bleek. And yet, I haven’t lost one single second of sleep. In fact, I haven’t worried or even really given it a whole lot of thought. My […]

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ANOTHER REASON NOT TO HANG OUT WITH EVIL PEOPLE

Psalm 1:1  “Blessed are those who don’t listen to the wicked, who don’t go where sinners go, who don’t do what evil people do.”  And obviously, blessed are those who don’t play golf with Vader.

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CHEERLEADING IN MARRIAGE

I know a lady that never has anything nice to say about anybody. She is by far the most negative person I’ve ever met, and occasionally she has the audacity to say, “I don’t know why my husband doesn’t want to hang around the house with me more often.” Wow, do I ever have to […]

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MY TOP 10 FAVORITE MOVIES

I’m honestly not a big movie watcher, and most of the movies I do watch are after they come out on television (helps that they are edited). Someone recently asked me to name my 10 favorite movies of all time. I thought that sounded fun, and I thought it’d be cool to know yours too. […]

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THANK YOU

No post from me today. Instead I just want to say “Thank You.” You have blessed me through this blog with your comments, your friendship and with you just simply stopping by. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this new little ministry God has dropped into my life. From the bottom of my heart, “Thank you!” for allowing […]

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MARRIAGE, SHOES and MOVIES

HIS NEEDS HER NEEDS (HNHN) – Amazing, 13 couples came over last night for the HNHN bible study. I think it’s great that 13 of us want to improve our marriages. It doesn’t matter if your marriage is great, good, poor or bad, if you want to improve it you can, but it does take […]

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BEING A RELEVANT CHURCH

I think our country is full of seekers. People seeking God. I get that idea from things like Joel Osteen and Rick Warren writing books that go to the top of NY Times best seller list. It means someone out there is searching for answers. There are people who are searching for meaning in life […]

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A "Happy Birthday" Favor

Today is Taylor’s 19th birthday. It’s also his first birthday away from home. His work in AIM continues to go well. Lea and I are proud of him. If you get a second today, would you drop by his blog and wish him a “Happy Birthday?” I know he’d enjoy getting some birthday wishes. (www.taylorrossmorgan.com) […]

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TOP 5 WAYS NOT TO INVITE SOMEONE TO CHURCH

#3 really made me laugh!

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A CUP OF COFFEE WITH AN ALCOHOLIC

The Christmas card I carry in my bible is over 10 years old, and still serves as a powerful reminder of how simple Christianity can be sometimes. The card came from a sweet teenage girl named Cindy. There’s nothing fancy about the card, but the words still rip at my heart. Cindy’s dad had been […]

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I INTERRUPT THIS PROGRAM TO TELL YOU…

I really liked this story! Check it out and if you have a second, leave them a note! Thanks

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WHY I RUN (Church Edition)

I’m a runner and I run because … You never know when you might have to outrun a little old lady at potluck who’s trying to get you to try the beets she made. You never know when you might have to outrun the man at church who always has a “job” for you to […]

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WHAT I’M THINKING TODAY

GIVE AWAY: If you haven’t checked to see if you won a book from last week’s contest, then check the list and email me your address if you find your name there. HIS NEEDS HER NEEDS (HNHN): Since about 20 HNHN’s books are going out, Lea and I have decided to go back and read […]

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SUNDAY MORNING MADNESS

Have you noticed that Sunday mornings are one of the most pressure packed mornings of the week? Why is getting the entire family ready for church services so tough? We get our families around fine for school, but Sunday mornings are almost pure madness. People running everywhere, everyone fighting for bathroom time, everyone running behind […]

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AND THE BOOK WINNERS ARE…

Last Monday’s book giveaway has turned out to be quite interesting. I was already pumped about giving away two books this week, but then I got an email from a blog reader, and he sent my excitement through the roof. Here’s the email… Hello Trey:I read your blog, and I wished I had read a […]

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY COOPER

Cooper’s 7 today. We’ll celebrate his birthday this afternoon with cake and a few presents. If you’re new to this blog, you might not know Cooper very well, so I thought I’d introduce him to you this morning with a few of my favorite stories … Cooper used to not like church, but it’s growing […]

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ROLLERSKATING AND LOVE GO HAND IN HAND

It’s been years, but I still remember it like it was yesterday. The music had been loud and the lights had been bright. Then all of a sudden the lights dimmed, the music went soft and the DJ said, “Alright it’s couple skate time, and girls, it’s your choice.” That meant this time the girls […]

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SUPER SIZED CHURCH

Wow, what a church building. I was reading about a church building online this morning. It has 10,000 windows, 52 bells in the bell tower, massive 90 foot tall doors that electronically open behind the pulpit, a 17 foot 18-karat-gold cross, and an outdoor movie screen for “drive-in” worshippers. This only scratches the surface of […]

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SOCIAL CHRISTIANITY

I’m a social Christian. That means I choose not to ignore culture around me, but instead participate in it. I think it is essential for me to be aware of the culture in which I live or as Jesus said, “To be in the world, but not of the world.” I often get asked these […]

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CAN I BE A CHRISTIAN AND BE PART OF THE WORLD?

Can I be a Christian and see a Rated R movie? Can I be a Christian chose to listen to Top 40 music instead of Christian music? Can I be a Christian and watch popular television shows that have nothing to do with Jesus? Can I be a Christian and still participate in culture? And […]

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GIVE AWAY (BUILDING STRONGER MARRIAGES)

One of the healthiest things Lea and I have done in our marriage is read together. After we both agree on a book, I’ll read a chapter or two, and then when she gets time, she’ll do the same. Then we talk about and discuss what we read before moving on in the book. It’s […]

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Trey Morgan Here are my thoughts about marriage, family, raising children, humor, faith and the life God intended for us all. I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast.

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