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Scary Movies

  • For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2Tim. 1:7 ESV

    Have you ever felt a sense of dread come over you? Have you been afraid of that monster in the closet or under your bed? My older brother who had the driver's license, was a horror movie fan and I must have seen every one released while growing up. Do not let that happen to your children. For years, I paid the price and I still despise them today. Why would someone do that with a chainsaw?

    After I started drawing closer to God, He revealed to me that fear is rooted in not trusting Him. Though it can be a very powerful enemy to overcome, He is the ultimate power. Faith is believing that God will protect you. Fear is believing that He will not. If you grew up like I did and your brain was trained to think a certain way, it can take a while to retrain your thought patterns. I had to memorize this verse and say it often.

    Gods Holy Spirit gives us power, love and a sound, disciplined mind which is the complete opposite of fear and panic. Resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7). Let your mind be renewed and take on the mind of Christ. If God is for us, who can stand against us? Think positive and do not dwell on what may happen, because it may not. Put your trust in Him and do not try and work it all out in your mind. God knows the end from beginning and He is well able to prepare you for what is coming.

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Lucas Napo
Lucas Napo Thank you very much. Amen
April 9, 2015
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you for the message! I love to read horror stories!
April 9, 2015
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Treena Williams
Treena Williams Thank you, all my life I grew up in fear! My mother practice witch craft, she would do things to scare us kids all the time when my dad was at work! Thank God sent a wonderful friend to my life ,who was Christian and spending time at her house and her family and going to church with them basically saved my life and my family! Over the years I was able to show them Jesus ! Fear is a dangerous thing ! I have now come to learn that lesson more so as an adult living alone and being my self for the first time in my life, I have to remind my self daily I am not alone Christ is with me every step ,every second of the day! I sing the song to my self Whom shall I fear when I feel that creeping up inside me and soon my fears are washed away by the blood of the lamb! Thank you ! 
April 9, 2015
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander Thank you Pastor Todd for this message 
April 9, 2015
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome Amen
April 9, 2015
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Leslie McLea
Leslie McLea This is very timely Pastor Dion. With all the blood work I have done, and what it revealed and the doctors highlight my body is being set up for the perfect storm, highlighting stroke or heart attack in my future. This haunts me I the night as I hear whispers of Heart Attack. But MY GOD  knows when my time will come, I have to trust in HIM. Thank you for this message. Think positive and do not dwell on what may happen, because it may not. Put your trust in Him and do not try and work it all out in your mind. God knows the end from beginning and He is well able to prepare you for what is coming.
April 9, 2015
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Uwalaka Dorathy
Uwalaka Dorathy Amen!   
April 9, 2015
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley Amen AND THANK YOU I Don't Like Scary Movie When I Watch THEM I ALWAYS have night mares
April 9, 2015
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield Sometimes, when we are children, we are not ready for the solid food described in the Bible.We think like children. Sadly, some of us never do grow up.
April 9, 2015
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Rose Sicilia
Rose Sicilia My brother always tried to scare me when he had to babysit me. From a young child I never liked anything scary or evil because I knew it existed in the world. After becoming a Christian I realized the Lord is my Savior and protects me just as the Lord was tempted when something scares me I say get behind me satin I obey only my Lord and it disappears. My Lord protects me I trust only in the Lord. His will be done. Amen 
April 9, 2015
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Alane Grosz
Alane Grosz I have battled fear for my entire life.  Thank you for reminding me of God's weapon. If God is for us, who can stand against us.  Amen
April 9, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Oh my, glad you were able to overcome that, Treena...and yes, you are not alone!
April 9, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, Rose!
April 9, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd In addition to introducing fear, the main thing I can't stand about horror movies is they seem display people as idiots. We were at Dion's brother's house during a holiday and some horror movie was on in which the baddie jumped on top of a bus full of high school kids and punched a hole through the roof, pulling one of the kids up and out. One by one, those kids would walk up to the hole and peer up through it, of course getting pulled up through the roof. Dumb people filled with fear is not a good model for a victorious life ;-).
April 9, 2015
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Theresa Smith
Theresa Smith I had a discussion with my friend yesterday about this scenario." you are afraid and living in fear over what may or may not happen in a situation when you should be turning it  over  to God and accepting the outcome. He knows how the  story will end, so whyyyyyyy fret?" I'm going to let her read this message today. Thank you Pastor  Todd for the confirmation. God is so awesome  
April 9, 2015
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Mary Williams
Mary Williams Thank you, Amen I'm a work in progress.....
April 9, 2015
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Sue Keller
Sue Keller I avoided horror movies. Maybe every few years, I'd check one out, mostly the supernatural, ghostly kind. I saw "The Conjuring" and it terrified me....until I realized I just didn't have time for that nonsense. It also occurred to me that I've gone up against committees of 10 to 15 people in my son's special education IEP meetings who, apparently were Godless or cowards, since they broke the law in every meeting. I never won but I kicked butt along the way. If I could take on these unholy people, I had nothing left over for nonsense like ghosts and demons. They may well exist...I just didn't care. Mind you, this was all BEFORE I came back to God. Now that I've turned back to God, ghosts and demons are as nothing. They may well exist....but God's got me now. 
April 9, 2015
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Beatrice "Raye" Huth
Beatrice "Raye" Huth Thank you a great reminder of his love for us!
April 9, 2015
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt I choose, today to have the opposite of fear and panic. God's Holy Spirit does give me power, love, and a sound mind. I know I can not have peace and fear at the same time, so It is a choice for me, and I choose God's peace.
April 9, 2015
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Pam Ivins
Pam Ivins Our Father is most defentley our strength in all our time of need, He sticks closer than a brother.
April 9, 2015
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Randall Benson
Randall Benson My confidence is in Christ Jesus.
April 9, 2015
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli I am 69 and used to be afraid of dying, I am not anymore.  When I had my hysterectomy 2 years ago I told my husband and my kids that if I don't come back it is because I saw the light.  I didn't see anything so here I am (hahahaha).  I am not perfect by any means but I do believe Jesus Christ is my Lord and Saviour therefore I have no fear.
April 9, 2015
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Mechelle Tarplin
Mechelle Tarplin Great message!!!!  Exactly what I needed for today
April 9, 2015
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Rosemary  Sambrano
Rosemary Sambrano Amen! Thank YOU JESUS for helping me overcome when I was scared! Great message Pastor Dion Todd! 
April 9, 2015
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Steve  Card
Steve Card 2 Tim 1:7 I claimed that verse over & over and God has healed me with flying, elevators and almost MRI's. I have done 12 flights of stairs in the past instead of taking an elevator.  At that same hospital I do elevators now. Praise The Lord.
April 9, 2015
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Michele  Smart
Michele Smart You're right...only God knows.  And it's not like doctors are always right.  Listen to your own body because you know it better than any doctor ever could.  Wishing you the best!
April 9, 2015
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Karen Braxton
Karen Braxton I am learning how to overcome the fear, panic that the enemy would love for me to focus on, but I have put all of my trust in GOD and I am believing that everything will work out for the best. I am asking that everyone keep me prayed up... Thank you and have a blessed and safe day!!!
April 9, 2015
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J D  Williams
J D Williams LIKE YOU PASTOR DION ITS NOT AN EASY THING TO DO WHEN I WAS AKID I WAS AFRAID OF THE DARK AND ITS TAKEN ME A LIFE TIME TO GET OVER BUT GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT IS TEACHING ME TO TRUST HIS POWER TO OVERCOME FEAR FALSE EVIDENCE APEARING REAL........
April 9, 2015
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Yvette Cantrell
Yvette Cantrell HALLELUJAH HALLELUJAH HALLELUJAH!!!!!
April 9, 2015
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kylie dempsey
kylie dempsey The power behind me is greater than the fear in front of me.... ;-)
April 9, 2015
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kylie dempsey
kylie dempsey Lol...or the woman just has to go and investigate that creepy noise! 
April 9, 2015
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza In GOD I give my life  JESUS KING OF MERCY I TRUST IN YOU. AMEN
April 9, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Oh no kidding, Kylie, or when the group always has to split up :D!
April 9, 2015
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Frances Hernandez
Frances Hernandez Slowly learning to overcome the fear...
April 9, 2015
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Renee Tait
Renee Tait Yes! I absolutely agree with others, I'm a work in progress. I heard a preacher on TV say fear tolerated is faith contaminated. We must not tolerate fear at all, not at any degree or level. Those sentences stuck with me.
April 9, 2015
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Lisa Archambault
Lisa Archambault This is so me it is hard not to worrie I'm my Owen worse enemy  but I pray and I ask for strength to over come Ty for theses words I really can relate  Ty Amen
April 9, 2015
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Ruth Martin
Ruth Martin Very good words to read. I have spent most of my adult life not doing things I really want to experience because I have been too afraid. My Bryan is helping me try to overcome my fears. Sometimes it is depressing, because I finally think I am at a breakthrough and I lose it. Of all my fears, heights and deep water are the worse. Year before last we went on a cruise with our Granddaughter for her 13th Bday. They have a rope course up on the top deck. I watched all those people going through it. When Bryan and Kristin came back, I knew I had to try. It looked so darned fun. I went up, geared up, listened to the safety talk. Then I put my foot out on the first rope. Scared? Yes, but I was determined to do it. I made it across the first rope. I made it to the end platform of the second rope, and couldn't get onto the platform. I had lost my balance and could not swing my foot to the platform. I freaked. Bryan quickly realized what was going on and sent one of the safety guards after me, who then helped me turn around and go back to the beginning. I had only made it two of 6 ropes. I was devastated. I went back to our cabin and hid for the rest of the day. My husband kept telling me that I should be proud because I tried. Not finishing was nothing compared to the fact that I actually got up there and tried. Last year, we went to Jamaica and I signed up for a beginners zip line course. It about killed me walking through the heat and humidity and rough terrain, but I made it to the entrance. Bryan was behind and kept telling me how proud he was and that even if I didn't think I could go through with it He was very proud of me. I prayed. Took a deep breath. It was my turn to launch. . .and I did! I had an absolutely FABULOUS time. I look forward to going again in the future. Am I over my fear of heights, not yet. But I know I will be and I thank God He sent my Husband to help me through these terrifying hurdles.
April 9, 2015
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Barbara Mango
Barbara Mango Anxiety and worry have permeated my life for nearly ten years following a terrible family crisis. I pray everyday to God to restore my sense of safety and hope in life. It's very very difficult to say the least.
April 9, 2015
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Melissa-Peter Busse
Melissa-Peter Busse I really needed to hear this today. Perfect timing as usual. I have been praying, asking God to help me trust Him. 
April 9, 2015
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler I use to say when very young alone in my room scared to turn light off as I was to go to sleep...you know God whether I keep the light on or turn it off it will get me anyway so I might as well turn it off.  And I slept.  That was a new beginning.  I did not grow up in a Christian home yet I knew God was with me.  I need to keep practicing over & over &..........   I ask for prayer please.  We seemed to be hit with costly fixtures like steps of cement fell a part during Winter and have to be fixed,  our plumbing behind the toilet is leaking now and turn off handle once bowl is filled after a flush, and a painter is due to come we owe the other half then.  Our shutters are peeling where no roof is to protect and the porch the same everywhere.  My husband did it before and it lasted some years now he is getting older and busy after working long hours driving truck all nite.  We believe in tithing and offerings.  So I am asking God to dumped down some on us from His store house.  And sing & praise to wait.  It is hard yet I will strive as to trust when fearful.  It rains it pours.  We have had rainy dreary days and my knees are very painful.  My new knee is to me this way and guess to accept it.  The other supposely good knee is filling with fluid and looks to need surgery yet want to wait til Thanksgiving time to have him take off with some paid holidays.  I see surgeon next week.  Thanks Pastor for being soooo real.....I absorb it.  I know no other way.  Just to be me with Jesus.
April 9, 2015
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Braver then I ....I would had to reliquish the trip entirely.  Blessings to you!!
April 9, 2015
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kylie dempsey
kylie dempsey Lol...all this talk of horror movies has awakened memories of so-called scary movies I've seen in the past. But God has a sense of humor. I used to work with a lady who was very difficult to get along with. Not many people liked her. Some major psychological issues to I suspect...but I found it spiritually draining working there. Until in my spirit, God told me a large demon occupied her house...but I had nothing to fear. Well, I had fear of coming face to face with this creature and was scared....God told me one day that I'd seen to many horror films and to stop being scared...lol!
April 10, 2015
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kylie dempsey
kylie dempsey Lol...so corny. Some I think are comedies. Others I won't touch with a ten foot pole...'Saw', for example.
April 10, 2015
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  Joshua 1:9 is good for this too.
April 10, 2015
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Mike Mongillo
Mike Mongillo Amen
April 10, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Haha, Kylie, I love how God can speak in just the language we need to understand :D.
April 10, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Father, I lift up Cheryl and husband to you and pray that you please protect them from the attacks of the enemy and bless them with provision and peace in their household, in the name of Jesus, amen!
April 10, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Haha, yup, I don't mind as much if they're amusing and not too graphic ("Odd Thomas" comes to mind), but really don't see the value in the genre as a whole. Have never seen "Saw", but the posters look awful.
April 10, 2015
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke This is for me, it seems as if God is talking to me , for a changing decision I was about to make, thank you Lord
April 10, 2015
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kylie dempsey
kylie dempsey Lol...I know. He meets us where we are...He knows who we are and what tickles us. I'm a rough diamond, so He knows how I work!!!
April 10, 2015
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Thank you Sylvia:)
April 10, 2015
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Elena Vasquez
Elena Vasquez Amen, gracias Jesus
April 11, 2015
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Elena Vasquez
Elena Vasquez Amen
April 11, 2015
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kylie dempsey
kylie dempsey I've heard about 'Saw'...seeing people torture each other :-(  No thanks. 
April 11, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Ugh, yeah, I don't know what the purpose is of watching such things at all, much less enjoying them :(. 
April 11, 2015
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Fred Abeysundera
Fred Abeysundera I have gone through several scary experiences in my lifetime. Points in my life when everything seemed hopeless. But I always turned to God in prayer and somehow He saw me through. The power of prayer destroys all fear! Put your trust in His hands!
April 11, 2015
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Ann Burks
Ann Burks I'm a work in progress.  I'm learning to put everything in God's hands. Through Him I can make it,  praise God! 
April 14, 2015