<![CDATA[Ex-witch Exodus - Blog]]>Sat, 22 Apr 2017 06:54:19 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Charisma Spellbound?]]>Sat, 25 Feb 2017 23:11:13 GMThttp://takenfromthenight.com/blog/charisma-spellbound
I just came across a post (referred to below) which tackles a topic that I have up till now have held back with exposing as it is a sensitive issue. I’ve many times contemplated the best approach in handling false testimonies or at the very least fabrications of those who desire to lay claim to the title of “ex-witch”. I’ve tried to wrap my brain around the reason why anyone would choose to falsely claim the title of an “ex”, as surely they are clueless to the very real spiritual and emotional complications and struggles of actually walking out from a lifestyle of magick, after having experienced the freedom only Jesus can bring.  It’s something I feel led to share so that others can hopefully avoid making the same mistake and enduring the heartache and the toll it takes on one’s soul.  In fact, I’ve often said a testimony doesn’t have to be an account of full-blown “witch” involvement, but it must be “true” for only the truth will set the captive free.  Honestly, a testimony where one has merely participated in any aspect of the occult is one that more people can relate to and will therefore encourage a broader range of people, who may feel far from someone who actually “was” a full-fledged witch. Believe me, there is no glamour in being an ex-witch, yet we come across the “wannabee” all too often. The question then becomes; how do the “real” ex-witches handle the cape-flappers, do we “out” them or silently sit back as they ignorantly feed the masses with stories that unfortunately create more harm than good? <Sigh> The problem is that there are real repercussions that create road-blocks, hindering those who need to hear the truth because the cost is great… their salvation. Ironically, the fake “ex” actually does become obsessed with the spirit of witchcraft and in the end, uses manipulation to deceive their gullible Christian audience. I’ve known self-proclaimed witches who studied the Craft more now that they are Christian, than they did when they said they were involved just so they can attempt to fool the Christian masses. It seems the more dramatic or outlandish, the more clicks which of course is what the media thrives on… bringing us to the topic of “Fake News”.  

 “Fake-News” is news manufactured to grab headline attention with no proof, unreliable or unnamed sources which provide you with no witness/witnesses to substantiate the claim.  Sadly, it’s not only been a problem with the secular media, but can be found in Christian media as well.  Entering into the publishing genre was a rude awakening for me as I soon discovered Christian publishing is all about money, creating a platform and making what sells!  Somehow truth is irrelevant or optional to say the least.  It’s truly disturbing when one of the most noted Christian Charismatic Publications apparently falls into the definition of “Fake News” at times, given above. They obviously did not research or validate one of their primary sources of ex-witch material.  Sadly, we have watched this testimony morph into a large scale embellishment that now includes (SRA) Satanic Ritual Abuse and Satanic rituals in the Mormon Church.  How do I know this isn’t true? First, because I am an ex-witch and second… because I have her original testimony as I had interviewed and researched her for a possible spot in my last book, “From The Craft To Christ”.  Her original story was lacking in actual involvement and her knowledge was extremely limited.  Of course, now having subjected herself to repressed memory “counseling”, the story has become so dramatic and bizarre that I feel it necessary to address it.  I do this, not to invalidate her testimony of overcoming drug use and depression but because it has progressed to the dangerous practice of (RMT) Repressed Memory Therapy, which has ruined many lives and led to many false claims. RMT was popular in the 1980’s, but most therapists today have moved away from this type of therapy.  RMT techniques include coercing the participant by lead-on questions and hypnosis and borders on Eastern Mysticism and occult teaching. It just goes to show what any media source will publish for the sake of clicks and views, thus moving away from factual news and embracing Fake News.  

Below is the blog post from Richard Bartholomew that prompted my writing this blog for your review and discretion.

In closing… much prayer is needed for our sister-in-Christ who is both falsely misleading and being falsely mislead. Also pray against “Fake News” and let truth prevail.  

©By S.A. Tower, 2017

Charisma Promotes New Satanic Ritual Abuse Claims
Posted on October 21, 2016 by Richard Bartholomew
From Charisma News:
Ex-Witch Reveals the Ritual Satanic Abuse That Happens on Halloween
Since her salvation in recent years and subsequent inner healings and deliverance, Beth came to realize she was abused in a satanic ritual on Halloween when she was just 3.  
“We went to the (Mormon) church and what happened next made my blood curdle. I was given candy, but that was just a prelude to the sexual abuse that would happen in a satanic ritual,” Beth reveals in her blog.  
“On Halloween, Satanists use young children, such as myself, as sexual idols to worship. Other children receive a far worse fate. Death…”
This is just one of several articles published by Charisma about Beth Eckert, a woman in her thirties residing in California. Eckert apparently attended a Mormon church in early childhood and later embraced Wicca and occultism, before eventually becoming a Christian.
Charisma News caters to evangelical Christians, particularly neo-Pentecostals; the site’s publisher, Steven Strang, is a significant presence in evangelical Christian media, and according to a statement put out by the Ted Cruz campaign when Cruz gained Strang’s endorsement in January the site “is read by more than 200,000 monthly, with four million unique online visitors per month” (Strang is now an enthusiast for Trump).
Charisma News is most useful for monitoring trends and developments within neo-Pentecostalism, although in recent months it has branched out into purely secular anti-Clinton articles. It also gives a platform to one particular author who promotes David Icke-type conspiracies about elite “Illuminati” Satanic rituals and their potential to create dramatic supernatural irruptions. Eckert’s claims about Satanic abuse are similarly being promoted by the site at face value, despite the cautionary example of the 1980s Satanic Ritual Abuse panic.
The key phrase in the Charisma article is “since her salvation… Beth came to realize”.  An early version of Eckert’s story appeared on a site called Your Spiritual Quest a year ago. According to her account then, she left Mormonism because the religion presented God as “cruel and judging”, but her subsequent years in an occult and New Age milieu were not conducive to her psychological wellbeing or maintaining healthy relations. Although she believes her interests at this time were spiritually harmful, there is nothing about Satanism or child rape.
On her blog, The Other Side of Darkness, we can see how her story developed. In March, she wrote that:
I decided to explore options for counseling. Once I began to dive into the emotional and spiritual depths of my soul, I found the answers I had been seeking. I was horribly abused as a child, by the people who loved me and were supposed to be taking care of me. This was a shocking blow to me, because the abuse was so severe that I actually completely blocked it out. I mean I had no memories whatsoever of any of it. Yet the information I began to receive as revelations from the Holy Spirit, finally started to put my life together like a puzzle that had lost the corner pieces.
In April, she went into specifics:
I am now in a class for women who were sexually abused as children. This class, (called Wounded Heart, after the workbook), has been a big help for me… I was molested, sodomized and raped as a child, in the Mormon Church. The abuse was so terrifying that I completely blocked it from my conscious mind.
The Wounded Heart, by Dan Allender, was first published in 1989. The author heavily promotes the idea of “recovered memories”, and he warns readers that
The denial is an affront to God. It assumes that a false reality is better than truth. It assumes that God is neither good nor strong enough to help during the recall process.
In other words, to doubt the memories you have been told by a counsellor or “deliverance minister” that you’re supposed to have is to commit a sin. This is highly manipulative, and I would go so far as to describe it as a form of psychological abuse.
From suddenly remembering being abused, to being abused in a church setting, to being abused as part of Satanic ritual on Halloween – the arc is depressingly inevitable. In Britain, this kind of “recovered memory” led to the tragic suicides of Caroline Marchant and Carol Felstead, and it is likely that a dubious therapist inspired the lurid allegations made by “Nick” that led to the recent disturbing farce of Operation Midland.
As far as I can tell, Eckert has not contacted the police with her story – even though she’s young enough that her supposed abusers may well still be alive and continuing with their predations. That in itself seems to me to be a tacit admission – either by Eckert herself or those who are helping her to “discover” these memories – that this is not a story that could bear much scrutiny on specific details.
Given Eckert’s obviously vulnerable state and her relative obscurity, this was not a case I really wanted to explore in any detail – but with a high-profile religious media empire irresponsibly using her to promote unsubstantiated allegations that may well lead to innocent people suffering harm, there was little choice.


<![CDATA[There's No Time to Change Your Mind]]>Sat, 14 Jan 2017 20:17:02 GMThttp://takenfromthenight.com/blog/theres-no-time-to-change-your-mindPicture
    In the past week, I attended two funerals, the first of which was for my beloved godfather. He was 85 years old and so his passing was somewhat expected. He was a decorated Police Lieutenant who served the community for over 30 years.  We heard many kind words from fellow officers who had the pleasure, as they said, to work alongside of him. To me, I remember him as a calm and collected man of faith.  The minister who presided over the funeral concluded with a challenging quote upon dismissal, “Sing like No One Is Listening, Dance like No One Is Watching, and Love like you’ve Never Been Hurt.” I pondered the concept of a first love before betrayal, before the loss of trust or emotional pain is ever experienced… such as how the innocent love of a child, reminds me of the Father’s love for us.

     In recent years, it seems funerals have become a gathering place for relatives that you hope to see again before the next funeral, but seldom do. This funeral was no exception and as I spoke with one of my cousins, she shared how her son was in a disturbing relationship with a mysterious woman who also seemed a bit rough around the edges. I felt this sickening feeling in the pit of my stomach, as if something wasn’t quite right. Who would have known that he would take his last breath the very next day after the funeral of my godfather? Sadly, he was only 29 years old.

     Today I attended his funeral, but these circumstances were due to an untimely and unexpected death which left many unanswered questions. My heart grieved for my cousin’s loss. Remembering the words shared at my godfather’s funeral, I questioned how a mother could love like she has never been hurt… when the hurt runs so deep, like the devastation in losing a child? I hadn’t seen him in recent years, yet fondly remember him during his youth at family birthday parties and picnics. We weren’t Facebook friends but after learning of his possible anarchist views, I decided to check out his page. 

      He was no longer the little boy I remembered and my heart was heavy when I noticed the satanic tattoos of an upside down pentacle and the leviathan cross on his arm. If there was ever a time when you wish someone had a day to do over, this was it. What happened, became more than just a question of his physical fate… it became a deep spiritual concern. Ironically... his funeral fell on Friday the 13th, and as many shared, probably a date he would find amusing. And yet even more ironic was that the priest, who presided at the funeral had confirmed his entry into eternal rest in heaven due to his infant baptism. But honestly, I sadly was not so convinced. 

     What I am certain of is that God is a just God, despite the uncertainty of the fate of my cousin’s son.  Our Heavenly Father is full of love and mercy despite one’s outward appearance and I know only He knows what’s truly inside a person’s heart and I can only hope that somewhere in this young man’s heart he had left room for Jesus.  I’ve always been one to speak of God’s grace, love and mercy and frowned upon fire and brimstone preaching but I honestly found myself rethinking how we share the good news of God’s love. I understand the urgency of sharing the gospel message and the reality that despite one’s age… tomorrow is not guaranteed.  Far better would it be to have the assurance of one’s salvation rather than to simply hope for it.

     How does this impact the way we minister at Ex-witch Exodus? It certainly calls for examination and much prayer yet I’m not convinced that a “get saved now or spend eternity in hell” message would move the heart of the spiritual blind, or that a relationship based on fear would be long-lasting.  If you’re reading this and you doubt or lack faith in God, I appeal to you to open your heart and mind and… give God a chance.  This is not an ultimatum, a get right or face eternal damnation message but a heart-felt plea “For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14). Evidence reveals that tomorrow is not a given and the decisions you make today can really be the most important you’ve made in your entire lifetime and beyond.  The body may turn to dust but the spirit lives on.

© By S.A. Tower, 2017

<![CDATA[Christmas is NOT Pagan]]>Thu, 15 Dec 2016 19:09:21 GMThttp://takenfromthenight.com/blog/christmas-is-not-paganPicture
I've always questioned why many Christians rely on information provided by pagans as fact, especially when it comes to Christian holidays. I mean really, do you honestly expect to find “truth” from a source not following God? It is rather the subtle deceit of the enemy in an attempt to take the world’s focus off of Christ and what better way to accomplish this than by having Christians believe they are engaging in evil. The following post is by Marcia Montenegro, from her Facebook Page entitled Christian Answers for the New Age, who shares the research she has done supporting the fact that “Christmas is not Pagan”.
~ S.A. Tower


When I was a new Christian, I believed all the "Christmas is pagan" tales but did not check it out. I have checked it out and find that is not true. The cults have been very skillful at spreading these tales (Jehovah's Witnesses, Armstrong followers, Hebrew Roots, and others) and consequently, due to the proliferation of false information, some Christians have come to buy into it as well.
Comments such as "Christmas is pagan" or links to sites supporting false data will be deleted. I have spent too much time and energy on this topic in the past to spend more time on it, but want to post this for those interested. I am not going to engage in arguments, and disrespectful comments will be deleted.
If you do not observe Christmas due to commercialism or for a personal reason, this does not apply to you. But if you believe its pagan, or think that Jeremiah 10 applies to Christmas trees, I hope you decide to investigate.
God bless all of you.
Four part article:
Other articles on Christmas:
Why the date of Dec. 25 became connected to the birth of Jesus
Quote== Devout Christians will be reassured to learn that the date of Christmas may derive from concepts in Judaism that link the time of the deaths of prophets being linked to their conception or birth. From this, early ecclesiastical number-crunchers extrapolated that the nine months of Mary’s pregnancy following the Annunciation on March 25th would produce a December 25th date for the birth of Christ. - See more at http://bit.ly/1MGpuKI
The Christmas Tree
==The fact of the matter is that the Christmas tree originated in Christian Germany about two thousand years after Jeremiah’s criticisms of wooden idols. It originated from two Christian symbols found in homes at Christmas time. The first was a “Paradise tree,” an evergreen which was hung with apples which represented the tree of life in the Garden of Eden. The second symbol was a “Christmas pyramid.” This of course was a triangular shelf holding Christmas figurines and decorated with a star. By about the 16th century these two symbols had been combined into the Christian Christmas tree.==
HISLOP Discredited: “Myths From Hislop: A Call to Examine Facts,” by Marcia Montenegro

By Marcia Montenegro, Christian Answers for the New Age

<![CDATA[The Death of a Medium - Laura Maxwell]]>Sat, 08 Oct 2016 14:01:18 GMThttp://takenfromthenight.com/blog/the-death-of-a-medium-laura-maxwellThis poem entitled, "The Death of a Medium" is written by my friend Laura Maxwell and is based on the testimony of her mother who was training to become a Spiritualist Medium  

Read Laura's True Story on https://yourspiritualquest.wordpress....
Video produced by Vince McCann
<![CDATA[Bobbing for Apples; Fun or Forbidden?]]>Sun, 02 Oct 2016 17:58:14 GMThttp://takenfromthenight.com/blog/bobbing-for-apples-fun-or-forbiddenPicture
Perhaps the most common game children play at Halloween parties or Fall festivals is “Bobbing for Apples”.  A large steel tub is filled with water and apples, which float to the surface. The child attempts with their hands behind their back, to grasp the apple with only their teeth. Prizes are offered to those who master this art, which is quite the arduous task and can be quite the soaking experience. Now-a-days once the child has retrieved an apple and a prize is awarded, the game is over and they go off to do something else. In times of old, it used to be a game for the unmarried seeking the love of their life. In that case, catching the apple was filled with superstition and rides on the edge of occult practice, since it was supposed to foretell who their future mate would be.  This is but one of many apple superstitions mostly involving love and marriage. But are these ancient games and folklore practices, survivors of a much older pagan ceremony?

The apple is according to many pagan beliefs the fruit of the gods. It is the fruit sacred to the goddess and is associated with fertility. In Celtic tradition, the otherworldly land of the fairies was called the Isle of Apples and ruled by the goddess, Morgan le Fay.  Since apples are part of the fall harvest, they are incorporated into the festival of Samhain and included in the Dumb Supper where a place setting is set for the deceased ancestor to dine. ​

If you cut an apple in half crosswise, you’ll find a five pointed star or pentagram which is said to originally have been a symbol of goddess and today a symbol for many of her followers. But what does any of this have to do with bobbing for apples?

​Apple divination is used in pagan practice but it’s far beyond gripping an apple between one’s teeth. After the question is asked, the apple is cut open and its seeds are read in a form of divination. This is the act that is forbidden in God’s eyes. The knowledge that is being sought is not from God but otherworldly sources of pagan gods and spiritual entities/demonic spirits (see Deut.10) This is the crucial place where one crosses the road from fun, to forbidden. The child who merely tested his skill in bobbing for an apple never entertained the practice of divination. However, the teen (player) who seeks wisdom from within the apple, is delving into the art of divination and seeking from a source other than God.
So you can bob for apples… just don’t bob for information.

© By S.A. Tower, 2016

<![CDATA[Sweet Remembrance]]>Sat, 20 Aug 2016 20:55:09 GMThttp://takenfromthenight.com/blog/sweet-remembrancePicture
     I have fond memories of my dad.  He was an excellent example of a husband and my mom often said “they broke the mold after he was born”. I have to agree, it’s been hard for any man to match his standards.  More importantly to me was his example as a father. Dad had a warm tender heart towards us girls and beyond a doubt, we were like fine china dolls that he not only cherished but treated with ultimate care.  My dad didn’t ask for much in the way of material possessions, preferring a simpler way of life such as his love for chocolate, his favorite being Cella’s Chocolate Covered Cherries!  Not a holiday went by without Dad receiving a box of his favorite chocolate treat. Now, whenever I think of those cherries, I think of my dad. 
     My local convenience store, Wawa has them single wrapped at the counter and throughout the year when I stop in for a cup of coffee and see their shiny red wrapper… I think of my dad.  I’m blessed with the fond memories of what a good man he was and how much he loved me.  This Tuesday would have been his 96th birthday and in remembrance, every year I go to Wawa to enjoy a sweet chocolate covered cherry that is almost as sweet as my memories.
     This year, something dawned on me that I hadn’t considered in past years.  During His final days on earth, Jesus ate a traditional meal with His disciples saying the all familiar words “Do this in remembrance of me”.  While I’ve known for many years that communion is a way of remembering all that He’s done for us, it became clearer in my own fond memories of my dad through a chocolate covered cherry.  In fact, before Jesus was even born, our Heavenly Father set aside a special time known as Passover, for the Jews to remember the story of their exodus from Egypt. This too, is done by way of the Seder which uses symbolic foods as a way to retell and recollect the story of God’s divine intervention that led them to freedom. 
     Having fond memories is not limited to a specific date or time of year, rather every time we see and taste its goodness as with the chocolate cherries.  In the same way, we are wise to see a loaf of bread and remember Jesus’ broken body on our behalf. Wine being poured out should trigger our thoughts to the shed blood of Jesus and the fond memory of what His death did for us. It shouldn’t be “just” a religious celebration or a special day of the year, but throughout the year in our daily eating and drinking… fond memories of the greatness of our God should be ever in our minds.

©By S. A. Tower, 2016

<![CDATA[When Demons Snarl]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 21:22:12 GMThttp://takenfromthenight.com/blog/when-demons-snarl
     It's hard to keep the peace when the demonic realm uses of all things, another believer to further its agenda. It becomes surprisingly apparent how you’ve loosened the reigns on your own tongue by your own response to the frothing mouth of demonic accusations. You can always spot them, their slanderous comments, the degrading and accusing words they hurl at you as they attempt to beat down Godly men and women. Another good indication that you’ve encountered one, is evident by their fruit… a combative and condemning spirit that seemingly is always provoking and demeaning conversations with you and others. Much of what they say is pure foolishness… abusive words that are unjustified and they discourage, rather than encourage the body, let alone you.  In fact, the venom that drips from their lips is pure evil in nature, and sadly, they often times don’t even realize the poison they possess.  How can that be, you ask? It seems obvious to those with spiritual insight and even those without, can’t ignore the hypocritical character of some self-professed servant of God.
     Another sign that you are encountering the words of a demon is by their demeaning tone and prideful arrogance. Within, they harbor the same sin as satan himself, the sin of pride. In their ranting, you hear words that suggest they have knowledge and hear from God “better than you”, as though they alone have access to a hidden Wifi to communicate with God and secret knowledge only they know. In reality, we know the network of knowledge they claim to possess comes straight from hell and the source leads to the apple of rebellion, the juice of temptation that Adam and Eve tasted in their first bite.
     We can and should pray for brethren who are caught in the sin of pride and perhaps unknowingly have allowed their voice to be used by demonic forces against you, a child of God and therefore against God. Yet, it’s not enough to stop there… while it may be easy to point out the sin of a brother; it’s much harder to examine our own. It usually starts out good and we respond in a Godly way but as the hurl of insults keep coming, it becomes more difficult to stand in God’s peace, restraining our own tongue and simply raise the shield that wards off all the fiery darts the enemy can possibly muster.  The tongue is as paraphrased from James 3:5, “a small member yet able to set a great forest ablaze by such a small fire.”  
     In examining our response to a striking tongue, we learn of the chinks in our own spiritual armor, which is in likeness our Spiritual second skin. It should be snug against us, able to secure our soul from the evil of this world.  Psalm 39:1 says, “ I will guard my mouth with a muzzle, so long as the wicked are in my presence”  By responding to insults, we add fuel to the fire and engage in a battle that we need not participate in as its already been won. In returning fire, I recognize that I personally got a bit lax and unleashed the bridle on my own tongue. The battles in this world are enough without engaging in petty squabbles the enemy uses to provoke us into battle against one another and keep us distracted from his schemes. Instead of contributing to the discord sewn by the enemy, I choose to use my lips to proclaim His praise! Amen!

Psalm 119:171-173, “My lips will pour forth praise, for you teach me your statutes. My tongue will sing of your word, for all your commandments are right. Let your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen your precepts”.
©By S. A. Tower, 2016

<![CDATA[From Slavery to Freedom]]>Fri, 25 Mar 2016 16:55:34 GMThttp://takenfromthenight.com/blog/from-slavery-to-freedom

     Today the world acknowledges “Good Friday”, the day that Jesus was crucified on the cross for our sins but as you will find, our timing is all off. Obviously Christ’ Resurrection came after the Passover and one look at our calendar reveals we’re almost a month ahead of schedule. However, even the Jewish calendar has flaws. According to Michael Rood, by extensive research into the “Almighty’s timekeeping methods”, we’re able to put His timeclock in perspective which brings us to today actually being Passover rather than the Crucifixion.
     We’ve participated in the Seder in Home Church in the past and it does help one to understand the Exodus journey, including how the blood of the sacrificial lamb protected the Israelites’ from the destroyer but for how many has it become a ritualistic meal that has lost its initial meaning despite reciting the Exodus story?  We think of Communion as the Christian Last Supper, yet how many take the cup only out of tradition or because it’s what we’re “suppose” to do?  Even reciting Scripture can become mere words, rather than the Living Word if we fall into tradition time after time. At best, we learn what it was like to be Jewish in Biblical times or to be a disciple of Christ at the Last Supper. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying either of those are a bad thing and at some point in our lives they each can be very spiritual–awakening moments, but there has to be more and we’ve got to recognize our own slavery to freedom experience.
     According to an article in Christianity Today by Rabbi Evan Moffic, the Seder didn’t exist until 70 CE which is after the Temple destruction. Jesus and the disciples shared the Passover meal which went beyond the story of how God brought the Israelites’ out of Egypt and perhaps surprisingly did not contain the traditional Seder four questions. Moffic explains that Passover is about maintaining faith through difficult times and the topic of discussion at The Last Supper went beyond the story of Exodus, to how the disciples would respond in the midst of their upcoming difficult times. Jesus foretold how one would betray, all would stumble and Peter would deny him three times (See Matthew 26). It was the Exodus they would soon seize as well as their own journey to freedom.
     As we share our own Passover meal, hopefully we’ll take it home. It’s awesome to read the story of how God freed the Israelites’, or how Jesus freed the captives but how did Jesus free you?  I personally reflect back to my own captivity in witchcraft… my personal Egypt, a land full of idolatry and sinful ways and remember how the awesome power of God’s love brought me out of the bondage that held me and how He set me free.  It is by the blood of the Lamb of God that our awesome Creator passed-over my impended gloom and released me from the darkness that once held me. It’s there that I understand the Exodus story the greatest and rejoice in His saving grace.
     How about you, what is your Exodus story?

     Let us rejoice and Praise God for our Passover Lamb!

©By S.A. Tower, 2016

<![CDATA[In The Name of Love]]>Mon, 18 Jan 2016 15:29:09 GMThttp://takenfromthenight.com/blog/in-the-name-of-lovePicture
While the US celebrates Martin Luther King’s birthday, I must admit it took a long time before I understood the difference between ‘his” vision and my reality.  You see, I didn’t see the “peaceful demonstration” rather I was a white child in a predominately black neighborhood and I remember the fear of being in a car that was surrounded by an angry mob rocking the car in attempt to overturn it! The black crossing guard who I’d been taught was a safe person I could run to in time of need, stood alongside of the crowd and did absolutely nothing to dissuade them. By the grace of God, my family survived and moved across town shortly after.  This is just one life event as a “minority” child growing up but I have to say that while my own vision of Dr.King was tainted, it didn’t infect my view of all black people and I went on to be highly influenced by Ms. Jackson, my eighth grade English teacher and my best friend Michelle, at my first job. We don’t have to let the prejudices of our past continue to influence our future; rather, we have the freedom to choose whether to wallow in self-pity or as Dr. King repeatedly said, become overcomers.   

©By S.A. Tower, 2016     

<![CDATA[Called to Serve]]>Mon, 11 Jan 2016 03:23:59 GMThttp://takenfromthenight.com/blog/called-to-servePicture
I’d like to introduce you to Andy Scotsman Moore. Andy and his wife, Debbie are waiting to be assigned as pastors and missionaries to a church through www.villagemissions.org. Village Missions place spiritually qualified missionary-pastors to churches in rural communities where they serve in a full-time capacity to provide a Christ-centered church program to the community. Andy was the unofficial resident pastor for the Exwitch and Ancient Crossroads ministry. Our own Mark Bishop (whose testimony is in my latest book “From The Craft To Christ”) also one of the Exwitch administrators provided this statement, “Andy helped in many ways with the exwitch forums as well as the Ancientcrossroads forum. He did everything from apologetics to prayer, with plenty of room in-between for keeping the board running smoothly.” 

Andy’s call to ministry began in the 80’s as a pastor and teacher with a focus on discipleship leading him to serve in Japan and the U.S. Both he and his wife share a love for motorcycles and incorporate their passion into sharing and showing the love of Jesus Christ to motorcyclists through the Cheyenne Christian Riders (CMA), in which Andy was the former Vice President and current State Prayer Coordinator for Wyoming. 

This next season of ministry is a huge step of faith for Andy and Debbie who will need to raise a minimum support base ($600 a month) before they can be placed in their new church home. Please prayerfully consider partnering with them on a monthly basis or make a donation on their behalf. Go to www.villagemissions.org at the top, you will see see a heading which says “Partner with Us.” Scroll over that and it will bring up a window. Click on Donate Online. Find the “Donate to a Missionary” section and click on the “U.S. Donations” button. This will take you to the support page. Find the drop down box under Support a Missionary. Find their names listed alphabetically and click on Andy & Debra Moore. Fill out the rest of the form and submit.

Thank you for your prayerful consideration in sowing into this ministry.