Devotionals by Raul Ries


Power in Jesus’ Name

But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him in their midst, it came out of him and did not hurt him. - >Luke 4:35

Today is All Hallows Eve, more commonly known as Halloween. For many Christians, this is a very dark and demonic day. Many of the traditions associated with Halloween have pagan roots which include: ghosts, witchcraft, skeletons, black cats and jack-o-lanterns. All of these things represent a celebration of the dark—a celebration of Satan.

During the Middle Ages, the Catholic Church fought the paganism of this day and announced the celebration of All Saints Day, which is November first, making today, All Hallows Eve, the evening before All Saints Day. However, proclaiming the day for the Lord has not stopped the pagan celebration.

We have to remember, every day belongs to the Lord and we do not have to fear the dark, because we are of the light—we are children of God. There is not a single demon who can prevail against our Lord Jesus Christ. As we read through the Gospels, we see Him cast out demons, and further, we see His disciples cast out demons in the Book of Acts (Acts 16:18).

Today, while many will participate in the traditions of Halloween, we have nothing to fear. We can enjoy this day that the Lord has made knowing the power we have in the name of Jesus Christ. No weapon can come against us as we walk in the Lord, so we should fear no evil.

Our arch-enemy is to be cast into hell—and it will take only one angel to bind him!
~A. Lindsay Glegg~

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'Somebody Loves You' program is designed to equip listeners with the necessary tools to live out their faith. 'Somebody Loves You' features Raul Ries' humorous, sensible and comprehensible teaching of God's Word.

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Raul Ries, 60, is the Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Golden Springs and President of Somebody Loves You Ministries. After his miraculous conversion in 1971, Raul began to read and study the Bible extensively even though he had a limited education. In 1974 he began a home Bible study with seven other committed individuals. Soon, he started to preach and counsel youth during the noon hour at his former high school, Baldwin Park High. Calvary Chapel West Covina grew out of Raul's home fellowship, as well as his Kung-Fu studio, and was soon meeting weekly at an old converted Safeway store. In 1993, the congregation moved to Diamond Bar and occupied a 101,000 square-foot corporate building on 28 acres. Calvary Chapel Golden Springs (as it is now called) draws between 10,000 - 12,000 in attendance weekly.

Author of several books, including Fury to Freedom (the story of his early life and dramatic conversion), Raul Ries has also produced three films: Fury to Freedom (feature film dramatization of the book); A Quiet Hope (a riveting and stirring documentary detailing seven soldier's accounts of the Vietnam War and its aftermath); and A Venture in Faith (a documentary of the history of the Calvary Chapel movement).

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