Roy’s Blog: “Graduation Day”

https://bphowlett.com/2019/05/22/roys-blog-graduation-day

Philippians 3:21 “Jesus Christ shall change our lowly body, that it may be fashioned like His glorious body…”

Graduation time. What an exciting time for students and their families. Kindergartners are filled with excitement as parents and grandparents are drawn together for the event. High school seniors are filled with dreams and thoughts of the opportunities ahead of them, whether it’s through sports or academics. College graduates are preparing to walk into their chosen fields, wondering what the future will hold for them.

The greatest graduation day will be when we hear the voice of the Lord saying, “Come up here!” And all of our frail bodies will be changed in a moment, fashioned like His glorious body. That will be the great wonderful graduation day for all of God’s true children. No ceremony, no fireworks display can compare to the glory of that beautiful reunion with our loved ones and with our Savior.

Roy’s Blog: “When?”

https://bphowlett.com/2019/05/21/roys-blog-when-2

Zechariah 14:1 “Watch for the day of the Lord is coming…”

Anyone who has traveled with children has heard these words many times: Where are we? How much farther? What time is it? When are we going to get there?

I can imagine the children in the wilderness traveling around and around through the desert of Moab with their parents, asking the same questions, especially when. God had His plan and purpose for that generation that was not yet fulfilled. It’s hard to know that something is near and be told, “Not yet.” We are all so impatient.

It’s hard to imagine how excited the people must have been when Joshua commanded the officers of the people, “Prepare the people. In three days you are going to cross the Jordan to go in and possess the land.”

So it is with us today. We look around at the signs. We know the time must be near, but–not yet. God has a purpose, a plan, and a time. It’s in His time.

 

Roy’s Blog: “God’s Promises”

https://bphowlett.com/2019/05/20/roys-blog-gods-promises

Deuteronomy 7:9b “He is the faithful God who keeps His covenant for a thousand generations.”

Have you ever made a promise to God? Maybe you were in some trouble and no help was available. You called on God and promised, “God, if you just get me out of this I’ll (a) never do it again, (b) I’ll be in church every Sunday, or (c) I’ll be a better person from now on. How did it go? Did you keep that promise like you said?

God keeps His promises. He has kept His promise (covenant) with Israel, just as He said. He would be their God, and they would be His people. Though they have strayed at times, God has never strayed from His promises. He promised He would bring them back from the far corners of the earth, back into their promised land.

I believe the establishment of State of Israel is one of the greatest accomplishments of all time. It is a miracle even greater than Israel’s exodus from Egypt in the days of Moses.

The modern nation of Israel is now 71 years old. Soon the “Deal of the Century” will be rolled out, moving “end-time” events nearer to the coming of the Lord. God has kept His promises to Israel. He will also keep His promises to us.

He promised He would come again and He will. He promised that where He is, there we will be. His promises are faithful and true.

Roy’s Blog: “Which Way?”

https://bphowlett.com/2019/05/18/roys-blog-which-way

Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

I used to spend so much time in font of the mirror working to get my hair “just right”. Many times I would think I had it, then I’d see a place sticking up wrong and I’d start all over. I look back over those years and think, what a waste of time. I no longer have that problem. No hair-no problem.

This is a good illustration of our lives. We spend so much time at the broad gate worrying over worldly things, and overlook the the narrow gate and the most important decisions of our lives. Which way? There is only one way that leads to life.

Our lives are filled with decisions. Most are trivial and insignificant, while others are essential and life changing. The most critical decision we will ever make is about Jesus Christ. He is the only way.

Roy’s Blog: “The Third Day”

https://bphowlett.com/2019/05/17/roys-blog-the-third-day

John 2:1 “The third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee.”

The marriage in Cana of Galilee was Jesus first miracle. It was on the third day (the third day after He arrived in Galilee). The third day is known as a day of double blessing. The Jewish wedding celebration lasted for seven days. The preferred day for the wedding ceremony was on the third day–the day of double blessing.

If you want to understand what God will do in the future, look at what He has done in the past. God doesn’t want you to live in ignorance. He has always wanted His people to understand His actions. Amos 3:7 “Surely the Lord God does nothing unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.”

Hosea 6:2 “…in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.”

We are near the dawn of the third day. We are going to the marriage feast of the Lamb.

Roy’s Blog: “Where There’s Tracks, There’s Deer”

https://bphowlett.com/2019/05/16/roys-blog-where-theres-tracks-theres-deer

Luke 21:28 “But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

I used to go deer hunting every opportunity I had. One year early in the morning I decided to take my tractor into the woods near my deer stand. I knew that deer are usually not scared by something they see and hear often, like my tractor. It was almost daybreak and I was going slow to watch for tracks. I was at the edge of the woods that opened out into a clearing when I saw some huge tracks in front of the tractor. I got off the tractor so I could examine the tracks better. I bent down looking down at those huge fresh tracks and trying to decide which way the deer was headed. I was relishing the opportunity I would have getting that big deer, when all of a sudden I heard a loud snort. I looked up just in time to see the tail end of a huge buck bounding off into the trees. If I had stopped gazing down and been looking up, I would have seen the buck in time.

I missed out because even though I saw the signs, I wasn’t ready. The signs are there today for the coming of the Lord. You can see them, but are you ready?

Roy’s Blog: “Dealing With Anxiety”

https://bphowlett.com/2019/05/15/roys-blog-dealing-with-anxiety

Matthew 6:34 (NASB) “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

We live in an age of anxiety and stress. Whether it’s personal concerns, family matters, financial needs, or global conditions, we all have reasons to worry and fret. Sometimes critical situations strike immediate fear in our hearts. That’s only natural. But, much of our anxiety is associated with everyday problems and our ever-increasing inability to deal with them.

We take our worries to bed with us, causing sleepless nights. In the morning we drag them out of bed with us and lug them around all day like a bag of rocks. Our tension rises with the lack of sleep and our fuses shorten. Have you ever lashed out at your spouse, child, co-worker and wonder afterwards why you did it?

Whenever we encounter circumstances we cannot change, the only one who can handle them is God. Psalm 55:22a “Give your burdens to the Lord, and He will take care of you.”

There is a song by Washington Phillips that goes: TAKE YOUR BURDEN TO THE LORD AND LEAVE IT THERE. IF YOU WOULD TRUST HIM AND NEVER DOUBT, HE WILL SURELY BRING YOU OUT. TAKE YOUR BURDEN TO THE LORD AND LEAVE IT THERE.