Roy’s Blog: “I Love To Talk About Heaven”

https://bphowlett.com/2019/09/21/roys-blog-i-love-to-talk-about-heaven

Revelation 21:2 “And I saw the holy city New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God…”

Heaven. Abraham said he was looking for the city. He lived out his life in a tent. He had never lived in a city like New York City, London, Paris, or Rome. But he said he looked for heaven, the city of God.

I’ve traveled across the open plains out west and seen the lights of a city off in the distance. The land was flat so you could see a long way out. It seemed as if I would never get to where the lights were. Mile after mile I would think, “Am I any closer?” Finally, I arrived from the darkness, that seemed like it consumed everything, to the glorious lights of the city. It got more beautiful the closer (and more tired) I was. I could finally find rest.

The loneliness and darkness of the long miles was turned into a glorious beautiful evening of rest. A good picture of heaven. We will go from the long dark road of our earthly journey, to the bright and glorious rest of heaven.

Roy’s Blog: “The Right Way”

https://bphowlett.com/2019/09/20/roys-blog-the-right-way

John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me.”

Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But, small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it.”

Ever find yourself going the wrong way on a one-way street? Then, you try to find a place to turn around and can’t find one? It can be scary. Maybe, there was another road you could have taken but this one was wider and looked nicer to travel. But, it was the wrong road.

I remember, years ago, we were going to Livingston to the Indian Reservation. After traveling a long way, I realized I had taken the wrong road. We were near Center, Texas. I hadn’t really paid attention to where I was headed because I was too busy talking and thinking about the fun we were going to have. I messed up. We were way off track. I stopped and (finally) checked the map, found where I should have gone, and got back on the right road. Other than a little wasted time, it didn’t really matter.

So many are traveling the wrong way and need to get on the right road, the narrow road that leads to life. The directions are in the Bible. The wrong way is not just a little wasted time–it has eternal consequences.

Roy’s Blog: “What’s Important”

https://bphowlett.com/2019/09/19/roys-blog-whats-important

I Corinthians 13:13 (NLT) “There are three things that will endure: faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is love.”

We have an amazing capacity to both remember and forget. We remember every hurt, every slight, we ever had in life. But, we tend to forget the lessons that are to be learned there. I can remember standing out in high school as the boy with long hair. Most had buzz-cuts or “butches” as they were called. I came from California to Texas when I was a teen, so my looks didn’t fit in at first.  I got some remarks aimed to hurt or embarrass me. (Of course, I could use some of that hair now.)

What lesson could be learned from that time? What mattered was how I reacted. Did I let anger at a few words keep me from forming a good relationship with others? Or did I take those feelings and remember to treat others better, show God’s love instead.

Sometimes we have to learn lessons over and over. We need to pray like David, “God, remind me what’s important in life. Help me remember what matters most.”

Love is what matters most. It’s not about long hair or short hair, our size or weight, or how many friends we have on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Fill your life with love. That’s what is most important.

Roy’s Blog: “Opportunity”

https://bphowlett.com/2019/09/18/roys-blog-opportunity

Mark 10:47 “When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus was nearby by, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Today is a gift from the Lord. Every moment is a blessing and an opportunity. But, too often we let opportunities pass us by because we fail to recognize they were sent by the Lord.

How can we avoid missing what the Lord has in store for us?

Like Bartimaeus, the Lord wants us to tell Him what we need. In response to Bartimaeus’s faith, Jesus healed his blindness.

The Lord will not give us opportunities without providing all we need to fulfill His plan and purpose. Also, we need to recognize them as God given opportunities–not luck or coincidence. Take advantage of the unique and exciting opportunities God has provided just for you.

Today is a passing opportunity. This day will never come again.

Roy’s Blog: “Fear Not”

https://bphowlett.com/2019/09/17/roys-blog-fear-not

Revelation 1:17 “When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man, and He placed His right hand on me saying, ‘Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last.'”

From Genesis to Revelation, from Abraham to John on the Isle of Patmos, God has told His people over and over, “Fear not!”

Jesus called out those words to Peter when he was sinking in a stormy sea. He cried them out to Paul as a rolling wave capsized the ship in which Paul was sailing. He touched John, imprisoned on the Isle of Patmos. and told him, “Fear not.”

“Fear not; I am with you.”

Fear throws cold water on hearts that should be on fire for God. Fear is a product of the devil and it can break your spirit.

2 Timothy 1:7 “But, God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and love, and of a sound mind.”

Roy’s Blog: “It’s Obvious”

https://bphowlett.com/2019/09/16/roys-blog-its-obvious

Revelation 19:9 Then he said to me “Write, ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.'”

The time we live in should be obvious to anyone who has studied the Word of God and the end time prophesies, especially, if you keep up with current world events.

The United Nations has declared a goal of ‘one-world government’ by the year 2030 (UN agenda 2030). Also, the UN has a goal of one world religion by 2030. (Unify all religions by 2030; a planetary uniting of religions for peace.) You can be certain that one religion won’t be Christianity.

The Bible teaches that world government and world religion will be on the earth during “Jacob’s trouble”. (Jeremiah 30:4-7)

We know that no one knows the day of the hour of our Lord’s return, but we can certainly see the day approaching. It seems so obvious to me because I do study the Bible and keep up with all the world events that point to the end times. The time is near.

“Let us rejoice and be glad!”

Roy’s Blog: “God’s Amazing Creation”

https://bphowlett.com/2019/09/14/roys-blog-gods-amazing-creation

Psalm 92:5 “O Lord, what great works you do! And how deep are your thoughts.”

Volcanic eruption in Russia causes a purple sunrise in Colorado. How? Raikake, located on the Kuril Islands off Russia’s eastern coast, erupted in June, sending a thick plume of ash and volcanic gases into the atmosphere and the circulation of a storm over the North Pacific. Researchers said, “This was a relatively small eruption, but it was enough to impact most of the northern hemisphere.” It has produced beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

Friday night’s full moon is the Harvest Moon, considered one of the most popular moons of the year. For some it is a sign of bad luck, for others it is a sign of good luck. Regardless of your superstitions, the Harvest moon casts a beautiful glow over the earth. This will be the last full moon on the same day as Friday the 13th for nearly thirty years.

I’m just so thankful the Lord allowed me to be a part of His amazing, beautiful creation.

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a single stone across the waters and create many ripples.”