Roy’s Blog: “Power”

https://bphowlett.wordpress.com/2020/11/24/roy’s-blog-power/

Psalm 66:18 (NASB) “If I regard wickedness in my heart, the Lord will not hear.”

When you buy a truck, or car, you want it to have power. You don’t want to try getting on the interstate with a vehicle that will barely go. I doubt most people of today want to try to use the manual drill of bygone years; they go down and buy a drill that has power. Power to get the job done quickly with little effort. Same with a kitchen appliance. You want the job done with power. The thing about any of those things is…they have to be plugged in, or filled up in order to have that power.

When King Herod mistreated the believers in Jerusalem and had James put to death, he saw that it pleased the Jews. Many of the Jews hated the Christians and considered them a destructive religious cult. Therefore, he decided to imprison Peter and assigned four squads of soldiers to guard him.

Herod’s intention was to bring Peter before the Jews after Passover, and put him to death. But fervent prayer was being made for Peter by the church. As Peter was sleeping between two of the soldiers, his chains fell away, and he was released by an angel of the Lord. (Acts 12:19)

The point is Peter was released because of the power of fervent, persistent prayer. God answers the fervent prayer of the righteous; prayer that doesn’t stop seeking, asking, and knocking. Prayer is powerful, but it is powerful because the people were plugged in and filled up with the Lord.

You want to change things in your life, your home, your country–get plugged in and filled up with the power that comes from the Lord. And PRAY.

James 5:16b “The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.”

Roy’s Blog: “Throw The Line”

https://bphowlett.wordpress.com/2020/11/23/roy’s-blog-throw-the-line/

Luke 18:27 “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”

I remember fishing one time in this pond deep down in the woods. Really never thought I’d catch anything in that small pond, but boy was I surprised. There were so many fish striking that day it wasn’t long until I ran out of bait.

It was then the notion hit me to just throw out the empty hook and see what happens. Sure enough for the next thirty minutes there was no difference in the amount of strikes. To my mind, it was amazing, impossible. But it happened. I have never had it happen again.

What made the difference? I had enough faith to “throw out the line” with no bait just an empty hook.

Sometimes in talking to people about Christ (which we should do at any opportunity), we think, “It’s impossible to reach this person. They are so negative, so worldly, so far from anything to do with God, I could never reach them. I could never have the words to say to get them to listen.”

Things that are impossible with man are possible with God. Go ahead and “throw out that lifeline“. You may be surprised!

From Joseph, to David, to Daniel, whether in prison, in hiding, or thrown into a lion’s den, faith made the impossible, possible.

Roy’s Blog: ” That Amazing Sound”

https://bphowlett.wordpress.com/2020/11/22/roy’s-blog-that-amazing-sound/

Acts 2:2 “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.”

All my life I have heard the sounds of sirens, horns, trains whistles and bells. I can’t imagine being somewhere I never heard a loud train whistle in the night or the rumble of trucks on the highway carrying their wares to the people that need them.

It must have been amazing seeing Jesus after the resurrection and watching Him ascend into heaven, then being gathered in the upper room to await His return. Hearing that great rushing wind break through the quiet stillness before the Holy Spirit descended on them would have been frightening but amazing. This happened almost 2000 years ago, but it shaped our world forever.

There is coming another amazing sound when: “The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air…” (I Thessalonians 4:16-17)

Can you imagine “that amazing sound”? Can you imagine the sounds of “praise and glory” emanating from every angel in the heavens? Wow! What a day that will be!

Roy’s Blog: “Change How We Live”

https://bphowlett.wordpress.com/2020/11/21/roy’s-blog-change-how-we-live/

Revelation21:1 “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.”

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has announced their 2021 summit will take place in Lucerne, Switzerland from May 18-21, 2021. The theme will be “The Great Reset” in the coronavirus crisis.

The purpose of the “Great Reset” is to use the pandemic as a justification to completely overhaul the entire global economy, including the United States economy, to make a more “equitable” world and supposedly to fight climate change. In essence, they want to change how we live whether we like it or not. A dystopian world where we own nothing and be happy.

In their own worlds, they plan to use Covid-19 and race riots to bring on the “Great Reset”, a one-world government. No one owns more or has more money than anyone else–except those who are running this “One-World Government”.

Believe it or not the program is already working on a vaccination against Covid-21 promoted by none other than Bill Gates.

This “Great Reset” is prophesied by Daniel, John, and Jesus Himself. What we see today is the ushering in of the one-world government prepared for the “man of sin” to unite against the people of the world. It is very near.

How they want us to change is a physical changing of what we eat (no beef), where we go (or not), even what we wear (nothing made from oil so pretty much wool, cotton or silk), no gas–so no car. Electric car you say? The electricity has to be produced by gas or possibly coal, and no, they don’t want any coal either.

We can “Change Our Lives”. God wants to see a spiritual change, a transformation of our lives. Respond to Him, trust Him and the worry over what is going on in this world will dissipate.

Roy’s Blog: “Got Power?”

https://bphowlett.wordpress.com/2020/11/20/roy’s-blog-got-power/

Jeremiah 32:17 “Ah Lord God, behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for you.”

Since time began people have wanted power. Satan used his power of persuasion to influence Eve to disobey God. Eve desired the power to know good and evil (be like God).

For many years, we have had comic books, then movies, that showcased “super powers”. Kids have dreamed of having those powers: the power to fly, the power to use your eyes to see through buildings, the power to disappear and reappear at will, “leap tall buildings in a single bound”, even the power to influence others to do your bidding.

The sun has its “super power”. It produces more energy in one second than has been used in the history of the world. Those who try to calculate such things, estimate the sun at its current rate will be able to burn for another thirty billion years. That’s a long time. That’s a lot of power.

But it’s power is not as great as the power of the Creator who made it. Nothing is too difficult for God. He is the Sovereign Lord. The Almighty. He has unlimited power. He never gets tired, or frustrated. Everything He does He does easily. He is all powerful.

Are you frustrated because you don’t seem to have power over your life? Your job? Your finances? Are you living on just a fraction of the power that is available to you (in real life not fantasy)?

You can begin to live today in God’s power. How? “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)

Roy’s Blog: “God’s Saving Grace”

https://bphowlett.wordpress.com/2020/11/19/roy’s-blog-god’s-saving-grace/

I Timothy 1:14 “And the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus.”

The good news of the gospel is that God has the power to transform lives. The list of lives changed is endless. It includes Billy Graham, Vice-President Mike Pence, Mike Lindale, and many other men and women of note.

I have seen drunks, drug pushers, murderers, adulterers, and just plain mean people give their lives to Christ, and go on to lead changed lives.

The Bible records the conversions of the maniac of Gadara, the despised tax collector and traitor to his people Matthew, blind Bartimaeus, the adulterous Samaritan woman, Zacchaeus, the Roman centurion at the crucifixion, Cornelius, and many others.

But of all the conversions ever recorded, none was more remarkable than Saul of Tarsus. This bitter enemy of the cause of Christ, in his own words the foremost of all sinners, became the greatest evangelist and theologian the world has ever seen.

He never lost the wonder of God’s Saving Grace. How about you?

Have you forgotten that wonder, that sense of peace and joy? Revisit that day your life was transformed by God’s Saving Grace.

Roy’s Blog: “At Dark Of Night”

https://bphowlett.wordpress.com/2020/11/18/roy’s-blog-at-dark-of-night/

Matthew 25:6 “And at midnight there was a cry made, ‘Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.'”

The Jewish wedding practices were used by Jesus Christ to illustrate the coming of the Lord for His bride, the Church.

We always think of nightfall as being the end of the day. And, midnight to us is the darkest hour of the night. Most are in bed asleep, waiting for the daylight to begin their day.

For the Jewish people, evening was the beginning of the day. And midnight was thought of as a time of celebrating. Here they were celebrating the beginning of a marriage. The groom and his party joyfully sounded the trumpet and woke the town. The time had come for celebrating a new family and a new relationship. It was time to celebrate–at midnight!

For a week they celebrated the new union of a man and wife, as attendants joyfully joined in the celebration.

Why at midnight? Psalm 119:62 “At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of they righteous judgements.”

Roy’s Blog: “For Such A Time”

https://bphowlett.wordpress.com/2020/11/17/roy’s-blog-for-such-a-time/

Galatians 5:1 “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

The book of Esther, in the Bible, records the story of how a lowly slave became a Queen. It tells how she and her uncle, Mordecai, stood up for their Jewish heritage against a conniving, arrogant, anti-semite, ruling class “noble” named Haman. Haman wanted to destroy the entire Jewish people.

Queen Esther had a hard decision to make. She had to go to her husband, King Ahasuerus, without sending a request to get permission. If you approached the King without previous permission, he could order you killed. She approached him, without permission, after her Uncle Mordecai convinced her that “perhaps she had become Queen for such a time as this.” And in doing so saved her people from extinction.

The story of Esther lays out some parallels and lessons we can benefit from today. Sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone and do what has to be done.

There is treachery in America’s “deep state”. And whether they admit it or not their real hatred is not directed at President Trump or America. It is directed at you and me, the American people who hold on to our Bibles and worship Jesus Christ. We the people, who hold onto the values on which this country was formed. Their hate is toward: anything to do with God.

YOU were born for such a time as this: to stand up for Jesus Christ and our God given America!

Roy’s Blog: “Great Faith”

https://bphowlett.wordpress.com/2020/11/16/roy’s-blog-great-faith/

Matthew 8:10b “Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great a faith, no not in Israel.”

Our Lord marveled that this man’s faith was greater than all he had seen in Israel. This man was a centurion in Capernaum. He had authority over his soldiers. But, he had a servant he thought a lot of who was grievously ill. He cared enough for the servant that he approached the Lord to ask him to heal him.

Jesus said, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion told him he did not need to go to the servant. He told him that he was not worthy to have Jesus come under his roof. He said, “Just speak the word only and my servant shall be healed.”

Jesus “marveled” at the centurion’s faith. The man didn’t even have to witness the Lord healing his servant. He had faith that if Jesus just spoke the word, when he got back he would find his servant healed.

It is one thing when we see a beautiful sunset over the ocean or a black velvet sky filled with a myriad of stars and we marvel at them. But when He who made all the things that cause us to marvel, has something that causes Him to marvel, that is a wonderful thing.

Even though this centurion was a Roman military officer over a hundred men, he had great faith and humbly sought the Lord.

It doesn’t matter what position you hold, whether it’s one of authority and power, or if you are one who has no authority, no power of your own, you have the power and authority of the Lord when you seek Him.

In response to tragedy our faith should first move us to seek the Lord.

Isiah 55:6 “Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on Him while He is near.”

Roy’s Blog: “In God We Trust”

https://bphowlett.wordpress.com/2020/11/15/roy’s-blog-in-god-we-trust/

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will direct your paths.”

Printed boldly on the Unites States currency is the motto: “In God We Trust”. We’ve see it so often we don’t really notice it anymore. For many its meaning has been lost over the years. But, found in these words is the secret to national and personal greatness.

Webster’s Dictionary defines the word trust as, “A firm belief or confidence in the honesty, integrity, reliability, and justice of another person or thing.”

When our founding fathers put their names on the Declaration of Independence, they believed that God was the only sure foundation upon which to build a great nation that would endure the test of time.

Faith, trust, and reliance upon Almighty God was deeply rooted in our country’s birth. Let no one try to convince you otherwise. The key to our country’s greatness and our personal lives is not found in our currency or our politics but in the God we trust.