Browsing Archive: January, 2012

Keeper of the Flame

Posted by Keith Howard on Monday, January 30, 2012, In : Inspirational 
Can you think of anything in life more important than maintaining a vibrant relationship with Christ? I can't. Don't let the holy become routine. Make sure you tend the lamp today. My post is about fervor and consistency. You are a keeper of the flame.
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Posted by Keith Howard on Tuesday, January 17, 2012, In : Theology 
After a string of moral failures that taint the landscape of Genesis how refreshing is it to encounter Joseph, a true man of integrity! His commitment to excellence is the same in the cistern as it is in the governor's chariot, the same in the cell block as it is before Pharaoh. I believe you will find my post to be uplifting. 
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Was It Right?

Posted by Keith Howard on Saturday, January 14, 2012, In : Theology 
I don't know anyone who doesn't get frustrated a little when they are wronged. Most Christians are able to remain composed when they face a little offense. If the wrong-doing ramps up a little the tension typically escalates on the part of the one wronged. But let there be unspeakable injustice and even the most seasoned of believers feels justified in retaliating. How is it to be done in a godly way. That's what my post Was It Right? is about. I hope you will read and enjoy it.  
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Anointed and Annoyed

Posted by Keith Howard on Friday, January 13, 2012,
The blessed life requires a disciplined approach to prayer, being especially present to the LORD, and this, over and over again until closeness becomes the norm. I hope you will read my post Anointed and Annoyed. I think you will find it refreshing and encouraging.
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The Hot Coals and the Knife

Posted by Keith Howard on Monday, January 9, 2012,
Here is a post that will make you stop and consider the great lengths God the Father and Jesus Christ went to in order to secure salvation for us. It is imaged by the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his pride and joy, Isaac. There is imagery carried forward into the crucifixion event. If we can zoom backwards from Isaac and his Father on the mountain, we will see Jesus and his Father filling the expanse of eternity with salvation.  I hope you enjoy this thoughtful piece,
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The Posture of Prayer

Posted by Keith Howard on Sunday, January 8, 2012, In : Theology 
Does it really matter whether we sit, stand, or kneel in prayer? I have a dear friend who prays with his eyes open, presumably intentionally; though I've never asked him. I recall numerous times he would glance around the men's group as he prayed, and I could sense the depth of sincerity in his eyes and tones. Of course, how would I have ever known unless my eyes were open too? I know, right? Still, having said this, I feel physical posture is important. I find it really meaningful to let my ...
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Is This What Faith Looks Like?

Posted by Keith Howard on Friday, January 6, 2012, In : Theology 
Someone has said 90% of success is just showing up.  I think maybe Abraham felt that way from time to time.  At age 86 he's told he will be the father of nations, but at age 99 he's simply wishing to gift the inheritance to his servant.  He just kept showing up, being there, being available, being especially present to the Lord.  Faith is so much more than the excitement of a prophetic moment.  The greatest value of faith is exemplified in the long haul of the daily grind, what Pat Meye has c...
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Posted by Keith Howard on Wednesday, January 4, 2012, In : Theology 
I find it very encouraging to study the genealogies of scripture and realize that they are intended for affirmation and confirmation of our faith.  For instance, Noah's daddy knew Adam personally.  Noah was still alive when Abraham was in his 50s.  He could ask questions first-hand.

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Yes, the genealogies are intended for far more than just to be bogged down in the begats.

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Posted by Keith Howard on Tuesday, January 3, 2012, In : Theology 
I encourage you to follow my notes as I journey through the Bible this year.

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Keith Howard Keith is the proud husband of Stefanie, and they have two boys, Zakary, and Nicholas. He is the lead pastor of Buckeye First Assembly, a progressive, Pentecostal congregation in an exburb of Phoenix. Together Keith and Stefanie have been in ministry for more than two decades having served three congregations in Texas, Colorado, and now Arizona. They have been music ministers performing musicals for all ages; writing and aranging for choirs and orchestras; leading worship bands. Keith holds a Master's of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a BS in Sacred Music from Southwestern University.
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