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A Model on Mentoring

Posted by Keith Howard on Friday, June 29, 2012, In : Inspirational 

A popular television series features various forms of communal living in America. Weekly episodes feature the Hutterites, the Amish, and other peripheral movements. Granted there are dysfunctional displays, after all it is drama. The tension makes for good TV. And I notice misapplication of Bible beliefs and intentions, as well as improper understanding of Church practice. But as one embedded in American norms, I am struck with the simplicity of their lifestyles. Each movement is absolutely c...


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Elisha Room

Posted by Keith Howard on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, In : Inspirational 

A number of years ago I was asked to be the speaker at a special banquet in honor of newly ordained ministers. I asked my wife Stefanie to help me on a project. She is very good with crafts. We went to a craft supply and purchased the items needed to make a Bible that would fit on the bookshelf in each of their libraries. We painted it to appear just like any other Bible you would have in your collection. The Bible was made of cardboard and was hollow. In it we recreated the Elisha Room of 2 ...


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Eternity in our Hearts

Posted by Keith Howard on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, In : Inspirational 
Latest Devotional Video: Eternity in our Hearts.
 
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The Christian Hokey-Pokey

Posted by Keith Howard on Sunday, June 3, 2012, In : Inspirational 

I don't believe I have ever met a Christian that has not, at one time or another, willingly or by provocation, participated in the kid-song Father Abraham had many sons. It is our Christian version of the Hokey Pokey.

Do you remember when the religious leaders got in an argument with Jesus? They claimed special credentials because they were from the lineage of Abraham. I can just hear the dripping arrogance as they retort, "Abraham is our father." Jesus said in essence, "I know you're from the...


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I'll Run No Matter What

Posted by Keith Howard on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, In : Inspirational 

"'I'll run no matter what!' Ahimaaz insisted. 'Alright then, run!' Joab said." (2 Samuel 18:23)

One soldier was afraid to take the life of the rebel Absalom because he overheard the king's command to bring him back unharmed. Joab had to do the deed himself. And then his armor bearers finished him off. But this young man Ahimaaz is fearless, He volunteers to bear the bad news of Absalom's death to the king. Joab refuses him because he usually brought good news, and sends another. Ahimaaz persis...


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You No Good Rapscallion

Posted by Keith Howard on Thursday, February 23, 2012, In : Inspirational 
A few thoughts on the comforting words of Moses to break camp and call them back in. This post is about how uplifting it is to have the Lord with you, whether in the heat of battle or in the place of rest.
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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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A Life Lived Well

Posted by Keith Howard on Saturday, March 26, 2011, In : Inspirational 

This single release, Torn, is a tribute to my Dad, Rev. James E. Howard, November 30, 1943 - March 18, 2011.  Far from a funeral dirge, it is a guitar ballad that captures the heart of struggle and ultimate reward.  He lived his faith, pounding it out through remarkable testimony, endless acts of kindness and love in the face of unspeakable suffering.
My Dad emulated Jacob, wrestling with God, not letting go until he was blessed.  In fact, the name Israel means "he wrestles with Go...


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Priorities

Posted by Keith Howard on Friday, March 11, 2011, In : Inspirational 
I've just returned from Texas.  My father has stage 4 colon cancer and is preparing to step in the arms of Jesus any moment.  I treasure the time with family during four trips there over the last year.  It really makes you stop and think about the things that are important.  Dad and Mom have modeled genuine Christianity to us all our lives.  I'm so grateful to the LORD who saw fit to bless me with parents who are the real deal.  They live what they say they believe.  They trust in God.  They ...
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GoldSash is on Facebook now

Posted by Keith Howard on Friday, August 20, 2010, In : Inspirational 

GoldSash is now on Facebook.  Be sure to visit http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/GoldSash-Publishing/134742256559469?ref=ts and "like" it.  You can listen to samples there and get updates on the latest releases.  Stay connected, leave comments, and by all means, share with your friends.


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How Does One Compute God's Blessings?

Posted by Keith Howard on Friday, July 23, 2010, In : Inspirational 
This week a couple from our church surprised me with the purchase of a brand new computer.  They recognized a need as my old laptop limped to a slow, agonizing death.  They wish to remain anonymous.  Let me tell you, this couple is amazing.  They are genuine Christians who live out what they profess.  They took me to pick out the new one, really encouraged me to get the very best.  I am so blessed I can't even compute it.  The new laptop is primarily for my responsibilities as pastor.  Howeve...
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Unexpected Compliments

Posted by Keith Howard on Tuesday, June 8, 2010, In : Inspirational 
My teenage son Zak looked at my website and said, "This is awesome!"  What an unexpected surprise.  He's just thoughtful like that.  It makes me think how powerful words are.  So to use the language of Proverbs, today, do I go around breaking bones, or imparting life?
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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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