Ohio, February, 2018

Ralph will, once again, be travelling to Ohio to work with The River Church. This amazing local church is located in Butler, Ohio – 50 minutes from the capital city of Columbus.

Ralph has been involved in the life of this church for 6 years and works with the lead apostle / pastor Bill Lewis who is part of an amazing eldership team of four who lead and direct the work of the Kingdom in the Butler – Bellville area of Ohio.

During his time in Ohio ( two to three times a year) he also meets with and mentors a number of young men who have travelled overseas with him as part of his apostolic team. And, he continues to build relationally with a number of fantastic believers and leaders who are wanting to move forward with God and accomplish great things for Jesus and the Kingdom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monthly in Manitoba

Almost every month Ralph travels to the Winkler-Morden area of Southern Manitoba to work with house churches, traditional churches, leadership teams, youth, as well as mentoring a number of young people. He has been going there since the fall of 2015. The work he is doing there is seeing tremendous results and many are being trained, equipped, and released.

As a result of the growth of the work he is involved in in Southern Manitoba some new aspects of his ministry are being planned.

During each monthly visit starting in September Ralph will be meeting with all those who have received prophetic words pointing out their call to the five-fold ministry (apostle, prophet, evangelist, shepherd and teacher / APEST). This is will be a school that meets monthly for training and fellowship followed by on-line course work as those called into the APEST learn what it means to be called and what God is expecting of them.

Also, during each visit, there will be a leadership school for all those called into leadership within the area. The move of the Holy Spirit has been so powerful and has touched so many lives that we are currently short of good, trained and equipped leaders and leadership teams. So, Ralph will be holding a Saturday Leadership School to teach and equip current and future leaders how to be effective in their calling. Again, there will be some on-line work to accomplish between live meting dates.

The teaching sessions will be recorded during both of these training events and will be posted on Ralph’s new You Tube channel as well as broadcast while happening on Facebook Live.

Watch for further announcements in regard to both APEST and Leadership training sessions for the Morden – Winkler – Altona – Carmen area …

Andrew in Tanzania

Thanks for anointed messages in your website. I am highly blessed!

Sheila Wachtel

After three career changes from running a telecommunications business to being a Network Security Engineer and is now at home working on the farm. She lives with her husband of 16 years on a 128 acre farm near Mt. Gilead, Ohio. They organically raise crops and a variety of animals. They share 5 adult children and 7 grandchildren. She has a BS in Management Information Systems from Ohio State University, an MS in Network Security from Capitol College and 25 hours towards aTheology degree

Having rededicated her life to Christ and experiencing a radical freedom from alcohol and cigarettes. She has been active for almost 26 years as a small group leader, a children’s teacher, youth teacher and nursery worker. Currently she helps lead a house church and teaches a children’s group for the Ohio House Church, an association of several house churches.

Sheila has been to Israel twice. The first trip was for a personal understanding of the Bible. The second trip was for prayer and worship at various locations and Houses of Prayer. She has also been to Malta twice. The first trip was a faith journey where the Lord connected her group of four with a Maltese woman who ran a House of Prayer with the purpose of helping and encourage her. The second trip to Malta was to help the Maltese woman who is newly widowed with her young daughter while she was involved as a rare Christian candidate in the election.

IS JESUS REALLY ENOUGH? [The Basics of Salvation]

I have noticed over the past decade or so that many well intentioned believers are no longer satisfied with ‘just Jesus’

Many Christians are adding to Jesus

Jesus and a personal guardian angel

Jesus and an anointing

Jesus and a new revelation

Jesus and ministry

Jesus and end times prophecy

Jesus and interpreting dreams / visions Read more

Manitoba – September, 2017

In September 2017 (20th to the 25th) Ralph will be in the Winkler-Morden area of Southern Manitoba ministering as he does almost monthly. This trip his team will be a married couple from rural Ohio – Ed and Sheila Wachtel (see pictures).

God is truly moving powerfully in this area of Canada where many young people are being empowered as they are baptized in the Holy Spirit and then equipped in the gifts of the Spirit. They are reaching out to other youth and lives are being changed and set free. A recent report indicates how powerful a move of the Spirit this has become…

I had a fantastic night last night at Wild fire! There were a bunch of youth that came from different cities and joined us. We were worshiping and listening to different people preach from 7-10 it was great. During worship someone had a demon manifestation and it went on for probably 30 minutes where the demon was screaming and yelling things through her. It was my first time ever experiencing a demon speak through a person before. The thing I thought was so cool is that it was like begging for attention by screaming and yelling, but just we started singing “No longer slaves, I am a child of God” and we were singing it super loud and the demon kept trying to be louder than us it was quite funny listening to how ridiculous the demon was. But sure wasn’t funny that the demon had to be in her though, eventually it came out which was awesome! And when we were singing that one song I was bawling my eyes out as I had the revelation of how much God loves us and how safe we are being with God, and how pure His love is. It was a huge contrast of good and evil when we were singing that during the demon manifestation. I was basically tearing up, out of joy, all evening yesterday after that.

God is doing amazing things in Southern Manitoba and Ralph Howe Ministries is supplying some oversight and direction to the move of the Spirit as well as teaching and ministering on a regular basis. Ralph is also mentoring a number of young people a few of whom have also begun to travel with him as team members.

Team members for this September trip…

 

A report on what God is doing in Southern Manitoba and the work that Ralph is involved in and helping to oversee …

In Southern Manitoba we are seeing a sovereign move of God as the Holy Spirit touches lives and transforms them. This is not something that we have brought about by programming or personality. It is a sovereign move of God touching the lives of all those whose hearts are searching for more – more of God than they have been experiencing recently.

God has raised up local and trans-local leaders for such a time as this. They are not “leading” per say but are simply helping people understand what is happening and how to respond properly to the move of the Spirit. These leaders are sensitive to the moving of the Spirit and, in many cases, have been through several past moves of God – times of refreshing, renewals, and even revival. These leaders see this encountering God and His empowering His people as the “norm” and what Christianity should be and should look like. They are simply guiding and directing those who are being touched and transformed by the power of the Gospel of the Kingdom.

This current move of the Spirit is seriously touching young people who are hungering for more than what ‘religion’ offers them. They want to experience God and His power. They are not looking for information about God – they want to encounter Him firsthand. However, what God is doing is not limited to just the young but is touching and empowering anyone who is “young and heart” and is desiring more than what they currently know and are experiencing of the Lord.

As this move of the Spirit – I prefer not to call it a ‘revival’ – continues, religious people are finding life and liberty. They are discovering the freedom that is available when one follows Jesus and is building a solid, daily, personal relationship with Him as a disciple.

As they do they sense freedom from religion and tradition as they walk in new light.

Churches (groups of disciples meeting together) are being planted and true fellowship centered of Jesus is being experienced. Leaders are being quickly raised up for each of these groups – meeting in coffee shops, people’s homes, garages, yards, and church buildings.

People who had no interest in God whatsoever are encountering Him and the power of the Gospel and receiving salvation. People who have been born again are being baptized in the Holy Spirit and equipped with the nine supernatural gifts of the Spirit.

Young and old alike are being equipped and trained to minister as they become an active part of the priesthood of all believers. And, Southern Manitoba is being changed as God prepares it for a major role in what He is planning to do in Canada, the United States, and overseas.

This is biblical Christianity happening today – the Book of Acts continuing to be seen as the Holy Spirit powerfully touches lives and frees people from spiritual darkness and the grip of religion and tradition.

Toronto, September 2017

In September 2017 Ralph will be heading to the city of Toronto, Canada to meet with a group of young believers from Kazakhstan who are now living, studying, and working in the Toronto area.

 Over the past few months they and Ralph’s team here in Western Canada have been praying about planting a church in the Greater Toronto Area.

This church will be for those who are looking for a church that is different than what is currently being offered in the region. A church for those who are not into “church as usual”. A place where questions can be asked, doubts expressed, and differences discussed. A place where a person can be themselves and not have to be like everyone else. And, where love is the key and everyone, regardless of where they are on their spiritual journey, can find acceptance.

 Please be praying for Ralph and his team – made up of young people from western Canada and the central United States who will be joining him in the church planting adventure.

“Revival” Christianity

There has been a lot of talk recently about revival

The need for it today in the Church

The desire to see God move like He used to in ‘the good old days’

The wish to relive what we once personally experienced of God’s presence and power

The thought that a revival would change society for the better

 

There has been a lot of praying about and praying for revival in the Church today around the world

 

There has been a lot of planning of revivals as if God will manifest Himself simply because we have planned a series of meetings for a week or ten days

 

There is even a lot of study going on as to the process of revivals hoping, I am sure, that if we understand the process better we will actually activate a revival today or tomorrow or…

 

It seems to me that, in this realm of revival, we are trying to

Plan

Program

Pump people’s emotions

Perform

RELIGION….

 

All this because we see revival as something we initiate and that God will respond if we do certain things in a certain way….

 

We see revival as an event that will bring life back to the Church

 

We see revival as the answer to the issues we are facing

 

And yet – the world looks at what churches are trying to do in this realm of revival and they simply make fun of it… and it can be funny because often it is simply not God but is man at his worst

 

Video: The Mississippi Squirrel Revival – Ray Stevens

 

Recently while in the United States:

Azusa Now (Cincinnati – Cleveland – Akron)

People praying for revival everywhere that I go to minister

> I am not really sure what they are praying for or what they are expecting                                     to happen were God to answer their prayers

> I am not sure they even know why they are gathering to pray

 

Ed and Sheila Wachtel … in September – they attended and have strong feelings about it

 

What is “revival”? … what are we talking about when we say we are praying for or wanting to see a revival?

 

Dictionary:

 

an improvement in the condition or strength of something:
“a revival in the fortunes of the party”
synonyms: improvement · recovery · rallying · picking up

 

an instance of something becoming popular, active, or important again:

“cross-country skiing is enjoying a revival”
synonyms: comeback · reestablishment · reintroduction · restoration · reappearance · resurrection · regeneration · renaissance · rejuvenation
a reawakening of religious fervour, especially by means of a series of evangelistic

meetings:

“the revivals of the nineteenth century”

 

What is revival?

                This is the commonly held “Church” understanding…

 

“Revival is a sovereign, powerful, extraordinary moving of the Holy Spirit through the

preached Word which spiritually convicts, arouses and enlivens professing,

backslidden Christians in the church and which results in a supernatural acceleration

of the conversion process to the unsaved “

 

The Church has a number of words that relate to the word “revival”

 

Refresh … “Times of refreshing in the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19) –

 

Renew … a spiritual stirring refocusing God’s people on the gifts that God has given to them.

“…fan into flame the gift of God”     (2 Timothy 1:6)

 

Restore … God adding back to the Church, His people, the things that have been lost through

neglect or that have been stolen by the devil (Acts 3:21)

 

Revive … God moving sovereignly bringing new life and power to His people that then sees

many unsaved people come into the Kingdom

 

Sometimes difficult to separate one from the other as they often overlap and one can run into

another – for example, a renewal can result in a revival

 

In the Old Testament there are a number of times that God sovereignly brought revival to His people => God never called it “revival” but He did always call His people to repentance

 

Revivals in the Old Testament

 

2 Chronicles 7:14 ‘If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

=> Will look at this verse in depth at the end of the teaching – always misused

  1. The Revival under Jacob. (Genesis 35:1-15)

Time to Get Rid of Idols.

 

  1. Revival under Moses. (Exodus 32- 33)

Time to Confess Sin.

 

  1. Revival under Samuel. (I Samuel 7:1-13)

Time to Serve the Lord Only.

 

  1. Revival under Elijah. (I Kings 18)

Time to Let God Be God.

 

  1. Revival under Asa. (2 Chronicles 14-16)

Time to Seek the Lord.

 

  1. Revival under Jehoshaphat. (2 Chronicles 20)

Time to Pray.

 

  1. Revival under Hezekiah. (2 Chronicles 29; 30:1-9; 31)

Time to Turn Back to God.

 

  1. Revival under Josiah. (2 Chronicles 34-35)

Time to Humble Ourselves.

 

  1. Revival under Zerubbabel. (Haggai 1; Zechariah 1:1-6)

Time to Renew God’s Work.

 

  1. Revival under Nehemiah. (Nehemiah Chapter 8)

Time to Rejoice in the Lord.

 

  1. Revival under Jonah. (The Book of Jonah Chapters 1-4)

Time to Obey God.

 

Not called “revivals” in the actual writings of the Old Testament

 

There are nine characteristics of these revivals (these calls to repent and turn back):

 

  1. They occurred in times of moral darkness and national depression;
  2. Each began in the heart of a consecrated servant of God who became the energizing power behind it;
  3. Each revival rested on the Word of God, and most were the result of proclaiming God’s Word with power;
  4. All resulted in a return to the worship of God;
  5. Each witnessed the destruction of idols where they existed;
  6. In each revival, there was a recorded separation from sin;
  7. In every revival the people returned to obeying God’s laws;
  8. There was a restoration of great joy and gladness;
  9. Each revival was followed by a period of national prosperity.

 

There was an ebb and flow to each of these revivals…

A discernible cycle of events

 

The Book of Judges chronicles this cycle of departure and return, describing the first cycle in Judges 2:

 

1> The People Served the Lord:“The people served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the LORD which He had done for Israel” (Judges 2:7).

 

2> The People Forsook the Lord: “Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served the Baals” (Judges 2:11).

 

3> God Defeated Them Through Enemies: “The anger of the LORD was hot against Israel. So He delivered them into the hands of plunderers who despoiled them; and He sold them into the hands of their enemies all around, so that they could no longer stand before their enemies” (Judges 2:14).

 

4> The People Cried Out for Help:“They were greatly distressed…. [and] the LORD was moved to pity by their groaning” (Judges 2:15, 18).

 

5> God Had Compassion and Delivered:“The LORD raised up judges who delivered them out of the hand of those who plundered them…. for the LORD was moved to pity’ (Judges 2:16,18).

 

So, there is this ebb and flow here in this relationship between God and His people

 

God’s people turned away from God in times of prosperity and peace

 

God’s removes His hand of protection and peace

 

God’s people begin to suffer from their godless lifestyle and wrong focus

 

God’s people cry out for help when things get really ugly and desperate

 

God rescues His people and they turn back to God with repentant and thankful hearts

 

God blesses and protects … and the cycle begins again

 

 

In the New Testament we don’t really hear the mention of “revivals”

 

We do not see this ebb and flow with God:

Slipping away from God – facing tough times – turning back to God – things being good

 

In fact, in the original languages of the Bible there is no reference to the word “revival” and             just a few to the word “revive.” => In the whole Bible / Old and New Testament

 

And there is a major difference between being revived and what the Church                                   knows and understands as revival – an event where God moves

 

NIV Concordance:

Revive – 5 references

Revived – 3 references

Reviving – 1 reference

Revival – no references

 

It seems in the New Testament – in the Church Age – there was little to no need for “revival Christianity” because the people of God were living “on fire” and passionately for Him

 

With a few – very few – exceptions …

 

In the early Church they lived a “radical Christianity” arising out of a deep passion for Jesus and a solid foundational understanding of the Gospel of the Kingdom

 

And it was this radical passion that changed lives and impacted the world – not                              scheduled revival meetings

 

Revival focused Christianity has had a minimal impact compared to regular disciples of Jesus living their lives by faith with passion and simply touching the lives of their family members, friends, and those that they come into contact with on a daily basis

 

What I call “Radical Christianity” where people dare to believe what Jesus said as                 recorded in this book (the Bible) and live their lives accordingly has and is making major impact on others

 

The difference in the New Testament – in the Church — is more than subtle, it is massive

 

In the Old Testament:

 

God was “out there,” “over there,” or “up there” and therefore you could walk                                 away from Him and ignore Him

 

In the New Testament:

 

God is “in here” (your spirit / heart) and although you might ignore Him you can’t                             walk away because He lives in us

 

And so can and does convict us, warns us, talks to us, pulls gently on our                                      heart strings

 

In the Old Testament:

 

Rules, regulations, rituals … things to do to please Him

 

In the New Testament:

 

Relationship … and Jesus did everything for us through His death and                                           resurrection

 

In the Old Testament:

 

A nation of people called by God to be His people being told to turn back to Him                            and embrace Him once again … a national call

 

In the New Testament:

 

Individuals within the nations are called and are the Church and God touches                                 each heart in unique ways – not a national thing at all

 

And so we can live daily in His presence and by His power experiencing His                                 supernatural peace of heart and mind

 

And, if we lose it – let life overwhelm us at times, taking our eyes off of                                             Jesus and living by the flesh and not by faith…

 

We simply need to respond to the Holy Spirit who lives inside us, repent,                                      receive forgiveness and we are instantly back where we are suppose to                                           be

 

So, no need for programmed, scheduled revivals … Just radical Christian living according to God’s Word

 

To impact our communities and our culture – to influence our nations – we don’t need a revival programmed and packaged by man

 

We need each individual living a radical Christian lifestyle based on what Jesus has                    commanded

 

We need to risk living according to God’s Word and thus live God’s way… daily

 

Praying for and waiting for a revival is simply a cop-out – an excuse for not living the way Jesus has commanded we live – radically, risking our lives for Him and His Kingdom

 

Praying and waiting for revival is simply a man-made program that takes our attention off of how we are called to live life and what it is He has told us to do

 

We are waiting for Him to move when He is patiently waiting for us to live the radical                      lifestyle He designed for us to live

 

The Christian faith is not an event – a revival, for example

 

The Christian faith is a lifestyle as we live out the life of Christ that is inside us

 

John 1:4 “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.”

 

Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world.”

 

His life inside us – seen by others in the way that we live and relate – is                                          the light that pushes back the spiritual darkness

 

So, we receive His life when we are born again

And, we receive His love when we are born again – Romans 5:5

 

And then, with passion and purpose, we allow that life and love – God’s nature – to express itself in the way we live

 

Our words, our actions, our attitude, our lifestyle

 

Walking in His love and giving it away…

 

Galatians 5:22-23 “But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.” (The Message Version)

 

The Christian faith is a “way of life” that releases God’s life and His love to others who do not know Him…

 

Too often we have made Christianity into:

 

A set of beliefs we are to understand and accept

A set of rules and regulations we are to follow

A set of dos and don’ts that we are to obey

A set of events – special speakers, a week of special meetings, revivals

A set of opinions not even mildly in line with God’s radical call on the life of believers

 

When the Christian faith is simply receiving the life / nature / essence of God inside us and then releasing His life and love – God expressing Himself through us

 

“In Him we live and move and have our being” Acts 17:28

 

When this is true in our lives THEN we impact other people!

 

So, we receive His love

 

Romans 5:5 “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who                   has been given to us.

 

We experience His life – the very nature and essence of God – inside us – as Jesus lived

 

Galatians 5:22-23 …The Fruit of the Spirit

 

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,                                   faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…”

 

And we live in such a way that we express and release His life and His love so others can see and experience it….

 

This is what He has called us to do

 

And, as we live this way, others will notice and begin to ask questions as they hear us talking about Jesus and the amazing gift He has given to us – salvation

 

Talking about Jesus must be a daily and consistent thing… natural to us as believers

 

People will become born again and then you will have what is commonly called ‘revival’ but what is really simply “normal Christianity” radically altering people’s lives

 

 

POSSIBLE LAST COMMENT:

 

Let’s go back to the now famous verse I quoted at the start of the teaching… well known by most believers

 

2 Chronicles 7:14 ‘If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and             pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and          will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

 

Made to Israel who were God’s people living in a land that He had promised and supplied

 

Not a promise made to the Church which does not have a nation but is a “holy nation                    within the nations”

 

We don’t need to humble ourselves because we are to live with and in humility …

 

“God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble” James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:5

 

Not false humility where you think and act like nothing about you is good or worthy

 

True humility – where you recognize and know your strengths and have submitted all of              them to the Lord so He can use them for His purposes

 

Moses – meek and humble BUT powerful and a strong leader

 

Relying on God and controlled by His Spirit = true humility

 

Bold but not arrogant = true humility

 

We do not need to “seek His face”…

 

God is not ‘out there’ where we need to seek Him and go to some place to find Him

 

He lives in us and we have a personal relationship with Him and He is always there for                us

 

As disciples of Jesus we should not have “wicked ways” so there should not be anything to turn from because we live a holy lifestyle

 

God said, “Be holy for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16)

 

“…then will I hear…”

 

They were earning the right to be heard – religion

 

We are heard because of all that Jesus has done and accomplished by His death and                  resurrection – relationship

 

We can come at any time and from anywhere we might be right into God’s presence and   receive help … He will and does hear us regardless … because we are believers

 

Hebrews 4:16 “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that                           we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

 

“Forgive their sin…”

 

In the Old Testament sins were not really forgiven – they were covered – atonement                      which happened once a year

 

Hands were laid on a goat, all sins imparted to the goat, and the goat was sent out into                  the wilderness to die – scapegoat

 

Our sins are instantly forgiven daily as we confess them to God

 

1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and                         to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

 

“… and heal their land”

 

This is not our land … we are aliens here and citizens of Heaven

 

Philippians 3:20 “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior,                            the Lord Jesus Christ.”

 

He was referring to a piece of land He had promised and given to the Jewish people and not to any specific nation that we, as disciples, might be living in

 

Totally misused and abused verse of Scripture with reference to “revivals”

 

So, we are not to be looking for or even praying for revival as it is always a sovereign move of God

 

We are to be releasing His life – His nature, His essence – so others experience it through the way we live and interact with them

 

God’s life and nature is what we call the “fruit of the Spirit”…

 

The love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and                         control of self by God’s Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)

 

We are to be walking in His love and giving it away… As they see these qualities in our lives

 

Then we will see people saved and transformed on a daily basis as they did in the Book of Acts and throughout the early history of the Church

 

Not revival – simply “Normal Christianity.”

 

Video: Francis Chan and meeting with Jehovah Witnesses…

 

Marilyn M.

Thank you, Ralph! I heard part of this the other day and knew I wanted to go back and hear the whole thing! Was able to do that today…so convicting, so true, so encouraging, so blessed. Thank you so much for helping me to get back on track! Blessings go to you and Louise. Enjoy that front porch! 😘😘 Praising God for all that He is doing through you.