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Blogs being posted during the week of September 21st, 2020
Monday the 21st – “What Do You Worship?”
Tuesday the 22nd – “A Time to Refocus and Reprioritize – Part One”
Wednesday the 23rd – “A Time to Refocus and Reprioritize – Part Two”
Thursday the 24th – “Living With Hope and Certainty”
Friday the 25th – “No Other Gods But God Only”
Title: Sometimes I Don’t Walk By Faith – Sometimes Series #5
We are called, as believers and disciples of Jesus, to walk by faith. However, there are times in the life of a believer when we simply don’t do so. We become settled in our lifestyle and comfortable with what we believe. Thus, we don’t adventure beyond what we currently experience and know in search of more, better, different.
For a number of reasons Christians settle for what they are experiencing in life and no longer desire to move forward, risking what they have to discover more of what God has planned for them. They are no longer seeking more. Living their faith like settlers and not pioneers. And so many never fulfill their destiny in God failing to live life by faith. Ralph will be examining the three main reasons why this happens to most believers.
Believers also fail to walk by faith into their future because they are living somewhat carelessly and simply drift away from a living and dynamic faith. They live with little joy, a definite lack of hope, and often have a survival mentality.
This teaching: “Sometimes I Don’t Walk By Faith” will encourage you to realize there is much more beyond what you are currently experiencing as a follower of Jesus, a disciple, and a Christian. As well, it will encourage you to move forward in your journey of faith to embrace all that God has planned for you.
Sometimes I Don’t Enjoy Praying
As a Christian leader I am expected to be a powerful prayer person. However, I am the first to admit that I have my seasons of struggling with prayer. Struggling to make it more meaningful. More effective. More interesting. And, yes, less repetitive and less boring.
Recently I have been taking a good hard look at my prayer life and have come to finally admit that “Sometimes I Don’t Enjoy Praying.”
In this teaching I will be looking at the top reasons why people either don’t pray or don’t like praying. And, with the help of three different Bible characters we will look at some simply foundational lessons we can apply to our life to become more effective in prayer.
Too often our ‘prayer life’ is lacking ‘life!’ In this practical, down-to-earth teaching we will see what it takes to really enjoy and experience ‘life’ in your prayer times so that your time in His presence is dynamic and your prayer are effective.
Sometimes I Doubt God
We all know that, as Christians, we are to walk by faith. Sometimes this is quite easy because things are going as planned and life is good.
But then we come to a bend in the road and we end up questioning what is happening and why it is happening – especially to you.
We have a “bout with doubt” and can even reach the place where we wonder where God is and why is He not helping us. After all, we believe in Him. Deeper questions and doubts begin to arise; Is God real? If He is, is He good? Why is He not moving in this situation?
And so we live our life spiritually strong and confident some days; other days inwardly unsure and insecure.
This week Ralph will be taking a good look at this doubt factor as we walk through a world-wide epidemic with thousands dying and whole nations on shutdown. He will be discussing the distinction between believing in something and believing it; believing in God and believing God! We will be examining the Scriptures to discover the three types of faith on the spectrum between “believing in” and “believing.” And, we will look at what we must do to win our bout with doubt.
The first in a new series of teachings called “Sometimes…”
“Sometimes I Worry”
I admit it – at times I am a worrywart!
Webster’s Dictionary defines “worrywart” as a person who is inclined to worry unduly.
In regular life, when things function normally, all of us tend to worry a little bit about things. Finances, family members, the future; our job, our home, our upcoming holidays.
But when there is a worldwide pandemic and people are falling ill by the thousands on a daily basis and hundreds are dying in our nation with bigger numbers in other nations … worry tends to bump up a notch or two. We might not call it worry … we use words like ‘concern’ or ‘apprehension,’ ‘fear,’ ‘uncertainty’ and ‘uneasiness.’ But, scratch that and we are genuinely worried.
Christian are expected to have great faith in a great God – worrying isn’t suppose to be part of our lives, and we often feel ashamed when it is. I know that, at times, it makes me feel like an absolute spiritual failure.
This week in our “Sometimes ” series Ralph will be looking at worry giving us some practical tips on how to stop worrying and begin to trust God more than we ever have in the past. One day he was surprised when he found himself worrying … and so he went to the Bible to see what he could do about this natural response to a health pandemic.
“Surprised By Worry” – #2 in the “Sometimes” series of teachings coming the weekend of August 29th, 2020
This weekend Ralph will be teaching on anger and how to overcome our tendency to become angry in so many of life’s daily situations. We all, at times, suffer from “Rage Rash” and the Bible has a lot to say about how to overcome and neutralize the acid of anger.
From experience and observation, most believers are either spewers or stewers. Spewers explode and spew their anger onto others often permanently destroying relationships and loved ones. Stewers internalize their anger which, in time, also destroys precious and important relationships. Both are likely to wind up in the sewer unless they learn to control their response and express their anger in a productive manner.
The Bible says, My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires” (James 1:19-20)
This week Ralph will be teaching on how to no longer be a volcano – stewing and holding the anger in and then eventually exploding and spewing angry words into the hearts of those we say we love. A reminder that, as Jesus tells us, it is out of the heart that the mouth speaks. Anger reveals your heart and speaks loudly to others.
We will be examining this important heart issue in this week’s teaching.
“Fools give full vent to their rage. The wise being calm in the end” (Proverbs 29:11).
New TV Series to be Aired October 2020 on Access
Ralph will, once again, be a part of television series being produced in the City of Regina. Over the past six years Ralph has been a guest teacher on several series of shows hosted by AccessCommunications and shown throughout Saskatchewan. Recently these shows can now been seen around the world on a Christian Network that has picked up the rights to all the shows that have been produced.
A new series of shows will be taped the weekend of October 25 and 26. The topic of all the episodes in the series will be that it is time for the Church to wake up and become all that God designed us to be and thus do. The guests will be working through the seven churches spoken about in the Book of Revelation, chapters 2 and 3. Ralph will be speaking on the Church of Ephesus.
We are introducing “Transformation Ministries” which has just begun ministering after months of preparation and prayer. This is another but separate outreach of Ralph Howe Ministries which is now entering its third decade of ministry.
As a result of a number of prophetic words received since October, 2015 Ralph, along with a number of young leaders from several nations, has formed this ministry to take the Gospel, which is the power of God unto salvation, to the next generation. This ministry will be transforming lives as they plant churches and open safe centers for those who are looking for freedom and a new way of life.
Transformation Ministries will be raising up and training young leaders who are willing to “go and make disciples of all nations.” This ministry will find, train, mentor, and release young men and women who serious about Jesus and are wanting to make a major difference in this world desiring to see lives transformed by the power of the Gospel.
Transformation Ministries will also be focused on ministering to those between the ages of 16 and 36 as it plants house churches on university campuses in the nations where Ralph has already established his ministry. And, it will be planting house churches for young people in cities and towns where the next generation is not yet being impacted with the Gospel.
Transformation Ministries is focusing on seeing young lives totally and supernaturally transformed by the power of the Gospel and then equipped and released to touch the lives of other youth around the world.
As a registered charity in the nation of Canada we are reaching out to nations of the world with the powerful, transforming message of the Gospel.
Ralph Howe Ministries is run completely from donations. Expenses such as airplane travel, web design and management and visa documents come out of these givings. Your donations also help to support many young families as men and women all over the world obey God’s command to reach the nations with the gospel!
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