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Chris Howlett
Lexington, Kentucky, USA
I am a learner, husband, father, pastor, and coach.
Interests: preaching, reading, following, leading, soccer, fly fishing
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“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves.” Colossians 1:13 (NIV) Katharina Groene, solo hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, was on a death march. She’d hiked 2,500... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Chris Howlett
“The depravity of [humankind] is at once the most empirically verifiable reality but at the same time the most intellectually resisted fact.” – Malcolm Muggeridge The themes of the four Sundays of Advent in the medieval church were death, judgment,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2018 at Chris Howlett
“It is far better to avoid sin in the first place than to struggle to overcome its consequences.” – Tony Evans Imagine an animal you fear, perhaps a rattlesnake or a large spider. What if you were on safari and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2018 at Chris Howlett
“A problem is a chance for you to do your best.” – Duke Ellington Imagine you’re holding a cup of coffee when someone bumps into you, causing you to spill some. I realize for some of you losing any of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2018 at Chris Howlett
“Spiritual formation is a process of being conformed to the image of Christ for the sake of others.” — M. Robert Mulholland Climbing Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak, is a daunting and challenging task. Climbers face the dangers of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at Chris Howlett
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe Hundreds of broken instruments sat in storage in the Philadelphia public schools. Due to tight budgets, the school district couldn’t afford repairs. Broken trumpets, worn-out... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at Chris Howlett
“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” – Napoleon Hill Edward Lorenz is credited with discovering what has become known as the “Butterfly Effect.” He was running a computer program that predicted the weather,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2018 at Chris Howlett
“I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstances but by our disposition.” – Martha... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2018 at Chris Howlett
“I believe in the forgiveness of sins and the redemption of ignorance.” – Adlai E. Stevenson Three American college students studying in Italy decided to do their own cooking one day. They purchased pasta from the local market, took it... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2018 at Chris Howlett
Friday, April 13, 2018 – Day Three We opened the morning on the bus with a devotional which I led based on Genesis 12:1-2 which relates the story of God calling Abram to leave his homeland to go to a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2018 at Chris Howlett
Day One & Two We arrived at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport a little after 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 11. The flight over was a bit of a challenge, even though it was comfortable, a Boeing 777-200, the flight... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2018 at Chris Howlett
“Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there.” – Clarence W. Hall A pastor made the following observation on Easter, “The world offers promises full of emptiness, but Easter offers emptiness full of promise.”... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2018 at Chris Howlett
According to pious legend, St. Patrick was born to Christian parents at the end of the fourth century in Roman Britain. Though his parents were Christian, he did not share their faith. When he was fifteen years old, Irish slave... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2018 at Chris Howlett
“The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because he loves us.” – C.S. Lewis Virtue signaling is a thing. It’s a major form of communication on social... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2018 at Chris Howlett
“Worshiping Jesus together may be the single most important thing we do. It plays an indispensable role in rekindling our spiritual fire, and keeping it burning.” – David Mathis Lent begins with Ash Wednesday next week. Lent is the season... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at Chris Howlett
“Without a solid foundation, you’ll have trouble creating anything of value.” – Erika Oppenheimer The Millennium Tower in San Francisco is the tallest residential building in San Francisco. The luxury condominium high-rise was opened in 2009 to residents. It’s a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2018 at Chris Howlett
Epiphany celebrates the visitation of the Magi to Jesus in Bethlehem. January 6 has been set aside for this commemoration for over 1,600 years. The significance of Epiphany is in the name, which means manifestation or appearance. Classically it was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2018 at Chris Howlett
“People need revelation, and then they need resolution.” – Damian Lewis Are resolutions worth making? Online grocer FreshDirect reports1 that lots of their customers fall short of keeping resolutions. Customers’ liquor and wine consumption picks up by forty percent in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at Chris Howlett
“You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you might find, you get what you need.” – The Rolling Stones Many Christmases ago our family always drove from wherever we were living at the time back... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2017 at Chris Howlett
“It’s not happy people who are thankful, but thankful people who are happy.” – Anonymous Wanda Dench texted an invitation to Thanksgiving dinner to someone she thought was her grandson. The problem was that her grandson had changed his number... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2017 at Chris Howlett
“Amazing grace how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see.” – John Newton October 31, 2017 is the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at Chris Howlett
“Now I should like to know whether your soul, tired of its own righteousness, is learning to be revived by and to trust in the righteousness of Christ.” – Martin Luther In honor of the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at Chris Howlett
“The difference between us and the papists is that they do not think that the church can be 'the pillar of the truth' unless she presides over the word of God. We, on the other hand, assert that it is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2017 at Chris Howlett
“There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.” – Thomas Aquinas Facebook “friends” aren’t necessarily friends, at least according to a court ruling in Florida. An appeals court in Miami ruled that Judge Beatrice Butchko... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2017 at Chris Howlett
Photo by Andrew Kow on Unsplash “By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination.” – Christopher Columbus A man riding a scooter in the southwest Chinese city of Beihai had a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at Chris Howlett