Offer Them Christ
The Weblog Of J.F. Howard

Archive for the ‘Relevant Christianity’ Category

The Priority Of Oneness

June 29, 2017

When I finished up the final preparations for a wedding ceremony recently, I concluded with some simple thoughts that I wanted to share with the couple. In the midst of this important and exciting season of their lives, how could I add value to their new relationship that would hopefully sustain them for the years […]

Heart Problems

June 25, 2017

The psalm writer once declared, “My problems go from bad to worse. Oh, save me from them all!” {Psalm 25:17} Have you ever felt like that? There are those seasons when it seems like we just go from problem to problem and each problem goes from bad to worse. When it comes to problems in […]

What I Learned About Starting A New Worship Service (Part 5)–Healthy DNA Gives Birth To A Healthy Service

April 5, 2014

          I have been involved in three separate instances of launching or re-launching a new worship service in an established church. In some cases it was a re-launch because the first service failed (or was failing). At other times, it was a new launch of a new worship offering. In both situations […]

The Favor Of God At Christmas

December 24, 2012

There is a thread that runs throughout the entire Christmas story. In fact, you might even say it is the central theme of the Christmas story. That theme is the favor of God. You see this thread of God’s favor weaving together the work of God in the lives of Zechariah, Elizabeth, Mary, Joseph, the […]

What I Have Learned About Starting A New Worship Service (Part 1)

September 18, 2010

I have had the privilege to be part of two new worship service starts by existing churches. One was a new service start that I helped to envision and lead from the outset. The second was a new service that I inherited after it had been in existence for less than one year. The first […]

Elevation

June 20, 2010

          A Father’s Day gift for me was a trip to Charlotte, NC to attend Elevation Church. Lead Pastor Steven Furtick planted Elevation Church in 2006 with 121 people attending the first service at Providence High School. Recently, Elevation was recognized as one of the fastest growing churches in the United States. […]

How To Find New Life When A Dream Dies

June 1, 2010

1 Kings 17:17-24 17 Some time later the woman’s son became sick. He grew worse and worse, and finally he died. 18 Then she said to Elijah, “O man of God, what have you done to me? Have you come here to point out my sins and kill my son?”   19 But Elijah replied, “Give me your son.” […]

How To Measure Life By Faith

May 21, 2010

       Romans 12:3 has been a great word of instruction to me lately: “…Be honest in our evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.”          For several weeks I have found myself in situations requiring a higher level of faith than what has been normal for me. These […]

“All You Need Is Love”

April 21, 2010

         The other week I was watching American Idol. The contestants were asked to sing songs this particular episode written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. For some reason as I watched the American Idol contestants sing their choice of Beatles’ songs I couldn’t help but hear the refrain from one of […]

How We Do What We Do Is As Important As What We Do

February 6, 2010

1 Corinthians 13:1-8 1 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such […]