Sunday, April 29, 2007

"Turning the radio down"

When I was a kid driving with my parents they would turn down the radio when they were lost and trying to find where the thing they were looking for was. I always thought it was funny yes turning down the radio is going to help you find what you are looking for. However now since I have started driving I find myself doing this. When I go to bank-thru bank I was turn my music down in the car. So I can focus on what I am doing. I now find that turing the radio down does help. I think so times we need to turn down more then the radio to be able to focus on things. I think we need to turn down a lot to hear what God is saying sometimes. We have so many thing around and we can not hear him say. I love you and want to be in a relationship with you. However you have so many things around us we can not hear him. And it wants for us to hear him.

The Bible says: Our God says, "Calm down, and learn that I am God! (Ps 46:10 CEV)

We need to calm down the things around us so we can hear God say "I love you and want to be in a relationship with you" and we can learn that he is God.

So maybe it is time to turn the radio down and hear what God has to say!

Howden Matt Howden

Sunday, April 08, 2007


So Today is my birthday. I am now 24. From the jokes I have been telling around the house I am now half way to retirement. I do not make a big deal about my birthdays. But today at church it was made a big deal because my pastor told everyone it was birthday so it was a bigger deal then I thought it would be.

I have a verse for you guys that was in the card my grandma gave me.

Your kindness
and love will always be
with me each day of my life,... (Ps. 23:6 CEV)

I think it is awesome that God kindness and love is alway with me each day that I live. It really makes you think of how much God cares about us!

Howden Matt Howden

Sunday, April 01, 2007


I got new feeds on my computer updated every few hours a day. This one I came across and like it. The title of it was: "Students give up social networks for Lent" the article can be found at:

First here is a bit about lent: "In Western Christianity, Lent is the forty-day period (or season) preceding Easter lasting from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday (Easter Even) or Holy Thursday (in the Roman Catholic Church)." (

The girl in the article was going to give up Facebook and myspace up for the forty-days. I have not really tried this whole thing called Lent but it really makes me think maybe one year I should try giving something up for forty-days.

The reason they use forty-days is found in the Bible Jesus went in the desert for forty-days. Matthew 4:1-11 says:

"Next Jesus was taken into the wild by the Spirit for the Test. The Devil was ready to give it. Jesus prepared for the Test by fasting forty days and forty nights. That left him, of course, in a state of extreme hunger, which the Devil took advantage of in the first test: "Since you are God's Son, speak the word that will turn these stones into loaves of bread." Jesus answered by quoting Deuteronomy: "It takes more than bread to stay alive. It takes a steady stream of words from God's mouth." For the second test the Devil took him to the Holy City. He sat him on top of the Temple and said, "Since you are God's Son, jump." The Devil goaded him by quoting Psalm 91: "He has placed you in the care of angels. They will catch you so that you won't so much as stub your toe on a stone." Jesus countered with another citation from Deuteronomy: "Don't you dare test the Lord your God." For the third test, the Devil took him on the peak of a huge mountain. He gestured expansively, pointing out all the earth's kingdoms, how glorious they all were. 9 Then he said, "They're yours - lock, stock, and barrel. Just go down on your knees and worship me, and they're yours." Jesus' refusal was curt: "Beat it, Satan!" He backed his rebuke with a third quotation from Deuteronomy: "Worship the Lord your God, and only him. Serve him with absolute single-heartedness." The Test was over. The Devil left. And in his place, angels! Angels came and took care of Jesus' needs. Teaching and Healing" (MSG)

Jesus went in the desert and gave up food. "For some, it's chocolate. For others, it's coffee or cigarettes. But as this Easter approaches, some young and devout Christians are anxious to return to what they gave up for Lent: Internet sites Facebook and MySpace." (Students give up social networks for Lent)

I think it cool when people do stuff like this if it gets in the way of their relationship with God, or to have a deeper relationship with God. This year I have given things up to get my relationship with God deeper and with me it was television in general. I wrote about in a past thought. For others of you who do or did Lent, may your relationship with God be deeper this year!

Howden Matt Howden