The Haven Blog

The Struggle is Real, But The Victory is Ours!

Are you doing battle today? Be encouraged and stand strong! The enemy is very real church… BUT in Christ you’re fighting FROM victory, not for it. Let Him know!!! For we do NOT wrestle against flesh and blood, BUT against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the…

Giving From The Heart

If we were to tithe like Israel did under the Old Testament law, it would look like this annually (see image below). However, Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the law. In the New Testament God wants our motivation for giving not to be out of the compulsion of the law, but rather from a…

Can You Please God?

As a father, my children are mine and I will never disown them. They are totally accepted by me and nothing can change that. However, when they are ugly to others it grieves me. When they love others it makes me smile from ear to ear. The same can be said about our Heavenly Father….

Financial/Prayer Need

Exciting things are happening in our church! Growth is happening, both spiritually and numerically. While we have found that our small space is a warm and welcoming environment, the truth is that it will not allow us much room for continued and sustained growth. The generosity of our church community is immensely appreciated and important…

Ten Things the Bible Tells us About Heaven

Ten things we can gather about heaven from the Bible that you may or may not have been taught: 1. Where believers go when we die is not our final destination. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) 2. Our final destination is here on a renewed earth. (2 Peter 3:13) a. The earth was made for mankind. (Genesis…

The Masks We Wear

A mask is a facade that we put up in order to hide the parts of ourselves that we don’t want others to see. Think of Adam and Eve in the garden, scrambling to cover their nakedness (Gen. 3). When we wear masks we fail to show up as our true selves. God wants us to be who…

God Cares About The Small Things

We bought the kids a TV for the playroom a few months back. Yesterday they were playing with their friends and they had a cup of water sitting beside it. Daxton tossed a medicine ball which hit the cup and it spilled on the TV. The TV would turn on but the volume turned all…

What is Popular is Not Always Right

“What is popular is not always right and what is right is not always popular.” Some attribute this quote to the famous sports announcer Howard Cosell but others think he was quoting another source, possibly Albert Einstein. At any rate, the quote has much relevance as we begin 2017. Whether it’s the number of likes…

Learning To See and Manage Anxiety

*Reprinted with permission from “Learning To See and Manage Anxiety” by Jim Herrington, Steve Capper, and Trisha Taylor, 2016. Faithwalking 201: Removing the Obstacles to an Integrated, Missional Life, Version 3.03, p 95-105. 2016 by Faithwalking. For more info go to www.faithwalking.us Key Points: (1)  Unchecked anxiety drives your autopilot and prevents you from living into your…

Safe Zone

I was sitting with my son in a moment where he was frustrated. My words to him were, “Son are you angry? If you are it’s okay to express it. If you are mad at me, don’t be afraid and hide it.” We had an agreement where he could ask for a safe zone in…

Overcoming Shame

“Overcoming Shame” From the Faithwalking 201 workbook Republished with permission (https://www.faithwalking.us)   (Note: Vows are discussed more in depth during the Faithwalking series. A vow is a subconscious decision you made, likely early in life after certain experiences, about how to be safe in relationships. Your vows are obstacles that keep you from living the life God has…

Gospel or Guillotine?

Christians, those who disagree with you aren’t “fools” and “idiots” that are obstacles in your way. They aren’t Goliaths that need to be slain. “We do not wrestle against flesh and blood…” (Eph. 6:12). We are all Goliaths that need to die to self and be raised by the grace of God.   While the…

He Knows

“Feeling abandoned, rejected, alone or like the world is against you? I feel your pain. Don’t give up. I won’t leave you. I promise you there is purpose in the pain. You’ve got to die to truly live.” – Jesus John 12:24; Hebrews 4:15; 12:3    

Why So Many Trumpets?

This past week at the Haven (watch the message here) we learned that trumpets were blown in Old Testament Israel for several reasons:   1. To call the people together to hear from God 2. To awaken Israel to coming danger or judgment 3. To rescue Israel and alarm their enemies during battle 4. To remember…

Can You Empathize?

It’s great to hear your victories, they inspire us to keep going, but sharing your failures sometimes goes even further. When were you humiliated? Were you ever picked last, beat up, fired on the spot? Have you ever been abused or had life seemingly bear it’s full weight on you? Have you ever hurt someone…

God’s Version of YOLO

‘Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.’ – Ephesians 5:15-21 ‘…you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation…

Disagreeing with God

“Whatever issue you are dealing with, are you willing to surrender to God no matter what he says. What if he said Chinese people have to stand on their heads? I’ll try to stand on my head. He’s God. What if he said Chinese people don’t get to marry. He’s God. I don’t like that,…

Lending an Ear

One of the best contributions you can make to a conversation is summed up in four words, “What do you think?” Healthy conversation is give and take. No matter how strong you may feel in your position, without giving an ear, you lack understanding. A professor I had in college once said, “Intelligent people are…

You Can Pray Right Now

Ever heard of, and please excuse the term, ejaculatory prayer? It was the short, sincere, internal prayer of Nehemiah as he fearfully made a request to the Persian king.   “Then the king said to me, “What are you requesting?” So I prayed to the God of heaven. And I said to the king, “If…

Ministering Out of Our Pain

Though my walk with Christ has been a source of great joy and comfort, in recent years I have also battled with rejection, loneliness, acceptance, sense of loss as well as various other hurts and pains. I’ve come to realize that God allows us to go through seasons to not only transform us, but also…