The Haven Blog

Get Back Up… Again

I know many of us are dealing with the pangs of life right now: caring for ailing and dying parents, making tough decisions, cancer impacting our family and loved ones, still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Harvey, broken relationships and marriages, struggles in raising our children, tragic vehicle accidents, unexpected loss of children, not…

Why I’m Not Overly Concerned About The End Times

So I’m sure the end time talk will heat up with more alarming news each day. As a pastor, some may be looking to me to confirm that we are entering the end while others may be looking for me to calm their fears by confirming it is nothing. I won’t get into my personal…

Hurricane Harvey Update

Hi church. Due to the unpredictable nature of Hurricane Harvey, our Sunday morning church service has been cancelled. We don’t want to put anyone in harms way as these storm bands come and go. Next week Matt Bullen with Mission Critical International will be joining us. You don’t want to miss this walking miracle who…

Self-Control and the Power of Christ

From over-eating, over-spending, alcohol abuse or perversion of sex to overindulging in entertainment, over-working or laziness to the inability to control our own emotionally charged reactions, lacking self-control is the harmful abuse of God's good gifts. Phone, food, and frustration are three personal areas I'm seeking to turn over to God. How about you? "True…

God’s Dreams

Our dreams aren’t always the same as God’s dreams for us. There are times I’ve had to adjust my plans kicking and screaming. The road I had chosen looked a lot cooler and easier and was also a lot more about me. There are times it has taken longer for me to see clearly because…

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…