The Haven Blog

Take the Strength, Leave the Pain

Isaiah 40:29  ” He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak” Strength to the weary and power to the weak. Man I could use some of that! Couldn’t you? We all struggle with the same issues, we all face the same fears. Yes some have it better, some have it…

What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas?

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas right? Let’s be real, this saying implies more than just a little fun. It is an encouragement to indulge in sin without being caught. I actually heard this phrase modified down in Mexico on a cruise that my wife and I recently returned from and couldn’t help but…

How About a Little Me Time

Jesus was so compassionate! In Matthew 14 His cousin is cruelly beheaded by king Herod. When Jesus hears of it He goes away to be alone and pray. I can imagine that, much like with His friend Lazarus, Jesus was pretty emotional about John’s passing. So here Jesus is desiring to be alone and the…

Change??

Acts 9:  19 ….Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. 20 At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. 21 All those who heard him were astonished and asked, “Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name?…

Thanks Ricky!

I was watching a documentary on NFL player Ricky Williams recently. In an interview he said that there is one good man in a thousand. Williams had seemed to notice that there is something wrong with the state of mankind. It truly is a great observation. Simple, but great.Nobody is perfect right, but think about that for…

Discipline Yourself . . . Without Legalism

Discipline Yourself . . . Without Legalism http://biblicalspirituality.org/wolegal.html By Don Whitney   My wife Caffy and I have a longtime friend who asked me about the book I was writing. When I told her the title was Simplify Your Spiritual Life, she responded abruptly with, “No rules.” “What do you mean?” “There should be no…

Seeing Things From a New Perspective

“The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.”- 1 Corinthians 2:14   What a great reminder to be open to the prompting and message of His Spirit…   Switzerland is…

Which Would You Choose?

Imagine the following scenarios. Which one would you choose? In the first scenario, you get to spend four years living it up in a nice lake house. All expenses are paid. You get four years of total vacation in the sun at your nearest body of water. The only catch is that at the end…

He Cannot Love You More

Written by Pastor David Stone    Friday, 20 August 2010 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Philippians 4:6 The Lord cares for His children! He knows our needs—and has promised to supply them. He knows our foes—and will deliver…

What is True Love?

Here is a challenge I got from a “Love Dare” application for my I-Phone. Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 substituting your name for the words “love” and “it”. By the way, despite being a popular passage for weddings, it is not intended simply for married couples. It applies to anybody desiring to exhibit love, whether it…

I Know Vince Young

I know Vince Young! You know the quarterback for the Tennessee Titans. To prove it, I’ll give you a description: He’s tall, African American and very athletic.He’s from Houston and attended Madison High School.He played college football with the University of Texas and led them to a National championship.Oh yeah, he also runs really fast….

I am Grieved

I have to be honest. Nothing breaks my heart more than to see a lack of love for God. I struggle enough seeing the people of the world reject Him. I struggle even more seeing those that claim to be Christians show such a lack of interest in Him. Guy Glass, co-pastor of Life Spring…

Giving America a Little Taste of Heaven

One of the things we have to be careful about as Christians is forming an unbiblical perspective based on a reaction against an equally unbiblical viewpoint. One example would be to recognize that it is legalistic, and flies in the face of the gospel, to attempt to achieve salvation by good works. So in order…

Why the People Needed a Savior

Psalm 78A Maskil of Asaph.  1 “Give ear, O my people, to my teaching;   incline your ears to the words of my mouth!2 I will open my mouth in a parable;   I will utter dark sayings from of old,3things that we have heard and known,   that our fathers have told us.4We will not hide them from their children,   but…

Overcoming Disappointment Part II

DisappointmentBy Steve McVey Dr. Lenore Campbell wrote, “Early in my career as a doctor I went to see a patient who was coming out of anesthesia. Far off church chimes sounded and the patient murmured, ‘I must be in heaven.’ Then she saw me. ‘No, I can’t be,’ she said. ‘There’s Dr. Campbell.’” Disappointment –…

Overcoming Disappointment

by David F. Esquivel Psalm 118:8 (ESV)“It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.” Disappointment comes from expectancy. We place standards on people to perform or act in a certain way. When our standards and expectations are compromised by those individuals. That is when we will find ourselves saying,” how could you…

Could This Be You?

The Lord’s Prayer Drama Characters Person (seen) God (unseen) Script Person: Our Father, who… God: Yes? Person: Don’t interrupt me! I’m praying. God: But you called me. Person: Called you? I didn’t call you. I was praying. Our Father who art in heaven… God: There, you did it again. Person: Did what? God: Called me….

Understanding Eternity

Have you ever seen the Tom and Jerry episode where Tom goes to heaven via an escalator? He travels right on up, as expected, to the fluffy clouds in the sky. It is no wonder that we have not even a vague understanding of eternal life. To be fair, the Bible does not give us…

Procrastination and Priorities

    —choose you this day whom ye will serve—Joshua 24:15 There are two words that, at first glance, might not seem to go with one another: procrastination and priorities. We think of procrastinators as people who put off doing what should be done–that is, life’s priorities. But that doesn’t mean procrastinators put off everything….