The Haven Blog

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…

Christ Will Prevail

Did you know there have only been 268 years of world peace in the past 3,400 years? In all of our so called progression, we aren’t at all solving the problem of evil. Mankind can’t fix sin. It can keep trying and failing, but what the world needs desperately is Jesus! God has provided an…

Is It Really That Complicated?

In some ways it’s not really as complicated as it sounds. We make it complicated.  Some cops are racist and some of the horrible tragedies we have seen are a reflection of that. Some cops are not racist, but are afraid that blacks are out to get them and overreact. Some blacks are law breakers…

Love Matters

I can’t get this devastation out of my head tonight. I’m deeply saddened and even admit to being somewhat confused because I’m feeling as Christians we can’t be quiet. However if I say “black lives matter” it is interpreted as saying other lives don’t. If I say “blue lives matter” it is certain to offend…

What is My Purpose?

I was having coffee with a good friend yesterday when we began to discuss the topic of worldview. It’s something that Lecrae says in his autobiography (“Unashamed”) that he never had for years even after becoming a Christian. He knew how to be saved and how to tell others how to do the same, but…

Petrified by Reality

I remember when I was a boy, several of us were getting off the bus in our neighborhood. Before I could realize what happened, one of my best friends got hit by a speeding vehicle and was tossed into a ditch. After what seemed like forever, he was life flighted to a down town hospital….

God’s Walk-off Home Run

Ok so you might need to be a sports fan to get this, but when I read this passage I think of a baseball team struggling all game to put runs on the board and just can’t seem to do it. They’ve been down 1-0 all game long. It’s the bottom of the 9th and…

Changing Clothes

We have to first undress before being clothed in Jesus Christ. You can’t wear anger and patience at the same time. Nor can you can’t wear pride and humility, bitterness and forgiveness, wrath and compassion, love and hate as one garment. ‘But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk…

The Subtle Deception of Self-Reliance

The whole point of the Bible is that Jesus came to defeat sin and death in order to make a way for us back to God, eventually destroying sin and death altogether. As I look around the world I don’t see the strongest attack on Christianity in it’s flat out denial. It’s not from the atheists…

Can I Borrow an Open Mind for a Few Moments?

Can I borrow an open mind for a few moments? What if there is a reason for all of the suffering and dysfunction in the world. What if the world really isn’t meant to have famine, wars, murder, disease, even death? What if all of this evil and tragedy really is a result of sin?…

What Does the Bible Say About… Humility?

From Alfred Ells’ Counselor’s Corner “…And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8 Perhaps you have heard the story of the parishioner who received recognition for being the humblest man in the church? They gave him a pin to…

Unmasking Hidden Pride

By Alfred H. Ells Because pride can be very subtle in its manifestations, many do not know the telltale signs of pride. Consider the following characteristics of hidden pride and see if God reveals any indications of pride in your life. Be brave. Ask those who know you well if they see any of these…

Bernie, Hillary, Trump and The Apostle Paul

The only political and social system that will truly work is that in which the Messiah rules the hearts of the people. Think about this. The Apostle Paul was taking up a collection for another church in 2 Corinthians 8:1-9:15. Note how Paul didn’t want anyone to suffer lack on one hand, but also didn’t…

Consider the Power of Your Legacy

Think about your legacy for a moment. Our selfish actions not only affect us. They may seem initially gratifying, but have the power to negatively affect those around us; our friends, our family, our children. Some decisions can affect others for generations. The truth is though, we can break the pattern of broken legacies handed…

Purpose in Suffering

“If you struggle to believe God loves you, and God just keeps bringing trials into your life, don’t panic. They’re more related than you realize.” – Landry Fields What a great article by this current NBA player. God has been drilling me with the topic of suffering the last few weeks. If you are suffering as…

Faith Shines Brightest in the Darkness

Some friends of ours have a plaque on their wall that reads, “Faith shines brightest in the darkness.” What powerful words! Life is hard and Jesus never promised us any different. He said the world would still press against us, we’d still be tempted with things that take us away from him, and we’d experience…