The Haven Blog

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…

A Savior is Born, Who is Christ The Lord

A little over 2000 years ago, Rome, the greatest world power that the earth has ever known was rising as an empire under its founder Caesar Augustus. The emperor claimed that his deceased adoptive father, Julius Caesar, was divine and that he himself was the son of the divine and lord over all. It is…

Skilled at Self-Deception

Fifteen years ago, I found myself making a lot of excuses. I had become pretty good at it actually. I had excuses for every thought, action and life choice that I knew deep down didn’t conform to God’s will. I knew deep down, but on the surface I had convinced myself that either it was…

Something To Look Forward To

Peanuts character Charlie Brown once said, “The secret of happiness is having three things to look forward to and nothing to dread.” I tend to agree with him. I’m always looking forward to something: Thanksgiving, Christmas, what’s next? I don’t like to be stagnant or bored for too long and so looking forward to something…

Stewardship

Whenever I think of the topic of greed or selfishness, Daffy Duck always pops into my mind. There is an old episode of Looney Tunes where he and Bugs Bunny are going on vacation. Bugs is leading the way, takes a wrong turn at Albuquerque, and ends up inside of a cave. While he is…

Compassion

I was sitting down waiting for my club sandwich and for some reason I took notice of a man across the way. He was dressed fairly middle class, but there was something strange about him; something I couldn’t pinpoint. I thought to myself, “If given the opportunity could I love this man like Jesus does?”…