The Haven Blog

Changing The World

Can you really change the world? If by that you mean bring world peace, yea that’s a lofty goal. Jesus is the only one who can do that. However, every time you love like Jesus, serve others as if they were Jesus and share the good news of Jesus, you change the world. That’s our…

Letting The Story Speak (The Lamb of God)

…God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 2 He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” http://esv.to/Gen22.1-2 And…

All Encompassing Love

Love God in your praise. Love God in your speech. Love God in your relationships. Love God in your finances. Love God in your diet. Love God in your exercise. Love God in your work. Love God in your play. Love God by communicating to him through prayer. Love God by the study of his…

Our Aim to Please

You can’t please everybody, but you certainly can love them. You can’t please everybody, but the answer isn’t to please yourself. The answer is to please God. Walk by faith, esteem others higher than yourself, not as people pleasers, but as genuine love for God and others; desiring what’s best for them as God does….

A Real Battle

Spiritual warfare is real, but the victory is won. The key to walking in victory… Cling to Christ, resist the devil. 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 8 Be…

The Man David

When I think of a real man, I think of King David. There were a few qualities about this guy that the world would do well to retain in its definition of a man. First off, the dude was a warrior; fighting in countless battles for the sake of the people he loved. He was…

Proverbs are Not Promises

One thing that is important to understand as we read and interpret God’s Word is that Proverbs are not promises. They are principles or wise sayings. They are rules of thumb. Yes, they are indeed divinely inspired, but they are not promises. This is important because when it comes to God’s Word, promises are something…

Palm Sunday

Today is Palm Sunday; the day that Jesus humbly rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and was honored with palm branches and cloaks being spread before him as his followers declared him to be their king, much to the dismay of the religious leaders at the time. This event embarks upon the most important week…

Shaping Character Through Suffering

Helen Keller once said, “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.” How often have we been told to never pray for patience because all hell will break loose? While humorous and true, God doesn’t answer…

What is an Idol?

What is an idol? It is anything that we are devoted to. So a false idol is anything that we put above God. With that said, even the good things that God has given us can become false idols if we are devoted to them above God; ie. entertainment, money, jobs, sports, food, health and…

The Church. Do We Really Need It? (Part 2)

Think about this for a moment. If a child loses his finger, would that finger continue to grow? Of course not, in fact it’s quite the opposite. The finger will begin to decay and die. This is a powerful illustration of the church. A Christian is like that finger or a toe or any other…

The Church. Do We Really Need It? (Part 1)

Sometimes people can unintentionally reveal a lot about themselves with simple statements. In fact a lot of psychics aren’t even psychic at all, they are simply good at gathering a little information and drawing conclusions based on the information they accumulate. When I hear someone say or imply that they don’t need church in order…

The Goal

My goal as a Christian, as a pastor, and for our church is not to do great things for Jesus. My goal is Jesus. The difference is that he gets to define what great things are and what success looks like while we faithfully sit at his feet and follow wherever he may lead. It’s…

You Can’t Hide

O LORD, you have searched me and known me! – Psalm 139:1 Is this comforting or dreadful? For many it is dreadful. They’re like Adam and Eve hiding from the nakedness of their sin. They thought of God knowing the real you is scary. God takes us to a place in Jesus Christ, though, that…

Road Rage

I often find myself getting road rage. Not literally, but spiritually. I’m driving along through life and get frustrated because I never seem to be able to hit cruise control. There always seems to be some unexpected accident, traffic jam or I get cut off the pass by other drivers. What I fail to see…

The Love Test

One of the primary ways we love God is by loving others. We tend to make it optional or take it with a grain of salt, but God doesn’t take it so lightly. In fact, it isn’t whether we smoke cigarettes, drink beer or have tattoos that proves whether we are of Christ. It is…

The Ministry of Rejection

Do you struggle with rejection? Consider Jesus: “He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” -Isaiah 53:3 He willfully went through rejection to win us to God. The most interesting part…

Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing

No its not a typo. I realize that the saying is actually a “Wolf in Sheep’s clothing.” Its one of the many common phrases today that comes from the Bible. Jesus gave a warning in Matthew 7:15 that there would be false prophets who look like Christian’s (sheep’s clothing) but inwardly were ravenous wolves. The…

Rebooting The System

One of the most foolish conclusions to make is that there is no God (Psalm 14:1). Our biological system is so complex. Our human anatomy is so complex. Our minds are so complex. Our solar system is so complex. Someone may say “well there so much wrong with these complex systems as well.” Agreed, but…