The Haven Blog

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…

What Separates Christianity?

Many world religions are based on legalism because the gospel is missing. It’s about what we do to attain acceptance from God. In reality it’s implies the impossible. Christianity is the only religion that is about what God does for us. He accomplishes the impossible through Jesus Christ by whom we are accepted by God…

Twisted Truth

Which philosophy do you live by? “Do to others as you would have them do to you” or “Do to others as they do to you”? One is from The Bible and one is from the Satanic Bible. One teaches a philosophy of radical selflessness while the other a so-called “controlled selfishness”. One is the…

The Me Monster

The first sin was committed because Satan got Eve to think with a self-centered “me” mentality. But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:4-5). Satan…

All Ears

The most powerful tool the Christian has is also the most underutilized because it involves trusting in the unseen. That tool is prayer. It has the power to move mountains. Maybe nothing else seems to be working right now and prayer seems so peripheral. However, maybe nothing else is working because you have yet to…

A Man of His Word

My dad taught me a lot about humanity and integrity. As a child I’d ask him to make a promise. He would say, “Scott, I don’t know what tomorrow will bring. I can’t promise that I’ll do this or that. All I can do is tell you that I will do it.” My dad understood that he may…

Creation Groans

The very fact that we are able to acknowledge suffering and imperfection in creation reveals that there is something embedded in us that knows that this is not the way it is supposed to be. Mark Driscoll says, “Sickness and death are NOT a natural part of life (Rom. 5:12). The world has gone wrong…

Apparently Not

“Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.” – John 7:24 I was reading this morning about a woman who had a disorder (Cystic Fibrosis) that wasn’t quite as apparent as a visible handicap. The woman had a handicap tag that she used to park only on days when she was feeling weak and…

Case Closed (Romans 3:31)

Here is the case of two writers in the Bible that some have supposed stood in contradiction. Martin Luther was a man who struggled with severe legalism until one day while reading the book of Romans he realized that he could in no way earn his salvation, but it was rather a gift of God…

The Rewards of Learning to be Content

If I can learn like Paul, to be content in each and every situation, patience would flow and selfish ambition would cease. I would understand that God knows exactly where I am today and where he wants me to be. He is in absolute control and I am his child. I would understand that life…

How is Your Marraige?

When people ask how our marriage is going they aren’t asking if we are married. In the same way it isn’t enough to examine our relationship with God by whether or not we have that relationship. Sure to have one is foundational, but what is the health of that relationship? There are plenty of people…

The Great Physician

In a conversation about his medical condition, a family member once told me, “You have to believe in your doctor. She gives me an option and I say no, I want what you think is best for me. You just treat me like your son because I believe in you. I love her to death….

The Crippling Fear of Death

Our nation has had another act of terrorism. Whether it comes from the outside, like 9/11, or from inside our own country, like the recent school and movie theater shootings, lives are left devastated and people left in fear. By killing and wounding a few hundred people, the terrorist’s goal is to strike fear in…

Faith and Provision

God does something interesting when you begin to trust him by faith. He moves you from one stage of life to the next. You begin to see his provision in everything. You are thankful for the doors he shut because you begin to see how it didn’t fit into the plan he has laid out…

Chasing the Wind

Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.  Proverbs 31:30 Encouragement for women; don’t allow outward appearances to define who you are. The world will say you have to be or look a certain way in order to be loved. For instance, I have found…

The Grace to Shut Up

by Steve McVey(www.gracewalk.org) “I just say whatever is on my mind”, a person who was expressing an opinion in an animated way recently said to me. I didn’t respond to the comment, but couldn’t help but think about the Bible verse that says, A fool uttereth his whole mind, but a wise man keepeth it…

Lifted Up

Can you imagine what was going on in the mind of Nicodemus when he saw the Roman soldiers lift Jesus up to be crucified? It all came together in an instant! His mind immediately recalled the conversation he and Jesus had a few years ago as if it were yesterday. Of all the things Jesus…