The Haven Blog

The Miracle of Re-Birth

Both of my boys love to play with my iPhone. They use it to play games, watch cartoons and rearrange my previously organized applications. The truth is, they can find their way around that little phone better than many adults can. If I were to ask them how it operates, however, I’d likely get a…

Was Jesus a Chauvinistic Sexist?

On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. 3 When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4 And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have…

The Problem and The Solution

Sin is the problem. God is the answer. His Son is the way. 28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of…

Real Men Love Jesus

What is a real man? In our day, it can be defined in so many ways. Much of it is superficial and has absolutely nothing to do with being a man. After studying the life of various men in the pages of Scripture, here is the conclusion I have come to. It’s not defined by…

Believing God’s Promises

My son has a fear of being abandoned or left alone. Zane loves to feel safe and secure. He is in the first grade and has a wonderful teacher named Mrs. Buck whom he is attached to. However, when she leaves the room, Zane panics. She promises that she’ll be right back. Either she is…

The Final Word

One thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to communicate with words intellectually. Many animals have a form of communication but none, even dolphins and chimpanzees, are as sophisticated as our ability to construct words and formulate sentences. When we speak, we express our will, purpose and intentions. By our words we…

Change The World (Part 3): Be Willing

Matthew 25:31-4631 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep…

Change The World (Part 2): Be Able

Matthew 25:14-3014 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and…

Change The World (Part 1): Be Ready

Matthew 25:1-131“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5As the…

Real Church

In Act 2:42-47 we see the new Christians’ response to the experience they had with God earlier in the chapter. This passage gives us a good understanding of what the early church looked like. It also gives us an idea of what God sees as important in a healthy, well balanced, God glorifying church. Acts…

The Pursuit of Happiness

The pursuit of happiness; everyone seeks it. Is that the purpose of mankind though? Some Christians might answer no because at its core, it can be very self-focused and one of the biggest principles of the Christian life is to deny self and to serve God and other people. Even in serving others one might…

Christian Unity

Colossians 3:11Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all. God calls his church to unity. The church is one body of Christ with one purpose, and that purpose is to be a reflection Jesus Christ. We all have different DNA. We are…

Christian Maturity

As immature Christians we see God as a means to an end. He is there to bless us and is there to help us in our need. This is a great truth, but by its self tends to be self focused much like a child is toward a parent. Hopefully we come to realize that…

Dealing With Change

by Scott Hescht After a recent conversation with a woman about her job struggles I was reminded of how much things can change in life. We get comfortable in a situation; we get in a groove and routine and then things change. For those of us who don’t like change, it can turn our world…

I was recently reading about how being a Christian is like a salmon swimming upstream. Salmon

So Do We Fear God or Not?

Moses said to the people, “Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of him may be before you, that you may not sin.” – Exodus 20:20 Often I have ran into people who misunderstand the fear of the Lord. On one hand, we see that God loves us and…

You the Lord and Who?

  Pro 11:14  Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.  ESV       I don’t need to go to church, I don’t need to read the Bible, I don’t need anyone to help, I can do anything all by myself. Do you know anyone…

Straight Not Easy

Isaiah 45:2  “I will go before you and level the exalted places, I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut through the bars of iron,     The KJV reads “I will make the crooked places straight” to read this passages it is easy to see that the Lord is promising to…

If It Is Not Good

1Thessalonians 5: 16-18 16Rejoice always, 17pray without ceasing,  18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.       Give thanks, and rejoice? Pray without ceasing? I know I can hear some of you now….really Brian? Do you know the year I have had? Do…

Expectations

1Johnn 3:1  See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.     We are all called children of God, we are assured of that…