The Haven Blog

Sitting Idle

Ecclesiastes: 11:4  Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.   A short sentence that not only gives us good advice for our spiritual life, but our daily life as well. No one ever got anything done waiting for the “right” conditions. You can wait for a sign all…

It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over

Philippians 1:6  being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.       This is a piece of Scripture that never grows old, it is just as important to remember this today, as it was yesterday, as it…

Who is This Man They Call Jesus?

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” – Matthew 16:13-14 When I was a child, I was always concerned…

I Will Not Be Moved

Psalm 62:6 He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defense; I shall not be moved.   You have to love these feel good verses! Doesn’t it sound great my rock, my salvation, my defense…..God is great indeed! I knew a guy that was always talking about how he ran his house….

Open Wide

Psalm 81:10  I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.     Open your mouth, and I will fill it…..that sounds like fairly easy instructions to follow, however a quick look around, and it is easy to see that easy instructions are not…

No Do Overs

Galatians 6: 9  Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.    Let us not become weary in doing good. YUCK right? Really, don’t we all think that just a little when we hear that. That is one of…

Who Is In Your Boat?

Mark 6: 50-51  ….Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 51 Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed,      We all know this story. It is the account of Jesus walking out to meet the Disciples in their boat….

Who Do You Trust?

Proverbs 3:5  Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.     I work for a pretty cool guy. One of the things that really amazes me about him, is his ability to see much further down the road than I can…..or further than most people here for that…

Transformations

Romans 12:2  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.     If you want the Lord to change the outside, you have to let Him change…

Knowledge or Truth

I know some very intelligent people who are dumb as a box of rocks, I am sure you do too. I also know many people who do not have a receipt from a college, yet somehow seem to be far and away smarter than those around them that have one. The former are the people…

Take the Porsche Out

2 Timothy 1:7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.     I was reading this passage this morning and it struck a chord. The spirit God gave us does not make us timid……but all too often we are aren’t we? We meet the…

give or take

Psalm 73: 2-4 2 But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. 3 For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 4 They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. One of my favorite C.S. Lewis quotes is: “Prosperity knits a man to the world. He feels he’s finding…

Getting in the Way

Galatians 219For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. 20I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who…

July 1st

Isaiah 61: 1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.   Liberty, deliverance, release…..all of these words are used in…

Giving the Joy Away

John 16: 22  So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.   This was Christ’s message to his disciples before he was to die. Now is your time of grief…..He knew it was coming, His followers…

it is well with my soul

Proverbs 17:22  A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.   My Grandmother passed away last week, my mother in laws cancer is back, and my father in law looks to need open heart surgery to say that I have had less than a cheerful heart is an understatement. Things…

Now or Later

Psalm 37:7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.   I love God, there is not a day that goes by that I do not offer up thanks, and praises for all of the blessings that He has bestowed on…

My Whole Life

Romans 6:4   We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.   I was watching a movie last night, at the end one character looked to the other, and in…

Getting wet

Galatians 5: 1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.     Free, we spend a lot of time talking about being free…..but are you? DO you allow yourself to fully be free? One of my favorite…

one

Romans 14: 1 & 19  Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. 19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.   Did you know that the world was created in 7 days? If you do not believe that, then you are not saved….Did…