The Haven Blog

lying to ourselves

Isaiah 59: 4 No one calls for justice; no one pleads a case with integrity. They rely on empty arguments, they utter lies; they conceive trouble and give birth to evil     Lies….it is something we deal with daily, it is something we are talking about in church right now, and strangely enough it has come up as…

Lucky Loser

Luke 19: 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”     I was watching the Italian open last weekend, and in the opening rounds I watched a guy from Finland named Jarkko Nieminen play. It was a great match, and he played harder than he had to for an…

take it with you

John 11:8 “But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?”   This is what the disciples spoke to Christ when He wanted to return to Judea for Lazarus. “They tried to kill you, why would you go back”? Of Course Jesus looks at…

New Creations

2 Corinthians 5:  17Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.   We had several baptisms this weekend. It is quite an energizing, refreshing, and inspiring thing to witness. Nothing makes the heart soar more than seeing people become dead…

Keep moving

Acts 16: 6 Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. 7 When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. 8 So they passed by…

It is up to you

James 1: 13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown,…

eyes, ears, and hearts

Matthew 13: 15 For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.   Calloused hearts, hard of hearing, and closed eyes. Sounds like a pretty hard up person. Some…

watch out for the trash can

Hebrews 12:  1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,   Throw off the chains that bind and run with perseverance YOUR race…..the race marked…

poking, and biting

Galatians 5: 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.   Paul makes an interesting observation here. You want to fulfill the law? Love, love is the key, love is…

Get Real

by Matt Moore Doctrines of the Bible don’t cause division. Differences of opinion don’t cause division. Preferences don’t cause division. PEOPLE CAUSE DIVISION. It doesn’t matter what your take is on speaking in tongues, election, worship, or anything else. Our genuine faith in Jesus Christ is what should always tie us together. Every day I…

judgment

1 Corinthians 4: 5 Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.   We like to use this scripture when we talk about people….

Don’t Leave it on the Desk

Thanks to Terry Forga for this one. Author unknown There was a certain Professor of Religion named Dr. Christianson, a studious man who taught at a small college in the western United States.  Dr. Christianson taught the required survey course in Christianity at this particular institution.  Every student was required to take this course his…

Darkest before the dawn

John 16:  33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”   I have overcome the world. What a comforting statement. We will have troubles, we will fall down, we will get hurt, but take…

Do you believe in Easter?

Luke 20: 5 They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Why didn’t you believe him?’    Why didn’t you believe him……that would be a good question would it not? That is really the choice we make daily, if not several times a day. As we grow ever closer…

WWYD?

Mark 11: 11 Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.   SO once again we find ourselves at the beginning of Holy Week. The last 5 days that Christ will spend as man on this…

My brother

Genesis 4:9  9 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Am I my brother’s keeper? How often do we ask ourselves that question? I suspect if you are like me, the answer is not often enough. Better yet, how often do we live…

Life is a dance

Matthew 4  8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”   Life is a dance, country music sings about it, rock and roll has songs about…

Do good anyway

1 Peter 3: 13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.”   Have you ever written something, and as soon as it is down on paper, or the screen…

Limiting others?

1 Corinthians 4: 4 My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me.   Only the Lord can judge us, for it is only the Lord that truly knows our heart. Only He knows what we are capable of. Only He knows our full potential. The Lord…

give thanks

Luke 17: 17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?   Jesus had just healed ten men with leprosy. All ten men were infected, all ten men had the exact same ailment. Yet once healed only one showed up to give…