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6 Simple Ways to Lead Your Child to Jesus

“Daddy, don’t let the giant get me.” “Sweetie, the giant isn’t going to get you. It was just a dream…” I had already come in to comfort my daughter, Elly, several times that night, but feeling suddenly inspired I decided to seize the “gospel” moment. “…and besides sweetheart, Jesus is stronger than giants and everything else that’s scary. He defeated all our enemies on the cross, so when you feel scared, you can pray and ask him for help.” I quietly congratulated myself on my applied spiritual insight in parenting as I watched my three-year-old process this. “Daddy, is Jesus going to put me in a boat?” “…?” I floundered for a moment then realized she was remembering the picture of Jesus in the boat with His disciples from her storybook Bible. “Yes honey, Jesus is always with us. Even in the boat.” “Will He push me in the boat?”

The Story Behind Psalty the Singing Songbook

Psalty the Singing Songbook is a little bizarre at first glance, but this beloved character and his songs have touched millions of lives around the world for the past 40 years. Created by Ernie and Debby Rettino in 1979, they were in the process of producing the very first praise album made just songs for kids. These songs were written with a Disney flare, including tubas, whistles, kazoos … the whole shebang. But the Rettinos felt the album was missing something. They needed a character to help kids better understand God’s desire for worship. Moments later, they came up with Psalty.     Kids Praise Vol. 1 Introducing Psalty the Singing Songbook! Psalty says, “You can sing Christian songs ‘til you’re blue in the face, but if it’s not from your heart it’s not praise!” When the kids think about Jesus and how much He loves them the songs in

Fredrick Brennan’s Conversion, 8chan, & Last Week’s Mass Shootings

On this week’s Haven Commentary, Charles Morris looks at some of the connections between last weekend’s mass shootings and 8chan, the unrestricted website that Fredrick Brennan created—and now regrets—before he became a Christian.    “I converted to Christianity and I know that before I got saved I tweeted a lot of wicked and blasphemous things from this account so I deleted them all.” – Fredrick Brennan Born in upstate New York, Brennan now lives in the Philippines with brittle bone disease, which means the computer programer is confined to a wheel chair. When he heard the news of the El Paso mass shooting at a Walmart when getting ready for church, a lot of thoughts went through the mind of this new Christian. Chief among them was, “How did I help this happen?”     Then came the second mass shooting Saturday night in Dayton, OH. Brennan is not proud

From Con to Cuban Missionary: Wilber’s Story

Every Christian has a story to tell. That’s what I tell our El Faro de Redención team in Cuba as they work hard gathering stories of redemption to share with listeners across Cuba and around the world. I met Wilber one night after a service where we worshiped the Lord in a packed church building. There, the gospel was preached, Bibles were distributed, and the good news about a new radio program featuring Cuban testimonies of faith was announced to everyone in attendance. Wilber, a high-energy young man, all smiles, was serving behind the scenes that whole evening with the audiovisual team. He rushed up to me afterwards and said, “I have a story to tell! But I don’t have time to tell it!” And so he thrust a sheet of paper in my hands with his story scrawled out on both sides. I’ve been saving this story for the right moment. Here at

Introducing Redemption Lighthouse

Redemption Lighthouse, Haven’s Cuba broadcast, is entering its second year! Known as El Faro De Redención in Spanish, this daily radio program and podcast shines the light of Christ from all of Scripture for all of Cuba and all the world! In this video El Faro’s speaker Dan Warne tells the little-known connection between slavery and the false religion of Santería in Trinidad, Cuba, explaining how this ministry is being used to set hearts free by the gospel across Cuba and the Spanish-speaking world.     How you can help shine the light in Cuba El Faro de Redención reaches 11.5 million people in Cuba, but we’re also hearing from people in almost every Spanish speaking country in the world. But now we need friends like you to help fund the second year. Will you join Haven in shining the light of the Gospel in Cuba? El Faro is the only Christian radio program tailored specifically for

Scripture Lullabies: An Interview with Jay Stocker

Daily, we hear the headlines of war around the world and political turmoil, which only amplifies the challenges we face in our jobs and daily family life. For many of us, this produces a great sense of anxiety. But God’s Word has a way of stirring our hearts to sing His praise, even when we seem to be surrounded by chaos in the world. One of the ways I’ve seen relief from anxiety and stress is through music. This week on the program we met a music producer who at first wanted to help his children escape nightmares and get a better night’s sleep. His name is Jay Stoker and he produced the lullaby series  In the interview below, he talks about how the Lord gave him the idea for this unique approach to music and how it’s brought peace to anyone from infancy to old age through cinematic sounds and

Peaceful Music for Anxious Hearts

Originally created to help children know Scripture and get a peaceful night’s sleep, the Scripture lullaby series Hidden in My Heart has found a much larger audience. From senior citizens facing illness to young children having trouble falling asleep, this music allows God to minister to people in a uniquely gentle way that is both peaceful and powerful.     Samples from Volume 1   Samples from Volume 2   Samples from Volume 3   What began a small project intended for little ones has grown into something much bigger. Scripture Lullabies is now a family favorite to hundreds of thousands. It’s the most peaceful music on the planet – a journey through deeply moving passages of God’s Word set to beautiful, cinematic music. It’s having a profound effect on listeners of ALL ages and makes the perfect baby shower gift or a thoughtful blessing to someone going through a difficult time.

On David Powlison: A Spiritual Giant & Friend

For the past few days the Morris household has been grieving the loss of our good friend Dr. David Powlison to pancreatic cancer. A humble giant in the the faith, Dave led the charge toward a clear method of biblical counseling, wrote many essays and a few great books on the intersection of psychology and faith, and, most importantly to us, he was a dear friend of our family. Last time I saw Dave and his wife, Nan, was over Chinese food in Glenside, PA. We all agreed it had been too long. Last Fall, Janet and I were sad to miss our chance to have one final meal with Dave as he was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. The Powlisons lived in our neighborhood when we lived in Philadelphia. Our children were young and played together. When our oldest was afraid to ride the bus, Dave and Nan were

Behind the Scenes with Corrie ten Boom

Originally released in 1975, The Hiding Place remains the most popular movie ever produced by World Wide Pictures, the motion picture ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Based on Corrie ten Boom’s bestselling autobiographical book, this amazing true story is the perfect reminder that “there is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still.” In the following video, the camera follows Corrie around as she meets with the actors and tells her story in the very locations these historic events took place. It’s just one of the three bonus documentaries included in .     The Hiding Place With the WWII Nazi invasion of Holland, the ten Boom family joins the underground resistance to help save Jewish families, fighting Nazi madness with the only weapon they had … love. When Nazis discovered their “hiding place, ” the family is arrested and imprisoned in concentration camps themselves. The Hiding

The Life of C.S. Lewis

Quoted by pastors and read by children, Clive Staples Lewis was no doubt the most significant atheist-turned-Christian of the last century. Many know him only as the creator of Narnia, while others see him primarily as a defender of the faith. And yet there’s so much more to learn about this Irish country boy who grew up to live through two world wars and influence millions through his books, lectures, and war-time radio talks. In 2013, Focus on the Family commissioned a fascinating documentary in honor of the 50th anniversary of Lewis’ passing. Gathering stories from the author’s friends, family, and fellow like-minded academic enthusiasts, this documentary tells the little known story of how C. S. Lewis came to write Mere Christianity through a time of war, while also shedding light on the far-reaching impact of his life and body of works.     C.S. Lewis at War (2-Disc Set) C.S.

The Dramatic Story Behind Mere Christianity

Many of us have heard of and read the Christian classic Mere Christianity, but few know the dramatic, war-torn story of how it came about. The truth is, it was never meant to be a book at all. Early on in World War II, as Nazi bombs rained down on London, the British people were beginning to despair. Victory seemed nearly impossible against a foe so powerful. They had nowhere to turn. Surprisingly, the religious radio department of the BBC turned to an unknown scholar. He was not yet famous and had not yet written The Chronicles of Narnia, but C.S Lewis knew how to speak about faith in Jesus Christ on a level everyone could understand. Undaunted by those who deemed him “unqualified,” Lewis rose to the task. He spoke plainly and persuasively to his nation under attack. And he encouraged millions to turn to Jesus in the hour of

How Lysa TerKeurst Found Unexpected Strength When Life Fell Apart

This article has been adapted from Lysa TerKeurst’s full interview with Haven Today. To hear her tell the story, click here to tune into “Unexpected Strength” and listen to her full interview along with original messages from Charles Morris on how Christ is always present, even in our darkest moments.   In January 2016, I decided to do 21 days of prayer and fasting. It was going to be a big year for our family because 2016 was a year that three of our five kids were getting married. It was going to be full of life change for us and for our kids, and so I did this 21 days of prayer and fasting to prepare my heart for all these exciting life events. I got to day 21 and didn’t have this big revelation from the Lord, so I thought it was just a time to grow closer

Roy Hession's Testimony

Roy Hession, a successful evangelist in England, knew he had lost the power of the Spirit in his life—a terrible feeling as he led his evangelistic campaigns. In 1947, Hession met leaders of the East African Church which was then experiencing a sweeping revival, and recognized his deep personal need. It was like starting the Christian life over as he came humbly to the Cross.     As Roy said in his testimony above, “ When you come to the Lord and say you’re right, he says you’re wrong. When you come to the Lord and say you are wrong—you are a sinner—He says you’re right. Righteous in His eyes.” It was Paul who opened 1 Corinthians by saying, “For in him, you have been enriched in every way … Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will also keep

A Modern-Day Thief on the Cross

It was almost midnight when I approached with foreboding, the large and white-painted complex. I recall looking up at the moon as I climbed stone steps toward the front entrance, apprehensive, – yes, fearful — of what this night might entail. It was Sunday, Sept. 9, 1990, and I had been praying that I would be able to handle the responsibility facing me. Only God knew what lay ahead. As the moonlight bathed the area in an eerie, dull glow I remember thinking how quiet the night was, despite hundreds of people nearby. It was as if everyone were holding their breaths in anticipation. But, in anticipation of what? Quickly stepping through the front entrance, I found myself blinking at the sudden bright lights. Moving fast, yet quietly, I followed down various corridors, up flights of stairs, and through several doorways before silently entering a small room. A large wall

Ben-Hur Witnesses the Death of Jesus

Near the end of the movie, Ben-Hur meets Jesus one final time … at the cross. Confused by what he is seeing, Ben-Hur asks his longtime friend why such a terrible thing should happen to such a good person. It’s a question we all might find ourselves thinking about on Good Friday.     Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ In the short list of truly epic movies, Ben-Hur is distinctive for pointing to Jesus while portraying a powerful story of love, heartbreak, slavery, heroism and redemption. Living in the time of Christ, Judah Ben-Hur would have been a prince of Israel if not for the oppressive occupation of the Romans. As a man of wealth and privilege the last thing he expected was to be unjustly condemned to the Roman galleys, which was the same as a death sentence. His heroic escape, journey back to Jerusalem, and his quest for revenge

Ben-Hur: The Untold Story Behind the Classic

When speaking of influential stories, it might be easy to overlook one of the greatest tales ever told. Listed as the most influential Christian book of the 19th century, Ben-Hur outsold all of its contemporaries, including any of Mark Twain’s published works. It even topped the US all-time bestseller list until Gone With the Wind came out 50 years later. That’s pretty good for a book, but then the story was adapted into one of the greatest movies of all time, too. Breaking all kinds of records, Ben-Hur won 11 academy awards … a record that stood for 38 years and still hasn’t been surpassed. But how did this epic tale of revenge-turned-redemption come about? It may surprise you to find out that Lew Wallace didn’t have the best intentions at heart. In fact, he was more interested in disproving Christianity than writing a novel that intersected with the real life, death,

Introducing Redemption Lighthouse

Redemption Lighthouse, Haven’s Cuba broadcast, is entering its second year! Known as El Faro de Redención in Spanish, this daily radio program and podcast shines the light of Christ from all of Scripture for all of Cuba and all the world! In this video El Faro’s speaker Dan Warne tells the little-known connection between slavery and the false religion of Santería in Trinidad, Cuba, explaining how this ministry is being used to set hearts free by the gospel across Cuba and the Spanish-speaking world.     El Faro de Redención reaches 11.5 million people in Cuba, but we’re also hearing from people in almost every Spanish speaking country in the world. But now we need friends like you to help fund the second year. Will you join Haven in shining the light of the Gospel in Cuba? El Faro is the only Christian radio program tailored specifically for Cubans—with Cuban Christian music, solid Bible teaching, and first-person

Should Christian Children Disobey Anti-Vaxxer Parents?

It’s a senate hearing room in Washington D.C. where Ethan Lindenberger of Norwalk, Ohio testifies this week. He’s the 18-year-old who grew up in a home where his mother didn’t believe in her children receiving vaccines. She bought into the “proof” on the internet that those vaccines can cause more harm than good. Ethan’s siblings have not been vaccinated, but when Ethan recently turned 18 and of legal age he went against his mom and had his shots. Measles is flourishing, mumps are showing a recurrence. Measles, which was declared finished not many years ago, is now breaking out again and is widely reported in 10 states. Also reported—several Russian-backed websites also seem to be backing the anti-vaxxer movement. Every Christian doctor and medical professional I know, except one nurse, believes science supports vaccination. They say solid research is on their side. It’s an interesting question for young people who

7 Times Jesus Shows Up in Narnia

Few stories have inspired the imagination of children and adults quite like C.S. Lewis’ tales of fantasy, adventure, and fairy tale creatures. The Chronicles of Narnia have not only become timeless treasures, but these seven books also contribute to how children and families come to know Jesus. {If you want to experience the series again or for the first time, check out the audio drama of all seven books!} I’m not the first to point it out, and I won’t be the last. Many readers already know The Chronicles of Narnia is wrought with Christian symbolism and metaphors—but some of the richest moments of Christ showing up may go overlooked. Aslan is the central figure of Narnia—he’s what it’s all about, just like the Son of God is the central figure in the real world. Jesus is the central truth of existence and everything else only starts to make sense

10 Things You Should Know About Love

The word “love” has many meanings. There is romantic love, physical love, compassionate love, spiritual love, and even the kind of love you have for whatever is entertaining you at the moment. But what is at the heart of this broadly defined human emotion? Where does it come from? In order to answer these questions, we need to go to the definitive source on love—Scripture. Here are 10 of the most notable verses on love in the New Testament: 1. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. — John 13:35 2. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.— 1 John 4:8 3. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record

Tornado In Havana

It may not have seemed like big news in the US, but the tornado ripping through Havana, Cuba on January 27 displaced at least 1,000 residents, killing six others. The rare tornado was the strongest to hit the Cuban capital since 1940. Winds up to 320 kph (200 mph) twisted through five eastern districts, proving that Havana’s infrastructure was drastically under-prepared for such an abnormal and intense storm.   Dan Warne records replacement programs in the wake of the January 27 tornado in Havana.   Our Cuban broadcast speaker, Dan Warne of El Faro de Redención (Redemption Lighthouse in English), has been gathering stories and offering hope since getting the news last week. The video below captures footage of the tornado and the destruction it left behind, as well as firsthand accounts from survivors.     All week, Dan Warne is airing special programs called Fuerza Havana to offer love and support to Cuban

The Day I Met Louis Zamperini

I was in the first base dugout of Dodger Stadium when I met Louis Zamperini. Louis had just addressed a stadium filled with 50,000 people at the evangelistic Harvest Crusades held in Los Angeles. He was well into his 90’s, yet Louis still had a skip in his step. And he had just walked off stage after sharing about how Jesus changed his life after World War II. It was a powerful testimony. As he approached where I was standing, I debated whether I should introduce myself. As a freelance video producer you are often in the company of well-known people, and you quickly learn to just treat them like everyone else and get your job done—but Louis was different. He was smiling and talking with everyone he passed. I knew it would be OK to say hi. So as he came near, I reached out my hand, introduced myself,

Louis Zamperini: An Unbroken Hero

Louis Zamperini’s life story reads like a Hollywood script. If you didn’t know it was a true story, you would guess it was a modern day fable. Readers around the world have been amazed and inspired by his story chronicled in Laura Hillenbrand’s bestselling book Unbroken. It’s no surprise that there are now two feature films depicting his extraordinary life. His story is one of survival, but it all started with a childhood experience. He was an Italian immigrant’s son who spoke no English when he entered school. Bullied by other classmates, he fought back and became a juvenile delinquent. Zamperini described himself in an interview with Charles Morris as a “rotten child.” Zamperini’s brother encouraged him to pour his energy into something good. He finally understood that he was heading down the wrong path and decided to run track. Quickly realizing he was good at it, Zamperini held the interscholastic record for the mile

Mark: How it Was Made

Five years ago, Hannah Leader decided to use her lifelong experience in filmmaking to create biblical movies that could be shared and experienced across many different cultures and languages. There were just a few conditions: it had to relate to a global audience, the scripts needed to be taken word-for-word from entire books of Scripture, and it must be so compelling that they would be enjoyed by Christians and non-believers alike. The second film in the series is the first-EVER word-for-word, unedited movie adaptation of The Gospel of Mark. Here’s how it was made:     The Gospel of Mark (DVD) According to THE GOSPEL OF MARK, Jesus is a heroic man of action, an exorcist, a healer, and a miracle worker – the Son of God who keeps his identity secret. This critically acclaimed, epic production – five years in the making – is based on the latest theological, historical, and archaeological

How Faith Changes as We Get Older

This article is adapted from Charles Morris’ weekly audio commentary. Click here to hear the full segment.   “The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.” A quote from Madeleine L’Engle, the author of the bestselling book A Wrinkle in Time. She also happens to be a Christian. It’s been said that with age comes wisdom, kindness, confidence and ease. Each morning when we are together, my wife and I—both now in our sixties—find that our prayers are spent more on those who are older than us, as well as some who are younger. Both of us still have moms who are living and require increasingly more attention. For my wife, it’s getting ready next month for what will probably be the final move for her mother into one of those assisted care facilities. For my mom, we all thought last year would be her

4 Ways to Respond to Jesus

I’ve heard many Christians today say there are only two kinds of people in the world: those who have faith and those who don’t. But the Parable of the Sower tells a different story. In this parable, Jesus says there are four ways people can respond to the Lord. The scary part is that only one of these responses leads to salvation. Jesus also said that unless you understand the Parable of the Sower, you won’t understand any of His other parables. With that in mind, let’s dive in. Watch the Christ’s teaching unfold in this dramatic adaptation of Mark 4:1-34:     According to this parable, there are four kinds of people in the world—three of which don’t end up with the Lord in the end. These groups are represented by soil. Response #1: Shallow Soil The first kind of soil gets its seed snatched by Satan. In the other gospels,

Isaac Asimov's Prediction for 2019

He was one of the smartest people to ever live. Maybe the smartest alive at his time. Thirty-five years ago, the late Isaac Asimov was asked by the famous English-language newspaper in Malaysia, The Star, to write his prediction of what the world would be like 35 years later in 2019. So he did. It would be after the work of another—three decades and a half after George Orwell’s famous 1984. “If the United States and the Soviet Union flail away at each other at any time between now and 2019, there is absolutely no use to discussing what life will be like in that year. Too few of us, or of our children and grand· children, will be alive then for there to be any point in describing the precise condition of global misery at that time. Let us, therefore, assume there will be no nuclear war — not necessarily

I Can Only Imagine Preview

You may know the song, but do you know the story? For many years, Bart Millard of MercyMe spoke of how his most recognizable song was inspired by his late father and best friend … but it wasn’t until recently that he finally opened up about how this song was the product of his long and difficult journey to forgive his abusive father. I Can Only Imagine shows us stark failures between a father and son … as real as the hurt is, those failures make the transforming grace of Jesus that much more clear and beautiful. Once you know what led to Bart writing this song, you’ll never listen to it the same way again.     I Can Only Imagine (DVD) The heart behind the hit song “I Can Only Imagine” takes viewers behind the curtain, into the personal life of singer/songwriter Bart Millard (a role magnificently performed by J. Michael

The Original Songs of Christmas

Christians have been singing Christmas carols for the past 2,000 years, but it’s sometimes easy to forget that the Lord preserved his own inspired song lyrics for Christmastime. In the Gospel of Luke, not only do we get amazing stories of someone breaking out in a new song to the Lord, but we also have the added gift of reading the words to these songs. This burst of songs at the beginning of Luke’s Gospel signifies that something important has already happened and so much more will happen soon. God’s people frequently mark salvation events in their lives by singing about them. And by singing it over and over again, the story becomes a part of who they are. They remember why they wrote the song in the first place, and what the words have to say about God’s act of salvation. Today, we can look back at these five songs and

The Story Behind the Jesus Storybook Bible

Just over ten years ago, Sally Lloyd-Jones was tasked to write a children’s Bible that was all about Jesus. What later became The Jesus Storybook Bible would go on to sell more than 2 million copies, making it the most popular kids Bible on the market today. But the most amazing part of this story isn’t about book sales, but the lives of both children and adults who have discovered for themselves that God’s love for them is a “never stopping, never giving up, always and forever love.”  Ten years later, Sally tells of how the Lord led her to craft this book, and how He continues to use it to bless millions of hearts around the world today.         The Jesus Storybook Bible “Every Story Whispers His Name” The Jesus Storybook Bible, written by Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Jago, is celebrating its tenth birthday with this beautiful clothbound gift edition. A Bible

A New Documentary on Lewis and Tolkien

There is a new 5-part documentary series on the horizon (release date TBD) that tells the story of how the experience of two world wars shaped the lives and literary imagination of two internationally famous authors and friends, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Based on Joseph Loconte’s New York Times bestseller A Hobbit, A Wardrobe, and A Great War, this documentary will trace the careers of both men at Oxford University after World War I, and their deepening faith and friendship as they encourage each other to finish their epic works of fantasy, The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia.     Though the video states that the documentary will release on 11/11/18, the film crew is still in production and the final release date is yet to be announced. Until then, we want to point you to two resources for you to dig deeper: Listen to our

A Hobbit, A Wardrobe, & A Great War

Had there been no Great War, there would have been no Hobbit, no Lord of the Rings, no Narnia, and perhaps no conversion to Christianity by C. S. Lewis. The First World War laid waste to a continent and permanently altered the political and religious landscape of the West. For a generation of men and women, it brought the end of innocence—and the end of faith. Yet for J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, the Great War deepened their spiritual quest. Both men served as soldiers on the Western Front and used the experience of that conflict to ignite their Christian imagination. In the first book of it’s kind, Professor Joseph Loconte brilliantly tells the untold story of how WWI dramatically impacted these two literary greats … as well as the famous characters we would later know and love. For your gift to the ministry, we would love to send you either the audiobook

Why does the devil hate Jews?

We are all reeling from the recent horrible slaughter in a historic synagogue in Pittsburgh. We mourn the dead and pray for the survivors. Such an atrocity against Jewish people is nothing new. Each year one week is set apart in the Jewish calendar as Holocaust Remembrance Week. Yom HaShoah is the annual day for remembering the Holocaust. The horrible tragedy of the six million was not by any means the first time the Jewish people had been slaughtered. There have been many attempts to annihilate the Jewish people throughout history. Passover, Hanukkah and Purim are also Jewish holidays associated with attempts to wipe out the Jewish people and God’s faithfulness to deliver. Pharaoh sought to kill all male babies born to Israel (Ex. 1:9-16). Haman tried to completely wipe out all of the Jewish people (Esther 3:5-6, 13). Antiochus IV, the Syrian-Greek tyrant tried to make all Jews become

Telling the Great Story in Cuba

Cuba isn’t necessarily known for its strong evangelical church. But it should be. Thousands are coming to the Lord in Cuba through the concerted efforts of a variety of churches. Churches like the Methodist church in Havana. Just a few years ago they were struggling. Today, they have more than 3,000 members. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Cuba’s revival firsthand. The Lord is at work, and his people are responding. Here are just a few things you should know about what been called “the greatest revival in the Western Hemisphere.”     A few years ago, I went to Cuba for the first time and prayed for our listeners to provide the funds to send 10,000 Spanish Bibles to a country in desperate need of God’s Word. And I continue to praise the Lord our listeners responded and sent about 200,000 Bibles to date. But that’s not the end of the story. This year, we

Through the Eyes of Spurgeon

The ministry of Charles Haddon Spurgeon has changed the lives of millions of Christians around the world. But how much do those of us who hold him in such high esteem really know about Charles Spurgeon, the man? Through the Eyes of Spurgeon masterfully navigates the life of a man with many struggles—from recurring depression to debilitating gout—who the Lord used mightily to reach millions for Christ.     Through the Eyes of Spurgeon (DVD) The lives of millions of Christians around the world have been changed through the ministry of Charles Haddon Spurgeon. But how much do those of us who esteem him so highly really know about Charles Spurgeon, the man? What were the events that shaped his life? What made him the man who would be known as the Prince of Preachers? Through the Eyes of Spurgeon invites you to explore where and how Spurgeon lived, to follow his steps,

Spurgeon on Depression

Have you ever struggled with sadness, grief, or depression? You’re not alone. In fact, some of the greatest preachers and theologians throughout history have struggled with the same issues. Charles Spurgeon, who is known as one of the greatest preachers of all time, wrote an article called, “The Minister’s Fainting Fits,” referring to his own bouts of depression. Though Spurgeon is speaking to preachers in this article, we believe you will be encouraged by his words as they can apply to all believers in Christ who are affected by one of life’s most discouraging spiritual struggles.   When a Preacher is Downcast “As it is recorded that David, in the heat of battle, waxed faint, so may it be written of all the servants of the Lord. Fits of depression come over the most of us. Usually cheerful as we may be, we must at intervals be cast down. The strong are not always vigorous,

The Life & Legacy of Elisabeth Elliot

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published here on June 22, 2015 shortly after Elisabeth Elliot went home to be with the Lord.    Jesus can be intense. And following Him is a serious business. Take this story from the book of Luke: “To another he [Jesus] said, ‘Follow me.’ But he said, ‘Lord, let me first go and bury my father.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.’” Luke 9:59-60 Jesus says that spreading the Word, the key to the door of eternal life, is more urgent than anything else: friends, home, money, safety, and even family. This man’s father was probably still alive, so the man is saying he needed to take care of his family before he followed Jesus. Jesus’s response? It’s me or him. Now or never. Last week,

The God Who Speaks Trailer

There’s a new documentary that’s beginning to make waves in the debate over Scripture’s authority. It’s called The God Who Speaks, and it’s packed with appearances by some of the world’s most respected Bible scholars and theologians. From Alistair Begg and D.A. Carson to the late R.C. Sproul and Norman Geisler. Watch the preview and see for yourself how this DVD will bring you into a closer walk with God through His Word.    

What Makes the Bible So Special

What makes the Bible so special? Why have Christians throughout history staked their lives on what it says? The answer is simple: Faith I’ve met some atheists who know more about the Bible than I do, but the difference between us is that my faith allows me to believe what the Lord says so that His power can take hold of my life. When we read the Bible, we’re reading God’s very word. The evangelist Dwight Moody once prayed earnestly to the Lord for faith, but he didn’t know why his faith remained stagnant. It was only when he read Romans 10:17, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ,” that he had his epiphany. Moody said, “I was closing my eyes and praying for my faith to grow, but once I opened my eyes to the Word my faith has been growing ever since.”   Faith

10 Things You Should Know About Eden

Our modern world is inundated with advertisements telling us that a product we once liked is now “new and improved.” Our favorite things now taste better, smell better, or even drive better. But not every commercial is telling the truth … and sometimes these new product leave much to be desired. This week, we have Nancy Guthrie on the program to help us consider the words of Jesus when he said he’s coming back to make all things new and improved. And we can be confident that this new creation will be even better than Eden! Click here to listen to her interview. The article below is adapted from Even Better than Eden: Nine Ways the Bible’s Story Changes Everything about Your Story by Nancy Guthrie. This post first appeared on Crossway.org; used with permission.   1. Eden was good, but not yet fully glorious. Eden was bright and beautiful,

My Favorite Quotes From "Show Them Jesus"

What is the Bible? Many today think of it as a rulebook of does and don’ts. Others see it as a storybook to encourage children to be brave or kind. But the Bible is so much more than that. This week, Jack Klumpenhower joined us on the program and talked about how to preach the good news of Jesus to yourself as well as your family. I found out that Jack used to teach Sunday school with a moralistic bent—he wanted his students to be brave like Daniel or David. But one day he sat in a class where an older teacher showed how all of the stories in the Bible point to Jesus … and a light bulb went off. This is why Jack wrote a book called Show Them Jesus. He wanted students, parents, and everyone else with a heart to know God to see that the Bible is one epic story

The Meaning of Work

In the last several years, we’ve seen record levels of unemployment. It even had a name: The Great Recession. Today, unemployment rates are much better, but most of us remember the recession well enough to know that just having a job is a gift. On the first Monday in September, many Americans will even celebrate Labor Day in honor of working people. But what about those of us who have difficult jobs and difficult bosses? This may seem like a loaded question, but the answer is simple. We can offer our work—whatever it is we do—to the Lord. Paul reminds us of this throughout the New Testament: 1 Corinthians 10:31 “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” Colossians 3:17 “Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks

The Quiet Faith of John McCain

“Nothing in life is more liberating than to fight for a cause larger than yourself, something that encompasses you but is not defined by your existence alone.” Words of a leader. John McCain died last weekend only hours after announcing he was leaving his political career because of brain cancer. He spent thirty years in the US Senate representing the state of Arizona. And for 1800 days, he outlasted the torture, the beatings, and the broken bones inflicted by North Vietnamese captors as an American prisoner of war. One conservative columnist said with McCain’s passing, “Real men must stand up now to be measured by the standards that Senator McCain left us as his legacy.”     A friend of mine and colleague at Ambassador Advertising Agency, remembers A Tale of Two McCains: What fascinates me most about this American hero is the change in his life which was forged through

Peaceful Music for Anxious Hearts

Originally created to help children know Scripture and get a peaceful night’s sleep, the Scripture lullaby series Hidden in My Heart has found a much larger audience. From senior citizens facing illness to young children having trouble falling asleep, this music allows God to minister to people in a uniquely gentle way that is both peaceful and powerful.     Samples from Volume 1   Samples from Volume 2   What began a small project intended for little ones has grown into something much bigger. Scripture Lullabies is now a family favorite to hundreds of thousands. It’s the most peaceful music on the planet – a journey through deeply moving passages of God’s Word set to beautiful, cinematic music. It’s having a profound effect on listeners of ALL ages and makes the perfect baby shower gift or a thoughtful blessing to someone going through a difficult time.

A Father and Son's Story of Overcoming Addiction

Wherever you are in the world, there is an epidemic happening all around you. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a big city or a small town—or whether you’re poor or wealthy—drug abuse and addiction is everywhere and it seems to be getting worse. This week on the radio program, we’re starting a series that’s very personal for my wife Janet and me. It’s called Grace for an Addicted World, and it’s personal because it was 15 years ago this month that we lost our oldest son to a drug overdose. We’re telling our story on the air, but we’re also sharing stories from others who have encountered Christ amid their own devastating struggles with addiction. One of these stories comes from Buffalo, NY. We’re sharing it on the program this Wednesday, but we didn’t have enough space to share the whole thing. Here is the uncut interview I did with Neil

NFL Players Talk About Faith … and Live It, Too

For most on the Philadelphia Eagles football team, winning Super Bowl LII last February was everything. For the city and its fans, it was a moment they had been waiting for all their lives. But what I find so interesting is that many of the key players like Carson Wentz and Nick Foles were looking to bring glory to the name of the Lord more than the big win. This week, author Joshua Cooley joined me on the program. His new book The Biggest Win: Pro Football Players Tackle Faith features the faith of six Christian Eagles who care more about God’s glory than their own. Whether you’re a football fan or not, I know you’ll be blessed to hear and read about these Christian athletes who seek to glorify Christ on and off the field. Listen to the full series featuring the testimonies of several players who not only talk about

A Simple Way to Think About Sanctification

If someone stopped you on the street and asked what Sanctification means, you’d probably be able give a short, simple definition. But do you know how it works? Dr. David Powlison has written extensively on biblical counseling and on the relationship between faith and psychology. Now, he turns his attention to Sanctification, which he describes as the very human process of growing up. In the following video, he unpacks this five-syllable word that often leaves Christians confused about how we become more like Jesus.     How Does Sanctification Work? Weaving together personal stories, biblical exposition, and theological reflection, David Powlison shows the personal and particular ways that God meets you where you are to produce change. He highlights the variety of factors that work together, helping us to avoid sweeping generalizations and pat answers in the search for a key to sanctification. This book is a go-to resource for

5 Key Takeaways From Pilgrim's Progress

Outside of the Bible, I believe Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan is the most important book that most Christians today have never read. Today, many still turn to this classic book. Even the newspaper The Guardian awards Bunyan’s book as the second-most significant novel of all time. But I fear it’s the kind of classic we all intend to read, but never seem to find the time to pick up or finish. [Click here to listen to the full series regarding Pilgrim’s Progress on HAVEN Today.] At first read, Pilgrim’s Progress seems simplistic, maybe even like a children’s tale. But embedded in it are some of the most profound spiritual insights. And that’s exactly why I’d like to point out a few of the essential truths we can learn from John Bunyan’s story of how a man named Christian (much like you and me) found his way “from this world

Jon Erwin “Imagines” a Bright Future For Christian Movies

Jon Erwin is 1/2 of the Erwin Brothers, a two-person team of Christian Filmmakers committed to telling profound and Christ-honoring stories in cinema. You may have seen one of their films: “Woodlawn,” “Mom’s Night Out,” “October Baby,” or their newest project “I Can Only Imagine.” In this interview, Jon discusses the story behind their most recent movie, his hopes for the future of Christian filmmaking, and the vital role Jesus plays in his life and work. A portion of this interview originally aired on Haven Today;       Woodlawn (DVD) In 1973, a spiritual awakening captured the heart of nearly every player on the Woodlawn High School football team. Their dedication to love and unity, in a newly desegregated school filled with racism and hate, leads to the largest high school football game ever played in the torn city of Birmingham, Alabama, and the rise of superstar, Tony Nathan. One

Jon Erwin "Imagines" a Bright Future For Christian Movies

Jon Erwin is 1/2 of the Erwin Brothers, a two-person team of Christian Filmmakers committed to telling profound and Christ-honoring stories in cinema. You may have seen one of their films: “Woodlawn,” “Mom’s Night Out,” “October Baby,” or their newest project “I Can Only Imagine.” In this interview, Jon discusses the story behind their most recent movie, his hopes for the future of Christian filmmaking, and the vital role Jesus plays in his life and work. A portion of this interview originally aired on Haven Today; you can listen to the full series here.      I Can Only Imagine (DVD) The heart behind the hit song “I Can Only Imagine” takes viewers behind the curtain, into the personal life of singer/songwriter Bart Millard (a role magnificently performed by J. Michael Finley). Deeply moving, and not to be missed, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE is a story of tragedy and triumph; a

10 Things You Should Know About Christian Hospitality

This post by Rosaria Butterfield is adapted from The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World. It first appeared on Crossway.org as part of the 10 Things You Should Know blog series; used with permission. 1. Hospitality reflects the gospel. Faithful Christians are—and have always been—a strange minority in a hostile world. Redeemed by Christ, we have lost our old lives—and with our lives, we have left behind the history, identity, and people who once claimed us. Conversion starts with the sacrifice of what once was, and the gospel provides for what we have relinquished through hospitality. When Peter says to Jesus, “See, we have left everything and followed you,” Jesus responds with this comfort: “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake

Be Strong, Cuba: A Message of Hope

Friday, May 18th was one of the darkest days in recent memory for Cuba. An airliner carrying 107 passengers and 6 crew members crash-landed shortly after takeoff, resulting in the death of 110 people, with three survivors rushed to the hospital in critical condition. Yesterday, a national day of mourning was declared in Cuba, with the flag at half-mast to tribute those who tragically lost their lives. These events dealt a significant blow to the Cuban church. Ten pastoral couples who were returning from a marriage retreat in Havana to the eastern city of Holguin were aboard the plane. All ten couples perished after the plane took off and immediately came back down not far from the runway. In the following video, a Cuban Christian whose pastor is among the deceased, sings a song of gospel hope for Christ’s church in Cuba.     El Faro de Redención, a ministry of Haven Today

Randy Alcorn On What it Will Be Like in Heaven

When it comes to Heaven, misconceptions are common. In this clip, Randy Alcorn, author of the bestselling book “Heaven,” responds to one of the most common misconceptions on what it will be like in Heaven. Ultimately, Jesus didn’t just come into the world to save our souls. Jesus came to redeem everything, including our bodies and the world we live in.     “Heaven” by Randy Alcorn We all have questions about what Heaven will be like, and after twenty-five years of extensive research, Dr. Randy Alcorn has the answers. In the most comprehensive and definitive book on Heaven to date, Randy invites you to picture Heaven the way Scripture describes it-a bright, vibrant, and physical New Earth, free from sin, suffering, and death, and brimming with Christ’s presence, wondrous natural beauty, and the richness of human culture as God intended it. God has put eternity in our hearts. Now,

What did Jesus say about Hell?

Does believing in heaven and hell affect your well-being? Researchers from Simon Frasier University examined data from surveys taken in 63 countries finding that the more someone believed in heaven, the happier they tended to be. But, the more you believe in Hell, the more likely you are to be unhappy. However this might affect your well-being, the truth is the Bible clearly teaches that there is a Heaven and a Hell. But even those of us who trust in Jesus for salvation—who believe that He’s gracious and has taken our punishment on Himself—still have questions about Heaven, Hell and the afterlife.   What Jesus Says About Hell Hell is a troubling subject, so I think it’s best to let Jesus do the talking. In one parable, He spoke of a farmer who planted good seeds in his field, but then an enemy came and scattered bad seeds in that

The Faith of Paul Goldschmidt

As one of the biggest figures in professional baseball today, Paul Goldschmidt is a first baseman for the Arizona Diamondbacks, a five-time MLB all-star, and, most importantly, a follower of Jesus. In this video, he talks about how his faith intersects with his career as one of the league’s greatest baseball players. Click here to listen to our full series on “Christians You Should Know.”      

7 Abundant Promises from Psalm 23

Psalm 23 may be one of the most famous passages in Scripture. You’ll often hear it recited in funerals and sometimes at weddings. You might even hear it used in your favorite TV show or movie. The point is, these six powerful verses of Scripture speak to us all—whether we’re in good health or turning the pages of life’s final chapter. I’m thinking of my elderly mom. Her eyes have dulled by macular degeneration, and her hearing has degenerated by the passing years. She knows her days are few. Tears coming as she reflects that life will soon be over. She was worried that no future awaits her. But Psalm 23 was what I shared with her last week to bring back hope that the Good Shepherd loves her as she prepares to enter His glory. I’m also thinking of a story told by the late Donald Grey Barnhouse at

Scripture Lullabies: An Interview with Jay Stocker

Daily, we hear the headlines of war around the world and political turmoil, which only amplifies the challenges we face in our jobs and daily family life. For many of us, this produces a great sense of anxiety. But God’s Word has a way of stirring our hearts to sing His praise, even when we seem to be surrounded by chaos in the world. One of the ways I’ve seen relief from anxiety and stress is through music. This week on the program we met a music producer who at first wanted to help his children escape nightmares and get a better night’s sleep. His name is Jay Stoker and he produced the lullaby series Hidden in My Heart: A Lullaby Journey Through Scripture. In the interview below, he talks about how the Lord gave him the idea for this unique approach to music and how it’s brought peace to anyone from

Scripture Lullabies: Hidden in My Heart

Originally created to help children know Scripture and get a peaceful night’s sleep, the Scripture lullaby series Hidden in My Heart has found a much larger audience. From senior citizens facing illness to young children having trouble falling asleep, this music allows God to minister to people in a uniquely gentle way that is both peaceful and powerful.   Samples from Volume 1   Samples from Volume 2   What began a small project intended for little ones has grown into something much bigger. Scripture Lullabies is now a family favorite to hundreds of thousands. It’s the most peaceful music on the planet – a journey through deeply moving passages of God’s Word set to beautiful, cinematic music. It’s having a profound effect on listeners of ALL ages and makes the perfect baby shower gift or a thoughtful blessing to someone going through a difficult time.

An Ancient Easter Song

Our Lord God loves to take impossible situations and show that all things are possible with Him. The ancient Israelites watched as He delivered them from Egypt while crushing their enemies under the sea. The Hebrews had no weapons or army, but they trusted in the call of the Lord to come out of Egypt and followed Moses by faith. Even today, He is more than able to help us in our time of need. But the bigger picture is that He is more than able to conquer the power of death and sin in our lives. We too are enslaved to an evil master called sin. And when we hear His calling, we can trust the call of the Lord to come out of sin and follow Jesus by faith. Christ went before us to the cross. He bore the weight of our sin and punishment from God the

What Archaeology Tells Us About the Bible

When we celebrate Easter each year, we aren’t just lifting up a legendary story that has a good message … we’re celebrating and remembering something that actually happened in history. When archaeologists excavate ancient sites in the Middle East, they aren’t necessarily proving that the Bible is true—though that often happens—they are giving us a more detailed picture of the historical events that took place in the Bible. In short, archaeology helps us feel the Bible. It not only helps us confirm the Word of God, it gives us a fuller picture of what’s going on when we read God’s Word. It helps us understand the history. For many people today, history isn’t a priority. It seems to me that we live in a post-historical age that’s constantly moving forward. In the following video Dr. John Currid, Old Testament Editor for the new ESV Archaeology study Bible, discusses why looking

Steve McQueen: The Untold Story of an American Icon

You may know him from hit movies like Bullitt, The Magnificent Seven, or The Great Escape, but few may know that Steve McQueen (or “The King of Cool”) became a Christian later in life. He had it all … money, fame, luxury sports cars, and lavish homes, yet he still felt empty inside. And his emptiness sent him down the dead-end road of drugs and alcohol. Thankfully, that wasn’t the end of Steve McQueen’s story! The untold story is finally told in the new DVD, .     Steve McQueen: American Icon (DVD) Steve McQueen, one of America’s most endearing and intriguing movie stars, “is still the King of Cool” according to Esquire Magazine. On the surface, McQueen had everything he could want—fame, cars, homes, and more money than he could spend in a lifetime. Follow an avid fan of the actor, Pastor Greg Laurie as he hit the road in his mint Mustang (replica of McQueen’s car in

Steve McQueen: The Untold Story of an American Icon

You may know him from hit movies like Bullitt, The Magnificent Seven, or The Great Escape, but few may know that Steve McQueen (or “The King of Cool”) became a Christian later in life. He had it all … money, fame, luxury sports cars, and lavish homes, yet he still felt empty inside. And his emptiness sent him down the dead-end road of drugs and alcohol. Thankfully, that wasn’t the end of Steve McQueen’s story! The untold story is finally told in the new DVD, Steve McQueen: American Icon.     Steve McQueen: American Icon (DVD) Steve McQueen, one of America’s most endearing and intriguing movie stars, “is still the King of Cool” according to Esquire Magazine. On the surface, McQueen had everything he could want—fame, cars, homes, and more money than he could spend in a lifetime. Follow an avid fan of the actor, Pastor Greg Laurie as he hit the road in his mint Mustang (replica of

How Can I Know God?

How can I know God?      What is Christianity? Some say it is a philosophy, others say it is an ethical stance, while still others claim it is actually an experience. None of these things really gets to the heart of the matter, however. Each is something a Christian has, but not one of them serves as a definition of what a Christian is. Christianity has at its core a transaction between a person and God. A person who becomes a Christian moves from knowing about God distantly to knowing about him directly and intimately. Christianity is knowing God. “Now this is eternal life; that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” –John 17:3   Why do I need to know God?      Our desire for personal knowledge of God is strong, but we usually fail to recognize that desire

Billy Graham's TED Talk

Did you know that Billy Graham gave a TED Talk? Unlike the arenas, big tents and churches Billy spoke in around the world, this speech reached the ears and hearts of a different kind of audience—technology professionals in Silicon Valley. Speaking at TED in 1998, Rev. Billy Graham marvels at technology’s power to improve lives and change the world—but says the end of evil, suffering and death will come only after the world accepts Christ. This truly is a unique and legendary talk from TED’s archives.     Billy Graham: God’s Ambassador Don’t stop here. Check out the full documentary of Billy Graham’s life and ministry. Billy Graham: God’s Ambassador features rare archival footage from Dr. Graham’s early life, his ministry, and his worldwide evangelical efforts. It also features interview footage with former President George W. Bush, former President George H. W. Bush, NBC News anchor Brian Williams, close associates, and

Billy Graham's Secret Conversation with Winston Churchill

I thought I knew everything there is to know about Winston Churchill. He’s been a hero of mine ever since my undergraduate years at Westminster College where he made a stop during a post-war tour of the US and delivered his famous “Iron Curtain” speech. I never knew that only eight years later he had a secret meeting with Billy Graham. Most biographies focus on Churchill’s larger-than-life leadership against Nazi Germany. And recently my wife, Janet, has been reading the story of his wife Clementine and getting a more personal look. Before we fall asleep at night she usually shares some interesting domestic anecdotes: “Did you know that Churchill had a little problem with gambling?” “Did you know they had pet names for each other? He called her ‘My Cat’ and she called him ‘Pig.’” “Did you know their oldest daughter committed suicide?” Churchill’s message was simple: “Never, never, never,

Billy Graham Goes Home

Billy Graham went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, February 21, at the age of 99. And though he may no longer be with us, we can be confident that his soul has already settled into his Father’s house. There are very few people in our world who were as recognizable as Billy. God opened up doors for him to meet with world leaders and to speak to hundreds of millions of people.  And yet his life began on a humble farm. Listen to our audio series with interviews and messages remembering Billy Graham’s life and ministry. Born just outside Charlotte, North Carolina in 1918, Billy grew up on his family’s dairy farm and regularly attended church. Though he often heard his “daddy” reading the bible at home, it didn’t mean that Billy was a Christian himself. He was known as a nice kid, but it wasn’t until his teen

Chariots of Fire: Eric Liddell Reads Isaiah

Chariots of Fire portrays two unique approaches to the pursuit of Olympic glory. While many strive to achieve glory for themselves and their countries, Eric Liddell ran to glorify God. In what may be one of the most powerful moments in the movie, Eric’s character demonstrates his approach perfectly as he reads from Isaiah 40 at the exact moment one of his Olympic events was scheduled to take place.       Chariots of Fire (DVD) An inspirational look at the competitive spirit, featuring two runners competing for Olympic glory in their own fashion and for their own separate reasons. Winner of four Academy Awards including Best Picture! The inspiring true story of British athletes competing in the 1924 Olympics. Ben Cross and Ian Charleson head a sterling cast of newcomers and veterans.    

Eric Liddell: After the Olympics

Eric Liddell is widely known for refusing to compete in the Olympic Games on Sunday and, as a result, achieving gold in an event that was not his own. This was chronicled in the 1984 Best Picture movie, Chariots of Fire. But what happened to Eric after the credits rolled? In 1924, Eric left the limelight and went to China as a missionary where he ministered alongside his family for two decades. In 1941, life in China became so dangerous that the British Government advised all British nationals to leave. His wife and children left for Canada, but Eric stayed on and joined a rural mission station in Shaochang, where his brother, Rob, a doctor, was caring for the poorest of the poor. In 1943, the Japanese military invaded and Eric was sent to an internment camp with members of the China Inland Mission. Food, medicines, and other supplies ran

The First Christian Songbook

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to worship with the first followers of Jesus? Thanks to an early 20th century discovery that led to the translation and thoughtful production of The Odes Project (2008), we can actually get a taste of what authentic Christian worship would have been like nearly 2,000 years ago. In 1909, J.R. Harris discovered fragments of what are now known as “The Odes of Solomon.” Written between 80 AD and 125 AD in Ancient Syriac and Greek, these 42 Odes were penned at the dawn of Christianity, shedding new light on how the first Christians worshiped. Learn more about the research and history behind the Odes Discovery in a “white paper” by Dr. Lee Martin McDonald. Out of all the music and literature that have been uncovered from this early era in church history, the Odes have held up the most to Scriptural integrity.

How to Bless the Homeless with God's Word

You’ve seen them outside buildings and on the side of highway overpasses, but have you ever taken a moment to help and get to know a homeless man or woman? It’s easy to adopt pre-conceived notions of homeless individuals, but every story is unique. And behind every cardboard sign is a human soul who is as equally loved by God as you or me. Whether they are homeless for two days, a month, or several years; these people are experiencing some of the lowest moments of their lives and it’s your act of kindness that the Lord can use to lift up their spirits and remind them of Christ’s love. Our excuses range from our busy schedules to how tight our own resources are, but just a moment of of self reflection will usually show us that we do actually have the time and ability to help downcast individuals in a small, yet

The Gospel of John: The High Priestly Prayer

You’ve probably heard of the Lord’s prayer, but what about the prayer Jesus spoke on the eve of His crucifixion? The words He said to the Father that night is known as “The High Priestly Prayer,” and just like the other Lord’s prayer, it holds great significance on the way we pray today. In the movie, The Gospel of John, actor Henry Ian Cusick portray’s Jesus delivering this prayer in the presence of His disciples. A great scene from the movie, the script is taken word-for-word from John 17:1-26.     The Gospel of John (DVD) Walk with Jesus every step of the way as he lives out his earthly ministry! Featuring word-for-word dialogue from the Good News Bible, this critically acclaimed movie brings John’s Gospel vividly to life. Starring Henry Ian Cusick as Jesus and narrated by Christopher Plummer. (PG-13). Approx. 3 hours. In addition to the DVD, we are including

An Introduction to Jesus

  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…”   This is how John introduces Jesus to the world. Unlike the other gospel writers, John writes an overture, or a prologue, that in the first eighteen verses perfectly captures who Jesus is and what his ministry means for us all. These first few verses poetically show who and what the Word really is. Identified early in John’s Gospel, the Word is Jesus, who steps out of eternity into a dark and transient world to be the light that would overcome darkness and shine into all who believe. In fact, my friend Darrell Johnson, professor at Regent College and senior pastor of First Baptist Church Vancouver, would recommend that every sentence in John is supposed to be read with these eighteen verses in mind. Before beginning any passage in John, can I

Take the Challenge: 21 Days Through John

If reading the Bible is so beneficial, then why are many of us delinquent when it comes to spending time in God’s Word? Perhaps it’s for the same reason many of us abandon our January gym memberships and other New Year’s resolutions by the end of February—we simply lose our excitement and motivation. That’s why we want to invite you to do something that’s both challenging and approachable … Read one chapter of John each day for the next 21 days. Sounds easy, right? This 21-day plan goes chapter-by-chapter through John’s gospel and is perfect for both new and seasoned believers to delve deeper into the Great Story that’s All About Jesus. Will you take the challenge?   HOW TO GET STARTED 1. Set time aside each day. Choose a time in which you can consistently read each day. Perhaps set your alarm to rise a little earlier or give

Christmas Through the Eyes of Isaiah

Where I’m from, people seem to be filled with joy at Christmastime. It’s a time when Christmas music, both secular and Christian, take over the airwaves to spread the spirit of Christmas cheer. But is that the way the Lord wants us to celebrate His birth? Is it all about bright lights, happy moments, and joyful memories? I think that Christmas should be all of these things, but I also think the true essence of Christmas goes a bit deeper. As Christians, we must acknowledge that there is something wrong with our world before we can celebrate the birth of the One who was sent to save it. Isn’t that why Jesus came in the first place? To uncover this answer, I’m not going to take us through the four gospels—our journey begins long before Mathew, Mark, Luke and John recorded the life and ministry of Jesus. We need to

A Charles Dickens Christmas

It was October 1843. Charles Dickens stepped out of his brick-and-stone home near Regent’s Park in London to go for a walk. He was normally a buoyant, optimistic person, but on that particular evening he had a heavy heart. At 31, he’d been at the peak of his writing career. Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, and Nicholas Nickleby—they all sold well. But his newest novel—Martin Chuzzlewit—was a flop. And just a few months earlier his publisher told Dickens that his advances were about to be reduced … by a lot. The news had stunned him. Supporting a large, extended family, his expenses were nearly more than he could handle. His father and brothers were pleading for loans. His wife, Kate, was expecting their fifth child. All summer long, he’d worried about his mounting bills, especially the large mortgage he owed on his house. Dickens knew he needed an idea that would

A Visit With Charles Dickens' Great-Great-Grandson

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is a Christmas classic. But it’s so much more than a heartwarming story to be read at Christmastime. This tale of Tiny Tim and Ebenezer Scrooge can point us to the truth about ourselves and, more importantly, the true, good news about Jesus. To find out more about why this story has made such an impact throughout the ages, we sat down with Mark Dickens, who is the great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens. In this short video he explains why A Christmas Carol is still loved today and gives some interesting insight into the faith of its well-known author.     A Christmas Carol (Audio Drama) Experience Charles Dickens’s beloved story of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the ghosts of Christmases past, present, and future in a 90-minute full-cast drama production. Since 1996, Focus on the Family Radio Theatre has produced innovative audio entertainment for families and individuals. These dramas

Sing the Bible This Christmas

If you’ve been looking for a way for the children around you to memorize and even understand the Bible this Christmas, you don’t have to look any longer. Randall Goodgame, the singer-songwriter behind Slugs & Bugs, has come out with a Christmas album that’s totally based on God’s Word. This album tells the truth of Scripture in a way that helps it stick in young hearts. With music inspired by “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” these songs were created so the truths of the Bible can resonate in young hearts, but that doesn’t mean it can’t work on the hearts of parents and grandparents, as well. Here are a few songs from Randall Goodgame’s Sing the Bible Family Christmas that will help you and the kids in your life get in the Christ-centered Christmas spirit this year:   John 1:1-4, 14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was

20 Powerful Bible Promises

The Bible is full of promises. From the promise God made to Abraham that he would be a father of many nations to the promise that Jesus would come again soon, our Lord is faithful in keeping His word. Below, we’ve collected just a few of these promises that point to the power of the Gospel in all our lives and through the lives of those who proclaim the good news to others. Our prayer is that these verses will not only show you that God is personally alive in your life, but that He will work through you when you obediently share His mighty and prevailing Gospel with others. For more Bible verses that have the power to change your life, hop over to our new radio series Verses to Change Your Life for an in-depth look into some extraordinary passages of Scripture.   “The afflicted and needy are seeking

Give Cuba Radio

Starting in early 2018, Haven Ministries will begin broadcasting on the only Christian radio station that reaches the entire island of Cuba, sharing the great story that’s all about Jesus. This video tells the story of how the Lord has called has called us to partner with the church in Cuba to meet a great need: Christ-centered Bible teaching.     Airing on the only Christian radio signal that will reach the whole island, and this new program will be the the only Christian radio program tailored specifically for Cubans—with Cuban Christian music, solid Bible teaching, and first-person accounts of Cubans who have found Christ. This is a rare opportunity to support the largest revival in the Western Hemisphere … a revival that is sweeping through Cuba today! We’ve funded nearly half of what we’ll need for the first year of broadcasting into Cuba, but time is running out! We need to

John Wycliffe: The Morning Star of the Reformation

October, 2017—This is the month where Christians around the world are commemorating 500 years since God used Martin Luther to start the Protestant Reformation. But Luther wasn’t the only one the Lord used to bring about this great gospel recovery. The events of the Protestant Reformation were set into motion long before Luther nailed his “Ninety-Five Theses” to the doors of a church in Wittenberg, just as the legacy of these events continue on today, as well. I want us to consider John Wycliffe, who is often called “The Morning Star of the Reformation.” A British theologian and Bible translator, Wycliffe was a forerunner to the Reformation over a century before those historic events would unfold. Wycliffe said, “Trust wholly in Christ; rely altogether on his sufferings; beware of seeking to be justified in any other way than by his righteousness.” Wycliffe’s teachings and work translating the Bible into the language

The Five Solas

Christians around the world are celebrating a momentous occasion this October—500 years of Reformation truth. And one of the most clear messages that came out of the Protestant Reformation can be distilled into five simple statements known as “The Five Solas.” Five key reformation truths called Solas (or “alones” in English) make up a complete picture of our salvation: for we are saved by Scripture Alone, Faith Alone, Grace Alone, Christ Alone, and God’s Glory Alone. Though these truths come straight from Scripture, they were long forgotten in the early 1500’s before Martin Luther began his quest toward assurance that his sins were forgiven by grace through faith. When this idea finally dawned on him, Luther said, “The gates of paradise swung open to me, and I was altogether born again.” Once and for all, these five reformation truths spell out how we are truly saved. When we look to

The Ninety-Five Theses

Modern Protestants and Catholics may not see eye-to-eye on the actions and legacy of Martin Luther, but there is one thing we can all agree on—the church of 1517 was in dire need of a wakeup call. Popular legend asserts that on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther sparked the Protestant Reformation when he nailed a document to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church in Germany. For him, this document was a much-needed criticism of corrupt preachers and their abusive practices of selling plenary indulgences (certificates which would supposedly reduce the punishment for the sin of loved ones in purgatory) to Christians. Today, we know this as Martin Luther’s Ninety-five Theses, but it was originally titled the Disputation on the Power of Indulgences. Written first in Latin, it was quickly translated into German, distributed, and eventually led to Luther becoming a religious outlaw who could be killed on sight. [Click

Who is Martin Luther?

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the moment when a little-known monk named Martin Luther sparked the Protestant Reformation and changed the course of human history. But who is this man who challenged the highest authorities of his day so that the truth of the gospel could be known and preached? Luther was the man God used to recapture the gospel in the 16th century. He restored the Word of God as the center of Christian life and worship. He reestablished the importance of family, the value of music, and the dignity of human labor. But most significantly of all, he recovered the truth that a person’s justification in the eyes of God comes by grace alone, through faith alone. This documentary trailer offers a brief introduction into who Martin Luther is and why we should get to know him better:     To help you learn more about Martin Luther, we have

4 of the Most Commonly Misquoted Bible Verses

We’ve all heard it done. Someone says something that sounds like Scripture and declares it came from the Bible. The problem is, these words are NOT found in Scripture. Some of these misquotations are true or “close enough,” but others are just plain wrong. We recently devoted a full audio series on Verses NOT Found in the Bible. I’d encourage you to listen to it for an in-depth look at the subject, along with what God’s Word really says. Below, you’ll find a brief overview of the four most commonly quoted non-verses making the rounds today.   1. “God helps those who help themselves.” People mean well when they say it, but meeting God halfway—doing your part so that He’ll do the rest—it’s just not what the Bible teaches. Sure, there are things we are called to do as Christians … but we don’t do them out of our own strength

The Joey+Rory Story

Rory was a Nashville songwriter, while Joey was an aspiring young country singer. They met in a little cafe where Rory was performing. Joey knew she would spend forever with Rory—and she told him so! Four months later they were married. They would later go on to become a famous married singing duo and the 2010 Academy of Country Music Award’s “Top New Vocal Duo.” At the hight of Joey and Rory’s married career they took a year off to get out of the spotlight on their little farm, but the Lord led them down a road they never would have imagined. A daughter born with Down Syndrome, and a cancer diagnosis that would take Joey home to the Lord just two years after her daughter’s birth. But Joey and Rory’s story is more than their suffering … it is full of the joy that only Jesus can bring to the

A Biblical Response to the Las Vegas Shooting

In the aftermath of the worst mass shooting in US history, what are Christians supposed to do? The world may criticize us on social media offering “thoughts” and “prayer,” saying that’s not good enough. We may even have our own doubts. And yet are called to mourn with those who mourn and pray for those who hurt. Jason Aldean was singing on stage at the Route 91 Country Music festival in Vegas when the sound of rapid popping began. “We thought they were fireworks,” eyewitnesses explained—until they started seeing the wounded on the ground. The music stopped. The shooting continued. And then the screams began as 22,000 people scattered, seeking safety. It’s hard to process the level of depravity taking place in today’s fallen world. It affects us all in so many ways. President Trump spoke strong and solemn words in the aftermath, calling it “an act of pure evil.”

The Faith of Chip & Joanna Gaines

When I was a boy in Oklahoma, my father would often attempt home repair projects. Whether it was a leaky pipe or a loose floorboard, he was determined to fix it himself—and he often enlisted my help. I remember countless Saturdays spent holding tools and making long drives to the hardware store. But I can’t remember us ever completing a successful repair … in the end we always called a plumber or carpenter to get the job done! Being “handy” is not a Morris family trait! And that’s part of the reason why I’m so enamored by Chip and Joanna Gaines. Their ability to take an old house—sometimes on the verge of collapse—and seamlessly work together to transform it into a beautiful home is nothing short of astonishing. No wonder their cable TV show, Fixer Upper, is such a hit! But above all else, this couple calls Jesus Christ their

When Storms Die Down

In a short number of days, Hurricane Harvey struck Southeast Texas, Hurricane Irma plowed through the Caribbean before finally slamming into Florida, and an 8.1 magnitude earthquake shook southern Mexico just before Hurricane Katia hit Mexico’s Gulf Coast. For many of us outside of the paths of these storms and natural disasters, the idea of a relentless force keeping us down is not a new concept. Much like hurricanes and other natural disasters, the storms of life can strike at any moment. They seem to pass eventually, but when we’re in the midst of them, they are beyond our control. That’s why we need Jesus. Today, the most common symbol of the church is the cross. But did you know it was different for the earliest Christians? The first known Christian symbol wasn’t a cross or even a fish like some of us put on the back of our cars. It

Remembering 9/11: 4 Stories of Hope

On September 11, 2001, Nayanna Haley was a high school junior in deep lower Manhattan. She was only five blocks away when the second tower collapsed. As she watched the horrific events unfold, she would never forget the frantic words she heard next. A policeman was telling her and her friends, “Run, run as fast as you can. Run North.” Thankfully, Nayanna survived the 9/11 attacks in New York City. But 16 years later, the wounds are still fresh. Terror attacks continue to happen around the world, which is why I feel it’s still important to be reminded of what took place and hear the stories of hope from some of those most closely affected. For George Slay, it was just a normal Tuesday as he travelled from New Jersey to the 91st floor of the North Tower in the World Trade Center. Even when he felt the first plane crash just above his office, he didn’t yet

Hurricane Harvey: How You Can Help

What started out as a Category 4 hurricane has now become the biggest rainstorm in the history of the continental U.S. Homes are flooded, people are trapped, and local authorities are inundated with too many calls for rescue. To put it simply, Hurricane Harvey victims need our help. Which is why we’re partnering with Samaritan’s Purse in bringing relief to those who need it most. Will you give today to help the victims affected by Harvey? We are broadcasting from Southeast Texas today, describing firsthand the devastation from Harvey and hearing the stories from the people affected. The effect of the tropical storm remains, even as the rainfall moves on and dissipates to the northeast. Bonnie BeMent, afternoon host and assistant general manager of our Houston station—KHCB, is one of those people trapped in her home as flood waters rage through her streets and around her house. She finds comfort

The Story Behind Cuba's Great Awakening

MOISES LOOKS ABOUT HIM, shivers at the overactive AC, and eventually answers the question. “Yes,” he says. “Of course I have been afraid for my life. There were many times when I was called to stand before the authorities. They would try to intimidate me, telling me on one occasion that they knew where my daughters went to school. It filled me with fear.” He pauses. A hint of concern flickers across his face. Then comes the smile and the sigh and the hands held wide. “But God’s Spirit gives us strength to confront our fears. And many pastors have faced worse than I did.” It is not hard to imagine what ‘worse’ might have looked like. After the revolution which brought Fidel Castro to power, Cuba became a communist, atheist state. As political opponents were purged during the 1960s, Christians were also targeted. Anyone who publicly professed faith in

The Little Church That Could

When the school bus pulls up to the curb at 6:31am and unloads its cargo, the sound of unbridled joy and excitement is almost loud enough to drown out the ocean. It is Easter Sunday down by the beach, and though the rising sun is hidden behind a heavy cloud, its warmth blown away by a chilly breeze, the newly arrived congregation is buzzing. This is Cuba after all. But things haven’t always been this way for the good people of an evangelical Presbyterian church in Varadero. There was a time when the flame of the church grew so faint that it might have been extinguished at any point. And yet, thanks to one ordinary woman’s persistence and one gifted theologian’s humility, that flame remained lit. The story starts more than half a century ago in the early 1960’s. The Revolution had turned Cuba into a socialist state and members

How do we know the Bible is true?

Is the Bible true? Can we trust it? If you’re a Christian, these are questions that will come up at some point during your journey of faith. If you’re not a Christian, answering these questions is the first step in deciding for yourself whether Jesus is who He said He is or whether God should be a significant part of your life. The reliability of Scripture is a huge subject that should not be taken lightly. This article is a brief introduction on how to go about exploring the issue. The first step is to look at what the Bible is and how it came to look the way it does today. The Bible The Bible is a compendium of books written over a huge span of time by many different authors. It’s a collection of stories, poetry, laws, prophecies, and exhortations that enable followers of Christ to understand who

Why You Should Preach the Gospel to Yourself

Cheer up; you’re a lot worse off than you think you are, but in Jesus you’re far more loved than you could have ever imagined. – Jack Miller   “How can God love me when I continue to sin?” “Is God angry with me?” “How can I be sure that I’m forgiven?”   Have you ever asked yourself these questions? The idea of grace is one of the most beautiful aspects of our salvation, yet it’s also one of the hardest  ideas to grasp. We have all felt the guilt that comes when we’ve done something wrong, and it can become a barrier between us and God. We often forget that we are not saved by how good of a Christian we are, but by the loving sacrifice of Christ who paid the ultimate price for our sin. There is nothing on earth more powerful and life-transforming than our salvation

10 Biblical Truths For Losing Fear

Whether it’s a terrorist attack or changes in the world around us, only one word can adequately describe the feeling of despair we feel when life spirals out of control—fear. It can strike at any moment. You could be at the store, at home, or on vacation. Maybe it’s hard for you to name what you are afraid of, but I would still say you have fear in your life. Remember how you felt after 9/11? Most everyone I knew was afraid of the next outbreak of terror where they lived. Fear can come in all sizes and shapes, and fear is an inescapable feature of earthly life. The truth is, even those of us who find our hope in Jesus can face overwhelming fear and anxiety. In response to these feelings of fear and dread we all have, I have listed below ten biblical truths for losing fear. I

ISIS Uses Music As a Weapon

ISIS is being defeated, yet their numbers worldwide continue to grow. And they are even using music as a way to reach sympathizers. Just in the last year, ISIS has been forced out of nearly half the territory it controlled at the peak of its campaign to establish a caliphate in the Middle East. In January 2016, the terrorist group controlled nearly 50,000 square miles in Iraq and Syria. Today, that number has dropped well below 25,000 square miles and is continuing to dwindle. Is this the end of ISIS as we know it? Not yet. As the terrorist group gets pushed out of Mosul and other parts of Iraq and Syria, ISIS is preparing for a future under siege. And one of the ways this is being done is through a cappella hymns known as nasheeds. Writing and producing musical propaganda is not new for the group, they have

50 Years Later: Joni Eareckson Tada's Story

50 years ago this month, a perfectly healthy 17-year-old girl named Joni dove into the water and came back up paralyzed from the neck down. This tragic accident led to a lifetime of struggle for Joni Eareckson, but it also became something God has used to accomplish extraordinary things through her ministry to people affected by disability. Today, Joni teaches from God’s Word all over the world. A living example of how Christ can redeem broken things, Joni says that her complete dependence on others has left her absolutely reliant on Jesus for all things. In a recent interview on Haven, she said: “Everything we do down here on earth has a direct bearing with our capacity for joy and worship and service in Heaven … And I don’t want to waste my suffering. I don’t want to waste it. I want to work toward that heavenly goal, that heavenly prize,

4 Questions You Were Scared to Ask About Divorce and Remarriage

The Bible has a lot to say about a lot of things, but it is also silent on some matters. And it is hard to understand what it’s saying on others. Dr. David Instone-Brewer dives into one of the stickiest issues with his book, Divorce and Remarriage in the Church: Biblical Solutions for Pastoral Realities. After three years of research into the background literature of the Bible, he explains that the Bible isn’t as unclear on the subject of divorce as many think. He shows how, when properly understood, the New Testament provides faithful, realistic, and wise guidance for the church today. Here are four answers to questions from Instone-Brewer’s book that you were scared to ask about divorce and remarriage.   What should I do when my partner walks out? Believers should never cause a divorce—that is, they should not break their marriage vows. Believers should not use a

Was Abraham Lincoln Really a Christian?

Abraham Lincoln is one of America’s most beloved leaders, but did he know the Lord? Famous for his integrity, his courage, and his respect for human life, he is often hailed as one of the most “Christian” presidents in U.S. history. Yet many skeptics will say that he didn’t have a saving faith in Christ. His political talks would often reflect truths from Scripture, but there are several documents and letters pointing to the fact that Lincoln didn’t truly know the Lord. In this video, Charles Morris refers to a letter Lincoln wrote near the end of his life, which sheds light on the actual faith of one of America’s most respected leaders.     In a “Reply to an Illinois Clergyman,” Lincoln reportedly wrote this about his conversion experience: “When I left Springfield, I asked the people to pray for me; I was not a Christian. When I buried my

3 Gospel-Centered Songs for Kids

We believe music is one of the greatest tools God uses for children (and adults!) to worship and learn about Jesus. For Randall Goodgame, the singer-songwriter behind Sing the Bible Vol. 1 & 2 and everything Slugs & Bugs, this is exactly his mission as he seeks to profoundly impact the culture of the home with these Gospel-centered, silly, and extremely catchy songs. Below are just a few of the songs from Randall’s recently released album called Sing the Gospel. As Randall puts it, we pray this music inspires you and your family to sing together, laugh together, and think deeply together about the meaning of life and the nature of God.   God Made Me   Stop (Listen to the Lord!)   I’m Adopted   Randall Goodgame’s desire is to help children of all ages understand the Gospel through songs that delightfully get stuck in your head. If you’ve been looking for a

C.S. Lewis in His Own Words

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” How well do you know C.S. Lewis? Most of us today never had the opportunity to meet him, so much of what we know of this iconic Christian figure is constructed from what we’ve seen in books and movies. Perhaps you’ve read some of his Narnia series or his classic Mere Christianity. Whether you’ve read all of his published work or just a little, it’s difficult for anyone to come away from his writings without new insights on what it means to believe in Christ. Many of C.S. Lewis’ works of fiction, apologetic books and papers, Christian allegories, and personal letters are all packed with nuggets of truth on the Christian life that have inspired children and grown-ups alike for several decades. But when it comes

10 Essential Martin Luther Quotes

To say Martin Luther has made a profound impact on the world today would be an understatement. Not only did he stand up to the corruption of his day and ignite the flame that would become the Protestant Reformation, but he reestablished the Gospel at the center of the Christian life. A prolific writer and teacher, it’s impossible to distill everything Luther said and wrote into a single blog post. Instead, we have selected a few key passages from his commentary on Galatians. Though it may seem a strange place to start, his words in this commentary clearly illustrate the heart of the gospel message that became the foundation of the Reformation throughout Europe—that we are not saved by our own merits and good deeds, but by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.   1. “The Gospel supplies the world with the salvation of Jesus Christ, peace of

Short Film: Fleeing ISIS, Finding Jesus

“Is this the end of Christianity in the Middle East?” When Charles Morris read this headline posed by the New York Times, he chose to travel to Jordan and Iraq in search of answers. What he discovered left him amazed and inspired. While the news coverage of ISIS focuses on the horrors wrought by this group, there is another side to the story that rarely gets told: While terror is on the rise, Muslims are coming to faith in Jesus like never before.      Fleeing ISIS, Finding Jesus Written by Charles Morris and Christian journalist Craig Borlase, Fleeing Isis, Finding Jesus offers a unique, compelling account of the miraculous ways in which Jesus is transforming lives in the Middle East today. As Charles narrates his travels around the region, he shares with readers not just the good news of how Jesus is at work, but he also invites us to wonder

Bibles For Cuba

Old cars, cigars and baseball. This is what Cuba is popularly known for, but there’s something else I want to add to that list: Jesus. As I took off from Havana last week, I was both tired and exhilarated. For the past several days, I’d been traveling throughout Cuba to meet with new believers and faithful saints. Though it was my third trip to the country, one thing continues to be clear—Christ is on the move. The problem is, there are so many people coming to faith in Jesus that there’s still a shortage of Bibles.  Take a look at this video from my trip in 2016 to see for yourself how Jesus is moving in the hearts of Cubans young and old:     In the last two years, friends like you have given enough for us to send more than 138,000 Spanish Bibles to the country, but the need is

4 Reasons to Rejoice

How often do you experience joy? That may be a hard question to answer, but it’s one we should thoughtfully consider. For many of us, it’s difficult to experience joy because of a level of guilt or even shame in our life. Whether it’s a blatant sin or the act of postponing something that we know we should do, there is often something getting in the way of our ability to rejoice. For King David in Scripture, it was adultery and murder. Hopefully, this isn’t the case for you, but I believe David’s honest confession and plea for forgiveness recorded in Psalm 51 gives us a blueprint for why even sin can’t stand in the way of us experiencing pure joy in the Christian life. I believe there are four biblical truths that lead to this kind of joy, and they all hinge on repentance. The only way we can move

What's so good about Good Friday?

Have you ever wondered how Good Friday got its name? You would think the day we set aside to remember Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross would get a less cheerful designation, but I believe there’s a good reason why Good Friday’s name continues to stand the test of time. Many scholars point to the fact that “good” used to have a definition much closer to that of “holy,” but the original meaning doesn’t translate very well in today’s English vocabulary. So why don’t we change the name? Ultimately, it’s because everything that happened on the first Good Friday showed the full extent of Jesus’ love for us. John’s Gospel begins like Genesis 1 and ends with a hint at what would come in Revelation. It’s a mini-Bible in one Gospel with the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, who appears in the first chapter to invite his disciples to “come and

Show & Tell: "Found" by Sally Lloyd-Jones

Charles Morris “shows” a group of kids a brand new book by Sally Lloyd-Jones called Found based on Psalm 23. With Sally’s words from The Jesus Storybook Bible and new illustrations by Jago, this new board book reminds it’s readers and non-readers about God’s special love for His people.   Found: Psalm 23 From the bestselling The Jesus Storybook Bible, with over two million products sold, comes Found based on Psalm 23. Written by Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Jago, little ones will fall in love with this padded cover board book that reminds them of God’s Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love.        

Story of a Prodigal Daughter

“Mom, Dad, I don’t want your rules and morals. I don’t want to act like a Christian anymore! And I’m not going to,” Barbara declared at age 18. As her father desperately attempted to reason with her, Barbara grew more resentful, choosing a path of immorality that only deepened her parents’ pain. Years later, Barbara recounts her story of being a “prodigal daughter” and what it took for her to finally come home.     Barbara and her father “Jack” Miller later worked together to write both sides of the story in Come Back, Barbara. Chronicling  their journey from grief and conflict to joyful reconciliation, this book is an irresistible portrayal of God’s grace to the Millers and us all. It’s the kind of story that will encourage you to not give up on the prodigal in your own life.

The Return of the Prodigal Son

You don’t need to know much of the Bible to have heard the story of the Prodigal Son. Like the Good Samaritan, this well-known parable has been retold so many times that most English speakers can identify the meaning of “prodigal” without necessarily knowing its historical context. Many of us can see ourselves as the returning son who has sinned and is immediately welcomed home by the father; others may see themselves as the jealous older brother who had done no wrong, and so it’s difficult for them to see their need for grace and forgiveness. But few of us have ever thought of ourselves in light of the Father, and that’s why I’d like to turn to one of the artist Rembrandt’s most famous pieces called “The Return of the Prodigal Son.”     Painted at the very end of his life, this is one of Rembrandt’s final and

How to Find God When You're Feeling Lonely

You don’t have to be alone to feel lonely. At some point, we will all experience that feeling of emptiness, of being cut off from others. For some, the feeling is only too common. For others, it’s an unpleasant surprise. Lydia Brownback, author of Finding God in My Loneliness, says that God created us with a “God-shaped hole in our hearts,” so that we would yearn for our creator. When the Lord created Adam in the garden, he said, “It is not good that man is alone.” This line in Genesis is often used in the context of relationship and finding fulfillment in a spouse, but the greater significance here is meant to drive us to the deepest fulfillment of our loneliness, which is the Lord himself. In the following video, Lydia discusses how we can cling to the Lord when we are feeling alone:     For more on

7 Things You Didn't Know About Saint Patrick

St. Patrick’s Day. The time when many of us will don our greenest outfits and celebrate all things Irish. Thousands will line the streets in New York City, Boston, and Dublin on the day that celebrates a man whose name is just about as famous as Saint Nicholas or Saint Valentine. Much like Nicholas and Valentine, the things we celebrate on Saint Patrick’s day has little to do with the holiday’s namesake. In fact, once we start looking into who Saint Patrick really is, it’s difficult to separate history from legend. You may have heard about how he drove the snakes out of Ireland or how he illustrated the Trinity with a shamrock, but there’s a lot more to this man than what we learn in folklore. Here are 7 things you probably didn’t know about Saint Patrick: 1. Patrick isn’t Irish. It may seem odd to celebrate Irish culture

Wonderful, Merciful Savior

Hopefully you get the chance to worship and sing and grow with other believers every week, but what about those times in between? What about those times when you’re simply trying to live out your faith in Christ in the mundane, or chaotic, moments of everyday life? Revisiting powerful hymns outside of church is a great way to rejuvenate your soul in the middle of the week, when life seems to be pulling you everywhere except toward God.  And what better hymn to draw you nearer to the Lord this week than “Wonderful, Merciful Savior.” There isn’t a great historical backstory to this song, the writers simply said the lyrics and music just came to them. Yet in this rendition by Selah, you can’t help but worship the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in a way that satisfies the spiritual hunger that tends to hit when we least expect it.     Wonderful, merciful

Karen Heimbuch: Bringing Revelation to Life

Karen Heimbuch felt called by God to memorize the book of Revelation and was struck with the idea of dramatically reciting it for others with a cinematic musical score and sound effects to help tell the story. This presentation, recorded in the famous Abbey Road Studios with the world-renowned London Symphony Orchestra, is truly unforgettable as you begin to hear the words of Revelation come to life.       The Revelation with Karen Heimbuch In a two-disc CD set, this best-seller features the entire book of Revelation, as read by Karen Heimbuch, set to an original score by Michael Harriton and recorded by the world-renowned London Symphony Orchestra. Once you start listening to this dramatic reading with a powerful background, you will not be able to stop. This is the perfect gift for those who know Christ as Savior and those who haven’t yet met the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The

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It was shortly after Christmas that I began to hear the buzz. Text after text would arrive from various family members telling me about a new film called La La Land. Having worked in the film and television industries, they were looking forward to my response about the movie. I was intrigued. I didn’t know much about the story; I just knew it was a musical set in Hollywood. About a month later, my wife and I were finally able to give our kids some “grandma time” with my mom and we escaped to the theater. My worst fear was that my family had overhyped the film, but from the opening musical and dance number set on a traffic-jammed freeway overpass, I was hooked. So it was no surprise to me when La La Land was nominated for a record tying 14 Oscars, including Best Picture. Living in an era

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Just over ten years ago, Sally Lloyd-Jones was tasked to write a children’s Bible that was all about Jesus. What later became The Jesus Storybook Bible would go on to sell more than 2 million copies, making it the most popular kids Bible on the market today. But the most amazing part of this story isn’t about book sales, but the lives of both children and adults who have discovered for themselves that God’s love for them is a “never stopping, never giving up, always and forever love.”  Ten years later, Sally tells of how the Lord led her to craft this book, and how He continues to use it to bless millions of hearts around the world today.         The Jesus Storybook Bible “Every Story Whispers His Name” The Jesus Storybook Bible, written by Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Jago, is celebrating its tenth birthday with this beautiful clothbound gift edition. A Bible

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Depression can hit at any moment. For me, it happened when things were going well. We lived in Philadelphia at the time. Even though I was happily married and all of our children were young and seemed to be getting along fine, I felt alone. The overwhelming pressure of supporting them was continuing to build and I felt like taking my own life. It was the middle of the night. Everybody else was asleep upstairs. And I was down in the living room, pleading with the Lord. The pressure had been building up to the moment when finally the Lord used a verse in Isaiah to send me this simple message: I have not forgotten you, I am still with you. God broke through and I found healing. And while the Lord didn’t come as quickly as I expected, He still was there and He made himself known as I

Delivered From Depression Resource Page

This week we’re covering the topic of depression with Dr. Ed Welch, Christian counselor and author of Depression: Looking Up From the Stubborn Darkness. In this video, he shares with us a story of how one woman found hope in Christ after feeling like God gave up on her.     Depression: Looking Up from the Stubborn Darkness Where Is God in the Struggle? Looking away from despair towards hope can feel risky. What if God doesn’t come through for you? What if you don’t feel instantly better? Instead of offering simple platitudes or unrealistic “cure-all” formulas, Edward T. Welch addresses the complex nature of depression with compassion and insight, applying the rich treasures of the gospel, and giving fresh hope to those who struggle. Edward T. Welch, M.Div., Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF). He has counseled for over twenty-five years

5 Essential Truths From Pilgrim's Progress

Outside of the Bible, I believe Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan is the most important book that most Christians today have never read. Written from prison and published in 1678, only the Bible has sold more copies in English than Bunyan’s classic work. It’s an allegory of the Christian life, and it became a staple in the homes of many Christ followers throughout the last three centuries. Today, many still turn to this classic book. Even the newspaper The Guardian awards Bunyan’s book as the second-most significant novel of all time. But I fear it’s the kind of classic we all intend to read, but never seem to find the time to pick up or finish. [Click here to listen to the full series regarding Pilgrim’s Progress on HAVEN Today.] At first read, Pilgrim’s Progress seems simplistic, maybe even like a children’s tale. But embedded in it are some of

Dispatches From Iraq

Broadcasting from Northern Iraq, Charles Morris traveled with Samaritan’s Purse to witness the destruction left behind by ISIS, while also seeking out stories of hope in the midst of that destruction. Discover what Christ is doing on the ground in one of the most war-torn areas of the Middle East. For more in-depth interviews and updates from Charles on the ground in Iraq, listen to our recent radio programs Fleeing ISIS, Finding Jesus and Hope in the Shadow of ISIS. Part 1: Bartella Church Up until a few weeks ago, ISIS controlled this village in Northern Iraq. See what they’ve done to this church in Bartella in the hopes that they might stamp out Christianity in the area.   Part 2: Meet Shwan Shwan is a Kurdish Journalist in Northern Iraq. Charles Morris meets up with him in Bartella, an ancient and empty Christian city that Kurdish forces recently reclaimed from ISIS.   Part 3:

Children React to The Jesus Storybook Bible

We had the privilege of hosting Sally Lloyd-Jones, bestselling author of The Jesus Storybook Bible and Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing, in our studio. Not wanting to let this opportunity go to waste, we invited a bunch of kids and their parents to hear Sally read a passage from one of their favorite books—and their reactions were priceless!       The Jesus Storybook Bible “Every Story Whispers His Name” The Jesus Storybook Bible, written by Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Jago, is celebrating its tenth birthday with this beautiful clothbound gift edition. A Bible like no other, The Jesus Storybook Bible invites children to join in the greatest of all adventures, to discover the Great Story that’s all about Jesus—and to make that story their own.

Lost & Found: The "Wonderful Life" of George Bailey

Have you watched it yet? It’s 70 years old this month and is perhaps the most popular Christmas movie around. It’s a Wonderful Life is a sweeping tale that follows the life of George Bailey, a humble family man who falls on hard times and is charmingly played by Jimmy Stewart. For many, the attraction to the film is nostalgia. Set in a small town in the mid-1940’s, it appears at first glance to be a simple story about a quiet era now gone by. But I believe most of us enjoy the film because of the way it celebrates the importance of family and community. As I watched it again this year with my wife, another theme resonated in my heart—this is a film about lost people being found. In short, near the end of the movie, George Bailey’s business is failing and he sees no way out. If he

A Different Way to Celebrate

Pass the gravy, corn, turkey, ham, stuffing, stockings, presents, you name it—Thanksgiving and Christmastime in America have become the time to celebrate the gift of excess. But is that the best way for Christians to participate in the holidays? Charles Morris, President & Speaker of Haven Today, sat down with the Phil Vischer, creator of VeggieTales and What’s in the Bible?, to discuss an alternative way to celebrate Christmas and Thanksgiving than what we usually do from year to year. (To catch the full interview, listen to Haven Today’s Thanksgiving Special.)   Charles: I’m sitting with my friend Phil Vischer in his studio just outside of Chicago. Phil, can you tell me how you and your family celebrate Thanksgiving? Is it a busy time? Phil: We associate holidays with family. Now that’s tricky, my parents divorced when I was 9-years-old, so I have a mom and a dad and a

Buck Denver asks … What's in the Bible?

VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer, puppet-host Buck Denver, and a bunch of hilarious new friends explain the entire Bible in this groundbreaking, fast-paced, and fun-filled series called What’s in the Bible? See for yourself how Bible learning can be both fun and educational in the videos below. From Genesis to Revelation: Series Highlights What is the Gospel? What is Thanksgiving? Why do we call it Christmas?  

The Crown: Royal Tradition or Divine Calling?

The first thing you hear when pressing play on the new Netflix original series The Crown is the repeated coughs of a dying king. He isn’t aware of the seriousness of the blood on his handkerchief, but the implications of the scene aren’t lost on the viewer. King George VI, the stammering monarch who helped bring Britain through WWII (as dramatized in The King Speech), just began his final chapter, setting the stage for his daughter, 25-year-old Elizabeth, to ascend the throne. The Crown is the most expensive television series ever produced, and it’s not hard to figure out why. While covering the early adult life of Great Britain’s longest living monarch, Netflix pays top dollar ($130 million) to take us back in time to the halls of Buckingham Palace. And you may even find yourself convinced its real.     As the story gets going, we are introduced to

After Election Day: 3 Things to Remember

The election is over. Regardless of whether your candidate won or not, it’s time now to regroup. Most of us have invested too much hope in humans and what mankind can do. We need our hearts redirected as we exit a cutthroat election season. We need to remember some things we may have forgotten:   1. We need to remember there are two kingdoms, the kingdom of man and the kingdom of God. We have listeners and readers who are citizens of many different nations around the world. The apostle Paul was a citizen of the Roman Empire when he was spreading the gospel from city to city. It was a status that saved him from death on more than one occasion. But for Paul his identity as a Roman citizen was not what defined him. It was superseded, overruled, by his primary citizenship—his citizenship in the kingdom of God.

On the Farm with Ann Voskamp

What if the path to the abundant life isn’t what we thought it was? What if the life we were all meant to live could only be found through brokenness? Charles Morris, president and speaker of Haven Today, travelled to Ontario, Canada to speak with his old friend Ann Voskamp as she releases her long-anticipated book The Broken Way: A Daring Path Into the Abundant Life. Watch them discuss in this 1-Hour Live webcast the important issues all of us come to face: pain, fear, brokenness, and the power of Christ and the cross.       The Broken Way A long anticipated follow-up to One Thousand Gifts, Ann Voskamp now writes about “the daring path into the abundant life.” The Broken Way is for lovers, sufferers, hopers and dreamers who have experienced pain and brokenness—basically each of us. Find out how freedom can be found not only beyond the fear and pain,

Battle For Mosul: What You Need To Know

More than a million residents in Mosul, the biblical area of Nineveh, are caught in the middle as an estimated 5,000 militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) face over 94,000 advancing Iraqi and Kurdish soldiers. The retaking of Iraq’s second largest city has begun. ISIS has controlled Mosul since entering Iraq in June 2014, making this city their last major stronghold in the country. Just 53 miles away in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, is the largest proportion of displaced people in the country. The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Red Cross, and Samaritan’s Purse have been preparing for the expected influx of needy men, women and children expected to flee for safety while the Battle For Mosul wages on. Up to 700,000 people could require emergency shelter during the fight, which would make this event one of the largest humanitarian crises in recent years. This is in

How to Welcome the Stranger

Week after week, when we walked into church, I would scan the congregation looking for a familiar face. No one’s eyes lit up with recognition when they saw me. No one knew my name or my story. Brothers and sisters in the Lord surrounded me, but they were strangers to me and I was a stranger to them. Most of the time, my husband and I live in southern California where we’ve been part of a church for fifteen years, but we recently started heading north for a few months every year. We found a good summer church where the sermons are nourishing and the worship is rich, yet every Sunday I came home feeling lonely. Then it all changed. My daughter went to a conference and ran into some women who went to the same church we attended each summer and, being Kate, she went into action on my

What Do Americans Actually Believe?

You would think that after 2,000 years of councils, debates, reformations, and conferences that there would be some solidarity in American Christian beliefs. Right? Wrong. A new survey produced by Lifeway Research and Ligonier Ministries has taken a look at The State of Theology in the United States, and the results are a little disconcerting. Surveying a demographically balanced online panel of 3,000 American Adults from various Christian traditions, researchers asked 47 questions about the Bible, salvation, and other core Christian beliefs. So, how do you line up with the consensus of self-identified American Christians in 2016? Take a look at some of the key findings provided by Lifeway Research:   In addition to how Americans view God’s character, the Bible, and the Trinity, this survey pointed out several other insights regarding basic tenets of Christian belief: 39% of all participants agree that good deeds help to earn one’s place

The Lasting Influence of Francis Schaeffer

The screen in front of the class displayed a black and white sketch of a young, angry girl who was holding a protestor’s sign that read “absolutism.” My sociology professor was lecturing about values and morals that morning. She explained that those who believed in absolutism affirmed that there were “universal principles that apply to all humans.” The next slide was in full-color with people of all races having fun in a park with green grass, tall trees, and a rainbow across the sky. Written underneath this slide were the words “relativism,” which the professor explained meant there were no universals and each society decided for themselves what is true and ethical. My heart was pounding. I knew I was an “absolutist” because the Bible taught that all men where accountable to God’s laws, yet I wasn’t angry like the young girl in the first slide. I looked around at my fellow

Corporate Greed or Corporate Blunder

Image Credit: Amy Kerkemeyer / Shutterstock.com  What happens when a company gouging its customers gets caught? What are the consequences when the curtain of truth is pulled back? Mylan Pharmaceuticals, producers of the famous EpiPen self-injection device, is finding that out. The go-everywhere injectable syringe can save lives from potentially fatal allergic reactions to insect stings or bites, foods, drugs and other allergens. But here’s the rub: in 2007, EpiPen only sold for $50 for a sing pen. Then Mylan Pharmaceuticals bought out the old maker and the price shot up to $600 for a 2-pack. Nothing about this life-saving medication has changed. So, what does a company like Mylan Pharmaceuticals do now? Well, I’m certain of one thing, the PR bill must be going through the roof! Though, that still pales in comparison to the increase in profit they must be experiencing. After much backlash from the public, Mylan’s president

Christian Olympians of 2016

The 2016 Summer Games are underway and there is much to see and talk about. Even the Zika virus, Brazil’s political turmoil, and the state-funded Russian doping scandal have been small news compared to the achievements of the athletes themselves. As Brazil’s famous Christ the Redeemer statue overlooks the world’s greatest competitors striving to bring glory to themselves and their countries, we thought it would be refreshing to hear from some of the Olympians on the US team who hold their faith in Christ above bronze, silver, and gold. Gabby Douglas, Gymnastics “Faith plays a very big role in my life. I don’t know where I would be without it today. I’ve always been praying for everything. And my mom always exposed me and my siblings to being a Christian and the Bible. I was watching back and looking at the Olympics and my mouth is moving — and that’s

The Perfect Prayer

Are you like me? Does your most fervent prayer come when you are in the greatest need? Is it when you wish you were sleeping, but can’t fall asleep? Or maybe it’s when disaster hits you or your family? Sometimes we just don’t know how to pray. We may set aside time to do it, but when we finally get around to spending time with the Lord, we draw a blank. Well, I want to encourage you that many of us (in fact, I would say most of us) have faced this challenge. Even Jesus’ disciples struggled with how they should pray. And I think the answer for all of our prayer woes comes from what Christ tells us in Matthew 6. In verses 5-8, Jesus first warns us and his disciples how not to pray: And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to

23 Fascinating Quotes on God and Politics

“America is a nation of believers, dreamers and strivers that is being led by a group of censors, critics and cynics.” — Donald Trump, Republican Presidential Nominee “My study of the Bible, my many conversations with people of faith, has led me to believe the most important commandment is to love the Lord with all your might and to love your neighbor as yourself.” — Hillary Clinton, Democratic Presidential Nominee “One’s task is not to turn the world upside down, but to do what is necessary at the given place and with a due consideration of reality.” —  Dietrich Bonhoeffer Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.” —

We Don't Have To Choose Sides

All in one week. Alton Sterling, a young black man, shot dead by the police. Philando Castile, a young black man, shot dead by the police. And then in Dallas, five police officers shot dead by a young black man. As a secular journalist now turned radio preacher I struggle with how to respond to these events in light of the gospel. In 2014, I went on the radio to report a similar event in Ferguson, MO. I thought I had fairly covered both sides of the story but then I received this response from a listener: I pray that you white men would step out of your whiteness just long enough to let your Christian heart be the filter for your comments. Invariably, you seem to assume that the white version is the right and CHRISTIAN version of a situation. How long? When I read this I was brought

What My Kids Found in Narnia

I’ll never forget the day we bought our new, almost-pink carpet. It was plush, ugly and must have been on sale. But, ugly as it was, it was also a comfortable place for three young children and a dad to gather on the floor before bedtime and read The Chronicles of Narnia. It was on this carpet that we entered another world … a world where trees called Dryads and Naiads wake in different seasons to sing and dance; a world where dwarves make their kingdoms underground; a world that pointed me and my children to Jesus around every turn. (I only wish the audio drama had existed back then so we could have listened to these stories on road trips, as well.) Someone had already tipped me off that Aslan was the Christ figure, so that was no surprise to me. When he sacrificed himself on the stone table

The Lord's Prayer in Aramaic

My first trip to Iraq came just months after American journalist James Foley was executed in 2014. If you remember, this was the event that incited an uproar around the world, proving that ISIS had become a global threat. After that, I knew I had to experience firsthand what was happening in the Middle East, and what believers in Christ could do to help. In Northern Iraq, I met with refugees who had fled for their lives from advancing militants, while relief workers told me of their greatest needs. But more than anything else, I found that the Spirit of God was at work in the midst of all this devastation. Just ten miles from an ISIS stronghold, I met a local Chaldean pastor who faithfully ministered in the area. As an Aramaic speaker, I asked if we could record the Lord’s Prayer in the very language Jesus would have

Our Prayer For Orlando

“Everyone was just trying to have a good time.” These words spoken by a man outside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, who managed to run hard when he heard the first shots fire early Sunday morning. With 50 dead and many more wounded, what took place in Orlando last Sunday has become the deadliest mass shooting in US history. Will you join us in prayer?     2:02 AM — Omar Mateen, 29, a resident of Fort Pierce, enters the club with a legally purchased AR-15 style long gun, a hand gun, and plenty of ammo. Minutes before he parked his van outside and called 911 pledging his allegiance to ISIS. He was questioned twice in previous years by the FBI but not considered close enough to terrorists to warrant more investigation. 3:00 AM — Pulse posts to Facebook saying, “Everyone get out of pulse and keep running”. 5:00

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

“Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4). This is quite rightfully a staple of Christian funerals and a precious promise that Christians cling to. Its meaning is obvious, and its message so beautiful that it seems like any comment is purely superfluous. Better, almost, to simply say it, and then be silent and let the Spirit do the rest. Yet I am going to venture to say just two words about it, which I hope will only help clarify and further polish this beautiful gem. The first is this: There is no time when we Christians are not in mourning. That isn’t to say that we are always grieving the death of a loved one. It’s rather to say that the mourning that Jesus speaks of includes more than physical death—it also includes spiritual death. Throughout the Old Testament, God calls upon his people to

10 Surprising Things the Queen Says About Jesus

Most Americans speak openly about their political views, but the Queen of England keeps her politics a secret. And while most of us don’t talk openly about our faith, Queen Elizabeth II is much different. We’ll never know what Her Majesty thinks about the last three prime ministers, but one subject she does talk openly about is her steadfast faith in Christ. Collected by the co-author of The Servant Queen and the King she serves, here are the top 10 things Queen Elizabeth II has said about her faith and how it affects the way she lives her life: “For me, the life of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, whose birth we celebrate today, is an inspiration and an anchor in my life. A role-model of reconciliation and forgiveness, he stretched out his hands in love, acceptance and healing. Christ’s example has taught me to seek to respect and

The Secrets God Doesn't Keep

What is a secret? It is hidden knowledge kept from or by someone. Maybe it’s a surprise birthday party! Maybe it is that strange-shaped package under the Christmas tree. Sometimes we need a lot of help in keeping a secret or help to keep from trying to discover other people’s secrets. My Grandma Knight was one of the most vibrant, excited-to-see-you women I have ever known, and she couldn’t keep a secret to save her life. At a turning point in her health when sugar was restricted, she giggled one day when I came over as she pointed to her secret stash of sweets hidden behind the cornstarch and flour. “Grandma! What big chocolate bars you have!” “Shhhh, don’t tell your mother. Hee hee hee!” I told my mother. (But hey, I was 10!) What the Bible Says about Secrets In the Old Testament, we learn that some things God wants

Baking Cookies with Francine Rivers

  Redeeming Love Best-selling author Francine Rivers skillfully retells the biblical love story of Gomer and Hosea in a tale set against the exciting backdrop of the California Gold Rush. The heroine, Angel, is a young woman who was sold into prostitution as a child. Michael Hosea is a godly man sent into Angel’s life to draw her into the Savior’s redeeming love. This remarkable novel has sold over a million copies globally and has been a fixture on the CBA bestsellers list for nearly a decade. A six-part reading guide, suitable for individual use or group discussion, is included in this best-selling novel.    

What I (a man) Learned From Francine Rivers

Human trafficking. I’ve interviewed people who have been forced into prostitution. I’ve worked with ministries who work hard to get girls off the streets. But it wasn’t until I read Francine Rivers’ Redeeming Love that I finally felt a deeper sense of compassion for those caught up in modern day slavery. Here I am, a man who hasn’t read a romance novel in his life, let alone a Christian romance novel. Instead, you might see me reading a David Baldacci mystery novel or a biography of Winston Churchill in my leisure time. But I kept hearing from women in my office and others who I’ve met repeatedly say how much they love, and were moved by, Redeeming Love. That’s also around the time I walked in a Barnes & Noble and noticed a long shelf of books devoted to Francine Rivers. Finally, I decided to read it and realized this

5 Prayers for Muslims During Ramadan

Ramadan. For 1.6 billion Muslims around the world, it’s the holiest month of the year. In 2017, this starts at sunset on Friday, May 26, and ending the evening of Sunday, June 25, Muslims will actively be praying and seeking Allah. So what better time for Christians around the world to pray for Christ to work in the hearts of Muslims? Imagine what it would be like for the world’s 2.2 billion Christians to join together and faithfully pray for the 1.6 billion Muslims in the world to find Christ. Maybe that won’t happen from this humble blog post, but if we believe that God is all-powerful, loving and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love—then, surely, we can have the hope that Christ can work in a supernatural way to make Himself known to those who are far from Him. One of the best ways to pray

How Kids Learn the Bible

Did you know that within two years of graduation, 60% of high school grads will stop attending church? It’s hard for me to imagine my grandkids entering adulthood, but when they do my fervent prayer is that they will not be part of this statistic, but will cling to their faith in Jesus! And I’m sure you are praying the same thing for the children in your life. So what can you do for them now to help them carry their faith into adulthood? Last February, I sat down with singer-songwriter Randall Goodgame to talk about how kids not only learn Scripture but also begin to love Scripture through music. Here’s what he had to say … CM: How in the world did you get started trying to reach kids with Scripture. Is that important? Does that make a difference? RG: Well, I’ve been writing songs for kids for a

Bad Graduation Advice

Caps, gowns, toasts and speeches. It’s the season when graduates (and those of us attending graduations) get heavy doses of bad advice. Find your passion, chase success, thrive in the real world. This advice may not seem so bad on the surface but when you dig deeper, you start to understand what’s really being said. Consider these famous quotes from recent commencement addresses: “What I know now is that feelings are really your GPS system for life. When you’re supposed to do something or not supposed to do something, your emotional guidance system lets you know.” – Oprah Winfrey (Stanford University, 2008) “Don’t let yourself be trapped by dogma … which is living with the results of other’s thinking.” – Steve Jobs (Stanford University, 2005) “As you start your journey, the first thing you should do is throw away that store-bought map and begin to draw your own.” – Michael

A Fun Way to Memorize Scripture

Last year, Randall Goodgame, a talented musician and a godly father, taught Charles Morris how to snap to the beat of his song Deuteronomy 6:5. This year, his daughter Livi jumped in to help teach Charles another song, this time with clapping and hand motions. It’s almost impossible to watch this video and forget the words to Matthew 5:14-16. Check it out!     Sing the Bible Vol. 1 & 2 Slugs & Bugs has applied its unique blend of sincerity and silliness to 18 brand-new songs filled with lyrics straight from Scripture. The captivating melodies will have you and your kids memorizing Bible verses without even realizing it. Featuring special appearances by the African Children’s Choir, author Sally Lloyd-Jones, and a host of Nashville’s finest musicians.

The True Cost of Following Jesus

For a Muslim to convert to Christianity in Pakistan is dangerous. Ali Husnain was a Shia Muslim before he became a follower of Christ, and when he told a friend about his faith, he quickly found out that he might have to pay the ultimate price. I had the privilege of sitting down with Ali at The Kilns in Oxford. There are still those who want to take his life, in Pakistan and England, which is why I won’t use his real name. Watch as he tells his story of risking everything to follow Christ:     Today, Ali has religious asylum in the UK, but he still has to be careful. Many of us might be inspired by his story and praise God for other ex-Muslims like Ali who are finding Jesus in the Middle East. But there is another lesson in this story that I don’t want you

Bibles For Cuba

Old cars, cigars and baseball. This is what Cuba is popularly known for, but there’s something else I want to add to that list: Jesus. As I took off from Havana last Saturday, I was both tired and exhilarated. For the past week, I’d been traveling throughout Cuba and meeting new believers and faithful saints. One thing is clear: Christ is on the move. At one stop, I was shocked to hear the head of the Communist party talk about the importance of churches and having Bibles. Before I left, he even gave me a locked-down, big bear hug on stage and whispered in my ear “God bless you.” At another church, we handed out 860 Bibles to people who had been waiting their whole lives to have their own copy of God’s Word. The packed room erupted in cheers and dancing! See for yourself . . .    

What Christ is Doing in Cuba

For decades, God has been at work behind the scenes in Cuba, and now we have the special opportunity to witness what some have called the greatest Christian revival in the Western Hemisphere.     In the last two years, friends like you have given enough for us to send more than 138,000 Spanish Bibles to the country, but the need is still great. Will you join me now in getting the Word of God into the hands of those who need it? Just $5 covers the printing and delivery of one hardback Bible printed on high quality India paper that will last for years in Cuba’s hot, humid climate. Whatever you can send, I am confident the Lord will use it. And every dollar of your gift to Bibles For Cuba will be used to provide the Word of God to bless His people. We do not take a handling

Take the Bible Memory Challenge!

A tiny hole in the curtain allowed us to view the packed house beyond the stage. It was my first theater production and I had the first line. Palms wet with sweat, I kept imagining myself stumbling over my lines and staring blankly into the dim faces of the audience without anything to say. But when the curtain was finally drawn, I walked out and faced my fears. All the practice leading up to my performance paid off, and I nailed every line. I am no longer an actor, but now I have a new ambition: I want to memorize Scripture. I long for the ability to recite Psalm 42 while doing dishes or driving to the store or walking to the mailbox. So, finally, I’m going to take the challenge. And I want you to you join me. I’ll be following a simple plan laid out in the book

Billy Graham's Secret Meeting with Winston Churchill

I thought I knew everything there is to know about Winston Churchill. He’s been a hero of mine ever since my undergraduate years at Westminster College where he made a stop during a post-war tour of the US and delivered his famous “Iron Curtain” speech. I never knew that only eight years later he had a secret meeting with Billy Graham. Most biographies focus on Churchill’s larger-than-life leadership against Nazi Germany. And recently my wife, Janet, has been reading the story of his wife Clementine and getting a more personal look. Before we fall asleep at night she usually shares some interesting domestic anecdotes: “Did you know that Churchill had a little problem with gambling?” “Did you know they had pet names for each other? He called her ‘My Cat’ and she called him ‘Pig.’” “Did you know their oldest daughter committed suicide?” Churchill’s message was simple: “Never, never, never,

Billy Graham Gives a TED Talk

Did you know that Billy Graham gave a TED Talk? Unlike the arenas, big tents and churches Billy spoke in around the world, this speech reached the ears and hearts of a different kind of audience—technology professionals in Silicon Valley. Speaking at TED in 1998, Rev. Billy Graham marvels at technology’s power to improve lives and change the world—but says the end of evil, suffering and death will come only after the world accepts Christ. This truly is a unique and legendary talk from TED’s archives.     Billy Graham: God’s Ambassador Don’t stop here. Check out the full documentary of Billy Graham’s life and ministry. Billy Graham: God’s Ambassador features rare archival footage from Dr. Graham’s early life, his ministry, and his worldwide evangelical efforts. It also features interview footage with former President George W. Bush, former President George H. W. Bush, NBC News anchor Brian Williams, close associates, and family

When Food Becomes an Idol

American culture is obsessed with a lot of things, but nothing drives more obsession in our hearts than food. Just think of the commercials for fast food restaurants, hot dogs, fried chicken and candy bars. It’s not surprising that food has so much power over our lives. You can always find experts who claim to have the answer. There are numerous programs to help you break the diet-indulgence cycle. But those solutions don’t really go deep enough. They don’t get at the real issue. Because the real issue is idolatry. When I spoke to Lysa TerKeurst, author of Made to Crave, she gave an excellent answer to how food can take control of our lives and what we can do to fix it. Listen:     Food can become an idol – something we crave, something we live for, something that controls us. But trying to be thin can become

Made to Crave

“We were made to consume food, but food was never made to consume us.” In this fun video, Lysa TerKeurst (author of Made to Crave), shows the paradox of how we often crave unhealthy things much more than our relationship with Christ.     Whether you are trying to lose weight or simply have a healthier diet, we can all benefit from the spiritual practice of redirecting our cravings for food toward a passionate desire for Christ. Listen to Lysa TerKeurst delve further into the topic with Charles Morris in this week’s radio series. Finally, you can also make a gift to support Haven Ministries, and we’ll send you a copy of Made to Crave: Satisfying our Deepest Desire with God, Not Food as our way of saying “thank you” for your support. Click here to read the sample chapter.    

How Can Christians Rejoice in Suffering?

Sometimes it seems that tragedy strikes when life is going well. I experienced this firsthand when traveling with Pastor John Dickerson, author of I Am Strong. Before I boarded the plane for New Mexico, news broke about the terrorist attacks in San Bernardino, CA, which is about 15 miles from my house. My mind raced to remember if my family might be home or out shopping. Would there be more attacks? Praying for San Bernardino and my family, I boarded the plane while sending a quick text to my wife and was relieved to hear they were all safe. Later that afternoon, as John and I drove from Albuquerque to Taos, we listened to more of the breaking news and talked about how pain and suffering often come out of nowhere. It was a timely conversation to say the least—especially since we were on our way to meet and interview Joy

How to Pray in a Distracting World

I remember lying in bed when I was 7 years old praying for everything and everyone. With my chin propped up on my hands, I’d pray for my sisters, parents, uncles, aunts, cousins, grandparents, friends, people from church, people in my town, in my state, in my country and all around the world. I’d even pray for people in heaven and hell. Then I would fall asleep and do it again the next night. With that kind of childhood prayer life, one might think I grew up to be a passionate prayer warrior who sees God answer my requests in awesome ways. But the truth is that I’ve sometimes gone weeks without faithfully going to the Lord in personal prayer. My excuses range from busyness to tiredness to a downright lack of self-discipline. The worst part is, I know I’m not alone. Paul Miller, author of A Praying Life, writes how

How to Read the Bible in 90 Days

Reading the Bible cover-to-cover in just 3 months is easier than you might think, but it is also a commitment. To help you confidently complete the Bible on Schedule, we’ve put together a video with 3 tips for you to have the best experience possible as you grow in your walk with God.   The Bible in 90 Days Will you join us and take the challenge to see God’s Word in a new and refreshing way? You can purchase The Bible in 90 Days, which is a special edition of the NIV Thinline Bible with “start” and “end” markers to help you know where to begin and end each day’s reading. But before you start reading, don’t forget to sign up for the 90-Day challenge. Once you sign up and activate the challenge, we will send you weekly emails designed to support and encourage you along the way.

Join Us In Reading the Bible in 90 Days

If reading the Bible provides such an abundance of peace, if time with the Lord in his Word is so fruitful, then why aren’t we faithful in reading the Bible? Perhaps, it’s for the same reason we abandon our January gym memberships by the end of February. Or because certain books in the Old Testament look particularly tedious and boring. Maybe we’re scared. Maybe it’s intimidating. Maybe we’ve failed before. Maybe it’s just too hard. Or maybe we don’t believe that it’s true, that God wrote it, that it matters at all. But it does. The Word is the bread of life. The bread of life. We need to eat those words just as we need to eat food. Without the Word preached, read, and made clear by the Holy Spirit, we would surely not be saved. Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build

Where Was Jesus in 2015?

After multiple terrorist attacks, civil wars, natural disasters, and the rise of numerous epidemics, some of us may look back and ask, where was Jesus in 2015? Charles Morris, President and Speaker of Haven Minsitries, answers that question by taking a look back at the events that brought us to the end of the year. Despite our fears of the world unravelling, God is still in control. We may not see Him in big ways that are immediately clear to us, but keep listening for His soft voice. May 2016 be the year you seek to know your Savior intimately. Open your heart to the small ways in which He will change your life forever. Keep looking to Jesus in 2016. Haven will be there to encourage with our radio broadcasts and daily devotionals. We’ll be a “safe haven” for you and your family. Please consider supporting Haven with your gift

5 Great Ways to Start the New Year

As 2015 comes to a close, 2016 begins with new promises and possibilities. It’s the time of year when we reevaluate the way we did things in the past in order to change and make life better in the future. The most common New Year’s resolutions are to lose weight, read more, watch less, or simply become a more pleasant person. All of these are good aspirations, but it’s hard to find the perfect goal that you can stick with till the end. Which is why we put together a list of resolutions that will benefit your body, mind and soul. We’ve also included a few links to resources that will help you along the way. It is our prayer that you complete your goal. And most of all, we hope that whatever you choose to do, this path will help you draw nearer to Jesus Christ.   1. Read

When Christmas Isn't Merry

What are you doing for Christmas? Instead of feeling excited at the thought, does that question make you anxious? Or sad? Maybe you don’t have anything to do on Christmas. Maybe your family lives far away. Or maybe they are close by but come with a lot of headaches. Maybe you have to work on the 25th. Or maybe you lost someone you love this year and dread the memories. For you, this might not be the most wonderful time of the year. That dichotomy between what the decorations and the music tell you to feel (Happy! Joy! Merry!) and what you really feel (Cranky! Scrooge-y! Sad!) are what cause many people to feel depressed over the holidays. So in this season of advent, what do you have to look forward to? In college, I was so homesick that my advent calendar looked like a red-and-green paper chain that only

What San Bernardino Needs Most

SAN BERNARDINO – The youngest was 26. The oldest, 60. One man a father of 6, known for reaching out to strangers at supermarket check-out lines. But there was also a mother of 3 who fled her native Iran because of religious persecution; and there was another American who left Vietnam at age 8, hoping for a better life. These were some of the 14 who died at an annual holiday party at Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, CA. They are all people we can identify with. And yet this tragedy came less than a week after a shooter entered a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs, killing 3 and wounding 9 others. At a time of year when most of us expect to be focusing on Christmas, we are instead fearfully wondering where terror might strike next. I can’t help but think of Officer Garret Swasey, who was an

The Amazing Story Behind Handel's Messiah

While you’re out shopping this Christmas season, listen closely: there’s a good chance that the background music you’ll hear is Handel’s Messiah. It’s the classical music we most associate with Christmas—especially the Hallelujah chorus, and it’s a major trigger for stirring up those warm feelings of fireside yuletide. The oratorio tells three stories: first, Jesus’ birth; second, His death; and third, His resurrection. The words to the piece are a distillation of Christian doctrine, written by a scholar of Handel’s day named Charles Jennens. Jennens wanted to counteract all of the secular thinking of the day and teach those who preferred concert halls to church pews the rudiments of the Christian message. He drew his text from the Bible and the Book of Common Prayer.     In 1741, George Frideric Handel, already a famous composer of his time, wrote it for the Easter holiday, but the music got quickly pegged

Celebrate the Messiah this Christmas

For Janet and me, Christmas starts on the long drive home after Thanksgiving. We hug my Mom goodbye and head west from Oklahoma back to Southern California. Every year as we begin that drive, we slip in The Messiah, sit back, and let the Christmas story roll over us again. Mile after mile we hear what God has done for us in Jesus, and somehow the combination of Scripture and music makes it come alive. I remember one year glancing over at Janet and seeing tears of joy flowing down her cheeks as the rich baritone voice repeated the promise: “We shall be changed.” How did Handel do it? How did he create such a spiritually powerful piece of music? Earlier this year I was able to visit Handel’s home in London to see the rooms where he composed and I heard the story of how it happened. I learned that

A Visit to Handel's House

For many, Handel’s Messiah is what people listen to most at Christmastime. The scope of this musical masterpiece spans the entirety of Scripture with the central point resting on the birth our Savior. Watch as Charles Morris explores the place where Christian composer George Frideric Handel wrote Messiah, which would later become known as his greatest work: Handel’s Messiah Every word on this 2-CD set comes from Scripture and exalts the name of Jesus! The prophetic words of Isaiah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi will help you anticipate the coming Messiah. And then, in the words of Matthew and Luke, the angels suddenly appear to the shepherds singing that familiar chorus, Glory to God in the highest! Peace on earth, good will towards men.

Officer Swasey's Final Sermon

On Friday, November 27, officer Garrett Swasey was killed at the Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado Springs. A husband and father of two, Swasey was also an elder who preached regularly at his church, Hope Chapel. From his sermon, we can tell that Swasey was a man who put Christ above himself: “Jesus is the cornerstone, we are merely stones being added to it. Jesus is the builder of the house, and He receives more glory than the house. And if we’re the house, He gets more glory than we do. Our objective is not to bring glory to ourselves but to bring glory to God. How? By transforming our lives through the Gospel. Apart from that it can’t be done, not in our own strength.” There is no doubt that Officer Garrett Swasey is a hero who put the lives of others before his own. In memory of what he

Anticipate Jesus this Christmas

Usually the weeks leading up to Christmas become a season of gift-buying, travel-planning, and meal-making. But that leaves little time to pause throughout the month to anticipate the coming Messiah. All of Scripture points to Christ’s birth. From Moses to Isaiah, the Israelites anticipated His coming for thousands of years, so let’s reciprocate that anticipation by taking a few moments in the next four weeks to look at key passages of Scripture that explicitly point to the coming Messiah. Will you join us in anticipating Jesus this Christmas? Just fill out the form below and we’ll send you content throughout December that focuses on how all the Bible points to the coming of Christ.

10 Bible Verses About Thanksgiving

Did you know that Thanksgiving didn’t start in North America? The practice of setting time aside to give thanks for blessings in life goes back thousands of years to the time of the Israelites. And, unlike what we focus on today, the real reason for the holiday is not to celebrate all of the food and material possessions we have. Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time to pause and give thanks for all we have in Christ—whether that is our salvation, our family, or simply the gift of God entering our life. And it is from this posture that we can turn to the Lord and ask Him to be with us in the good times and the bad. Now, with that in mind, here are 10 great Bible verses that will inspire you to give thanks: 1. Psalm 95:2-3 Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with

How to Teach Your Children the Bible

As children grow up, they will face a spiritual crisis unlike anything you and I have ever encountered. Despite growing up in the church, 60% of today’s young adults are walking away from their faith after experiencing the spiritual cynicism that is so prevalent in colleges and universities. The lack of a strong biblical foundation is becoming evident, and the trend is growing. What can you do to make sure the children in your life know their Bibles and have confidence in the saving work of Jesus Christ? Don’t assume they’ll get everything they need in Sunday school. Make a habit of reading Bible stories together. Invest in anything that will help captivate their imagination with the great story of the Bible! One of the best resources for this is What’s in the Bible?, a DVD series from VeggieTales creator, Phil Vischer. Full of silly songs, animation, and talking puppets, it’s actually substantial content that

A Christian Response to Violence in Paris

In the wake of the violence that took place in Paris, Charles Morris speaks about how Christ still reigns—even when bad things happen.

10 Little-known Facts About the Holocaust

It’s known as the Holocaust. Most people alive today would not have been around to witness the horror that took place during World War II, but we must never overlook how the Holocaust became one of the most devastating events in world history.  1. The term “holocaust” refers to an event in which many people are killed and many things are destroyed, especially by fire. Jews refer to this historic event as Shoah, which means “The Catastrophe.” 2. Jews weren’t the only people sent to concentration camps. Christians standing up to Nazi ideology, communists, socialists, gypsies, Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals, and others seen as having socially deviant behavior were also sent. 3. Not all concentration camps were death camps. Many were prisons and labor camps, though the horrible conditions still caused many to die from exhaustion and starvation. 4. Concentration camps were primarily used for detention and cheap labor. Other camps, like

Side By Side

Everyone needs help from time to time, especially in the midst of painful circumstances and difficult trials. Dr. Ed Welch introduces a way for all Christians—pastors and laypeople alike—to develop their “helping skills” when it comes to walking alongside hurting people.   Side by Side Written out of the conviction that friends are the best helpers, this accessible introduction to biblical counseling will equip believers to share their burdens with one another through gentle words of wisdom and kind acts of love. This book is written for those eager to see God use ordinary relationships and conversations between ordinary Christians to work extraordinary miracles in the lives of His people. ORDER THE BOOK        

How NOT To Count Your Blessings

Upon first hearing, “Count your blessings,” sounds so trite, like a dismissal of someone’s pain. Oh, you have three children under three and they’re sharing a cold? Count your blessings. At least you have children! I think one of the reasons this piece of advice thuds so hard against hurting ears is that it’s become a platitude. It’s a way for the speaker to acknowledge someone’s complaints without really taking the time to listen and empathize. As in all things, though, it’s important to test phrases like these against Scripture. Is there any truth to this common saying? It happens that the Lord calls his people to remember, time and time again. In Deuteronomy 5:15 he says, “You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm.” And in 1 Chronicles

Acceptable Sins

Adultery. Theft. Murder. These are the forbidden sins, the first on the list of what Christians are not permitted to do. Other obvious sins include blasphemy, profanity, using the Lord’s name in vain, sexual sin, and causing harm to others. But what about those other sins, the ones that either take place behind closed doors or are so commonplace that we don’t even realize we’re sinning? We do many of these things on a daily basis yet they usually don’t cause fellow believers to correct us or question our salvation. These are the sins we can’t help but commit. The sins no one makes us feel bad about. These are the sins of the heart. So here are 10 examples of sins that often float under the radar in our everyday lives. But as you read, don’t let this list weigh you down. These sins are rooted deeply in our

Acceptable Sins

Adultery. Theft. Murder. These are the forbidden sins, the first on the list of what Christians are not permitted to do. Other obvious sins include blasphemy, profanity, using the Lord’s name in vain, sexual sin, and causing harm to others. But what about those other sins, the ones that either take place behind closed doors or are so commonplace that we don’t even realize we’re sinning? We do many of these things on a daily basis yet they usually don’t cause fellow believers to correct us or question our salvation. These are the sins we can’t help but commit. The sins no one makes us feel bad about. These are the sins of the heart. So here are 10 examples of sins that often float under the radar in our everyday lives. But as you read, don’t let this list weigh you down. These sins are rooted deeply in our

Pray for Mexico

Hurricane Patricia is the most powerful hurricane in recorded history, and it just barreled through Mexico’s Southwestern coast Friday night. Officials declared a state of emergency after Patricia reached record-breaking wind speeds, forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate. Now moving inland, the storm’s strength has rapidly diminished while the full extent of the damage remains unknown. Will you join us in praying for those affected by Hurricane Patricia? Here’s how you can pray: 1. Pray for Safety Many locals have been able to evacuate and seek proper shelter, but the danger is still great for those who faced the high winds, rain, and flooding that took place Friday night. Pray for the Lord to protect the people who did not find adequate shelter. And pray for the helpers who are putting themselves in harm’s way to offer relief to those who can’t help themselves. 2. Pray for Restoration

3 Ways to Stop Complaining

The Bible says that we should do everything without complaining, yet all of us continue to grumble about even the little things in life. In this video, Charles Morris shares how we can look beyond ourselves to have a heart of gratitude instead of discontentment.     Stop Your Complaining For more on the topic of complaining, consider ordering a copy of Ronnie Martin’s new book Stop Your Complaining, which explores the often-overlooked sin of grumbling. In this book, Ronnie writes about how Christians can put away their discontent to adopt an attitude of gratitude and humility.         

The Meaning of Worship

How do you define worship? For many of us, worship is what we do when we sing to God in church. Others would define it as the entire church service. Some would simply say we worship God by living our day-to-day lives as believers who seek to honor Christ. None of these answers would be wrong. In fact, each could make one very complete definition of worship. The problem is, we don’t often realize the implications of what we are doing, who we are worshiping, or why we should do it in the first place. We need a refresher. The word “worship” is derived from the old English word weorthscripe, which refers to worthiness, or the acknowledgement of worth. Basically, we worship God because He is worthy of our praise, adoration, exultation, admiration, gratitude, honor, reverence, and veneration. Why is He worthy of these things? Because He is our Creator, Provider, Savior,

The Meaning of Worship

How do you define worship? For many of us, worship is what we do when we sing to God in church. Others would define it as the entire church service. Some would simply say we worship God by living our day-to-day lives as believers who seek to honor Christ. None of these answers would be wrong. In fact, each could make one very complete definition of worship. The problem is, we don’t often realize the implications of what we are doing, who we are worshiping, or why we should do it in the first place. We need a refresher. The word “worship” is derived from the old English word weorthscripe, which refers to worthiness, or the acknowledgement of worth. Basically, we worship God because He is worthy of our   praise adoration exultation admiration gratitude honor reverence and veneration.   Why is He worthy of these things? Because He is

Hymns for Every Generation

Just as parents love to see their children spending time together and loving one another. How much more our Heavenly Father must love it when His kids come together in worship—loving each other and loving Him! Here are two great songs from Tommy Walker’s Generation Hymns 2, a remarkable album that truly captures multi-cultural, multi-generational worship.   It Is Well   Blessed Assurance   Generation Hymns 2 In recent years, hymns have often times divided the generations in church worship. This project is a humble attempt to present these treasures of our faith in such a way that they will bring the generations together again.        

Rescue For Refugees: How You Can Help

Between the civil war in Syria and the advance of ISIS in the Middle East, 14 million people have been forced to flee their homes–more than half of them children. This is the greatest number of displaced people since World War II. Iraqi and Syrian refugees are in desperate need. Many are living in refugee camps in Northern Iraq, while others are risking death and homelessness as they attempt to reach Europe and elsewhere. Haven Ministries is partnering with Samaritan’s Purse to provide food, shelter, and other necessities to refugees in Iraq and Europe. Will you give so that refugees can get the resources they need to survive? 100% of your gift will be used to bring help and hope to those who need it most. Here are some examples of how your gift may be used according to the current need.   (View larger image) Will you help bring

Beautiful Eulogy: Take Me Home

Beautiful Eulogy is a Portland, Oregon-based group made up of artists Braille, Odd Thomas, and Courtland Urbano. Driven to produce music by a desire to glorify Christ, these men draw from hip-hop roots, folk songs, and old hymns to present a unique and meaningful worship experience.     Listen to their intervew on HAVEN Today. Or hear more of their music when you visit their webite.      

Experiencing God in the Wake of Tragedy

This post was originally featured on USA Today. I know. After 19 firefighters died in Prescott, Ariz., the spotlight flared out as we rebuilt our lives. TV news vans with telescoping satellite antennas have converged on the town of Roseburg, Ore. They huddle in parking lots surrounding Umpqua Community College, where a shooter stole the lives of nine students and teachers. For the next few days, reporters will document local folks recounting the horror, crying, remembering, and even staring like deer into the headlight of national news coverage. Then, one day, the antennas will zip back down into the roofs of the vans. And as fast as they came, the reporters will be gone. The pain, however, will not go with them. And the little town will be left with a gaping void — not only from the absence of the national news but also from the deafening absence of

What is grace?

The late Pastor Jack Miller consistently preached the meaning of grace to his congregation for many years. In this short video, some of his family and friends help define what grace actually means according to God’s Word. Begin a Year of Grace-Filled Living Now! The gospel changes how we live each day. And Christians need to hear the gospel by faith every day. These 366 gospel-saturated selections from Jack Miller’s pioneering sermons offer a fresh exploration of the everyday life of faith. With topics like forgiveness, relationships, temptation, prayer, joy, and perseverance, this daily devotional will help readers catch Miller’s hope-filled vision for living in light of the gospel.  

Israel Tour 2015: Walk Where Jesus Walked

Have you ever wanted to visit the places Jesus would have lived and performed His ministry? We are inviting you to join Charles Morris this November, not as a tourist, but as a pilgrim. Come on a journey of faith and walk where Jesus walked. WHEN: November 8, 2015 –  November 21, 2015 Trip Includes: 13 Days/12 Nights in first class accommodations Full buffet breakfast and dinner each day Land transportation in a deluxe motor coach Experienced Jordanian and Israeli tour guides Dinner at the King David Hotel Transportation to and from airports, all tips, gratuities, and entrance fees Not included: Airfare Daily Lunches Jordanian Visa ($60 USD) Optional travel insurance Trip Rates: All prices are per person in US dollars and are based on double occupancy. Jordan and Israel Land Tour: $2,690 USD Single Supplement: $795 USD (additional) Medical/cancellation insurance is available at additional cost Download Reservation Form For

Hope For A Broken Marriage

“No love of the natural heart is safe unless the human heart has been satisfied by God first.” –Oswald Chambers If you looked at the surface of her life, everything was perfect. Juana Mikels was married to a handsome man, Terry. They had good jobs, a brand-new 2,200-square-foot house, nice cars, friends. And yet, as she says, “Saturday mornings were the worst for me. … The sun would be shining and Terry would be preparing to wash his car and get ready to play golf, and I would be idle and sad.” At 26, after three and a half years of marriage, Juana was so unhappy with her life that she left her husband, convinced that he was the problem. She quickly found that living the single life and dating other men didn’t satisfy. For answers about how she could be happy, she tried three counselors and two churches. It

The Day After the World's End

  Morning. The sun rose in the same way it always does. The wind still rustled through the trees. I still woke up groggily, the day after the world’s end. Sunday evening my wife and I went to an old watchtower on top of a tall hill in rural Missouri to watch the earth’s shadow overtake the super moon, which was supposed to signal the end of the world, according to some groups. I didn’t expect the world to end that night, but a piece of me couldn’t help but wonder. There were many saying the end was near, with the loudest voice coming from a megachurch in Texas. Much of this perspective comes out of Joel 1:30-31, which says, “I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood

On the Ground in Northern Iraq

The Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic Ten miles from ISIS above the plains of ancient Nineveh, a Chaldean pastor prays the Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic—the language Jesus spoke over 2,000 years ago. This is the closest thing we have today for us to experience what it was like to hear Jesus speak these same words.   Should we forgive ISIS? Reverend Douglas Bazi, Pastor & Erbil Relief Director, talks about how to be in a Christian living in the shadow of ISIS.   What Life is Like in Erbil Charles Morris reports from one of Iraq’s largest cities that remains free from the control of ISIS. Life goes on, though the danger of an attack is imminent.   Do refugees have a future? Just outside a refugee camp in Northern Iraq, Charles Morris interviews Caleb Drown, Samaritan’s Purse Deputy Director, to see what the long-term future holds for refugees in that

3 Ways to Pray for Refugees

When people are suffering on the other side of the world, it’s often easy to feel like we are powerless to help. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. God has equipped every believer with the ability to help scores of people through the ministry of prayer. When it comes to the millions displaced by war and persecution in Syria and Iraq, there is a great need for the body of Christ to come together and pray for those who need it today. You can download a single-column or three-column bookmark PDF. Or follow the images below for 3 ways you can pray: 1. Pray For Refugees 2. Pray For Relief 3. Pray For Persecutors Will you join us in praying for refugees, relief, and even the persecutors? Scripture promises us that great things will when we come to the Lord in prayer and believe that He will answer

3 Ways to Pray For Refugee Relief

When people are suffering on the other side of the world, it’s often easy to feel like we are powerless to help. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. God has equipped every believer with the ability to help scores of people through the ministry of prayer. When it comes to the millions displaced by war and persecution in Syria and Iraq, there is a great need for the body of Christ to come together and pray for those who need it today. You can download a single-column or three-column bookmark PDF. Or follow the images below for 3 ways you can pray: 1. Pray For Refugees   2. Pray For Relief   3. Pray For Persecutors   Will you join us in praying for refugees, relief, and even the persecutors? Scripture promises us that great things will when we come to the Lord in prayer and believe that

A Christian Response to the ISIS Refugee Crisis

Between the civil war in Syria and the advance of ISIS in the Middle East, 14 million people have been forced to flee their homes—more than half of them children. This is the greatest number of displaced people since World War II. Watch as Charles Morris, President and Speaker of Haven Ministries, interviews people on the ground in Northern Iraq to discover how the Church can help the millions displaced by war and persecution.        

Rescue For Refugees: How You Can Help

Between the civil war in Syria and the advance of ISIS in the Middle East, 14 million people have been forced to flee their homes–more than half of them children. This is the greatest number of displaced people since World War II. Iraqi and Syrian refugees are in desperate need. Many are living in refugee camps in Northern Iraq, while others are risking death and homelessness as they attempt to reach Europe and elsewhere. Haven Ministries is partnering with Samaritan’s Purse to provide food, shelter, and other necessities to refugees in Iraq and Europe. Will you give so that refugees can get the resources they need to survive? 100% of your gift will be used to bring help and hope to those who need it most. Here are some examples of how your gift may be used according to the current need.

How can Christians share their faith?

Many Christians think the task of mission is a verbal activity. But perhaps the best kept secret of New Testament teaching about mission is that it involves a whole range of activities that explicitly promote Christ to the world and draw others to Him. And only a few of them involve speaking! The reality is that the Lord wants our whole life, not just our lips, to be intsruments that bring the gospel to the world. Every facet of our lives can be used by God to promote the news of His power and mercy. Watch Dr. John Dickson give a short answer for how all Christians, even those who aren’t extroverts, can share their faith.     The Best Kept Secret of Christian Mission This is a practical guide to the biblical art of sharing your faith. John Dickson offers refreshing insights into the ways that all Christians can

10 Things You Should Know About Love

The word “love” has many meanings. There is romantic love, physical love, compassionate love, spiritual love, and even the kind of love you have for whatever is entertaining you at the moment. But what is at the heart of this broadly defined human emotion? Where does it come from? In order to answer these questions, we need to go to the definitive source on love—Scripture. Here are 10 of the most notable verses on love in the New Testament: 1. This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. — 1 John 3:16 2. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.— 1 John 4:8 3. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does

Uncovered Letter From World War II

Haven Ministries is part of an 81-year legacy that began under the leadership of radio host Paul Myers. Known as First Mate Bob on the air, he encouraged listeners for decades on the radio program called Haven of Rest (now called HAVEN Today). Learn more about our history. Recently, we thought it would be fascinating to dig up an old “Log of the Good Ship Grace,” an update First Mate Bob wrote regularly, about what Christians can look forward to when World War II would finally be over. And we weren’t disappointed. This is a word-for-word transcription of what First Mate Bob wrote in 1944, just one year before the end of World War II. He was writing to a war-torn nation, but I think you’ll find that the words he wrote 71 years ago continue to be true for each of us today.   Post-War! By First Mate Bob

'Til We Meet Again

In Europe during WWII, Ray Whipps served as an infantryman under General Patton in the trenches of Normandy, Paris, and Belgium. Betty was a field nurse in Cherbourg, France. After Ray was injured in a mortar blast, the two met and bonded over their shared faith. As Betty nursed Ray back to health, they fell in love and vowed to marry after the war. But then things went terribly wrong. Hear Ray and Betty introduce their remarkable story of faith and love amidst the calamities of World War II.     ‘Til We Meet Again by Ray & Betty Whipps Told in first person from Ray’s perspective, with personal wartime letters from Betty throughout, ‘Til We Meet Again is a sweeping love story set amid the backdrop of WWII. It is an epic story of faith, hope, and love, and a nostalgic look back at one of the most memorable

Hospitality Is Evangelism, Too

Maybe, to you, evangelism looks like standing out on a street corner or knocking on someone’s door with a gospel tract. So you don’t do it. Because after all, you’re introverted and not as studied in apologetics as you’d like. (Maybe a little bit scared of man? Proverbs 29:25.) You might be surprised that we’re not here to beat you up about this. In fact, we’re going to tell you that it’s A-OK. We are all called to share the gospel with words, but some people are specifically called to evangelism—we’re looking at you, pastor and missionary. Others are called to broader gospel-promoting work. “For Christians in general—as opposed to evangelists in particular—telling the gospel to others (evangelism) could be described as the icing on the cake of mission,” writes John Dickson in The Best Kept-Secret of Christian Mission: Promoting the Gospel with More Than Our Lips. “It is certainly

Recreational Marijuana: How Christians Can Respond

Is the Christian permitted to use marijuana? While America celebrated 239 years of independence on July 4, many in Oregon were celebrating four days of legalized recreational marijuana use. The Pacific Northwest state joins Colorado, Washington, and Alaska, who also now allow people to use and possess limited amounts of pot for recreational use. The number of states where marijuana possession or medicinal use of marijuana is now legal is growing all the time. And the number of questions that are being asked of pastors and other Christians are growing even faster. What should the pastor say when confronted with that inevitable? In the past, the answer was easy and took little thought. “No – it is illegal.” The question is more complicated now. An appeal to the law for prohibition cannot be made. The Christian is going to have to have reasons. Of course, an explicit prohibition on marijuana

3 Reasons to Pray for Cuba

I knew little about Cuba. Nor did I have any intention to visit. But when a friend asked me to visit with him, for some reason I said yes. Most of the little I do know about Cuba I learned through my son’s experience as a United States Coast Guardsman, in which he spent part of his enlistment on law enforcement cruises in and around Cuba and Haiti. The rest I overheard as a young boy growing up in the 1950s and ‘60s during the Bay of Pigs and Cuban Missile Crisis. I knew nothing about the church in Cuba and, I confess, I didn’t care that much either. Eight days spent on the island helped me see some of what Cuba is like—its spectacular landscape, its people, its economy. Additionally, the Christians I met positioned me to see what the Lord has been doing and may be poised to

What Cuba Really Needs

Imagine what it would be like to be a new believer in Christ but have no access to the Bible. The number of born again Christians in Cuba has doubled since the Revolution in 1959, and with Bibles prohibited for decades, churches are desperate to get the Word of God into people’s hands and homes. Reporting from Havana, Charles Morris shares what Christians in Cuba need most.         

Chris Tomlin: Behind the Music

As one of the biggest Christian music artists of all time, Chris Tomlin has led millions in worship with songs like How Great is Our God, Jesus Messiah, Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone), and Our God. We recently had the opportunity to speak with Chris while he was on tour, and he shared with us the powerful message behind the song At the Cross, from his newest album Love Ran Red. Listen to the what he had to say: Listen to the full interview with Chris Tomlin on HAVEN Today.     Love Ran Red Chris Tomlin continues to write songs for the Church that point to the greatness of God and the grace of Christ. He returns with his 10th album, Love Ran Red, which features the songs Waterfall, Jesus Loves Me, and At The Cross.      

How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth

The Bible is not the easiest book to read. In fact, it can be extremely difficult for someone new to its contents. For example, if we read, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (Jeremiah 29:11) by itself, we will just see a motivational Bible verse. We would miss the significance behind the promise God makes to His people as they are conquered, captured, and thrown into exile. If we take the time to look carefully at the Bible, that’s when we begin to understand what God is really saying to us through His Word. Here is a concise step-by-step guide to reading the Bible for all its worth: 1. Understand the Context Who wrote it? When? Who was the intended audience? Build a bridge from Biblical times

What to Say (and what not to say) to Sufferers

Friends wield significant power. They can build us up; they can tear us down. In God’s good design, they are one of the primary tools used to help us grow—especially during the hard times. Think of Job. First, God allows Satan to take his property. Then his children. Then his health. So much of the Book of Job, though, is focused on how his friends react. These friends had the power to help Job, a sufferer, but ended up hurting him. Their negative example shows us what not to say to sufferers if we want to help them (For example, straight from Job’s wife’s mouth: “Curse God and die.”) In Side by Side: Walking with Others in Wisdom and Love, counselor Ed Welch has a few other things that we should not say to sufferers: It could be worse. What is God teaching you through this? God will work this

5 Biblical Responses to Homosexuality

Sam Allberry is an author and pastor in the UK. He experiences same-sex attraction, but, because of his love for Jesus, he holds to a biblical definition of marriage and is committed to remaining celibate. Below, he answers some of the key questions being asked today about how Christians can respond to the issue of homosexuality and the church. 1. In light of the 2015 Supreme Court decision for all 50 states in the U.S. to allow same-sex marriages, how should the church in North America respond? The church must respond with both truth and love. Truth, because we have been given an understanding of marriage in the Scriptures that is clear and non-negotiable. Jesus taught that marriage is predicated on sexual difference and that the only godly alternative is celibacy (Matthew 19:4-6, 10-12). We are not at liberty to depart from this blueprint as Christians. The state now has

Should a Christian attend a Same-Sex Wedding?

In light of the United States Supreme Court decision to allow same-sex marriage in all 50 states, this question is becoming increasingly more relevant for a biblically-minded Christians. In this video, Sam Allberry offers a wise response that allows believers to maintain a friendship without compromising our Christian witness.     Is God Anti-Gay? by Sam Allberry The polarizing debate about homosexuality has consumed our modern culture, not only in the secular space but within the church itself. Denominations are splitting over the issue, and concerned Christians are struggling to articulate their position on the issue with clarity. This is a must-read for any Christian desiring to be “in the world and not of the world,” as it ably defends the standard of God’s Word with insight, compassion, and grace.  

Sam Allberry on Struggling with Same-Sex Attraction

Sam Allberry, a church pastor in the UK, is a Christian with same-sex attraction. Because of his love for Jesus, he is committed to remaining celibate. Sam also mentions that his journey can be painful and frustrating, but, most of all, it gives him great understanding and compassion for others, and a capacity for friendship that otherwise wouldn’t be possible. This is his story:    Is God Anti-Gay? by Sam Allberry The polarizing debate about homosexuality has consumed our modern culture, not only in the secular space but within the church itself. Denominations are splitting over the issue, and concerned Christians are struggling to articulate their position on the issue with clarity. This is a must-read for any Christian desiring to be “in the world and not of the world,” as it ably defends the standard of God’s Word with insight, compassion, and grace.        

Welcome to HAVEN Today

Watch as Charles Morris explains why it is important for all of us to live out the great story that’s all about Jesus.     Would you make a difference for Haven with your gift today? As a listener supported ministry, we depend on your generosity to proclaim Christ on the radio, in print, and online. Reaching about 2 million people around the world each week is an incredible opportunity! And when you give to Haven, you can be confident that you are making an investment in growing the Kingdom of God!      

Missionary Pioneer Elisabeth Elliot Goes Home

Jesus can be intense. And following Him is a serious business.    Take this story from the book of Luke: “To another he [Jesus] said, ‘Follow me.’ But he said, ‘Lord, let me first go and bury my father.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.’” Luke 9:59-60 Jesus says that spreading the Word, the key to the door of eternal life, is more urgent than anything else: friends, home, money, safety, and even family. This man’s father was probably still alive, so the man is saying he needed to take care of his family before he followed Jesus. Jesus’s response? It’s me or him. Now or never. Last week, a woman who followed Jesus with this kind of importance and urgency and whole-heartedness, fell asleep and woke up wearing a crown at Jesus’

10 Bible Verses For Dads

Fathers are a gift from God. Not only do they give us life and wisdom, but Dads are the ones who give us a glimpse of our eternal Father in Heaven. The verses below simply point out how Scripture declares that parenthood truly is a blessing from the Lord.   1. Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court. — Psalm 127:3-5 2. Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old. — Proverbs 23:22 3. Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. — Luke 12:32 4. Honor

Experiencing God in the Wake of Tragedy

I know. After 19 firefighters died in Prescott, Ariz., the spotlight flared out as we rebuilt our lives. TV news vans with telescoping satellite antennas have converged on the town of Roseburg, Ore. They huddle in parking lots surrounding Umpqua Community College, where a shooter stole the lives of nine students and teachers. For the next few days, reporters will document local folks recounting the horror, crying, remembering, and even staring like deer into the headlight of national news coverage. Then, one day, the antennas will zip back down into the roofs of the vans. And as fast as they came, the reporters will be gone. The pain, however, will not go with them. And the little town will be left with a gaping void — not only from the absence of the national news but also from the deafening absence of irretrievable life. I know this because two years

What is Grace?

The late Pastor Jack Miller consistently preached the meaning of grace to his congregation for many years. In this short video, some of his family and friends help define what grace actually means according to God’s Word.     Begin a Year of Grace-Filled Living Now! The gospel changes how we live each day. And Christians need to hear the gospel by faith every day. These 366 gospel-saturated selections from Jack Miller’s pioneering sermons offer a fresh exploration of the everyday life of faith. With topics like forgiveness, relationships, temptation, prayer, joy, and perseverance, this daily devotional will help readers catch Miller’s hope-filled vision for living in light of the gospel. Order a copy today!      

Join Us in Reading the Bible in 90 Days

If reading the Bible provides such an abundance of peace, if time with the Lord in his Word is so fruitful, then why aren’t we faithful in reading the Bible? Perhaps, it’s for the same reason we abandon our January gym memberships by the end of February. Or because certain books in the Old Testament look particularly tedious and boring.  Maybe we’re scared. Maybe it’s intimidating. Maybe we’ve failed before. Maybe it’s just too hard. Or maybe we don’t believe that it’s true, that God wrote it, that it matters at all.  But it does. The Word is the bread of life. The bread of life. We need to eat those words just as we need to eat food. Without the Word preached, read, and made clear by the Holy Spirit, we would surely not be saved.  Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build

Nepal: 3 Ways to Respond

The death toll in Nepal has risen above 8,000. Tens of thousands more are wounded. And Millions are struggling to survive and rebuild. This is one of the worst disasters the world has seen in the last few years. The Nepali people have endured two deadly earthquakes in 2 weeks and are in desperate need of outside help. We know there are many who want to help, but they don’t know how. That’s why we have put together a list of three ways you can respond.   The first way you can help the Nepali people is through prayer. Pray for those who have lost their loved ones. Pray for the people to find safety. Pray for them to find reliable sources of food and water. But most of all, pray for them to know Jesus. Christians only make up 0.45% of Nepal’s population, but Scripture shows us that the

Christian Survivors in Nepal

UPDATE 05/12/2015: Another massive earthquake struck Nepal last night as the country was still recovering from the one that hit on April 25. This second 7.3 magnitude quake led to at least 39 deaths and thousands more wounded. Please keep praying for Nepal. This is what Tara Fairty, a Christian volunteer worker in Nepal, wrote after the most recent quake: We are fine after the 7.3 quake that hit today. It happened right after lunch and my students were on the ground floor in the computer lab for [class]. They got out quickly and my TA and I were in the classroom and also got out. All staff and students are safe. Pray for the students as now many could have anxiety about returning to school. Also for the parents who were not with their children when this one hit. Outside [our school] the danger continues of buildings being destroyed

How I Learned to Snap

How can we encourage our kids to know the Bible in a world with so many distractions? Randall Goodgame creatively sets Bible passages to fun music, making it nearly impossible for your kids not to sing the Word of God. I was even snapping to the beat by the end of this fun video.     Sing the Bible Slugs & Bugs has applied its unique blend of sincerity and silliness to 18 brand-new songs filled with lyrics straight from Scripture. The captivating melodies will have you and your kids memorizing Bible verses without even realizing it. Featuring special appearances by the African Children’s Choir, author Sally Lloyd-Jones, and a host of Nashville’s finest musicians.      

Helping Kids Know the Bible

How can we encourage our kids to know the Bible in a world with so many distractions? Randall Goodgame creatively sets Bible passages to fun music, making it nearly impossible for your kids not to sing the Word of God. Even Charles Morris was snapping to the beat by the end of this fun video.   Sing the Bible Vol. 1 & 2 Slugs & Bugs has applied its unique blend of sincerity and silliness to 18 brand-new songs filled with lyrics straight from Scripture. The captivating melodies will have you and your kids memorizing Bible verses without even realizing it. Featuring special appearances by the African Children’s Choir, author Sally Lloyd-Jones, and a host of Nashville’s finest musicians.  

Take the Bible Memory Challenge!

A tiny hole in the curtain allowed us to view the packed house beyond the stage. It was my first theater production and I had the first line. Palms wet with sweat, I kept imagining myself stumbling over my lines and staring blankly into the dim faces of the audience without anything to say. But when the curtain was finally drawn, I walked out and faced my fears. All the practice leading up to my performance paid off, and I nailed every line. I am no longer an actor, but now I have a new ambition: I want to memorize Scripture. I long for the ability to recite Psalm 42 while doing dishes or driving to the store or walking to the mailbox. So, finally, I’m going to take the challenge. And I want you to you join me. I’ll be following a simple plan laid out in the book

3 Benefits for Memorizing God's Word

Janet Pope has been memorizing scripture for decades. In this video she shares how the pursuit of memorizing entire books of Scripture has changed her life, and how this practice will change your life too!     Most of us want to memorize Scripture, but so many other things become our priority. So we daily strive without doing the most important thing, the best thing – putting God’s Word in our hearts and minds. The good news is YOU can do it. In this updated classic, Janet Pope will share practical tips and strategies – including how to use technology – to help you to start memorizing the Living Word today. A diligent student of the Bible, Janet Pope’s passion is to lead others to the oasis of God’s Word. She has memorized over 120 chapters of Scripture, including 14 books of the Bible.

Speaking Truth Into the Abortion Debate

Abortion is back in the news. In the 1980’s rallies for both the “Pro-Life” and “Pro-Choice” positions were often featured on the nightly news. The issue was debated by prominent figures, and candidates from all political parties were defined by their stance on the subject. But in the last decade or two, the national dialogue grew quiet. This doesn’t mean the issue went away. It just means that many news “gatekeepers” chose not to talk about it anymore. At the heart of the issue is how you define a child. What age is a child’s life protected under our laws? When does the unborn fetus have rights? Is it at conception? Is it at 20 weeks? Is it upon birth? Thanks to several undercover videos released in the last few weeks, the topic is openly being discussed once again. These videos seem to show Planned Parenthood leadership negotiating the sale

C.S. Lewis: In His Own Words

You could say it was The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis’s stories of four children who fall through a wardrobe into a magical land of talking animals, that led me to saving faith. Because if it weren’t for those books and their captivating stories, I would have never been attracted to Lewis’s Mere Christianity. I saw the book on my best friend’s floor and picked it up because I had loved the Chronicles and had no idea Lewis had written more. I believe that God had already taken a hold of my heart. But it was while reading Mere Christianity that the logic of it all fell into place. Mere Christianity has affected many other lives besides my own. The back story to the book is that it was made up of the words Lewis spoke in a series of radio talks that he did for the BBC during World

Is The Resurrection Historically Accurate?

The most startling claim of Christianity is that Jesus rose from the dead after being brutally executed on a Roman cross two thousand years ago. Could it possibly be true? And if it were, what difference could it make to us today? Dr. N.T. Wright is a leading New Testament Scholar and retired Anglican Bishop. Here, he gives a helpful presentation on how believers can trust the historical authenticity of the Resurrection.     If you’d like to learn more about why the Resurrection must be true, check out Dr. N.T. Wright’s DVD on the Resurrection. You can also listen to his interview with Charles Morris here.   The ESV Archaeology Study Bible roots the biblical text in its historical and cultural context, equipping readers to understand the people, places, and events recorded in Scripture. Edited by Dr. John Currid (PhD, University of Chicago) and Dr. David Chapman (PhD, University

Grace Changes Everything

Grace. This is one of the words we hear most often, and it’s also one of the most important gifts we receive from Christ. To put it simply, grace has the power to change our lives from hopelessness to joy. In this week leading up to Easter, Lee Strobel is on HAVEN Today telling stories of everyday people experiencing grace in powerful ways [Click HERE to listen to the interview]. Focusing on God’s transforming work in their lives, Lee shows us that grace truly does change everything about who we are and how we live.      Perhaps you know someone whose heart toward God is so hard it seems they’ll never come to faith in Christ. We all know people like that. This is why Lee Strobel’s The Case For Graceis so important. In the book, Lee carefully looks at several case studies – stories of God’s incredible work

The Long Goodbye: Kara Tippetts Goes Home

She was wearing a knit hat. Not surprising for November in Colorado Springs. But when she took it off her suffering was exposed. Her eyes were bright and her smile was warm and her head was bald from chemo. Now Kara has gone Home to be with the Lord. She was still battling cancer back in November, but in early February her doctors conceded that the chemo wasn’t working. It was time to concentrate on controlling her pain and easing her into death. As Kara said, it was time for the long goodbye. I am seeing the fading of my life and the shortening of my days. The cancer cells are multiplying, and my strength is decreasing. There is only one answer: the Author of Peace will meet me in my deep distress. His answer is certain; His presence is my peace. — Anchor Devotional, March 11, 2015 Her confidence

Kara Tippetts Documentary Trailer

After a long battle with breast cancer, Kara Tippetts went home to be with Jesus on Sunday, March 22, 2015. Our prayers and support go out to her husband Jason, their four children, and the congregation they led together in Colorado Springs. Even as she entered hospice and neared the end of her time on earth, cancer was only part of Kara’s story. Her real fight was to truly live while facing the crushing reality that her body was failing. Jay Lyons, a friend and producer, spent several days with Kara and her family to put together a short docmentary trailer. Here, he captures the emotional journey that occured as Kara began to say her long goodbye.       The Hardest Peace Kara Tippetts knows the mundane but rich days of mothering four kids, the joy of watching her children grow, and the devastating reality of stage-four cancer. In

Discovering the First Christian Songbook

In 1909, J.R. Harris discovered fragments of what are now known as “The Odes of Solomon.” Written between 80 AD and 125 AD in Ancient Syriac and Greek, these 42 Odes were penned at the dawn of Christianity, shedding new light on how the first Christians worshiped. Learn more about the research behind the Odes Discovery. Out of all the music and literature that have been uncovered from this early era in church history, the Odes have held up the most to Scriptural integrity. Dr. Hughes Oliphant Old, Professor of Theology and Worship at Erskine Theological Seminary, has devoted his whole life to studying the worship of the early church. He appreciates the Odes most of all because of their great similarities to the Psalms. But who wrote the Odes? This is still a mystery. Many scholars have speculated that the writer was a disciple of John, or at least

10 Things to Love About Charles Spurgeon

When the sermons of other men are covered with dust, Spurgeon’s will still be read—and preached! — Warren W. Wiersbe Charles H. Spurgeon, “the prince of preachers,” is one of the most-admired pastors that ever stepped behind a pulpit, reaching over 10 million people in his lifetime with his sermons. And even after his death more than a hundred years ago, his legacy continues to influence pastors and churchgoers around the world today. Here are just a few of the characteristics that made him great. 1. He relied on the Lord in his work. Because Spurgeon worked almost 18 hours a day, the missionary David Livingston once asked him, “How do you manage to do two men’s work in a single day?” Spurgeon replied, “You have forgotten there are two of us.” Who is this second person? Pastor John Piper explains, “I think he meant the presence of Christ’s energizing

5 Events that Shaped the Church

There are an estimated 7 billion people on the earth today, and we are all the product of the countless generations of people who came before us. And just like you and me, they each have a story. The events that shaped their lives have also had a deep impact on the way we see the world right now. History may not be everyone’s favorite subject, but no one can discount the significant influence it has on our lives each day. Edmund Burke said, “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” But Alton Gansky, author of 30 Events That Shaped the Church, goes even further by saying “True as that is, some history deserves to be repeated. The examples of the brave, the determined, and the dedicated are worth emulating.”     There are hundreds of events that have shaped the way we live, think and worship,

How to Talk About God in Everyday Life

When you hear the word evangelism, does it make you feel a little nervous or slightly guilty? If we’re being honest with ourselves, I think a lot of us would have to say “yes” on both counts. Many of us see evangelism as a kind of spiritual cold-calling or unwanted door-to-door sales pitches where you might try to talk with people you don’t know about something they don’t want to hear about. The good news is that there is another way to share the good news of Jesus in an effective and meaningful way.     The Arts of Spiritual Conversations is a program that helps us practice nine everyday activities that can open a gateway for talking about God naturally with anyone. These practices reflect the way that Jesus interacted with the people around Him, and it’s the way we can bring the gospel into everyday life. Getting started

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

We sang “Great is thy Faithfulness” at our wedding. I picked it out because, as a fairly new Christian, it was one of the only hymns I knew. I hadn’t been a believer long enough to know many hymns or songs that meant anything to me. When we sang it on that spring morning in Seattle, it was, of course, raining. Our voices filled the sanctuary and the rain hitting the roof was the steady drumbeat. In that moment I was thinking about how faithful God had been in the past—in sparing me from His wrath and saving me, in finding me a Godly man, in providing us with work and friends and a good church. God had brought so many people into my life to shepherd me onward over my seven short years of walking with Him. Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father; There is no shadow

The Decline of the American Church

Research from the Barna Group, Gallup, and others indicate that the evangelical church in North America is declining. Committed evangelical Christians now only make up a small percentage of the population in the United States. It’s a significant issue and if things don’t change, it is only going to get worse. In this video, John Dickerson identifies the problem and offers a solution to how the Evangelical Church in North America can recover:   This is a difficult question that applies to all of us. In his book, John Dickerson diagnoses why the evangelical church is decreasing in number and how we as the body of Christ can recover. If you are concerened about the state of the church in America, this is both a wake-up call and road map to genuine hope. Find out how you can help reverse The Great Evangelical Recession.        

Words From a Pastor Facing Cancer

At 2:58 PM on July 14, 2009, Andy McQuitty officially entered the valley of the shadow of death with these words from his doctor, “Andy, you have a massive tumor that has broken through the wall of your colon. It’s cancer. It’s serious. Get in here now.” Since then, Pastor Andy has been on a journey of discovery, prayer and purpose. Watch as he reads a blessing someone wrote for him when he was going through one of the darkest times of his life.     Pastor Andy included this blessing in his new book, Notes From the Valley: A Spiritual Travelogue Through Cancer. In it, Andy records much of what he discovered as he lived in the valley of the shadow of death. He takes time to sensitively answer questions like, “Why did I get cancer?” “Does God still love me?” and “Can any good come of this?”  

An Amish Man Finds Grace

Ephraim Stoltzfus and his wife, Amanda, grew up in the Amish community. Soon after getting married, they realized there was something wrong with what they believed. They began looking closer at Scripture, started attending Bible studies, and were eventually baptized outside of the Amish church. Having broken several rules by doing this, they were excommunicated from their church and shunned by family and friends. After this, Ephraim and Amanda decided to stay as close to the Amish culture as possible so that they could continue to minister to those who remained in the community they were forced to leave behind. Watch as Ephraim tells how he came to know grace in Christ and why it allowed him to leave everything he knew in order to follow Jesus.      

10 Scripture Verses for a Fresh Start

It’s still January, right? Keep hanging on to those resolutions, whether you’re looking to lose weight or to read the Bible in 90 days. And we’ve got one more for you to add: memorize Bible verses.  I know, you’re thinking that you’re already barely hanging on to your other resolutions. But here’s the thing; Jesus said that “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God’” (Matthew 4:4). As you’re reading through the Bible, whether it’s in 90 days or 365 days, it’s good to find verses to pick up and put in your heart. These are verses you can cling to and say to yourself when you’re twisted up with anxiety or you’ve forgotten how much the Lord loves you.  We picked out 10 verses for you, and you may be surprised at how many you know already—it may only

First Comes Marriage, Then Comes Counseling

“Do any of you like being married?” My husband asks this question to all of the years-long-married couples in our premarital class at church. I sit there embarrassed because it’s my question that he’s foisting upon the group. We had been engaged for a few months, and were participating in a class in which married couples of 30+ years go through a workbook with engaged couples. Then each married couple is paired with an engaged couple to be marriage mentors. So far, much of the advice we had heard in this class, whether filtered through advice on finances or childrearing was this: Marriage is hard work. The thing is, my husband, born in 1982, and I, born in 1983, already knew that. We had seen almost half of our friends’ parents split, and often, the ones that stuck it out were doing it for tradition’s sake. Our parents’ generation could

7 Final Words of Christ

Do you remember what Jesus said on the cross? These final words of Jesus are found in different places throughout the four gospels. Putting them together one after the other gives us a more complete picture of Christ’s sacrifice for us. We hope the photos that follow will be a blessing to you now as you reflect on the truth of the gospel this Easter.   1. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. — Luke 23:34   2. Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”— Luke 23:43   3. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this

What Christmas Is and Isn't

Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart. ~ Washington Irving Christmas … is not an external event at all, but a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart. ~ Freya Stark Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas. ~ Dale Evans These are all famous quotes that you’ll find online or in Christmas cards this year regarding the true meaning, or spirit, of Christmas. But did you notice what’s missing? Upon first glance, there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with what’s being said. It’s only when we take a closer look that we begin to see what’s missing—Jesus. Sure, we can celebrate the nostalgia and happy times that seem to be at the front of our minds this time of year. But let us

Who's Your Daddy?

When I was a little girl, my Girl Scout troop attended a father–daughter square dance. It was a fun evening of “swing your partner” and “do-si-do” and, after a full night, my dad treated me to a hot fudge brownie sundae at our local Big Boy restaurant. I remember how special I felt on those square dancing nights with my dad and mmm… that hot fudge was good! Dads are important aren’t they? Unfortunately, not all of us have happy memories of our fathers. For some reason or other, our relationships may be soured, tainted, or even nonexistent. I spoke with a friend once whose experience with her dad was way different than my own. You see, her dad was an alcoholic who cheated on her mom. And the hurt is still there, even though years have passed and her dad is now gone. I’ve heard that our relationship with

Missing Jesus: Find Your Life in His Great Story

Once we become Christians, we start to hear all about how we need to share the good news. After all, Jesus himself said to “[g]o therefore and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19). But as we focus outward on others, do we forget about our own relationship with God? Do we really know who Jesus is? Or did we miss him completely? Charles and Janet Morris’s new book, Missing Jesus: Find Your Life in His Great Story, addresses how even after salvation, we can still feel that God-shaped void in our soul. “We can start to treat the crucified Son of God like it’s all about us, and He’s just an accessory who adds a little glow to our existence,” they write. If this rings true to you, you may then say, “OK, great, but how do we find Jesus again?” As a preview to their book, which releases March 1,

Top 10 Gifts to Share Christ at Christmas

Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is fast approaching. Now is the time we begin to think about what to give our friends and family for Christmas this year. While not every gift has to be explicitly Christian, it’s always a blessing if what we do give points to Jesus. That’s why we put together a list of our favorite items in the Haven warehouse that would make for a great Christmas present. Note: Each product is available in our online store for a one-time financial gift to Haven Ministries, which includes free shipping.       Jesus Storybook Bible (Collector’s Edition) By Sally Lloyd-Jones Every story whispers His name. The multiple award-winning Jesus Storybook Bible now includes audio and animation! Through vibrant illustrations, read-along CDs, and the entire book animated on DVD, this beautifully crafted collector’s edition invites children to …     Why Do We Call It Christmas? (DVD)

Light of the Whole World

“That same night, in amongst the other stars, suddenly a bright new star appeared…” Taken from the bestselling Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones, “The Light of the Whole World” tells the story of the shepherds in Luke 2. This is just 1 of the 44 chapters from The Animated Jesus Storybook Bible, narrated by David Souchet.     The Animated Jesus Storybook Bible Every story whispers His name. Adapted from the bestselling Jesus Storybook Bible, this animated DVD brings dozens of Old and New Testament stories to life. And each of them points to the great story that’s all about Jesus. (Click HERE to find out more)       The Jesus Storybook BibleCollector’s Edition The multiple award-winning Jesus Storybook Bible now includes audio and animation! Through vibrant illustrations, read-along CDs, and the entire book animated on DVD, this beautifully crafted collector’s edition invites children to discover that Jesus

How to Have the Greatest Christmas

This post was originally published on aHolyExperience.com. To find out more about Ann’s new book written and designed for a family to anticipate Jesus at Christmas time, follow the link and get your copy of Uwrapping the Greatest Gift.   So right after everybody tosses their fabric-glued toga costumes and the glimmer-shedding masks? Yeah, that’s when things start getting real. When the day right after all the Halloween candy’s temptingly slashed to what should be an illegal half-price, and parents universally start enforcing just an innocent little chocolate tax? And those flyers start showing up jingling their not-so-subtle bells — like mill stones somebody out there wants to fling around your tired neck.     Yeah, watching our tribe of kids bent over the pile of flyers that show up here come the first of November? I’m thinking the apples don’t get whipped in the wind far from that proverbial

Stories of Gospel Advance in the World's Difficult Places

In America, it’s easy for our faith to be lulled to sleep. We forget the beauty of grace, the loveliness of Christ, the power of the Spirit. When we’re not called to stand upon the gospel, and often don’t have opportunities to see others converted, we can grow apathetic in our faith. It’s often helpful to be reminded of those lonely corners of the world where believing in Christ is a life or death matter—and where, not coincidentally, the Christian faith is most awake, most vibrant. As founder and executive director of Frontline Missions International, Tim Keesee travels to those forlorn corners and brings back inspiring stories of sisters and brothers who risk all for Christ via the DVD series Dispatches from the Front, and now the new book by the same name. Here in brief, from the book, are simple stories to stir the soul. Shkodra, Albania“Early evening—an imam’s long

How to Respond to Ebola

No end in sight. Ebola’s outbreak in West Africa is accelerating. “Last week we diagnosed more new cases than the previous four weeks,” reports Dr. John Fankhauser by phone from ELWA Hospital, Liberia, where the second wave of the Ebola outbreak has claimed thousands of lives already. The fatality rate now at 70%, Ebola is exhausting ELWA’s resources and pushing it’s medical team to the breaking point. Staffed by a team of Christian doctors and nurses from SIM (Service in Mission) and Samaritan’s Purse, this respected hospital continues to lead the fight against Ebola. Two fascinating and heart-warming videos from Christians fighting Ebola on the front lines in West Africa: With a shortage of beds and space to quarantine patients, the ELWA team converted their chapel into an Ebola treatment center where medical workers must cover every inch of skin with sealed protective suits before treating patients. Every incoming patient

What to Cut Out of Scipture

I’m going to be real candid. There are some passages in scripture I just don’t like. It’s probably because they force me to be the person God wants me to be and not the person I have a tendency to be. To be clear, I most certainly believe the Bible is inherent. And I believe that everything in the Old and New Testament is “inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” But if I took a Jeffersonian view of the Bible, I’d cut out many passages that make me uncomfortable. For instance, I’m thinking of Proverbs 6:6: “You lazy fool, look at an ant…let it teach you a thing or two. Nobody has to tell it what to do. All summer it stores up food; at harvest it

The Messy Truth About Ebola

Ebola takes center stage this week on HAVEN Today as we begin breaking coverage of this deadly disease that is still spreading. Over the past few months, thousands have died from Ebola in West Africa. Now, isolated cases are appearing in North America. Without treatment, the disease is likely fatal, but even with treatment, chances of survival are less than 50%. Unlike the Ebola outbreaks that have occured since its discovery in 1976, the current epidemic that began in West Africa is affecting large cities instead of villages that are more easily contained. Learn what this infection really is, how it’s contracted, and how can be treated. Why we have hope In partnership at the leading hospital in Liberia, two Christian organizations are leading the charge. Samaritan’s Purse Hygiene Kit for Home-Care: There simply aren’t enough hospital beds, forcing most cases to be treated in home. These kits allow family

Selfless Love

Are you prepared to love someone with hesed love? According to Paul Miller in his book A Loving Life, hesed love is “translated as ‘steadfast love.’ It combines commitment with sacrifice. Hesed is one-way love. Love without an exit strategy.” Naomi, in the book of Ruth, really needed this type of love. First, she suffers through famine in Bethlehem. Then her family journeys to Moab, where her husband and sons die, leaving Naomi without any males to provide for her. Her daughters-in-law, Ruth and Orpah, didn’t even have any children that could grow up to provide for her. Naomi is left bereft. After her husband and sons die, Naomi blesses her daughters-in-law, saying, “May the Lord deal kindly with you.” Miller points out that “deal kindly” actually means hesed. Then she wishes them rest, a shalom type of rest. She tells them to return to their people so they can

Saving Kent Brantly – An Interview with Dr. Lance Plyler

You were the doctor who was involved in diagnosing your friend Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol with Ebola a few months ago. How did it happen? Dr. Lance Plyler: In terms of equipment, we were prepared. We followed international standards of protocol, and we actually had a good supply chain of equipment. We had taken all the proper steps, yet two of our own still became infected. It was only later that we determined Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol might have become infected outside of the Ebola treatment units at the hospital. When Kent and Nancy became infected it was devastating. I’ll never forget when I received that text from the reference laboratory just outside of Monrovia that said, “I am sorry to inform you that [Kent Brantley’s] test is positive.” So what happened next? Dr. Lance Plyler: After I informed Kent that he was positive for Ebola, he

What Does Jesus Ask?

The resurrected Lord Jesus sat on the shore of the Sea of Galilee cooking fish over a charcoal fire. Out on the water, His disciples were frustrated after an unsuccessful night of fishing. Jesus called out to them, worked a miracle, and invited them ashore for breakfast. There, sitting across from Peter, Jesus asked a life-changing (and a life-giving) question. It’s a question that still has implications for you and me today! Do you know the question? Watch the video below, filmed in the very spot historians believe this event took place. Jesus asked questions that stopped people in their tracks. His answers to their questions often had the same effect. And today the words of Jesus are still more than sufficient to answer our questions. One question many people are asking today is, “What is the difference between the world’s two most popular religions – Christianity and Islam?” And

The Peace of Jesus

Corrie ten Boom and her family had been caught hiding Jews. Now in a cold Nazi prison cell, sick and in solitary confinement, Corrie had never felt so scared and alone. Yet in that dark place she experienced the overwhelming power and peace of the Lord Jesus Christ. You need to hear the words of this precious saint. Corrie’s story never fails to touch people in a unique and encouraging way, and the Lord has used it to lead many thousands to faith in Christ. In honor of the 70th anniversary of Corrie ten Boom’s miraculous release from Ravensbruck concentration camp, we are devoting the next few days on HAVEN Today to remembering her amazing life and ministry. And for a LIMITED TIME at HAVEN Today we are offering the movie The Hiding Place on DVD for a gift of any amount! This is a 2 DVD set that also

Corrie ten Boom: Victory Over Suffering

“There is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still.” This is the phrase that Corrie ten Boom is most famous for speaking. These words have resonated with many because of the hope they convey to anyone who has experienced pain or loss. They have even more of an impact coming from Corrie because of the immense suffering she faced in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. But these words weren’t originally spoken by Corrie. In Ravensbrück, a brutal death camp in the heart of Germany, her sister, Betsie, whispered this to Corrie just before dying from the extreme winter conditions: “We must tell them that there is no pit so deep that He is not deeper still. They will listen to us, Corrie, because we have been here.”   Corrie spent the next 33 years of her life telling her story to millions, conveying an unwavering

Do all dogs go to heaven?

Do all dogs go to heaven? I must admit, I don’t know. But the question starts to matter when that dreaded day finally comes. It came for us at the end of last week when our funny-looking, half corgi/half border collie “Doctor” had to be put down. When we first arrived in Southern California, we needed a new dog and we prayed for the Lord to give us the perfect one. He did. And for years, Doctor offered more love, affection, and protection than we could possibly ask for. He may have been unique in his appearance but he was the smartest, most loyal, loving dog our family ever had and he almost made it to 15 years. Even though he couldn’t hear, couldn’t see, and suffered from arthritis and dementia, we tried to make that final day the best day of his life. Janet baked a chicken and he

Memorizing Scripture: 12 Simple Steps

When was the last time you tried to memorize Scripture? The Bible teaches that there is value in hiding God’s Word in our hearts, but it’s an undertaking many of us don’t attempt very often. Psalm 119 says, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Colossians 3:16 tells us to “let the word of Christ dwell in us richly.”  And Deuteronomy 6:4-9 goes even further by saying believers must bind God’s law on our foreheads, teach it to our children, talk about it wherever we go, and make it an integral part of our lives. [Take the Bible Memory Challenge] There is no question, memorizing Scripture is important—but it’s also intimidating. For this reason, we sat down with Karen Heimbuch, best known for memorizing and performing the entire book of Revelation. We asked her to give some practical advice on how to

7 Surprising Truths About Revelation

The book of Revelation opens with a promise of blessing to those who hear and read its contents. And that’s certainly as true today as it was when it was first written to early believers in Christ. John, the youngest disciple, wrote Revelation in the latter part of the first century while exiled to the Island of Patmos. As the final disciple to survive the persecution coming from Rome, he was writing to the surrounding churches as a way to encourage them, assuring them that their suffering was not in vain. The message of Revelation is simple: persevere and anticipate the second coming of Christ. That’s the bird’s eye view, but there are several finer points that shouldn’t be overlooked. Below are 7 amazing facts about Revelation that you may not have noticed before: 1. A human title for Jesus Christ is never used in Revelation. When John writes about Jesus

Why Motherhood Is Only For the Faint at Heart

When a tornado hit a small town in Arkansas last week, one mother lost everything. Her house, her things—and her two, sweet little boys. While weeping in the hospital with broken legs, this mother was able to communicate to a friend how the grace of Christ transcends even the most unspeakable of tragedies. For you see, one son had told her the Sunday before the tornado that he was ready to go to heaven. “Will you miss me?” he asked. All moms know the fear of losing their children. They also know well the daily trials that can cause boredom and frustration. Gloria Furman, a pastor’s wife in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, shares with us about how Jesus loves us in the burnout and the heartbreak. Grace can turn burnout into a blessing. I know it sounds goofy and backwards to say this, but when we feel burned out, we’re in one

Jesus, Lover of My Soul

Haven Ministries, the host of the All About Jesus blog, will be 80 years old next year. It was started by an unlikely sort, an L.A. radio star named Paul Myers. He was an alcoholic who ended up homeless, found Christ, and then came back to radio to share his new good news on the Haven of Rest broadcast. That show is now called Haven Today. The word “haven,” the name of the ministry’s devotional, “Anchor,” and the sailboat logo all point to images of the sea, maybe a storm, a boat riding the waves, and a safe harbor. This analogy is no accident, as it is found all over the Bible. We are all riding on a stormy sea now, and Jesus is the only haven, in this life and the next. But this week, I found another place where the truth of our lot in this sin-filled world

The Vicar of Baghdad

Throughout Iraq, ISIS persists in their persecution of Christians and other religious minorities. In the wake of American journalist John Foley’s execution, the stakes have never seemed higher for those still in their path. As ISIS threatens to take over, Canon Andrew White, otherwise known as the Vicar of Baghdad, refuses to abandon his people. Even though many have suggested that he go back to the safety of England, and although he suffers from multiple sclerosis, White continues to minister to Christians and Muslims alike. Charles Morris, speaker for HAVEN Today, caught up with the Vicar of Baghdad to talk about why he has stayed in Iraq. Earlier this month, White spoke to the Anglican Communion News Service about a horrific event that took place, I’m almost in tears because I’ve just had somebody in my room whose little child was cut in half. I baptized his child in my church

5 Facts You Need To Know About Iraq

Making sense of Iraq, ISIS, Yazidis, beheadings, crucifixions and your social media feed The headlines are currently filled with reports and claims of widespread persecution of religious minorities at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS, also known as ISIL) rebels in Iraq and Syria. The word ‘genocide’ has even begun to appear. For the shrewd observer, there is much to discern and not every news source, social media feed, or blog can be trusted to convey a factual picture. The situation is particularly sensitive, and in need of astute investigation, due to the potential reality of widespread persecution, genocide, and slaughter of innocents. Well corroborated reports verify there is religious persecution of minorities occurring in Iraq. ISIS rebels, motivated by a confluence of religious, political, and cultural factors, are threatening, attacking, and murdering those who do not conform to their religious ideals — including Yazidis,

Five Prayers for Iraq

[Download and Print 5 Prayers for Iraq Prayer Card]   FOR CHRISTIANS IN IRAQ For courage & endurance to continue confessing that Jesus is their Savior & Lord(Romans 10:9-10) For those who will face death today – to be surrounded by the peace & presence of God For the Gospel message to be lived out in life and in death     FOR PEOPLE BRINGING HELP + HOPE For those delivering supplies:  Safety, Effectiveness,  Boldness, Witness For generous donors to give to relief efforts(2 Cor. 9:11) For people who will commit to prayer(2 Cor. 1:8-11)     FOR TERRORISTS For their conversion(2 Peter 3:9; Jonah 3:8-9) For the evil they do to be restrained(Matthew 18:6-9) Pray they will receive divine justice                          (Romans 12:19-21)   FOR MINORITY GROUPS For the thousands of refugees who have fled their homes and families to escape the unspeakable terrors of ISIS For these events to

Iraqi Pastor Reports from the Frontlines

As ISIS takes over villages and towns throughout Iraq, many are fleeing for their lives to the mountains. One of the areas accepting these refugees is a part of Northern Iraq, formerly known as Kurdistan. Haven Ministries caught up with an evangelical pastor who is faithfully proclaiming the love of Christ in one of these villages. His church is just 3 miles from the front lines where militants are still trying to break through. For his safety, we are witholding his name and exact location. In broken English, this is what he said: What is it like in Iraq right now? The Islamic State militia came from Syria to Mosul. They have taken control of the situation there, and Christians who want to stay alive must pay taxes, become Muslims, leave, or be killed. So all of the Christians left. The Muslims took all of the churches, and the bishops’

Iraq: Help and Hope

The ultimatum is grim: convert to Islam or die. Fleeing their homes by the hundreds of thousands, Iraqi Christians and other minorities are running for their lives as the radical jihadist army ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) advances. Men, women and children alike are being slaughtered and driven from their homes. Many who are not killed by militants are facing death in the wilderness due to exposure and starvation. But there is something you can do! Haven Ministries is partnering with Samaritan’s Purse to bring relief to the Iraqi and Syrian refugees looking for food, shelter and safety in the Kurdish region of Iraq. Through local partnerships and logistical supply lines, thousands of lives are being saved, yet the number of refugees is growing rapidly! How You Can Help Pray for God’s miraculous intervention in the lives of those who are facing death today. for international intervention to

Fighting Cancer at Christmas

She was wearing a knit hat. Not surprising for November in Colorado Springs. But then she pulled it off and her suffering was exposed. Her eyes were bright, her smile was warm, but her head was bald from chemo. Kara Tippets is a mother of four young children and the loving wife of a church-planting pastor. She would happily end her bio there, but she can’t … not since the diagnosis. In spite of the chemo, cancer has crossed all the boundaries of her body, and has even entered her brain. Kara writes beautifully about leaning into Jesus as she suffers. Her blog “Mundane Faithfulness” has thousands of readers and her recently released book, The Hardest Peace is already a best seller. “I have recently been in so many interviews, and I am often asked if I struggle feeling angry over the path we find ourselves walking. My answer is

I Love Jesus More Than My Children

This testimony from Marci Wollen can be found on page 140 of the book Missing Jesus: Find Your Life in His Great Story, by Charles and Janet Morris, released by Moody Publishers in March 2014. For as long as I can remember, I wanted to have children. As a little girl, I even dreamed of being a teacher so that I could be surrounded by children on a daily basis … that is, until I could have some of my own. I had no idea the grip that this idolatry of family had on my heart. The Bible talks about children being a gift from God, and I always thought my motives were holy and pure. I longed day in and day out for God to give me the desires of my heart. The problem was that those desires were not surrendered to God and his authority to do his

Darlene Zschech Praises Christ While Battling Cancer

A pioneer of the modern worship movement, Darlene Zschech has written dozens of worship songs including Shout to the Lord, The Potter’s Hand, and Worthy is the Lamb. Just a year after she penned the song, Darlene Zschechleads a large congregation to sing “Shout to the Lord.” Recently Darlene left the popular praise & worship group Hillsong United to serve with her husband at Hope Unlimited Church in Charmhaven, Australia. In addition to leading worship, she continues to write and produce edifying music for the global church, including her recent album Revealing Jesus. Darlene began a new journey in December of 2013, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Understandably the news hit her hard and she became discouraged. Even in the midst of suffering and uncertainty, she sought the Lord through worship, and discovered new reasons to praise God, Click below to hear what she said when Charles Morris

An Interview with the Boldest Man on Earth

There is really no Iron Curtain for the brave. ~ Brother Andrew Andrew van der Bijl, endearingly known as Brother Andrew, may be the boldest man to have shared the gospel in the 20th century. And to say his story is unbelievable would be an understatement His passion was to reach people in places where being a Christian meant stark persecution and even death. He earned the name “God’s Smuggler” after decades of crossing international borders to bring Bibles and the love of Christ to people trapped in closed countries with no access to the gospel. Often risking his own life, Brother Andrew took the Good News into the Soviet Union, China, and Czechoslovakia. And after the Iron Curtain fell, he turned his attention to the Middle East and North Africa. Charles Morris, speaker of HAVEN Today, interviewed Brother Andrew about his time witnessing to Islamic terrorists in Pakistan, Afghanistan

My Son Was in Detox

After my first son died of a drug overdose, I had no idea Janet and I would suffer the despair of watching our other son walk down that same dark road of substance abuse. I can’t think of a story that more powerfully portrays the concept of Missing Jesus, than that of my two sons.Peter, our youngest, was just 4 years old when he told us that he believed in Jesus as his savior. Growing up in the church with Christian friends and a strong Christian family, it didn’t seem like his story would change so drastically. I’ll never forget the lump in my throat when his mother and I first saw him pass on taking communion. That same week he would say it to our faces, “I don’t want to be a Christian anymore.” These cold, hard words cut deep into our souls, as we were still mourning the

Every Mother Has Her Hands Full

Gloria Furman is a wife, mother of four young childen, doula, and blogger. Below is an excerpt from her second book, Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full: Gospel Meditations for Busy Moms, which helps moms pursue the giver of grace: Jesus.   To say, “Being a mom isn’t easy,” is like saying, “Chocolate is yummy.” This much is obvious. There is real trouble, real discouragement, and real back- breaking work that comes with motherhood. Just watch a mom who is nine months pregnant try to get out of a car and not pull any muscles in the attempt. Just listen to a mom share the aches in her heart for the child she is waiting to adopt. Or ask a mother to tell you her prayer requests. Being a mom isn’t easy. But sometimes mothers feel that their hands are full of inconvenience, thankless work, and futility. Maintaining the perspective that God

From Orphan to Son

Their hearts were racing as they stepped through the orphanage doors. For three years, they had been going through endless interviews, paperwork, books of research, and seminars. In those three long years of work and worry, they wondered if they would ever hold a child in their arms. But, three weeks ago, my daughter and son-in-law were on the other side of the world meeting their little son, their first child. As this young couple—who had valiantly waded through bureaucratic red tape and deep disappointments—finally stepped into that sterile orphanage room, they found a frightened little lamb who didn’t understand what was happening. All that was familiar to him was suddenly being shaken and changed. At the risk of sounding melodramatic, the first moments of this little family’s coming together was laced with anguish and anxiety. None of them knew what to do. But what Daddy and Mommy did know

The D-Day for Our Souls

Did you first believe in Jesus Christ because of C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity? Me too. The more people I talk to over the years, the more I’m surprised at how many lives God has used this book to change. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised, considering the circumstances in which Lewis wrote it—or rather, spoke it. Lewis was doing a series on the radio during World War II, on the invitation of the BBC, and he was answering those tough life questions that just can’t be ignored during a time of war: Why is there suffering? What do we do with evil? Is Jesus God, and does it make a difference? Am I really a sinner? (Make sure you don’t miss listening to a recording of C.S. Lewis explaining part of the Christian life.) War makes people ask the important questions because you can’t hide behind binge-watching your favorite show or

How an Agnostic Became a Believer in 90 Days

Most people think about reading the Bible in a year, or in a lifetime. So where did 90 days come from? We interviewed Ted Cooper, the founder of the Bible in 90 Days program, to find out how he drew up three months as an appropriate time frame, and why this former skeptic even started to read the Bible. Find out and hear for yourself how God took ahold of Ted’s life through His word. We all think about what we need to be doing and doing better in a brand-new year and that includes reading the Bible, doesn’t it? For as many people who have now done this, there are still tens of millions, hundreds of millions, even billions of people who haven’t, so this is the crusade, this is the mission, to help all of God’s people read God’s word. Tell us what was going on in your

Week 13: Growing In Christ

Only one week left! Throughout the last 12 weeks surely there have been times when the finish line seemed impossible to reach. But here you are in the home stretch. Take a moment to praise God for His faithfulness. What sections or themes in your reading of the Scriptures stood out? Which of these would you like to study further? Please post on this page to encourage others as you finish strong! This week you will read the “Non-Pauline Epistles.” These letters were written by some of Jesus’ disciples and close followers. Though Jesus was no longer physically on earth, His church was growing and needed guidance. These letters show continuity in doctrine and serve as encouragement to all Jesus’ followers. Hebrews – Revelation Themes   Hebrews   Some scholars believe that Paul wrote this epistle, but since it wasn’t “signed” by him they refrain from calling it a “Pauline

Week 12: Thy Kingdom Come

You have read more than 1000 chapters of Scripture! God’s plan to save His people has come to pass with the coming of Christ. And the story did not here. Nor did it end after the Resurrection or Ascension. Much to the joy of Jesus’ friends and followers, and the frustration of Jewish leaders, this was just the beginning. Rather than killing the Author of life Himself, the Crucifixion had only managed to set off a wildfire that would soon spread all over the world! As we read this week, God was (and still is) making a kingdom for Himself through His church and the power of the Holy Spirit. The plans and ways of God are always different than ours and tend to surprise us. The first century disciples of Jesus would never have guessed their Teacher needed to die so that they could receive the life-giving power of

Week 11: The Great Story Unfolds

In some ways The Bible in 90 Days is a sprint, but in other ways it’s a marathon. The good news is … you just turned the last corner and the finish line is in sight!  You can almost hear the crowd cheering for you at a distance. Congrats! Week 11 is here. And by the end of next week, you will have read the entire Bible. What an accomplishment! Of course, more than finishing a great task, you have encountered God in new and deep ways.  Would you take a moment to share with us some of your newfound insights about God’s Word on our website? In doing so, you will encourage others. The coming week will bring Jesus to the forefront of your attention. He is now clearly the main character of the Great Story, in the flesh, up close, and personal. Each account of Jesus’ life and

Week 10: God of Judgment and Mercy

Welcome to week 10! You are now about to crest the hill and enter into the New Testament. Take a moment and look at what you’ve accomplished so far. You’ve packed 63 days of straight Bible reading under your belt. You have read 862 chapters of Scripture. And now you have just a few, short weeks left. That’s worth celebrating. And now look back on what you’ve learned. You have studied God’s law for the Israelites. You’ve seen the power of the Lord deliver the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, turning them into a real nation. You’ve seen kings rise and fall, God’s people taken into exile, and the Israelites return to the Promised Land. You’ve read history, poetry, and prophecy. Now you will finish the Old Testament by reading the Minor Prophets and enter the turning point of all history – the moment everything has been leading up to

Week 9: Great Is Your Faithfulness

With week eight completed, you are now more than two-thirds of your way through the Bible! The readings for the coming week are fascinating. All of the prophecies are forward-looking. Some will come to pass in the lifetime of the exiles, others will come to pass before the end of the New Testament, but some of it remains a mystery even today from our vantage point. Doubtlessly you will find yourself asking questions for which there are no apparent answers in the text. This is where keeping the 90-day schedule gets difficult. It’s tempting to stop and consult a study Bible or a commentary, but if you do it will be difficult to complete each day’s reading. When you come upon an intriguing passage and have a question, discipline yourself to wait until you complete your reading. Then go check out what your study notes have to say. This discipline

Week 8: The Promised Hope

“How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?” (Psalm 13:2). This week we are solidly in the prophetic section of the Old Testament as we read the end of Isaiah and all of Jeremiah. So far we have covered books of historical narrative, law, and wisdom literature. In the prophetic literature the tone, message, and style changes significantly from prior books. We have already seen Israel and Judah subjected to exile. And we have seen some who returned to God. Isaiah and Jeremiah are reminders that God had sent prophets warning His people away from their sin and begging them to return to Him. In fact, Isaiah’s whole life was dedicated to imploring the people of Israel to return to God! At this point we can see that Israel has fallen far, her former glory a distant memory. Yet God’s glorious promises remain. Abraham’s line has grown through the

Week 7: Jesus' Favorite Bible Verses

By the 2nd day of reading this week you will be halfway through the Bible! Congratulations! This week we dig into Jesus’ favorite Bible passages. The Gospels quote the book of Psalms and Isaiah more than any other books of the Old Testament. Jesus quotes Psalm 118 saying, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord,” upon His entry into Jerusalem for the last time. A few days later on the cross He cries out Psalm 22, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  Keep your eyes and ears open for Jesus this week because each of these books whispers His name. Psalms – Isaiah:   Themes   Psalm 89-150The Psalms are a songbook for the people of God throughout history. But we usually forget that these poems are supposed to be sung. Psalm 98:1 says, “Oh sing to the Lord a new song, for he

Week 6: Seeing the Hand of the Lord

Take a quick moment to look at Genesis 1 and then look at where you are this week.  In the printed edition of The Bible in 90 Days, you have now read 420 pages of the Bible in 35 days.  Amazing!  And even if you’re a bit behind, the journey has been worth it.  It’s very exciting to think that God is speaking to each of us in different places at different times through the same sections of scripture. What new insights have you discovered about God’s nature?  What new facts have you treasured away in your heart? Don’t forget to make a comment below and let us know what God has been doing in your life as you read through The Bible in 90 Days.  It will be an encouragement for all of us. After you wrap up Nehemiah this week, you will meet two of the Bible’s most interesting

Week 5: No One Is Righteous

“No one is righteous. No, not one” (Romans 3:10). It’s true. We can’t please God with our works. But we can’t be all that bad, can we? Perhaps we tithe, we donate to charitable causes, we bring soup to the sick, or we listen to the hurting. God must nod approvingly at us for some of the things we do for good, right? And yet, the books of 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra, and Nehemiah paint a very different portrait of the human heart. Isolated acts of obedience and goodness cannot atone for sin or even prevent it. For if we were to rule kingdoms on earth, we would also fall short. Perhaps we would commit adultery and murder like David. Or acquire countless wives like Solomon. And if we weren’t given the gift of rule, then we might be like David’s son, Absalom, and revolt against our own father!

Week 4: Jesus' Light Shines in the Darkness

You have now read 25% of God’s Word!  If you find yourself falling behind, ask the Lord to help you. Even when reading God’s Word you need His grace and His Holy Spirit. Join together with a prayer partner who is also reading the Bible and ask for accountability in getting through your 90-day challenge. What you read in the last two days from 1 Samuel sets the tone for the reading in week 4. Israel rejects God as king and asks for a king like the other nations have (1 Sam. 8). But because God is always faithful to His promises, He will not forget Israel completely. He first gives the people a king according to their own desires – Saul, a tall and handsome man – but an ungodly king. In time, God replaces Saul with David, a man after God’s own heart. 1 & 2 Samuel could

Week 3: God Uses Unlikely People

You made it to week three! If you are still on schedule, then you’ve completed one of the hardest weeks in the 90-Day challenge. If you’ve fallen behind, don’t give up. Reset your schedule and keep going! Maybe you can even plan a date with just you and your Bible and catch up over the weekend. Last week you read how God’s people were left wandering in the wilderness. The week ended with Moses giving his final instructions to the Israelites on how to live faithfully in the Promised Land. This week you will leave the books of the Law and read about how God begins to fulfill His promises. At this point in the 90-Day plan the clear benefit of reading through Scripture at high speed becomes clear. Only a few days ago you read how God promised Abraham that his descendents would inherit the land of Canaan. For

Week 2: Beauty in the Details

Congratulations!  You’ve completed Week 1 of your 90-day challenge. And in the process you have read hundreds of years of biblical narrative; a family history of sorts that sets up the rest of the Bible! The plot of God’s great story has taken shape. His perfect world was shattered by our sin and the curse of death held creation captive. But God did not leave us there. He promised to redeem, he showed the dramatic rescue from slavery (a detailed picture of God’s great rescue yet to come), and the journey of God’s people through life as they learn to love, trust, and obey him from the wilderness to Canaan. When we read these first books of the Bible it can be tough to see ourselves in Israel’s story. It’s tempting to look at the sin of God’s people and wonder how they could be so foolish. And yet, if

Week 1: Can You Find Jesus in Genesis

From the very first words of the Bible, the foundation for all of human history is laid out – creation, the fall of humanity, and God’s promise to redeem us from the curse of sin. The first week of your 90-day challenge should be an enjoyable one. This section is fast-paced and covers a lot of ground. Pay close attention as you read stories that may be quite familiar. God has a way of bringing fresh insight to what we have heard and read many times before. And if you get behind, don’t be discouraged! Pick up where you left off. Or catch up by going to a coffee shop, settling in for a couple of hours, and maybe even getting ahead!  Genesis – Exodus:   Themes Genesis and Exodus are packed with stories tracing the history of one particular family, often with great attention to detail. Here are the major

Where Did That Airplane Go?

It’s been dropped from the headlines, and you probably aren’t even thinking about it anymore. But that Malaysian Airlines plane is still missing.  As the international effort quietly continues, it has been suggested that the plane may never be found.  I feel horrible for the families that have waited for over two months for any answers and still don’t know the complete story. With every possible “ping,” I hope they’re one step closer to recovery. Sometimes we think we’ve conquered our world and that technology has made it small. With satellites, GPS, and smartphones, we no longer fear getting lost. The reality, though, is that we are small creatures and we still do lose our way. David had the same thoughts thousands of years ago when he pondered who he was and how big God really is … Where shall I go from your Spirit?Or where shall I flee from

Missing Jesus: True Beauty

Being a youngish pastor’s wife, I have a special place in my heart for the teenage girls and young women in our congregation. Two summers ago, I had them over for a sleepover, to enjoy pizza and movies and girl time. I also gave a little talk about beauty and modesty. We discussed some practical tips: Choose clothes in colors that flatter your skin tones; use makeup, but use it tastefully; compare scandalously dressed pop stars with Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy—both generally tasteful women, still revered for their beauty. Beauty and modesty are not mutually exclusive, we agreed. Because classy modesty is more beautiful than attention-getting, eye-assaulting provocativeness. Of course, in Christ, we have freedom to choose how we dress using wisdom. And in everything, including beauty, we are to glorify Christ. But now, thanks to two books: Missing Jesus by Charles and Janet Morris and True Beauty by Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole Whitacre, I see

Where is your home?

I’m home visiting my family in Seattle for a time. The only problem is, I’m a little homesick for Virginia. These days, when I think of home, I think of the near-constant drizzle of rain in the Pacific Northwest and the taste of steamed blue crabs in the Mid-Atlantic. But there’s also the sight of bright-colored leaves in the fall in New England that come to mind. And the smell of smoke from village fires in Malawi, Africa. After growing up in Seattle, I have spent enough time in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Washington D.C., Virginia, England, and Malawi to feel as if they are all home. The consequence of this is that no matter where I am, I am homesick. I suppose this is one of the lessons God wants us to learn if He has called us to move often. Because if we are members of God’s kingdom, then no

How I Got The Trinity Wrong

Around the age of 18, God began to do a great work in my heart. He gave me a deep desire to know him and his word better. But as I read the Bible, I found myself wrestling with the concept of how God could be one God with three persons. Wanting an easy way to describe the Trinity to unbelievers, I developed my own theory of how this could be true. When I shared it with an older Christian friend of mine, though, he told me that my concept did not match Scripture. I was thinking that God was one person who revealed himself as the Father, Son, or Spirit at different times. It was like God had different modes. When he wanted to be the Father, he was the Father. When he wanted to be the Son, he revealed himself as the Son. But the Bible, which is

5 Ways to Love Those Who Are Hurting

I just got off the phone with an Army wife whose husband is still deployed in Afghanistan. Mine has been back for five weeks now, and things are just starting to feel normal. But for this woman, life is anything but. She goes to bed wondering if she’ll get to talk to her husband tomorrow—or ever again. She wakes up hoping that she won’t get sick so that someone can take care of her daughter. She’s exhausted by staying up late to do the bills and clean the house before her alarm reminds her she also has to get to her own job each day. Maybe there are people in your church like this woman. Someone who is going through a long period of suffering. A new widow, a parent who’s lost a child, maybe even a new parent who’s struggling with months of colic. Or a child who’s lost

The Eyes to See the Risen Lord

You can find this story in the new book, Missing Jesus: Find Your Life in His Great Story, by Charles and Janet Morris—released by Moody Publishers in March 2014. And make sure to hear Peter tell his own story on Haven Today. I will never forget that morning. I’d gotten up early to pray and Jesus had shown himself to me in that breathtaking way he has. I wasn’t seeing him with my physical eyes, but I was still seeing him with a special sort of clarity when our 17-year-old son Peter stumbled into the living room and sat down in a heap of dejection. Just that week, he’d told me he was no longer a Christian. I now knew for a fact what I’d been suspecting and worrying about for a long time—Peter wasn’t seeing what I was seeing. It was like there were some rods and cones missing from

Heaven IS For Real

He was three years old and on the brink of death. His appendix had ruptured and he was enduring hours of surgery when he had what many would call an out-of-body experience. When he awoke, Colton Burpo told his family he had seen his miscarried sister. He had seen Jesus. He had been to heaven and back. Have you heard this story? Maybe you’ve read the New York Times bestseller about his experience, or watched an interview with the Burpo family (including Colton’s father, Todd, who preaches the gospel in a small town in Nebraska). Colton’s experience has became a sensation, one that you can now watch on the big screen, courtesy of Sony Pictures. When Heaven is For Real, the movie, is released today, the number-one question in viewers’ minds will be, “Can this really be true?” Did Colton Burpo have a real vision of heaven? Or did he

To Have Always Known Jesus

By all accounts, my friends Nolan and Adiya think they have boring testimonies of God’s grace. They grew up in the same church in Northern Virginia, surrounded by Christian parents and a congregation that faithfully raised them in the Lord. They went to different colleges and churches for a time, but kept in touch and one day got married. Now they are raising their two daughters in a church near the one they grew up in. Early on in our friendship, this couple confessed to my husband and me that they wished their stories were more exciting, that they had a prodigal-son past that they had left. They wanted to have that dramatic break so they would always remember what God had saved them from. Oh, but to never have known a day where you didn’t know Jesus! Stephen and I, who both became believers as young adults and walked

My Abortion Story

Marci Ferrell has never spoken publicly about having an abortion when she was 18 until this week on the radio program HAVEN Today. Her story comes in contrast with Jenny Kutner, an editor on feminism at Salon, who posted an article last week about getting ready for her abortion. Jenny ends by saying that her only concern is that she gets her birth control right next time. With that in mind, may the Lord minister to you through Marci’s story. Charles Morris – HAVEN Ministries   When I was 18 I had an abortion. I was unmarried, living with relatives, and I thought having a baby at this time would just add to the problems I already had. I was leading a rebellious life and not living at home. I couldn’t imagine sharing this with the family I was living with, so I took matters into my own hands. That

The Kingdom of Heaven is Yours

As part of our monthly series on the Beatitudes, pastor Matthew Barker shares how the individual verses in Matthew 5:1–10 are to be seen in relationship to their whole: the Kingdom of Christ.  I was awake one night because my heart was acting strange. It wasn’t beating—it was more quaking, vibrating so rapidly my ribs danced. If I had been in the hospital, the doctors might have said I was hyperventilating. But I thought it was much, much worse. My mind raced: Is this what it’s like to die? Should I wake up my wife? Eventually (it was surely only a minute or two), I realized I was having a panic attack. I tried to calm my mind and think happy thoughts and go back to sleep. That failed. I realized that what I needed was real aid: I needed Jesus. So I prayed. Gradually, slowly, I returned to something resembling normal

Noah is Not Perfect

When I heard about director Darren Aronofsky’s controversial new film Noah, I couldn’t believe it. I was talking to PR firm Grace Hill Media at the time, which had just signed the contract to cover the film before production was even complete.  It was true: the stunningly visual and vividly dark director of movies such as Requiem for a Dream (2000) and Black Swan (2010) was going to tackle one of the most popular biblical stories from Genesis. And Russell Crowe, of Gladiator (2000) and A Beautiful Mind (2001) fame, would take the leading role as a brooding, warrior-like Noah. Naturally, I was excited but wary. As 2013 waned on, more and more news about the movie came out and the Christian buzz grew louder. Now that we’re on the eve of its release, nobody in the Christian community can agree on whether it’s good or bad. While some pastors and Christian leaders support the film, others condemn

Celebrating 80 Years of Haven Today

This year, Haven Today celebrates 80 years since its founder, a radio personality, first found Christ and started a program seeking to give its listeners the only rest there is: eternal rest for the here, now, and hereafter. Many of you remember listening to Paul Myers, or the three following speakers of Haven: Paul Evans, Ray Ortlund, and now, Charles Morris. Here we have Peggy Campbell, president of Ambassador, recalling her lifelong story with Haven.  I still remember the day Jon and I met Charles and Janet Morris. At the time, Charles was being invited to consider joining Haven Today—it’s hard to believe that’s been well over a decade ago! I have heard my parents recount the story of Haven’s remarkable founding many times—a once well-known radio personality whose life ended up in shambles, coming to Christ in a hotel room with a Gideon’s Bible. A homeless alcoholic, Paul Myers was

The King's Once and Future Blessings

In 2012, when my wife and I moved to Walkerton, Indiana, so that I could pastor a church, we bought a 125-year-old house. While we were excited to have a house, we were more excited to turn it into the Barker Home: a place of joy for our family and a place of safety for the congregation. Now, though, I find myself walking around our house just thinking about its individual elements: “We really need to insulate these walls.” “How much is that going to cost to fix?” “How many mice actually live in our basement?” As I focus on the individual elements (especially the problems!) I lose sight of the big picture that we had when we bought our house—to make it a place of blessing, even as we’ve received it as a great blessing from our loving God. It occurs to me that this is sometimes how we

The Anxious Christian

They achieved their goal when ISIS militants beheaded an American journalist and then another the following week—they caught our attention. What was your reaction when you first heard this news? Fear? Revulsion? Anxiety? As counselor Ed Welch writes in his book Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest: “The evening news continues to be a horror reality show.” I used to worry about much lesser things than terrorism. I was constantly consumed by anxiety as a child, teenager and young adult. I ran scared from the playground monitor when I was caught violating a playground rule in elementary school. And as I got bigger, my anxieties got bigger as well: stress over A minuses when I thought they should have been A’s, worry over whether I was choosing the right college major, worry about where I should live after college. When my now-husband asked me if he could

WWII Hero, Olympian Dies at 97

Haven Ministries was sad to learn about the recent passing of our friend, Louis Zamperini, at the age of 97. He was first known for being a member of the 1936 U.S. Olympic track team. [photo © USC Sports Information] In 1943, while serving the U.S. during WWII, his plane was shot down over the Pacific and he was captured by the Japanese military. After surviving repeated torture as a prisoner of war, Louis suffered from nightmares brought on by post traumatic stress. His relationship with his wife and family was falling apart until he was invited to the 1949 Billy Graham crusade in Los Angeles where he became a born-again follower of Christ. Here’s sermon that changed Zamperini’s Life:   He was a guest on the original Haven of Rest in 1949 before we had him back after he turned 90 and released the best selling book Unbroken. No

Missing Jesus: Help for the Lonely Traveler

We put our trust in Christ alone for the forgiveness of our sins, desire to please God with our life, and yet, our day-to-day experience of faith lacks the vitality we know it should have. We feel like we’re missing something and we probably are. We’re probably missing Jesus. In their new book, Missing Jesus: Find Your Life in His Great Story, Charles and Janet Morris write, “We can start to treat the crucified Son of God like it’s all about us, and He’s just an accessory who adds a little glow to our existence.” As a preview to their book, which releases March 1, Janet offers some thoughts on how much we need Jesus at the center of all of our experiences. I opened the glossy envelope and there was my life all summed up: “Janet, as the companion of Million Miler, Charles Morris, we are pleased to award

Depression: Resources for a Bleak Midwinter

A well-known Christian counselor in Philadelphia was asked last week how he was doing. His response: “I’m very tired.” Why was that? Was his counseling load too heavy? “No,” he answered. “I’m tired because I have to keep shoveling snow.”  The 2013–2014 winter is the fifth snowiest on record for the eastern two-thirds of the country, even as the west is experiencing a severe drought. Right now, as I write this blog post from a hotel in Newport, Rhode Island, I’m watching the snow sweep in again and hearing the strange sounds of thundersnow (yes, there is such a thing). Licensed for use by Creative Commons by Flickr user NASA Earth Observatory That counselor who was tired of all the snow, Ed Welch, of the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation of Philadelphia, says that the emotional condition of depression tends to peak around now—during the holidays and then after, in the early

A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity

Becoming a Christian doesn’t solve all of our problems. Sometimes, becoming a Christian means an increase of pain, sorrow, and suffering. We shouldn’t be surprised—this is what Jesus says will happen. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” —John 16:33 Nabel Qureshi was raised wanting to be just like his father—a devout Muslim. He recited the entire Qu’ran cover to cover when he was five. But at one point, he started studying the claims of Christianity, and discovered that the historical claims of Christianity were really strong. Then he studied the foundations of Islam more and discovered that it was his religion that was on shakier ground. Here’s what he says: After a few years of investigation, I was faced with the fact that I might be wrong. My whole family might be wrong. And everything that my grandfather stood for when he

One Pastor's Secret Strategy for Bible Reading

You’d think that because I’m a pastor, reading the Bible regularly would be easy. And by reading, I don’t mean studying, which I do every week for the morning and afternoon services at my church. I mean reading the Bible for the pleasure of hearing again the story of redemption, for the joy of seeing my triune God’s character revealed page by page. That kind of reading has become more difficult than it used to be. And that is because I am now the father of one extremely active little girl and have a wife who technically works part-time as an ENL teacher (though no teacher works part-time). That means that all the freedom I never realized I had to simply pick up the Bible any time of day has vanished beneath my daughter’s schedule, my wife’s schedule, and my own limited energy levels. So to all those out there

How I Failed to Read the Bible in 90 Days

Right now, I’m in the middle of reading the Bible through for the seventh time. My story, though, is a story of a series of failures, not successes. In my early days as a Christian, the pastor of my church once encouraged everyone to read the Bible with him in a year. And most everyone failed, including myself. At the end of the year, despite my failure, I was at least convicted that I needed to read the Bible cover to cover. Because every time I read God’s word, especially whole passages and not isolated verses, I understood it in a profound new way. Every time, there’s more for me to take to heart in my life story.  So that year, I picked up my Bible again, and read it in 18 months instead of 12. Thirteen years later, I was busy as the speaker and leader at Haven Ministries,

10 Little-Known Facts About The Holocaust

It’s known as the Holocaust. Most people alive today would not have been around to witness the atrocities committed at the hands of Nazi Germany, but society must never overlook the wretched stain borne by human history since the horrific events of World War II. 1. The term “holocaust” refers to an event in which many people are killed and many things are destroyed, especially by fire. Jews refer to this historic event as Shoah, which means “The Catastrophe.” 2. Jews weren’t the only people sent to concentration camps. Christians standing up to Nazi ideology, communists, socialists, gypsies, Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals, and others seen as having socially deviant behavior were also sent. 3. Not all concentration camps were death camps. Many were prisons and labor camps, though the horrible conditions still caused many to die from exhaustion and starvation. 4. Concentration camps were primarily used for detention and cheap labor.

Ann Voskamp's Gift to Her Mother

Mother’s Day is approaching. Maybe you know this because of all of the TV ads telling you to hurry up and buy your mom a gift. Ann Voskamp shares with us an idea for a gift that’s better than anything you can buy.   She keeps it by her Bible. Clay shaped by hands, a pottery jar, there on the kitchen table, always there by her Bible, both open for the taking. I don’t ask her about it. At the end of a phone call, late spring, leaves unfurling, Mama brings it up. “Ann … the jar.” I pause at the sink, pause in the scouring, the scrubbing it all away. “Yes, Mama?” I gave her the jar, thrift-store find, for Mother’s Day last year, filled it with slips of paper. “I just wanted you to know what it’s meant to me. I pick out one every day … sometimes

A Year Spent Apart From My Son

For Christmas, Lindsey M. Roberts, the editor of the All About Jesus blog, wrote about her experience being a single mom while her husband was deployed. Now, for New Year’s, Stephen, a U.S. Army Reserves chaplain, responds with an overview of his experience missing his son’s first year of life.  Just over a year ago, I was wondering if my wife and unborn child would be alive a year later. I could not have imagined that in 2013, I would be the one missing. When doctors found a mass on my wife’s ovaries in October of 2012, I remember feeling helpless and asking God why he would take from me my opportunity to fight for my wife and child. I asked him to please take me rather than them. God spared them. On April 21, 2013, our precious boy was born. But three weeks later, I was on a plane to Afghanistan

Merry Christmas from Haven Today

  The arm of the Lord is mighty and strong. And at Christmastime, the long arm of the Lord is revealed. Revealed in sending the son, Jesus Christ, to be born in a manger in Bethlehem. What is the message for us this Christmas? The message from Isaiah is: “Do not fear. Do not be dismayed. I am with you. I am your god.” And the son of God, Jesus Christ, has come to reign. The king of kings, the Lord of lords, is with us now. God has come. From all of us at Haven Today, Glory to God in the Highest. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  As speaker and president of Haven Ministries, Charles Morris brings a rich background to Christian radio from secular media, including being a broadcase news reporter as well as press secretary for two former U.S. Senators. While in seminary in Philadelphia, he

Christmas with Ann Voskamp: What to Do with a Broken Heart This Christmas

To get our hearts ready for Christ’s birth, Ann Voskamp is writing for us, celebrating the holiday that’s all about Jesus. Join us as we anticipate the coming of our savior.  That one doctor thought it was a bit of a miracle before they even cracked open the chest and cut away at his heart. Because who in the world figures out you’ve got a tumor plugging up an entire cavernous heart chamber when you’re blithely driving kids to hockey on Tuesday night and fine-tuning a tractor engine on Thursday and sitting in the front pew on Sunday? Maybe you only figure out your heart’s failing when you yell at the kids over state-of-disaster floors, or when you feel like a first-class Christmas failure in the age of Pinterest, or when you and yours never get through the holidays without a whole mess of family drama—and don’t ask me how I

Christmas with Ann Voskamp: How to Really Hold Jesus this Christmas

To get our hearts ready for Christ’s birth, Ann Voskamp is writing for us, celebrating the holiday that’s all about Jesus. Join us as we anticipate the coming of our savior.  The girl, she hands me this two-inch Christmas tree. A Christmas tree made of salt-dough, painted and varnished. She gives it to me right at the beginning, right when we meet. The boughs of the tree in my palm, they are dough, cut and bent—these wee branches extended straight out. How in the world do you make a tree like that? How long does it take to make a tree like that? We were standing just south of Quito, Ecuador. And Lidia’s mother, she’s telling me they’ve waited 3 years for a sponsor for Lidia. And Lidia, she’s laying these Christmas ornaments right in my hand, one at a time. It was the first week of November, last year, and

Christmas with Ann Voskamp: 10 Ways to Celebrate Christmas Morning

To get our hearts ready for Christ’s birth, Ann Voskamp is writing for us, celebrating the holiday that’s all about Jesus. Join us as we anticipate the coming of our savior.  Here are her ideas for ways to celebrate Christmas morning while keeping the focus on Jesus. 1. Birthday for Breakfast To serve Birthday Cake for Breakfast—with ice cream and an arch of balloons and birthday hats and light the candles and sing of wondrous grace! He has come! And for us! Our tradition is angel food cake for the birthday cake—made with freshly ground wheat—and I think of the wheat that fell to the ground, died for us and the harvest of the many. And we make breakfast a feast fit for a king. One of our best meals of the year is reserved for Christmas breakfast—recipes we serve only for Christmas Morning Breakfast: Victorian French toast with whipped cream and

Christmas with Ann Voskamp: How the Wait Till Christmas Can Be Weightless

To get our hearts ready for Christ’s birth, Ann Voskamp is writing for us, celebrating the holiday that’s all about Jesus. Join us as we anticipate the coming of our savior.  Steam rises from loaves of holiday bread cooling on the counter. The snow keeps coming down. Checking off the to-do lists in late afternoon: lay out disthtowels to wrap the bread loaves up in, tie with sprig of cedar, a bow of raffia—gifts for the neighbors, the mailman, the farm vet. Hard to wait for loaves to cool. Hard to wait. Hard, with all the lists and to-dos, to still at all in the spin of the season. This, the season meant for waiting wonder: God gestates. For nine long months, The Maker of everything hovered over the waters of the womb, divided His own cells and pulled on skin. God waited to make His entrance. Mary gently rubs her

Christmas with Ann Voskamp: Turn Your Christmas (Tree) Upside Down

To get our hearts ready for Christ’s birth, Ann Voskamp is writing for us, celebrating the holiday that’s all about Jesus. Join us as we anticipate the coming of our savior.  There must have been a blow-out sale on sheeny wrapping paper with dancing reindeer that year. Because that’s what she’d wrapped everything in—flashy reindeer with bulbous red noses. A whole herd of them circled under the blinking tree slathered with cheap tinsel and Grandma had scrawled our names in blotchy blue ink on each of the packages—To Jill. To John. To Ann—to all 14 of her plain-named grandkids. The decades have irreverently erased whatever my brother John ripped into on that Christmas Eve. But there’s no forgetting sitting on that red shag carpet down in Grandma and Grandpa’s rec room—with that oversized fly swatter from Texas hanging over the couch—and Grandma cracking her knees as she handed all the girl

Christmas with Ann Voskamp: Whose Birthday Is It Really?

To get our hearts ready for Christ’s birth, Ann Voskamp is writing for us, celebrating the holiday that’s all about Jesus. Join us as we anticipate the coming of our savior. It’s been over 10 years of nothing under the Christmas tree here. Strange, the way children teach men. It was dark, I do remember that. Bedtime. Smoothing back hair, kissing foreheads. One round moon hanging large outside the window, an ornament dangling off stars, decorating the night. I had gifts to wrap. So, pull up the blankets. Prayers. And then, when I’m at the door, one hand on the doorframe, resting in the light of the hallway, I turn to close the door a bit on the dark. He stops me with just one question: “What does Jesus get for His birthday?” The words hung … strung me up. I say the words into the black. Um … A

Christmas with Ann Voskamp: 7 Ways to Have More Grateful Kids This Christmas

To get our hearts ready for Christ’s birth, Ann Voskamp is writing for us, celebrating the holiday that’s all about Jesus. Join us as we anticipate the coming of our savior. Here is her list of ideas to help children understand that Christmas is about celebrating Christ’s gift to us, not about getting the latest toys. 1. A “Gifts We Already Have List” Hang a long paper on a wall or on the fridge or back of door. Fill that list up before Christmas—with all the countless ways God blesses you all as a family. Count 1000 (or a bit more or less) of the gifts you already have this Christmas! 2. Thanks Mob the Neighborhood Set out a basket of thank-you postcards and leave a pen and stamps in the basket. Add a stash of chocolate bars. See if you can empty the thank-you card basket, accompanied by chocolate

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Christmas with Ann Voskamp: When Christmas Stretches You

To get our hearts ready for Christ’s birth, Ann Voskamp is writing for us, celebrating the holiday that’s all about Jesus. Join us as we anticipate the coming of our savior. All day I pray to be a womb for God. On the way through the early blue light to the dentist, I whisper it to Father, “A womb, Lord. Make me a womb for you. Come dwell in me.” When we come home from the appointment to crusty bowls still on the table and the entrails of scarves and mittens and boots flung everywhere, I remember and pray it in earnest, the arms filling with the strewn innards, the words coming breathless like a woman made heavy, “A womb, Lord, a womb, a dwelling place for You.” It’s when the phone rings, supper hour and I’m caught off guard, that I forget. I don’t even remember that I have

Christmas with Ann Voskamp: The One Thing Your Christmas Can't Afford to Be Without

To get our hearts ready for Christ’s birth, Ann Voskamp is writing for us, celebrating the holiday that’s all about Jesus. Join us as we anticipate the coming of our savior. I walk out of a Christian women’s conference in mid-December and step oblivious right over a cross. I’m a woman rock hard and blind. A woman who forgets her own face, oblivious to the appalling miracle of rain that becomes wheat, bread in the mouth that becomes grace in the veins. Of God taking my place when my sins are that I keep taking His, and honestly, I would have just kept walking straight on into the dark coming on and never looked back. We are headed to the car—we have places to go and there are roads that lead away and I have no idea why we think that the Way that got us here isn’t always The

Christmas with Ann Voskamp: How in the World to Get Ready for Christmas?

To get our hearts ready for Christ’s birth, Ann Voskamp is writing for us, celebrating the holiday that’s all about Jesus. Join us as we anticipate the coming of our savior. It’s on the day I forget to buy toilet cleaner in town. The day the man at the gas pumps says it’s just around the corner, what they’re forecasting will be a green Christmas and he looks up and asks, “So … are you ready yet for Christmas?” And I choose to smile instead of hyperventilate, to keep breathing and believing, and that’s the day I drive home past the cows and the stone houses and hear it playing quiet in the background on the way home and it’s a bit ironic that I have to turn it up to hear the words: No ear may hear His coming,But, in this world of sin,Where meek souls will receive Him

Be Christ's Hands and Feet to the Philippines Now

Bodies are strewn in the streets. Thirty members of one family missing. On Friday, Nov. 8, surging water from a super typhoon in the Philippines pulled a daughter from her father’s arms and now she’s gone. The most violent typhoon in recorded history made landfall in the Philippines with waves as high as two-story buildings. Typhoon Haiyan-Yolanda has left behind a disaster beyond reckoning. Without clean water, food, or medical supplies, people are resorting to acts of desperation to survive.  Haven Ministries is partnering with Far East Broadcasting Co. (FEBC) to bring physical and spiritual relief to Tacloban, Philippines. Immediate relief efforts will arrive from Haven in two forms: humanitarian aid and emergency first response radio broadcasting. Partner with us to be Christ’s hands and feet. Send in a donation to bring relief to the Philippines. Haven Ministries and FEBC have been partnering together in the Philippines for more than

Hope For Fathers: It's Never Too Late

Being a father may sometimes feel like you are a caged gerbil. In the cage of your role as a father, do you run round and round on the wheel, doing the most that you can the best that you can? Are you afraid of getting off the wheel? Do you want to avoid ever getting on the wheel? Or do you run around the cage freely, without need of the wheel? No one ever said being a father was easy. This weekend, there will be the obligatory gifts and cards and favorite foods shared, but then Father’s Day will be over for another year. What about us dads? Do we go about fathering like a gerbil or is there another way to parent? It’s easy for me to look back and see my own faults, especially when my kids were young. I travelled too much. I spoke too often

Sharing the Good News on YouTube

Maybe you’ve heard the good news and now you’re ready to tell other people. Is there anything more daunting? First, rest assured that the salvation of your loved ones doesn’t depend on you. As with your own salvation, there was nothing you did to earn it, nothing you can do to earn it. Whether or not God uses you as an instrument is his perogative. Second, know what you believe. Why is the gospel of Jesus Christ good news anyway? I recently discovered a YouTube channel that will help with your own evangelizing efforts, as well as with your own understanding of the faith. Don’t miss Julius Kim, dean of students and associate professor of Westminster Seminary California talk about why the gospel of Jesus Christ is good news. Or a Westminster student talk about his own personal fears in evangelizing. Or another professor talk about the Great Commission: “Now the

Parents: Keep the Focus on Christ This Christmas

“The world says the real meaning of Christmas is all sorts of things … shopping, family, big sales on TVs and refrigerators, but we know that it’s Jesus, right? That’s why it’s called Christmas.” Thus says Clive, an archaeologist, to his brother archaeologist Ian in Phil Vischer’s newest DVDs for kids, Why Do We Call it Christmas?     Isn’t that so true? How do we explain to kids with our words that Christmas is all about Christ, when what we say with our actions is that it’s everything but? Even if we’re not the ones stressed as we rush to wrap presents, make cookies for Santa, and get the good deals at stores on Black Friday, the rest of our culture certainly is. How do we keep the focus on Jesus, and not on elves or presents? There are more tools out there to help parents than you might

Our Hearts Are Filled with Thankfulness for You

We at Haven Ministries are so thankful for you, dear readers. Thank you for listening to Haven Today, thank you for reading the Anchor Devotional, and thank you for reading the All About Jesus blog. Your support for us helps keep the programming going so that we can explore and share the person of Jesus Christ.  As a small thank you this Thanksgiving, we’ve partnered with Keith Getty and Stuart Townend to share the lyrics and sheet music to the hymn “My Heart is Filled with Thankfulness.”  Download, print it out, and start a new tradition at dinner this year of a Thanksgiving hymn. (Need help getting started? Listen to and download the MP3.) Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. —Psalm 95:2-3 Happy

Unpopular Books of the Bible: The Minor Prophets

The Minor Prophets have it tough. Not only did the people they were preaching to hate them, but now nobody reads their books. We’ve all heard of Isaiah, Jeremiah and Daniel. But what about Haggai? Or N