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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 ……

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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?…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

La La Land & Providence

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…

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…

The Depressed Christian

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….

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…

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….

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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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:…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

'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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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’”…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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!…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 Nahum? Or Zephaniah? Most of us can’t even pronounce their names right. But more importantly, their contribution to scripture and salvation history is overlooked by millions of Christians. The Minor Prophets make up the last 12 books of the…

Interview with FEBC First Responder

What do the efforts of Far East Broadcasting Co.’s First Response Radio team look like on the ground? We talked to team leader Maggie Yrasuegui about the devastation she sees around her and what it takes to get an emergency radio broadcast running in a disaster zone. What is the present situation that you’re experiencing in Tacloban? Maggie: I wish I could say that things are improving a lot, but they haven’t yet, because the…

Christ is Reaching the Hard Places

Christ is reaching those who are hurting. Convoy of Hope, an arm of the Assemblies of God, has sent in its first semi-trailer of 100,000 meals and is comforting several Filipino provinces that are harder for the government, military, or international relief organizations to help. World Vision is using four trucks to haul 25 tons of supplies into remote villages north of Cebu City, offering food, blankets, mosquito nets, tarps, hygiene kits, and emergency shelter….

A Single Mom at Christmas

I didn’t plan on being a single mom at Christmas. Last year at this time, my husband and I were celebrating closing on our first house, a small townhouse in the suburbs, and were anticipating the approaching birth of our first child. But after the holidays, in February, as I was painting the nursery midnight blue, my husband came home to tell me that the U.S. Army Reserves had called him up for a deployment…

Hope is Coming to Those in Need

Hope arrives … finally. Helicopters are ferrying in food and clean water from a U.S. aircraft carrier. Australia and Britain are sending doctors, nurses, and military support staff. And the first wave of relief workers from our ministry partner, Far East Broadcasting Co. (FEBC), are now on the ground helping to coordinate relief efforts. It’s not too late to make a difference. In fact, the time to give is right now as the momentum of Christian…

Storm Survivors Waiting for Help

The wind was blowing and then all was silent. Super-Typhoon Haiyan has impacted more than 4.2 million people across 36 provinces in the Philippines, according to Philippine authorities. But help is starting to arrive. In the picture below, U.S. Marines help displaced Philippine nationals from the back of a KC-130J Super Hercules at Vilamor Air Base in Manila, Nov. 11.  Licensed for use by Creative Commons by Flickr member DVIDSHUB. The Philippine military repaired and…

What Makes a Good Listener?

One of the most amazing qualities about God is that He created the entire expanse of the universe, and yet, in his power and might, He chooses to listen to us. Pray, pray, pray, He says, over and over in His Word. He desires for us to talk to Him. This is no surprise, really, because He created us with an innate desire to be listened to, to be known. Then you will call upon…

Is the Devil Real?

Is the devil real? To some, that question may seem absurd. Of course he’s not real. Might as well believe in Santa, the Easter Bunny, and Lucky the Leprechaun who will steal your Lucky Charms cereal. To others, that question may seem absurd for a different reason. Of course he’s real! He makes inanimate objects fly, he’s behind the witch doctors in third-world countries, and he’s worshipped by theistic Satanists. So which is it? Pastor…

Jesus Speaks: John 14:27

John 14:27 is one of my favorite verses in scripture. It’s a grand promise that Jesus gives to his people as he prepares to physically leave them. He promises them his peace. Not the peace of a ceasefire or a stalemate or a grand bargain but the peace of God himself: the relational peace the Father and Son and Holy Spirit have with each other. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to…

Sometimes, Pride Comes After the Fall

Pride comes before the fall, right? I’m here to tell you that it also comes after the fall. A few weeks ago, I appeared for my first day as Recess Duty Mom and came equipped with comfortable clothes, running shoes, and my game face. There were four of us strategically positioned at the soccer field, stick playing area, and playground. That day, the captain asked me to go to the stick area. While keeping an…

Be the Art God Made You to Be

As the leaves turn color and fall, we see God’s work all around us. But what if we saw this work as his art instead? Emily Freeman, author of A Million Little Ways ($13.99; October 2013, Revell), wants us to see it this way. And then she wants us to live out our own lives as the masterpieces (artist signature: “Yahweh”) that they are. In doing this, we will glorify him, she writes. There isn’t only…

How is the Lord Helping You?

How is the Lord helping you? What a wonderful question. Someone asked me this recently about a trial I am going through: my husband is deployed with the U.S. Army for the first year of my son’s life. He left three weeks after our son’s birth. We are now five months in, with seven to go. What seemed impossible when we got the news—me parenting a newborn alone, in a sleep-deprived state—has been made possible…

Glimpses of Grace for Weary Mothers

Maybe on the good days of mothering, you wake up and the sun is shining. It’s easy to praise God for hot coffee, morning smiles from the crib, and a fresh day ahead. But what about the days when nothing seems to go right and everything seems bleak? Gloria Furman, a mother, pastor’s wife, and blogger at Domestic Kingdom, offers help for such days in her book, Glimpses of Grace ($14.99; Crossway, May 2013). As…

In Place of a Chicken, a God-Man

Thousands of chickens, each circled over a head. A prayer is prayed symbolically, transferring the sins from the person to the bird. The chicken is slaughtered, the meat given to the poor. Voodoo in Haiti? No. It’s the Jewish ritual Kapparot, part of the High Holy Day of Yom Kippur. And it caused a lot of controversy this week as thousands of chickens—a rooster for a man, a hen for a woman—were slaughtered to atone…

The Truth About Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is the day that my kids will smother me with the cards and crafts they have made that read “#1 MOM” or “Mom of the Year.” And while they do this, I will want to sit them down and talk to them about how we should be honest and not lead others to believe that they are something they are not. Now, I know that I am a “good” mom. I mean, my…

10 Reasons Not to Read the Bible

Each year, many Christians and non-Christians set out to read the Bible in a year. Why do they do it? Or rather, to be antagonistic, why shouldn’t they do it? Here are 10 reasons not to read the Bible cover to cover this year. You don’t want to know how much God loves you. The Bible is God’s revealed word to us, like a letter where he writes to us about everything he wants us…

5 Christians You Should Know

Stories of saints gone by encourage us in our walk today. Their sufferings give us consolation in our sufferings; we take joy in their joy; we reap from their work while on Earth. As Hebrews states: Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. — Hebrews…

What Jesus Says About Children

While there are a lot of books about parenting in print, and while many are very, very helpful (Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp being one of my favorites), there is one place to look for child-rearing wisdom that is most important: the Bible. What does Jesus say about the importance of raising children? Of course, He stands behind all of Scripture, but it can be encouraging to parents in the trenches of late-night…

Muslim Man Persecuted for Following Christ

Rev. Mateen Elass was born to a Syrian father and an American mother, spending his childhood in Saudi Arabia. While attending Stanford University, he began seeking other religions. After studying under a mystic in India, he encountered some Christians who led him to find Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  In addition to a PhD in New Testament, Rev. Elass is an Islamic scholar and has served as a pastor in Iowa, Colorado Springs, and…

What Mental Illness Taught Me About Jesus

When I first started working in mental health, I didn’t know what to expect.  I knew how mental illness was portrayed in movies, but I didn’t know what it was really like.  In training they taught me the definition of mental illness.  The different types.  The symptoms.  The treatments.  I was told about its prevalence. I learned that illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are no different than other illnesses, like diabetes and heart disease….

Top 5 Books that Lead Little Ones to Jesus

At Haven Today, we focus a lot on books that will lead adults to Jesus, or help adults to understand and love Jesus more. But we can’t forget about the kids. I did a quick poll of friends and a few others sources and rounded up the results of a very unscientific poll: the top five books that lead children to Jesus. The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name by Sally Lloyd-JonesThis book…

Tips for Showing Hospitality to Muslims

As we near the end of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, many of us may be thinking more about our Muslim neighbors and how we can share with them the love of Jesus. For a little help, we turned to Rev. Mateen Elass, a man who was raised in a Muslim environment in Saudi Arabia. Today, he is a board member of the Institute on Religion & Democracy, a think tank that monitors and…

Gay Marriage: What Christians Do Now

When the Supreme Court struck down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act in June 2013, it certainly seemed like the tide of our culture would continue to steadily move toward the acceptance of gay marriage. After the ruling by the Supreme court this week, the issue for Christians in North America is just as relevant as ever. So, what now? How are followers of Jesus Christ, and the church, to think about and respond to…

Six Ways the Sabbath Blesses Us

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea,…

Jesus Calls You by Name

As I waited for sleep to come in my bunk earlier, I thought back on a FaceTime chat I had with the Mrs. last night. She placed him in the middle of the bed and jokingly asked me to watch the boy while she stepped away for a minute. She intentionally set her iPad far away from him so that he couldn’t reach it and hang up on the conversation. I decided that such an…

Christmas Traditions with Ann Voskamp

In his word, God has written an epic pageantry of mankind, from Adam to the Messiah, the root of Jesse. Reaching back into the pages of the Old Testament, author Ann Voskamp explores the lineage of Jesus in her new book, The Greatest Gift, through the majestic advent tradition of the Jesse Tree . Ann’s book features a reading for each day of advent that points to the coming promise of Christ, as well as an exquisite…

Children Need Jesus' Promises, Too

Sally Lloyd-Jones, born in England and raised in Africa, is author of The Jesus Storybook Bible (a Moonbeam Award Gold Medal Winner), Just Because You’re Mine, and Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing. She now lives in New York.  Almost overnight, my eight-year-old niece went from being a vivacious little girl who sang her way through life—as if she were singing the soundtrack of her own life the movie—and became a frightened, withdrawn child who spoke…

Kristyn Getty: Reflections on A Mother's Prayer

In the spring of 2008 I first prayed for a baby, and in the spring of 2011 God answered that prayer with the birth of our beautiful daughter.  My joy was full but so were the fears I wrestled.  In some ways I felt like a baby Christian again, caught in a whirlwind of emotions, learning and applying what I have known and trusted into a completely new life – I know I’m definitely not the…

Superman & Jesus: Why We Can't Get Enough of Sacrificial Heroes

With the release of Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice on Easter weekend, it’s easy to see the religious symbolism present in comic book characters. Movie studios don’t try to hide it. In fact, director Zach Snyder embraced the symbolism of Christ in Man of Steel, saying, “The Christ-like parallels, I didn’t make that stuff up … That stuff is there … That is the tried-and-true Superman metaphor.” Here are some of the similarities. Can…

Spurgeon on Depression, Part Three

Finally, toward the end of his lecture, we find out one of Charles Spurgeon’s main causes of depression. In 1856, he was preaching when the building, the Surrey Gardens Music Hall in London, caught fire. As people panicked, a stampede occurred and several died. This event had a great effect on Spurgeon. And yet, at the end of his lecture, he encourages us to take our comfort beneath God’s loving wings. This third installation of…

Are You Prepared to Die?

A friend of mine in college had a drawing of a skull propped up on her dresser next to her mirror to remind her not to be vain. If that sounds morbid, it’s because it is. Yet the Bible supports such morbidity. As the writer of Ecclesiastes records, “Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher. Vanity of Vanities! All is vanity.” (1:2). Though mostly lost in American culture, there is a long history of Christians who…

We Need The Eggs!

“This guy goes to a psychiatrist and says, ‘Doc, my brother’s crazy! He thinks he’s a chicken.’ The doctor says, ‘Well, why don’t you turn him in?’ Then the guy says, ‘I would but I need the eggs.’ … I guess that’s pretty much how I feel about relationships. They’re totally irrational, and crazy, and absurd, but I guess we keep going through it because most of us need the eggs.” – Alvy Singer (Woody Allen)…

Graduation Quotes for Life, Success, and Eternity?

It’s the time of year when young men and women enter the season of adulthood – or in other words: the workforce.  It’s also when many of us begin to hear new words of wisdom trickling in from commencement speakers with all kinds of philosophies and agendas.  You’ll hear it as you attend the graduation of a friend, a relative, or even yourself. But before you start taking “positive” advice to heart – first think…

Three Reasons to Give Thanks

Over and over again the Bible instructs us to give thanks, but how often do we really stop to intentionally do so? What should our first impulse be we offer our gratitude to the Lord? Few people realize that there are three powerful blessings from God that we experience the moment we stop to give thanks: 1. Time Slows DownWhen we stop to give thanks to God, we begin living in the present instead of…

Jesus Speaks: Matthew 9:1-8

A Christian’s unique joy in the midst of distress can be heard at a Christian funeral, which will not only contain laments but songs of praise and happy thoughts of the paradise that the dead in Christ have entered. In this Christians emulate their Master, as we can see in Matthew 9:1-8: It’s a famous passage. A paralyzed man is brought to Jesus by his friends. Jesus tells him, “Cheer up, my son; your sins…

How can I find God's will for my life?

Most of us have asked ourselves the question, “What does God want me to do with my life?” Usually we face it for the first time in high school, before we graduate and enter the real world. If we’re lucky, a clear path is laid before us and we’ll never have to ask this question again. But for the other 99%, our road is a bumpy one full of job hunts, relationship troubles, college applications,…

Jesus Speaks of Peace: John 14:27

This time each year, people send Christmas cards with “Peace” embossed on the front; carolers sing “peace on earth and good will toward men”; and mothers and fathers pray for peace and quiet by the time Christmas day comes and the newly bought toys are sounding for joy. The Christmas season is perhaps the best time to reflect on what Christ meant when he said that he left his peace with his church. With all…

Four Tools for Making Reading a Habit

If you’re a reader, there may come a point in your life when you realize that you’re in a dry spell and not gobbling up books as you used to. Or maybe you’re not a reader and wish that you were. Either way, reading can often take some discipline. It most of all needs to be a habit, and that’s especially true when it comes to the Bible, the most important book we’ve been given,…

Spurgeon on Depression, Part Two

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. – John 10:27-29 Continue to be encouraged by Charles Spurgeon’s words about his struggle with depression. And…

Spurgeon on Depression, Part One

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. It is our hope that you will be encouraged by this 3-part series that discusses how believers…

The Church that Eats Together, Stays Together?

Following a rabbit trail online, I first came across a woman who cooks a vintage meal from the ’50 era each week and documents it on her website, the Mid-Century Modern Menu. (Think spam casserole or potato-chip cookies.) Then I found an article where she, Ruth Clark, wrote about collecting church cookbooks. These cookbooks don’t just contain recipes, she writes. They contain “[d]ecades of experience cooking for a family. Long nights spent preparing for church…

Three Books to Read this Summer

During the summer when I was younger, I used to check out as many books as was allowed from the library (13, as I recall) and read them as fast as I could. Now that I’m older, it seems I’m carrying responsibilties instead of books, as downtime is devoted to chores, emails, and meals. But it’s still worth having summer reading goals, even if my list is now three books long instead of 13, because…

Defending Your Faith in a Godless World

“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…” – 1 Peter 3:1   Popular culture has taken a nosedive into the material world, vowing never to come up for spiritual air again.  I’ve heard it said that science knocked on the door to the universe, and…

Vanguard University's President Grew Up Listening to Haven

This week, Haven Today’s radio programs are highlighting Christians you should know, but may not already. One of those is the president of Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, Calif., Dr. Carol Taylor. Turns out, as we saw on Vanguard’s website, that Taylor grew up listening to the original Haven Today, called Haven of Rest. And in another of life’s happy coincidences, three of the members of the original musical group on Haven, the Haven Quartet,…

Three Dangers of Busyness

A book came across our desk recently that really convicts. Crazy Busy ($11.99; Crossway, March 2013) by Kevin DeYoung, a pastor at United Reformed Church in East Lansing, Mich., talks about the one conversation we’ve all had: “How are you?” someone asks. “Oh, I’m crazy busy!” we say, with a lot of stress in our voice—and a hint of pride. (Because if we’re busy, then we’re important. Though what we’re conveying to the asker is: I’m too busy…

Dr. Ben Witherington on Money

What should a Christian do with his or her money? What does the Bible say about tithing? What are the myths that Christians believe about money? This week, Haven Today has been talking with Dr. Ben Witherington and asking him some hard-to-face questions about money. A New Testament scholar at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, Witherington goes all the way back to the beginning of creation in Genesis to start uncovering what God has…

Christmas with Ann Voskamp: When You're Just Ready for the Rest of 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.  Whenever Christmas begins to burden, it’s a sign that I’ve taken on something of the world and not of Christ. The Farmer, he brings home these four miniature candles with the groceries and he pecks me on the cheek. Crazy, how wonders never cease! So…

Surviving the Storm of Depression

“Resting in Faith,” from the Anchor Devotional: “…being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.” (ROMANS 4:21)  Scripture Focus: Romans 4:13-25 * * *  When I was a child, a neighbor tried to teach me to swim. I could kick my legs and move my arms but my trust was totally in her arms holding me up in the water. A few years later a friend who had just learned to…

The Secret Thoughts of a Once Lesbian, Now Christian

If you haven’t heard of Rosaria Butterfield yet, I imagine you will soon. Her book, “The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert,” (Crown & Covenant Publications, 2012) is swiftly sweeping by word of mouth through Christian circles. To condense a long journey into a brief story, Butterfield was a tenured and successful professor at Syracuse University in New York, and a lesbian in a committed relationship with her partner, when she met a local pastor…

The Miserable Ones: A Review of 'Les Miserables'

Like many others last week, I made it out to the theaters to see Les Misérables, which is one of my favorite stories. It was assigned to me as summer reading for my senior year of high school, and like the high schooler that I was, I put off reading it until five days before school began. I read it (abridged though it was) in five days. Last year, I was introduced to the musical…

Why Jesus is Better Than Santa Claus

Santa lives at the North Pole. … Jesus is everywhere. Santa rides in a sleigh. … Jesus rides on the wind and walks on the water. Santa comes but once a year. … Jesus is an ever present help. Santa fills your stockings with goodies. … Jesus supplies all your needs. Santa comes down your chimney uninvited. … Jesus stands at your door and knocks, and then enters your heart when invited. You have to…

The Importance of Christmas Stories

Santa pictures, stockings, wish lists, and a morning full of gifts. How do you keep Jesus at the center of Christmas for you and your children when everything around you beckons with glitter and flash to get you to want more, spend more, do more? Wise parents have many strategies: pastor John Piper’s wife Noël created the Noël Calendar for her kids, an advent calendar that tells the Christmas story step by step each day….