Ask Pastor John: I Know God Loves Me, but Does He Like Me?

I Know God Loves Me, but Does He Like Me? Here’s a really good question today from a listener named Derek in Chicago: “Pastor John, I have been a Christian for about a decade, and it has been a wonderful decade of growth and learning in Scripture. I feel close to God. I know God loves me, and the shed blood of his Son proves it (according to Romans 8:32). But the question I more often struggle with is this: Does God actually like me?” This is not just Derek’s question. Many ask the same thing. … [Read more...]

WWUTT: The Shack vs. the Bible?

The Shack, a novel by William Paul Young, has sold over 20 million copies and has been made into a feature film. It's about a man whose daughter was murdered, leading him to ask why a loving God would allow such evil. He goes back to the place where she died and meets God as a woman who goes by “Papa”, the Holy Spirit (also a woman) and Young’s version of Jesus.Though The Shack is fiction, it teaches unbiblical ideas Young said he believes about God. “The Shack is theology. But it is a theol … [Read more...]

WWUTT: Franklin Graham Said Rain is a Sign of God’s Blessing on President Trump?

“Mr. President, in the Bible, rain is a sign of God's blessing; and it started to rain, Mr. President, when you came to the platform.” – Franklin Graham at the Inauguration of President Donald J. Trump, January 20, 2017 Well in Genesis 7, rain was a sign of judgment when God flooded the earth and destroyed millions of people in their wickedness.I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living thing I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground. (Genesis 7 … [Read more...]

Jesus in HD 189: Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine (and ALWAYS will be!)

[display_podcast]Get yourself ready for a massive dose of encouragement.As you are about to hear in this PODCAST, it’s amazing to me how a couple of significant storylines are coming full circle with Jesus’ words in John 15.Specifically, last week we saw how Jesus’ assertion, “I am the vine,” is the final of Jesus’ seven “I Am” statements recorded in the Gospel of John.Now, for this discussion, here’s a Bible Trivia Question for you:What was the very first parable that Jesus t … [Read more...]

Jesus in HD 188: A Now-Complete Picture

[display_podcast]Oh how I love a good irony. That being said, how ironic in terms of timing is it that in this PODCAST, on this our fourth anniversary together as a Safe Haven family, we come to Jesus’ statement here in John 15, in the Upper Room Discourse, when He said to His men (and to us!), “I am the vine, you are the branches”? (John 15:5a)The irony to which I refer lies in fact that this statement completes John’s portrait of Jesus.You talk about Jesus in High Definition. How ab … [Read more...]

Jesus in HD 187: The Mysterious Member of the Trinity (Part 3)

“when He comes, He will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment” (John 16:8) [display_podcast]Welcome to Part Three in this 3-part mini-series within a series concerning the Mysterious Member of the Trinity, AKA The Holy Spirit.As you will hear in this PODCAST, here in the Upper Room Discourse, Jesus presented to His disciples the first extended discussion of the Holy Spirit to be found anywhere in the Bible.Yes, the Holy Spirit was very present and quite acti … [Read more...]