Is it Worth It?

I’m looking forward to 2017.

We are possibly living in one of the most challenging times for the New Testament church.  Recently I had a conversation that began to really open my eyes to the reality of the world’s current situation. What was so revealing?  I was asked, “How far do you want to go to help this person?  Are you really going to risk that much time, effort, and possibly even personal finances to help someone that acts like they don’t care at all about life?”

This really made me wonder, “Is it worth it?”
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The Anointing Needed for the Culture Clash

Recently I have been consumed with leading Royal Haven to be successful in the eyes of Jesus.  Most people make sure they do important things in their final days of living; Jesus did that. 

I was reading about Jesus’ final hours in Gethsemane and something jumped out that I had never seen.  Jesus got up from praying four times to check on his disciples.  Three times he stirred them to get ready for the ordeal, and the fourth time he came to tell them it was time to face the crisis.  Read more…



Something Is On the Horizon

“The season of advent means there is something on the horizon the likes of which we have never seen before. What is possible…. is to not see it, to miss it, to turn just as it brushes past you. So…

Stay.
Sit.
Linger.
Tarry.
Ponder.
Wait.
Behold.
Wonder.

There will be time enough for running… For rushing… For worrying… For pushing. For now, stay. Wait. Something is on the horizon.”

~ Jan L. Richardson
As we officially enter the Christmas season let’s keep our focus as Christ followers on the true gift.  Even as we point to Christ all year long, we must point others to Him all the more at Christmas time. At Royal Haven Baptist Church we will be doing just that.  Our Senior Pastor Rick Dorman will be guiding us through the celebration of Advent on Wednesday nights, and in our teaching and worship.


What In the World To Do In the End Times?… 8) Look for Jesus

8) Look for Jesus — This brings us to the final guideline I would like to emphasize regarding how to live for Jesus in the end times. The Bible tells us point blank that we are to live “looking for Jesus” (Titus 2: 13). Most Christians are so caught up in the world that they live thinking about anything but the return of Jesus. This is a sad state of affairs because Jesus’ return is our “blessed hope” (Titus 2:13). And His return is imminent. Read more…


What In the World To Do In the End Times?… 7) Keep an Eternal Perspective

Keep an Eternal Perspective — We are to be in the world but not of the world (John 17:11 & 16). That’s a difficult principle to follow. It constitutes a daily struggle. It is so easy to get our eyes off the Lord and focus instead upon the world in which we live. The daily demands are so pressing. Read more…


What In the World To Do In the End Times?… 6) Practice Tough Faith

Practice Tough Faith — Faith comes easy when everything is going smoothly. When there is good health and prosperity, it is easy to praise the Lord. The test of faith comes when all the circumstances of life turn sour. God has not promised believers a rose garden. We live in a fallen world. The rain falls on the just and the unjust. The wicked prosper. Justice seldom prevails. It is easy for the righteous to grow discouraged. This calls for the practice of tough faith — Read more…


What In the World To Do In the End Times?… 5) Rely On the Holy Spirit

Rely on the Holy Spirit — Most professing Christians seem to be afraid of the Holy Spirit. This is usually due to a lack of knowledge concerning the Spirit. For example, there is a tendency to write off the Holy Spirit as some sort of impersonal force — like “The Force” in Star Wars. Read more…


What In the World To Do In the End Times?… 3) Believe in the Power of God

Believe in the Power of God — I am convinced that most professing Christians are deists. A deist is a person who believes in an impersonal god who never intervenes in human affairs. According to Deism, we are supposed to cope with our god-given reason, our talents, and the wisdom of the Scriptures. As far as the deist is concerned, at the end of the First Century, God retired, the supernatural ceased, and the age of miracles came to an end. But the Hebrew Scriptures teach that God never changes (Malachi 3:6). And the New Testament specifically states that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, yes and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). Read more…



What In the World To Do In the End Times?… 1)Order Your Priorities

1) Order Your Priorities — The starting point is to review your priorities and make certain that God is first in your life. Be honest with yourself. Don’t play games. Don’t kid yourself.


A Spiritual Mirror

The Apostle Paul provides us with a spiritual mirror for end time conduct. He says we are to “deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus” (Titus 2:12-13). When you look into this mirror, what do you see?