Jesus once said, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Over two decades of ministry, I have come to discover the significant burden that many in our world carry around each day. From the micro issues of everyday life to the macro problems we face in society, the burden continues to grow heavier as the years pass by.
At NorthHaven Church, we have worked hard at creating a sanctuary environment where individuals and families can find calm from chaos, love over hate, peace from despair, grace over judgement, and acceptance rather than rejection. The word for “sanctuary” in the Old Testament comes from the Hebrew word, qodesh. The word simply means, “a holy or sacred place.” At NorthHaven, we take this sacredness seriously. We believe in the sacred truths of the Bible, but more so in what the Bible actually says. We are called to love God and love each other - no matter who they might be.
The world seems to be spinning faster these days, leaving some so dizzy they need a soft place to land. Let me be very clear about what I am going to say: NorthHaven welcomes ALL people needing sanctuary. We understand this big world of ours is comprised of a variety of individuals, but those of you who are hurting, struggling, mourning, scared, desperate, hopeless, and lost have a place to find peace and acceptance. Jesus is our example, so those that need a shoulder to steady their walk can find others in their midst willing to walk alongside them offering encouragement and hope.
In NorthHaven, you will find sanctuary from a world trying to bring more divisiveness and destruction. You will find gracious individuals offering intercessory prayer, warm hugs, and strong shoulders. You will discover a truth that is counter to what you've grown accustomed to hearing. You will find a loving community where belonging is just as important as believing. Therefore, for those walking these days with heavy burdens on their shoulders, come and experience the sanctuary of NorthHaven Church.
Posted on November 15, 2016
by Mitch Randall