Posts by Craig Haworth

Craig Haworth

Craig Haworth

Craig serves as the senior pastor of Shiloh in Kalona, Iowa. Craig’s hunger for the Lord and his knowledge of God’s word has been a hallmark of his ministry and a foundation for the training of young ministries. He has a Master of Divinity degree from Shiloh University and is currently working on his Doctor of Ministry.

True Love Demands Change

We need to redefine our concept of love. The world only knows a human level of love, which is often synonymous with tolerance, acceptance, and doing whatever feels good at the time. But human love can never bring change or lead to real happiness, because true happiness only comes in righteousness. Ephesians 5:25-26 tells us that “Christ…

Love Will End the Divide

The love of God is transformative and it never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8). Religion tries to separate itself from sin and sinners, but Christ gave us a different example. He was not afraid to eat with sinners and tax gatherers. He knew that the love of God in Him was unyielding, inescapable, and powerfully transformative.…

Make God Your Center

God is determined to be the center of our lives. When He created us it was not out of a need He had, but rather that we might have a relationship with Him and come to glorify Him. We were created to have God as the center of our lives and the sole focus of…

The Pouring Out of Pentecost

During the feast of Pentecost we don’t need a dramatic outpouring that eventually fades away; we need to learn how to stay in the continual pouring out of God’s Spirit. We are instructed to fix our eyes on Christ, not on the world around or the sin within us. We fix our eyes on Christ, the author of our faith and the forerunner of the path that we shall walk.

Born Again as Children of God

When we accept the free gift of salvation in Jesus Christ we are born again by the Spirit (John 3:6) and made a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17). We often think of God as far away in the heavens, but Paul makes it clear that God is creating us to be a dwelling place for Himself in the Spirit (Ephesians 2:21-22). His life and His Spirit are within us, not a gift sitting on a shelf outside of ourselves, but an active living reality within those who believe and are born anew as children of God (John 1:12).

Christ is Risen; You Are Redeemed

When we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, we are looking for the experience of being risen with Him. When God created Adam, it was His gift of the breath of life that made Adam different than all the creatures of the earth. But when Adam decided to take that life into His own hands, using it to satisfy his own desires, mankind became a slave to sin. Ever since that moment all human beings on this earth have carried that sinful nature, always wanting to spend the life God gave on the passing pleasures of this world. But that life belongs to God and the only way it could be redeemed was for it to be redeemed with another life.

Our Initiative to Rest in God’s Sovereignty

Many of the fathers of our faith have debated the issue of God’s sovereignty versus our human initiative. Although it may be difficult for our minds to comprehend, both concepts are true. Just as a father can teach his children by allowing them freedom within the sphere of his bigger plan, God, our loving father, allows us the grace to choose to participate in His plan.

A Picture of Your Faith

Hebrews 11:1 says, “…faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Our hope exists in the place between what God has said and what we see manifest now. However, at some point that hope must give birth to faith that acts upon the evidence of what we have not yet seen.

Yield to God’s Building Plan

The Holy Spirit comes into our lives and leads us by relationships and circumstances into the truth where we say “Jesus is Lord” (1 Corinthians 12:3). Under His Lordship, God fits us together as stones in His building, the Body of Christ.