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Daily word from Open Door ~ August 2011


8/31/2011


God will take you like you is

But He's not gonna leave you like you was

If you didn't want a change - then just be like you been

But know if you ask Him - He'll save you from your sin

 ~ from someone who knew what he was talking about


8/30/2011

 

"If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we and our posterity neglect its instructions and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity."
 ~  Daniel Webster


Some today would consider these words over the top - perhaps a little too strong. But they represent a time when most people believed there are consequences to actions. Sadly today it seems people are living their lives believing there is little or no accountability to anyone.


We will reap what we sow - as a people and as individuals ~ Galatians 6:7

 

8/29/2011

 

We all know that things in the natural require maintenance. Anything that is being used has to be looked after. Even something that is just sitting around will need to be tended to - kept clean if nothing else.


In like manner our spiritual lives require maintenance in order to bear fruit, be a blessing, and grow from faith to faith and glory to glory. General maintenance occurs when we gather for teaching, preaching, fellowship, and admonishing one another to good works. Examining ourselves before communion is certainly good Biblical maintenance.


But specific maintenance is called for if we want specific results. Here we target particular areas and check on certain aspects of our lives. One good place to start would be looking at the fruit of the spirit from Galatians 5:22-23.


~ But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.~

 

If you ever believe you cannot spend an hour with the Lord, a good examination of each of these areas in our lives and asking God's direction in the development of them will definitely take some time. Try doing a word study on each of these. We can examine how each of these is working in us.

 

This maintenance routine can apply to any aspect of our life and Christian service. It is not to beat ourselves up or just to be fault finding - our goal and desire is to improve and to better walk worthy of the Lord and be fruitful in every good work. This will glorify God and bless people - including ourselves. We do not want anything to slip.


Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. ~ Hebrews 2:1

 

Remember to schedule a maintenance session.

 

8/28/2011

 

When we take the time to study the scriptures, we find God always has a practical reason for what He tells us to do. Certainly there will be things we do not completely understand and we do them by faith. There will be things we see more clearly as we mature and our experience deepens.

 

One area in particular is praise and worship. The world often scoffs at both worshippers and a God who would want it. But consider this aspect: When we praise and worship, we are getting attention off of ourselves and putting it on the One who can meet any need that we have.

 

Often we need a touch, need an answer, need divine intervention, need mercy and grace to help in a time of need. In the natural we will look to ourselves, other people, or things that might offer a solution. But worship gets our attention and focus where it needs to be. It is our way of drawing near to God - He who is a very present help in time of trouble.

 

Worship helps relieve pressure and tension as we come into the presence of Him who has fullness of joy and at His right hand are pleasures for evermore.

 

Certainly we worship God for who He is and what He has done for us. But hopefully we can see some practical benefits of coming before our Father who has all the answers, He knows the plan, He knows what coming, and He knows the way of deliverance ( I Corinthians 10:13) for each one of us.

 

Spending quality time in praise, worship, and seeking the face of our heavenly Father is certainly more than worth the effort.

 

8/27/2011

 

Have you ever looked up the word: music? If you have, you likely found the definition did not do it justice. It is very difficult to define - yet each of us knows it when we hear it.

 

This difficulty in definition may be because music is spiritual in its origin. There is no other way to explain the way it enriches our lives, impacts our soul, and it has become a very integral part of our daily living. To make the point very quickly - image your world with no music, no singing, no rhythmic expression. This should make the point easily.

 

The question has been asked - could we live without music? Hopefully we will never have to find out. Thank God He has blessed us with this wonderful gift.

 

It is interesting how music can be just a simple little melody all the way up to an orchestral arrangement. Just a quick search on the latest thing musically is mind-boggling. This is true even in the Christian realm with all that is going on with praise and worship.


 It is also interesting that even when we just consider our well-known hymns, they cover all aspects of the human experience. They touch and indeed release every human emotion and area of life. They lift us to the heights of heaven and bring us to our knees as well.


On the one hand we have the robust and exuberant hymns compared with those that bring out the tears:


How great Thou art   .........    When I survey the wondrous cross


Onward Christian Soldiers   ........      Jesus loves me this I know


Victory in Jesus     .........        I surrender all


Even if we cannot adequately describe music with our words, we can use music and our voice to tell our heavenly Father that we love Him - even if all we think we can do is "make a joyful noise

unto the Lord ... come before His presence with singing"

 

8/26/2011

 

The role of Christianity and belief in God cannot be overlooked when one studies the founding of our nation. No honest student of history can deny this.

 

We must remember though that the founders were not perfect - just like we are not. Their doctrine was not perfect - just like ours is not. They had their disagreements - just like we do. They had to learn, grow and develop in their faith - just like we do.

 

We note this because some today want to point out their faults and "run them down" so to speak. That could be done with anyone - then or now. Who would you like to start in on first? We do not look to them, or any other human for that matter, as the standard of righteousness. As Christians we look to Jesus as the standard of righteousness.

 

But our founders had a formidable task - that of building a nation. They had to develop one that had never been seen on this planet. We believe their dependence on God and their desire to serve Him allowed the Lord to greatly influence not only our founding documents but the development of our country.

 

But putting all that aside for a moment, regardless of where you stand concerning the founders, there is a more important question to answer: What are you going to do?

 

Regardless of how good it might have been, or how awe-inspiring the development of our nation - what are we going to do now? That will determine the course of our lives, the lives of our families, our cities and towns, and our nation.

 

It is good to look at our history, our roots, and the examples we see from those who led and governed before us. But as we look at the situations that are before us, the founding fathers are not here - but God and His Word still are.

 

Yes we are thankful for a Godly heritage in our country. Even if we did not have one and even if we as individuals do not have a very Godly heritage, the good news is: Any of us could start one today. Start a Godly heritage today or keep one going if you already have.

 

8/25/2011

 

Many of us are preparing for hurricane Irene. That is something we have learned from experience so we will have an advantage, so we can weather it, and with God's help we can come through it fine.

 

Jesus particularly talked about the storms of life that would come and that we should be prepared by building our house on the Rock.

 

Just as it makes little sense to prepare for a natural storm while you are in the middle of it, so in our spiritual lives the principle is the same.

 

Are we preparing for the storms of life, is our life built upon the Rock, is the hope you have in God an anchor to your soul? (Hebrews 6:19).

 

We know in the natural to make the things around us steadfast and strong takes time, takes effort, takes a plan. We often put great diligence in this type of preparation.

 

There are so many scriptures that tell us to be steadfast, strong in the Lord, and of good courage. This too takes time, takes effort, takes a plan. May we take God's Word and put great diligence into this type of preparation.

 

8/24/2011


Day after the earthquake in central Virginia

 

Did the status of our area change yesterday? Did we move into the "diverse place" category?

Remember verses like this:

 

For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. ~ Matthew 24:7


Many believe all the upheaval we have seen in recent years represents this and other scriptures like this coming to pass. While our experience yesterday could be characterized as unsettling, disturbing, distressing, and perhaps frightening; the overall damage certainly pales in comparison to quakes in other areas.


Yet for many of us, this was something new, something we have not seen in this part of the country. For most of us it means extra time checking on everything, doing cleanup, and perhaps scheduling someone to come in for repairs.


We are thankful that as of now, we are unaware of any major hurt or harm regarding human life. But we should be mindful of a sobering reality:


For about 20 seconds, all many of us could do from a natural standpoint was just hold on. From a spiritual standpoint we could pray of course. It reminds us of the things in life over which we have no control.


Someone will surely ask if this is what Jesus was talking about in the last days. If indeed you thought it was, would it make a difference in your life? Many are quick to declare that something is the judgment of God, but even with all the major catastrophes we have seen world wide, we do not see society changing for the better to any great extent.


Yesterday's occurrence certainly us of what is precious. Oh that God would help us understand this life is but a vapor, but eternity is forever. Jesus has the best plan for eternity.


We certainly pray for everyone who was affected by the events of yesterday - that they be comforted know the peace of God in their hearts, and that we all rally to help them with any physical needs they may have. In some way, we can all show the love of God to those hurt by this event.

 

8/23/2011

 

Faith looks beyond this transient life

With hope for all eternity

Not with some vague and wistful hope,

But with firm trust and certainty ~ D De Haan from Our Daily Bread

 

It has been said that death levels the playing field.

No one in and of himself has an advantage.

But Jesus has tasted death for every man

This was done to extend God's grace to all of us. ~ Hebrews 2:9

 

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. ~ Romans 10:9-10

 

Jesus will take your death and give you His life.

 

8/22/2011

 

The history of Battle Hymn of the Republic is quite interesting.  It was written in 1861 and published in 1862 – right in the Civil War. The words in one verse say: be swift my soul to answer Him, be jubilant my feet.


Those words seemed a little unusual when you talk about Christian songs back then - especially when you realize before this song, the theme song of the Union was one entitled: John Brown’s Body. There are a number of different words to that song and some a somewhat morbid. The lines that are sung over and over are:


John Brown’s body lies a moldin’ in the grave – to the tune of Battle Hymn of Republic. The tune actually came out of 1850 Camp Meetings.


Finally one minister had enough – his name was James Clark. He had a friend who was a well-known poet named Julia Howe. He challenged her: Can you write something Biblical, something that we can rally behind, give us some zeal, something that speaks Godliness and a righteous cause. Thus was written what we know today as the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Two verses in the manuscript were not published as a part of the song – one goes as follows:


I have seen the burning gospel in men with eyes of steel

As they confront the adversary may God’s grace to them be real

Let the hero born of woman crush the serpent with his heel

Our God is marching on.


That seemed a very good verse. But it was decided that it sounded like the Union was calling the Confederacy the devil and they did not believe that was good.


What we can note from this song is even during what could be called the most distressing time in our country, many believed that it would be the Word of God and God Himself who would bring this country through.


We need to remember that during this time in our country and do what we can to both proclaim and live the Word of God. The world should be seeing that verse above in us.

 

8/21/2011

 

I need thee every hour, most gracious Lord;

no tender voice like thine can peace afford.


I need thee every hour; stay thou nearby;

temptations lose their power when thou art nigh.

       

I need thee every hour; teach me thy will;

and thy rich promises in me fulfill.

     

I need thee, O I need thee;

every hour I need thee;

O bless me now, my Savior, I come to thee


Turn your eyes upon Jesus

Look full in His wonderful face

And the things of earth will grow strangely dim

In the light of His glory and grace

 

8/20/2011

 

When our friends encounter trials

We can help them if we're near

Some may need a word of comfort

Others just a listening ear - Sper from Our Daily Bread

 

If we never faced the tempter

With his sharp and fiery sting,

We would never know the victory

That our trust in God can bring ~ Robert from Our Daily Bread

 

Great victories often come out of great struggles ~ unknown

 

8/19/2011

 

If moral precepts alone could have reformed mankind, the mission of the Son of God into all the world would have been unnecessary. The perfect morality of the gospel rests upon the doctrine which, though often controverted has never been refuted: I mean the vicarious life and death of the Son of God."
 ~ Essays, Literary, Moral, and Philosophical of Benjamin Rush, published in 1798.


"I have carefully examined the evidences of the Christian religion, and if I was sitting as a juror upon its authenticity I would unhesitatingly give my verdict in its favor. I can prove its truth as clearly as any proposition ever submitted to the mind of man." ~ Alexander Hamilton


"By conveying the Bible to people thus circumstanced, we certainly do them a most interesting kindness. We thereby enable them to learn that man was originally created and placed in a state of happiness, but, becoming disobedient, was subjected to the degradation and evils which he and his posterity have since experienced.


The Bible will also inform them that our gracious Creator has provided for us a Redeemer, in whom all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; that this Redeemer has made atonement "for the sins of the whole world," and thereby reconciling the Divine justice with the Divine mercy has opened a way for our redemption and salvation; and that these inestimable benefits are of the free gift and grace of God, not of our deserving, nor in our power to deserve."


~In God We Trust—The Religious Beliefs and Ideas of the American Founding Fathers, p. 379.

~ quote from John Jay:1st Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and President of the

   American Bible Society

 

8/18/2011

 

Anyone can start a project, but what happens as time progresses will often determine its outcome. ~ unknown

 

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
~Winston Churchill


Exercise and weight lifting can build muscle, true strength is an inward characteristic ~ unknown

 

Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape

~ John Maxwell

 

If you are facing a problem, you may be just the person God has to solve it ~ unknown

 

8/17/2011


At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light

And the burden of my heart rolled away

It was there by faith I received my sight

And now I am happy all the day

 

            ~hymn by Isaac Watts & Ralph Hudson


Let others see Jesus in you ~ hymn by B.B. McKinney

 

Mercy there was great and grace was free

Pardon there was multiplied to me

There my burdened soul found liberty

At Calvary ~ hymn by William Newell

 

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

~ Isaiah 26:3

 

8/16/2011

 

He left His Father's throne above

So free, so infinite His grace!

Emptied Himself of all but love,

And bled for Adam's helpless race ~ Wesley from Our Daily Bread

 

Glorious Savior of my soul,
I lift it up to thee;
Thou hast made the sinner whole,
Hast set the captive free;
Thou my debt of death hast paid,
Thou hast raised me from my fall,
Thou hast full atonement made;
My Savior died for all. ~ Wesley

 

8/15/2011

 

A recent Our Daily Bread had an interesting theme. The subject revolved around people getting along together at church. We recognize our differences: our personalities, our likes and dislikes, our preferences, our temperaments, and so on.


Yet, in the midst of all these differences we come together because we all have a common need - that of a Savior. Thus we endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bonds of peace, we in honor prefer one another, and we esteem others better than ourselves. These scriptural admonitions will indeed help us to get along at church. All of this can apply within our families as well.


The devotional went beyond just getting along. It addressed the question some people ask: Where do I fit in at church?


Ephesians 4:16 ~  From whom the whole body FITLY joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love


God will fit us together if we are willing to be molded. We often quote it: Not my will but Thine be done. That is true flexibility.

 

8/14/2011

 

"And as it is our duty to extend our wishes to the happiness of the great family of man, I conceive that we cannot better express ourselves than by humbly supplicating the Supreme Ruler of the world that the rod of tyrants may be broken to pieces, and the oppressed made free again; that wars may cease in all the earth, and that the confusions that are and have been among nations may be overruled by promoting and speedily bringing on that holy and happy period when the kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ may be everywhere established, and all people everywhere willingly bow to the sceptre of Him who is Prince of Peace."


~ Samuel Adams as Governor of Massachusetts, Proclamation of a Day of Fast, March 20, 1797.


"Cursed be all that learning that is contrary to the cross of Christ."


     ~ James Madison: America's Providential History, p. 93.

 

8/13/2011

 

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14


That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Colossians 1:10


That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.

            ~ I Thessalonians 2:12

 

8/12/2011

 

It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. ~  Lamentations 3:22-23

 

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy  ~ Matthew 5:7


But God, who is rich in mercy , for his great love wherewith he loved us ~ Eph 2:4


Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ ~  Titus 1:2


Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost ~ Titus 3:5


Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. ~ Hebrews 4:16


Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life ~  Jude 1:21


8/11/2011

 

Your words of pure, eternal truth

Shall yet unshaken stay,

When all that man has thought or planned

Like chaff shall pass away ~ anon from Our Daily Bread

 

Facts may be correct at least for a time, but God's Word is truth eternal

 

8/10/2011

 

We do a song from the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir entitled “We are United”. One of the lines in it has this: “We do our marching to one beat.”


The beat is the foundation of any piece of music – around it you can do a lot of different things. But all of those different things cannot clash with the beat. Example: We can clap on the downbeat or we can clap on the offbeat, you can sing melody or you can sing harmony. You can add all kinds of instruments, you can change the pattern of the rhythm – throw a Latin type sound when we get to the second verse. You can take this almost as far as the mind can conceive and what God would open up to you – but it all has to flow with the beat that is set. It doesn’t make any difference how awesome you can play, if you cannot play it with the beat it is worthless. A flurry of awesome notes not played in time is just an awesome mess. Further, you can even march different ways – you can goose step, you can double time, you can do some fancy marches – but you have to do it in time.


What a wonderful representation of the body of Christ. That Jesus – the Word of God – is the foundation. Once that is set, there are so many different ways to do things – so many ways to serve, so many ways to minister, but it has to fit the beat – it cannot be just a flurry of activity that makes an awesome mess.


Even in the life of Jesus, we see how many different ways He did things – yet they were all to beat of the will of God. As we come together to serve God, Lord let us hear the beat loud and clear, help us to know our individual parts, help us compliment and add to what others are doing, show us ways to improve and do it better – that You may get the glory and honor and that we may receive your blessing.

  

8/9/2011

 

What is the most memorable line that was ever spoken at a Presidential inaugural address? Many would say President Kennedy's statement: Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.

 

Of course, everyone realizes that the country does do things for people – it was set up that way – to serve and protect, and other things too numerous to mention. But the message was when you serve the nation, we are serving each other, when we work to better the nation, we are bettering ourselves.


What if we were to take this attitude regarding the Kingdom of God? Ask not what the Kingdom of God can do for you, but what you can do for the Kingdom of God.


In the same way, we know the Kingdom of God will do things for us. The King made the ultimate sacrifice and those now in the kingdom have a continuing work to bringing others in. In His presence is fullness of joy and at His right hand are pleasures forever more. He has given us all things that pertain unto life and Godliness. When we recognize what a joy it is to be a part of this kingdom, we will indeed give it our all. When we sow into the Kingdom, we are sowing into our own families, our own well-being, for the good of others, and to the glory of God.

 

8/8/2011

 

"The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God."
 ~ John Adams wrote this on June 28, 1813, in a letter to Thomas Jefferson.


"God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever;

 ~ Thomas Jefferson: Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XVIII, p. 237.

 

8/7/2011


Go to church today and delight yourself in the Lord


Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Psalm 37:4


Notice that first word: “Delight thyself.” I heard someone once ask this question of a group of people: “Do you enjoy your religion, or do you endure it?” I think that to the majority of people religion is something to endure. It’s a kind of painful duty that they have to go through with, but that’s not the way God wants us to experience Him. He doesn’t want us to endure Him; He wants us to enjoy Him.


The Westminster Confession, which is the basic doctrinal statement of the Presbyterian Church, says this: “The supreme duty of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.” Have you ever thought of enjoying God? God says, “Delight yourself in Me and I will give you the desires of your heart.” That doesn’t mean simply that God will do for us everything we might wish or think. It means that He’ll put in us new desires—godly desires, beneficial desires, the kind of desires that God has Himself.


And then He’ll satisfy those desires because He’s put them there in our heart in the first place. And all that comes when we delight ourselves in the Lord. When we find real joy and pleasure and satisfaction in our personal relationship with the Lord. Then out of that comes that blessed peace that He will put into our hearts—those desires which He Himself has and which He wants to share with us, desires that are beneficial in their fulfillment.


 ~ From the writings of Derek Prince

 

8/6/2011

 

We remember the prayer rally taking place in Texas today. We join with them to humble ourselves, seek the face of God, ask for His mercy on the people of this land, and we ask God to help us to flow with His plan and purpose in the days to come.

 

Thank God for our leaders who recognize the need for such a gathering. We ask God to heal our land because we ask it in Jesus' Name.

 

8/6/2011

 

We cannot hide from God

No matter how we try

For He knows all we think and do

We can't escape His eye. ~ Hess from Our Daily Bread

 

Oh Christians remember, you bear His dear Name

Your lives are for others to view;

You're living examples - men praise you or blame

And measure your Savior by you. ~ Anon. from Our Daily Bread

 

The most valuable commentary on the Bible is a Godly life.

 

Christ takes each sin, each pain, each loss

And by the power of His cross

Transforms our brokenness and shame

So that our lives exalt His Name ~ D. De Haan from Our Daily Bread

 

8/5/2011

 

We should know and live this hymn

More about Jesus would I know,
More of His grace to others show;
More of His saving fullness see,
More of His love Who died for me.

More about Jesus let me learn,
More of His holy will discern;
Spirit of God, my teacher be,
Showing the things of Christ to me.

More about Jesus; in His Word,
Holding communion with my Lord;
Hearing His voice in every line,
Making each faithful saying mine.

More about Jesus; on His throne,
Riches in glory all His own;
More of His kingdom’s sure increase;
More of His coming, Prince of Peace.

Refrain

More, more about Jesus,
More, more about Jesus;
More of His saving fullness see,
More of His love Who died for me.

8/4/2011

 

We support the prayer rally in Texas scheduled for this Saturday August 6. We join with them to humble ourselves, seek the face of God, ask for His mercy on the people of this land, and help us to flow with His plan and purpose in the days to come.


To see info on this gathering, go to: http://wallbuilders.com/  and you can see a short video from Governor Perry


We are thankful for the leaders in our land that support this rally. Thank you for praying as well - not just on Saturday but in the days to follow.

 

8/3/2011

 

My hope is built on nothing less

Than Jesus' blood and righteousness

 

Much more then, being now justified by his blood,

We shall be saved from wrath through him. Romans 5:9

 

Just as I am without one plea

But that Thy blood was shed for me

 

In whom we have redemption through his blood,

The forgiveness of sins ... Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14


What can wash away my sin?

Nothing but the blood of Jesus


Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins

In his own blood, Revelation 1:5


Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power

Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?


No other fount I know

Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

 

8/2/2011

 

"While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian."
 

  ~~ The Writings of George Washington, pp. 342-343.

 

8/1/2011

 

Think not your work of no account

Although it may be small

The Lord marks well your faithfulness

When you give Him your all ~ D. De Haan from Our Daily Bread

 

God uses us as instruments

To help someone in need

So we must trust Him to supply

When following His lead  ~  Sper from Our Daily Bread

 

When God says do it, He's already planned the resources we need to accomplish the task.



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