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What Open Door posts on Facebook - June 2013

 

6/1/2013

 

Ben Franklin supposedly noted: Well done is better than well said.

 

We know what he meant. Many can talk a good game but can they produce. When you think about it, both are needed.

 

If someone does a good job and produces something good and worthwhile, it will usually need some type of explanation, description and promotion.

 

An expression that many of us heard growing up: There are two types of people - talkers and doers.

 

Oh that we might do both effectively in the right balance. This would be a great skill for all of us to learn - one indeed of immense value.

 

6/2/2013

 

The message of the gospel is for children and adults.

Believed and confessed in simple faith - new life is the results.

The sacrifice of God's Son was for everyone to meet salvation's need.

So that by grace the promise might be sure to all the seed. ~ Romans 4:16

 

And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

 ~ Galatians 3:29

 

6/3/2013

 

We pray these verses as we begin our week:

 

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

 

6/4/2013

 

Do you ever picture yourself doing the Word of God or acting on a particular verse of scripture? Some might argue that doing so is merely mental and does not accomplish much.

 

Consider it from the other side - picture yourself doing wrong. Has that ever happened to anyone? We know it does far too often. Temptations come, they are visualized and acted upon.

 

We should do the same thing with God's Word - visualize it and act upon it. May God help us do so, bear much fruit and fulfill the verse below.

 

Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. ~ Romans 12:21

 

6/5/2013

 

If you are familiar with the book of Jude you know the writer does not mince words - he is straight and to the point. Then the book ends as follows:

 

Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and for ever. Amen. ~ Jude 1:24-25

 

And unto Him (Jesus) we give our praise and thanks!

 

6/6/2013

 

It is amazing how many organizations, causes, groups, clubs and agendas that are all around us and that we can get involved in. Many can be "good" in a general sense and sometimes it is not easy to know where to draw the line.

 

It is always helpful to ask: How will my involvement with this make anything better, be a blessing, or fulfill God's calling in my life?

 

Sometimes answers are not simple. We would suggest the following: If there is something that you are considering and believe it is good, do it for a certain amount of time and then evaluate it. Be up front with the people in charge and tell them a set time frame you will commit to. At the end of the time agreed upon, if anyone is not satisfied then involvement can end with no hard feelings.

 

This strategy may not work perfectly every time but it is a good place to start and a good way of looking into new things.

 

We pray God give us His wisdom and guidance as we all are facing new things in life.

 

6/7/2013

Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. ~ Isaiah 60:1

 

This first has to come on the inside of us - some type of initiative that brings a desire to develop, to grow, to increase, the learn, to do better. It is a desire to fulfill our calling in excellence, to be a witness and blessing to others, and to glorify God.

 

Heavenly Father, as an old hymn states please: Send a Great Revival in my Soul.

 

6/8/2013

The word "grace" is found in the New Testament 122 times.

 

From the dictionary we find the word can mean as a noun: loveliness and beauty

As a verb it can mean: to adorn or enrich

 

We know what a "grace period" is and we like it.

 

From a Biblical standpoint many have used it as the acronym:

 

God's Riches At Christ's Expense

 

There are certainly many ways to describe "grace" particularly as we look at the many verses in the Bible.

 

But think for a moment of any type of scenario where you are called in to deal with matter. Perhaps something has gone wrong, you are being accused, you are being questioned, or perhaps you were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Regardless of the situation, the attention is on you and it is not good. Now consider that the person in charge who will make the decision turns to you and says: "I am going to extend grace to you". Regardless of exactly how that plays out, you likely breathed a sigh of relief. Whatever it is, you will benefit from it.

 

It is hard to picture anyone being upset by grace being shown to them. Can you picture anyone saying, "I would rather not receive any grace, thank you"?

 

Just a few verse about the grace that has been extended to us:

 

For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. ~ John 1:17

 

Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: ~ Romans 3:24

 

I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; ~ I Corinthians 1:4

 

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: ~ Ephesians 2:8

 

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

 

These are just a few of the 122 verses that declare the grace of God through the Lord Jesus Christ. We invite you to partake of that grace today.

 

The final verse in the Bible:

 

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. ~ Revelation 22:21

 

6/9/2013

 

My hope is built on nothing less

Than Jesus' blood and righteousness

I dare not trust the sweetest frame

But wholly lean on Jesus' Name

 

No good works or any amount of them by any man compare to what Jesus did and His final sacrifice. Indeed it is so sweet to trust in Jesus and not in works of righteousness which we have done.

 

We pray the joy of this salvation will touch the hearts of many today.

 

 

 

 

6/10/2013

 

These are just a few scriptures that show how much God wants to forgive people"

 

For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: ~ Matthew 6:14

 

And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him. ~ Luke 17:4

 

Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. ~ Luke 23:34

 

Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: ~ Acts 13:38

 

To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. ~ Acts 26:18

 

And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. ~  James 5:15

 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. ~ I John 1:9

 

6/11/2013

Each one of us has an individual "world" that God has put us in. It is a sphere of influence, places we frequent, and locations we move within. May God help us to be witnesses for Him in the world He has given us. May we walk and talk in such a way that people see Jesus in us each day. May we be vessels of honor for our Lord so that we might bear fruit in our labor.

 

In my life, Lord, be glorified today.

 

6/12/2013

 

Earlier in the month we posted on how many things we can be involved with: causes to support, activities to engage in, and organizations we can join. How much "stuff" can we actually "stuff" into our lives?

 

If you have been involved with teenagers, you know this type of thing can go off the scale. When they get their license and can go out on their own, we know the opportunities for more "stuff" will skyrocket.

 

May we help them to learn when to say "yes" and when to say "no". Often we can think of many things in which the answer would be obvious - to us anyway. But remember, we have a lot of experience that they don't.

 

In referring back to our original post, as adults we deal with so many situations and decisions that have no inherent right or wrong in them - it is just a matter of things or "stuff" to get involved with. We pray for wisdom whereby we might know when to say "yes" and when to say "no".

 

It is often the people involved who will ultimately determine whether something turns out good or bad. Sometimes things just get out of hand. How many times has someone with good intentions and a pure heart experienced a "blow-up" right in the face.

 

In the natural, there is just so much uncertainty with "stuff" and with people. The life of Jesus surely shows this to us, and we would do well to recognize it. We pray we respond properly in the difficulties - that we may be part of the solution and not the problem. We are told not to be foolish, but we give credibility to our testimony when we:

 

Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. ~ Colossians 4:5-6

 

May God grant us great skill in this area.

 

6/13/2013

As we remember the subject of "grace" from the other day, we say again that it is very difficult to find any negative qualities in it. It always brings a blessing and always helps - especially grace from a Biblical standpoint.

 

Often looking at a subject from the other side or the opposite can help clarify a meaning as well. Think about the opposite here - disgrace. Does anyone want any of that? This negative of the term "grace" is one we can readily see in our minds.

 

We want no part of disgrace while cherishing all the grace we can get. With that in mind we want to be sure to give as much grace to others as we can. We should be people who add new meaning to the term "graceful" - that is, people full of grace.

 

6/14/2013

Jesus took the blame for us so we could enjoy the following:

 

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. ~ I Thessalonians 5:23-34

 

And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: ~ Colossians 1:21-22

 

And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you: To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints. ~ I Thessalonians 3:12-13

 

As one minister put it, we should now try to live like we appreciate what Jesus has done - we should not treat it lightly.

6/15/2013

A term that has come up in Christian circles recently is "controversial message". How much controversy should a church or a Christian be involved in? Can that even be decided? How should a church respond to an accusation that its message is controversial?

 

We should first realize that anyone can decide to be controversial over anything. People's positions today can change at the drop of a hat. Some can get into "fuss-mode" very quickly. If you are used to talking with people about any issue, you realize that some just want to argue and are not really interested in what the truth is.

 

The Biblical message of the gospel has not changed. But we do see a society that has changed and one that does not mind challenging the message very vocally. Our job is to present the truth in love and we certainly need God's wisdom in doing that today.

 

Is the message controversial or is it the messenger? The gospel message remains sure and steadfast, yet God will give us new and innovative ways of presenting it. We must make it a point to be the best "gospel presenters" and "gospel doers" we can possibly be.

 

We will stop here. Controversies can often be avoided if we know when to stop talking.

 

6/16/2013

We honor our father's today and we especially give thanks and praise to our heavenly Father. Made in the image of God, man has the "Fatherhood of God" stamped within him as Billy Graham has noted. But man also has the stamp of the evil one imprinted on him that must be purged by the blood of Jesus.

 

We are so grateful to the fathers who have recognized their need for the cleansing power of Christ, and now have the desire to be a father after the pattern of God. We are thankful for your commitment and we pray abundant fruit of your labor. May you continue to be strong in the Lord and the love of God be manifested in your life and poured out to your children.

 

We pray fervently for God's blessing on fathers today.

 

6/17/2013

Though the special day for fathers is over, they must still stand and deliver each day for their families and children. Mothers as well have a daily service - they do not get many days off. We pray for moms and dads as they fulfill their God-given service and responsibilities - every day.

 

6/18/2013

 

We were blessed to be able to play and sing this song this past Sunday night. We thought you might enjoy hearing it from one of the writers - Travis Cottrell

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_l-B4ZhLJ0

 

 

 

 

6/19/2013

 

It has been said that the majority of Christian service is not for the stage. Our service is often private and not meant for public display - our prayer time, reaching out to others, phone calls, anonymous gifts, all the work that is done in secret. When you think about it, not much of this would make a good "show" anyway. But it does make for a good Christian witness and testimony.

 

Three times in Matthew 6, Jesus talks about the things done in secret will be rewarded by God openly. We do not do it for reward, but sowing and reaping is a part of God's plan. The reaping also helps us continue to serve and to be a blessing.

 

We thank everyone who works so hard for the kingdom of God behind the scenes.

 

6/20/2013

 

Many people believe that change is difficult. As we look at ourselves, do we tend to resist change? All of us like our routines and habits particularly if they serve us well.

 

However, we all deal with change everyday. We see it in the aging process, as our children grow up, in the job or company we work for, and life in general brings us things that are different that require new ways of thinking and acting.

 

One of the great challenges we have as Christians is to be unwavering in our faith, principles, and Biblical stand for the Lord and at the same time being flexible in dealing with the changes in life and circumstances.

 

May God grant the wisdom to do this and in fact demonstrate to the world that it can be done. It would be great testimony to let our light so shine, be steadfast, unmovable and yet be on the cutting edge of dealing successfully in this life we have now - all to the glory of God.

 

6/21/2013

 

The other day we posted our appreciation to all who serve the Lord. Today is the last day of our VBS and we want to thank everyone who served, gave, worked, cleaned up, taught, helped and participated in order to bring the gospel to a number of young people.

 

Our theme this year was "More Than Conquerors" and our theme song was "Jesus is my Superhero". We were blessed with good weather and a good time in God. Our young people were really great singers this year.

 

You all deserve a good rest and we plan to post some pictures soon.

 

6/22/2013

 

More like Jesus would I be

To see more of Him and less of me

I can share His message and show His love

And set my affections on the things above

 

May others see Jesus in me today

For the needs of others I'll take time to pray

Help me not to waste the time that You give

But to make the most of this life that I live.

 

May we concentrate on the most important things each day and have the wisdom of God to know what they are.

 

6/23/2013

 

Does anyone remember singing or hearing this old charismatic chorus from Isaiah 55:12 ~ For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

 

We did it years ago and we looked up why we would go out with rejoicing and have such a great time. It is because of the verse before it:

 

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. ~ Isaiah 55:11

 

We should give a shout when we put these two verses together!

 

6/24/2013

 

Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. ~ Psalm 24:7-8

 

Most scholars and Bible students believe this is talking about Jesus' second coming and Him entering into Jerusalem or the temple.

 

The verses should describe us as well. We should lift up our heads and open our hearts for the King of glory to come in. Further, may our behavior demonstrate that He has taken up residence.

 

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. ~ John 14:23

 

6/25/2013

 

How many love stories to you suppose have been written? The choir in this video sings two wonderful love story songs:

 

Precious Lamb of glory

Love's MOST wondrous story...

 

Enjoy and be blessed!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlocOMtSVJQ

  

6/26/2013

 

For who hath despised the day of small things? ~ Zechariah 4:10

 

There are very few things that begin on a large scale - they are usually small and started with caution. We should be glad.

 

When things are small, adjustments and corrections can be made more easily than if something is large with a lot of people involved.

 

Most of us can relate to this regarding all the things we undertake in this life. Use the time of growth to learn, develop, and adjust things as necessary. As progress and growth occur, you will be up to date every step of the way and know how it was done (and what you did when problems came up). The things you learn as you progress will be invaluable in bringing about success and stability.

 

Remember to trust God - it was His idea from the beginning that we be a success to glorify Him and be a blessing to others. Remember what Jesus said about building our house (our lives and what we do) on the Rock - it is best way to weather the storms.

 

6/27/2013

 

In reading Psalm 27:1 on this 27th of the month:

 

A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

 

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. ~ I John 4:18

 

We are told to walk in love, not in fear. May the love of God continually be perfected in us, the peace of God rule in our hearts, and the joy of the Lord be our strength.

 

6/28/2013

 

In Matthew 23, Jesus rebukes the religious leaders about many things they were doing. Many are familiar with this verse:

 

Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. ~ Matthew 23:24

 

We often emphasize the "strain at a gnat" part - when people just pick at every little thing. We often overlook the "swallowing of a camel".

 

If we have a position of authority over others and make decisions, we often examine ourselves to make sure we are not too picky - don't sweat the small stuff so to speak.

 

On the other hand we need to make sure we are not "swallowing" or "buying into" something that obviously is wrong or dangerous. This can happen particularly when we go by the majority, what society is saying, or what is popular with the culture.

 

As Christians we live by a different standard - the Word of God. Let us take heed as Paul instructed Timothy:

 

But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. ~ II Timothy 3:14-15.

 

God's word is obviously not the most popular in our land, but is does bring the best results for anyone who puts it into practice.

 

6/29/2013

 

On this 29th day of the month:

 

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn. ~ Proverbs 29:2

 

The righteous in Christ will not do everything perfectly, but at the least we should show that we care, take the calling very seriously, and we pray for God's wisdom in our decisions.

 

Sadly we are seeing the opposite these days. May God give us leaders of honor, righteousness, and true holiness that recognize that they are ministers of God for good. They are to execute wrath upon evil ~ Hebrews 13:4.

 

For our leaders we also pray they walk in Hebrews 5:14 ~ But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

 

Throughout the Bible we see God's high standards for leadership and what happens when those standards are violated or not taken seriously.

 

6/30/2013

 

It is hard to believe that the year is half over. It reminds us how quickly time slips by and also to make the most of the time we have. We do this when we honor the Lord and dedicate time to Him and His will especially.

 

May we spend some time in worship with people of "like precious faith" today ~ II Peter 1:1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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