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What Open Door posts on Facebook - August 2014




"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




We tend to get very "cranky" when our stuff and endeavors do not work. Just listen to the average person whose garden was a flop this year. They often go on a tirade about never planting another garden, it's cheaper at the store, etc.


Our point is not to come against them and their position, but to show that we expect a profit from what we do - we expect things that we put our time, effort and money towards to produce.


Throughout scripture we see God declaring the same thing. As mentioned in an earlier post, God expects fruit from labor. So many verses come to mind but this one in particular for us every day:


... but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. ~ I Timothy 4:8




My hope is built on nothing less

Than Jesus' blood and righteousness...


This is one good reason why we go to church!




Yesterday our opening hymn was an old favorite: Living For Jesus


This song reminds us of verses from Colossians chapter 3:


If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above... Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth... your life is hid with Christ in God... When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.


Everyone lives for something - a goal, a purpose, an achievement, etc.


What higher calling could we ever embrace than to live for Jesus and declare Him as our reason for living?


When we come to the end of this life, what a blessing to know that "Living For Jesus" was not just a song we sang but it was the life we demonstrated.




It has been said that one of the greatest thing that any employee can do is to make the company look good. If you were a boss, what would you think of an employee who had a goal to make your company look good? You would certainly look on him favorably and you would likely ask this person about his (or her) outlook.


Sadly, such an ethic is hardly heard of - or at least it is not promoted or emphasized. It should be the work ethic of many and particularly those who call themselves Christians. What a witness and testimony this would be!


As Christians, we could say the same about our service to God. Does our conduct make God, His church, and other members of the body of Christ look good? Lord help us to be mindful of this and demonstrate an effort toward it. It is certainly a way to esteem others better (more highly) than ourselves. ~ Philippians 2:3




Yesterday we wrote concerning making our employer/company look good and went on to apply it to the kingdom of God. On the other side, we know we cannot just slap a happy face on everything.


There are times when things have to change, when the wrong must be confronted, and different options considered. When done the right way, this can bring more blessing than just "going along".


May God help us to know just the right way to apply both our "salt" and our "light".




We remember that in Galatians chapter 5 we see verses that contrast the flesh and the spirit. In verse 16 we read: This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.


It is interesting that we might tend to do this the opposite way: If I stop fulfilling the lusts of the flesh, then I can (or will) walk in the spirit.


Paul says the opposite: If we decide to walk in the spirit, then we are not in the realm of fulfilling the lust of the flesh.


That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. ~ Romans 8:4


It is interesting (and liberating) to see the pattern here: We do not put the flesh under so that we can walk in the spirit; we walk in the spirit so that the flesh will be put under.






From Exodus chapter 25:


And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, ... And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony ~ verses 20,22


It is interesting that God calls this the mercy seat and not a judgment seat - even in the Old Testament God provides a way to bestow mercy.


We remember that when Jesus was crucified that the veil of the temple was rent in twain from top to bottom ~ Matthew 27:51; Mark 15:38, Luke 23:45. This provided a new and living way to God ~ Hebrews 10:20


Because of Jesus, there is now a throne of grace where we can obtain mercy:


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




Because the effectual fervent prayer of the righteous avails much (James 5:16), we should especially put this to use with all that is going on in the world today. We ask the Holy Spirit to take hold together with us (Romans 8:26) that the will of God might be accomplished.




Do you recall these first lines of a hymn?


Take my life and let it be, consecrated Lord to Thee!


This could be our prayer each day. Though we may be saved and born again, we realize that our conduct and attitudes always need "tending to".


It is great when we are able to have victory over a temptation before it ever comes. This does not happen by accident, but comes with prayer, meditation in the Word, standing in the armor of God, and confessing our faith of what we have in Christ.


Lord help us to train ourselves to resist temptation. Show us the path to victory that we may overcome. May we not grow weary in well doing and may this demonstrate our consecration Lord to Thee.




May God grant us the wisdom to understand and walk in the power He has given us:


And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, ~ Ephesians 1:19


Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, ~ Ephesians 3:20


Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might ~ Ephesians 6:10


For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. ~ II Timothy 1:7


According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: ~ II Peter 1:3




It has been noted that people are like sponges - when we get squeezed whatever is in us will come out.


It is a humorous comparison but it often rings true. Whenever the pressure is on, we usually react. The tough situations test our Christian character and commitment.


May we prepare ahead of time for these storms as Jesus admonished. May we be ready to help others when they need strength.


Feeding on the Word and the things of God's Spirit are great ways to fortify and prepare each day.




The death of Robin Williams reminds us of how desperately people need the power of Jesus on the inside. The inside is where we face the assaults of the enemy: fear, depression, guilt, hopelessness, etc. Most people recognize that they need something on the inside to deal with these forces; but too often they go after, try, or indulge in everything but the gospel of Jesus Christ.


Two days ago we shared a number of verses on the power that the gospel promises. We miss out at times because we stay in the realm of the mental - thoughts of the power, imagining the power, trying to believe in the power, etc. The gospel, when received in our spirits, brings a change, a power, a strength that is beyond the mental.


But receiving the gospel message and Jesus in our hearts is just the first step. We must continue on to immerse ourselves in the word of God, the infilling of His Spirit, fellowshipping with people of like precious faith, and growing and maturing in the things of the kingdom of God.


Even as we do this we know the attacks will come. In this life we will continue to contend with the world, the flesh and the devil. Thus we are very compassionate regarding people who are struggling and fighting to overcome, remembering the words from two apostles: Paul ~ Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. - I Corinthians 10:12. Peter ~ Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: - I Peter 5:8


May God help us to win these battles! Beyond this, may we have the wisdom, anointing and boldness to share with those around us what the gospel can do for them.




Yesterday we noted a couple of verses that admonished us to be vigilant so that we would not miss the mark. Peter reminded us of the devil seeking whom he may devour. In the next verse Peter tells us to resist him steadfast in the faith.


It is interesting that in some things resistance is a "piece of cake". In some areas each of us would find it very easy to resist - we are just not going to do it and the devil may as well get out of our face.


Why isn't every area of sin and wrong the same with us? Is it our flesh, a carnal mind?


May God grant us particular wisdom in this so that our resistance to sin might be steadfast. If you know the area you are weak in, that is something to ask God for the right way to successfully stand against it.




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.




It Is Well With My Soul: a great song to sing or words to declare whether we are in the valley, on the mountain, or somewhere in between.






We should have no difficulty declaring that we are delighted and grateful to be a part of the church that Jesus established. We encourage others to enjoy the same experience.




Yesterday our opening hymn was: What A Day That Will Be


Many know it as a church favorite. It describes what should be our greatest expectation - the day we see Jesus and be eternally with Him.


Even in the natural when we've got something good coming up like a trip, a vacation or event that is fun; we get happy and make preparations for what is coming. Even though we know it's going to end and we are back to the routines and daily grind, the anticipation of something good coming up just brings us joy.


But this song reminds us that we are talking about something that never ends - being with the Lord and in His kingdom forever. How much more should we rejoice and be thankful.


We do not have a lot of specifics on the day we are talking about, but we know it is going to be good!


That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. ~ Ephesians 2:7


But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. ~ I Corinthians 2:9




A very familiar verse: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. ~ Luke 6:38


This verse, along with other principles of the New Testament leads us to say it this way:


Our standard of giving will determine our standard of living.


That does not just mean money. It means the giving of our lives because we love Jesus. It can mean our attitude ~ Lord help me to raise my standard of giving. May I be a "giver" to others.


This should develop for the rest of our lives to be more like Jesus in the giving of ourselves that He might be glorified.




How to respond to a tough, difficult, or situation that you do not agree with. That can be especially hard when it is a family situation or people you are close to.


Of course we should pray about it first and seek good counsel. If your opinion is asked, that can give you an opportunity. If you share your point of view and you get a very negative response, you can kindly point out that they did not hesitate to share their feelings.


You can still support people as best you can even when you do not support their position on a matter.


We remember that a soft answer turns away wrath ~ Proverbs 15:1


We should be known as people who stand up for God's truth.




In Ephesians 4 we see the term: work of the ministry


Anyone who has been in ministry or served in some capacity of Christian service understands that term: WORK


We would like to take a moment to thank and express our appreciation to all the people who do the work of the ministry at Open Door Church & Christian School. A good bit of this work is done "out of sight", "after hours", and often when "not convenient". We did not want it to be "without thanks". We are so grateful to you and to God for putting us together.


We pray for fruit of your labor and an increase in your seed sown. May you prosper and be in good health even as your souls prosper. Thank you for fulfilling I Corinthians 15:58 in our church and school:


Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.




In I Kings 21 we read the story of King Ahab who wanted Naboth's vineyard. Many know the story that Naboth was killed and Ahab essentially stole his vineyard.


One of the things we note is that God sees these things and remembers. Judgment was pronounced both on Ahab and Jezebel.


It is interesting at the end of the chapter that Ahab humbles himself. God noted this and some judgment was spared.


This story should bring us both comfort and warning. God sees our actions, our thoughts, and our hearts. Our behavior should indicate that we understand this.




The other day we wrote to particularly thank those who serve at Open Door Church & Christian School. We did this especially as our teacher in-service is next week and school will begin shortly.


We recognize that teachers (in all schools) deal with and in situations that are almost unique: They must deal with administration, with colleagues, with parents, and with children - all in the context of their work. There are not many jobs that are similar.


So again we thank our teachers and staff for all you do to serve the Lord in Christian education.




Psalm 19 is a great one to read before going to church. It is not long but contains verses that are packed. It puts us in the frame of mind to embrace and long for the Word of God. It ends with a desire to walk in a way pleasing to God ~ Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.


May your time of worship today be one that is fruitful both for you and others.




Our opening hymn yesterday was the very familiar: Oh How I Love Jesus


Whenever we say or sing these words, we are sowing good seeds in to our lives - we become more conscious of loving God, drawing near to Him, having Him on ours hearts & minds, etc.


This could help keep us out of trouble. Jesus rebuked the church at Ephesus saying: Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. ~ Revelation 2:4


May our love for Jesus always be first.


Our love for Jesus brings a blessing: 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

Loving Jesus puts us in good standing!




Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. ~ Ephesians 6:10


And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe,... ~ Ephesians 1:19


Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, ~ Ephesians 3:20


But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: ... ~ Acts 1:8


These are just a few verses that talk about the power of God we so desperately need. It is obvious from the New Testament that God wants power-filled Christians and a power-filled church.


Dear Lord, please grant us a fresh outpouring as we pray and seek Your face for this anointing and move of Your Spirit in these last days.




Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. ~ Philippians 2:3


This is the type of ministry all of us can have. May the Lord direct us today to someone we might help.




On this 28th day of the month, we pray the last 3 verses of Psalm 28 for us all:


The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. The LORD is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed. Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever.


Thank You for raising us up, heavenly Father, and making us "sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:" ~ Ephesians 2:6




The beautiful hymn: Have Thine Own Way sung by Jim Reeves


May it be our song and prayer today.






To be like Jesus

To be like Jesus

My desire is to be like Him

All through life's journey

From earth to glory

My desire is to be like Him


May God help us to be like Jesus in whatever situation we are in.




With longing all my heart is filled

That like Him I may be.

As on the wondrous thought I dwell,

That Christ liveth in me.

             ~ Whittle from Our Daily Bread


May others see Jesus in me.


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