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What Open Door posts on Facebook - November 2014




Yesterday we talked about coming to a place of maturity in our Christian faith.


One sign that we are making progress is when neither praise nor criticism moves us off our stand on the word of God. We may appreciate a pat on the back and consider legitimate criticism. But our goal in both is to better serve and honor our Lord.


Maturity does not just happen and it does not materialize just because we have been Christians a long time. It comes from sowing to the spirit (Galatians 6:8), walking in God's word, and living for Jesus as an old hymn says.


Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: ~ Ephesians 4:13




One of the reasons we rejoice to assemble ourselves together:


For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. ~ II Corinthians 4:6




Praise God from Whom all blessings flow

Praise Him all creatures here below

Praise Him above, ye heavenly host

Praise Father, Son, & Holy Ghost



Many have grown up hearing these words sung almost every Sunday. May it not just be a Sunday song for us!




Have we all been a prodigal in some way or some area of our lives? We are thankful that God always invites us to come home. We believe you will enjoy this version of the story on GodTube:






We post this writing before any election results are known. Regardless of who wins, they need the prayers of Christians - whether they know it or not.


I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. ~ I Timothy 2:1-4


These are the people we want in authority - those who are saved and have the knowledge of the truth.


May God have mercy on our leaders and land.




Take my life and let it be ... a great prayer to pray and words to do:






Do people have "quiet time with the Lord" anymore? That was a common church expression years ago that usually meant prayer, a devotional, and setting aside other things to seek the Lord.


It might be difficult to call it a "quiet time" today. Often we have CD's playing with some type of Christian music, we may be vocalizing our prayer requests, some people like to move around ... There is nothing wrong with any of these things as they are valid ways to spend time with the Lord.


But it would be interesting to look into our last instance of a "quiet time". During these interludes our efforts cease and we are not in control with trying to make something happen. It is an opportunity to humble ourselves and ask God to take over and minister to us in any way He desires.


It may take a lot of effort on our part to enter in to such a state as a "quiet time". If you just do it for a few minutes, at least that is a start. It is a good thing to pray about. Lord, I would like a quiet time with You that is productive - for You and for me. Help me to be obedient and to received from Your Spirit. May I be equipped to serve You with my best as I yield in this area.


It even makes sense in the natural just to quiet ourselves a little bit. How much more fruitful it will be if we take that time to draw near unto God.  




In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. ~ I Thessalonians 5:18






We pray for the men and women today that serve in our armed forces. They serve voluntarily and lay down their lives on behalf of others. We ask God to bless them and their families. We pray for their protection, for skill, ability, and strength to endure.


May all of them experience God's special favor this day.




May the words of this song be the cry of our hearts!  Enjoy the singing by Jim Reeves.






Many are familiar with Acts chapter 2 and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. We see Peter's message regarding this in verses 14 through 39.


Evidently there was much more because verse 40 states: And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.


We believe this is a very applicable word today - save yourselves from this untoward (perverse) generation.


In verse 41 we see 3,000 took the first step in this regard. May our daily walk show us as doers of this verse.




A number of folks in our congregation are hunting this morning. We pray for everyone who is out in the filed this season. May God grant them safety, wisdom, and discretion. We pray they demonstrate good sportsmanship and be willing to help others.  We even lift up the dogs as they are often a big part of the hunt.


We pray for a safe and enjoyable hunting season.




Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. ~ Psalm 119:111


May God's word in our hearts be stronger than the word that would tempt us to sin




And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way. ~ Numbers 21:4


Just about everyone can relate to what the people here were going through. How many of us have been "discouraged because of the way"? We have all been there and hopefully we can use the word "been" there. We know some are likely there now and need the "way to escape" that is talked about in I Corinthians 10:13 to get out of the "way to discouragement"


If we look at their situation honestly, the "way" that the children of Israel traveled was of their own doing. They were not on the way that God wanted them on but had taken another path. We too can be just like them and choose our own path with undesirable consequences.


Yet God is rich in mercy to all those that call upon Him. He is still our deliverer from every evil work, our need-meeter, the One who is for us, our heavenly Father. He is rich unto all that call upon Him ~ Romans 10:12


As one fellow put it, if you are walking though the valley of the shadow of death, make sure you walk through it - don't camp there! Know that it is God who will bring you through it. Knowing this will produce joy on the inside (which is your strength) even if all the troubling circumstances have not disappeared yet. Your deliverance has started on the inside when there is a shout instead of a moan, a smile instead of a frown, and a garment of praise has cast out the spirit of heaviness.


Even in all these things (ways of discouragement) we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. We pray for God's wonderful power, His Word, and His love to bless anyone reading today who is dealing with discouragement.




Christians know that the assaults from the enemy will come. That is why we need the amour of God and the word of truth like we see in Ephesians 6.


We should also know that the same is true for the devil. He is very vulnerable to assault.


(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) ~ II Corinthians 10:4


Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. ~ James 4:7


And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. ~ Romans 16:20


And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; ~ Mark 16:17


Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. ~ Luke 10:19


We know that there is not a devil behind every bush and under every rock. When one does show up, demonstrate to him that he has a target on his back!




Here is a verse that will challenge us:


But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. ~ Romans 13:14


This would be good to declare that we are doing daily.




We note again these words: But speaking the truth in love ... ~ Ephesians 4:15


If our tone of voice is wrong, people often will dismiss any truth we might proclaim. May the wisdom of this verse craft the way we communicate and live the word of God before others.




Regarding our posts on speaking the truth in love, we share this quote. It is dedicated to all who take a New Testament stand:


"Some one, then, must undertake the ungracious task of probing and laying bare the evils of the age; for men must not be allowed to congratulate themselves that all is well. If others will not, he will. If others shrink from the obloquy of such a work, he will not. He loves the age too well; he loves his nation too well; he loves his fellow-men too well. They may upbraid him; they may call him a misanthropist, or a prophet of evil; they may ascribe his warnings to the worst of motives, such as pride, or arrogance, or self-esteem, or malice, or envy; but he will give no heed to these unjust insinuations. He will prefer being thus misunderstood and maligned, to allowing men to precipitate themselves upon a ruin which they see not. Rather than that they should perish, he will allow his own good name to be spoken against. He will risk every thing, even the hatred of brethren, rather than withhold the warning." -Horatius Bonar (December 19, 1808 - May 31, 1889)




So many things to be thankful for as we enter this week:


Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: ~ Colossians 1:12-14


When we become partakers of what is described in these verses, we rejoice to give thanks for everything else.




We know that great preparations are in the works for our family celebrations of Thanksgiving. We note Jesus especially gave thanks when speaking to the Father or regards to provisions such as food:


Feeding of the 4,000:


And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude ~ Matthew 15:36


The things of God revealed:


In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight. ~ Luke 10:21


At the Lord's Supper:


And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: ~ Luke 22:17


And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. ~ Luke 22:19


Feeding of the 5,000:


And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. ~ John 6:11


At the tomb of Lazarus:


Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. ~ John 11:41


May we use our freedom to express our thanks daily for all that God has done for us.


Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:6-7




As we consider the Thanksgiving holiday and the word itself, it is interesting that in the Bible:


This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful ... ~ II Timothy 3:1-2


We note the word "unthankful". This does not just mean these people do not say "thank you". It describes an attitude, way of thinking, or condition that is listed under the heading of perilous times. Notice the traits also that surround this word. If you are ever around unthankful people, it is not pleasant.


Now to keep us humble, remember that unthankful is pretty close kin to complaining - that word could hit a little closer to us.


We write this today to get a little different perspective on our giving of thanks, and that we might be mindful not to get over into those bad areas we have mentioned.




May our Thanksgiving today come forth from our thanks-living each day. We hope you enjoy a blessed time with a fun and food-filled gathering. Thank you heavenly Father for blessing and provision - every day!




We pray God grant us all a special measure of wisdom at this time. Everyone is likely dealing with just a little bit more this weekend: getting past Thanksgiving, what to do with whatever is left over, should I shop now, later, both, or not at all, should I be checking on the Christmas decorations or putting them up, what kind of get together will we have at Christmas and what day/night will suit everyone, did we start the Christmas pageant/play/cantata early enough, and I hope starting black Friday early does not put me in the red early as well.


May wisdom be granted to keep our priorities straight and our stress levels low. May Jesus always be kept first and our efforts be toward that which is most important. May I be a blessing to everyone I possibly can.


A good beginning would be to start this season with prayer!




We ask that God guide us especially during this season that is both joyous and hectic. May the "things" surrounding us not swallow up our focus on the people - those who may need special attention.
 We pray for the correct balance in all of our endeavors




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