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What Open Door posts on Facebook - October 2014

10/1/2014

I have decided to follow Jesus

I have decided to follow Jesus

I have decided to follow Jesus

No turning back, no turning back

Many of us can remember the time when we asked Jesus to come into our hearts: we walked the aisle, knelt in prayer, or in some way obeyed Romans 10:9-10

After that, we should make the decision each day that we are going to follow Jesus. Help us to do this, heavenly Father, in the different situations we face.

10/2/2014

Yesterday we commented on the song: I Have Decided To Follow Jesus and then this came out on GodTube:

http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=W6PP67NX&utm_source=GodTube%20Must-See%20Video&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=10/01/2014

10/3/2014

How can I be a blessing today - a phone call, email, a visit, ask how I can assist, bring something to someone that will help them out, volunteer somewhere, check on someone, make sure those in my household/family are OK, pray for someone in particular, etc.

There are so many ways we can serve and do things to honor Jesus, serve Him, and serve others.

10/4/2014

"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.

In our estimation, there is overwhelming evidence that the founding and development of our nation involved Christian principles. Regardless of whether that is so or not, the main question for each of us is:

What am I going do? What am I going to base my life and decisions on? This will determine what happens with us. It is a very important questions for our leaders as well.

Like Joshua, may we declare: As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord ~ Joshua 24:15

10/5/2014

Search me, O God, my heart discern

Try me, my inmost thoughts to learn

Help me to keep from sin, I pray

Guarding my mind throughout the day

We rejoice to partake of Communion today - we desire to do so worthily.

10/6/2014

In Titus 3:4 we read that the kindness and love of God our Savior towards man has appeared.

It is God's kindness and love that gives us everything from Him. He is the one Who initiated the giving and the provision for our needs.

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:19

From the verse below, we see God continuing this throughout eternity

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

Hallelujah!

10/7/2014

May God help each day to be both salt and light in a loving way!

10/8/2014

Yesterday we mentioned being salt and light. Our desire is be effective in our witness to others - speaking the truth in the right way. If you know the book of Jude, you know he is direct and to the point. Notice this verse:

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

Then we see his admonishment regarding our witness:

And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. ~ verses 22-23

May we stay prayed up and ready. May we have the right thing to say to minister grace to the hearers.

10/9/2014

Hebrews 13:15 ~ By (Jesus) therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

It is interesting that it is called "fruit". Praise is not just an exercise, but it is a presentation of a product. We see from the Bible that fruit is something that God likes (and expects)

If you have ever been involved with orchards or gardens, there was nothing more important as far as results are concerned than to have the best crop possible. A good crop brings you joy, and in this case it would bring joy to a lot of people who would be able to partake of the fruit and be blessed. There is a lot of work to it but a lot of benefit as well.

The whole New Testament exhorts us to bring forth fruit - and praise gives us an opportunity to do that.

10/10/2014

We must be mindful to not overlook or neglect the Spirit of God as our comforter and guide every day. Each of us deals with different circumstances and different people. We need the Holy Spirit's direction to know how to engage and deal with each situation.

The Word of God will keep us grounded and on the right path, but Jesus knew we would need the precious Holy Spirit to be successful and victorious in this life.

We honor the Holy Spirit and ask for His wisdom and leading in every situation.

10/11/2014

Many are familiar with the first chapters of Revelation where Jesus addresses the seven churches. We see Jesus praising them for good things and then we see words like: " Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee ..."

Our question today is: Are we bold enough to come before Jesus and ask for an assessment of our lives? We note in Revelation that Jesus is talking to the "churches", yet we know He is talking about what the people are doing.

May we recognize the need to come before Jesus and ask if He has "somewhat against us" regarding something we are doing or not doing. It is good step in becoming more like Him.

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.

10/12/2014

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, ye soldiers of the cross.

Sometimes we feel inadequate in our witness and sharing the gospel. This song reminds us that our words and actions can demonstrate where we stand very effectively.

Though we may not say everything as well as we would like, and words sometimes fail us; may we consistently show that we stand with Jesus - it is Him that we want to lift up.

10/13/2014

A term that is often heard these days and seen on Facebook is "karma". If you are a Christian and someone asks if you believe in "karma", you should emphatically say "No". You will likely get a look of disbelief as the term and concept is embraced by many.

Karma comes out of Eastern Mysticism, particularly Hinduism and Buddhism. As Christians, we should declare that we believe we reap what we sow. ~ Galatians 6:7

Some might argue that karma means the same thing. A study of the subject would likely lead you to a different conclusion.

Our main point is that this subject can be used to point people to the Biblicl concept and show where karma comes from. It can lead to a good discussion and open the door for you to share your faith and why you believe as you do.

10/14/2014

Our opening hymn this past Sunday was the old favorite: Love Lifted Me

We are reminded that the Bible tells us that God is love. Throughout the scriptures we see the countless aspects of God's character, yet; it is love that motivates Him. He is a giver - His Son, the Holy Spirit, all things richly to us to enjoy, etc. It is love that brought us salvation and eternal life with God.

We know the difficult times come. Paul even called it a "light affliction", and we know some of the things he went through. How can we keep from singing and giving Him praise?

May God help us more to walk and live in this love that lifted us.

10/15/2014

A couple of days ago, we mentioned the Biblical principle of sowing and reaping. In the parable of the sower, Jesus said that it is the Word that is being sown. However, throughout scripture we see this principle applied in many areas.

In the very familiar Galatians 6:7, it says. "whatsoever a man soweth...".

In Ephesians 6:8 we read - Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

In Paul's admonition regarding giving in II Corinthians 9:10 we read - Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)

One of the main things we can note here is that we have to do the sowing. May God grant us a lot of wisdom in sowing and reaping.

10/16/2014

In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise. ~ Proverbs 10:19

We know there are times to speak and times to be quiet. May we be skilled in doing both. Many of us know that still small voice that tells us to "refrain our lips" when something stirs us up or crosses us.

Lord help us to grow in this area of self control - control our speaking when we ought to speak, and restrain our lips when we should be silent.

10/17/2014

We note in the life of Jesus His desire to have compassion and show mercy whenever He could:

He did not condemn the woman who committed adultery - yet He told her to go and sin no more. He did not mind calling out sin.

In John 5, Jesus heals the man at the pool of Bethesda and then tells him later to sin no more lest a worse thing come upon him.

Jesus is the truth and He did not mind telling it in regards to sin. It is interesting to see in two instances that He is trying to help the people and not condemn them. He wanted these individuals to condemn the sin and get out of it.

May God give wisdom in dealing with the difficult areas - to try to help people first and foremost.

10/18/2014

Does anyone remember the "charismatic chorus" that came from these two verses? We have not heard it in a long time.

I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. ~ Psalm 18:3

The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted. ~ Psalm 18:46

10/19/2014

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. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. ~II Corinthians 4:6-7

May we always remember that Jesus on the inside is indeed a treasure!

10/20/2014

If you have been involved in a business, you likely have some idea what is involved in running it. We consider: the product(s) that are put out or service(s) done, the hours that are needed, the employees, the salaries, the benefits, inventory, customers, advertising, our public presence, maintenance, etc.

If you were to write it all down on paper, you might wonder how the thing could even work at all. Often we use department heads to be able to keep up with everything.

We could take our families and write out a similar list of all that has to go on to be successful and meet needs.

In our Christian walk, we could make a long list of things we should be doing, and how we should follow God in business and family.

Our point is that there is a lot to do and everything cannot be done at one time. So in the natural we try to determine that which is most pressing, what is most needful, or what is most important at this particular time.

So we ask our heavenly Father's help in all of this. He knows who and what is most important.

Thus we pray this for all of our readers who we know have busy lives and a lot of responsibility.

God help us to know the right priorities. May we be able to get things done quickly, yet take the time necessary with people to show our genuine interest and love.

It is hard to believe we could ever do all of this on our own. We thank God that He is with us, that we might be successful, and be a blessing.

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. ~ Philippians 2:13

10/21/2014

Thank you Lord for Your great faithfulness:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNZS5H9aNlY

10/22/2014

God calls us to and prepares us for good work.

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: ~ II Corinthians 9:8

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

Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. ~ Hebrews 13:20-21

10/23/2014

We praise God that we do not have to rely on ourselves or our good works to be acceptable to Him. Tis So Sweet To Trust in Jesus - enjoy this version of the song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBhJrJDlq-o

10/24/2014

Most churches today want to encourage their young people to get involved. Music is one tool or avenue that some can grasp. The lady in this video would not be considered young, but her performance will warm your heart. Perhaps it will stir the hearts and ambitions of some young folks who view it.

http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=02BMECNU&utm_source=GodTube%20Must-See%20Video&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=10/23/2014

10/25/2014

Just a fun song to sing and enjoy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sxdBqeIiHo

10/27/2014

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. ~ II Corinthians 6:14-18

May God help us to be a doers of this word in the right way.

10/28/2014

Some years ago there was a little catch phrase: Today is the first day of the rest of your life.

The point was to get us to look at how important life is and look to the future with a purpose.

From a scriptural standpoint we could say: Today is the most important day of the rest of our lives.

We say this because we do not know when our last day on earth will be. Thus we should live each day like it is the most important. May God help us to make our lives count for Him each day.

10/30/2014

May we trust our Lord through it all

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xO5Qt2VQn4k&list=PLm8ZJXHeBcU_vTgNtiPsCdK0y5aucV1fj

10/31/2014

The book of Hebrews is not one for the casual reader - especially if we desire to walk in the light of what is written. In chapter 5 the writer says that Jesus is an high priest after the order of Melchisedec (v.10)

Then we read: Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 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. ~ verses 11-14

May we be ones who are described in that last verse. If we are to be the over-comers described in the Bible, we should certainly know the difference between good and evil from the Biblical standpoint.



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