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What Open Door posts on Facebook - September 2018




A lot of people are into genealogy today and it has become an obsession with some. We know there are legitimate reasons for it and good things have come from its study; yet we see this in scripture:


Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do. ~ I Timothy 1:4


But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. ~ Titus 3:9


We did nothing to determine our natural genealogy. Thus boasting in it or bemoaning it serves no purpose - other than to puff ourselves up or tear ourselves down.


One of the greatest verses to us regarding genealogy is:


And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. ~ Galatians ~ 3:29


We have the freedom to choose this lineage.




On this Labor Day holiday we wish to thank those who work diligently in our society - who provide for their families, neighbors and those in need. Thank you for sharing the fruit of your labor to help when needed.


We share some verses in this regard:


Greet Mary, who bestowed much labour on us. ~ Romans 16:6


Salute Tryphena and Tryphosa, who labour in the Lord. Salute the beloved Persis, which laboured much in the Lord. ~ Romans 16:12


Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building. ~ I Corinthians 3:8-9


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. ~ I Corinthians 15:58


Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. ~ Ephesians 4:28


Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. ~ Colossians 4:12


Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father; ~I Thessalonians 1:3


For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have showed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. ~ Hebrews6:10


Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. ~ Matthew 11:28


In addition to verses that use the word "labour", there are many others that talk about work and serving.


But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. ~ James 1:25


May God continue to lead and bless you in all of your "doing"!




I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, ~ Ephesians 4:1


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


The path that these verses talk about is not one that we are just going to stumble upon. It is one that will take effort both to locate and stay on. We make a decision to walk (live) this way - a choice.


This speaks more than just being saved and saying I am the family of God.  They speak of more than just existing as a child of God.


Biblical Christianity challenges the way we behave, how we live, and the way we walk and conduct ourselves.


May we accept the challenge and endeavor to fulfill all the good pleasure of His will for us.




We know that many who read our posts are people who read the Bible often. But when is the last time you looked up a word that you read - particularly in the New Testament? You can use a dictionary but we especially encourage you to use a Bible dictionary. We recommend Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words written by W. E. Vine. It is a great tool for the serious Bible student.


Many of us know Bible verses and we have committed a number of them to memory, but looking up words is not something we do often. We assume we know what words mean based on our experience and what we have learned over the years.


We take for example II Timothy 1:6 where Paul writes to Timothy:


Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.


Consider the words "stir up". We can all picture that. We generally know how to stir something and we can imagine doing it.


From Vine's dictionary we see it comes from the Greek word: ANAZOPUREO


In this word we see the letters "PUR" which is the Greek word for "fire". Vine's definition reads:


To kindle afresh, or keep in full flame. The first part of the entire word means to shake back or out, to move to and fro.


Thus we are shaking the fire so to speak - the gift of God within. We are "firing it up"


We know this can be true in any area of our lives. We could have the greatest talent and ability in the world and just let in lie dormant in us and never use it. We must intentionally stir ourselves and the abilities we have to put them to use.


Thus we encourage you "fire up" the gifts that God has blessed you with, seek His wisdom in using them - that you may enjoy the fruit (results) of your labor.




We have commented before about taking small steps as we launch out into something new. If you think about it, almost everything we start out in is "small" or perhaps "simple" in some way. We take this for granted in so many aspects of life - a baby's first step or first word, the first job we had, the first computer program you ever wrote, the first music lessons you ever had, etc. The first time for anything was often small and simple.


But we know the goal is to grow and develop. Perhaps that can be the frustrating time if we feel the growth is too slow. There are usually "growing pains" in just about everything that increases or expands. We can deal with these pains easier if they are small. The growing pains (changes in life) for an 8 year old are often easier to manage than for those of a 58 year old.


So do not despise the small things as we are reminded in Zechariah 4:10. Regarding Christian endeavors one leader stated: "Do the work of the ministry well (your job) and the ministry (or results) will speak for itself". This is true in just about everything we would put our hand to.  May the Lord prosper it as we give it unto Him, even if it is small right now.




If you look up the word "glory" in the New Testament you will find it is mentioned 164 times. In speaking essentially about the glory of God, you see it about 100 times.


It is described this way:


great glory

power and glory

riches of his glory

crown of glory

brightness of his glory

excellent glory


You always see it with a theme of splendor - something awe inspiring and magnificent.


You remember in Exodus when Moses said to God: I beseech You to show me Your glory ~ Exodus 33:18


God responded in the nest verse by saying: I will make all of my goodness pass before thee.


We see here that God equates His glory with goodness. God's glory is good. It is good to seek His glory, to pursue it, and we pray Lord to demonstrate it not only in our services but as we pursue it in our daily lives.


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




Yesterday in our service we did a song entitled: Love So Great


It reminds us that both Jesus and the New Testament show forth that God is love. Further we learn that His love is to us and for us. We remember Ephesians 2:4


 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,


We cannot stop there. The verses continue:


Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. ~ verses 5-7


In these verses we see:


Rich in mercy

Great love toward us

Riches of His grace

His kindness toward us


We remember that Paul prayed a prayer in Ephesians 3 for believers:


That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. ~ verse 17-19


We should pray this for ourselves often. It is difficult to over-emphasize what these verses are saying.


May we believe and expect God to answer this prayer in our lives.




Today of course we remember 9/11 and we also know a storm is on the horizon. In light of this, prayer should be our first priority: That we might have the wisdom of God, know His plan and provision for each of us, and blessings upon those in leadership. May we be both praying and doing in the preparations that are needed.


We pray for divine favor and mercy of God for all involved in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.




Our post on Monday centered on the love of God. In the verses we shared we see God described as:


Rich in mercy

Great love toward us

Riches of His grace

His kindness toward us


Consider the 23rd Psalm - one of the most cherished passages in the Bible. We quote it, we have memorized it, and we even sing it. Take the opportunity to read it from the standpoint:


This is me! This is what God has for me!


Notice how many times the word "me", "my", and "I" are in that Psalm


May we be blessed again to know and believe the love that God has for us.




Yesterday we looked at the 23rd Psalm particularly from the "me" perspective. What a joy to see all the things the Lord has and will bless "me" with. Now look at it from the Lord's perspective:


He is my shepherd (and remember Jesus is our good shepherd)


He makes me lie down in green pastures


He leads me beside the still waters


He restores my soul


He leads me in paths of righteousness for His Name's sake


His rod and His staff comforts me


He prepares a table before me in the presence of my enemies


He anoints my head with oil


He has a house for me to abide in forever.


O the depth and riches contained in these 6 verses! Let us meditate on them, ask for wisdom regarding them, and believe we receive them.




We pray earnestly for the people in the Carolinas that are dealing with this storm.


We ask heavenly Father for Your mercy and special grace to help during this time of need. We pray for people who are responsible for doing jobs, giving service, and those who are coming to help. Give a special anointing, power and protection to them.


May angels of God be dispatched to serve and work for and with anyone that needs help in this storm.


We ask the Holy Spirit to take hold together with us against the storm and for the people in the midst of it. We ask for special miracles, divine interventions, and supernatural manifestations of the Spirit of God.


Continue to keep us alert to Your leading and voice that we may pray with intercessions and supplications as Your Spirit directs.


We pray in the Name and for the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.




Perhaps you ever heard the old country expression: I've got more time than money. We may not hear it as much today with the time crunch that people seem to be in.


But have you ever considered which is more valuable - time or money? Circumstances may have a bearing of course but when you think about it, money can be replaced but time cannot.


Money certainly has its usefulness, but time for each of us in this life will in some way come to an end.


May we have the expected end that God promised in Jeremiah 29:11. May we comprehend indeed how precious our time is and that we make good use of it. Thank you Jesus for making our time on this earth so meaningful and for preparing a glorious eternity for us.




We know this morning that many are dealing with the results of the rain and storm last night. We first pray - that God would grant wisdom, favor and safety to all those in the midst of this work. We ask that priorities be known and what needs to be dealt with first. We ask for patience for all of us as we know that is a lot to do.


May we be a help today to our neighbors, friends and family. Thank you Father for divine and loving intervention and working with and through us today. In the Name and to the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.




On Sunday we did a new song (for us) entitled: Awake My Soul


In it are lines familiar to many:


O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer's praise...


Perhaps you can picture this or have even been a part of a large group praising and worshiping our Lord. We remember this group is composed of individuals.


Often our focus or attention is on the group, its size, appearance, what it sounds like, etc. But we note today the individuals who have chosen and made the decision to praise and give glory to God. The coming together of these individuals with a determination to praise is what we speaking of and what we can be a part of.


Let us be among these individuals in the "thousand tongues" - not just a group that we can see or envision afar off. Let us join in with them and be those who will praise and worship our Lord.


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




Note these verses from Proverbs:


I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. ~ Proverbs 24:30-31


Now verse 32: Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction.


Does this verse describe us? Do we consider what we see and receive instruction? Or do we ignore it and go on our way? Do we act the same way but reason that it would never happen to us - we are smarter than that! To borrow an expression from our young folks - NOT!


Oh Lord help us to consider what we see and receive instruction. Know that it can be good or bad, right or wrong. Help us to discern the difference and act upon it.


This is good instruction for all of us.




Lord , when my days on earth are done

May I wake to see the face of Your Son

Just as I was my life I gave

Because Jesus promised that He would save


Since we know that this physical life will end for each of us in some way, it even makes common sense to prepare ahead of time.




It is interesting the note the beginnings of the 4 Gospel accounts:


Matthew begins with Jesus' birth line starting with Abraham


Mark begins with John the Baptist coming as a messenger before Jesus


Luke begins with the story of Jesus' conception and birth and then takes His lineage all the way back to God.


John begins with something completely different: In the beginning was the Word...


We remember "In the beginning..." from Genesis 1:1


We note the foundation of the Word of God for all the things that God would do. In light of this, we especially note the phrase: "word of..."


We certainly do not even mention all of them, but we list them all from the New Testament. Do you know the context of most of them?


word of the kingdom

word of Jesus

word of God

word of the Lord

word of exhortation

word of this salvation

word of His grace

word of the gospel

word of promise

word of faith

word of wisdom

word of reconciliation

word of truth

word of life

word of Christ

word of His power

word of righteousness

word of the oath

word of prophecy

word of my mouth

word of my patience

word of their testimony


One thing we can say regarding the list: All of them are good!


Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of Life!


We will spend eternity learning all about them!




Yesterday we noted New Testament references that begin with "word of..." such as word of life, word of faith, word of God, etc.


In all we listed 22. If we took two days on each one - looking up the references, meditating on them, and seeking the Lord on how to apply them, it would take us 44 days.


The point we make is that there is a lot we can do to draw near to God. We also remind ourselves that after we would do such a thing, it would not be the end. We should continue seeking God and desire to learn in these areas.


We are in a life-long learning study course. Lord we desire to continue from glory to glory and from faith to faith. We want to learn and do.


We claim Your promise that You are at work within us to will and to do of Your good pleasure. ~ Philippians 2:13




Dear heavenly Father,


Is there anything I can do for You today?


What a powerful prayer! What would you think as a parent if your child asked you this question?


You would be blessed to join in with them in any project you came up with.


For we are laborers together with God... ~ I Corinthians 3:9


We leave it here for today - and see what our Father might get us started on.




On Wednesday night we noted the singing of our praise. We know that we speak forth our praise, show forth our praise, offer the sacrifice of praise (Hebrews 13:15), etc. There are indeed many ways to "do praise" that we can see in Psalm 150


In Psalms that see "sing praise" (or praises) 22 times. We know that not all of us are singers but we can do it privately and certainly can sing and make melody in our hearts.


May the Lord help us to develop our praise just like we develop skills and ability in other areas. Skill and ability in praise and worship will bring good results, it honors the Lord, and helps us draw near to Him.




Does your life demonstrate determination? In the Bible and in daily living we see it as an action word. It is interesting also to see that real determination is demonstrated in times of adversity. It is in times of struggle or difficulty that we find out how determined we are. We may even experience a setback or have to regroup, yet determination will help us continue.


Lord help us to be determined in the right way and in doing the right thing. Keep us from giving up too easily and we pray for Your strength. May we always look for ways to continue in that which is good and right in Your sight, regardless of the resistance we face. May we pray this over our children as well.  


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. ~ I Corinthians 15:58








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