By admin ~ January 29th, 2015. Filed under: General.
During the minister’s prayer one Sunday, there was a loud whistle from one of the back row seats. Little Gary’s mother was horrified. She pinched him into silence and, after church, asked, “Gary, whatever made you do such a thing?” Gary answered soberly, “I asked God to teach me to whistle, and He just then did!” You have to admit, the boy believed in prayer! But I wonder sometimes if we believe in it as much as we say we do.
Prayer with fasting is one of the most powerful, but perhaps one of the least used spiritual tools in the life of the average Christian. Furthermore, fasting transcends dispensations. Why did Esther consider this the best possible preparation before taking a great step of faith? From a human point of view, everything was against Esther and the success of her mission. However, she asked her fellow Jews to specifically go to God for her in prayer and fasting since she had decided to accept Mordecai’s counsel to go before the King uninvited (Esther 4:1-17). Through prayer and fasting we position ourselves where God can most possibly bless us!
By admin ~ January 27th, 2015. Filed under: General.
The Lord Jesus Christ illustrated the importance of faithfulness through the Parable of the Talents (Matt. 25:14-30). Every Christian has been given certain gifts and abilities by God. We are to be faithful to investing these talents for the Kingdom of God. Late in his career, when the Yankees were comfortably ahead in the pennant race, Joe DiMaggio was asked why he continued to play so hard. He said, “Because there might be somebody out there who’s never seen me play.” The Christian should live every day as if someone will see him who has never seen a Christian before. Moreover, we should never lose sight of our Savior’s Second Coming. Every believer will be held accountable on that day (1 Cor. 3:11-15). Will you be found faithful for such a time as this? (1 Cor. 4:1-2).
By admin ~ January 20th, 2015. Filed under: Sermon.
Throughout history, God’s people have been the object of persecution. However, it is imperative to understand why the Lord allows trials. “Faith for my deliverance is not faith in God. Faith means, whether I am visibly delivered or not, I will stick to my belief that God is love. There are some things only learned in a fiery furnace” (Oswald Chambers). Purging is a part of the divine growth process (John 15:1-3). When you set out to attempt great things for God you can expect immense opposition and fiery trials (1 Peter 4:12-15). Opposition does not mean that we are doing things wrong, but rather it is often evidence that we are doing things right. If we allow ourselves to be deterred from doing anything unless we have complete approval, it is certain that we will never accomplish anything of value. Rather than being discouraged by opposition, we should take comfort in God’s faithfulness and keep on doing what is right. How will you respond to the trials that come your way?
By admin ~ December 11th, 2014. Filed under: Church Event, General.
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We rejoice with those who made the commitment to make Open Door their church home this past Sunday evening!
By admin ~ December 11th, 2014. Filed under: General, Sermon.
Since the beginning of creation, Satan has fiercely attacked the seed of the woman. Likewise, countless individuals have attempted to erase Jesus from the pages of history. Nevertheless, well over 300 prophecies were fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ. His First Advent was both humble and miraculous. The prophet Micah foretold of the holy divine night our Savior was born: “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting” (Micah 5:2). Beloved, God was manifest in the flesh (1 Tim. 3:16); being called Emmanuel (Mat. 1:23). “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift” (2 Cor. 9:15).
By admin ~ November 13th, 2014. Filed under: Sermon.
As we honor all the brave men and women who sacrificed greatly for our freedom, we will never forget the Soldier who paved the way for the salvation of all mankind. Jesus Christ is the only way to God the Father (John 14:6). “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim. 2:5). Therefore, believers enjoy unlimited access to God through Jesus. What is more, Christ is the manifest Word of God who provides the perfect measure of truth (John 1:1, 14). The world may broadcast their philosophy, but without God’s Word, standards are wholly absent. President John Adams (1776) stated, “The only foundation of a free Constitution is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People in a great Measure than they have it now, They may change their Rulers, and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting Liberty.”
By admin ~ November 5th, 2014. Filed under: General, Sermon.
Paul Sadler is quoted as saying, “It seems as though everyone these days is looking for the perfect church.” If you have been around for any length of time you will soon find out there is no such thing as a perfect church. However, that does not decrease the intrinsic value of the local church. God has placed an extraordinary value on the local church; for it is the “pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Tim. 3:15). Scores of individuals have been saved as a direct result of the local church. It is a place to thrive in your walk with Christ. Do you have a church home?
By admin ~ October 29th, 2014. Filed under: General.
It has been well sated, “Bitterness is a poison we drink hoping that someone else will die.” The Bible talks about a stubborn root that can grow in the soil of our hearts, called a root of bitterness (Heb. 12:15). Ahithophel was King David’s mighty counselor. Yet, he was sorely disappointed and became bitter at David for committing a heinous act of immorality. Rather than trusting in the judgment of God, Ahithophel took vengeance on David himself. The bitterness that was buried within his heart finally manifested itself. Thus, outward signs are not always the strongest indicator of what is happening on the inside.
10-26-14 Overcoming Bitterness from Open Door Baptist Church on Vimeo.
By admin ~ October 23rd, 2014. Filed under: Sermon.
Anxiety occurs when an individual responds adversely to a problem or a troubling situation. Without a doubt, our daily lives are rocked with terrible news and challenging situations that stir up feelings of worry and stress. Nevertheless, every person has the ability to choose the right response. The apostle Paul highlighted this truth to the believers in Corinth: “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5). The Lord may allow an unpleasant situation in your life to develop stronger faith, stimulate spiritual growth, or change a bad habit or negative attitude. God promises that believers can possess peace in the midst of their storms, if they only trust in Him (John 14:7).
By admin ~ October 16th, 2014. Filed under: Sermon.
Have you ever considered the exclusivity of salvation? The LORD said, “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else” (Isaiah 45:22). Only God has the power to deliver, and beside Him there is no god; there is no other way. Just as the children of Israel were required to look on the brazen serpent bound to a pole to escape physical death (Num. 21), so must the sinner look solely to Christ to escape eternal death (Rom. 6:23). Jesus is the basis and source of redemption (Acts 4:12; John 14:6). Trust in God alone.
10-12-14 God Alone from Open Door Baptist Church on Vimeo.