Blogging for Jesus

Richard D. Dover BlogGreetings to all of you who visit my personal blog site. This is where I share my heart, and hopefully at least some of the time, share the heart of Father  God, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Please understand my posts are my own opinion alone, and not necessary representative of the organizations that I represent. Also be aware that I am not a politically correct person. I much rather be biblically correct. So my posts may not line up with what the world has to say, or at times, even what it appears the Church is saying in America. I strongly believe the truth sets us free.

(We have transferred over 10 years of articles to this blog site. As time allows we are formatting the old entries.)


SODC-Mother’s Day Breakfast

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Seattle Open Door Church Mother’s Day Breakfast 2018

At Seattle Open Door Church for Mother’s Day we had women from 6 years old to around 85 years old.
We had women from a variety of nationalities, socioeconomic levels, women who have been addicts for most of their life, even up to a few days ago, and women who have been abstinent for decades and decades and decades. Single moms, married, widowed, never had children, to women who have great great grandchildren.

mothers-precious-cooks-sodcAs a church we have as our vision to Love God, Love People, Love Life. We believe if you love God, you will love people, and if you love God and People you will love life. We like to say “Our Doors are Open to Whomsoever”. Everything we do as church is based upon these principles. sodc mother day

Throughout Seattle there are White churches, Black churches. Churches for the rich and famous and churches for the lowly. Churches for the oldies and churches for the millennials.  We don’t always do a good job but we do whatever we can to be a church for all people, saved or lost. It is our desire to have the rich and the homeless sitting on the same pew. The person who has never touched alcohol sitting next to the person who has is still struggling with addiction. Then we have fulfilled our vision. On Mother’s Day we got closer to fulfilling our goals.

Our next event will be a Men’s Retreat in June. One more event to have a chance to walk out our vision. It will be a time for Real People to Seek God and Love Life. No masks required. Then in August we will will be sponsoring young people to attend Youth Camp.

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Light Confronts the Darkness-Introduction

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Light Confronts the Darkness-Introduction

In this series we will be looking at the following principles and applicable verses regarding the Light Confronting Darkness. We will be looking at each Bible passage in context.

Light Confronts the Darkness
Ephesians 5:11-12
Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret.

Shining Stars Expose Darkness
Philippians 2:15
That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

Speak the Truth in Love
Ephesians 4:15
Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ Continue reading “Light Confronts the Darkness-Introduction” »


Confront the Darkness-Summary

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Light Confronts the Darkness-Summary

The following is a summary of recent articles regarding the concept of Light Confronts the Darkness.

Light Confronts the Darkness
Ephesians 5:11-12
Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret.

Christians are called to expose darkness, not accommodate it. There are many ways to do it. One of them is for Christians to reflect Jesus.

Shining Stars Expose Darkness
Philippians 2:15
That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

Stars should bring light into darkness. Stars should expose darkness. If we are walking in the character of Jesus our life will expose darkness. Thus Jesus is our example. At times Jesus spoke truth to confront darkness. Continue reading “Confront the Darkness-Summary” »


Lamp Under a Basket 1

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Lamp Under a Basket

In the last few articles we have been talking about Light Confronts Darkness, Christians Should Shine Like Stars in the Sky, and Speaking the Truth in Love. In this article we are going to talk on letting your light shine. A light under a basket does not shine. There are things we should do and say that reflect the character of God. We should point people to Jesus and His Word.

Matthew 5:14-16
14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Continue reading “Lamp Under a Basket” »


Speak the Truth in Love

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Speak the Truth in Love

In our last article we talked about that we are shining stars and that shining stars overcome darkness. We also took a quick look at the concept of speaking truth in love. We mentioned that it does not mean to never confront darkness. In this article we will explore more the concept of shining stars and the concept of speaking the truth in love.

Philippians 2:15
That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
Continue reading “Speak the Truth in Love” »


Radical Islam and Fear-What Could Come from It? 1

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Radical Islam and Fear-What Could Come from It?

Something to Think About-Something to Consider
I acknowledge this long. BUT it is worth the read. If you want to cheat, go towards the bottom of the page. It is the most critical part!

Fear of radical Islamist Terrorists
I think most people would agree that regardless of religious beliefs, even many Muslims, there is a fear of radical Islamist terrorists. A justifiable fear. If there is any person reading this that does not have a fear of radical Islamist terrorists that creates some fear in me. How can anyone support they have done, are doing, and will do?

Okay if I have not lost you yet, keep reading. Continue reading “Radical Islam and Fear-What Could Come from It?” »


Shining Stars Expose Darkness

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Shining Stars Expose Darkness

In our last article we stated that Light Exposes Darkness. We showed that the Bible makes it clear that we are to expose darkness. It also makes it clear that we are to confront darkness. It also makes it clear that we are to be Shining Lights. It actually gets very specific about us being shining lights.
Philippians 2:15
That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
Continue reading “Shining Stars Expose Darkness” »


Light Confronts Darkness

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Light Confronts Darkness

Has anybody ever been in a dark room trying to see? Or maybe in a cave with no light? Most of us have driven when it is totally dark outside. In these situations do we embrace the darkness? Do we try to appease the darkness? Do we say to the darkness, “It’s okay that you are stopping me from seeing”? Of course not! When we enter a realm of darkness we CONFRONT the darkness. We expose it with light. We don’t use a flicker of light. We use a flashlight, a lantern, headlights, maybe even a large spotlight. We do not apologize to the light. Continue reading “Light Confronts Darkness” »


Articles on Judging

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Invariably when the topic of sin, holiness, sanctification comes up, the topic of judging comes up. Normally what happens is when a preacher speaks on the topic of sin there is always someone that accuses them of being judgmental or hypocrites. Invariably the messenger is attacked. One of the reasons for this is that there are plenty of people who do judge others in the wrong way. Plenty of people judging the hearts of others. (Apostle Paul said he does not even judge his own heart because he cannot trust his own judgment. ‘I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself.’ 1 Corinthians 4:3. Only God knows the heart of a person.) Plenty of people who are hypocrites. Plenty of Christians who act like Pharisees. Continue reading “Articles on Judging” »


Champion Movie Testimonials-How Much is a Life Worth? 1

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Champion Movie Testimonials-How Much is a Life Worth?

I have some questions for you. How much is a life saved from hell worth to you? How much is a changed/transformed life worth? How much is a hopeless life turned to being a hopeful life worth to you? How much are you worth? Do others have the same value as you? The right answer of course is ‘more than you can imagine’. But do you believe it? How much time, effort, money will you give towards seeing a life saved from hell, transformed, turned hopeful? Continue reading “Champion Movie Testimonials-How Much is a Life Worth?” »