Richard D. Dover


About Richard D. Dover

Richard D. Dover is the Senior Pastor of Seattle Open Door Church in Burien, WA , Executive Director of Fairhaven House, the TV Host of There is Hope TV, the founder of There is Hope Radio and founder of Christian Addiction Intervention. Richard D. Dover does not write these posts as a representative of any of the organizations but as an individual. Thus, the listed organizations may agree or disagree with these writings. Any posts/articles may me copied and used by others if it is copied in full and acknowledges Richard D. Dover is the author. Learn More about Richard D. Dover.


Go Upstream and You Will be Unpopular

go upstream-unpopularGo Upstream and You Will be Unpopular

If you determine to Go Upstream (taking a stand on Biblical principles, doing the will of God, living a life that gives glory to God) you will be going against the flow of the extremes in the culture, in politics, and in Christianity. Those who take a stand against the extremes are exposing the misconceptions, hypocrisy, and at times. the dishonesty of the extremes. If you go upstream you will not fit in the box of the extremes. This, needless to say, will make you unpopular and a target of hatred. Continue reading “Go Upstream and You Will be Unpopular” »


Brittney Holifield -The Ugly Side of Addiction

brittney-holifield-testimony-part-fourBrittney Holifield -The Ugly Side of Addiction

Pastor Richard Dover continues to interview Brittney Holifield. Brittney was addicted to marijuana, opiates, meth, and cigarettes. She also had a major sexual addiction, and extremely co-dependent. Along the way Brittney got pregnant and had an abortion. In this interview Brittney shares in more detail the ugly side of addiction. The purpose of this interview is to help individuals know that no matter how beat up they may feel, or how much a person may be into their addiction, There is Hope.

There is hope for anyone who puts their trust in Jesus Christ.

Brittney Holifield-Part Four, The Ugly Side of Addiction
Brittney Holifield Testimony-Part One
Brittney Holifield Testimony-Part Two
Brittney Holifield Testimony-Part Three, Giving Hope


Go Upstream-Some Christians Will Hate You

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Go Upstream-Some Christians Will Hate You

If you determine to Go Upstream (taking a stand for Biblical principles, doing the will of God, living a life that gives glory to God) you will be going against the flow of the world. But almost for sure you will also be going against much of the downstream flow of Christianity in America. Much of the Christianity today is not the Christianity of the Bible. That should be clear to anyone that reads their Bible.  The Christianity in America today is overall a worldly Christianity. It is a Christianity that winks at sin and even goes as far as to not call sin, sin.  It is a self-serving Christianity. It is a fell good Christianity. Continue reading “Go Upstream-Some Christians Will Hate You” »


Go Upstream, not Downstream Series

go upstream not downstream series

Go Upstream, not Downstream Series

This series is going to be covering the concept that as Christians we are not to go with the flow of the world. The world is on a downward spiral to hell. Followers of Christ must go against the current. Everything we do should be heavenly minded. That means we must fight against the current that tries to get us to conform to the standards of this world. Going Upstream means that we must make the decision that the will of God is more important than appeasing man. To Go Upstream means to take a stand on Biblical principles, doing the will of God, and living a life that gives glory to God. Continue reading “Go Upstream, not Downstream Series” »


Body of Christ-Spiritual Warriors

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Body of Christ-Spiritual Warriors

The Body of Christ is made up of Christians from a variety of denominations, churches, cultures, doctrinal beliefs. Needless to say, the Body of Christ is a very diverse group. Being diverse, there can be division among the Body of Christ. However, when the Body of Christ unites together in prayer, there can be great unity. Powerful unity. With unity there can be powerful prayer. With powerful unity and powerful prayer there can be spiritual warfare.

Continue reading “Body of Christ-Spiritual Warriors” »


What is Your Jerusalem?

our jerusalemWhat is Your Jerusalem?

Acts 1:4-5,8
4  Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before.
5  John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.
8  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

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Merge with God 2

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Merge with God

I made a big mistake and when I make mistakes I always look for lessons out of them. Invariably the Holy Spirit speaks to me. It is a practice we all should have in our life.

I have been interviewing people over the phone the last couple of days. I have software on my phone so I can record the calls. After each call I make I get a notice that the call has been recorded. Since I saw the notice, I never checked to see if the calls were being recorded. It turns out there was only dead space being recorded. Not good needless to say. Continue reading “Merge with God” »


Come Awake 2

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Come Awake

Many people are living in darkness. Some in total darkness, others bounce between darkness and light. Sadly there are Christians who have the Holy Spirit living within them but still respond to the temptations of Jesus and allow Him to control them. It is to WAKE UP. Be aware of who you are in Christ and say “Devil no more!”. Those who learn how to worship Jesus in spite of their circumstances are able to walk in victory. We can live overcoming lives and be led by the Holy Spirit. Continue reading “Come Awake” »


Complacency Kills 2

complacency killsComplacency Kills

Those who are complacent (self-satisfied, self-regarding, satisfied, pleased) about their spiritual life, those who are content with a mediocre relationship with God are those who will most likely become prey to the tactics of Satan. A stagnant soul is a soul that lacks the move of God’s Spirit.

Sadly many Christians are living a complacent Christian life and have no desire to grow in Christ, to be vessels used by God. They have no desire to Make a Difference in this world. Truth is there are individuals who have no relationship with Christ that are doing more than most Christians. This breaks the heart of God. Continue reading “Complacency Kills” »


Brittney Holifield Testimonial-Giving Hope 2

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Brittney Holifield Testimonial-Giving Hope

Brittney was addicted to marijuana, opiates, meth, and cigarettes. She also had a major sexual addiction, and extremely co-dependent. Along the way Brittney got pregnant and had an abortion. In the natural realm it would seem that there was no hope for her. She was quickly going down the path of total destruction. But God grabbed hold of her life and she is a transformed person. Continue reading “Brittney Holifield Testimonial-Giving Hope” »