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-Don’t Condone

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Go Upstream-Don’t Condone

In our culture today, especially in the political culture there is a mindset that if you are giving unconditional devotion or commitment, that you must accept and condone unacceptable behavior. You are a ‘traitor’ if you confront unacceptable behavior. You support the ‘enemy’ if you do not tow the line completely. This mindset is totally contrary to Scripture but even many Christians operate with that kind of mindset in regards to politics. Continue reading “Go Upstream-Don’t Condone” »


Be a Compost Christian

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Be a Compost Christian

You say what is a compost Christian. Before we answer that, what is compost? Compost is organic matter that has been decomposed in a process called composting. This process recycles various organic materials otherwise regarded as waste products and produces compost. it is made up of food scraps, grass clippings, leaves and other organic matter. There are certain items that should never be in compost. These items are mainly meat, fish, and dairy products.

To gardeners, compost is considered “black gold” because of its many benefits in the garden.

So what do I mean by compost Christians. God wants you and I (organic material) to be rich in His nutrients to the point that we are beneficial to this world of darkness. Continue reading “Be a Compost Christian” »


Do You Have Salvation-Born Again?

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Do You Have Salvation-Born Again?

Seven Indicators of True Salvation
Introduction
Every person who believes they have a saving relationship with God should sincerely look at the following indicators of a born again experience and ask themselves if these indicators are in their life. If they are not, then the principles found in Scripture indicate you are not born again-you do not have a born again relationship through Jesus Christ and you need to get born again-saved.  (Here is helpful info: http://www.thereishopetv.org/spiritual-resources)

Romans 10:9‐10 (NKJV)
9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Continue reading “Do You Have Salvation-Born Again?” »


The Lord is My Keeper

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The Lord is My Keeper

As I was driving early in the morning, I encountered on the road three dead skunks, three dead possums, garbage bag in the road, and a deer jumped right in front of me. Praise God I did not hit anything. Right after this, Pastor David Jeremiah came on the radio and shared Psalm 121:5-8. No one can tell me that Almighty God is not a personal God. It is unfathomable to  me to believe that this was all coincidental. (I like the definition one pastor gave for the word coincidental-‘when God does something and we do not give Him credit for it’.) Continue reading “The Lord is My Keeper” »


Searching for a New Church Home

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Searching for a New Church Home

Since we have moved to Arkansas Carmi and I are searching for a new church home. We knew it might be a challenge. Why/ because we have been Christians for decades and so know what we are looking for and what we are not looking for, and we are picky.  Why are we picky? Because if we make a church home, we want to be fully devoted to the church. We will be giving our tithes, time, and energy to the church. Maybe not like we have done in the past, but more than many who attend church. Church attendance and being comitted to a church is important to us. Continue reading “Searching for a New Church Home” »


Delayed Answered Prayer-Part Three

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Delayed Answered Prayer-Part Three
Psalm 116

In Psalm 116 it is clear the psalmist has been through hell and back. The psalmist has surely wondered where God is at, why isn’t God answering their prayers. But it is also clear the psalmist has seen God move in the midst of their situation. Their mouth is full of praise. How about you? Where are you at in your life right now? Continue reading “Delayed Answered Prayer-Part Three” »


Delayed Answered Prayer-Part Two

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Delayed Answered Prayer-Part Two
Psalm 69

There are a variety of reasons for delays in our prayers being answered. But we need to trust that God will always answer our prayers, even if the answer is delayed or is no.

When we pray we should also give God praise. This is certainly true when we are experiencing delays to our prayers being answered. Continue reading “Delayed Answered Prayer-Part Two” »


Delayed Answered Prayer-Part One

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Delayed Answered Prayer-Part One

There are a variety of reasons for delays in our prayers being answered. But we need to trust that God will always answer our prayers, even if the answer is delayed or is no.

Reasons for Delayed Answers to Prayer:
God is answering our prayer but we do not realize it because we have God in a box. We need to not lean on our own understanding. Proverbs 3:5 Continue reading “Delayed Answered Prayer-Part One” »


Seek But Not Find

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Seek But Not Find

Some seek for God’s will, some seek for knowledge, but reject godly counsel. In the process they end up being confused and deceived.  For many it is because they let pride and sin block them from finding wisdom interfere in finding wisdom.

Fool do not seek counsel
Proverbs 28:26
He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But he who walks wisely will be delivered.

Proverbs 1:7
the fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction. Continue reading “Seek But Not Find” »


There is Hope TV New Format

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If you are a regular viewer of There is Hope TV the format is going to be different. Normally the There is Hope TV format is videos of me preaching or teaching at Seattle Open Door Church. However, I am no longer the Senior Pastor of Seattle Open Door Church. I resigned as the pastor because my wife Carmi and I bought a house in Greers Ferry, Arkansas  last year and now live in our home.

I know that sounds like a big change and it certainly is. Over 730,000 people in Seattle and around 1,000 people in Greers Ferry.  Over the next several months I will be talking about this giant change for Carmi and I and will be sharing biblical principles along the way. Continue reading “There is Hope TV New Format” »