Seattle Open Door Church

Why Am I Resigning from SODC?

Why Am I Resigning from SODC?

Effective August 11 I will no longer be the Senior Pastor of Seattle Open Door Church. So obviously the most common question I get is “Why are you resigning?” The simple answer is because my wife Carmi and I are moving to Arkansas so we obviously cannot be in two States. So the next question is “Why are you moving to Arkansas?” I will address that in another post. Continue reading “Why Am I Resigning from SODC?” »

Press On Toward the Goal

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Press On Toward the Goal

Philippians 3:14 says “I press on to reach the end of the race [the goal] and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” (NLT2). Are you pressing on? Philippians 3:8-14 tells us how to press on and how to win the race as a WINNER. Will we do what it says to become a Godly Employee, Godly Neighbor, Godly Sibling, Godly Grandparent, Godly Parent, a Righteous Church, BE LIKE JESUS? Continue reading “Press On Toward the Goal” »

Community Development-Kingdom of God

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Community Development-Kingdom of God

Seattle Open Door Church is establishing a ministry department titled Community Development. In simple terms Community Development is getting people connected with each other. In more specific terms it is the church doing what it can to not only getting people connected with each other, but connected to resources to help fulfill the needs of individuals. Community Development occurs within the church and outside of the church. Continue reading “Community Development-Kingdom of God” »

Play the Flute-Reviews

Play the Flute Movie Reviews

Seattle Open Door Church sponsored the showing in Seattle of the movie Play the Flute. The theme of the movie is a church receives a new youth pastor for a very disinterested youth group. The youth have no desire to read the Bible or anything to do with spirituality. (Sadly this true for many young people today.) The youth pastor refuses to compromise or to use entertainment to win the youth. He makes a commitment to continuously teach Bible principles, share stories to help make the Bible real, and to cry out to God. Some amazing transformations take place in the midst of various challenges. Anyone who watches the movie, regardless of their spiritual background, will be touched by this movie. Continue reading “Play the Flute-Reviews” »

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” »

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” »

Unplanned-the Movie 2

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Unplanned-the Movie

Unplanned is the true story of Abby Johnson who became the youngest clinic director in the history of Planned Parenthood, then a life-changing experience turns her into an anti-abortion activist. Abby receives a Planned Parenthood director of the year award, but later is outspoken about the tactics of Planned Parenthood. What changed???????

“My story isn’t an easy one to hear. I think I probably ought to warn you of that up front.” Those words introduce us to Abby Johnson in Unplanned, which tells the true story of how this former Planned Parenthood clinic director changed her mind about abortion. Indeed, her story isn’t easy to watch. But it forces viewers to confront the reality of abortion from an unexpected viewpoint.

Any human being, whether they are pro-choice or pro-life, cannot watch this movie and not be touched by this true story. Only a person with a very cold heart will not be moved by this movie.

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Don’t Abandon the Bible 2

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Don’t Abandon the Bible
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In today’s society, many, if not most, young people have no interest in the Bible or the things of God. Many young people today actually have a disdain for the Bible. In their minds the Bible has no relevancy, it is an outdated book.

So what happens? Many church youth group leaders are abandoning the Bible. They have gone to food, entertainment, and fun to capture youth, and have to continually increase the food, entertainment, and fun to keep the youth involved. Yes, they have a large youth group, but their is no substance.

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God is a Consuming Fire 1

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God is a Consuming Fire

Hebrews 12:25-29 (ESV)
25  See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven.
26  At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.”
27  This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain.
28  Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe,
29  for our God is a consuming fire.

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