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The Battle for America

By: Pastor Mike Sanders

Alexander Solzenitsyn wrote, “To destroy a people you must first sever their roots.” William O. Douglas, former Justice of Supreme Court said, “We are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a supreme being.” Anti-God philosophies and anti-Christian worldviews now clearly dominate most of Western society. As Christians we continue to face an onslaught of worldly philosophies.

America is more affluent than ever, and yet is more atheistic than ever. Political remedies are no cure for America’s spiritual problems. God’s blessings are not measured by material affluence. The Bible says, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against ...

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The Portrait of A Godly Mother
Proverbs 31:10-31
By: Pastor Mike Sanders

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Finding Hope at Easter

1st Peter 1:3-5

People today are searching for hope amid financial struggle, amid personal despair, and family tragedy. The world knows only of a dying hope. The Bible says, “Such are the paths of all who forget God; the hope of the godless shall perish” (Job 8:13 ESV).

In Contrast, believers in Christ have a living hope. We are reminded in (Jeremiah 29:11 ESV) “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

The Bible delivers that hope in the good news of Jesus Christ. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the reason for our Hope. It was the hope of a living redeemer that sustained Job in the midst of suffering. “As for m...

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Guidelines to a Meaningful Marriage
1 Corinthians 7:2-40

The following, classified ad, appeared in the Rocky Mountain Newspaper in Denver, Colorado. Will trade. Will trade my non-cooking and non-shopping wife with attitude problem for one Super Bowl ticket. No Indian givers. Call Jim,
762-1000. Hurry!

Jim claimed that he wasn’t kidding, although he was known to play practical jokes. He said the idea occurred to him the day after the AFC championship game, when it snowed heavily in Denver.

“She refused to go shopping,” he said. “She said the roads were too slick, so she made me do it. I get tired of that stuff after a while. If I could get a Super Bowl ticket, it would be a one-way trip.”

Sharon, his wife of ei...

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Luke 2:8-18

When Jesus was born people from all walks of life came to see Him. The keenest minds of all of the ages have been those who have humbly bowed at the manger of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The shepherds came and they represent the simple, common, ordinary people who are drawn to this baby Jesus who is born in Bethlehem's manger.
Life for a shepherd was a difficult kind of life. They were low on the social scale. Most people didn't even regard them with a great deal of respect.
When Jesus was born on a hillside a group of shepherds had gathered, tending their sheep and the Bible says these shepherds had an experience which brings the wonder and the beauty of the meaning of Christmas to us.
(Luke 2:15 KJV) And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
The shepherds were saying, "Let's go find out about it.”
Think about it. When those shepherds looked into the face of that little baby Jesus. They saw Jesus; the Son of God is now the son of Mary. They saw Jesus, the One who fills this universe is now confined to a little manger.
(John 1:14 KJV) And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

By: Pastor Mike Sanders


The story is told of a dad who took his son on a fishing trip. A window was rolled down slightly and a bee buzzed his way into the car. The little boy was frightened and grew more agitated as the bee flew around the interior of the car.

Moments later the dad stopped the car and quickly grabbed the bee in his hand. He gripped the bee tightly until it penetrated the flesh of his palm. Leaving the stinger embedded in the flesh. Then he let it go.

The dad then explained, “Son, his stinger is in my hand. He will fly around a bit but just remember that he cannot hurt you. The stinger is gone.”

Today you and I don’t have to fear death even though its presence may be near in our life. For Christians death has no more power, be...

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LUKE 18:1-8

By: Pastor Mike Sanders, The Open Door Church

They did not have a clue as to the where-about of their wayward son. They asked for prayer during the service. Many began to ask God to prick the heart of the young man immediately and cause him to return home.

As they prayed, the young man quietly pushed open the front door of the church and walked in, still wearing beads and other trinkets from his recent trip to the Mardi Gras. An usher recognized him and yelled to his parents and to the spellbound congregation, “Look, the prodigal has come home!”Later, the young man explained that he was driving past the church and felt a sudden motivation to pull into the parking lot and walk in. Who says God doesn’t answer prayer?Our faith is a source of strength in Christ, thro...

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By: Pastor Mike Sanders

(Philippians 4:19 KJV) But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

A young man from a wealthy family was about to graduate from high school. It was the custom in that affluent neighborhood for the parents to give the graduate an automobile. “Bill” and his father had spent months looking at cars, and the week before graduation, they found the perfect car.

On the eve of his graduation, his father handed him a gift wrapped Bible. Bill was so angry that he threw the Bible down and stormed out of the house. He and his father never saw each other again. It was the news of his father’s death that brought Bill home again. As he sat one night going through his father’s possessio...

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ACTS 1:6-8

Several years ago, all of America and the world were appalled over newspaper reports regarding public apathy and indifference toward people in trouble. For instance, there was the case of 28 year old Kitty Genovese, who was stalked by a man in Kew Gardens, New York and stabbed to death.

The victim was attacked 3 different times before she died, twice the villain left the scene, once driving off in his car, but no one raised a finger to help or even notify the proper authorities. Miss Genovese did not die until stabbed the third time, nearly a half hour after the first attack. Investigating officials reported that at least 38 persons saw the slaying or heard her screams without notifying police! One witness was quoted as saying, “I...

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The Corinthian Christians had not learned the virtue of humility in their life. This is why the Apostle stressed in (1 Corinthians 4:6 NKJV) “…that none of you may be puffed up on behalf of one against the other.”
I think Christianity would benefit greatly if there were more humble individuals in both pulpits and pews. I also have a feeling that many of us could use a bit more humility as well. So let's pause and pray that God would use His Word to build true humility in our lives today.
We must begin by addressing conceit in our life. We do this by keeping perspective of our role in God’s kingdom. We are all servants and stewards for Christ. (Acts 20:19 KJV) “Serving the Lord with all humility of mind…” Mark Twain said, “It is amazing what can be done if no one minds who gets the credit.”
Never see yourself as better than others. Unity in our relationships can come only from an attitude of genuine humility. (1 Peter 5:5 ESV) "Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."
A pastor at Peninsula Bible Church in northern California tells the story of when he was working on staff at Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center. He was only twenty-two years old, and he went to the executive director and asked the director to pray for him. He asked the director to pray that he would stay humble. Do you know how the director responded? He chuckled, and then asked him, “What do you have to be proud about?” That is the point that the Apostle Paul wanted to make to the Corinthians. (1 Corinthians 4:7 NKJV) "For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?"
We learn that there are three great questions to ask ourselves. Who regards you as superior? What do you have that you did not receive? Why do you boast as if you did not receive?
A very prosperous farmer was asked about the secret of his success. He replied, "I learned from an old rooster on my father's farm. He could peck harder, jump faster, fly higher, and fight better than any other rooster we had. But he lost most of his fights, even against tiny roosters. The trouble was that just as he was winning a fight, he would stop to crow. I learned a key to success is to not crow when you think you are doing well."
I heard of a preacher who preached a message to a congregation on a special occasion. God richly blessed the message and it hit with great impact. The young man enjoyed the obvious appearances of success, and afterwards, going home with his wife, evidently thinking over and enjoying the results of that powerful ministry in his own heart, he said to her, "I wonder how many great preachers there are in the world?" His wife replied, "One less than you think!" What a foolish thing it is to view our gifts as though we were responsible for them.
(1 Peter 5:6 KJV) "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time." Christ humbled Himself when He came into this world, as is clearly taught in Phil 2:6-8. May He be our example.