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How to respond to tragedy

Luke 13:1-5

It seems like every day we encounter tragedies from all parts of the world. Everywhere we turn we hear about life's tragedies.

Because of technology we are not isolated from calamities.

When tragedies strike, who is responsible? Some people blame governments, some people blame guns, some people blame God, some people blame the victims for their sin. So who is to blame? Jesus addressed these questions that will help us sort out this issue.

  • Pray
    • For the Victim's
    • For the Families affected
    • For the Law enforcement
    • For the Emergency personnel
    • For Revival/Spiritual awakening
    • For America

  • Prepare

The three crucial issues of life are these: the issue of suffering; the issue of death; and the issue of eternity. Tragedy can strike any of us at any moment. Prepare your heart spiritually. Please today make sure you are ready to meet Jesus Christ. Who knows what a day may bring forth. Turn from your s...

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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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