Pastor’s Notes

The Purpose of Faith

“Basic religious faith is a vote for some coherence, purpose, benevolence, and direction in the universe. Unfortunately, the notion of faith that emerged in the West was much more a rational assent to the truth of certain mental beliefs rather than a calm and hopeful trust that God is inherent in all things, and that …

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Nature’s Blessing

To care for the environment is an essential concept of life that I’ve always liked to learn, explore and support. My interest grew when I took my Senior Capstone project for my undergraduate degree in Environmental studies. Tryon Creek State Park offered this project. This state park is located within Portland metropolitan area close to …

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My Faith Identity

As I completed filling up the baptism certificate for Everleigh Fennix Martin, I reflected at how important our name is. This baptism certificate will become an official document for baby Everleigh. It is initiated and endorsed by all the Open Door Churches pastors. Baby EverLeigh Fennix Martin is our very first Open Door Churches baptism …

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I Promise: Witness

On Sunday, November 1, we concluded our fall Stewardship Campaign by celebrating the lives and witness of our saints—those whose death over the past year has brought them into the Great Cloud of Witnesses watching over us. I have already heard from many of our members that worship on Sunday was particularly meaningful and, aside …

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