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I Needed To Meet Barbara Today

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses […]

Truth Endures To Every Generation

I’ve had a few people share articles with me recently that used Ezra and Jeremiah to talk about the “old paths”, “old men”, and “old power” that Christians today need and must “walk in” in order to be right with God.  This of course is an increasingly “old argument” and frankly, an odd one.  The […]

The Stain

We’ve all been there, we got a small stain on that favorite shirt or sweater. We tell ourselves, “It’s not that noticeable”, and we wear it anyway. While we move about our day we hope no one sees it, but even if they don’t, it still bothers us because in the back of our minds […]

When Trying to Change Meets the Change Maker

‪No matter our confessions, repeated wrong behaviors are the wordless statements about our true desires & refusals to change. ‬ Honesty is transformational. Jesus said, the Truth doesn’t just set us free, it makes us free. Confessions that don’t change our behaviors are dishonest ones, even if our emotions make them feel real to us. […]

Boast in Christ Alone

“But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth & knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, & righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.” -Jer 9:24 We all boast in something. Boasting is what we fall back on when a challenge or […]

Power to Forgive

People tend to struggle with forgiveness. We struggle with forgiving others because we treat forgiveness like something to offer only those who deserve it, or have paid enough for their faults. There are those who struggle with believing themselves able to receive forgiveness because we view forgiveness through the lens of “worthiness”. We see all […]

Broken- A Study in Nehemiah

Broken– “Break My Heart to Build What is Broken” (a study in the Book of Nehemiah) Recently, I finished up a sermon series in the church from the book of Nehemiah. While I have read this book many times, I’m thankful for how the Lord used it in my heart and in the body of […]

Prioritzing Truth in a “Fake News” Culture

6 out of 10 people get their news from social media, with 9 out of 10 of those being millennials. Millennials are currently shaping the world as we know it. They are by far the most influential in every area of society, including the church. With social media being primarily shared stories from many sources […]

Use What You’ve Got!

We are constantly being inundated with pictures, videos, articles, and news of the bigger, better, faster, and sleeker that it can be sensory overload to the point of distraction in our lives. With all that there is to see, many times we miss what is right in front of us. Stop. Unplug. Examine the people, […]

Church Teamwork

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” -Henry Ford Philippians 1:27 “…that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;” When a church will come together, stay together, & then work together in the power of God’s spirit there is […]

Practical Christianity- a study in James

It’s easy to become a Christian because Christ did all the work for us. We couldn’t save ourselves and we don’t keep ourselves saved, it’s all in Christ. The Christian life however isn’t an easy one to live. God has called us out of darkness and into His marvelous light to live soberly, godly, and […]

Sermon Series: The Body

Romans 12:3-8 “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, […]

Bible Study Series: Bio

During the Engage in the Word mid-week service Open Door will be studying New Testament People in a series entitled, “Bio”. We hope these messages inspire and encourage you to dig deep into the people of the Bible in your personal Bible study! Click on the image for the message link:

Sermon Series: Quiet the Cricket

In order to hear the voice of God & acknowledge Him in all of our ways we often must quiet the other voices that are also calling for our attention. In this 3 part message series preached at Open Door from the Book of Proverbs, Pastor Teis seeks to edify and exhort God’s people to […]

Quiet the Cricket

If you’ve ever experienced the serene country sounds of crickets chirping on a summer night, you know how soothing it can be. I’ve heard many people even say they love to fall asleep to those sounds. Some like complete silence to help them rest, but I’m not one of those people. I enjoy some kind […]

Jesus Sermon Series

A sermon series on Jesus, preached by Pastor Chris Teis in the Spring of 2014.

Zambia Video Update

I am extremely grateful to the Warner family for their hospitality on my recent visit with them in Livingstone, Zambia. The Lord used this trip in my heart in a tremendous way, and I felt very privileged to play a very small role in encouraging their ministry by the opportunities to preach, teach, and share the […]

Hospital Visitation

Its 4:30am but my body is still very much on Zambian time, from my last twelve days there with our missionary family the Warners. I’ve been wide awake since 1:30am and meditating on my trip, and I find myself yet again in an unfamiliar place- a hospital bed. Right before I boarded a very long […]

Video Update- 2/1/2014

A Word from the Pastor   We’ve had a wonderful start to 2014 here at Open Door! Thank you for being faithful to the special Winter Nights Revival. I hope each night was as much a blessing to you as they were to me. If you didn’t get to hear all of the messages, let me encourage […]

Guest Post- Sermon from a Baby

Yesterday Cade wasn’t feeling well and his breathing was rough too, so we took him to the doctor. The doctor was going to admit him to the hospital, but after several hours of treatment, he was doing better, so the doctor released him. Last night, Cade spiked a fever and his breathing was again bad […]

Sermon Series- An Engaged Church

Messages preached at Open Door that go with our 2014 theme of “Engage“.   Engage 2014 from Open Door Bible Baptist Church on Vimeo.

The Path We All Should Be On

“For even hereunto were ye called:because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who […]

Presents or Presence?

May we not lose sight of the fact that Christ’s presence not our presents is what Christmas is all about. He was God’s gift of love to us (John 3:16), Emmanuel, God with us! Some asked for Sunday’s message notes so I decided to make them available here. Simple thoughts brought to Open Door on Sunday morning December […]


In Matthew 1 the Holy Spirit tells us that Jesus would be Emmanuel, “God with us”. We know that the Word, Jesus, became flesh and dwelt among us from John chapter 1. We know from the gospels that Jesus was born, walked on this earth, did many miracles, preached and taught the Word, fulfilled the […]

Sermon Series: God With Us

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise:When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. […]

“Daddy, Help!”

After a wonderful visit with my family in western Pennsylvania over Thanksgiving, my family acquired the ever so exciting stomach bug. Late Saturday night it struck two of my girls simultaneously, as my wife and two other children were already dealing with it and trying to recover. Startled out of a half-asleep daze I heard […]

“Thanks for letting Daddy see…”

It happens sometimes as Dads doesn’t it? We just aren’t paying attention the way we should be. Sometimes the burden of responsibilities can pull our attentions away from the most important things God wants us to see. Busyness can actually blur our vision. So was the case recently in my life… You know how it […]

Choose Wisely Sermon Series

This series was preached at Open Door during the Sunday evening services and comes from the book of Proverbs.

Two Houses Sermon Series

This sermon series was preached at the Open Door Bible Baptist Church by Pastor Chris Teis during the Sunday Morning services. The series is developed from Matthew 7 on the Wise Man who build his house on a rock, and the Foolish Man who built his house on the sand. Here is the video that […]

Video Update 11-8-2013

What a great Sunday we had last week for our Open House! Over 11,000 invitations went out to our community as a joint effort of the church over three weeks time. We had a record attendance in our church history with 8 first time guests accepting Christ in the morning service, and others throughout the […]

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