How to answer a knock on the door

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If you’ve never done it before, canvassing for Elizabeth may feel daunting. It doesn’t have to. Here are our best canvassing tips to help you knock like a pro on day one:

  • MAKE IT PERSONAL. Voters won’t remember an exact talking point, but they will remember a personal story from their neighbor. The data shows that conversations are more effective when both people share their personal experiences, the conversation is a dialogue rather than a monologue, and when voters can see a clear connection between the canvasser and the candidate. The quality of the conversation matters more than anything when you’re on the doors.
  • IT’S NOT ONLY WHAT YOU SAY. 90% of communication is non-verbal. Smile when a voter answers the door. Take a couple of steps back from the door after you knock to allow the voter to open the door and talk. Try to hand the voter your campaign literature even if they don’t open the door at first. Not every voter will be the friendliest– don’t take it personally! Instead, focus on the positive doors and impact you’re making with each conversation.
  • USE THE SCRIPT. It’s imperative that we all stay on message when representing Elizabeth. We don’t want to convey incorrect information or engage in unproductive discourse. The script, which will change each time, will walk you through all the info you need to successfully engage. Beyond that, don’t be afraid to say “I don’t know” and direct them towards
  • TRACK EVERYTHING. The data you’ll gather from your conversations on the doors will bring is invaluable for Elizabeth’s campaign, so we have to make sure it’s thorough and accurate. Remember to always fill out the survey questions as you move through the script. You should also ensure their contact information is up to date as well. The notes section is also great for conveying any additional information from your conversations to the campaign.


Why are we canvassing? Over 20 years of research shows that meaningful person-to-person conversation with voters is the most effective way to turn people out to vote. Canvassing is the best way to accurately identify voters who will support Elizabeth on Election Day. The people we identify on the doors today will be the voters we’ll be turning out on Election Day.

What if the voter asks me a question I don’t know the answer to? That’s a-okay! Elizabeth has a LOT of plans, and we don’t expect you to be an expert. You should always be honest if you don’t know the answer to something. Let them know that you’re a volunteer and you will ask an organizer to follow up. There is a notes section for you to keep track of these questions and other necessary info. You can also direct the voter to or

Can I bring my kids or pets? Yes! We encourage you to bring your children so long as they keep you on track and help you finish your route. As for pets, use your best judgement.

Can I leave literature in a mailbox? No, never leave literature in a mailbox. When leaving literature when no one’s home, place it in between the screen door or fold it around the door handle. Placing literature in a mailbox is a federal crime.

Answering the knock at your door!

When opportunity knocks do we answer the door? Some people ignore the knock hoping it will go away. Too many times I have heard people say they are not going to How to answer a knock on the doorbother to answer the door when a Jehovah’s Witness comes because we can’t change them, they are too stubborn and not open. Actually we are the ones that need to be open. Open enough to believe God can work in their heart. This means we are not answering our door because we are in doubt, instead of faith. Nothing will happen, because if you aim at nothing and you get nothing.

If the Lord brings someone to your door you have an obligation to explain your faith no matter how little you may know. Whatever little amount of the truth you may know, is immensely more than the great amount of falsehood they know!

Why is it that Christians who have the truth are unable to do what cults do for a lie? The reason we are so timid is because we don’t feel confident enough to go the distance with them. Its true they are very well trained in what they believe and how to answer people. But if we take a little time to prepare and not go into the areas they are trained in, we just may see some interesting results.

I have heard too many testimonies of why Jehovah’s Witnesses left the organization. The main reason is because the Christian at the door gave them the time, asked the question they were not able to answer. It may have taken years but it was a seed of truth, which became a seed of doubt that made them realize the society was not Gods organization.

One thing I like to do in a quick discussion is show they have agreements with others that they clearly think are wrong. Such as the Mormons who also believe Jesus is an angel. So one would ask are the Mormons a true religion? Then ask are they correct on this matter of Jesus being an angel? Comparing them to others who have the same beliefs gets the point across without attacking the organization directly.

One of the problems that happens in our witnessing is that we should not be defending what we believe, they should! Our beliefs are not in question, since they are coming to our house bringing a different Gospel. So one might ask what is the Gospel they are bringing? I have never received a right answer on this yet. They will say paradise earth, the bible says something quite different. You can’t be in paradise earth without being saved, which they are not.

We should ask questions, lots of them. Can they read the Bible alone, or do they need an organization and its publications to understand it? After this is established as the only source of truth you can have them answer from the Scriptures alone and watch how little they know without their reference books.

One can bring up the similarities of the Pope and their president. The Watchtower organization has a similar apostolic succession. So one might ask what was the name of the person who passed mantle of God’s Spirit to Charles T. Russell when he founded the organization? We know from history who their first president received his theology from. the teachings of William Miller who was one of the originators of the 2 nd advent movement. Miller had taught that Christ would return in 1843 then 1844 . When this didn�t occur, E.G. White received visions and understood this to be that Christ went into the Holy of Holies in judgment (now known as the investigative judgment in the 7 th day Adventists) In 1874 another 2 nd day Adventist Nelson Barbour, announced Christ�s invisible return in 1874. Russell already influenced by prophecy from them personally met with Barbour, who convinced him of Christ�s invisible presence returned on earth. And eventually wrote a book with him.

One can ask questions about following Jehovah, If Christians are to persecuted for the sake of Jehovah’s name, why did Jesus tell them they would be persecuted for his name sake (Jesus’) not Jehovah’s. Why were they called Christians (Mt. 24:9; Mk 13:13; Lk.21:12,17) If kept simple one can go far in showing what the bible says in relation to their organization’s teachings.

Ask them how they were saved? Of course you will not get this kind of answer from them unless they lie. I have had only one person say they were saved, but when further pursued he had to admit that his definition was different than the Bible’s. You can show them that Jn.3 states unless you are Born again you cannot see nor enter the kingdom of God. Share your testimony of how you came to know the Lord. This is something lacking in their organization that always seem to stump them.

The truth is we have no excuse. God has brought people to us all we need to do is engage in a conversation, which means stepping out in faith. One does not need to know all the teachings of the Watchtower to hold their own in a conversation. We would be better equipped if we took the time to familiarize ourselves with their belief’s. All we need to know are some of the facts of what they believe and the basics in Scripture to effectively witness when "the knock comes at the door." Whether we feel ready or not, we should be ready in and out of season, always be ready for an answer for your faith. Stay on the subject and make another appointment with them so the questions posed will eventually be answered. Whatever you do, don’t give up, they do leave and find Christ.

So the next time you hear them knocking on your door open it up and speak to them and explain to them it �is Jesus who is knocking on the door of their heart.� It is they who need to open up the door.

we also suggest for everyone to get the tracts and stickers for protection in their neighborhood

Growing up, an unexpected knock at our front door was received differently by parents. My dad hated it while my mom loved it. This caused a confusing divide in our family. Do we greet or retreat?

My mom loved when people came knocking so much that she would occasionally hear phantom knocking at the door. “Do you hear someone at the door,” she’d ask. To which I’d remind her, “No mom, we’re in the car.” Whether invited or not she relished in the opportunity to welcome guests into our home. I think this was in large part because entertaining gave her a reason to light the many candles that adorned our home. My mom had only one rule when it came to her candles. They were only to be lit for guests. Those of us living in the house, weren’t candle-worthy. “I don’t wanna waste a wick,” she liked to remind us.

My dad, on the other hand, chose to flee any time someone came knocking. Sometimes even when we invited them over. As my mom ran to the door like a kid on Christmas morning, my dad would jump up from his Lazy Boy recliner, hurry past her and say, “Don’t open it until I get downstairs, Eileen.” My dad treated an unexpected knock at our door like he had just heard tornado sirens. He hid in the basement (his man cave) to protect himself from being swooped up by a funnel cloud of socializing.

Although we were a house divided, when my mom wasn’t there, my brother and I didn’t answer the door. Instead we stuck to my dad’s plan of acting like no one was home. “Close those curtains,” he’d insist upon hearing footsteps walking up our front stairs. Then we’d all head downstairs to hide.

When my brother and I were home alone and someone came knocking, we assumed it was the end. Death was imminent. We’d hide and pray. This was the only time we embraced Catholicism. We’d huddle together and recite the Lord’s Prayer in a whisper hoping God would carry our souls to Heaven, a place I was told during catechism classes, was anything you wanted it to be. All I wanted it to be was a place where no one ever comes over unannounced.

For almost 22 years of my life, I didn’t answer the door. Unless it was a friend whom I was expecting. And even then they’d have to either call/text me when they arrived or yell through the door, “Hey Joleen, it’s (insert name of non-murdering friend).” It wasn’t until I saw my door response through the eyes of another outside of my immediate family that I realized this was an abnormal response.

During my senior years of college (I say years because it took me five to get my bachelor’s degree), I lived in an apartment with my then boyfriend. A few months after moving in, there was a knock at the front door of our apartment. Naturally, I froze and then hid behind our couch. I assumed my boyfriend would do the same. I was shocked when he started walking toward the door.“Where are you going? Just be quiet and they’ll go away,” I whispered. He ignored my request, walked to the front door and opened it. I couldn’t believe it. This dude was trying to kill me. I closed my eyes and just accepted the fact that I was destined to be an episode of ABC’s “20/20.”

After what seemed like an eternity, my boyfriend returned to the living room alone and asked, “Are you OK?” I shook my head no. He looked at me confused. “It was just our neighbor. He locked himself out and needed to use my phone. What are you so afraid of?” Without hesitation I replied, “Everything.” This was the first time I had ever been honest with anyone about my anxiety – even myself. I felt both ashamed and free at the same time.

Now, 14 years later, I have yet to shake all of my door demons. I am; however, finally able to answer the door (on occasion) when unexpected visitors come knocking. But I keep the metal screen door shut and locked just in case. I also throw in a piece of the Lord’s Prayer for added protection.

Give us this day, our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. I forgive you unsolicited guests.

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Some defendants are harder to serve than others. Many people operate under the misapprehension that avoiding the process server will somehow make their legal troubles evaporate. This unfortunate misperception can cause problems for process servers because it causes defendants to be evasive. Here are some tips for process servers to help get reluctant defendants to answer the door.

Call the person’s name.

People are more responsive if their names are called. It also indicates to the person inside that you are probably not a door-to-door salesperson, political campaign worker, or other “random” visitor. Also, if you are trying to serve process at the wrong house, the person inside might open the door to inform you that the person you are looking for no longer resides there.

Use props.

Process servers should know their state laws before attempting to use props, but in many cases, it can be an effective and legal way to get the job done. In most states, it is illegal for a process server to use a disguise. However, props are usually legal. One popular example used by many process servers is to hold a pizza box or, taking this a step further, actually order a pizza to be delivered to the resident and then stand behind the deliveryman. Process servers could also hold flowers or baked goods, causing the person inside to think that he or she is the recipient of a nice surprise instead of the more unpleasant one – a summons.

Call the house.

If you have knocked on the door of a house and no one is answering, walk a few steps away and call it. The person inside might not realize that the process server outside is also the person calling, and might answer the phone. Then you will know someone is home.

Talk to a neighbor.

While you are standing at the door, announce that you are going to go next door and talk to your defendant’s neighbors if he or she does not answer the door. This could elicit a reaction; the defendant might not want his or her neighbors to know that he or she is avoiding a process server regarding what is likely an uncomfortable and embarrassing problem. Regardless of whether this tactic gets the defendant to answer the door, process servers can gain valuable information from talking to neighbors.

Getting people to open the door often requires a mixture of creativity and persistence. If you use the above tips, as well as pick up tricks from your peers and your own experiences, you will find it much easier to successfully serve papers.

Which one of the following statements is correct? Is it possible to please help me with the English rule on this one?

  1. The stranger knocked on the door.
  2. The stranger knocked at the door.

How to answer a knock on the door

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Both are correct and, absent additional context, are very close in meaning. They do not, however, mean exactly the same thing.

He knocked on the door gives a slight emphasis to the physical act of knocking by focusing on the object subjected to the knocking.

He knocked at the door gives a slight emphasis to the social act of waiting for an invitation to enter the premises by focusing on where the act occurred.

For example, it would sound very odd to say He knocked at the door and then immediately kicked it open.

They are both correct and basically mean the same thing, but, from a more technical perspective, there is a small, I’d even say tiny, difference between them:

The stranger was knocking on the door itself.

The stranger was (possibly) knocking on something else while he was standing next to the door.

In the second sentence, at specifically expresses the location where the knocking took place. It happened near the door where the stranger was standing. It could have been the door, but it might just as well have been something else that the stranger was knocking on. This is in principle similar to how we use the preposition at when talking about places as locations. For instance:

The location is Bob’s place (the house or apartment where he lives). That’s the place where the act of meeting you will take place.

Take a look at these examples:

He knocked on the door in hopes that someone would open it.

He got so scared that he could barely move when he heard a loud knock at the door.

In the second sentence, we don’t care about the fact that the knock was on the door. For all intents and purposes, it might have been something else other than the door. We’re more concerned about the location where it happened—where the sound of knocking came from.

A few examples of selective use of knock at / knock in in (UK) English:

‘knock AT the door’ refers to the perception of an event (knuckles hitting door) by someone inside the building.
eg: We were startled by a knock at the door thirty minutes after lights-out. (= the noise surprised us)
There was a loud knock at the door and then someone shouted. (= we heard the noise of someone knocking on (sic) the door)

‘knock ON the door’ refers to the action taken by the person announcing his/her presence at (sic) the door
eg: Joe persuaded Jim to knock on the old old lady’s door.

In these examples inversion of ‘in’ and ‘at’ would betray non-nativeness.

Use of ‘knock the door’ in any of these examples – and in Asker’s ST – would just betray ignorance.

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I find it amusing how such a non-pro question has started this linguistic-philosophical discussion! 🙂
. and we stumbled upon another liquistic twist. 🙂

My response to “I do not find it jarring” – “Why would you…?” would have been clearer in a face-to-face discussion, because of the accompanying body language. (Shoulders up a little, nod of the head, finished may be with a twitch of the lips :-))

Or I should have written:
Of course, you would not. Why should you? There is no reason for it. There are numerous literary examples you may have read, without paying any particular attention to it.
When I think of “knocking at the door”, somehow for me it usually implies “going to and knocking on the door”, but it may be only my impression.

The Sun Also Rises
He rang the bell and the chambermaid came and knocked at the door.
"Bring up half a dozen bottles of beer and a bottle of Fundador," Mike told her.

Cat in the Rain
Someone knocked at the door. ‘Avanti,’ George said. He looked up from his book.
In the doorway stood the maid. She held a big tortoiseshell cat pressed tight against her and swung down against her body.

What do you do when there’s a knock at the door, or your doorbell rings? If you head to the door and open it without much thought, then it’s time to rethink your routine. Dangers can lurk on your doorstep, and a healthy dose of skepticism can help you keep a solid door between you and a potentially bad situation.

Whether you’re expecting a repairman from the electric company, or a person arrives at your front door randomly, remember there are risks involved when it comes to opening the door of your home to someone. A burglar could be checking to see if you are home, or a supposed salesman could actually be there to case your home for a break-in attempt.

But there are ways to safeguard your home and your family when it comes to answering the front door. By learning some simple tips, and teaching them to your kids, you can minimize the risks to your home and family.

Read these nine tips on things you should never do when answering your front door. And remember to teach your children these same lessons, for when they are home with an adult, or home alone.

When there’s a knock or ring of the doorbell, you should NEVER:

  1. NEVER: Open the door without asking who is there

When you get a phone call from an unknown number, chances are you immediately ask who is calling when you pick up. When a knock comes at the door, immediately asking the question, “who is this?” should be no different.

Before opening the door, ask the person to identify him or herself. If they are at your house for good reason, they’ll quickly be able to tell you who they are and why they’ve come.

  1. NEVER: Open the door before visually confirming who is there

Your next line of defense is to look through a peephole or out a window to see if the person is who they say they are. It’s Bob from down the street? Take a peek and make sure. It’s a flower deliveryman? Look outside to see if he’s wearing a uniform, has an identification badge, and if there is a labeled delivery truck in your driveway.

There are also steps to take when you don’t know what someone looks like who you are expecting at your house. See step 4 for more information.

  1. NEVER: Open the door without first looking with the chain lock on

After you’ve looked out the peephole or window to visually confirm who is there, don’t just fling the door open. Your next move should be to keep the chain link on and also take a look.

How to answer a knock on the door

Looking with the chain on gives you a better vantage point to see if perhaps someone else is on your doorstep whom you couldn’t see, and allows you to do things like check an identification badge while still having the protection of a chain-locked door.

  1. NEVER: Take a worker’s word for it

If someone arrives at your door to fix your cable or an electrical meter, deliver a package that needs to be signed for, or even sell you a new vacuum cleaner, don’t take their word that they are who they say they are.

The worker should be able to easily produce an ID badge, with a photo, that confirms who they are. You can also call the company the person says they represent, and talk to someone who can confirm the identity of the person at the door.

If a worker gives you a hard time about checking their ID or calling their supervisor, or tells you they don’t have time and what they need to do will just take a second, beware. A legitimate worker will want to make sure you have all the information you need and are comfortable before entering your home.

  1. NEVER: Forget to use your camera phone to identify who is there

Also remember that technology is on your side. With the door closed or chain lock on, snap a picture of the worker standing at your door. Then email or text the photo to the person you are talking to at the company who can confirm the worker’s identity.

That way, you know not only that someone from the cleaners was supposed to come to your house, but that the man or woman standing on your stoop is that person.

  1. NEVER: Not reschedule an appointment if you’re unsure of the worker

If you’re unsure of the worker, or they fail to produce identification, don’t feel bad and think you’re wasting their time or yours. Reschedule the appointment, delivery, or work that is supposed to be done.

  1. NEVER: Ignore your gut feelings and open the door because you don’t want to be rude

Whatever you do, don’t open the door because you fear being rude. Sure, someone might have a friendly face and a big smile, but you never know what their motives are and who they really are unless you do your due diligence.

Go with your gut. You have a great intuition, so use it when it comes to opening the door.

  1. NEVER: Store weapons out of reach or far from the door

A weapon down the hall in the kitchen, or upstairs in a bedroom isn’t going to be much help to you if the worst happens at the door. Keep something you could use as a weapon near the door, such as a baseball bat or golf club.

How to answer a knock on the door

  1. NEVER: Teach your children it’s okay to open the door whenever someone knocks

Now that you know how to keep yourself safe when someone knocks on your door, make sure your children do too. Children can be very trusting of others, and it’s important to share with them the proper protocol for answering the door. If an adult is home when the doorbell rings, tell the child to always alert that adult before opening the door.

Also teach children the above steps to take for when they are home alone. Or, teach them not to open the door to anyone, depending on your child’s age. Make it a game and practice different scenarios for who they might encounter at the door, and what they should do and say.

Knocking on Doors – a How-to Guide Content from the guide to life, the universe and everything How to answer a knock on the door

Created Mar 14, 2005 | Updated Feb 10, 2014

The act of knocking on a door is usually an indication that the person doing the knocking would like to either talk to someone on the other side or would like to pass through the doorway but cannot due to some form of restriction 1 . The act is usually performed by hitting the knuckles of one hand on the door in question one or more times, causing the door to vibrate. This produces sound waves on the other side of the door, alerting those on the other side of the door to your presence 2 . The act has remained popular despite the invention of the doorbell, especially in situations where this wonder of modern technology is not present 3 .

Reasons to Knock on a Door

Apart from the obvious reasons for knocking on a door, there are several others. The following are times when it is usually appropriate to knock on a door:

  • As a way of asking to enter through the door.
  • As a way of asking to speak to someone.
  • As a way of getting someone to open the door so that an oversized object such as a parcel can be delivered to them 4 .
  • To get someone’s attention so that you can shout a message to them through the door while not expecting a reply.
  • In order to wake someone up in the morning 5 .
  • As a way of determining if the person who is going to let you through is actually on the other side of the door or if you’re going to be stuck out in the cold for a rather long time.
  • As a way of getting the people on the other side to stop making as much noise.
  • In order to enquire whether there is someone in the room already, for example in a toilet.
  • As part of a futile bid for freedom after trapping a limb in the closing door of a London Underground train.
  • As a means of indicating that you would rather like to leave somewhere as a matter of urgency 6 .
  • To let someone know that their chimney is on fire.
  • To determine whether the door is secure against potential burglars.
  • To be generally very irritating. An example of this is knocking on the door and then leaving quickly so that there is nobody around when the door is opened. This is commonly known as ‘knock down ginger’ and ‘knock and run’.
  • To determine whether a wooden door is hollow.
  • To bring good luck and ward off evil spirits – in European culture the act of knocking on wood is lucky.

Knocking at night is not entirely advisable as it may elicit an angry response, but instead you may just be able to hear the classic line ‘Now who can that be at this time of night?’ On the other hand, during the day people may knock on several doors, one after the other, making the same request at each 7 . In this case the knocker wishes to talk to the person on the other side of the door, but cares little as to who that person actually is. Well-known practitioners of this form of knocking are door-to-door salesmen, charity workers, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Danny Baker (or any of the other men famous for doing the ‘Daz Doorstep Challenge’ adverts).

Different Ways of Knocking on a Door

It is easy to vary the volume level of the knock and this is often used to illustrate anger or frustration. Knocks may also be increased in intensity if no reply is forthcoming and persons with authority will often waste no time by skipping straight to a fortissimo 8 knock. It is usual to knock three times then wait before knocking again, although this varies depending on who is doing the knocking and the mood that they are in. Knocks can also be performed to a certain rhythm, sometimes to indicate that a certain person is at the door, and other times just due to the whimsical nature of the person knocking.

Doors can be knocked on using just about any part of the body, but the hand is most commonly used. Having said this, it has been known for people to use their elbows, feet and even their head to knock on doors, despite the risk of damaging the head, the door, or even both. This form of door-knocking usually takes place during periods when both hands are otherwise occupied.

Exterior doors may have knockers which may be used to knock on the door. These are usually lumps of metal attached by a hinge to a metal plate, and are operated by hitting the former on the latter. Famous door knockers include the sanctuary knocker at Durham Cathedral and the door knocker in Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol‘, which took on the face of Scrooge’s dead business partner. The aforementioned hinged implements also caused much controversy on the children’s show Blue Peter when presenter Simon Groom led on from a piece about two antique examples with the phrase ‘What a lovely pair of knockers.’

Professional door-knockers may use spoons to knock on doors, as repeated use of the hands to knock on doors can lead to soreness. In the case of a glass door, a coin can be used by placing it between the thumb and the middle finger and putting the tip of the index finger firmly behind it to add force. In some parts of Africa where there are no doors it is common to clap instead of knocking.

Unexpected Dangers of Knocking on Doors

As with most things, there are dangers attached to the act of knocking on doors. The most common include being set upon by large dogs, discovering that the door has a large number of splinters, being attacked by an unhappy owner and wet paint. Many other unexpected things may happen, and readers are warned to remain vigilant at all times when attempting to knock on doors. Wearing a good pair of running shoes may also be advisable.

Door-knocking in Popular Culture

There are many instances of door-knocking in books, plays, films and music. Most children are familiar with the tale of the Three Little Pigs where the Big Bad Wolf knocks on the door of their house, but is refused entry and is forced to blow each house down 9 . Although horror films often use knocking to create suspense, no-one took knocking on doors to such an extreme as Jack Nicholson in ‘The Shining‘ when he chopped through a door using an axe with the line ‘Here’s Johnny!’ Knocking also features in the lyrics of many songs, including ‘Who Can It Be Now’ by Men at Work and ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door’ by Bob Dylan.

Do I have To Answer the Door When Police Officers Knock?

Look, sooner or later, almost all of us will hear a knock at the door from a police officer. Maybe it’s a complaint from a neighbor, a neighborhood safety check, or just a curious officer.

Whatever the reason that there is an officer at your front door, the simple answer is no. No, you do not have to answer the door.

In fact, unless the officer has a warrant, or a very good reason to suspect there is a crime taking place. There is no reason for police officers to enter your home either.

You are certainly allowed to ignore a police officer’s presence at your door.


That is not to say they won’t open the door for you if they need to get in.

If you don’t want a broken door, evaluate your situation accordingly.

If it is something like a noise complaint, may lead to the police getting a warrant. Which may make things worse.

How to answer a knock on the door

Should You Answer the Door for Police Officers?

Whether you answer the door for a police officer, or not, is entirely up to you. As far as the law is concerned, it is not illegal for you to ignore police knocking at your door.

But, there may be circumstances when it is simply a better option to answer the door and see what the officer is knocking for. There. may be some circumstances in which talking to a police officer can stop things from escalating even further.

As Jeff Lewis Graduate at Florida Coastal School of Law explains on Quora:

How to answer a knock on the door

Also, bear in mind that it is not unreasonable to assume that the person at your door may just be dressed as a police officer. Anyone can get their hands on a police uniform and pretend to be an officer on duty.

In the end, it really depends on your individual circumstances. You have to decide what is right for you. But, if you do answer the door, you should also know you don’t have to, nor do you have to let the police in your home!

How to answer a knock on the door

Your Home is Protected from Searches from Police

It’s true, the Supreme Court of the US has ruled time and time again that: your home should be protected from searches and the government to the fullest extent. And, it’s no secret that the 4th amendment protects us from unwarranted searches and seizures.

John Lee of University of Southern California had this to say on Quora:

How to answer a knock on the door

However, opening the door and letting the police in your home can: open you up to an unwanted, and even unwarranted, search of your home.

There are also a few other specific reasons police may be allowed to search your home.

How to answer a knock on the door

5 specific circumstances when police are allowed to search your home:

  1. When You Consent to a Search– If you, or a roommate, do open the door for an officer and let them inside, it is quite easy for them to have you “consent” to a search. Remember: implied consent is still consent.
  2. Warrant– This is the most commonly known method a police officer can use to enter your home.
  3. Something is in Plain View- If the officer sees illegal activities, or items, from where he stands, he may “invite” himself inside.
  4. After an Arrest– Immediately after an arrest, police officers can search for evidence or accomplices. If you are arrested at home, officers can search your home.
  5. During an Emergency– If police officers are in pursuit of a suspect, or if there is an emergency, officers can search your home as part of their investigation.

How to answer a knock on the door

Answering the Door for a Police Officer

In conclusion, you are absolutely within your rights to ignore an officer knocking on the door. Whether you do answer or not is up to you. But if you do open the door, remember that you do not have to let them inside, and you likely shouldn’t.

Whether the police are just doing a routine neighborhood safety inspection, showing up on a noise complaint, or investigating a crime, remember that you have rights. Most specifically, you have a right not to answer the door when police come knocking.

Though it is not something we often think about, it is important to research police interactions ahead of time.

Knowing how to act around, and with, police officers can save you a world of legal hassle, and may even save you your life. There is no simple answer when it comes to police interactions.

In the end, it is up to you to study so you can make an informed decision.

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How many times should you knock when calling at a door? Everyone has their own style of knocking and I wonder if there are any guidelines on what is appropriate or not. When I asked around the Doorsan office, there was a range of styles and we all have a different idea of how many knocks are appropriate. Some people start with a gentle tap progressing to a louder, firmer knock, while others go straight in with a good strong bang.

Personally I would normally do a firm three knocks on a door in most cases, however if it is someone I know well, typically my parents house, then I may tap out a little tune on the door.

One of my colleagues said they do the “shave and a haircut” knock. This was a completely new phrase for me. Having said it and knocked as I said it, I understand the rhythm they mean, but I have never heard this term before. This seems like a formal knock to me, and one I might expect from a policeman or official of some kind.

Knocking on a door is a personal thing, almost like a signature and I suppose you could identify the caller by their knock if you know them well.

I always find it difficult to know at what point I should knock again after the first knock. It is hard to know whether the person inside has heard or not or whether they are not in or choosing not to answer the door. If I am calling at a house with a young child I am very conscious that the child may be just going off to sleep or there could be an all-important nappy change underway so I allow extra time and I am very conscious of my knocking.

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I think I know the difference in meaning between the two sentences below:

1. I heard someone knock on the door.
2. I heard someone knocking on the door.

I’d like to check if I understand them correctly.
Please let me use the symbol "・・・" to explain my interpretation of them. (Each dot stands for a knocking sound.)

In #1, I heard someone do this: "・・・" or probably "・・・ ・・・"

In #2, I heard someone doing this: "・・・ ・・・ ・・・ ・・・" or probably more.

My interpretation of #2 is that the -ing form there suggests a repeated action. It describes the situation more vividly – I can feel some kind of emergency situation going on.

Am I on the right track?


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Thank you.
May I ask another question?

1. I heard someone knock on the door. He/She kept doing that for two hours. It was annoying.

2. I heard someone knocking on the door. He/She kept doing that for two hours. It was annoying.

Are these sentences above natural?


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1. I saw him eat a frog.
2. I saw him eating a frog.

Do they mean exactly the same?

I’m sorry to be so persistent.
Actually I’m trying to come up with a pair of example sentences that I can use in class. I’d like to teach my students the difference in meaning between the -ing form and the bare infinitive in this construction.


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  • Jun 24, 2015
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1. I saw him eat a frog.
2. I saw him eating a frog.

Do they mean exactly the same?

I’m sorry to be so persistent.
Actually I’m trying to come up with a pair of example sentences that I can use in class. I’d like to teach my students the difference in meaning between the -ing form and the bare infinitive in this construction.

hear, see etc + object + verb form

There is often a difference of meaning. After these verbs, an infinitive suggest that we hear or see the whole of an action event: an -ing form suggests we hear or see something in progress, going on. Compare:

I saw her cross the road. (=I saw her cross it from one side to the other.)
I saw her crossing the road. (=I saw her in the middle, on her way across.)

Michael Swan (Practical English Usage)


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  • Jun 24, 2015
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Thank you, Winwin.

Well, that’s the only pair that I know.
(I’ve used them in class, in fact.)

I really appreciate your help.
Thank you again.


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They obviously mean different things to different native speakers, or possibly in different contexts. Most likely the specific verb contributes to any difference.

"I saw him destroy the evidence" means, to me, that the evidence is destroyed.
"I saw him destroying the evidence" does not mean, to me, that all the evidence is destroyed. In fact, one could phrase it this way to specifically mean that you are not asserting that the evidence has been destroyed.
The same applies to eating a frog, or better, say, a horse. Can you eat a horse and still have a horse remaining? I think the answer is less clear if you had only been eating the horse, rather than if you had eaten it.

Does "I saw him destroying the evidence" even make sense if the evidence is not completely destroyed? That depends on the meaning you are giving to "destroy" – or ‘eat’, etc.

Whether it’s ‘correct’ or not, that’s how I use it (I think).


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1. I saw him eat a frog.
2. I saw him eating a frog.

I think they both have an adverbial meaning. To me, those sentences can also say "I saw him while he eat a frog." or "I saw him while he was eating a frog."

Matthew Wai

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If I recall correctly, I have seen the following pair before.
‘I saw him dance.’── The speaker saw the entire dance.
‘I saw him dancing.’── The speaker saw him while he was dancing, i.e. in the middle of the dance.

Matthew Wai

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‘I saw him destroy the evidence. I failed to stop him, so it was completely destroyed.’
‘I saw him destroying the evidence. I stopped him just in time, so it was not completely destroyed.’

Do they make sense? Not a teacher.


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1. I can hear somebody calling my name.
2. I can hear somebody call my name.

I think #2 is wrong.
"I can hear. " suggests/means the action (="calling my name") is going on right now – at a particular moment.
So, "calling" (#1) is correct.


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1. I heard somebody call my name intermittently.
2. I heard somebody calling my name intermittently.

I think they both work in the past tense.
However, I’m not sure if the bare infinitive would work with "I can hear. "


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  • Jul 11, 2015
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I think in traditional BrE they are the same, as bhaisahab has stated. "Knock" in this context is synonymous with "knocking". (I think the confusion is caused because "knock" is both a verb and a noun).

However, my first feeling was more along the lines tzfujimino and Raymott have indicated. The word "knocking" makes the action feel more continuous.

To go back to tzfujimino’s original example (with onomatopoeic BrE examples sounds in bold):

1. I heard someone knock on the door. = "Knock" or "Rap" OR more naturally "Knock knock" [hence the jokes starting this way] , "Tap-tap" or "Rap Rap".

2. I heard someone knocking on the door. = "Knock knock knock [or more knocks]" OR "Rat-a-tat-tat".

To me naturally:
1) makes me feel that, they knocked the door just once and stopped.

2) makes me feel that, I heard someone knocking on the door and they went on doing it, perhaps even as long as up to the point where I got up and opened the door to them! For example, I might not want to answer the door and they actually kept rapping it insistently for two minutes until I might eventually get up to ask them them to stop.

I’m not saying, "I’m right", I’m just saying that this is what they mean to me.

How to answer a knock on the door

This post is by Bernie Carr,

During the holidays you may notice an increase in people coming up to your door: leaving flyers, selling something or just being neighborly. But you never know what their intentions are.

The local constables in our area have been warning people to be more vigilant due to a rising number of burglaries. One of the more controversial questions is whether you should answer the door when a stranger knocks or pretend you’re not home.

So, should you answer the door when a stranger knocks?

Our local law enforcement does recommend that you should answer the door from behind the locked door. The reason for this is, many thieves knock on the door to find out if someone is at home. If someone answers, they avoid the house because they are looking for an easy target. But if you pretend you are not home, they may try to sneak in and find you, placing you in danger.

At the same time, the person knocking may not have ill intentions at all, and there would be no reason to fear them. Answering the door without opening it at first will at least allow you to find out what they want.

What I encountered when I went door to door for charity

I myself have accompanied my kids when going door to door selling tickets for a charity fundraiser. Many neighbors seem to get freaked out when you ring the doorbell. Standing outside, I can usually tell if someone is at home. You can tell if it’s kids but lots of adults just stand there as well. It’s just a sad fact of life while living in the big city. Many people may live next to each other for years and never get to know each other. I didn’t take it personally if they don’t answer the door. But the few who did answer their doors either said they weren’t interested or gladly bought tickets.

Recently, a couple of senior homeowners were robbed when a woman and a child knocked on their door. They let their guard down talking to the woman while an accomplice either snuck in through a back door or forced their way into rob them.

  • Check who is at the door by looking out the window. Some doors have peepholes but many do not.
  • Answer the door and ask what they want. On one hand, you may be worried about safety but on the other hand, the person knocking may just be a neighbor needing to talk to you about something.
  • If you get a bad or nagging feeling, don’t open the door. Trust your gut.
  • Keep your door locked at all times.
  • Tell children and young teens never to open the door when someone knocks or rings the doorbell. If they notice that someone is at the door, they need to let an adult know. A couple of home invasions in the city resulted when teens opened the door without checking first.
  • In case of a break-in while you are at home, have a weapon nearby and know how to use it.
  • Or, at the very least, always have your cell phone handy in case you are in danger and have to call 9-1-1.

In answer to the original question about whether you should answer the door, yes, you should. Find out what they want, but do it behind a locked door. Tell us what you think in the comments below.

If we knock and keep knocking (as the Greek indicates), God opens the door. The Philadelphians have had to knock because they have only a little strength, and they know it. But they also know that the only way to endure courageously (Revelation 3:10) is to seek the strength of God. Thus, the One they seek responds, giving more of His Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the means by which the Father and the Son dwell within the adopted sons of God. By giving the Spirit, He gives more of Himself. No one can shut that open door, though we can certainly ignore it and “neglect so great a salvation” (Hebrews 2:3).

The letter to Philadelphia is not about the mighty works of powerful men. It begins with the tremendous help available to those who are weak, but who keep God's Word, who do not deny His name, and who persevere in faith. Because they consistently knock, Christ reminds them of His pivotal position as second-in-command to the Absolute Deity and that through Him as Steward, they have access to the throne of God.

The Philadelphians' strength is small, but God's is without limit. They are not those who seek after earthly glory, like Shebna, but they are faithful in their responsibilities to the Most High God, like Eliakim—and like Jesus Christ.

This verse can be taken in two different ways. It could apply to the door of one’s heart, his mind. Christ is calling, ” Let Me into your life! ” On the other hand, it can also mean that He is saying, ” I am just about ready to return! And we can fellowship together if you would just repent! “

Do we really want fellowship with God? Our frequent contact with God, or lack of it, is an easy, concrete measurement for both God and ourselves to know the true answer.

A Laodicean’s central characteristic is an aversion to God’s presence. He does not gladly throw open the doors to let Christ in. Instead, he wants his privacy to pursue his own interests, unimpeded by the constraints God’s presence would impose.

Striving to pray always throws open the door of our minds to God, and just as Luke 21:36 indicates, by vigilant watching we can spot our Laodicean tendencies, overcome them, and avoid tribulation. Commentator Albert Barnes makes some interesting points on Revelation 3:20:

The act of knocking implies two things:

(a) that we desire admittance; and

(b) that we recognise the right of him who dwells in the house to open the door to us or not, as he shall please. We would not obtrude upon him; we would not force his door; and if, after we are sure that we are heard, we are not admitted, we turn quietly away. Both of these things are implied here by the language used by the Saviour when he approaches man as represented under the image of knocking at the door: that he desires to be admitted to our friendship; and that he recognises our freedom in the matter. He does not obtrude himself upon us, nor does he employ force to find admission to the heart. If admitted, he comes and dwells with us; if rejected, he turns quietly away—perhaps to return and knock again, perhaps never to come back.

Striving to pray always is our conscious choice to let God in. Psalm 4:4 (Contemporary English Version,CEV) emphasizes the seriousness of examining ourselves: “But each of you had better tremble and turn from your sins. Silently search your heart as you lie in bed.”

Every night, at the end of another busy day, provides us—and God—an opportunity to evaluate the true intent of our hearts. We can ask ourselves: How much and how often did we acknowledge God throughout our day? How much did we talk to Him and fellowship with Him today? Where did we miss opportunities to do it? Why?

Perhaps the biggest question to ask is this: When did we hear the “still small voice” today and hide from God’s presence? Our daily answers to these self-examination questions and our practical responses could in a large measure determine where we spend both the Tribulation and eternity (Luke 21:36).

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How to answer a knock on the door

With cell phones and texting being such a part of our lives, hearing an unexpected knock at the door has become a thing of the past. However, that doesn’t mean it will never happen, and knowing how you or your children should respond is important.

New and existing companies might still solicit business by going door-to-door, but how do you know if a person is a legitimate employee? Here are some steps you can take to ensure you feel as safe as possible when the doorbell rings:

  • Before fully opening the door, ask who the person is and try to get a look at them.
  • If you don’t recognize the person or feel comfortable, ask him/her to leave a card and say you’ll call the company at a later date.
  • If the person doesn’t want to leave, call the company they claim to represent to verify their employment.
  • Call a friend or family member to stay on the phone if you decide to open the door.

If you have children who sometime stay at home alone while they’re out of school, I encourage you to tell them never to answer the door to a stranger. If they hear an unexpected visitor, they should call an adult immediately.

If you or your children are ever in a situation where the person won’t leave, call 911 to report a suspicious person. While it might be a legitimate visit, it’s always better to err on the side of caution and guarantee you’re safe.

Do I need to answer the door if the police knock and want to come inside? The stern pounding of the police knocking on the front door is enough to make even the most innocent person feel anxious. This article is for you if you ever stay awake at night worrying that the cops might visit your home.

When the police ring the doorbell your first reaction might be to unlock the door. After all, you might think, only a guilty person refuses to let the cops into their home.

However, before you unlock the door, make sure that you know your rights regarding granting the police entry into your house. Here is the low-down on when the police can require you to unlock your door and when it’s safe to tell them to come back when they have a warrant.

When Police Can Come Into Your Home Uninvited

Most of the time, the United States Constitution stops the cops from knocking down your front door. Sure, they can ring your doorbell and ask to come inside. But, in most situations, they will leave if you request that they leave your property.

How to answer a knock on the door

The police have the right to enter your house if they have a signed search warrant . Law enforcement obtains authorization by taking all of the evidence to a judge. If the judge agrees that there is relevant evidence of a crime in your house, the judge will authorize the warrant.

Again, you must unlock your door if the police show you a signed search warrant for your property. The best thing to do if you find yourself in this situation is to stand aside and stay silent during the search.

There are also times when the police don’t need a search warrant to knock down your door. The police can make you open the door if there is something called an exigent circumstance. According to Cornell Law School, the police can use an exigent circumstance to enter your home without a warrant lawfully.

Examples of when the cops don’t need the court’s permission to come through your front door include:

  • Someone is in danger inside the building.
  • A shooter is firing from inside the house,
  • There is a fire in the house.
  • A fleeing suspect enters the house.
  • To protect evidence of a crime.

The key to deciding whether the police had a legitimate reason to enter the property is if a reasonable person would agree with the need to force entry into your home. The court will determine if the entrance into your home was lawful if you end up in a criminal case. You can rely on your attorney to challenge the entry as well as any evidence collected at your house.

Lastly, the answer to the question of “do I need to answer the door if the police knock?” depends on the circumstances. They can if they have a valid search warrant or there are exigent circumstances. Your safest bet is to allow them into your house and let your attorney argue about the legality later in court.

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I do not. I only answer the door for packages being delivered, food delivery, and friends. I look out a 2nd floor window to see who it is.

A lifetime of answering the door has taught me that anyone who is not doing one of these three things wants:

B) To tell me about Jesus.

I’m not going to give you money. Ever. And I don’t like talking about Jesus to complete strangers. When I lived with my parents it was always a “just in case” thing. Older people seem to ring doorbells more (I just call their phone if I’m outside someone’s house), and I was never sure it if was someone for them.

It never was. It was always someone wanting money or religious conversion.

So what about you? Are you a creepy recluse peeking outside a window to see if the person on your doorstep is annoying or not? Or are you a decent, normal human being who will open the door?

I’ll probably answer the door but on the other hand I don’t bother answering phone calls unless its someone I know.

Yeah I always answer the door and I do sometimes get those people you wanna avoid. I don’t mind them, I just kinda feel bad for wasting their time because I know going in they won’t get my money or my conversion to their faith. I hope they don’t feel like they’ve just wasted their time at least.

Yup, all the time. If they ask for a donation or want to spread their gospel, I have no issue telling them I’m not interested and shutting the door. On the off chance it’s a kid selling candy and I’m having a sweet tooth that day, I’ll crack open my wallet and make it rain on that little bastard.

That depends. Can I hear it?

On the off chance it’s a kid selling candy and I’m having a sweet tooth that day, I’ll crack open my wallet and make it rain on that little bastard.

Best thing I’ve read all day.

And only if they catch me peeking through the window.

I hold perfectly still and pray they go away.

No, unless they know I’m home, i.e. TV really load, windows open, etc.

I hate answering the door unless I know it is a package from UPS or something, that usually means I got a game I ordered.

I don’t answer the door for anyone other than the postman or people I know (I also check out the window) and don’t answer any phone calls from numbers I don’t recognize. We get so many scam calls and robocalls that the probability of it being a person actually looking for us for non-shady purposes is slim to none.

I ask this because yesterday someone rang my doorbell. I was upstairs and wasn’t expecting anyone for any reason, so, naturally, I sat here continuing my work.

Often, I’ll wait a few minutes before going to the front door. Hell, if they’re still there then it’s an emergency, or maybe they left some colorful literature. Or maybe it WAS a package and I just didn’t see the truck.

It was a friend of mine, looking to share a Frito pie with someone due too Monday’s. uh. unpleasantness. I fling the door open as he confusedly mills about his car, parked in front of my place. He apparently had texted me but I received no such text. The first words out of my mouth were “Why the fuck didn’t you call me?”

It was then that I began to question my door-opening apprehensions.

Also, this is a Frito pie. Shit is bananas.

How to answer a knock on the door

I do. I literally just answered the door in the last half hour.

I generally don’t care for what someone is coming to my door about, but I can appreciate that they’re at least making the effort to come to my home. Might as well be courteous, hear them out, and then send them on their way.

Most the time but I do always have the morbid obsession that someone with a gun will be waiting on the other side. I, like you, have learned a lot to always be wary of someone who knocks/rings on the door that isn’t recognizable and isn’t a threat.

I never answer the door unless I’m expecting someone or a delivery. We constantly have Jehovah Witnesses and inner city thugs selling magazines in the neighborhood.

I will answer the door to anyone regardless if they want money. The worst I have found is the groups who wish to tell me about Jesus or some other god that if I don’t believe I’ll be spanked in hell for it. It’s gotten to the point that I’ll argue the logical facts against their said belief. I’ll be respectful to a point but if they don’t get I’m an atheist with in ten or so minutes than I wont hold back.

I hold perfectly still and pray they go away.

I am the one who knocks.

Okay, time for a quick anecdote.

One Saturday afternoon back in the late ’90s (I was 13-15), I noticed a strange woman in her twenties driving up and down our estate. Now, not to say that everyone knew everyone on that estate, far from it, but when someone was driving around not looking like they knew where they were going it tended to stick out. I decided not to pay it any mind though, as it’s a pretty quiet estate and there’s never really been much of a problem with robberies or whatever.

About five minutes later, there’s a knock on the back door (another thing about UK suburbia here, depending on the design of your house, personal visits sometimes require you to use the furthest entrance from the street). I go to see who it is, and it’s that woman. She asks for my mother by name, but I’ve never seen this woman before in my life. I tell her my mother wasn’t in (she really wasn’t), and the woman has an odd look of deflation on her face.

She explained that she used to live with my parents before I was born, and as she was in the area she wanted to visit, but she didn’t live locally and had to be on her way in an hour or so. Sadly, this being the ’90s before cellphones became outrageously popular, if someone wasn’t in then they weren’t in, not much you could do about it. I said I’d take a name and number and pass it on.

Turns out she wasn’t full of shit. I’m not sure if my mom did call her, or if she’s been in touch since then or whatever, but she seemed to take some comfort in knowing that person remembered and was grateful.

So yeah. Nowadays answering the phone or the door is incredibly tedious and I often wonder why I bother, but you never know.

Around 6,000 tracers are being sent to local councils to improve the NHS' Test and Trace scheme.

COVID-19 tracers could be knocking at your door very soon if you have been ignoring their calls.

The NHS' Test and Trace scheme was set up earlier this year in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The system works by contacting the people who have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, and informing them of their new isolation rules.

However, the Government this week have now announced they will be focusing more on local areas, deploying around 6,000 of their tracers to work with councils in England.

Around 6,000 tracers are being sent to local councils to improve the NHS' Test and Trace scheme. Picture: PA

This means people who the tracers have been unable to contact via the telephone could expect a knock at their door.

Baroness Dido Harding, executive chair of NHS Test and Trace, made the announcement this week, saying the service “must be local by default”.

She added: “We are now offering this integrated localised approach to all local authorities to ensure we can reach more people in their communities and stop the spread of Covid-19.”

Chairman of the Local Government Association, James Jamieson, said on the matter: “Using councils’ unrivalled local knowledge and vast experience of contact tracing within local public health teams is vital in the Government’s national efforts.”

The new set-up for Test and Trace comes after figures revealed the service had only managed to reach 72 per cent of people who tested positive for the virus between July 23 and July 29.

Contributed by Steve Shepherd on Dec 16, 2000 (message contributor)

Scripture: Matthew 7:7-8

Summary: Someone is knocking on your door. Who is it?

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INTRO.- Knock. Knock. Who’s there? Olive. Olive who? Olive you too.

Knock. Knock. Who’s there? Accordian. Accordian who? Accordian to the TV, it’s going to rain

Knock. Knock. Who’s there? Radio. Radio Who? Radio not, here I come!

Knock. Knock. Who’s there? Ya. Ya who? What are you getting so excited about?

Knock. Knock. Who’s there? Butter. Butter who? I butter not tell you.

Knock. Knock. Who’s there? Ice Cream. Ice Cream who? Ice cream every I see a ghost.

Knock. Knock. Who’s there? Omelet. Omelet who? Omelet smarter than I look!

ILL.- One winter night near Christmas several years ago there was a loud knock at my door. “Bang! Bang! Bang!” And I thought, “Who in the world is banging on my door? I have a doorbell. Don’t they know it? I don’t live in the sticks.”

Shane opened the door and lo and behold, it was a Salvationist! A what? A Salvationist. A bell ringer. A happy hello. A collector of money. A doer of good deeds. A God-blesser.

It was an Army Salvationist. A Salvation Army volunteer from Cape Girardeau, MO. He was making his annual Christmas visit to our neighborhood to collect money for their work in helping the poor and needy.

We talked for a while. I told him who I was and that I just finished preparing a sermon. HE DIDN’T

SEEM IMPRESSED. No, really, I told him that I had included some words in my sermon about the Salvation Army.

He replied, “I hope it was good.” I said, “Oh, it is!”

Then he told me that he’d been coming to Anna, IL, from Cape for about 40 years. WOW! CAN YOU IMAGINE? Every Christmas for 40 years! Talk about dedication to a cause! Talk about commitment to Christ! Talk about devotion to Christian service! That man had it!

Brethren, that may well be the key to his faithfulness to the Salvation Army. He wasn’t coming to church just to sit and listen! Or to be entertained. HE CAME TO SERVE!

That’s what keeps people involved and coming to a church more than anything! That’s what keeps people committed to Christ and His Church! CHRISTIAN SERVICE! Involvement and service.

Sitting gets old. Service gets exciting! Spectatorship can become boring! Participation is exhilarating!

Mr. Salvation Army man told me about a neighbor lady. He said that he went into her house and said,

“Where’s your man?” Then she told him how he had suddenly passed away with a heart attack.

She must have looked bad and I’m sure she did, because he told me that he offered to pray with her. GOOD JOB, MR. SALVATION ARMY MAN!

James 2:14-17 “What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is

not accompanied by action, is dead.”

Faith without works is dead! When people have a need and we can take care of that need, but we don’t, then our faith is dead. Or at least, it is lacking a great deal.

Just to say, “God bless you” is not enough. Anybody can wish someone well or give them a verbal blessing, but to bless someone with a $20 bill or a hot meal or a sincere prayer, etc. is the real deal. The genuine article.

HAVE YOU HAD A KNOCK ON YOUR DOOR LATELY? Bet you have. We all do at times. And some times when we are not aware of it. Or perhaps it was you who did the knocking. And perhaps you didn’t even know you were knocking!

PROP.- In this message I want to consider three different knocks on the door. Some are good. Some are very good. And some may not be good at all.

1- An inquiring knock

2- An indoctrinating knock

3- An inviting knock


Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask and it shall be given to you; seek and you will find; KNOCK AND THE DOOR WILL BE OPENED TO YOU. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”

KNOCK AND THE DOOR WILL BE OPENED TO YOU. This is a good kind of knock at the door. And we are the ones who must do the knocking.

J. W. McGarvey said, “Asking is a simple use of the voice. Seeking is a motion of the body. And

How to answer a knock on the doorThere’s only one secret to success, and it’s hardly a secret.

When opportunity knocks, answer the door.

You’d be surprised how many people don’t. They turn up the TV while glancing warily through the window, sighing in relief as opportunity moves on to another house.

Here’s why it’s important not to do that. Every accomplishment, every good and shining thing that gives me joy, is the direct result of saying yes to an unexpected opportunity.

While I was working away on yet another manuscript, a writer friend told me about a contest. A publisher wanted novellas about childhood fears for a collection they were putting together. Did I have a novella about childhood fears? No. Could I write one? Yes. I did write it, and the result was my first published book. Through that publisher came more opportunities. I formed strong relationships with talented writers, editors, formatters, cover designers, and book reviewers. These people have enriched my life in a myriad of ways, and if they see anything that looks right for me, they pass it along. More chances to answer the door.

A year later, Harlequin held an international search for the next Gillian Flynn. Now, if you’d told me a few years ago I’d write for Harlequin, I would have laughed. I write dark fiction, not romance. But Gillian Flynn? There’s a woman after my own heart. I love twisted psychological suspense, so I went for it. And before I knew it, I had a book contract with one of the best-known publishers in the world.

Yet another publisher worked with several writers I knew and admired, so—figuring I had nothing to lose—I asked the editor what he was looking for. “Sea monster stories,” he said. Did I have a sea monster story? Nope. Had I ever written one before? Never, but you can bet I did, and Monsters in Our Wake was published this spring.

My entire freelance career came about when I was offered a gig writing news for the community section of the local paper. On the day she hired me, the editor said these fateful words:

“If you ever come across a story that would be right for the main paper, let me know.”

How to answer a knock on the doorHear the knocking? I did. Determined to blast that door wide open, I pitched the editor a story a week. Before long, my articles were on the international wire service. The Globe and Mail asked me to write for them. I had a steady contract position, working in the newsroom alongside the other reporters. Same pay, but a lot more freedom.

Best of all, you don’t have to wait for someone else to knock. Why not create your own opportunities? From a simple email that took me a minute to write, I ended up spending a month in Africa covering safari tours, all expenses paid.

This go-for-it tendency has greatly impacted me personally as well. I met my spouse when he asked to be my Facebook friend, and we’ve been together for eight years now. I found the cat I adore when my vet offered to show me a litter of homeless kittens. My best friend once gave me a ride home from muay thai class, and we’ve been partners in crime ever since.

The timing is never perfect for anything, whether it’s answering a publisher’s call, writing a book, working abroad, or going back to school. If opportunity knocks, go for it. You’ll only regret the times you didn’t answer the door.

And keep your eyes and ears open for those little opportunities. You never know when one might pop up and change your life.

What opportunities have impacted your world the most? I’d love to hear about them.

J.H. Moncrieff writes psychological and supernatural suspense novels that let her readers safely explore the dark corners of the world. She won Harlequin’s search for the next Gillian Flynn in 2016. Her first published novella, The Bear Who Wouldn’t Leave, was featured in Samhain’s Childhood Fears collection and stayed on its horror bestsellers list for over a year.

The first two novels of her new GhostWriters series, City of Ghosts and The Girl Who Talks to Ghosts, will be released on May 16, 2017.

When not writing, J.H. loves visiting the world’s most haunted places, advocating for animal rights, and summoning her inner ninja in muay thai class.

To get free ebooks and a new spooky story each week, check out her Hidden Library.

How to answer a knock on the door

I n what is certainly one of the more confusing ‘punchlines’ to pop up on the 2020 campaign trail, a simple “knock, knock” turned into a teaching moment in Marianne Williamson‘s green room at Tuesday’s Democratic primary debate.

Journalist (and one of TIME’s Most Influential People on the Internet) Yashar Ali reported in a tweet Thursday that “one of Marianne Williamson’s guests told a CNN staffer that they weren’t knocking on her door properly” during CNN’s first night of Presidential debates. Citing two sources on-scene, Ali wrote that the guest then “proceeded to educate the staffer on the proper way to knock.”

Shortly after Ali’s tweets, the actress Frances Fisher, a.k.a. Ruth Dewitt Bukater, Titanic‘s first class momager (but also known for Unforgiven, True Crime and the forthcoming Watchmen TV series, among other projects) confirmed the incident and her role therein, though challenging the “incendiary” nature of his reporting. Fisher had attended the Detroit debate to support Williamson, her longtime friend, and wanted to make sure she was in the best possible headspace before the main event.

“I kindly explained to the young lady that a light tap on a closed door is something that would be greatly appreciated. Then a louder knock if no one answers,” Fisher explained in follow-up tweets. “The young lady seemed to appreciate the education.”

Fisher, once labeled a “devotee” of Williamson’s by the Washington Post, made sure to defend her candidate, whom she’s been supporting politically since a failed run for Congress in 2014.

“[Williamson] did NOT request this. It was me,” she said. Williamson’s press team did not immediately respond to TIME’s request for comment. Williamson, whose inner circle includes many a Hollywood mainstay, had shared an Instagram at the scene of the crime on Tuesday night.

“We all have bigger issues to deal with in America,” Fisher later tweeted, asking Ali to delete his “incendiary” tweets and going to great pains to reply to other users sharing her take with clarifications.

How to answer a knock on the door

Knock, knock, knock…An unwanted visitor known as “Change” recently knocked on the door of my life, and I had to answer. And, it hit me like a ton of bricks– The news…unexpected, life-altering. The kind that “knocks the wind out of you” and makes your heart just ache as you wonder…”What is going to happen next”?

Have you been there? One minute in the comfort zone of the normal routine, enjoying life, and thinking that things will always be the same. Then, a phone call, a message, a conversation–that moment when life suddenly gets interrupted, and things are no longer as they once were.

How to answer a knock on the door

No matter whether the change is positive or negative, it always involves adjustment…Maybe you too can identify. Throughout life, one page will turn, one chapter will close, and another one will begin. It’s not a matter of “if”, it’s a matter of “when”… So, how should we respond to change when it decides to “come for a visit” and shake things up?

1. Run to the ONE who never changes and know that HE is the only constant in this life.

Malachi 3:6a states this encouraging truth about God: “For I the Lord do not change.” “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). How comforting to know that when inevitable change occurs, God never will. He is our firm foundation when all else is shaken. We can open our hearts before Him, take comfort in His Word, and hold on to His unchanging promises.

2. Realize that beautiful things can be birthed from change, as painful as it may be.

One example is the transformation of a caterpillar to a butterfly. In order to survive and have strong wings, a caterpillar must endure this process of struggling its way out of the cocoon. Spiritually speaking, God allows us to go through a transformation in order to experience the necessary growth that will prepare us for the plans He has ordained for our lives. If the caterpillar didn’t go through the process, it would never become a new creation. God can create beautiful things in our lives through our own personal and spiritual transformation. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

3. God can work good out of every situation whether the change that occurs is exciting or traumatic.

He can use it to stretch us outside of the familiar in order to stretch our faith and to deepen our dependence on Him. The biblical character Joseph was first rejected by his brothers, sold into slavery, and imprisoned before God promoted him as second in command to Pharaoh. Genesis 50:20 states that although the enemy meant evil against Joseph, God in His sovereignty, turned everything for good, and in the process shaped Joseph’s character. And, David was first a shepherd boy before he was anointed king of Israel. God can miraculously use our past as training ground for our future, and He can change our locations, our job titles, and any number of things to place us where He wants us to be in order to fulfill His Kingdom purposes. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purposes.” Romans 8:28

Final thoughts:

Embrace the transition, knowing that Almighty God is walking with you into the future He has planned for your life and that nothing catches Him by surprise.

When circumstances shift causing challenges, heartbreak, a time of transition, or all of the above, we can rest in God, who never changes. As we walk through the seasons of life, we can be at peace knowing that even challenging changes can be the catalyst that the Sovereign Lord uses to birth miraculous breakthrough in our lives. May this encourage us to hold our arms open wide in full surrender to God trusting Him as one chapter in our lives may be closing and another chapter may be beginning. God is the Alpha and the Omega (the beginning and the end), and He is also omniscient (all-knowing). As the Author of the story, He recognizes everything we face. This truth should motivate us to put the pens down to our own lives (our own control) and trust Him completely with every outcome that we face in the script. Whether you have already opened the door to “Change” or awaiting the inevitable knock, you can rest assured that God is already there. Embrace the transition, knowing that Almighty God is walking with you into the future He has planned for your life and that nothing catches Him by surprise.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

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  1. perform rap music
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  3. the act of hitting vigorously; “he gave the table a whack”
  4. a reproach for some lapse or misdeed; “he took the blame for it”; “it was a bum rap”
  5. genre of African-American music of the 1980s and 1990s in which rhyming lyrics are chanted to a musical accompaniment; several forms of rap have emerged
  6. voluble conversation
  7. the sound made by a gentle blow
  8. a gentle blow
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  10. strike sharply; “rap him on the knuckles”

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How to answer a knock on the doorReceiving legal papers is rarely a joyous or exciting occasion, which explains why so many people react poorly to the sight of a process server standing at their door. The arrival of a process server indicates that the recipient has become embroiled in some type of legal matter, whether it be a judgment for debt, a divorce, or a home foreclosure. It’s certainly hard to cope with these types of negative events, and many people forget the old adage “don’t shoot the messenger” when a process server arrives on their doorstep.

One South Florida woman, for example, barricaded herself in her home and called 911 when a process server provided her with eviction papers as the result of a recent divorce. However, even though she called the police herself, the woman made threats that she would shoot if police responded to the scene. She went as far as to claim that she would blow up the house if forced into an eviction. Fortunately, the police were able to resolve the conflict and take the unnamed woman into police custody, but the situation could have turned out very differently.

Even Michael Ray Stevenson, the 27-year-old rapper known as Tyga, fell into the trap of taking his anger out on the process server. Tyga was recently accused of allowing his team to beat the man who served his court papers in November 2016. At the time, a process server named Adam Harari handed Tyga his papers as he walked into the Penthouse club in West Hollywood for his birthday party. Harari later claimed that he was “immediately swarmed…grabbed, yanked, pulled and choked.”

Ironically, in his quest to avoid being served legal papers, Tyga caused himself to receive even more papers, because Harari is now suing Tyga for unspecified damages due to being “harmed in his mind, body and spirit, suffering emotional and physical harm, as well as harm to his reputation.”

Regardless of the situation, hurting, blaming, or assaulting the process server who delivers your papers is never the answer. The process server is merely a messenger with no control over or input into your legal situation, and harming him or her will simply only add to your legal woes. For more information about service of process, or to find a reputable process server for your own legal needs, contact Accurate Serve Jacksonville at 904-735-7810. The accredited process servers at Accurate Serve have been meeting the needs of legal professionals and individuals since 2009, and can surely help you with whatever issues you are currently facing.

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