Pastor Deckard is a native Texan and lives in Dallas with her spouse and son. Preached her first sermon in 2004 and was ordained in 2008. Pastor Deckard has continued to preach and teach at Church of the Solid Rock. She has made her life all about service and participated in many workshops and seminars, from parenting symposiums to diversity conferences along with speaking engagements. Pastor Deckard has traveled locally and internationally, preaching and singing for the Lord. She is a Partnered Ally with the University of North Texas Equality and Diversity Programs and received many awards for her various community-outreach programs and volunteer services. One ministry very close to her heart is Sand Branch. As a Preacher of the Gospel, Pastor Deckard desires to introduce more souls to Christ as she encourages others to focus more on spirituality and their relationship with the Lord. Pastor Deckard founded D. G. Deckard Ministries in 2007, a 501c3 Christian organization. She is also the founder and Pastor of Church the Solid Rock, Dallas TX; a place of worship, acceptance and spiritual growth.
He was the BEST Dad in the world. He could cook, clean, wash, sew, landscape, fix cars, and still manage his family. He was also a great business man. He worked hard. Played hard. And enjoyed life. He was an awesome husband and provider. He made sure that his family was taken care of because we NEVER wanted for ANYTHING. He worked for Central Freight Lines for 40 years and only missed 1 day of work. He served his community well and never missed an opportunity to vote. They don't make'em like him anymore; he was truly one-of-a-kind and will always be missed. He was a GREAT man and I thank God for giving us a Dad like him.
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Today, I said farewell to a dear friend and brother in Christ. Words cannot express how much I will miss him. I know he's resting in the arms of Jesus and that gives me peace. One day, I shall see him again. Until we meet again, RIP.Ronald Jefferson, my brother from another mother.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.1 Cor 13:13.
It's been a while since I've blogged so here's something for you to chew on today.
Life will take you through twists and turns, highs and lows. Even in the midst of victory, there's struggle going on in our world. So much judgement and fear. Too much skepticism and doubt. So much to really live for but too little to die for. Die for a GOOD reason - die for Jesus!
"Nonsense is the name of the game and mud-slinging seems to be the language of exchange"
Nothing pleasant and helpful to say; just your everyday belittling and mindless verses. And how has that helped humanity??? Where is the love? Let's get to the meat of the matter! What is the matter? What resolve can we conclude to reduce or solve the problem? WE are ALL humans and HUMAN lives matter!!!
There's enough mess going on to last us all several lifetimes. With so much junk out there, we mustn't forget to show love. Faith is good. Hope is good. But love is something you have to practice. It's the love that can heal - not the hurt and hindering practices that seems to feel so comfortable for some people.
It's love that covers (over) a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8 Hate what is evil but love what is good.
There is a blessed hope for those who love God. There is a sacred hope for those who worship Him. There is an everlasting love for those who love Him. There is an expected end for those who trust Him. It is when we show (action word) love, then the world will KNOW that we truly are His followers. God IS love. How will "they" know us???...if we have love for one another.” John 13:35
...Love God, love your neighbor AS YOU LOVE yourselves. Mark 12:31
"If you connect to the hearts of others, then they will give you a helping hand"
LORD, thank You for allowing us to see another day. When I opened up my eyes this morning, I dare not pause to say, Thank You! Thank You for every blessed promise. Thank You for not leaving me nor forsaking me. Today, I am truly grateful because You have been SO faithful. I celebrate Jesus because He's real in my life and I pray that He becomes as real in yours as He is in mine.
Thank You Father, for preparing me for whatever is next. I have not apprehended it but one thing I DO know, that whatever it is, it will ALL work for my good. (Romans 8:28). Therefore, I will live...REALLY live for You and Your glory.
Let Your will be done in my life today and everyday, and in the lives of Your People, in the matchless name of Jesus I pray, Amen!
Leaders don’t wait to receive gratitude; they freely bestow it upon others – thanking their peers, subordinates and managers. They publicly express appreciation, and they recognize others for their contributions. You don’t need a management title to give kudos to your peers. Being willing to share praise and spread the spirit of positivity will make you stand out. You’ll be acknowledged as someone who sees the importance of positive feedback in motivating and engaging others.
I was reading an article [today] about preachers who were called to preach but still needing mentors. The writer was speaking about their visit to a church that had a guest preacher. The point of his concern was that the "messenger" was using a high pitch, rapid-fire delivery method, and felt that the preacher had picked up this style from someone else (not enough mentoring). Perhaps the messenger wasn't inspired by God. Maybe the messenger was trying to reach his audience with something "familiar" to get an Amen. Maybe he was yelling at the parishioners?? Instead of preaching to them, he was preaching AT them BUT wasn't saying much. In my culture, we call that the hooping and hollering method! :-D
Now, some preachers use this "old-school" method of preaching and sometimes I'm entertained by it but not spiritually enlightened. Enlightened me WITH the Word of God; something that will change and improve my life; or at least remind me of why I run this Christian race. Now that I'm older and consider myself to be wiser, I personally want to hear what thus saith the Lord. I can go to Vegas if I want to be entertained...
When I preach, my goal is to reach the heart of people by enlightening them with the Word of God so that they can consider improving and changing their lives. We are ALL a work in progress...but show me some progress!
I'm sure the messenger was preaching and giving people a "show" but WHAT was he SAYING? If you're called to preach (Romans 10:14-15), then preach on! Plant the SEED then GOD provides the increase (1 Corinthians 3:5-10)...but give me something for my midnight hours when I can't call on a friend. Teach me how to call on Jesus. Teach me how to recognize His voice. If feeling sick or discouraged, point me to a scripture. Give me something to digest (Psalm 119:11) to draw from IF my Bible is out of reach. And what does it all mean? That's what I want to know...
Semantics and different preaching methods are good if you're saying something. Give me sustenance; not rhyming and wit! (if you can't do the time, then don't do the crime) Well school me on what it's like 'on the inside' (if you've been there) so I WON'T do the crime...OK..
Give me something that will help me along this tumultuous journey. If I don't have access to a television or social media, then what? I need a WORD from the Lord not a circus act.
You're preaching good but what are you saying? (1 Corinthians 14:19) You're shouting good and sweating and leaning back but has that promoted changed in people's lives? Are you promoting Jesus or just you???
As a preacher, I pray that I have SOMETHING to say that touches your heart and causes positive change or at least think about changing. I pray that Jesus is always lifted up where I worship and that souls are being SAVED!!!
Saints, don't just join a crowded church or movement but connect to a ministry that promotes Jesus AT that church! I hope the preacher has SOMETHING to say from the Lord. God's Word is life so we must learn how to live by His revelatory Word!!!
Remember, Jesus preached to multitudes of people but only discipled a few...and those few went on to fulfill the GREAT Commission..to be fishers of many...and draw true followers to Jesus.
Be blessed saints of God and have a great rest of the week!
As we embark upon Independence Day, let us be reminded that someone paid the price for us to afford this freedom we live in.
As Christians, Jesus paid the price for all of humanity, especially for us Christians and now we have our eternal freedom from Satan.
Then, woman and men paved the way in fighting for our earthly freedoms; freedom to live; freedom to vote; freedom to work; and now freedom to marry. What a concept...freedom.
These freedoms should not be taken lightly or for granted; and most definitely exercised with much responsibility. These freedoms are not ours to force upon anyone but to embrace our differences and move forward in love.
Love IS the ultimate commandment or have we forgotten that...Matthew 22:36-40
So during our freedom month, let us be reminded that freedom costs, so spend it wisely and value it with love...