Pastor Doris G. Deckard

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Dallas, Texas, United States
Pastor Deckard is a native Texan and lives in Dallas with her family. She 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.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Do Something Great

"Every man is born into the world to do something unique and something distinctive, and if he or she does not do it, it will never be done."
--Dr. Benjamin E. Mays

Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays (August 1, 1895 (?) – March 28, 1984) was an African-American minister, educator, scholar, social activist and the president of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. He was also a significant mentor to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and was among the most articulate and outspoken critics of segregation before the rise of the modern civil rights movement in the United States.

Every human was born to do something so why are some of us just sitting around waiting for someone else to do something great? What about you??? If you don’t do something then who will?? If you’re not sure of your purpose, seek God for your answer. He’ll certainly direct your path.

Hello unique person! You were meant to do something distinctive so, what’s the problem? Well preacher, ‘I don’t have any resources.’ Do you know at least 2 people you can trust? Then call upon them for help. Do you have any extra time? Use it. Do you have any extra money? Invest it wisely. Do you know Jesus? Call on him!! Activate your faith. Don’t just sit around making up excuses why you shouldn’t try. If you fail, try again. If your methods and techniques are not working, try some new ones. You will succeed according to your God-given purpose. Just don’t give up hope.

Use all of your resources with honorable intentions and you’ll come to find that you have all the gifts and talents you need to at least get started. Begin to live out your greatness!! NEVER forget your main source and that is God. Without God we can do nothing but with God we can do all things. Take a look at Phil 4:13 in The Inspired Word of God. (The Bible)

So, how will you celebrate YOUR heritage? Become a business owner or employee or both. Work for a living – Jesus did. Do what’s right and fair. Live a godly life because Jesus paid too much for us to want to live any other way. Love your neighbors as God loves us. Liking your neighbor is another story...(let's keep it real)...but love is a requirement for all who belong to the Family of Believers. (Christians) not talking 'bout the church folk -- there's a major difference)

Let’s put away excuses and begin to really celebrate in freedom and love. Serve God and each other. Have respect for your elders, your pastors, your teachers, your parents & siblings, your friends and YOURSELF. Take pride in all you do but don’t be haughty with it because God detests that attitude. Be authentic. Volunteer in your community. Give something away. An open hand is able to receive but if your hands are closed, nothing can come in because nothing is going out. Love your children. Take care of your pets. Do something unique. Don't be a copy-cat and own someone else's greatness. You can never work it like they can!

Every human is born into the world to do something unique and something distinctive, and if he or she does not do it, it will never be done.

So, let 's get to work and make something GREAT happen!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Black History Month

“Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.” -- Dr. Woodson

Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson is known as the "Father of Black History", a distinguished Black author, editor, publisher, and historian. Carter G. Woodson (December 1875 - April 1950) believed that Black history - which others have tried so diligently to erase - is a firm foundation for young Black Americans to build on in order to become productive citizens of our society.

On February 26, 1926, Carter G. Woodson announced “Negro History Week.” From that day on, African-Americans and their allies have been celebrating Black History -- only now, we have a whole month. My question is; why do we wait for February to roll around each year before we celebrate?? Why not celebrate every day, 24/7/365? Why wait to pull out the trivia, have programs at the community centers, luncheons, and celebrate renowned personalities who made a difference in Black America by hanging large poster boards, most of people we've never heard of or read about?

Dr. Woodson often said that he hoped the time would come when Negro History Week would be unnecessary; when all Americans would willingly recognize the contributions of Black Americans as a legitimate and integral part of the history of this country.

Black folks, we have contributed a great deal to this country. I mean, we've help to build this place called America so why not take stock in America. Why not build generational wealth, buy property, improve our communities, help one another. No, instead, we've done just the opposite. We celebrate in a totally different way than our forefathers and mothers. Instead of investing in one another, we buy new cars, add more bling, bling around our necks, more name brand tennis shoes on our feet, cloths that we'll probably never get around to wearing then end up giving away only to buy more.....

How about we reduce this vicious cycle of frivolous spending and just living for the weekend and get down to some real enterpising??? Invest less dollars in Hillfigers, Hummers and hydrolics -- why not invest dollars and sense into our own businesses?? Yes, I meant sense. We have to have enough sense to know when to spend and when to save; when to invest and when to buy; when to hold 'em and fold 'em. I mean, who started the "sag" look and the mule fad (remember walking on the backs of your tennis shoes back in the day)....and who's capitalizing on those fads??

Without Black History we really have little or no history. All we would have is...his story. Who's telling our story?? When are we going to begin to tell "our" story of how we've rebuilt our neighborhoods by investing in them, and how we've built educational facilities to help the illiterate, and how we took a young "brotha or sista and invested in their future?? When are we going to teach our young men and women about self respect?? And where is Jesus in all of this nonesense?? Are we teaching our young ones about Jesus?? Christ gave up his life for us and how will we celebrate our freedom? Will we waste it or use it to improve our land??

You can say that the "white"man is holding us down but that story is not as true as it once was. Yes, we've gone from physical to the mental slavery. No, you may not be called the "N" word to your face but you just can't seem to achieve that management position in "Corporate America". So what! Start your own company and be your own boss then you can be the owner, manager and employee.

Just think what would happen if we would begin to pool our resources, come together as a unit?? We could build up countries, buy islands and resorts, buy or build airlines, own car lots, grocery stores, shopping centers and malls, build enterprises again. We are too B.U.S.Y. (Being Under Satan's Yoke) coveting our neighbors houses, cars, wives & husbands (sometimes both). We want to live like the Jones', be like Mike, live like the rich and famous. What part of "thou shalt not" didn't we understand?? Don't be hatin' on each other, use the other 4-letter word--HELP. Why be jealous of someone you're trying to help? You never know how much of a blessing that person could be to you. I'm not saying help with hidden motives but help because it's the right thing to do.

Just think how much more full our lives would be if we would learn to support and really celebrate our heritage by helping one another. When are we going to wake up and really be a true brother or sister?? Be that village that raises Sis. So & So's kids. Get drugs out of our neighborhoods. Have block parties and family reunions without the shootings. Let's get back to the basics.

Once we understand our past, then we can get on with our future. If we gain the knowledge about our forefathers and mothers, the hardships they endured to get us Blacks from the "back of the bus" to the front and out of the back of the kitchen to the inside of the dining area of a restaurant, from the barn house to the classroom and from the cotton fields to the corporate!!!...what a difference we would make in our world, our nation, our state, our "hood" and in our homes.

What if...?????

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