Pastor Doris G. Deckard
- Pastor Deckard
- 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.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
I love the holidays – especially Christmas – spending time with family and friends. It’s so much fun to get together with those you love. Laughing…Sharing…The warmth of a crackling fire...
But the real blessing comes when you are able to give to someone who’s in need. When you do, you are the one who receives the greater blessing. That’s God’s gift to those who give!
Watching an elderly lady beam with joy because someone decided to clean her home…
A young family is able to pay off a debt due to an anonymous financial gift…
A single mom gets a night off because someone offered to watch her kids…
These are definitions of true hospitality and it is the kind of giving that touches the heart of God.
When was the last time you reached out and touched someone?
Look around your neighborhood. Talk with the leaders of your church about needs within the congregation. Visit a local nursing facility or homeless shelter. Serve as a volunteer at a crisis pregnancy center. Call a friend. Smile at someone. There are millions of ways to practice hospitality. God wants to use you today!
Dear Lord, Open my eyes and heart to people around me who are in need. Give me a desire to practice hospitality daily! Amen.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember.
-The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.
-Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.
-Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.-
-The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.
-The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.
-The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.
-Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit--Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.
-The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.
-Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit--Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.
-The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.
-The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.
-The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles' Creed.
So there is your history lesson so....pass it on if you wish.
Merry Christmas Everyone
A conduit is a channel through which things like water and electricity move from one point to another. And you are God's conduit! You are designed to be a free-flowing channel for Jesus Christ Himself. God has chosen you to be His 'change-agent' in the earth. In the Lord's Prayer the original Greek says, 'Come thy kingdom. Be done thy will'(Mt 6:10).
Jesus no longer walks among us physically, but He has given us His mandate and all the power we need to carry it out. In other words, it's going to happen through you.
In Deuteronomy 11:24 God promised His people that He'd give them every place on which they set the soles of their feet. We bring the influence and benefits of God's kingdom wherever we go. The problem is, our 'receivers' don't always work. It takes faith to believe we actually hear God's instructions, just as it takes faith to believe an unseen radio wave is passing through our living rooms. Because we're confident of that reality, we tune in, receive and transmit.
Scientists tell us that the greatest metal conduit is pure gold. According to the Bible, that's our faith (See 1 Pe 1:7). But certain obstacles can block our ability to receive and be conduits for God. If our hearts are hard, our wires are down, or if we're unaware of our identity as conduits, we go through life without tapping into the power God's given us.
We must be full of the Word of God, and most importantly, spend time in intimacy with the Lord in order to be God's conduit.
- Dina Dean (CEO4God)
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Imagine having a cure for cancer but refusing to share it, or saying, "I’m too busy." The gospel is only Good News if we are willing to share it and get it to those who want it.
Too many of us have become preoccupied with our material well-being. Instead of believing God for the salvation of our loved ones, we believe Him for mere houses, cars, vacations and our own self satisfaction. We quote that faith is the substance of things hoped for…(Heb 11:1). But the "things" we have in mind are material and temporal rather than the eternal things of that "better country."
We’re supposed to seek the kingdom of God first and foremost, and all these other "things" will be added to us. Let us put God’s kingdom ahead of our own.
(See Mt 6:33)
So…be wise and become a soul winner!
Monday, December 07, 2009
Christmas is the best time of year
It is the day when we all cheer
There is nothing but happiness and fun
Just playing with your presents
all day in the sun.
Some people don't get presents because they are poor
But God will give them presents and even more
Have a good Christmas, and make it fun
Because Jesus' work has been done.
- Joshua F. Deckard
Poem was Published in the Excellence 2006 Poetry Collection by The American Library of Poetry.
Thursday, December 03, 2009
I have seen too many sad people depart from this world much too soon and before they ever understood the great freedom that comes with growing up. Whose business is it if I choose to read or update my FaceBook page until the wee hours of the morning and sleep until....? I will sing out loud and dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 70's, 80's, 90's 2000's and if I choose to weep over a lost love, I will.
I may walk the beach in a 2PC swim suit and maybe skydive in my birthday suit if I choose to, despite the pitying and gasping glances. They, too, will get old.
I may sometimes be absent-minded but there again, some of life's challenges are worth forgetting. I eventually remember the most important things.
Sure, over the years my heart has been broken and deeply wounded. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a parent dies, or even when somebody's beloved decides he or she decided to fall out of love with you. Sometimes broken hearts give us strength, understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile, and will never know the joys of being imperfect.
I am sooo blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turn gray and to have my youthful chuckles be 4ever etched into the depths of my soul. So many have never laughed but have frowned - then perishes before their hair could even turn silver.
As you grow in age, it is easier to be blatantly positive. And, growing older means that you should know better and make good choices. Growing older should mean that you really should care less about what other people think. I question myself less and less now. I have even earned the right to be wrong a times. So, I'm human!
I love who I am and very comfortable with me. I am free to be me. I love the person I am evolving to be. I know that I'm not going to live forever, but while I am alive, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, should have been, might have been or worrying about what will be.
Life is short so, I can eat dessert every single day if I want to, and laugh until my face hurts if I need to.
For you I wish: THAT YOUR FRIENDSHIPS NEVER FALL APART, ESPECIALLY IF THEY ARE DEEP FROM YOUR HEART!
MAY YOU ALWAYS HAVE A RAINBOW OF SMILES ON YOUR FACE AND IN YOUR HEART FOREVER AND EVER!
- Be Happy
Monday, November 23, 2009
Thinking For A Change by John Maxwell says: 'The right thought, plus the right people, in the right environment, at the right time, for the right reason, always produces the right result.' Let us examine those words:
1) The right thought. Thinking produces ideas and ideas have power. But every idea begins as a 'seed thought' and you have to nurture it!
2) The right people. Every time you expose the right idea to the right people, incredible things happen. In their company it blossoms and becomes infused with possibility.
3) The right environment. In the right environment thinking is valued, ideas flow freely, fresh eyes are welcome, change is expected, questions are encouraged, egos are checked, ideas stimulate better ideas, and thinking generates teamwork.
4) The right time. The Emperor Hadrian said, 'To be right too soon, is to be wrong.' While still in the stretching stage of an idea, present it without expectations, time frames or rigidly defined goals. Why? Because if you try to implement your ideas too early they may not survive.
5) The right reason. J P Morgan said, 'A man always has two reasons for doing anything: a good reason and the real reason.' Motives matter. Selfish motives disqualify us; God only gets behind ideas that fulfill His purposes and demonstrate that we care for others. Sometimes an idea becomes great when it partners with another one; other times it excels just as it is. One thing's for sure: as you stretch your thinking, you will discover that your thinking is stretching you.
HAVE A BLESSED HOLIDAY SEASON!!!!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Saturday, November 20, 2009
Meet at Kroger
200 W Camp Wisdom Rd,
We will depart from Kroger at 10 am and caravan to Sandbranch.
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
I have known Christians who want to keep their "identity" a secret for fear of offending another or not being "politically correct" (what does politics have to do with God's business?) Maybe some Christians are afraid of being stoned or ridiculed; for being imperfect or maybe even made to feel guilty for being a progressive child of God?? Maybe they are ashamed of the imperfect "things" in their lives or embarrassed to be seen as a Jesus follower? Perhaps they do not even realize they are hiding their true identity....not keeping it real???
Whatever the case, Jesus did not call us to live as "closeted" believers. The very act of coming out as a Christian is not done in secret - it involves confession from our lips and belief in our hearts...then we are baptised to a life of purity and set apart to live decent, honorable and righteous lives. Christians should serve as light in a very dark and evil world; always pointing towards Jesus, the Light of the world and not to the evil drafts that plague our Christian society.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Power Hour Worship discontinued at 2735 Villa Creek Dr. as of October 28, 2009.
Join us for Sunday Worship beginning January 10, 2010 at 11 am
Resource Center Dallas (Rainbow Room)
2701 Reagan St.
Dallas TX 75219
Adopt a Family for Christmas & Annual Toy Drive
Church of the Solid Rock has adopted 5 children from The Dominica Center for Integrated Growth and Development in La Urena, Domincan Republic through Blue House Effect Project, Canada! "http://bhecanada.org.
Join us as we share global promises of God!
For prayer requests, send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pastor Doris G Deckard, Founder
Church of the Solid Rock
Sunday, October 25, 2009
THE BEST NEWS IS.....DRUM ROLL PLEASE.....
WE WILL BEGIN OUR SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP IN JANUARY 2010. KICK-OFF DATE?????
.................STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION ON OUR CHURCH WEBSITE AT http://www.crock4christ.org
JOIN US FOR SUNDAY WORSHIP IN 2010!!!
Sharing the Promise,
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Rev. Darraugh, thank you for opening up the sanctuary to share your space with our church and for helping us to establish our local church body. It takes a real leader to not feel intimidated by another church who is NOT an MCC denomination but independent. Just proves that God's children can assemble and share in a Spirit-filled worship experience regardless of where!
Sharing the Promise,
Pastor Doris G Deckard
Church of the Solid Rock, Dallas TX
Monday, October 12, 2009
How often have you met or worked with people who are talented in amazing ways but still can't get anything done? How often have you realized YOU are talented but still not getting the important things done? Having talent is not enough. In addition to talent it is critical that we know how - and when - to use our talents to achieve a stated goal or need.
Leaders know how to selectively use their own talents to achieve amazing results. Good leaders know how to tap into the talent of individual members of their team. And, great leaders know how to combine the unique talents of different members of their team and guide them to work together as a single unit.
Think . . . and act . . . like a leader!
Thursday, October 01, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Jude Werra documents résumé fraud for a living. His Liar's Index just hit a 5-year high. It includes the dean of a prestigious college who failed to graduate from any of the three institutions where she claimed to have earned degrees. Since 1995, Jude M. Werra, who runs an executive search firm in Brookfield, has been tallying the numbers of résumés he and his associates catch with false or misleading academic credentials.....
Solomon said, "bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel." Proverbs 20:17
Paul warns about people who have lied so well and for so long, they've lost their capacity for truth. 1 Timothy 4:2
Dr. Harold Sala writes: Some people are so good at distorting the truth that they convince themselves… The chronic liar has made lying so much a lifestyle, she/he has a hard time perceiving reality… Not only does God disdain it, but the liar is destroying her/his own credibility... To turn a lifestyle of dishonesty around, you must recognize you have a problem: not an incurable one - but a persistent one; and acknowledge it, even if it means going public.
If you have a problem telling the truth, you must take these four steps:
(1) Repent. If we confess our sins, God will forgive us. 1 John 1:9 With God's forgiveness
comes His help. Hebrews 8:12
(2) Become accountable. Find somebody who's not afraid to ask you tough questions. Remember, the truth usually makes you miserable before it sets you free. James 5:16
(3) Drop the attitude of 'it's okay to lie because God will forgive me.' That cheapens His grace. "Shall we go on sinning...that grace may increase? By no means!" Romans 6:1-2
(4) Keep short accounts with God. When you blow it (and we all do) fess up and make it right with God and the people you've misled. 2 Timothy 3:13; 1 John 1:9
My friends, there's nothing worse than deception!!! 2 Corinthians 11:3
Tell the truth - even if it's uncomfortable. The truth WILL set you FREE!!!! John 8:32
Sharing the Promise,
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil! Thou hast consulted shame to thy house by cutting off many people, and hast sinned against thy soul. For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it. (KJV)
"Who do you think you are - recklessly grabbing and looting, Living it up, acting like king of the mountain, acting above it all, above trials and troubles? You've engineered the ruin of your own house. In ruining others you've ruined yourself. You've undermined your foundations, rotted out your own soul. The bricks of your house will speak up and accuse you. The woodwork will step forward with evidence. (MSGV)
In the world of relocation, a customer will get back all of some of a "hold back" refund when their home is sold in a 3rd party transaction. In order for this to happen, the home has to be left in "broom-swept clean" condition. If the home is not left in broom-swept clean condition and the "agent" has to clean the house before the next owner moves in, the customer loses some or all of the hold back refund. This is sort of like our souls. If we are not ready to die, God has to get us ready; ready to meet Him and that means we, as Christian Citizens, have to pay for our sins before our "house" is ready to move up in our "new home" called heaven; the Holy Place where God dwells.
Yes, get ready for God to clean house - the body of Christ - the "church" house if you will. God is getting us ready for that Great Day! He's coming back after the church, the church without spots or wrinkles. Yes, God is getting ready to clean up these church houses that claim to know and worship Him publicly but do not follow His commandments: love God first then love your neighbor as you love yourself. The righteous will always prevail over evil! So get your house righteous before God so evil can no longer dwell and continue to do damage. We as Christian Citizens have to take this violence by FORCE!!!
Matthew 12: 43-45 (KJV)
But the unclean spirit, when he is gone out of the man, passeth through waterless places, seeking rest, and findeth it not. Then he saith, I will return into my house whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more evil than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man becometh worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this evil generation.
It's time for the church house to live up to the Word and not the world. Refuse to embrace what's sinfully comfortable. Discontinue to allow wrong to dwell in the church house; the temple. Stop looking the other way and expose the evilness taking place. Stop "putting on" as my mother would say, acting the part of living holy and walking humbly before God and humankind. Stop the picture show of mimicked worship. Cease the fake "holy dance" some display as David's dance, when He danced out of his clothes. The "tongues" we call communicating with God in "the spirit" and when there's no interpreter present...Yes, God is getting ready to cleaning house today.
The Word is coming back down so get His "house" ready to move up; get His house in broom-swept clean condition; preparing those of us, whom belong to the Body of Christ, to meet Him face-to-face.
Isaiah 38:1 - In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, "This is what the LORD says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover."
If Christ comes back after your "house" today, will you be ready?
Will your house be in broom-swept clean condition?
Then a voice came from the throne, saying: "Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both small and great!" Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: "Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride (the church) has made herself ready. Fine linen (righteous acts of the saints), bright and clean, was given her to wear." Then the angel said to me, "Write: 'Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!'" And he added, "These are the true words of God."
1 Peter 1:18-23
For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers (and sisters), love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
Born again? Re-dedicate your life to Christ! Get your "house" in broom-swept clean or the Devil will keep your refund (your soul). God bless and keep you!
Sharing the Promise,
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Monday, July 06, 2009
POWER HOUR WORSHIP
Come and experience authentic worship!!!
2735 Villa Creek Dr. #290
Dallas TX 75234
(I-635 & Josey Lane)
Two Metro Square-Building C - Suite 290
Enter via the Atrium
Sanctuary is on the 2nd floor
For additional information, contact Rev. Deckard
(972) 283-2830 ext. 3
© D. G. Deckard Ministries, Inc.
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Pastor Deckard and Church of the Solid Rock delivered 99 gallons of water to the Sandbranch Community on May 30, 2009. Captured are some action pics of the community assisting in unloading. We enjoyed the community outreach. I am grateful to God for this ministry and that our church is able and willing to give of our time and benevolence. Feel the joy!!
Monday, June 08, 2009
Church of the Solid Rock
Pastor Doris G Deckard
Join us for worship
Dallas Marriott Market Center
Saturday, June 06, 2009
A father's love is like the stong winds that lift you to your feet when danger is present
A father's love is like sweet candy that you love to eat when life is unpleasant
A father's love is strength in weakness
A father's love is kind in meekness
A father's love bring joy and happines to mend
But most of all, Our Father's love gave life that will never end!
Happy Father's Day!!!
Sharing the Promise,
Saturday, May 30, 2009
What have you given today??? Ask yourself: "Have I given enough to reap a harvest in return??" When you give unconditionally, you also make room to receive. How you give will determine the outcome of your harvest. It's like making deposits into a bank account, people, or even a career - you get out of it, what you put into it.
When you make deposits of sustenance, it is safe to expect a generous return and when you need to make a withdrawal, [hopefully and prayerfully], you'll withdraw only what you need so there's enough left over for another day.
Today, try giving more love to those whom may be difficult to love and see what happens…..
Sharing the Promise,
Friday, May 08, 2009
Real Mothers know that their kitchen utensils are probably in the sandbox
Real Mothers often have sticky floors, soiled ovens, and very happy kids
Real Mothers know that dried play dough DOES NOT come out of carpets
Real Mothers don't want to know WHAT that vacuum just sucked up
Real Mothers sometimes ask 'Why me ... and get their answer when a little voice says, 'Because I know you'll love and take care of me best'
4 YEARS OF AGE - My Mommy can do anything!
8 YEARS OF AGE My Mom knows a lot! A whole lot!
12 YEARS OF AGE - My Mother doesn't really know quite everything.
14 YEARS OF AGE - Naturally, Mother doesn't know that, either.
16 YEARS OF AGE - Mother? She's hopelessly old-fashioned
18 YEARS OF AGE - That old woman? She's way out of date!
25 YEARS OF AGE - Well, she might know a little bit about it!
35 YEARS OF AGE - Before we decide, let's get Mom's opinion.
45 YEARS OF AGE - Wonder what Mom would have thought about it?
65-100 YEARS OF AGE - Wish I could talk it over with Mom.
The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where her love resides. The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole but true beauty is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and the beauty of a woman's passing years as she grows!
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Genesis 50:20 - But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.
I have an awesome revelation for you this week. Do you know that whatever the devil tried to steal in your life, whether it was your health, finances, your mind, your peace or your family, is the exact area that the Lord wants to use you in? Jesus not only wants to bring total restoration, healing and deliverance to you in every area of your life (which is His perfect will), but He wants to use you to liberate others from the same things that He has released you from.
2 Corinthians 1: 3-5 - Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.
Some of you may feel like you were thrown in a pit like Joseph. The Lord raised you up out of that pit so that you can rescue others out of their pit. For those of you whom have been bound by depression or tormented with fear, God wants to make you bold as a lion. He will release the oil of gladness to you so that you can also dispense it to others. For those of you who were healed of various sicknesses and diseases, God will use you to lay hands on the sick and they shall recover. Even those of you that were delivered from drugs & alcohol or may have been in prison, Jesus has unshackled you to set other captives free. He is a righteous God who desires to use those whom are available. To God be the Glory!
For those of you whom have been delivered from the kingdom of darkness and were involved in occult practices such as psychics, tarot card reading or things of the new age, God has awesome plans for you to be used in His Kingdom of light in a ministry of miracles, signs and wonders.
1 Samuel 15:23 - For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
Isaiah 47:13 - Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.
Daniel 4:7 - Then came in the magicians, the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers: and I told the dream before them; but they did not make known unto me the interpretation thereof.
Luke 22:31-32 - Simon, Simon - Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.
Jesus told Simon Peter that He prayed for him because the devil wanted to take him out and then He said to Peter – After you are converted, go and strengthen your brethren. He wants to use you to rescue and deliver others after you are restored and your mind is renewed.
Go out and lend a helping hand. Do what God has called YOU to do. We all have a role in this Play called Life!
Every one of you are called to so much more than you are walking in. What ever the devil tried to steal from you, God wants to reverse what was meant for evil against you, to save many others from the same calamities.
Genesis 50:20 - But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.
Rev and Dina D
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Men (humankind) who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain. But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. (1 Timothy 6:5-9) For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves through with many griefs. But you, man (child) of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.
(1 Timothy 6:10-12)
Can God trust you with the money to complete the mission? Or, will you take what is not yours and use that for your own person gain?
Now my advice to you is to use money [tainted as it is] to make yourselves friends, so that when it comes to an end, they may welcome you into the houses of eternity. The man who is faithful in the little things will be faithful in the big things. So that if you are not fit to be trusted to deal with the wicked wealth of this world, who will trust you with true riches? (Luke 16:9-11)
Dear individuals and organizations, I pray that your works reflect that of the mission and the money will follow. What God has ordained, no human being will put asunder.
All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had... There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.
There's enough resources to go around so when individuals and organizations go on these missions (quests), make sure the money is used in the light it was given. Accomplish the mission with the money and not misuse the money promoting the mission.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
As a believer grows in trusting obedience and love, God often brings a test that seems uncharacteristically cruel. One of these tests is being wrongfully judged by those close to you. It is not for the reactionary. It cannot be passed over by simply gutting it out. Supernatural grace is the only means of passing this one. It is one of those tests the Savior had to experience Himself when being tried by the court of public opinion, the religious community, and the government of His day. His response to the government was silence. His response to the religious establishment was silence at the final judgment. To the rest of His accusers He remained quiet and left vindication to the Father.
And that all this assembly may know that Yahweh doesn't save with sword and spear: for the battle is Yahweh's, and he will give you into our hand."
1 Samuel 17:47
Jesus lived the commandment He gave to the disciples: "But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked" (Luke 6:35).
How do you react when you are accused or mistreated for no reason? Do you listen quietly or do you justify each and every action? Most of us take pride in doing what is right and expect the same from others, especially our brothers and sisters in the faith. Jesus knew that if you were to be a true follower of His, you would enter this test eventually. It is part of the program.
The workplace gives ample opportunity to be wronged, misunderstood, and maligned. The church (in some cases) gives us many opportunities to be falsely accused and misused by “church folk”. When God brings a measured assault against one of His children, it is to find out if that person truly believes in the cross. The cross is where each of us is given the opportunity to die to our pride, our reputations, and our egos. (I've been there)
When God allows a measured assault upon us, it is to find out if the cross is sufficient. He wants to see if we will seek to rescue ourselves. Jesus said if we die with Him, we will be raised with Him. When God allows Satan to bring the measured assault, ask God for the grace to cling to the cross. Let the pride and arrogance that Jesus wants to remove from our lives be crucified. Thank God for the opportunity to be crucified with Christ. Then your righteousness will shine like the noonday sun and the justice of your cause will be in His hands.
Shine on!!! Shine on!!! Shine on!!!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
How many of US are qualified for a title, selected for a position but really not authorized to carry that position? In a lot of situations and circumstances, I find this to be the case.
Just because a person has all the right credentials and degrees, the eloquent speech and words that seem to sound true; have all the right moves and does everything that seems to be in line with God's will, does not authorize them for that position.
Let's take preaching the Gospel & prophecy for example:
The words tells us this: And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, how beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! Romans 10:15
Are you really sent or did you appoint yourself to preach the Gospel and rightly divide the Word of Truth??? Check out Matthew 10:1
Let's take it a step further...
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are (the) called according to his purpose for them. For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing (righteousness) with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.
Are you qualified and not authorized?
Let's go deeper...
He (God) is against these false prophets who steal messages from each other and claim they are from God. Yes, He is against these smooth-tongued prophets who say this prophecy is from the Lord. Indeed, I am against those who prophesy false dreams and spew flagrant lies that lead God's people into sin. I did not send them nor authorize them and they have no message at all for My people. False prophets leading God's people astray with their reckless lies. God did not appoint them and as a result, God's people do not benefit from their false prophecy. Jeremiah 23:30-32
If any prophet, priest, or anyone else says they have a prophecy from the Lord, God will punish that person along with their entire family. Jeremiah 23:34
Check out the lives of these prophets that profess to live for God. These "so called" prophets prophecy over others and can't prophecy over themselves effectively??? The word tells us that we will know them by their fruits...
Are you producing any fruit? If so, what kind?
Not all of us with prosper at the same time but we should prosper in some way. God's people will suffer such as Christ suffered but as we share in His sufferings we also share in His blessings. That's God's promise.
I have often asked God why the children of God who attend worship every week, touch and agree with other Believers and still live in bondage. Well, it's the "under-shepherd that covers the sheep. I know it is the responsibility of individuall to seek God for themselves but when you join a Body of Christ and connect to the real "men and women of God", you should be able to witness God's blessing upon the under-shepherd and the sheep. NO we are not to covet but enjoy our own blessings - be it big or small. As I grow in the knowledge and wisdom of God's word, I can see clearly now why there is no real spiritual growth and delayed blessings with God's people when dealing with some churches because they house 'prophets' whom have NOT been called (sent) by God. The best kept secret is to try the spirit by the spirit0- then you will know for sure, who's real and who's faking it.
If what a prophet proclaims, in the name of the Lord, does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Does that prophet call for repentance; for holiness and loyalty to Christ? Or is he/she scratching some itching ears?
So, I ask again...are you just qualified or are you really authorized to speak on behalf of God???
Deuteronomy 13:1-3 "If a prophet who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a miraculous sign or wonder, and if the sign or wonder of which he/she has spoken takes place, and he/she says, 'Let's follow gods you have not known and let us worship them,' you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love HIM with all your heart and with all your soul" or if you are completely relying on what has been proven by your finite eye-sight?
Now, let's bring it on home: Matthew 24:3-5,10-11 Jesus is questioned: when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age? Jesus answered, "Watch out that no one deceives you, for many will come in my name; at that time many will turn away from the faith and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people."
Ephesians 5:6 - Do not let anyone deceive you with empty arguments: it is for this loose living that God's wrath comes down on those who rebel against him. Make sure you are not included with them. Check out Ephesians 5:11!!!
My advice is to get away from these fakers and shakers and connect with the authorized prophets - those called by God Himself. I know "they" seem real...the strange tongues...the sincere and humble looking & walk...the jerking and crying...the testa-lies and propha-lies...all looks and sounds convincing but it's all SMOKE! Once the smoke dissipates, you will clearly see that it was mimicked and copied replicas of real prophets. And, please refrain from arguments and proving your declaration; just keep on living, watching, fighting and praying that God will protect the innocent, the seekers; that they find Jesus and quickly and put all of their faith and trust in God and God alone.
Qualified but not authorized??? Be sure to connect with an "authorized agent" of God. Yes, the quality of a prophet may be there but it's the authorized prophet that has access to the heavenly realm as we dwell on earth. The real prophets, the called by God for God's purpose, the one's appointed by the Giver of Gifts to the church and to humankind are the sons and daughters of Him whom sent us. God is sending us out amongst wolves - Luke 10:3 "Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves."
Acts 20: 29-31 "I know quite well that when I have gone, fierce wolves will invade you and have no mercy on the flock. Even from your own ranks their will be men & women coming forward with a travesty of the truth on their lips to induce the disciples to follow them. So be on your guard!!!
Be blessed today and remember to seek the Holy Spirit to test 'the spirit' that comes in the name of the Lord. May God's blessings rest upon you and may God's peace dwell in your soul!
It is in Jesus' name, the Messiah...Amen...Amen...and Amen.
Friday, March 13, 2009
We live in such a confusing world and it's easy to miss how beautiful we are to God and how much He really does love us. Let's learn to long for the love of God. His love for us is unconditional and free.
God's love came as the ultimate Gift because He is the ultimate Giver of every good and perfect gift. All we need to do is open up our hearts and say, "Yes" to the Lord. That simple word to our Creator will yield you to God’s love.
Evil hates the fact that you and I are loved by God. All hell is probably trying to get you to believe that God does not care about you or does not love you. The Enemy wants us to believe that we mean nothing to our Father. Not so!! The truth is, God created us and chose us to love with a Love that will last forever. If we accept the Love, the Gift of Love then we will receive that unconditional love as our own personal Gift!
Beloved, fight off your fears and claim God’s love in your lives. Reach up and open your heart to Him. Ask God to tangibly show YOU His love...for you. Let Him fill you with His endless and abounding love. You can rest with the assurance of God’s love; it's an essential element of handling whatever comes your way. Now, that's POWER!!!
Prayer for today: Dear Creator God, help me to stand firm against the evil one (Satan) who tries to make me doubt your love. Dispel any fears and doubts that creep into my spirit and fill me with your love. Help me to enjoy the love you have for me, in Jesus name, Amen.
- Rev & Dina D
Sunday, March 01, 2009
Are you one of these gifts that Christ gave to the church? Is your ministry consistent with God’s purpose for the church? If your ministry is contrary to God's purpose for these gifts, you will be exposed!!! As church leaders, our motivations must be from the spiritual heart of God and not of the carnal mind and sinful nature of humankind. Church leaders must live righteously before God and humankind. Our lives should remain purified from habitual sin. Our lives should reflect the blessings and promises of God not that of tragedy & lack.
The sad truth about the wayward church leaders is, the communities which these leaders represent, have accepted this way of living as popular. It's popular to live an unrighteous life! Sin has become a sad and trendy popularity contest...the latest but not the greatest fashion. How many bed-partners do you need? How many ways can you steal from the church? How often do you change your character to fit the custom? Since when does perfection becomes abnormal? Are your ethics too low? Do you really love the church or just what the church can give you? How can you lead when you do not follow God's instructions for the church?
As spiritual leaders, we must continue to strive to be like Christ and continue to stand for righteousness; even if we stand alone. I'm going to make it personal... " even if I stand alone, I will stand firm."
Church leaders must rise to the righteous occasion and cease to live for unrighteousness. Stop lying to the sheep. No more self-titles to impress the church folk. Stop hiding behind the royal looking robes and step up to the Royal Faith in Christ. Stop spiritually cheating the sheep of their freedom to do real work for Christ. God's people are not human puppets but are people with real souls and minds, and with real issues. If you're going to preach, declare the Gospel Message. Stop preaching other people’s tragedies in the pulpit. (That’s not cool) No more robbing the church of its resources for ministry to live extravagant lives. No more shedding of innocent blood for your own self-righteousness and edification. After all, the mature Christians really see who you are and really see the real YOU.
As apostles, prophets, evangelist, pastors and teachers, we are held accountable by God (the only Judge) for the souls we lead to Christ and the one's we cause to stumble and fall...and remain fallen (lost; ungodly living). The bloodshed will be on the hands of those spiritual leaders that aid in the cause of unfortunate yet preventable confusion.
God speaks of false prophets in the last days. If there is a continuation of these “false agents" and if the shoe fits -- YOU WILL BE EXPOSED!!! The New Covenant tells us to be beware of false prophets who come disguised [look and act like] harmless sheep but are really vicious [deadly] wolves. We can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act [publicly/privately]. We do not pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles do we??? A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions [things they do]. Matthew 7:15-20
God is not going to tolerate [forever] the lack of productivity!!! Ephesians 5:10-11 tells us to carefully determine what pleases the Lord and have nothing to do with fruitless acts of evil but expose them. Verse 13 goes on to state that the evil intentions will be exposed when light is shed on the evil because the light shows everything!
Those of us being light ourselves (Ephesians 5:8), by bringing light through reprove of those who are in darkness, will convert them to light. Our consistent lives and faithful reproofs will be our "armor of light" (Romans 13:12) in making an inroad [invasion] on the kingdom of darkness (evil; the Enemy).
When sin becomes popular, who will stand against the evilness that sin promotes??? Perhaps YOU have been chosen for the task….??? Repent or perish...the kingdom of God is near!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Robert Fritz wrote, “It is not what a vision is; it’s what a vision does.” What does a vision do?
Vision is the ability to see. Helen Keller was asked, “Is there anything worse than being blind?” “Yes,” she replied, “having eyesight but no vision!” Leaders imagine a preferred future. Vision is a major key of the future. Vision is the vivid image of the compelling future God wants to create through us.
Leaders can stand up and say this is where we are going….
Mike Vance tells of being at Walt Disney World soon after its completion when someone said, “It’s too bad Walt Disney didn’t live to see this.” Vance replied, “He DID see it—that’s why it’s here.”
What kind of vision do you have?
Myopic vision: Leaders with myopic vision are so terribly nearsighted that they live only for today. Their vision of the future is fuzzy. They can barely see beyond their noses.
Peripheral vision: Leaders with peripheral vision are blindsided by side issues. These visionaries are hampered in moving forward because they catch the threatening images of people lurking on the sidelines who will defeat their efforts. These folks are easily distracted.
Tunnel vision: Leaders with tunnel vision see only what’s dead ahead of them and assume that their slender view of reality reflects the whole world. They don’t see other persons or other issues.
Panoramic vision: Leaders with panoramic vision see the big picture. They see beyond today. They see what is ahead of them. They see what is to their sides. They have a basic understanding of the key ingredients of a healthy organization and know the steps that it will take to get them there.
How’s your vision? Without it your organization will be like an unbridled horse. With it the organization will be focused, moving toward the fulfillment of the dream lurking problems in the corners of their eyes. They are fearful of shadowy difficulties and people lurking on the sidelines who will defeat their efforts. These folks are easily distracted.
Vision is perhaps the greatest need of leadership today. As someone said regarding the church but it pertains to any organization, “Our preachers aren’t dreaming. That’s why the church and is such a nightmare.”
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
7PM – 8PM
2735 Villa Creek Dr. #290
Dallas TX 75234
Only 15 minutes from downtown Dallas
Two Metro Square-Building C - Suite 290
Enter via the west side of Atrium
Sanctuary is on the 2nd floor
Sunday, February 08, 2009
Friday, February 06, 2009
1) Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in thy holy hill?
God, who gets invited to dinner at your place? How do we get on your guest list?
2) He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.
Walk straight, act right, and tell the truth.
3) He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.
4) In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.
Don't hurt your friend, don't blame your neighbor; despise the despicable.
5) He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.
Keep your word even when it costs you, make an honest living, and never take a bribe. You'll never get barred if you live like this.
- Inspired by Dina Dean
Monday, February 02, 2009
God is doing a new thing in ministry and we hope that you are able to join us for some uplifting worship and wonderful bible teaching based on the Inspired Word of God, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
We are excited about this progressive journey in the life of our church and hope that you will help us share in the promises of God. If you have a specific ministry need contact Rev. Deckard at email@example.com. May God bless and keep you!!
Sharing the Promise,
Friday, January 23, 2009
I am the Lord, and I do not change. That is why you descendants of Jacob are not already destroyed. Malachi 3:6 (NLT)
Our obedience to please God should drive us to follow the guidelines and teaching of Jesus in order to unlock our assigned blessings. As we recognize our new President, let us not forget who’s in charge of this universe. Our Creator is our "Commander in Chief." President Barack Obama can only do what God allows. After all, nothing happens out of the will of God.
We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps. Proverbs 16:9
Since change has come to our world, how many of us are willing to embrace the change? During these perilous and trying times, we must begin to seek change by beginning with self. The change begins from within. If we begin to renew our minds, will shall become new creatures in Christ. Develop good Christian habits and embrace high morals and ethics. Begin to explore the true meaning of love then the other fruit of God's Spirit will begin to reign in our lives. Let us begin to turn our hearts from cold to warm and our minds from the trained thoughts and guided biases that we've grown up with, to God thoughts and healthy deeds. If you say you love God then why not embrace your neighbor. We may not always like our neighbors but as Christians, we are required to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Are we humane enough to refuse to accept hatred because of OUR beliefs and taught bigotry of any kind? Will our ill-trained thoughts and misguided biases get the best of us? Will we hope for a successful term for our President or his demise? After all, if he fails, we all fail.
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands: one Nation under God, indivisible, With Liberty and Justice for all.
"We should really begin to embrace this pledge...to really be that one nation under God! We should undergird President Barack Obama and support him as an American President not as an African-American or interracial President but.....an American. Sure it was a great day in history for many People of Color but it was also God's answer to many of our American prayers. The economy IS in a HOT mess but when we pray collectively for the same change, and then change comes. Maybe now our prayers could go a little something like this now....God, thank you for the change. Now God, we need to help our President get us out of the mess by doing OUR part. Help "ME" to do MY part Oh Lord, and if it be Your will God, bless me to bless another. Help us to redefine our lives, according to Your holy word, in Jesus' name, Amen, Amen and Amen!!!
We cannot point fingers at any one person. If we are not a part of the solution then one can only assume that we are a part of the problem. It may sound simple but it's evident that if each person would contribute their "fair" share, then we all can have a "fair" piece of the American Dream! There's only one condition though....God has to be at the forefront our lives.
Trusting God is the only assurance we'll ever need. If God declares it, you'd better believe it!!! God determines the outcome of our plans. If we would just learn to trust and hold on to God's unchanging hand and begin again with hope in God [first] then our "dreams" will come to pass according to God's will for our lives.
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:33 (NLT)
We can begin change by changing how we view one another. We are all unique and wonderfully made in God's image; not only as Americans but as Citizen of the Promise. Worship & praise our Creator and serve one another in love. "After all, it is love, grace and mercy from God that keeps us, and nothing that we've done so well." dgd
Sharing the Promise....
Thursday, January 15, 2009
- Exodus 14:15
Moses had brought the whole nation of Israel, approximately 600,000, to a dead end in the desert. The only thing between Israel and Pharaoh's pursuing army was the Red Sea. This was after ten plagues God had inflicted on Pharaoh to motivate him to free the Israelites. Finally, Pharaoh had freed Moses and the people, and they left Egypt. They thought they were home free. "Freedom at last," they said. But God did a strange thing. He directed Moses to take a route that led to the Red Sea, instead of the northern route around the Red Sea. God explained that He didn't want them fighting the enemies they would have encountered on this route. But still, there was the issue of the Red Sea.
They finally arrived at the Red Sea, and the people were wondering where they would go from there. News hit the camp: Pharaoh had changed his mind. He was coming after them with his army. Panic set in. The defenseless Israelites cried out, "Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!" (Ex. 14:11b-12)
God sometimes brings each of us to a "Red Sea" in our life. It may be a work problem that can't be solved. It may be a marriage that seems to be failing. It may be a debilitating disease. Whatever your Red Sea, God tells us one thing: "Keep moving." The Red Sea was before them, yet God was angered at Moses and told him to "Keep moving."
"But Lord, the Red Sea is before me." "Keep moving." When we live by sight, we act on what we see. God sets this stage in dramatic fashion. God is into the dramatic. There is no way out without God here. That is just the way He wants it. No one will get glory except God.
A friend once admonished me when I was in the midst of an extremely difficult time in my life, "You must not withdraw from being proactive in your faith just because of this trial that you are in. God's hand is on your life. There are too many who are depending on you to fulfill the purposes God has in your life. Keep moving! Keep investing yourself in others." I didn't feel like it. I was in too much pain. But I did it anyway. God met me at the point of my greatest need once I decided simply to be obedient. Getting past myself by investing myself in others helped heal the pain. There is great healing when we look past our own problems and seek to invest ourselves in others for the sake of Christ. This is when our own Red Seas become parted. We begin to walk to freedom. But we will never experience the miracle of the Red Sea in our lives if we don't first "Keep moving."
- Dina Dean
Friday, January 02, 2009
Please join us Wednesday night, January 28, 2009 to help us kick-off our first Power Hour Worship Service. Worship will be held each Wednesday night at 2735 Villa Creek Dr. #290, Dallas, TX 75234-7454 (near 635 & Josey Lane). Our worship begins at 7pm central time.
Light refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm then we’ll move promptly into our worship hour.
God is doing a new thing in ministry and we hope that you are able to join us each Wednesday night for some uplifting worship and wonderful bible teaching based on the Inspired Word of God, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
We are excited about this progressive journey in the life of our church and hope that you will help us share in the promises of God. If you have a specific ministry need or have any questions, please contact our church at www.crock4christ.org. If you would like to make a donation in support of our ministry, we would greatly appreciate your commitment in seeing this ministry grow to what God has designed.
Please mail your donations payable to:
Church of the Solid Rock
P. O. Box 765038
Dallas TX 75376-5038
Take care of yourselves and your blessings.
Sharing the Promise,
Rev. Doris G Deckard - Pastor
Church of the Solid Rock, Dallas TX
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