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.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

12 Days of Christmas

What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge who won't come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas???

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

God's Conduit

'It is God who works in you.'Php 2:13 NKJV

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

Soul Winners

The Bible says: "The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise." Proverbs 11:30 (NIV)

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."
(Heb 11:16)

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

When Christmas Comes

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.

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