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 26, 2012

There Is No Such Model As The Perfect Church

OK, so you’ve been let down far too many times before but this weekend, you’re FINALLY going to meet “the one.” You might deliberate through a half-dozen of possible outfits to dazzle or impress…you’ll prepare and hope for the best then head on out the door to one of the trendiest “new spots” in town. It’s not a first date…you’re going to church!!!

Sometimes finding a church can feel like dating, especially when you’ve been out of the scene for a while. Maybe you grew up in the church and life got busy so -- you kind of quit going. Church has now become optional instead of priority. Maybe church has never been your thing or you’ve experienced church-hurt and just lost interest.  Whatever your reasons, you still don’t have a church home.  

Now that you’re ready to try again, will you create a church wish-list?  Will your church wish-list read like a food order: ‘I’d like a preached word but hold the truth – just tickle my itching ears???  Uhm…give me a microwave prayer but super-size my blessings please...and hurry up because brunch is in 15 minutes…and mimosas go fast!
It’s easy to romanticize the perfect church but when you visit a church, a wish list should not overshadow the real essentials [you need to consider] when searching for a church home. Look at the mission/vision/purpose statements. Does the church fit God’s standards?  Is the Message true? Are the people welcoming and friendly?  Do they show love or give you the cold shoulder? Can you commit to “this” church?  Do you connect to their style of worship?  Think the preacher will notice a new face in the congregation? Can you be YOU and still hold a visible position in that church?  
The problem with trying to find the “perfect” church is…people tend to focus on quantity instead of quality.  Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with a personal preference but one should not approach any church with unrealistic expectations because that can set a person up for disappointment -- perhaps even contribute to them becoming a church dropout. Expectations are good but church shouldn’t just fit your standards but meet your spiritual needs.
Most of the time, the church really isn’t the problem. Truth be told, the many churches you’ve “dated” in the past were just fine. Ever think that the problem is not with the church…???
Any time you continue the fast-track of church dating, it may be time to step back and examine your motives.  When you envision your dream church around your check list, you’re bound to miss the living, breathing, and active Gospel at work within the walls of the church.  In fact, when you get stuck on your church wish-list, you often lose sight of the purpose for the church. Let’s be honest: Are you going to church to glorify God or be glorified?  Do you go to church because you’re bored and there’s nothing else to do? Do you go to church to hear the latest gossip or check out the hot babes and fine brothers?  Do you go to church in search for a significant other or spouse or to add more people to your social network??? 
The Church is about winning souls for Christ; about the fellowship and gathering of believers.  The Church is not to entertain you but to enlighten you with the Word of God and worship Him, while focused on Jesus and love for your neighbor.  The Church was designed to glorify God and bring you into a closer relationship with Him and His people.
Committing to a local congregation is about serving the Church body as a whole and glorifying God together. When you commit to a church, you willingly put yourself under its leadership. Your actions become accountable to the members as you begin to grow through the challenges and sanctification that happens in close community.  
I’ve never known a family that wasn’t a little dysfunctional so why should your church family be any different; after all, there are imperfect people in the church so expecting a perfect church with imperfect people is UNrealistic.  Yes God’s church should operate in an orderly manner but the church will never be perfect until Jesus comes…
Your decision on a church home means you’re ready to take on a covenant commitment with that church and be held accountable to God and others.  You are making a lifestyle shift; a change for a better life.
Do you want a church that promotes individuals or God, Jesus and love?  Will the church look like something you’ve created in your own image instead of God’s image?  Do you want Jesus to be your Lord or do you prefer to call on some “other” name???
It’s OK to check out a few churches but church hopping is not cool.  You can’t commit to multiple churches just like you can’t commit to multiple intimate relationships; so plant your feet where there is genuine worship, true acceptance and real spiritual growth.  Plant your feet and grow into your full Christian potential. Church shopping is a necessary part of the process in looking for a church home but settle in a place where God has called you to; and when you have found “the one”, don’t question if you’re in the right place...take some time to seek the Lord before you commit to the “marriage”…
If you are looking for a church home, perhaps Church of the Solid Rock is the church for you!!We may actually be the church that really exists for you...and not just in your head.  
If church is going to be different for you this time, then YOU have to be willing to change your mind set. Will you give church another chance or are you not that serious about God?  As you search for a church home, be sure that your list includes God-matters and not celebrity status or worldly expectations. 
Now that you know that the perfect church does not exist, you can narrow down your list to what you need from God and not what you think you want from others.  Don’t refuse to engage in a true relationship with genuine people because you’re holding out for the “model” mannequins.  Plastic will break…don’t fake it ‘til you make it…be real with God and yourself and He’ll be your EVERYTHING perfect…
So, C’mon, ROCK with us…See you Sunday!
Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching.  Hebrews 10:25 (NIV)

Monday, December 17, 2012

Famous Quote

"It's the depth of a person's soul that God is after, not their deep pockets of wealth"  -dgd

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Today's Prayer

Dear God,

We love and give You thanks for waking us up this morning.  Thank You for Your love, grace and mercy; for Your covering and protection.  Bless those that are mourning today due to the tragic losses from yesterday's massacre. 

Lord God, continue to protect us from dangers seen and unseen; cover us with Your precious blood, as we walk in faith and not in fear.  Teach us, Oh God, to look to You for our help during these last and evil days.  Engulf us with Your care; carry us in Your hands, and keep us close to Your heart.  Nurture us as we grow and wipe our tears as we weep. 

Lord, we may not always understand why tragedy happens to the innocent but we know that You must have a better plan.   The secret things belong unto You LORD God (Deu 29:29) and we dare not question YOU but trust that You hold us in the highest and best regards.  "We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God" Acts 14:22  We know that earth has NO sorrow that heaven cannot heal....

God heals the broken in heart, and binds up our wounds. Psalm 147:3

Our Father, the Creator knows and feels our pain...after all, He gave up His Son for our salvation...

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Keep Working Until He Comes

Today is 12/12/12; how did you spend it?  Did you spend it doing something memorable?  Did you do something crazy?  Did you worry about the world ending as predicted???  Well guess what???...the world is still here.
The Bible says in Matthew 24:36-39 that "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.  In the Book of Mark 13:32 we read that "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.  The Bible also says in the Book of Acts 1:7, He said to them: "It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority." 
It's best not to worry about that day; only if we'll all be ready for His return.  We know how and why Jesus will return but no person can predict when...therefore keep on working for Jesus until God decides the day and hour...  

God bless and keep you,


Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Today's Simple Prayer...

Thank You Lord for this new season of Advent.  Thank You Lord for all the blessings given to us.  Thank You Lord for safe travels to and from our destinations this week and every week.  Thank You for keeping us in Your care.  Thank You Lord for provision as Your revelation unfolds.  As we come to a close of another year, let us approach the new year with fervency and grace, surrounded by Your mercy.

Let's remember that Jesus is the reason for the season. And if we don't receive the gift of our choice, be reminded that God has already given us the Greatest Gift of all...and His name is Jesus! 
I pray that as we celebrate the birth of God's one and only Son, we equally anticipate His return.  I pray this prayer in the name of the Father...and of the Son...and of the Holy Spirit, Amen!

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Words of Wisdom

"In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure." Bill Cosby

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Food For Thought

"Don't allow the disappointments of life measure your distance of success" -dgd

Always remember that the sky is the limit so reach for the STARS!!!!

Be blessed and enjoy this new HARVEST season!

- Pastor D

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Stop the Hate!

Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which ties everything together in unity.  Colossians 3:14

Food for thought: "Remove the mask of hate and put on the robe of love"

The Bible tells us that LOVE covers a multitude of sin.  LOVE can also generate a much better world and opens up the opportunity for ALL people to prosper -- not just a few. 
It's true that nobody is perfect and no one gets it right all the time but at least applaud their efforts; even perhaps help them succeed as you'd want someone to help YOU succeed.  My, what a concept!
We as a Nation, have to cease judging others lest we be judged the same measure in which we judge.  If you pray or seek someone's demise because you don't agree, then you bring that same damnation on yourselves. So wishing horrible and bad things on a person only brings that SAME karma back to YOU...karma is cyclical!!!
All of us are a work-in-progress and should be forever evolving in order to keep growing, both individually and as a Nation.  If we ALL seek to help one another (both Dems and Reps) then we ALL can have a "fair" chance of succeeding AS a Nation.  It's downright embarrassing how some Americans are behaving.  Some are showing the world that hate is better than love.  We should all be mindful of our conduct.  We need to stop acting like little KIDS, because our next generation is watching some of US-A act foolish. 
God called us to help one another and to bear each other's burdens but we are TOO busy pushing each other DOWN!  We need to love one another such as God intended...Love God...Love our neighbor!  It's ALL about Love...the Greatest Commandment!
After all, this Nation was found on CHRISTIAN values right???  We can't be ashamed of those values right?  Jesus said if you are ashamed of Him then He would be ashamed of YOU before His Father.   
So, America; be it Native, African, Anglo, Latino, Asia or other -- what's it gonna be?  Liberty and justice for all....or for some???
Think about it...Wurd!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A Reason, a Season, or a Lifetime

When in a relationship, good, challenging, indifferent, business, long term, short term, etc.; and the relationship comes to an end, this poem is a good read and reminder about the trials of life....
People come into your life for a reason, a season, or
a lifetime. When you figure out which one it is, you
will know what to do for each person.

When someone is in your life for a REASON . . . It is
usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have
come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you
with guidance and support, to aid you physically,
emotionally, or spiritually. They may seem like a
godsend, and they are! But they are there for the reason
you need them to be.
Then at some point or an inconvenient time, the relationship comes to an end.

Sometimes they die.
Sometimes they walk away.
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.

What we must realize is that our need has been met, our
desire fulfilled, their work is done. The prayer you
sent up has been answered. And now it is time to move on.

When people come into your life for a SEASON . . .
Because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn.
They bring you an experience of peace, or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount
of joy. Believe it! It is real! But, only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons; things
you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional
foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the
person, and put what you have learned to use in all
other relationships and areas of your life.
It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

Know the season YOU'RE in...


Pastor D

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Who Do You Trust?

Trust in the Lord with ALL thine heart...Proverbs 3:5-6

We humans have a difficult time trusting one another. Part of the reason is that we have all been victimized by the selfish desires of others, which have left a bad taste in our mouths and a gaping hole in our hearts. And if we are honest we would have to admit that there have been times when we have been the one that has caused the problem!

Relationships are a very necessary part of life. God Himself designed us to need people. Married folk need each other, children need parents, students need teachers, employers need employees, and we all need friends. But unless we have our connection with God securely in place, our need for people can become a source of pain and hurt.

What most people don't understand is that whenever we put our trust in anything other than God, we will inevitably be disappointed. It doesn't matter how wonderful your children are, how committed your spouse is, or even how faithful your friends may be; at some point and time, they WILL disappoint you. And the other side of the coin is that YOU will likely disappoint them somewhere in the course of life too.

God's intention for us was that we would find our greatest satisfaction in knowing Him.  In fact, He created us with a deep desire that can only be satisfied by having a relationship with Him. Until we find that Relationship, we try to fill the void inside with all kinds of things; work, hobbies, drugs, alcohol, pornography and shopping are just a few of the ways we try to fill the hole in our lives.

We also try to fill up the hole with people but, relationships built on this kind of foundation are shaky, undependable, and doomed to fall apart. So what is the answer? Put your hope in God first. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. His love never fails and He always keeps His word. He is an ever present help in times of trouble and a friend who sticks closer than a brother. He is with you through the storms of life and He gives you strength to endure whatever comes your way. He comforts you in times of sorrow and He defends you when people come against you. You can tell Him anything and never have to worry about Him telling your secrets! He is never shocked at your failures and He is always on your side. Everyone else may abandon you but He never will.

The BEST part is...He is constant and steadfast!  He NEVER changes! So, the next time someone close to you disappoints you (and they will) just remember, they are only human and sometimes  just can't help it!

If you have an unhealthy need for people and relationships, seek God for His help and security. Let go of your expectations of others and look to God for what you need. Bless people who hurt you, pray for those who offend you, and most of all, forgive those who sin and trespass against you because -- they really don't know what they are doing.

Offer to them the same grace that God has blessed you with and you will find that not only will you have more peace within yourself, the relationships you have with others will produce more peace and joy too.

If you want a real friend, be a real friend...but trust in the Lord...

Thanks for sharing D!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Friday's Devotion: False Freedom

“If you refuse to obey the LORD your God, and if you say, ‘We will not stay here; instead, we will go to Egypt where we will be free from war, the call to arms, and hunger – Jeremiah 42:13-14 NLT

God tried to warn His people. They were tempted to flee to Egypt, but He wanted them to “stay here in this land” and not run away.

He wanted them to have faith to believe His promises that He would take care of them. He didn’t want them to “fear the king of Babylon,” but urged them to remember that “I am with you and will save you and rescue you from his power.”

The Lord asked them to obey His warnings rather than follow the empty promises of men and governments. He specifically told them that if they decided to go to Egypt, they would experience everything they had feared.

Instead of finding answers and hope, and the things that seemed so inviting, their decision would lead to disaster. They would find not freedom, but slavery.

But God’s people chose to ignore His warning. In their minds, the promises of life in Egypt would answer all their problems. Yet they would soon come to regret their decision.

As these Israelites learned, the world is filled with ideas that seem inviting, promises that seem guaranteed to work. When we listen to these ideas, it can be easy to be tempted and swayed.

But all the while God reminds us that we’ll only find real answers if we’re devoted to His Word and His commandments (Psalm 119:45, John 8:31-32). As we make Jesus our Lord and commit ourselves to following Him, we find ourselves being led by the Spirit and “wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Corinthians 3:17).

Today, don’t be tempted by false and misleading promises in the world. Renew your faith in God. Obey Him. Trust Him. Follow Jesus with your whole heart!

Today's Inspirational Prayer:
Father, give me discernment to recognize false promises. Help me to stand on Your Word.

I trust my life to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Can God Trust You to Raise His Sons?

Luke 2:39-40
Galatians 4:1-7

Imagine God having trust in any human being to raise HIS SON Jesus?  God trusted Joseph to do the right things for His Son!  Just goes to show you how merciful our God is…to trust a mortal man to raise our Sovereign Lord! My God...

Our earthly dads are sort of like Joseph; teaching and training Someone else’s child.  You are the foster parents responsible for being the examples for God’s children.  When you think about it that way, it makes you take a closer look at your position in a child's life.   
Being a dad is a great responsibility and one should not take that job lightly.  It’s vitally important to give God’s children good advice, sturdy and consistent discipline, encouragement, understanding and positive reinforcement.  Be the role-model your sons and daughters will follow by setting forth good examples.
Remember dads: your children are watching YOU live - and what you are shouts much louder than anything you can ever say. 
Let your character and integrity speak louder than your words...
Be blessed on this Father's Day Sunday!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day Thanks!

Happy Memorial Day everyone!

I am just reflecting on the reasons why I am celebrating this holiday today.

Thankful to the numerous woman and men who sacrifice their lives for ALL people, both American and abroad every single day

Thankful to every person who has stayed up all night so that we could sleep in peace

Thankful to every person who has stood guard to protect the innocent

Thankful to every person who has left families and loved ones behind to fight for a GOOD cause called Freedom

It's more than just US that live in this world and it's time we recognize all military who fight for a good and righteous cause.  War is harsh but there's a time for it as God speaks of it in Ecc...a time of war, and a time of peace.

Today, I am reflective of the peace that war afforded over 2000 years ago.  So as we enjoy our families and partake of BBQ, enjoy cool beverages at home, by the lake, or where ever your destination, let's remember the Vets who gave their lives for ALL freedom, both here in America and abroad -- but most of all, I am thankful for the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus paid on behalf of God's people by fighting the biggest war that gave us the ultimate freedom called...salvation!!!

May God bless America and everyone who belongs to Christ!!!

Pastor D

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

I'll Have A # 5 Please!

I consider the month of May my grace month.  Five is the number of divine grace for it is by grace we are saved and I am so grateful!   Not by works or human standards or law but by Grace, God's Grace!

Here are a few nuggets for you to meditate on:

The number 5 is the number of God’s grace or goodness toward humankind.  The number is mentioned 318 times in the Bible. The Ten Commandments have 2 sets of 5 Commandments..
5 toward God and 5 toward our neighbor.  It's about grace relationships...

The Psalms are divided into 5 books. The 5 books of the Law are also known as the Pentateuch. The 4 Gospels + Acts =  5 books or the New Testament Pentateuch — revealing Jesus’ teachings concerning the Law and the Prophets.  Love God, love your neighbor -- on these 2 Commandments hang ALL the law and prophets (Mt 22.40)...nothing else folks!

The apostle John wrote 5 books centered on the grace of God and eternal life.  Five is the number of grace, and 5 x 5 = 25, or "grace upon grace" (John 1:16).  So, I thank God for giving me this unmerited gift called...Grace!

Thank you Lord for my #5! Amen!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Words of Wisdom

"Mothers: teach your daughters to be responsible ladies while they are still girls.  When they mature, they will remember the lessons and not accept lame excuses"

"Fathers: teach your sons to be respectful men while they are still boys.  When they grow up to be men, they will remember the lessons and not find excuses"

Parents: Apply principles 1 & 2 for your children while they are still young...

All: It takes a village...

Let's all take some responsibility and make a better world -- together you and I.

Have a blessed rest of the month!!

- Pastor D

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Don't Be Greedy

My child, listen when your father corrects you. Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction. What you learn from them will crown you with grace and be a chain of honor around your neck. My child, if sinners entice you, turn your back on them! They may say, “Come and join us. Let’s hide and kill someone! Just for fun, let’s ambush the innocent! Let’s swallow them alive, like the grave; let’s swallow them whole, like those who go down to the pit of death. Think of the great things we’ll get! We’ll fill our houses with all the stuff we take. Come, throw in your lot with us; we’ll all share the loot.” My child, don’t go along with them! Stay far away from their paths. They rush to commit evil deeds. They hurry to commit murder. If a bird sees a trap being set, it knows to stay away. But these people set an ambush for themselves; they are trying to get themselves killed. Such is the fate of all who are greedy for money; it robs them of life. Proverbs 1:8-19
So many people spend their lives trying to get rich while mis-using others to get there.  All to often, it's for the wrong reasons -- greed and power.  I mean, how much is enough?  Hundreds of Thousands?  Millions?  Billions?  How many autos can you own and drive?  How many houses can you own and live in?  How many rooms can you sleep and entertain in?  Four --Not enough?  Five? How about 12? 15?  All that wasted space to heat and much wasted energy...
America, it's time for us to SHARE the wealth.  How about we save a life by feeding the hungry?  Help a student pay for college?  Give shelter to the homeless who really need assistance. (You can't help folks who don't want to be helped) 
If each one would reach one -- teach one -- then help one, we could help to reduce the gap on poverty in our world.  After all, nothing we've accumulated on earth goes with us to heaven so why live in hell trying to maintain it???  Those "things" remain here on this finite earth and will be passed on for someone else when you're gone OR fight over -- possibly be destroyed by the ignorance of not understanding wealth.  So what's the big deal in sharing because you can't take "it" with you?  My mama always said, " you don't lose anything by helping somebody"...
Purposely give something away then asses how much more you still have left over to enjoy.  C'mon...share the wealth...don't be greedy!!! Don't let greed rob YOU of your precious life. After all, we only have one life to live on this side of heaven so  -- why not make it a good one???


Thursday, March 08, 2012

Springtime Expressions

Springtime is here!  It's the changing of a new season and I am so grateful to be blessed to see it!  Ecclesiastes 3:1 says for everything there is a, what season are you in? 

Are you giving birth to a plan or laying it to rest?  What are you planting?  Are you plucking up what you planted?  Is it a good harvest?  Are you killing a lost soul or will you help give life to what others consider to be a lost cause?   Are you in the healing process?

Who are you breaking down or are you helping to build them up?  Is it your season to weep or laugh?  Are you mourning over a lost loved?  Is your mourning in vain? 

Will you dance in this new season?

Will you cast away stones of deception or gather up stones of truth?  Will you embrace that which is productive for you or will you refrain from embracing those non-productive things?

In this springtime season, will you seek God or lose your salvation?  And what will you keep close to you?  If it's no good for you, will you cast it away?  Will you tear or sew?  Re-member or dis-member?   What does your mirror image reflect?  

Can you keep silent about non-democracy issues or will you speak up and be heard?  Will you fall in love with Christ? Do you hate what is evil?  Can you fight for a godly cause or jump on the bandwagon of foolishness?  Will you practice peace or just talk about it?  How will you spend your new season? 

I pray that in all things, you seek the Lord and that you spend your season seeking for His guidance.  Love God and others.  Appreciate the fine qualities in YOU and give something away other than your sanity.  Hug your loved ones and tell another how much you care.

I pray that this new season provides you with more clarity and purpose; and that your long-awaited blessings will unfold, as God's will is done in your lives.   Manage yourselves and your blessings carefully and watch God bless you beyond measure. Never take your favor for granted and always remember that God is love.

Be blessed and have a wonderful springtime season!!!

- Pastor Deckard

Friday, February 24, 2012

Saturday Fellowship: CRock Skate

Happy Friday and Blessings to Everyone!

Join CRock at Southern Skates Roller Rink tomorrow from 1pm-5pm for our Skate Event. Feel free to invite your family and friends to tag along.  We are looking forward to some fun and fellowship as we "ROCK", skate, roll....and bounce to the music!

Location: 2939 East Ledbetter Drive, Dallas, TX 75216 (214) 670-1190

Don't forget to wear your CRock T-shirts and receive a special discount @ the door! Admission is $3 + $3 for skate rentals (if you do not have your own skates).

Be ready to get your ROLL on...roll on...roll on....See you there...

- Pastor

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wednesday's Devotion

In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.
Proverbs 16:9(NIV)

Have you ever tried something and got the results you wanted and then tried the same thing again and got different results? This happened to Moses in the Bible. The Israelites needed water and God told Moses to strike the rock. He struck the rock and water flowed out freely. Another time they needed water again, and God told Moses, “Speak to the rock.” Do you know what Moses did? He went over and struck the rock. He thought, “Hey, it worked last time; it’ll work this time.” But God had a different plan. Water did come from the rock but Moses struck the rock instead of spoke to the rock as God commanded. Moses never received the chance to live in the Promised Land because he tried an old way in a new season.

Have you ever tried an old method in a new season???  Did it work?...
The point is, we have to stay open and make adjustments to stay in tune with God’s plan so we can live in the promise. Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to lean not unto our own understanding but seek God’s will in ALL that we do…

You can do the same thing the same way you did last time and get different results but -- is it a part of God’s plan? It may not be something major but like Moses, maybe it’s just something small.

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand. Psalm 37:23-24 (KJV)
The steps (not leaps) but the steps of a good person are ordered by the Lord...

Sometimes a small tweak or a small adjustment can make a major difference in the outcome and you will live in the promise. Today, make sure you aren’t doing things just because it’s the way you always did it before. Instead, listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit of God inside. Follow His leading and stay in sync (in step) with the wonderful plan He has for you and your promises will not forfeit but flourish!!!

Today's Prayer:
Heavenly Father, I submit my mind, my will, and my heart to You. Help me to see clearly what Your plan is for me. Help me to stay close to You always; not living in the past but pressing forward to the new things You have in store for me, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Don't Worry

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34

"Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn't happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice." 

Here are 36 tips to what you CAN do to have a worry-less life...

1. Pray always...

2. Go to bed on time.

3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.

4. Say No to projects that won't fit into your time schedule or that will compromise your mental health.

5. Delegate tasks to [capable] help.

6. Simplify and un-clutter your life.

7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are sometimes too many.)

8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places before time instead of arriving late.

9. Pace yourself and spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don't lump the hard things all together.

10. Take one day at a time.  After all, God made the world at the same pace...

11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety. If you can't do anything about a situation, let God handle it.

12. Live within your budget; don't use credit cards for ordinary purchases.

13.. Have back-ups for extra car keys, house keys, stamps, clothes in case of emergency.

14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.

15. Do something for the “Kid-In-You” every day. (play, run, jump, swing, slide, hop-scotch)

16. Carry a spiritually enlightening book with you to read while waiting in long lines.

17. Get enough rest.

18. Eat well-balanced meals.

19. Get organized so everything has its place.

20. Listen to a motivational CD while driving; that can help improve your quality of life.

21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.

22. Every day, find time to be alone with God.

23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don't wait until it's time to go to bed to try and pray about them.

24. Make lasting friendships with godly people.

25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures handy.

26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good 'Thank you Jesus!'

27. Laugh often; even if it’s at yourself.

28. Laugh some more…even if it’s at yourself!

29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself so much. You are forever evolving and subject to     change so don't be surprised or disappointed if you don't turn out the way you planned...

30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).

31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).

32. Sit on your ego or leave it at home.

33. Talk less; listen more. God gave us 2 ears and one mouth. Must be a good reason for that…

34. Slow down, you’ll get there at God’s appointed time.

35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe; God is…

36. Every night before bed, think of one thing you're grateful for that you've never been grateful for before.

Remember: GOD HAS A WAY OF TURNING THINGS AROUND FOR YOU. If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)

Now, enjoy this life that God has given us.  Don't worry yourself to death...

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Today's Prayer

Dear God,

I know that sometimes we get impatient and frustrated because we can’t see the purpose of our trials.  We don’t always understand the cause of the chaos that is present around us but we know that YOU are in control.  You will never leave Your children nor forsake us.  You are our rock!!!

I pray for peace through the storms because we know that they are short-lived.  We are Victorious in You Lord God, because Your Word said it and we believe it!  Your People will experience a mighty harvest soon.  A harvest in spirit, peace, joy, gladness, and richness in YOU.  The seeds we've planted have been purposed by YOU and we will soon have all that we need, according to YOUR riches, in Jesus name, Amen!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Saturday Afternoon Prayer: Thanks Dad!

Father God, thank You for this day; a day that was not promised.  Thank You for waking me up this morning, clothed in my RIGHT mind.  Thank You for seeing my through another week.  Thank you for continued safety and for keeping Your promises to protect me from dangers seen and unseen.

Lord, I appreciate You for all you've done to spare me from what could have been a fatal accident this week.  I could have been badly hurt; even lost my life but you saw fit to keep me from harm.  The only thing banged up is my car and my nerves but -- you are taking care of those too. 

Abba Father, thank You for sparing my life and thank You for giving me another chance to be with my family and loved ones.  Thanks Dad!

Love your daughter,


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Thursday's Devotion: Humility and Favor

Esther 2:15 (NLT)
Esther was the daughter of Abihail, who was Mordecai's uncle. (Mordecai had adopted his younger cousin Esther.) When it was Esther's turn to go to the king, she accepted the advice of Hegai, the eunuch in charge of the harem. She asked for nothing except what he suggested, and she was admired by everyone who saw her.

“Incompetent and lazy, vain as a peacock, arrogant.” This is how writer William Shirer described Joachim von Ribbentrop, Nazi Germany’s foreign minister from 1938-1945. Another person spoke for many when she wrote, “I detest him. He terrifies me. He could walk over dead bodies.”

Ribbentrop spent his life ruthlessly pursuing his goals. Driven to impress others, he never hesitated to use people to advance his career. For example, one Jewish couple had been helpful in his career,
but when they faced trouble, he did nothing. Although his natural parents were reasonably well off, he convinced his aunt to “adopt” him so he could add “von” to his name, just to gain added prestige and influence. In the end it might be said that he was “successful,” for he held important positions and became famous and wealthy. But his life ended wretchedly when he was executed for war crimes.

Today, we see all too clearly the tragedy of a life spent pursuing the wrong goals. Many in the world are following the same patterns—focused on their careers, driven to impress, willing to compromise, lie and deceive,  and ready to take advantage of others.  Of course careers are good and being self-driven is fine but at what cost and to whose expense? 

God offers a better way to success; a way exemplified by Esther. She lived a life characterized by selfless humility. She listened to advice and honored her superiors. She let God direct her path. She was willing to put her faith into action. As a result, God blessed her with favor…from everyone!

Would you like favor in your life?
Favor from God?
Favor in business?
Favor in relationships?
Favor in finances?

Then follow the example of Esther. Seek to be humble. Listen. Seek to serve God with your whole life, not only when others are watching. 

Today's Inspirational Prayer
Father, I humble myself before You. Direct my life. I seek first Your Kingdom. Use me to impact others for the Gospel, in Jesus’ name. Amen

Devotion inspired by Evangelist D. Dean

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Happy New Year: The Christian Challenge

Welcome to 2012 Saints! 

Truly we are blessed to have made it thus far.  This is a new season for many and I pray that this year will bring you much peace.  So many people are on edge and living without much peace.  Always worried about something: the economy, jobs, food, shelter, able to meet monthly obligations, church, family, etc, etc, etc.  Well, this year, seek to live in as much peace as possible.  In the past, I have come to know peace very well -- especially on THIS side of heaven.   This new year, I will purposely seek out peace in my life and help others do the same. 

I am so excited about 2012 for many reasons but one of the main reasons [for me] is KNOWING that the God of ALL creation  has a MASTER plan for me!!!  It's time for me to step up my game and become a key player in God's Kingdom.  My question for you is: will you become a key player for Christ or will you continue to warm the bench?  Will you practice Christianity daily or throw caution to the wind, chasing after the finite worldly things?  Do you want to be a headliner for Christ or remain an unknown bench-warmer for the enemy?

When I played the competitive game of basketball, I was a starter and key player.  As a Freshman, and being elected to the Varsity Team, I faced many, many challenges from the "upper class" team players but I didn't let that stop me from achieving my goals.  I started out on the bench but eventually became a starter.  By the time I reached my Sophomore year of high school, I became a headliner.  I practiced as often as I was breathing; totally dedicated a portion of my life to being the BEST team player that I could be! I was very skilled in my abilities.  By the time I reached my Senior year, I earned my rank as one of the 4th leading scorers in my district.  My position in rank was due to an injury that had me out of the game for about 4 weeks.  Who knows, I could have possibly been ranked as #1; either way, I was still ahead of most who never missed a game...

Why was I so successful at the game?  Because I put in the WORK and practiced all the time!  When I wasn't sleeping, eating and studying, I was practicing on perfecting my skills.  Back then, I was dedicated to a physical game but now I am dedicated to a spiritual game called Christianity.  If you play the game righteously, you'll win in Christ.

Are you suited and ready to take the Christian challenge in 2012?

Now is the time to suit up (Ephesians 6:10-18), practice (Romans 12:13), do well (Titus 3:14) and get ready to WIN!!! (1 Corinthians 9:24)  I'll meet you on the practice court @ church!  Whose got next???

Be blessed in 2012!

- Pastor D

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