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.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Are You A Fan or Follower of Christ?

John 6:58-67
This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever. He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.  On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?” Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you? Then what if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before! The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life. Yet there are some of you who do not believe. For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them. From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.
  • A fan walks around with their Bible in their hand but a follower actually reads it and does what it says.
  • A fan quotes scripture from Genesis to Revelation but a follower actually tries to live the scripture from beginning to end. 
  • A fan sounds like a Christian but a follower acts like a Christian.

Yes we all fall short of God's expectation but don’t just talk like Jesus, walk like Him too.  Anyone can pretend. Anyone can play church. But when you fall short of resources and the bills are due, will you then follow Him?  When sickness tries to attack your body, will you then call on Him or just when you're feeling well?
Hebrews 4:12 says: For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
When the Word of God cuts you like a double-edged sword, will you then give up on God?  When the preacher say something that you don't like, will you leave the church or stay or try another church until you run out of choices...not options...choices? Jesus was not about a popularity contest; He was all about the Word of God; He wasn't about fan-fare.

Today, I want you to define your relationship with Christ. Does He really know YOU??? 
Ask yourself if you are a fan or a true follower.  Today I want you to really examine your relationship with Jesus.  Ask yourself if you've been a fan all this time and didn’t even realize it. 
Starting today, I want you to fully commit to following Christ! Not just when times are easy but during hard times too. If you are not sure, get on your knees and pray.  Get off the fence of uncertainty and KNOW who you are following.  Don’t take a chance on being denied by Jesus before His Father.  Come and follow Him!  
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