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.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Saved by Grace

Ephesians 2:8-10
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Grace is not determined on what we do, it’s not earned. Most (church) folk get this mixed up! Noah can tell us a little about grace- ( Genesis 6:8-9). He didn’t find grace from God because he was righteous and lived a blameless life- V9 doesn’t come before V8. His righteousness was the product of him having found grace and is therefore the proof of that grace, not the basis! It’s a gift!

God’s grace gave Paul a changed life forever. The means to salvation is grace! Only God’s grace begets life! .. not education, not free choice, not human rights, not religion…. That’s why it’s important that we focus on God’s work and not our worth! WE must focus on the Spirit and not our flesh! Paul gives us some good insight in his letter to the church at Ephesus. He erases away every possibility of self-achieved salvation by adding to his emphasis in verse 8. Any kind of human self-effort is ruled out by this expression!

It’s wonderful to just read the Word and think on it…especially this scripture!
-Evangelist Angee S. Dickens-

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