Posts with the category “daily-devotion”

God Is With You In Your Anxiety
by Curt Dodd on May 29th, 2024
“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4)  Sometimes, when we’re struggling with anxiety, we feel very lonely. We think we are all by ourselves. But all throughout Scripture we are reassured time and time again that God will never leave us once we give our lives to Christ.   The Bible tells us that the ...  Read More
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Be Loving
by Curt Dodd on May 28th, 2024
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. (1 Peter 4:8)  If we want to live a life that honors God, we need to be loving. This verse makes it clear by saying, “Above all, love each other deeply.” This is easier said than done because many people have personalities that just don’t seem to mesh with ours.   It is easy to be loving in a general sense. “I just lo...  Read More
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Celebrating God’s Forgiveness
by Curt Dodd on May 27th, 2024
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. – Ephesians 4:32When you’re struggling with forgiving someone who hurt you, one of the best things you can do is practice celebrating God's forgiveness to you. Don't focus on the person who did the offending. Instead, focus on how gracious God has been to you. Even though you deserved the death penalty, He ...  Read More
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Carrying The Pain Of Your Past
by Curt Dodd on May 26th, 2024
Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. – Psalm 55:22When I was visiting with a Christian counselor, I asked him, “Isn’t it curious that sometimes we don't find ourselves ready to process the pain of our past until our fourth decade? Is that true?”He responded saying, “I've been watching that happen for years.”So I asked, “Why does it ...  Read More
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Resisting Evil
by Curt Dodd on May 25th, 2024
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.  (2 Corinthians 5:21)  Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor during World War II, who was raised in a family with strong ethical values. Dietrich Bonhoeffer used his tenure as a pastor during World War II to speak against Hitler's euthanasia and extermination practices against the Jews. He came...  Read More
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A Life of Submission
by Curt Dodd on May 24th, 2024
Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority,  or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.  For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people.  Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s...  Read More
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Impacting Others for Christ
by Curt Dodd on May 23rd, 2024
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)  I want to ask you a few questions. Where are you in your walk with Christ? How would your life be different if God had not brought certain people into your life? Who influenced your relationship with Jesus?   Maybe it was a parent, a grandparent,...  Read More
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Craving Spiritual Milk
by Curt Dodd on May 22nd, 2024
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. (1 Peter 2:2-3)  As we look at this Scripture passage, we see there is an analogy of being a child, and having a desire for spiritual milk. The Scripture says, “Like newborn babies.” There is an interesting word used here, “brephos.” This Greek word was o...  Read More
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Awakenings and Quiet Times
by Curt Dodd on May 21st, 2024
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off -- for all whom the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2:38-39)  The First Great Awakening occurred at Pentecost. God did an amazing thing that had never happened b...  Read More
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Your Role In Forgiveness
by Curt Dodd on May 20th, 2024
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. – Matthew 6:14-15I read something on social media the other day that really stuck with me. It said, “The most powerful person in your life is the one who you refuse to forgive.”Do you know why this is true? Beca...  Read More
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The Path To Forgiveness
by Curt Dodd on May 19th, 2024
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. – Ephesians 4:32According to the Mayo Clinic, forgiveness can lead to healthier relationships, improved mental health, less anxiety, stress, and hostility, fewer symptoms of depression, lower blood pressure, a stronger immune system, improved heart health, and improved self-esteem.Some of us are messed up b...  Read More
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A Personal Answer
by Curt Dodd on May 18th, 2024
“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” – Matthew 16:15-16  When Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter gave a personal answer. When he said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God,” he was saying it very personally. He was saying, “As far as I'm concerned, regardless of what any of ...  Read More
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A Faithful and Helpful Friend
by Curt Dodd on May 17th, 2024
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. – John 15:13  I have a distinct memory of going to church camp when I was about 11 or 12 years old. Whenever I went to church camp, I always took my fishing pole. When in doubt, fish; that was my philosophy as a kid. During some free time at this particular camp, I had the privilege and the freedom to fish.   My bes...  Read More
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A Church On Fire
by Curt Dodd on May 16th, 2024
I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary… Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the ri...  Read More
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A Christ-Honoring Epitaph
by Curt Dodd on May 15th, 2024
One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. – Psalm 145:4  As a pastor, I sometimes do graveside services. When I go through graveyards, I find myself looking at the headstones. Have you ever done that and looked at the epitaphs? As you are looking at the epitaphs, you’ll realize that some of them are very interesting.  I came across several as I was loo...  Read More
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A Childlike Faith
by Curt Dodd on May 14th, 2024
He called a little child to him and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never entre the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:2-4)  In Matthew’s account of Jesus’ life and ministry, he tells this simple yet impactful stor...  Read More
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Loving Jesus More Than The World
by Curt Dodd on May 13th, 2024
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. - 1 John 2:15 In a world filled with distractions and temptations, it’s easy to lose sight of where our true allegiance lies. Yet, 1 John 2:15 serves as an important reminder of the value of prioritizing our love for Christ above all else. Loving Jesus more than we love the world means re...  Read More
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Helping The Hurting
by Curt Dodd on May 12th, 2024
Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. - Romans 12:15In a world often marked by selfishness, the call to empathize with others’ pain can seem like too much to ask. But Scripture reminds us of the profound importance of entering into the joys and sorrows of those around us. Romans 12:15 urges us to not only share in the celebrations of others but also to shoulder their burdens ...  Read More
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Remember Who God Is
by Curt Dodd on May 11th, 2024
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:19  In the midst of whatever you are going through today, you need to remember who God is. I know many people are going through difficult seasons in their lives. Although you might want God to immediately remedy that situation, you need to look to Him first.   The reason you need to look to Hi...  Read More
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It’s Only Jesus
by Curt Dodd on May 10th, 2024
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. – John 14:6  Many people think that the way you get to heaven is just to go to church, be a good person, and love your brother as yourself. All of that is important, but you don't have the power to do that consistently without having a relationship with Jesus.   Do you know why? Sin! We were bor...  Read More
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Jesus Is The Only Way
by Curt Dodd on May 9th, 2024
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6  Do you know why the Jews wanted to crucify Jesus, to kill Him? It was because they accused Jesus of blasphemy. He used the name of God to describe who He was.   When you say, “I believe in God,” you are saying, “I believe in Jesus.” When you say, “I believe in Jesus,” you are sayin...  Read More
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God Is All-Sufficient
by Curt Dodd on May 8th, 2024
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.” - Genesis 17:1  When Abram was at the ripe old age of 99 years old, the Lord El Shaddai appeared to him and said he would be a dad. God would allow him to have a child later by His hand of miraculous touch on the couple named Abraham and Sarah.   This is just on...  Read More
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Making Sure
by Curt Dodd on May 7th, 2024
 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20  Yesterday, we began talking about th...  Read More
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A Baptism Celebration
by Curt Dodd on May 6th, 2024
Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. – Acts 2:38Baptism is like a big celebration where we show others that we've decided to follow Jesus. It's like wearing a jersey to show which team you're on. But remember, it's not the jersey that makes you a part of the team. It's your love for...  Read More
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All Because Of Jesus
by Curt Dodd on May 5th, 2024
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. – Ephesians 2:8-9Today’s verse is such a great reminder of the truth that our salvation isn't earned by what we do. It's a gift from God, given because of His love for us. Sometimes, we might think we need to do certain things or follow certain rul...  Read More
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The Danger Of Being Full Of Yourself
by Curt Dodd on May 4th, 2024
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. (Philippians 2:3)  As sinful human beings, it is easy for us to be full of ourselves. In fact, I would venture to say that most people at some point or another struggle with a narcissistic attitude where they think they are too good, too busy, or too important to be involved in connecting with pe...  Read More
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Strengthening Believers
by Curt Dodd on May 3rd, 2024
They preached the gospel in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said. – Acts 14:21-22  The word “strengthening” in today’s key passage comes from the Greek word “episterizo.” It literally me...  Read More
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4 Mentalities Around Reading God’s Word
by Curt Dodd on May 2nd, 2024
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. - 2 Timothy 3:16-17  Reading the Word of God is something we all need to be making a priority as followers of Jesus. God uses His Word to speak to us, to teach us, to guide us, and to give us wisdom. Like we said ye...  Read More
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3 Keys To A Heavenly Perspective
by Curt Dodd on May 1st, 2024
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. (Proverbs 19:21)  If we want to live this life on earth well, we need to do so with a heavenly perspective at the forefront of our minds. This world is not our home, and one day we will begin our eternity in heaven with Jesus. Therefore while we are still here on this planet, I believe there are three attit...  Read More
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Giving and Serving
by Curt Dodd on April 30th, 2024
For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. (2 Corinthians 5:14)  I love the story of Hudson Taylor when he was interviewing possible candidates for missionary work. During the interview process, he asked each of these young people, “Why do you want to become a missionary?”   One of them answered, “I just want to be a missionary because the...  Read More
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Be The Church
by Curt Dodd on April 29th, 2024
"Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved." - Acts 2:46-47Going to church for many people means showing up for the services, listening to the sermons, and maybe talking to a f...  Read More
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A Salvation Moment
by Curt Dodd on April 28th, 2024
"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God." - Ephesians 2:8It’s sad how so many people in our world today have misunderstood salvation, thinking it is a gradual process or something achieved through our own good deeds. But true salvation happens in a singular, transformative moment. It's not about being baptized, attending church, or bei...  Read More
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Hope in Trials
by Curt Dodd on April 27th, 2024
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)  What are you walking through right now? What circumstances are you facing? What trials and tests are you experiencing?   As you answer these questions, are you wondering why y...  Read More
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God Has a Plan for Your Life
by Curt Dodd on April 26th, 2024
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. (Proverbs 19:21)  God has a plan for your life, no matter how you have botched it in the past. Read that again.   Simon Peter had a journey from fisherman to follower, from the one who had spiritual insight, to the one who was a coward denying the Lord, to the one who would be the leader of the apostolic ba...  Read More
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Surrender Your Life to Christ
by Curt Dodd on April 25th, 2024
Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.  (John 20:17-18) The resurrection experience that these women had was very po...  Read More
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The Triumphal Entry
by Curt Dodd on April 24th, 2024
The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”  (Matthew 21:9-11)  In the Palm Sunday triumphal entry pass...  Read More
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Powerful Prayers and a Burden
by Curt Dodd on April 23rd, 2024
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.  (James 5:16-17)  Have you ever listened to someone pray and thought, “Wow, that was a power-packed p...  Read More
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One Day You Will Give An Account
by Curt Dodd on April 22nd, 2024
So then each of us will give an account of himself to God. – Romans 14:12Each of us carries the weight of accountability before God. It's a sobering truth that every soul will one day stand before Him to give an account of their life—every word spoken, every thought entertained, and every action taken.Yet, those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ can rest assured. Through faith, we are en...  Read More
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Experiencing Grace
by Curt Dodd on April 21st, 2024
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. – James 4:8Experiencing grace is not always a grand, emotionally charged event. Rather, it is a profound spiritual encounter with God, orchestrated in His perfect timing and manner. When we are open to hearing the message of the gospel preached clearly, the Spirit of God begins a transformative work within us. It's as if He gently nudges our hearts, ...  Read More
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Coming Home
by Curt Dodd on April 20th, 2024
But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found. – Luke 15:32  I grew up in a family where I had three sisters, one who was nine years older than me, and two who were younger. After I got saved, I shared Jesus with my sisters because I wanted them all to know Christ. The sad story was that one of my little sisters got involve...  Read More
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