Posts with the category “daily-devotion”

Encouraging One Another
by Curt Dodd on February 8th, 2023
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. (Proverbs 17:17) We know it is important to show up for the people you love. While that is important and necessary if you want to love others well, there is more to building strong relationships than just being present for people. Let’s look at a few ways you can show love and encouragement to those closest to you.1. Use WordsLove i...  Read More
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Show up for Others
by Curt Dodd on February 7th, 2023
A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24) No one on the face of this earth has it all together in this aspect of loving. Do you know why? Because we tend to be very self-focused, self-centered, and self-absorbed. Most of the time, we are concerned about how other people are viewing us. We are wondering what other people thin...  Read More
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Our Need for Community
by Curt Dodd on February 6th, 2023
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.  (Hebrews 10:24-25) God did not create us to live in isolation. Maybe you have estranged family members who you have lost contact with, and you haven't talked with them in years. You have gone...  Read More
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Coming Home
by Curt Dodd on February 5th, 2023
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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Are You Robbing God?
by Curt Dodd on February 4th, 2023
“Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty. “But you ask, ‘How are we to return?’ “Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’ “In tithes and offerings.  You are under a curse -- your whole nation -- because you are robbing me.” (Malachi 3...  Read More
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A Heavenly Perspective
by Curt Dodd on February 3rd, 2023
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 live 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, there are three attitudes we need...  Read More
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Align with Christ
by Curt Dodd on February 2nd, 2023
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23) When we understand why God created us, we can identify our God-given purpose. You might be wondering, “What am I supposed to do next?” Now that you see why God put you on this earth, these are some ways to align yourself with Him and fulfill His purpose and plan for your life:Receive Jesus by...  Read More
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We Need One Another
by Curt Dodd on February 1st, 2023
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another -- and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25)Brotherhood and biblical community are vital to our Christian walk. We need the brotherhood to serve together. God wants us to be involved in ministry and H...  Read More
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Learning To Be Alone
by Curt Dodd on January 31st, 2023
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  (Matthew 11:28-30) In our culture today, it seems like everyone is constantly occupied. People are wearing headphones, and they are on their phones. They have the ...  Read More
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Dealing with Doubt
by Curt Dodd on January 30th, 2023
“But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:23-24)We know that it is important to pray in faith. Praying big prayers can be scary, especially when you are asking for the “impossible.” We serve a big God who is capabl...  Read More
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Praying in Faith
by Curt Dodd on January 29th, 2023
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.  (Ephesians 3:20)In between the services one morning at church, a couple came up to me and reminded me of a moment in our foyer several years ago. The wife had been battling bone cancer for quite some time. The doctors had dealt with that and had healed her. However, there w...  Read More
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Honor the Lord
by Curt Dodd on January 28th, 2023
For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.  (Galatians 1:10)One of the greatest lessons you can grasp is that you are to live to honor the Lord, and not for the applause of others. We don't live for men; we live for Jesus. As children of God, the church of God needs to listen to a diff...  Read More
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Boldly Stand for Christ
by Curt Dodd on January 27th, 2023
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)I used to love snow skiing. One time, ...  Read More
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The Good Shepherd
by Curt Dodd on January 26th, 2023
“You are my flock, the sheep of my pasture. You are my people, and I am your God.  I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!”   (Ezekiel 34:31) In the prophet Ezekiel’s day, the nation of Israel was in a bad situation. As a result of years of spiritual and cultural compromise, God had allowed judgment to fall on His people. Jerusalem, the Holy City that had served as a source of pride for the Jewish peo...  Read More
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Known by Your Fruit
by Curt Dodd on January 25th, 2023
A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.  (Matthew 7:18-20)Let’s look at four more signs of our faith. As you read these, keep an open mind and a humble heart, and allow the Lord to point out any areas you might need to tackle. 1. Do you love...  Read More
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Walking in the Light
by Curt Dodd on January 24th, 2023
Those who walk righteously and speak what is right, who reject gain from extortion and keep their hands from accepting bribes, who stop their ears against plots of murder and shut their eyes against contemplating evil -- they are the ones who will dwell on the heights, whose refuge will be the mountain fortress. Their bread will be supplied, and water will not fail them.  (Isaiah 33:15-16)As belie...  Read More
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Watch God Move
by Curt Dodd on January 23rd, 2023
“As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning. Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ So if God gave them the same gift he gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could stand in God’s way?” When they heard this, they had no further objections and...  Read More
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Listening Instead of Talking
by Curt Dodd on January 22nd, 2023
The apostles and the believers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him.  (Acts 11:1-2)Conflict is an inevitable and unavoidable part of life. There is no way you can live on this planet and not face conflict. It’s just not possible. Believe it or not, there is actually a positive side t...  Read More
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Frustration Is Inevitable
by Curt Dodd on January 21st, 2023
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight.  (James 4:1-2) As we read this Scripture passage, we should note the audience for James’ letter. James was writing to believers. His letter is considered a general epistle, and is therefor...  Read More
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Out of Alignment
by Curt Dodd on January 20th, 2023
You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God…Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.   (James 4:4, 7-8) When w...  Read More
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Get off the Bench
by Curt Dodd on January 19th, 2023
“So, because you are lukewarm -- neither hot nor cold -- I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”  (Revelation 3:16)Many people have already given their life to Christ. Many Christians are suited up and trained up, but there is a problem. Many believers today need to get up. You should feel a little uncomfortable if you are not getting up. Are you a benchwarmer? You know Christ and you have been f...  Read More
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The Sweet Voice of God
by Curt Dodd on January 18th, 2023
Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me once more: “Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.” So I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He said to me, “Take it and eat it. It will turn your stomach sour, but ‘in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.’”  (Revelation 10:8-9)In these Scripture ve...  Read More
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A Thrill Ride
by Curt Dodd on January 17th, 2023
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”  (Matthew 7:13-14)The last time I was on a thrill ride was at a county fair with my daughter. Because she loves thrill rides, she asked me to go with her on one of those rides. It was ...  Read More
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Giving and Serving
by Curt Dodd on January 16th, 2023
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 there a...  Read More
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A Desire To Serve
by Curt Dodd on January 15th, 2023
“Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave -- just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:26-28)Years ago, I was studying this Scripture passage. In the middle of preparing a sermon message, I prayed this prayer, “Lord, would you...  Read More
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Receiving Encouragement
by Curt Dodd on January 14th, 2023
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.  (Hebrews 3:13) As followers of Christ, we are called to be encouraging to one another. We are not only called to be encouraging, but we are instructed to do so daily. When you encourage someone, you are trying to build them up; and you are reminding them about whom they ar...  Read More
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Diving into God’s Word
by Curt Dodd on January 13th, 2023
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.  (Hebrews 4:12)As you pursue Jesus and grow in your relationship with Him, the enemy will use whatever he can to deceive you and steer you down the wrong path. This is why it is so important tha...  Read More
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Handling Persecution
by Curt Dodd on January 12th, 2023
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  (John 16:33)God did not promise us that the Christian life would be a walk in the park. Just because you choose to follow Jesus, doesn’t mean you will have an easy path to walk. Rather, the opposite is true. You will have to face difficulty and hardship...  Read More
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The Lord’s Amazing Power
by Curt Dodd on January 11th, 2023
Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars. He was holding a little scroll, which lay open in his hand. He planted his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land.  (Revelation 10:1-2)What an amazing picture of the Lord’s power we see in this Scripture passa...  Read More
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The Still Small Voice
by Curt Dodd on January 10th, 2023
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”  (Psalm 46:10)When was the last time you heard God’s voice? Has it been some time, or as recently as this morning? Either way, as followers of Jesus, we should always sit still and listen for God’s voice.We often read stories in the Bible where God’s voice came roaring like a lion or rumbling l...  Read More
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The Five Parts of Prayer
by Curt Dodd on January 9th, 2023
Pray without ceasing.  (1 Thessalonians 5:17) George Mueller was a Saint of yesteryear who raised money to underwrite the orphanage that he was supporting. The amazing thing was that he did it all through prayer. He didn't send out brochures. He wasn't constantly holding meetings to raise money. He just prayed and God met the need to underwrite the children in that orphanage. Mueller did his entir...  Read More
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Excited and Expectant over Prayer
by Curt Dodd on January 8th, 2023
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.         (Mark 1:35) Let me tell you a story. On one of our family vacations, we had no idea where we were going. We packed up the Suburban, loaded the kids, and flipped a coin to see where we would go. We would decide to go east, west, north, or south. We kept flippin...  Read More
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Overcoming Exhaustion
by Curt Dodd on January 7th, 2023
“I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.”  (Jeremiah 31:25) Have you ever felt totally depleted? You simply had nothing left to give. You were completely exhausted physically, emotionally, and even spiritually. Has that ever happened to you?Most likely, you have experienced this. If you haven’t seen this yet, there is a good chance you will encounter this kind of exhaustion. Therefore, exh...  Read More
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Only by Grace
by Curt Dodd on January 6th, 2023
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith -- and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God -- not by works, so that no one can boast.  (Ephesians 2:8-9)Some of my most vivid memories from childhood came when I played football. I was so excited when I finally got the chance to suit up in junior high to play tackle football. Before the season began, I had to make sure I had all ...  Read More
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A Defining Encounter
by Curt Dodd on January 5th, 2023
Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  (Romans 10:9) He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit. (Titus 3:5)For every follower of Jesus, there has been a specific, defining moment when ...  Read More
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Seeking the Presence of God
by Curt Dodd on January 4th, 2023
And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.  (Mark 13:26)Clouds are symbolic of the presence of God. Sometimes, when things are so clouded that you cannot see, that is exactly where God is. Clouds are symbolic of His presence.When Moses was dealing with the children of Israel in the wilderness, he experienced the Cloud of God's presence on Mount Sinai. Often ...  Read More
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Focus Like an Archer
by Curt Dodd on January 3rd, 2023
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.  (Matthew 6:33)I am a traditional archer. This means that I use a plain wooden bow, not one of those compound bows (with training wheels), nor crossbows. I use a conventional wooden long bow to shoot targets and hunt. Right now, I am hunting and shooting with a bow that I made myself out of Osage wo...  Read More
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Yes and No in Scripture
by Curt Dodd on January 2nd, 2023
“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”  (Philippians 4:13) For many people, their Christian life is all about, “No, don't do that. Don't do this. You had better not do that. That's wrong. You had better watch out. You're on the wrong side.” They don't realize how many Yeses there are in Scripture. When there are Noes, it is to keep us from driving off the road. The Noes  keep us fr...  Read More
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Finding Godly Mentors
by Curt Dodd on January 1st, 2023
Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.  (Proverbs 27:17) The best spiritual mentors are people who are walking toward purity and godliness. If you need a spiritual mentor, make sure you are learning from people who are living a life that honors the Lord. Find people who can pour wisdom and encouragement into you. Seek godly counsel as you make decisions. People will make a huge differen...  Read More
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God’s Plan
by Curt Dodd on December 31st, 2022
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  (Jeremiah 29:11)Jeremiah 29:11 is one of the more widely known verses in the Bible. It reminds us that God has a plan for our lives, and that His plan is good. However, it is important to note that the word “prosper” in this passage does not mean what many peo...  Read More
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