Posts with the tag “blessing”

Balancing Truth and Love
by Curt Dodd on April 15th, 2024
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. – 2 Timothy 3:16As children of God, we often find ourselves trying to find the balance between love and truth, especially when confronted with situations where maybe a friend is living contrary to God's Word. Our first reaction might be to show empathy, wanting to suppo...  Read More
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Time To Stop
by Curt Dodd on March 18th, 2024
He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. – Psalm 23:2-3Many of us “go, go, go” all the time. Maybe that’s you. Maybe you feel the need to constantly be productive, getting as much done as you can in your waking hours. But have you ever been forced to lie down and stop? Maybe you had to sto...  Read More
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Pray, Just Pray
by Curt Dodd on February 20th, 2024
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.  Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,  for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. (Ephesians 6:18-2...  Read More
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Just Be Kind
by Curt Dodd on November 8th, 2023
Those who are kind benefit themselves, but the cruel bring ruin on themselves.  (Proverbs 11:17)  What does it take to be kind? A smile, a helping hand, a thoughtful gesture, or a servant’s attitude can be used. Often, we are influenced by the harshness of those around us who are extremely self-absorbed and bent on getting their own way. It is very easy to allow their behavior to influence ours. I...  Read More
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Smooth Sailing
by Curt Dodd on September 26th, 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)  Don't you wish that after you gave your life to Christ, it would be nothing but smooth sailing? I surely wish that were the case. After you turn from sin, and place your faith in Christ, from that point on, you would like your life to be sm...  Read More
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Who Jesus Says He Is 
by Curt Dodd on August 16th, 2023
To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. (Revelation 3:14)  In this Scripture verse, we find three different phrases that Jesus is using to describe Himself to the church at Laodicea and to us. It is important that we understand the meaning and the magnitude of the titles Jesus gives Himself. These ti...  Read More
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A Hand of Blessing
by Curt Dodd on June 13th, 2023
When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” (Revelation 1:17-18)  When we were growing up, many of us longed for the hand of blessing from our father. We wanted him to say to us, “G...  Read More
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Be Sensitive to Your Witness
by Curt Dodd on February 19th, 2023
Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. (Philippians 4:5)When things are going great in your life, you are making lots of money, you are healthy, your relationships are strong, your marriage is solid, your kids respect and honor you, and your parents are blessing you; that is when everyone expects you to be happy. However, when you are going through a difficult season in your life...  Read More
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The Lord Will Provide
by Curt Dodd on October 18th, 2022
So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.” (Genesis 22:14)This chapter recounts the event which happened on top of Mount Moriah. Abraham, after being instructed to take his son, Isaac and offer him as a sacrifice, journeyed to the mountain with his son and several servants. Climbing the mountain, he took his on...  Read More
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