Posts with the tag “joy”

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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Born and Born Again
by Curt Dodd on October 19th, 2022
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” (John 3:3)Today is my birthday. That’s right. On an early Monday morning, at approximately 2:00 a.m., I entered the world with a pat on the bottom and a scream of shock. Although I don’t remember the event, my mother has recounted it many times, how the event unfolded, often in a crowd of people (...  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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Your Life Is an Example
by Curt Dodd on September 30th, 2022
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)Experiencing difficulty, pain, and heartbreak are guaranteed while we are on this earth. There is just no way around it. In one of Jesus’ conversations with His disciples near the end of His ministry, He confirmed this tr...  Read More
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Open the Gates
by Curt Dodd on September 11th, 2022
For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them. (Matthew 18:20) I had a wonderful worship experience in Nairobi, Kenya. I haven’t been in a worship service like this one where I saw God's Spirit move mightily since the early seventies. Maybe it was because they sang for over an hour nonstop, with no break. They worshiped extravagantly before the Lord with pure joy. These peo...  Read More
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It’s All About Jesus
by Curt Dodd on September 3rd, 2022
For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 2:21) I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior when I was 12 years old. The moment I turned from sin and placed my faith in Jesus Christ, I rode my bicycle home singing and praising God. Filled with joy, I made up words to a new song. (I wish I had written the words down because I thought they were pretty good at the time...  Read More
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