Posts with the tag “truth”
Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus
by Curt Dodd on July 12th, 2023
Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2) When you line up with the culture, rather than lining up with the Word of God, you will have a hard time seeing Jesus. You might not want to admit that, but it’s the truth. Unfortunately, many...
4 Mentalities Around Reading God’s Word
by Curt Dodd on July 10th, 2023
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 3:16-17Reading 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 yest...
Persecution Is Guaranteed
by Curt Dodd on July 9th, 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 16:33I want to start today’s devotional with a hard truth. I know it might not be the most encouraging statement, but it’s a truth we all need to embrace and be prepared for as we continue to follow Jesus. Here’s the truth:When you live for Jesus,...
Every Knee Will Bow
by Curt Dodd on June 21st, 2023
At the name of Jesus, every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:10-11) Scripture is very clear that a day will come when every single person on this planet will bow down to Jesus and declare that He is Lord over everything. This means every Muslim, every Jew, every Buddh...
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...
The Fullness of Jesus
by Curt Dodd on June 9th, 2023
Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. (John 1:16) Let’s take a closer look at the meaning behind John’s words. The word “fullness” actually means, “that which fills.” Therefore, Christ is the well from which we draw. Everything comes from Him. There is more than enough of Him for each of His followers, so much so that He is overflowing into our national a...
Jesus Paid the Price
by Curt Dodd on April 13th, 2023
When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. (Colos...
Dealing with Problems
by Curt Dodd on March 30th, 2023
That which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. (1 John 1:3) Experiencing fellowship with Jesus Christ is absolutely essential if we want to overcome our fleshly struggles with sin. Because we are imperfect human beings, we will never be able to deal with our shortcom...
Stand on the Word of God
by Curt Dodd on March 22nd, 2023
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. (John 16:13) And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (John 8:32) Have you noticed how desensitized our entire population is to right and wrong? Have you observed how...
Facing the Truth
by Curt Dodd on February 13th, 2023
A person may think their own ways are right, but the Lord weighs the heart. (Proverbs 21:2) Chuck Colson wrote a book, Born Again. He got saved in the middle of the Watergate fiasco and served time in prison. God saved him and put him on a path to being a blessing to many people. Chuck Colson founded Prison Fellowship, a prison ministry that touched the lives of thousands of prisoners. One of my ...
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 ...
Jesus Is the Messiah
by Curt Dodd on December 25th, 2022
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Hebrews 11:6) One of the greatest debates in human history has been whether or not Jesus is the Messiah. The word “Messiah” means “anointed one.” It is the description of the individual who the Jews were expecting to usher in the redempti...
The Center of God’s Will
by Curt Dodd on December 20th, 2022
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)You have probably heard this verse many times before. Unfortunately, when we read this verse, we focus only on the phrase “the gift of God is eternal life,” and overlook the phrase “the wages of sin is death.”Because of sin, death comes. We live in a fallen world; we are fallen men and women....
Setups for Failure
by Curt Dodd on November 15th, 2022
Jesus replied, “Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.” Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” Then Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? Very truly I tell you, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!” (John 13:36-38)As followers of Jesus, we are not excluded from experiencing failure. ...
Give Like the Giver
by Curt Dodd on November 13th, 2022
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16)Years ago, I was fishing with a couple of buddies in Gonzales, Texas, Bill Story and David Allen. We had a rule that when we go fishing together, we wouldn't talk about office stuff. However, it really didn't apply to me because they would always ask me t...
Preaching Your Sermon
by Curt Dodd on October 7th, 2022
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8) It is important to follow God’s lead when He is calling you to preach a sacred sermon to someone who needs encouragement. How do you write your story so that when the time comes, you will be ready to speak truth and love to ...
Jesus Is Coming Back
by Curt Dodd on November 1st, 2021
Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen. – Revelation 1:7There’s a song from the 1960s written by Larry Norman that shares a heartbreaking picture of what it will look like for those who are left behind after Jesus returns. The song goes like this:“Life was filled with guns ...
Finding Godly MentorsYes and No in ScriptureFocus Like an ArcherSeeking the Presence of GodA Defining EncounterOnly by GraceOvercoming ExhaustionExcited and Expectant over PrayerThe Five Parts of PrayerThe Still Small VoiceThe Lord’s Amazing PowerHandling PersecutionDiving into God’s WordReceiving EncouragementA Desire To ServeGiving and ServingA Thrill RideThe Sweet Voice of GodGet off the BenchOut of AlignmentFrustration Is InevitableListening Instead of TalkingWatch God MoveWalking in the LightKnown by Your FruitThe Good ShepherdBoldly Stand for ChristHonor the LordPraying in FaithDealing with DoubtLearning To Be Alone
We Need One AnotherAlign with ChristA Heavenly PerspectiveAre You Robbing God?Coming HomeOur Need for CommunityShow up for OthersEncouraging One AnotherBe a Light to OthersProtecting Your MarriageTrusting Your SpouseBlaming OthersFacing the TruthWho Are You Serving?Politics and FaithSecond ChancesLay Down Your LifeReturning to the LordBe Sensitive to Your WitnessDefeating AnxietySuit up for BattleDon’t Stay on the SidelinesGive unto the LordUnconditional GenerosityPower in Jesus’ NameA Faithful and Helpful FriendHelp Bear Their BurdensYour Testimony and God’s Word
Witness with Your WordsActions and WordsPraying in God’s WillA Call to God’s ChurchA Personal AnswerA Public AnswerHave You Met Christ?Focus on the GiverSalvation Is SimpleCounterfeit TeachingBe Ready for the End Full of the Holy SpiritDo Not Quench the Holy SpiritImmeasurably MoreLiving in DenialTaking the Time To BlessPraying for UnbelieversA Word of BlessingDefeating DepressionTake Care of Your BodThe End Is NearStand on the Word of GodBe Responsible for Your ChildrenJesus Is Standing with You The Promise of the Holy SpiritPowerful Prayers and a BurdenPowerful Prayers and ConfidenceGod Draws Us to HimselfFind Rest in the LordDealing with ProblemsHandling Stress