Posts with the tag “truth”

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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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...  Read More
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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....  Read More
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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. ...  Read More
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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...  Read More
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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 ...  Read More
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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 ...  Read More
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