Listening Under The New Covenant


by Dana Dodd in Prayer & Praise

I Corinthians 2:9-14 “That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”  But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit.  For the Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets.  No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit.  And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.  When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom.  Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain truths.  But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit.  It

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The Evidence of A True Believer Part 3


by Dana Dodd in Prayer & Praise

Sorry I have been away for awhile.  Here is the next part of “The Evidence of A True Believer Part 3 and I have listed the first four points that we have already discussed so far for you: 1.  True Believers believe that Jesus is the Christ.  I John 5:1 2.  True Believers will live in the light as Jesus is in the light.  I John 1:5-7 3.   True Believers have a deep since of their sinfulness.  I John 1:8 4.  True Believers will keep His Commandments.  I John 2:1-2 Now for number 5…. 5.  True believers will have a geniune love for others.  I John 2:7-11  If anyone claims to live in the light yet hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is still living in darkness.  In the NLT the end of verse 11 says that, “such a person is lost, having been blinded by the darkness.” 

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Proving Myself


by Rebecca Davenport in God Concept

For many years, I have believed the lie that  in order to be accepted, I must prove my value/worth to others by my performance/achievements/success .  Entangled with this lie was another lie, that other people must accept me in order for me to accept myself.  God spoke the truth to me recently in a very special way:  I don’t have to prove my worth because God has already created me valuable.  He is the judge, not other people.  Therefore, if God accepts me (which He does with open arms), then I can accept myself. This morning, God gave me an opportunity to practice this newly revealed truth.  I got up late, had barely enough time to shower & dress, grabbed a frozen dinner for lunch, and ran out the door without any breakfast.  The road I normally take to work is closed this week for construction, but I forgot that, and out

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The Evidence of A True Believer Part 2


by Dana Dodd in Grace Insights

Well, I have had a break in posting this last week because Tony and I have been on Vacation!  We had a great time visiting with my family and enjoying a couple of days of beach time!  We had some good time to rest so I guess we are ready to get back at it. In part 2 of our discussion of the evidence of a true believer we left off with ending chapter one and looking at point 3 that showed us that we will have a deep sense of our own sinfulness if we are true believers.  Chapter one ends with verse 10 stating, “If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”  Let’s pick up with point #4 that will start us off with I John 2. #4.  If we are true believers we will keep

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The Evidence of a True Believer


by Dana Dodd in Prayer & Praise

Hello Everyone, As I mentioned in the previous blog, this is the first of several blogs about the evidence that will be in our lives reflecting that we are indeed children of God.  We must start here…. #1.  True believers believe that Jesus is the Christ.  I John 5:1 I don’t know that anyone could communicate it any clearer than Steve Green when he sang, “There is no other name but Jesus…”.  What a powerful message that is not very popular with the world due to it’s need to be politically correct.  Jesus himself is quoted in John 14:6 as saying that He is the way, the truth and the life.  Acts 4:12 tells us that there is no other name by which men might be saved. #2.  If you are a true believer you will live in the light as Jesus is in the light.  I John 5-7 If we say

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Examine Yourself!


by Dana Dodd in Identity

2 Corinthians 13:5-6 “Examine yourselves to see if your faith is really genuine.  Test yourselves.  If you cannot tell that Jesus Christ is among you, it means you have failed the test.  I hope you recognize that we have passed the test and are approved by God.” Well….ok….some events that transpired recently got me looking at this verse again.  Growing up I remember hearing several sermons on it and in my home church around the fall of my freshman year in High School we hired a new pastor.  He was a great preacher and during the first year and a half at our church we experienced a serious revival.  I’m not talking about the bring all your lost friends kicking and screaming type revival….for that is not true revival.  I’m talking about a word from the Lord for the church….a cleaning house sort of thing.  God began to move amongst our congregation

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Favorite Quotes


by Dana Dodd in Our Faith Journey

Here are two of my favorite quotes.  I keep these on an index card in my Bible.  They are by Bruce Wilkenson in his study “Secrets of The Vine”. 1.  “Our lives can be ‘full’ only when we surrender our whole life to Christs’ will and purpose.” 2.  “Only in Christ can a man or women become an instrument of impressive, unquestionable might, yet remain a vessel of humility, an object of grace.  You see, a person full of the Holy Spririt can not be full of self.  Pride never accompanies power in a fully yeilded life.” Ponder these thoughts today and let me know your thoughts. Dana

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Realizing What You Already Have


by Dana Dodd in Prayer & Praise

Well…I hope you are ready for this one!  This past Tuesday morning I was obviously so tired from all our activity over the weekend and had not yet recovered so I was not able to think clearly.  I was taking my dog (Nissi-miniature Schnauzer) out to potty after she finished eating and Tony (my husband) was headed out for work at the same time.  I decided just to head out the back door with him and said goodbye, yet there was this sinking feeling in my stomach and something just said – go out the front door with her like you usually do, but of course….I ignored the thought.  (Big mistake!)  While Nissi and I were in the back yard Tony was about to get in the car and it dawned on me that he might accidental forget I was out there and put the garage door down as he drove

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Lessons Learned On The Journey To 26.2


by Dana Dodd in God Concept

Have you ever analyzed or studied something to death and had it worked out in your mind as to how you thought it should happen?  Well, I sure did when it came down to the Marathon.  On one of our particular training runs we ran 22 miles and those 22 miles were done at our goal pace which would have put me finishing at 4 hours and 9 minutes!  I was so excited.  That was the fastest I had ever run 22 miles before and I had felt good during the run so I was very optimistic about race day!  Well….as you have seen from the previous posts about the marathon that is not what happened!  I was incredibily discouraged later thinking about it and my thoughts immediatly turned toward my relationship with God.  Often times we have something worked out in our head and think we know how it should all come about and

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Flesh Unveiled


by Rebecca Davenport in Grace Insights

I was reading an article about listening to God this week.  It talked about a closeness, an intimacy with God that involved communicating with Him throughout the day each day.  As I thought about how I would like to experience more of this, I was reminded of two missed opportunities earlier in the week.  I thought of two separate occasions where I sensed God prompting me to spend time with Him, and I didn’t.  It was as if God said, “Rebecca, come sit with me.  I want to talk to you,” and I responded, “I can’t right now.  I’m too tired.”  I wondered why I respond this way because I do want to spend time with Him.  Then came the insight, the unveiling of my flesh.  I was trying to control life to make it work the best way I knew how.  I thought that, because I was so tired, the only way

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