Rings of Gold

An important part of my life is my faith. I’ve decided to start another blog that specifically discusses issues and contemplations from my religious life. The blog is titled “Filthy Garments & Rings of Gold” based on verses from the Bible that I find particularly meaningful. If interested, I hope you will join me there.


Watch This Award Winning Video

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Kevin Sizemore in Useless

Kevin Sizemore

My friend Kevin Sizemore recently participated in a wonderful short film. Click on this link http://www.uselessmovie.com/  or on the image above to see it.

Do It For Me


Photo by: Hannah Gunnell

by Nancy Ellen Dodd
Copyright ©2007 by Nancy Ellen Dodd 

“American Greed: Scams, Schemes, and Broken Dreams”

Photo by: Lynn Cummings

I like to watch the show “American Greed.” Not because I believe all Americans are greedy, far from it, we are some of the most generous people in the world. But the show goes into stories of how the greed of one person, sometimes a group of people, can scheme and connive and convince other people to make decisions that put the rest of their lives in financial jeopardy, if not ruin. The last episode I watched was about a former youth minister and included the outcome of one of his elderly victims who died while talking about what the man had done to their lives. She and her husband lost the home and land that had been theirs for nearly six decades; her husband died a short time later.

My fascination with the stories of greed, scams, schemes, and broken dreams sort of culminated and gave utterance to me in my devotional this morning. I stumbled onto 2 Peter 2 (I say stumbled because it wasn’t where I planned to be), and this portion of a verse stood out from verse 18:

“…for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved.”

These scammers are so good at selling us what we want to believe, we become susceptible to their lies and vulnerable to their deceit. When we start seeking things, or money, or fame, or whatever is promised at the bottom of the rainbow, we soon become addicted to the lure and enslaved to the hunt.

I often wonder, in my concern over being secure in the future or in selling my writing, what is my achilles heel that could bring me down, because I have been blinded by the need for it and devoted to the fulfillment of it.

The devotional included 2 Peter 2:4

“For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment:”

All I’m sayin’ is, if God doesn’t spare angels, we need to rethink some of the things we allow in our lives because they feel good. You know, some of those things that enslave us.

I wound up at 2 Peter 2:9:

“then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment,”

Now that’s a comforting thought. I don’t have to be enslaved to my own greed for things that might not be good for me, I can actually be free and live for a larger purpose in life. And those who live for greed and to defraud others, well God has a plan for them as well.

My Father’s Footsteps

A few years ago a few of us got together to create a series of videos to accompany Mark Manassee’s sermons at Culver Palms Church of Christ in Culver City.

This is a short inspirational film that we created. Click on the picture to link to the video. I hope you enjoy it.

footstep in sand

My Father's Footsteps