The Innkeeper's Mistake

Monday, December 24, 2007 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Jesus was born in a manger because there was no room for Joseph and his pregnant wife, Mary, at the inn. A manger was a stone or wooden container for feeding animals. I suggest that if the innkeeper wanted to accommodate a VIP, he could have found room in his inn. As it was, he was too crowded for Christ and too busy for a blessing.

The innkeeper symbolizes the condition of the hearts of people. Too often, we fail to recognize the importance of God's purposes. When Christ should be treated as a VIP and welcomed at the inn of our hearts, He is relegated to the "manger" of our lesser priorities.

The innkeeper was a busy man, probably enjoying the best business he had seen in years because of the census ordered by Caesar Augustus. People had to return to their home towns to be counted. It was like getting a hotel room during the NCAA Final Four or the Indy 500 when rates are higher and VIPs get preferential treatment.

If being too busy dulls our sensitivity to God, we might miss the significance of God's purposes and make the same mistake as the innkeeper. For this Christmas season and at all times, make room at the inn of your heart for Christ.

Merry Christmas from the Hudson household!

Read more at http://www.newcovenant.org/jesus.html

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Solitude: "Breaking out of the Madness"

Tuesday, December 18, 2007 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

PSA 62:5, My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him.
ISA 30:15, For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: "In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength." But you would not, 16] and you said, "No, for we will flee on horses"--therefore you shall flee! And, "We will ride on swift horses"--therefore those who pursue you shall be swift!

A. Confusion, nervousness, instability, and distraction are common maladies among people today – including Christians. We have become a non-stop society, where we place high value on those operations and businesses which are able to perform 24 hours per day, every day of the year.

Another word for all this is “madness”

1. There was a time, that when night came, all operations ceased until morning.
2. We demand convenience – and have attained it at the price of our own mental/emotional well being
3. Solitude, or time alone is a lost art – activities like fishing, walking for pleasure have given way to high tech entertainment
4. We were not created to be perpetual motion machines. We were designed to function in cycles of rest, reflection, interaction, service and rest again.

B. We pay a high price for neglecting solitude in the presence of God.

1. Our lives become ordered by the pace and practice of this world and not by God
a. David got distracted and feigned madness 1 Sam. 21:13
b. David wound up in the cave of Adullam 1 Sam. 22:1

2. We experience bewilderment, disorientation and random thoughts – like a machine that is operated outside of its tolerances.
3. We are prone to misunderstanding people and purposes because of a lack of personal, inward focus (e.g. rose colored glasses)
4. We begin to feed on noise and clamor – becoming addicted to confusion and preferring it over quiet.

C. Jesus gave us the perfect example of human existence according to divine order. His entire ministry was birthed and sustained out of the crucible of solitude and silence – He could know His Father’s direction no other way. His preparedness to minister and the level of anointing upon Him was in direct proportion to His solitary time with the Father and with His own thoughts.

1. Jesus lived a life of devotion to God interspersed with periods of ministering to others – not the reverse.
2. Jesus began His ministry in the wilderness, in solitude, gaining strength for what lie ahead. When Satan came to tempt Him, he was at His strongest point, not His weakest point.

a. “Jesus constantly sought solitude from the time of his baptism up the Garden of Gethsemane, when He even went apart from those he took there to watch with him. It is solitude alone that opens the possibility of a radical relationship to God that can withstand all external events up to and beyond death.” (Willard, p. 101)
b. “Retirement is the laboratory of the spirit; interior solitude and silence are its two wings. All great works are prepared in the desert, including the redemption of the world. The precursers, the followers, the master Himself, all obeyed or have to obey one and the same law. Prophets, apostles, preachers, martyrs, pioneers of knowledge, inspired artists in every art, ordinary men men and the Man-God, all pay tribute to loneliness, to the life of silence, to the night.” (James S. Steward, “A man in Christ”)

3. Jesus expended a lot of energy just to be alone. He sent people away. Walked long distances to find solitary places and places no one knew about. He arose early and stayed up late to spend time with God.
4. He was not driven by the needs of people, but by the purpose of God – which met the needs of people in dramatic, miraculous fashion. Had he labored with people more than spent time with God, he would have managed to get some people healed, but He would have been exhausted doing so. Because He spent time with God, His times of public ministry were dramatic and miraculous. He got more done in a shorter period of time. Eccl. 10:10

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Some Reflections on Spiritual Maturity

Thursday, December 06, 2007 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written: “ Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man [sense ruled] does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.


Scripture describes three classifications of man in I Corinthians 2 and 3.
There is the natural man who is positionally related to Adam. This man may be good, but whathe produces in his life can at the most be human goodness. This human goodness is totally unacceptable to God.
Romans 8:8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. (NLT, That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.)


There is the spiritual man who is positionally related to Christ through justification and controlled by the Holy Spirit. The spiritual person bears the “fruit of the Spirit” which is pleasing to God and is what we are made for, Galatians 5:22-23. Spirituality is an absolute. Only those who have experienced new birth can be spiritual. One who is justified is either spiritual or carnal.

There is the carnal man, or “man of the flesh” who is positionally related to Christ but is controlled by himself. This person produces nothing that is pleasing to God, and lives like the natural man lives. This, as spirituality, is an absolute. A believer lives in the dynamic from carnal to spiritual. Both the spiritual man and “men of the flesh” are related to Christ. The man of the flesh controls his own life. (From William Barclay's New Testament Commentary)

Spiritual maturity is a process:
“It is part of the misguided and whimsical condition of humankind that we so devoutly believe in the power of effort-at-the-moment-of-action alone to accomplish what we want and completely ignore the need for character change in our lives as a whole. The general human failing is to want what is right and important, but at the same time not to commit to the kind of life that will produce the action we know to be right and the condition we want to enjoy. This is the feature of human character that explains why the road to hell is paved with good intentions. We intend what is right, be we avoid the life that would make it reality.” (Dallas Willard, The Spirit of the Disciplines, p. 6)

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Community Christmas Outreach December 15

Saturday, November 24, 2007 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments


I want to announce our upcoming Community Christmas Banquet and Outreach hosted by our Share Benevolence team. This outreach continues the legacy of love and caring of Gaynell Hudson, my late mother and faithful minister of the Lord.

This year’s 17th annual outreach will take place at New Covenant Church on Saturday, December 15 at 4:00pm. A catered dinner will be provided for families and persons in need, followed by a program which includes a Christmas drama, gift giving and sharing the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We have a limited number of spaces available for this event. I am inviting you to recommend individuals or families in need to attend the Community Christmas Banquet.

Again this year, the generosity of the New Covenant Church family and a small grant from Lilly Endowment have made it possible for us to provide both dinner and gifts, free of charge. Most importantly, we also share the Gospel and minister to the spiritual needs of people present.

To recommend persons and families, please do two things:

1. Let us know the persons you will recommend. Email tonewcovenant@mac.com or call 317-205-6000.

2. Let persons know that they need to personally email or call us to make a reservation by Friday, December 7. They should mention that you, or your organization, recommended them to attend.

Thank you for helping us bless our community with the love of God! If you have questions or special requests, contact me or our Share Team Leader, Mrs. Candase Cornett, (317) 205-6000.

Click here to watch a slideshow of last year's event.

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Having an Attitude of Gratitude

Wednesday, November 21, 2007 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Thanksgiving day is the beginning of the best time of the year. It's not because problems go away, or the world becomes a better place, or that we can romanticize about "dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh."

Thanksgiving, or more accurately, "giving God thanks," provides an opportunity to gain a better perspective on life. We live in a culture that's too full of complaining, ingratitude and greed. Now we have the tradition of the day after Thanksgiving called "Black Friday," when retailers hope to turn a huge profit from all the stuff we buy.

As we thank God for all His blessings, including salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ, we will find grace to resist the darkness that a lack of thankfulness brings upon the heart (Rom. 1:21). As we give thanks, we will also be able to overcome any despair that tries to seep in when reflecting on loved ones who have passed on and will not be sitting around our dinner tables.

I pray you and yours will have a great Thanksgiving and gain an "attitude of gratitude" that will carry you throughout the holidays!

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A Great Celebration!

Friday, November 02, 2007 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments


Patricia and I want to say "Thank You" for your prayers and support on the occasion of our 25th Church and Pastoral Anniversary Celebration, October 25-28, 2007! It was fitting to give God thanks for His faithfulness, as well as dedicate ourselves to moving forward in serving our Lord Jesus Christ. It was great to share this milestone in our lives with so many friends in ministry and life.

I thank Stacy Holmes and the planning team for all their hard work. Also, thanks to my dad, Elder H.B. Hudson, and Elder Gaylan Owens for their steady leadership and service over the years. We also thank God for all our leaders, ministry workers and congregation for being "Forever Faithful." Finally, Patricia and I are thankful for our children, who have shared this journey their entire lives: Michael Bryan (28), Michelle Lynn (26), Jonathan Paul (21), and Christine Ann (18).

Click here to visit the ministry website to see photos and view a special video that I put together. (Most photos taken by Patricia Jones)

Click here to download a copy of the banquet program booklet.

It has been a joy and honor to serve God, His people and our world.


The Best is Yet to Come!

Pastor Bryan & Patricia Hudson

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Reducing recidivism

Wednesday, October 17, 2007 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Dealing with criminals is one of the necessary burdens of society. Our criminal justice system serves this purpose by punishing criminals according to the law and fostering a law-abiding culture.

Clearly, people who commit crimes should expect to be punished accordingly. Public sentiment often leans toward locking up criminals and throwing away the key. But the reality is that 80 percent of those who are incarcerated will serve their time, be released and return to our neighborhoods. Another sad reality is that 50 to 75 percent of those who are released from jails and prisons are re- arrested for the same types of crimes. This shows that incarceration alone fails to change behavior.

We should consider a third ingredient of criminal justice that addresses rehabilitation and re-entry into society. There is a proven program for dealing with offenders that results in an astounding 5 to 10 percent rate of recidivism. That program is Christian prison ministry. Jesus Christ permanently changes the hearts of offenders who genuinely follow him and are supported in a quality aftercare program. I have witnessed this transformation in the lives of Christian ex-offenders over many years of supporting prison ministry.

One Indy-area ministry with a national reputation and an effective aftercare program is Jesus Inside Prison Ministry. Pastor William Bumphus has developed an effective program that is worthy of our prayers and financial support. Visit www.jipm.org to learn more.

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WEDNESDAY WISDOM: Our Endless Energy Source

Wednesday, October 10, 2007 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Isa. 49:8 "Remember this, fix it in mind, take it to heart, you rebels. 9 Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. 10 I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. 11 From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose. What I have said, that will I bring about; what I have planned, that will I do.

John 15:4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will[b] ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.


Everyone one of us is concerned about our direction and purpose in life. We know that it is important to follow God’s purpose of destiny for our lives. But, we struggle with how to handle negative circumstances that seem to indicate that we are not fulfilling our destiny. How do you know if you are fulfilling destiny or if you are on a detour, or if you have reached a dead end?

When we realize that we are on a detour or have reached a dead end, we must make a “destiny decision”: 1) Leave the detour by following God’s calling and direction for our lives 2) Repent for allowing ourselves to wind up at a dead end (Acts 17:30, "Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent")

A parable from nature: The Second Law of Thermodynamics states: "in all energy exchanges, if no energy enters the system, the energy of the state will always be less than that of the initial state." A wind-up type watch will run until the energy in the spring is renewed by winding it again. A car that has run out of gas will not run again until you walk 10 miles to a gas station and refuel the car. Without the infusion of more energy, things will decline and decay over time.

Jesus, the Word of God and God’s purpose for your life are energy sources for your life. Without Christ, the word or the knowledge of God’s purpose, we will decline and decay.
Jesus said, “Without me you can do nothing.” We can do stuff, but it doesn’t count without Jesus being at the center of it. This is like taking pictures with a camera without film or a digital media card. It is like a couple who had a wedding ceremony, but the preacher never turned in the marriage certification form.

When we build our lives on the Source of life, Jesus Christ, we have an endless source of energy and a purpose whose branches are firmly connected to the the True Vine.

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WEDNESDAY WISDOM: Getting Things Done

Wednesday, October 03, 2007 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments


On Wednesday, October 3, I conducted Part One of a time management workshop called, "Getting Things Done." (GTD) It's based on a model pioneered by David Allen. The Bible says, "Redeem the time.." (Eph. 5:16 NKJV). The New International Version reads, "Make the most of every opportunity..."

Time is a non-renewable resource. We will never get any more time, so we must make the best use of what we have. The main focus of GTD is getting everything off your mind and into a system that helps you plan and take action on everything that is important, big and small.

You can take this workshop online by clicking HERE

Be blessed!

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Time Management Workshop: "Getting Things Done"

Tuesday, October 02, 2007 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

On Wednesday, October 3 at 7:00pm, I will be teaching a workshop in our Firm Foundation Institute on the topic, "Getting Things Done." 

Getting Things Done (GTD) is an excellent time and project management model pioneered by David Allen. It is a model that fits within the biblical framework of "Redeem the time..." or as the NIV states it, "Make the most of every opportunity..." (Eph. 5:16).

Here's a link that provides a summary of the GTD model:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Getting_Things_Done

Below are a few nuggets from Allen's book:

1.  If it's on your mind, your mind is not clear.
2.  Manage actions not priorities.
3.  The mind is a focusing tool, not a storage medium.
4.  There's no reason to having the same thought twice unless you like having that thought.
5.  You don't do projects, you do action steps related to them.
6.  Close open loops with action.
7.  Get Clean, Clear, Current and Complete
8.  "Stuff" are things we have allowed into our world for which there is no defined outcome or action steps. When stuff comes we need to define it or discard it.

We're going to have a great time! Come join us!

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It's a Great Day!

Sunday, September 30, 2007 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

It's a beautiful day here in Indianapolis this morning! I trust that it's a beautiful day where you are, whenever you read this post. Remember, that even when it's raining, the sun (and the SON) continues to radiate above the clouds of circumstances.

I am writing this post just before the beginning of our Sunday morning "Worship & Word Encounter." We use that phrase to indicate our purpose for gathering together. We expect to encounter our living God through worship and the ministry of the Word!

You listen to our Sunday service LIVE by logging onto our ministry website, http://www.newcovenant.org, and clicking on the "Listen Live" link.

Again, have a great day!

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WEDNESDAY WISDOM: Insights on the Power of a Seed

Wednesday, September 26, 2007 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments


Click here to listen to message, "The Seed Principle."

Genesis 8:22
"While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease."

MAR 4:30
And He said, "To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what parable shall we picture it? It is like a mustard seed which, when it is sown on the ground, is smaller than all the seeds on earth; but when it is sown, it grows up and becomes greater than all herbs, and shoots out large branches, so that the birds of the air may nest under its shade." And with many such parables He spoke the word to them as they were able to hear it
. But without a parable He did not speak to them. And when they were alone, He explained all things to His disciples.

The mustard seed represents something small that has the potential to grow much bigger than normal. What makes something as small as a seed have the ability to become proportionally larger that most other plants? God made it that way. The kingdom produces that way.

We were created to be produce superabundantly.
The problem is that we have been trained and conditioned to think otherwise.
The seed DNA contains all the instructions needed to grow in what is was designed by God to become. Every seed is a parable of God's miraculous power. Mankind has never produced a seed. We can only cultivate, nourish, and manipulate it.

A seed is a life container.
Full of potential waiting to be released, like a firelog. The plant is already in the seed in embryo form.

A seed is always the beginning point of something new.
Genesis 1:11, Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth"; and it was so.

There is a principle here that says: People and most living things were created with the ability to produce seed for the purpose of propagation.
This is obvious in people, but we don't consider it in other areas because we don't farm. We discard seeds, we never plant them. We're in the habit of discarding seeds since we can always go to the store and buy ripe fruits and vegetables.

Abraham had to choose Isaac over Ishmael because the "seed" had to be propagated through Issac, according to God promise.
Genesis 21:12-13, But God said to Abraham, "Do not let it be displeasing in your sight because of the lad or because of your bondwoman. Whatever Sarah has said to you, listen to her voice; for in Isaac your seed shall be called. Yet I will also make a nation of the son of the bondwoman, because he is your seed."

A seed has singular purpose.
Deuteronomy 22:9, "You shall not sow your vineyard with different kinds of seed, lest the yield of the seed which you have sown and the fruit of your vineyard be defiled.

Seed is meant for sowing:
Ecclesiastes 11:6, In the morning sow your seed, And in the evening do not withhold your hand; For you do not know which will prosper, Either this or that, Or whether both alike will be good.

Because of the Seed Principle, We can act on the promise of God:
Haggai 2:18-20 (NLT) "Think about this eighteenth day of December, the day[a] when the foundation of the Lord's Temple was laid. Think carefully. 19 I am giving you a promise now while the seed is still in the barn.[b] You have not yet harvested your grain, and your grapevines, fig trees, pomegranates, and olive trees have not yet produced their crops. But from this day onward I will bless you."

The seeds we sow include:
Words, Time, Finance, Labors, Human life and faith:
Luke 17:6, So the Lord said, "If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,' and it would obey you.

Sowing brings a great harvest!
Psalm 85:12 (NLT) Yes, the Lord pours down his blessings. Our land will yield its bountiful harvest.

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"WEDNESDAY WISDOM" - Having "Ears to Hear"

Wednesday, September 12, 2007 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

"If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear." And He said to them, "Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given. For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him." (Mark 4:23-25)

There are four ways in which all of us choose to listen, which affects how we hear.

Passive Listening • Passive means, “not active, but acted upon.” Passive people are generally sluggish and disengaged—believing that “whatever will be, will be.” Passive listeners only “purk up” when something is said that has the promise of easing their burdens or bringing more comfort into their lives. A passive listener does not act until they are acted upon.

Convenient Listening • Convenient is defined as, “Situated within easy reach.” The convenient listener only applies his heart to hear when the information or task is within easy reach.

Critical Listening • The word “critical” is defined as, “exhibiting the spirit of one who looks for and points out faults and defects.” Communication often fails because of critical listening that is more concerned about finding faults than in understanding the content and meaning of the message. Critical listeners are not motivated to learn and grow. Such persons usually develop a self-righteous attitude that does not permit them to objectively consider what others have to say.

Active Listening • This should become our goal: To actively listen so that we can “hear” the communication. “Active” is defined: “Not waiting to be acted upon." Active listeners are prepared to apply what is heard and act on it—regardless of circumstances. People who rise to positions of authority and responsibility are those have learned to be active listeners. People of strong faith are those who have learned how to listen to God, meditate in the Word of God and allow the Holy Spirit to lead them in every endeavor of life. As Paul said in Romans 10:17, “So the faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” The person who hears can be entrusted with greater authority and responsibility. Hearing produces a faithful spirit, which brings you into the “true riches” of God.

"Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in what is another man's, who will give you what is your own? (Luke 16:11-12)

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Happy Birthday Dad!

Friday, September 07, 2007 Bryan Hudson 1 Comments


Happy 71st birthday to my father, Horace Bryan ("H. B.") Hudson! Today, dad and I traveled to Ball State University in Muncie to visit with my son Jonathan. We enjoyed some quality time together in Jon's off campus apartment (much neater than his room when home, I might add!).

We celebrated dad's birthday over lunch and traveled back to the campus for the dedication of the new Dave Letterman Building for Communications and Media. Dave was on hand for the ceremony. Jon, a BSU senior, is taking an audio production class in this state of the art facility.

I am grateful for the presence of dad in my family's life and in our church. Having lost my mother in 2003, I gained a renewed perspective on spending quality time with the people I love. While in Muncie, a couple of other things did not get done in my office. Those items can be rescheduled, but I cherish the time with dad and Jonathan today.

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Get Connected!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments


On Sunday, September 2, I shared a message titled, "Get Connected!" The focus of the message was to show the importance of believers getting connected to God's plan of reaching out to others. In turn, we help people get connected to Christ and to a better life. We also want to grow our church by reaching out in this way.

During the meetings, the ushers distributed "Get Connected!" flyers and we asked everyone to distribute them widely. These flyers should be given to friends, co-workers and posted at public or approved locations (Carry a supply of tacks for this purpose).

The message is simple and compelling, "Get Connected!" It's intended to provoke thinking on many levels of connection to God, family, health, finance, etc. When people login to our church website, they will see a Get Connected! link. This link takes visitors to the "Connected!" community online newsletter and blog. This site contains useful information such as weather forecasts, wellness information, a Bible quiz, inspirational items, and much more to come.
Feel free to offer your suggestions to help make Connected! a often visited web destination.

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The Harvest is Now!

Saturday, September 01, 2007 Bryan Hudson 1 Comments

With Labor Day coming on September 3, we have reached the unofficial end of summer. We still have about 20 days left before summer ends, but now is the time when we think about Fall. If we were farmers, we would be preparing to reap our harvest. If you're a student, you're headed back to school.

We have our "official" dates, but we tend to think in seasons. Most of us are not farmers, but we know this is the season of the natural harvest. Sometimes, natural seasons stir up thinking about spiritual seasons.

Jesus used the example of a harvest to teach His disciples about preparation and action:

31 In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” 32 But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” 33 Therefore the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?” 34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! 36 And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. (John 4:31-36)


Christ sat with His disciples, not eating as He normally would, but probably lost in thought while looking at a field that was coming closer to the time of reaping. As usual, the disciples pressed their natural concerns, while Jesus always looked at the big picture. When offered nourishment, He stated that His nourishment was to do God's will and finish His work.

Jesus didn't react to the disciples' complacency about the time of harvest being four months away. He responded, with purpose and passion, to the "white fields" of souls that are always ripe for harvest! He looked at the farmers' future harvest, but considered present human needs, and trained His disciples (and us!) to do the same. As Creator, he might have contrasted the whole process of "seedtime" and "harvest" in light of both natural and spiritual transformation. The seed of God's word will produce a harvest of salvation and blessing for those who trust Him.

We don't need natural seasons to motivate us to action, we only need to follow the example of our Lord Jesus Christ! We can sow and reap based on our obedience to God and our love for souls! Faithful actions will cause us to rejoice together as people discover new life in Christ!

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The Empty Nest

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 Bryan Hudson 1 Comments

For Patricia and I, this is a bittersweet time as our youngest child, Christine, goes off to college. It's sweet because we are happy to see her attend the school of her choice, DePauw University. It's a little bitter because Patricia and I will be "rattling around" our big ole' house with empty bedrooms. On top of all that, we'll have to deal with Carson's (the cat) "separation anxiety" issues with Christine being away from home. Pray for us!

Along with Christine, several of our youth are going off to college. We are happy for each one, but their departure leaves a void in our church fellowship. We will see them from time to time, but going off to school represents a turning point in their lives. Let's keep these young men and women in our prayers.

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Here we go!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 Bryan Hudson 6 Comments

Today, I am joining the blogging community! Like a baby, a web log (the full name of "blog") require lots of care and feeding. It's not something I wanted to start before I was ready to commit to maintaining it. Well, I'm ready to do this!

My friends know that I have a lot to say and have written on many subjects–some of which have been controversial. I have strong feelings about some things, so I trust you will allow me to express those points of view. Certainly, I don't claim to always be correct, but I claim to be honest and deeply concerned about the topics I raise. Feel free to engage me. If I'm wrong, tell me. If you feel I'm right, let me also know that.

I'll try to post at least twice per week on a wide range of subjects. Be sure to check out the various links to websites and blogs of interest.

My journey into the "Bloggersphere" begins today!


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