God's Simple Pattern For Your Growth

Friday, April 29, 2011 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

John 17:17, "Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.

The Lord Jesus prayed a powerful prayer for you and me. Verse 17 is one part of what we often Christ's "high priestly prayer" that reveals God's pattern for our growth. There are three key terms:

1. "Sanctify" essentially means, "set apart for special (or holy) use."
2. "Truth" is "reality as God defines it."
3. "Word" is God's will, plan, purposes as well as the person of Jesus Christ.

It's a simple and powerful prescription:

Being set part for divine purpose and being used mightily by God results from living in God's reality (His ways) as imparted to us by the Word of God (The Bible) and relationship with Jesus Christ (the living Word).

So, go get into the Word today!


Donald Trump and Sympathizers Should Apologize

Thursday, April 28, 2011 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

It was disappointing to hear Donald Trump say the words, "I am very proud of myself…" in relation to President Obama releasing his long form birth certificate. A man of character would have taken the opportunity to apologize for disparaging the president and ultimately, his family.

This whole birther "silliness," to use the president's phrase, has served only to demonstrate the hatred that a whole lot of people have for Barack Obama. Sadly, many people, including some Christians have participated in this shameful display of distrust and disrespect for a fellow citizen and our national leader. This is clearly unbiblical behavior.

Politically, it would have been a greater "in-your-face" tactic for President Obama to let his haters continue to stew in their birther foolishness, and later release the long form to their greater embarrassment. He demonstrated character by doing something that was completely unnecessary and beneath him. The man is 49 years old, an accomplished American citizen, devoted family man of one wife, and the President of the United States of America!

There are those who will have the gall to say, "Well, he should have released it sooner!" Only a racist or hateful person would suggest that a duly elected President of the United States is an illegal alien. Regardless of your views of Mr. Obama's policies, he has clearly shown himself respectful and "presidential." He seems to show more personal Christian qualities in these matters than those who belittle him.

The inconvenient truth is this: If President Obama had a "normal" name and "pedigree," none of this would have been an issue. Then again, most minorities in our great, but flawed, nation precisely understand what has occurred.

It's not enough to simply dismiss Mr. Trump (and others) as a fringe element, because his views are shared by an alarming percentage of political partisans. Christian leaders, especially in the GOP and Tea Party need to deal with ungodliness if they claim party membership/ideology or follow the biblical mandate to, "Be separate...come out from among them." (2 Cor. 6:17)


A Life-Lifting Word for You on Resurrection Sunday, April 24, 2011

Saturday, April 23, 2011 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

"Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life." Romans 6:4,

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Comments by President Obama at Easter Prayer Breakfast

Saturday, April 23, 2011 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments


Covenant Never Forgets to Love

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

1 Samuel 9:1 David asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”
6 ...David said, “Mephibosheth!” “At your service,” he replied. 7 “Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.”

Covenant relationship compelled David to remember his covenant brother Jonathan, who was already deceased.

David wanted to do something to benefit some descendent of Jonathan's household. Mephibosheth had been disabled since childhood. He was a cast out in society and overlooked. But because of David's covenant with Jonathan, he did not forget Mephibosheth. Even though he was Saul's grandson, the man who sought to kill him, David harbored no animosity toward Mephibosheth or Saul's family.

David's loyalty and integrity moved him to treat Mephibosheth like one of his family, even when he thought that David was to take vengeance on  him.

Are we showing covenant kindness to the family of God and to our own family?

Is there anyone that we are supposed to receive like family, who may seem to be an unlikely recipient, but one whom God is encouraging us to love and serve?


Consult with God about the "Proper Order" Today!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

1 Chronicles 15:13 For because you did not do it the first time, the LORD our God broke out against us, because we did not consult Him about the proper order.” 14 So the priests and the Levites sanctified themselves to bring up the ark of the LORD God of Israel.

Two men died when David allowed the Ark of the Covenant to be carried on an ox cart (Read 1 Chronicles 13). This did not happen because God was mean. It happened because David, and those around him, ignored God's order. The Ark was designed to only be transported by priests using the tools provided.

Ignoring God's word, order, and wisdom in life is like driving on the wrong side of the highway. It's just a matter of time before trouble, or tragedy, happens.

The solution, then and now, is the same: "Consult Him (God) about the proper order."

Take time to pray, understand the Scriptures, heed godly counsel, and be led by the Spirit of God (not just your own spirit). Getting the proper order may only take a few minutes, but His order will save you hours and hours of heartache!


Reflections from Route 66 and Much More!

Sunday, April 10, 2011 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Psalms 24:1, "The earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof..."

Since last Thursday, April 7, I have been traveling with my dad and my youngest son, Jonathan. We're taking one of those "trips of a lifetime" driving through parts of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and Utah. We're enjoying the natural beauty, the rich culture of our great nation, and reflecting on the goodness of God!

It is especially wonderful to spend these eight days with my hero and father, Horace Bryan Hudson, who is the best man I've ever known. Dad is 74 years old and still going strong, preaching the Gospel, playing tennis and more!

We flew into Denver, Colorado on Thursday 4/7, picked up our rental car, enjoyed some breakfast and began our journey.

Below, I've posted links to photos I have captured along this journey, and will post new links as we continue our travels through April 14. I'll add image titles and other details as I have time to do so.



4/7 Denver & Boulder, CO
Denver, http://gallery.me.com/visioncommunications#100238
Boulder, CO, http://gallery.me.com/visioncommunications/100225

4/8 Colorado Springs, CO / Santa Fe, NM / to Albuquerque, NM
God's Garden, http://gallery.me.com/visioncommunications#100237
Plaza in Santa Fe, http://gallery.me.com/visioncommunications#100220

4/9 Albuquerque, NM | Travel day along 1-40 through Flagstaff, AZ (through snow!) to Phoenix, AZ
1-40 thru New Mexico and Arizona, http://gallery.me.com/visioncommunications/100249

4/10 Phoenix, AZ
Superstition Mountain | Canyon Lake, http://gallery.me.com/visioncommunications#100268

4/11 Grand Canyon, AZ
Grand Canyan National Park, http://gallery.me.com/visioncommunications/100260

4/12 Boulder City | Las Vegas, AZ
Hoover Dam, http://gallery.me.com/visioncommunications#100279
Las Vegas Blvd., http://gallery.me.com/visioncommunications#100299

4/13-14 Utah, Western Colorado, Over Rockies
Driving along 1-70, http://gallery.me.com/visioncommunications/100314


Who is the Greatest Among Us?

Friday, April 08, 2011 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Luke 9:46 An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. 47 Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. 48 Then he said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.”

It seems that pride and arrogance are a problem in every generation, past and present! Jesus disciples actually argued about who would be the greatest!

Can you imagine that argument? Andrew said, "Hey, Jesus chose me first!" John proclaimed, "Yeah, and I was with him AND John the Baptist in the beginning of this whole thing!" Philip announced, "I can speak Greek!" Nathaniel grunted, "Well, I am a 'True Israelite.'" Peter chimed in, "Wait a minute! Jesus used MY boat to preach from and I had the revelation that Jesus is the Christ, while ya'll stood around wondering!"

Then and now, believers and preachers too often consider themselves greater, or better, than others because of what one possesses or has accomplished. We may not use the words, but our thoughts sometimes betray us.

Jesus' counsel still stands: The greatest are those who welcome others, see themselves as the least, and becomes a servant to all others.

In a nutshell, the greatest is Jesus and we would do well to follow His example!