The Mind of Christ: Your Best Thoughts for 2013

Monday, December 31, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

1 Corinthians 2:16 (Amplified), For who has known or understood the mind (the counsels and purposes) of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and give Him knowledge? But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart.

In a world full of confusion and mental anguish, believers in Christ share a unique advantage. Not only do we have access to the word of God, which provides us the plan for life and explains to us the meaning of life, we also have the person and the presence of Jesus Christ in our lives.

Since we have a relationship with Christ, we can also benefit from His thoughts and purposes. This is the main idea behind having the "Mind of Christ." 100% of our personal shortcomings in 2012 came from not sharing in the thoughts and purposes of the Lord.

100% of our success and blessings in 2013 will come from cultivating thoughts, plans, and actions through holding the "thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart."

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Great people (like you) can come from small places

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Micah 5:2, "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times. "

Have you ever felt small or felt that coming from a small town or place was a barrier to success? Don't let it bother you because the greatest person who ever lived, died, and lived again, was from a small place called Bethlehem! He name is Jesus Christ!

Here's the key: Wherever you were born or may be located today, remember that we come by way of Heaven to our present journey in life. 

Great people (like you) and mighty blessings can come from small places because we are heaven sent!

Be encouraged and always have a great day!


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The Sandy Hook School Massacre: What Can We Do?

Monday, December 17, 2012 Bryan Hudson 2 Comments

“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?" (Jeremiah 17:9 NLT)

The whole nation is grieving the utterly senseless massacre of children and adults in Newtown, Connecticut. Many people are asking "Why?" and "How?"  First and foremost, we must continue to pray for the affected families in Newtown, for days and months to come. I am confident that the Christian community in that region will respond in personal ways.

I've not seen this type of public emotion and grief since 911. While the scale of this tragedy is smaller than 911, its impact is deepened by the targets of the killer…defenseless little children and teachers.  When I came home Friday afternoon December 14, turned on the television, and began scanning news channels, I thought, "What has happened now?" When I learned that this was a shooting at an elementary school, I felt sickened.

At 3:30pm, when I watched President Obama give his emotional statement, I broke and cried. I've witnessed violence. I've been on crime scenes and have seen gunshot wounds. I had difficulty processing in my mind that someone actually charged into a school and massacred little children. Certainly, violence is not uncommon in our nation and world, and we have become somewhat de-sensitized to news of it. This incident has stunned us in such a way that even the most disconnected among us had to notice and react.

To the questions of "Why?" and "How?" there are many factors to consider. We have a culture in which graphic violence is a form of entertainment. People (and children!) consume bloody violence as entertainment from movies, to mixed martial arts, to television series such as "The Sopranos," to video games, to romanticizing criminals such as Al Capone. There is a sick fascination with death and brutality in our culture.

Yet, commentators continue to tell us that "studies" have shown no correlation between violence in media and violence in society. If this principle were true, why do companies (and political campaigns!) spend billions of dollars in advertising if media had no effect on the behavior of people? For sure, one will be hard pressed to identify a direct cause-and-effect between a single media/entertainment presentation and a violent act. What a simple study likely cannot show, even from an advertising perspective, is the cumulative effect of media messages and dramatic simulations on the mind over time, or the degree to which people respond differently. But we KNOW people are affected and persuaded.

As details emerge about Adam Lanza, the shooter in the Sandy Hook school massacre, it is clear that Lanza was one of the increasing number of "anomalies" and deadly exceptions to the conclusions of studies that discount the impact of violent media. He was a troubled person living largely in isolation and an avid player of violent video games. He was from an upper middle class family and probably did not lack for any material thing. He was likely living an entitled and enabled lifestyle (not unlike the Columbine killers, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, who assembled weapons and bombs in Kliebold's parents' basement). Adam Lanza's mother exposed him to using weapons for recreation. He also used weapons in a digital world where all the targets are easy and no one shoots back. He was allowed to engage his violent fantasies in his mother's home. On December 14, at the beginning of the day, Nancy Lanza's own son shot her in the face while she slept in their home.

When something tragic happens, especially a mass shooting such as Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora or Newtown, people begin raising the issue of "mental illness." They want to understand the factors and motives behind the actions of mass murderers. Psychology and Criminology cannot explain the actions of people like Adam Lanza.  People like Lanza are not only dealing with "mental illness" they are dealing with hearts without Christ. Evil on this scale does not have a scientific explanation, especially in a society that wrongly views science as the explainer of all things, including God.

The prophet Jeremiah provided the clearest statement on the darkness of the human heart, "The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?" (17:9 NLT)

The preventative to mass killings is not banning all guns, or trying to track all mentally unstable people (who are not necessarily pre-disposed to violence).  The SURE PREVENTATIVE is to change the hearts of people. This is something only Jesus can do through the Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. Sadly and understandably, this solution is precisely what our larger society rejects as a matter of public policy, because they do not see God's light.

As believers in Christ we should neither wait nor expect sinful society to accept or understand the grace and power of God. We need to preach the Gospel of Jesus. We must sow seeds of life and hope into the hearts of people. We need to transform our popular Christian culture from one of self-seeking, "spiritual" entertainment, and building our little (or big) church "kingdoms" into something more useful and effective in our society.

We need less "pomp and circumstance" and more "salt and light."

What if….
1. We prayed more for family, friends, co-workers and fellow students in our community?
2. Churches made it they're aim to be active at public schools and pray over them?
3. We did not wait for the government to take action..realizing they are powerless to change hearts?
4. We did not allow our children to engage in violent forms of entertainment?
5  We made preaching the Gospel and sharing Christ part of our daily lifestyle?
6. Our country did not allow combat style weapons to be bought and sold, or offered a program to buy such weapons to help get them out of circulation?
7. You or I had the opportunity to pray for, and share the Word with, Adam Lanza?

Yes, Jesus is the Answer!

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 

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Honored to Receive "The Governors Award for Excellence in Service"

Monday, December 10, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

On Sunday, December 9, 2012 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, my wife Patricia and I received "The Governors Award for Excellence in Service" from Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. The award was presented by Lt. Governor Becky Stillman. The award recognizes individuals who have "made significant contributions to the Indiana community, and give time and talents out of an abiding sense of responsibility, commitment and concern for others."

We received the awards as part of the annual "McMiracle on 38th Street" Christmas community charity event hosted by local McDonald's owner/operators, Reginald & Tracey Jones, which we support every year. This year, some 650 bicycles and helmets were given to children in the name of our Lord Jesus! Families also receive Gospel literature and prayers.

The recognition was a pleasant surprise! We are certainly content to serve the Lord by helping people, serving other organizations, operating community-based ministries, and working "behind the scenes," but it was encouraging to be recognized in this manner.

It was a blessed day!

Lt. Gov. Becky Stillman presenting awards on behalf of Gov. Mitch Daniels


Reginald Jones, Tracey Jones, Lt. Gov. Becky Stillman, Patricia Hudson, Rev. Bryan Hudson





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22nd Annual Community Christmas Jesus Celebration, December 22-23, 2012

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments


More more information and to see report of our 2011 outreach, visit www.newcovenant.org

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Do You Know What Love Is?

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

1 John 3:16 By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? 18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. 

There is nothing in this world that people understand less than love. "Love" is probably the most used, and least understood word/reality in our language.

As believers, we must mature to understand, live, and share the true meaning and personality of love.

God is love. 

We know love because of something that was done, not because of something believed or felt. Father God sent Jesus to lay down His life for us. He laid down his life for you and me. He did something that resulted in His own death, just to save us.

How should we respond to such love as this? How can you and I show proper honor for such a love?

We respond by doing what Jesus did. We lay our lives down for one another––not in death, but through living to give and serve.

Love is not just words. Love is deeds. Love is truth and reality.

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There's a Blessing in the Fire

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

1 Pet. 1:6, In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7]  that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,

According to our text, trials, even those that grieve us, serve a purpose. The “genuineness” of our faith must be cultivated. God does not want to see whether are not we have faith. He knows that we have some level of faith. God wants to cultivate and make our faith grow. Our faith is our confidence in God. Our faith is our trust in his word and acting on the word. Our faith is also what we believe, and how our beliefs impact how we live.

Greek definition of genuineness is “dokimion:” 1) the proving  2) that by which something is tried or proved, a test; like the crucible of a furnace for smelting.

We know Peter is not talking about a consuming fire because the text says, “Tested by fire.” God’s consuming fire does not come to test, but to judge, consume and destroy. Peter is describing a refining fire.

Let’s understand refining fire: In Mark 9:49 Jesus said, “For everyone will be seasoned with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt.” We know that salt "seasons" by acting as an influencing agent, whether for seasoning or as a preservative.

Steel becomes stainless steel by the "seasoning" of fire while adding chromium.  All forms of iron and steel will rust when exposed to the elements, but stainless steel will not rust or corrode. Why? Stainless steel does not rust because it has undergone a “seasoning with fire.”

God helps us arrive at a state where we do not corrode under exposure to the elements of life. This happens as our faith is "seasoned" by God's refining fire. The highest aim for cultivating our faith is not to get more stuff. The highest aim and purpose of faith, according to the text, takes us to a place where we can be “found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

Here’s the highest aim and purpose of your faith: “Whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory.” 

At every station in life, at all times good and bad, but especially in bad times. When we are in the fire of adversity, We know that God’s refining fire is make us and our faith stronger! Though we do not see Jesus, we continue to love Him!

Peter went on to say, "Whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory."

This should be our aim of life with God! 

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Click to here to listen message from 11-18-2012 by Bryan Hudson: "Blessing in the Fire."

How to Have Joy & Breakthrough When You Need It

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Phil. 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always [at all times]. Again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God

When we learn to rejoice, we won't be anxious. There is no "don't worry" switch. Rejoicing, praying, not worrying, and being at peace, is a lifestyle pattern. Develop your pattern.

We all remember the "Miracle on the Hudson River" in January of 2009, in which Capt. Sully safely landed his airplane that had lost power after geese flew into the engines. His 29 years of flying, doing checklists, honing his skills, and controlling his emotions––including anxiety––allowed him to follow his pattern of training in an emergency. All the lives were saved.

Through rejoicing and prayer with thanksgiving, you will have joy and breakthrough when you need it.

Listen to message: "How to Have Joy & Breakthrough When You Need It."




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Be at "Rest" Even While you Work

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Hebrews 4:1 Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. 2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. 3 For we who have believed do enter that rest.


The concept of "resting in the Lord" is very important. It is not a posture of doing nothing. It is an attitude of trust towards God. One of the best definitions I heard for the word "rest" as used in this text is, "Using the power of another." If I am offered a free ride in a limousine to reach a destination, the last thing I'm going to do is get out and start pushing it! Use the power provided. Enjoy the ride!

Israel heard the "gospel" or good news of a Promised Land flowing with "milk and honey," which is a term signifying abundance and blessing. Numbers Chapter 13 tells the sad story of the 12 spies God sent to look at the land that God told them was blessed. Hint: If God tells you that something is blessed and good, believe Him!

When 10 of the spies saw the giants in the land, they began to complain about the Promised Land, as of God didn't know about the giants. They also saw themselves as powerless to deal with the giants, which is another problem with not resting in the Lord.

Because they did not "mix faith" with the promise, these 10 spies became fearful and negative. As a result, they did not enter into the rest of the Lord and they missed out on the blessing of the Promise Land for a whole generation.

Let's learn from the mistakes of those 10 spies and hold to the same confession of the two faithful spies, Joshua and Caleb, who said, "We are well able to overcome them!"

It's all about whose power you are going to use!  Exercise your faith in God's Word, use His power!



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Why Didn't God Answer Prayers to Elect Mitt Romney?

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 Bryan Hudson 15 Comments

This morning I read an article in Charisma Magazine online entitled, "Does Romney Loss Mean God Didn’t Answer Our Prayers?"

Many conservative Christians are distressed that Mitt Romney did not win the presidential election, especially after praying that he would. Other believers prophesied that he would win. Still others said that a vote for Obama was a vote for abortion and gay marriage.

Now that the smoke is clearing, and the reality of President Obama has been re-elected is sinking in, let me offer my response to the question: "Does Romney Loss Mean God Didn’t Answer Our Prayers?"

What does this mean? It means that God does not listen to us on matters pertaining to "times and seasons." He only listens to the "counsel of His on will." Ephesians 1:11 says, "In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His own will."

Neither President Obama, nor any other pro-choice person or supporter of gay marriage, can prevent us from preaching the gospel, dealing with promiscuity (even among believers) helping women in crisis pregnancies choose life, helping people overcome homosexuality, or stop Christians from working in our states to keep marriage between a man and a woman (as we have done in Indiana).

We should have more confidence in what God can do through us, than in politicians, who ultimately do very little on biblical issues. We wasted too much of our time, money, energy, and even some of our prayers on politics. If we become too loyal to a political party, we may lose our prophetic edge and become co-opted by a lesser agenda.

In politics, we don't vote for spiritual leaders. We vote for men and women who we think are most qualified to do THEIR job, not OUR job.

I know this seems inconceivable to some Christians, but God can use President Obama to help the country in ways that Christians cannot, such as ordering the killing of Bin Laden and scores of terrorists. By contrast, I couldn't imagine Brother Mike Huckabee being as ruthless against terrorists as President Obama (and he has been VERY lethal in this regard!) I could imagine some Christian politicians believing that intercessory prayer is all we need to deal with terrorism.

POTUS is not a spiritual office. It is an office that requires taking actions that some "righteous" people would not feel inclined to do. We're going to have to accept that civil government is not a pastoral ministry.

I believe It was to our long-term benefit that a Mormon was not elected to the highest office in the land. Having the comfort of hearing someone "say" that he is "pro-life" and "anti-gay marriage" does not solve all our problems.

"Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men's hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God." (1 Cor. 4:5)

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Voting for "Biblical Values" 
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Vote. It Cost To Much to Do Otherwise.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments


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What to do When You Feel Out of Place

Friday, November 02, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Jeremiah sent a letter to the people of God who were captive in Babylon. They were not in the place where they wanted to be, but in the place where God, and their decisions, had brought them.

God intends for us to be blessed, live in peace, and be fruitful in every place or situation in which we find ourselves. It is a test of our maturity and a validation of God's faithfulness.

Jeremiah 29:7 And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the Lord for it; for in its peace you will have peace.

So what do you do when you feel out of place? Bring peace to that place!

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Parable From Assembling a Bicycle

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

God's pattern and plan for your life is something like instructions for assembling a bicycle. All the different parts and pieces do not make sense laying on the floor.

But if you look at the box showing the finished bicycle, follow the manufacturer instructions, and have the correct tools, you will most certainly be able to put together that new bicycle.

Your life has many parts, Sometimes things don't make sense on first glance, but you know God knows what He's doing. Trust him!

Proverbs 16:20, Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.

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How God's Pattern Increases Your Harvest

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

2 Tim. 1:13 Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. 14 That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.

God operates according to his Word. He provides us with a firm foundation and a pattern or plan for life and success. The Greek word for "pattern" is the word "typos." The word means: "A figure or words formed by a blow or impression. A teaching which embodies the sum and substance of faith."

When you discover God's pattern from His Word and through instruction from  the Word, the Holy Spirit imprints your heart and mind. You come to a strong, stable, and successful place in life.

Major patterns which need to be "impressed" into us include:

Faith/Beliefs
Giving/Receiving
Prayer/Worship
Authority/Accountability
Serving/Ministry
Holiness/Sanctification
Evangelism/Social Action

Discover your unique purpose and pattern for life. Follow instructions, then watch your harvest increase!

Lev. 19:23 (NLT)  “When you enter the land and plant fruit trees, leave the fruit unharvested for the first three years and consider it forbidden. Do not eat it. 24 In the fourth year the entire crop must be consecrated to the Lord as a celebration of praise. 25 Finally, in the fifth year you may eat the fruit. If you follow this pattern, your harvest will increase. I am the Lord your God.

Click here to listen to the message, "The Abounding Blessing of God's Pattern for Your Life."

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No Excuses

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments


God knows how He wants to bless and use you. He also knows your weaknesses and has heard your excuses. Bottomline: God is not concerned about your inability because HIS ABILITY will always make the difference.

You say, "Lord, I don't know how I can do this." God says, "You will do it." So change your mind and agree with Him.

Jeremiah 1:4 The Lord gave me this message: 5 “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” 6 “O Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!” 7 The Lord replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you.

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Reach High! Dare to Make a Difference!

Saturday, October 20, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah Jireh: as it is said to this day, "In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen." (Gen. 22:14)

Visited a mountain and stood on the summit of 14,100 ft. Everything at high altitude is different, dangerous and beautiful. Reminded me of what it's like to have vision, purpose and daring to do something different in your generation. 

REACH HIGH! Dare to Make a Difference!


A Great Prayer for Believers in Christ

Tuesday, October 09, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

The Apostle Paul offered a great prayer for believers in Christ that we should also pray one for another:

Colossians 1:9 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy;

Main points to this prayer:
  • Filled with the knowledge of God's will | God plans and purpose, not our own
  • Wisdom and spiritual understanding | Not just our own thoughts and opinions
  • Walk worthy of the Lord | Live up to God's standards
  • Fully pleasing God | Doing what He wants, not just what we want
  • Being fruitful in every good work | Working on a firm foundation and with the Body of Christ
  • Increasing in the knowledge of God | More focus on the heart and Word of God
  • Strengthened with all might | Empowered to serve and live holy
  • According to His glorious power | Filled with the Holy Spirit
  • Walking in patience and longsuffering | Never quitting or giving up
  • Everything done with the joy of the Lord (Jesus, Others, Yourself)

Put on the Whole Armor of God -- Everyone!

Thursday, October 04, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Ephesians 5:10, Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Being fully clothed with the armor of God and being able to stand against the schemes of the devil, is not something that we do alone. A fully armed soldier charging a battlefield alone would become a suicide mission.

Paul spoke to "my brethren" of the Ephesian church. Together we stand! Together we are clothed with the character and power of Christ! Together we hold the shield of faith that stops the fiery darts, or the attacks, of the devil.

We are the army of the Lord! We serve and fight as one, and we help one another!

Guarding Against "Unwise-ness"

Wednesday, October 03, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Ephesians 5:17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit

Understanding is your guard against "unwise-ness." Being filled with the Spirit of God leaves no room for bad influences. The New Testament Greek word for "understanding" means, "To set or bring to together. To put perception with the thing perceived." Good understanding requires holding the right things in mind. GIGO ("Garbage In Garbage Out") is a computer data entry term. If bad data goes in, it will be impossible to get good output.

Knowing God's will is not a mystery. Good inputs such as prayer, reading/doing the Word, walking in love and forgiveness, and having a teachable spirit will always produce the output of understanding the will of the Lord.

Reach High, Dig Deep

Tuesday, October 02, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments


Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory." ~ Romans 5:2 (NLT)

2 Thessalonians 3:3, Yet the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen you and set you on a firm foundation... Amplified

For the month of September 2012, I have been teaching and preaching on the theme “Benefits of a Firm Foundation.” These messages are available at my iTunes Podcast.

Romans 10:17 states, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” The more I study the principle of foundation, the more I recognize our dependence upon the finished work of Christ. There are no new foundations in the Kingdom. There is only the foundation of Jesus Christ. We also rely on the word of God and the work of apostles of Christ such as Paul who laid the foundation for the New Testament church. 

1 Cor. 3:10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

We’ve all seen great bridges and tall buildings that we call “skyscrapers.” We marvel at the scale and height of these structures, but we also understand that tall buildings require deep and strong foundations. Builders must dig deep to lay foundations.

This principle was never more true or needful that when we consider our lives as believers and our work together as the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ. Nothing of eternal significance can be accomplished without the benefit a firm foundation. It is not just a matter of size and scale, it is also a matter of quality and endurance.

In Luke Chapter Six Jesus told a parable of two houses that were built, which looked identical. It took a storm to reveal that one house was founded on a rock, while the other house was built on the ground without a foundation. The two men who built their houses had two things in common: 1) They both came to Jesus and, 2) they both heard what he said.  They wanted to "reach high."

But there was a third factor that made all the difference: Doing what Jesus said.  One house stood and the other fell because one man acted on Jesus’ instructions, while the other did not. Without digging deep in order to connect to foundation, there is no reaching high.

Loving God, obeying the Scriptures, learning kingdom principles, following good patterns and examples, living in community rather than isolation, serving others, and functioning under loving authority, are all normal behaviors for believers who are building on a firm foundation.

The greatest benefit to living and building on firm foundations is the opportunity for everyone of us to become a part of something far greater than “a ministry,” or “a church.” We can become a “holy temple” in the earth and a “dwelling place” of God’s presence to our generation!

Click to listen to the message "Reach High. Dig Deep"

What Happens in the Mountain of the Lord

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments


Isaiah 2:2 Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And all nations shall flow to it. 3 Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

In an unstable and shaky world, the "mountain of the Lord's house" is the place of stability. Isaiah prophesied that in the latter days (today) people would decide to "flow into" God's house saying, "He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.”

People are hungry for answers. People want to make sense of life. As Christ's church we have a golden opportunity to change a generation. God has positioned us as "mountains," which are unmistakable landmarks in any landscape.

Everyone is looking. Let's show them what Jesus can do!

Undeserved Privilege, Rights, Responsibility, and Revocation

Monday, September 24, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments


Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory." ~ Romans 5:2 (NLT)

We are living in a society that feels entitled to things that must be earned and maintained through diligence. To be sure, God wants to bless people with the necessities of life such as shelter, food, health, and education. These are foundational to life and stability.

"This place" of which the Apostle Paul speaks, in a specific context can represent places such as ministry office, leadership over people, and recognized authority in Christ's Church. These are not  "places" to which we have a right.

These are places of "undeserved privilege." With privilege comes great responsibility and necessary accountability. In the absence of these, the privilege must be revoked.

However, when we humbly accept our places of undeserved privilege and serve with faithfulness, under proper authority, we will partake of God's promise to share in the measure of God's glory which He gives to fulfill His purposes.

Become Complete

Friday, September 21, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments


2 Cor 13:11 (NJKV) Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. 12 Greet one another with a holy kiss.

Some of the Apostle Paul's greatest insights came at the end of his letters. While reading this benediction, as part of my morning devotions, two words stood out from this text:

"Become complete" 

The King James Version reads, "Be perfect." The New International Version reads, "Strive for full restoration."

The statement, "become complete" in the original Greek means this:
1) to render, i.e. to fit, sound, complete
2) to mend (what has been broken or rent), to repair
3) to fit out, equip, put in order, arrange, adjust
4) to fit or frame for one's self, prepare
5) to make one what he ought to be

Becoming complete must be our aim, more than finding fault in others, and more than worrying about what you don't have. Becoming complete is part of the firm foundation on which we live.

Here's a powerful prayer, "Lord, help me become complete. In Jesus' Name, Amen!"

Loyalty

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The Good Fight of Faith

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments


James 2:15 (NKJV) If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

James 2:17 (Amplified) So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead).

We often use the word "faith" by itself. We say, "I have faith." In reality, faith is never alone. "Faith" is shorthand for something like, "Faith in God, according to His scriptural promises, with corresponding action." Just as the text indicates that faith alone would not benefit a person in need, faith in all areas should result in "deeds and actions of obedience." I see three keys to genuine faith:


  1. First: Our faith is in God, not in ourselves.
  2. Second: Our faith is based on biblical truth. What we need and want is consistent with God's will, God's word and God's plan.
  3. Third: Our faith leads to actions that correspond to what is believed. Faith is no leap in the dark. Real faith (or "Faith in God, according to His scriptural promises, with corresponding action.") looks like a plan.

To be clear: We don't invent actions to make it look like we have faith. The actions flow out of genuine faith and obedience to God.

Sometimes concerns motivate us to take better corresponding actions in relation to our faith in God in a matter. It isn't always about, "Devil get behind me!" It is sometimes about, "Get your behind moving!"

Remember these words, "Fight the good fight of faith." (1 Timothy 6:12) A "good fight" is one in which we enter the arena prepared, take some hits, dish out more hits, and continue fighting based on the strength that God supplies.

Do You Have a Critical Spirit? (by Dr. Dale A. Robbins)

Thursday, September 13, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments


By Dr. Dale A. Robbins (From http://www.victorious.org/critical.htm)
Romans 14:10 “Why do you criticize and pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you look down upon or despise your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God.
(12) And so each of us shall give an account of himself - give an answer in reference to judgment - to God.
(13) Then let us no more criticize and blame and pass judgment on one another, but rather decide and endeavor never to put a stumbling block or an obstacle or a hindrance in the way of a brother.” (The Amplified Bible)
The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines criticism as “an act of criticizing; to judge as a critic; to find fault; to blame or condemn.”
As we have read, the scriptures tell us not to tear down our brethren through criticism or judgment, as this can pose a serious stumbling-block and cause irreparable damage to their faith.
Among God’s warnings to us in scripture, there are none more somber or serious than His warning to not become a stumbling block to His followers. “...whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea” (Matt. 18:6).
There’s an old saying that “We tend to judge others by their actions, and we judge ourselves by our intentions.” The truth is, we cannot rightly judge anyone else, because we do not know the contents of their heart. We should be content to judge only ourselves and seek to bring our own lives in alignment with God’s Word (1 Cor. 11:31).
What Exactly is a Critical Spirit?
A “critical spirit,” is an obsessive attitude of criticism and fault-finding, which seeks to tear others down — not the same thing as what is sometimes called “constructive criticism.” The only criticism that is ever constructive is that which is expressed in love to “build up,” not to tear down — it is always expressed face-to-face, never behind their back. 
The person with a critical spirit usually dwells on the negative, seeks for flaws rather than good. They’re a complainer, usually always upset, and generally have a problem or a complaint about something. They often have little control over their tongue, their temper, and have tendencies for gossip and slander, which Paul said were sins “worthy of death” (Rom. 1:29-32).
What Causes a Critical Spirit?
1. Negativeness - A bad attitude and a negative view of life. A person may have unconfessed sin in their life (Rom. 2:1), or may harbor unforgiveness or bitterness toward someone who may have offended them (Heb. 12:15).
2. Insecurity - Criticism is often a subconscious means to “elevate one’s own self image.” By putting others down, they are inwardly trying to feel more important or that “they know more.” Jealousy toward the spiritual victories of others is often the cause of criticism and belittling comments. Popular ministers of the Gospel are often the target of such tactics.
3. Immaturity - Believers must always keep their focus upon Christ and His Word, not man, who will often fail (Heb. 12:2). The young or immature believer who has not progressed very far in their own faith, remain overly dependent upon the faith of those within the body of Christ. Unfortunately, when they begin to notice the flaws in their brethren, subconsciously, this becomes a threat to their own sense of victory. Criticism becomes a reaction of disappointment, because their expectations in others have been crushed.
4. An Unrenewed Mind - Put-downs, making-fun-of, criticism, sarcasm are the world’s ways of reacting to the faults of people. However, as Christians we don’t behave this way. Our thinking and attitude should be renewed by the Word of God, which teaches us to bear the infirmities of the weak, to love, and show compassion and encouragement (Rom. 12:2).
5. The Devil - As we may realize, the Devil specializes in influencing obsessive behavior. He may use any or all of the above channels, or other techniques, to influence a complaining or critical attitude to stir up turmoil and strife within the body of Christ (Eph. 6:12). We must be on guard that none of us would be used as a tool of the Devil to bring harassment or discouragement upon our brothers or sisters through continual criticism, as the Bible warns us not to “give place” to the Devil (Eph. 4:27). Remember that Satan is specifically called “the accuser of the brethren” (Rev. 12:10). Are you an accuser of the brethren?
The Bible says that the reason that we are to come together as a church is, not to criticize, but to “exhort” (encourage) one another (Hebrews 10:25). “Cursing the darkness” won’t change anything, but we must light a candle and “expose the light” of God’s Word. By sharing the truth of God’s Word, and encouraging people to live in its truth, people will change. Love and encouragement is a “motivational force.” 
If we ever hope to bring improvement in others, we need to become people of encouragement. This is the only attitude that will change people, and our actions and words must be devoted to encouraging the spiritual progress of our brethren. 
The Christian’s tongue should never be used for anything but good. “Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word, nor unwholesome or worthless talk (ever) come out of your mouth; but only such speech as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it” (Eph. 4:29 The Amplified Bible). 
Prescription For a Healthy Mind
A number of years ago, Dr. David H. Fink, a psychiatrist for the veterans administration, wrote an article for Coronet Magazine, entitled, “Release from Nervous Tension.” In his article, he outlined his research into the causes of mental and emotional disturbances. 
From over 10,000 case studies, he discovered that there was a common trait with all his patients who suffered from severe tension. They were habitual fault-finders, constant critics of people and things around them. Those who were free from tension, were the least critical. His conclusions were that the habit of fault-finding is a prelude or mark of the nervous, or the mentally unbalanced. Those who wish to retain good emotional and mental health, should learn to free themselves from a negative and critical attitude. 
Remember this, the Bible doesn’t promise peace to those who dwell on the faults of others! It says that the Lord will keep them in perfect peace, whose minds are stayed on Him! (Isaiah 26:3).

How to Have Clarity of Thought

Thursday, September 13, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Proverbs 16:3 Commit your works to the Lord, And your thoughts will be established.

Clarity of thought follows committing your works and plans to the Lord. Good works brings good thoughts, because you were created by God to do good works. (Eph. 2:10)

Sometimes, being unclear in your thinking in an indication that you are on the wrong track.

Follow peace all the way to the right track!

Nuggets of Truth to Live By

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments


God's word speaks to our lives, values, and circumstances like nothing else! Let these nuggets of truth from my daily Bible reading today speak to you. (Proverbs 13-15, 2 Corinthians 5)

Prov. 13:7 There is one who makes himself rich, yet has nothing; And one who makes himself poor, yet has great riches.

Prov. 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.

Prov. 13:20 He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed.

Prov. 14:14 The backslider in heart will be filled with his own ways, But a good man will be satisfied from above.

Prov. 15:1 A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. 2 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.

2 Cor. 5: 9 Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. 11 Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men...

2 Cor. 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 

Don't Let Perception Become Your Reality. Reach Higher!

Tuesday, September 04, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments


Psalm 145:17, The Lord is righteous in all His ways, Gracious in all His works. 18 The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. 19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them. 20 The Lord preserves all who love Him,

It has been said that "perception is reality." Actually, this is not true. "Reality" is another word for "truth." In His prayer recorded in John 17:17, Jesus said, "Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth."

Whenever you read and believe the Word of God, you are discovering God's reality. From Psalm 145:17-20, Here is the reality that you discover:

Your God is:

  • Righteous in all His ways
  • Gracious in everything He does
  • Near when you call upon Him in truth
  • Fulfills your desire when you fear Him
  • Hears your cry
  • Saves you
  • Preserves you when you love Him
Regardless of whatever you may see, or may be dealing with, let THIS be your reality. Don't live by how you feel or perceive. Live by faith in what God says. Become "sanctified" or "set apart" by God's power, plan and purpose for your life.

TRUST HIM and watch your reality change for the better!

How to Deal with Temptation God's Way

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

1 Corinthians 10:13, No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

Sometimes the pressures of life and circumstances can feel overwhelming. It can seem like no one has faced the pressure and temptation that you are facing. You cannot see a way through.

There are three things you must know:

1. There are no "exclusive" temptations. Other believers have faced the same "common" temptation. Do not believe that you are alone or that no one understands what you are going through.

2. God is faithful and wise. "Don't panic, it's just a test!" Because He created you, saved you, and has a plan for your life, your temptation is a test that will help you discover greater grace and ability in yourself. No athlete can become better without being pushed and tested by training.

3. God provides a way of escape. The Greek word used for "escape" means "a way out" or a "mountain pass." It carries the idea of an army apparently surrounded and then suddenly seeing an escape route to safety. No temptation has to result in sinning because God's process teaches us how to look for the "escape route" that He provides. Your escape route might be praise, or special prayer, or godly counsel, or changing how we think, or another route.  The escape route is never found in complaining, pouting, or caving in to the temptation to sin or take ungodly actions.

You can make it! Thank God for His goodness and grace!

Mighty God In Your Midst. A Quieting Love.

Monday, August 27, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

Regardless of the difficulty, dis-ease, or challenge you may be facing, know that God, the Mighty One, is "in the midst" or in the middle of you and your situation. He doesn't have to come in from a distant place. Whatever noise or disturbance is being caused by the challenge you face, let His love "quiet you."

The Shame and Folly of Presumptuous Sin

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Proverbs 18:13 (NLT), Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish.

Psalm 19:13, Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me.

We all make mistakes. This is human nature, even for believers who serve Christ and live close to Him.

It is a mistake to say you did something on Monday, when you intended to say it happened on Tuesday. We make mistakes in transposing numbers while writing them down. We have all given out the wrong Scripture reference on occasion.

However, some things that we do are not mistakes.

As Proverbs 18:13 states, coming to a conclusion and "spouting off" before inquiring and listening to facts is both a shame and foolish. For this, there is no excuse and it is not a mistake. According to Psalm 19:13, it is a "presumptuous" sin.

Clarke's Commentary on the Bible describes presumptuous sin as: "Sins committed not through frailty or surprise, but those which are the offspring of thought, purpose, and deliberation. Sins against judgment, light, and conscience."

I can write passionately about this topic because I have been guilty of this sin. Presumption is especially seductive because it is self-deluding, self-contented, and comfortable in its error—until exposed to the light of truth and knowledge. This light does not come from within, where the presumption dwells, it comes from without by the help of the Holy Spirit and from friends, disciples or leaders in Christ who come to our aid.

I've sat among fellow broken people who were years late in recognizing their presumptuous sins, have unnecessarily carried error, held wrong judgments against others, and lived under the dominion of their presumptuous sins.

Take my word for it: You don't know what you don't know. Get the facts, talk to people you should talk to—and not others— and avoid this shame and foolishness.

"I am a Leader" - Affirmations of Expectation

Monday, August 20, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

While reviewing some leadership materials from my library, I re-discovered the following list of affirmations by Dr. Myles Munroe. As a statement of our present practice, this list is a little intimidating. However, as a statement of our personal expectation, it is encouraging. Enjoy!

1. I possess a deep guiding purpose
2. I have a clear vision
3. I love to serve others
4. I have established specific goals
5. I cultivate my spiritual reserves
6. I am teachable
7. I am constantly refining my skills
8. I am tolerant
9. I am honest and sincere with integrity
10. I communicate my vision
11. I am an avid reader
12. I maximize time
13. I am enthusiastic toward life
14. I believe in the worth and value of others
15. I keep myself in the best condition possible
16. I embrace responsibility carefully
17. I am daring
18. I am decisive
19. I am result oriented
20. I am committed to excellence
21. I learn from my mistakes
22. I measure myself against myself

[From Myles Munroe, Becoming a Leader: Everyone Can Do It-Workbook (Bakersfield, CA: Pneuma Life Publishing, 1993), p. 59.]

We never trust God in vain.

Thursday, August 09, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

We never trust God in vain. He always lifts you up. |  Romans 10:11, As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in Him will never be put to shame." (cp. Isa. 28:16)

Don't Become Weary While Doing Good!

Tuesday, August 07, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments


Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 

This morning I woke up with today's Scripture resounding inside of me. He's giving this word for you and me: The good things you're doing do not produce a harvest overnight. The best things in life take a little longer to come, because of the quality that goes in.

You are God's workmanship (Eph. 2:10), and God is doing a quality work called YOU! Don't grow weary while God is working on and in you. You're "due season" of reaping is most certainly coming.

Just make sure that you are in your "field," and ready to reap, when the harvest of blessings show up!

Growing Faith, Abounding Love

Monday, August 06, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Having growing faith and abounding in love is God’s plan for your life.

2 Thessalonians 1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other.

JUST DO IT!

Saturday, August 04, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments


Psalms 66:1 Shout for joy to God, all the earth! 2 Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious. 3 Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies cringe before you!

The Principle of the Path

Friday, August 03, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments


Proverbs 4:18, But the path of the just is like the shining sun, That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day. 19 The way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know what makes them stumble.
The "Principle of the Path" states: It's not our intentions that shape our lives, it is the path that we choose to take. Every path, or road, leads somewhere. Poor choices put us on a path leading towards darkness and heartbreak. Good choices put us on a path towards greater light and fruitful purpose
When you are on God's path, you might even start out in a place that looks dim. Because you are committed to serving His purpose and keeping covenant with God's family, your path will grow brighter day by day.

Keep It Simple!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Sometimes life can seem, and actually become, complicated. Our foundation and mindset has a lot to do with how we handle those seasons.

David's words might seem simplistic, but these simple words are actually full of insight. Simplistic represents a naïve perspective, but simplicity relies on a great design made easy to use.

Keep it simple! Jesus paid the price to make all things possible and to make God's grand designs accessible to us!

Psalms 37:3, Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. 4 Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

One Thing

Friday, July 20, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Simplify your focus and make sure that the Lord is at the center of it.

Psalm 27:4, One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.

Benefits of Being Yoked With Jesus

Thursday, July 19, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments


Matthew 11:28, "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

The yoke of Christ is an invitation to partner with Him. Yokes are used to link oxen together so that they, with less effort, can do the work of plowing fields.

When you take His yoke upon you and begin the work of plowing your fields of life, you will notice that this yoke, unlike any other kind of yoke, is easy. You will also notice that this burden, unlike any other burden, is light. When you ask yourself, “Why is this yoke easy and this burden light?” Look over to your side, and you will see Jesus in the same yoke with you and bearing the same burden with you!

Only when yoked with Jesus will you find rest for your soul – for your mind, will, and emotions. Nothing short of receiving Jesus as Savior and Lord, and learning of Him, will make a difference.

What is REST?
R - Repentance from sin, labors and heavy burdens. “Change Your Mind”
E - Expectation of a new life through faith in God and the obedience to the Gospel
S - Salvation by grace through faith and not of yourselves. Receive the gift of God.
T - Testify of the goodness of God. Confess Jesus as your Lord and Savior.

Advice for God's "Excellent Ones."

Monday, July 16, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

You are one of God's "excellent ones." Go out and live like it today!

Psalm 16:1 Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust. 2 O my soul, you have said to the LORD, “You are my Lord, My goodness is nothing apart from You.” 3 As for the saints who are on the earth,
“They are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.”

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Advice from Psalms Chapter One, pt. 2

Thursday, July 12, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

  • Don't be like chaff (the outer shell or husks of wheat)
  • Chaff has no root and no fixed place.
  • Chaff is at the mercy of the elements. 
  • Chaff-like-people are attached to nothing; they lack stability and cannot endure. 
  • Chaff-like-people appear to be free, but in reality, are only slaves to their environment. 
  • People who are attached to God grow and produce fruit.
  • Chaff-like-people have a freedom not worth possessing

Psalm 1:4 But not the wicked! They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind. 5 They will be condemned at the time of judgment.  Sinners will have no place among the godly. 6 For the Lord watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction. (NLT)

Advice from Psalms Chapter One, pt. 1

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

  • Don't take life advice from people who don't listen to God.
  • Don't hang out with people who are up to no good.
  • Enjoy God's word and think about it all the time.
  • Be like trees planted in a healthy place
  • Then you will succeed in all that you do.


Psalm 1:1, Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers.  2 But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night. 3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither,and they prosper in all they do. (NLT)

Go Shine for Christ Today

Saturday, July 07, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Philippians 2:14 In everything you do, stay away from complaining and arguing, 15 so that no one can speak a word of blame against you. You are to live clean, innocent lives as children of God in a dark world full of crooked and perverse people. Let your lives shine brightly before them

In a world of darkness, it should not be difficult for believers to stand out in a positive way. A Straight line in the midst of divergent and crooked lines should appear obvious.  Even a dim light becomes very noticeable in the midst of darkness.

Paul indicated that it is not difficult for believers to have a positive impact in this world. It is not as difficult as you might suppose.

Our primary challenge is to do nothing to distract from the testimony of Jesus Christ. People have come to expect the worst from Christians and preachers many times. However, in their hearts they long to see a people who reflect the integrity, power and grace that they sense is in Christ Jesus.

Today and everyday, allow the Lord to help you to be the person that the world needs to see.

Listening & Hearing: Keys to Making Progress in Life

Sunday, June 24, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Listening & Hearing: Keys to Making Progress in Life The Seven "Sins" of Not Hearing

Again Jesus said, Mark 4:23, "If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear." 24] 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. 25] For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him."

The seven "sins" of not listening (Adapted from Dan Bobinski). These are not biblical sins, but instances of "missing the mark" where it concerns listening.

Sin #1: Filtering. This is when a person's mind is sifting through another's words and tuning in only when he or she hears agreement. Commonly, a Filterer replies to someone else's statements with "yeah, but…."

Sin #2: Second Guessing. Someone who is second guessing usually misses important details because they are too busy (a) imagining someone has hidden motives for saying what they're saying, and (b) trying to figure out what those hidden motives might be.

Sin #3: Discounting. This sin occurs when a listener lacks respect for a speaker. What the speaker is saying could be 100% dead on correct, but a Discounter will either internally or publicly scoff at what's being said, for any number of reasons. The sad thing about Discounters is that they often miss the solutions to the problems before them, simply because they don't like the source.

Sin #4: Relating. A Relater is someone who continually finds references from his or her own background and compares them to what the speaker is saying. Relaters often appear self - centered, as everything they hear is publicly compared or contrasted to his or her own experiences.

Sin #5: Rehearsing. This sin blocks much listening as it is simply waiting for the other speaker to finish what he or she is saying so the Rehearser can start talking again. While someone else is talking, the Rehearser is thinking about how to say the next sentence. Different from the Filterer in that the other party may actually be agreeing with the Rehearser, but any words other than the Rehearser's own are just noise.

Sin #6: Forecasting. Someone who takes an idea from the speaker and runs light years ahead of the topic at hand is forecasting. Forecasting can stem from being bored with the subject matter, or simply because one's mind automatically thinks ahead.

Sin #7: Placating. One of the worst of all listening sins, placating agrees with everything anyone else says, just to avoid conflict.

Are You Hearing or Only Listening?

Saturday, June 23, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments


Mark 4:23 "If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear." 24 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. 25 For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him."

Listening and hearing are not always the same thing. While listening is a function of our ear to detect sound waves that register in our brain, hearing is a function of our will to understanding what is being said. The fact is: Many people do not hear in many areas of life spiritually, vocationally and relationally.

Listening is a natural, physical ability, but hearing must be cultivated through training one’s heart and mind to grasp what is being said. According to Jesus, having "ears to hear" greatly affects our capacity to progress in life.

Go To Your Place Called F.O.R.W.A.R.D.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments


Exodus 14:13, And Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. 14]The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace." 15]  And the LORD said to Moses, "Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. 16] But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.

Forward defined: To cause to proceed or progress toward a goal. To cause to go or be taken from one place, person, or condition to another.

Our God is a forward-looking God. He is all about leading us foward, proceeding and progressing towards the future. He does not believe in going backwards. Ask  Lot's wife about that! Gen. 19:26, "But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt."

Forward is a place to which God leads people of purpose and destiny. Forward is a place that stretches your faith and exercises your prayer life. Forward is the place and the direction the vision takes you.

Forward is a place beyond the present obstacles, barriers, limitations and trouble

Go F.O.R.W.A.R.D.

F - Follow instructions. Face your God given responsibilities. Stop complaining and do something! Carry your weight. Be an effective part of the body of Christ.

O - Open your heart to God. Turn to Him and not to fear. “Do not be afraid. Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.” Prayer keeps you sensitive to God's direction.

R - Remember your covenant with Jesus, family, leaders, and brothers and sisters in Christ. “Remember” is a covenant word.

W - Walk by faith, not by sight. Don’t trust your feelings or your carnal mind. Only through prayer will you be sensitive to what God is doing and saying. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. Activate spiritual principles.

A - Act on the Word. Act on spiritual principles. Be doers of the Word, so you won’t deceive yourself. (James 1:22, But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.) Mrs. Lot deceived herself. Be faithful, supportive, and obedient.

R - Roll with the punches, and then punch back. Don't live in denial, but not lay down and left life, or people, run over you. "Fight the good fight of faith!" (1 Tim. 6:12)

D - Dream big and get to Work! Work on yourself, your plans, and invest into your dreams.

Go to your place called “Forward” and do not make the mistake of looking back or clinging to the things, or people, that God has instructed you to release. Don’t forget about what happened to Lot’s wife when she disobeyed God’s instructions and turned back towards Sodom. She became a pillar of salt, frozen in her position of compromise looking backwards. (Gen. 19:12-17)

Luke 9:62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Luke 17:32 Remember Lot’s wife. 33 Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.