With Jesus, You Won't Rust Out!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Mark 9:49, “For everyone will be seasoned with fire..."

God's "seasoning" is like the tempering of steel to transform it into stainless steel, something that will not rust under exposure to the elements.

The effects of fire and special additives transform or "season" regular steel until it becomes stainless steel.

Jesus knows how to make us stronger and to never "rust out!"

Remember to Take Care of God's Business!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

1 Chronicles 17:1 After David was settled in his palace, he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of the covenant of the LORD is under a tent.”  2 Nathan replied to David, “Whatever you have in mind, do it, for God is with you.”

Sometimes we find ourselves better off than God's work in some way. David realized that God had blessed him to live in a "house of cedar," while the Ark of the Covenant, which represented God's presence, was dwelling in a tent. That tent was likely tattered and worn over it's years of portable use.

David thought about that while sitting inside the blessings that God's presence had brought him.

Do you think about the condition of God's work and church? Are you content to be blessed, but to allow God's work to go lacking?

Let's take Nathan's encouragement to David personally, "Whatever you have in mind, do it, for God is with you.”

What is in your mind regarding God's work?

Two Assignments in Perilous Times

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

2 Timothy 3:3 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

We live in the perilous times that Paul indicated "will come." Perilous is defined as: Hard to bear, troublesome, dangerous, harsh, fierce, savage. The biblical Greek word carries the idea of “reducing strength”

We don’t need anything that reduces our strength. We need God, people, and principles that help increase strength in every area of life. Compromise and bad behavior within relationships, family, or personal character all contribute to "perilous times."

The Apostle Paul offered insight for "increasing strength." Philippians 2:15, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.

As believers in Christ, we find two assignments from this text:

1) Hold forth the word of life: We have the opportunity to engage a culture full of negative, hateful words, with a "word of life" through Christ.

2) Shine as lights: Our world and society needs to see shining examples of God's love and life. Dark places need light.

Your Unique and Attractive Light

Wednesday, May 02, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Isaiah 60:1 Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. 2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. 3 The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.

This scripture describes the benefits of God’s people rising, shining, and allowing the light and glory of God to shine on us. When we arise and shine, people in darkness, people in trouble, and people who lack direction, will come to our light, and to the brightness of our rising. Note the word “brightness.”

In our world, people are attracted to "stars," or people with celebrity status. Why is this? One reason is that celebrities possess abilities or a status that people admire and wish for themselves.  As with many things in our popular culture, following celebrities represents only a pale counterfeit of something genuine. In reality, it is "darkness" and "deep darkness" driving many of the "stars."

God is light. Everything and everyone close to God reflects the brightness of His light. Isaiah said that "the Lord" will "arise" over us! He said that his "glory" will be seen over us!

When we avoid complacency and compromise to fully trust Christ, we will clearly see "our" light. More importantly, others will be drawn to the "brightness" of our rising and emergence.

You don't need to try to find significance in the shadow of others, God provides a unique and attractive light for you.

Now go, "Arise and shine!"