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.

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Voting for "Biblical Values"

Saturday, October 27, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments




Every presidential election, we hear or read the phrase, "Vote the Bible" or "Vote for biblical values." I don't get excited about superficial and simplistic statements. I think folks should simply say what they believe: "Vote against Obama. Vote for Romney or ANY Republican candidate, because the GOP is the only party that God approves."

In truth, The most important biblical value is the Bible itself. In the truest sense, there is no such thing as "biblical values,” though we are called to be “salt and light” in our generation. Either one believes and lives by the Word of God or not. In my view, "Biblical values" is a term used by people and organizations with political agendas that intend to influence Christians to favor the Republican Party, often without regard for the entire scope of issues of concern to all citizens. 

I am politically independent. I vote for Democrats, Republicans and independents based on whom I believe is the best man or woman for the given job. There are some believers that I would not allow to work on my car, because being a Christian or having "biblical values" does not always equate to being qualified. People who say they only vote and act in line with "biblical values" are either inconsistent or ill-informed. For example, below is a list of companies that support Planned Parenthood. Many of the same people who say they only do "biblical values" patronize these companies. (http://www.lifenews.com/2011/09/12/pro-life-group-lists-companies-backing-planned-parenthood/)

Voting is not a spiritual exercise, it is a civic exercise with limited spiritual implications. These spiritual implications are always subject to examination, post-election or event. We can easily discover the veracity of predictions made by Christians and preachers (Anyone remember Y2K? Do you remember who said what? I do!). One example of a prediction that we can judge today is, "Letter from 2012 in Obama's America," (a fictional account) by Dr. James Dobson (http://www.wnd.com/files/Focusletter.pdf). 

There have been warnings of dire consequences of Obama's election in 2008 and 2012 from the likes of Charisma Magazine and so-called “prophetic,” "Dominionist" and "New Apostolic Reformation" movements. (http://unsettledchristianity.com/strang-report-the-consequences-of-this-election-are-high-so-pray/ and http://www.theoakinitiative.org/oak-leaf-31#.UIxRE457yuE) We also hear similar dire warnings from politically conservative Christians, who too often seem self-righteous in the "infallibility" of their views.

Christians who “spiritualize” and "prophetic-ize" elections have a spectacular record of failure. They get it wrong...almost always. The reason for the record of failed predictions is simple: God is not listening to these folks nor speaking to them on such matters because He only listens to the counsel of His own 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."

We should remember that the early church thrived, howbeit amid persecutions, during an empire ruled by the likes of Augustus Caesar and Nero Claudius Caesar (who was particularly evil and was probably on Paul’s mind when he wrote 1 Timothy 2:1-2.)

Invariably, "biblical values" comes down to two issues: abortion and gay-marriage. Both of which I oppose, but believers with political agendas use these two issues to drive votes for political candidates who "say" they are pro-life and anti-gay marriage. Candidates extract money and political power from these folks. When people challenge me on how I could have voted for President Obama in 2008, some try to chastise or intimidate me with accusations of promoting abortion and gay-marriage. It is the old "guilt by association" argument (that cuts in all directions!)

In response, I ask these questions:

1. What have you done in the past six months to prevent conditions leading to abortion? 
2. How have you personally worked to prevent abortion?
3. If Roe v. Wade was overturned today, would abortion become illegal in the USA? 
4. If abortion became illegal, what sentence would you impose on women and doctors for the crime of "abortion/murder"?
5. Since gay-marriage is a states-rights issue, what have you done to keep marriage between a man and a woman in your state?

I usually find that people have not considered these questions because many are not actually motivated to understand social issues or directly help pregnant women or people struggling with homosexuality. (I certainly have not done enough!)  We seem to think that voting for a "pro-life" politician absolves them of personal responsibility to actually do something to prevent abortion or help women with crisis pregnancies choose life. I see mostly partisan politics parading as spiritual substance. 

Today, we are mostly motivated by rhetoric, symbolism and superficial signs of "Kingdom" action. Republicans say they believe in “small/, limited government” but want the government to define marriage and make abortion illegal (I don't have a problem legally defining marriage as opposite sex). This hypocrisy is stunning, and the Christians just go along with it because of “biblical values.”

If we actually wanted use “biblical values” as a basis of action, we would OBEY the Bible in regards to: Caring for the poor; Praying for our leaders; Preventing oppression of the poor by the rich; Addressing inequality; Calling out lies told by politicians; Acting against the exploitation of weak people; Promote fair criminal justice; Dealing with divorce/immorality among believers; Addressing racism, Exposing doctrinal error, and more. 

Instead of taking responsible action, what we see is politically motivated zealotry, not Christ-centered, love-motivated action.

This presidential election cycle presents a very interesting problem for people who like to "spiritualize" elections. Many are convinced that President Obama is some combination of a America-hating /Socialist/Muslim/Kenyan/quasi-American. By any fair-minded measure, Barack Obama is an excellent example of a man, father, husband, and American. 

Dutch Sheets, considered a prophet by many, stated plainly that Barack Obama is a "muslim." (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wD7OIjjALlI). 

Here's the problem I have with these kinds of statements: If the President is not a Muslim (which he is not), then such proclamations are lies, if not walked back. A lie (or "untruth" if you will) is a serious matter. Even when President Obama is dead wrong on issues such as abortion and gay marriage, this does not grant permission or authority for believers to misrepresent the man, his family, or try to elevate conspiracies and lies into legitimate arguments. Nor is it acceptable to disrespect a sitting President. There is also a lack of accountability within these movements and an absence of correction when errors are committed. 

The GOP nominee for President is former governor Mitt Romney, who is a Mormon. The same people who say they stand for "biblical values" are supporting a candidate whose religion elevates a false prophet (Joseph Smith) and promotes a religion that has no relationship with historic, biblical Christianity. They claim that the Book of Mormon is equal in authority to the Holy Bible (certainly NOT a biblical value!) The Church of Latter Day Saints would have been rejected by Christ, the Apostles, and church fathers if it had existed in their time. In our time, anyone who knows the Word of God understands that Mormonism is unbiblical. However, because Mr. Romney claims to embrace "biblical values,” he is now recognized as "God's choice" to lead America (or “Take America back” as is often said--"back" from whom?). There are no end of negative statements, "prophecies," and random statements warning us about the impending doom of an Obama re-election. There’s a lot of presumption going around.

Some predict judgments if President Obama is re-elected (since judgments didn't happen during his first term), but none warn of any consequences of electing a Mormon Priest as President of the United States. Personally, I don't see judgments on America regardless of who is elected. I find it very interesting that people look for judgment on America if a man who says he is pro-choice and supports gay-marriage gets re-elected, but look for revival, awakening, and blessing in America if the man who is a Mormon priest gets elected.

We should know better. The salvation and destiny of people who live in America and the world is not subject to the President of the United States. God and His plan are bigger and better than that. If we Christians repent and live right, we can have revival!

Regarding matters of "God's judgment" in this dispensation, I believe the following: "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) As much as men insist on determining the "appointed times," they do not know and will not know until the Lord comes!  

God reserves this right to Himself:  “But it is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another.” (Psalm 57:7)

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!

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