Do You Have the Language of Faith?

Thursday, May 30, 2013 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

There is a language and lifestyle for believers who live by faith in God. There is a "good fight of faith," not for salvation (Jesus saved us), but to live a high quality life, win souls, and get the things done that God wants done.

People of faith and power speak and act differently because they have high expectations of God, of themselves and for their work than.  Jesus is the ultimate Man of faith and power. Follow His example.

John 14:12, Truly, truly I say to you, he who believes in Me, will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father. 

1 Tim. 6:11, But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 12Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13In the sight of God, who gives life to everything...

Listen to audio from Bible study, Wednesday, May 29 on the topic, "The Language of Faith"

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God has a Confirmed Word for You

Saturday, May 25, 2013 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

2 Peter 1:16 For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. 17 For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” 18 And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain. 19 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts;

I remember the saying, "When it is all said and done, there was a lot more said than done."

In a world and culture of words, statements, declarations, and prophecies, we need clarity more than ever. It is interesting that a lot of what we hear DOES NOT bring clarity, but confusion. This is because a lot of what is said does not have a basis in the Word and purpose of God. Jesus said in Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven."

How can this be? The best example I can recall was a group of men called the "Sons of Sceva," who were the sons of a Jewish priest.

Acts 19:13 Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.”

They were part of some kind of movement of "exorcists" who "took it upon themselves" to engage with evil spirits. They were using the Lord's name, but they did not have a "prophetic word confirmed." In other words, they lacked authority and revelation on God's will and purpose. They had neither a relationship with Jesus nor were authorized by men of God like the Apostle Paul. The Sons of Sceva and the others were involved with this little group of "exorcists" who engaged in "cunningly devised fables," to use Apostle Peter's words. They did not have a "confirmed word" and were unable to stand.

And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. (Acts 19:15-16)

God's "confirmed word" for you follows this pattern:
1. It is connected to the Lord Jesus Christ
2. It is rooted in the Scriptures
3. It is authorized by spiritual authority
4. It brings clarity within the purposes of God's kingdom
5. It edifies (builds up) God's church, not self
6. It is "a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts."

We don't have to take anything unto ourselves or follow the "fables" of people not connected to Jesus. Being connected to Christ, you and I can be in position to also receive a confirming Word from God, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

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The Blindness of Religion

Thursday, May 16, 2013 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments


Religion is so focused on its rules and rituals that it neither recognizes people's needs nor God's working in their lives. 

John 5:8 Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” 9 And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath. 10 The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.”

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"Gehazi, Don't Do It!"

Wednesday, May 08, 2013 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Interesting story from my devotional reading this morning about a man named Gehazi:

After Naaman was healed of leprosy, he tried to pay Elisha, but he wouldn't take Naaman's money (integrity). But Elisha's servant, Gehazi, chased after Naaman to get the money that the prophet refused. He thought, "Immo get that money!"

Gehazi caught up with Naaman's chariot and lied saying that Elisha sent him to get the money. He got the money from Naaman. God showed Elisha his servant's deception and greed.

Gehazi forgot he was supposed to be a servant. He injected himself into a ministry relationship and activity just to get money off well-to-do Naaman. He tried to convert Elisha's ministry connection into profit for himself. He got the money, but also got leprosy. He became deformed physically (and spiritually).

Gehazi's errors: No integrity, greed, pride, deception, hidden agenda, resource conversion.

2 Kings 5:20, But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, “Look, my master has spared Naaman this Syrian, while not receiving from his hands what he brought; but as the Lord lives, I will run after him and take something from him.” 21 So Gehazi pursued Naaman...25 Now he went in and stood before his master. Elisha said to him, “Where did you go, Gehazi?” And he said, “Your servant did not go anywhere.” 26 Then he said to him, “Did not my heart go with you when the man turned back from his chariot to meet you? Is it time to receive money and to receive clothing, olive groves and vineyards, sheep and oxen, male and female servants? 27 Therefore the leprosy of Naaman shall cling to you and your descendants forever.”

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Do You Want a "Double Portion?"

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

2 Kings 2:1, Elisha said, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.” 10 So he said, “You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so.” 
[Read chapters 1 & 2 for full context]

Elisha asked Elijah for a "hard thing." He asked for a "double portion" of Elijah's spirit. Elisha did not ask for "double anointing" or "double miracle working power." That's not a hard thing. Having a gift from God is easy. Elisha asked Elijah for CHARACTER, which is the true spirit of a man of God. That's a hard thing.

Too many believers and preachers ask for anointing, opportunity, authority, and more. Too many do not seek to cultivate character, won't faithfully follow leadership, disregard instructions, reject counsel and overstep their grace and measure. They don't "see."

Ask for hard things, like integrity and character, and stay in position to receive it.


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Kingdom Ethics & Integrity

Thursday, May 02, 2013 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments


Notes from my message on April 21, 2013: 

"How to Be Fruitful in Every Area of Life"
Part 7  |  Kingdom Ethics & Integrity 

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1 Tim 3:14 ...I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

Our conduct in the house of God should be governed by the Word of God and by biblical standards and ethics that are the generally accepted in the Body of Christ. According to John 15, Jesus is the Vine and we are the branches. We are a like a vineyard with vinedressers who manage, prune, and purge the branches of the vine. These beneficial "cutting" actions provide:

1)  The best growing experience for all the branches
2)  The removal of dead "branches" and the improvement of fruitful "branches" of our lives
2)  More fruitfulness for the vine as a whole

Biblical standards and ethics also provide a basis for excellence and success in the workplace and within the greater, better part of society.

Ethics defined: Rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions or a particular group, culture, etc.: Such as medical ethics; Christian ethics.

Integrity Defined: Adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.

Acts 20:18-35,18 And when they had come to him, he said to them: "You know, from the first day that I came to Asia, in what manner I always lived among you, 19 serving the Lord with all humility, with many tears and trials which happened to me by the plotting of the Jews; 20 how I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house..28 Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among whichthe Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. 29 For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. 30 Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. 31 Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears. 32 "So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 33 I have coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel. 34 Yes. you yourselves know that these hands have provided for my necessities, and for those who were with me. 35 I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'

Our growth and development, individually and collectively, is dependent on following Kingdom principles and biblically based ethics. Below are a some ethical recommendations:

1. When you are a stakeholder (one vested and engaged in the ministry or organization): Respect time. Be on time. Apologize for being late. Give advance notice when having to miss or be late.

2. Handle information, events, finances in accordance with policy
II Cor. 8:21 Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men
Some important New Covenant Church policies of with to be aware:
• New Covenant Church, Inc. and Pastor Bryan Hudson operate under accepted biblical and legal standards. We are also in compliance to requirements established by the Internal Revenue Service as it relates to recognized non-profit organizations under IRS code 501 (c) 3
• No one is permitted to sell goods or conduct fund raisers, without prior consent of the pastor and eldership.
• No one may request money or receive offerings from church members at any time. This is a direct violation of our ByLaws and may violate IRS regulations regarding "inurement" (http://www.nonprofitlawreport.com/guide/private-inurement/)
• New Covenant Church membership information such as telephone numbers, email, and mailing addresses may not be used without prior authorization. Such authorization will only be granted, if at all, for church-related activities. Members may not be contacted without prior consent of the pastor and eldership.
• No one is permitted to distribute or post flyers, literature, invitations, etc. without prior consent of the pastor and eldership.
• Events and meetings held on church premises require approval of pastor and eldership before dates are committed and announcements made. The purpose and agenda of such meetings shall be submitted in writing. Meetings by or for members shall not selectively exclude leaders or members of New Covenant.
• No one is permitted to counsel, prophesy or otherwise "minister" to members or guests of New Covenant Church without knowledge and oversight of the pastor and elders, or other designated leaders. This is essential for accountability and long term success in helping people. Acting outside of spiritual oversight undermines the pastoral ministry, which is committed to the long term spiritual growth, health and development of members and friends of New Covenant Church. The Senior Pastor/Leader of any church must answer to Jesus Christ for the people under His care (Hebrews 13:7,17). Persons engaged in personal ministry/counsel without the knowledge of the pastor, undermine this important function of the Senior Pastor/Leader. The church may also exposed to legal consequences when unauthorized persons take actions which may result in someone feeling injured by such actions. The pastor and elders of New Covenant Church, Inc. are legally protected against such cases. Others acting on their own are not.

3. Always carry the vision of the house of the heart of the senior leader:
1 Corinthians 1:10 Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
2 Cor. 8:3 For I bear witness that according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing, 4 imploring us with much urgency that we would receive[a] the gift and the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. 5 And not only as we had hoped, but they first gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us by the will of God.

Example: After offering me space in his church facility to use as a photography studio many years ago, my friend and mentor, the late Pastor Jerry Landry, told me, "You're in my boat. You have an ore.Be sure that you are rowing in the same direction and we are." I understood his intent and structured my business to compliment his ministry during the time I was there.

Being on one accord and avoiding division comes from unity without uniformity, and agreement on essential matters. Reading, hearing and embracing the stated mission, vision, writings of the senior leader, helps stakeholders be clear and able to find grace to be supportive. Persons within and organization presenting a different vision create "di"-vision.

4. Do not have respect of persons.
Do not show partiality. Honor recognized leaders and servants in accordance with protocol and proper order.
James 2:2 My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. 2 For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, 3 and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, "You sit here in a good place," and say to the poor man, "You stand there," or, "Sit here at my footstool," 4 have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?

1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing. 12 And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13 and to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. Be at peace among yourselves.

5. Don't complain. It displeases the Lord. Work towards a solution
Numbers 11:1 And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled;

6. Only follow recognized leaders:
III John 1:9 (ESV) I have written something to the church, but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority.
Example: The Tea Party is a faction within the Republican Party. The Tea Party has an agenda. They have their preferred candidates and political positions. The problem is they don't have enough of an organization to stand on their own. They operate inside the GOP and draw their resources from the established organization. The Tea Party throws their weight around without the burden and responsibility of actually having to main a organization, pay all the bills, or be legally responsible for actions taken.

Diotrephes was like big fish is a little pond. If he had to lead his own ministry or organization he would quickly become a little fish is a big pond.

It's alway easier to function and look like spiritual giant or genius when you are only a member of an organization. When you are responsible for leading and bearing all the burdens, it's a much different perspective. Members of an organization should only follow recognized leaders who are properly submitted under spiritual authority and demonstrating a loyal spirit.

7. Recognize and operate appropriately within the sphere organizations and leaders
2 Corinthians 10:12 For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. 13 We, however, will not boast beyond measure, but within the limits of the sphere which God appointed us—a sphere which especially includes you. For we are not overextending ourselves (as though our authority did not extend to you), for it was to you that we came with the gospel of Christ; 15 not boasting of things beyond measure, that is, in other men's labors, but having hope, that as your faith is increased, we shall be greatly enlarged by you in our sphere, 16 to preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man's sphere of accomplishment.

Example: When I interact with people who are members of other churches or organization, I acknowledge the following:
1) I came to know persons because of my relationship within the sphere the pastor or organization leader. I did not cultivate that relationship through my own resources.
2) I will not engage this person or seek to bring them into my sphere of activity or influence without the knowledge and permission of their pastor or organization leader. In the corporate world, it's called "poaching," in which people are pulled away from their connection and influence of others and into their another sphere.

Too many ministries and churches were started by poaching, The pastor did not start with people who were evangelized, unchurched, or otherwise lost. They started with people already established in another ministry, or have capitalized on situations where people have become offended. Too many churches do not ask where people have come from or the reasons for leaving another church. In my view, this is an unethical practice, but has become accepted practice because it is effective. This leads to a another, and worse violation of ethics.

8. Never be engaged in "conversion:"
Conversion is a practice by which one converts another's property to his/her own use, which is a fancy way of saying "steals." Conversion includes treating another's goods as one's own, holding onto such property which accidentally comes into the convertor's (taker's) hands, or purposely giving the impression the assets belong to him/her.  (From Websters' Dictionary)

The people, property and resources of a ministry and its leadership cannot be claimed or otherwise converted as belonging to the ministry or personal use of another. I once attended the calling and funeral of Pastor friend who died. Another pastor who attended the calling was passing out business cards inviting people to his church. This is unethical and ugly. Endeavoring to build a ministry inside a ministry, using resources obtained from the ministry, while claiming to be a ministry, is unethical.

Luke 16:10 "If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won't be honest with greater responsibilities. 11 And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? 12 And if you are not faithful with other people's things, why should you be trusted with things of your own?

Other ethical recommendations:
• Be accountable and follow accepted protocols
• Show strong support for the vision and leadership publicly and privately
• Don't exalt yourself. Let your light shine
• Purpose to pay your own way. Trust God to provide
• Understand vision, purpose and guidelines
• Keep to your assignment. Follow instructions. Operate in your sphere.

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Beware of "But" or Exceptions to God's Standard

Wednesday, May 01, 2013 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

I Kings 11:1, But King Solomon loved many foreign women, as well as the daughter of Pharaoh: women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites 2 from the nations of whom the Lord had said to the children of Israel, “You shall not intermarry with them, nor they with you. Surely they will turn away your hearts after their gods....4 For it was so, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned his heart after other gods; and his heart was not loyal to the Lord his God, as was the heart of his father David. 5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians 

Solomon had three things that most people desire: He had fame, fortune, and favor. He also was given the gift of wisdom. What Solomon lacked was strong character. His father David also achieved fame, fortune, and faith. In addition, he was immensely talented and gifted. But David also had developed a core of character.

No one can successfully argue against the fact that God wants to bless his people, spiritually and materially. 1 Kings chapter 10 outlines the wealth of Solomon AND his strong attachment to the status that his wealth gained for him. 

Over time, Solomon's devotion to his status contributed to his distraction, and ultimately to his downfall. The man once regarded as possessing the greatest wisdom of all, did not apply wisdom to his own life. He fell victim to "but."

As the word is used in our text, "but" means an "exception to the fact." There is no doubt that Solomon's wealth was God-given. He made the mistake of focusing on his wealth and status to the exception of the fact that God must be worshiped at all times. 

For Solomon, the exception that he made turned his heart from God and led him towards sexual perversion (Ashtoreth). This is a pattern we see to this day among too many highly successful people, including too many believers and preachers. 

The moral to this story is to not let fame, fortune and favor cause us to create exceptions to high character. Avoid all devotions to passions and things that lead to distraction and downfall. 

Only be devoted to God!



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