Feed Your Faith. Starve Your Doubts.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments




James 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways

Listen to the message by Pastor Bryan Hudson, "Feed Your Faith. Starve Your Doubts." 

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Substance Over Stuff

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments



John 6:26 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. 27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life.

Don't just seek Jesus for stuff, seek Him for substance.

He certainly meets material needs, but spiritual formation and foundation put you in position to be productive and fruitful at all times!

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“The Song of Mary - What is your song of testimony?”

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments




Your life is a gift from God! 

Mary was chosen to be the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. She expressed her praise of being chosen by sharing a “song” or testimony called the “Magnificat." Because life is a gift, God has chosen mothers to bring the gift of life into the world. 

Everyone born of a mother is also chosen to fulfill special purpose in life. You are God’s gift!  You have a “song” or testimony that will carry you through life and over the hardships of life. God’s goodness provides you with a “new song."

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My Insights on 1 John 1:7-9 and 1 John 2:1-2

Thursday, May 05, 2016 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments



1 John 1:7-9, "But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

It has been suggested that this text is referring to non-believers, rather than believers in Christ. it has also been suggested that this text was dealing with gnostics among the believers in John's day. There is also the argument that this text is the only instance of it's type in the New Testament. However, that would be true for many other significant scripture texts in the New Testament, and is therefore not a reason to disregard this text.
 
These arguments are offered to dismiss the notion that Christian should confess any sins to God. The argument goes that if Christians have been forgiven there's no need to confess any sin committed. I believe that notion is erroneous and that John was speaking to Christians in this text. Rather than make this text about being forgiven as in the same light as sinners are forgiven, let's consider this text in light of our relationship with God.

If the text was referring to non-believers, then John was promoting salvation by works. There is also the important matter the sinners are not "cleansed" from unrighteousness (wrong deeds), they need a new birth and the gift of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ

As a believer, I am in relationship with God. I am in relationship with my wife (for example). If any of my actions displease God or my wife, I acknowledge it out of respect for my relationship with God or my wife (or any other person with whom I relate). I don’t become lost or divorced because of any mistake or sin, but because of love, I value openness and honesty in our relationship.  

My “confession” is not an appeal to be saved again or to avoid marital retribution. This is not about the new birth or falling back to "square one" in my marriage. The forgiveness I seek is not remission of sins again (that’s already been done). I only seek to celebrate the forgiveness already attained by sharing my mistake—and not hiding it, making excuse for it, or allowing self-deception to become a problem. A believer does not sin in the same manner (or with the same intent) as unsaved people. 

I am simply respecting my God (or my wife) by being willingly accountable. I am pleased to do what pleases Him (or her). I do this, not from any sense of condemnation or guilt — but only from a sense of deep love and respect for the relationship.

1 John 2:1, "My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world."

This text plainly states that John was speaking to believers, including his previous words (chapter one - though chapters were not present in the original text).

Ii am saved, forgiven, have no sin consciousness, and blessed to serve God everyday. My righteous lifestyle in Christ does not involve mistakes or sins. However, IF (or when) I make a mistake, I remember my relationship, access God’s grace in Christ, and rejoice in my forgiveness and righteousness already purchased. The blood of Jesus has never lost its power!

For example, If I make a mistake that affects my wife, and she is aware of it, from a motivation of love and respect for her, I acknowledge it. Denial of mistakes (sins) hurts relationships and hinders personal growth (which improves by growing up into Christ in all things - Eph. 5:15)

In genuine relationships we always find the blessing of growth through nurture which makes us stronger.

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Whatever God Requires He Provides

Tuesday, May 03, 2016 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments


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How to Overcome the World Within and Without (audio)

Monday, May 02, 2016 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments


Listen to this message on the Firm Foundation podcast


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