The Benefits of Asking for the Right Things

Friday, April 28, 2017 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments




At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?” -1 Kings 3:5

This was a question that God asked Solomon. He basically showed up and offered to give Solomon whatever he wanted. How would you respond if God presented you with a "blank check" and gave you an opportunity to have whatever you wanted?

The response to that question says more about one's heart and values than almost anything else. With the prospect of being able to have anything he wanted, Solomon faced a great test from God.

Here was his answer: 

1 Kings 3:8, And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted. 9 Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours."

Out of all the things he could have asked, Solomon asked for a wise and understanding heart to be able to better serve people.

I remember reading this Scripture many years ago as a young man and young minister. From that day until now, if anyone asks me what I want, I first ask for wisdom and understanding from God.

Notice how God responded to Solomon's request for wisdom and understanding:
1 Kings 3:10 The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. 11 Then God said to him: “Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice, 12 behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you. 13 And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days.

We know the importance of trusting in God, but we also want the Lord to trust us. Solomon's unselfish request not only brought the wisdom and understanding he requested, it also brought great blessing upon his life.

God will trust unselfish people who are motivated by walking in wisdom, understanding, and serving others. It is the gateway to being a better servant and living in God ordained provision for your life....and that provision provides the means to serve.

Walk that way.....


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A Lesson From a Little Rich Guy

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments



Luke 19:1 Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. 2 Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. 3 And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way. 5 And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” 6 So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully.

Zacchaeus was a little rich guy. One wonders how a text collector becomes rich! Did he skim off the tax collections or was he paid bonuses for getting past due taxes?
Of course, we don't know the answer to those questions, but the point of the story is that Jesus did not care about the man's status. He cared about his soul. To the credit of Zacchaeus, he showed an interest and faith in Jesus as evidenced by climbing up a tree to get a better view.

There are people we might not think are worthy of God's love and mercy. Jesus receives the faith of anyone who is willing to turn to him.

What extraordinary action would you take to "see" and experience Christ in a better way? I would think that we could do better than a tax collector.

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Know Jesus. Know the Power of His Resurrection. (audio)

Friday, April 21, 2017 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments



Phil. 3:7 But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

Easter Sunday has passed, but resurrection power is still here!

The Apostle Paul expressed his desire to know Jesus AND to know the power of His resurrection. He highlighted the failure of his own attempts at self-righteousness and revealed the victory of following Jesus. Paul showed that resurrection is not only a past event, but a present power. Death, and its related forces, is the most formidable of all challenges to life. Jesus alone defeated death and the forces of misery, defeat, and lack of purpose. 

Jesus' resurrection offers some very powerful and exciting concepts. We all live by concepts, both good and bad. A concept is: An idea of how something is, or how something should be done. 

Here is one of those concepts summarized in Romans 8:11, “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.”

Isn’t that amazing! For a follower of Jesus, the same power that raised Christ from the dead lives in us and gives God’s life to our mortal bodies through the Holy Spirit. This is the source of our healing, strength and breakthrough in times of crisis. Because God loves everyone, His mercy through Christ is present, which accounts for the preservation of those who do not serve God. 

Don’t think if Easter Sunday as a once-a-year-go-to-church experience. Think of Easter as a reminder of the beginning of our personal salvation and power for daily living through Jesus’ Resurrection!

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Listen to my Resurrection Sunday Message, "Know Jesus. Know the Power of His Resurrection," on the Firm Foundation Podcast on iTunes and Podbean.

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2017 Multimedia in Focus Media & Arts Camp June 5-30

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments





I am pleased to host another empowering and exciting experience for young men and women! This is our 18th year of Multimedia In Focus Media & Arts Camp!

Media plays a vital role in the lives of today's youth and in our world. The mission of the Vision Multimedia Workshop since 2000 is to introduce youth to the multimedia arts of digital and interactive media. By providing access to high quality hardware, software, excellent instruction, and exposure to professionals in the field, participants learn to create postive multimedia content.  In our program "consumers" become "producers!"

Multimedia in Focus  summer media camp provides a wide range of exciting, hands-on opportunities for young people. The program provides participants with a head start to higher education or a future career in multimedia as well as gaining confidence and self-esteem through the creative and team building process. We also visit media and arts institutions, as well invite media/arts related guests to present at our “VisionTime” talks.

We empower youth ages 11-18 in the digital media arts! Sign up today! SPACE IS LIMITED! www.visionmultimedia.org


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The Empowerment of Persistence in Prayer (Audio Message)

Tuesday, April 04, 2017 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments





[Message Notes] 

Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Persistence Definition: Firm continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition. The quality that allows someone to continue doing something or trying to do something even though it is difficult or opposed by other people

We persist in three ways:

1. Prayer: Communication with God, empowerment for people, influence over circumstances
2. Personal Power: Your ability to influence or change an outcome.
3. Purpose: Fulfilling your assignment(s)

Luke 11:1 Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”2 So He said to them, “When you pray, say:  Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. 3 Give us day by day our daily bread. 4 And forgive us our sins [& debts], For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one.”

5 And He said to them, “Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and he will answer from within and say, ‘Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you’? 8 I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs. 
9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 11 If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

Relationship empowers persistence. 
Asking is the protocol for receiving

Asking, seeking, and knocking is the sequence and protocol for the empowerment of persistence. Your persistence open doors that remain open to you. This is the empowerment. 

Ask > Given  Immature Stage   =    No Power/Authority/Uncertainty
Seek > Find Growing Stage    =     Developing Power/Authority/Growing Confidence
Knock > Door Opened Mature Stage     =      Full Power/Authority/Full Confidence & Faith


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Awaken the Giant Within (Audio Message)

Tuesday, April 04, 2017 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments



[Partial Message Notes]

I John 4:4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them.
Philemon1:4 I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers, 5 hearing of your love and faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints, 6 that the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. 7 For we have great joy and consolation in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed by you, brother.
The giant within you is your new creation nature in Christ. He is the “greater” one who is greater and more powerful than the world! Realizing “every good thing” inside of you is a key to effective faith.
Paul knew he could count on Philemon. More than almost everything else, we want God and people to have confidence in us.
Philemon1:21 Having confidence in your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say

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"Golden Hour"

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments



2 Peter 1:19 (NIV) We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

For a photographer, the best light of the day is morning light. The quality of the light is warm, glowing and it enhances the colors of everything else. Sometimes morning fog drapes the landscape. It is called the “Golden Hour.” The only downside to morning light is that it changes quickly and soon gives way to “normal” daylight.

God’s word is warm, glowing and He enhances everything and everyone. Unlike the Golden Hour, God’s word does not go away, but there are optimal times for receiving it. Insight from God is not “on-demand" like our cable box, Roku, or AppleTV. We don’t switch Him on and off as we do our televisions.

While God is ever-present, He wants to, and we need to, enjoy special time with Him. Those times are special because of the insights, ideas, and inspiration we receive. It feels like, and looks like, a new day dawning and the sun rising.

Life is full of necessary routines. Look forward to your special Golden Hour with the Lord.

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The Great Exchange...."Jesus on the Mainline"

Monday, March 13, 2017 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments




But those who hope in the Lord will renew [exchange] their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31 

From time to time, we all need renewal and refreshing. The normal activities and challenges of life take a toll. There are also special circumstances like the passing of loved ones or unexpected setbacks in life.

Whatever the situation, God has made a provision through His grace. Grace is everything God has that He makes available to us.  And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. (John 1:16)

God’s method for renewal is something I call “The Great Exchange.” This is nothing new. It is a very old and biblical understanding of how God works in our lives. We cannot change ourselves using our own strength. We can make superficial adjustments, but deep and lasting change must come from our Creator. 

The Great Exchange began with Jesus giving His holy life for our sinful lives. He died in our place to take away our sins, and not only our sins but the sins of all people. (1 John 2:2, New Century Version)

As a photographer, I’ve become highly skilled at using my various cameras, but when my camera needs deep cleaning, calibration or repair, I have to send it to Nikon, Canon, Sony or Panasonic. I have to give up use of the camera and exchange my understanding for the manufacturer’s expertise.

Early in 2016, I experienced some pain in my lower leg after a workout. I “diagnosed” myself with a slight Achilles tendon strain (I had a rupture years ago and knew the difference). I put ice on it, rested it, and later began to slowly stretch it (as I “learned” from an almighty Google search!) The pain persisted off and on, so I went to the doctor months(!)later. A specialist diagnosed it as a partially torn Achilles tendon. It was like strands of a rope that had been torn with remaining strands bearing the load. All my efforts only made it worse, especially stretching it.

My best help came from doing an exchange of my limited (and foolish) diagnosis for a real doctor’s diagnosis and treatment. For this injury, surgery was not needed. I had to take pressure off the tendon by wearing a special boot at home and dress boots with a high heel when away from home. The high heel relieved tension on the tendon.

When I exchanged my knowledge for the doctor’s knowledge, my situation changed. 

Is there any situation in your life that would benefit from the Great Exchange? Jesus is our Specialist! Don’t frustrate yourself or make matters worse by trying to sort things out all by yourself.

Like the old folks used to say, “Jesus is on the mainline, call Him up and tell Him what you want!”

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Listen to my message from Sunday, March 12, “The Empowerment of Encouragement: The Great Exchange.”

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Peace in the Middle of Your Storm: Resolving Conflicts | Firm Foundation Program #105

Friday, March 03, 2017 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments


I am pleased to present another in a series of live and on-demand video programs called "Firm Foundation with Bryan Hudson." The programs feature Bible studies, conversations, productivity technology insights. 

Program #105 features a productivity technology insight on Google Voice, which is a free service that provide a telephone number, voicemail service, with many great features. The Bible Study is on the topic "Peace in the Middle of Your Stom: Overcoming Conflicts." (click on graphic below to view the program)



Jesus promises peace. Life brings storms such as conflicts in relationships and in our circumstances. The peace that Christ brings to your life is ¯ than the difficulties. Learn how to stay in peace even when you have to deal with people and resolve conflicts.


Proverbs 4:23, Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.


Having peace in the middle of any of conflict begins with “keeping (guarding) your heart.” Conflict is not only the challenge of resolving interpersonal issues, it is also something that intends to degrade your inner peace.

The heart's central role in conflict is described in James 4:1-3. When you understand this passage, you will have found a key to preventing and resolving conflict.

"What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don't get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures."

Most conflicts that are manifest in your circumstances began with conflicts within your own heart. Peace in your heart and peace in your circumstances are not the same. The first key to resolving conflict is to establish peace in your own heart and mind.

Romans 12:18, If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.

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How to Maximize Your Moments in Time

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments



Eph. 5:15-17 (NKJV) See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Eph. 5:15-17 (NIV) Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

Colossians 4:5, Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.

Taking advantage of opportunity is the purpose of God’s gift of time. Living life on purpose is the reason for living. 

From Matthew Poole's Commentary: 
Redeeming the time; or, buying the opportunity: is a metaphor taken from merchants, that diligently observe the time for buying and selling, and easily part with their pleasure for gain. It is the idea of a merchant who, knowing the value of an article and the good use to which he can put it, buys it up. 

“Because the days are evil”: The days of life in general are so exposed to evil, as to make it necessary to make the most of the seasonable opportunity so long as it lasts.  These are days full of difficulties and dangers.

Through grace we seize the moments or opportunities ordained of God. Walk through the open door while it is open. Leonard Ravenhill wrote, “The opportunity of a lifetime must be seized in the lifetime of the opportunity.” 

Jesus seized opportunity by “setting his face” to become our Savior:
Luke 9:51, (NKJV) Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem
Luke 9:51, (NLT) As the time drew near for him to ascend to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.  

Time is the overall framework. Moments present opportunities for taking action. We maximize opportunities by taking action. “Maximize” means: To increase to the greatest possible amount or degree; make the most of it. 

The time framework is like looking at a calendar. Moments are like selecting dates on the calendar to take action. Actions such as prayer, reading, studying, resting, working, meetings, writing, teaching, training, being trained, and every other fruitful thing you helps you maximize your time.

Here are some statements about time and opportunity to help develop a better mindset:

Time is a gift 
Time is holy 
Time cannot be replaced 
Time makes you realistic and practical 
Time reveals opportunity 
Time moves in one direction only 
You have less time than you realize 
Time is a non-renewable resource 
Time requires planning to be useful 
Time is a small slice within eternity to fulfill God’s purpose 
Times and seasons govern all activity
Time is a basis for good decisions 

Denzel Washington offered a poignant statement on the importance of seizing opportunity during an acceptance speech for an acting award.




He said, ”Ease is a greater threat to progress than hardship” and "Without commitment you'll never start, Without consistency you'll never finish." 

Why is ease a greater threat? Being at ease is about wasting time and failing to maximize moments by taking action. Hardship, while painful, usually causes us to take effective action. It is not that God is greater in times of hardship. It is more likely that we possess greater focus during times of hardship.

A key to progress: Number Your Days

Psalms 90:12,(NKJV)  So teach us to number [enumerate; mention one by one] our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom. 
Psalms 90:12 (NLT) Teach us to make the most of our time, so that we may grow in wisdom. 

“Numbering” your days is not about counting days but making days count. Jesus knew he had only 3 1/2 years to fulfill His purpose after God commissioned Him. He said in  John 9:4, "I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.” He focused on seizing opportunity by taking action in moments of time.


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Visit the Firm Foundation podcast to listen to my message, How to Maximize Your Moments in Time


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Firm Foundation with Bryan Hudson Program #103 | Conversation with Pastor Shad Hill

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments




PROGRAM WEEK OF FEBRUARY 5, 2017
Conversation with Pastor Shad Hill

PROGRAM CONTENT: Conversation about reaching diverse populations, intergenerational collaboration, dealing with pain in life, and mental health.


Previous programs, conversations, and teachings at www.firmfoundationtv.net

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The Star Bangled Banner (Aerial Flag Video)

Wednesday, February 08, 2017 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments




"Star Spangled Banner" Aerial Flag Video 
(View "Full 4K" Ad Free Version on Vimeo, https://vimeo.com/203054267)
4K Filming and Editing by Bryan Hudson, Vision Communications
www.visioncomsolutions.com
Color Grading in DaVinci Resolve

"The Star Spangled Banner"
Whitney Houston
© Arista Records
Francis Scott Key, writer
John Clayton, music arrangement

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The Amazing Power of Planted Seed

Wednesday, February 01, 2017 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments



Jesus said in Mark 4:26-28 “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground,  and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how.  For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head." 

There is amazing power both within the seed you sow and within the kingdom of God. Jesus compared the productivity of God’s kingdom to the natural process of sowing and reaping. Since we have witnessed God's work in nature all of our lives, we don’t stop to think about how the amazing it is! “For the earth yields crops by itself…” 

We do not fully understand how nature works, we only know that it is reliable and consistent. We should view God’s kingdom in the same manner and trust the process by our participation. Here is a major principle from Jesus’ teaching:

A seed, once planted, GAINS the power to produce and increase. 

The power within a seed can only be released by planting the seed. This is true for every endeavor and for our giving. I traveled with a team of four men to Kenya Africa in November of 2016 for a missions trip.  The members of my church, New Covenant Church, and the friends who donated literally “sowed” us into the lives of the wonderful people of Eldoret, Keyna. That mission resulted in transformed lives, resourced pastors, encouragement beyond measure, and a lot more that we cannot see.

In few months, our church facility will be paid off and the ministry will be debt free. We are not a big church and none our current members are wealthy, but the generosity of a group of godly, willing people sowing into God's kingdom produces amazing results.

As Jesus said, “…The seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how.”

I want to encourage you to always be a giver and a sower of your three “T’s” - your Time, Treasure, and Talents. The farmer, with all his knowledge and skill can produce nothing without putting his seed into the soil, We can only make a difference by getting our “seeds” of action and generosity into the fruitful “soil” of the Kingdom of God!

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Firm Foundation with Bryan Hudson for Week of January 29, "Principles of Increase and Good Success"

Monday, January 30, 2017 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments



PROGRAM CONTENT

Bible Teaching: “Principles of Increase  and Good Success”
Productivity Technology Tip: Intro to Self-Publishing

Previous programs, conversations, and teachings at www.firmfoundationtv.net

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Free Indeed! Free Forever! Debt Free in 2017!

Friday, January 20, 2017 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments




John 8:31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” 33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?” 34 Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants. ~ Isaac Newton


Because of Christ, we are free indeed and free forever. 


Freedom is a treasure and a legacy. Freedom is a treasure because it is valuable. Freedom is a legacy because we did not create it, we only inherited it. Freedom and responsibility go hand in hand. We have the responsibility to live a certain way and we have the responsibility to share it.


When Jesus says He makes people “free indeed” he is talking about freedom in the total sense, at every level. On the national holiday of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Junior we not only celebrate the work of the man but of an entire movement of which he is the most visible figure. He is a figure that cannot be hidden, though many others are hidden in history. 


The civil rights movement was more than a movement of freedom, it was a movement of the exercise of the rights of freedom. Because key people in the movement were believers in Christ, such as Rev. Dr. King, they were “free indeed.”  They possessed the spiritual and moral strength to resist the oppression of wrong and evil people and work to bring about change. People will religion are not free indeed. Only people with the freedom that Christ gives are fully free.


Because they were (and we are) free indeed, they conducted their fight on the highest moral ground. “We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline.”  Rev. Dr. KIng


Because of Christ and his preparation, Dr. King possesed the spiritual and intellectual capacity to be prophetic and proactive. He and the ministers who led the movement were closer to God and smarter than their oppressors. This is another advantage of possessing freedom through Christ. Psalms 119:98 reads, Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are my constant guide.


In our text, the Jewish people, who would later come into the fullness of freedom through Christ, only had their past to embrace. They said, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?” The people assumed they possessed all the freedom they needed. We don’t want to make that same mistake in only leaning on religion or what people define as freedom.


We don’t know what we don’t know. That is why Christ came to show us more. He did not bring more religion into the world, He brought the power of a relationship with God through the New Birth…this is the source of “free indeed.”


Here in the 21st-century many people are not living in the full measure of freedom because they have not experienced freedom indeed through Christ. 


The Civil Rights movement was not a secular movement, though it affected society. Prayer was the foundation of the movement…something that many historical accounts omit.  History has recast the movement as a secular movement. No, it was a God inspired movement led by preachers and believers in Christ. It was a movement that included not only black men and women, but courageous white men and women. The Civil Rights movement was one of the most prophetic movements of the 20th-century because God was honored and people were lifted to a higher place.


Freedom Definition in the civil context: The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint; Absence of subjection to domination or despotic government.


A despot is: A ruler who has total power and who often uses that power in cruel and unfair ways.


Freedom in the spiritual context: The power to know God, love God, love others, act in accordance with the will and Word of God. It is the power to be free from sin, demonic, and carnal influence to fulfill the Character of Christ.


“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right.” (M.L. King) One cannot think and talk in this manner unless one is “free indeed.”


We Are Free Indeed and Free Forever. That is why we are empowered and can empower others.


Definition of empower: Help people gain power or authority to do something great


Free indeed is also financial freedom: "Free indeed" must also include freedom from debt. The Bible says “The borrower is servant to the lender.” (Prov. 22:7) People who are free indeed should also be free from debt. Ultimately, we are stewards, not owners. A steward is someone who manages the property and affairs of an owner.


1 Corinthians 4:1-2, Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.


Everything we have is a gift from God. We have a tendency to act like we “earned” things, but that’s not the full truth. Without our life, time, talents and opportunities provided by the Lord, we wouldn’t have anything! This is true also for people who do not acknowledge Him in their lives.


Consistent with freedom in the fullest sense of its meaning, I am pleased to announce that in 2017 New Covenant Church will be completely debt free! This is an expression of “free indeed.” 


I want to also share that if you are connected to this ministry through your prayers and support, you share in our collective blessing and breakthrough!

If you want to learn more about our 2017 "Building His Kingdom" breakthrough, visit the NCC website.

Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

Because of Christ, we are free indeed and free forever. 

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Listen to the message, "Free Indeed! Free Forever!" 
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"This Kind Comes Out Only By Prayer and Fasting.”

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments



Matthew 17:20-21 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting."

These verses are Jesus’ explanation and solution to His disciples following their failure to bring healing to an afflicted boy. Though they were willing, they were unable to help him. The father brought his son to Jesus and said, “So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him.” Jesus healed the boy and made it a teachable moment for His disciples—and for us—when they asked Him why they were unable to help the boy. Jesus plainly stated the problem, “Because of your unbelief.” 

Unbelief is not believing that something can’t be done. The disciples believed in the power of God to heal, because they tried to help the boy become healed. Unbelief is more than not believing, unbelief is lacking sufficient spiritual ability to get something done. Jesus expected that they should have been able to bring God’s healing to the boy. He went on to explain how faith works by saying: “If you have faith as a mustard seed.” He did not talk about faith the SIZE of a mustard seed, He talked about faith AS a mustard seed.

Faith in God is something that must grow and develop...like a muscle. Paul said in 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.” Muscles grow and develop from exercise and good nutrition. Your faith in God grows the same way.

The disciples’ inability to help the boy was an issue of their need to grow and develop. A mustard seed starts small but grows to become a tree. When Jesus said, “This kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting,” He did not refer to “this kind” of demon or illness. He referred to “this kind” of faith, which is a GROWING faith that comes from a GROWING relationship with God!

This is where prayer and fasting help us. Prayer connects us to God which causes growth. Fasting disconnects us from the world which is the source of stunted spiritual growth. Seasons of not eating or indulging in some routine activities helps us focus on God and grow in grace. Anything that helps you become more aware of God’s power and grace increases your spiritual abilities, not to mention other aspects of life.

Let your faith operate “as a mustard seed” so that when someone calls on you to do something important and life-changing, you’ll be able to access the grace and power of God to get it done!

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Join New Covenant Church for 21 Days of Victory! Prayer & Fasting January 9-29

Sunday, January 08, 2017 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments




The purpose of this season of fasting and prayer is to establish God's order in our lives, strengthen our faith, and open our hearts to hear from God. This fast will involve skipping at least one meal per day and anything else God directs you to change from your normal routine. Under grace, there is no "formula" or "rules" for fasting that "moves" God. Fasting does not move God, it moves us! Prayer connects you to God. Fasting disconnects you from the world. Follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and follow your faith decisions within this season of 21 days. 


SCRIPTURAL REASONS FOR FASTING

Fasting & Prayer for Humility
Psalm 35:13-14 “I wore sackcloth; I afflicted myself with fasting; I prayed with head bowed on my chest.  I went about as though I grieved for my friend or my brother; as one who laments his mother, I bowed down in mourning.”

Fasting & Prayer to Overcome Bondage & Selfishness
Isaiah 58:3-7 “Why have we fasted, and you see it not? Why have we humbled ourselves, and you take no knowledge of it?’ Behold, in the day of your fast you seek your own pleasure, and oppress all your workers. Behold, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to hit with a wicked fist. Fasting like yours this day will not make your voice to be heard on high. Is such the fast that I choose, a day for a person to humble himself? Is it to bow down his head like a reed, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? Will you call this a fast, and a day acceptable to the Lord? “Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?”

Fasting for Greater Anointing and Spiritual Ability
Matthew 17:14 And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic[c] and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. 16 So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him.” 17 Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.” 18 And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour. 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” 20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief;[d] for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. 21 However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”

SCRIPTURES ABOUT FASTING & PRAYER 
Matthew 6:16-18 ESV
“And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Acts 14:23 ESV 
And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed.

Acts 13:2-3 ESV 
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.


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Be Empowered. Empower Others. (Audio with Notes)

Wednesday, January 04, 2017 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments




Key Scriptures 

INFLUENCE Micah 4:1, 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 peoples shall flow to it. 2 Many nations 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.”

EMPOWERED Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

EMPOWERING Colossians 1:10, So as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God

Definition of empower: Help people gain power or authority to do something great

What can we help people do or become that they could not do without our help?

Who are you becoming because of what Jesus did in you? What does God want you to do that you have not already done?

How much of what we've ruled out in our thinking has been influenced by our background, education, and expectations of others?

Watch this video excerpt by Ken Robinson from a TED Talk on the importance of empowering children.

Ken Robinson on How Schools Kill Creativity from Vision Communications on Vimeo.


THE PROBLEM OF PAIN AND FEAR

I listened to motivational speaker who described human nature. His description was accurate, but he did not describe a believer in Christ whose nature has been changed.

He summed up human nature as follows: There are two controlling forces in your life is PAIN and PLEASURE. People are always trying to avoid pain and experience pleasure. It is called the "pleasure/pain principle." 

He said that before every decision one makes, people unconsciously ask themselves: "Will this lead to pain or pleasure? Our body is biologically programmed to avoid pain. So we will do whatever to avoid pain."

This is a reaction of fear rather than a godly response to faith. Seeking pleasure is something called "hedonism." A productive and godly life involves sometimes choosing a path that leads to pain. Jesus understood this: Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Jesus understood human nature and said "fear not" over and over again.

The fear of pain leads to procrastinate? People think taking action will be more painful then if we do nothing. Even if we think getting the job done will create pleasure, the more immediate feeling is pain. As such, we remain immobilized.Sometimes if you wait too long, then it’s too painful not to take action and you start moving toward the goal.

HOW TO BE EMPOWERED AND EMPOWER OTHERS.

“Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert. ~ Isaiah 43:18-19 NKJV

On one level December 31 and January 1 is only going from one day to the next day. On another level, we mark the New Year as something special because we value time and purpose. Because we reference our past life in terms of years, we think about our future life in the same way. We are creatures of time with eternal purpose. Every year is full of blessings and challenges, joys and sorrows, with people added and people who depart. Sometimes a year includes extraordinary gains and losses.

Through Isaiah, the Lord offers profound counsel for 2017:
1. PEACEDo not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old." Let the past stay in the past. Do not live in the past or look back as if you had no bright future.

2. PURPOSE "Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it?" No matter how much you have done or how old you are, God is still doing new things. It will "spring forth" meaning that the "new thing" will come quickly. You need to "know it" in faith, not just wish for it.

3. PROVISION & EMPOWERMENT "I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert." God can do the impossible for you. He will pave a road through your wilderness.  He will provide a river through your desert....provision in a dry place.

Expect a prosperous and fruitful new year!

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What is Mental Health? (Video)

Tuesday, January 03, 2017 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

My media firm, Vision Communications, working with three coalitions of pastors/churches along with our Marion County Public Health Department and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, produced a three-part video series on mental health awareness called, Healthy Mind Healthy City. Please watch, be informed, and share this web page with others: http://www.healthymindhealthycity.org 

Part Three of the series includes a report and interview regarding the innovative work being done by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department to recognize behavior health as a non-criminal component of law enforcement.

 

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