The Grace of Becoming (Audio Podcast)

Sunday, August 11, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Listen to the latest teaching on the Firm Foundation with Bryan Hudson podcast, "The Grace of Becoming"

Michelangelo had the ability to see the form inside the block of stone. The Grace of Becoming involves seeing form inside yourself and your circumstances. 

Colossians 2:10, And you are complete in Him, who is the head of all rule and authority. 

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There is Always More Than You Can See

Saturday, August 10, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Romans 11:1, I say then, has God cast away His people? Certainly not! For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel, saying, 3 “Lord, they have killed Your prophets and torn down Your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life”? 4 But what does the divine response say to him? “I have reserved for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” 5 Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace.

During the lifetime of the Apostle Paul, there were some believers who wrongly believed God was finished with the Jewish people because of their rejection of Christ. In other words, it looked like all the Jews had turned away from God. In this chapter of Romans, Paul explains God's larger purposes in His dealing with the Jewish people, but I would like to highlight something important for you today.

To counter the argument or false perception that all the Jews had turned away from God, Paul used the example of Elijah, who at one time in his life said out of distress and frustration, “Lord, they have killed Your prophets and torn down Your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life.” Look at God's response to his perception, “I have reserved for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.”

Paul makes his point, "Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace." He said this to those who thought God was finished with the Jews: God is always doing more than you can see.

This is also what I want to say to you. God is doing more than you can see, so do not draw conclusions from what you see, think, or feel. Part of my calling in life is to research, learn, teach, and do creative work. Almost everyday, I am learning things I did not know and discovering things that were always there, just not visible to me. These discoveries from Scripture and from life continue to shape my understanding, help me grow, and even change my thinking. Most of all, like Paul, I've come to appreciate there are always people who have not "bowed the knee" to false things.

As a pastor, one of my great disappointments has been observing the poor behavior of too many people who call themselves "Christians." As with Elijah and believers in Paul's day, it's not difficult to conclude that the state of how too many of us actually live is below God's standard, even when we show up to church services in the thousands or in the ten's. I've also had occasion to be disappointed in myself.

The most important truth to take away today is this: God's grace is bigger than people's failure, including your own failure. His "election of grace" is strong, meaning that what God has purposed to do in your life is present with you. Grace is not irresistible, as some teach, but it is VERY strong! We need to settle that truth in our hearts and give ourselves to God--spirit, soul, and body.

The key is to follow Jesus. Don't try to be a "Christian." Pursue Jesus as you would a meaningful relationship, be a doer of the Word of God, and let grace work in you.

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Hazardous Attitudes: Life Lessons From Pilot Training

Thursday, August 08, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

I’m in the process of preparing for my FAA sUAS (drone) remote pilot re-certification for my aerial imaging business ( Part of the standards deal with something called “hazardous attitudes.” These attitudes will likely lead to a mishap. The principles are also taught to pilots of manned aircraft. This is good advice for your life! 

Hazardous Attitudes include:

1. Anti-Authority
Don’t tell me. This attitude is found in people who do not like anyone telling them what to do. In a sense, they are saying, "No one can tell me what to do." They may be resentful of having someone tell them what to do, or may regard rules, regulations, and procedures as silly or unnecessary. Of course, it’s always your prerogative to question authority if you feel it is in error. But don’t be anti-authority.

2. Impulsivity
Do it quickly. This is the attitude of people who frequently feel the need to do something, anything, immediately. They do not stop to think about what they are about to do; they do not select the best alternative, and they do the first thing that comes to mind.

3. Invulnerability
It won’t happen to me. Many people feel that accidents happen to others but never to them. They know accidents can happen, and they know that anyone can be affected, but they never really feel or believe that they will be personally involved. Remote pilots who think this way are more likely to take chances and increase risk.

4. Machismo (or Macho)
I can do it. Remote pilots who are always trying to prove that they are better than everyone else are thinking, "I can do it – I'll show them." Pilots with this type of attitude will try to prove themselves by taking risks in order to impress others. And no, this is not just a male characteristic! Women are equally susceptible to macho attitudes. Many times, the basic drive for a pilot to demonstrate the "right stuff" can have an adverse effect on safety, by generating tendencies that lead to practices that are dangerous, often illegal, and may lead to a mishap.

5. Resignation
What’s the use? Remote pilots who think, "What's the use?" They do not see themselves as being able to make a great deal of difference in what happens to them. When things go well, the pilot is apt to think that it is good luck. When things go badly, the pilot may feel that someone is out to get them or attribute it to bad luck. The pilot will leave the action to others, for better or worse. Sometimes, such pilots will even go along with unreasonable requests just to be a "nice guy."