Plans That Stand. Purpose Fulfilled. – Firm Foundation Inspiration Minute for August 10, 2022


  

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This morning as I prayed about a theme and a Scripture in celebration of our 40th anniversary of church and pastoral ministry, and after some research, I happened upon Psalm 33:11; 

David wrote “But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations.”

I remember that early in my life as a Christ follower and early in ministry, I often read scriptures with a sense of hope and expectation of seeing the promises come to pass. At this point of life and ministry, I have seen God's promises fulfilled! As David wrote, "The plans of the Lord stand firm." Everything and everyone comes and goes, but God's plans continue to unfold .

Then we read, "The purposes of his heart through all generations." God is a God of purpose. This is a great word that more accurately describes what life is about. One of the themes of our ministry is "Equipping People of Purpose."

Now, I'm the first to recognize that as a church, we have not done all that we could have done, and I have not become all that I could have been. But I'm very sure that God's will has been done and His purpose fulfilled.

At some point in life, we all discover that the true measure of success is faithfulness to God, integrity, and loving people with everything within you.


God Bless and Be Encouraged!
~ Pastor Bryan Hudson, D.Min.


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TODAY! Part Three: Everyone Reach One




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John 4:35, You know the saying, “Four months between planting and harvest.” But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest.

As we consider how God helps us, understand that in the Kingdom of God there is the principle of seedtime and harvest, sowing and reaping.

What will receive is ultimately an outcome of what we give. Not only in the area of finance, but also in the area of serving and refreshing others.

Proverbs 11:25 (NKJV), The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself

New International Version: A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

1 Corinthians 3:5 (NLT), After all, who is Apollos? Who is Paul? We are only God’s servants through whom you believed the Good News. Each of us did the work the Lord gave us.

Sometimes we reach people directly. At other times we reach people through people who are appointed to the work. The reward is the same regardless if you do it or support another who is doing it.

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How Do You Begin Your Day? – Firm Foundation Inspiration Minute for August 3, 2022


  

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How do you start your day?

Thank you for beginning part of your Wednesdays with a Firm foundation Inspiration Minute.

Many years ago in college, I took a couple of classes about writing computer software. There was a phrase that went, “Garbage in, garbage out.” The idea was that if your software looked bad and ran poorly, it was because the programming was not good. Computer software will only operate in the way it was programmed.

Let me extend that example to say that God himself has written our program. And it is good. It was good going in, and it is good coming out. We want to complement and not corrupt what God has given.

As you begin your day, always start with a download of the Word, prayer, and presence of God. We want to avoid getting a download of social media, people's rants or news channels! We know there's a lot of garbage in some of that type of media.

Thinking about this a different way, we've all seen floods and raging out-of-control water. We've also seen flowing rivers that nourish its surroundings.

Wrote in Psalm 46, “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3 Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah 4 There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. 5 God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.“

So, at the beginning of today, and everyday, get into the river who streams shall make you glad. Get into the river where God is in the midst of it and you shall not be moved. Get into the river with God helps you at the break of dawn––which means, every day.

God Bless and Be Encouraged!
~ Pastor Bryan Hudson, D.Min.



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TODAY! Part Two - What Comes Every Day (If you are looking for it)




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2 Corinthians 4:16 (Amplified Bible), Therefore we do not become discouraged [spiritless, disappointed, or afraid]. Though our outer self is [progressively] wasting away, yet our inner self is being [progressively] renewed day by day.

KEY POINT

One of the reasons for TODAY is this: Today is when life begins again!
“Renewed day by day…”

Psalms 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3 Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah  4 There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. 5 God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved;God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.

KEY POINT
There two forces await us everyday

1. Troubled Streams (Perishing)
2. Streams That Make Glad (Renewing)

Where/how you focus as your day begins determines which stream you will enter into.

WHAT COMES EVERY DAY?

1. Mercy: God’s gift before and after faith. Prevention or lessening of consequences following our errors.

Lamentations 3:22-24, Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.

2. Benefits: Provision, protection, grace to function, etc.

Psalm 68:19, Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits, The God of our salvation! Selah

Matthew 6:11, Give us this day our daily bread.

3. Your Cross: Opportunity to place others higher than yourself. Carry responsibility deny yourself, follow Christ, and serve God’s purposes.

Luke 9:23, Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”

Proverbs 8:34, Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at the posts of my doors

TODAY: Reflection & Application

1. In what ways I am being renewed TODAY?
2. Why does my life begin again TODAY? (Not starting over)
3. What hinders my awareness of TODAY?
4. Who will I encourage/exhort TODAY?
5. What streams from God’s river make me glad TODAY?
6. What does MERCY mean to me TODAY?
7. What do GOD’S BENEFITS mean to me TODAY?
8. What does MY CROSS mean to me TODAY?



TODAY: Your Life Begins Again - Firm Foundation Inspiration Minute for July 27, 2022


  

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2 Corinthians 4:16 reads, Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.

The Apostle Paul wrote that our inward person is being renewed day by day. From this Scripture comes the thought for today's Inspiration Minute:

TODAY is when life begins again! Make the most of it!

While outward and natural things are obviously changing and diminishing, your inward life in Christ is always renewing. Because this is true, try to think of every new day as an opportunity to begin life again. No, you're not starting over, but you are starting afresh.

The Amplified Bible version of 2 Corinthians 4:16 reads, Therefore we do not become discouraged [spiritless, disappointed, or afraid]. Though our outer self is [progressively] wasting away, yet our inner self is being [progressively] renewed day by day.

There is a progressive renewal happening inside of you every day. Look for it. Focus on it. Prioritize something good God is doing in your life. Do it now. Do it TODAY!

Listen to and watch my teaching from Sunday, July 24: "TODAY: When Life Begins Again."

God Bless and Be Encouraged!
~ Pastor Bryan Hudson, D.Min.





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