A Reflection on “Kingdom Parenting”

Monday, April 16, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Joshua 24:15, “But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”
Deuteronomy 31:12, “Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and the stranger that is within your gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the LORD your God, and observe to do all the words of this law.”
Ephesians 6:4, Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up by training and instructing them about the Lord.
Family is one of the cornerstones of society and of the Kingdom of God. God is clearly a family God, as demonstrated from the first family in the Garden of Eden, to the church as the Body of Christ and through our relationship with God as “Father,” and with one another as “brothers and sisters.” In Galatians 6:10, the Apostle Paul called believers a “household of faith.” 
Marriage is modeled on the relationship of Christ and His church. Mutual care, responsibility, accountability and instruction, all motivated by love, are guiding principles in family and marriage. Parenting is the means by which children, and children of God, are developed and nurtured to maturity.
Along with Kingdom truth and activities related to our spiritual connection and community, comes the mandate to be "the light of the world” and “a city set on a hill." God destined us, as His church, not to be placed out of sight, but in full view of the world. We are intended by God to show the world the definitive example of family. 
Through our best examples of Christian family, to our imperfections and crises in life and family, we reach for God's best and hold up a standard higher than ourselves. This is in contrast to a society where the answer to sin and failure is to lower standards and revise definitions of family and right living. We hold forth the “Word of Life” and “shine as lights” in the midst of a “crooked and perverse” generation. (Phil 2:15)
Weekend for Winners  "Kingdom Parenting" (April 21-22, 2012) is an exploration of life-changing, family-enriching and parent-developmental principles. Weekend for Winners is not only a weekend for parents with children, but for believers who carry the heart of Jesus to our communities of neighborhoods, workplaces, schools, and churches. Today parenting is both primary and secondary. Primary parenting is represented by ideal two-parent households and single biological parents of children. Secondary parenting involves grandparents, other adult family members, and foster parents taking responsibility to nurture and train children. 
Secondary parenting, on another level, may also include mentors, pastors, coaches, teachers, community workers, and those who feel the responsibility to step in and provide parental-style oversight for times and seasons. This may include caring for “the stranger that is within your gates.” 
No one can fully replace the essential and ideal role of a child’s parents, but we cannot be content to allow the absence of parenting to condemn a boy or girl to a life "at risk." 
Kingdom-minded men, women and believers can serve in an intercessory role. Our presence and the power of Christ can help save a child from failure and mediocrity.
Psalms 68:6, God sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who are bound into prosperity; But the rebellious dwell in a dry land.
~ Rev. Bryan Hudson, Th.B, B.S., M.S.


"Weekend For Winners 2012" Video Promo and Interview with Dave Burrows

Thursday, April 12, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

New Covenant Church and Pastor Bryan & Patricia Hudson invite you to join us April 21-22 for a life-changing, family-uplifting, and community-empowering weekend!

Facebook Event Page | https://www.facebook.com/events/363382023694397/
New Covenant Church http://www.newcovenant.org/NCC/WFW2012.html
Video produced by Vision Communications: www.visioncomsolutions.com

Jesus Rose...You Can Rise Too!

Saturday, April 07, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Romans 6:3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is a source of tremendous hope for "newness" in life!

One of the requirements for newness is "death" or separation from the old way. We tend to only view death as the end of life. Death is a separation, whether from physical life, or from spiritual life.

For example, Ephesians 2:1 reads, "And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins." Before I received Jesus as Savior, I was "dead" even while living physically. I was separated from God because of my sin nature. I was a "dead man walking."

Through the new birth and identification with Jesus, I entered into, or was baptized into, His death. Jesus experienced the ultimate separation (death) by allowing Himself to be separated from His Father for the purpose of becoming a sin offering for us. This is why He is called the "Lamb of God."

The amazing and miraculous thing is this: Jesus was also the priest, so He offered himself up as a sacrifice! As He said in John 10:18, "No one takes [my life] from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again."

Jesus laid down His own life and had the power to take it back! He did this for you and me, so that we could be "raised" to "walk in the newness of life!"

Jesus has the power of life and newness, and He offers that same power to you!


"Weekend For Winners 2012" Video Promo #1

Thursday, April 05, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

New Covenant Church and Pastor Bryan & Patricia Hudson invite you to join us April 21-22 for a life-changing, family-uplifting, and community-empowering weekend!

Facebook Event Page | https://www.facebook.com/events/363382023694397/
New Covenant Church http://www.newcovenant.org/NCC/WFW2012.html
Video produced by Vision Communications: www.visioncomsolutions.com


Raising Our Faith Level Through Prayer & Fasting

Tuesday, April 03, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Matthew 17:18 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; 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.”
"Fasting confirms our utter dependence upon God by finding in Him a source of sustenance beyond food."  (Dallas Willard)
Jesus' disciples could not help a child that was brought to them. They BELIEVED that they could help the child, but were unable to do so. They asked Jesus, “Why could we not cast it out?” Jesus said, "Because of your unbelief." 
Wait a minute!  If the disciples did not believe, why did they try to cast out the demon?
Unbelief is not only a lack of belief or faith, it is also a lack of preparation.
Prayer & fasting helps "this kind" to "go out." I don't think the text necessarily means "this kind" of demon (even though some Bible versions indicate this). I think Jesus is talking about "this kind" power and presence of God going forth from (or out of) those who prepare themselves to minister to people. The real subject of this text is not demons, but faith in God.
Regardless of your interpretation, it is clear that prayer and fasting help us go to a higher level of functioning by faith. Part of that higher level comes from not placing our usual emphasis on food and things natural/earthly. Faith is more than believing. Faith is acting on the Word of God.

Prayer is our most important spiritual activity, and fasting enhances that activity.


April 1 is the Day the Lord has Made!

Sunday, April 01, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Psalm 118:24, This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!

April 1 is typically regarded as "April Fool's Day." I don't know, and you probably don't know, how it started, but it's one of those "days" we could do without.

This year, April 1 happens to be traditional recognition of "Palm Sunday," or the Sunday before Christ's resurrection. It is fitting that someone as significant as our Lord Jesus Christ would overshadow the otherwise foolish designation of April 1st.

From henceforth, we should always regard April 1 as "the day for Lord has made!"