The Mind of Christ: Your Best Thoughts for 2013

Monday, December 31, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

1 Corinthians 2:16 (Amplified), For who has known or understood the mind (the counsels and purposes) of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and give Him knowledge? But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart.

In a world full of confusion and mental anguish, believers in Christ share a unique advantage. Not only do we have access to the word of God, which provides us the plan for life and explains to us the meaning of life, we also have the person and the presence of Jesus Christ in our lives.

Since we have a relationship with Christ, we can also benefit from His thoughts and purposes. This is the main idea behind having the "Mind of Christ." 100% of our personal shortcomings in 2012 came from not sharing in the thoughts and purposes of the Lord.

100% of our success and blessings in 2013 will come from cultivating thoughts, plans, and actions through holding the "thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart."


Great people (like you) can come from small places

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Micah 5:2, "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times. "

Have you ever felt small or felt that coming from a small town or place was a barrier to success? Don't let it bother you because the greatest person who ever lived, died, and lived again, was from a small place called Bethlehem! He name is Jesus Christ!

Here's the key: Wherever you were born or may be located today, remember that we come by way of Heaven to our present journey in life. 

Great people (like you) and mighty blessings can come from small places because we are heaven sent!

Be encouraged and always have a great day!


The Sandy Hook School Massacre: What Can We Do?

Monday, December 17, 2012 Bryan Hudson 2 Comments

“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?" (Jeremiah 17:9 NLT)

The whole nation is grieving the utterly senseless massacre of children and adults in Newtown, Connecticut. Many people are asking "Why?" and "How?"  First and foremost, we must continue to pray for the affected families in Newtown, for days and months to come. I am confident that the Christian community in that region will respond in personal ways.

I've not seen this type of public emotion and grief since 911. While the scale of this tragedy is smaller than 911, its impact is deepened by the targets of the killer…defenseless little children and teachers.  When I came home Friday afternoon December 14, turned on the television, and began scanning news channels, I thought, "What has happened now?" When I learned that this was a shooting at an elementary school, I felt sickened.

At 3:30pm, when I watched President Obama give his emotional statement, I broke and cried. I've witnessed violence. I've been on crime scenes and have seen gunshot wounds. I had difficulty processing in my mind that someone actually charged into a school and massacred little children. Certainly, violence is not uncommon in our nation and world, and we have become somewhat de-sensitized to news of it. This incident has stunned us in such a way that even the most disconnected among us had to notice and react.

To the questions of "Why?" and "How?" there are many factors to consider. We have a culture in which graphic violence is a form of entertainment. People (and children!) consume bloody violence as entertainment from movies, to mixed martial arts, to television series such as "The Sopranos," to video games, to romanticizing criminals such as Al Capone. There is a sick fascination with death and brutality in our culture.

Yet, commentators continue to tell us that "studies" have shown no correlation between violence in media and violence in society. If this principle were true, why do companies (and political campaigns!) spend billions of dollars in advertising if media had no effect on the behavior of people? For sure, one will be hard pressed to identify a direct cause-and-effect between a single media/entertainment presentation and a violent act. What a simple study likely cannot show, even from an advertising perspective, is the cumulative effect of media messages and dramatic simulations on the mind over time, or the degree to which people respond differently. But we KNOW people are affected and persuaded.

As details emerge about Adam Lanza, the shooter in the Sandy Hook school massacre, it is clear that Lanza was one of the increasing number of "anomalies" and deadly exceptions to the conclusions of studies that discount the impact of violent media. He was a troubled person living largely in isolation and an avid player of violent video games. He was from an upper middle class family and probably did not lack for any material thing. He was likely living an entitled and enabled lifestyle (not unlike the Columbine killers, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, who assembled weapons and bombs in Kliebold's parents' basement). Adam Lanza's mother exposed him to using weapons for recreation. He also used weapons in a digital world where all the targets are easy and no one shoots back. He was allowed to engage his violent fantasies in his mother's home. On December 14, at the beginning of the day, Nancy Lanza's own son shot her in the face while she slept in their home.

When something tragic happens, especially a mass shooting such as Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora or Newtown, people begin raising the issue of "mental illness." They want to understand the factors and motives behind the actions of mass murderers. Psychology and Criminology cannot explain the actions of people like Adam Lanza.  People like Lanza are not only dealing with "mental illness" they are dealing with hearts without Christ. Evil on this scale does not have a scientific explanation, especially in a society that wrongly views science as the explainer of all things, including God.

The prophet Jeremiah provided the clearest statement on the darkness of the human heart, "The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?" (17:9 NLT)

The preventative to mass killings is not banning all guns, or trying to track all mentally unstable people (who are not necessarily pre-disposed to violence).  The SURE PREVENTATIVE is to change the hearts of people. This is something only Jesus can do through the Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. Sadly and understandably, this solution is precisely what our larger society rejects as a matter of public policy, because they do not see God's light.

As believers in Christ we should neither wait nor expect sinful society to accept or understand the grace and power of God. We need to preach the Gospel of Jesus. We must sow seeds of life and hope into the hearts of people. We need to transform our popular Christian culture from one of self-seeking, "spiritual" entertainment, and building our little (or big) church "kingdoms" into something more useful and effective in our society.

We need less "pomp and circumstance" and more "salt and light."

What if….
1. We prayed more for family, friends, co-workers and fellow students in our community?
2. Churches made it they're aim to be active at public schools and pray over them?
3. We did not wait for the government to take action..realizing they are powerless to change hearts?
4. We did not allow our children to engage in violent forms of entertainment?
5  We made preaching the Gospel and sharing Christ part of our daily lifestyle?
6. Our country did not allow combat style weapons to be bought and sold, or offered a program to buy such weapons to help get them out of circulation?
7. You or I had the opportunity to pray for, and share the Word with, Adam Lanza?

Yes, Jesus is the Answer!

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 


Honored to Receive "The Governors Award for Excellence in Service"

Monday, December 10, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

On Sunday, December 9, 2012 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, my wife Patricia and I received "The Governors Award for Excellence in Service" from Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. The award was presented by Lt. Governor Becky Stillman. The award recognizes individuals who have "made significant contributions to the Indiana community, and give time and talents out of an abiding sense of responsibility, commitment and concern for others."

We received the awards as part of the annual "McMiracle on 38th Street" Christmas community charity event hosted by local McDonald's owner/operators, Reginald & Tracey Jones, which we support every year. This year, some 650 bicycles and helmets were given to children in the name of our Lord Jesus! Families also receive Gospel literature and prayers.

The recognition was a pleasant surprise! We are certainly content to serve the Lord by helping people, serving other organizations, operating community-based ministries, and working "behind the scenes," but it was encouraging to be recognized in this manner.

It was a blessed day!

Lt. Gov. Becky Stillman presenting awards on behalf of Gov. Mitch Daniels

Reginald Jones, Tracey Jones, Lt. Gov. Becky Stillman, Patricia Hudson, Rev. Bryan Hudson


22nd Annual Community Christmas Jesus Celebration, December 22-23, 2012

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

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Do You Know What Love Is?

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

1 John 3:16 By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? 18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. 

There is nothing in this world that people understand less than love. "Love" is probably the most used, and least understood word/reality in our language.

As believers, we must mature to understand, live, and share the true meaning and personality of love.

God is love. 

We know love because of something that was done, not because of something believed or felt. Father God sent Jesus to lay down His life for us. He laid down his life for you and me. He did something that resulted in His own death, just to save us.

How should we respond to such love as this? How can you and I show proper honor for such a love?

We respond by doing what Jesus did. We lay our lives down for one another––not in death, but through living to give and serve.

Love is not just words. Love is deeds. Love is truth and reality.