You Have Overcome the World

Saturday, April 30, 2016 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Great commentary excerpt from William Barclay on 1 John 5:4, "Whatever is born of God overcomes the world..."

We have a strength to endure the attacks of the world. The human situation is full of things which seek to take our faith away. There are the sorrows and the perplexities of life; there are the disappointments and the frustrations of life; there are for most of us the failures and discouragements of life. But if we believe in the incarnation, we believe in a God who himself went through all this, even to the Cross and who can, therefore, help others who are going through it.


Press: Like Power Steering

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

John 16:16, “The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it."

The law, legalism, and religion was the old news. Jesus, grace, and God's Kingdom is the "new" news! The old was passive. The new is active.  

The blessing of being in Christ and part of God's kingdom is that we can participate with God's grace for life, for ministry, for our work, and everything else!

Under the law, human effort was the basis of activity, which ultimately ended in failure to truly serve God. Under grace, there still effort but only to exercise our faith in the grace of God. It's like something called "power steering." There was a time when turning the steering wheel of a car was largely your effort in making the front wheels turn. And let me tell you, it was sometimes hard to do!

Today every car has what we call "power steering," "power assist" or completely electronic. When you start to turn the wheel, the steering system takes over and makes it much easier!

Jesus said that we are "pressing into the kingdom." This is a perfect picture of active faith. The Bible says "We are laborers together with God." (1 Cor. 3:9) God does not reward passive, inactive people. Nor does she want us to do anything in our own strength. 

When we press, or active, in our faith, God does all the heavy lifting!

Today, let Him give you the "power assist!"


Podcast - Lessons from Lemonade: How Trouble Becomes Triumph

Monday, April 04, 2016 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. (1 Thessalonians 5:17-19) 

Isaiah 61:3, To console those who mourn in Zion,To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.

Always serve God, even when doing so brings difficulty, like sour lemons. Through the power of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit can bring the water of the word and sweetness of the Holy Spirit to every bitter circumstance. This will produce something good, from something bad, like refreshing lemonade. Then, you will be able to sip and rejoice as God shows you his love, power, mercy and favor.