Merry Christmas! | Avoid The Innkeeper's Mistake!

Wednesday, December 25, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Avoid The Innkeeper's Mistake

Luke 2:6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

Jesus was born in a manger because there was no room for Joseph and his pregnant wife, Mary, at the inn. A manger was a stone or wooden container for feeding animals. Travelers know that if the innkeeper wanted to accommodate a VIP, he would have found room in his inn. As it was, he was too crowded for Christ and too busy for a blessing.

The innkeeper symbolizes the condition of the hearts of people. Too often, we fail to recognize the importance of God's purposes. When Christ should be treated as a VIP and welcomed at the inn of our hearts, He is relegated to the "manger" of our lesser priorities.

The innkeeper was a busy man, probably enjoying the best business he had seen in years because of the census ordered by Caesar Augustus. People had to return to their home towns to be counted. It was like getting a hotel room during the NCAA Final Four or the Indy 500 when rates are higher and VIPs get preferential treatment.

If being too busy dulls our sensitivity to God, we might miss the significance of God's purposes and make the same mistake as the innkeeper. For this Christmas season and at all times, make room at the inn of your heart for Christ!

Merry Christmas from Pastor Bryan & Patricia Hudson and family!


A Place Called Forward (Audio & Video)

Sunday, December 15, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Exodus 14:13, And Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. 14]The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace." 15]  And the LORD said to Moses, "Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. 16] But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.

Forward defined: To cause to proceed or progress toward a goal. To cause to go or be taken from one place, person, or condition to another.

Forward is a place to which God leads people of purpose and destiny. Forward is a place that stretches your faith and exercises your prayer life. Forward is the place and the direction that vision takes you.

F.O.R.W.A.R.D. is...

F - Follow instructions. Face your God given responsibilities. Stop complaining and do something! Carry your weight. Be an effective part of the body of Christ. 

O - Open your heart to God. Turn to Him and not to fear. “Do not be afraid. Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.” Love people enough to touch them (for ways to touch)

R - Remember your covenants with family, leaders, and brothers and sisters in Christ. “Remember” is a covenant word. Remember the people that helped moved you forward. Thank God for the circumstances that moved you forward, even though that did not appear to be the case at the time.

W - Walk by faith, not by sight. Don’t trust your feelings or your carnal mind. Only through prayer will you be sensitive to what God is doing and saying. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. Activate spiritual principles.

A - Act on the Word. Act on spiritual principles. Be doers of the Word, so you won’t deceive yourself. (James 1:22, But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.) Mrs. Lot deceived herself. Be faithful, supportive, and obedient.

R - Roll with the punches, and then punch back

D - Dream big and get to Work! Work on and invest into your dreams.

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My Story for His Glory - The Purpose of Your Testimony (Podcast)

Sunday, December 01, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Luke 8:38 Now the man from whom the demons had departed begged Him that he might be with Him. But Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 “Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you.” And he went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.
This is a dramatic story. Many of us have heard that story many times. The most impactful part of the story is when Jesus told the man to go back home and tell what great things Jesus has done for him. It is easy to focus on the tragic part of stories, but it is more helpful to others to share what God has done to bring you out.
Your testimony is your story to God's glory. What God has done for you is the greatest evidence of his presence and power. There is nothing anyone can say to contradict an authentic experience with the Lord. As we say, “The proof of the pudding is in the eating.”
Your testimony is the story of God's glory and grace in your life!
• A testimony is the statement of your faith in God.
• A testimony is an explanation of what Jesus has done for you.
• A testimony represents your chosen lifestyle, not only what circumstances have forced upon you.
• A testimony encompasses your purpose and predicts your future actions.
• Your testimony of faith and expectation also completes the circle of your prayers, even before you see the answer.


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Thanks-Giving is a Lifestyle, Part 4 - Abounding With Thanksgiving (audio)

Monday, November 25, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Colossians 2:2 That their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge...6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. 

Thanksgiving is a lifestyle. It is a way of living and thinking. Giving thanks to God keeps our heart clear and our minds positive. Just like a 2000-year-old Giant Sequoia tree is deep-rooted, impervious to disease and fire because of its three foot thick bark, so the believer is rooted in Christ, the source of our life and strength.

Giving thanks is a real life way to handle difficulties. Think about times when you have felt overwhelmed by problems and difficulties. If you can remember, those seasons probably lacked a time of deep thanks giving to God. There's absolutely no way to successfully handle problems without the balance of rejoicing and giving thanks to God which helps us realize His grace within our situation.

In verse 2, the apostle Paul talks about the importance of the knowledge of the mystery of God. A mystery is something perfectly plain to the person who has ears to hear, but is completely hidden to the person who doesn’t care and will not focus. One of the characteristics of believers who are active in the kingdom and making a kingdom impact is appreciating the significance of something that the Bible calls mystery.

The Lord wants to share insights with you that will radically transform your life, build you up, and establish your faith in Christ. This abundance comes through abounding with thanksgiving.

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Triumph, Always!

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

2 Corinthians 2:14 Now thanks be unto God, who always causes us to triumph in Christ, and makes manifest the fragrance of his knowledge by us in every place.

In ancient Rome, a Triumph was literally a victory parade reserved for conquering generals. A Triumph was only authorized for occasions of complete victory, not only for successful campaigns or for putting down an insurgency.

As a Roman, the Apostle Paul had this in mind when he wrote, “Now thanks be unto God, who always causes us to triumph in Christ God "always causes us to triumph in Christ.” The important difference with us as believers is this: We don't celebrate conquering others. We celebrate overcoming circumstances, fulfilling God's purposes, and living out what Jesus has already accomplished for us!

What's more, is that we don't wait to triumph or celebrate until AFTER we see the victory, we do it BEFORE and DURING the challenges because we have faith that God through Jesus Christ is faithful to bring us through!

Listen and be blessed by the teaching from the series on the Firm Foundation Podcast, Thanks-Giving is a Lifestyle - Part Three, Triumph, Always.

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Thanks-Giving is a Lifestyle Part 2 - Rescued & Transferred (audio)

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Listen to the latest teaching from the November teaching series on the Firm Foundation podcast, "Thanks-Giving is a Lifestyle" Part 2 - Rescued & Transferred

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Thanks-Giving is a Lifestyle

Thursday, November 07, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

1 Thessalonians 5:18, In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 

Thanks-giving is a lifestyle. In the USA, Thanksgiving is also a holiday and one of our greatest traditions. 

The first mention of thanksgiving in the Bible is found in Leviticus 7:11-13, 
This is the law of the sacrifice of peace offerings which he shall offer to the Lord: If he offers it for a thanksgiving, then he shall offer, with the sacrifice of thanksgiving, unleavened cakes mixed with oil, unleavened wafers anointed with oil, or cakes of blended flour mixed with oil. Besides the cakes, as his offering he shall offer leavened bread with the sacrifice of thanksgiving of his peace offering. 

Our offerings and service should be more connected to willingness and thanksgiving, than to a sense of obligation. For Israel in the past and for us today, God wants His people to develop a lifestyle of thanksgiving. Peace is a result of giving thanks, and giving thanks brings peace.

Hebrews 13:15 reads, Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. 

Offerings and service should be more connected to willingness and thanksgiving, than to a sense of obligation. God wants His people to develop a lifestyle of thanksgiving. Peace is a result of giving thanks, and giving thanks brings peace.

Listen to, or watch, the first teaching from the November series on the Firm Foundation podcast, "Thanks-Giving is a Lifestyle."

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Faithfulness in a Day of Fables

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Every licensed and ordained minister should remember this charge. What Paul told Timothy is God's word to us today. In a day where "fables" abound, we need to double down on truth, faithfully represent Jesus Christ, and re-commit to this mandate! 

2 Timothy 4:1, "I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season a
nd out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 5 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry."


Stir It Up!

Sunday, October 27, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

2 Timothy 1:6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.  

Sometimes the best thing you can do is stir yourself! The Apostle Paul told Timothy that he already had what he needed. Timothy had already received instruction and the laying on of hands in empowering prayer.

A pot of soup might appear to lack hearty ingredients, but it only needs to be stirred to bring those ingredients from the bottom to the top. 

Let’s do for ourselves what we do for soup, STIR IT UP!


Stand Firm by Patricia A. Hudson (Audio)

Sunday, October 06, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Listen to the encouraging message by Patricia A. Hudson, "Stand Firm" on the Firm Foundation Podcast.


The Rest of God: Using the Power of Another (Video & Podcast)

Monday, September 30, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments


Hebews 4:9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. 10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.

Rest is an important word! Rest is essential physically and spiritually. We know the benefits of physical rest to our bodies and minds. Most of us can do better getting good rest.

Spiritually, rest is essential to living a life of purpose and empowerment. Entering God's rest is a recognition that we are operating on the "finished works" of the Christ, such as salvation, grace, abilities, wisdom provision and health. 

Rest is far from "doing nothing," it is "doing" through the strength of God. It is using the power of Another. Just as a surfer uses the power of the wave, we rely on the grace of God.

This teaching will help you enter into God's rest!
Rest comes from using the power of Another (Jesus).
Matthew 11:28, "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29) "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30) "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
What is REST?
R - Return to God. Use the power of Another
E - Expect renewal through being refreshed in the Lord
S - See the new way God is showing you. Relying less on your own strength and more on the Lord’s strength.
T - Testify to the goodness of God. Tell someone about the goodness of God in your life
What Rest Looks Like: 
1. Having God’s peace in your heart and life. 
2. Entering into you places of purpose
3. Resting from your labors because of completion. 


Celebrating God's faithfulness over 37th Years of Ministry

Monday, September 30, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

On Sunday, September 22 New Covenant Church celebrated 37 years of ministry in Indianapolis and beyond! Below is a video showing highlights from the past 12 months. Enjoy!


Honor (audio message)

Sunday, September 08, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments


The Lost Art of Loyalty

Tuesday, September 03, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Original article written in 1999

"As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever." 1 Chronicles 28:9

According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 1 Corinthians 3:10

Loyalty defined: The state of being true or faithful in allegiance; faithful to the lawful government, to a prince or superior; true to plighted faith, duty, or love; not treacherous; constant.

Today, we see a rejection or neglect of steadfastness to time-honored principles that has eroded the foundations of marriage, family and the church.

If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do? (Psalms 11:3)

With all that God has given the righteous in Christ in the form of gifts and grace, without a foundation, there is no lasting basis upon which to build. The best blueprints for a home and the purchase of the finest building materials are useless without a solid foundation to build upon.

In the body of Christ, we can also observe an unusual surge in people seeking the spectacular over the substantive; that which benefits self rather than what is good for the kingdom of God; searching for other revelation than what the Word of God declares and other actions that ignore foundational principles.

As I have reflected on this problem of people not recognizing foundational issues and principles, the Holy Spirit began to show me how a lack of loyalty lies at the root of this neglect.

The litmus test for choosing or keeping leaders (in secular and sacred circles) seems to be, "What have you done for me lately?"

David told Solomon to serve God with a loyal heart and a willing mind. What does it mean to have a loyal heart? It meant that Solomon needed to maintain a clarity of purpose and a sharp focus on the commands and direction of the Lord and his father/leader, David. He (and we) needed to maintain proper relationships vertically (with God) and horizontally (with prophets, priests and people) He needed to know the nature and quality of those who came along side.

As David discovered, if a leader is not paying attention, an Absalom will arise to stand by the gate of the king's court to "steal the hearts of the people"; divert their attention to another agenda and cause a spirit of distrust and lack of confidence to build against the senior leader. As the apostle Paul said, "divisions must come among you, that those who are approved may be made manifest..." At the point of "di-vision" (another vision, separate from the stated vision) and separation, all the lines of disloyalty appear. Similar judgments, actions and statements clearly reveal the source and nature of the Absalom spirit even to the extent that people who are not directly involved, but are not loyal in heart, are negatively affected.

Solomon had received from God the gift of wisdom a divine ability to make proper choices and decisions that were consistent with God's will. He did well as long as he maintained a loyal heart. By wisdom he built the glorious temple. By wisdom he resolved disputes among his people. By wisdom he made a great nation even greater. The Queen of Sheba came to behold the greatness of the kingdom under Solomon and to meet the man whose fame was known to many lands.

So long as he maintained a loyal heart, he served the purpose of God and enhanced the Kingdom of God. However, when he began to compromise loyalty of heart, foundations began to crack and crumble. In time, the kingdom of God suffered loss and crisis.

His disloyalty of heart began with implementing policies of forced labor and the use of ungodly men in the building of the temple as well as introducing unnecessary luxury and extravagance in the building of his own house. Later his heart was turned from the Lord by his affection for wives he never should have married. His son, Rehoboam, who succeeded him as king, inherited a shakey and soon-to-be-divided kingdom due to the damage done to the foundation by Solomon.

But King Solomon loved many foreign women, as well as the daughter of Pharaoh: women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites from the nations of whom the LORD had said to the children of Israel, "You shall not intermarry with them, nor they with you. For surely they will turn away your hearts after their gods." Solomon clung to these in love. (1 Kings 11:1-2)

Loyalty of heart requires one to hold to established divine principles while resisting the carnal whims of selfish ambition. This mistake (loss) on Solomon's part caused a crack in the foundation of the nation which eventually led to the division of the kingdom (crisis) under Rehoboam. At that point, a man named Jeroboam arose who, being the epitome of disloyalty and absence of integrity, capitalized on the crisis and confusion which beset the nation.

Like Jonah, who evaded his purpose in Nineveh, when compromise begins, Tarshish awaits. There seems to always be something or someone that is ready to receive those who lose loyalty of heart and seeks to take advantage of people in difficult situations by appealing to their fears, hurts and lack. Like the drug dealer who lures the young man who can't find a decent job; or the pimp who makes prostitutes out of women who were simply looking for someone to love and care for them; or the believer who gossips and betrays confidences resulting in broken fellowship; or the church who receives people without inquiry or question into a fellowship who caused or encouraged havoc and confusion in the last church they attended.

What often seems good and helpful to people from one perspective ultimately injures the kingdom of God and the witness of christian unity in a community. We were told by the Apostle Paul to not be a partaker in the sins of another. In the church today, we will not benefit from a policy of "don't ask, don't tell."

Disloyalty to God, to man and to the Word creates an internal disorder which, like HIV, may take years to manifest as a deadly condition. "Can a man take fire to his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?" (Prov. 6:27).

The strength of a foundation is only known by the storms and stresses that try it. It is certain that any plan, idea, belief, action, reaction, response, or ministry that is not built by or squarely based upon the Word, will not survive major storms. It is only a matter of time before an absent or faulty foundation is revealed. However, as with David, who sinned with Bathsheba and had her husband killed, we can also be recovered from disloyalty and restored to integrity if we can accept loving confrontation and deal with transgression of truth as David did when confronted by Nathan the prophet.

Sadly, the word of faith-charismatic-full gospel movement has led the charge downward into disloyalty and a rejection of truth, integrity and ethics. The final perception of reality has become "What God told me" rather than "What thus says the Lord." Like currency, people just circulate among the doctrines, movements and churches which seem to be the most relevant at the time. It would seem reasonable that if we heard from God as clearly as we indicate, that we would be able to be doers of the Word and would be faithful in the least things. But a disloyal heart lives by its own standards, confirmed by "prophets" who tell people only what they want to hear.

Excitement will not replace insight. Great works will not replace "first works." Dimming the light of others will never brighten our own.

A disloyal heart displeases God because it is contrary to God's nature. Cain refused offer an acceptable sacrifice to God or to become his brother's keeper. His killing of Abel incurred the curse of becoming a vagabond one who wanders from place to place, having no home, no identity, loyal to no one but self (Gen. 4:12).

As with the divided kingdom of old, so it is today. While Israel sought after the new and different, Judah stayed with the truth and remained loyal to those principles handed down from God through Abraham, Moses, the judges and ultimately through King David:

So every man of Israel deserted David, and followed Sheba the son of Bichri. But the men of Judah, from the Jordan as far as Jerusalem, remained loyal to their king. (2 Sam. 20:2)

Some keys to restoring a loyal heart include:
1. Faithfulness to God-ordained relationships and purposes
2. Repentance and restitution for injuries caused by lies, gossip and false judgments
3. Understanding one's own gifts, grace and measure in the body of Christ and working within them
4. Submitting to spiritual authority as unto the Lord
5. Reading and living out the Word of God
6. Strengthening and supporting your local church/leaders and thereby enhance the larger church
7. Resolve conflicts and problems by the Word going to those with whom we have a problem.

David's Pain. Jesus' Answer.

Tuesday, September 03, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

In challenging times, you might identify with David’s words: 
Psalms 142:3-4 “When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, Then You knew my path. In the way in which I walk...Look on my right hand and see, For there is no one who acknowledges me; Refuge has failed me; No one cares for my soul.”

At all times, life presents joys and challenges. David faced all manner of difficulties and pain, but he learned to stay close to the Lord, and he wrote Psalms (or songs) to help carry his heart to God. Those among us who are called to serve can easily become commodities, fixtures, and tools for others. There are times when it looks like, "no one cares for my soul." People often ask, or tell you, what you can do for them. Few ask, "How are you? How may I serve you?" This is, in part, the cost we must count to be a servant. This is why the Apostle Paul told Timothy, "Take heed to yourself..." (1 Timothy 4:16) You are always responsible for your own health and rest.  

Our strength is found in the words and grace of our Savior, Jesus Christ!
John 10:9-10, “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

The same principles that apply to "sheep" apply to leaders and servants. I listened to a teaching by Bishop T.D. Jakes who said, "The enemy is always trying to destroy what is within you" The point he made was this: While we focus on present circumstances, the "thief" (satan) is working to undermine your purpose, your future, and the things God intends to bring through your life for coming generations. Part of that comes from demands not related to your purpose.

Remember that only God through Christ has the grace and power to cause you to experience "life, and that more abundantly.”

Go that way.


Multimedia In Focus Mini-Camp for Youth on September 14! Workshop Topic is Digital Music Production

Thursday, August 29, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

 Multimedia In Focus Mini-Camp for Youth on September 14! Workshop Topic is Digital Music Production

This will be a golden opportunity to learn digital music production from an expert in the field, Mr. Tyrone Bigbee! 

You will use Apple Logic Pro X to create your tunes and beats. Listen to samples at:

The class is limited! Register at

(Tune “Mama’s Kitchen“ by Tyrone Bigbee)


(Audio Podcast) The Power of Perception

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

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

Jesus said, “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light." 

Jesus said that that the eye is the lamp of the body.

Using the word “lamp” is very strong because he is saying that we literally cast our own light or perception on things around us. We are not only taking in what we see, we are also shaping our perception of the reality of what we see. 

So we can say, if your perception are healthy, your life will be full of light. 

To survive and thrive in life, you sometimes have to focus on things that cannot be seen. This is where knowing the Lord, knowing the Bible, and having the power of the Holy Spirit in your life makes all the difference.

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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."


How to Put a Big Dent in Bigotry and Racism

Saturday, July 27, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

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"Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Allow me to share an effective method for addressing bigotry and racism. There is no absolute cure because sin and evil possess the hearts of people who are unwilling to change. I know from experience and from first hand accounts that some number of bigots and racists have been turned around, or at least neutralized, by the methods I suggest here.

First of all, I am defining racism in a narrow sense.  I’m talking about disrespect, bad treatment, and marginalization of African-Americans by persons who feel superior or entitled as a "ruling class." Certainly, racism by black people towards white people exists, but it is small in effect and largely powerless since black people do not control very much in the larger society.  Black racism is more of a nuisance. Not as many white folks face problems being subject to black people who hold power.

Racism in the form of whites against blacks (or other ethnic minorities) is far more harmful owing to majority status with holding more influential and impactful stations in life. Nearly every black person has a white boss or works for a white employer. It is an inarguable fact that most reported acts of bigotry and racism in the USA have occurred against African-Americans. (Note: In many ways, black people are representative of all other people of color).

The only good news I can share with you about racism is that I believe it is limited to a small number of people in relative terms. I am always disturbed by assertions I have heard from some black folks that nearly all white people are racist by nature. As black people, we don’t want to be judged by our “bad apples,” so we should not do the same to others.

There is a pervasive problem that makes people appear racist when they are not. When people who are not racist remain silent about their awareness of others within their circles who display racist behaviors or attitudes, they perpetuate the problem. We’ve all known people who have “crossed the line.” We permit problems to persist when we don’t speak up to address people we know.


ONE:  Help, educate, and correct your family, acquaintances, and friends 

If anyone within my sphere of influence displays bigoted or racist behavior (and that would be mostly African-Americans), I will take the responsibility to address that matter, person to person. There are not many actions more impactful than being confronted by a friend.

It is likely that every racist person has a non-racist acquaintance or friend who has had the occasion to be appalled at something he has seen or heard from his friend, acquaintance, or family member.  When we fail to take the opportunity to address people we know we permit that behavior to go unchallenged, which may result in the spread of behaviors that could be curtailed if not stopped altogether.

TWO: Use Your Privilege 

Three stories:

We all have privilege in the sense that we carry a certain level of influence and authority that others might not carry. Without being actively aware, we have access to places and people that others do not have. It is not possible to be fully aware of one’s privileges because we are living it and are unaware of any other standard.

Story #1 
When I was 19 years old and in college, I made a big mistake following a concert that landed me in the lock up at the downtown Indy police headquarters. I spent the night in jail and was scheduled to appear in court the next morning. I was scared and nervous watching weekend “regulars” brought in to that large room. I saw the chaos, witnessed fights, and just prayed that I could sleep through it. With my one phone call, I called my father. Even though I did not serve God and disrespected Him, He showed me mercy and let me sleep through the chaos all night, unharmed, on a narrow metal bench against a wall.

The next morning they brought a number of us into a holding cell behind the courtroom for a judge to hear our charges.  I knew my father would be out there to help me through the situation. However, when I appeared before the judge my father was not in the room and there was no one to represent me. The judge ordered that I be taken back to the holding cell. That was one of the most devastating feelings one could imagine.

As it turned out, my father went to the wrong courtroom. After some time passed, my name was called and I came from the holding cell to the courtroom and saw my father standing with an attorney. This young African-American attorney happened to be in the court room when I came out the first time. Somehow, he connected with my father because he observed that I “seemed out of place” and saw my dad was distressed looking for me (perhaps the attorney identified with me in some way). He was not seeking a client and my father was not looking for an attorney. 

This attorney used his privilege to help me. He didn’t have to do it, but he did. 

It is amazing what can be done when we use our privilege to help somebody in difficulty.  What is more amazing is using our privilege to defend the dignity and honor of people being insulted or mistreated.

Story #2 
Many years ago as a pastor our church had the occasion to purchase a commercial property on a prominent street to use as our main facility, We were denied a zoning variance for reasons that were unjust and racially motivated because of the nature of the opposition we faced. In a meeting to which I was "invited," I was handed a list of “suitable” inner city properties and “encouraged” to pursue one of those instead of the one we wanted. When we refused, this group of businessmen influenced the zoning board to oppose us.

We retained an attorney and appealed to Superior Court. We easily won the day and overturned the zoning board’s decision on Constitutional grounds when the city attorney decided to drop their case because he couldn't win. What made the difference, in addition to the expertise of my attorney, was that the seller of the property assigned his own attorney to join in the effort to help us (and of course to help conclude his sale.) The seller, a white gentleman, who happened to be a wealthy owner of a commercial real estate company, personally knew many of the business people who opposed us.

The seller used his privilege and influence to help us.

Story #3 
I read a story of two sisters who looked very different. The one looked more African-American and the other look like a white lady. They were both shopping at the same grocery store. The sister who looked more like a white person was in line in front of her sister. The cashier rang up her items and she presented a personal check for payment (which was more the custom at that time).

When her African-American looking sister presented her check, the cashier reached for a binder in which the store kept copies of bad checks. The cashier proceeded to scan the names on the bad checks looking for a match. The cashier made the bigoted assumption that the black looking lady might be trying to pass a bad check.

When her sister saw it, she returned to the check out and asked the cashier what she was doing. In the presence of the cashier, her sister, and other white customers she demanded that the cashier accept her check in the same manner hers was accepted.  No one could’ve known this was her sister.  

It looked like a white person using her privilege to defend the honor of a black person.

Again, 1) Help, educate, and correct your family, acquaintances, and friends, and 2), Use your privilege. 

I remember a sad occasion on a Facebook friend's discussion thread. One of his Facebook friends publicly insulted and disparaged me, my church, and my family (in an indirect way) when I expressed a strong disagreement within the discussion. I privately asked him how he was going to handle it. He said he would write a personal note to the man. I advised him that friends stand up for friends in the same place where things happen, anywhere in life. He made the choice not to use his privilege to publicly stand up for me. At that moment, I realized we were not actual friends. Sometimes people want a "black face," but they do not want an unfettered "black voice."

Each of us needs to take responsibility within our spheres of influence. We also need to rid ourselves of leaders who perpetuate bigotry and racism. We must not enable such persons through silence, inaction, or support. Persons demonstrating racist behavior need to be educated and reproved by people who know them. Legal action should be taken when laws are violated. We should not coddle bigots and racists.

If we lovingly and directly handle matters within our spheres of influence, I believe progress can be made.


What it Means to "Leave" and "Forsake"

Thursday, July 25, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." (Deuteronomy 31:6)

God promises to sustain you and therefore encourages you to "be strong and courageous" and to "not be afraid." One of our greatest fears is abandonment. Without support, it is very difficult to be strong and courageous. Two things God never does is: 1) Leave you, or 2) Forsake you. Unfortunately, it is something that people do all the time. T.D. Jakes suggests that to "leave" represents someone's physical departure, while "forsake" represents someone's emotional departure.

There are people who cannot be with you, but stay connected with you emotionally through alternative means of contact. Some people BOTH leave you and forsake you. It is hard to handle, especially when coming from someone who is special in your life. 

However, this is why we love, follow, and relate to the Lord. He keeps all this promises! 


Your Mind and the Mind of Christ

Monday, July 08, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Watch the teaching,"Your Mind & The Mind of Christ," from the teaching series, "The Master Key."

One of the greatest advantages in life is walking with Christ and having His mind influence your mind. Because of this relationship, you can choose your thoughts and think things on purpose. You don’t have to just think about whatever falls into your mind. 

We can love the Lord with "all our mind." Learn about six key principles to empower your mindset.

Mark 12:30, ’And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.' This is the first commandment. 31"And the second, like it, is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."

1 Corinthians 2:12, Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 13 These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For "Who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?" But we have the mind of Christ.

MASTER KEY: You can choose your thoughts and think things on purpose. You don’t have to just think about whatever falls into your mind.


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