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July 30, 2014, 10:58 AM

Newsletter August

Dear Church Family,

    When I was a child I used to watch “Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color.”  It was always clean family shows like: “Davy Crocket,” “Old Yellow,” or something along that line.  Wholesome, right?  Well, as I got older I began to realize that those wholesome shows in the end could be devastating to a person’s walk with Jesus.  After all, “Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color” aired on Sunday Night at 6:00 p.m.  Lots of Christian families stayed home to watch “Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color.”  Sunday Night church attendance declined and it is still declining today.  Now, I am not saying that “The Wonderful World of Disney” is the single reason for the decline in church attendance on Sunday night.  It was one of many contributing factors.  There are still Christians today who would rather stay home and watch a show on the Hallmark Channel or some other channel than to come to Sunday night worship services, learn about the Bible, and hear a word from God. 
    When I pastored my first church my chairman of deacons was very good about being at church during all the services and supporting the church as every deacon should do.  However, if someone was in the hospital he would visit them Sunday night during church time.  I remember on one occasion driving one Sunday afternoon to Sherman-Denison Medical center to visit a family.  It was sixty miles one way.  He showed up while I was there.  I excuse myself sometime later in order to make it back for church services.  I guess God must have used that to speak to him because he never made a hospital visit again during church services. 
    A lot of people wonder where the power of the church has gone.  The power of the Church is gone in the lives of God’s people.  What has replaced God in your life?  When 6:00 Sunday night rolls around, open your eyes look around, and you’ll see what has replaced God in your life.  When 6:30 Wednesday night rolls around, open your eyes look around, and you’ll see what has replaced God in your life!  Then you will know where the power of the Church has gone!  

                                    In the Love of Christ, 
                                    Bro. Dudley

 




July 24, 2014, 4:59 PM

May 2014

            There is a verse that came to my mind as I was praying about writing this.  It is 1 John 2:17 (NKJV), “And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”  This world that you and I live in is passing away, but you would think that the way many Christians love it that it is what we are living for.

            John tells us in 1 John 2:15 (NKJV), “Do not love the world or the things in the world.  If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”  James said in James 4:4 (NKJV), “…Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?  Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”

            The thing about this world is it takes people away from God.  It takes Christians away from God.  There are a lot of things in this world that are not necessarily evil in and of themselves, but if they take you away from worshipping and serving God they become an abomination to God.  Anything that you pursue instead of worshipping or serving God in your church is a snare to you.  A snare is defined as something that leads you into a place or situation from which there is no escape.  Now I am not talking about a job or something of that nature, unless it’s an obsession.  I am talking about what you would rather do than worship God.  It can be a sport, television, traveling, or laziness.  It can be an “I don’t care attitude.”

            Isaiah said it well when he said in Isaiah 59:2, “... your iniquities have separated you from your God..” 

            What is there in your life today that is separating you from your God?  Are you willing to deal with it?  Remember, it’s an abomination to God and it’s a snare to you. 

 

                                                            In the Love of Christ,

                                                            Bro. Dudley




July 24, 2014, 4:57 PM

June 2014

            One thing that has been on my heart lately is what can be described as the Biblical world view.  Well, what is the Biblical world view?  It is looking at the world and all that goes on from the Christian perspective.  It’s knowing that God is still in control no matter what goes on.  It’s knowing that regardless of what comes our way in this life we will one day go home to heaven to be with Jesus.  It’s knowing the truth of such verses as 2 Tim. 3:12, “…all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”

            The Biblical world view shapes how we look at those around us.  Some Christians think that good people go to heaven.  That is not a Biblical world view.  Only saved people go to heaven.  There may be people you surround yourself with that aren’t bad people, but they don’t know the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, therefore they are not going to heaven.  You rub shoulders with people every day, you laugh with them, you have fun with them, you may even care deeply for them, but they are without Jesus and are going to hell.  Now, having said that, do you suppose that God put these people in your life for a reason?  I like laughing and having fun with my acquaintances.  But, above all, I want to see these acquaintances come to know Jesus and be with Him and me in heaven forever.

            One thing that I think is the saddest thing in the world is for a Christian not to love their friends enough to share Jesus with them.  It happens every day.  Years ago I worked at PPG Industries.  I usually got to work with someone for eight straight hours; before the shift was over I would share Jesus with them.  It didn’t matter what they believed or didn’t believe they would hear the gospel of Jesus Christ.  I know that some of these people came to know Jesus.  Some who were already Christians got serious about serving Jesus in a local church.  You can make an impact for Jesus with those you know, so do it!

 

                                                            In the Love of Christ,

                                                            Bro. Dudley




July 24, 2014, 4:56 PM

July 2014

            A man was talking to his next-door neighbor about a speaker he heard the night before at his church.  He told his neighbor this, "This preacher said something that has really stuck in my mind.  He said that all of the world’s problems could be summed up in two words: ignorance and apathy. What do you think?"

            His neighbor replied, "I really don’t know and I really don’t care."

            You and I live in a world that many times is clueless about Christ and the gospel and wishes to remain that way.  We live in a world where people don’t care about God and the things of God.  They remind me of cattle in a feed lot just eating and being content but unaware of what awaits them.

            The Bible tells us in Acts 17:30 (ESV), “The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.”  God commands men to repent but they don’t want to.  We are told in Isaiah 53:6, “each of us has turned to his own way.”  We are told in Romans 3:11 (NIV), “There is no one who understands, no one who seeks God.”

            So the world basically says this: "I really don’t know and I really don’t care."

            But the Christians should never be among those who say, "I really don’t know and I really don’t care."

            In fact the Bible says in Romans 10:14 (NLT), “But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him?  And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him?  And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?”

            God wants us who know Him to tell those who really don’t know and really don’t care about Jesus and the gospel.

            What about you?  Will you tell them?  We all need to.

 

                                                            In the Love of Christ,

                                                            Bro. Dudley




May 1, 2013, 3:31 PM

Revival

Dear Church Family,

 

    As I think of the revival this past week there are some passages of Scripture that come to my mind one is found in Titus 2:14, “Who (Jesus) gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us ….. and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.”  You and I are special to God, but we live in a world where our faith is challenged and opposed at every turn.  This world is critical of our faith and our relationship to Jesus.  In this world there is a spiritual warfare going on all the time.  God wants you to be all you can be in Christ Jesus and this world and the forces of darkness wants you to be the least you can be.  How are we to distinguish between who is speaking to us.  God always wants you to be faithful and committed to Him.  The Devil wants you to be uncommitted to God and the things of God.  The devil is always putting you down.  God wants to raise you up!  God wants you to be the light of the world.  The Devil wants you to cow in the darkness of this world.  God wants you to rejoice and see the potential of all that He can do in you and through you.  The Devil wants you to be depressed and discouraged.  God wants you to experience His light of Life.  The Devil wants you to be blind to God’s presence.

    There is a song I love that goes like this:

 

When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary;

When troubles come and my heart burdened be;

Then, I am still and wait here in the silence,

Until you come and sit awhile with me.

 

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;

You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;

I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;

You raise me up: To more than I can be.

 

There is no life - no life without its hunger;

Each restless heart beats so imperfectly;

But when you come and I am filled with wonder,

Sometimes, I think I glimpse eternity.

 

    What about you?  When was the last time you had a glimpse of eternity?  God is there, ready and willing to give it to you.  Don’t let the Devil and the things of this world take it away!

 

                    In the Love of Christ,

                    Bro. Dudley


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