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October 30, 2018, 11:11 PM

Esteeming others better than yourself


One of the hardest things for a Christian to do is to put others before themselves.  Paul the Apostle said:
Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.
Philippians 2:3
How are you on esteeming others better than yourself? Do you need to work on it? The fact is that we all have to work on it every day and only The Holy Spirit of God can do it through us.




October 30, 2018, 11:09 PM

Christians are known by their love for one anothet


A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
John 13:34
By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
John 13:35
The mark of Christians should be that they love one another. Would people recognize you as a Christian by your love for your brothers and sisters in Christ?  Or you lacking in this area?




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


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