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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




December 3, 2011, 1:48 PM

Stirring Up Love



 

            Paul the apostle wrote in 2 Tim. 3:1-5 (NKJV), “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power.”

            Do you see this?  Could some of these descriptions even fit you?  Do you love yourself more then you love God?  Do you love money more than you love God?  Do you love pleasure more than you love God?  A lot of people who profess to be God’s people have done what the writer Hebrews tells us not to do in Hebrews 10:25 (NKJV), “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”  Why do people who profess to be God’s people forsake the assembling of themselves together?  Most of the time it’s because they love pleasures more than they love God.  This can be hobbies they love, sports, yard work and such.  It can be sleeping in or just taking it easy.

            Jesus said in Matthew 24:12 (NKJV), “…..the love of many will grow cold.”  Has your love grown cold?

            Perhaps this Christmas your love can come alive once again.  John 3:16 tells us, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  We are told in John 1:14 (NKJV), “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”   The thought of God becoming man sends awe through my soul.  Since God loved us so much how could you and I allow our love for Him to grow cold?  Will you allow your love for God to live again?

 

                                                            In the Love of Christ,

                                                            Bro. Dudley

 



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01-16-2014 at 4:33 PM
Larry Cominsky
Psalms 84:10
For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
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October 31, 2011, 4:28 PM

Whose Counsel Are You Following?



One of my deepest concerns about Christians, particularly those I pastor, is where do they get their counsel.  Who do they go to for advice?  Do they get their counsel from godly men and women or do they get it elsewhere.  The very first verse in the book of Psalms has a word for us.  The verse reads Psalm 1:1 (NKJV), “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly….”  There are a lot of Christians who walk in the counsel of the ungodly.

What constitutes an ungodly person?  Could this person be an atheist?  Maybe, but not necessarily!  Could this person be an immoral person?  Maybe, but not necessarily!  Could this person be a devious person?  Maybe, but not necessarily!  This person could well be a good moral individual.  This could be a hard working man, committed to providing for his family.  This person could be a man who loves his wife and his children and would gladly give his life for them.  So what constitutes an ungodly person?  An ungodly person is a person who has no thought of God or God’s will in their life or the decisions they make.  An ungodly person is a person who has no time for God in their life.  An ungodly person has no room for Christ or His church in the life they live and the things they do.  In short, God is not on their list of priorities.

When someone who belongs to God gets involved with the ungodly in anything they are unequally yoked.  Paul said in 2 Cor. 6:14 (NKJV), “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers.  For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness?  And what communion has light with darkness?”  The counsel of the ungodly will lead you away from God’s people and ultimately away from God.  It does not necessarily have to be “bad” things they lead you into.  They just lead you to the place where there is no room left in your life for God.

When you come to the place where there is no room for God in your life you are on a downhill spiral and you will not finish well.  Whose counsel are you following?

 

                                                            In the Love of Christ,

                                                            Bro. Dudley

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