Daily Devotional


Thursday, December 23, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message “The Birth of Jesus” Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2 (Sermon 4 of series “From Prophecy to Fulfillment”) TEXT: Luke 2:8-20

(This week we will relive the events surrounding the birth of Jesus and revisit the prophecies concerning His birth and the fulfillment of those prophecies.)

Jesus’ birth took place when Herod the ruthless king of Judea ruled. About the time of Jesus birth or even up to 2 years later the Magi, or wise men, astrologers from the east saw a star and knew that it signified the birth of the king of the Jews. We are not told how many there were. It is assumed there were three because of the three gifts given to Jesus. There could have been as many as twenty traveling together in a caravan for safety. They began following the star not knowing exactly where it would end up. When they came to the Jewish rulers in Jerusalem they asked where the Christ was to be born. The rulers explained, “In Bethlehem in Judea,” referring to Micah 5:2. Herod secretly met with the Magi and asked them to report back after they found the child. Herod told the Magi that he wanted to worship the babe. He lied! Secretly Herod was plotting to kill the child. The wise men continued to follow the star in search of the newborn king. They found Jesus with his mother in Bethlehem. The Magi bowed and worshiped him, offering treasures of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The primary significance of the gifts lay in their great value—they were indeed gifts fit for a king. The three gifts had a spiritual meaning:

• Gold as a symbol of kingship on earth,

• Frankincense (an incense) as a symbol of deity, and

• Myrrh (an embalming oil) as a symbol of death.

When they departed, they did not return to Herod. They had been warned in a dream of his plot to destroy the child. Shortly afterwards Herod, finding out the Magi had returned another way sent soldiers to Bethlehem to kill all the children 2 years of age and under in an attempt to make sure the child the magi were looking for was eliminated. Thus fulfilling Jeremiah 31:15

LESSONS AND POINTS OF INTEREST FROM THE STORY

Jesus was called Immanuel (which means ‘God with us’) as foretold by the prophet Isaiah. God in the flesh came to live with mankind. Just as the Holy Spirit made this possible in the Christmas story, the same Spirit makes Jesus Christ present today in the life of every believer. It’s likely that not even Isaiah understood the full and far-reaching meaning of this name. Mary was an unlikely candidate to be honored with the role of mother to the Savior. She was a young, poor female. In her day and in the eyes of her people, these traits would have disqualified her as someone God would want to use for any important purpose. Like Mary, you may feel less than qualified to serve God. But Mary trusted God and humbly obeyed him. Don’t set limits on God and what he may want to do with your life. He will use you, too, if you trust in him.


Larry Hudson


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Read: Luke 1

Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

Pray or do: This week meditate upon the birth of Jesus and its implications for your life.

Bonus Material

Mary, Did You Know?

Lyrics Words and Music by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene Arranged by Tom Fettke

Mary, did you know that your baby boy would one day walk on water?

Mary, did you know that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters?

Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new;

This Child that you delivered will soon deliver you?

Mary, did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?

Mary, did you know that your baby boy would calm a storm with His hand?

Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod,

And when you kiss your little baby you’ve kissed the face of God?

Mary, did you know? The blind will see, the deaf will hear,

The dead will live again, the lame will leap,

The dumb will speak the praises of the Lamb!

Mary, did you know that your baby boy is Lord all creation?

Mary, did you know that your baby boy will one day rule the nations?

Did you know that your baby boy was Heaven’s perfect Lamb,

And the sleeping Child you’re holding is the great, the Great I AM?

Oh, Mary, Mary, did you know?

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Wednesday, December 22, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message “The Birth of Jesus” Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2 (Sermon 4 of series “From Prophecy to Fulfillment”)  TEXT: Luke 2:8-20

(This week we will relive the events surrounding the birth of Jesus and revisit the prophecies concerning His birth and the fulfillment of those prophecies.)

That night in a nearby field, an angel of the Lord appeared to shepherds who were tending their flocks of sheep. The radiance of God's glory surrounded the angel as it announced that the Savior of the world had been born in the town of David. The men were terrified, but the angel reassured them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord" (Luke 2:10-11).  Suddenly a great crowd of heavenly beings appeared with the angel and began singing praises to God: "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests" (Luke 2:14).  As the angelic beings departed, the shepherds said to each other, "Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see the Christ-child! They hurried to the village and found Mary, Joseph, and the baby. The shepherds shared with everyone what the angel had said about the newborn Messiah. Then they went on their way praising and glorifying God. But Mary kept quiet, treasuring their words in her heart. (to be continued).


Larry Hudson


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Read: Luke 1

Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

Pray or do: This week meditate upon the birth of Jesus and its implications for your life.


Tuesday, December 21, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message “The Birth of Jesus” Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2(Sermon 4 of series “From Prophecy to Fulfillment”)

TEXT: Luke 2:8-20

(This week we will relive the events surrounding the birth of Jesus and revisit the prophecies concerning His birth and the fulfillment of those prophecies.) Just as the angel had said, while Mary was engaged to Joseph, she miraculously became pregnant. When she told Joseph, he most likely felt confused, disgraced. He knew the child was not his own, and Mary's apparent unfaithfulness would have carried a grave social stigma. Under Jewish law, Joseph not only had the right to divorce Mary, but he could also have had her publicly humiliated and put to death by stoning. But Joseph was a good-hearted man. Although his initial reaction was to break the engagement, the appropriate thing for a righteous man to do, he treated Mary with extreme kindness. He did not want to cause her further shame and decided to act quietly. God had other plans for Joseph. So God sent an angel to Joseph in a dream to confirm that Mary’s story was true. She had indeed conceived a child by the power of the Holy Spirit. The angel reassured Joseph, telling him to take Mary as his wife, raise the boy as his own son, and name him Jesus because he would be a Savior to his people. When Joseph woke from his dream, he willingly obeyed God and married Mary in spite of the public humiliation he would face. Joseph’s noble character was one reason God chose him to be Messiah’s earthly father. At that time, Caesar Augustus decreed that a census would be taken for all those dwelling in his realm. The census was taken in order to assess the population for tax purposes. Every person in the Roman world had to return to his or her hometown to register. Joseph, being of the line of King David, was required to go to Bethlehem to register with Mary. Therefore they left Nazareth and traveled the roughly 70 miles to take the census. Their spirits must have been soaring, knowing what the angels had told them, knowing the time was near for Mary to give birth to God’s Son, knowing that they had been chosen to participate in this incredible plan of God’s to save mankind from sin. The city of Bethlehem was a small village about five miles southwest of Jerusalem. Since this was Joseph’s birthplace it is very possible he had relatives living in the village. This fulfilled the prophecy of His birth found in Micah 5:2. Homes of that day kept their livestock on the ground level of the house. They would have had a guest room available. The word “kataluma” (often translated “inn”) refers to guest quarters. It is the word used of the “upper room” where the Last Supper was held (Mark 14:14; Luke 22:11, “guest-chamber” and of the place of reception in Bethlehem where Joseph and Mary failed to find quarters (Luke 2:7). The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia More than likely the guest room was already occupied and the only thing left for Jesus would be a feeding trough where the livestock were on the main floor of the house. It being now the season when the shepherds were in the fields (Luke 2:8), the stable would be empty and clean. There then the Lord Jesus was born and laid in the safest and most convenient place, the nearest empty manger alongside of this elevated platform. The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. This would also account for no inn keeper being mentioned. While in Bethlehem, the baby Jesus was born. She wrapped the baby snuggly in strips of cloth and placed him in a manger (a trough used to feed cattle or other livestock). This was God coming into the world in human flesh. Truly, the greatest story ever told. (to be continued).


Larry Hudson


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Read: Matthew 2

Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

Pray or do: This week meditate upon the birth of Jesus and its implications for your life.


Monday, December 20, 2021


TEXT: Luke 2:8-20

This week we will relive the events surrounding the birth of Jesus and revisit the prophecies concerning His birth and the fulfillment of those prophecies. The reality is our story begins long before the night of Jesus birth in the city of Bethlehem. This story begins in the eternal past in the heart and mind of God. Under the anointing of the Holy Spirit the Word of God says that “in the beginning was the Word Jesus, and the Word Jesus was with God, and the Word Jesus was God”. “He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.” (John 1:3). Of Jesus it says, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.” (Colossians 1:15-17) Shortly after Creation, when Adam and Eve had sinned, God told Adam and Eve that He would “put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He (Jesus) shall bruise your head, And you (Satan) shall bruise His heel.” (Genesis 3:15). This not only signified Jesus death on the cross and the beginning of Satan’s defeat but revealed “one of the most unusual things in the Bible because a woman does not have seed. Seed is masculine. The term is only used in reference to Jesus Christ and not to any other person ever born. Jesus was to be the seed of the woman and He would finally defeat Satan. You are the seed of your father. His seed started your life, your blood stream and gave you your name. Jesus, and only Jesus, was the seed of woman.” Dr. Alan B. Stringfellow. John the Baptist prophesied that Jesus was “the Lamb of God who takes being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God.”

• “but made Himself of no reputation.”

• “took upon Him the form of a servant.”

• “and was made in the likeness of men.”

• “He humbled Himself.”

• “became obedient unto death.”

• “even the death of the cross.”(Philippians 2:5-8)

It was during the reign of Caesar Augusta that a young teenage girl named Mary who was living in the village of Nazareth had become engaged to be married to Joseph, a Jewish carpenter. They probably were planning their lives together not knowing what was about to happen. God had other plans for their lives. So one day God sent the angel Gabriel to visit Mary. The angel told Mary that she would conceive a son by the power of the Holy Spirit. She would give birth to this child and name him Jesus. At first, Mary was afraid and troubled by the angel’s words. Being a virgin, Mary questioned the angel, “How can this happen?” She knew she had not had relations with a man! The angel explained that the child would be God’s own Son and that nothing was impossible with God. Humbled and in awe, Mary believed the angel of the Lord and rejoiced in God her Savior. Surely Mary reflected with wonder on the words of Isaiah 7:14: “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” The angel also told Mary that her older cousin, Elizabeth, who was married to Zechariah, was six months pregnant. She had not been able to have children. Gabriel implies to Mary that this is a miracle from God for he says, “Nothing is impossible with God”. Mary leaves Nazareth and Joseph and rushes to be with Elizabeth. When she meets Elizabeth the baby “leaps in Elizabeth’s womb” and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, is the first to acknowledge Jesus is in the womb of Mary. Mary abides with her for 3 month until John the Baptist is born and then returns to Nazareth. (To be continued).


Larry Hudson


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Read: Matthew 1

Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

Pray or do: This week meditate upon the birth of Jesus and its implications for your life.



Thursday, December 16, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message “The Shepherds Meet the Good Shepherd”

(Sermon 3 of series “From Prophecy to Fulfillment”)

TEXT: Luke 2:8-20

God has made Himself approachable. God is now dwelling among us. And as if no longer able to

contain themselves the rest of the angels burst into the human dimension. The first Christmas

Carol. Theology was great in it. Here is truth from heaven to earth. Glory to God ... Peace on earth ... good will toward mankind.

“TOWARD” means He is coming from God. There is now peace between God and man! This is true peace not the temporary and finicky peace of the Romans. God has come in peace. “So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, "Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us." (Luke 2:15) The dispersal of the angels does not seem to be as sudden as their arrival. The shepherds acted in faith NOT speculation. Not to see if this is true but out of faith in His Word as if it were done! They went together. You never want to go to Jesus alone! Bring someone with you. Say LET US GO to meet Jesus!


Larry Hudson


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Read: Above scriptures!

Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

Pray or do: Does He dwell in you today? We are an unclean place until we welcome Him to dwell within. Yet He is approachable to all except the proud unless they humble themselves.


Wednesday, December 15, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message “The Shepherds Meet the Good Shepherd”

(Sermon 3 of series “From Prophecy to Fulfillment”)

TEXT: Luke 2:8-20

I wonder how many times the shepherds remembered the words of David in the Psalms when he said, “the Lord is my shepherd i shall not want”. The shepherds were out on this night as they were every other night. They were faithfully watching the sheep as they had always done before.  Same old! Same old! Why should this night be any different from all the other nights? SUDDENLY! “And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.” (Luke 2:9). This would be enough to give a shepherd a heart attack with an announcement like that. Suddenly an “Angel stood before them” and at the same time the “Glory of the Lord shone around them” they were surrounded! No mistake. Because of this they were “greatly/sore afraid.” Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger' (Luke 2:10-12)

God arrives with good news and man is afraid. There had been 400 years of silence. There is a good fear and bad fear. (Good fear of respect, knowledge of greatness) Fear that alienates you

from God (God is mad, harsh, unyielding ..) The shepherds had the negative fear but the angel of the Lord dealt with it. Then he brings the good news. “Good tidings of GREAT joy”. Good news from God! It was ‘to ALL people” therefore it was universal in scope so no one left out. Yet it is also personal in application for He was “Born to YOU”. A gift! That gift is “A Savior” who meets the needs of men. This savior is “Christ the Lord”. There is no Gospel if Jesus is not God. God wants to embrace us! The world needs saving and the only One up to the task is God! Good News – For All – For You – A Savior – Christ the Lord.  Jesus was laying in an animal trough wrapped in strips of cloth while the shepherds were wrapped in “glory”. That manger was now “the Holy of Holies”. Wherever Jesus dwells becomes the Holy of Holies.


Larry Hudson


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Read: Above scriptures!

Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

Pray or do: Does He dwell in you today? We are an unclean place until we welcome Him to dwell within. Yet He is approachable to all except the proud unless they humble themselves.


Tuesday, December 14, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message “The Shepherds Meet the Good Shepherd” (Sermon 3 of series “From Prophecy to Fulfillment”) TEXT: Luke 2:8-20

What were the shepherds doing that night the angel showed up? The scripture says, “Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.” Luke 2:8.  They were “living in the fields” They were totally committed to their responsibility. This was not a part time job. They were “Keeping watch”. That means they were both concerned for the good – the welfare of the sheep and they were looking out for the bad – those things that could harm the sheep. It was “by night” they were working. They were being faithful even when no one was watching. It was “their flocks” they were taking care of . They were not underlings taking care of the sheep – they were the owners. We don’t know how many shepherds there were in the field. There may have been many flocks scattered across the Judean hillside of Bethlehem each having a shepherd responsible for his own flock.


Larry Hudson


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Read: Above scriptures!

Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

Pray or do: Have you ever felt like a misfit? How should your thinking about yourself change since you are a child of God?


Monday, December 13, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message “The Shepherds Meet the Good Shepherd”

(Sermon 3 of series “From Prophecy to Fulfillment”) TEXT: Luke 2:8-20

It is fitting this morning that we look at the lower places of human society and see both people and God. Shepherds are popular parts in the Christmas dramas around the world. In this

particular society shepherds were considered “lowly” loners. Even though the greatest Israel King was once a shepherd and God is referred to as the “Shepherd of Israel”. The youngest were often left to tend sheep. This group we will briefly look at this morning were “professional” shepherds.  “The shepherds were both religious and social misfits. The nature of their work kept them from normal religious functions, and they were a filthy bunch, too. Luke says they were “out in the fields.” The work of keeping sheep rendered the shepherds religiously unclean. To make it to the Temple or to the synagogue meant they would have to go through a long, involved purification process that lasted seven days. On a shepherd’s salary who could afford to take seven days off to get ritually clean to go to worship? No one! They simply didn’t bother. Additionally, the priests and the temple assistants couldn’t touch them, for they, too would have been rendered unclean and have to participate in the same process. Talk about trouble. They wanted nothing to do with shepherds.  It’s almost funny, though. The priest and temple assistants needed the shepherds because they provided the sheep necessary for the temple sacrifices on high holy days. They were necessary, but they were shunned. They were religious misfits.” (Lynn Malone “The Characters of Christmas: The Shepherds) Historical documents (Mishna/Talmud) tell us that the sheep for sacrifice were tended in the fields of Bethlehem. A Millennium earlier David kept his father’s sheep in the same pastures This week we will learn a little about shepherding but more importantly we will learn how the shepherds responded to the Good Shepherd and we can in turn do the same. “In the same country” (vs. 8) as what? Luke tells us, “Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,” (Luke 2:4) This is a fulfilment of Micah 5:2 . "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting."


Larry Hudson


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Read: Above scriptures!

Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

Pray or do: Have you ever felt like a misfit? How should your thinking about yourself change since you are a child of God?


Friday, December 10, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message “The Insignificant in Christmas” (Sermon 2 of series “From Prophecy to Fulfillment”)

TEXT: Luke 2:1-20

The events in the Christmas story were seemingly insignificant.  The events that were happening at Jesus birth were taxes, much like it is today. This is what would make the news. But the story of Jesus birth gives attention to the birth and the fulfillment of prophecy concerning that birth. We see the working of God in history to fulfill His Word and Promises.  There was the matter of the appearance of that star. Even the heavens were being affected by His birth. There was the matter of the virgin conception and birth. This ultimate fulfilment of the Promise of God to send a savior! But think: God started to save the world with the birth of a baby. Babies are born every day. But therein is the wisdom of God. “For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 27  But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28  and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 29  that no flesh should glory in His presence. 30  But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God--and righteousness and sanctification and redemption-- 31  that, as it is written, "He who glories, let him glory in the LORD." (1 Corinthians 1:26-31).  For the Gospel written for the outsider this was very good news. Christmas announces that all places, all people and all events matter to God.


Larry Hudson


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Read: Above scriptures!

Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

Pray or do: Pray for God to open your eyes to see how He takes what seems insignificant to the world and use it for His glory.

Bonus Material

BECOMING AN ANT

I read of a Hindu who could not believe in Christianity because he could not contemplate a God who would so humble himself. Then one day the Hindu came upon an anthill. He tried to get close enough to it, but every time he bent low, his shadow caused all the ants to scurry away. He recognized to himself that the only way in which he could ever come to know that colony of ants would be if he could somehow become an ant himself. And that was the moment at which his conversion began. There was a European monarch who, a couple of times a year, would take off his royal garb and, dressed as a peasant, go out amongst his people. The courtiers worried about this, but the king said, “I cannot rule my people unless I know how they live“. But God came as a baby in a barn. Bruce Thielemann, “Glory to God in the Lowest,” Preaching Today, Tape No. 75.


Wednesday, December 8, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message “The Insignificant in Christmas” (Sermon 2 of series “From Prophecy to Fulfillment”)

TEXT: Luke 2:1-20

Not only where the places in the Christmas story insignificant so also were the people. The important people where the political and religious leaders of that day. Luke 2 verses 1 and 2 list two of their names. “And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2  This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria.” They were the movers and shakers. When they spoke people listened. They could call for taxes and the word was, “So let it be done”.  Yet the people in the story, as far as the world was concerned at that time, were insignificant. Mary and Joseph were just a young poor couple going to register because they had to even with her being fully pregnant and ready to deliver at any time. Then there were the shepherds. In Christ day they were looked down upon socially even though many of the patriarchs were herders by trade. Even King David began as a shepherd boy.

Literal shepherds were not highly esteemed in Graeco-Roman literature (e.g., Ovid, Her., 5.79).

Aristotle speaks negatively of the shepherd when he writes that among men, “the laziest are shepherds, who lead an idle life, and get their subsistence without trouble from tame animals; their flocks wandering from place to place in search of pasture, they are compelled to follow them, cultivating a sort of living farm” (Politics, 1.8; cited in Jeffers, The Greco-Roman World, 21). 1 Biblically they were responsible for leading, feeding, protecting, and procuring rest for their flock. They were used metaphorically throughout the Bible to denote leaders and God. 1 And then there was the innkeeper. Though not specifically mentioned he is assumed to be there turning away Mary because there was no room in the inn. I agree with Danny Zacharias when he wrote, “almost every English translation uses the word 'Inn' to [mis]translate the Greek word katalyma (κατάλυμα). Our Greek word here occurs only 3 times in the NT, once here, and the other two are Mark 14:14 and Luke 22:11. In both of those instances, it is the 'guest room,' or simply 'room,' in which Jesus and his disciples will eat the Passover meal together. So katalyma is a room in a regular house — not a specially designated building. In reality, the picture that Luke paints is different. Joseph and Mary, coming close to term, traveled to Bethlehem. It is highly unlikely that they traveled alone, as traveling alone would be dangerous. (Jesus at the age of 12 did not go with the group) Also, it may have been in their mind to go to Bethlehem at this time not just because of the census, but because they had some family support that could help Mary with the birth and to support her afterward.  Mary and Joseph arrive at either a public house (an ancient type of hostel), or more likely to a family home of Joseph, either his father's or an extended family member's house. It does seem that Mary must have been in the throws of labor, as it was urgent enough that they had to choose the lower level of the home to give birth. There were some animals around, but there were also people close by in the same home, with other women very likely being there to assist, including those that likely traveled with them.  So in closing, I would suggest that this is a more accurate translation of Luke 2:7: And she gave birth to her firstborn son, and wrapped him in strips of cloth and laid him in a feeding trough, because there was not enough space for them in the guest room.”  When God comes near all the little people suddenly seem to matter! “What a paradox that a babe in a manger should be called mighty! Yet even as a baby Jesus Christ revealed power. His birth affected the heavens as that star appeared. The star affected the Magi, and they left their homes and made that long journey to Jerusalem. Their announcement shook King Herod and his court. Jesus’ birth brought angels from heaven and simple shepherds from their flocks on the hillside. Midnight becomes midday as the glory of the Lord appeared to men.” Warren W. Wiersbe in His Name is Wonderful.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

Pray or do: Pray for God to open your eyes to see how He takes what seems insignificant to the world and use it for His glory.

Bonus Material

Here is a little background to one of them, Caesar Augustus who was the emperor of Rome.

“Augustus Caesar was born in 63 BC as Gaius Octavius. His father, also named Gaius Octavius, was a knight from Velitrae who rose to be a senator and a praetor. He died when Octavius was young, so Octavius’ mother, Atia, primarily raised Octavius. Eventually Atia’s uncle, Julius Caesar, adopted Octavius and made him his heir. At that point Octavius adopted his uncle’s name and became Gaius Julius Caesar.

Consolidation of Power

Octavius was 19 when Julius Caesar was assassinated (44 BC). Following this event, Octavius entered into a political alliance known as the Second Triumvirate with Julius Caesar’s allies Marcus Aemilius Lepidus and Mark

Antony. In October of 42 bc, Octavius and Mark Antony’s forces defeated those of Caesar’s assassins, Brutus and Cassius, at the Battle of Philippi. Over the next 11 years, Octavius ruled the Roman world in the west, aided by Agrippa and Maecenas, while Antony ruled the Roman world in the east with Cleopatra. However, over time,

Octavius and Antony’s relationship deteriorated. At the Battle of Actium in 31 BC, Octavius’ forces finally defeated the combined forces of Antony and Cleopatra. Antony and Cleopatra committed suicide in 30 BC, Octavius then became the sole ruler of the entire Roman world.

Rise to Emperor

Although Octavius had relied on military force to consolidate his power, once he had succeeded, he began preparations to restore the traditional republican government. In January of 27 BC, Octavius “transferred the state to the free disposal of the senate and the people,” in his own words (Grant, The Twelve Caesars, 53). Three days later, the Senate conferred upon him the title “Augustus,” after he had declined the names of “Rex” and “Dictator.” This title, which comes from the Latin term meaning “august” or “revered,” implied “no definite powers, but being an

epithet equally applicable to gods or men, was well adapted to express his exalted position” (Boak and Sinnigen, A, History of Rome to ad 565, 270).  While Augustus transferred many powers back to the senate, he retained much power for himself. For example, he continued to hold annual consulships, and he also took Spain, Gaul, and Syria as his province in addition to Egypt. These regions included the greater part of the army as well as his own praetorian guard, who were responsible for protecting him. Later, Augustus would resign the consulship but would retain the large province and even achieve some legal authority to intervene in other provinces (Grant, The Twelve Caesars, 53).  Augustus was also given the title of “Tribunician Power,” which enabled him to stand for the rights of the lower

classes. He was given the chief priesthood in 12 bc and declared the “Father of the Country” in 2 BC. Augustus died in ad 14 at the age of 76 and was succeeded by his stepson and heir, Tiberius.

Augustus in the Bible

Luke 2:1 contains the only biblical reference to Augustus, stating, “In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered” (ESV). Nevertheless, Augustus’ political actions provide the backdrop for the New Testament events. For example, it was Augustus who divided Palestine into three parts to be ruled by Archelaus, Philip, and Herod Antipas; and Herod Antipas played an important role in the deaths of both John the Baptist and Jesus (Mendels, The Rise and Fall of Jewish Nationalism, 199). Augustus’ successor, Tiberius, was the reigning emperor at the onset of Jesus’ public ministry and is the subject of Jesus’ references to “Caesar.”


Tuesday, December 7, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message “The Insignificant in Christmas” (Sermon 2 of series “From Prophecy to Fulfillment”)

TEXT: Luke 2:1-20

The important places at the time of Jesus’ birth were Rome and Syria. People who were influencing the world at that time ruled and lived there. Nobody thought much of those who

lived in the land of Palestine. We will find out that God did care and was about to do something grand and glorious. The story of the birth of Christ takes place in small and, to the world unimportant places like Bethlehem. It may have been important to the Jewish people because it was the city King David had been born in. Then there was Nazareth. In Aremaic the name “Nazareth meant “watchtower”. It was a town of lower Galilee where Jesus spent His boyhood years (Matt. 2:23).

For centuries Nazareth has been a beautifully secluded town nestled in the southernmost hills of the Lebanon Mountain range. Situated in the territory belonging to Zebulun, the city must have been of late origin or of minor importance. It is never mentioned in the Old Testament. Nazareth lay close to the important trade routes of Palestine. It overlooked the Plain of Esdraelon through which caravans passed as they traveled from Gilead to the south and west. North of the city was the main road over which the Roman legions frequently traveled. This fact may account for the possible source of the name Nazareth in the Aramaic word meaning “watchtower.” However, Nazareth itself was situated in something of a basin, Nazareth, therefore, was somewhat secluded and isolated from nearby traffic. This apparent isolation of Nazareth as a frontier town on the southern border of Zebulun contributed to the reputation that Nazareth was not an important part of the national and religious life of Israel. This, coupled with a rather bad reputation in morals and religion and a certaincrudeness in the Galilean dialect, prompted Nathanael, when he first learned of Jesus of Nazareth, to ask, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” (John 1:46). 1 Then there was Jesus being born in a manger which was a common cow trough but mentioned three times in our text. And finally and field where shepherds watched their flock the night Jesus was born.


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Pray or do: Pray for God to open your eyes to see how He takes what seems insignificant to the world and use it for His glory.


Bonus Material

Our Everything

All we could ever imagine, could ever hope for, He is … He is the Prince of Peace whose first coming has already transformed society but whose second coming will forever establish justice and righteousness. All this and infinitely

more, alive in an impoverished baby in a barn. That is what Christmas means – to find in a place where you would least expect to find anything you want, everything you could ever want.

Michael Card in The Promise, Christiantiy Today, Vol. 37, no. 15.   Youngblood, R. F., Bruce, F. F., & Harrison, R. K., Thomas Nelson Publishers (Eds.). (1995). In Nelson’s

new illustrated Bible dictionary. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc.


Monday, December 6, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message “The Insignificant in Christmas” (Sermon 2 of series “From Prophecy to Fulfillment”)

TEXT: And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2  This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3  So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. 4  Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5  to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. 6  So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 7  And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. 8  Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9  And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10  Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11  For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12  And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger." 13  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: 14  "Glory to God in the highest,  And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!" 15  So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, "Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us." 16  And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17  Now when they had

seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19  But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20  Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them. Luke 2:1-20

The Christmas story has everything needed for a great story: Political intrigue, conflict, anticipation, the drama of a delivery room, fear, doxology (praise of God often in song) and amazement. But one thing that impresses about the Christmas story is how simple and unadorned it really is. In fact what captures me is the “insignificant” element. Some might object by saying, “insignificant?” How could the birth of the virgin-born Son of God be insignificant? Indeed for God to become human (John 1:14) is no small thing.

“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.” John 1:14 (NKJV)

But watch how the only Gentile (outsider) to write a life of Christ shows, in the Christmas story, how God fills the seeming insignificant with His presence and makes what might have been mundane into profound mystery. This week’s devotionals will look at those insignificant things.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

Pray or do: Pray for God to open your eyes to see how He takes what seems insignificant to the world and use it for His glory.


Friday, December 3, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message “Prophecies of Christmas” (Sermon 1 of

series “From Prophecy to Fulfillment”)

TEXT: “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14

It is also a sign of God’s faithfulness to us.

“In his book, Science Speaks, Peter Stoner applies the modern science of probability to just eight prophecies regarding Christ. He says, “The chance that any man might have ...fulfilled all eight prophecies is one in 10 to the 17th. That would be 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000.” (one hundred quadrillion).  Stoner suggests that “we take 10 to the 17th silver dollars and lay them on the face of Texas.  They will cover all of the state 2 feet deep. Now mark one of these silver dollars and stir the whole mass thoroughly... Blindfold a man and tell him he can travel as far as he wishes, but he must pick up [that one marked silver dollar.] What chance would he have of getting the right one?” Stoner concludes, “Just the same chance that the prophets would have had of writing those eight prophecies and having them all come true in any one man, ... providing they wrote them in their own wisdom.” [Source unknown - www.bible.org/illus/c/c-59.htm]

Over 300 separate prophecies concerning the coming Messiah give in exquisite detail the birth of Christ. Hosea 11:1 prophetically points to Jesus’ escape to and coming out of Egypt. Jeremiah 31:15 prophetically points to the grief and sorrow that came to the Bethlehem mothers and their refusing to be consoled in spite of their being good reason for such. Another of those prophecies of Christ birth is found in Micah 5:2. Here Micah told exactly where Christ would be born, “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting."  The origin of this grand new work is not in one of the world’s capitals, not even in Jerusalem, but in Bethlehem. We have sung the song, “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” we have heard of this town ever since we were old enough to understand the Christmas story. But 2,000 years ago, Bethlehem was not a very well-known place. It was similar to being from a small town, like Ordinary VA. When you are asked where you live and you reply Ordinary, what is the next question? “Where is that?” “Then “How do you spell it?”  Bethlehem was like that, it was a pretty obscure little country town, so obscure in fact that he has to tell us what Bethlehem he is talking about! He says, “Bethlehem Ephrathah,” or the Bethlehem by Jerusalem.  Micah proclaimed that the Messiah would come from Bethlehem...but a week before Christ’s birth, Mary was still in Nazareth... 80 miles away from Bethlehem... And in a day where they walked everywhere they went, that was a long way. But God was in control and He took care of that. Caesar Augustus order a census be taken, and this census required that Joseph be register in the city of his families roots (David’s).... Bethlehem. So Mary and Joseph at just the right time made the four day journey to Bethlehem. As we have seen Bethlehem was to the world a small insignificant village full of blue collar workers, nothing special... But Bethlehem was significant and the thing that made it special and the reason we still sing about Bethlehem today is, that Jesus Christ was there.  Even more amazing than the prophecy of the location of the Savior birth is that his “goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.” That is that this One, who was to come, is like God, He is eternal. The word “everlasting” means infinite or timeless in duration and refers to Christ eternality. The prophecy clearly predicts that the existence of Christ predates the creation of the Universe. God the Son, became God-man when he was born of the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem of Judea (Isa. 9:6, John 1:1, 14). If what Isaiah said is true {and it is) then what must we do? Trust the Word, not the 'world.' It is the Word of God that interprets us and life, not the other way around. God is right, we are wrong ... God is true, we invent the myths. Obey the Word, not the 'whim.' We want what we want because we want it. Adam and Eve 'fell' because of the desire for "knowledge of good and evil" or as the devil put it "you will be like God, knowing good and evil." [Genesis 3:5c]  Reality: They knew what was good {obedience) and what was evil {disobedience) already!  Eating that first bite caused them to lose that knowledge because, ever since then we have been trying to make up our own rules.


Larry Hudson


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Read: Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

Pray or do: Ask the Lord to give you a deeper understanding of the meaning of Christ birth and its ramifications for your life and the world.


Wednesday, December 1, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message “Prophecies of Christmas” (Sermon 1 of

series “From Prophecy to Fulfillment”)

TEXT: “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14

The sign is also of God’s love for us.

God appeared a number of times in the Old Testament (in the garden to Adam and Eve, to Abraham when He was preparing to bring judgment to Sodom and Gomorrah, etc.) But this is a promise that God Himself would appear and be the “strong God with us”. He did that in the person of Jesus Christ. The theological word is “incarnation” that is God become flesh and blood.  In the scripture that almost everyone who has any exposure to the Bible at all knows, John 3:16, we are told, "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.”  It was because of God’s great love for the plight of man that He was willing to allow his only son to come to the earth, take human form, in order that he might pay the debt that our sin demands.  The Apostle Paul tells us the story from the viewpoint of Christ in Philippians 2:6-8, He is not "for" or "against." (See Joshua 5:13 - 14). He is the Lord!  One author said it so well when he said, “Jesus endured a human birth to give us a new spiritual birth. He occupied a stable that we might occupy a mansion. He had an earthly mother so that we might have a heavenly Father. He became subject so that we might be free. He left his glory to give us glory. He was poor that we might be rich. He was welcomed by shepherds at His birth whereas we at our birth are welcomed by angels. He was hunted by Herod that we might be delivered from the grasp of Satan. That is the great paradox of the Christmas story. It is that which makes it irresistibly attractive. It is the reversal of roles at God’s cost for our benefit.” [James Montgomery Boice. The Christ of Christmas.(Chicago: Moody, 1983) p. 59]

Not Only Is It a Sign of God’s Love But Also… (See Friday’s devotional)


Larry Hudson


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Read: Philippians 2:6-8

Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

Pray or do: Ask the Lord to give you a deeper understanding of the meaning of Christ birth and its ramifications for your life and the world.


Tuesday, November 30, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message “Prophecies of Christmas” (Sermon 1 of

series “From Prophecy to Fulfillment”)

TEXT: “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14

This is a sign of God’s power. The birth of Jesus was not a normal birth, it was a super-natural birth. Four things that are impossible in this passage...

1. He told us that “a virgin,” will conceive and bear a child. The word “virgin” used here denotes a woman who has never been sexually intimate with any man not just a young woman. The language is emphatic. It refers to a specific individual.

2. "Will be with child and will give birth to a son." [7:14] Naturally this is physically impossible. There would need to be a male chromosome (which could only come from a male) to give birth to a son. Mary wondered how this would be possible too: "How will this be?" Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?" [Luke 1:34] The implication is that nothing is to hard for God (who BTW created the universe).

3. “Immanuel” (7:14) The Hebrew literally says "the STRONG God with us." We have always been more comfortable with the "otherness" of God than His "sameness." With God being

"other" we can think that God doesn't understand or care. With God sharing some of the "same" things as we do, it's impossible to think that God does not understand or feel.

4. "He knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right." [7: 15] Literally the text says "by His knowledge." Later Isaiah would say this: "After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities." [Isaiah 53: 11]  

Jesus was the only one without sin. Hebrew 4:15 Jesus refused evil/sin in every way. We, on the other hand, are "sinners. S. Lewis' image from the Space Trilogy. J.B. Phillips translated Romans 3:20 this way "...indeed it is the straight-edge of the Law that show us how crooked we are." Reality check! Humans do not know enough to reject and chose. What we do know is tainted by sin. Naturally we are selfish creatures and reject and chose based on that basis. (There is a lot of impossible things happening in this prophecy. These things should point us to the birth of Jesus. In celebrating Christmas we celebrate the fulfillment of this prophecy. In Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 1:26-38 it is made very clear that Isaiah 7:14 had its ultimate fulfillment in the person of Jesus Christ. Not Only Is It A Sign of God’s Power But Also…(continued in the third devotional.


Larry Hudson


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Read: Matthew 1:18-25

Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

Pray or do: Ask the Lord to give you a deeper understanding of the meaning of Christ birth and its ramifications for your life and the world.

Bonus Material

In the Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, Uncle Woodworm, who is training his nephew in the ways of being a devil, states that God has an advantage in the spiritual battle. The reason is because Jesus knows first-hand what it means

to be human. Thus, God can understand fully what humans go through in the course of life.


Monday, November 29, 2021


1 Minute Devotional (November 29, 2021)

The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message “Prophecies of Christmas” (Sermon 1 of

series “From Prophecy to Fulfillment”)

TEXT: “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14

The Christmas story in the Bible begins earlier than you might expect, several hundred years earlier, in the Old Testament. One Old Testament prophecy after another promised the coming Messiah who would redeem the people of God. Whether you know it or not, the first promise of the coming Christ was given in very first book of the Old Testament, in Genesis 3:15. “And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel." (Genesis 3:15)  God’s plan for our redemption began in the eternal past for the scripture says, “Jesus was the Lamb of God slain before the foundation of the world”.  The Prophet Isaiah writing nearly 600 years before the birth of Christ was able to see across the centuries and gave us an amazingly accurate picture of the birth of the Savior. He said, (7:14), "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” Isaiah said that the birth of Jesus would be “a sign.” We find perfect harmony with this prophecy when the angels announced the birth of Christ in Luke 2:10-12, for they said, "…Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. (11) For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (12) And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger." God has always used signs to get the attention and deliver His message to His people. In the birth of Christ we have a sign from God. But what is the birth of Jesus to a sign of? (This is the first of four devotionals this week where we will examine what the signs are).


Larry Hudson


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Read: Isaiah 7:14-16

Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

Pray or do: Ask the Lord to give you a deeper understanding of the meaning of Christ birth and its ramifications for your life and the world.


Friday, November 25,2021


TEXT: But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

How can waiting be a school? “Therefore, I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation” (Mic. 7:7). In this school you will focus your ears to hear more, train your eyes to see more and develop you Christian hope, You don’t want to get things too early for they will destroy their teaching value. In this school you will find the heart of God and learn to live by God’s timing not yours. Another questions you will ask is how long should you wait? Isaiah reminds us that “Men have not heard, nor perceived . . . what He hath prepared for them” (Isa. 64:4) You may have to wait for your circumstances to change, for another person to be prepared by God, or for natural growth as a farmer in James 5:7. We have to wait for it is a part of learning about character. We have to wait for God’s timetable to be met not ours and we are to do it in quietness (Isa. 30:15).

How true of us. Let us wait on God. He’ll get us across any obstacle life puts in our way. 


Larry Hudson


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Read: James 5

Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

Pray or do: How are you doing in this school on patience? What do you need to change in order to be more patient?

Bonus Material

One fellow tells about being on an airliner making its way from New York to San Francisco. One of the engines caught fire. The captain came on the speaker system, calmly reassuring his passengers that the fire would soon be out. Besides, the plane could fly as well with three engines as with four.

Unfortunately, a second engine burst into flames. Once again the captain assured the passengers that two engines were sufficient. Then a third engine was suddenly ablaze. The captain said no more. There was only silence from the front of the plane. Soon the captain appeared in the cabin with a parachute on his back. As he opened the exit door, he said calmly to the passengers, "Don’t anyone panic, I’m going for help." And out he jumped. Also today, many are jumping out of the Lord’s work. They become weary or discouraged because of the circumstances and bail out on God. But let me give you a positive example

Faith through the Storm

I first rode an airplane in 1945, flying from Mobile, Alabama, to Atlanta, Georgia. Going and coming the sun was shining, and we had a smooth flight. I trusted the plane, or else I would not have flown in it. My third flight was to Miami, Florida. The flight down was so smooth. I was sold on air travel. But on the return trip, we had to travel through a terrific storm. Flying through the storm cloud was like flying through buttermilk. The plane bucked and reared. At times I could not even see the wings. Once when we hit a down draft, I did not know if we were five thousand or five feet off the ground. I thought the wings had broken off. I was sure we were falling. When we landed safely in Mobile, Frances met me at the airport. After I told her what had happened, she said, “I knew something was wrong. You are green in the face.” Well, that experience shook my faith in flying. Until one day I said to myself, “That experience should have strengthened my faith in flying. I now have seen what a plane can endure and still land safely.” A parallel exists to having faith in God. When we see how He can bring us safely through life’s storms, our faith in Him is strengthened that He can do it over and over again. Hobbs, H. H. (1990).

My favorite illustrations (p. 259). Nashville, TN: Broadman Press.


Wednesday, November 23, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message “Waiting on God – Part 2” (Isaiah 40:31)

TEXT: But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

What can you learn by waiting? “The Lord waits that He may be gracious unto you . . .blessed are all those that wait for Him” (Isa. 30:18). You can learn people. You can watch those who have learned to wait patiently. You can get to know yourself. What do you need to learn about waiting on God? You can discover more about God’s plan for your life. Begin by being filled with the Holy Spirit. God wants to empower you for greater service. The Apostle Paul took 14 years to be prepared for God’s plan for his life. Acts 9:19-30; 11:25-26, 30; 12:25 describe the work of ministry during that time. You can learn to adore Him. When you learn about “The Waiting God” and then about “Waiting on God” then you will learn to appreciate the will and wisdom of God. Finally you can learn to trust (patience and faith are connected). James said it so well, “Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. 8  You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.” James 5:7-8. A question you have probably already asked is “why does God make us wait?” Jeremiah reminds us that “The Lord is good to them that wait for Him” (Lam. 3:25).

When we have waited we become more appreciative of what God is doing in our life.

God wants to help us to understand the mystery of life. He knows that often we are more interested in the gift than the Giver. He must become more important than anything He can do for or give to us. It is in the waiting that we are bound to the Giver – God Himself. We are drawing closer to Him and we wait on God to act or answer. Those who wait on the Lord-they will have inward strength: But they that wait upon the Lord

shall renew their strength; 31a He is not talking about physical strength here, but he is talking bout moral strength. Those who wait on the Lord-they will have upward strength. “They shall mount up with wings as eagles; 31b. There are many ups and downs in this life that we live. But God will give us victory over the downs if we learn to wait on him. We are often like Lucy in an old Peanuts comic strip. Lucy was complaining about her lousy life. Charlie Brown is trying to cheer her up. "Into each life some rain must fall," he said. That didn’t seem to help at all. Then he thought of another saying: "Just remember, life has its mountains and its valleys, its ups and downs." To which Lucy replied, "All I want is ups and ups and ups!"  And so it is with us in the Christian life. When we first become Christians we feel protected in the nest, but God soon takes us out of it, so that he can teach us to 'soar on wings like eagles."  Those who wait on the Lord - they will have outward strength. They shall run, and not be weary; 31C Paul reminds us in Galatians 6:9, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Don’t stop running for Jesus. He is the cure when you are tired or weary.  Those wait on the Lord- they will have onward strength “And they shall walk, not faint” 31D God will give us strength for the long haul, in other words, He will give us the strength to serve Him all the days of our life.


Larry Hudson


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Read: James 5

Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

Pray or do: What kind of strength do you need – inward, outward, upward or onward strength?


Tuesday, November 23, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message “Waiting on God – Part 2” (Isaiah 40:31)

TEXT: But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up

with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

Some biblical examples of waiting upon the Lord:

1. Abraham and Sarah (for Isaac) Genesis 12:4-5; 17:17

2. Noah (for the flood and subsiding waters) 100 years, 2 months and 17 days Noah waited for the flood

3. Joseph (for his time in power) 17 years he waited.  

Going through “being sold into slavery by his brothers” “falsely accused of rape and imprisoned” “forgotten by someone he helped for two years”

4. Jesus (for the time to be fulfilled)

5. Mary and Martha (for Jesus to arrive when Lazarus died: They waited four days

6. The disciples (for the promised Holy Spirit) They tarried for 10 days!

7. All believers (awaiting his return)

In each case they

a. Knew God’s promises

b. Rested in God’s character

c. Relied upon his love

In each case, it was worth the wait!

It will be worth the wait!


Larry Hudson

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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

Pray or do: What is the longest you have had to wait for something you really wanted? What did it feel like when

you received it?

Bonus Material

How Long Must They Wait?

Jesus lived and wrought at a strategic time in history. Paganism had proved to be empty vagaries. Pagans turned to their political leaders for salvation, only to find none. The Roman world was overrun with all kinds of religious sects promising spiritual deliverance, but providing none. Many pagans turned to Judaism, only to find it to be rote ritual, ceremonies, and burdensome legalism.  The fog of despair settled over the world. Confusion reigned. Hope was gone.

But then “When the fullness of the time [a time right in God’s eyes] was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons” (Gal. 4:4–5).

Darkness and confusion still reign over the earth. Billions have never heard the gospel of the atoning, living, reigning, and coming Christ. The cry still is heard, “How long must we wait?” To us He has entrusted the gospel.

How long must the masses of the world wait to hear it? The answer lies with you and me.

Hobbs, H. H. (1990). My favorite illustrations (p. 190). Nashville, TN: Broadman Press.


Monday, November 22, 2021


TEXT: But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.  Isaiah 40:31

What does it mean to “wait on God”? To wait means to remain in readiness or expectation. In Scripture, the word “wait” normally suggests the anxious, yet confident, expectation by God’s

people that the Lord will intervene on their behalf. Such waiting may be:

 for answers to prayer “Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.” Psalm 25:5

 for the coming of the Holy Spirit “And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, which, He said, you have heard from Me;” Acts 1:4

 for salvation,  “I have waited for your salvation, O LORD!” Genesis 49:18

or especially

 for the coming of the Messiah to bring salvation to His people and to establish His kingdom on earth “Wait on the LORD, And keep His way, And He shall exalt you to inherit the land; When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.” Psalm 37:34

See also Luke 12:36; Romans 8:23;1 Thessalonians 1:10

Waiting, therefore, is the working out of hope!  We have packed schedules. We are busy all the time. We feel like we don’t have time to wait for anything. Transportation is so available. You can go just about anywhere anytime. Usually we want to get there fast. We have high expectations from everyone including, doctors, business and restaurants, churches and even God Himself. We have needs and we want them met right now. We are so goal focused. We have an expression that says, “Get er done”!

(to be continued).


Larry Hudson


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Read: Scriptures in devotional.  Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

Pray or do: How are you at waiting on God to answer your prayers?


Friday, November 19, 2021


I'd like for you to use your imagination for a moment. Imagine a chicken in a chicken yard. She's scratching in the dirt looking for something to eat. It's hot, dusty and dirty. Now imagine an eagle. He's sitting high on a cliff, his sharp eyes scanning the valley in search of food. Finally, imagine a storm coming. Dark clouds looming in the distance. Rolling thunder and the threat of hard wind and rain just moments away. What do you think these two birds will do in the face of the storm? They're both birds but they face the storm in radically different ways. They both have wings and feathers and beaks. But the main difference between an eagle and a chicken is how they think. It's what's inside that counts as much as what's outside.  The chicken will immediately become worried. She'll run in circles and flap her wings. Of course, she won't actually fly, but she'll flap and cluck and run for the chicken house and the company of all the other scared chickens. She'll try to get to shelter so she can stay out of the approaching storm.  Now what about the eagle? The eagle won't run, and he won't cluck and make a fuss. He'll actually turn his face into the storm, feeling the strong wind on his face. Then, when the time is right, he'll spread his wings, leap off of his perch, and fly directly into the violence of the storm. With his wings outstretched, he'll catch the violent updrafts caused by the storm and be immediately swept up above the clouds and into the bright sunshine. He'll remain above the clouds until the storm blows over and the skies become calm.  Which bird do you identify with? What do you do when the storms of life gather on the horizon? Do you immediately get anxious and start to worry about all the things that might happen to you? Do you find others who are also worrying and discuss the danger of the impending storm?  Or are you like the eagle that faces the dark clouds and uses the energy of the storm to rise above the fray? God has called us to be eagles. Isaiah 40:31 says, but those who wait for the Lord shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up as eagles; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.  God doesn't want us to cower in the face of our storms. He doesn't want us flapping around, causing a bunch of commotion and confusion. He wants us to be still, to face the storm, and then put our confidence in Him. He will see us through. He will give us the strength and wisdom we need to ride out the storm. Okay, so what do you do if you really wish you were an eagle but you're a chicken? Good news! God loves to make eagles out of chickens! A chicken becomes an eagle by the way she chooses to handle adversity in her life. When you begin to see yourself as a conqueror and not a loser, you will find yourself becoming more eagle-like.  We all love the good times, but we don't really grow until we go through adversity. It's the tough times that we all go through that turn us into eagles. In Paul's letter to the church in Rome, he said, Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us (Romans 8:37, The Amplified Bible). Through God we are more than conquerors! He's the One who gives us the faith to believe in Him. He is the One who will see us through the difficult times of life. I love the phrase they shall lift their wings and mount up as eagles  from the verse in Isaiah. Just the thought of seeing that eagle lift his wings and mount up to the sun gives me courage to face whatever storms might be bearing down on me. I might have been a chicken at one time, but God has taught me to fly like an eagle!


Wednesday, November 17, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message “The Eagle Christian – Waiting on God” (Isaiah 40:31)

TEXT: But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

THE HERITAGE OF THE EAGLE.

The eagle inherits a set of good eyes. His eyes are very strong and can see long distances. As he flies to the heights he looks out into the vast beyond and sees far into the distance. God makes our lives like the eagle’s life. He gives us visions of our days and our future and of the things of God. You and I can lift up our eyes to the everlasting hills and see a city foursquare and a King seated on His throne. God gives his people power to see life though His eyes. We can see sin as He sees it. We see goodness, love and truth as He sees them. We see people as He sees people.  We see our duty as He see it. We see our opportunities and His will for our lives. Then as we live for him and fulfill the destiny he has set for us, we can say with Paul, “Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision,” Acts 26:19 (NKJV)  The eagle inherits a longing to be free. Eagles never flock. They select the tallest trees of the forest, the topmost crag of the mountain, and pairs live in solitude, hunting and feeding singly.  The eagle is an independent creature and does not want to be caged. He wants to be free. This is a parable of humanity’s relationship with God. We long to be free. We were born to stand alone before our God. Let us never be afraid of solitude but think of it as an opportunity to be with our Lord. Although we are born to be free, this freedom can be lost. It can be bartered away for a mess of pottage. People can be enslaved by sin.


Larry Hudson


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Read: Isaiah 40:28-31; Psalm 103:5

Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

Pray or do: How are your spiritual eyes? Do you see things the way God sees them?

Bonus Material

One day a rancher saw a giant eagle swoop down in its flight and seize a snake from the plains. The eagle started to climb back to the heights. Again and again the eagle was bitten by the snake. The poison from the snake’s fangs sank into the blood stream of the eagle.  The rancher watched the pitiful sight – the mighty eagle being bitten by the snake. Then he watched as the poison gradually took effect, and the might eagle began to go down, down until it fell lifeless to the earth.  It is a parable of the life of man as he takes up sin, some evil habit and learns the high cost of low living. The Bible says,  “For the wages of sin is death”…,Romans 6:23


Tuesday, November 16, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message “The Eagle Christian – Waiting on God” (Isaiah 40:31)

TEXT: But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

Think of what the eagle does about his enemies. He simply soars up out of their reach. He puts himself between them and the sun. He flies straight into the sun and there they lose sight of him.  As we get nearer to God, Satan and our enemies cannot reach us. Satan cannot touch us if we will only direct our lives toward the Sun of Righteousness, who comes to our aid with healing wings.  He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1 (NKJV)  The fourth habit of the eagle is how she cares for her young. The mates live together beside the nest and are devoted to one another. Their care for the young is a beautiful and touching picture.  As an eagle stirs up its nest, Hovers over its young, Spreading out its wings, taking them up, Carrying them on its wings, (Deuteronomy 32:11) This verse pictures the mother eagle teaching the little one to fly. The mother eagle pushes the baby eaglet out of the next on top of the cliff. As the little one flies downward, if the eaglet cannot fly, the mother eagle swoops down swiftly and spreads out her wings under the little one and bears it up on her wings lest its life be lost on the rocks below. God too at times will try his people but he does not put more on us than e can bear. In Exodus 19:4 the great Jehovah God speaks to the children of Israel. He recalls with them how he cared for them during the wilderness wandering. He says, “I bear you on eagles’ wings.” What a beautiful and inspiriting picture of God’s care of his people as he led them through the wilderness. His care for them was like the mother eagles care of her young. Sometimes they fainted along the road and sometimes they were hungry or thirsty, yet God was there to bear them up on His wings.


Larry Hudson


Please feel free to share and/or to respond! Read: Isaiah 40:28-31; Psalm 103:5.  Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

Pray or do: Remember that God cares for you, Seek God will all your heart. Direct your life towards Him.


Monday, November 15, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message “The Eagle Christian – Waiting on God”  (Isaiah 40:31)

TEXT: But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

The eagle is the king of the birds. No other bird compares with the eagle in superiority or power.  The eagle is mentioned thirty-two times in Scripture. The prophet is saying that those who yield their life – who surrender their will to God – shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings as eagles. God promises that you and I can be eagle Christians. What are some of the characteristics of the eagle’s life? This week we will delve into the habits and heritage of the eagle and the lessons we can learn from them that apply to our Christian life.  First let us look at the habits of the eagle.  The eagle builds its nest in the clefts of the rock, to the crags of the mountains. Job put it like this: Does the eagle mount up at your command, And make its nest on high? 28  On the rocks it dwells and resides, On the crag of the rock and the stronghold. (Job 39:27-28) God promises to set us on the high places. The psalmist spoke of “the rock that is higher than I” (Psalm 61:2) That rock is Christ. He is a safe refuge for His people.  The second habit of the eagle is that of rising above the storms of life. The eagle takes advantage of the wind to soar, to mount up high in the heavens. The eagle gets above the fog, the mist, and the clouds. For those who have lost hope and do not have Christ as their Lord and savior they only have to surrender their lives fully to God and then they can find the peace of God that passes all understanding.  David remembered this promise when life closed in for him. His home and hometown were burned to ashes. His family and families of his friends were mad captives by roving bands of outlaws. But that was not all. His trials were even greater. His own men were blaming Him for the catastrophe and were threatening to stone him to death.  What did David do? The Bible says, “David encouraged himself in the Lord” (1 Samuel 30:6), and his life was renewed like the eagle’s. Brushing away his tears, he reorganized his men, went forth to battle, conquered his enemies, and was victorious over all. He remembered the wings God had given him and, like the eagle, rose above the storm.

Phillips Brooks in Leadership, (Vol. 12. No. 2) wrote this about praying for Strength. Do not pray for easy lives; pray to be stronger people. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers; pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be

a miracle. Every day you shall wonder at the richness of life which has come to you by the grace  of God.


Larry Hudson


Please feel free to share and/or to respond! Read: Isaiah 40:28-31; Psalm 103:5. Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

Pray or do: Tired! Weary! Discouraged! Troubled! Follow David’s example and “Encourage yourself in the Lord!”

Bonus Material

STRENGTH DURING TIMES OF SORROW

John Claypool, when he was the preacher of the Crescent Hill Baptist Church had a daughter who suffered with leukemia. When she went into remission, everybody thought maybe God had healed her. On an Easter Sunday morning she went into a terrible recurrence.  In his book, Tracks of a Fellow Struggler, Claypool relates how for two weeks his daughter was wracked with pain, her eyes swollen shut. She asked him, “Daddy did you talk to God about my leukemia?” He said, “Yes, dear, we’ve been praying for you.”  She asked, “Did you ask him how long the leukemia would last? What did God say?”  What do you say to your daughter when you can’t help her and the heavens are silent? Emotionally and spiritually he was exhausted. A few hours later, she died.  The following Sunday morning, John Claypool got into the pulpit to preach. He preached a powerful sermon on Isaiah 40:31, our text today. Dr. Claypool said something to the effect, “There are three stages of life. Sometimes we mount up with wings as an eagle and fly. We’re on top of the world. Sometimes we run, and we don’t grow weary.  We just go through the routine. Sometimes it’s all we can do to walk and not faint, and I need your prayers and your encouragement”

At the moment John Claypool was at his lowest, he preached probably him most influential sermon. Perhaps his greatest contribution came at his darkest hour. He could have said like Paul, “For when I am weak, then I am strong”.  R.L Russell, “Triumphing over Trials”, Preaching Today, Tape No 119


Friday, November 12, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message “The Waiting God” (2 Peter 3:9)

TEXT: The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to

repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

With every tick of the clock of eternity that God in His patience allows He is saying, “I love you and I want you to be saved.” He stands at the door and knocks waiting for us to answer. We have made Him wait long enough. Martin Luther could not understand how God could be so patient with men. He said that if he were God and the world had treated him as it treated God, he would have kicked the wretched thing to pieces.  George Bernard Shaw was once asked what he would have done if he were in charge when the great flood came and his reply was, “I would have let them all drown!”  I’m glad that Martin Luther and George Bernard Shaw was not God.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: 2 Peter 3

Pray or do: Ask the Lord to give you a better understanding of God’s patience.

Bonus Material

Growing Christians

A man once bought a home with a tree in the backyard. It was winter, and nothing marked this tree as different from any other tree. When spring came, the tree grew leaves and tiny pink buds. “How wonderful,” thought the man.” A flower tree! I will enjoy its beauty all summer.”  But before he had time to enjoy the flowers, the wind began to blow and soon all the petals were strewn in the yard.  “What a mess,” he thought “This tree isn’t any use after all.”  The summer passed, and one day the man noticed the tree was full of green fruit the size of large nuts. He picked a large one and took a bite, “Blah!: He cried and threw it to the ground.” What a horrible taste! This tree is

worthless. Its flowers are so fragile the wind blows them away and its fruit is terrible and bitter. When winter comes, I’m cutting it down.”  But the tree took no notice of the man and continued to draw water from the ground and warmth from the sun and in late fall produced crisp red apples.  Some of us see Christians with their early blossoms of happiness and think they should be that was forever. Or we see bitterness in their lives, and we’re sure they will never bear the better fruit of joy. Could it be that we forget some of the best fruit ripens late?


Thursday, November 11, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message “The Waiting God” (2 Peter 3:9)

TEXT: The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 (NKJV)

Peter is also referring to the meaning of God’s patience.  “God waits with a benevolent kindness that lets us share in His work.  At the heart of our impatience with others is the idea that “I could do it better and faster myself.  Think of how tempting that thought must be to God! There is nothing that we can do that God could not do far better and much more quickly. Yet He invites us to participate in the unfolding of His saving will. If we are impatient with God, how much more impatient He must be with us.”  Misty Mowrey, Roseville, Minnesota. Leadership, Vol. 6, no. 2.

In 2 Peter 3:10-12 Peter lets us know how important it is for us to live holy lives that reflect Christ. He writes, “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? (2 Peter 3:10-12) Our manner of living if it is in “holy conduct and godliness" will mean we are ready for His coming and even “hastening” His coming again.  God waits because His coming will end all things. Psalms 50 is set against a throne of judgment. When He finally comes, He will come to judge. There will be a finality to it which will end all opportunities for repentance.  Instead of resenting God’s patience we should rejoice in it. It continues to give us and those we love the opportunity to escape His judgment.  God waits because He loves us and wants us all to be saved as we see in 2 Peter 3:14-15.  “Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; 15  and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation--as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you.”  The church has clamored for God’s coming many times in its history. But God has waited, and millions more have responded to the gospel. “Our Lord was never impatient He simply planted seed thoughts. We get impatient and take men by the scruff of the neck and say, “You must believe this and that.” You cannot make anyone see moral truth by persuading his intellect. “When he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he shall guide you into all truth” (John 16:13). Oswald Chambers in The Love of God. Christianity Today, Vol 35. No 14

It is really not God who keeps us waiting, but we who keep Him waiting by our resistance to His  saving truth.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: 2 Peter 3

Pray or do: Ask the Lord to give you a better understanding of God’s patience.


Wednesday, November 10, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message “The Waiting God” (2 Peter 3:9)

TEXT: The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 (NKJV)

Peter is referring to the mystery of God’s patience. God’s patience was hard for the early church to understand. God had made certain promises about the future and, as yet, nothing had

happened. Scoffers were beginning to arise saying “Where is this coming he promised?” (vs. 4) Some Christians were growing impatient, and some were actually considering falling away from the church.  Peter writes to correct their mistaken notion about God’s “slowness” to act.  He points out that God does not see time as we do. To the eternal Creator “a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day” (vs. 8) God’s patience does not imply His powerlessness. His is a power which intentionally withholds itself for the benefit of man.  God’s patience does not imply His abandonment of His children. The parables of Jesus make it clear that God’s patience is purposeful. Jesus frequently tells stories of a farmer or master who travels to a far country leaving his goods in the hands of servants and who, as often as not, delays his return, waiting to see what His servants will do in His absence.  When we clamor for God to do something and do it now, we need to remember that His perspective on what needs to be done and when may be quite different from or own.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: 2 Peter 3

Pray or do: Ask the Lord to give you a better understanding of God’s patience.

Bonus Material

Colonel George Washington Goethals, the man responsible for the completion of the Panama Canal, had big problems with the climate and the geography. But his biggest challenge was the growing criticism back home from those who predicted he’d never finish the project.  Finally, a colleague asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer these critics?” “In time,” answered Goethals.  “When?” his partner asked. “When the canal is finished!”

~Fresh Illustrations for Preaching and Teacher (Baker), from the editors of Leadership.


Monday, November 8, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message “The Waiting God” (2 Peter 3:9)

TEXT: The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is

longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to

repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 (NKJV)

“Some of the attributes of God are communicable attributes – an attribute that humans can emulate in their relationship with each other. The Bible often pairs other divine attributes with “mercy”: compassion, grace, faithfulness, kindness” and I would add patience. Carroll, J. O. (2018). God’s Mercy. In M. Ward, J. Parks, B. Ellis, & T. Hains (Eds.), Lexham Survey of Theology. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

If patience is a virtue and a communicable attribute of God, it is one virtue modern man has lost.  In this “up-to-the-minute” world there are very few things for which we are willing to wait.

Somewhere in our headlong rush into the future we have forgotten how to wait.  One example of our modern day unwillingness to wait is that the “Annual cost of running red lights (in medical bills, car repairs, etc.) is 7 billion. The average amount of time saved by running a red light is 50 seconds.” U.S. Department of Transportation, cited in Hope Health Letter (2/96)

In direct contrast to this is the unanimous testimony of scripture that the Almighty Creator of the Universe is a God who waits. For a people who have lost the meaning of the word (waiting –

patience) it is sometimes hard to understand.

This week’s devotions will look at the mystery and the meaning of God’s patience.


Larry Hudson


Please feel free to share and/or to respond!

Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: 2 Peter 3

Pray or do: Ask the Lord to give you a better understanding of God’s patience.


Friday, November 5, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message “Spiritual Gifts (Psalm 127:1-2)

TEXT: Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain. 2  It is vain for you to rise up early, To sit up late, To eat the bread of sorrows; For so He gives His beloved sleep. Psalm 127:1-2

You may ask “How do I discover my spiritual gifts” or “How can I use my spiritual gifts if I don’t know what they are?”   Well, you can’t use them if you don’t know what they are. Sometimes you can see your gifts easily but sometimes it takes prayer and study and counseling. We offer a training class entitled “Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts” to help you discover your gifts. But once you do discover your gifts, you must use them or lose them as the parable Jesus taught tells us! Paul reminds us that, “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; (Romans 12:6-7). So whatever our gifts, we should DO THEM!

In summation remember that:

1. All Spiritual Gifts come from God

2. All Christians are given at least one Spiritual Gift

3. Spiritual Gifts are for building the Body of Christ

4. We do not all have the same gifts

5. Gifts are given as GOD determines

6. None of the gifts are non-essential

7. No single gift in itself is given to all believers, so no one gift may be used to signify salvation, sanctification or spiritual status.  And we must remember that Paul stresses in 1 Corinthians 13 that without love, the Spiritual Gifts are worthless.

Exercising these gifts to grow and build the body of Christ will please God.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: Above scripture references.

Pray or do: For one who does not know what your spiritual gift is ask God to reveal to you which spiritual gifts you have. For those who know what your spiritual gift is then ask God to use it for His glory and the edification of the church..


Wednesday, November 3, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message “Spiritual Gifts (Psalm 127:1-2)

TEXT: Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain. 2  It is vain for you to rise up early, To sit up late, To eat the bread of sorrows; For so He gives His beloved sleep. Psalm 127:1-2

So how do I choose which spiritual gifts I get? That’s easy, you don’t. “But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. (1 Corinthians 12:11) It is God who decides. Who would know best? God know you better than you know yourself. In 1 Peter 4:10 we are called to be “good stewards” of the grace of God. “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” Why are we called ‘good stewards’ if we minister to one another? Or use our gifts to edify the body? We find out in the following parable by Jesus, Matthew 25:14-30.  In that parable we are being told that our master Jesus entrusts His servants (us) with His riches (Spiritual Gifts) to invest (or use to the fullest for greatest results or returns).And, it is divided according to our abilities (or willingness to obey). And, while the master (Jesus) is gone (ascended into Heaven), we are to invest (or use to the fullest for greatest results or returns) His riches (Spiritual Gifts) so that when our master (Jesus) sees what we have done with the riches He has given us, he will be greatly pleased saying “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you more!” So we must be sure to use our spiritual gifts to their fullest to please God!

And He will bestow unto us more, because we were faithful with what He had given us!


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: Above scripture references.

Pray or do: For one who does not know what your spiritual gift is ask God to reveal to you which spiritual gifts you have. For those who know what your spiritual gift is then ask God to use it for His glory and the edification of the church..


Tuesday, November 2, 2021

 

The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message “Spiritual Gifts (Psalm 127:1-2)

TEXT: Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain. 2  It is vain for you to rise up early, To sit up late, To eat the bread of sorrows; For so He gives His beloved sleep. Psalm 127:1-2

What spiritual gifts are there? The Bible doesn’t give an exact number nor in the same place.  The places that they are listed are as follows:

Romans 12:2-8 list the Body Ministry Gifts

 Prophecy

 Service

 Teacher

 Exhortation (encouragement)

 Giving

 Leadership

 Mercy

1 Corinthians 12:1-10 are the Manifestation Gifts (Miraculous Gifts)

 Wisdom

 Knowledge

 Faith

 Healing

 Miracles

 Discernment

 Tongues (yes I said tongues)

 Interpretation

1 Corinthians 12:28 and Ephesians 4:11-15 are the Equipping Ministry Gifts

 Apostles

 Helps

 Administration

 Evangelist (Billy Graham)

 Pastor

Paul lists the abilities that God gives us through the Holy Spirit to edify the Body of Christ.


Larry Hudson


Please feel free to share and/or to respond!

Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: Above scripture references.

Pray or do: For one who does not know what your spiritual gift is ask God to reveal to you which spiritual gifts you have. For those who know what your spiritual gift is then ask God to use it for His glory and the edification of the

church..


Monday, November 1, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message “Spiritual Gifts (Psalm 127:1-2)

TEXT: Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain. 2  It is vain for you to rise up early, To sit up late, To eat the bread of sorrows; For so He gives His beloved sleep. Psalm 127:1-2

To understand what Spiritual Gifts are and where they come from, and what they are for, we must examine the scriptures which answers all of these questions.  In our text the Hebrew word for “build” is Banah (baw-naw) which literally means to

‘Establish’. Establish means “to make firm or stable. To ordain.” God in us, working through us, through Spiritual Gifts that He alone has given us, builds or edifies the Body of Christ, which is who we are!

In Ephesians 4:4-8 we find that:

 We are one body of believers (The Body of Christ)

 We have one Spirit (The Holy Spirit)

 We have one hope (Salvation)

 We have one Lord (Jesus Christ)

 We have one faith (not denomination) Which is Christianity

 One baptism (an outward show of faith that does not need to be repeated over & over)

 One God and Father of all, above all, through all, and in us all!

All believers in Christ belong to one body; all are untied under one head, Christ Himself. Each believer has God-given abilities that strengthens (or edifies) the whole body (or Church). Your special ability may seem small or large, but it is yours to use in God’s service edifying His people! Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 12:7  “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:” Manifestation (or display or demonstrations) of the Spirit is given to us to PROFIT all of us, or the body of Christ.  We learn from Romans 12:4, 5 that we do not all have the same “office” or function within the body of Christ. Paul goes on to say that we, being parts to the same body, have received the same spirit, and each must rely on the other parts as well as ourselves because we need them to operate

fully as a whole. We need each other! We understand more from Paul’s letter in 1 Corinthians 12:12-18 that our gifts are given to us “AS IT HAS PLEASED GOD!” He chooses what Spiritual Gifts we have. And why not? Who knows us better? He knows where we would be most effective AND happy!


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. Read: Above scripture references.

Pray or do: For one who does not know what your spiritual gift is ask God to reveal to you which spiritual gifts you have. For those who know what your spiritual gift is then ask God to use it for His glory and the edification of the church..


Friday, October 29, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message “I Am Nobody’s Servant – Or Am I?” 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13

TEXT: "And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13  and to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. Be at peace among yourselves." 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 (NKJV)

So what are the responsibilities of God’s people to leaders?  First they are to demonstrate respect “recognize those who labor among you”. That does not mean to put them on a pedestal and think they can do no wrong. It is to honor their position and their spiritual gift of leadership in the body of Christ. They are serving the body of Christ from that position. Secondly we are to recognize their RIGHT to lead. Satan will try to get you to question the motive of the one over you in the Lord just like he tried to bring God’s motive into question with Eve (Genesis 3:1-4) “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? [2] And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: [3] But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden,

God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. [4] And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. Thirdly we are to love them, “to esteem them very highly in love”. Lastly we are to accept the importance of what they do, “for their work's sake”. How can we serve each other? Paul tells us to “Be at peace among yourselves”.

“We can all:

1. Pray for each other

2. Forgive each other

3. Be compassionate to my brother and sister’s need

4. Recognize we are serving not volunteering.

5. Willingly submit to each other. You can’t make someone submit or it is not having a servant’s heart.

We can serve in our area of giftedness. Discover your gift and use it. Jesus set the example for us of how we are to relate to each other in the area of authority by washing the disciple’s feet. John 13:4-13.  We can choose to be defensive like Cain or repentant like David.”  ~Adapted from Both Sides of Authority by Ed Vasicek


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: 1 Corinthians 13

Pray or do: Based on what you have learned “What are your responsibilities to those who lead you and How will you respond to your fellow believers?


Wednesday, October 27, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message “I Am Nobody’s Servant – Or Am I?” (1

Thessalonians 5:12-13

TEXT: "And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13  and to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. Be at peace among yourselves." 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 (NKJV)

Notice what Paul says the responsibilities of pastors and elders is to be. They are to work hard for their flock. They are to use their authority to help the flock God has put them over as an under shepherd. They are not to use their authority for their personal agenda or to satisfy their ego. They are accountable to the local church body at large. They are to oversee the church and enable its people to serve. Their responsibility is to develop others to serve and reach maturity via edification. Paul points this out in Eph. 4:11-13, "It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ."  We will not always agree with those whom are authorities in our life but as John Bevere points

out “Submission doesn’t even begin until there is disagreement”.  Finally they are to admonish the flock. This is the unpleasant side of teaching; whereas most teaching describes the right path, admonishing challenges those who are tempted to head in other directions.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: Our Text. Ephesians 4

Pray or do: Ask the Lord to help you understand this concept of authority.

Bonus Material

A little girl had been trying for months to learn how to tie her shoes. She finally got the knack of it and was able to do it by herself. Her parents expected delight in the child but were surprised by her disappointment.  Her father asked her why she was crying.  She sobbed, “I just learned to tie my own shoe.”  He said, “That’s wonderful sweetie. Why are you crying?”  She replied, “because now I’ll have to do it all by myself for the rest of my life.” (Sermoncentral)


Tuesday, October 26, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message “I Am Nobody’s Servant – Or Am I?” (1

Thessalonians 5:12-13

TEXT: "And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13  and to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. Be at peace among yourselves." 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 (NKJV)

Why does Paul ask rather than command? Why does he say “I urge you” instead of “You will”?  It is because ATTITUDES cannot be coerced. It is kind of like leadership issues in the home; if a man is constantly playing the authority card, he is a poor leader. Good leaders build consensus, negotiate, and make compromises so that, almost always, everyone is on board. They understand relationships, and they know that coercion takes a chunk out of relational harmony. So they save their authority card for when it is really needed.  People get so caught up in what should be that they deny what is! They are not willing to adjust.  They want it their way or no way.  Even God adjusts to human realities (concession).  When God called Gideon to lead God’s people to deliverance Gideon wanted proof that God was with him so he asked God to cause the dew to fall on the animal skin during the night but not upon the ground. The next day, even after God had done what Gideon asked, Gideon requested that the dew fall upon the ground but not the animal skin.  God made concessions when the people asked for a king to lead them. God gave Moses, Aaron, as a spokesman to the Pharaoh of Egypt when Moses said he was not able to speak clearly.  Paul himself demonstrated balanced leadership. Paul was not afraid to use his authority, but he preferred not to do so. He wanted to relate to fellow believers, not militarize them Working harmoniously alongside church leaders has its challenges and raises a lot of questions. Fortunately, God does not leave us in the dark! (See Wednesday and Friday’s devotionals).


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: Our Text. Judges 6

Pray or do: Ask the Lord to help you understand this concept of authority.


Monday, October 25, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message “I Am Nobody’s Servant – Or Am I?” (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13

TEXT: "And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13  and to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. Be at peace among yourselves." 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 (NKJV)

Being in leadership can be tough, One of the reasons is because we are not perfect and no one is ever completely satisfied with his or her leaders (parents, teachers, bosses, religious and political leaders). The same is true for leaders because no leader is ever completely satisfied with those whom he leads.  This is why authority issues are so big. On top of that we as Christians are involved in a conflict between the democracy we live in, with all of the liberties and choices we can make, and living in the Kingdom of God with our allegiance to Christ. I am a part of the Baby Boomer generation (1943-1964) that followed the Great Generation of World War II. In general the Baby Boomers hate authority. This was a time of political and social upheaval in the US with race riots, The Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam protest, the assignation of President John F. Kenney and his brother Robert. We had sent men to the moon

and experienced drugs and free love. For me it was exemplified by a Rock song I sang as a youth. The lyrics went like this “It’s my life and I’ll do what I want!” It was anti-authority! I don’t have to serve anyone. I am not anyone’s servant. I was brought up in a household where my dad wouldn’t tolerate rebellion. The authority issue is important because it is connected closely to the heart of sin, which is the control issue. The Word of God says, “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” (1 John 3:4) Sin in Greek is anomia = lawlessness (The condition of being without law because of ignorance of it or because of violating it. It means not to submit to the law or the authority of God. Sin is a violation of God’s authority).

It is:

 the root cause of battles and difficulties in the church is rebellion.

 The reason Lucifer fell – he rebelled in order to control

 The reason Eve sinned

 The reason many today fall away. They rebel in order to control.

Sometimes it is hard to see because Satan is so subtle.  Jesus said in Matthew 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. Iniquity is anomia = lawlessness Love is agape.  Jesus is speaking about the church because of His use of agape for the word love. When we walk in rebellion against the authorities God has placed in our lives then our agape (love) will grow cold.   Generally, when leaders and followers have a balanced perspective regarding authority, few authority issues arise. Our text raises and answers a number of questions about the interaction of church leaders to the church family. This is what our devotional will look at this week.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: Our Text.

Pray or do: Ask the Lord to help you understand this concept of authority.

Bonus Material

Recommended reading:

Undercover by John Bevere

Spiritual Authority by Watchman Knee

The Cost of Discipleship by Deitrick Bonhoffer


Friday, October 22, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message “Where is Your Hope” (Psalm 39:4-7

TEXT: "LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered, and that my life is fleeing away. My life is no longer than the width of my hand. An entire lifetime is just a moment to you; human existence is but a breath. We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth for someone else to spend. But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.” Psalm 39:4-7

At death, we all cross from one territory to another, but those who have established a personal relationship with Jesus will have no trouble with their visas. Their representative is already there, preparing for their arrival. (Jesus). Their entrance is incontestable as citizens of heaven. As such death for the Christian is the beginning of Life.  Jesus said, "I am the door: by me if any man enters in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture." (John 10:9) Jesus Christ opened the “Door to eternity” when he died on the Cross for you and me. Let me ask you, "Have you entered that door?" Many have entered that door.  Our hope will be realized one day. The Glorified Christ, after His resurrection said, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." (Revelation 3:20)


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: 1 Corinthians 15

Pray or do: Will you let Christ in today?

Bonus Material

One thing about hope is that it is never seen. Because when that which we expect comes true, we no longer have to expect. When the trumpet sounds, and the dead in Christ rise, and we ascend into heaven to be with our Father, we will no longer expect heaven. 

~By Howard McGlamery


Thursday, October 21, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message “Where is Your Hope” (Psalm 39:4-7)

TEXT: "LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered, and that my life is fleeing away. My life is no longer than the width of my hand. An entire lifetime is just a moment to you; human existence is but a breath. We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth for someone else to spend. But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.” Psalm 39:4-7

Here is a definition of hope in the Bible.

“Hope is when: the realities of the next world and the future are perfectly familiar; the tone is not that of prediction but that of obvious fact. In other words hope, to Christians, is CERTAINTY....” The Psalmist declared in Psalm 39:7, “Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you"  Hope comes from having faith in Jesus Christ. When you put your trust in Him then it gives you hope for today and the future. That is why Jesus said to Martha, "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Believest thou this?" (John 11:25-26)  By faith we apprehend spiritual blessings and walk with God. Our hope is in the Lord and in Him alone.  Without hope we cannot endure.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: Psalm 22:2-3, 32, 47

Pray or do: Where does your hope lie?

Bonus Material

1 My hope is built on nothing less

Than Jesus Christ, my righteousness;

I dare not trust the sweetest frame,

But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;

All other ground is sinking sand,

All other ground is sinking sand.

2 When darkness veils His lovely face,

I rest on His unchanging grace;

In every high and stormy gale,

My anchor holds within the veil.

3 His oath, His covenant, His blood,

Support me in the whelming flood;

When all around my soul gives way,

He then is all my hope and stay.

4 When He shall come with trumpet sound,

Oh, may I then in Him be found;

In Him, my righteousness, alone,

Faultless to stand before the throne.


Wednesday, October 20, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message “Where is Your Hope” (Psalm 39:4-7

TEXT: "LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered, and that my life is fleeing away. My life is no longer than the width of my hand. An entire lifetime is just a moment to you; human existence is but a breath. We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth for someone else to spend.  But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.” Psalm 39:4-7

Where does your hope lie? Do you seek security in possessions? The rich man did but look where it got him. (Luke 12:16-20)  Do you put your faith in religion or church? Billy Graham said, ";Most people in America have just enough religion to keep them from getting the real thing. They have just enough to inoculate them against God!" Trusting in religion or church is like putting the cart before the horse. Do you put your hope in education? Paul’s words here about his generation, “always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (2 Timothy 3:7) is even truer today considering the technology we have. Do you want to know what true knowledge is? Solomon pointed it out when he wrote, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7) The knowledge that comes from reverencing God is to bring the forgiveness of sin and to establish a right relationship with God. This is a wonderful knowledge. God…desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:4 (NKJV)  Most people do put their hope in good works. Yet God tells us "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: [9] Not of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the NKJV unless otherwise noted. 

Read: Psalm 22:2-3, 32, 47

Pray or do: What are the rocks you have already made your priority? Where is God and Jesus in that list?

Bonus Material

One day an expert in time management was speaking to a group of business students and, to drive home a point, used an illustration those students will never forget. As he stood in front of the group of high-powered over- achievers, he said, “Okay, time for a quiz.”  Then he pulled out a two-gallon, wide-mouthed pickle jar and set it on the table in front of him.  Then he produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them, one at a time, into the jar. When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked, “Is this jar full?” Everyone in the class answered, “Yes.”  Then he said, “Really?” He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. Then he dumped some gravel in and shook the jar, causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the space between the big rocks.  Then he asked the group once more, “Is the jar full?”  By this time the class was on to him. “Probably not,” one of them answered.  "Good!” he replied. He reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand into the jar and it went into all of the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. Once more he asked the question.  “Is this jar full?” “NO!” the class shouted.  Once again he said, “Good.” Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in until the jar was filled to the brim.  Then he looked at the class and asked, “What is the point of this illustration?”  One eager student raised his hand and said, “The point is, no matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard, you can always fit some more things into it!”

“No,” the speaker replied, “that’s not the point. The truth this illustration teaches us is: If you don’t put the big rocks in first, you’ll never get them in at all.” What are the “big rocks” in your life?

Remember to put these BIG ROCKS in first or you may never get to them.  So, this evening when you are reflecting on this short story, ask yourself this question: What are the “big rocks” in my life? Jesus should be the first and biggest rock that has first priority for He is the Rock of our Salvation).


Monday, October 18, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message “Where is Your Hope” (Psalm 39:4-7

TEXT: "LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered, and that my life is fleeing away. My life is no longer than the width of my hand. An entire lifetime is just a moment to you; human existence is but a breath. We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth for someone else to spend." But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.” Psalm 39:4- 7.

Oh! How brief our life is! David reminds us of that. From time to time we need to be reminded of the brevity of life and our frailty so we keep our life in perspective. What or who have you put your hope in. The devotionals this week will hopefully cause us to take stock of our life and to determine where we are placing our hope. We need to be aware of our frailty. There is a Jewish proverb that says, “Every man knows he will die, but no one wants to believe it.” The prophet Isaiah reminds us that “we all do fade as a leaf” Isaiah 64:6. The writer of Hebrews reminds us that “it is appointed unto men once to die, and after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Death comes to all of us. It comes to us because of the sin of Adam and Eve. When they disobeyed God and partook of the forbidden fruit sin came into the world and God’s prediction was true – death came into our world. As Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 15:22, “For as in Adam all die…”. Yet death is not the end. Everyone who is born into this world will also have to leave it and for most people their deepest instincts and convictions tell them there is something beyond the grave. For millions though the crossing through the portal of this life holds sheer terror. They have nothing on which to hang their faith and hope with any certainty. Yet God is our hope if we have put our trust in Christ.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: Psalm 39

Pray or do: Answer this question – Where is my hope?

Bonus Material

Nothing is as certain as death, and nothing is as uncertain as the hour of death. The chances of you winning a state lottery jackpot are 1 in 4,000,000. The chance that you eventually are going to die is 1 in 1.


Friday, October 15, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Forgiveness – You Don’t Give You Don’t Get” TEXT: Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. Colossians 3:12-13

Let’s look at the Lord’s Prayer. “In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10  Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. 11  Give us this day our daily bread. 12  And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. 13  And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. (Matthew 6:9-13) 

Do you want God to forgive you the way that you forgive others who’ve done you wrong?  That’s exactly the way you will be forgiven. He has shed abroad His love in our hearts. His love is what forgave us. We have the ability to forgive. His love is in us. We are to be imitating the Father. All the other parables people would ask for the interpretation. This is the only parable in the four gospels that He automatically gives the interpretation too. This is so far out of their understanding the He makes sure they get it. “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses." (Matthew 18:35)

Remember! God has shed abroad His love in our hearts and that is the love that forgave us of the un-payable debt. You have in you, if you are saved, the ability to forgive as He forgave you.

“Lord, I Want To Be Like Jesus!!!!!!!”

Jesus knew how to top off a bad day—forgive

He Forgave those that abandoned him.

He Forgave those that betrayed him.

He Forgave those that lied on him.

He Forgave those that spit upon him.

He Forgave those that smote him & beat him.

He forgave his friends, his foes, his family.

The next time you have a bad day—forgive

“Lord, I Do Want To Be Like Jesus!!!!!!!!” Donald Cantrell


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: Matthew 18:23-35

Pray or do: Ask God to help you understand and apply this concept of forgiveness in your life.

Bonus Material

Why He Couldn’t Forgive Her

Ethel and Tom are two children in a family. Ethel quarrels with Tom, and their father is grieved by their quarrel.  Ethel is very unhappy. So, in tears she goes to her father and says, “Daddy, I am truly sorry. I can see I have made you unhappy.”  But while her father’s arms go round her, the minx is putting out her tongue at Tom behind his back. The father wants to forgive her, but he cannot forgive her if she will not forgive Tom. “You’ve got to make it up with Tom first,” the father wisely says. “If you shut Tom out, you keep me out, for I love Tom as well as you.”

“If ye forgive not men their trespasses,” said the Master, “neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Dr. Leslie D. Weatherhead, in In Quest of a Kingdom


Wednesday, October 13, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Forgiveness – You Don’t Give You Don’t Get” TEXT: Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. Colossians 3:12-13

The servant who had been forgiven much forgets what that is like and proceeds to imprison a fellow servant who owed him comparatively little. Here is what our text records. “So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, "Have patience with me, and I will pay you all." 30 And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt. 31 So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done. 32 Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, "You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. 33 Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?" 34 And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him.” {Matthew 18:29-34)

Here is what John Bevere says about this passage. “In these verses the servant is a type of Christian. He is called a wicked servant not wicked heathen. What Jesus is saying is that a person in the church who refuses to forgive – I ‘m not talking about somebody who’s working through it. I’m talking about somebody who says, “No! I will not forgive” – a person who refuses to forgive is a person what will cost them their salvation. Some of you will choke at that

because you’ve categorized sin. If a person refuses to stop murdering people then he will not inherit the Kingdom of God. There are three times the scriptures in the NT show how a person who refuses to forgive cannot inherit the kingdom of God any more than murderers.

"And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. 26 But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses." (Mark 11:25-26)

God is God to the sinner but Father to his children. That is at the end of his earthly ministry.

At the beginning of His ministry Jesus said, "For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15  But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (Matthew 6:14-15)”


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: Matthew 18:23-35

Pray or do: Ask God to help you understand and apply this concept of forgiveness in your life.


Tuesday, October 12, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Forgiveness – You Don’t Give You Don’t Get”

TEXT: Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. Colossians 3:12-13

In the parable from yesterday’s devotional we find Jesus correlating this king with God the Father. He does that because we were forgiven of an un-payable debt. Amen! Paul writes about this debt, “having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.” (Colossians 2:14) What was that handwriting of (ordinance) requirements? It was the note, the debt that was against us that we could never pay up. Jesus nailed it to the cross. In verse 27, “the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt”. When you release someone they don’t owe you anything anymore. That’s forgiveness! The servant who had been forgiven then went from there to find a servant that owed him money. Here is what happened. “But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, "Pay me what you owe!" 29 So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, "Have patience with me, and I will pay you all."30 And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt.” (Matthew 18:28-30). 100 denarii! One days wage is one denarii. This would be about 100 days wages. If you make $45,000 per year then the debt was about $15,000 dollars. That is a big debt but it is nothing compared to the debt we owe God. It is a little offense.

The problem is we have categorized sins.

Big ones like

 adultery,

 drug abuse,

 murder,

 Homosexuality.

Then we have those we call “weaknesses.

 Strife!

 Jealousy!

 Wrath!

 Unforgiveness!

These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: 17 A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, 18  A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, 19  A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren. (Proverbs 6:16-19) Homosexuality, adultery are not on the list. The seventh one is what God calls an abomination. It is the sin of gossip which I dealt with several weeks ago.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: Matthew 18:23-35

Pray or do: Ask God to help you understand and apply this concept of forgiveness in your life.

Bonus Material

At a convention with their wives, two businessmen who had been roommates in college crossed paths. They sat in the lobby all night talking. They knew they would be in trouble with their wives. The next day they happened to see each other. "What did your wife think?" "I walked in the door and my wife got historical." "Don’t you mean hysterical?" "No, historical! She told me everything I ever did wrong." ~ Keith Broyles


Monday, October 11, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Forgiveness – You Don’t Give You Don’t Get”

TEXT: Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. Colossians 3:12-13

It is not a suggestion, it is a command. We are to forgive. Today let us look at the question Peter asked Jesus about forgiving and Jesus’ response. Peter asked this question of Jesus. Then Peter came to Him and said, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?" (Matthew 18:21) There was much debate in Jesus day about how many times you should forgive someone who keeps wronging you. Some said only once. Others said three times while some like Peter said even more. Peter probably does think he is being very generous. Peter was probably expecting some type of praise from Jesus for his suggestion of seven times.

Here is Jesus’ response to Peter’s question. "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” (Matthew 18:22). If taken literally that means you would have to forgive that person 490 times in one day which is once every three minutes. That is a lot of offense and forgiving. What Jesus is saying is this, “forgiveness is to be inexhaustible like your Father in heaven’s forgiveness is.” Jesus goes on to illustrate this with the parable found in Matthew 18:23-35 (See below).

What is a talent? Not money but a weight. About 75 pounds! Ten thousand talents would be 750 thousand pounds of gold. When gold is $ 315.00 an ounce this comes out to about three

billion dollars. Today it is 750000 x 22322.00 = 21.991 billion dollars. That is an un-payable debt.

“A person that cannot forgive is a person who has forgotten or never really realized what they’ve been forgiven of.” John Bevere “The Bait of Satan”


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: Matthew 18:23-35

Pray or do: Ask God to help you understand and apply this concept of forgiveness in your life.

Bonus Material

Wind Shield Wipers

One rainy afternoon I was driving along one of the main streets of town, taking those extra precautions necessary when the roads are wet and slick. Suddenly, my son Matthew spoke up from his relaxed position in the front seat. "Mom, I’m thinking of something."  This announcement usually meant he had been pondering some fact for a while and was now ready to expound all that his seven-year-old mind had discovered. I was eager to hear. "What are you thinking?" I asked.  "The rain," he began, "is like sin and the windshield wipers are like God, wiping our sins away."  After the chill bumps raced up my arms I was able to respond. "That’s really good, Matthew." Then my curiosity broke in. How far would this little boy take this revelation? So I asked... "Do you notice how the rain keeps on coming? What does that tell you?" Matthew didn’t hesitate one moment with his answer: "We keep on sinning, and God just keeps on forgiving us."

Author Unknown~


Tuesday, October 5, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “How Not to Offend” James 3:2-10

TEXT: For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. 3 Indeed, we put bits in horse's mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. 4 Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. 8 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. James 3:2-10

A tongue that is productive exercises profitable silence. It seems that often people talk when they should keep quiet and keep quiet when they should be speaking out. This is just the opposite of what the Bible teaches. It states that we should be “quick to hear and slow to speak.” As Samuel Clemens, more notably known as Mark Twain once said, “A closed mouth gathers no foot.” Sometimes it is just best to be quiet. The tongue that is productive is a tongue that does not gossip. I have already dealt with that subject.

The Christian who is being productive with their tongue is one who is addicted to witnessing. A tongue that is productive continually wants to build and expand the Kingdom of God. And of course to do that the Gospel must be shared with others. A life that has been transformed and changed by Christ should want to tell others.

This productive tongue speaks the truth in love. Paul instructs us that if we speak with tongues of men and angels and have not love, we are just making a lot of senseless noise. This productive tongue does not grumble and complain. In the wilderness, the children of Israel experienced some of the greatest manifestations of God. Yet, they grumbled and complained. In fact, Paul says in 1 Corinthians 10:10 that the reason some of the Israelites died was because of their constant murmuring and complaining. A tongue that is productive and constructive gives God praise for all that He is done. As the scripture says, “In all things give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  A productive tongue makes positive confessions. We shouldn’t use our tongues to glorify a bad situation. Instead, we should think and speak positive things.  Finally the productive tongue continually praises the Lord. I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. (Psalms 34:1) If you want to see God move in your life, then continually praise Him. The Word of God teaches us that the Lord inhabits the praises of His people.

The Bible compares and untamed tongue to hell’s fire. But there is another fire, the mighty burning fire of the Holy Ghost. That is the kind of fire this church is hungry for and desperately needs. So we are going to worship the Lord, and ask the Holy Spirit to burn out all the junk and restore relationships, friendships, marriages, and yes restore this church.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

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Pray or do: Ask the Holy Spirit to help you in examining your own conversations whether you are being productive with your words or destructive with your words.


Monday, October 4, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “How Not to Offend” James 3:2-10

TEXT: For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. 3 Indeed, we put bits in horse's mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. 4 Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. 8 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. James 3:2-10

A tongue that is destructive is a tongue that speaks idle or careless words. Jesus says in Matthew 12:36 that we will give an account of judgment day for every idle words we speak. The word “idle” in the Greek means “lazy; free from work”. That means every word that I speak that doesn’t produce some good, I will held accountable for. It is a tongue that gossips. Paul describes someone who gossips as a “busybody”. How do I know if I am gossiping? Here are five practical questions to ask yourself before sharing information:

A. IS IT TRUE?

B. IS IT NECESSARY?

C. IS IT BENEFICIAL?

D. DO I HAVE PERMISSION TO SHARE IT?

E. IS MY MOTIVE PURE?

If you can’t answer YES to all five questions, yourself, me and this church a favor, keep your mouth shut! It is a tongue that lies. See the bonus material.  In fact, Proverbs 12:22 says, “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, But those who deal truthfully are His delight.” When you tell a lie, even if it one you might categorize as a “white lie”, it is an abomination in the sight of God. The word here for “abomination” in the Hebrew means, “a disgusting thing”. So we can say that lying lips turn God’s stomach. It makes God sick.  It is also a tongue that swears and cusses. If you still use your tongue to curse and swear, you have a serious problem. It means that your tongue is still glued to the chain of the enemy. What kind of witness are we if we talk like that? We must continually check what we are saying. We must be careful who we speak to, how we speak, when we speak, and where we speak.  We can misrepresent God. Therefore, the key to a successful life is to ask God to get a firm hold on our tongues.  When the Holy Spirit fell in Acts chapter 2, the first port call He made was the tongue. To live an effective Christian walk, and to have a positive impact on this world, we must subject our tongue to the power and control of the Holy Spirit.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: Text

Pray or do: Ask the Holy Spirit to help you in examining your own conversations whether you are being productive with your words or destructive with your words.

Bonus Material

Some years ago there was a southern comedian by the name of Jerry Clower.  I loved Jerry Clower because he loved the Lord, and he didn’t need profanity to be funny, and often shared the Lord with his audience when he performed. Jerry Clower was known to tell stories about the Ledbetter family.  Jerry told a story about Eugene Ledbetter who just liked to lie.  One day the Ledbetter’s neighbor’s dog had the mange. They shaved it down except the head and tail. When Eugene saw it, he ran around yelling, “Lion in the yard! Lion in the yard!” Now Uncle Versey Ledbetter “whooped” Eugene and sent him to his room to ask the Lord to forgive him for lying.

About 30 minutes later, Eugene came downstairs. Uncle Versey asked him, “Do you feel the Lord has forgiven you for lying?” Eugene said, “Yes sir, in fact He spoke to me.”  “What’d He say to ya?” Uncle Versey asked.  “He said it was alright because the first time He saw that dog, He thought it was a lion too.”


Tuesday, September 28, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “How Not to Offend” James 3:2-10

TEXT: For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. 3 Indeed, we put bits in horse's mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. 4 Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. 8 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. James 3:2-10

Rick Adams in his sermon on this passage wrote, “When God created man, He gave us two eyes, two ears, two nostrils, and one mouth which contains one big fish; the tongue. The eyes, ears and nostrils help make us aware of our surroundings. They are what we utilize to observe our world, and our tongue is what we use to comment on those surroundings. Could it be that God wants us, by design, to observe twice as much as we speak? I don’t know, but it is something to think about.”  There is power in the spoken word. It will be your tongue that will shape your character. There are Christian people that I know who are always negative. They have nothing positive to say. Their demeanor, or the way they carry themselves, reflects this. Please get this in your spirit, a person will eventually get what his or her mouth says. If you say, “I can”, then you will. If you say, “I cannot”, then you will not be able to do whatever you set out to do. If you talk negatively, then you will get negative results because your words create a negative environment, which will produce negative results. And the opposite is true.  Proverbs 13:3 says, “He who guards his mouth preserves his life, But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.” So I want to ask you, “Is your tongue productive or destructive? Is it burning or building the Kingdom of God?”

Our next devotional will show us the signs of a tongue that is destructive.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: Text

Pray or do: Ask the Holy Spirit to help you in examining your own conversations whether you are being productive with your words or destructive with your words.

Bonus Material

In James 1:26, he says, “If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are just fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless.” It is interesting that the word for “religious” in the Greek actually translates as “fearing and worshipping God”. So in essence James is saying, if you claim to fear and worship God and don’t control your tongue, you are kidding yourself and your worship is worthless.


Monday, September 27, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “How Not to Offend” James 3:2-10

TEXT: For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. 3 Indeed, we put bits in horse's mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. 4 Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great

a forest a little fire kindles! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. 8 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. James 3:2-10

In the original Greek language the word “offend” in the KJV, or as it is in some translations “to sin” or “stumble”, is skandalizō (skan-dal-id'-zo) to “scandalize”; to entrap, that is, trip up (figuratively stumble [transitively] or entice to sin, apostasy or displeasure):—(make to) offend (Matthew 5:29). The word “offence” is skandalon (skan'-dal-on) a “scandal”; a trap stick (bent sapling), that is, snare (figuratively cause of displeasure or sin):—occasion to fall (of stumbling), offence, thing that offends, stumbling-block. We can offend ourselves as we find in Matthew 5:29 “And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.” We can be offended by persecution as we find in Matthew 13 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. (KJV). We can also needlessly offend the lost (Matthew 17:24-27).

The question today is this – Is Your Tongue Productive or Destructive?  Does it offend? James in his letter says we can and do. We must remember that people, especially the ungodly are watching and listening. They are hearing good Christian people verbally lash one another all the while wondering, “If I was in that church, would they talk about me like that?”  The reality is the most encouraging words I’ve ever heard came from Christian people. But the most hurtful words ever spoken against me came from good Christian people. You see, our tongue can either burn the Kingdom of God, or it can build it. Simply by what comes out of our mouths can destroy what God is trying to accomplish in and through a ministry, or it can build it.  The book of James’ theme has been labeled by many scholars and theologians as “practical Christian living.” James speaks more about the tongue than any other book in the Bible. If James is truly a book for practical Christian living, then there must be something essential about the tongue and living an effective Christian life. This week we will examine our text to discover how we can speak so as not to offend others.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: Text

Pray or do: Ask the Holy Spirit to help you in examining your own conversations whether you are being productive with your words or destructive with your words.


Friday, September 17, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Blessing and Trusting” Psalms 34:1; 56:3; Proverbs 10

TEXT: I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalm 34:1

Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. Psalm 56:3

The greatest victory in life - your greatest victory; it comes when you give up, that is, when you

die to yourself and give yourself to Jesus Christ. The Christian life is not always easy, but it is

easier ... IF YOU’LL REMEMBER YOU’RE DEAD to this world and now living for heaven.

What is spoken in heaven?

 LIFE

 Glory

 Majesty

 Holiness

 Perfection

 Power

 Beauty

 might and

 love.


We must speak the same in this fallen world because of the perfect that the Holy Spirit has

brought in us. That Jesus gave to us on the cross of Calvary!

The Word of God is alive and profitable. The Bible is alive and by that I mean it is for every

generation. It doesn’t change and it doesn’t lose relevance because it’s alive.

Paul says it’s useful to teach. God’s Word teaches us what is right and what is wrong. More

importantly it makes us realize what is wrong in OUR lives and CORRECTS us and helps us to

get back on track. When we follow God’s Word in our lives, life works better.

Culture’s opinions vary, God’s Word is right on every subject every time.

Culture bounces all over the place. Culture calls things that are wrong… right and things that are

right… wrong. Culture wants you to respect them while they disrespect you… Listen to me…

Culture is wrong!!! It always is. God’s Word is always right and it never changes.

Larry Hudson

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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. Read: Proverbs 10

Pray or do: God’s Word has the power to change your life. If you are not already, read it every day and every

evening this week. Meditate on it and do what you hear God telling you to do.

Thursday, September 16, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Blessing and Trusting” Psalms 34:1; 56:3; Proverbs 10

TEXT: I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalm 34:1

Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. Psalm 56:3

Psalms 56 verse 3 lets us know we are to trust God with our words. When fear tries to strike our hearts we should speak words of trust. Don’t be negative for fear is of the devil. When you feel fear, anxiety, worry rise up in you…speak “My trust in God is greater than any fear. Fear was defeated at the cross.” We must boldly speak “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5-6)

Debbie Przybylski wrote:

“In Proverbs 10, we find seven characteristics of the lips of the righteous. When we refrain from critical and negative speech, we must replace it with uplifting, positive, and grace-filled words.

Think about the words you speak. Are they uplifting and do they bring life to others? Ask God to help you evaluate your speech as you read these verses:

 A fountain of life - “The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but violence overwhelms (coverteth) the mouth of the wicked” (verse 11).

Speak life into people’s lives. Speak words of encouragement into their lives. Build them up!

Don’t tear them down!

 Discerning lips - “Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding, but a rod

is for the back of him who is devoid of understanding” (lacks judgment). Proverbs 10:13

The key to discernment is to learn to listen: accompanied with asking God for discernment.

Often that may include waiting before you respond.

 Holds his tongue - “In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his

lips is wise. Proverbs 10:19

This includes not speaking to much. Restraint in speech is advocated throughout Proverbs.

While a fool’s speech leads to ruin, Proverbs 18:6-7 keeping quiet can help avoid trouble

Proverbs 21:23 A fool’s silence may even make the fool seem wise. 1 Proverbs 17:28

 Choice silver - “The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; The heart of the wicked is

worth little. Proverbs 10:20 When we speak words that are righteous

 Nourishes many - “The lips of the righteous feed many, But fools die for lack of wisdom.

Proverbs 10:21 The right words are food for the soul. The Word of God is like bread. Bread

is one of the staples of the food we eat.


 Brings forth wisdom - “The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, But the

perverse tongue will be cut out. Proverbs 10:31 The Word of God will give you godly

wisdom.

 Knows what is fitting - “The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, But the

mouth of the wicked what is perverse. Proverbs 10:32

Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016).

Faithlife Study Bible (Pr 10:19). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Larry Hudson

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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. Read: The above scriptures!

Pray or do: Meditate upon Debbie Przybylski seven characteristics of the lips of the righteous.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Blessing and Trusting” Psalms 34:1; 56:3; Proverbs 10

TEXT: I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalm 34:1

Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. Psalm 56:3

We bless the Lord by submitting to Him. “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8  Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9  Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” James 4:7-10 (NLT). We submit to Him by

giving Him our undivided attention. Christ is to have first place in every area or our lives. In our

marriage, our family, our work, our Christian service.

We bless the Lord when we want to know more about Him. When we do it brings eternal life

(John 17:3). The more you know God and Jesus the more God’s grace and peace is multiplied to

you. “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,

2 Peter 1:2). Submission to Christ will build your relationship with Him.

We are to give our life to Him. Paul put it this way, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the

mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God,

which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be

transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and

acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:1-2).

Even our words are to be an act of obedience. James tells us how powerful the “tongue” is and

hard to control. “Look also at ships:” he says, “although they are so large and are driven by

fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. 5 Even so

the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire

kindles!” (James 3:4-5). He goes on to warn us about what is to come out of our mouths. “With

it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the

similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren,

these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the

same opening?” (James 3:9-11).

The question is “will you fan the flames or extinguish the fire” in your relationships. Will you

bless or will you curse others. Let us bless God and men!

This leads me to my second thought (tomorrow).

Larry Hudson

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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. Read: Proverbs 10


Pray or do: Think about how you speak to others. Are you practicing blessing them? Is there a change that needs to

take place in how you speak to others?

Bonus Material

There was a father who called his 5 small children together. As they sat together in a circle on the floor the dad

placed a toy in the middle. He explained to them that he won this toy as a door prize and he wanted to give it to one

of them. He asked them “who is the most obedient?”

Five sets of eyes looked up at him. Sensing that they didn’t understand the word he then asked, “ok, who always

obeys mommy, and does everything she says?”

One of the children picked up the toy and handed it to the father. “You win!” exclaimed the child.

Monday, September 13, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Blessing and Trusting”  Psalms 34:1; 56:3; Proverbs 10

TEXT: I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalm

34:1

Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. Psalm 56:3

If we will continually speak Godly things over our life and the lives of others, we will see a

change, it will bring about new outlooks and life-giving opportunities in God. We will truly start

speaking life through the power and words of the Bible.

We are to bless with our words. David wrote, “I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise

shall continually be in my mouth. (Psalm 34:1) So, how do we bless the Lord?

David begins with two words, “I Will”. Not I might or maybe I can but “I Will”. Choosing to

bless the Lord and worship Him is an act of the will. Job after receiving the news of the loss of

all his possessions and the death of his children, bowed down, worshipped and blessed the Lord.

Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and

worshiped. 21  And he said: "Naked I came from my mother's womb, And naked shall I

return there. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the

LORD." (Job 1:20-21)

We bless the Lord by submitting to Him. Christ is our example of submission to the Father’s

will. He prayed in the garden “let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as

You will.” Matthew 26:39

Following Christ requires submission to him. Jesus said,  “And whoever does not bear his

cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. (Luke 14:27). God created lines of authority

for harmonious relationships. God is the head of Christ, Christ is the head of the man and man is

the head of the woman (1 Corinthians 11:2-16). Yet in verse 11 Paul writes, “Nevertheless,

neither is man independent of woman, nor woman independent of man, in the Lord.”

Marriage calls for mutual submission, “submitting to one another in the fear of God. 22  Wives,

submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:21-22). To the husband he writes

“Husbands love your wives” (vs. 25). In essence there is a mutual submission that is to take

place in the marriage relationship.

(to be continued)

Larry Hudson

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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. Read: Proverbs 10

Pray or do: Spend some of your prayer time today blessing the Lord.


Friday, September 10, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “The Power of Words” James 3:5-10

TEXT: Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. 8 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. James 3:5-10

It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. Jesus said, “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” (John 6:63). We are to speak God’s Word into your life and into those around you.

We live in a world where sarcasm, slander, gossip, negativity, putting others down to puff up,  disobedience, hatefulness in every aspect of government, business and society is the norm today.  Speaking life is being eaten away by the cancer of negativity and sin from the power of the tongue. Words do matter. We can build up or tear down. The scripture reminds us that , “A gossip goes around revealing a secret, but a trustworthy person keeps a confidence. Proverbs 11:13 (HCSB), therefore stay away from gossipers. They can’t be trusted with your secrets either.

Slander is gossips twin. Gossip is usually in small groups while slander is public. As believers we must be careful about our words. The Psalmist said, LORD, who can dwell in Your tent? Who can live on Your holy mountain? 2  The one who lives honestly, practices righteousness, and acknowledges the truth in his heart— 3  who does not slander with his tongue, who does not harm his friend or discredit his neighbor, Psalm 15:1-3 (HCSB)

An encouraging word to someone who is down can lift them up and help them make it through their circumstance. A destructive word to someone who is down can be all it takes to destroy them. Be careful and very mindful of what you say. Speak Life to those who cross your path.

Larry Hudson

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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. Read: Romans 10:9-10; 1 Peter 2:10

Pray or do: Ask the Lord to remind you to speak words of life into those you encounter today!

Bonus Material

There is a story about a group of frogs that were traveling through the woods, and two of them fell into a deep pit.

All the other frogs gathered around the pit. When they saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that they were as good as dead. The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit with all their might. The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead.


Thursday, September 9, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “The Power of Words” James 3:5-10

TEXT: Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. 8 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. James 3:5-10 (NKJV)

The tongue can either destroy or edify depending on how it is used. People leave marriages, families, jobs, churches and even kill themselves because the power in someone’s words has devastated them. We can praise God with our lips at church and then use them to butcher our family on the way home. Solomon wrote, Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit. (Proverbs 18:21) The truth is God knows every motive behind every word that we speak!

“During a routine medical examination, your family physician is likely to ask you to open your mouth, stick out your tongue, and say “aah”. When they ask you to open your mouth and stick out your tongue, they are not merely looking for something wrong in your mouth.  Rather, they understand that the condition of your mouth can indicate problems that go much deeper.

They look in your mouth because it can sometimes indicate an infection elsewhere. It can sometimes indicate disease. Often it will indicate certain vitamin deficiencies. Simply by looking in your mouth, your doctor can determine whether something is wrong with you on a much deeper level. Similarly, what comes out of your mouth matters much more than you think.

What you say can reveal a deeper heart issue of sin that is infecting your life, decisions, and relationships. That’s why this subject is so critical for the body of Christ to examine. Our mouths make a far greater difference and reveal a lot more than most of us realize.” Tony Evans, Watch Your Mouth,  p. 79-80

Larry Hudson

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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. Read: James 1:26

Pray or do: Ask the Lord to remind you to speak words of life into those you encounter today!

Bonus Material

The Telltale Tongue

Justin Martyr once said, "By examining the tongue of a patient, physicians find out the disease of the body, and philosophies of the mind."

Here is a thought for the gossiper and the curser! The directions that come with a well-known brand of fountain pen say, "When this pen runs too freely it is a sign that it is nearly empty." Is there an application here for us, when our tongues get to running too freely? —Sunday School Times Knight's Master Book of New Illustrations.


Wednesday, September 8, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “The Power of Words” James 3:5-10

TEXT: Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. 8 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. James 3:5-10

The tongue has the power to demolish and destroy. Our sin nature and the enemies of God want to use our tongues to not lift one another, but to demolish those around us. We have all heard the expression,  “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”. That is one of the biggest lies in life that we learned in first grade. Sticks and stones may break our bones, but harsh words from those we love will hurt and kill us.

God has called us to speak life to one another. Tony Evans in his book entitled “Watch Your Mouth” says we have “Dynamite in Your Dentures which is our tongue. Our words have a similar power to that of dynamite. He says “we have access to something so strong – for good or for evil – that we bring life or death into situations on a regular basis.”

Our tongues also have the power to divide and deceive. The tongue is causing much more division in the Body of Christ than any other weapon in Satan’s arsenal. The devil’s deceptive tongue helped usher sin into humanity. “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Has God indeed said, 'You shall not eat of every tree of the garden'?" 2 And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.' " 4 Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." (Genesis 3:1-5)

Hitler used the tongue to flame the fire of World War II. He used the pride of the German people, the humiliation of losing the First World War and intimidation to incite the people to war.

The tongue has deceived people into believing all kinds of idolatries, abortion, sexual sins,  greed, and evolution; made to believe all are “normal” in modern life. People are emotionally and mentally controlled and abused by words.

Larry Hudson

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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. Read: Today’s text!

Pray or do: Ask the Lord to remind you to speak words of life into those you encounter today1

Bonus Material


Monday, September 6, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “The Power of Words” James 3:5-10

TEXT: Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. 8 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. James 3:5-10 (NKJV)

This week I began a short series entitled “Taming the Tongue”. The first message explores “The Power of Words”. This series will examine what the Bibles ways about controlling our tongues so we don’t offend others nor harm ourselves. We will look at how important truth, motives and proper attitudes are to be a part of our speech.

Here are a few saying about the tongue:

       "A sharp tongue is the only edge-tool that grows sharper with constant use." Washington Irving.

       "The most ferocious monster in the world has his den just behind the teeth."  Author Unknown.

       "Give not thy tongue too great liberty, lest it take thee prisoner."  Quaries.

       "When men speak ill of you, live so that nobody will believe them."  Selected.

“John Wesley was preaching. He was wearing a new bow tie with two streamers hanging down from it. There was a sister in the meeting who didn't hear a word about Jesus, but sat with a long face and saw nothing but those two streamers.

When the service was over she went up and said, "Pardon me, Mr. Wesley, will you suffer a little criticism?" "Yes," replied Mr. Wesley. "Well," she said, "Mr. Wesley, your bow tie is too long and it is an offense to me." He said, "Have you a pair of shears?"

After receiving the shears he handed them to her saying that she would know how they would look best. She reached over and clipped off the streamers. Then he said, "Is that all right now?" "Yes, that is much better."

He said, "Do you mind letting me have those shears? Would you mind a little criticism? Your tongue is a great offense to me—it is a little too long. Please stick it out while I take some off." Of course she resented the suggestion.”

We must speak life into others as well as ourselves. How can we accomplish this and what course of actions does Scripture say that we need to take? This is what we will examine this week in the rest of the devotionals.

Larry Hudson

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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. Read: Proverbs 18:21

Pray or do: Have you allowed the Holy Spirit to do a check up on your tongue?

Bonus Material




Saturday, September 4, 2021



The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “No Idols Not Even Modern Ones” Exodus 20:4-6


TEXT: "You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5  you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6  but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.” Exodus 20:4-6 (NKJV)

Finally this commandment forbids the modern day idol of secularism and irreligion. John said, “Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21). John warning indicates idolatry is anything that is a substitute for God whether it be money, possessions, people, false religions, cults, etc. “Secularism is the rejection of religion or its exclusion from a philosophical or moral system” Encarta Dictionary. “Irreligion is indifference or hostility to religion, or lack of religious belief. It is neglectful of religion: lacking religious emotions, doctrines, or practices so irreligious that they exploit popular religion for professional purposes”— G. B. Shaw. 

The positive part of this command emphasizes the requirement of worship – loving the Lord, etc. Paul put it this way, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:1-2)

Additional Scriptures: Acts 5:17, Deuteronomy 5:8-10, Exodus 20:4-6, Joel 2:18-19, John 1:18, John 4:24, Luke 10:27, Mark 12:30, Romans 12:1-2   Contributed by Errol Joseph

Larry Hudson

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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. Read: Scriptures in devotional.

Pray or do: What are you offering to God in your worship?

Bonus Material



Friday, September 3, 2021


1 Minute Devotional (September, 3 2021)

The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “No Idols Not Even Modern Ones” Exodus 20:4-6

TEXT: "You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5  you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6  but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.” Exodus 20:4-6 (NKJV)

This commandment forbids irregularities in Worship. An example is found in Leviticus 10:1-2 where Nadab and Abihu offered fire to the Lord that was not according to God’s instructions. “Then Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it, put incense on it, and offered profane fire before the LORD, which He had not commanded them. 2 So fire went out from the LORD and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.

Worship should not be from ulterior motives. For example to keep face. Meaningless forms and rituals are not to be offered to God. Worship must be in spirit and truth. Jesus said, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." (John 4:24).

It forbids Superstition. Horoscope, obeah, witchcraft, new age, etc. are a violation of God’s commandments. It is putting confidence in anything other than God.

It forbids Unenthusiastic Worship. Here is the positive command – “You shall bow down to the one true God.” In saying that God is forbidding lukewarmness and lethargy in our worship.

We should honor God with our bodies. “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. (Mark 12:30). Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

In terms of public worship it presupposes physical attendance – we must bring our bodies into the house of God to worship with fellow believers. It also presupposes active involvement in the ministry of the church.

Larry Hudson

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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. Read: Scriptures in devotional.

Pray or do: What are you offering to God in your worship?

Bonus Material


Wednesday, September 1, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “No Idols Not Even Modern Ones” Exodus 20:4-6


TEXT: "You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5  you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6  but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.”

Exodus 20:4-6 (NKJV)


This commandment forbids image worship. It is further explained in Deuteronomy 4:15-20. Any image that man may use to represent God would always be an inadequate representation of God. Isaiah described how ridiculous that attempt would be in Isaiah 40:12-31.


Whatever you choose - whether different (other religions) or adding to (adding elements of other religions) – it will be inadequate and it will be idol worship. That is what Jeroboam did when he added to the worship of Jehovah (2 Kings 10:29).


Jeroboam added to the worship of Jehovah. He made two golden calves and established them as the place to worship Jehovah. The two calves were a visible image for them to worship in direct violation of God’s commandment. He established another place to worship, Bethel and Dan, instead of at the House of God. He established priesthood from common men – not the Levites whom God had appointed to teach the people and lead them in the worship of Jehovah.


Jeremiah the prophet was with the remnant of Judah who decided to disobey and go down into Egypt. Jeremiah tried to get them to stay in Israel but they refused to listen. They were worshipping Jehovah but they were burning incense to other gods (Jeremiah 44:15-19).


They were adding to the worship of Jehovah. They refused to listen to God’s spokesman to stay. They refused to obey the Word of the Lord instead they went down into Egypt (a symbol of going back into sin).


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. Read: Scriptures in devotional.


Pray or do: Ask the Holy Spirit to do a heart check on your heart. Is there anything you are adding to your worship of God?


Bonus Material


Monday August 30, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “No Idols Not Even Modern Ones” Exodus 20:4-6

TEXT: "You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6  but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.” Exodus 20:4-6 (NKJV)

I came across two news articles this week. The first one said, 60 percent of teens in America do not believe that Jesus is the only to be saved. The other articles reported that many teens are

making up their own religion – some of this and some of that from different religions including Christianity. This week I want to address these two reports from the scripture. Hopefully it will

remind people, especially young people that there is only one true God and one Savior who can deal with man’s sin problem and bring restoration of relationship with God. 

The first commandment from God establishes our highest duty to god—to have no other God’s before him—to love him supremely. “The next three indicate directions in which this supreme love should express itself.” (Leslie B. Flynn)

The second commandment assumes the existence of God, but forbids the creation of any material thing supposed to represent him in order to assist us in worship. The force of the commandment is in its closing words. The first commandment is based on the fact that God is spirit. “God is Spirit, and those who

worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." (John 4:24). It proceeds with a declaration that God is a jealous God. “you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God,…” (Deuteronomy 5:9a) “you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God,… (Exodus 20:5a) Jealousy – “an activity of violence or vehemence that springs from the rupture of a personal bond (as exclusive as that of the marriage bond).” Evil jealousy (I Sam. 18:9; Prov. 6:34, 27:4; Acts 13:45, 17:51;

Rom. 13:13; I Cor. 3:3, 12:20; Gal. 5:20) is the one that is sinful. Joseph’s brothers attitude toward Joseph is one example. “And his brothers envied him, but his father kept the matter in mind.” (Genesis 37:11). The other example is found at the trial of Stephen. “Then the high priest rose up, and all those who were with him (which is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with indignation,” (Acts 5:17). Then there is Godly jealousy. God’s jealousy is his love in action. God refuses to share the

human heart with any rival, not because he is selfish and wants us all for himself, but because he

knows that our greatest happiness comes from our right relation to him. It is not intolerance or

suspicion but exclusiveness.


God’s jealousy is not jealousy of other gods but jealousy for you. “Then the LORD will be

zealous for His land, And pity His people. 19 The LORD will answer and say to His people,

"Behold, I will send you grain and new wine and oil, And you will be satisfied by them; I

will no longer make you a reproach among the nations.” (Joel 2:18-19). Paul wrote to the

Corinthian believers to remind them of this fact. :For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy.

For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to

Christ. (2 Corinthians 11:2)

Our text ends with a declaration that God is a just God. “…For I, the LORD your God, am a

jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth

generations of those who hate Me, 10 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me

and keep My commandments. (Deuteronomy 5:9b-10; Exodus 20:5-6) Iniquity receives its due

punishment and righteousness receives its due reward.

Larry Hudson

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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. Read: Exodus 20

Pray or do: Meditate upon Godly jealousy and its implication to your relationship with God through Christ.


Friday, August 27, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus The Restorer of the

Repentant” John 21 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?" He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You."  He said to him, "Feed My lambs." 16 He said to him again a second time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?" He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You." He said to him, "Tend My sheep." 17 He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?" Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, "Do you love Me?"  And he said to Him, "Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You." Jesus said to him, "Feed My sheep." John 21:15-17

The fourth action you must take to be restored is to confront, admit and confess your sin.  When Peter denied Christ it was in front of a fire of coals (John 18:18). When Jesus invited Peter and the disciples to eat fish and bread (fish and chips) it was in front of a fire of coals (John 21:9). This is the only time the word of charcoal fire is found in the New Testament. This is not a coincidence. What a reminder for Peter of his denial of Jesus. Yet the situations are different.  Jesus is seeking to restore Peter to fellowship.  Jesus confronts Peter. “So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?" He said to Him, "Yes, Lord, You know that I love You." He said to him, "Feed My lambs." 16 He said to him again a second time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?" He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You."  He said to him, "Feed My lambs." 16 He said to him again a second time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?" He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You." He said to him, "Tend My sheep." 17 He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?" Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, "Do you love Me?"  And he said to Him, "Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You." Jesus said to him, "Feed My sheep." John 21:15-17

Now, how many times did Peter deny Jesus? Three! And how many times, sitting there by that fire, did Jesus ask Peter about his love for him? Three! The sin had to be confronted, brought out into the open and addressed. God’s Word promises us in 1 John 1:9 that, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” The only solution is openness and confession with Jesus. Lastly Jesus lets Peter know that Peter still has a purpose and a mission. Jesus said to him, "Feed My sheep." (John 21:17c) Peter had failed when he denied Jesus but Jesus still loves him. He was letting Peter know that Peter was still useful, had purpose and would still be a great leader in the Kingdom of God.  Fast forward! It is fifty days after Jesus ascended into heaven. The Holy Spirit is being poured out as promised. Peter stands before the crowd and with great boldness preaches Christ crucified.  No matter how you have failed … no matter how you have allowed sin to infect your life … Jesus has the remedy for that sin. He wants to restore that relationship with you. He wants to forgive you. He wants to be your very best friend but there are some steps that you have to take … confronting your sin, admitting it, and confessing it. Once you resolve that, God can and will restore you and use you in mighty ways to make a difference in His kingdom.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 21

Pray or do: If you have failed God remember He wants to restore you.

Bonus Material

Here are the answers that were included in the message handout. This is a life application by Joel Smith on how to be restored when you fail.

1. Resist the urge to abandon your mission.

2. Remember Jesus’ initial call.

3. Face your failure with faith.

4. Admit your need for God’s power to go forward

5. Walk closely and humbly with the Lord.


Thursday, August 26, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus The Restorer of the Repentant” John 21 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

Text: So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?" He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You."  He said to him, "Feed My lambs." 16 He said to him again a second time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?" He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You." He said to him, "Tend My sheep." 17 He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?" Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, "Do you love Me?"  And he said to Him, "Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You." Jesus said to him, "Feed My sheep." John 21:15-17

To be forgiven and restored you must understand that your sin has consequences. Jesus said to Peter after breakfast, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?" (John 21:15a).  Your sin does affect those who are close to you … your family, your friends, and even your church. But, more important than anything else, your sin failure affects your relationship with Christ. Just look at Peter and Jesus.  Yes, Jesus still loved Peter. He was still His friend. But that relationship was damaged. It was strained. And the damage to that relationship had to be dealt with. Jesus confronted Peter.  Peter had to be confronted. He had to understand the consequences of what he had done. He had to realize that he just couldn’t go back to fishing … he just couldn’t go back to the way things had been before. His choices, and his sin, had forced a change upon his relationship with Jesus, and that change had to be dealt with.

This is a lesson that we must never forget. Our sin has implications with our families, our friends, and our church. We must acknowledge those implications and deal with them. We have to understand that our own choices and actions do not just affect us … they affect everyone around us, especially those we care about the most.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 21

Pray or do: If you have failed God remember He still loves you.

Bonus Material

On December 14, 1996, the grain freighter Bright Field was heading down the Mississippi River at New Orleans, Louisiana, when it lost control and veered toward the shore. The boat struck a riverside shopping mall. 116 people were injured.

The impact demolished parts of the wharf that housed over two hundred shops and restaurants and the Hilton hotel. After a year-long investigation, the Coast Guard reported that the freighter lost control because the engine shut down. The engine shut down because of low oil pressure. The pressure was low because of a clogged oil filter. The oil filter was clogged because the mechanic had failed to maintain the ship properly. So, failing to change the oil

wiped out a mall and injured 116 people.



Wednesday, August 25, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus The Restorer of the

Repentant” John 21 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?" He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You."  He said to him, "Feed My lambs." 16 He said to him again a second time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?" He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You." He said to him, "Tend My sheep." 17 He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?" Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, "Do you love Me?"  And he said to Him, "Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You." Jesus said to him, "Feed My sheep." John 21:15-17

Whenever we fail we need to remember that nobody is perfect – everyone fails. Simon Peter failed Jesus. The scripture tells us, “Now Simon Peter stood and warmed himself. Therefore they said to him, "You are not also one of His disciples, are you?" He denied it and said, "I am not!" 26 One of the servants of the high priest, a relative of him whose ear Peter cut off, said, "Did I not see you in the garden with Him?" (John 18:25-26)  Peter had been with Jesus for three years. He had seen the miracles that Jesus performed. He was there when many were healed. He had heard the wonderful teachings of Jesus. He was one of the inner circle yet he failed Jesus. Three times he would deny Jesus.  So, should we be surprised by the failure of sin that enters our lives? No! Is God surprised when we fail in our sin and let Him down? No! Does He stop loving us? No! God knows our tendency to sin all too well. He created us. He was there at the moment when man rebelled and took that step from holiness into sin. He recorded in His word in Romans 3:23 that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

So, perhaps the first important step is to stop being beating ourselves up. When you have failed you quickly learn that beating yourself up does not bring forgiveness. It does not restore relationships. For that we must go to Jesus because He is the one who forgives and restores us.  The second thing to remember is that Jesus is still your friend. When the disciples had finished fishing all night they encounter Jesus on the shoreline of Galilee. Jesus calls to them, "Bring some of the fish which you have just caught." (John 21:10) Then he says, "Come and eat breakfast." (John 21:12a)  Even though Peter had denied Him and the disciples had fled into hiding Jesus cooks for them and invites them to come eat and fellowship with Him. The same goes for you. No matter how you have failed, no matter what sin you have allowed into your life, the Savior who died for you still loves you. He is still your friend. And He still wants you to sit down with Him, talk with Him, and be with Him.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

Read: John 21

Pray or do: If you have failed God and you feel like He is done with you let this event remind you that you are still His friend and He still loves you.


Monday, August 23, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus The Restorer of the

Repentant” John 21 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?" He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You."  He said to him, "Feed My lambs." 16 He said to him again a second time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?" He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You." He said to him, "Tend My sheep." 17 He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?" Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, "Do you love Me?"  And he said to Him, "Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You." Jesus said to him, "Feed My sheep." John 21:15-17

You know, often times we wind up doing the same thing in our walk with Jesus. We start out strong. We have the best of intentions. We are excited, and we want to succeed in the faith. We have a desire to be faithful followers of our Savior.  Yet, so often, we become distracted from the faith. We allow the wrong influences in our lives.  We experience a challenge or a setback. We make a bad decision. We experience the spiritual failure of allowing sin into our lives, and our relationship with Jesus suffers.  So often our sin problems are not only between us and God … many times the sin in our lives is known by others. It has consequences that go beyond self. As believers, our failures and our sin can affect our families, our friends, and our church. Therefore, it is appropriate that we look together as a church to God’s word to find the guidance for surviving the failure of sin.  The perfect example of forgiveness, restoration, and survival after the failure of sin is Peter.  Peter was a bold, brash and made great claims about following Jesus no matter what. When Jesus warned him that he would someday deny him, Peter said, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.” (Matthew 26:33) When Jesus attempted to explain his coming death, and how the disciples could not go with Him, but that they would follow later, Peter said, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” (John 13:37)  Yet Peter failed and publicly denied Christ. While we may have thought that there is not way Peter could be restored as a disciple that is exactly what Jesus did. This week we will examine the way that Christ forgave and restored Peter and in the process we can discover how Christ does the same thing for us.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 21

Bonus Material

Two Kentucky horse racing stable owners had developed a keen rivalry. Each spring they both entered a horse in a local steeplechase. One of them thought that having a professional rider might give his horse an edge in the race, so he hired a hot-shot jockey. Well, the day of the race finally came, and as usual, their two horses were leading the race right down to the last fence. But that final fence was too much for both of the horses. Both of them fell, and both riders were thrown. But that didn’t stop the professional jockey. He remounted quickly and easily won the race.  When he got back to the stable, he found the horse owner fuming with rage. He really didn’t understand his behavior, because he had won the race. So the jockey asked, “What’s the matter with you? I won the race, didn’t I?”The red-faced owner nodded, “Oh, yes, you won the race. But you won it on the wrong horse!” (From 1001 Humorous Illustrations for Public Speaking, by Michael Hodgin, p. 148.)

That jockey had the best of intentions. He intended to win the race. But he became distracted from the task. He made a bad decision. And, ultimately, he failed in what he was trying to do.


Friday, August 20, 2021


TEXT: But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. 12 And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the

other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. 13 Then they said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them,  "Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him." 14  Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?" She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, "Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away." 16 Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She turned and said to Him, "Rabboni!" (which is to say, Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, "Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, 'I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.'" John 20:11-17 

Three proofs of the resurrection are:

1. The empty tomb.

For the Gospel writers the empty tomb confirms the reality that "he had risen," just as he said. The burial wrappings were undisturbed and still where they had placed His body and it was obvious that human hands could not have touched the body of Christ.

2. The witness of angels.

An angel announced the news that Christ had risen from the dead and was going ahead of them into Galilee where they would see him.

3. The witness of men.

Christ appeared too many people to serve as eye-witnesses to His resurrection.  

He appeared

 to the women who went to the tomb early in the morning.

 to the travelers on the road to Emmaus.

 to Peter, James and John and to the rest of the Twelve.

 to a group of 500 believers, and

 finally He appeared to the Apostle Paul.

The message of Scripture has always been a message of hope in the resurrection and that death is not the end of life.  The angel by breaking the seal of the Roman Emperor, rolling back the stone, and paralyzing the soldiers, was making a clear statement that there is no power that can be compared to God’s

power. A believer has no reason to put their trust in any other power.


Larry Hudson



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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. Read: John 20

Pray or do: Let us trust in the Lord with our whole heart and not be deceived to trust in anyone or anything else.Thursday, August 19, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus The Victor of Death”

John 20 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. 12 And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the

other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. 13 Then they said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them,  "Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him." 14  Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?" She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, "Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away." 16 Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She turned and said to Him, "Rabboni!" (which is to say, Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, "Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, 'I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.'" John 20:11-17 

The resurrection of Christ confirms three things.  The resurrection of Christ confirms that He is the Messiah, the Son of the living God. He “was declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. (Romans 1:4). If Christ is not risen from the dead, then He has no power to pardon or save the sinner.  The resurrection of Christ confirms that God has accepted His sacrifice for the forgiveness of sin.  It confirms that our sins have been fully paid for and that “He is also able to save to the

uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25).   The resurrection of Christ confirms God’s gift of a new life made available to every repentant sinner. “who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.” (Romans 4:25). The resurrection of Christ is our only hope of a new life as Christians since being justified means to be just as if I had never sinned.  The Gospels testify to the importance of the resurrection by not ending in sorrow and despair with His death and burial but in joy and hope of a new resurrected life.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

Read: John 20

Pray or do: Take time to rejoice in the victory that Christ achieved over death, hell and the grave.


Wednesday August 18, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus The Victor of Death” John 20 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. 12 And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the

other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. 13 Then they said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them,  "Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him." 14  Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?" She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, "Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away." 16 Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She turned and said to Him, "Rabboni!" (which is to say, Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, "Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, 'I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.'" John 20:11-17 

The resurrection of Christ confirms three things.

The resurrection of Christ confirms that He is the Messiah, the Son of the living God. He “was declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. (Romans 1:4). If Christ is not risen from the dead, then He has no power to pardon or save the sinner.  The resurrection of Christ confirms that God has accepted His sacrifice for the forgiveness of sin. It confirms that our sins have been fully paid for and that “He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25). The resurrection of Christ confirms God’s gift of a new life made available to every repentant sinner. “who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.” (Romans 4:25). The resurrection of Christ is our only hope of a new life as Christians since being justified means to be just as if I had never sinned. The Gospels testify to the importance of the resurrection by not ending in sorrow and despair with His death and burial but in joy and hope of a new resurrected life.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 20

Pray or do: Take time to rejoice in the victory that Christ achieved over death, hell and the grave.


Monday, August 16, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus The Victor of Death”  John 20 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. 12 And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the

other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. 13 Then they said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them,  "Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him." 14  Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?" She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, "Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away." 16 Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She turned and said to Him, "Rabboni!" (which is to say, Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, "Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, 'I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.'" John 20:11-17

Death is the greatest challenge to our faith. The early Christians struggled with death, because they thought that Jesus would return before death would overtake them. John has recorded this incident (he is the only gospel writer who does) in part to quiet the fears of the early Christians and help them deal with death. Death is never easy, because we have to trust that there is new life on the other side of death. I want to introduce you to The Victor of Death! Four times He conquered death. Three were during His ministry on earth.

The first was at the bedside of the little girl; Jarius’ daughter (Matthew 9:24-25)

The second was on the outskirts of the town of Nain at the coffin of the widow's son (Luke 7:11-

15).

The third time He conquered death was near the village of Bethany at the tomb of Lazarus (John

11:43-44).

He’s power over death was manifested by the resurrection of saints at the time of His Crucifixion, “and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised;” (Matthew 27:52)

The fourth time He was the victor of death was when He entered the very stronghold of death

and came forth victorious, (John 20:11-17)  

His power over death was also confirmed by the bringing back to life of Dorcas through the Apostle Peter (Acts 9:40). That is why He could testify that “I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.” (Revelation 1:18)

The resurrection of Christ is central to the Christian faith. It proves that Jesus Christ is exactly who He claimed to be and that He had accomplished His mission on earth. It proves that He is the Messiah and that on the cross He defeated Satan, sin and death. The resurrection of Christ guarantees our own resurrection. Christ’s victory over death is also our victory over death and we can shout with joy that Christ is risen, alleluia He is risen indeed.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 20

Pray or do: Take time to rejoice in the victory that Christ achieved over death, hell and the grave.

Bonus Material

Because of its common interest, many people have made various observations concerning death. Here are two contrasting ways of looking at death.  The first is comical but reveals the attitude many have towards death.  George Burns said of it, “I don’t believe in dying. It’s been done. I’m working on a new exit. Besides, I can’t die now—’m booked”  The second is more positive and it comes from C. S. Lewis “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave

behind.”


Friday, August 6, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus The Uplifted Savior” John 19 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: Then he delivered Him to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus and led Him away. 17 And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, 18 where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center. 19 Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. John 19:16-19

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:14-15

And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself." 33 This He said, signifying by what death He would die. John 12:32-33

Jesus is the Uplifted Savior! So what are we to do with Him? We are to identify with His crucifixion which releases us from our old man, our old way of living. Paul said that so well in  his letter to the Roman church. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 7 For he who has died has been freed from sin. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10  For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. 13 And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.” (Romans 6:5-13)

Our “old man” is dead.

We are no longer slaves to sin

We are freed from sin.

We are to consider ourselves dead to sin but alive, or living, unto God.

Do not let sin have a throne (reign) in your body.

Live righteously.

Walk in the Spirit of God (Galatians 5:24-25)

The Cross of Jesus Christ is our central message. The cross is our symbol of Christian discipleship. We are to take up His cross and follow Him (Matthew 16:24).

Being a disciple means we have a ministry of reconciliation.Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:18-19).  Christ has given us that ministry. Christ has given us the word of reconciliation.

Larry Hudson

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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. Read: John 19

Pray or do: Jesus said, “And if I be lifted up I will draw all men to me”. How will you “lift up Jesus so men can come to know Him”?

Bonus Material

I ALMOST DIDN’T LET HIM IN

Very few ever get entrance to Buckingham Palace or have an audience with the King/Queen.

Once when King Edward VII reigned in England, He and his queen were out walking in the country late one afternoon when suddenly she stumbled and sprained an ankle. In great pain, and with considerable difficulty, she limped along, holding to her husband's shoulder. At dusk, they approached the home of a humble man.

The King knocked on the door.  "Who's there?" came the query.

"It is Edward. It is the King. Let me in." The man inside shouted back, "Enough of your pranks now. Be off..."

The King again said, "I tell you that is the King! It is Edward, your King. Let me in."

In anger the man shouted, "I'll teach you to torment an honest man trying to get his sleep. "He threw open the door in disgust, only to see that indeed it was his King!  With profuse apologies the laborer invited the royal visitors in and sent for help to attend the Queen.

Years later, when the Britisher was too old to work, he would spend much time rocking on the porch and visiting with neighbors. He took great delight in reviewing that experience, always concluding with the same words: "And to think, to think, I almost didn't let him in!"

I wonder how many of us might miss heaven, and forever wish we had let Jesus into our hearts and lives!


Thursday, August 5, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus The Uplifted Savior” John 19 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: Then he delivered Him to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus and led Him away. 17 And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, 18 where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center. 19 Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. John 19:16-19

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:14-15

And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself." 33 This He said, signifying by what death He would die. John 12:32-33

Why was Jesus lifted up? We know it was God’s plan for our salvation.  “Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death;” (Acts 2:23). It pleased God for Jesus to suffer for He was the offering for our sin. (Isaiah 53:10) Jesus knew it was the will of the Father and He was obedient to His will. (Matthew 26:39) Jesus obedience to the Father demonstrated His love to the world for the Father. “But that the world may know that I love the Father, …” (John 14:30-31) But one day those who oppose and resist God, whose names are NOT written in the book of Life will worship him. (Revelation 13:8).

Jesus was lifted up in order to bring victory. “Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” (Colossians 2:15)

Jesus dying on the cross brings glory to Jesus as well as the Father. (John 17:1) He would receive the glory He had with God before the world ever existed.And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. (John 17:5)

The cross brings the exaltation of Jesus Christ. Here is one of my favorite scriptures concerning Jesus death. “And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:8-11) It will all be for the glory of God the Father. Jesus is “The Uplifted Savior”.

The cross brings reconciliation between God and Man. “…and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. 17 And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. (Ephesians 2:13-17) Jesus death on the cross and the shedding of His precious blood has:

       Brought us near to God

       Given us His peace

       Made us one with Christ

       Created us a new creature by abolishing the enmity we had with God

       Reconciled us to God in one body.

And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, 14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. (Colossians 2:13-14)

Larry Hudson

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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. Read: John 19

Pray or do: Jesus said, “And if I be lifted up I will draw all men to me”. How will you “lift up Jesus so men can come to know Him”?

Bonus Material

A Calcutta paper carried the story of how a Hindu came to the house of a missionary for an interview. In the course of the conversation, he said: "Many things which Christianity contains I find in Hinduism; but there is one thing which Christianity has that Hinduism has not." "What is that?" the missionary asked. His reply was striking: "A Savior."


Wednesday, August 3, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus The Uplifted Savior” John 19 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: Then he delivered Him to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus and led Him away. 17 And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, 18 where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center. 19 Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. John 19:16-19

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:14-15

And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself." 33 This He said, signifying by what death He would die. John 12:32-33

This is the second of two parts of a summary of the day of Jesus death on the cross.

The Crucifixion! Jesus is taken before Pilate (Mark 15:1). Pilate questions Jesus and then sends Him to King Herod (Luke 23:6-10). At Herod’s Jesus is questioned but does not answer. He is mocked and ridiculed then sent back to Pilate (Luke 23:11) where He is sentenced, beaten with a cat-o-nine tails (Luke 23:23-24). Jesus is then led towards “the place of the skull” (Golgatha) (John 19:17). On the way the soldier secure Simon of Cyrene to carry the cross for Jesus. It is there that Jesus is crucified (Luke 23:33).

The crucifixion will take place over the next few hours. Here are the events and sayings that occur:

The soldiers divided up his clothes and cast lots to see what each would get Mk 15:24.

Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do." And they divided His garments and cast lots. Luke 23:34 (Jesus first saying on the cross).

"It was the third hour when they crucified him" Mk 15:25

Jesus Christ refused the comfort of wine, which would have lessened the pains of his suffering Matthew 27:34

"Those who passed by hurled insults at him,... saying,... 'Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!'" Mt 27:39-40

The chief priests mockingly said, "He saved others,... but he can't save himself!" Mk 15:31

"The soldiers also came up and mocked him... 'If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.'" Lk 23:36-37

"One of the two thieves hurled insults at him: 'Aren't you the Christ'? Save yourself and us!'" Lk 23:39

"But the other criminal rebuked him... Then he said, 'Jesus, remember into your kingdom.'" Lk 23:40, 42

"Jesus answered him, 'I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.'" (Lk 23:43) (The second saying of Jesus)

"Jesus... said to his mother. 'Dear woman, here is your the disciple, Here is your mother.'" Jn 19:26-27 (The third saying of Jesus)

"At the sixth hour darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour." Mk 15:33

"Jesus cried..., 'My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?'" Mt 27:46 (The fourth saying of Jesus).

"Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." Lk 23:46 (The fifth saying of Jesus).

After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, "I thirst!" (Sixth saying of Jesus). 29 Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. 30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" (The seventh saying of Jesus).  And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. John 19:28-30

The events immediately following the crucifixion are as follows:

The earthquake and tearing in two of the curtain between the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place Mt 27:51

Tombs break open Mt 27:52

"The centurion... exclaimed, 'Surely he was the Son of God.'" Mt 27:54

The confession of the multitude Lk 23:48

The thieves' legs are broken Jn 19:31-32

The soldier pierces Jesus' side Jn 19:34

The burial Jn 19:38-42

The tomb is secured by a seal and a guard is posted Mt 27:66 Thompson Chain Reference Bible.

Larry Hudson

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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. Read: John 19

Pray or do: Jesus said, “And if I be lifted up I will draw all men to me”. How will you “lift up Jesus so men can come to know Him”?

Bonus Material


Monday, August 2, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus The Uplifted Savior”

John 19 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: Then he delivered Him to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus and led Him away. 17 And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, 18 where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center. 19 Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. John 19:16-19

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:14-15

"And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself." 33 This He said, signifying by what death He would die. John 12:32-33

The death of Jesus Christ is of central importance to the Christian faith. Through Christ’s death, sinners are reconciled to God and to their fellow human beings. Paul summarizes the gospel as “the message of the cross”.  This is the first of two parts of a summary of the day of Jesus death on the cross.  Jesus Christ foretold his death on the cross. "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn

Him to death, 19 and deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock and to scourge and to crucify. And the third day He will rise again."; Matthew 20:18-19  This is what happened the night before His crucifixion. Jesus began by introducing the New Covenant to his disciples while they were celebrating the traditional Passover (Lk 22:14). Supper being ended Jesus led the disciples across the Kidron Valley and up the slope to the Garden of

Gethsemane (Mt 26:36) where Jesus began to pray. At the end of His prayer Judas arrives with the soldiers from the Sanhedrin to arrest Jesus. Jesus asks them, “who are you seeking” to which they reply “Jesus”. Jesus says, “I am He”. No hiding. No denial of His identity. It is then that Judas betrays Jesus with a kiss. (John 18:12). They then take Jesus to the house of Caiaphas to be tried before the Sanhedrin. Here He is falsely determined to be guilty of heresy very early the next morning. (Luke 22:54) Not being able to execute someone because of Roman law they then deliver Jesus to Pilate. (To be continued in the next devotion).


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 19

Pray or do: Jesus said, “And if I be lifted up I will draw all men to me”. How will you “lift up Jesus so men can come to know Him”?


Friday, July 30, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus The Model Sufferer” John 18 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: So Jesus said to Peter, "Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me?" John 18:11 (NKJV)

What is God’s response to the emotional suffering of those who believe in Him?  The word of God tells us He comforts them. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4  who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)  He has delivered them through His Son, Jesus Christ “Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.” (Isaiah 53:4)  Jesus Christ gives them rest. Jesus said we are to believe in God and in Him. "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.” (John 14:1) and we are to receive His peace. “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)  We are to come to Him to receive that peace. “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." (Matthew 11:28-30)  Our great hope is found in the last writing of John from the Isle of Patmos and that is there is no suffering in heaven. Isaiah the prophet spoke of it earlier when he wrote, “And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, And come to Zion with singing, With everlasting joy on their heads.  They shall obtain joy and gladness, And sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” (Isaiah 35:10)

Then John recorded this, “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away." (Revelation 21:4).


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 18

Pray or do: Ask the Lord to teach you about suffering and how to deal with it in a godly way.

Bonus Material

"I Will Not Leave Thee!"

Spurgeon said, God is with us in sorrows. There is no pang that rends the heart, I might almost say, not one which disturbs the body, but what Jesus Christ has been with you in it all. Feel you the sorrows of poverty? He "had not where to lay His head."  Do you endure the griefs of bereavement? Jesus wept at the tomb of Lazarus. Have you been slandered for righteousness, sake and has it vexed your spirit? He said, "Reproach hath broken Mine heart."  Have you been betrayed? Do not forget that He, too, had His familiar friend who sold Him for the price of a slave.  On what stormy seas have you been tossed which have not roared about His boat? In the fires and in the rivers, in the cold of night and under the burning sun, He cries, ";I am with you; be not dismayed; for I am both thy Companion and thy God!" Knight's Master Book of New Illustrations. 


Thursday, July 29, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus The Model Sufferer”

John 18 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: So Jesus said to Peter, "Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me?" John 18:11 (NKJV)

THE PROPER RESPONSE OF BELIEVERS TO EMOTIONAL SUFFERING

Assessing the problem before God

When I thought how to understand this, It was too painful for me-- 17  Until I went into the sanctuary of God; Then I understood their end. Psalm 73:16-17 (NKJV)

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those  who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 (NKJV)

Controlled emotion before God

Then the children of Israel went up and wept before the LORD until evening, and asked counsel of the LORD, saying, "Shall I again draw near for battle against the children of my brother Benjamin?" And the LORD said, "Go up against him.:" Judges 20:23 (NKJV)

Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah Psalm 62:8 (NKJV)

Prayer

Who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, Hebrews 5:7 (NKJV)

Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. 9 And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, Hebrews 5:8-9 (NKJV)

Lord, all my desire is before You; And my sighing is not hidden from You. Psalm 38:9 (NKJV)

Continuing to do what is right

Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. 21 And he said: "Naked I came from my mother's womb, And naked shall I return there. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD." 22 In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong. Job 1:20-22 (NKJV)

I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, Ephesians 4:1 (NKJV)

Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, Philippians 1:27 (NKJV)

We know that Jesus suffered more than just physical pain. He suffered by being: betrayed by a hypocritical Judas (v. 5), defended by a zealous but unwise Peter (v. 10), smitten by the

unreasonable members of the Sanhedrin court when they were losing the argument with Jesus (v. 23), denied by the cowardly Peter (v. 25), shunned by the self-righteous accusers who would send Jesus into the Praetorium where they would not go because they would become unclean from entering a gentile facility and therefore could not participate in the Passover. They would have the Passover without Him who is the Passover. “Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. (1 Corinthians 5:7). He was questioned by the ambitious Pilate who gained nothing from the three questions, “Are you the King of the Jews?”, “What is Truth?” and “Where are you from?” Those questions “oppressed and afflicted” Christ so He “opened not His mouth”. Finally He was mocked by the frivolous soldiers. “Then Herod, with his men of war, treated Him with contempt and mocked Him, arrayed Him in a gorgeous robe, and sent Him back to Pilate.” (Luke 23:11). These men of war set Him who is the Prince of Peace as if He were nothing. (Luke 23:11). John knew who Jesus was. “And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, "Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. 18  I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death. (Revelation 1:17-18) adapted from Handfuls on Purpose - Handfuls on Purpose Vol. 7-9.


Larry Hudson

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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 18

Pray or do: Ask the Lord to teach you about suffering and how to deal with it in a godly way.


Wednesday, July 28, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus The Model Sufferer”

John 18 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: So Jesus said to Peter, "Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me? John 18:11 (NKJV)

We know that Jesus suffered more than just physical pain. He suffered by being: betrayed by a hypocritical Judas (v. 5), defended by a zealous but unwise Peter (v. 10), smitten by the unreasonable members of the Sanhedrin court when they were losing the argument with Jesus (v. 23), denied by the cowardly Peter (v. 25), shunned by the self-righteous accusers who would send Jesus into the Praetorium where they would not go because they would become unclean from entering a gentile facility and therefore could not participate in the Passover. They would have the Passover without Him who is the Passover. “Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. (1 Corinthians 5:7). He was questioned by the ambitious Pilate who gained nothing from the three questions, “Are you the King of the Jews?”, “What is Truth?” and “Where are you from?” Those questions “oppressed and afflicted” Christ so He “opened not His mouth”.  Finally He was mocked by the frivolous soldiers. “Then Herod, with his men of war, treated Him with contempt and mocked Him, arrayed Him in a gorgeous robe, and sent Him back to Pilate.” (Luke 23:11). These men of war set Him who is the Prince of Peace as if He were nothing. (Luke 23:11).  John knew who Jesus was. “And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, "Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. 18 I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death. (Revelation 1:17-18) adapted from Handfuls on Purpose - Handfuls on Purpose Vol. 7-9.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 18

Pray or do: Ask the Lord to teach you about suffering and how to deal with it in a godly way.



Monday, July 26, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus The Model Sufferer” John 18 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: So Jesus said to Peter, "Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me?" John 18:11 (NKJV)

Over the past weeks we have looked at the Portraits of Jesus in John’s Gospel (See Bonus Material).  Suffering gives rise to inner distress, on account of a sense of injustice, frustration, loss or anger.  Christ himself provides an example of such suffering to believers. There is the emotional suffering in the Lord’s work when experiencing rejection, criticism, betrayal, sense of failure among other things.  There are many expressions of emotional suffering:

Sadness illustrated by the sorrow of Nehemiah when Jerusalem and its walls lie in ruin (Nehemiah 2:1-3).

Weeping and groaning illustrated by Jeremiah weeping over the slain of Israel due to their sins (Jeremiah 9:1). I have grieved and wept in my soul over our youth. They once attended church with us and then walked away from God and the church.

Anger illustrated by the display of anger when Moses saw the sin of God’s people when he came down off the mountain with the tablets of stone cut by the hand of God (Exodus 32:19-20). 

There is also the sinful manifestation of emotional suffering.

Bitterness illustrated when the people began to complain and murmur because of their thirst and were bitter against Moses. Their murmurs, complaints and bitterness were really against God (Exodus 17:3). A description of those who were unrighteous by Paul is that their mouth “…is full of cursing and bitterness." (Romans 3:14)

Jesus Christ’s knew what it was like to suffer. The prophet Isaiah prophesied that Jesus is “…despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. (Isaiah 53:3). When Jesus had taken His disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray, he took Peter, James and John aside from the others and said to them "My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me." (Matthew 26:38) and then he went further apart and began to pray. Jesus knew how to handle the emotional suffering He went through.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 18

Pray or do: Ask the Lord to teach you about suffering and how to deal with it in a godly way.

Bonus Material

They are Jesus...

The Son of God

The Son of Man

The Divine Teacher

The Soul Winner

The Bread of Life

The Great Physician

The Water of Life

The Defender of the Weak

The Good Shepherd

The Prince of Life

The Light of the World

The King

The Servant

The Consoler

The True Vine

The Giver of the Holy Spirit

The Great Intercessor


Friday, July 23, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus The Great Intercessor” John 17 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: "I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21  that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22  And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23  I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. 24  Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. 25  O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. 26  And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them." John 17:20-26 (NKJV)

In this prayer the last group that Jesus prayed for were future believers.  What He prayed is very precious to believers, but it is also an indictment against believers of every generation. “William Wallace, the leading character in the Academy-award winning move “Braveheart,” chastised his fellow Scots for allowing minor issues, internal strife, and power struggles to stand in the way of their fight for independence from the English: “We have beaten the English but they’re back because you won’t stand together.”  So often the divisions found in the church reflect Williams’s sentiment. Thomas Jefferson said, “An association of men who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which has never existed.”  Jesus requested the opposite for us. His first request was that believers may be one (v. 21). The standard of that “one” is that we be one as God and Christ are one. The Son is obedient to the Father and the Father loves the Son (v 23). The Bible says believers are many members, but one body (Rom 12:4-5, Col 3:15). “Again, to be one is not the absence of opinions, but the absence of divisions; it is unity, not uniformity. The church’s greatest damage is the open sore that festers and swells and spreads after a disagreement or a misunderstanding. Disunity weakens scatters and muffles the church.” Victor Yap The Church’s One Foundation sermon. The purpose is that the world may believe God sent Christ. The source is God’s glory (v. 22). The second request is that believers may be perfected in unity. The source of that unity is Jesus being within the believer. The reason is to convince the world that God sent Christ and that He loves believers (v. 23).  The third request is that believers may be with Him in glory. The reason is for them to behold or see His glory (v. 24).  The fourth request Jesus made was that believers may be filled with God’s love. The reason is because believers truly know God and know that He sent Christ (v. 25) and the faithfulness of Christ (v. 26). Jesus declared God to men. His purpose was that men might know God’s love.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 17

Pray or do: Pray for the unity of believers in your local church.

Bonus Material

There was a story of some rescuers who found a man alone on a deserted island. But his rescuers were confused by something they saw. They saw three huts. So they asked the man about the three huts. He explained, “One was for me to live in. And I’m a religious man, so I built a church.” The rescuers, who were still confused why there should be a third hut, then asked, “Well, what about the third hut?” The man replied, “Oh, there was a church spilt.”


Thursday, July 22, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus The Great Intercessor” John 17 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: 9 I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. 10 And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. 12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. 18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth. John 17:9-19

The second thing Jesus prayed for was His immediate Disciples. They had trusted in Him, they belonged to Jesus and God (v. 9), glory had come to Jesus through them and Jesus was getting ready to leave this world. His first request was that God would keep them and keep them together as one. This request is based upon them being left in the world (vv. 10-11) and He had kept them and lost none except the “son of Perdition”, Satan (v. 12) His second request for them was that they might have His joy in all its fullness (v. 13). His third request was “that God would keep them from the evil one, from Satan.” The world hated them (v. 14) but they were needed in the world (v. 15). Jesus last request for them was that God would sanctify them (v. 17). They were being sent into the world (v. 18). They were being sanctified by Christ because sanctification (being set apart to God) is the way of salvation (v. 19)


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 17

Pray or do: Spend 5 minutes today in conversation with God.



Wednesday, July 21, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus The Great Intercessor” John 17 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: "Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: 'Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, 2 as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. 4 I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. 5  And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. 6 I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. 7  Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. 8  For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. " John 17:1-8 (NKJV)

First Jesus prayed for Himself. He knew that His time had come to die for the sins of the world for He said, “Father, the hour has come” (vs. 1). Notice what the hour is.  Jesus first request is found in the later part of verse 1, “Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You”. This is the hour of glory.  Jesus prayed for this because God had “given Him authority over all flesh”. (v 2) This is the hour of power.  The purpose was that He may give eternal life (vv. 2-3). This is the hour of eternal life.  This is the reason He makes this request and that is He has completed, finished the work God sent Him to do. This is the hour of a finished work!  The second request of Jesus was that God would restore His Son to His formal glory which He had before creation (vv. 5-8). This is the hour of restored glory!  The reason Jesus could ask this was because Jesus had manifest God’s name to the disciples (v. 6). This is the hour of revelation!  Another reason He could make this request is the men now know that He is God’s Son, the revelation of God Himself (vv. 7-8). This is the hour of a mission accomplished – the hour of belief! They now accept His Word. They now know His origin. They now believe He is sent of God, that He is the Son of God.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 17

Pray or do: Spend 5 minutes today in conversation with God.

Bonus Material

Jesus didn’t pray canned prayers. His prayers arose out of His life.

1. When He was alone – He prayed

2. When He was with friends – He prayed

3. When He was in crisis (hanging on the cross) – He prayed.

4. Prayer was a normal part of His life and should be for us.

“God is not so concerned about how or where we pray but He is concerned that we come to Him with our lives.”  ~~Floyd Johnson


Monday, July 19, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus The Great Intercessor” John 17 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: "Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: 'Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, 2 as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. 4 I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. 5  And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. 6 I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. 7  Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. 8  For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. 9  I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. 10 And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. 12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. 18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth. 20 I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. 24 Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. 26 And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them." John 17:1-26 (NKJV)

Jesus is in the upper room with His disciples. He has shared the Passover meal with them – and now he is about to leave to go out to brook of Kidron. There was a garden there where he and disciples would often go. Tonight would be different – he would be arrested and within the next few hours hung on a cross. And what does he do. He prays.  In this great chapter, Jesus is revealed to be the great Intercessor.

 He prayed for Himself (vv.1–8),

 for His immediate disciples (vv.9–19), and

 for future believers (v.20–26).

He asked only two things for Himself. We will examine Jesus prayer for Himself on Wednesday then His prayer for His immediate disciples on Thursday and finally on Friday Jesus prayer for all future believers.  Remember: Prayer allows us to talk to God. It allows us to lay our brokenness before Him. Prayer gives us time to meet him with about our hurts, sorrows, and joys. Jesus practiced prayer and he commanded us to pray.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 17

Pray or do: Spend 5 minutes today in conversation with God.

Bonus Material

One night a father heard his young daughter speaking, although she was alone in her room. The door was cracked just enough so that he could see that she was kneeling beside her bed in prayer. Interested to find out what subjects a child would bring before God, he paused outside her door and listened. After tuning in to her speech he was puzzled to hear her reciting the alphabet: ";A, B, C, D, E, F, G …" She just kept

repeating it. He didn’t want to interrupt her, but soon curiosity go the best of him and he broke into prayer, "Honey," he asked, "what are you doing?"  "I’m praying, Daddy," she replied.  "Well, why are you praying the alphabet?" he asked.

She explained, "I started my prayers, but I wasn’t sure what to pray.  I decided to just say all the letters of the alphabet and let God put them together however he thinks best."

Have you ever felt that way?


Friday, July 16, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus – The Giver of the Holy Spirit” John 16 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: "These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. 2 They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. 3 And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me. 4 But these things I have told you, that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you of them. And these things I did not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you. 5 But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, 'Where are You going?' 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. 12 I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you. 16 A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me, because I go to the Father." 17 Then some of His disciples said among themselves, "What is this that He says to us, 'A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me' and, 'because I go to the Father'" 18 They said therefore, "What is this that He says, A little while? We do not know what He is saying." John 16:1-18

The help that we need is the Holy Spirit who is ready to work in our lives. Jesus  said, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8  And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9  of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10  of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11  of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. (John 16:7-11).  The word Helper is translated in other translations as “advocate” or “counsellor”. This is someone who is called to come an assist you especially in the context of a legal proceeding. The Holy Spirit is acting like a defense counsel who represents us and defends us. What is it that the Holy Spirit does for us. First He convicts (proves) the world and proves it wrong about sin (vv 8-9). The sin is not a transgression of God’s law but they reject Jesus Christ as Lord because of unbelief. We are to proclaim Jesus as Lord when we preach not a list of rules. Secondly, he’ll prove them wrong about righteousness, because Jesus is going to the Father and they will see him no longer. (vv. 8, 10) His death on the cross, resurrection and ascension proved His righteousness. Jesus therefore shows them wrong about righteousness. It is not by our righteousness that we are saved but only through faith in the righteousness of Jesus Christ can we be made righteous.

Thirdly, he’ll prove them wrong about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned. (vv. 8, 11)  God is all about compassion, mercy, love and forgiveness. But He is also a God of righteousness and justice. Jesus died and rose again to take care of the righteousness God demands and to satisfy the justice that God demands. Jesus took away Satan’s power. Jesus is victorious over death, hell and the grave. The only thing anyone needs to do is to believe in Jesus and to begin to follow Him as Lord of their life. It is time today to decide if you will believe in and follow Christ or not. “The work of the Spirit is to inject that imperative for decision making into our consciousness.” --Chris Appleby


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 16

Pray or do: Ask God to give you a richer understanding of your relationship with the Holy Spirit.


Thursday, July 15, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus – The Giver of the Holy Spirit” John 16 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: "These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. 2 They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. 3 And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me. 4 But these things I have told you, that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you of them. And these things I did not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you. 5 But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, 'Where are You going?' 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. 12 I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you. 16 A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me, because I go to the Father." 17 Then some of His disciples said among themselves, "What is this that He says to us, 'A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me' and, 'because I go to the Father'" 18 They said therefore, "What is this that He says, A little while? We do not know what He is saying." John 16:1-18

So how do we stand-up to those who are opposed to Jesus Christ. Jesus gives us the key. It is a person. It is the Holy Spirit, our comforter, encourager, helper and power. Jesus promised them the person of the Holy Spirit. He says: "…when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. 27 And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.” (John 15:26-27). This helper, the Spirit of Truth speaks to those who opposed Christ whenever we preach the Love of God. Tomorrow’s devotional will speak to the way the Holy Spirit helps. Before we do that notice that Jesus says we have a part to play in this process. He has called us to be witnesses for Him. The Holy Spirit will bring things back to our remembrance. Jesus spoke of that when He said, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. (John 14:26). Jesus went on to say to the disciples and us, “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.” (John 16:13-15). He brings back to our remembrance the things we have read and heard from His Word.  Jesus then tells us how the Holy Spirit helps us. "But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, 'Where are You going?' 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. (John 16:5-11). Jesus could only reach as many as were in His presence. After His resurrection and ascension the disciples preached and 30000 were saved on the Day of Pentecost. Later it was 5000. Then it was multitudes were coming to Christ.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 16

Pray or do: Ask God to give you a richer understanding of your relationship with the Holy Spirit.


Wednesday, July 14, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus – The Giver of the

Holy Spirit” John 16 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: "These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. 2 They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. 3 And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me. 4 But these things I have told you, that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you of them. And these things I did not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you. 5 But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, 'Where are You going?' 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. 12 I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you. 16 A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me, because I go to the Father." 17 Then some of His disciples said among themselves, "What is this that He says to us, 'A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me' and, 'because I go to the Father'" 18 They said therefore, "What is this that He says, A little while? We do not know what He is saying." John 16:1-18

Jesus, the Son of God, was rejected as being the messiah by most of the Jewish leadership. He is still being rejected today by many people (John 15:18-25). They rejected him and they will reject us who are His followers. Jesus said we will not be physically removed from the world but we are not of the world. We are to live in this world and be salt and light thus purifying and enlightening the world by our influence. The Jews of Jesus day opposed Jesus because they thought He was undermining the Jewish faith. Jesus knew that was going to happen. Jesus knew it was going to happen to us who are His followers. Jesus knew why. He said it was because they didn’t know God the Father nor Jesus. Jesus reprimanded Philip in John 14:9-10 (NRSV) when He said, "Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father."  How can you say, ’Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?"  Therefore we know there are two types of people in the world: those who know love and follow Jesus and those who do not know Him and are opposed to Him. This was true then and it is true today.  Today’s new religion is the religion of tolerance. It seems those who preach this message are all for tolerance in everything except Christ and His followers. When we begin to talk about Jesus as being the only 'way the truth and the life, no-one comes to the Father except through him.' Then they have a problem. This new religion of tolerance refused to accept that Jesus is the only way to God. They reject the moral code that Jesus preached. They believe everyone ought to establish their own moral code. In John 16:2 Jesus says: "…the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.” The world today may not think they are doing God a service but they will think they are doing society a service when they push their brand of tolerance at all cost. They are tolerant of everything except tolerance. If they rejected Jesus even when they saw the works that He did in their midst then they definitely will be intolerant and reject us today. “If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 He who hates Me hates My Father also. 24 If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father.” (John 15:22- 24).


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 16

Pray or do: Ask God to give you a richer understanding of your relationship with the Holy Spirit.

Bonus Material

Andrew Bolt who’s a journalist with the Herald-Sun spoke at the Whitehorse Mayoral Breakfast the other day, and he began by listing some of the de facto religions of our day. He spoke of

 environmentalists and animal rights advocates who place the welfare of animals and

 even plants on an equal footing with that of human beings,

 of those who make aboriginal rights into a religion,

 of those who advocate sexual liberation,

 he spoke of new age religions, witchcraft and crystals and mother-earth religion.


Monday, July 12, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus – The Giver of the Holy Spirit” John 16 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: "These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. 2 They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. 3 And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me. 4 But these things I have told you, that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you of them. And these things I did not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you. 5 But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, 'Where are You going?' 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. 12 I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15

All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you. 16 A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you

will see Me, because I go to the Father." 17 Then some of His disciples said among themselves, "What is this that He says to us, 'A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me' and, 'because I go to the Father?'" 18 They said therefore, "What is this that He says, 'A little while?' We do not know what He is saying."  John 16:1-18

From the very beginning of the church Christians have been persecuted and opposed. For many it became a fact of life. Reading Acts and you find Peter and John were arrested and brought before the Sanhedrin court. Stephen was stoned to death for his sharing Jesus Christ. Paul experience beatings, stoning, arrest and prison for preaching Jesus Christ. When Jesus begins talking about the world hating them and the persecution that would follow it got their attention. Throughout history the church has experienced persecution but the persecution in the western side of the globe has diminished over the years. We may ask the question “are the words of Jesus concerning hate and persecution relevant for today”. Yes it is. The world stills has the same attitude towards Jesus and His followers as it did back then. Jesus’ death and resurrection are the climax of Jesus’ mission on earth.  The Kingdom of God is about to be born. That means that there can be no more sitting on the fence. As Jesus said "From now on, you’re either for me or you’re against me." From now on there will only be two types of people in the world: those who love Jesus, and those who hate him. And those two groups of people will be at enmity with each other. He says: "If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. Because you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world -- therefore the world hates you."


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 16

Pray or do: Ask God to give you a richer understanding of your relationship with the Holy Spirit.


Saturday, July 10, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The True Vine” John 15:1-27 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: "But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. 27 And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.” (John 15:26-27)

Jesus now tells us what that help is for us to be able to produce fruit. It is the Holy Spirit. Jesus sends Him to us and the Holy Spirit “proceeds” from the Father. The Holy Spirit is our helper (advocate – John 14:6). The Filament Bible Commentary defines the advocate this way. The Spirit continues Jesus’ work by advising, defending, and protecting believers. It is the Holy Spirit who leads into all truth, communicates the truth about God. The Spirit maintains Jesus’ presence in the world, duplicating and sustaining Jesus’ work.  Our responsibility is to bear witness (vs. 27). It is not a request. It is a statement of fact “you also will bear witness”. This is how we fulfill the Great Commission. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20  teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen. (Matthew 28:19-20).

Here are some LESSONS FROM A GRAPEVINE I wanted to share with you that comes from Mark Hines message: Depend on God.  Grapevines would rather produce shoots and leaves than grapes. They look lush and green but ultimately they are only good for making decorations. (We all tend to seek looking good to others more than really changing.)  Grapevines must be pruned radically. The gardener must be merciless. (We need God to cut off all the showy pretenses in our lives.)  Branches with no fruit must be removed so they don’t draw nutrients away from the grapes. (We all have attitudes and actions that will never make us like Jesus – they must go.) Fruitful branches must be pruned back to produce even more grapes. (We will never stop growing. We will always need to cut out old ways of thinking and acting and replace them with Jesus’ thought and actions.)”


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 15

Pray or do: Ask God to give you a richer understanding of your relationship with Jesus as the True Vine.


Friday, July 9, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The True Vine” John 15:1-27 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. John 15:5  Jesus is very clear. We are the branches who are attached to the vine. Therefore we are to continue to abide in Christ. You cannot bear fruit unless you are attached to Christ. To abide means “to remain”. (See the previous devotional) In order to produce fruit we must be pruned.

“Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:2-5) Pruning.—“Were you ever in a greenhouse or in a vineyard at the season of cutting back the vines? What flagitious waste it would seem to an ignorant person to see scattered on the floor the bright green leaves and the incipient clusters, and to look up at the bare stem, bleeding at a hundred points from the sharp steel. Yes! But there was not a random stroke in it all, and there was nothing cut away which it was not loss to keep and gain to lose; and it was all done artistically, scientifically, for a set purpose—that the plant might bring forth more fruit.” Illustrations from the Sermons of Alexander Maclaren.  We are to produce fruit (vs. 2, 5). We are to produce “much fruit”. We can’t do it on our own.  We need something else and Jesus promised that to us and for us. (See Saturday’s devotional to find out what that “something else” is.)


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 15

Pray or do: Ask God to give you a richer understanding of your relationship with Jesus as the True Vine.



Thursday, July 8, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The True Vine” John 15:1-27 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: "I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 5  I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples." John 15:1-8

(NKJV)

In our text we find that God is the gardener or farmer. "I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser." (John 15:1) God is the creator of all things because He created it. (Genesis 1:1). God is the owner of all things He created. The earth is the LORD's, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein. (Psalm 24:1). As the creator and owner he prunes His vineyard. (vs. 2) Jesus is the True Vine as Jesus testifies to. "I am the true vine,” (John 15:1a). He is God’s Son (John 1:1). He describes His love relationship with the Father and to us and demonstrated His love for us by His sacrificial death on the cross. (vs. 9-10). Because of this relationship Jesus declares that He “abides in us and we in Him” (4-8) “Abide” is remain. It describes our relationship with Christ as being a profound, intimate, and enduring relationship. A disciple’s life is fully formed by Jesus’ word. When we remain in Christ, the Son is in us and we are in the Father and the Son. This means commitment on the part of both God and the disciple. The mutual indwelling between God and the believer is not a fleeting or temporary commitment, but an enduring, permanent, and eternal relationship. (1 John 2:14, 17)” The Filament Bible


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 15

Pray or do: Ask God to give you a richer understanding of your relationship with Jesus as the True Vine.


Wednesday, July 7, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The True Vine” John 15:1-27 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: "I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2  Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3  You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 5  I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6  If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7  If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8  By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples." John 15:1-8

(NKJV)

“The grapevine and the vineyard traditionally represented God’s people, planted and tended by him in Israel (Ps 80:8-18; Isa 5:1-7; Jer 2:21; 12:10-11; Ezek 15:1-5; Hos 10:1-2). When Jesus used this image, He made an important departure: He declared that He is the True Grapevine and that a relationship with God requires attachment to him.” International Bible Encyclopedia In first part of chapter 15 of John’s gospel (vs. 1 to 17) the scripture reveals that Jesus is the True Vine. In the process it reveals that we who are believers and followers of Christ are like branches. As branches we are to produce the same fruit that comes from the Vine. “The image of a grapevine illustrates both intimacy and fruitfulness. To sustain genuine spiritual life in the world, believers must remain intimately connected to Christ.” (Filament Bible) God the Father is the husbandman or vinedresser who does the pruning of the branches in order for the vine to produce an abundance of healthy fruit. In the second part of chapter 15 of John’s gospel (vs. 18-25) Jesus proclaims that the world hates the Father and the Son because they do not know Him or the Son. Finally, Jesus tells the disciple they will need a helper. This helper will be someone to lead and guide them. He will come from the Father and be sent by Jesus Himself to help us be witnesses for Christ.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 15

Pray or do: Ask God to give you a richer understanding of your relationship with Jesus as the True Vine.


Saturday, July 3, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Consoler” John 14:1-7 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2  In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know." 5 Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?" 6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. 7 If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him." John 14:1-7

So many people do not know how to find peace with God. They think that it takes good works, giving to charity or living a good life. Jesus knew the feelings of helplessness and despair, feelings of doubt and personal unworthiness that plague all of us. That is why he gave us the provision we read of in v.5-7 when He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” God’s Word says that this hope is based solely on placing our faith in the truth that God sent his Son to die on a cross, taking upon himself the punishment for our sins, so he can offer us a fresh start in life. This can only come as we surrender our life to him, asking him to forgive us and come into our heart to be our Lord and Savior, making us into the person he wants us to be. And it is only by doing this, that we can ever say we have come to KNOW the Lord.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Pray or do: Do I or don’t I KNOW Christ? Remember his words? “If you REALLY KNEW ME, you would KNOW my Father as well.” Now is the time to begin to know Him.


Friday, July 2, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Consoler” John 14:1-7 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2  In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know." 5 Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?" 6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. 7 If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him." John 14:1-7

The third anchor Jesus gives us is a promise. We find it in verse 3. “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” This is a promise that gives us who have faith in Christ hope and peace. Jesus promises that if we have faith in our hearts that He was the Son of God, at the very moment that we breathe our last breath on earth, He will personally greet us in His heavenly Kingdom. The Bible says, “To be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord.” Therefore do not “Let your hearts be troubled” today. To a believer in Christ, death will be the shortest thing we will ever experience and that is a great promise because for many people nothing is feared more than the uncertainty of death! And on the other side we shall meet those loved ones who have gone before.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Pray or do: Are you looking for the coming of the Lord? Are you ready?


Wednesday, June 30, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Consoler” John 14:1-7 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2  In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know." 5 Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?" 6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. 7 "If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him." John 14:1-7

The second anchor Jesus gives us is the place He speaks of which He knew very well. “In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:2). Heaven, the Father’s House is a very real, literal place. He is saying that his Father’s house, which he called heaven, is:

 a real place,

 a safe place,

 a comforting place, where all of this life’s difficulties have vanished.

He is saying that life does not end at the moment of death. It’s not like that bumper sticker that says “LIFE IS HARD, THEN YOU DIE.” God is saying that for those of us who will place our faith in His Son Jesus Christ, life will go on for eternity in

 a safe place,

 a beautiful place,

 a place called heaven that is so wonderful,

our human minds cannot begin to comprehend it.

God knew we would not be able to fully grasp the beauty and majesty of heaven, he framed it in scripture by telling us what would not be there (See scriptures below). Heaven is more real than this earth you stand upon. The spiritual is more real than the natural because God, who is spirit, created this universe out of nothing and He was before the natural world. And I would encourage you all in the days ahead, to read what Jesus, the one who created this world in 6 days, has to say about the world He told us that He was going to prepare for us. (If this one was created in 6 days, I can only dream of the masterpiece that He says He has been working on for almost 2000 years!).


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: Revelations 21:1-5 and 22:1-5

Pray or do: What does the scriptures above tell you about heaven? Write down the who, what where and when in those two passages.


Monday, June 28, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Consoler” John 14:1-7 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2  In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4  And where I go you know, and the way you know." 5 Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?" 6  Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. 7 If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him." John 14:1-7

In the devotionals this week my desire is that we will open our hearts and minds to the unshakeable truth of God’s Word. We will see how Jesus speaks to his closest friends to prepare

them for His tragic death. Christ knew they would bring hope and comfort to His followers as they wrestled with His death, as it will for us in our times of loss, sorrow, suffering, or simply being down. In this passage of scripture Jesus Christ speaks of 4 ANCHORS that have given believers throughout the ages something firm to hold on to when the storms of life.  The first anchor is that Jesus speaks of a prerogative, a choice that we have and that is to believe in Christ as we believe in God the Father. Jesus said, ";Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. (John 14:1). Jesus was desiring his followers to believe what he was about to say, and he was telling them that in spite of the loss they were about to suffer, in spite of life seeming to spiral out of control, they were to trust him. And that is what Jesus is saying to us when we try to come to grips with out situations that require comfort. You see, today, we have all been given the prerogative, the choice of trusting God,

 trusting that He is in control,

 in control during the good times and

 in control in the difficult times.

In the book of Ecclesiastes God says to us, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die.” If we exercise our prerogative to trust God in this time of loss, it will give us a peace that the Bible describes as one that “surpasses all understanding”. It is a choice and we can choose differently. We can question, complain, and accuse God and Christ of being cruel and uncaring. That attitude will only lead to despair, bitterness and anger. What Jesus is saying to us is this: Trust me. Let me give you peace. I am in control.”


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 14

Pray or do: How will you choose to handle the next crisis in your life?


Friday, June 25, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Servant” John 13:1-17 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. 14  If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. 15  For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. 16  Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. 17  If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them."  John 13:12-17

It has been said that before you can learn to lead you must learn how to follow. Jesus said, “If I your teacher, your Lord, your Master, found it necessary to serve you, then you should serve others”. In fact, to serve is what it means to lead. We cannot call ourselves followers of Christ and be unwilling to serve in humble ways. That doesn’t mean that we don’t have individual gifts and places of service, sometimes very public ones, roles of leadership, but each of us should be willing to humble ourselves, to demonstrate our love for those we serve. Foot washing isn’t about foot washing; it’s about serving others at personal sacrifice, humbling ourselves when we don’t have to--because we don’t have to. It’s listening to a neighbor who needs to talk when you don’t have time to listen. It is running errands for someone who is not able to do it themselves. It is seeing a need and then meeting that need. It is giving ourselves when we don’t have to. Jesus showed us our need to be servants.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: Matthew 20:26-28

Pray or do: Do you want to see Jesus?


Thursday, June 24, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Servant” John 13:1-17 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: "Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, "Lord, are You washing my feet?" 7  Jesus answered and said to him, "What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this." 8  Peter said to Him, "You shall never wash my feet!" Jesus answered him, "If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me." 9  Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!" John 13:6-9 (NKJV)

When Jesus made it clear to Peter that being served by Him is one of the conditions of having a relationship with Him then Peter had a change of heart. His false humility came shining through. Jesus made clear to us all that we need to be served by Him. The symbolism is clear. Jesus is saying not just that Peter must let Him wash his feet but the reference is to the more thorough washing that Jesus will perform the next day when His blood is shed for Peter’s sin and for ours. It is pride that keeps many from letting Jesus cleanse them from their sins. We want to be self- sufficient. It shames us that the Son of God should have had to die for our sins. We want so badly to be considered good people in our own right, by our own effort. But by our own effort we each are woefully dirty and unfit to enter God’s heavenly kingdom. Truly unless we let Him cleanse us, we have no part with Him.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: 1 John 2:16

Pray or do: Do you want to see Jesus?

Bonus Material

A young woman asked for an appointment with her pastor to talk with him about a besetting sin about which she was worried. When she saw him, she said, "Pastor, I have become aware of a sin in my life which I cannot control. Every time I am at church I begin to look around at the other women, and I realize that I am the prettiest one in the whole congregation. None of the others can compare with my beauty. What can I do about this sin?" The pastor replied, "Mary, that’s not a sin, why that’s just a mistake!" Unless we recognize the mistake of our pride--the mistake that says, I’m good enough on my own' then we make no room for Jesus. Unless we confess our need, confess our sin and humbly ask his forgiveness, trusting that His death on the cross paid the price for our sins, we are doomed to an eternity without him. Just a moment’s thought about that prospect should be enough to make us like Peter to drop the false humility routine, to say, 'then Lord, please clean me, make me acceptable to you.'


Wednesday, June 23, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Servant” John 13:1-17 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: “come from God and was going to God, 4 rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. 5 After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.” John 13:3-5

Jesus was confident in His identity. He knew he had come from God and was returning to God when He accomplished His redemptive work. The world tells us that we need to make ourselves look good in front of others, that we need to exalt ourselves, but Jesus said that "whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted” (Matthew 23:12).  Jesus shows us that it takes an understanding of our identity to be able to humble ourselves. Like the corporal who couldn’t humble himself and was humbled by the commander in chief (George Washington), if we don’t understand who we are in Jesus we will be unwilling to humble ourselves until the Lord Himself humbles us. Jesus was the Lord of the Universe. If anyone didn’t have to humble himself to wash the feet of farmers and fishermen, He didn’t. But because he knew he was Lord of the Universe, because He knew He was not diminished by showing his love in humble service, he took up the towel and basin and stooped to serve.


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: James 4:10

Pray or do: Do you want to see Jesus?

Bonus Material

The late Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy’s hamburger chain was known for his humble service within the multi- billion dollar empire he founded. When asked what made him so successful; he replied, "MBA." But he didn’t mean a graduate degree in business education, he meant 'mop- and-bucket attitude.' In other words, no work task was too insignificant for him to tackle; he simply jumped in and got the job done. Dave Thomas, was a high-school dropout, he was always ashamed of that and it would have been easy for him as he tasted success to demand every perk and privilege as a way of covering for his own inadequacies, but instead He lived by the creed of the Mop Bucket Attitude.


Monday, June 21, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Servant” John 13:1-17 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: "Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end." John 13:1

During the American Revolution a man in civilian clothes rode past a group of soldiers repairing a small defensive barrier. their leader was shouting instructions, but making no attempt to help them. Asked why by the rider, he retorted with great dignity, "Sir, I am a corporal!" The stranger apologized, dismounted, and proceeded to help the exhausted soldiers. The job done, he turned to the corporal and said, "Mr. Corporal, next time you have a job like this and not enough men to do it, go to your commander-in-chief, and I will come and help you again."; It was none other than George Washington. (Today in the Word, March 6, 1991.)

The conversation the disciples had with Jesus is about more than words. You’ve seen the Bracelets that say WWJD? Well today we’re going to talk about WDJD? What DID Jesus do? Jesus example and His words in this passage give us a standard to live by.  When Jesus stooped to wash His disciples’ feet he showed us several important truths about serving others. Today’s devotional concerns the first truth and that Jesus gave us the priority of serving. What would you do if you knew you would die a violent death in about 12 hours? Would you want to be alone in prayer? Record some final thoughts? Would you spend time with those you loved? Jesus, the Bible says, knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and so he took off his cloak put a towel around His waist and washed the dirty feet of His disciples. Who’s going to waste time on that when the end is so near? Jesus. Why? Because He wanted to show them how important it is to humbly serve one another. Paul wrote of the servant attitude of Jesus in Philippians 2:3-8: Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. (NKJV)

Jesus demonstrated the full extent of His love by His actions. His first action was that of humble service to others, washing their feet. That service was extended to even Judas who would betray Him. Lest we think that somehow our love and service to others should end at the church door, or that we have no responsibility to love and serve those who don’t reciprocate our efforts, Jesus washed the feet of Judas too. Serving others, demonstrating our love in tangible ways is of first importance. Jesus considered it a priority.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 13

Pray or do: Do you want to see Jesus?

Bonus Material

Mother Teresa visited Phoenix in 1989 to open a home for the poor. During that brief visit, she was interviewed by KTAR, the largest radio station in town. In a private moment, the announcer asked Mother Teresa if there was anything he could do for her. He was expecting her to request a contribution or media attention to help to raise money for the new home for the needy in Phoenix. Instead, she replied, "Yes, there is. Find somebody nobody else loves, and love them."


Friday, June 18, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The King” John 12:12-21 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: "Now there were certain Greeks among those who came up to worship at the feast. 21 Then they came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, 'Sir, we wish to see Jesus.'" John 12:20-21

The disciples didn’t understand what was happening (John 12:16), the people were confused thinking Jesus was a prophet (Matthew 21:10-11), and unbelievers (John 12:37) or the curious who were there for the show (John 12:17-18). The religious leaders were in opposition (Luke 19:39; John 12:42-43) but the Greek Jews wanted “to see Jesus” (John 12:20-21). Oh that we would all say that. Oh that we would all come into His presence to glorify and honor Him.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 12:37-50

Pray or do: Do you want to see Jesus?

Bonus Material

“For when we see Jesus and worship His Holy Name, God is glorified. When we recognize that this Jesus represents the love that God has for us, a love that would send Him to the cross to die for us, we can be changed. When we come to the realization that God gave His only Son to die for you and for me that we might not perish but have everlasting life, it changes our perspective. When we see and believe this glorious truth; then we really begin to worship Him. We begin to bow down and surrender our whole beings to God. We begin to follow and obey His will, to honor and praise Him for all He has done and is doing for us. Yes, when we really seek Jesus, that’s when the

name of God is glorified. That’s when real worship occurs.” POSB Commentary


Thursday, June17, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The King” John 12:12-21 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: "Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written: 15 'Fear not, daughter of Zion; Behold, your King is coming, Sitting on a donkey';s colt.'" John 12:14-15

The true concept of Jesus was symbolized clearly in the riding of the young cold or donkey into Jerusalem. “In ancient days the colt was a noble animal. It was used as a beast of service to carry the burdens of men, but more significantly, it was used by Kings and their emissaries. When they entered a city in peace, they rode a colt to symbolize their peaceful intentions (cp. the judges of Israel and the chieftains throughout the land, Judges 5:10; Judges 10:4). This differed dramatically from a conquering King. When a King entered a city as a conqueror, he rode a stallion. Jesus was dramatically demonstrating two things for the people: first that He was unquestionably the promised King, the Savior of the people; and second, that He was not coming as the conquering King. His mission was not to come as a worldly potentate, in pomp and ceremony, not to be the leader of an army to kill, injures and maim; consequently, the people had to change their concept of the Messiah. The Messiah was coming as the Savior of Peace who had been sent to save all men. He was coming to show men that God is the God of love and reconciliation.” POSB Commentary

The colt was a symbol of peace. Jesus came to bring peace (Ephesians 2:13-14). The colt symbolized service. Jesus came to serve men (Hebrews 2:14-15).The colt symbolized

sacredness. This particular colt had never been ridden before, and this fact had a sacred meaning (Mark 11:2). Animals and things used for religious purposes had to be animals and things that had never been used before (Numbers 19:2; Deut. 21:3; 1 Samuel 6:7). Jesus said, “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” (John 6:38). 


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 12:20-36

Pray or do: How are you imitating Christ in bringing peace, serving others, and living sacred lives?


Wednesday, June 16, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The King” John 12:12-21 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: "The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13 took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: 'Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD! The King of Israel!'" John 12:12-13 (NKJV)

The people of Jesus day as the people of today had a false concept of who Jesus was. They saw Him as the Conqueror: as the One who is to straighten out the problems of this earth by overcoming all the enemies of mankind including evil men, hunger, disease, and poverty. They saw Him as the Provider: as the One who is to feed, house, and give health and plenty and success to man; as the One who is to be sought to bless man in all the good things of life. They saw Him as the Indulgent, Passive Lord: as the One who accepts man no matter what man does, just so he is somewhat religious; as the One who allows man to live as he desires, doing his own thing despite the sin and injustices and immorality of his behavior. They failed to realize that while He is a compassionate, loving, kind Jesus He also makes demands. He calls men to serve one another and to reach out to a world that is lost without God and needs to know the savior, Jesus. They failed to realize that he calls us to deny self and meet the needs of the world. They failed to see the spiritual concern of Jesus for them. We know they held these false concepts by the crowds reaction on the day of Jesus triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Many went forth to see Jesus and to welcome Him. They were looking for a militaristic leader who would save them. They were looking for freedom but not spiritual freedom. They were looking for a military leader to save them not a divine savior to save their souls. It continues to happen today when people have a false concept of Jesus who should bless them with possessions, wealth and happiness. They fail to understand that they must come to Jesus not for what they can get out of the relationship but simply because they love Him.


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 12:11-21

Pray or do: Why are you a Christian? Because of what Jesus can do for you or because you love Him?


Friday, June 4, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Shepherd of Life” John 10 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: "I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10  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." John 10:9-10 (NKJV)

Jesus said that He is the Door that leads to three great things.

1. Jesus is the only door that opens to salvation. "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" Acts 4:12

2. Jesus is the only door that opens to peace and security. He is the only door that allows the sheep to go in and out. The Jewish phrase “go in and out” was a common phrase. If a man could 'go in and out' without difficulty or danger, it meant he was safe and secure. Jesus brings to the believer safety and security, peace and tranquility. John 16:33

3. Jesus is the only door that opens to healthy and lasting nourishment. He is the only door that leads to the true pasture, the pasture that has the living stream flowing through it and the pasture that has the living food in it. Jesus announces that the purpose of His coming was that we as his disciples would have abundant life. The thief and robber only want to take and destroy. Jesus wants to give and restore and renew. What a contrast!


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: Matthew 13

Pray or do: Rejoice over the peace, security, spiritual nourishment and abundant life you have in Christ.


Thursday, June 3, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Shepherd of Life” John 10 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: "And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5  Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers." John 10:4-5 (NKJV)

The sheep represent the disciples or those who believe in the Lord. What are the words that Jesus uses to describe a disciple who follows him. First He says that they “know” the Shepherds voice. New insight is derived from Peter’s words in response to Jesus question of the disciples about them deserting Him too in John 6. “Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life" (68). He says the sheep “follow” the shepherd. They are not driven but led. They can choose not to go where He goes. He picks out a safe and secure way to get to the pasture where they can be fed. By following Him they are protected from the wolves (Acts 20:29). His presence gives them assurance and delivers them from fear (Luke 12:32). By following Him they are kept from scattering, being separated from the flock and therefore lost. According to Psalm 23:1, they shall not want as long as they are with their shepherd. Because they know their shepherds voice they will flee from strange voices. “They will not (ou me) follow a stranger. This is a double negative. They will not, in any case, follow a stranger.” POSB Commentary. The strange voice can be the voice of false religion, humanism, materialism, etc.


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: Matthew 13

Pray or do: As you read the Word of God allow it to produce fruit in your life by obeying that Word.


Wednesday, June 2, 2021


TEXT: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 2  But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3  To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. John 10:1-3

The sheep represent the disciples or those who believe in the Lord. What are the words that Jesus uses to describe a disciple who follows him? First He says that they “know” the Shepherds voice. New insight is derived from Peter’s words in response to Jesus question of the disciples about them deserting Him too in John 6. “Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life" (68). He says the sheep “follow” the shepherd. They are not driven but led. They can choose not to go where He goes. He picks out a safe and secure way to get to the pasture where they can be fed. By following Him they are protected from the wolves (Acts 20:29). His presence gives them assurance and delivers them from fear (Luke 12:32). By following Him they are kept from scattering, being separated from the flock and therefore lost. According to Psalm 23:1 they shall not want as long as they are with their shepherd. Because they know their shepherds voice they will flee from strange voices. “They will not (ou me) follow a stranger. This is a double negative. They will not, in any case, follow a stranger.” POSB Commentary. The strange voice can be the voice of false religion, humanism, materialism, etc.


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 10

Pray or do: As you read the Word of God allow it to produce fruit in your life by obeying that Word.


Monday, May 30, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Shepherd of Life” John 10 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 2  But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3  To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. John 10:1-3

This passage begins the great revelation of Jesus as the Shepherd of Life. Jesus is pictured as the only True and Good Shepherd of the sheep. The sheepfold represents our place of security in God’s presence. It is our position of salvation that is ours by believing that Jesus is the Son of God. There is the Good Shepherd/true teacher – Jesus and there are false shepherds/teachers (world’s religionists) and both go after the sheep (Christians). The false shepherds are thieves (a deceiver,

crafty and dishonest man) and robbers (one who uses violence and will destroy) who climb into the sheepfold “some other way” than the acceptable way – the door, Jesus Christ. The Good Shepherd is Jesus who enters the appointed door not to steal but to serve the owner, God. He is known by the porter (God or the Holy Spirit – vs. 15) and He knows the sheep. He knows each of them by name. He leads and shepherds the sheep which means He feeds (Is. 40:11), guides (Ps. 23:1-4), seeks and saves (Matt. 18:11-12), protects (Heb. 13:20), restores (1 Peter 2:25), rewards (1 Peter 5:4) and keeps his sheep separate from the goats (Matt. 25:32-33).


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 10

Pray or do: As you talk to the Lord today take time to listen for the voice of the Savior in His Word and through His Spirit.


Friday, May 21, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Light of the World” John 9 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT:  Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. 2 And His disciples asked Him, saying, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" 3 Jesus answered, ";Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. 4 I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." 6 When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. 7 And He said to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam" (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing. John 9:1-7

The parents were fear-sighted when it came to looking at their son. But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind and received his sight, until they called the parents of him who had received his sight. 19 And they asked them, saying, ";Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?" 20 His parents answered them and said, "We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; 21 but by what means he now sees we do not know, or who opened his eyes we do not know. He is of age; ask him. He will speak for himself." 22 His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue. 23 Therefore his parents said, "He is of age; ask him." John 9:18-23

It is no wonder the parents were afraid. Imagine for a moment what it must have felt like for them. On one hand your son who was blind from birth can now see, on the other hand, if you

acknowledge that this was from the power that was in Jesus, you were removed completely from your community. His parents missed out on a new dimension of relationship with a new son because they were fear-sighted. His parents distanced themselves from their son rather than be expelled from the synagogue. Fear will keep us attached to old ways rather than press into new things. Even if we don’t even like the old, we are comfortable with it and the unknown new things we are afraid of. Many times through scripture when God showed up, or angles appeared the first thing they had to say was “fear not”. Fear is a major player is holding people back or preferring the status quo. Watch how the man’s spiritual sight improves as the story goes on!

In verse 11, he refers to Jesus as "The man they call Jesus."

In verse 17, he calls Jesus a prophet.

In verse 27, he is someone who has disciples.

In verse 33, he is a man from God, and finally,

in verse 38, he refers to Jesus as Lord.

All the people close to this man missed seeing the power and glory of God because of their perceptive. Are you missing the glory of God because of your perceptive? Is it pure or colored? If you feel hopeless, filled with questions, filling like you are simply wandering through life not knowing what you need then Jesus is exactly what you need. Jesus is there for you. He wants you to respond like the blind man in faith and accept Him as Lord.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 9

Pray or do: Pray for those you know who have not come to Christ that their eyes would be open to see Jesus – The Light of the World and that they would turn to Him in faith.

Bonus Material:

Adapted from sermon “Rose Coloured Glasses” by David Becker


Thursday, May 20, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Light of the World” John 9 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. 2 And His disciples asked Him, saying, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" 3 Jesus answered, ";Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. 4 I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." 6 When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. 7 And He said to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam" (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing. John 9:1-7

The Pharisees could only see through the eyes of religion. They brought him who formerly was blind to the Pharisees. 14 Now it was a Sabbath when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. 15 Then the Pharisees also asked him again how he had received his sight. He said to them, "He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see." 16 Therefore some of the Pharisees said, "This Man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath." Others said, "How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?" And there was a division among them. 17 They said to the blind man again, "What do you say about Him because He opened your eyes?" He said, "He is a prophet." 18 But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind and received his sight, until they called the parents of him who had received his sight. John 9:13-18.  The Pharisees missed seeing the miracle power of God in the man’s life because they could only see through the rose colored glasses of religion. What is religion? Religion is man trying to do the impossible – reach God, so then they bring God down to man’s level. True Christian religion is God reaching down to man and bringing him up to God’s level. Listen to how they refer to Jesus (God) - This man Jesus is not from God …. we know Jesus is a sinner. (v16, 24). The religious perceptive of these Pharisees not only bought Jesus down to the level of a man but even lower – a sinner. Religion is also more concern to keep rules than changing lives. A person’s life had just been transformed, a miracle had happened in a person’s life yet the Pharisees could not think past the fact that this transformation, this miracle happened on the Sabbath. They said - This man Jesus is not from God for his is working on the Sabbath. Basically they were saying Jesus was of the devil and the credit for this miracle belongs to the devil. Religious rules will push people down, limit their potential, hold them back and keep them small. Christ’s commands will lift us up, release our potential, give us motive to move forward, and cause us to grow. The Jewish leader simply could not see. So they again called the man who was blind, and said to him, "Give God the glory! We know that this Man is a sinner." 25 He answered and said, "Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see." 26 Then they said to him again, "What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?"; 27 He answered them, "I told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become His disciples?" 28 Then they reviled him and said, "You are His disciple, but we are Moses disciples. 29 We know that God spoke to Moses; as for this fellow, we do not know where He is from." 30 The man answered and said to them, "Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where He is from; yet He has opened my eyes! 31 Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him. 32 Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind. 33 If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing." 34 They answered and said to him, "You were completely born in sins, and are you teaching us?" And they cast him out. John 9:24-34

The Jews missed it because they were blinded by unbelief. Unbelief will cause people to always look for a natural explanation. Faith enables you to see the impossible; unbelief can only see the plausible. Unbelief may not credit the miracle to the devil but it has to find a natural answer. It can’t go beyond the natural mind and thinking processes. There will come times in the Christian walk when you have to break the limits off and get out of the boat and that takes faith. Example - For a while the unbelief of Thomas was causing him to miss out on the resurrected Jesus. Unbelief distorts the potential of God to work.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 9

Pray or do: What do you look for, when a person has come to Christ, to know if they are changing?


Wednesday, May 19, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Light of the

World” John 9 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. 2 And His disciples asked Him, saying, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" 3 Jesus answered, ";Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. 4 I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." 6 When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. 7 And He said to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam" (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing. John 9:1-7

The disciples could only see sin. Look at our text above. The disciples looked at this man and asked if his condition was because of his sin or his parent’s sin. They were looking at sin and it’s affect upon a man. They were looking for someone to blame. Was it his fault or his parents? They were more concerned for the sin than the man. What about meeting the man’s needs? The neighbors could only see his past and they are skeptical of his changer. Therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was blind said, "Is not this he who sat and begged?" 9 Some said, "This is he." Others said, "He is like him." He said, "I am he."  10 Therefore they said to him, "How were your eyes opened?" 11 He answered and said, "A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, "Go to the pool of Siloam and wash." So I went and washed, and I received sight." 12 Then they said to him, "Where is He?" He said, "I do not know." John 9:8-12  The man’s neighbors missed seeing their ‘new’ friend because they could only see his past. Their vision and perception of this man was based on what they had previously seen. Sometimes we find if very hard to relate to a miracle of change in people’s lives. We keep referring to and relating to them according their ‘before’ miracle life.  In some instances we need to wait for ‘fruit of change’ to become evident, we can’t be silly. But once that appears we need to change the label on the person. The devil will remind you of your past. He will use others to remind you of your past. The neighbors could only see a beggar, some said it looks like him but it can’t be. Their perception limited a whole new dimension of relationship that they could have had with this man.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 9

Pray or do: Take time to reflect upon the change that took place in your life when you came to Christ.

Bonus Material:

An explanation of why the disciples asked Jesus that question about who sinned. This was a common belief among the Jews of that day. As a matter of fact, it was widely taught that God punished people right now for their sin. And that punishment came in the form of some sort of sickness or disease. So, for the disciples to ask that question was not out of the ordinary. However, in order to ask a question like that you have to think a few things about yourself. If someone had something wrong with them, then they must not be alright with God. If sin caused things like that, then you must be alright with God because you are alright. What happens when we begin to think that way? We begin to think that we are better than other people. You know, we may not believe that when someone has something wrong with them today that God is punishing

them or their parents. We have been educated to know that sickness and disease for the most part is a natural cause of sin in general, not merely a punishment for personal sin. However, I do think that we are sometimes blinded by judgment. The Disciples saw in the blind man a theological debate, and Jesus saw in the blind man someone in whom the work of God could be made known. Larry Hiles


Monday, May 17, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Light of the

World” John 9 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. 2 And His disciples asked Him, saying, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" 3 Jesus answered, ";Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. 4 I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." 6 When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. 7 And He said to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam" (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing. John 9:1-7

The story of the miracle power of Jesus is an account about a blind man seeing. The man’s declaration of faith was – “I know this: I was blind but now I see.”  One of the mandates of Jesus ministry and the anointing of the Holy Spirit is to open blind eyes. And Jesus said, "For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind." John 9:39 and "The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; Luke 4:18

Now I believe Jesus can open the physical eyes of blind people, the story we just read proves that but I believe what Jesus was announcing here was the opening of spiritual eyes so we can see and understand. One the major descriptions in the Word of God of our salvation is this, we were blinded by the devil in our minds but we are translated from the Kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom light. However there is a continual work we need to do to keep that light pure and not colored. Paul’s prayer for the church was - (that) the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, (Ephesians 1:1) The devil may not be able to stop the light but he tries to blind us to it. We need to be able to see and perceive because blindness can be a problem that limits our life but seeing and perceiving can be a power that releases our life to new levels. In this story today, there were 5 groups of people surrounding this ‘once blind’ man’s life and the work of the power of God in His life. What did they see? This week we will examine what they saw.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 9

Bonus Material:

Listen to what Max Lucado writes about one particular man who was blind:

For 51 years Bob Edens was blind. He couldn’t see a thing. His world was a black hall of sounds and smells. He felt his way through five decades of darkness. And then, he could see. A skilled surgeon performed a complicated operation and, for the first time, Bob Edens had sight. He found it overwhelming. “I never would have dreamed that yellow is so…yellow,” he exclaimed. “I don’t have the words. I am amazed by yellow. But red is my favorite color. I just can’t believe red. I can see the shape of the moon—and I like nothing better than seeing a jet plane flying across the sky leaving a vapor trail. And of course, sunrises and sunsets. And at night I look at the stars in the sky and the flashing light. You could never know how wonderful everything is.”  How many of us in here this morning have ever had to place a blindfold on and have a friend lead us somewhere? That is not the best position to be put in. And that is exactly what it is like for thousands of people who are blind.  Imagine for a moment what it would be like never to see a sunset. Imagine for a moment what it would be like to never see the faces of those you love. Imagine for a moment never to see the birds who sing, or the colors of the flowers.


Friday, May 14, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Liberator” John 8 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: Then Jesus said to them again, "I am going away, and you will seek Me, and will die in your sin. Where I go you cannot come." 22  So the Jews said, "Will He kill Himself, because He says, 'Where I go you cannot come?'" 23  And He said to them, "You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. 24  Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins." 25  Then they said to Him, "Who are You?" And Jesus said to them, "Just what I have been saying to you from the beginning. 26  I have many things to say and to judge concerning you, but He who sent Me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I heard from Him." 27  They did not understand that He spoke to them of the Father. 28 Then Jesus said to them, "When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. 29  And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him." 30  As He spoke these words, many believed in Him. 31  Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." 33  They answered Him, "We are Abraham's descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can you say, ";You will be made free? 34 Jesus answered them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35  And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. John 8:21-36

We as Christians have obtained true freedom and that freedom is maintained by living in the freedom of the Holy Spirit. True freedom is not license to do what we want. Even Christians get caught up in this search for “absolute freedom”. Some Christians seem to believe that because they are forgiven, they now have license to do whatever they wish. Any restrictions in the scriptures have now been swept away. But again, how foolish! We are free in Christ, to do anything in God’s will. But if we step outside of that will, if we flaunt our freedom and enter into sin again, we are no longer free. But if I play fast and loose with sin, a hindrance will enter into my relationship with God. My joy will be gone. My peace will be shattered. It has nothing to do with whether I am still His child. True freedom is not conformity to certain rules, but love to Christ. Legalism is no substitute for love to Christ. Only a Spirit filled life, guided by love has the power to do what is right. The motivation is entirely different and the result is clearly evident. The evidence of our salvation is seen in a continuing walk of faith. Jesus answered them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed." (John 8:34-36)

The proof that we belong to God is found in our living in truth, living a life that reflects a continuing commitment to truth and that we are enjoying the true freedom and joy in Christ. You see, it is not the person who starts out in the Christian life with a big, bold commitment, but the person who perseveres to the end who demonstrates true Christianity. This then is the liberating purpose of the death of Christ. This is the reason for His joy which allowed Him to endure the cross.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 8

Pray or do: Meditate upon the truth of Jesus being the liberator of our souls and the implications it has upon us.

Bonus Material:

Let’s illustrate our freedom with the image of a locomotive on the railway track. That engine is absolutely free as long as it is on the rails. It is free to go anywhere the rails go. It is free to go fast or slow, as the engineer wishes. But if it jumps the track it is no longer free. It is immediately in bondage to the mud!


Thursday, May 13, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Liberator” John 8 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: Then Jesus said to them again, "I am going away, and you will seek Me, and will die in your sin. Where I go you cannot come." 22  So the Jews said, "Will He kill Himself, because He says, 'Where I go you cannot come?'" 23  And He said to them, "You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. 24  Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins." 25  Then they said to Him, "Who are You?" And Jesus said to them, "Just what I have been saying to you from the beginning. 26  I have many things to say and to judge concerning you, but He who sent Me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I heard from Him." 27  They did not understand that He spoke to them of the Father. 28 Then Jesus said to them, "When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. 29  And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him." 30  As He spoke these words, many believed in Him. 31  Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." 33  They answered Him, "We are Abraham's descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can you say, ";You will be made free? 34 Jesus answered them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35  And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. John 8:21-36

The reason Christ came was to set men, prisoners of sin, free. Jesus said, "The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; 19  To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD."

(Luke 4:18-19). How was He to do it? He accepted the ultimate penalty for the sin which

enslaves us. That is why He came. That is why He “embraced the cross”. Freeing His people

from their sins is the reason for “the joy that was set before Him” which enabled Him to

endure the cross.

Jesus lifts us from the bondage of slavery into the freedom of sons. He suffered and bled and

died. He died that you might live. He died that you might be released from the bondage of slaves

into the glorious liberty of sons.

This freedom involves knowing and embracing the truth. “Then Jesus said to those Jews who

believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. (John 8:31). It is in the

Word of God that we learn the true nature of our sin, our rebellion, our wickedness. It is in the


Word of God that we learn what God sets forth as true freedom. It is in the Word of God that we

learn how God desires us to walk day by day.

Larry Hudson

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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. Read: John 8

Pray or do: Meditate upon the truth of Jesus being the liberator of our souls and the implications it has upon us.


Wednesday, May 12, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Liberator” John 8 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: Then Jesus said to them again, "I am going away, and you will seek Me, and will die in your sin. Where I go you cannot come." 22  So the Jews said, "Will He kill Himself, because He says, 'Where I go you cannot come?'" 23  And He said to them, "You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. 24  Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins." 25  Then they said to Him, "Who are You?" And Jesus said to them, "Just what I have been saying to you from the beginning. 26  I have many things to say and to judge concerning you, but He who sent Me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I heard from Him." 27  They did not understand that He spoke to them of the Father. 28 Then Jesus said to them, "When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. 29  And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him." 30  As He spoke these words, many believed in Him. 31  Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." 33  They answered Him, "We are Abraham's descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can you say, ";You will be made free? 34 Jesus answered them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35  And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36  Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. John 8:21-36

Men are searching for freedom, complete and absolute freedom. It might be said that Lincoln gave his life for the emancipation of America from slavery and that America fought two world worlds for the protection of freedom in the western world which we call democracy, and the United States seems to have taken on the role of liberator within the rest of the world, but when all is said and done people can still find no real freedom in this world. We all need to be reminded that freedom cannot be gained by casting off all restraints. In their search for freedom, modern man has cast aside every rule in the book, insisting on one’s right to do whatever one desires to do. What has been gained? Casting off all restraints leads to the most appalling slavery. Watch the T.V. and you will see every form of sinfulness glorified and made to look attractive. Yet look around at our society and you see broken homes, divorce, suicide, violence, children out of control, disease, emotional and mental trauma. The reality is that sin is the hardest of all task masters. Guilt and fear and sorrow of heart - these are the true results of our so-called freedom. Jesus answered them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin." John 8:34

There can be no freedom apart from acknowledging our bondage. The Jews were offended at Christ’s words. They answered Him, "We are Abraham's descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can you say, You will be made free?" (John 8:33)  How foolish.

 Did they forget their slavery in Egypt?

 Did they forget their captivity in Babylon?

 Did they ignore the fact that they were presently resentful of the Roman occupation of their country?

 Was their main desire for the Messiah not directly linked to their hope that he would cast off the Roman yoke?

But they were even more foolish than this. They were ignoring their slavery to sin. In their refusal to acknowledge their sin, Jesus told them the truth, "I am going away, and you will seek

Me, and will die in your sin. Where I go you cannot come." (John 8:21) and “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins." (John 8:24)  Yes and if our modern, enlightened society does not acknowledge that it is hopelessly enslaved, every person will die in his sin. There can be no forgiveness, no freedom and no true liberty unless you hear God’s Word, are convicted in your heart, and acknowledge your slavery to sin.


Larry Hudson


Please feel free to share and/or to respond!

Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 8

Pray or do: Meditate upon the truth of Jesus being the liberator of our souls and the implications it has upon us.

Bonus Material:

The following prayer by Minister Joe Wright in opening a new session of the Kansas Senate is worth repeating though it was prayed over ten years ago.

“Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, ’Woe to those who call evil good,’ but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We confess that we have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and call it Pluralism. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem. We have abused power and called it politics. We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and

called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free.

Amen!"


Monday, May 10, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Liberator” John 8 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: Then Jesus said to them again, "I am going away, and you will seek Me, and will die in your sin. Where I go you cannot come." 22  So the Jews said, "Will He kill Himself, because He says, 'Where I go you cannot come?'" 23  And He said to them, "You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. 24  Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins." 25  Then they said to Him, "Who are You?" And Jesus said to them, "Just what I have been saying to you from the beginning. 26  I have many things to say and to judge concerning you, but He who sent Me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I heard from Him." 27  They did not understand that He spoke to them of the Father. 28 Then Jesus said to them, "When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. 29  And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him." 30  As He spoke these words, many believed in Him. 31  Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." 33  They answered Him, "We are Abraham's descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can you say, ";You will be made free? 34 Jesus answered them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35  And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36  Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. John 8:21-36

There is a wonderful verse in Hebrews to remember as we move forward from Easter. “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him

endured the cross, ..” (Hebrews 12:2a). Mel Gibson’s film “The Passion” was considered to be anti-Semitic. It once again raised the question of who is to blame for Christ’s death. There is one central thought that I want to press home.

 The Lord Jesus did not die as a martyr but as a heaven sent Saviour.

 The Jews didn’t put Christ to death, though they certainly tried to do so on many occasions.

 The Romans did not put Christ to death, for Jesus made it absolutely clear to Pilate that he could have no power whatever against Jesus if it were not given to him from above.

 The Lord Jesus was fulfilling a divine plan for the redemption of mankind and no one could take His life, nor could anyone restrain Him from dying on the cross because by this means He would purchase your salvation and draw to Himself the people of God who will be His glory and His crown for all of eternity. Jesus said, “Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. 18  No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father. (John 10:17-18)

So, what will our text us about the purpose of Christ’s death? Here is the answer: The death of Christ was necessary for the liberation of slaves from the bondage of sin. Chapter 8 reveals that Jesus is the Liberator of our souls as we are shown in the first event in this chapter, “The Woman that was too be stoned for her adultery.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 8

Pray or do: Meditate upon the truth of Jesus being the liberator of our souls and the implications it has upon us.


Friday, May 7, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Water of God”

John 7: (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has

said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. 40 Therefore many from the crowd, when they heard this saying, said, "Truly this is the Prophet." 41 Others said, "This is the Christ." But some said, "Will the Christ come out of Galilee? 42 Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the seed of David and from the town of Bethlehem, where David was?" 43 So there was a division among the people because of Him. 44 Now some of them wanted to take Him, but no one laid hands on Him. 45 Then the officers came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, "Why have you not brought Him?" 46 The officers answered, "No man ever spoke like this Man!" 47 Then the Pharisees answered them, "Are you also deceived? 48 Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in Him? 49 But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed." 50 Nicodemus (he who came to Jesus by night, being one of them) said to them, 51 "Does our law judge a man before it hears him and knows what he is doing?" 52 They answered and said to him, ";Are you also from Galilee? Search and look, for no prophet has arisen out of Galilee." 53 And everyone went to his own house. John 7:37-53

The response of those who heard Jesus’ proclamation was varied. The people said, “Therefore many from the crowd, when they heard this saying, said, "Truly this is the Prophet." 41 Others said, "This is the Christ."; But some said, "Will the Christ come out of Galilee? 42 Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the seed of David and from the town of Bethlehem, where David was?" 43 So there was a division among the people because of Him. 44 Now some of them wanted to take Him, but no one laid hands on Him.” John 7:40-44 Some said He was the Prophet. Some said He was the Christ. Some questioned if He could be the Messiah. They knew that He was from Galilee, and they knew the true Messiah was to come out of Bethlehem, the city of David. Therefore, they saw no possible way He could be the Messiah. People began to argue over Him, arguing if He was the real Messiah. What men need is to accept the fact: He is the Messiah, the Christ. There is too much evidence to deny it, too much evidence...within the human soul sensing the truth of God, within the lives of so many who bear clear testimony to His love and forgiveness, presence and assurance. The religious leaders responded as well. We see from the scripture how they responded. “Then the officers came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, "Why have you not brought Him?" 46 The officers answered, "No man ever spoke like this Man!" 47 Then the Pharisees answered them, "Are you also deceived? 48 Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in Him? 49 But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed." 50 Nicodemus (he who came to Jesus by night, being one of them) said to them, 51 "Does our law judge a man before it hears him and knows what he is doing?" 52 They answered and said to him, "Are you also from Galilee? Search and look, for no prophet has arisen out of Galilee."; 53 And everyone went to his own house.” John 7:45-53 (John 12:37; 1:10-11;  1 John 5:11-12)

The leaders wished to be rid of Jesus. They opposed Him and wanted nothing to do with Him. The temple police were greatly impressed with the Lord's teaching. To them He was a great teacher. The leaders claimed He was a deceiver and that the people were mistaken and cursed because they followed Him. The leaders rejected Him, strongly so. It seems that Nicodemus was the only one who spoke up for Jesus charging the leaders with breaking the law themselves, and suggesting that they all hear Christ and observe His works closely (John 3:1f).  The leaders went to their own houses and lived as always, just as they had always chosen. God does not force any man to subject himself to His Son. Every man has the freedom to live as He wishes, either for God or for self. The leaders chose to live for self. POSB Commentary

Whatever the response John 3:36 sums up the results for the responders. “He who believes in

the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: Above Scriptures!

Pray or do: How will you or how have you responded to this claim of Jesus?


Thursday, May 6, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Water of God”

John 7: (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. 40 Therefore many from the crowd, when they heard this saying, said, "Truly this is the Prophet." 41 Others said, "This is the Christ." But some said, "Will the Christ come out of Galilee? 42 Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the seed of David and from the town of Bethlehem, where David was?" 43 So there was a division among the people because of Him. 44 Now some of them wanted to take Him, but no one laid hands on Him. 45 Then the officers came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, ";Why have you not brought Him?" 46 The officers answered, "No man ever spoke like this Man!" 47 Then the Pharisees answered them, "Are you also deceived? 48 Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in Him? 49 But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed." 50 Nicodemus (he who came to Jesus by night, being one of them) said to them, 51 "Does our law judge a man before it hears him and knows what he is doing?" 52 They answered and said to him, "Are you also from Galilee? Search and look, for no prophet has arisen out of Galilee." 53 And everyone went to his own house. John 7:37-53

It was on the last day, that great day of the feast,; the day when the people marched in the processional seven times that Jesus made His phenomenal claim. Some imagine Jesus shouting His claim just as the people finished saying, "Send now prosperity" (Psalm 118:25). Imagine the scene: Jesus did two unusual things. He 'stood' (a teacher always sat in that day), and He 'cried out' (ekraxen) shouting loudly. Both actions would startle and shock the people to attention. Picture thousands of voices praying to God for the living rains in the coming season, reciting: "Send now prosperity,"; and then piercing the air comes the thundering cry: “…If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." John 7:37-38.  It was then that Jesus was making three phenomenal claims. He was claiming to be the source of life – eternal life. He was the only one who could quench the thirsting of men’s souls and bring them into a life of bounty. While men have a physical thirst they also have a spiritual thirst. Jesus was claiming that He can do what water does. He can cleanse and purify. He does that through the redemption he gives by the shedding of His blood and His amazing grace. (Ephesians 1:7).  Like water He can refresh (Acts 3:19) and He can revitalize and energize (Matthew 11:28).  Jesus Christ is the source of abundant life. As we see from John 4:14 there can be rivers of living water can flow out from a person. An abundance of life can be experienced. (Matthew 5:6) and John 4:14)  The death of Jesus Christ (His having been smitten for the sins of the world) is the source of the living water. This living water comes only through "believing on Christ." “And Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35). Jesus is also the source of the Holy Spirit (vs. 39). Rivers of living water refer to the Holy Spirit. This is a crucial verse, for it is the only place 'living waters' is defined. When Jesus spoke of giving 'living water,' He meant He would give the Holy Spirit to a person. Christ is the Giver of the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22-23). POSB Commentary


Larry Hudson


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Read: John 7

Pray or do: Have you received the life, abundant life that Christ offers to you? If you have are you allowing Christ to continually cleanse you?

Bonus Material:

I took a picture of clear water and poured it into a picture with a small amount of diluted coffee in another picture. As the clear water was added to the diluted water that looked like mud the the diluted muddy water became clearer and clearer. Jesus Christ is represented by the clear water. He gives us living water (John 4). When we are saved we receive the living water, mixed with our sinful dirty life, becomes mud. But Jesus is the pure Living Water, crystal clear, spotless Lamb. As we grow in Christ, as we allow Him to pour more of Himself into our lives, we actually become clearer and clearer. The more we become like Him, the closer we get to being crystal clear ourselves. But,

we cannot completely clear up while in this life. There will always be that imperfection in our water. Also, who is doing the clearing up? Is it me? No its Christ, pouring Himself into me, but only when I let Him. I have to remove the top and allow Him to come into my life and dissipate the dirt amongst my muddy water. Only then can He continue to wash me clean. I wish I could continue to pour this in, until it overflowed the top. A water hose would be the perfect example, because if we allow Jesus in to the point of letting Him take over completely, our muddy water would get clearer and clearer, until that dirt was all but flushed out, and all you would see would be Jesus’ Living Water.


Wednesday, May 5, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Water of God”

John 7: (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. 40 Therefore many from the crowd, when they heard this saying, said, "Truly this is the Prophet." 41 Others said, "This is the Christ." But some said, "Will the Christ come out of Galilee? 42 Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the seed of David and from the town of Bethlehem, where David was?" 43 So there was a division among the people because of Him. 44 Now some of them wanted to take Him, but no one laid hands on Him. 45 Then the officers came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, "Why have you not brought Him?" 46 The officers answered, "No man ever spoke like this Man!" 47 Then the Pharisees answered them, "Are you also deceived? 48 Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in Him? 49 But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed." 50 Nicodemus (he who came to Jesus by night, being one of them) said to them, 51 "Does our law judge a man before it hears him and knows what he is doing? 52 They answered and said to him, "Are you also from Galilee? Search and look, for no prophet has arisen out of Galilee." 53 And everyone went to his own house. John 7:37-53

The ceremony of the Feast of Tabernacle festival was a dramatic picture of Christ’s claim to be the Water of Life. “On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” (John 7:37-39). On each of the seven days, the people came to the temple and brought some fruit as an offering and a few palm and willow branches. The branches were used to form a roof over the altar. Then the priest took a golden pitcher and led the people in a processional down to the pool of Siloam where he filled the pitcher with water. During this march the people played the flute and sang the Hillel, which was Psalms 113-118 that we read at the beginning of service on Sunday. It was on the return march that the significant drama took place. As the pitcher of water passed through the Water Gate, the people repeated in unison: "With joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation" (Isaiah 12:3). When the pitcher reached the altar, the water was poured out over the altar as an offering to God. While this was being done, the people waved palm branches and recited the words "Save now, I beseech thee, O Lord: O Lord, I beseech thee, send now prosperity" (Psalm 118:25).  The idea of the processional was a dramatic way to thank God for rain, and to offer prayer to God for more rain and for a fruitful season in the coming year. It was a dramatic way for the people to acknowledge their need and dependence upon God for the rains, the water that gave them the fruit of the ground and the bounty of life. The last day of the Feast was dramatic in particular, for the people repeated the processional seven times. Scripture says the Feast of Tabernacles will be celebrated and fulfilled in the end time when our Lord returns. The Feast will apparently symbolize our joy, liberty, and victory through the wilderness experience of life and the glorious provision of God: the glorious provision of living eternally and worshipping and serving God throughout the universe. “The eschatological visions which, of Zechariah the prophet in Zech. 14:16-21, speak of the coming of all nations to worship at Jerusalem refer to the feast of Tabernacles on the occasion of their pilgrimage.” Holman Bible Dictionary. And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. (Zechariah 14:16). This means that the Feast of Tabernacles will be reinstituted during the thousand year reign of Christ on earth (The Millennial Reign of Christ).


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: Psalm 113 through 116

Pray or do: How do you think the people reacted when Jesus cried out the words of John 7:37-30? How do you think you would have responded?


Monday, May 3, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Water of God”

John 7: (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water."; 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. 40 Therefore many from the crowd, when they heard this saying, said, "Truly this is the Prophet." 41 Others said, "This is the Christ." But some said, "Will the Christ come out of Galilee? 42 Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the seed of David and from the town of Bethlehem, where David was?" 43 So there was a division among the people because of Him. 44 Now some of them wanted to take Him, but no one laid hands on Him. 45 Then the officers came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, "Why have you not brought Him?" 46 The officers answered, "No man ever spoke like this Man!" 47 Then the Pharisees answered them, "Are you also deceived? 48 Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in Him? 49 But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed." 50 Nicodemus (he who came to Jesus by night, being one of them) said to them, 51 ";Does our law judge a man before it hears him and knows what he is doing?" 52 They answered and said to him, "Are you also from Galilee? Search and look, for no prophet has arisen out of Galilee."; 53 And everyone went to his own house. John 7:37-53 (NKJV)

In this passage is the great claim of Jesus that He is the water that will satisfy the thirst of any person who comes to Jesus. It is given on the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles which is the seventh of seven feasts in the year to be celebrated by God’s people not counting the weekly Sabbaths. The Feast of Passover was the first of these feast seasons. Its purpose was to teach the Hebrews how to find God’s peace. Passover included the Feasts of Passover, Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits. The next feast season was Pentecost. This was a single-day feast, and it taught the Hebrews how to receive God’s power. The third feast season was called Tabernacles. The purpose of the Feast of Tabernacles was to teach the people how to enter God’s rest. It included the Feasts of Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles. Blogs.Bible.org

This claim should cause every person to search his own response to Jesus. First some background on this particular Feast. In 1 Kings 8:20 it was simply known as The Feast. In

Exodus 23:16 it was also called The Feast of Ingathering and in Leviticus 23:39 The Feast of the Lord. The Feast of Tabernacles was celebrated for seven days. Each Jewish family built a small tent-like structure in their yard or upon some other property they owned or secured for the occasion. Then they moved out of their home into the structure for the seven day period.

The Feast celebrated two significant events. Historically, it celebrated the day when Israel wandered about in the wilderness as strangers and pilgrims without a homeland. The purpose for moving into the tent-like structure was to keep before their minds the wilderness wanderings of their forefathers. The second reason for the feast was to have a period of thanksgiving for the completion of the harvest season and for the goodness of God in all of life. Its observance combined the ingathering of the labor of the field (Ex. 23:16), the fruit of the earth (Lev. 23:39), the ingathering of the threshing floor and winepress (Deut. 16:13), and the dwelling in booths (or “tabernacles”), which were to be joyful reminders to Israel (Lev. 23:41; Deut. 16:14). The ISBE says, the “booth” in Scripture is not an image of privation and misery, but of protection, preservation, and shelter from heat and storm (Ps. 27:5; 31:20; Isa. 4:6). Leviticus 23:40-43. It was on the last day of this popular feast that Jesus made His claim. “Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. John 7:37.

(to be continued)


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 7

Pray or do: Think of the time when you were severely thirsty. How did you feel when you satisfied that thirst?


Friday, April 30, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Bread of God”

John 6:30-36 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: Therefore they said to Him, "What sign will You perform then, that we may see it and believe You? What work will You do? 31 Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, 'He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'" 32 Then Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." 34 Then they said to Him, "Lord, give us this bread always." 35 And Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe." John 6:30-36

Jesus is the Bread of Life. “Then they said to Him, "Lord, give us this bread always." 35 And Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” John 6:34-35

The people requested the Bread of God. The people called Jesus “Lord”, but how much they understood of His deity is not known. Apparently it was just an address of respect.  But God’s word is very clear. When a person asks for the Bread of God, he must call Jesus “Lord” and be ready to submit to Him as Lord, serving Jesus day by day (cp. Luke 9:23; Romans 10:13). This salvation that Christ offers is eternal. As the Bread of life the person who partakes of Him will never hunger spiritually. Oh taste and see that the Lord is good!

“A missionary in Paraguay wrote, “While…serving in Paraguay, a Maka Indian named Rafael came to sit on my porch. I was eating and went out to see what he wanted. He responded, “Ham, henek met.” Again I asked what I could do for him, but the answer was the same. I understood what he was saying but not its significance: “I don’t want anything; I have just come near.” I later shared the incident with a local veteran missionary. He explained that it was Rafael’s way of honoring me. He really didn’t want anything; he just wanted to sit on my porch. He found satisfaction and pleasure must being near me.” Don’t you just want to sit at Jesus feet for awhile? Sadly Christ was seen but then rejected (vs. 36). They saw Him, heard Him where present at miracles and healing and yet rejected Him. They are without excuse and so will all who reject Him. It was rightly said, “He came unto his own, and his own received him not” John 1:11 (John 8:24; 12:48)


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 6

Pray or do: How will you spend time in Jesus presence today?

Bonus Material:


SINGING HIM

There was an elderly woman who was a true saint of God in her long life of devotion. She knew much of the Bible by heart and would repeat long passages from memory. But as the years went by, the strength went and with it the memory gradually went too. Finally, there came a time when she was able only to quote one passage: “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able, to keep that which I have committed, unto him against that day.” But by and by that also seemed to slip. So there came a time when all she could say was” …that which I have committed to him…” But toward the last, as she hovered between this world and the next, her memory failed even more. Her loved ones would see her lips moving and, thinking that she might need something, they would bend down and listen for her request. Time and again they found her repeating only one word from this song over and over and over. It was the same world: “HIM! HIM! HIM!” She had lost the whole song – she had lost the entire Bible – with the single exception of this one word. And what a word it is! She had capsulated the entire Bible in this one word! The Bible is “Him.” This “HIM” is Jesus (J. D. Brown)


Thursday, April 29, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Bread of God”

John 6:30-36 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: Therefore they said to Him, "What sign will You perform then, that we may see it and believe You? What work will You do? 31 Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, 'He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'"  32 Then Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." 34 Then they said to Him, "Lord, give us this bread always." 35 And Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. John 6:30-36

Jesus is clear when He says that He is the Bread of God. “For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. John 6:33. He says that this is bread which came down from or “out of” (ek) heaven itself. Not the clouds but from the spiritual dimension of God’s presence. The bread of God is possessed by God; therefore, only He can give it, and man cannot have the Bread of God unless God gives it to man. The Bread of God was a person. Note the personal pronoun “He” and the word “bread” which is masculine. “He” the Bread of God who feeds and nourishes man, came down or “out of” heaven. He came from the very presence of God Himself. Jesus said, “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. John 6:38 As the Bread of God Jesus has come to give life to the world. That was his purpose just like natural bread. It gives life by

 nourishing and sustaining

 satisfying

 energizing

 creating desire (the need) for more

 being partaken on a regular basis

Christ (and the Word of God) gives life to the believer by doing the same five things as bread. John 1:4: 10:10; 17:2-3.  The Bread of God came from heaven to give life to the whole world. (cp. 1 John 2:1-2).  He came to sacrifice Himself, to feed and save a starving world. His coming as the sacrificial Bread of God had been foreshadowed by the sacrifices of the Old Testament. They are said to be the Bread of God (Leviticus 21:21-22. Cp. John 6:50-51.) (John 7:37; Romans 10:12; 1 Tim. 2:4-6; Isaiah 55:1)


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 6

Pray or do: How can you incorporate the idea of Jesus being the Bread of God when sharing Christ with somone?


Wednesday, April 28, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Bread of God”

John 6:30-36 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: Therefore they said to Him, "What sign will You perform then, that we may see it and believe You? What work will You do? 31 Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, 'He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'" 32 Then Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." 34 Then they said to Him, "Lord, give us this bread always." 35 And Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. John 6:30-36

The people implied that it was Moses who fed their ancestors manna in the wilderness. Jesus corrected them. “Then Jesus said to them, Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven.” John 6:32

Only God can provide the true bread from heaven that brings true satisfaction to man’s soul. Moses was not the one who gave Israel the manna from heaven; God was the One who gave the manna. The bread God gives is “true” bread. The “bread” or “manna” of God is not physical and material bread: it is spiritual. It is true that God promises to provide the necessities of His people but physical and material bread is not what Christ was talking about in this passage. Physical and material bread lasts only for a short while. Its satisfaction passes and man’s gnawing hunger arises again. This bread that God gives is the only bread that can feed and meet the need of man’s...

 Gnawing hunger

 Restlessness

 Emptiness

 Vacuum

 Loneliness

 Lack of purpose, meaning and significance John 6:50-51; 53-54; 57-58


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 6

Pray or do: How has the “bread” of God fed your soul in the past?


Monday, April 26, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Bread of God”

John 6:30-36 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: "Therefore they said to Him, 'What sign will You perform then, that we may see it and believe You? What work will You do? 31 Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'  32 Then Jesus said to them, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.' 34 Then they said to Him, 'Lord, give us this bread always.' 35 And Jesus said to them, 'I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe.'" John 6:30-36 (NKJV)

Only Jesus can satisfy the spiritual need of mankind. His is the only bread that will feed man’s inner being – his soul. There is no other source upon which man can feed and be nourished. In John Chapter 6 Jesus had just fed over five thousand people with five loaves and two fishes followed by gathering twelve baskets of “leftovers”. What a miracle! He then made some phenomenal claims about Himself. He claimed to be...

 the Son of Man (John 6:27).

 the One who feeds man, who gives man bread which issues forth eternal life (John 6:27).

 the One whom God had sealed (John 6:27).

 the One whom God had sent into the world (John 6:29).

 the One upon whom men were to believe (John 6:29).

The miracle was not enough. The people demanded more proof of Jesus claim (vs. 30-31). This revealed something about their nature and the nature of all men. Their focus was upon the physical and material. To them Moses had fed Israel for forty years in the wilderness. Christ had fed them only once. Moses had fed Israel with manna falling out of the sky from heaven. Christ had merely multiplied bread from a few loaves in His hands. Contrary to true faith they were demanding to see before they would believe. So often men demand proof from God before they will believe in Him. How would you respond if your enemy came to you and said, “If you will buy me a brand new car then I will be your friend?” And yet that is how many people would treat God. And like the people in our text if you gave your enemy a car he would probably ask for more gifts to continue that so called friendship. The scripture says, “Believe God and He will fulfill the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4-5) Even in dealing with God, he never has enough evidence or proof to believe—not within his human nature. Man always wants to tell God how to act and deal with him and his life.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 6

Pray or do: Pray for those you know who are seeking God to take Him at His word and received Him as their Lord and Savior.

Bonus Material:

A pastor spoke to the children about the loaves and fish. Just to make his point, he began by showing them five rolls and two fish sticks on a plate. He asked them how to share it so that all of them would get a part. Then he pointed to the congregation, and asked how we could ALL share it. They ended up talking about very small pieces. Then he shared about the miracle of the loaves and fish, emphasizing that Jesus not only had fed the five thousand people, but had ended up with baskets of uneaten food that could be shared. He gently asked, what you would call that. He immediately received two words. The first was the one he was hoping for. The well behaved tyke who knew the Bible quietly whispered the word he hoped to hear - It was indeed a 'miracle.' Meanwhile, the rowdy, raucous, child who seldom attended church shouted his answer, 'Leftovers!' It took five full minutes before the church settled down, and a bit longer than that for him to continue with the sermon he planned. What DID happen to all of the bread and fish? Loaves, Fish, And Children's Sermons by Roberta Karchner


Friday, April 16, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Great Physician”

John 5:1-15 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: 3 In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. 4 For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. 5 Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, "Do you want to be made well?" John 5:3-6  Now let’s turn over to Acts 8:1-8 and see a different kind of response to adversity. “Now Saul was consenting to his death. At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and  Samaria, except the apostles. 2 And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him. 3 As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison. 4 Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word. 5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them. 6 And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. 7 For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. 8  And there was great joy in that city. Acts 8:1-8

The Church was being persecuted by Saul. Saints were being imprisoned and executed. Driven from their homes and cities they could have easily blamed others for what they were going through.

 "How can we be of any use? We don’t even have a church to call home anymore."

 "If God really loves us how could he allow this to happen?"

 "The apostles didn’t tell us this was going to happen."

 "How can I be expected to share the gospel with people I don’t even know?"

“Their response was, "Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word." (vs. 4) The church accepted their circumstances without blaming others. They knew that Jesus said to GO and share the gospel. So they went out all over. From Judea, to Samaria, to the ends of the earth being witnesses for Christ. They accepted their circumstances without question. They did what the word of God said they should do. This resulted in “There was great joy in that city! (Acts 8:8) Victor Franko was a Jewish psychiatrist who was locked up in a German concentration camp in WW2. His whole family except one sister died in that camp. He came out of his prison experience with this amazing attitude. There was one thing they could not take from him; his freedom to choose his attitude. He says that he was not really the prisoner there, but the Nazis were, because he had the freedom to choose how he felt. How do we respond to adversity? Do we blame others or do we stand on the promises of God and move on, taking charge of the situation?

 I can’t get excited about church because I was hurt there before.

 I could never teach Sunday School because I don’t know enough.

 I can’t get out of my financial problems because I don’t make enough money.

 I can’t shake this habit because it is something that I inherited from my parents.

 I can’t get fired up in my spiritual life because the preacher is just too boring.

 I can’t get healed because that doesn’t seem to be God’s will.

 I can’t stop feeling sorry for myself because everybody else is against me.

How do we deal with these things then? John Hamby in his sermon on John 5:1-15 says: First, we must decide if we want to be changed? (v. 6) “When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, 'Do you want to be made well?' The fact is that some people will go to extraordinary lengths to avoid unwelcome changes in their lives. “Dave Reavor, a disabled Vietnam veteran, tells of a young man in the 1960’s who did not want to be drafted. So he had all of his teeth pulled to make himself unfit for military duty. But when he took his physical, he was declared unfit because of his flat feet.” Secondly, we must decide not to continue making excuses. (v. 7) “The sick man answered Him, "Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me." Third, we must decide whether we are ready to act. (vv. 8-9) “Jesus said to him, 'Rise, take up your bed and walk." (9) And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath.” “Church! As believers in Jesus Christ we have an even better choice to make. We can choose to believe His Word. He has promised us salvation. He has promised us healing. He has promised that He will supply all our needs. Do you want to be healed? Pick up your bed and walk. The joy of the Lord is your strength.” Mike Rickman, John Hamby. Max Lucado


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 5

Pray or do: The question for us this week – How many times have we expressed the victim mentality and how can we overcome it.

Bonus Material:

I want to close with another Max Lucado story.

She has every reason to be bitter. Though talented, she went unrecognized for years. Prestigious opera circles closed her ranks when she tried to enter. American critics ignored her compelling voice. She was repeatedly rejected for parts for which she easily qualified. It was only after she went to Europe and won the hearts of tough-to-please audiences that stateside opinion leaders acknowledged her talent. Not only has her professional life been a battle, her personal life has been marked by challenge. She is the mother of two handicapped children, one of whom is severely retarded. Years ago, in order to escape the pace of New York City, she purchased a home on Martha's Vineyard. It burned to the ground two days before she was to move in. Professional rejection! Personal setbacks! Perfect soil for seeds of bitterness! A receptive field for the roots of resentment! But in this case, anger found no home. Her friends don’t call her bitter. They call her 'Bubbles.' Beverly Sills. Internationally acclaimed opera singer! Retired director of the New York City Opera! Her phrases are sugared with laughter. Her face is softened with serenity. Upon interviewing her, Mike Wallace stated that, "she is one of the most impressive - if not the most impressive - ladies I’ve ever interviewed." How can a person handle such professional rejection and person trauma and still be known as Bubbles? "I choose to be cheerful," she says. "Years ago I knew I had little or no choice about success, circumstances or even happiness; but I knew I could choose to be cheerful."


Thursday, April 15, 2021


TEXT: "3 In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. 4 For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. 5 Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, 'Do you want to be made well?'" John 5:3-6

Sometimes people don’t want to change and make things right. They have a “victim mentality”. We see that here in the response of the infirmed man when he said, "Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me". It seems he was enjoying the “victim mentality”. They say and believe:

 As long as I am a victim, it’s not my fault.

 If I am no longer a victim, then I have to be responsible.

 If I am responsible then I have to make an effort to do what is right and that requires work.

 It is easier to lie by the pool and blame others.

“So how can you tell if you or someone you know is a “victim”? Victims endlessly repeat how they have been mistreated. Victims live by the childish notion that live should always be fair. Victims find it difficult to forgive others because they see forgiveness is weakness. Victims have difficulty maintain close relationships because they have difficulty trusting other people. The cry of the perpetual victim is, “It’s not my fault!”  A side bar: In our discussions about healing we place emphasis on faith. Here a man is about to be healed with no faith at all. There are three areas where faith is active in healing.

 The faith of the one in need!

 The faith of one standing in for another!

 The faith of the one given the gift of healing!

Jesus says, "Rise, take up your bed and walk." Stop blaming others. Just get up and do it. Take responsibility for yourself. Immediately the man was made well, took up his bed and walked. And that day was the Sabbath. Was the sick man ready for a life changing experience? (vs. 10-11). The religious leaders confronted the man who had been infirmed but was now carrying his bed which was unlawful to do on the Sabbath. They said, ";It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed." He answered them, ";He who made me well said to me, 'Take up your bed and walk'." Even though he had an encounter with the Savior who changes lives and circumstances and attitudes he still wanted to blame others. Even when we trust in Christ as Savior we have a responsibility to act differently. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17). The man was not grateful for the healing nor did he change his attitude. (vs 14-15), Jesus went looking for him.” He is the Great Physician. He was concerned about the man’s health but He was more “concerned about his spiritual condition. "See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you. The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well." We must take responsibility for our own actions, circumstances, and failures.” The prophet Ezekiel gave a word of the Lord concerning blame. ’What do you mean when you use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying: the fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge?’ As I live, says the Lord God, you shall no longer use this proverb in Israel. Behold, all souls are Mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine; the souls who sins shall die' (18:1-4)


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 5

Pray or do: The question for us this week – How many times have we expressed the victim mentality and how can we overcome it.


Wednesday, April 14, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Great Physician”

John 5:1-15 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: "3 In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. 4 For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. 5 Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, 'Do you want to be made well?'" John 5:3-6

“A great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. Here we see a multitude of people lying around waiting for the waters to stir. Picture if you would hundreds, even thousands of sick people lying around waiting for the moving of the waters. And only the first one would be healed. What about the rest? "I’m still sick but it’s not my fault" "I wanted to get in the water but somebody beat me to it." "I am not responsible for my circumstances." Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. The NIV says he was an invalid for thirty-eight years. The Greek word translated 'infirmity' - astheneia - literally means feebleness, malady, frailty, disease, infirmity, sickness, weakness. None of these words give any indication that the man was a cripple, paralyzed or had anything that would prevent him from walking, other than the fact that he had laid there for thirty-eight years. It may be that he had a condition that made it difficult for him to walk so he just quit trying. Muscles became atrophied. Those who have been bed ridden for a long period of time find it difficult to just get up and walk. Not that there is any physical problem but the muscles have to be strengthened and trained again. Worse than that, his will had become atrophied. But it wasn’t his fault you see. So Jesus questions the man, "Do you want to be made well?" Seems like a rhetorical question. Who wouldn’t want to be made well? It was a question to the man’s will rather than the man’s physical condition. Rather than answer Jesus’ question with a yes, he makes excuses. "I can't be healed. Nobody will put me into the pool. If I try, somebody gets there before me. It’s not my fault." It seems that Jesus is moving toward a healing of the will.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 5

Pray or do: The question for us this week – How many times have we expressed the victim mentality and how can we overcome it.


Monday, April 12, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Great Physician”

John 5:1-15 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: "After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. 3 In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. 4 For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. 5 Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, 'Do you want to be made well?' 7 The sick man answered Him, 'Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.' 8 Jesus said to him, 'Rise, take up your bed and walk.' 9 And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath. 10 The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, 'It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.' 11 He answered them, 'He who made me well said to me, 'Take up your bed and walk.' 12 Then they asked him, 'Who is the Man who said to you, Take up your bed and walk?' 13 But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place. 14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, 'See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.' 15 The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well." John 5:1-15

I want to begin today’s sermon with a story from Max Lucados "The Applause of Heaven". 

"I have everything I need for joy!" Robert Reed said. "Amazing!" His hands are twisted and his feet are useless. He can’t bathe himself. He can’t feed himself. He can’t brush his teeth, comb his hair, or put on his underwear. His shirts are held together by strips of Velcro. His speech drags like a worn-out audiocassette. Robert has cerebral palsy. The disease keeps him from driving a car, riding a bike, and going for a walk. But it didn’t keep him from graduating from high school or attending Abilene Christian University, from which he graduated with a degree in Latin. Having cerebral palsy didn’t keep him from teaching at a St. Louis junior college or from venturing overseas on five missions trips. And Robert’s disease didn’t keep him from becoming a missionary to Portugal. He moved to Lisbon, alone, in 1972. There he rented a hotel room and began studying Portuguese. He found a restaurant owner who would feed him after the rush hour and a tutor who would instruct him in the language. Then he stationed himself daily in a park, where he distributed brochures about Christ. Within six years he led seventy people to the Lord, one of whom became his wife, Rosa.  Robert spoke at a conference. The attendees watched other men carry him in his wheelchair onto the platform. They watched them lay a Bible in his lap. They watched his stiff fingers force open the pages. People in the audience wiped away tears of admiration from their faces. Robert could have asked for sympathy or pity, but he did just the opposite. He held his bent hand up in the air and boasted, ";I have everything I need for joy."  His shirts are held together by Velcro, but his life is held together by joy.  Many of us suffer from the victim mentality. Our society tells us that we don’t have to take responsibility for our actions. We can blame someone else. The onset of Freudian psychology began to permeate our culture with the idea that every wrong action you take can be blamed on things that happened to you in your early childhood. You don’t have to accept any responsibility; you are the victim.”

Today I want to look at a couple of passages to see how Jesus responded to the victim mentality, and how the early church responded. As the Great Physician Jesus was concerned with the man’s healing but more importantly Jesus was concerned about the whole man – his will and his salvation. Hopefully we can come away today seeing that we can go from being victims to becoming victorious. 


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 5

Pray or do: The question for us this week – How many times have we expressed the victim mentality and how can we overcome it.


Saturday, April 10, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Soul Winner” John 4:1-14 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: "Jesus said, “Do you not say, 'There are still four months and then comes the harvest?' Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!” John 4:35

We must labor for the harvest is ripe and the task is urgent. The heart of Jesus was upon the harvest of souls. The challenge of Jesus was, “Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields.” The fields of souls are white already: they are ready for harvesting right now. We must lift up our eyes in order to look. We must look where we are so that our eyes will see the reality of what is around us. What follows gives a picture of exactly what Christ had been saying about laboring for God. Many “believed on Christ” because of the woman’s testimony. The seed had been sown in the woman’s heart by the prophets of old and through the first five books of Scripture (cp. John 4:12, 19-20). Jesus reaped her soul. She in turn went and bore her testimony within the city. And “many...of that city believed on Him for the saying [testimony] of the woman.” Other opportunities were given. The new believers begged Christ to stay with them. They wanted to learn more, and they had friends who needed to hear Him as well. “Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, And the LORD listened and heard them; So a book of remembrance was written before Him For those who fear the LORD And who meditate on His name.” (Malachi 3:16). Many more believed that Jesus was “the Christ, the Savior of the world.”


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: See scriptures above!

Pray or do: Pray for two people today whom you know are not Christians, to come to faith in Jesus Christ.

Bonus Material:

Dieter Zander, the pastor of the first GenX church in America speaking at a conference about reaching people in the age of relativism. He cited a Barna study that asked people to use single words to describe Jesus. They responded, "wise, accepting, compassionate, gracious, humble."

Then he asked them to use single words to describe Christians, they said, "critical, exclusive, self righteous, narrow and repressive." "There is a difference between knowing the good news and being the good news"; Zander said. "We are the

evidence! How we live our lives are the evidence. Everything counts--all the time. With previous generations, a strong preacher could give a good message, even if the church was hypocritical and critical and people would still get saved," Zander continued, "but not anymore. I’m seeing a change in what seekers are looking for. Not something they can relate to. They are looking for a transcendent God. They don’t want to be

entertained they want to be transformed."

Evangelism is not what we tell people, unless what we tell is totally consistent with who we are. It is who we are that is going to make the difference. If we do not truly enjoy our faith, nobody is going to catch the fire of enjoyment

from us. If our lives are not totally centered on Christ, we will not be Christ-bearers for others, no matter how pious our words.  (Show and Tell, Citation: Madeleine L’Engle, quoted in Christian Reader (May/June 1998, p. 50)



Friday, April 9, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Soul Winner” John 4:1-14 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: "Jesus answered and said to her, 'Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.'" John 4:13-14

Jesus is the only water that will quench your thirsty soul. Men have two thirsts: a physical thirst and a spiritual thirst. The deer goes to the water brook to satisfy its physical thirst. David said his soul pants (thirst) for God (Psalm 42:1). The prophet Zechariah described a time when God will open a fountain to take care of sin and uncleanness. 'In that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness.'  (Zechariah 13:1).  Men know immediately how to quench their physical thirst, but their spiritual thirst is a different matter. Within their hearts men sense a thirst for...

 Purpose

 Fulfillment

 Something to fill the void, the emptiness and the loneliness

Men have a problem, however. They usually misunderstand the spiritual thirst and try to quench it with the stagnant waters of the flesh and of this world. The result is poison and death. The

stagnant waters of the flesh are such things as lust, immorality, drunkenness, indulgence, and pride. The stagnant waters of the world are such things as the love of money, cars, houses, lands, clothes, extravagant living, position, and power. The stagnant waters of the flesh and the world never quench a man’s thirst. They are like salt water; they only make a man crave for more and more. 'For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, And hewn themselves cisterns--broken cisterns that can hold no water. (Jeremiah 2:13) You should note several facts about the living water. The living water comes from Christ. He and He alone is its source. Jesus said, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.” (John 7:37). The glorified Christ said, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. (Revelation 21:6)  The living water keeps a man from ever thirsting again. His inner thirst is gone forever. It is quenched and fully satisfied. “The LORD will guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought, And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. (Isaiah 58:11) The living water is “a well of water” placed “in” the man. The well is not placed outside the man, not placed anywhere out in the world, not in his home, nor in his business. It is placed “in” him. “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. (John 7:38-39).  The living water springs up and continues to spring up and bubble, flowing on and on. It is ever in motion. “Therefore with joy you will draw water From the wells of salvation. (Isaiah 12:3). The living water springs up into everlasting life. It will never end. “And the Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. (Revelation 22:17).


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: See scriptures above!

Pray or do: Pray for two people today whom you know are not Christians, to come to faith in Jesus Christ.

Bonus Material:

I heard a story one time of a foreigner here in America who saw a water fountain for the first time in his life. But he could not see how to make it work. It had no tap, no buttons to press. He became very angry and frustrated.  He was about to turn away when somebody pointed out to him a little sign on the bottom of the fountain that simply said, "Stoop, and drink." Well when he stooped over he discovered that an electric eye detected his presence and the water automatically came flowing out. You see, when we come to Jesus, He will provide us with living water…a spiritual satisfaction…a spiritual contentment that we cannot find anywhere.


Wednesday, April 7, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Soul Winner”

John 4:1-14 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: "Jesus answered and said to her, 'If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, Give Me a drink, you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.'" John 4:10

Jesus as the Living Water is the Soul Winner who brings salvation.  Just like living water Jesus is alive. Living water is alive. To the Jew, living water was water that was always flowing and moving along, such as a creek fed by springs or a lake with both an inflow and an outflow. Dead water was stagnant water such as ponds or pools that were always sitting still with no inflow or outflow. However, when Jesus spoke of “living water,” He meant much more than living streams and lakes.

This living water is “of God”. It is of Him who is living, always has and always will be living.  The water that God gives is the most alive water there is. No other water, no matter how alive it may be considered, can compare with the living water that is of God. For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light. Psalm 36:9  Living water is “the gift” of God. The word “gift” means it is freely given, is not earned and is not deserved. Isaiah the prophet relayed God’s message,  "Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. (Isaiah 55:1) As Paul confirmed to the Ephesian believers, For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9  not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9  Living water is given by asking for it. Note what Jesus said: "If you knew... you would have asked Him” The woman had never received living water because she had never known about it and had never asked for it. It was now available simply by asking for it.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 4

Pray or do: Pray for two people today whom you know are not Christians, to come to faith in Jesus Christ.


Monday, April 5, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Soul Winner” John 4:1-14 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: "Therefore, when the Lord knew that  Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John 2 (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples), 3 He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. 4 But He needed to go through Samaria. 5 So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour. 7 A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, 'Give Me a drink.' 8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. 9 Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, 'How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?' For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. 10 Jesus answered and said to her, 'If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, 'Give Me a drink, you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.' 11 The woman said to Him, 'Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? 12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?' 13 Jesus answered and said to her, 'Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.' John 4:1-14

Jesus offered the Samaritan woman living water, and she showed an intriguing interest. However, there were some matters that she had to straighten out before she could ever have the living water. There was the matter of

 sin in her life,

 worship,

 the Messiah, and

 laboring for God.

Therefore, Jesus began to discuss these subjects with her one by one. Jesus was on a mission. He left Judaea out of necessity. He left for John’s sake. The crowds were leaving John and coming to Jesus, and the religionists were using the fact to downgrade John’s ministry. Jesus did not want to create a competitive scene and damage John’s ministry, so He left the area and returned to Galilee. Note the words, “He needed to go through Samaria.” The word needed (edei) means necessity, compulsion, destiny. Jesus was driven to go through Samaria for the sake of His mission. Samaria needed the gospel as much as other areas. Jesus left Judaea to confront a Samaritan woman. He entered Sychar, a city of Samaria. He sat on the wall of a well, for He was both tired and thirsty from His journey. While sitting there, one of the events for which He had come into Samaria happened: He confronted a woman with the claims of the Messiah. She came to draw water, and He struck up a conversation by asking her for a drink of water. She was shocked, for the Jews had no dealings with the Samaritans. She asked Jesus why He would ask her, a Samaritan, for a drink. It was this question, this subject of water, which Jesus took and used... to discuss one of the greatest truths of spiritual life, that of living water, to present the claims of God upon a life.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 4

Pray or do: What do you see as your mission when it comes to being a witness for Jesus.


Wednesday, March 31, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Divine Teacher”

John 3:1-21 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: "There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2  This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, 'Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.' 3 Jesus answered and said to him, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.' 4 Nicodemus said to Him, 'How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?' 5 Jesus answered, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'"  John 3:1-7

Nicodemus is being taught by the wisest of men. He comes to Jesus to meet him face to face. They acknowledge that Jesus is “a teacher come from God”. Nicodemus even calls Jesus Master. A teacher of Israel is applying that title to Jesus as well. He says that Jesus is “a man approved of God by miracles and wonders”. He and others saw the miracles Jesus did, and they knew something: only a man from God could do such miracles. Others had spoken of Jesus after encountering Him. They said, “Never man spoke like this man”. It has been pointed out that “The relation of the person of Jesus Christ to all that He has to teach and reveal to the world is altogether different from that of all other teachers of all sorts of truths, to the truth which they proclaim. You can accept the truths and dismiss into oblivion the men from whom you got them. But you cannot reject Christ and take Christianity”.  The Expositor's Dictionary of Texts, Volume 1, Part 1: Genesis through Proverbs. You must come face to face with Jesus if you are going to be saved. Jesus said “you must be born again” vs. 3. Nicodemus was asking, “Who are you? The miracles show that God is with you, but you are claiming to be the Messiah, the Son of God. Are you—truthfully—in all honesty?” Jesus did not answer Nicodemus directly. He saw into the empty, searching heart of Nicodemus and saw the honesty of his question. So Jesus went right to the heart of the matter. Miracles and signs were not what was important. What was important was for Nicodemus to be changed: spiritually,

within, and completely—to undergo such a spiritual change that it could only be described as

being born again.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 3



Monday, March 29, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Divine Teacher” John 3:1-21 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: "There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, 'Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.' 3 Jesus answered and said to him, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.' 4 Nicodemus said to Him, 'How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother';s womb and be born?' 5 Jesus

answered, ';Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, You must be born again.' John 3:1-7

“Nicodemus was a Pharisee, a separatist and a member of the Sanhedrin. They were serious about knowing the will of God. They cared about truth. They were proud and self-righteous. They longed for the kingly reign of Yahweh. The reason of tradition was to glorify God and prepare for the kingdom. Nicodemus approached Jesus. He was a ruler (archon) of the Jews. This means he was a senator or a member of the Sanhedrin, the ruling body of the Jews. He was the master of Israel (v.10); that is, he held some official position of the highest rank. He was either the leading official or the leading teacher of Israel who was either authorized or accepted as such by the public. He apparently was wealthy. He spent a great deal of money on the burial of Jesus (Jn. 19:39). He was silent at the trial of Jesus, saying nothing to defend Jesus, but he boldly stepped forth after the Lord’s death to publicly help in the burial of Jesus (Jn. 19:39–42). He came in behalf of the religionists. He said, “We know.” Some of the religionists wondered if Jesus were the true Messiah, thinking that perhaps He was. Some eventually become believers (see Lu. 13:31; Acts 6:7; 15:5; 18:8, 17). Jesus was claiming to be the Messiah and performing the spectacular works that were prophesied of the Messiah; therefore, He was the talk of everyone throughout the nation. The rulers were questioning and wondering: Is He really the Messiah? This was the question, the thing that Nicodemus felt compelled to find out. Nicodemus came to Jesus at night. He apparently did this because he feared the other leaders who opposed Jesus. John seemed to be saying this at the burial of Jesus (see Jn. 19:39).” Leadership Ministries Worldwide. (2004). The Gospel according to John (p. 59). Chattanooga, TN: Leadership Ministries Worldwide.


Larry Hudson


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Read: John 3

Pray or do: What is one thing you have learned about Jesus from these first three messages that you didn’t know before?


Friday, March 26, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Son of Man – The Social Christ” John 2:1-11 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ

TEXT: "On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. 3 And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, 'They have no wine.' 4 Jesus said to her, 'Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.' 5 His mother said to the servants, "Whatever He says to you, do it." 6 Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. 7 Jesus said to them, 'Fill the waterpots with water.' And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And He said to them, Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast. And they took it. 9 When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. 10 And he said to him, 'Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!' 11 This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him. John 2:1-11

The Lord Jesus expressed to His mother a truth that all of us need to understand. He said to her “Mine hour is not yet come” (John 2:46). Jesus was demonstrating His omniscience (all-knowing) is this statement. He was showing that everything He did was to demonstrate who He was. This is the reason why His miracles, for the most part were called signs – miracles, not performed for their own sake, but to show who He was. No one can persuade Him to go against His timetable. No one can command Him to do anything. He has a timetable for everything. He never does anything prematurely or too late. He’s always on time. At the wedding feast Mary’s concern is a picture of the social concern of men. Mankind has many social needs. Society—whether social workers or communities of individuals—is concerned with social:

 Health

 Comfort

 Plenty

 Housing

 Peace

 justice

It is true that Christ desires to and does meet the needs of mankind on a societal level through His disciples. However, Christ does not stop there. Meeting the physical and material needs of society is not enough. Christ met the deeper concern of man:

 Life

 Assurance

 Happiness

 Fulfillment

 Love

 Security

 Satisfaction

 completeness

"The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10). POSB Commentary

Jesus is concerned about your physical, mental, social needs but more importantly He is concerned about your spiritual need. Will you allow Him to meet your need today?


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 2

Pray or do: Ask God to give you a deeper and richer understanding of Jesus the Son of God – Son of Man.


Thursday, March 25, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Son of Man – The Social Christ” John 2:1-11 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ

TEXT: "On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. 3 And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, 'They have no wine.' 4 Jesus said to her, ';Woman,  what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.' 5 His mother said to the servants, 'Whatever He says to you, do it.' 6 Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. 7 Jesus said to them, ';Fill the waterpots with water.' And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And He said to them, 'Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.' And they took it. 9 When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. 10 And he said to him, 'Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!' 11 This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him. John 2:1-11

The portrait of Jesus in chapter two as that of the Son of Man who is involved in a social setting, a marriage feast. He is in the city of Cana, a village about eight miles north of Nazareth, and the home of Nathanael (John 21:2). It would have been the scene of many a wedding feast. Three days after Phillip and Nathanael became Christ’s disciples (John 1:43), Jesus is with His mother at such a wedding feast. Jesus honored the wedding occasion with His presence. He was invited to the

wedding as were His disciples. He did not refuse to go: He also took His disciples. (The fact, that Joseph did not go, is indicative of the fact that he must have died before that occasion.) Jesus began His public ministry with a miracle at a place of merriment. He did not criticize people for making merry. He did not immediately tell them that they ought to be saved. Jesus had a balanced point of view. He was conscious of the necessity of proclaiming the Gospel, but He knew how and when to proclaim it. When we witness for Christ, the important thing is not only the discharge of our duty of witnessing, but also the effectiveness of our witnessing. Jesus’ mother knew something of Jesus as special in that He was from God but she was not totally aware of His capabilities. In not fully understanding her Son, Mary portrayed her humanity. Even though she had lived with her Son for thirty years, she could not fully understand the God-man. Even so, in the fullness of His being, he is beyond our comprehension. As Paul points out, “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form,” Colossians 2:9 (NIV). She did not demand anything of Him. She simply told Him that the wine had all been used. He Himself must have known it, but in this, His first miracle, we see the tenderness of the relationship which existed between Jesus and His mother. As a mother, she observed a material need which she did not hesitate to express to her Son. In spite of the need -- be it great or small we should never hesitate to go to Jesus who is infinitely able to supply that need. Mary actually did not tell her Son what to do but simply stated the need. We too should never tell the Lord what to do but only state our need. He knows best how and when to fulfill that need. Mary was not as concerned about her own need as she was about the need of others. She simply said, “they have no wine” (vs. 3). Jesus’ answer in verse 4 is the second time that the Lord Jesus expressed to His mother their beyond human relationship. The first time He expressed this relationship was when He was twelve years old. In returning to Nazareth from Jerusalem, His mother said, to Him:  'Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.' Luke 2:48 (NIV). When she used the word translated “son” she was really calling him “child” so in this verse is was indicative of a relationship than a beginning. Jesus in His humanity was not only the child of Mary but the Son of God. In His eternal relationship with the Father, Jesus was not generated by God, but in His human relationship, He was indeed generated by Mary. At the wedding feast in Cana Mary calls Jesus “child” and He calls her “woman” not mother. His purpose now was to reveal not His obedience to her, but the fulfillment of the purpose for which He came into the world. He spoke here not as a child, but as the Son of God, and in that relationship, His mother was exactly what her cousin Elizabeth had called her – “blessed among women” (Luke 1:42). She was chosen by God to bear in His humanity the Lord Jesus who would become the Savior of the world. 


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 2

Pray or do: Ask God to give you a deeper and richer understanding of Jesus the Son of God – Son of Man.


Wednesday, March 24, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Son of Man – The Social Christ” John 2:1-11 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ)

TEXT: "On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. 3 And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, 'They have no wine.' 4 Jesus said to her,  'Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come' 5 His mother said to the servants, "Whatever He says to you, do it.' 6 Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. 7 Jesus said to them, Fill the waterpots with water.' And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And He said to them, 'Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.' And they took it. 9 When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. 10 And he said to him, 'Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!' 11 This beginning of signs Jesus

did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him." John 2:1-11

Now let us examine how Jesus used the phrase – Son of Man. He uses this phrase at least 34 times in the gospel, more than any other phrase. He used this phrase in a way that indicated the claim to heavenly majesty associated with it (from Daniel) Though the phrase “Son of Man” did not necessarily give the idea of full deity or Godhood, the way that Jesus used it did encompass a glory that exceeds that of a normal human being. Jesus probably used the phrase to hint at deity without actually declaring it. Given all of the ways that Jesus used the phrase, at the very least he was laying the groundwork for people to think more of him than a common man. Jesus preferred the “safe” title “Son of Man” over the more controversial title “Son of God.” Jesus many times avoided making direct statements regarding his deity and the title “Son of Man” helped him to do that. In a broader, higher, and perhaps more generally received Hebrew sense, 'the Messiah.' In the N. T. sense, where the term is used some eighty times, it means Christ in incarnate form and relation, Dan. 7:13; Matt. 9:6; 12:8; 18:11; Mark 2:10; John 1:51; 3:13; 6:53. One of the advantages of the title “Son of Man” is that in Jewish thinking it did not carry the full divine, Godhood, implications of the title “Son of God” or “Messiah”. The Gospels do not record any blasphemy charges against Jesus for calling himself “The Son of Man.” As a matter of fact, at his trials, we find this: ““If you are the Christ,” they said, “tell us.” Jesus answered, “If I tell you, you will not believe me, and if I asked you, you would not answer. But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.” They all asked, “Are you then the Son of God?” He replied, “You are right in saying I am.” Then they said, “Why do we need any more testimony? We have heard it from his own lips.”” Luke 22:67-71, NIV. They wanted him to be plain about his claim to Godhood, Son of Man was not enough, Son of God was what they wanted to condemn him. We also find Jesus using the title “Son of Man” in the 3rd person. Jesus does not say I must suffer many things, be rejected and then killed; no it’s in the 3rd person, the Son of Man... Jesus made it vague for a reason. Because of the way that Jesus used it the leaders had insufficient legal evidence to condemn him until he said, “I am the Son of God”. Jesus’ preference for a safe title over a title that makes a clear statement of deity has led some to conclude that Jesus never intended to claim deity, Godhood. We find in Luke 9 and Matthew 16 privately with his disciples that he definitely accepts the clear title to Godhood.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 2

Pray or do: Ask God to give you a deeper and richer understanding of Jesus the Son of God – Son of Man.


Monday, March 22, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Son of Man – The Social Christ” John 2:1-11 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ

TEXT: "On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. 3 And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, 'They have no wine.' 4 Jesus said to her, 'Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.' 5 His mother said to the servants, 'Whatever He says to you, do it.' 6 Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. 7 Jesus said to them, 'Fill the waterpots with water.' And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And He said to them, 'Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.' And they took it. 9 When the master of the feast had tasted  the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. 10 And he said to him, 'Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!' 11 This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him." John 2:1-11

Last week we examined John’s Portrait of Christ in chapter one – Jesus The Son of God. This week we examine John’s Portrait of Christ in chapter two – Jesus, The Son of Man – The Social Christ.

In chapter 2 of John’s gospel we find Jesus at a wedding in Cana of Galilee. He along with the disciples is a guest of the festivities. He is socializing with the people. It is here He performs his first miracle since His anointing by the Holy Spirit. While the phrase “Son of Man” is not used here we find Jesus being social and interacting with the people. Let us look a little further in the gospels to find the occasion Jesus uses that term of Himself. The first 3 gospels all contain an episode with his disciples during the ministry of Jesus around Galilee. At this time Jesus knew a great deal about his death even though it was a few years in the future. “And it happened, as He was alone praying, that His disciples joined Him, and He asked them, saying, 'Who do the crowds say that I am?' 19 So they answered and said, 'John the Baptist, but some say Elijah; and others say that one of the old prophets has risen again.' 20 He said to them, 'But who do you say that I am?' Peter answered and said, 'The Christ of God.' 21 And He strictly warned and commanded them to tell this to no one, 22 saying, 'The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.' Luke 9:18-22. The plan was being orchestrated by God and also Jesus Christ to bring about the salvation of mankind through the cross. Part of the plan involved that phrase in Luke 9:22 that Jesus used- the Son of Man. For most of us this is not that big of a deal. Yes, Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Son of Man. Son of Man referring to his humanity and Son of God referring to his divinity, Godhood. However, for the people of that day, these terms had slightly different meanings. Where did this title come from? Mainly it comes from here: Daniel 7:13-14 'I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him. 14  Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, Which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one Which shall not be destroyed.” In this apocalyptic vision this son of man approached the heavenly throne of the Ancient of Days (who can do that?) while riding on the clouds. God gave him authority over all creation for eternity. What mortal man will have all that? Jews were looking for one who would be appointed by God to be ruler and judge over all.

(In the next devotional we will look at how Jesus used the term of Himself.)


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 2

Pray or do: Ask God to give you a deeper and richer understanding of Jesus the Son of God – Son of Man.


Friday, March 19, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Son of God” John 1:1-10 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ

TEXT: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him." John 1:1-10

The reason Jesus is The Son of God is because of His purpose for coming in the flesh. Yes! He was rejected by the world He created. They did not know him (by experience). They would not receive him. They were filled with doubt and willfully rejected Him. But this does not include all men for some do not receive Him. They believed in Him. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:” (John 1:12) They were born spiritually. Not by blood relationship nor by the decision of the will of a man. They were born spiritually by God Himself. It is through Jesus that they received power to become sons or daughters of God. I want to conclude today with the question, “What do you think of Jesus? Who Is he really?” These same questions have occupied the minds of men down through the centuries. It was the question that was continually raised during the Lord’s earthly ministry. As Jesus rode a donkey into the city of Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, the people turned to one another and asked, “Who is this?” (Matthew 21:10). Even his disciples asked the question among themselves when Jesus stilled the storm on the Sea of Galilee: “Who can this be, that even the winds and waves obey Him!” (Mark 4:41). When Herod first heard about Jesus he asked, “John I have beheaded but

who is this of whom I hear such things!” (Luke 9:9). That still remains the question, “Who Is Jesus?” and what you decide will determine your eternal destiny.

Is he...

 a good prophet,

 a great teacher,

 a wonderful role model, or

 is he more than that?

He certainly claimed to be more.


Larry Hudson


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Pray or do: Who is Jesus to you?

Bonus Material:

C.S. Lewis, British theologian and author of “The Chronicles of Narnia”, continues, "I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: ’I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.’ That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic - on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg - or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to." (C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, The MacMillan Company, 1960, pp. 40-41.)


Thursday, March 18, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Son of God”

John 1:1-10 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ

TEXT: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him." John 1:1-10 (NKJV)

Jesus is life and He came to give life. In John 1:4 John said, “In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” “He made the light of the material universe but He is the light of men.” Jesus said, “I am come that they may have life.” Observe where this light shines – The light shines in darkness. “I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. (John 12:46) “For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6 Observe the effect of its shining. “And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” (John 1:5) The darkness apprehended it not because it is the darkness of willful unbelief and their wicked deeds. “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” (John 3:19) Whether questioning God is okay or not depends on the motive. Questioning in search of knowledge with faith is okay. Many have done that in the Bible. Questioning because of unbelief is sin.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: See above scriptural references.

Pray or do: Who is Jesus to you?

Bonus Material:

Jesus said, “I and My Father are one." John 10:30

They are one in their attributes. Jesus is omnipresent as the Father is. “No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.” John 3:13

Jesus is omniscient (all knowing) as the Father is. “Now we are sure that You know all things, and have no need that anyone should question You. By this we believe that You came forth from God." John 16:30

Jesus is omnipotent as the Father is (all powerful). “who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.” Philippians 3:21

Jesus is unchangeable as the Father is. “All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.” Matthew 11:27


Wednesday, March 17, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Son of God”

John 1:1-10 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ

TEXT: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him." John 1:1-10 (NKJV)

Why do we believe that Jesus is the Son of God?

First of all He is eternal. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2  He was in the beginning with God.” (John 1:1-2) He is the “Word” who took on human flesh, “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.” (John 1:14) The Apostle Paul confirms this when he writes, “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14  in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. 15  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17  And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.” (Colossians 1:13-17)

The key to this is found in the phrase, “was in the beginning”. Was – (ane) – speaks of a time before the beginning of things. (vs. 1, 2, 4, 8, 9 and 10) “Was” is known as a durative imperfect, meaning “continued action.” In fact the sense of the entire verse is “In the beginning was continuing the Word, and the Word was continuing with God and the Word was continually God.” The Word was in the beginning. What beginning? Just as far back as you want to go. He was already there when the beginning was. “Well,” somebody says, “there has to be a beginning somewhere.” All right, wherever you begin, He is there to meet you, He is already past tense. (John Hamby) (John 8:58; Micah 5:2; Revelation 22:13) Jesus is “the Word” of God. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1) In Greek “Word” is logos which is the eternal counsel of God. Jesus being the “Word” indicates that the “Word” is separate and distinguishable from the Father. He is a separate person. In a simple yet profound way John offers us a glimpse of the Trinity. Jesus came to reveal who God is. He came as a servant (Philippians 2:7) with the purpose of glorifying God (Philippians 2:11)

Jesus was the creator of everything. In John 1:3 the apostle writes, “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” (Col. 1:16) In creation Jesus demonstrated his power. Smith and Lee wrote, “Without Him God did nothing, so Without Him we can do nothing”. So Jesus proved Himself as the Son of God through His eternal presence, in His being the “Word of God”, separate from the Father yet revealing who the Father is and in His power to create the universe.


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Pray or do: Who is Jesus to you?


Monday, March 15, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jesus, The Son of God” John 1:1-10 (Series – John’s Portrait of Christ

TEXT: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him." John 1:1-10 (NKJV)

In “the World’s Great Religions, Huston Smith observed, “Only two people ever astounded their contemporaries so much that the question they evoked was not “Who is he?” They were Jesus and Buddha. The answers these two gave were exactly THE OPPOSITE. Buddha said unequivocally that he was a mere man, not a god – almost as if he foresaw later attempts to

worship him. Jesus, on the other hand, claimed…to be divine?” The Jesus Complex Joseph Klausner wrote, “It is universally admitted…that Christ taught the purest and sublimest ethics… which throws the moral precepts and maxims of the wisest men of antiquity far into the shade. Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount has been called the most superlative teaching of human ethics ever uttered by an individual. In fact, much of what we know today as ‘equal rights’ actually is the result of Jesus’ teaching.” This week I listen to a LGBT so called minister say that Jesus was a racist because of the way he spoke and dealt with the Syrophoenician women. Jesus was not a racist. He did not repent nor need to repent. He did not call her a dog. He used the expression that was used in that day by the Jews of those of other races and it was used in His testing of her faith. She responded with faith and Jesus responded by healing her daughter, doing the same thing he would have done if she had been Jewish. Jesus could not be without sin and have committed sin. He even said that He came to give His life for the world. Deacon Bob Schnell wrote, “the proof of whether or not someone is a racist – by which is meant someone who is prejudiced against another by reason of that person’s race – is how a person acts.” God cares about people regardless of their ethnicity, nationality, and social status according to Deut. 10:17-19. Paul state unequivocally, “We are all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body – whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free – and we were all given the one Spirit to drink” 1 Corinthians 12:13. Reference (James 2:9, Acts 10:34-35; Revelation 7:9-10; Ephesians 2:14-18).  Historian Will Durant, a non-Christian, said of Jesus that “he lived and struggled unremittingly for ‘equal rights’; in modern times he would have been sent to Siberia. ‘He that is greatest among you, let him be your servant’ this is the inversion of all political wisdom, of all sanity.” The gospel according to John is different from the synoptic gospels. The Gospel of John was one of the last books of the New Testament to be written. It appears to be written from the city of Ephesus where the apostle John was the pastor after the destruction of Temple in Jerusalem in A.D. 70. The first three gospel accounts had already been written and were in circulation. For this reason, John did not recount many of the events already recorded in the other Gospels, nor did he set out to write a chronological account of the life of Jesus.

In fact, John states his purpose in writing this account in John 20:31, “but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” John offers two primary reasons for his writing, that you might believe in Christ as your Savior and having believed you might have life. Jesus, The Son of God connects Jesus’ divine sonship with his royal office as Messiah. It demonstrates His divinity thus salvation and His High Priesthood.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 1

Pray or do: Who is Jesus to you?


Friday, March 12, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Stand Up – Be a Man” 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

TEXT: "Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done with love." 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

In order to “Stand Up” you must be strong. Here Paul is using a passive form of the verb which means “be strengthened” or increase in strength (Thayer’s Greek Lexicon). In Ephesians 6:10 it is “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.” And to the Philippian believers he writes, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. Philippians 4:13. We need strong Christians who can persevere against hardship, who can sustain hope in the midst of tragedy, who can encourage others by their example and their Christian commitment, consistency, and compassion. We need strong Christians who will resist Satan and the world standing in defense of the Gospel against the forces of darkness. In order to stand you must have a firm foundation. In order to have a firm foundation you must know the word of God for yourself. To become and stay strong as believers we must:

 Read your Bible daily. The word of God is spiritual food which will give you strength. –

Psalm 119:28 “…Strengthen me according to Your word.”

 Pray regularly. Through prayer, we speak with God. Luke 21:36 (HCSB) But be alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place and to stand before the Son of Man.”

 Fellowship with other Christians. Proverbs 27:17 “Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.”

 Put on the Armor God has given us. Ephesians 6:10-11 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

Paul concludes with the next verse which says that all that you do must be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:14 (NKJV) May all your actions be motivated by love. It doesn’t matter if a man is strong, brave, and watchful if he doesn’t act out of love. We should be careful that Christ’s love not only reigns in our hearts, but that it also shines in our lives. – copied

Philippians 2:15 says, “that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 14:15, 1 John 4:11

Pray or do: How are you standing for Christ and the gospel?


Thursday, March 11, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Stand Up – Be a Man” 1

Corinthians 16:13-14

TEXT: "Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done with love". 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

In the KJV it goes like this, “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong” 1 Corinthians 16:13 (KJV)

Quit you like men – “andrizo” is literally “play the man”. The term Paul used means, to render one manly or brave; to show one's self a man; that is, not to be a coward, or timid, or alarmed at enemies, but to be bold and brave. Paul is using a military command “Act like men” In light of the spiritual war that is raging around us it’s time for us to grow up and show the courage to live radically courageous and bold Christian lives. There is a great lack of spiritual maturity among Christians which is the source of most of the turmoil that occurs within churches and of Christians falling prey to doctrinal heresy and being distracted by the world. Ephesians 6:14 “we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting” Be not like children tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine; 

 let your understanding receive the truth;

 let your judgment determine on the absolute necessity of retaining it;

 and give up life rather than give up the testimony of God.

Peter says, “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18

Many Christians have a peter-pan syndrome where they want to live in a child';s care-free attitude toward life, doing whatever makes them feel good, avoiding anything that might obligate them, and have committed themselves to non-commitment. Paul uses this self-illustration. He writes, “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 1 Corinthians 13:11 Paul is telling the Corinthians to grow up and behave in a manly manner, not to be fickle children but have the

courage to live for Christ in a world that is hostile to Christianity.


Larry Hudson


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Read: 1 Corinthians 13

Pray or do: How will you grow in grace and knowledge today in order to develop spiritual maturity?


Wednesday, March 10, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Stand Up – Be a Man” 1

Corinthians 16:13-14

TEXT: "Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave,  be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done with love." 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

Paul tells us to “stand fast”. If you are not “watching” you will not be able to obey the command to “stand fast”. It is almost impossible to stand when you are sleeping. Also, this is a military command and to be found sleeping is an executable offense. Those who were found sleeping while guarding endangered those whom they are responsible to protect. As good Christian soldiers we are commanded to stand fast in the faith. We are commanded by Christ, “Don’t break the ranks!” Be firm in holding and defending the truths of the Bible. Do not yield to any foe, but maintain the truth, and hold fast to your confidence in God and to the doctrines of the gospel with unwavering constancy. As believers in Jesus Christ, we are engaged in spiritual warfare with unseen wicked forces. To overcome our enemy in the power of the Holy Spirit, we must remain resolute in our confidence in God and determine never to accept defeat. A story from the Korean War illustrates this attitude.

As enemy forces advanced, Baker Company was cut off from the rest of their unit. For several hours no word was heard, even though headquarters repeatedly tried to communicate with the missing troops. Finally a faint signal was received. Straining to hear, the corpsman asked, ";Baker Company, do you read me?" "This is Baker Company," came the reply. "What is your situation?" asked the corpsman. "The enemy is to the east of us, the enemy is to the west of us, the enemy is to the north of us, the enemy is to the south of us." Then after a brief pause, the sergeant from Baker Company said with determination, ";The enemy is not going to get away from us now!"  Although surrounded and outnumbered, he was thinking of victory, not defeat. 'A great Oak is only a little nut that held its ground’.


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Read: Galatians 5:1; Ephesians 6:13-14

Pray or do: How are you watching for the enemy of your soul and his tactics? What do you do to “stand fast”?

Bonus Material:

As a young man Philip was kidnapped and held as a hostage in Greece. There he remained for several years. During this time he received a military education. Then he returned to his homeland, which had conceded many defeats and had lost much land. Within five years he had become king. Philip II of Macedon desperately needed his army to stand firm. He is remembered for two major innovations. First is the sarissa, a very long spear. Second is a rectangular military

formation known as a phalanx. A core of highly-trained infantrymen armed with Philip’s longer spears stood shoulder to shoulder in files normally eight men deep. As long as they stood firm and did not break rank they were virtually invincible and struck fear into the hearts of their enemies. Using this tactic, Philip united the city-states of Greece and took the city of Philippi (which is named after him) in 356 BC. – copied


Monday, March 8, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Stand Up – Be a Man” 1

Corinthians 16:13-14

TEXT: "Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done with love." 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

William Jones, captain of the Marines on the 28-gun frigate the Providence, advertised in the March 20, 1779 Providence (R.I.) Gazette the need for 'a few good Men' to engage in 'a short Cruise' giving the Marine Corps a recruiting slogan they would use two hundred years later.  In Ezekiel 22, God was looking for a man who would stand in the gap to lead the nation of Israel in His way. Among all Israel, God found none who would stand up and therefore God allowed national destruction and degeneration to occur. I believe that God is looking for a few good men to “man up” and stand in the gap for Christ today. Paul in the closing of his first epistle to the church at Corinth lays out some very practical advice on Christian living, calling for Christian men to “Stand up and man up”. While his focus is primarily toward men it is also great advice for anyone within the Body of Christ. There is a cost or price for standing for the gospel of Jesus Christ:

 loss of popularity/notoriety

 loss of friends/friendships

 loss of family members

So! What are you standing for?

When we talk about standing we are speaking in the terms of belief or what you know is right in the sight of God. There is a blessing in standing for the gospel of Jesus Christ: Eternal life and the assurance of His presence in the midst of the storms of our life. Yes! There are times when it seems that God is silent, times when we are tempted to doubt God care of us and even doubt His existence. Corrie Ten Boom was sent to a Nazi Concentration camp. Her father died ten days after their capture. Corrie and her sister Betsie would endure much suffering during their time there. Corrie wrote two statements which speak to us today. The first statement is “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God” and the second statement is “When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark. You don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer.” Before Betsie died she told Corrie “There is no pit so dep that he (God) is not deeper still”. Twelve days later Corrie was released. Her release was a clerical error. One week after her release the women of Corrie’s age were sent to the gas chamber. Corrie was delivered to tell her story and the other women died but not before they had been led to faith in Christ. They were in  “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may  “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may Christ presence – a place of joy forevermore (Psalm 16:11).  In verse 13 of our text Paul tells the Corinthians to be watchful, alert, aware, and awake. Keep your eyes open for the attacks and activities of Satan. Peter wrote,Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8

Far too many of us claiming to be followers of Christ are slumbering along having been lulled to sleep by the lullabies of the world and Satan. Paul was telling the Thessalonica believers, “Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. 7  For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. 8  But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.” 1 Thessalonians 5:6-8


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: 1 Corinthians 16

Pray or do: How will you answer the question, “What are you standing for?”



Friday, March 5, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Love Expressed” Third in a series “Amazing Love” Matthew 22:38-40

Text: “This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the

Prophets." Matthew 22:38-40

Did you know there was an eleventh commandment? Peter wrote, “Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one

another fervently with a pure heart,” (1 Peter 1:22)

There are eleven Commandments—the ten given by God through Moses, and the eleventh, the New Commandment given by the Lord Jesus: "That ye love one another as I have loved you." We love the Lord Whom we have not seen (1:8); we must love our brethren whom we have seen and do see. The latter is indeed the test of the former. “If someone says, 'I love God,' and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?” 1 John 4:20 Religions things are good but they can enslave a person if he is not careful. They enslave you when they are the most important thing you do and you neglect, ignore and fail to demonstrate love to those in need. In fact, a man loves God only if he truly loves his neighbor. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one

another." John 13:34-35


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Read: John 13

Pray or do: How will you apply the Eleventh Commandment this week?

Bonus Material:

Sermons in Shoes

In Birmingham, Alabama, many years ago lived a Presbyterian pastor, James Bryan. Throughout the city he was known as 'Brother Bryan.' There were many preachers stronger in pulpit oratory, but none preached better sermons than he did with his life. Like Jesus, he went about doing good. It was a common thing for him to come home on a cold day without his overcoat. He had given it to some poor man who had none. One spring day he was driving a horse and buggy through the countryside. He saw a farmer standing dejectedly in the field. It was time for his spring plowing, but his only horse lay dead. Brother Bryan unhitched his horse and gave it to the man, and then walked home. It was fitting that when his biography was written it was called A Sermon in Shoes. John Donne might well have had persons like him in mind when he said, "Of all the commentaries on the Scriptures, good examples are the best."

Go, and do thou likewise! My Favorite Illustrations.


Thursday, March 4, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Love Expressed” Third in a series “Amazing Love” Matthew 22:38-40

Text: “This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets." Matthew 22:38-40

Jesus tells us that love includes all the commandments. In fact, the term 'the law and the prophets' is a term often used to refer to all Scripture. What Christ really says is that all Scripture hangs on love for God and love for one's neighbor. Christ actually paints a picture by using the word 'hang'. He says that love for God is a hanger and love for neighbor is a hanger. Upon these two hangers hang all that God has ever said, whether commandments or revelation of truth, or practice of ceremony and ritual. The sum and substance of all that God has said and done is love. And the sum and substance of all that God wants of man is love: love of God and love of neighbor. For "Love is the fulfilling of the law" (Romans 13:10). "Now the end of the commandment is love out of a pure heart" (1 Tim. 1:5). "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets" (Matthew 7:12).


Larry Hudson


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Read: Romans 13:8-14

Pray or do: Who can you demonstrate the love of God too this week?


Wednesday, March 3, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Love Expressed” Third in a series “Amazing Love” Matthew 22:38-40

Text: “This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the

Prophets." Matthew 22:38-40

The great commandment to love God flows downward into another great commandment—to love our neighbor as ourselves. "God commendeth [demonstrated] His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us"; (Romans 5:8). When a man really sees the love of God for him, he cannot help but love God and share the love of God with his neighbors. It is the love of Christ for us, His death and sacrifice that compels us to go and love all men everywhere. "We love him, because he first loved us....and this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also" (1 John 4:19, 21) (2 Cor. 5:14-15).

We are to love ourselves. There is a corrupt love of self that feels the world should center on oneself. This self-love...

 wants all attention centered around oneself

 pushes self forward

 insists on one's own way

 demands and revels in recognition

 shows conceit and ignores others.

However, there is a godly love for self that is natural and pleasing to God. It is a love that stirs a strong self-image, confidence, and assurance. It is a love that even helps in preventing some illnesses such as ulcers, tension, and high blood pressure. The godly love of self comes from knowing three things. That one is actually the creation of God: That one is actually the object of God's love: That one is actually the trustee of God's gifts. The godly love of self has three traits that are clearly seen. It esteems others better than self. It does esteem self ever so highly as God's glorious creation, but it esteems others more highly. (Phil. 2:3). It looks on the things of others. It looks on one's own things as a trustee of God's

gifts, but it also looks on the things of others. (Phil. 2:4). It walks humbly before others.  "But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted" (Matthew 23:11-12). (1 Peter 5:5).

We are to love our neighbor as ourselves. To love our neighbor is a command, not an option. To love our neighbor arouses the question: Who is our neighbor? Christ answers the question Himself in the Parable of the Good Samaritan. A good neighbor is he that shows mercy on any who need mercy—even if the needy person is socially despised (Luke 10:25-37, esp. Luke 10:36-37). To love our neighbor is a very practical command. It involves some very practical acts that are spelled out in Scripture. 1 Cor. 13 Between loving our self and loving our neighbor is loving our family. The home life can be the training ground in how we are to love God. We identify 1 Corinthians with the love of one spouse for another. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, Ephesians 5:25 If you love your family in God and for God then you cannot love them too much. In the love a husband has for his wife or the wife for her husband we have a dim reflection of the love the Christ has for His church.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: 1 Corinthians 13

Pray or do: What “neighbor” have you shown the love of God too recently?

Bonus Material:

Love Made the Difference. Someone has illustrated love as the fulfilling of the law in this way: A woman was married to a man whom she did not love. He made her get up every morning at five o'clock, cook his breakfast, and serve it at six o'clock sharp. He made her wait on him, and was exacting in his demands on her time. Her life was made miserable trying to satisfy the requests of her husband. Finally he died. After a few years she married again. This time she married a man whom she really loved. One day while clearing out some old papers, she came across the strict set of rules her former husband had written out for her to obey. Carefully she read them over. 'Get up at five. Serve breakfast at six sharp.' On and on she read. Then she stopped and thought, and realized that she was fulfilling every single one of his demands, but she had not realized it because this time she was doing it for love's sake. So it is not difficult to serve the Lord Jesus when we

really love Him. Sunday School Superintendent Knight';s Master Book of New Illustrations.


Monday, March 1, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Love Expressed” Third in a

series “Amazing Love” Matthew 22:38-40

Text: “This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law of the

Prophets." Matthew 22:38-40

Christ gave a second commandment: "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." (Leviticus 19:18.) The lawyer had not asked for the second greatest commandment, but the first commandment is abstract. It cannot be seen or understood standing by itself. There has to be a demonstration, an act, something done for love to be seen and understood. A profession of love without demonstration is empty. Love is not known without showing it.  The first thing we need to know is that love is an active experience. That is what Christ is pointing out. Love for God acts. Love acts by showing and demonstrating itself. It is inaccurate and foolish for a man to say,'I love God,' and then be inactive and dormant, doing nothing for God. If he truly loves God, he will do things for God. Any person who loves does things for the one loved. The primary thing God wants from us is love for our neighbors, not the doing of religious things. Doing religious things is good, but it is not the first thing God wants. God wants us to make loving our neighbor the first order of our lives. To do religious things is only dealing with things such as:

 rituals

 observances

 ordinances and

 laws

Such things are

 lifeless

 unfeeling and

 unresponsive

 They are immaterial

They are not helped by our doing them; we alone are helped. They make us feel good and religious which is beneficial to our growth, but religious things are not what demonstrates our love for God. Loving our neighbor is what proves our love for God. A man may say he loves God, but if he hates and acts unkindly and spitefully toward his neighbor, everyone knows his religion is profession only.  "If a man says, 'I love God,' and hate his brother, he is a liar: for he that loves not his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment have we from him, that he who loves God loves his brother also" (1 John 4:20-21).” POSB Commentary


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Read: Our text.

Pray or do: What “neighbor” have you shown the love of God to recently?


Friday, February 25, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “I Love You God” Matthew 22: 34-40 Second in a series “Amazing Love”

Text: "Jesus said to him, 'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' 38 This is the first and great commandment. Matthew 22:37-38.  A part of Jesus response comes from Deuteronomy 10:12-13. 'And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,  and to keep the commandments of the LORD and His statutes which I command you today for your good?  In it are these five commands which require obedience:

1. Fear the Lord your God. (vs. 12)

2. Walk in all His ways.

3. Love Him with all your heart and soul.

4. Serve Him with all your heart and soul.

5. Keep His commandments and statutes (vs. 13)

We are to keep the commandments of Christ. He said,  'If you love Me, keep My commandments.” John 14:15  Jesus also includes a part of Deuteronomy 30:6 “circumcise thine heart” This is true circumcision, of which fleshly circumcision was only a picture. (Rom. 2:25-29; Php. 3:3-5; Col. 2:11). Circumcision of the heart means taking away all hindrances to obeying truth. (Deut. 10:16; Jer. 32:39; Ezek. 11:19; 36:26).


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: Our text.

Pray or do: Where is God on your list of priorities? Does God get the best of your time? 

Does he get the first of your income? 

Do you love the Lord?

Bonus Material:

What's on Your Mind?

A man sat on the second row each night during the revival meeting. He never took his eyes off the preacher, but no matter what the preacher said, the man never changed his expression. He didn't join in laughter at the funny stories; neither did he weep at the sad stories. This intrigued the preacher, so that he was determined to find out what was on the man's mind. Finally, one night he pointed to the man and asked, "Tell me, what are you thinking about?" Impulsively the man shot back, "Pigs!"  Confronted with the preaching of the gospel and all he had on his mind was pigs! My Favorite Illustrations.


Thursday, February 24, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “I Love You God” Matthew 22: 34-40 Second in a series “Amazing Love”

Text: "Jesus said to him, 'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the first and great commandment. Matthew 22:37-38  Why and how do we love God? The psalmist David gives us some insight. “I love the LORD, because He has heard My voice and my supplications. 2 Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live. 3 The pains of death surrounded me, And the pangs of Sheol laid hold of me; I found trouble and sorrow. 4  Then I called upon the name of the LORD: 'O LORD, I implore You, deliver my soul!' 5  Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; Yes, our God is merciful. 6  The LORD preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me. 7  Return to your rest, O my soul, For the LORD has dealt bountifully with you. 8  For You have delivered my soul from death, My eyes from tears, And my feet from falling. 9  I will walk before the LORD In the land of the living. 10  I believed, therefore I spoke, I am greatly afflicted. 11  I said in my haste, All men are liars. 12 What shall I render to the LORD For all His benefits toward me? 13  I will take up the cup of salvation, And call upon the name of the LORD. 14  I will pay my vows to the LORD Now in the presence of all His people. 15  Precious in the sight of the LORD Is the death of His saints. 16  O LORD, truly I am Your servant; I am Your servant, the son of Your maidservant; You have loosed my bonds. 17  I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, And will call upon the name of the LORD. 18  I will pay my vows to the LORD Now in the presence of all His people, 19  In the courts of the LORD'S house, In the midst of you, O Jerusalem. Praise the LORD!'” Psalm 116:1-19  Why? What has the Lord done for me? “I love the Lord because…” (vs 1)  He heard my voice and request. He saved me. God has dealt bountifully with me. God has What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits towards me? Therefore I will:

1. Call upon Him (His Name) (vs. 2, 13)

2. Walk before the Lord while I live (vs. 9)

3. I will pay my vows before God’s people (vs. 14, 18)

4. I will offer up the sacrifice of Thanksgiving to the Lord (vs. 17)

If you want to know if God is number one, look at your calendar and your check book register.

These tell us what our true priorities are. We show our families that we love them by placing them at the top of our list of priorities; we show God that we love him by placing him at the top of our list.


Larry Hudson


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Pray or do: How will you honor the Lord for all His benefits towards you?



Wednesday, February 23, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “I Love You God” Matthew 22: 34-40 Second in a series “Amazing Love”

Text: "Jesus said to him, 'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.'"; This is the first and great commandment. Matthew 22:37-38

The first place one must begin in order to truly love God is to establish a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. The “your” in our text “You shall love the Lord your God” establishes the fact that you must have a personal relationship with God through Christ. Loving God is an act that is alive and active, not dead and inactive. We are, therefore, to maintain a personal relationship with God that is alive and active. You must love God with all of your being. Christ breaks our being into three parts: the “heart, the soul, and the mind”. Love for God must come from:

1. The heart: all inward affections (all verses in our text)

2. The soul: all consciousness (all verses in our text)

3. The mind: all thoughts (Matthew 22:37)

4. Strength: physical ability (Deut. 6:5)

While a person's heart, soul, and mind can be focused upon anything, God demands that we focus our whole being upon Him. Love is man's chief duty. Man is responsible to maintain a loving relationship with God. Very practically, loving God involves the very same factors that loving a person involves. A loving relationship involves commitment and loyalty. True love does not covet; it does not care for a carnal definition of love that allows fleshly acts and sensual relationships with others. The first commandment deals with commitment and loyalty. A personal relationship can be maintained only through communication: we must talk to God and allow God to talk to us through prayer, His Word, and the presence of His Spirit. A loving relationship involves trust and respect for the person loved. We love God because of Himself, because He is who He is. We love Him because...

 He is the Creator and Sustainer of life.

 He is the Savior and Redeemer of our souls.

 He is the Lord and Owner of our lives.

A loving relationship involves the giving and surrendering of oneself. The root of sin is the temptation to control our loves. We do not like the word surrender because in our culture it means to give up, to quit. The biblical use of the word is to yield or submit. When we surrender our lives to Jesus, we give him control. (See Bonus Material below) A loving relationship involves knowing and sharing. We are to know and share with God, learning, growing, working, and serving ever so closely with Him.


Larry Hudson


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Pray or do:

Bonus Material:

Bruce Larson tells how he helped people struggling to surrender their lives to Christ: For many years I worked in New York City and counseled at my office any number of people who were wrestling with this yes-or-no decision. Often I would suggest they walk with me from my office down to the RCA Building on Fifth Avenue. In the entrance of that building is a gigantic statue of Atlas, a beautifully proportioned man who, with all his muscles straining, is holding the world upon his shoulders. There he is, the most powerfully built man in the world, and he can barely stand up under this burden. ’Now that’s one way to live,’ I would point out to my companion, ’trying to carry the world on your shoulders. But now come across the street with me. 'On the other side of Fifth Avenue is Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, and there behind the high altar is a little shrine of the boy Jesus, perhaps eight or nine years old, and with no effort he is holding the world in one hand.' My point was illustrated graphically. We have a choice. We can carry the world on our shoulders, or we can say, ’I give up, Lord; here’s my life. I give you my world, the whole world.’ Bruce Larson, Believe and Belong.


Monday, February 22, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “I Love You God” Matthew 22: 34-40 Second in a series “Amazing Love”

Text: "You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength." Deuteronomy 6:5  "And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13  and to keep the commandments of the LORD and His statutes which I command you today for your good?" Deuteronomy 10:12-13 "And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live." Deuteronomy 30:6 "Jesus said to him, 'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul,

and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment.'" Matthew 22:37-38  "But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36 'Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?' 37 Jesus said to him, 'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets." Matthew 22:34-40

“Jesus had just met His third group of challengers, the Sadducees. He had silenced and routed them. The Pharisees, the strict religionists of that day, heard about Christ conquering His challengers again. In their minds, His threat to their security had increased. All three attempts to discredit Him had failed. They felt that they must somehow discredit Him before the people in order to break His hold on them. There was a very live possibility that the people might follow through with their proclaiming Him to be the Messiah by rising up against the Roman authorities. The responsibility for such action, of course, would lie at their feet as Jewish leaders; and they would be replaced as the ruling body of the Sanhedrin, losing their position, authority, esteem, and livelihood. They met together to plan and plot again. This time they took a different approach. They had, over the last few hours, challenged Christ as a body of questioners; now they chose from among their body one who was most brilliant and versed in the law, a lawyer or a Scribe. However, there was something about this brilliant lawyer that the others did not know. Apparently, his heart had been touched by Christ. There are two indications of this. First, Mark tells us that the man was present when Christ was 'reasoning together' with the Sadducees (Mark 12:28), and he perceived 'that [Christ] had answered them well.' Second, at the conclusion of his own discussion with Christ, Christ said to the man, 'Thou art not far from the kingdom of God' (Mark 12:34). This indicates that the lawyer had been in deep thought about Christ and was under conviction. Something about Christ struck a chord within this man. His heart was touched and stirred rather deeply. True, he was being put forward by the official body to challenge Christ; but personally, the spirit, the wisdom, the self-consciousness, the authority—something about Christ when He was answering the Sadducees—had stirred his heart to wonder and to want to search more into Christ. Christ used the occasion to teach man the greatest provision and duty of human life: love. Love will provide for every need man has; therefore, love is the greatest duty of man.” POSB Commentary

The question of how we are to love God arises in the Great commandment of the law. The religious leaders of the Jewish people had the law. The Scribes divided them into 248 affirmative ones to correspond with the number of the members of the body, and 365 negative ones to correspond with days of the year, making 613 commandments, the number of letters in the Decalogue (Ten Commandments). They considered some great and some small, so here Jesus was being tempted as to whether He was in harmony with accepted truth or not. Which is the great commandment in the law? Christ's answer was powerful; it is an eye opener to people steeped in man-made religions.


Larry Hudson


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Friday, February 19, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “The Amazing Love of God”

John 3:14-21 First in a series “Amazing Love”

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 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. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God. John 3:14-21

Our text this week reveals that intense suffering is implied in the fact of God giving up His Son unto the death for us all, and in that the Son yielded Himself to be lifted up upon the Cross for the sins of the world. “Then Jesus said to them, "When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things.” John 8:28 Our sin caused soul agony for the Father and the Son. Sin is such a fearful thing that even God Himself cannot deal with it but at the expense of terrible personal suffering. The only way a person can be transformed into a child of God is through the sufferings of God – giving up His Son, and the Son shedding His blood for us. “Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. Acts 20:28

The Love of God is:

1. Inextinguishable in its flame of affection Song of Songs 8:7

2. Limitless in its flow of supply Romans 8:32-37

3. Untiring in its attention of service John 13:12

4. Indispensable in its sustenance of grace Ephesians 2:4-5

5. Instant in its readiness of help 2 Corinthians 14

6. Unchangeable in its character 1 John 4:16

7. Inseparable in its strength of holding Romans 8:9


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. Read: John 3

Pray or do: How have you responded to The Amazing Love of God

Bonus Material:

“God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 Here we see the infinite width of the love of God, it was the world that God so loved so much that He gave His only begotten Son. It was not to a nation He gave His Son; it was not the good people; it was not only the people who loved Him; it was the world.

• The unlovable and the unlovely,

• the lonely who have no one else to love them,

• the one who loves God and the one who never thinks of God,

• the one who rests in the love of God and the one who spurns the love of God ALL are included in this vast inclusive love, the love of God.

As St. Augustine said: "God loves each one of us as if there was only one of us to love."



Wednesday, February 17, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “The Amazing Love of God”

John 3:14-21 First in a series “Amazing Love”

Text: And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 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. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God. John 3:14-21

In Greek there are three words for love. Phileo means brotherly love, the affection between family or friends. Eros refers to romantic or sexual love. However the word used for God’s love, is agape, a term absolutely distinct from the words used to describe human relations. It is the perfect, unfathomable, unconditional love of God. It refers to a sacrificial love. It is completely unselfish, forgiving, and dedicated to your complete welfare. Now on our own we cannot generate or experience this kind of love, it can only come from God.  God does not just do loving acts, His whole being is love! God’s love is eternal and consistent, in fact the truth of the matter is God has always loved you, and He always will love you. “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,” Ephesians 2:4.  The depth and intensity of God's love can only be measured by the unworthiness of the objects, and the greatness of the Gift.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 3

Pray or do: How will you imitate the Love of God this week?

Bonus Material:

Love's Superlativeness

1. Love is seen in its highest form—1 John 3:16.

2. Love is revealed in its lowest stoop—1 John 4:9.

3. Love is made known in its purest grace—1 John 4:10.

4. Love is manifest in its greatest sacrifice—John 3:16.

5. Love is unveiled in its sublimest essence—1 John 4:8.

6. Love is bestowed in its mightiest power—1 John 4:16.

7. Love is communicated in its intense blessing—1 John 4:17-21.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “The Amazing Love of God” John 3:14-21 First in a series “Amazing Love”

Text: And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 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. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God. John 3:14-21

Sometimes Christianity is presented in such a way that it sounds as if God had to be pacified, as if God had to be persuaded to forgive. Some people draw a picture of a stern, angry, unforgiving, legal God, and a gentle, loving, forgiving Jesus. Sometimes we present the Christian message in such a way that it sounds as if Jesus did something which changed the attitude of God to us from condemnation to forgiveness. But this text tells us that it was with God that it all started. It’s all too easy to think of God as looking at mankind in our heedlessness and our disobedience and our rebellion and saying:

• ‘I'll break them:

• I'll humble them and lash them,

• I’ll discipline them and punish them,

• I’ll scourge them until they come back to me.

It is easy to think of God as seeking the allegiance of mankind in order to satisfy His own desire for power, and His own desire for what we might call a completely subject universe. “BUT God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” The tremendous thing about this text is that it shows us God acting, not for His own sake, but for our sake. It was not to satisfy His desire for power that God acted. And it was not to bring the universe into submission. Rather and more importantly it was to satisfy His love. God is not like an absolute monarch who treats each person as a subject to be reduced to an abject obedience. God is the Father who cannot be happy until His wandering children have come home. God does not smash us into submission rather He yearns over us and woos us into His loving relationship.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 2

Pray or do: What do you think of God? 

Why?

Bonus Material:

Love of God

1. Unmerited in its object—1 John 4:10.

2. Unsought in its action—Rom. 5:8.

3. Universal in its offer—John 3:16.

4. Unbounded in its work—Eph. 2:4.

5. Unknown in its fullness—Eph. 3:19.

6. Unbroken in its ministry—Rom. 8:39.

7. Unending in its character—Jer. 31:3.

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Monday, February 15, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “The Amazing Love of God” John 3:14-21 First in a series “Amazing Love”

Text: "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 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. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God." John 3:14-21

This is the first devotional this week on “The Amazing Love of God”. Next week’s message will be about how we are to love God and then the last sermon in this series will be about how we are to love one another.  To understand about this amazing love of God we first must know about the great need that man has. "How can these things be?" said Nicodemus, in answer to Christ's most searching statements regarding the 'new birth.' The verses indicated above may be taken as our Lord's full and perfect explanation of how a man can be 'born again' even when he is old. As

such they are of vital significance to every man. These scriptures contain the revelation of a great need. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, John 3:14. There was great need for Moses lifting up the serpent in the wilderness, because it was God's remedy for a serpent-poisoned people. So must the Son of Man be lifted up for a sin-poisoned world. The lifting up of the serpent was to attract the eye of the perishing, that they might look and live. Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12. Jesus is lifted up that men may look to him for the healing of their souls.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: John 1

Pray or do: What does Jesus claim about Himself in vs 13-15? 

Do you believe it? 

If so what have you done about it

or what will you do about it?



Friday, February 12, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jonah Silenced” Jonah 4:7-11

Text: But as morning dawned the next day God prepared a worm, and it so damaged the plant that it withered. 8 And it happened, when the sun arose, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat on Jonah's head, so that he grew faint. Then he wished death for himself, and said, "It is better for me to die than to live." 9 Then God said to Jonah,"Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?" And he said, "It is right for me to be angry, even to death! 10 But the LORD said, "You have had pity on the plant for which you have not labored, nor made it grow, which came up in a night and perished in a night. 11 And should I not pity Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot discern between their right hand and their left--and much livestock?" Jonah 4:7-11

God uses two powerful arguments to silence the doubts and fears of His servant. The first is an argument from the point of view of God’s sovereignty. “But the LORD said, "You have had pity on the plant for which you have not labored, nor made it grow, which came up in a night and perished in a night.” Jonah 4:10 God has a right to do as He will with His own. Proud man would even question this right and show displeasure at God's dealings, because he cannot comprehend His meaning. They are presumptive to think that the purposes of God are to be subordinated to the reasoning’s of men. Paul reminds us in his argument for God’s sovereignty, “But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, why have you made me like this?" Romans 9:20 Next God argues from the point of pity. “And should I not pity Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot discern between their right hand and their left--and much livestock?" Jonah 4:11. The Lord reminds Jonah that there are 120 thousand persons in Nineveh that cannot discern between the right hand and the left many of which were infants. What a place the children have in the heart of God; what a claim their utter helplessness makes upon Divine mercy. Nineveh was spared, partly through the mute intercession of these infant priests. You cannot tell how much your home has been blessed because of these helpless children. We hear no more from Jonah. God has silenced him. Jonah allows God to have the final word and so should we. God’s Word will silence our arguments with him. A writer reminds us “Don't keep up a controversy with the Almighty. Yield your will to Him, and what you cannot grasp

with the intellect, believe with the heart.”


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: Jonah 4

Pray or do: God will bless those whom He conquers. Have you allowed him to conquer you?


“There is a story in ancient history of a monarch who, when some of his subjects rebelled against him, subdued them then loaded them with precious gifts. One of his nobles asked why he was so kind to his enemies. He said, "I subdued them by my power, I must now win them by my love." It is thus that Jesus Christ, the greater than Jonah, would win us to Himself.”


Wednesday, February 10, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jonah Silenced” Jonah 4:7-11

Text: But as morning dawned the next day God prepared a worm, and it so damaged the plant that it withered. 8 And it happened, when the sun arose, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat on Jonah&'s head, so that he grew faint. Then he wished death for himself, and said, "It is better for me to die than to live." 9 Then God said to Jonah, "Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?" And he said, "It is right for me to be angry, even to death!" 10 But the LORD said, "You have had pity on the plant for which you have not labored, nor made it grow, which came up in a night and perished in a night. 11 And should I not pity Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot discern between their right hand and their left--and much livestock?" Jonah 4:7-11  

God now ask another question, "Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?" Jonah 4:9a  Jonah's answer was that of a man who is perfectly honest, but whose heart was likely to deceive him. "It is right for me to be angry, even to death!" Jonah 4:9b  God is trying to teach Jonah a lesson here. It is “Sin” that “works death” in individuals and in nations. Nineveh was a wicked nation but Israel had also turned away from God with its idolatry. These sins were the worm affecting those nations. They like any nation needs to remember that “Righteousness exalts a nation”. Nineveh was going in that direction. They were seeking God by humbling themselves in prayer and fasting. God is faithful to His word, “Them that honor me, I will honor” (1 Samuel 2:30).  Jonah had been more concerned about his own comfort and justification than he was about the salvation of a wicked city. It is faith in God that will put an end to self-interest and self-promotion.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: Jonah 4

Pray or do: Pray for all levels of our government to make righteous decisions that will allow God to exalt our naton.



Tuesday, February 9, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jonah Silenced” Jonah 4:7 11

Text: But as morning dawned the next day God prepared a worm, and it so damaged the plant that it withered. 8 And it happened, when the sun arose, that God prepared avehement east wind; and the sun beat on Jonah's head, so that he grew faint. Then he wished death for himself, and said, "It is better for me to die than to live. 9 Then God said to Jonah, "Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?" And he said, "It is right for me to be angry, even to death!" 10 But the LORD said, "You have had pity on the plant for which you have not labored, nor made it grow, which came up in a night and perished in a night. 11 And should I not pity Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot discern between their right hand and their left--and much livestock?" Jonah 4:7-11

The overcoming trial begins. “And it happened, when the sun arose, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat on Jonah's head, so that he grew faint…” Jonah 4:8

It is a sad thing when someone’s joys are bound up in their circumstances instead of in God. We can be more concerned about the gifts rather than the Giver. We may be perplexed at first by  the way God deals with Jonah. God prepared a gourd to cover him, then a worm to vex him, then a wind to smite him. We may find fault, but we cannot fix it. The Divine Teacher is not obliged to explain Himself to His stupid pupils. A great and merciful purpose is here. This piercing east wind upon Jonah's defenseless head was a sore trial. It had a purpose. God has been trying to get Jonah’s attention and it has been with gentleness. Jonah has to learn the hard way, many of us do. What does the worm mean? Jonah did not use the blessing properly. The worm will smite the blessing. The wind can be deadly and destructive. How often in the Bible did God use the wind? Look it up. The winds are in His fists, and are flung out, not at random, but for a definite purpose. Jonah fainted. Like the seed scattered on rocky soil, in the Parable of the Sower, Jonah withered away when the scorching sun fell upon it. David said, "I had fainted, unless I had believed." If we have no faith in God we have nothing to save us from fainting in the time of trial. To you who are growing faint thinking there is no salvation for you, "Only believe." To weary workers, remember that "He giveth power to the faint."


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: Jonah 4

Pray or do: How will you prepare for the next “worm” in your life? When it comes look to Christ in faith and you will not faint.



Monday, February 8, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jonah Silenced” Jonah 4:7-11

Text: But as morning dawned the next day God prepared a worm, and it so damaged the plant that it withered. 8 And it happened, when the sun arose, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat on Jonah's head, so that he grew faint. Then he wished death for himself, and said, "It is better for me to die than to live." 9 Then God said to Jonah, "Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?" And he said, "It is right for me to be angry, even to death!" 10 But the LORD said, "You have had pity on the plant for which you have not labored, nor made it grow, which came up in a night and perished in a night. 11 And should I not pity Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot discern between their right hand and their left--and much livestock?" Jonah 4:7-11

Everything in our present world is imprinted with uncertainty. Things eventually deteriorate and people die. Nature is constantly changing. Kingdoms come and go. There are changes in our families, among our friends and co-workers. When all earthly things shall wax old and pass away like a garment, the unchanging Savior still remains. Therefore ";Blessed are all they that trust in Him." Jonah is about to learn an important lesson. The pleasure he is receiving from the previous day’s gourd is gonna be short lived. The scriptures say, “But as morning dawned the next day God prepared a worm, and it so damaged the plant that it withered.” Jonah 4:7  God prepared a “great fish” to act as a submarine and now God prepares a worm to destroy the leaf that was giving Jonah relief from the heat. It is important for us to remember that while we are enjoying our gourd of pleasure, there may be a worm at the root. How many little unseen things may be at work in the night? Receive your mercies with humble thankful hearts. Are there not many whose gourd has suddenly withered. Oh, this world is strewed all over with withered gourds. Each ruin says to us, "Set not your heart on the things which are seen, for they are temporal." Every earthly thing has its worm. The worm of time is already working at the root of your present worldly pleasures. That gourd of false profession will turn out a lifeless mass on the day of God's fierce anger. God has prepared a worm that will bring to ruin every refuge of lies. What an awful discovery to awaken on the resurrection morning, to find our hopes, like Herod's body, eaten up of worms. The incorruptible Christ has paid an incorruptible price for your incorruptible soul. The heart that has laid hold on Christ has received a portion that can never fade away.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: Jonah 4

Pray or do: List the things that you are thankful for today.


Friday, February 5, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “The Displeasure of Jonah” Jonah 4:1-6

Text: But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he became angry. 2 So he prayed to the LORD, and said, ";Ah, LORD, was not this what I said when I was still in my country? Therefore I fled previously to Tarshish; for I know that You are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, One who relents from doing harm. 3 Therefore now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live!" 4 Then the LORD said, "Is it right for you to be angry?" 5 So Jonah went out of the city and sat on the east side of the city. There he made himself a shelter and sat under it in the shade, till he might see what would become of the city. 6 And the LORD God prepared a plant and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be shade for his head to deliver him from his misery. So Jonah was very grateful for the plant. Jonah 4:1-6 (NKJV) The Lord prepared a gourd, and made it come up over Jonah, so Jonah was exceeding glad. (vs. 6) How quickly God can turn our sadness into gladness. The gourd is thought to be the castor-oil plant. Its supposed resemblance to the extended palm of the hand have gained for the plant the name of Palma Christi, or palmchrist. Every leaf might remind him of the hand of the Almighty. What a shelter—to be covered with Jehovah's hands—no wonder he was glad. This sheltering gourd was the gift of God—a handful on purpose for a weary, downcast pilgrim. How often has God raised a gourd for us in our day of trouble. It was given for a twofold purpose. (1) To be a shadow over his head. (2) To deliver him from his grief. Is not this what you need—shelter from danger, and deliverance from inward grief. This gourd raised by the Lord seems to be a passing shadow of the Cross. Here sinners find a refuge from the piercing rays of Divine vengeance and deliverance from their sins and sorrows. This double salvation every one of us need.” Handful on Purpose


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: Jonah 4

Pray or do: Give praise and thanks to God for His wonderful salvation from our sins and the wrath of God that is to come.

Bonus Material:

“We can see from the Book of Jonah how intertwined its message is with the message of Jesus. Jesus and the disciples faced a storm when crossing the Sea of Galilee. They were crossing over to the Gentile side of the lake.

There Jesus would minister to Gentiles. But instead of being a reluctant and disobedient missionary, Jesus was quite the opposite of Jonah. The message of the Father’s mercy was made available to all who would repent and believe on Him. Instead of being angry, Jesus rejoiced over the reconciliation of sinners. No one deserves His mercy, but He offers it willingly. Whereas Jonah was willing to die rather than preach repentance to Nineveh, Jesus actually died to save sinners.”


Thursday, February 4, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “The Displeasure of Jonah” Jonah 4:1-6

Text: But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he became angry. 2 So he prayed to the LORD, and said, "Ah, LORD, was not this what I said when I was still in my country? Therefore I fled previously to Tarshish; for I know that You are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, One who relents from doing harm. 3 Therefore now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live!" 4 Then the LORD said, "Is it right for you to be angry?" 5 So Jonah went out of the city and sat on the east side of the city. There he made himself a shelter and sat under it in the shade, till he might see what would become of the city. 6 And the LORD God prepared a plant and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be shade for his head to deliver him from his misery. So Jonah was very grateful for the plant. Jonah 4:1-6 (NKJV)

Due to his unjustified anger with God, Jonah request God to kill him. "O Lord, take my life from me, it is better for me to die than to live" (vs. 3). Is it better for Jonah to die? How would he know? This kind of request is a manifestation of selfishness. It is “better for me” with no consideration for how it will affect others. This reveals a problem with some in Christian service. They are “self-seeking”. It is all about them. Of course God doesn’t grant that request. In verse five we see that Jonah goes out of the city and “made him a shelter” to sit under so he could see what God was going to do. He might have shared the hospitality of the king but he preferred a shelter outside the city. Do you know anything about calmly waiting to see what God will do? It is a solemn time. There are times in Christian work when we know not what to do; we have to sit down like Jonah till we might see what the Lord will do. God is worth waiting on. Beloved friends, have patience with God. "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength" (Isa. 40:31).


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: Jonah 4

Pray or do: Take a few moments to examine your motives for Christian service. What do you need to change about your motives?


Wednesday, February 3, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “The Displeasure of Jonah” Jonah 4:1-6

Text: But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he became angry. 2 So he prayed to the LORD, and said, "Ah, LORD, was not this what I said when I was still in my country? Therefore I fled previously to Tarshish; for I know that You are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, One who relents from doing harm. 3 Therefore now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live!" 4 Then the LORD said, "Is it right for you to be angry?" 5 So Jonah went out of the city and sat on the east side of the city. There he made himself a shelter and sat under it in the shade, till he might see what would become of the city. 6 And the LORD God prepared a plant and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be shade for his head to deliver him from his misery. So Jonah was very grateful for the plant. Jonah 4:1-6 (NKJV)

No matter what you are feeling it is always good to pray. Though Jonah was angry he still prayed. This is the remedy for all unholy passion—get to your knees. It is wonderful how our beliefs get corrected in our prayers. Open up your heart to God, and your crooked things will be made straight. In Jonah's prayer there is a revelation. Here we get the reason why he fled from God at the first. He says: "I fled, for I knew that thou art a gracious God." Isn’t that the very reason we who follow Christ fled to Him in the first place. Jonah was probably afraid that if he proclaimed judgment upon Nineveh and then no judgment

came then his preaching would have been in vain and he would have been mocked since the judgment didn’t come true. Jonah’s testimony about God’s character is wonderful and so accurate.'Gracious, merciful, slow to anger, of great kindness, and ready to turn from judgment.(vs. 2b).  We should not be angry at God because He is gracious to consider the sinner's need, and merciful to forgive their iniquities. Do you know Him today? Did you know that He is slow to anger? Did you know that He is merciful? We live in a time when everything is “hurry, hurry”. The devil knows his time is coming to an end and he is working overtime in this world to turn men from God. He is always in a hurry to get us to give in to temptation. God is just the opposite. He is slow to anger but quick to forgive. This is the reason why some of you are spared till today, which have been wasting your time in selfishness and sin. 'God is slow to ange' Why would you despise such great kindness and wear out the patience of God? Oh, remember, that although God is slow to anger, when He does strike, it will be the blow of the Almighty.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: Jonah 4

Pray or do: Are you upset with God? This is a good time to talk to Him about it.


Tuesday, February 2, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “The Displeasure of Jonah” Jonah 4:1-6

Text: "But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he became angry. 2 So he prayed to the LORD, and said, 'Ah, LORD, was not this what I said when I was still in my country? Therefore I fled previously to Tarshish; for I know that You are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, One who relents from doing harm. 3 Therefore now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live!' 4 Then the LORD said, 'Is it right for you to be angry?' 5 So Jonah went out of the city and sat on the east side of the city. There he made himself a shelter and sat under it in the shade, till he might see what would become of the city. 6 And the LORD God prepared a plant and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be shade for his head to deliver him from his misery. So Jonah was very grateful for the plant. Jonah 4:1-6 (NKJV)

There is a great difference between mere obedience and sympathy. Every parent sees it when the one child has to be driven to obey, and when the other delights in it because it is in full sympathy with the parents plans and purposes. The elder brother in the parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke  15) had been obedient, but he had no sympathy with the father in making such a major production over the returning prodigal. There are many Christians like this, they obey from sheer necessity, but they have no joy in the will and purposes of God. This seems to have been the character of Jonah. He obeyed from a powerful sense of duty, but had not entered joyfully into all the mind of the Lord. Jonah begins with a complaint. He was as mad as a hornet! 'It displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry,' (vs. 1) He saw now what perhaps he did not expect to see—Nineveh in sackcloth and prayer. The Assyrians, being the enemies of Israel, he probably was secretly rejoicing in the prospect of their downfall. It is so easy to mix our own selfish motives with the purposes of God and bring confusion to our own souls. It is here where thousands fail; they set up then own opinions and think that God is bound by His honor to conform to their plans. Perhaps Jonah was thinking of his own honor as a prophet when he got so excited. He had been crying, 'Yet forty days and Nineveh shall be overthrown.' Now that God was going to spare the city, what would they think of him as a prophet? We are not much use in the Lord's service until we are willing to become fools for Christ. It is ours to obey and to trust. Opinions formed apart from the light of God's Word will sooner or later bring embarrassment and confusion.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: Jonah 4

Pray or do: Examine your motive(s) when it comes to doing the will of God. What needs to change? What can you do to change them if they need changing?


Bonus Material:

THE OBEDIENT MULE

There is a story about a farmer who wanted to sell his mule so he put the add in the local paper. One day a man from another community came to the farm. The two farmers got to talking and eventually they got around to talking about the mule. The farmer who wanted to buy the mule asked if the mule was a good worker. The reply was that the mule did a day's work. The next question that was asked is did the mule obey every command. The owner said yes. The farmer asked if they could hitch the mule up to see how he worked. The owner said no problem. They got the mule into his harness and the farmer took the reigns and told the mule giddy-up. The mule just stood there. The farmer tried a couple of more times and still the mule didn’t move. He looked at the owner and said, "I thought you told me this mule obeys?" "He does," says the owner, who then picked up a 2x4 and walked to the front where he was facing the mule. He then hit the mule as hard as he could with the 2x4. He then walked back and said to the farmer, "Try again." The farmer did and the mule obeyed. The owner said, "This mule always obeys, but you have got to get his attention first."


Thursday, January 21, 2021


Text: "Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the fish's belly. 2 And he said: 'I cried  out to the LORD because of my affliction, And He answered me. 'Out of the belly of Sheol I cried, And You heard my voice. 3  For You cast me into the deep, Into the heart of the seas, and the floods surrounded me; all Your billows and Your waves passed over me. 4 Then I said, I have been cast out of Your sight; Yet I will look again toward Your holy temple. 5 The waters surrounded me, even to my soul; The deep closed around me; Weeds were wrapped around my head. 6  I went down to the moorings of the mountains; The earth with its bars closed behind me forever; Yet You have brought up my life from the pit, O LORD, my God. 7  When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the LORD; And my prayer went up to You, Into Your holy temple. 8 Those who regard worthless idols Forsake their own Mercy. 9 But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.' 10 So the LORD spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah  onto dry land. Jonah 2:1-10

Jonah was a type of Christ in that he was alive after He was buried. He was an alive and conscious, active soul who had been cast into the sea. From the text we can assume the Jonah was not immediately devoured by the great fish the moment he was flung overboard. He himself tells us that 'The waters surrounded me, even to my soul; The deep closed around me; Weeds were wrapped around my head. 6  I went down to the moorings of the mountains; (Jonah 2:5-6a). When Christ was buried, His friends mourned Him as dead; but while they were preparing the spices for His body, He was preaching to the spirits in prison, those—we believe—who had died in the faith of His Coming, and who waited His resurrection. Jonah was also a type of Jesus in his own resurrection. 'So the LORD spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.(vs. 10). He came out of the depths with the same individuality with which he was cast in. It was the same Jesus that rose from the dead, that was buried in the  tomb. Neither of them saw corruption. The casting of Jonah upon the dry land is but the earnest of that time when both earth and sea shall vomit out the dead that are in them; some to the glory of eternal life, some to the darkness of eternal shame and contempt.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: Jonah 4

Pray or do: Spend time today meditating upon the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ which made possible our restoration to fellowship with God.

Bonus Material:

Untitled Hymn (Come to Jesus) by Chris Rice

(Sang by Dan Becker this past Sunday)


Weak and wounded sinner, Lost and left to die

O, raise your head, for love is passing by

Come to Jesus, Come to Jesus, Come to Jesus and live!

Now your burden’s lifted, And carried far away

And precious blood has washed away the stain, So Sing to Jesus, Sing to Jesus, Sing to Jesus

and live!

And like a newborn baby, Don’t be afraid to crawl

And remember when you walk Sometimes we fall.

So Fall on Jesus’, Fall on Jesus, Fall on Jesus

and live!

Sometimes the way is lonely, And steep and filled with pain

So if your sky is dark and pours the rain, then

Cry to Jesus, Cry to Jesus, Cry to Jesus and live!

O, and when the love spills over, And music fills the night

And when you can’t contain your joy inside, then

Dance for Jesus, Dance for Jesus, Dance for Jesus and live!

And with your final heartbeat, Kiss the world goodbye

Then go in peace, and laugh on Glory’s side, and

Fly to Jesus, Fly to Jesus, Fly to Jesus and live!


Wednesday, January 20, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jonah Praying in His  Grave”. Jonah 2:1-10

Text: "Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the fish's belly. 2  And he said: 'I cried  out to the LORD because of my affliction, And He answered me. Out of the belly of Sheol I cried, And You heard my voice. 3  For You cast me into the deep, Into the heart of the seas, And the floods surrounded me; All Your billows and Your waves passed over me. 4  Then I said, I have been cast out of Your sight; Yet I will look again toward Your holy temple. 5 The waters surrounded me, even to my soul; The deep closed around me; Weeds were wrapped around my head. 6 I went down to the moorings of the mountains; The earth with its bars closed behind me forever; Yet You have brought up my life from the pit, O LORD, my God. 7  When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the LORD; And my prayer went up to You, Into Your holy temple. 8  Those who regard worthless idols Forsake their own Mercy. 9  But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.' 10 So the LORD spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah

onto dry land." Jonah 2:1-10

The Jews required a sign and Jesus said the only other sign they would see is “the sign of the prophet Jonah” (Matt. 12:39). They had had many signs. One yet remained to be given—the  sign of His resurrection. How was Jonah a sign of Christ? First it was in his burial. Jonah was cast forth; so was Christ cast out by His brethren the Jews. They led Him outside the gate and then put Him to death. Jonah was buried in the heart of the sea; Christ in the heart of the earth. Notice that the purpose for which they both were cast forth was the same— to make peace. "Cast me forth," said Jonah, "and it shall be calm for you.'  (1:12)

How did Christ bring peace? He did it through His blood shed on the cross. Paul confirms this in his words to the brethren at the church of Colossae. “and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. 21  And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled” (Colossians 1:20-21) The sin was in Jonah; the sin of the world was on Jesus.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: Jonah 3

Pray or do: Spend time today meditating upon the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ which made possible our restoration to fellowship with God.



Monday, January 18, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jonah Praying in His Grave”. Jonah 2:1-10

Text: "Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the fish's belly. 2 And he said: 'I cried out to the LORD because of my affliction, And He answered me. Out of the belly of Sheol I cried, And You heard my voice. 3 For You cast me into the deep, Into the heart of the seas, And the floods surrounded me; All Your billows and Your waves passed over me. 4 Then I said, I have been cast out of Your sight; Yet I will look again toward Your holy temple. 5 The waters surrounded me, even to my soul; The deep closed around me; Weeds were wrapped around my head. 6  I went down to the moorings of the mountains; The earth with its bars closed behind me forever; Yet You have brought up my life from the pit, O LORD,

my God. 7 When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the LORD; And my prayer went up to You, Into Your holy temple. 8 Those who regard worthless idols Forsake their own Mercy. 9  But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.' 10 So the LORD spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land. Jonah 2:1-10

God has many ways of working and dealing with His servants. The absentee prophet was caught by a storm, swallowed by a fish, and landed safely on shore. What an encouragement to those who may be praying for disobedient sons and daughters. You may have had no contact for a long time, but trust the God of Jonah to be dealing with them. With the rod of affliction He may draw them out of their disobedience and sin, and yet He can encourage your heart with unexpected good news.

A question from this story that folks often ask is “did a whale swallow Jonah?” Scientist say that the throat of a whale is too small to swallow a man, and many have been quick to magnify the difficulty. Though a recent article on the internet spoke of the ability of a sperm whale to swallow a man whole. People have speculated if it was a shark which abounds in the Mediterranean Ocean. In several cases they have been known to swallow a man when thrown overboard. But notice Jonah does not say it was a whale or a shark, he says: 'The Lord

prepared a great fish.' (1:17). God was able to create a special fish that would be able to swallow Jonah and keep him alive in its belly until the Lord was finished with Jonah. Another question concerns the use of the phrase “three days and three nights”. “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Matthew 12:40 Adam Clark Commentary points out “That days and nights do not, among the Hebrews, signify complete days and nights of twenty-four hours, (see Esther 4:16, compared with 5:1; Judges 14:17, 18.) Our

Lord lay in the grave one natural day, and part of two others; and it is most likely that this was the precise time that Jonah was in the fish's belly.” How awesome is our God that He can create a special creature to be a part of the restoration of Jonah to ministry and in the process gives a sign of the coming Messiah to the Jews of Jesus day and to all men throughout history. This same God can minister to you and anyone who is walking out of relationship with God.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: Jonah 2

Pray or do: Take time today to pray for anyone in your family who is walking out of fellowship with God through Christ.

Bonus Material:

In the year 1758, a man went about exhibiting a shark that had swallowed himself. The story is that he left the ship to bathe, and was swallowed by the shark. The captain shot it, the man was vomited up and rescued little the worse of his double dip. The shark was taken and presented to the man who had been swallowed by it. If a shark could swallow and vomit a sailor, what is to hinder it from doing the same with a prophet? Look on the internet about those who have been attacked by sharks and even whales.



Friday, January 15, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jonah Found Out and  Thrown Out”. Jonah 1:4-15

Text: "And he said to them, 'Pick me up and throw me into the sea; then the sea will become calm for you. For I know that this great tempest is because of me.' 13  Nevertheless the men rowed hard to return to land, but they could not, for the sea continued to grow more tempestuous against them. 14  Therefore they cried out to the LORD and said, 'We pray, O LORD, please do not let us perish for this man's life, and do not charge us with innocent blood; for You, O LORD, have done as it pleased You.' 15  So they picked up Jonah and threw him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging. Jonah 1:12-15 (NKJV) 

Jonah responded to their question with this noble answer, 'Pick me up and throw me into the sea; then the sea will become calm for you. For I know that this great tempest is because of me.'" Jonah 1:12 (NKJV) He acknowledges his guilt and understands that God is working in this. Therefore he willing  offers himself in order to save the sailors. I heard someone on radio the other day, (I can’t remember who it was) say that “a great leader of a nation or a company is willing to put others first above himself. When they do that country or company will not only survive but thrive”. Are you willing to give of yourself, even sacrificially, that others might be blessed? The sailors were unwilling to throw Jonah overboard at this time. That says something positive about them. They were of noble character. The scripture says, “Nevertheless the men rowed hard to return to land, but they could not, for the sea continued to grow more tempestuous against them.” (Jonah 1:13) This teaches us that hard work will not do when sacrifice is demanded. Man by his works and efforts cannont thwart the wrath of God against sin. There must be sacrifice. “the men rowed hard to return to land, but they could not,”If you wish to work out your own salvation you must see that it is God who works in you. Finding their efforts useless, they cry unto the Lord that this man's life may not be laid to their charge “So they picked up Jonah and threw him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging. (Jonah 1:15) The sacrifice of Jonah was made and God accepted the offering because immediately 'the sea ceased from its raging..'  The key to all this is found in Christ's own words. ) Jonah then is a sign. “ 

He acknowledges his guilt and understands that God is working in this. Therefore he willing  offers himself in order to save the sailors. I heard someone on radio the other day, (I can’t remember who it was) say that “a great leader of a nation or a company is willing to put others first above himself. When they do that country or company will not only survive but thrive”. Are you willing to give of yourself, even sacrificially, that others might be blessed? The sailors were unwilling to throw Jonah overboard at this time. That says something positive about them. They were of noble character. The scripture says, “Nevertheless the men rowed hard to return to land, but they could not, for the sea continued to grow more tempestuous against them.” (Jonah 1:13) This teaches us that hard work will not do when sacrifice is demanded. Man by his works and efforts cannont thwart the wrath of God against sin. There must be sacrifice. “the men rowed hard to return to land, but they could not,”If you wish to work out your own salvation you must see that it is God who works in you. Finding their efforts useless, they cry unto the Lord that this man's life may not be laid to their charge “So they picked up Jonah and threw him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging. (Jonah 1:15) The sacrifice of Jonah was made and God accepted the offering because immediately 'the sea ceased from its raging..'  The key to all this is found in Christ's own words. "And while the crowds were thickly gathered together, He began to say, ''This is an evil generation. It (Jews) seeks a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah the prophet.” (Luke 11:29) Jonah then is a sign. “For as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so also the Son of Man will be to this  generation.” (Luke 11:30) 

Jonah was a sign of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus willingly offered Himself as a sacrifice for us. The sin of one man, Jonah, was disobedience, and by the disobedience of Adam, one man, many were made sinners. By the obedience (death upon the cross), of one man Jesus Christ (Philippians 2:8), and His resurrection (Luke 24:51) many were saved.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

Read: Jonah 4

Pray or do: How are you serving others? Find someone in need to serve with the “mind of Christ”.


Thursday, January 14, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jonah Found Out and  Thrown Out”. Jonah 1:4-15

Text: "Then they said to him, 'Please tell us! For whose cause is this trouble upon us? What  is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?' 9  So he said to them, 'I am a Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.' 10  Then the men were exceedingly afraid, and said to him, 'Why have you done this?' For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them. 11  Then they said to him, 'What shall we do to you that the sea may be calm for us?'--for the sea was growing more tempestuous. 12 And he said to them, 'Pick me up and throw me into the sea; then the sea will become calm for

you. For I know that this great tempest is because of me.' 13  Nevertheless the men rowed hard to return to land, but they could not, for the sea continued to grow more tempestuous against them. 14  Therefore they cried out to the LORD and said, 'We pray, O LORD, please  do not let us perish for this man's life, and do not charge us with innocent blood; for You, O LORD, have done as it pleased You.' 15  So they picked up Jonah and threw him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging." Jonah 1:8-15 (NKJV) 

Three questions are posed to Jonah. The first is “What is your occupation”? (vs.8). How sad.  They didn’t know that Jonah was a prophet. They knew Elijah was a prophet. They knew the apostles were followers of Jesus. If men have to ask us if we are Christians, after being in our company for a time, it is surely proof enough that we are lukewarm and even cold. Another heart-searching question is put to Jonah: "Why have you done this?" Jonah had no response. We can have many good reasons why we are running to God but there is no good answer for why we are fleeing from God. If you are a child of God and are running from God’s calling how will you answer that question. If you are not a follower of Christ what will be your answer to this question concerning your rejection of Christ. "What shall we do unto you that the sea may be calm unto us?" (vs. 11) Men understood the doctrine of substitution from the very beginning because when Adam and Eve sinned God slew an animal and covered them with its skin. In the day we are living men have despised the Divine truths found in the scripture. A 100 years ago you were not to speak about 'the fall of man,' it is 'the ascent of man.' Now we are not to teach that God made man in His own image, but that he sprung up from a drop of dirty water, called protoplasm. The apostasy of the last days is here. Tomorrow we will look at Jonah’s response and its implication.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: Jonah 3

Pray or do: Do you need to answer these question? How will you answer them?



Wednesday, January 13, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jonah Found Out and

Thrown Out”. Jonah 1:4-15

Text: "But the LORD sent out a great wind on the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship was about to be broken up. 5 Then the mariners were afraid; and every man cried out to his god, and threw the cargo that was in the ship into the sea, to lighten the load. But Jonah had gone down into the lowest parts of the ship, had lain down, and was fast asleep. 6  So the captain came to him, and said to him, 'What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, call on your God; perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish.' 7  And they said to one another, 'Come, let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this trouble has come upon us.' So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah." Jonah 1:4-7

The sleeping prophet is aroused from his slumber. “So the captain came to him, and said to him, 'What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, call on your God; perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish.' Jonah 1:6 

This captain evidently believed in prayer. There are many today who believe in prayer but only when they are in crisis. An unbeliever on an airplane who thought nothing of God when it was smooth flying cries out to God to save him when the plane was about to go down. Such fair-weather sinners are common. Now Jonah realized that he cannot outrun God. He has been found out. When the sailors cast lots for the guilty party the lot “fell upon Jonah”. Jonah 1:7 The scripture is still true, Be sure your sins will find you out. Lot’s transgression was endangering others. One Christian, whose life is not in harmony with the will of God, may hinder the cause of Christ. Achan's sin hindered the whole army of Israel (Josh. 7:8-18).  We need to learn the folly of attempting to flee from God. As a sinner, you may be permitted to flee into the wilderness of eternal ruin, but as a servant, God is sure to pull you up. Judas sold our Lord, committed suicide, and went to his own place. Peter denied our Lord, but through the prayer of his Master, he wept, and was restored. In hiding from God we are tempting Him to shut us out from His presence —which is life for evermore. Jonah fled from God. HE WAS FOUND OUT! David fled to God and he found Him. Where will you flee?


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: Jonah 2

Pray or do: Is there anything you are doing or not doing that may be a hindrance to others coming to Christ? Will you repent and correct the sin?


Monday, January 11, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jonah Found Out and  Thrown Out”. Jonah 1:4-15

Text: "But the LORD sent out a great wind on the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the  sea, so that the ship was about to be broken up. 5 Then the mariners were afraid; and every man cried out to his god, and threw the cargo that was in the ship into the sea, to lighten the load. But Jonah had gone down into the lowest parts of the ship, had lain down, and was fast asleep. 6  So the captain came to him, and said to him, ";What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, call on your God; perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish." 7  And they said to one another, "Come, let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this trouble has come upon us." So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah. Jonah 1:4-7

The disobedient prophet fled with all speed to Joppa, Disobedient feet are sure to run quickly. But God's messengers are swifter than the feet of any runaway. He sent out the storm as His detective to apprehend His guilty servant. The seamen are alarmed, and take to lighting the ship; the cargo and possessions are cast into the sea. It is the old story. 'All that a man hath will he give for his life.' Many who have led godless lives take to lighting the ship when death is staring them in the face. But possessions cannot appease the storm of God';s wrath against sin. In verse five we find the prophet of God sleeping. He was exhausted from his rushed journey fleeing from God’s will. Running from God will make you weary. It is true that the way of the transgressor is hard. We have all heard the expression, “the road to Hell is paved with good intentions” but it is also sprinkled with many tears. When someone is running from God they long to drown out the guilt and shame of their sin. How many convictions have been drowned in drugs and alcohol, and smothered in the secret places of sinful pleasure. Drowning out your guilt and shame is not security. Jonah slept, while his companions on board were in desperation about their lives. I am afraid a good many professing Christians are playing the Jonah here, enjoying selfish ease instead of seeking to help perishing souls. A sleeping Christian is not only helpless and useless, but is a positive hindrance to others. What was the cause of this great storm that was about to destroy this ship? It was the disobedience of the servant of God. Think of the solemn responsibility resting upon us as the servants of Christ. It is possible to endanger the souls of others by our failure to love God as we should. The lessons we learn from Jonah is God is inescapable and our disobedience does affect other.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: Jonah 1

Pray or do: Have you ever run from God’s will for your life? What was it like? What would keep you from running the next time He calls?



Friday, January8, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jonah the Runaway”. Jonah  1:1-3

Text: "Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2 'Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before  Me.' 3  But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD." Jonah 1:1-3

Jonah proceeded to run in a different direction than the city he was called to go to.  For the sinner whom called is calling to salvation, they will often treat God’s call the same way. They heard the Word, know they ought to believe and be saved, but turn away from it and flee from the Lord. For Jonah a servant of God was displeased with the call of God and decided that he was going to resign his office of prophet. It is much easier to resign than to face a stern difficulty.  The reason Jonah runs is first of all due to the difficulty. Nineveh was a great city in size, strength, and sin. It was a dangerous place for a Hebrew to go to because of its cruelty to other peoples. Jonah also knew that God was compassionate and forgiving. He did not want God to spare them due to his pride and prejudice as a Hebrew. Jonah believed that they were God’s chosen people and therefore special to God. Too many of us choose sin and selfishness over service. We are disobedient to God’s will. The Bible tells us that we are to be: Saved “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9; Spirit filled “And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit,” Ephesians 5:18; Sanctified “For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality;” 1 Thessalonians 4:3; Submissive “For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men-“- 1 Peter 2:15; and Suffer “Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.” 1 Peter 4:19.

The lessons we learn from Jonah is God is inescapable and our disobedience does affect other.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: Jonah 4

Pray or do: Think of the sin of it, "fleeing from the presence of the Lord." It is much better to flee to Him.



Thursday, January 7, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jonah the Runaway”. Jonah  1:1-3

Text:"Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2 "Arise, go to  Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me." 3 But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD." Jonah 1:1-3

Why did God send Jonah to Nineveh of all places? God was sending His servant with a task and  that task was to “cry against” the city because of its wickedness. All that Jonah had to do was obey God’s call and then leave the outcome to God. He did not have to be concerned about whether he was successful or not, that was God’s concern not his. One person to a whole nation may have seemed like a little pebble thrown into a vast lake. A little pebble would hardly cause any disturbance in the lake. We may feel like our witness will not matter at all in our world. Yet, Christ has called us to be witnesses. We are not only to be witnesses about Jesus who came to save men we are also to “cry out against” the wickedness of our day and generation. This present generation with its: 

 Drug addiction

 Alcholism

 Pornography

 Abortion

 Prejudice

 Loose morals

 The list could go on

Oh, that all God';s prophets would "cry against it." But, you say, they only mock me when I try  to witness. Well, better be mocked for your faithfulness than your cowardliness. Many people would read this passage and think about the judgment of God but fail to see the love and compassion of God for sinful men. God is concerned about the wickedness of the entire

world. All nations are accountable to God. All people have a responsibility before Him.  Yes it is true that God must deal with sin. He is a righteous and holy God. God sees us and knows everything about us. But it was His compassion and love motivated Him to deal with our sin through the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. Jonah heard the call and got the message. This call and message was personal. God knew who He wanted. He didn’t make a mistake when He called Jonah. When God calls you He doesn’t make a mistake. The call can be accepted or rejected but once it comes we are never the same. God doesn’t give up on us nor does He change His mind. He is a persistent God. 


Larry Hudson

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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: Jonah 3

Pray or do: Has God called you to service? Then yield to Him and fulfill that calling. Are you fulfilling a call to  service? Know that God didn’t make a mistake and God recognizes your faithfulness.



Wednesday, January 6, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jonah the Runaway”. Jonah  1:1-3

Text: "Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2 "Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me." 3 But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD." Jonah 1:1-3

Now Jonah receives his commission. The Lord said to Jonah: "Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it." This was a sudden and startling call, but all God's calls are sudden.  When God gave His call to Jonah he did it with 3 imperative verbs, “arise”, “go” and “cry”. We do not know how He issued it, but in times past: God used wind and fire in His call to Moses and a still small voice to Elijah. Sometimes God speaks to us in a dramatic way and sometimes in a simple and quite way. God’s call is for Jonah to go to Ninevah. It was an old yet great city with a mighty king. This was probably the greatest city and king of that day. The wall around the city was about 8 miles in length though including the enwalled parts was about sixty miles on its borders. The walled city contained miles of streets and avenues. The wall was about thirty three feet tall and wide enough for three chariots to ride side by side upon them. The population has been estimated to be between 100,000 to over 200,000. This was a people of great wickedness and violence. Their devotion to sensual pleasure arose to the throne of God. Even their secret sins were seen by God. This is still true today. The secret sins of our modern cities cry louder in the ears of God than the roar and rattle of the traffic in the streets. If we had the ears of God, nothing would strike us more, I think, than the longsuffering patience of our God. Friend, think of it, every sin unforgiven is a voice crying to Heaven for vengeance. Nothing can silence that cry but the precious Blood of Jesus. As the old hymn says, “What can wash away my sins, nothing but the blood of Jesus” and “O the blood of Jesus, O the blood of Jesus, O the blood of Jesus, It washes white as snow”. 


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: Jonah 2

Pray or do: Take time to acknowledge your unforgiven sins, faults and failures to God and yourself and ask God for  forgiveness and help to overcome them.




Monday, January 4, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Jonah the Runaway”. Jonah 1:1-3

Text: "Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2 'Arise, go to  Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.' 3 But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. Jonah 1:1-3

This is one of the most romantic of all the books of the Bible. To those who can read between the lines, it is more fascinating than the most popular novel. One of the unfortunate things about the book of Jonah is: most people know only about the great fish, but they know nothing of the great God. Jonah is for real! He was a prophet who prophesied in the time of Jeroboam II, about 780 BC. Our main concern should not be whether a man can live inside a fish, but does the spirit of Jonah live in us?  So who was this Jonah? From 2 Kings 14:25, we learn that he was the servant and prophet of the Lord. What an honor! The writer of 2 Kings 14:25 wrote about Jonah, “He restored the territory of Israel from the entrance of Hamath to the Sea of the Arabah, according to the word of the LORD God of Israel, which He had spoken through His servant Jonah the son of Amittai, the prophet who was from Gath Hepher.” His name means "Dove."  If it was an expression of his nature, then perhaps this is one reason why he fled from great and wicked Nineveh. He knew his life would be threatened if he went there. His father';s name is shrouded in obscurity. All great men don't spring from great parents. Although the world has never missed your father that is no reason why it should not miss you when you are gone. Don't trifle with the days of your youth. Jonah was the author of this book which bears his name. In it he reveals his own faults and  failures. Yet we should be careful in our criticism of him. How many of us would write a book and expose our faults and failures for everyone to read. We are reminded from God’s word that all the things we say and do are being recorded in heaven. 


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Read: Jonah 1

Pray or do: Take time to acknowledge your unforgiven sins, faults and failures to God and yourself and ask God for  forgiveness and help to overcome them.




Saturday, January 2, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Milestones” the End of  Year Sermon. Deuteronomy 17:16; Joshua 3:4

Text:  "But he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt  to multiply horses, for the LORD has said to you, 'You shall not return that way again.'" 

Deuteronomy 17:16

"Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure. Do  not come near it, that you may know the way by which you must go, for you have not passed this way before." Joshua 3:4

The next milestone is the new assurance of the presence of Christ in our lives.  It is recorded in Numbers 9 and 10 the instruction from God to the children of Israel concerning the presence of God by the Passover, the ark of the Covenant, the “pillar of fire by night and the pillar of cloud by day” and the trumpets. This is year two and first month of their journey in the Wilderness. The Ark represented the presence of Christ. In the “Tent of Meeting” was the “Holy Place” which included the candelabra, table of showbread and the Altar of Incense. You then came to the veil which divided the “Holy of Holies” from the “Holy Place”. In the “Holy of Holies” was the Ark of the Covenant with the Mercy seat on top of it with the seraphim’s. 

Inside the Ark were Aaron’s Rod that budded and the bowl of manna.  At the time of Jesus crucifixion the veil of the temple was torn, “Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split,” (Matthew 27:51) This was not an accident. This was a God thing. God was showing that by Jesus death and the shedding of His blood we who believe in Christ now have access to the presence of God. “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20  by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21  and having a High Priest over the house of God,” (Hebrews 10:19-20) therefore “let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23  Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,” (Hebrews 10:21-24) The Pillar of cloud and fire implied God’s protection, the timing of God’s will and direction for them (Numbers 10:11-12). The conclusion of chapter 10 has this verse: “Now Moses said to Hobab the son of Reuel the Midianite, Moses father-in-law. "We are setting out for the place of which the LORD said, 'I will give it to you.' Come with us, and we will treat you well; for the LORD has promised good things to Israel." (Numbers 10:29) As Moses implored Hobab to join them on their journey to the promised land I wanted to implore, even beg, those young people who were raised in the our church, heard the gospel, participated in Christmas and Easter programs, made a confession in faith Christ but in your teenage years dropped out of church, to rejoin us in our journey to our heavenly home. Many of you have children of your own. Please give them the same opportunity you had to get to know Christ and the hope of salvation. God doesn’t have any grandchildren. Each of them must come to faith in Christ and begin to follow Him if they are to have the hope of eternal life with Christ. Oh that I could persuade many today to “come with us” to the promise land. 


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Pray or do: Give thanks to God for the past milestone when God forgave you of your sins when you put your trust in Jesus Christ.


Bonus Material

Let the mind of self-emptying be in you which was in Christ.

Seven steps in His humiliation:

1. Christ was consecrated to humble Himself (Php. 2:5).

2. Christ laid aside His divine form (Php. 2:6).

3. Christ made Himself of no reputation (Php. 2:7).

4. Christ took the form of a servant (Php. 2:7).

5. Christ was made in the likeness of human beings (Php. 2:7).

6. Christ humbled Himself (Php. 2:8).

7. Christ became obedient unto death (Php. 2:8).


Friday, January 1, 2021


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Milestones” the End of  Year Sermon. Deuteronomy 17:16; Joshua 3:4

Text:  "But he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, for the LORD has said to you, 'You shall not return that way again.'"  Deuteronomy 17:16

"Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure. Do  not come near it, that you may know the way by which you must go, for you have not passed this way before." Joshua 3:4

The next milestones are about “the way by which you must go” in Christ. “Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure. Do not come near it, that you may know the way by which you must go, for you have not passed this way before." Joshua 3:4

When you come to Christ it is true that all things become new. There are new opportunities. You begin to see things differently. There are new duties, experiences, ideas, hope and determinations. You begin to take on the “mind of Christ” that Paul desires for the followers of Christ.Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2  fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3  Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4  Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. 5  Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6  who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7  but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:1-8) The more we take on the “mind of Christ” the more we “become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world. (Philippians 2:13-15).

I have known so many who, upon their conversion, have described this change of outlook. They began to see the world through the eyes of God revealed by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. It reminds me of the story of two men in prison; one for his crimes and one who was imprisoned for his faith in Christ. The one looked out the bars of his window, looked down and only had sorrow and regret with no hope. The Christian looked out the bars of his window, looked up and

saw the stars and had hope. What does your OUTlook see?


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Pray or do: Give thanks to God for the past milestone when God forgave you of your sins when you put your trust in Jesus Christ.


Bonus Material

Let the mind of self-emptying be in you which was in Christ.

Seven steps in His humiliation:

1. Christ was consecrated to humble Himself (Php. 2:5).

2. Christ laid aside His divine form (Php. 2:6).

3. Christ made Himself of no reputation (Php. 2:7).

4. Christ took the form of a servant (Php. 2:7).

5. Christ was made in the likeness of human beings (Php. 2:7).

6. Christ humbled Himself (Php. 2:8).

7. Christ became obedient unto death (Php. 2:8).


Thursday, December 31, 2020


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Milestones” the End of Year Sermon. Deuteronomy 17:16; Joshua 3:4

Text:  "But he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, for the LORD has said to you, 'You shall not return that way again.'" Deuteronomy 17:16

"Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure. Do  not come near it, that you may know the way by which you must go, for you have not passed this way before." Joshua 3:4

Two other milestones in our spiritual journey are sorrows and mistakes. We have all experienced them. Our sorrows come from the grief, pain, remorse and sadness we get from our sins. God’s children experience the discipline that comes with discipleship. The writer of Hebrews explains  that disciplining process. “Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” (Hebrews 12:11) Even though Jesus did not sin he experienced sorrows and grief. Isaiah prophetically announced that the messiah would be “despised and rejected by men, A  Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.” (Isaiah 53:3) That is because he was going to bear our sins. That is one example of godly sorrow. When we experience the disciplining process we should not look at the process, the hills we have to face or the steps we will go through. We are to look at the results, 'nevertheless afterward'. We all make mistakes. When we do we should not dwell on them and be overwhelmed with regrets. Regrets will often weaken us and open the door for “discouragement because of the way”. You cannot retrieve or retrace the mistakes. Learn to profit from them and then decide on a better way forward. 


Larry Hudson


Please feel free to share and/or to respond!

Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. Isaiah 35:10

Pray or do: Give thanks to God for the past milestone when God forgave you of your sins when you put your trust in  Jesus Christ. 


Bonus Material

"In the center of the circle

Of the will of God I stand;

There can be no second causes,

All must come from His dear hand.

All is well! for 'tis my Father

Who my earthly life hath planned.'

Shall I pass through waves of sorrow?

Then I know it will be best;

Though I cannot tell the reason,

I can trust and so am blest. 

God is love, and God is faithful,

So in perfect peace I rest"



Wednesday, December 30, 2020


The devotional today is from the Pastor’s message this past Sunday “Milestones” the End of Year Sermon. Deuteronomy 17:16; Joshua 3:4

Text:  "But he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, for the LORD has said to you, 'You shall not return that way again.'" Deuteronomy  17:16

"Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure. Do not come near it, that you may know the way by which you must go, for you have not passed this way before." Joshua 3:4

Never this way before—never this way again! Milestones are helpful, not only to show the way, but also as reminders of distance traveled and as encouragement for what is still to be covered. Sometimes we use maps with their roads, landmarks, towns and cites as milestones. We use mileage signs as a way to know how far the next city or our destination is from where we are. Some highways even use “tenth of a mile” markers as milestones. There are different types of milestones we use in our everyday life. Birthdays and anniversaries are useful though some people do not like to be reminded of their birthday or their age. The New Year is a helpful milestone for past and future, although every day, according to Thomas Carlyle, is 'the confluence of two eternities.' This week I want to share with you about the milestones of your past and your future that can help you to your ultimate destination. I also want to give you the key to making your journey to that ultimate destination easier and more enjoyable. When Moses was giving instructions to the children of Israel about their future he reminded them what God had said, “you are not to ever return to Egypt”. Sin like Egypt reminds us of bondage. God delivered us from sin (a milestone of our past) and we are not to return to sin. God has forgiven us and covered our sins in spite of Satan’s best efforts. Notice the language God uses to describe what he has done to our sins. He will again have compassion on us, And will subdue our iniquities. "You will cast all our sins Into the depths of the sea." Micah 7:19;  "Indeed it was for my own peace That I had great bitterness; But You have lovingly delivered my soul from the pit of corruption, For You have cast all my sins behind Your back." Isaiah 38:17; "I have blotted out, like a thick cloud, your transgressions, And like a cloud, your sins. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you." Isaiah 44:22; "For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more." Hebrews 8:12


Larry Hudson


Please feel free to share and/or to respond!

Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Daily reading: Meditate upon the scriptures above.

Pray or do: Give thanks to God for the past milestone when God forgave you of your sins when you put your trust in Jesus Christ.



Sunday, December 27, 2020


LOVE BLOWS OUR MINDS

"And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have  power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." —Ephesians 3:17-19

There is so much we don’t know about the universe. Google “mysteries of the universe” and you can easily go down a black hole, pun intended, of mind-blowing topics.  What goes on in black holes, with gravity so powerful and dense that not even light can escape? What exactly is dark matter and how does it work to hold fast-moving galaxies together? And what about dark energy that seems to be pushing the universe apart, expanding more and more quickly? Incredible imagery from the orbiting Hubble Telescope, Chandra X-ray Observatory, and infrared Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed

exploding supernovae like the Crab Nebula, as well as thousands of other galaxies  across deep space. It seems the more astronomers and physicists discover, the more there is that we don’t understand. Maybe we never will. For our God who is infinite and eternal, nothing is impossible. And if He is the Creator of a potentially infinite universe, then love is in and of His entire cosmic work, wherever His presence reaches, without end. Is your mind bending yet? And we think the oceans are deep! This is the same endless love embodied and extended to us in Jesus. Paul says the love of Christ surpasses knowledge. Nothing can contain it. Everything pales in comparison to it: our pains and problems, our complaints and questions, even our very existence and universe. Let’s open our hearts as widely as possible to God’s unfathomable love in this season and always. 

What is your concept of eternity? 

What will you do to let your mind and heart be blown

by God’s all-consuming love this Christmas?




Saturday, December 26, 2020


LOVE RESPONDS

"We love because he first loved us." —1 John 4:19

The young girl was traveling from her Mexican village to the nearby chapel to visit  the Nativity scene. Pepita was upset because she had no money to buy a gift to offer the baby Jesus during the service. But as she walked, she picked a bouquet along the roadside—weeds really. She was discouraged at her lack, but her cousin reminded her that even the most humble gift given in love would be acceptable in God’s eyes. When Pepita brought her offering to the Christ child, her bouquet miraculously transformed into beautiful red flowers, known as cuetlaxochitl—poinsettias.  Our own Christmas tradition of giving and displaying poinsettias comes from Mexico. The first U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Joel Roberts Poinsett, brought the plant home in 1828 to study and cultivate it. He began giving them to friends as the lovely red flowers bloomed around Christmas, and a Pennsylvanian botanist soon began growing and selling them as the tradition spread. The original legend of Pepita reminds us of human love’s humble response to God’s love. “We love because he first loved us.” When we are able to receive God’s love, in all of its unconditional fullness, we are able to be vulnerable, accepted, and unashamed. We are aware there is nothing we can do to deserve this love. We understand our frailty and our smallness. There is nothing we can give to impress God, but all He wants is us. There is freedom in this realization, freedom to receive His love and to offer it back. There is even freedom to pass this love on to others, as John continues to write in 1 John 4. Our love is not an obligation or a duty we must grit our teeth and force. It is a renewing fountain continually flowing from the source of love Himself. Let’s drink deeply from the true source of love this Christmas and rediscover its refreshing flow. 

Do you feel loved? 

How can you remind yourself throughout the day of God’s unfailing,  never-ending love for you?

Outreach 2020, Inc.



Friday, December 25, 2020

Merry Christmas!


LOVE YOUR ENEMIES

"You have heard that it was said, “Love your neighbor and hate your  enemy.” But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." —Matthew 5:43-44

From a distance, the priest thought it must be roadkill left by wild animals. But as  he drew closer, he heard humanlike moaning, and he could tell it was a man’s bloodied body. Robbers had done this, stealing all the man had and leaving him to die. The priest moved as far away as he could. “He’s almost dead anyway,” he thought. “I don’t have time for this.” He hurried on. The next man who passed reacted similarly. “I can’t  get involved with this unclean mess,” thought the priestly assistant as he veered around the scene of the crime. The third man who eventually came along was a Samaritan who immediately stopped. After some first aid, he lifted the victim onto his donkey and transported him into the city. He treated the man’s wounds all day and night, then paid the innkeeper to continue. “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor?” asked Jesus. “The one who had mercy on him,” the expert in the law replied (Luke 10:36-37). Did you ever notice the man trying to prove a point to Jesus couldn’t even bring himself to say the word Samaritan? That’s because the Jews hated the Samaritans. The prejudice went back thousands of years in their shared ancestry when the tribes of Jacob split. Talk about a grudge! The groups had fought battles and disagreed about worshiping God (the Samaritans had their own temple, as if the Jews would have let them in at Jerusalem anyway). 

But when Jesus told a story to illustrate God’s command to love your neighbor as yourself, He flipped the religious teachings on their head. The hated Samaritan lived out God’s love. He loved his enemy. He pleased God. And as Jesus taught, God’s love and salvation are for everyone, enemies included. There is freedom in loving others, even those we don’t like. 

Who do you have trouble loving? 

How can you reach out to them with love this week?

Outreach 2020, Inc.


Thursday,  December 24, 2020


LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER

"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so  you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." —John 13:34-35

Harley Davidson riders are known by their leathers. Surfers are known for their board  shorts. Gangs identify by their colors. You can spot a Las Vegas Raiders fan by the black and silver skulls. A cheese hat? You’re loyal to the Green Bay Packers. You knew Groucho Marx by his glasses and bushy mustache. Abraham Lincoln’s top hat was a dead giveaway. Early punk-rockers were recognizable by their three-foot mohawks. Flannel was the ‘90s mark of grunge rockers. Handlebar mustaches now reveal a hipster. Braided beards and ruthlessness? Pirates. Reggae and dreadlocks often reveal a  Jamaican, mon. Brazilians are known for their expressive warmth. What are Christians known for? Jesus said it should be our love for other people. Early  on, the church shone with Christlike love as believers shared all they had to care for each other’s needs. When pandemics hit Roman cities, Christ followers chose to tend to the sick even while the persecuting Romans fled. But there have been clear collective blunders, like invading countries and killing innocent women and children during the Crusades. So how are we doing now? Are our churches known for who we’re trying to keep out or who we are welcoming in? Are we known by our service or our self-preservation?  Our willingness to listen or our quickness to shout down? Our devotion to our political party or our devotion to Jesus? Does our encouragement or criticism come through louder? Are we marked by anger or grace? Outrage or compassion? Are we recognized by our expressions of Christ’s love or our indignation about what others call the holiday? Are we too busy to show love and kindness in our daily interactions? Let’s let everyone know we are Jesus’s disciples this Christmas by our love for others.  

What do others know you for? 

What can you do to put Jesus’s love into action?

Outreach 2020, Inc.



Wednesday, December 23, 2020


UNFAILING LOVE

"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height

nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." —Romans 8:38-39

The Great Plague was London’s last major outbreak of bubonic plague, but it claimed as many as 100,000 lives from 1665 to 1666. It spread to the Derbyshire village of Eyam, about 160 miles north of London, in a bale of cloth infested with carrier fleas. Forty-two villagers died in September and October. The plague had been killing millions of Europeans for centuries. These villagers didn’t understand all of the science, but they knew the plague spread from person to person. By spring, the remaining citizens prepared to flee their homes to survive. But the newly appointed rector, William Mompesson, with the help of the trusted former rector, Thomas Stanley, convinced the villagers to remain and quarantine themselves in their village. By staying, they knew they were choosing death, but they knew they would also avoid spreading the plague to other villages. They chose to protect the lives of others beyond their own boundaries. Death hit Eyam hard, killing 260 of its 300-800 inhabitants in a year. “It must have been terrifying, but every single family would have had that strong belief in God, and would not have feared death,” Joan Plant, Eyam churchwarden and direct descendant of one of the survivors, told the BBC. The citizens of Eyam must have clung to the truth of Paul’s words, that nothing in all the universe or eternity can separate us from God’s love, not even death. Despite suffering and grief, they chose to love and protect their neighbors in nearby villages even more than themselves. They knew they were held firmly in the embrace of God’s love no matter what.

What feels like it is separating you from the love of God? 

If there is truly nothing that will break the bonds of God’s love for you, what courageous step will you take?

Outreach 2020, Inc. 



Tuesday, December 22, 2020


LOVE DEFEATS FEAR

"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear  has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love." —1 John 4:18

There are a lot of things that could have kept those wisemen at home. Most of them  would have come down to fear. There was fear of the unknown: a new star, a journey to a new land wherever this star would lead them. There was fear for their safety: Traveling the harsh, desert roads of the ancient Middle East was a dangerous venture. Besides the inhospitable terrain for you and your vehicles, aka livestock, you had to stay vigilant against robbers or warlords. The Magi could have easily feared loss. We know they carried gold, frankincense, and myrrh to give to Jesus. It seems they were wealthy. They must have been a target to would-be assailants. Fear of ridicule could have kept them at home. What if they were wrong about this star? They would have had hours and hours to second-guess themselves as they plodded onward. Fear of power could have derailed them or thwarted their mission as they were called before the mighty ruler Herod. Fear could not stop the Magi. Nothing would stop them on their mysterious journey. They came as if called. They came to worship and give powerfully symbolic gifts—gifts fit for a king—to the infant Jesus. They also came as representatives of the message that the gift of Jesus is for every race, every people, every nation. Love thrives in the absence of fear. And as John describes, perfect love drives out fear. The love of God embodied in Jesus fills us with the courage to cross borders and face danger and discomfort. It  frees us from insecurity and rejection and judgment. It frees us from the divisive fear of the other and brings us together, united as God’s children. 

What fears are troubling your heart? 

How can you step out against fear, empowered by

God’s perfect love?

Outreach 2020, Inc.



Monday, December 21, 2020


LOVE HONORS OTHERS

"Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. " —Romans 12:9-10

They were a young couple, eking out a living in New York City. They had each other  but little else. Oh, and their most prized possessions: Jim’s gold pocket watch that had been his grandfather’s and Della’s beautiful, cascading hair. Both had secretly tried saving for months to buy a Christmas present for the other, but $1.87 was all Della had. In a moment of Christmas Eve inspiration, Della sold her hair for $20 to buy Jim a perfectly simple gold chain to match his pocket watch. As Jim arrived home, Della feared he would no longer find her beautiful. He held his wife close and gave her a set of combs she had long admired. “My hair grows so quickly,” she told him. At least there was the perfect watch chain, which she excitedly gave him. Jim smiled as he told her he had sold the watch in order to buy her combs. “Of all who give and receive gifts, such as they are the most wise,” wrote O’Henry to close his famous 1905 story The Gift of the Magi. “Everywhere they are the wise ones. They are the magi.” Is there a love more sincere than that which puts another first? Jim and Della didn’t give gifts to each other out of compulsion or obligation. They didn’t think twice about sacrificing their most prized possession to bring happiness to their true love. Their spirit is the same as that of the Magi, who gave freely to Jesus. The Magi are the source of our  practice of Christmas gift giving. And, of course, theirs and our gifts are just a reflection of God’s gift of Jesus. His love in action through us, as Paul describes in Romans, is sincere, good, devoted, and honors others before ourselves. 

What gift are you most excited to give this Christmas? 

What other way can you honor  someone above yourself in this season, even without money or means?

Outreach 2020, Inc.




Sunday, December 20, 2020


JOY RESTORED

"Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within  me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me." —Psalm 51:10-12

Christmas trees can trace their roots all the way back to ancient cultures, including  the Egyptians and Romans who decorated with evergreen boughs to mark the Winter Solstice. The Christmas tree tradition we know got started in Germany in the 16th century, and it’s believed that Martin Luther first added candles to light the tree and made it part of Christian celebrations. German settlers in Pennsylvania brought the tradition to the U.S. in the 1830s. But the trees became widely popular across the U.S. and Great Britain in 1846, when a London newspaper showed an illustration of Queen Victoria, the German Prince Albert, and their children celebrating around their Christmas tree. From the beginning, evergreens have been loved for their constant reminder of flourishing life through the long, dark winter. Even through December’s shortest days, the evergreens promise a restoration of life and growth. 

Sometimes we need a restoration of joy just like King David did when he wrote Psalm  51. His famous prayer followed the darkest days of his adultery with Bathsheba and the arranged murder of her husband. David had finally hit his low and poured out his confession and remorse to God, asking for forgiveness and renewal. He longed for a restoration of the joy of his relationship with God. How often we too need a cleansing fresh start! So much can jade our hearts and choke

our joy, whether it’s our own sin or the busyness and pressures of the holidays. Sometimes we need the honesty of confession and the simplicity of quiet reflection. No matter where we’ve been or what we’ve done, Jesus is here, welcoming us with restorative joy. 

What is coming between you and God? 

How will you pour out your heart to God? 

Outreach 2020, Inc.



Saturday, December 19, 2020


UNITED IN JOY

"I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has  clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a  bride adorns herself with her jewels." —Isaiah 61:10

Is there anything more radiant than a bride on her wedding day? She is the picture  of beauty. We are captivated by weddings, and the bride is the center of attention. That’s true whether it’s your cousin’s ceremony or England’s Royal Wedding. Whatever the setting, the bride is the princess on her wedding day. Some little girls begin dreaming of that day as preschoolers twirling around in princess dresses and their mother’s oversized high-heeled shoes. There is a beauty in the union of a bride and groom, and a purity in the moment when the bride appears and walks down the aisle to her soon-tobe husband. A wedding is one of the most joyful celebrations we can have on this earth. It’s one the Bible compares to our relationship with Jesus. Isaiah says God has clothed us like a bride or groom, fixing us up in our finest through His salvation and restoration. He has given us reason to experience joy like a wedding day. Jesus compared Himself  to a bridegroom when He taught on earth. John used the imagery when he described Christ’s return in Revelation 19:7: “Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.” 

When we think ahead to our eventual union with Jesus, we can find joy in the celebration of all it represents: Instead of sorrow, pain, or death, there will be joy, wholeness,  and life. When we remember the significance of Jesus’s birth and our first encounter with Him, we can experience joy that flows from His perfect, unconditional love. 

What memories of your relationship with Jesus bring you joy? 

What do you imagine the  wedding of Jesus and His followers will be like?

Outreach 2020, Inc.



Friday, December 18, 2020


FEEDING JOY

"When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s  delight, for I bear your name, LORD God Almighty." —Jeremiah 15:16

What is your favorite Christmas feast? Are you a traditional American big meal person, loading up the table with platters of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet  potatoes, casseroles, cranberry relishes, and pies for dessert? Do you prefer or include other cultural delicacies? Does your table include tamales, latkes, Christmas pudding, Buche de Noel, suckling pig, lutefisk, or other dishes passed down by heritage or family preference? Food plays a big part in holiday traditions around the world. It certainly  draws us together as family and friends to reunite and celebrate and share the joys— and sometimes the painful awkwardness—of each other’s company. 

How do we choose joy when the painful moments of the season or life in general feel crushingly heavy? One way is to devour God’s Word like Jeremiah, who said,  “When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight.” In the same way, they are our spiritual sustenance. They feed us. The principle of “You are what you eat” applies to our spirits as well. As we take in the words of God, savoring and digesting them, they are able to refuel and renew us. They change our perspective and nourish joy within us, and they fill us with the strength to grow stronger, no matter what we are facing. Let’s feast on the promises of God throughout this Advent season. 

How is your spiritual diet? 

What Scripture will you choose to savor and return to throughout this week?

Outreach 2020, Inc.



Thursday, December 17, 2020


CHOOSE JOY

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials  of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." —James 1:2-4

If you’ve spent much time in nature, you’ve probably come across the odd sight  of a tree growing out of a rock. In the city, you’ve probably seen a flower blooming out of a tiny crack in a sidewalk or street. Plants like that make a stark contrast to our expectations. They go against the grain of what we normally expect from nature and science. We know plants of all kinds need soil to grow and live. Yet these hardy botanical survivors somehow find a way to send roots through the tiniest crevices or to draw  nutrients from the most meager supplies. They defy their harsh environments and find a way to thrive. Joy allows us to do the same. It gives us the strength to persevere even when our circumstances look bleak and we are surrounded by cold, hard reality. Does it make  sense to feel joy when we face trials? No. But when we choose joy, when we choose to look with thankfulness for what God will do even in our bleakest days, we can find the strength to persevere another day, and another, and another. And we continue to grow stronger in our rocky surroundings. It’s not easy. Maybe that’s why Paul said it twice: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will  say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4). He knew we needed reminders often. He had certainly lived through the difficulties of prison, beatings, hatred, ridicule, loneliness, injustice, and more. Yet Paul continued to choose the action of joy, to rejoice, and to place his focus on God, even when life felt like nothing but a rock and a hard place.  

What is the rock you are facing right now? 

What step will you take to choose joy even when it’s hard?

Outreach 2020, Inc.


Wednesday, December 16, 2020


CELEBRATE JOY

"Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength." —Nehemiah 8:10

Christmas was a fairly forgotten holiday in London and most of England by the 1840s. Easter was celebrated. So was Boxing Day. But Christmas? Meh. So publishers didn’t see why anyone would want to read Charles Dickens’s latest book, A Christmas Carol. Turned out, everyone did. As we know, Dickens’s story was a hit, and still is. Because of that book, Dickens has been credited with saving Christmas and shaping the way we celebrate the holiday today. Not just in England, but in the U.S. too. Of course, we all know the story of Mr. Scrooge and his “Bah, humbug!” It’s ultimately a tale of Scrooge’s redemption, but the Crachit family serve as a reminder of the joy of the season, no matter how miserly and harsh the world is around us. Long before Dickens, Israel’s leader Nehemiah led the Jewish people back from exile in Babylon to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. He also led them back to God and to the worship they had forgotten. When Nehemiah had God’s Law read to the people,

they wept with remorse and regret. But as a representative of God’s work and voice, Nehemiah was a reminder of grace and restoration. His declaration was to celebrate

and embrace the joy of the occasion, “for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

We know that the pace and activities of our holidays can bring a mixture of emotions that threatens to chase joy into the shadows. As we choose to cling to the joy of

the Lord, let us embrace and experience the joy of the season in His hope, peace, and

love in our lives.

What is squashing your Christmas joy? What can you say no to in order to say yes to joy

this season? 



Tuesday, December 15, 2020


JOY COMES IN THE MORNING

"How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide  your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? … But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the LORD’s praise, for he has been good to me." —Psalm 13:1-2,5-6

When 11-year-old Riley moves across the country to San Francisco, her world is  thrown for a loop. So are the five core emotions inside the headquarters of her brain: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust. If you’ve seen the Disney movie Inside Out, you know those colorful characters are the ones who run the control panels of the girl’s actions, experiences, and memories. Spoiler alert: After a meltdown in emotional headquarters, Riley’s world is in upheaval. But there’s a touching scene at the end when Joy hands over the controls of the emotional console to Sadness. Sadness is able to let Riley cry and let out all the bad feelings. As her parents support and hug her, Riley cries and smiles contentedly at the same time. And Sadness and Joy hold hands and form a new memory together. 

Sadness and joy are often the same for us. Life is hard, and pain is real, even in the  “joyous” Christmas season. Rather than putting on a fake smile or trying to power our way to happiness, it’s important to express our hurts and sorrows. God wants us to pour out our hearts to Him. The psalmists give us great examples in their prayerful songs and poems. When we are willing to cry out, “Where are you God?” and allow Him to hold and support us, He can fill us with the comfort and strength to choose joy and experience His presence. As King David put it in Psalm 30:5, “Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” 

What sadness or pain do you need to express to find support? 

How can you create your

own personal psalm to pour out your heart to God?

Outreach 2020, Inc.



Monday, December 14, 2020


JOY FINDS A WAY

And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God  my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed.” —Luke 1:46-48

Have you ever been to Yellowstone National Park? It’s an amazing place, filled with nature’s majesty. It’s also a unique place, basically sitting above a super volcano beneath  the earth’s surface. That’s where the park’s famous geysers come from. All that geothermal heat and combustion down there has to go somewhere, so it rises to the surface, escaping through vents we know as geysers. Some like Old Faithful spout water 180 feet into the air. Others heat large hot spring pools and churn up kaleidoscopic minerals. Others ooze out in slowly bubbling mudpots. Joy is kind of like those geysers. It’s our feel-good emotion, and when it’s there, it’s going to find a way out. Sometimes it’s quick to burst out. Sometimes it takes a while to work its way through the mud in our lives. Sometimes it’s a combination of both. Maybe that’s the way it was for Mary and Elizabeth, two miraculous mothers-to-be in Luke’s Christmas account. Both women were facing a mixture of emotions in their unexpected pregnancies. Behind Elizabeth’s elation were decades of shame, scorn, and crushed dreams of having children. Maybe that’s why she spent five months in  seclusion. Behind Mary’s wonder were judgment and scorn from others, and certainly some fear and confusion of her own. Maybe that’s why Mary hurried to the hill country, away from the judgmental eyes of her neighbors. But when the two women united, joy erupted. Elizabeth’s baby, John the Baptist, leaped in the womb. The Holy Spirit filled Elizabeth, and she joyfully blessed and  affirmed Mary. Then Mary burst into song, praising God and rejoicing. All the fear, uncertainty, and pain faded in the face of encouragement and joy. 

How is your sense of joy in this season?

Who can you reach out to in order to find encouragement or to encourage?

2020 Outreach, Inc.



Sunday, December 13, 2020


THE INVITATION TO PEACE

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you  rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is  easy and my burden is light." —Matthew 11: 28-30

The shepherds gained a special place in history on the night of Jesus’s birth, but in  their time, they were nothing special as far as society was concerned. The shepherds were the everyman, the working class. They labored under the sun and stars. They tended animals. They probably smelled like the animals they kept. They had no entitlement. They were probably looked down on by the religious elite. And they probably would have immediately understood and embraced the agricultural example in Jesus’s teaching years later: the yoke of walking in step with Jesus and following His lead. They would have embraced his invitation to come and find rest. They were weary with the burden of never-ending labor and scratching out a living in the fields. What an invitation to peace! “For I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls.” It was no accident that the angels showed up above the fields outside of Bethlehem to make their proclamation of “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” It was a triumphant signal that God was there for the humble and lowly and weary and broken. Those people had a place in the stable to encounter the Messiah. Jesus’s invitation extends to us today. We can come and experience the deep rest of His peace. 

What burden feels heavy right now? 

What step will you take as Jesus welcomes, "Come  to me”?

2020 Outreach, Inc.


Saturday, December 12, 2020


PLANTING PEACE

"But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then  peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness."—James 3:17-18

When their small boat set sail in Chile to cross the notoriously treacherous Drake  Passage to Antarctica, there was so much that could go wrong. The 2004 expedition would attempt to be the first to climb an unnamed peak in Antarctica. First, they had to trek by foot for weeks across the ice. Most had no sailing or mountaineering experience. And all of them came from opposite sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The “extreme peace mission” was the idea of Heskel Nathaniel, an Israeli outdoorsman, and sponsored by Israel’s Peres Centre for Peace. But the group was not made of peace activists. Some had served in different armies and served time for attacks on the other side. Others were political activists. Some had lost family members in bombings. But they had to work together for success and survival. “I’m not so naive as to believe we will bring peace,” one of the team members said. “But I think it will push forward other groups of people to go ahead and talk, just sit and talk.”  The crew was ultimately successful in summiting its peak and raising awareness for Israeli-Palestinian cooperation and potential peace. But first they had to be willing to  extend grace, mercy, forgiveness, and trust to their teammates from across the border. These are qualities of “wisdom that comes from heaven,” as James describes them. And he likens the process of finding peace to planting: When we plant and cultivate peace, we harvest and experience righteous fruit. Often peace means taking the first step and planting the seeds of peace one at a time. 

What conflict is keeping you from shalom wholeness? 

What step of forgiveness or grace will you take to cultivate peace or heal a relationship?

2020 Outreach, Inc.



Friday, December 11, 2020


THE PAUSE OF PEACE

"And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that  it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are  perishing?” Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. " —Mark 4:37–39 NKJV

Have you ever experienced a hurricane? Have you ever passed through the eye of a  hurricane? It’s an eerie experience. There truly is a stillness right at the center of a circling hurricane. After the worst of the storm comes a stillness. They eye is surrounded by the eyewall, a ring of towering, ferocious thunderstorms that are the violent vortex of humid air that feeds the hurricane. But then the winds calm. The rains cease. It’s a pause in the maelstrom. It’s temporary. But it’s kind of like those freeze frame moments in a movie when everything slows down to one brief moment of reality while life or chaos or catastrophe happen all around the character like a brief millisecond of clarity. Jesus has the power to calm our storms. Even in the worst of the gales howling around us. The disciples experienced it physically in that storm at sea with Jesus. We can experience it spiritually. “Peace, be still,” Jesus says. As we cry out to Him, He is able to bring calm to the winds that rage within and around us. He is able to bring pause and clarity. Jesus is our peace, no matter how bad the storm we are facing.

What storm are you facing? 

How will you pause today to, “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10)?

2020 Outreach, Inc.



Thursday, December 10, 2020


"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." —Philippians 4:6–7

“How can this be?” Mary asked the angel, according to Luke.  It must roughly translate to, “Wait! What?!  Conceive…give birth…Son of the Most High?  How can I have a baby?!  Everybody knows there’s only one way to have a baby!”  We don’t know exactly how or when Mary told Joseph.  Apparently it didn’t go well.  Joseph was crushed.  The betrayal stung beyond words.  How could Mary do this?  He loved her.  He didn’t want to hurt her, but he couldn’t take this pain of his own.  He wouldn’t make a public scene, but he would break off the engagement, the equivalent of a divorce in the marriage process and customs of the day.  You know what happened.  There were angels and messages directly from God, and both Mary and Joseph chose to believe them and trust.  But you also know how people are.  If Joseph had a hard time believing Mary’s story, just think about their neighbors and customers and townsfolk.  Both Mary and Joseph must have been targeted with their scorn and judgment.  It wouldn’t have been an easy nine months.  It wouldn’t have been an easy journey to Bethlehem by foot or by donkey.  It wouldn’t have been an easy parenting journey.  But Mary and Joseph continued to trust.  They continued to stay faithful.  The questions and uncertainty must have continued to come too.  And they must have  continued to remember God’s work they had witnessed.  They must have thanked Him for all they had seen.  They must have prayed and petitioned God, turning their focus on Him.  We know the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, guarded their hearts and minds even in their most difficult moments—just as He has promised it will do in ours.  

What are you feeling anxious about? 

What is your prayer and request from God today?

2020 Outreach, Inc



Wednesday, December 9, 2020


PEACE REIGNS

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will  be on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." —Isaiah 9:6

A young priest named Joseph Mohr took the long way home one winter night in  1816, less than a year after the ravages of the Napoleonic Wars.  As Mohr looked out across the scene, he was struck with a profound sense of peace.  Snow blanketed the small village in the Alps.  Candlelight glowed from cottage windows.  Smoke trailed skyward from cozy hearths within.  Overhead, countless stars twinkled with radiance.  When he got home, Mohr wrote the lyrics we now know as “Silent Night.”  Two years later, Mohr asked his friend and choir director Franz Gruber to write a melody for guitar.  And on Christmas Eve 1818 in Oberndorf, Austria, the two performed “Stille Nacht Heilige Nacht” at the evening mass.  The carol’s startling simplicity captivated listeners.  Traveling folk singers began to spread the song, and eventually it crossed continents and languages.  In 1914, soldiers during World War I, came out  of their trenches and crossed the battle lines to sing “Silent Night” together in French, German, and English in a profound evening of peace.  We know that not all was peaceful on that first Christmas night.  There was a frantic search for lodging after a grueling journey forced by a foreign government.  There was the pain and exhaustion of labor and childbirth.  There was terror at the angels first appearance.  But there must also have been moments of profound silence as a new mother cradled her sleeping son and breathed in the newborn scent of his head.  The  shepherds must have felt it as they settled their flocks again in the fields, filled with wonder and gazing into the sparkling night sky.  Sometimes it’s in the darkness and silence that we are most aware that the Prince of Peace rules.  

When is the last time you listened to “Silent Night?” 

How can you set aside a few moments to step into the peace of this son who has been given, the Prince of Peace?

2020 Outreach, Inc.


Tuesday, December 8, 2020


THE PEACE OF WHOLENESS

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the  world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." 

—John 14:27

Don’t you love those moments when everything seems right with the world?  Maybe  it’s when your baby is sleeping in your arms. Maybe it’s holding your spouse close after a long absence.  Maybe it’s when your children are home from college, together again.  Maybe it’s the whole family laughing together at Christmas.  Or maybe it’s after all the in-laws go home again.  In the Jewish culture, peace is much more than the absence of conflict.  It’s more like those brief moments of everything being right in your world.  The Old Testament word is shalom, used still today as a greeting and a blessing.  The concept of shalom is a concept of wholeness.  It is an understanding that life is complex with many moving pieces, responsibilities, relationships, and more, but in shalom there is completeness, unity, safety—peace.  Through the giving of the Law to Moses and God’s covenant with Abraham and his descendants, there was God’s shalom, restoration, relationship, and spiritual wholeness.  And in the coming of the Messiah, the Prince of Shalom would realize this sense of ultimate peace.  So you can be sure the disciples remembered and clung to Jesus’s words in the days after His death and resurrection.  “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.”  This was His shalom that would calm their hearts and overcome their fears, even when the world reeled around them. Jesus knew the hard times and even horrific days that lay ahead for His disciples, but He wanted them to know His Spirit would sustain them with peace.  He knew the work of complete restoration He was accomplishing.  It’s the same work He is working in us.  Jesus is making us whole.  His peace can calm our hearts and overcome our fears.  What is making you afraid?  How can you speak words of peace, shalom, today?

2020 Outreach, Inc.


Monday, December 7, 2020


UNSTOPPABLE PEACE

"Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on  whom his favor rests.” —Luke 2:14

It’s kind of a miracle that A Charlie Brown Christmas ever got made, much less aired  on national television.  We know it as a beloved Christmas tradition, but in 1965, the TV executives were sure it was going to flop.  They thought it was too slow.  The now iconic jazz music didn’t belong in a cartoon.  The voices were too  amateurish.  Charlie Brown and his pals used too big a vocabulary.  And Linus can’t quote the Bible on TV.  Even Charles Schultz’s own creative team tried to talk the illustrator out of that scene, but Schultz would not be dissuaded.  Because Coca-Cola had bankrolled the show and TV guides had already listed it, CBS execs had no choice but to reluctantly air it.  As you know, the show was a hit.  Its triumph was Linus announcing to Charlie  Brown “That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown,” and proclaiming to the  world the words of the angels from that first Christmas night: “Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.  This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”  Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on  whom his favor rests” (Luke 2:10-14). 

That message is the same for us today.  It’s OK.  You don’t have to be afraid.  Christ has  come. Peace is here.  Let’s rest in that enduring promise throughout this Advent season.  

What restores your sense of peace? 

How can you take a daily pause to refocus and let

God’s peace wash over you?

2020 Outreach, Inc.



Sunday, December 6, 2020


HOPE FOR OUR INHERITANCE

"I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you  may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people." —Ephesians 1:18

You’ve seen the movies or heard the stories. Maybe you’ve dreamed of it happening to you.  A long lost relative who you never knew you had dies and unexpectedly leaves a fortune for you. Turns out it really does happen sometimes.  Take the case of Zsolt and Geza Peladi.  The brothers were living in a cave outside of Budapest,  Hungary, in 2009 when they learned they would inherit $7 billion from their long-lost grandmother.

The Peladi brothers knew their mother had come from a wealthy family, but she had severed ties with her family and later abandoned her sons. Their grandmother had died with no other heirs, and her next surviving relatives were tracked down: Zsolt and Geza and their sister who lived in the United States.  The brothers told reporters they hoped their newfound money would allow them to find love and a normal life.  It’s probably unlikely that you or I will inherit $7 billion—but apparently not impossible.  Regardless, we have the most incredible and satisfying inheritance of all: “the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,” as the apostle Paul describes it.  In Ephesians 1, Paul recaps the power of the promise that God has fulfilled in Jesus.  One day, we will receive the fulfillment of eternal life, complete restoration to wholeness and unity with God.  In the meantime, God’s Spirit fills us with hope for the day when we will see this work complete.  In Advent, we expectantly hope for the celebration of Christmas, and we look beyond with hope to

Christ’s return and our invaluable spiritual inheritance.

What would you do if you knew you were about to inherit a billion dollars? 

How will you live knowing the power of Christ to defeat death is alive in you today?

2020 Outreach, Inc.



Saturday, December 5, 2020


HOPE OVERFLOWS

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." —Romans 15:13

There was someone else there that day when Mary and Joseph brought their infant son to the temple. Another who had been faithfully watching and waiting and believing it was only a matter of time before she saw the fulfillment of God’s longstanding promise. Anna was a prophet, eighty-four years old. She had been married once, long ago, for seven years before her husband died. This would have given her a difficult life

in ancient culture, making her dependent on others for a well-being that was probably then meager. None of that seemed to slow Anna down. She spent all her time in the temple, worshiping, fasting, and praying. Her service might have even been part of some official group or capacity.

Like Simeon, Anna was ready when Jesus arrived. Maybe she approached the young family at the same time as Simeon. Maybe later. Whatever the timing, her worshipful response was similar. But Luke tells us even more. Like Simeon, Anna was overjoyed to see this long-expected gift from God. She certainly must have felt fulfilled as well. But Anna wasn’t done. Her hope overflowed, and she told everyone she could about what she had seen.  Anna’s hope is the kind described by Paul, when he prayed, “… that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Isn’t that just like hope? It’s the kind of hope we see in children on Christmas morning: expectant, unbridled, uncontainable, overflowing. And it’s the same kind from the God of hope that sustains through the ages. 

How is your hope-ometer these days? 

What hope have you given up on that God is calling to renew in you?

2020 Outreach, Inc.



Friday, December 4, 2020


HOPE SUSTAINS US

"Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been  poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit [which] was given to us. "

—Romans 5:5

He had been waiting. The old man was ready. Luke calls him righteous and devout.   Simeon had been faithfully serving God for decades and watching for the fulfillment of His promise to send a Messiah. Each morning, he might have asked, “Is this the day?” Then came the day when he felt that nudge by God’s Spirit: Go to the temple. Something exciting is about to happen. I have a surprise for you. When Simeon saw the young family across the temple courts, he knew. This was the moment he had been waiting for his whole life. He probably ran to them, taking the baby from the surprised parents, lifting him skyward, then cradling him in his arms. And Simeon worshiped. He told God he was fulfilled, content; he could now die a happy man. “For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel” (Luke 2:30-32). 

Simeon is the perfect example of the man described in Jeremiah 17:7: “Blessed is  the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is the LORD.” Simeon reminds us that hope does not disappoint. Why? Because, as Paul says, “the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit [which] was given to us.” God’s never-ending love for us will always come through in God’s perfect timing. The hope of Christ will never fail us. 

How would your hope compare to Simeon’s? 

How might you spread a sense of hope by

some small expression fueled by God’s love?

2020 Outreach, Inc.



Thursday, December 3, 2020


WHEN HOPE SEEMS GONE

"Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name;  you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;  and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze." —Isaiah 43:1-2

When commercial fisherman John Aldridge went sprawling overboard 40 miles off  the coast of New York in 2017, he knew his partner, Anthony Sosinski, sleeping below decks would never hear his cries for help. When the boat motored ahead on autopilot and disappeared over the crest of a wave, Aldridge knew he was alone. As he tread water in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean without a life vest, he knew this was the way he would die.  But then he discovered that he could create an air pocket in his fishing boots. They floated. It was a flicker of hope to literally cling to. Aldridge made it through the night. He eventually spotted a fishing buoy and was able to cling to it. Twelve hours after he had fallen into the sea, a Coast Guard helicopter pulled Aldridge to safety. Against all hope, the man overboard survived.  Sometimes we just need something, one thing, to cling to in the darkness and the  depths. God’s Word is filled with promises, such as Isaiah 43:1-2 above. “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.” In Jeremiah 29:11, we’re told, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God has given us hope we can cling to. No matter what we are facing, we can turn to the Bible and find His words come alive to renew  hope within us. 

What Bible verses are speaking to you today? What Scripture can you write down or  memorize as a source of renewed hope? 

2020 Outreach, Inc



Wednesday, December 2, 2020


HOPE CONQUERS FEAR

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great  mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade". —1 Peter 1:3-4

It was the night before the Christmas Eve service when church organist Lewis Redner came up with the tune to “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” Waking in the night, he felt like he had heard the whisper of an angel, and he wrote down the melody of the

beloved carol we still sing nearly 150 years later.  The lyrics were a poem written by Phillips Brooks, minister at Holy Trinity Church in Philadelphia. Several years later, in 1865, Brooks had visited Bethlehem on horseback during a trip to the Holy Land. He saw shepherds tending their flocks in the countryside surrounding the small village and attended a Christmas Eve service in the Church of the Nativity. He remembered the moving experience several years later as he prepared for Christmas Eve worship. Brooks and Redner thought their combined composition would only be sung for that evening’s service, but, as we know, the song quickly spread and endured.  Among the song’s beautiful lyrics is this line: 'The hopes and fears of all the years / Are met in thee tonight.' It’s a reminder that no matter how great the fear—even the fears of all history—the hope that Christ brings is greater. In Jesus, hope overcomes all our fears, and this hope is alive. Peter calls it a living hope. Because Christ has come to live and die and rise again, this hope of life conquers the fears of death. Because of Jesus, when fear and hope collide, hope wins.

How is fear darkening your life? How can you grab hold of this living hope in Jesus?

2020 Outreach, Inc.



Tuesday, December 1, 2020


HOPE TO CARRY ON

"But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will  soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." —Isaiah 40:31 

The pictures show him sharply dressed in a navy blue blazer, decorated with military medals, behind the walker that he uses to get around. That walker didn’t stop  Captain Sir Tom Moore. Neither did his 100 years of age. Captain Tom, as he became famously known, walked 100 laps around his backyard and became a viral sensation who raised $40 million for the British health care system in the midst of the COVID-19

pandemic. It started as a challenge from his son-in-law and went viral when posted to  a fundraising website. Captain Tom’s sense of steady perseverance inspired Great Britain during a time it needed hope. “The first step was the hardest,” Captain Tom told reporters after. “After that, I got into the swing of it and kept on going.”  Isn’t that always true? The first step is always the hardest. But hope gives us the push to get going. Captain Tom began walking with the hope that he might be able to help someone.  Hope spurs us to take that first step in a difficult time. Hope enables us to keep walking, one more step at a time. And hope sustains us with the vision that there

is a better ending. Isaiah reminds us that our strength is renewed when we put our hope  in the Lord. The hope that Christ has brought into the world allows our spirit to soar like an eagle. It fuels us to keep walking, one step at a time. 

Where is hope leading you? What is the next step God is leading you to take this Christmas season?

2020 Outreach, Inc.



Monday, November 30, 2020


The first Sunday of Advent signifies the hope people felt in their hearts for the promised Messiah to lead them out of dark and hard times. We all have one of those days, weeks, or years. As we begin this season of Advent, we will spend the next seven days rediscovering the hope in our hearts that Jesus continues to bring to our world. In addition to the daily devotions, take time this week to light the first candle in your Advent wreath. (See Introduction for instructions.) Remember all that is fulfilled in Jesus, express your desires for this season, and place your hope in the light of the world, who was born a baby in Bethlehem and who is coming again.  But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.  The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” —Luke 1:29-33

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God with us’).” —Matthew 1:21–23

HOPE SEES BEYOND

For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all.   Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. In the same way, the Spirit helps  us in our weakness. —Romans 8:24-26

Have you ever seen the movie A Christmas Story? You know, the one with Ralphie and  his friend who gets his tongue stuck to a frozen flagpole? The 1983 holiday classic centers  around Ralphie’s longing for a Red Ryder BB gun. He has built it up as the be-all, end-all of his nine-year-old existence, and there is nothing he wants more. For most of the movie, other people, including a department store Santa, pour cold water on his dream, but he continues to keep hope alive. When Christmas morning comes, it seems Ralphie’s hope is crushed when all the presents are opened and there is no Red Ryder. Spoiler alert: Of course, there is one more hidden gift, and Ralphie’s greatest wish comes true.  At that point, Ralphie doesn’t need hope anymore. He can’t hope anymore. His hope is fulfilled. As Paul writes, “Hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?” Paul is talking about the completion of God’s work within and around us, the fulfilled restoration of our bodies and souls and all of creation. Paul explains that this is reality already, made possible because Jesus has come, and lived, and died, and risen. Now, with help from His Spirit, we wait patiently to see His work fulfilled. This was the promise God gave at the beginning and continued through Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and the history of the Jewish people. Our hope is fulfilled in Jesus. 

What is your deepest hope this Christmas? What step can you take to experience the

strength of God’s Spirit to renew hope and realize His work all around us?  2020 outreach,Inc.




Friday, November 27, 2020


The devotionals this week are from my message “The Christian Life – Part 2” 2 Corinthians 9:8

TEXT: "And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all  sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work." 2 Corinthians 9:8

What is the secret of the Christian life we learn from this passage? It is first of all that God is the supply of grace.  It is not of us but God’s own life in our soul. It is not of our works but only of the free favor and blessings of God both in our physical life as well as our spiritual life.  This secret is in the variety of grace which is found in the word “all”.  This grace is given to “all” good works.  All grace is every earthly blessing that will give them opportunity of blessing others.

The secret is found in the measure of grace. There are two “abounds” found in this chapter.  The first is God’s grace that “abounds” to us.  This grace is abounding towards you and me for our own personal and eternal needs.  Someone once said, “God is able to pay us back what we give."  In fact note exactly what God says and note the fulness of God's gifts in the words 'all' and 'always':  God will more than return what the giver gives.

Secondly we are to “abound” to every good work. The purpose of God's gifts to them is that they may share them with others.  God’s grace is adapted “towards” you.  God is giving you just what is required.  Since He is the source of grace then all you and I have to do is rely on God, abide in Him and receive from Him this grace we need.

Believe it - "And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by

Christ Jesus."  Philippians 4:19

Expect it - "Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or

think, according to the power that works in us," Ephesians 3:20

Thank Him for it - “while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.” 2 Corinthians 9:11


Larry Hudson


Please feel free to share and/or to respond!

Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Daily reading: See Scriptures below!

Pray or do: Believe it! Expect it! Thank Him for it! God’s Amazing Grace.

Bonus Material:

Paul challenged believers to “always” be abounding in the work of the Lord

1 Corinthians 15:58 "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."

2 Corinthians 9:8 "And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:"

Paul expected and hoped that with boldness he would magnify God in his body. 

Philippians 1:20 "According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death."

2 Corinthians 4:10 "Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body."

Paul wanted all of us to be confident in Christ and zealous in good things.

2 Corinthians 5:6 "Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:"

Galatians 4:18 "But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you."

Paul acknowledged the obedience of the Philippians.

Philippians 2:12 "Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling."

The good remembrance of the apostles by the Thessalonians

1 Thessalonians 3:6 "But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you:"

And finally Paul prayed for God’s peace upon all believers

2 Thessalonians 3:16 "Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means.  The Lord be with you all."




Wednesday, November 25, 2020


The devotionals this week are from my message “The Christian Life – Part 2” 2 Corinthians 9:8

TEXT: "And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work."  2 Corinthians 9:8

The second factor is the need of the Christian life.

We have a present resource, 'having... sufficiency' and that resource is God. God does not want us to either be bankrupt (without the means of self- support) nor self-contained (so abundantly blessed we feel like we don’t need God).

God gives us “all sufficiency” which means we have sufficient resources.  His resources are outflowing to us so that we are never lacking in our home, business or church life.  This resource is permanent because it is 'always having all sufficiency'. God is not taken unawares.  He is adaptable to our need. He knows how to meet them.


Larry Hudson


Please feel free to share and/or to respond!

Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Daily reading: See Scriptures below!

Pray or do: Are you tapping into the resources God has provided for you?  What does that mean to you?

Bonus Material:

Paul was always praying for: Thessalonian, Roman, Ephesian, Philippian, Colossian and believers in general:

2 Thessalonians 1:11 Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:

Romans 1:9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;

Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Philippians 1:4 Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,

Colossians 1:3 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, And specific individuals as well

Philemon 1:4 I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers, Paul also acknowledged the prayers of Epaphras for his prayers for the saints

Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.




Tuesday, November 23, 2020


The devotionals this week are from my message “The Christian Life – Part 2” 2 Corinthians 9:8

TEXT: "And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work."  2 Corinthians 9:8

Paul shows us that the object of the Christian life is "that ye... may abound in every good work." This is demonstrated in our practical living.  The world will know us by our fruits.  They will experience Christianity by observing us.  This “abounding to every good work” springs forth from 'a true and lively faith.'  When Paul says, “every good work” he is not saying “some” but all good works. Therefore our Christian life must be constant (over time) and consistent (truthful).  Though we are not saved by

our works they are a witness to our salvation.  We must be intentional about our “works”.  It is a matter of the will.  Our physical life is maintained by processes which never cease: lungs breathing, heart beating, etc. but these are automatic and not dependent on the will, whereas the moral life needs will power.  Is it possible to 'will' good works?  Scripture says yes, for the Christian; there is no excuse for inconsistency, and there is always the conscience, ready to admit a fault.  Therefore, 'every' good work:

 labor sometimes,

 play sometimes,

 sleep sometimes,

 eat sometimes

 but 'work' at all times.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Daily reading: See Scriptures below!

Pray or do: Are your works for God constant and consistent or do you need to work on those two things.

Bonus Material:

Paul was always giving thanks for believers in Thessalonica.  

1 Thessalonians 1:2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;

1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth; 

Paul was always giving thanks to God for: God’s grace

1 Corinthians 1:4 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you

by Jesus Christ;

Causing us to triumph in Christ

2 Corinthians 2:14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and

maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.

For all things

Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;




Monday, November 22, 2020


The devotionals this week are from my message “The Christian Life – Part 2” 2 Corinthians 9:8

TEXT: "And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work."  2 Corinthians 9:8

St. Paul was always desirous that Christians should realize fully their possessions and possibilities.  The Gospel speaks of inheritance and refers to present as well as future realization of it.  Paul wrote, “ while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.” (2 Corinthians 9:11) The word “enriched” comes from the Greek word 'ploutos' which means wealth, rich, enriched and fullness.  This shows the wealth or fullness of God available for us.  Paul also keeps prominent the idea of a vigorous Christian life.  He does this on every possible occasion and in connection with the simple facts of every-day living.  Wherever opportunity offers, he drives it home by way of counsel, or encouragement, or warning, or command.  Here, he urges his readers to liberality in sowing, or giving—'God loveth a cheerful giver'—and, consequently, in reaping, or getting—'God is able to make all grace abound.'

Thus the illustration leads up to the universal principle of the text, which has within it three great facts for every Christian.  This week we will examine these three facts.


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Daily reading: 2 Corinthians 9

Pray or do: Meditate upon the wealth and fullness of God available to you through Christ.




Friday, November 20, 2020

The devotionals this week are from my message “The Christian Life – Part 1” Psalm 16

TEXT: I will bless the LORD who has given me counsel; My heart also instructs me in the night seasons.  8 I have set the LORD always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. Psalm 16:7-8

You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.  Psalm 16:11

In the Christian life God is our Crown.  He is at our right hand now which means He is steadfast and dependable.  We are at His right hand which means we have satisfaction.  In the scripture the phrase “right hand” represented favor, honor and glory.  We see an example of it in Matthew 25 when Jesus talks about the “sheep and goat” nations.  The “sheep nations” were separated and placed at His right hand.  As our “crown” God is Lord of our life and the ultimate goal of our life. He has showed us the “path of life” which is a true life of fellowship with God that leads to “fullness of joy” and “pleasures for evermore” in the life to come. This is not so much a contrast between life here and the life hereafter as it is a contrast between life without God and life with Him.  So how does one begin this life? It begins with trust (vs. 1) “Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust.”  This trust is illustrated here.  “As rowers in a boat turn their backs to the shore, and trust to the man at the helm, whose eye is fixed upon it; so should we proceed in duty through life,—turn our back from our anxious cares for the future and leave the guidance of them all to God, who guides the helm.” New Cyclopedia of Prose Illustrations: First Series.  How is this life to be lived?  The answer is found in the declarations David make here.

David declares:

“I have” (vs. 6) “The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Yes, I have a good inheritance.”

“I will” (vs. 7) “I will bless the LORD who has given me counsel; My heart also instructs me in the night seasons.” God's inward voice heard in hours of quietness, is one of the chief blessings of His people.

“I set” (vs. 8) “I have set the LORD always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.”  “I have set The Lord” is the constant, deliberate, and conscious exercise of faith.

“I rejoice” (vs. 9) “Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope.” The primary reference is not to the dead body in the grave, but to the continuance of bodily life on earth.  David then gives us insight into how it will end.

“Thou wilt not” (vs. 10) “ For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.” And then what he will do (vs. 11) “Thou wilt”  “ You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right

hand are pleasures forevermore.”


Larry Hudson


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Scriptures are from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. 

Daily reading: Psalm 23

Pray or do: God is your companion in life’s journey. Set your “face” towards God and seek His “face” daily.



Wednesday, November 18, 2020