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Each week Dudley Hall writes an devotional reflection on a passage of Scripture that is emailed to subscribers and posted on this blog. Join Dudley in studying the Scriptures and applying the transformational truth of the gospel to your life.


Who Has the Final Word?

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A major question for all of us is, “who do I report to?” We need to know if there is a final authority, and if so, what that final authority says. Our culture has tried to break the perceived bonds of God’s order in search of freedom. We try to convince ourselves that there is no final word above our own. We hear ourselves saying it in many ways: Every person is his ...

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It's Better to Give Than Receive


There is lots of confusion about giving...

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Guarded By Angels


There are lots of reasons for us to fear. We face many issues we can’t control and many problems we can’t fix. There are forces arrayed against us that are bigger, stronger, and smarter than we are. It does little good to be told by religious instructors to stop being afraid. Fear lurks behind too many troubles that come cascading our way....

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Conscious of His Presence


We were not designed to live apart from the conscious presence of God as our Father. Life works properly only in that arrangement. The alienation that came into the human experience through sin is foreign to the dynamics of life with God. Trying to figure out our role and the essential ingredients to meaningful living while having a distant god is what creates man’s reli...

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Designed to Know and Enjoy God


It must have been a great comfort to the disciples to know that their relationship with Jesus was not because they had sought it or earned it. He had found them, chosen them, and appointed them to live a certain way for a specific purpose. It is the same with us. We, too, have been chosen to carry on the same kind of commission the first disciples were given. We did not fi...

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Longing For Joy


It has been said that there is a God-shaped vacuum in all of us and that we can never be fulfilled until that space is occupied by the God that created us. We can be even more specific. That inner space that cries for meaning was designed to be filled with the God who is a Father. Christianity’s distinctive must include the unique privilege of knowing God as Father. In h...

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We Have Work To Do


Peter is not trying to alarm his readers by prophesying the end of time as we know it. Rather, he is alerting them to the special nature of the time in which they (and we) live. We are privileged to live in the aftermath of God’s great intervention in history. Jesus has come to fulfill the promises of the Old Testament, and we are those who are joint heirs with him. W...

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The Hope Within


We are different from the world’s kind of people. Those who have not yet been immersed into the community of “in Christ” people are still striving to prove their point by showing how inconsistent the Christians are. It is true that when we react to attacks like they do, we are revealing that we aren’t much different except on Sundays when we go to church and they d...

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The Twist on Blessedness


Everyone wants to be blessed. The problem is that we often view blessings as our gain at other’s loss. We are blessed if we win the lottery. Of course, that means that everyone else did not, and we got their money. We even tend to think that for God to bless us, others must not be blessed. And even further, we begin to feel that we are only blessed when we have more good...

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Husbands and Prayer

In marriage, the role of the husband is different from that of the wife, but the perspective and attitude are the same. Peter’s use of “likewise” or “in the same way” is common to both his instructions to the wife and to the husband and is probably referring to 2:13 where believers are exhorted to place their explicit trust in God by properly submitting to his de...

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