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Dudley's Weekly Word

You Aren't Alone in Suffering

Posted March 28, 2017 by: Dudley Hall |1 Comments

Last week we saw the reality of being stalked, and the necessity of resisting Satan. One of his main tactics is to interpret circumstances in such a way as to misrepresent God’s intention and involvement in our lives.... Keep Reading

We Are Being Stalked

Posted March 21, 2017 by: Dudley Hall |0 Comments

We have all watched the scary movies where a party is going on with everyone laughing and having a carefree time, yet a menacing bad guy is watching, waiting for the opportunity to pounce on some unsuspecting victim. We want to scream out, “Watch out! There is danger lurking!” Well, Peter does warn us all that there is a stalking enemy out there just looking for someone who will be his prey.... Keep Reading

What's the Fashion of the New Creation?

Posted March 7, 2017 by: Dudley Hall |0 Comments

Those properly dressed in God’s kingdom are wearing humility. They are not competing for attention and vying for position. They have come to know a Father who is so big that they are not tempted to suppress themselves. Many trying to look humble are busy beating themselves down in order for God to be noticed. That is evidence of having a small God. Humanity does not have to be diminished in order for divinity to be seen as superior. Such efforts are false humility and look as cheap and out of place as overalls and sneakers at a President’s ball.... Keep Reading

Shepherd the Flock of God

Posted February 28, 2017 by: Dudley Hall |1 Comments

Peter is an elder himself who has witnessed the glory of Christ and the suffering that comes from partaking of life with him. He is well aware of the commission he was given by the resurrected Lord after breakfast by the sea. Remember! He had promised to stand with Jesus no matter what but had failed miserably on the night of the betrayal. Jesus had confronted him over breakfast in Galilee. Jesus had three times commissioned him to tend the sheep. Now in this text, he is telling other elders how important their role is in the future of the church.... Keep Reading

The End of All Things

Posted February 21, 2017 by: Dudley Hall |0 Comments

Many lessons have used this text to promote the idea that the end of the world was upon us. Since Peter wrote this prior to 70 AD, we would have to say he was wrong if, in fact, he was saying that. It has been 2000 plus years, and the earth is still here. Peter is telling his readers and us that everything that needed to be done had been done for God’s narrative to reach its climax.... Keep Reading

Suffering Is Not Strange

Posted February 13, 2017 by: Dudley Hall |0 Comments

In our culture, comfort and ease are valued so highly that the very thought of suffering as a normal part of life is unthinkable. In fact, too often the message coming from Christian leaders makes a mockery of suffering and categorizes it as outside of personal faith. Many people try to believe that they can live without suffering and still be faithful witnesses of God’s kingdom. This is a sad state of theological confusion that leaves people without adequate support when trouble comes.... Keep Reading

Trusting the Just Judge

Posted January 31, 2017 by: Dudley Hall |0 Comments

Christians are participants in the new creation, radically born again of the imperishable seed of God’s word. They have been separated for his possession and use in this world. They are filled with light and are placed in the midst of darkness. They are often broken so the light is seen by those walking in darkness. They embrace this calling and are ready to give an answer for the radical hope that steadies them in the midst of storms. They live in the same world as those who have not yet been enlightened by the gospel, and they must submit to the same forces that inhabit the world. Injustice and unfairness are common.... Keep Reading

Live As Free People

Posted January 17, 2017 by: Dudley Hall |1 Comments

When bondage masquerades as liberty we must be on alert in order to escape the trap. It usually occurs when we have incorrectly identified our captors. If we think that our problem is authority or even rules, we will define liberty in terms of being out from under authority and beyond rules. Many have celebrated their presumed liberation only to find themselves deeper in bondage.... Keep Reading

Submission is to the Lord

Posted January 10, 2017 by: Dudley Hall |0 Comments

Peter’s instructions regarding how to live in a culture that is hostile to the Gospel includes how believers are to respond to governmental structures that often put pressure on the Christian worldview. Peter reminds them and us that God has instituted certain structures in society and that submission to those God-ordained authorities is submission to God himself. The civil government is for the purpose of protecting citizens and punishing evil doers. As long as the government stays within the bounds of its purpose and is not demanding its citizens disobey the clear instructions of God, it is to be honored.... Keep Reading

The War Against Your Soul

Posted December 28, 2016 by: Dudley Hall |1 Comments

It has been established that we are set apart to represent our Lord on this earth. We have been forgiven and cleansed by an act of unmatched mercy. We have been identified as his people on earth. We have been born again of the imperishable seed of his word. Our purpose is to reveal what free living looks like. We are not only free from the enslaving power of sin, but we are free from the accusing voice of the Law. We have been so united with Christ by the Spirit that we as a faith community can display the original design for mankind. We must be aware that there is a war going on because God's enemy has a strategy to thwart the plan.... Keep Reading

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