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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.

 

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The Grace of Judgment

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We tend to think of judgment and grace as antithetical. We anticipate grace while we dread judgment. That is a perspective born of guilt and shame. Feeling inadequate for living and disqualified from fellowship with God, we conclude that we are the ones being judged and the sentence will be harsh to us....

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Grace in the Flood

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Because sin had invaded the hearts of Adam and Eve and had spread to their offspring, humanity began to move toward chaos. Evil in various forms began to manifest at all levels of society. When it appeared that evil would win and push out all vestiges of goodness, God acted to save society....

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Life in the New Man

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There are two races on earth. There is Adam’s race that includes all humans, and there is last Adam’s race which includes all who receive the abundance of his grace and the free gift of righteousness. The head of each race made a choice that affected many. Adam chose to submit to the word of the serpent and became a slave of sin. It manifested in guilt, shame, and fear...

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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

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There is lots of confusion about giving...

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Guarded By Angels

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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