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.
Secularism purports to offer a conflict-free society since it relegates religion to the unessential and absurd---only for those not enlightened enough to face the facts of reality. It claims that religion is the cause of trouble and war. Ignoring life's design, its adherents work feverishly to make sense of life as on earth. When they can find no purpose, they boldly declare, "There is no purpose and there isn't supposed to be." Like a lonely man playing solitaire all night with a deck of 51, having extracted the king of hearts, they are busy and distracted but not meaningful. The futile game never ends.... Keep Reading
When Jesus is not the center of the picture, the photograph is terribly out of focus. When he is not the center of the story, history is just a tale told by men full of sound and fury. When he is not the center of the puzzle, the problem is never solved.... Keep Reading
I wish all Christian ministers understood their assignment as Paul did. He knew that the one thing he must do was make the word of God fully known. Everything good in a person's life comes from knowing the fullness of God. Even if we succeed in giving people what they want, if we aren't making the word of God fully known, we are failures.... Keep Reading
Too many well meaning Christians base their decisions on a partially known word of God. The fully known word produces a life of joyful participation in the mission of exalting Jesus to the ends of the earth. Just as it was in the Garden of Eden, the enemy's attack is on the word of God. Hell's legions are gladly willing for people to know part of the word while thinking they know the final word.... Keep Reading
This seems an odd statement to the contemporary American Christian. We not only have been led to view suffering as something to avoid, it is often seen as evidence that our faith is defective. We are often exhorted to believe some specific admonition so that we will find the highest level of comfort and convenience possible. We are embarrassed about our suffering more than we consider it a privilege. When asked how we are doing in our efforts to represent Christ and his gospel, we tend to feature the numbers who love us and think we are grand. We seldom mention the hostility that exists in the world toward a God who refuses to conform to current societal norms.... Keep Reading
Every religion in the world, except the gospel of Jesus Christ, offers alternatives to regain God's favor. When the gospel is not central (and repeated often) we slip in our faith and shift in our hope.... Keep Reading