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Dudley's Weekly Word

The God of Wrath Is Coming

Posted October 14, 2014 by: Dudley Hall |0 Comments

Wrath is a subject that most of us don't like to handle--unless we think someone else deserves it. Many live in fear of the wrath of God and devise plans to appease him. They have determined that God is the expanded version of some anger-filled relative or neighbor who will blow up on you if he is not pleased. Those biblical texts that mention wrath seem to jump off the pages as fear ministers to them. For others, God's wrath is such a horrible notion that they have refused to consider it. They hope that whatever love there may be in God will negate his wrath towards them. Some have even declared that wrath is a concept of the primitive mind and that the real God does not embody wrath. What kind of wrath is coming and on who or what will it be unleashed?... Keep Reading

Put to Death...

Posted October 7, 2014 by: Dudley Hall |0 Comments

In contemporary culture, desires rule. In fact, we have even allowed for our identity to be determined by our desires. This leaves little hope for those of us who are menaced by evil desires. What are we to do? If evil desires define us and confine us, then we have no option but to live by their demands. Others will just have to alter their definitions of evil, as well as normal, to accommodate us. Society will have to make concessions to our uncontrollable desires, even if they are destructive to our very existence.... Keep Reading

Appearing with Christ

Posted September 23, 2014 by: Dudley Hall |0 Comments

We all want desperately to matter! We want to appear and be seen as worth something. We need authentication from outside. We just can't handle the possibility that we have lived with no meaning or purpose and have little value. We all long for our own "15 minutes of fame."... Keep Reading

Hidden with Christ in God

Posted September 16, 2014 by: Dudley Hall |0 Comments

This is truth too marvelous for the human mind to grasp quickly. It often escapes us as we continue to live as if we are primarily people of the natural and fallen world. We are so accustomed to defining our reality by familiar feelings that we tend to put such truth off into a category that we label "spiritual," but we actually mean "not practical" or "not for now."... Keep Reading

Raised With Christ

Posted September 9, 2014 by: Dudley Hall |0 Comments

The majestic mystery of Jesus' appearance is that he included us (those who are his by faith) in his death, resurrection, and ascension. Whatever happened to him, as our representative, happened to us. Truly the future has invaded the present, and we are now challenged to live each day on the basis of Christ's complete work. ... Keep Reading

Apparent Wisdom

Posted August 26, 2014 by: Dudley Hall |0 Comments

Man-made religion is always in a battle with the flesh. Actually, it is always a surrender to the flesh. "Flesh" is a term Paul uses to describe that part of mankind that responds to the law and attempts to fulfill requirements that will gain some type of leverage with God. It is the default mode of a race that has been alienated from God and desperately wants to be back in the garden of fellowship. It cries out for identity, security, significance, and control.... Keep Reading

The Beauty of Having Died

Posted August 19, 2014 by: Dudley Hall |0 Comments

If we were dead, we wouldn't have struggles with flesh and frailty. But then, we would be dead. Christ has made it possible for us to have the benefits of being dead while we are still alive in our bodies.... Keep Reading


Posted August 5, 2014 by: Dudley Hall |0 Comments

Healthy things grow until they reach maturity. We expect it. If it doesn't happen, we are alarmed and try to find the cause. If we are focused on the external, we will emphasize physical growth and tend to measure progress simply in physical terms. So there are some who think a particular church is healthy because it grows numerically, even though they would admit that big bodies don't necessarily translate into healthy people.... Keep Reading

Grounds for Disqualification

Posted July 22, 2014 by: Dudley Hall |0 Comments

There is a disqualifying form of Christianity being promoted among us. It leaves its adherents with a legalistic hangover and a deflated hope. It features some or all of the following characteristics: asceticism, obsession with angels, reliance on visions, confidence based on knowledge rather than relationship, and failure to exalt Jesus as the source, means, and goal of life.... Keep Reading

Falsely Judged

Posted July 15, 2014 by: Dudley Hall |0 Comments

Human tradition and elemental spirits (Colossians 2:8) are always looking for grounds to condemn and disqualify. We are all susceptible to judging and being judged on the wrong grounds. We continue to misjudge God's true nature and thereby misjudge each other. God has never been about setting rules for the purpose of determining who is qualified and who is not. He has always been interested in showing us how we could live successfully with him.... Keep Reading

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