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Dudley's Weekly Word

The Tapestry of Love

Posted April 1, 2014 by: Dudley Hall |0 Comments

There was something that made all the hard work Paul did really worth it. He desperately wanted those who listened to (or read) him to discover the vast riches that lie within the life that is theirs by faith in Christ. This great secret that blows all other secrets out of the water is, simply, Christ. Sadly, too many of those in Colossae and Laodicea were willing to settle for knowing very little. It is still true today. There is a huge company of believers who truly believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that he lived, died, was resurrected, and ascended. But they don't really know how to access the blessings that are granted in that great truth.... Keep Reading

The Struggle and the Mystery

Posted March 25, 2014 by: Dudley Hall |0 Comments

It is worth the struggle, but there is a struggle. Like Paul, we who proclaim the mystery explained in the gospel of Christ recognize that there is a battle going on as the accuser tries to nullify the effects of the message. The cross as God's remedy for mankind's dilemma is still controversial. It looks like defeat to those who want God to act on our behalf and defeat the enemy with explosive destruction. It is foolishness to those who believe we are far advanced from such primitive ideas as atonement and sacrificial death. We are much more comfortable with psychological techniques and philosophical concepts in coping with our issues. If we who represent the gospel get trapped in trying to compete on this level, we will lose heart.... Keep Reading

Energized

Posted March 11, 2014 by: Dudley Hall |0 Comments

It is always sad to hear that someone has "burned out" in his or her endeavors to minister in Christ's name. In our driven culture it is almost a badge of honor to claim such. "Wow!" we think, "This person has given of themselves for others to the point of total exhaustion!" They are often without vision, passion, and energy to go on, but like a field-worker whose has had a heat stroke, they are weakened and fearful of succumbing again if they reengage.... Keep Reading

Him We Proclaim

Posted March 4, 2014 by: Dudley Hall |0 Comments

This verse has been a part of the logo on my stationary since 1975. It has been my mission statement. I am painfully aware that I have not always adhered to its singular purpose. It is easy to get sidetracked and proclaim something less. For the Christian, there can be no other mission. To do anything less is to miss the point of ministry. What could compare to proclaiming Him? Why would we want to proclaim anything else?... Keep Reading

Revealed to the Saints

Posted February 25, 2014 by: Dudley Hall |0 Comments

For centuries, the fullness of God's purpose on earth was hidden. Even the great patriarchs of the faith only saw in part. They saw so much, but it wasn't fully revealed to them how the final goal would be accomplished, and they weren't sure how it would look.... Keep Reading

More On the Mystery

Posted February 18, 2014 by: Dudley Hall |0 Comments

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

The Missing Piece

Posted February 11, 2014 by: Dudley Hall |0 Comments

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

The Great Mystery

Posted February 4, 2014 by: Dudley Hall |0 Comments

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

The Word of God Fully Known

Posted January 28, 2014 by: Dudley Hall |0 Comments

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

Rejoicing in Sufferings

Posted January 21, 2014 by: Dudley Hall |0 Comments

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

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