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August 7, 2010 Posted by | Misc | Leave a comment

Resignation – July 22, 2010

I would have liked to have given this in person to the New Life Chapel family, but there has been a mixup and I will not be attending. Below is the resignation letter I wrote, if you have any questions please feel free to contact me. Know that we loved our time at New Life and wish my health would have allowed us to stay.

I have been waiting till I went back to work to determine if I agreed with something the Drs told me. They told me that while I was going back to work I would be very tired for 6 months to a year. They believe it will take that long to get back to where I was before the operation. They have told me that I should not work 2 jobs for a year, in my situation that would mean I could only work at Eaton or Pastor at New Life Chapel.

I wanted to see how I did for a week or two before I made a decision on what I was going to do. I have been praying that God would give me the strength and endurance to be able to continue with both. This week has shown me that having brain surgery takes a lot more out of you than I wanted to believe. After 3 days of being tired, today (Thursday) was pretty bad. For the first time in over a month I have gotten dizzy several times and lost my balance. I have also been so tired in the evening that there is no way I would be able to spend time prepping for a Sunday message or do anything else ministry oriented. I pretty much come home and sit on the couch until bed time.

With the Drs saying it will be 6 – 12 months before my strength returns, regrettably I will have to resign as Pastor of New Life Chapel. I will be of no use to my family, New Life Chapel, or Eaton if I push myself to hard and end up having additional medical issues.

This was not an easy decision for me to make, and was one that I did not want to concede to. But the physical issues I have been having today made it clear that I need to focus on my health first. I do not know why this has happened, but I know God has a plan and I am positive it is a great one. I look forward to seeing how He uses this situation to glorify His name.

May the Lord Bless You,

Robert Hudson

We will miss you! Robert, Alexis, and the kids.

July 23, 2010 Posted by | Announcement | Leave a comment

Prayer Requests July 18, 2010

Lexi Bailey

Maurice

Joan West

Buck – Maggie

Melanie

Beattie

Also would like to include Marriages. Their were 49 divorces in Jackson last week. We need to be praying for them!

Lord Jesus,You are King and are greater than anything in this world! Please touch each person on our prayer list. We bring before you medical, financial, and unspoken needs and ask that you exceed them. In your precious name!

Robert

July 20, 2010 Posted by | Prayer Request | 1 Comment

Sermon Audio file – July 18th

Click on the link and download the file.

http://www.wikiupload.com/UgJLqX8v

Thanks for listening and God Bless!

Robert

July 19, 2010 Posted by | Sermon | Leave a comment

Sermon July 18th – Sermon Notes – Praise God

Message title:  Give Praise – Actions 16:16-30

 The Big Idea for message:  Giving our Lord praise, is something that we should be doing regularly. As seen by Paul and Silas we should give praise even when things are looking really bad.  

 Intro:  Most of the time I am walking through the factory at work by myself, you will find me whistling. There are a couple different worship songs that I regularly whistle as I walk. That is when everything is going good.

 After all the second half of James 5:13 tells us ‘Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.’

  When stress roles in whether it is work related or life is throwing me for a loop, I stop whistling. Sadly when life gets me down, my initial reaction is to stop praising the Lord.

 Tie In:  Does anyone else do this? Are you happy praising the Lord when things are good?  It is easy to praise God when we are feeling good, when we are happy.

 What about when things are not going as planned?

How about when you are in a bad mood?

When you are feeling depressed?

When you are doubting what you are supposed to be doing?

When you doubt your abilities?

When you feel your heart is hardened towards something?

Worst of all when you feel lost?

 What do you do then? Does the song you were singing soften, does it go away, it is something that gets forgotten. Are you like me, full  of praise when everything is good but lose it as soon as things get rocky?

 Scripture: 

The question before us today is what does God’s Word tell us about offering praise? Is it something we only do with we are happy or everything is going our way? Or is it something that we need to do no matter what our circumstances are?

 We can find many verses in the Bible talking about praise.

 Hebrews 13:15

15Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name.’

 Continually offer Praise, does not matter how things are going. We are to praise God during the good and the bad. Praising God here is not only the singing of songs, but also declaring God’s name and His character. In other words sharing what God has done for us, with each other and those who do not know Him.

 We are to praise God all the time during the good and the bad by singing songs and declaring His goodness.

 In the book of Acts we get a great example of a couple of men who have had a rough day, yet they choose to praise God.

 Acts 16:16-26

16Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. 17This girl followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” 18She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so troubled that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her.

 19When the owners of the slave girl realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities. 20They brought them before the magistrates and said, “These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar 21by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice.”

 22The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten. 23After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24Upon receiving such orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.

 25About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody’s chains came loose.

Verse 16

Think about it, Paul and Silas were on their way to a place of prayer. They were going to church. Sounds like a nice day to me.

 Verse 18

They are then harassed by a slave girl who has an evil spirit in her and Paul casts it out. Sounds like a real good thing if you ask me. So after they do this good deed, their day of worship and prayer is interrupted.

 Verse 22-23

Talk about things turning bad.

 Anyone see the movie Passion? Well Paul and Silas just received a beating similar to what Jesus endured and then they were thrown into jail.

 Verse 24

If things weren’t bad to begin with they just got worse.

 Inner Prison – they did not have a window to look out, in reality they probably had no light what so ever. Room with no light and no real air flow, except through the door when it was open. This is the place reserved for the worst criminals.

 Stocks – wooden beam designed to stretch their legs. This was not needed, there was no escape from the inner prison. Putting their feet into stocks was really a form a torture.

 So far we find Paul and Silas beaten severely, placed into the darkest, dingiest, cell in the prison, and now they were being tortured with their feet in stocks.

 What started out as a nice day, with them going to church, has turned down right horrible.

 If we were in this situation we might:

            Question God?

            Given up?

            Be full of self doubt?

            Be depressed?

            Felt lost?

            Definitely be in a bad mood!

 While we might have felt this way Paul and Silas did not!

 Verse 25

Here they are imprisoned and being tortured and they are praying and singing hymns!

 It almost seems like they were thinking, hey we were on our way to pray and praise God when all this happened, let’s do it! Can hear them saying something like ‘Whatever comes Lord, we surrender it to you.’

 Verse 26

They worshipped God above all things, and God answered them. God moved in a miraculous way. Not that they were necessarily praying for release, otherwise they probably would have run at the first chance.

 They were praying and praising God regardless of what was going to happen.

 Lets read what happens next.

 Verses 27-34

27The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”

 29The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

 31They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” 32Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 33At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized. 34The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole family.

 Paul and Silas had plans on praising God when things were good and praised Him when things went bad. This is a great example for us. We need to always praise God! He knows what is around the corner and we praise Him for what is coming.

 We should – Carry a Song in Our Heart, God WILL Set Us Free!

 Application: 

 I mentioned things that might stop us from praising God, but if we choose to praise Him during those rough times He will use it to change us.

 When things are not going as planned? God will show us His plan.

When we are in a bad mood? Singing praises changes our mood.

When you are feeling depressed? God will remind us of something to be thankful for.

When you are doubting what you are supposed to be doing? God will show you what you were made to do.

When you doubt your abilities? God will show you the truth.

When you feel your heart is hardened towards something? Praise softens your heart.

Worst of all when you feel lost? God will show you the way.

 Going Forward:  So what do we need to do?    

 We need to remember to, Carry a Song in Our Heart, God WILL Set Us Free!

 As we read earlier:

Hebrews 13:15

15Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name.’

 I would be willing to bet that each of us has a song or two that speak to us. You may know the whole song by heart, or only bits and pieces of it. When we are feeling beat up, we need sing or whistle that song. We need to listen to the words and Praise the Lord.

 If we, Carry a Song in Our Heart, God WILL Set Us Free!

Thanks for reading and God Bless!

Pastor Robert

July 18, 2010 Posted by | Sermon | Leave a comment

Sermon Audio File – July 11, 2010

http://www.wikiupload.com/DsQFDYNc

Download the file from the link above.

Blessings!

July 12, 2010 Posted by | Sermon | Leave a comment

Prayer request from Nepal

We just received the following from a co-worker in Nepal.  Would you join in praying for this encounter?

 When you are heading to bed (around 10?), your coming Sunday evening; it will be our Monday morning and we should be arriving in a village here.  Here’s what is what’s happening in this village.

 There is a girl who is a new believer living in the village.  Several years ago, this girl’s grandfather got sick and was partially paralyzed.  They said he went to the doctors, but nothing could be done.  And after quite some time, he was tired of living, and felt he was no use to anyone, so he committed suicide.  Sometime after that, the girl’s mother said that one day “she felt like she got slapped in the face”, but there was nobody around.  That night, the mother had a dream that she had been slapped in the face by her father, the man who had been paralyzed.  A few days after that, this mother became paralyzed like her father was.

 This mother also has gone to all the doctors and village prie.sts, but nobody has been able to help them.  The mother has run out of options.  She told her daughter, the new believer, that she wants to ask J to heal her.  She has told her friends this, and the whole village is now watching to see what happens.  So we are going out there Monday morning.  I would ask that you start praying for a miracle now to happen in this lady’s life.  Before you go to sleep would you pray for us as we arrive and start to meet with this family and the other people in this village. 

 This village has an old castle where one of the old kings used to live before Nepal became a unified nation.  This old castle in the village has been turned into one of the largest temples for one of the Hindu gods.  They have a high priest and several other prie.sts living in the village. 

 Whether this is a physical need or the work of evil spirits, I would ask you to start praying now for this trip.  More than any kind of physical healing, this family and the rest of the village need a spiritual healing and come to know the ONE TRUE GOD.  Pray for this, but God loves us and cares for our physical needs also, and there is definitely something affecting this lady’s physical body, that she needs intervention from the ONE TRUE GOD.

 So this is my pra.yer request for this week.  We will let you know what happens when we return.  We pray that God’s name is glorified in this village, where HIS NAME was never spoken, but only false Hindu gods names were spoken.  Pray that the One True God’s name will be exalted and He will receive all Glory!!

July 11, 2010 Posted by | Prayer Request | Leave a comment

Sermon July 11th – Colossians 1 When Trouble Hits?

Please note that below is not a complete word for word message write up, they are my notes instead.

Message title:  Colossians 1 – When Trouble Hits?

The Big Idea for message:  Life is going to throw us some curve balls, but Jesus is bigger than anything we encounter.

Sticky Statement: When life knocks you down, remember who Jesus is!

Intro:  As most of you know my life has been a little hectic recently. Finding out in Feb that I had a brain tumor, in Mar I finished my Masters Degree, followed by all the testing at UofM and then surgery at the end of May. Then everything that did not go as planned.

Tie In:  All of us go through things that make life seem like it is out of control. We have medical issues, back problems, knee surgery, worry about unemployment running out, finding a job, housing issues, and much more. Life never seems to go as we want it to, or would like it to.

Scripture:  We have all heard preachers tell us to ‘lay it at the cross’, ‘ give it to Jesus’, ‘pray about it’, ‘Jesus will provide’ and more. Those are all true statements. Today I want to look at a piece of scripture today and talk about why they are true. See Jesus was not just some ordinary man, who was blessed or empowered by God. He was much, much, more. So the question this morning is “Who is Jesus that He can take on all of our struggles, concerns, and worries?”

 15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

 21Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— 23if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.

24Now I rejoice in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. 25I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness— 26the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. 27To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Please turn to Colossians 1 starting at verse 15.

1:15 Jesus was the image of God the Father. He was not a cheap photo copy that is not as good as the original, he was an exact image. He was a masterfully made complete likeness of the Father.

            First Born – Nothing came before Jesus. He was prior to and is over all of creation.

If Jesus is over all creation and is an exact duplicate of the Father, do you think He can handle all of our concerns?

1:16 Since Jesus existed prior to creation, and all things were created through Him. In John 1:3 we are told “Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.”

Our Lord Jesus created everything, even the things that cause our struggles. Everything is subject to Him, even all spiritual authorities.

1:17 Jesus sustains all things. Everything that has been created, He holds it together. Even to the point of giving us breath.

If Jesus is involved in our every breath, don’t you think He is capable of taking care of our needs?

1:18 Jesus is the head of the Church. He is completely in charge of everything, he can resolve conflicts and is the ultimate reconciler.

Our problems fall completely within His realm of control.

1:19 Reaffirms what we are told in verse 15. It was part of their plan for Jesus to be exactly like the Father, to have all of His power and authority.

1:20 Jesus has the power to allow us human sinners to be in a relationship with the Father. All who believe are restored. If Jesus can restore our relationship with the Father, He is more than capable of restoring any earthly troubles we may have. He can restore all things, all issues, all troubles, and all sin.

1:21 Simply tells us that as sinners we are separate from God.

1:22 If we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are completely restored. We are ‘free from accusation’. We have been made spotless.

1:23 We are told plainly here that we need to remain pure to the gospel, we need to maintain our HOPE in Jesus. Essentially we need to believe in Jesus and follow His teachings. We need to remain faithful.

1:24 This verse shows us that Jesus suffered and tells us that life will not be easy.

Acts 14:22 tells us “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,”

We are going to face our own afflictions; we are going to have to carry our own crosses.

Thankfully that is not where it ends.

Romans 8:17 “Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory”

If we believe, if we have faith, and stay true to Jesus, life will not be easy, but it will mean we get to go to heaven. We get to share in His glory!

1:25-27 Jesus is all these things, an exact image of the Father, The Creator, The Sustainer, The Reconciler, He Restores Us, and He Makes us Spotless.

Verse 27 tells us that If Christ is in us, If we have accepted Him as our Savior, we have Life, we have Glory, we have Hope.

Jesus is bigger than our troubles!

Application:  When life knocks you down, remember who Jesus is!

Now let’s take a look at what this means when we look at our troubles.

If we are having medical issues, Jesus is in control. He created your body, He sustains your breath, He can take care of any medical issue that comes your way. He saw me through my brain surgery, and He will help with your knee, back, or anything else that comes your way.

Are you worried about finding a job or with the loss of unemployment benefits? Do you believe that Jesus is in control? He is! If he can restore our relationship with the Father, He can restore your finances! Put your faith in Him!

We are told in these verses that we will struggle, life will not be easy. The good news is that if we have a relationship with our Lord, we have Hope and will someday share in Christ’s glory.

Going Forward:  So what do we need to do?    

We need to remember, when life knocks you down, remember who Jesus is!

As we go through life together and face all of our struggles, I would like each of us to remember who Jesus is. As we do that compare Him to our medical, financial, and any other issues we are facing. As we do this we will see He is so much bigger and greater than anything we will encounter. If we depend on Him, we will get through it.

Just remember: When life knocks you down, remember who Jesus is!

Thanks for reading and God Bless! I will try to post the link to the audio file later.

Blessings,

Robert

July 11, 2010 Posted by | Sermon | Leave a comment

Sunday July 11th is coming fast!

Looking forward to this Sunday! I have missed the New Life Family, and am looking forward to jumping back in!

As a reminder, remember there will be no Sunday School this week. Which means you can get a little extra sleep on Sunday! 🙂

Look forward to seeing you at New Life for our Sunday Fellowship service at 11:00 AM.

God Bless,

Robert

July 9, 2010 Posted by | Announcement | Leave a comment

Prayer Requests – July 4, 2010

Chuck Stafford – Brain bleeding

Claire Tredway – Back Surgery

Paula Keller – Hospice

Smart Family – in Canada

Barb Green

Unemployment Benefits being discontinued

Stac and Debbie Britt – Traveling Mercies

Lord Jesus we  bring these prayer requests and any unspoken requests to you. We thank You that we can come before you with our needs and concerns. We pray that you meet each need mentioned and continue to answer our prayers. In Your amazing name, Amen.

July 7, 2010 Posted by | Prayer Request | Leave a comment