Archive for January 2021

Change Your Frame, Change Your Life. -- Part One

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Romans 12:1, I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith

We have taught on renewing the mind, but today we are going to approach the topic from a different perspective. We are going to use the parable of a frame today.

We're going to take a fresh look at this important mandate of renewing the mind. We know that the new birth experience or becoming a believer in Christ is a great miracle that happens in the heart. The challenge has always been to reflect in our daily life the same Christ that abides in our hearts.

When we speak of framing we all have a point of view, which is our frame:

  1. Might think about an actual picture frame
  2. If you're into photography you know the importance of the frame, which is what you want the viewers to focus on (example)
  3. You might think of framing as positioning a point of view
  4. You might think of “frame of mind” which is someone's disposition

These are all appropriate ways to think about that word frame. I would like to focus on how you frame yourself others to frame you.

Our understanding our perception of who we are and what we do comes from something we will call our “frame.”

We all have mindsets, habits, and patterns of thinking and living. Some of these are helpful and others need to be cast off.

This pandemic has forced change on a lot of us. We've had to examine and re-examine our frame. Things we thought we could not do, we've done. Anyone who thought that technology would not become a central part of getting work done, had to change that frame. 

In the social sciences, framing is comprised of concepts and perspectives on how individuals, and groups organize, perceive, and communicate about reality.

Reflection Questions:

1. Your Frame: Who are you? (you are not your job)

2. False Frames: what lies do you reject?

3. The frame of your purpose: What do you do?

4. Frame builders: Who are the key influencers in your life?

5. Frame builders: Who do you influence?

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COVENANT: The Foundation for Every Good Thing

Closure, Clarity, Covenant: Recover all!

Part Three: Covenant Makes Everything Better!

Throughout the Bible, we see that covenant was the basis of something good happening to God's people. From the first mention of covenant in Exodus related to Israel's deliverance from Egypt, to the rebuilding of the walls under Nehemiah, to the covenant Jesus made that produced salvation for us, covenant makes everything better.

In this lesson you will learn some of the great examples of covenant in the Bible as well as the instruction offered by the Hebrews' writer that pronounced a better covenant doing better promises through Christ.

Key Thought: "Covenant makes everything better"

Key Scripture
Hebrews 13:20-21, Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Reflection Questions
1. What is covenant?
2. Why was the old covenant under Moses week?
3. How do the "covenants of promise" to Israel relate to believers in Christ today today?
4. How does covenant make everything better?
5. What does it mean to Covenant within Covenant?

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Notes, Keynote Slides, and Reflection Questions:
 
In this series we are looking at principles of recovery following 2020, which was one of the most challenging years of our lives . The insurrection and attempted coup against our government capital on January 6 by supporters of the President, and incited by the President, highlights necessity of Closure, Clarity, and Covenant as a citizenry. Read more about those matters at dmy blog at bryanhudson.com. 
 
As a prophetic voice and people, we recognize the necessity of being firmly grounded in God's kingdom, exposing and rejecting falsehoods, and being socially relevant within our community and nation. During a time of prayer and meditation while preparing for the message, these scriptures came to heart and mind (exposition during the message),
 
Isaiah 28:17, I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the level; Then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies and the waters will overflow the secret place.
 
Remember that justice equals righteousness. Insurrection and sedition are neither just nor righteous, no matter how much people talk about God and wave a flag. 
 
Philippians 3:18, For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things.
 
Our God is a refining and a consuming fire.
 
Hebrews 12:28, Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 29 For our God is a consuming fire.
 
TO THE MESSAGE
 
 

Key Thought: "Clarity begins with self-examination"

Key Scripture

Matthew 7:1, Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. 3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. 
Reflection Questions
1. Why is self-examination necessary to gain clarity?
2. What is the definition of clarity?
3. How did David's actions at Ziklag lead to his gaining clarity?
4. How have Jesus' words about "Judge not" been misapplied or lacking in understanding?
5. How are the Scriptures a great source of clarity? Provide an example.

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Closure, Clarity, Covenant: Recover All! | Part One

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By Bryan Hudson, New Covenant Church

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At the beginning of 2021 it is important to find closure and clarity. An important part of your success in 2021 is settling the issues from 2020. This an important truth for every year, but the unusual nature of 2020 makes it all the more important to have closure in preparation for advance. Two of the key words for this first lesson in the series include CLOSURE & RECOVERY. 

Closure is coming to terms with what something is, or what was, for the purpose of being able to move forward.

Recovery is Returning to a normal state of health, mind, or strength. The action or process of regaining possession or control of something stolen or lost.

Key Scriptures: 

John 15:7, If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

1 Samuel 30:8, So David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them? And He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.” 

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