Dudley's Blog

Joy Comes in the Morning

The book of Job, in its entirety, is one of the greatest examples in the Bible of a person trusting God in the midst of severe trial and deep sorrow. After he lost just about everything—his children, servants, livestock, wealth, and health—Job made three important statements that we can learn a great deal from. These statements will profoundly shape our perspective and our relationship with the Lord. First, Job said in chapter one verse 21,…

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Abundant Joy in the Midst of Stressful Times

In the midst of stress, worry, trials, fear, and uncertainty, how can we obtain the abundant joy that God promises throughout the Bible to those who love Him? Truly possessing joy and peace seems almost impossible in these tumultuous times, doesn’t it? But in reality, facing troubles in this life is nothing new. The Book of James in the New Testament tells us that troubles are inevitable: “Consider it pure joy my brothers whenever you…

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How Do You Respond to the Light of Christmas?

Throughout history, God often chooses the humble things of this world to make His glory known, and one of the most beautiful examples of this truth is Christmas story, which is documented in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. First, we see a humble young woman—the virgin Mary—chosen to be the mother of the Savior of the world. Next, we see the man to whom Mary was engaged, Joseph, who wasn’t a rich or powerful…

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3 Ways to be a Peacemaker

If you were to look around the world today, you would be hard-pressed to find a single individual who was not experiencing conflict in some area of his or her life. Since the beginning of creation, man has been at odds with God and with each other. As a result, we have strife within families, rifts in friendships, war between countries, fighting between rival gangs and clans, and the list goes on and on. On…

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