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Friday, January 26, 2007

Blogger Blogging Again

It's been a few days since I've posted, and I'm heading into a busy weekend, so I thought I'd buckle down and spend a little time blogging.

One of the reasons I haven't posted is because I've been under the weather. I started to catch a cold and was battling it heading into this past weekend. I was just turning the corner, starting to feel better, and then preaching through all the services sent me backwards health-wise. Then when I woke up on Monday, that cold had enveloped my body. But with the Lord's help, by Wednesday, I was a new man. PRAISE GOD!

In the past few days, I've been in many meetings and have been preparing this week's sermon. It is going to be a difficult message to bring because of the heaviness of the topic. What does it REALLY mean to name Jesus as your Lord? I won't be pulling any punches this week. The WORD will be strong this weekend. Please keep me in prayers.

Last Sunday afternoon, I was the honorary Coach for Cal State University Northridge, and my dear friend and fellow church member, HEAD COACH BOBBY BRASWELL, did a wonderful job coaching the Matadors to victory. Coach Braswell has been like a second father to my children. I'm so thankful that he is a man of God and that he allowed me to pray in the locker room after the game with his players. He is such a good role model to each of the players and oftentimes, he is the best role model any of them have ever had.

At half time I was able to coach my girls' team, "The Suns," in a scrimmage on that college length floor. My girls were sooooooooooooooo excited, and it is such a joy to coach them.

I just got out of a meeting with our architect, as we are meeting each Friday to try to design our new auditorium. We desperately need your prayers that God will continue to give us wisdom in the design and development of this new facility.

We are anxious to share the drawings with you, but we are still quite a ways away from being finished.

My son, Dallas, was finally cleared to begin full contact participation on his basketball team. As some of you know, he fractured his knee cap and has missed the last 8 weeks. He will be playing tonight at Crossroads High School in an attempt to integrate back into the games with Campbell Hall. Please keep him in your prayers. God is trying to work in Dallas' life and mold him into being a servant.

One last thing... we now have binders available at the counter that are designed to hold your sermon notes. We are punching holes in your notes each week that will enable you to keep and store your notes each week. I want to thank Angie and Carla, two of my assistants, for working on this particular project.

Ahhhhhhh one more thing. :) Be sure to check out our NEW CHURCH WEBSITE DESIGN.
Our tech guys did an incredible job in giving a new look.

I'll see you this weekend with your Bible and a visitor.


† Phoebe said...

I want to thank you for the ABC's of Financial Success. I'm in the middle of chapter 2 and have to set my timer each time I read so I'm not late where I need to go.

About four months ago, I made my own commitment to get debt free - at least from my current debt..then worry about the old stuff I quit paying on years ago.

My story starts many years ago, back in 1997, before I found Shepherd. I was in the top credit bracket and had over $50,000 open to me in credit cards (5 times my average salary) (of which about $30,000 balance between the cards). I moved to Canada because I was engaged to a Canadian and he was to give me $500/mo to pay my bills...I never saw a penny. I even had to borrow from friends and family to pay for my trip back home when I finally decided to leave the fool 5 months later. I was so far behind, unemployed, and broke - I couldn't even afford bankruptcy. So, I just didn't pay those cards and figured eventually they would go to write off (one still haunts me today). But I didn't learn then....

Two years later I was again looking at $15,000 open to me in credit (with a balance of $10,000). I was doing well to re-establish my credit (yep, so I could spend MORE)...when I became unemployed. I quit paying on those cards too..and put them behind me.

About this time, I started attending Shepherd...but I was in the baby stage and this "return to Jesus" was all new stuff - didn't occur to me then to trust in God as it does now.

This time I got wise...I always kept my Gas and Wal-Mart card paid, it was the MC & Visa & Discover I quit paying on.

About 2000 I went on a cash only budget. (with the 2 credit cards to use as needed of course). I kept the two cards with a low balance and made payments monthly to build my credit up...kinda (duh, I had walked away from $40,000 - like anything is really going to help). But I kept on paying with cash, and have not had a MC/Visa again since (not like I could get another one anyway).

My employment was up & down, more my Gas and Wal-mart got pretty high. I made minimum payments as long as I could then stopped paying for 3 months. I started a job 5 months ago and started paying down the delinquent two credit cards so I was at least to current balances. Then I decided I wasn't going to use them! and Just Pay Them Down!! Its been going well, though I'm always on a shoe string budget and it hurts when unexpected things pop up. I have little savings, I'm a single mom of a pre-teen, drive an old truck (that gets MAYBE 12 miles to a gallon on the highway), and have a small salary (under $30,000/yr)- but I have GOD on my side NOW!

Last year I felt guilty not paying my tithes, trying to use the funds for bills..but things always seem to go WRONG when you do that. So even though I didn't have the money to spare - I wasn't looking at the right picture. What money I do have - GOD gave me, and I need to give my 10% back along with my $25/wk for the building project. DUH, the light went on. I started giving back to God, the church, and even a burger to the homeless once a week at lunch. In just this short month - I don't know where it fit into my budget - but not only am I paying my bills down, I just started paying some of my parents bills that are past due and working towards getting them on a budget - and praying that God will work a way back into their hearts and bring them to Shepherd with me.

And when I had this all planed out and going into the direction of paying off my debt - we're given the ABC's of Financial Success.....Its God saying - here, you will need a little encouragement along the way and when things get tough, climb on my shoulders and I'll carry you.

The blessings in my life since I've joined Shepherd are uncountable but numerous.

Thank You Dudley for using your God given talent to have God work though you for us to Trust in Him!


SeaLifeLover said...

The sermon tonight was fantastic.

Your son goes to Campbell Hall? I went there myself. :)

Thanks for this blog.

Jaime said...

Hey Pastor,

When shooting pics indoors, I learned that higher ISO settings work successfully. Try something like ISO 800, if that doesn't work, try ISO 1600.

Thanks for all you work through our Church and community!

HazeHona said...

You're absolutely right about the ISO settings, Jaime. However, I don't think that the pastor actually took the photos himself. If you look at the third picture in the post, Pastor Dudley is actually in the picture.