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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Peter and Jocelyn White

Many of you may or may not know Peter and Jocelyn White. They were married about a year ago and have been very active in our church. I wanted to share a little about Jocelyn with you because she is the main staff person organizing the campus on the Westside. For the past several years, she helped to coordinate the Vine, which is our Sunday night service at the Porter Ranch campus.

When we started our Westside campus, that meets at the Wadsworth theatre in Brentwood, Peter and Jocelyn were the obvious choice to help us get started because they live just a few blocks away from the theatre.

On Sunday mornings, the Westside campus runs like a well oiled machine, and it's primarily due to the organizational skills of Jocelyn and her team. She has a HOST of volunteers and staff who work together week in and week out. I literally show up on Sundays, and everything is ready to go... This team of people have organized ushers, greeters, counselors, musicians, set up crews, child care services, connection table helpers and the best table of refreshments on the Westside.

Her husband, Peter, is a constant source of encouragement, as well as a sounding board and a man of Godly insight.

I know I've told you many times how successful we've been on our Westside Campus, but I wanted you to know who is mostly responsible for this success. Thank you, Jocelyn, for helping our church reach the Westside for Jesus!!!

Monday, February 26, 2007

Tony Award or Oscar Award?

Tony Janacito passed away this past week. He was 92 years of age. I visited with his wife, Jane, last night for a few minutes on the phone, while most of the world was watching the Oscars. People were engaged with interest, wondering who would garner the next golden Oscar statue, or gazing upon the style of clothing that the movie stars were wearing.

Meanwhile, I was chatting with Jane, who lost her husband, which was, indeed, a far greater concern to me. You see, it's when you lose your husband, wife, or any loved one, that things take on an eternal perspective.

Many of you do not know Tony, but trust me, there are a LOT of people who DO know Tony... Because every Sunday of his life, with very few exceptions, Tony led someone down the aisles of our church to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In all my years of ministry, I have never met someone who so diligently led men and women to salvation. Every Sunday, I'd see Tony walking down the aisle... and to his side would be someone that he had befriended and led to the Lord, and now they were stepping forward to accept Jesus as Lord.

Talk about receiving a trophy!!! When Tony got to heaven, he received his heavenly reward. There are many people who are grateful to Tony for taking the time and the interest to be concerned with their eternal soul.

Tony, I want you to know that you are going to be missed in a mighty, mighty way. Our church will never be the same without you. You were a true soulwinner. God used you in ways most people only dream of. Thank you for always being concerned about the lost.

May you dwell in your heavenly home with your eternal rewards forever and ever and ever.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Jacksonville, Florida

Dennis Bratton inside his Church in Jacksonville
It's been a whirlwind of a week. I had to make a quick trip to Jacksonville, Florida for a funeral. A dear friend of mine, Damon Davis', father passed away at the age of 57. Damon's father, Ray, was probably the main person in America who has helped many ministers in the development of their T.V. ministries, and he has helped literally millions and millions of people find a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

I met Damon through one of our church members. He and I have a kindred spirit, and he was very thankful that I was able to attend his father's funeral. Damon, please know that I love you and I will continue to lift you up before our Lord. May He comfort you during this difficult time.

I then visited with a dear preacher friend of mine named Dennis Bratton. Dennis is the Sr. Pastor of Christ Church of Jacksonville, and he gave me a tour through his facilities. One of the strongest elements of this church is their love for missions and outreach. Normally on a Sunday, this church runs over 4,100 in attendance, and there is a constant longing for worldwide evangelism. I do NOT know many preachers who have done as good a job as Dennis.

Tomorrow morning, I will board a non-stop flight for LAX, and Lord willing, I'll see each of you this weekend in church.

This trip was very difficult to squeeze into my schedule, but I believe it was important for many reasons... The most important was to encourage my friend Damon. Please keep him in your prayers....

In love,

Pastor Dudley

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Quote of the Month

I want to thank Jeff Perrin for sharing this quote with me.

When faced with a busy day, save your precious time by skipping your daily devotions.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Game Report... GO Kayla....

Box Score
Hope International reeled off a jaw-dropping 28-4 run midway through the second half and then held on to upset The Master’s College 61-56 before a stunned crowd in Bross Gym Saturday evening. The win is the Royals’ season-high fourth in a row.In the first 1:19 of play, it appeared that the 24th-ranked Mustangs were going to run away and hide as they tallied the game’s first six points. Jumpers by Stacy Nanninga and Lisa Chenoweth sandwiched around a pair of Annie Gillespie free throws put the Mustangs ahead 6-0. But Hope roared back to tie the score at seven before a Kayla Rutherford layup gave the Royals their first lead of the game at 9-8 with 12:10 left in the opening half. That set up a see-saw effect on the scoreboard over the next seven-plus minutes, featuring a pair of ties and four lead changes. Hope gained its largest lead of the half (16-12) on a Jasmine Nault jumper with 6:24 left but the Mustangs answered back with a 9-0 blitz, ignited by a Chenoweth three-point play and capped by a Kinsley Mittel free throw at the 3:29 mark to race ahead 21-16. A Mittel layup with 2:06 left made it a 23-18 game and her free throw with 24 seconds remaining put the Mustangs ahead 26-20 before Hope’s Allison Wulff cut the deficit to four at halftime with a late jumper. Just as they did in the first half, the Mustangs dominated the opening minutes of the second stanza and threatened to blow the game wide open. A 7-0 spurt, fueled by a Stacy Nanninga layup and finished off by a Gillespie trifecta, moved the Mustangs to a 33-22 lead with 16:46 left to play and just over two minutes later, back-to-back layups by Mittel and Gillespie extended the advantage to 39-26. But Hope didn’t fade. In fact, they exploded, using a trio of three-balls over the next three minutes to trigger the monster run that helped them blow by the Mustangs. In addition, a pair of threes by Malerie Rodrigues and Rutherford pushed the margin to 52-43 before Nault capped the assault with a jumper for an 11-point cushion with 5:20 left to play. The Royals needed almost the entirety of that padding, though, because the Mustangs finally awoke from their nine-minute slumber (four points) and decided to do something about their plight. Gillespie, single-handedly, got the squad going, scoring six consecutive points as part of an 11-2 burst that drew the Mustangs to within 56-54 with 1:33 left. Rodrigues and Gillespie traded a pair of free throws each but a Mustang turnover and a Wulff jumper off her offensive rebound made it a four-point (60-56) game with under a minute to go. That was enough as the Mustangs failed to score the rest of the way while Rutherford made the win sure with a free throw with five seconds left. Rutherford and Roderigues poured in 13 points apiece for the Royals, while Nault added 12 points and seven rebounds. Point guard Stephanie Wenke dished out a game-high 10 assists.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Kayla and the Girls

Kayla is number 11
Today is going to be a good day for the Rutherford household. My daughter, Kayla, who plays basketball for Hope International University play at Master's College in Newhall today at 5:30 PM Pastor Tim is preaching this weekend, so I am going to be able to go see my daughter play today.... yeahhhhhhhhhhhhh God....

Today, at 2:00 PM this afternoon, Kayla is bringing the entire team over to our condo for lunch. Yes, they are going to have their pregame meal at our little condo. I am sooooooooo happy to host her team and to spend some time with Kayla.

I'll try to write later tonight and let you know how they did in today's game. If you're not doing anything today, come on up to Master's College, and I'll see you there at 5:30 PM.

Be blessed and Maranatha!

Friday, February 16, 2007

Romancing Royalty Letter

Pastor Rutherford,

Last year at this time you gave out your new devotional Romancing Royalty. It has been a blessing to me personally, as I have used it for my own devotional times, but also has blessed me in ways I would never have anticipated. I want to bless your heart with how your book has worked this past year in the hearts of some people I have given it to. I have an opportunity every day to meet many different people in another area outside of the valley, and as a Christian, I try to share my faith when I can – sometimes that means over a long period of time, gradually forming a friendship or sometimes God puts someone in my path who has a definite need he makes me aware of. Here is the story of 7 books and the results:

Von Louise had been in a bad car accident and it shook her up. Her partner of many years then left and she shared all this with me. I purchased a book for her and she began reading it, came to Shepherd to hear you in person, and I led her to the Lord at the end of the service. She now attends another church regularly and is growing. 1yr/April

Stacy was in a depression when I gave her the book and she started reading and learning that God loves her. She found a church and is growing. 1yr/July

Ed seemed hungry for the Word as I shared scripture, so I gave him a book (which he read straight through!) He is growing, but I need to make sure he is a believer.
1 yr/August

John became an alcoholic after surgery as pain relief. He let me give him a book in September and is now not drinking. I have an appointment with him to give him the gospel. 5 yrs/September

Kirby having nothing but time after back surgery began reading the devotional, and is now attending church and open to the gospel. 5 yrs/1 yr/October

Tracy’s husband left her after 12 years. The devotional has comforted her and moved her toward God. 8 months/November

Christine. God told me to give her a book even though I had just met her. After reading it for the first time, she told me she is a recovering alcoholic and it is exactly what she needed. God knew! Weeks/3days

I indicated how long I have known the person first, and then when I gave the book to them. In Kirby’s case, it wasn’t until the surgery a year ago that I was able to start witnessing, so I gave you 3 times there.

Thank you for listening to God and doing what he tells you so that many people can know the love of our Lord. Thank you for giving me a tool that has opened hearts to the gospel. It was exciting to a part of God’s work this year. I am going to continue to use the devotional as part of my outreach as God leads.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Finishing up my story

I gave away over $5,000.00 at church last weekend. I'm really sorry if you missed it. I was trying to illustrate how God is the One who actually provides the seed money for us. (See II Corinthians 9:6-11)

So I randomly picked someone from the congregation and gave them ten ONE DOLLAR bills and asked them, "If I gave this to you, would you be willing to put ONE dollar in the offering plate?"

I wanted to prove that if you KNEW that God was the One who gave you your resources, it would be EASY to tithe.

Then I called another parishioner forward and gave them ten TEN DOLLAR bills and asked them, "If I gave this to you, would you be willing to give ONE ten dollar bill back to God?"

Next, I called someone forward and was going to hand out ten ONE HUNDRED dollar bills (for those of you who are not very good at math, that is $1,000.00 cash). At this point in the sermon, I had everyone's attention. I then asked, "If I gave this to you, would you be willing to give ONE one hundred dollar bill from this one thousand dollars back to God?" Everyone answered YES to this question.

Then I asked each recipient of the $1000.00, "Before I give you this $1,000.00, I want to ask you, do you ALREADY TITHE? Do you currently give God a tithe of all you have?" One lady that was called up to receive the $1,000.00 responded, "No, but I'm willing to start."

It was VERY difficult for me, but I then took the thousand dollars away from her and gave it to a young man named Dustin, who had acknowledged that he was, in fact, a tither. I felt sooooooooo
bad taking the thousand dollars away from that lady, but if I was going to give a thousand dollars to someone, I wanted to make sure they were already a tither...

After church, Dustin came into my office and told me that he was having some difficult times and that he had literally put his LAST five dollars into buying gas so that he could drive to church. He then told me that before I started handing out the money, that if for SOME STRANGE REASON, I picked him out of the crowd, and if I were to give him any money, he promised the Lord that he would give 50% back to the Lord.

So in my office, he counted out FIVE ONE HUNDRED dollar bills and slid them across my desk. He then took the five remaining one hundred dollar bills, held them up, and told me that I had no idea how much this was going to make a difference in his life.

He was telling me this story with tears running down his face, and as he was talking, I was reminded of the many times that God has shown me His faithfulness. I pray that through our study of the ABC's of financial success, each of us will learn that it is impossible to out-give God.

Why not grab your Bible, and read through II Corinthians 9:6-11 again?


Monday, February 12, 2007

Recall Notice

The Maker of all human beings is recalling all units manufactured, regardless of make or year, due to a serious defect in the primary and central component of the heart. This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units code named Adam and Eve, resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units. This defect has been technically termed "Subsequential Internal Non-Morality," or more commonly known as S.I.N., as it is primarily expressed.

Some other symptoms include:
1. Loss of direction
2. Foul vocal emissions
3. Amnesia of origin
4. Lack of peace and joy
5. Selfish or violent behavior
6. Depression or confusion in the mental Component
7. Fearfulness
8. Idolatry
9. Rebellion

The Manufacturer, who is neither liable nor at fault for this defect, is providing factory-authorized repair and service free of charge to correct this SIN defect. The Repair Technician, Jesus, has most generously offered to bear the entire burden of the staggering cost of these repairs. There is no additional fee required.

The number to call for repair in all areas is: P-R-A-Y-E-R. Once connected, please upload your burden of SIN through the REPENTANCE procedure. Next, download ATONEMENT from the Repair Technician, Jesus, into the heart component. No matter how big or small the SIN defect is, Jesus will replace it with:

1. Love
2. Joy
3. Peace
4. Patience
5. Kindness
6. Goodness
7. Faithfulness
8. Gentleness
9. Self control

Please see the operating manual, the B.I.B.L.E . (Believers' Instructions Before Leaving Earth) for further details on the use of these fixes. WARNING: Continuing to operate the human being unit without correction voids any manufacturer warranties, exposing the unit to dangers and problems too numerous to list and will result in the human unit being permanently impounded.

DANGER: The human being units not responding to this recall action will have to be scrapped in the furnace. The SIN defect will not be permitted to enter Heaven so as to prevent contamination of that facility. Thank you for your attention! You may contact your maker any time by "kneemail."

Sunday, February 11, 2007

What a Start!

Today we kicked off our ABC's of Financial Success series, and the spirit of the congregation was amazing. You can just sense God getting ready to transform lives and lifestyles. There is NO question that the God we serve owns the "cattle on a thousand hills" and He will bless those who honor HIM.

Join that Life Group. Get involved. Trust God with the first fruits of all your crops. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse of God. Give and it will be GIVEN to YOU. Our attitude is crucial in understanding that everything we own comes from God to begin with, and we need to trust in HIM and in HIS WORD.

I'm looking forward to all the services today. I will have a story to post about what happened last night in church, but I want to wait until tomorrow to post that.

Please know that I love you... but Jesus loves you even more!

Thursday, February 08, 2007


You may or may not know this, but for the past 12 months, I have had a new executive assistant named Angie Merrill and an administrative assistant by the name of Carla Keefrider. Both of these ladies have helped my life in so many areas. They are responsible for organizing the many tasks and responsibilities that come my way daily. One of the areas that they have organized is the ministry. Thus, we have a new website design, new products available, and soon, we will offer DVD copies of our sermons.

The latest idea that Angie and Carla have come up with is to provide a binder that holds all your sermon notes. Each week when you come to church and take notes, you can now go home and place your notes in your binder. All of the sermon notes have been three hole punched beforehand for easy organization into these new binders. We are planning to have the cover artwork for the binders coincide with the theme each year. This is a wonderful way to keep track of your sermon notes throughout the years.

These binders are available for $6.00 each at the Counter and Praises Book Store in both a men's version and a women's version. I also want to thank Roxanne Smith, Kari Macer, Bill Bayne, Lori Bird, Mike Millet, Dru Morgan, Jerry Miner, Amy Barnes, Alex Radilaleh, and Sharon Canchola, who have been instrumental in doing a lot of the behind the scenes work for

This ministry continues to grow, and I know that God has BIG plans for this ministry to reach a lot of people for Jesus. I want to thank all the volunteers who graciously man the Counter week after week. We couldn't carry on without the volunteers. :)

Wednesday, February 07, 2007


Here is an amazing story...

When Moses and the Israelites were in the desert, how were they going to be fed?
They had to be fed, and feeding 2 or 3 million people requires a lot of food.

According to the Quartermaster General in the Army, it is reported that Moses would have to have had 1500 tons of food each day. Did you know that to bring that much food each day, two freight trains, each at least a mile long, would be required?!

Besides, you must remember, they were out in the desert, so they would have to have firewood to use in cooking the food. This would take 4000 tons of wood and a few more freight trains, each a mile long, just for one day.

And just think, they were forty years in transit.

And oh yes! They would have to have water. If they only had enough to drink and wash a few dishes, it would take 11,000,000 gallons each day and a freight train with tank cars, 1800 miles long, just to bring water!

And then another thing!

They had to get across the Red Sea at night. Now, if they went on a narrow path, double file, the line would be 800 miles long and would require 35 days and nights to get through. So there had to be a space in the Red Sea, 3 miles wide so that they could walk 5000 abreast to get over in one night.

But then, there is another problem... each time they camped at the end of the day, a campground two-thirds the size of the state of Rhode Island was required, or a total of 750 square miles long... think of it! This much space for camping!

Do you think Moses figured all this out before he left Egypt? I think not!

You see, Moses believed in God. God took care of these things for him.

Now do you think God has any problem taking care of all your needs?

I asked the Lord to bless you as I prayed for you today.
To guide you and protect you as you go along your way.
His love is always with you, His promises are true,
And when we give Him all our cares, He will see us through.

Our God is an Awesome God!!

So when the road you're traveling on seems difficult at best, just remember I'm praying for you, and God will do the rest.

Letter of the Month

January 11, 2007

Dear Dudley,

I had my Life Group meeting yesterday, and one of our guys came in so excited to tell us what happened to his friend earlier in the week. I will try to not make this long but it’s a great story. Hi name is Rich, and he is new to the whole Life Group thing. He absolutely loves it and tells us that all his friends notice a difference in him.

Rich has a friend named Rhonda who goes to another church but he has started giving her CD’s of your sermons. She found out that she had to go and have a biopsy and she was really nervous and scared. Rich gave her some more CDs to listen to. She decided to bring one and play it on her portable CD player while going through the procedure. Rhonda was on the table and the doctors were going to begin the procedure. Rhonda started to put her earplugs in and they asked her, "What are you going to listen to?" She said “A sermon that my friend gave me." Then the doctor said, “Well give it to me and we will play it out loud,” so she did.

The procedure went fine and after it was done the doctors and nurses wanted to know what church the sermon was from and who was speaking. She told them, “Shepherd of the Hills Church and it's Dudley Rutherford.” They really enjoyed it and told her they were going to check out the church. This was done at Kaiser Permanente in Panorama City.

I thought it was a very cool story and I hope you enjoy it,

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Oasis, The Super Bowl and Dr. Scott Bauer

My dad was preaching this morning, and I attended a church in Hollywood called Oasis. The minister, Philip Wagner, has built a dynamic church that is truly impacting L.A. and our world. God is using this church to be a light in an area that is in desperate need of salvation. Philip, may God continue to bless you, your life, and your ministry.

Before church, I went to the cemetery to visit the grave of my dear friend, Dr. Scott Bauer. Scott was the Sr. Pastor of Church on the Way until the Lord called him heavenward a few years ago.
I spent about an hour there, cleaned his marker, and sat down and wrote him a letter. Today is Super Bowl Sunday, but in my heart, as I sat there and cried, missing my co-laborer in Jesus Christ, the game was irrelevant to me. You see, there is NO GAME as important as things of the eternal nature. I don't think the Lord minds if we attend a few games here and there, as long as they do not become an idol to us.

This morning, as I was praying and looking across the vast cemetery, it was such a vivid reminder that all of us will one day pass from this life into the next. We need to live every day seeking to please God in every way, and the things that truly matter are the things that are eternal.

I'm so thankful that Scott led his life in such a way that the eternal was a priority to him. He sought to instill those values into everyone he came in contact with.

Scott, thank you, my friend, for reminding me in life and in death to serve Jesus with all of my heart.

I love you, my brother...

Saturday, February 03, 2007

The Movie Star, the Minister and Ms.Cue

On Friday night, I attended my son's basketball game, and as I sat in the stands I noticed that to the right of me sat one of the most famous movie stars in the world... I don't want to mention his name, but my guess is that he makes about 20 million dollars per movie. He is an A-list actor and one of my favorites.

To my left was a lady by the name of Ms. Cue. Ms. Cue is a middle school teacher in South L.A., and 70 percent of her students are foster kids. In fact, 70 percent of the entire school is made up of foster kids. I don't know what she makes, but I would guess somewhere between 30 to 40 thousand dollars.

Now even if my numbers are a tad bit off, it still speaks to part of the problem with our society. The movie star makes millions PER MOVIE and our school teachers make thousands PER YEAR. I would also like to add that the value and worth of that Christian, God-fearing teacher deserves to be paid FAR more than ANY actor or actress. I am not against anyone making a lot of money; that is not my issue. My problem is that our priorities as a nation are reflected in these numbers.

Recently, Kobe Bryant was suspended for one game, and he had to forfeit his salary for that one game. It was over $160,000.00 dollars FOR ONE GAME! Meanwhile, the firefighters, the police officers, the nurses and the school teachers barely get by. Something seems wrong. I wish I knew the answer. But I wanted to write and thank Ms. Cue and all the other school teachers in our world who could easily be making more money in other professions, but they have chosen to serve our children and our nation by teaching in our public and private schools.

May each of you be blessed for your service and your sacrifice.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Home Safe

Thank you for all your prayers. I made it home safe and sound, and my brother and I had a wonderful time just being together and talking about every subject under the sun. We missed our connecting flights through Dallas on the return trip and ended up getting home later than expected.

I have a BIG day planned for Friday, as I am scheduled to preach at 9:30 a.m. at Azusa Pacific University.

I have never had the privilege of preaching at Azusa before, and I am anxiously looking forward to it.

Please keep me in your prayers as I preach to all of those college students, that God would give me the right WORDS to share. Do you realize how much POTENTIAL is in those college students... If ONLY they would sell out for the LORD.

We will also have a big surprise this weekend at church. I'd love to tell you what it is, but then it wouldn't be a surprise, now would it!!!!

On our way home

We are on our way home... We visited the house of Paul Revere yesterday and then hit the Celtics vs. Lakers game at the Garden. Our flight leaves at 6:00 a.m,so I'm trying to get this written before we leave :) Boston is not what I had expected, but it is an incredible and charming city. Other than being shut down with nine fake devices (read the news reports), we had a wonderful time.

Of course, the Lakers finally won, and my brother was on cloud 9 just being in the Boston Garden. I'm sooooooooooooooo sorry... But I have to finish packing or I'm not going to get home today...

Be blessed!