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Monday, December 29, 2008

Pastor HOSTING Frank Pastore Show KKLA 99.5 FM

This Tuesday night from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. I have been asked to guest host for the Frank Pastore show on KKLA 99.5 FM Los Angeles. Ask me if I'm nervous. Just a tad, my friend, just a tad.

I would LOVE, if you are able, to tune in THIS TUESDAY to KKLA 99.5 and be praying for me. Why you could even call in on a topic of discussion if you please at 888-995-KKLA. We will be talking about our jobs and being a Christian in the work force. We will be talking about evangelism and how you use your company to promote Christianity.

Guest on the show will be Bill Ewing, Philip Wagner, Bobby Braswell, Tom Ellsworth and others.

Spread the word...

This Tuesday. KKLA 99.5 FM, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

I am excited!!!!!!!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Who says it never snows in Porter Ranch?

Rick Warren Praying for the President


Dr. Jim Garlow, Director of the “Yes on 8” Pastors Rapid Response Team, today released this open letter defending the invitation by President Elect Obama to have Pastor Rick Warren deliver the Inauguration Prayer in January. Warren is the founder and senior pastor of the evangelical Saddleback Church in Orange County, CA, the fourth largest church in the United States.

Open letter reads as follows:

To Whom It May Concern:

As one of the leaders of “Yes on Prop. 8” campaign in California, I have watched with interest as gay activists have protested Barak Obama’s selection of Rick Warren to lead in a prayer at the Inauguration.

Barak Obama said he would "reach across the aisle" to unite us. And then when he – at least symbolically – exhibited that in the selection of Rick Warren to pray at the Inauguration, the people who elected him became angry at him. For what? For keeping his campaign promise!

And why is Rick Warren a “controversial” choice to the gay activists? What is Rick Warren's great offense?

For starters, he believes the Bible and its 5,000+ year old definition of marriage.

What is a truly biblically founded, authentically Christian pastor supposed to believe? Should he embrace the empty casuistry, exegetical revisionism and anti-scriptural political correctness of leftist "pastors" who defy and deny the historic, orthodox Christian and authentically biblical position on marriage?

Rick Warren believes what 68% of Americans believe, based on the 30 states that have voted on and passed state constitutional amendments that say marriage is defined as "one man-one woman."

He believes in a definition of marriage that has been recognized in every known culture since the beginning of time.

He believes in a definition of marriage that has been operational in America in its entire history (until a handful of oligarchical judges recently became hyper-revisionists in MA, CA and CT).

He believes in a definition of marriage that California has practiced as a state in all of it 158 year old history (minus the 4 1/2 months tampered with by four judges who went against the will of the people as expressed in 2000 - and again in 2008).

Rick Warren's grand offense is that he believes marriage is a union of one man-one woman, which is precisely the same definition of marriage that Barak Obama publicly stated on national TV. I was present at the Saddleback Civil Forum on Saturday August 16th when Obama was asked by Warren to “define marriage.” Obama’s aphoristic response: “Its’ a union between a man and a woman.”

Rick Warren’s great offense is that he supported Prop 8 which – in 14 words – simply states that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid and recognized in California.”

For the record, Prop 8 received over 7 million "yes" votes - 7,001,084 to be exact.

Prop 8 was profoundly well vetted, with both sides combined spending nearly $80 million - the most expensive race of its type.

Prop 8 was so thoroughly vetted that it received more votes ("yes" and "no" combined) than (in CA) Obama and McCain combined – virtually unheard of in any down-the-ballot race.

Prop. 8 received 2,150,000 more votes than did Arnold Schwarzenegger when he was reelected in 2006

Prop. 8 received nearly 2 million more votes than Dianne Feinstein did when she was reelected to the US Senate in 2006

Prop. 8 received 250,000 more votes than did John Kerry when he carried California in 2004

Prop. 8 received 45,000 more votes than did Barbara Boxer in her landslide reelection to the U.S. Senate in 2004

Prop 8 received approximately the same percentage as Gavin Newsome did when he was originally elected mayor of San Francisco.

Prop. 8 passed with 52.3%, which is approximately the same percentage of the vote that Barack Obama received nationally.

If the “don’t-let-Rick-Warren-pray” advocates are going to keep whining about Prop 8's passage (and anyone – including Rick Warren – who voted for it), then complain about all the others mentioned above who were elected with similar percentages or those who received less votes.

Rick Warren, based on his public endorsement, voted for traditional, natural marriage. So did the rest of America. They voted for the same definition of marriage that Barak Obama affirms.

In the never ending marriage discussion, the “No on 8” crowd should stop playing the "civil rights" card. Americans in general and Californians in particular are not so gullible as to confuse marriage with "civil rights." They know the difference.

Homosexuals already have bona fide, authentic civil rights. If they didn't, they could not live where they live, work where they work, go to school where they go to school, ride public transportation, vote and hold property. So long as one recognizes the ages affirmed, time tested, millennia old definition of and laws regarding marriage, one can marry whoever wants.

It is time to accept that marriage is – by definition – marriage!

We would say to Barak Obama, “thanks for having the courage to ask Rick Warren to pray. Thank you for asking one of America's most loving, compassionate, sacrificial pastors to lead in a prayer. Thank you for honoring, in at least a symbolic way, your campaign promise to “reach out.” I am impressed with this brilliant decision.

Friday, December 12, 2008

My Beautiful Mother

I was able to visit my mother this past Tuesday in Fresno, California. We were eating a little Mexican food and my handsome father snapped this photograph. I don't get to see my mom much because she is so active in HER church that she rarely visits MY church. I LOVE that about my mother. She has always set the perfect example for me. As a young man I remember her sitting in church EVERY WEEKEND with a BIBLE in her lap, taking notes as dad preached. That visual has directed my life to keep the word of God a priority and to soak it in as much as possible. I'm sure she heard dad preach thousands of times, and each time she was like a sponge, carefully listening to the voice of God being taught by the Holy Spirit in truth and wisdom. I hope and pray that I have been that example to my children and to the Shepherd of the Hills Church. May we all continue to study, learn, memorize and apply the word of God. Thank you, mother, for being the "World's Greatest Mom". I love you!!! Dudley

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Christ Bell


I am God's child (John 1:12)
I am Christ's friend (John 15:15 )
I am united with the Lord (1 Cor. 6:17 )
I am bought with a price (1 Cor 6:19-20)
I am a saint (set apart for God). (Eph. 1:1)
I am a personal witness of Christ. (Acts 1:8)
I am the salt & light of the earth (Matt 5:13-14)
I am a member of the body of Christ (1 Cor 12:27)
I am free forever from condemnation ( Rom. 8: 1-2)
I am a citizen of Heaven. I am significant (Phil 3:20)
I am free from any! charge against me (Rom . 8:31 -34)
I am a minister of reconciliation for God (2 Cor 5:17-21)
I have access to God through the Holy Spirit (Eph. 2:18)
I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realms (Eph. 2:6)
I cannot be separated from the love of God (Rom 8:35-39)
I am established, anointed, sealed by God (2 Cor 1:21-22 )
I am assured all things work together for good (Rom. 8:28 )
I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit (John 15:16 )
I may approach God with freedom and confidence (Eph. 3: 12 )
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Ph il. 4:13)
I am the branch of the true vine, a channel of His life (John 15: 1-5)
I am God's temple (1 Cor. 3: 16). I am complete in Christ (Col. 2: 10)
I am hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3). I have been justified (Romans 5:1)
I am God's co-worker (1 Cor. 3:9; 2 Cor 6:1). I am God's workmanship (Eph. 2:10)
I am confident that the good works God has begun in me will be perfected. (Phil. 1: 5)
I have been redeemed and forgiven ( Col 1:14). I have been adopted as God's child (Eph 1:5)
I belong to God
Do you know
Who you are!?

Keep this bell ringing...pass it on
'The LORD bless you and keep you;
The LORD make His face shine upon you!
And be gracious to you;
The LORD turn His face toward you
And give you peace..'
Numbers 6:24-26

Monday, December 01, 2008

Iron Sharpening Iron

Several years ago, it was brought to my attention that hundreds of small churches were closing their doors here in California, so I gathered a group of pastors from larger churches to put our heads together and think about what we could do to help the smaller churches. From this brain- storming meeting, we came up with the "Iron Sharpening Iron" gathering. We invited pastors from Bakersfield to San Diego, and usually, our annual meeting takes place in October.

I took some photos from just a few weeks ago. We spend the day providing round table discussions concerning modern issues that these pastors face, and then we serve them a delicious luncheon. We bring in an outside speaker (this year, it was Bob Russell) and then we give them a sack full of books, sermons, and illustrations. AND IT'S ALL FREE. THERE IS NO COST!!!

It truly is a day to JUST BLESS and ENCOURAGE the great men and women who lead our smaller churches. I praise God for those who serve faithfully, even though they often go unnoticed or unrecognized. I am also thankful that the Lord has so blessed this gathering of pastors.

Please pray that God would bless each of these men and women MIGHTILY!!!