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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Thoughts

Heart is heavy today.
Paper is unfair.
They enjoy their slant.
I love my son.
He is my best friend.
No word or deed will ever diminish my view of him.
He lives in a glass house. I live in a glass house.
I love my son.
I will be by his side forever.
Right is right and wrong is wrong.
I am sorry. For everything.
God loves me. God loves you.
Romans 8:28
I love God.
I love my son.
My Aunt died.
Going to her funeral today. Yes, Today.
I wonder if the paper will report the greatness of her life.
I doubt that.
Won't be holding my breath.
That would be a worthy article.
I have no comment.
Well I have several.
I just can't say them.
Don't want to be misquoted.
Will covet your prayers.
Praying is powerful.
I love my son.
He loves me.
No matter what I do, he loves me.
I love that.
I really love that.
He needs me.
I need him.
We both need God.
Today will pass. But God is eternal.
His love is eternal.
His grace is eternal.
His spirit is eternal.
I love my son.
God gave my son to me.
God gave his son to me.
Thank you God for my son.
Thank you God for your son.
That had to be hard.
Because, I love my son.
and I know that you love your son.
John 3:16
I love John 3:16.
I really love that.

Just a few thoughts...
Got to run to the funeral now.
My aunt was a Godly woman.
Wish you could have known her.
Will see my dad.
I love my dad.
My dad loves me.
It was his sister that died.
It's hard to bury your sister.
But that's what he's going to do today.
I must be with my son.
I must be with my father.
They both need me today.
I can do both.
It is an honor to help them.
They have both helped me in so many ways.
I love my dad.
I love my son.
I miss my grandfather.
He was a preacher too.
I don't remember his funeral.
He died when I was four.
His daughter is my Aunt.
Went to see her in the Hospital on Sunday.
Today I will see her laid to rest.
Heart is Heavy today.
I love my son.

133 comments:

Dru Morgan said...

We are praying for you and your family, Dudley. My eyes are tear filled for you. What glorious words... Praise God for His Son!!!!!
-Molly Morgan

christa said...

Dudley. I'm so very sorry for everything happening at once for you. I know how it feels to get hit with everything all at once. I have lost my grandfather this year and everything just hit me all at once. It was during a hard semester for me and the day that my grandfather passed I had two big tests and was just overwhelmed.

My prayers too you Dudley. Trust in the Lord and you will see the light at the end of the tunnel. Even if you don't see it right now and don't think that you will.

royalcarriage said...

Pastor Dudley, I have been a member of Sheperd of the Hills for over 12 years, you have inspired me to follow God's word and to be a better person. I am so honored and proud to say that you are my Pastor and that I am a member of this beautiful church. God Bless you and your entire family.

Sherry Walsh

Priscilla said...

Pastor Dudley & Family,

Please know that we love you and you're in our hearts and prayers. May the Lord give you the strength and the peace that you will need to get through this challenging time. We know you are a wonderful father and know you love your children very much and we have so much respect for you standing by your son and would not expect anything less from you. Please know we are standing with you and your son as well, realizing the enemy means it for harm, but God will use it for good.
Rely on one of my favorite sermons you preached in April of '08 that really helps me through hard times, "Jesus Has the Power to Calm Your Storms"
Please accept our condolences regarding your aunt. May God grant you and your family the peace that passes all understanding. We take comfort in knowing that we will soon see her in Heaven.

In our prayers,
Hernandez, Ibarzabal & Mendoza family

macdaddyg said...

Pastor Dudley,

Good, strong words from the heart. Keep on keeping on!!

Thanks for all you do.

God Bless.

Julio said...

My prayers are with you. I love both my sons too, no matter what!

Julio ~ Living Stone
Celebrate Recovery
Mission Hills

Nicole said...

Dear Dudley,

We admire you supporting and standing by your son. This morning, before we even read your blog, my mum told me "I'm sure that Dudley will stand by his son". We feel your heavy heart today. It is unfair for others to judge. We have been praying for you and will continue to do so. We love you.

David Macer said...

We appreciate your heart and your love. Our prayers are with you Dudley. We love you and your family. We'll be praying for you all.
Dave, Kari, Matt & Christina

Criscabb said...

My family's thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I too, love my sons. I too love his sons.

Nicole said...

Dear Dudley,

We feel your pain today, and we admire that you are standing by your son. Even before we read your blog this morning, my mom said "I'm sure that Dudley will support his son." We know that you work so hard and that you love your family.
We have been praying for you and will continue to do so. We love you Dudley.

Criscabb said...

My family's thoughts and prayers are with you and your family...always. I too, love my sons. I too, love his sons.

Lori said...

Oh gosh, Pastor Dudley. Our hearts ache for you right now. Please know that we are here for you, we love you, we support you and we pray for you.

Lisa Moon said...

We love you, your son, and your whole family. When you hurt, we hurt with you. We are praying for you, and know that God will be faithful to bring you through.

Mandy-Pandy said...

BEAUTIFUL! KEEP YOUR HEAD UP HIGH BECAUSE YOU ARE LOVED BY MANY!!!!
-AMANDA IZEN

paigeesmith said...

Your strength is God breathed. I am praying for your family.

Peter said...

Please know that Dallas, you and your family are in my prayers this week.

Kathleen said...

Beautiful. You have just earned my utmost respect. My prayers are with you and your family.

jeff perrin said...

Pastor Dudley, your heart is heavy today and with every right, please always understand we are here for the long haul and will always stand behind you. The papers will never get it right as long as money is involved plus it gives your flock a great opportunity to be prepared to give an answer when asked why Dallas does not walk on water...
We will pray for you and your family...
The papers might not write on the greatness of your Aunt but you will... just like your pop has shared with us the greatness of your family...
We are proud to part of Shepherd...
In his Loving Arms
Jeff

Lucy said...

The Watkins Family is in constant prayer for the Rutherford family. We love you..we love all of you...God trusts us with these children...it's the hardest job...we love you...we are praying for all of you-Greg,Karnel,Sean, Taylor & Travis

SP said...

May God give you and the other families involved strength as you go through this storm. I'm praying for you, as always.

Makarios said...

You have our prayers, Your Love as a father is unmeasurable and your Love as a son is unmeasurable. And those together can not match the Love that Father God has for you and your family. He was, and is, and will always be Faithful. You have our prayers.

Christina said...

Hi Pastor Dudley, I am sorry for your loss. Be encouraged. Isaiah 40:30-31, "Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." You are loved!

Kim said...

Pastor,
I know that feeling Pastor my heart was heavy reading this because both my sons to have made bad decisions in their lives. One of them was also caught shoplifting at best buy last year. My husband and I lead Celebrate Recovery in our church but are kids are out there. I Love them very much and I too will always stand by them and be there for them. My boys have so much good to offer but its amazing how the world looks at the bad. I am truly praying for your family. Your son knows the Lord and that will never leave though he stumble he will continue to go forward.
in his steps
Kim

Mayur said...

Dudly
I will pray for you and your family. I do not know the pain you are going through but the only thing I can do is to pray for you. I will see you on Satarday. GOd will give you strength to fight all that comes your way
God bless you
Mayur

david b said...

Dear Pastor,
I went through a similar experience with my son a few years ago. Luckily for us, we don't live in a glass bowl, so it didn't make front page headlines. We love our sons, and with God's love and grace, we make it through the tough times together. My sincere condolences on the loss of your aunt. I lost my sister last year - helped carry her coffin into the church. That was hard. My wife lost her uncle this year. We take comfort in knowing we will see them again. "When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be!" You and your family will be in our prayers during these difficult times.
David

Jaycee said...

Dear Pastor Dudley,

You and your family will be in my prayers. I am very sure OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN WILL NOT LET HIS CHILDREN DOWN, The TRUTH will ALWAYS come out.
And I am SORRY for the loss of you Aunt. GOD Bless your family.

Always,

Jaycee

Jeanne Bateman said...

To Dudley and Your Family:
I love you.
I love your wife.
I love your son.
I changed his diapers when he was a newborn in the nursery.
He doesn't remember.
I remember.
I love your daughters.
I love your blog.
I love that you are God's man.
I love that it's so obvious.
I love that you share such pure and precious love with all of us.
I hurt because you and your family are hurting.
Tears flow because your hearts ache from loss and from trial.
Tears flow because I've loved you all for a long time.
I love that God understands.
I love that His eye and His hand are on you.
I love that His eye and his hand are on your son.
I love that He looks at you and at your son and says, "I love my sons."
I love that I can pray to Him.
I love that He hears my prayers on your behalf.
I love that He will send joy in the morning.
For Always,
Jeanne

Debra said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Pastor. Newspapers can be very unfair. I've been misquoted by the L.A. Times and there never published a retraction. May the Lord give you strength during these trying times. And may your beloved aunt rest in eternal peace in Jesus's loving arms. Debbie, Mike, Adam and Daniel Clark

Shannon said...

(((((Pastor Dudley)))) You and your family are in our prayers. May GOD give you strength to stay strong for your son and father ~
The Hendricks Family

Lesley said...

Prayers, prayers, prayers...all morning while I was working; while I was having lunch; and now as we start our afternoon here at the office...more prayers. We have a son who is 21...he's the best and we love him so dearly...but things happen to everyone, and that could be us today instead of you. It WILL be us sometime, with some kind of trouble or trial. But we stand with you in Jesus' name, just as we hope you would stand with us should such a time as this comes to us. Believe me, you and your family are on our hearts and in our prayers. We pray for Jesus to give you all the strength you need, now and always. We love you.

mopotter1 said...

I want to tell you how awesome you are and your family. God has blessed all of us with your lives. You stand for God's Word and you teach all of us with such poise and discipline. We are honored to know you.
Let me just say that not one of us is untouched by sin, not one, only Jesus Christ. This soon will pass and the strength of our Lord will shine stronger than ever and lives will be changed forever.....We continue to keep you covered in prayer.
The Potter's are here for all of you! Our love, in Jesus, Mo Potter

Aileen said...

Pastor Dudley,
Please know that we all stand with you, Pastor and are praying for you as we always do, but we know our prayers now are most urgently needed fo you and your family.
My condolences to you and your family for the passing of your lovely aunt, she must have been a great person to be part of such a wonderful family! A family who does their best to live like Jesus did. Pastor, none of us is perfect, but his love and everlasting grace is and please know that we love you!
Peace be with you all at this time for all that is going in your life, Pastor.
Aileen

BTJ said...

Our prayers and thought go out to you and your family.

Rafer and Betsy

Louie Bookout said...

I Love Dudley Rutherford
I Love His Family
I Thank God that He sent Dudley to US Feb.10th,1987, Why do I remember that date? Because that was the Day My Son was Born and Dudley was there with me.
I Love My Son..
My Son Loves Dudley, and Admires Dudley..
I Thank God for Dudley being a Great Influence/Mentor for My Son..
I Love Dudley Rutherford
I Admire Dudley Rutherford
I Stand with Dudley..
I'm reminded of the saying "All Sunshine and No Rain make a Dry Desert"
I Know that after each rain good things grow.. and well watered soil produces abundant life..Trees with Fruit..
I Love the Song, "He that Started a Good Work in You, Will be Faithfull to Complete it"
I Love/Believe in the Promise/Verse; " Once you are in my Father's Hands, NO-ONE can Snatch you out"
I Believe/Trust in Dudley Rutherford's Guidance/Message..
I Thank God for Blessing US with Dudley..
I Love Dudley Rutherford
I Love Dudley's Son
I Love Dudley's Family..
I know God/Jesus Loves US ALL...
"Even though we walk through the Valley of The Shadow of Death, fear no evil for His Rod and His Staff shall comfort Us"
I walk with Dudley Rutherford
I Stand Tall by His Side
I'm Proud/Honored to be called His Friend, his Brother in Christ..

Louie Bookout

Cathie said...

Pastor Dudley,
Knowing exactly what you are feeling now, and praying for peace, compassion, mercy, love, support, encouragement, that you truly feel God's presence, that you will be surrounded by wise counsel and more love and support. We have been praying for you and your family all day.

Velma said...

Pastor Dudley

My prayers are with you. Be encouraged and continue to share the uncompromised word. Satan is trying in every way possible to tear you down and ruin your reputation. He did this to Jesus also. Victory is on the other side of suffering.

VB

Chris said...

Dear Pastor D,

How disappointing the news must be for your family regarding your beloved son.

Having a teen is proving to be the most challenging time of my life right now. I'm convinced that all teens are demented; they are not in their right minds until their later years in life! I'm not sure who said this but I believe this quote to be true "youth is wasted on the young".

Take heart, there are lessons to be learned here.

French Green Bean said...

Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family today.
We love your son too.
We love your family.
Nothing will ever change that.
Pam and Eric Marquez

Maggie said...

John 8:7
When they persisted in questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "Let the person among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her."

Pastor Dudley you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Continue to be there for your son, as you have been. God Bless you.

Dawn Almudarris said...

Pastor Dudley
Life is quite challenging at times especially with children. I know cause I have 7 of them, 5 boys!! It is unfortunate that the news media is so quick to forget all the good that you and Shepherd do for the community, just a couple of months ago you were giving shelter to the victims of the fires. How quickley they forget! Kids make mistakes, they do things without really thinking about it. We all know that. God help you all thru this diffucult time. I am praying for your family. I always ask God to bless you and keep you safe, you and your family. Your right when you say that you all "live in a glass house". The people that know you and your family of people at Shepherd love you. You have done so much for all of us. I ask that all of Shepherd and all the people that know you to pray for Gods blessing to help you through the tough days ahead. May God bless you as you have been such a blessing for our church. Thank you, thank you, thank you,for being such a great leader. In his name Dawn Almudarris

Kathryn said...

Keeping your family in my prayers. Knowing the Lord will bless you and yours through the trials that you face

Julie Tecson said...

Dear Pastor Dudley,

Knowing you and having you as our pastor is really a blessing for me and my family. You have done great things to us and to soooo many people. You have touched our lives and have served as an inspiration. For all the things you and your family do, I know for sure that you have brought a smile on GOD's face. So please continue with what you are doing.

Hearing the news about your son, Dallas, is devastating. My heart too is saddened with the news. If only I can share that heavy load to lessen the burden from your hearts, I would really take some of it from you now. However, I know that it is just the devil who is working extra hard to get back at you and your family.

For this reason, I have emailed several of my friends this morning asking them to pray for protection for you and your family specially in this time of trial.

I understand as a parent myself, how much you love your SON and it pains you deeply when things go wrong. I too have experienced these several times from my beloved children, and it feels like stabbing pains. Remember, no matter what our children are GOD's blessings to us and GOD has appointed us to protect, love, nurture and take care of them.

I really want you to know that I understand:

You have a SON.
You love your SON.
You want the best for your SON.
Things happen for a reason that sometimes it is too hard to accept and comprehend. Be comforted to know that our ALMIGHTY GOD is faithful and is very much in control. As always, there is a 'someday' we can look back and understand the reason and be thankful because it has made us a better person.

In this very moment, I can understand your pain and it really saddens me. Take comfort that this too will pass and you are not alone in your journey.

Take care and may GOD, our faithful LORD AND SAVIOR, bless you and your family always.

With you in prayer,
Julie

Hulette said...

Greetings and blessings Pastor Dudley; from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ...I feel your pains in the lost of your aunt; but what joy to know that you will see her again PTL. I too love and pray for Dallas and will continue to lift all of you in my prayer. The evil one is alive and rampant and I pray that this too will past "REMEMBER HIS PROMISES" I know you do.."Be strong and courageous and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God is with you. 1Chr.28:20

The Lord is our hiding place, He also dwells within our spirit...I know that your teaching and wisdom comes from His truth written in the Word..I have a personal relationship with Him and I know how important Your teachings are to me and to so many and I know that this too will pass ... I have much gratitude in my heart because of your teachings and goodness towards so many ... So many welcome your compassionate way of bringing the Word to life...Pastor D you are loved and I want you to know that You Are in my daily prayer ... Even more so lately because of your wife Rene' "she is so real and makes us feel so at ease at Vintage...I want to encourage you to continue to LOVE Dallas... he needs YOU now more that ever and with all of us praying... this is the confidence we have in approaching God that if we ask anything in His will, He hears us 1John 5:14

Forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you...
I am also lifting uP the other families in prayer ...

"These young folks are our future and we need to reach out and embrace them (not the act; for they are ashamed and hurting as well they should) and to let them know that there is HOPE in "JESUS" and that there is a lesson to be learn here...

God bless and keep you and your family in the palm of His hand...In His Service as I remember CALVARY's CROSS...Love Hulette

lesley said...

Dear pastor Dudley,
We know people love to gossip and stir emotions, especially those that are not of this world. I am going to pray for your family, church and pray for those who persecute you.
God Bless You and your family.
Lesley.
P.S. Looking forward to hearing your plans for the church 2009.

Melissa Harris said...

Lord, Thank you for my pastor Dudley. He touches so many hearts, my husband's, my grandmother's, my parents, and mine. My heavenly Father, I pray to be half the parent Dudley is to his son that I will be to mine. Please give him the strength to get through today.

Benny said...

Hello Pastor, Let me begin by saying that I am proud to call you my Pastor. I also have been dealing with some serious issues with my 20 year old son. We know that enemy is out to kill, steal and destroy. I am proud to see that you are not one of those who will try to hide what is happening but you are one who has made it very clear to everyone that you Love and will stand by your son regardless of the circumstances. It shows your strong faith in GOD and the Love for your family. These is one family that the enemy will not divide because our GOD is bigger than any problem or situation. We all fall short of the glory of GOD, and yes me included, but we know the truth and the truth has set us free. We Love you and your family. In HIS Service, Benny

TAWNIE said...

I WILL PRAY FOR GOD TO GIVE YOU STRENGTH THROUGH THIS HARD TIME. LET HIM WHO IS WITHOUT SIN CAST THE FIRST STONE

TAWNIE MARIE

Annecrew said...

Dear Pastor Dudley,

I was a pregnant teenager who loved the Lord. Does that make sense in today's judgmental world? Well it was true. I made a mistake, got caught up in the world, but loved the Lord. Oh how I wish I could have had a father who responded to me the way you have responded in your blog today. Instead I was thrown out of my christian home at 16. Since then, I have struggled to believe God truly loves me. Loves me , the one who got pregnant before I was married.
Recently, God has allowed me to see his love for me... for real and I have wondered, as a successful business owner and mother of six children (3 teenagers) who also love the Lord, how i would respond if one of my girls found themselves pregnant at 16? How would I show them God's love even when I am truly disappointed? I have printed your blog to keep in my journal for the day i need the words to tell my kids "wrong is wrong" but I love them and God loves me.
Thank you pastor, see you Sunday.
Praying for you and yours
Anne Crew

Keith and Fawn said...

Dear Pastor Dudley,

I don't typically blog, but I wanted to let you know that our prayers are with you, Dallas, and the Rutherford family. You and yours have been such a blessing to us and so many others. Fawn and I love the example you provide, the Shepherd ministry, and the Rutherfords. God bless you.

Keith and Fawn Weaver

Sally said...

Dear Pastor,
What a comfort it is knowing the our Lord never gives us more then we can handle.
The entire church is supporting you, Renee' and your family with our prayers.
In His Love,
Tim & Sally

Fred Blattner said...

Pastor Dudley,
I have two sons, the oldest is 15 and plays basketball at El Camino.
I love them, too, and I know how difficult is to guide them through this darkening world. I can only imagine what you, Dallas and your family are going through right now. Our family is praying for you.
Maranatha!
Fred Blattner

jamie said...

I have been praying for your family today.

Stay strong and know this time shall pass, lessons will be learned and love will grow.

Jamie

d wayne said...

i'm sorry for the troubles in your family. my prayer is that you will all stay strong as you go thru this trial.

"be strong and courageous. do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go"...joshua 1:9

davidnelson said...

Dudley, You and your family are in our prayers. May Gods Grace be upon your family. Your Gift of sharing God's word has made an incredible difference in our lives. Jesus will continue to work in your life.

In His Love,

David and Linda

Alison said...

Pastor Dudley,
I am praying for you and your family. I am a single mom who started going to Shepherd 8 years ago. You have taught me so much and this morning when I read your blog you taught me even more. You are a great parent blessed with a wonderful son. I have watched Dallas play basketball and he is an awesome boy. The words that you wrote touched my heart. I struggle with how to parent the right way sometimes. You are a great example. During my devotion today I read Philippians 4:6-7 "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything with prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." You and your family will be in my prayers.

Alison said...

Pastor Dudley,
I am praying for you and your family. You are such a great example to me. I am a single mom who has been attending Shepherd for 8 years. You have taught me so many things. When I read your blog this morning you taught me even more. I struggle with parenting skills often. Your words touched my heart. I want to print them and keep them somewhere where I can read it often. During my devotion today I read this verse. Philippians 4:6-7 "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything with prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God, and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." I will continue to pray for you as I always do.

Laura M. Hernandez said...

Pastor Dudley, I can't tell you how many phone calls I recieved today from people I have invited to church but have never committed their life to Christ. All to gossip and comment about your son. I just kept thinking to myself "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone" We all fall short of the glory of God & I praise the Lord for our Savior that we all are need of. Pastor Dudley you are an incredible messenger for Jesus Christ. I love you and your family. Our kids are faced with so much today. I know God's hand is over your precious son and He is growing and preparing him for His purpose.

Laura Hernandez

Read on... said...

Dear Pastor & Family,

We are praying for you and your family. You and your lovely wife have inspired me in so many ways.

This too shall pass...

In his grip,
CL

Brad and Teena said...

Dudley, I love you. My heart is heavy with yours and I will always hold you and your whole family in my prayers. As we both know, the press is bent on stirring hearts to be hardened. You, on the other hand, have spent your life and energy to soften hearts. Death, while required of all of us, is the blessing all Christians can look forward to with great anticipation. I LOVE YOU and I WILL ALWAYS BE YOUR FRIEND. BIG HUG TO YOU MY BROTHER!
Brad Boeckmann

Gloria Canchola said...

Dear Pastor,

You and your son are in my prayers. I truly do understand what you are going through my 19 year daughter had a similar situation a year and 1/2 ago. We got through it. She is a better person as a result. God will see you both of you through this.

borntodubb said...

Dudley,

I hope that you know that there are so many people that are praying for you and your family! Even in these trying times you are truly blessed. We know how hard it is to raise children in this society; actually it's next to impossible. With God's Grace, we will all make it thru these trying times. Keep up the good work and do not get discouraged.


God Bless,

Greg Watkins

Terry Stone said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You have our love and support, Your faith and trust in The Lord will carry you through this tough time. God Bless you and your family.

Terry and Barbara Stone

Denise K. said...

Dear Dudley ~ I am writing this as I have to share my own experience with my own son and how you helped years ago. My prayers and heart go out to you at this difficult time.
It is so hard to raise sons in the world we live in. We can work, pray and hope that we instill in them the values that we know are the only way to live. But sometimes things don't go as we planned.And our children make mistakes, that unfortunately we can't put "band-aids" on anymore. Or kiss and make it "feel better".

I know so well what you are going through, as I had had some difficulties with one of my older sons 5 - 6 years ago. I don't know if you remember, but my youngest son, Ricky,played on your basketball team for Hillcrest.

My older son, had gotten into trouble with the law, and was being sent to jail for 6 months. It was the most difficult time in my life. Several days before we had to turn him in, we had made plans to go to a Laker game one last time before he left. Ricky chose to go with the family and miss practice. He wanted to spend as much time as possible with the brother he "adored".

At the next game, I noticed when I got to the game, he wasn't playing. I could see in his face he was upset. His brother had left the day before, but I knew that wasnt it. After the game, he told me he had been benched for missing practice.

I am embarassed to say, that I was quite angry with you.I felt that Rickys decision to be with family during this dificult time was the right decision. I think you probably even knew I was!

You called me on the phone that night and we talked for quite awhile about the situation. You gave me some very good advice and insight on how to get through this devastating time for our family. You prayed with me and I hung up feeling much better.

The reason I am bringing this up, is that you helped me through my older sons ordeal (and you didn't even know the boy). And Ricky saw for himself that you truly cared and weren't judgemental. That is the gift you have.

I am happy to say my older son is turning 30 next month, just had his 3rd child, and is the most wonderful husband, father, son, and brother to Ricky. He has a good job with the city and truly grew up and cleaned up his act. He regrets deeply what he put me through years ago.

And so this too shall pass for you and your family. I've known Dallas since he was a little boy. Ricky played at your house many times. I know that with the love and support that Dallas has between family, friends, and the church, he will get through this just fine.

And in a couple years you will be able to look back and see this was a bump in the road. It might look like a trench right now, but with God's love and guidance, he will see your family through it.

Our families prayers are with you, Denise K.

Carol B. said...

Pastor Dudley: I echo my good friend Sherry's comments that I am also honored to be a member of your church. I've felt nothing but love, joy, and acceptance since I walked into Shepherd more than 2 years ago. Your teaching inspires me constantly and you and your family are in my prayers. God Bless,

Carol Brooks

Pastor Drew said...

Dudley,

Michelle and I are praying for you and your sweet family. We love you so much. I am so proud that I served with you at the Shepherd for almost ten years. Tell Dallas we love him very much and his dear friend Hannah Belle is praying for him.
May God grant you wisdom and patience in the Days to come.

Love you,

Drew

Your servant said...

Pastor Dudley,
I don't know what to say other than we offer our most heart-felt condolences, we are also attending a funeral service for a loved one this Saturday. It seems you are experiencing a Job 1 in your family's life, you are certainly under attack, but you have a whole body of soldiers behind you praying on your behalf in the line of fire! I hope Lamentations 3:31-33 will encourage you, we need your presence at Church! We believe you will come through and your son will do what is needed and will please God, We love you Pastor! keep on keeping on!
Your servants,
The Johnson Family
Travis, Sherryl, & Rosalyn

Dave said...

Pastor Dudley,our hearts are heavy for you and your family at this time. We will continue to lift you up in prayer. We all make choices and mistakes in life, but our heavenly Father still loves us unconditionally. What a comforting thought. God loves us no matter what. Remember this is only our temporary home,one day(hopefully very soon)we will be rejoicing in His presence eternally!The world is watching how Christians react to trials,the economy, government,wars,natural disasters etc.All I can say is Maranatha!We love you and your family and will pray and support you all we can. Dave and Nancy Krieger P.S. Our sons have not been angels in their teenage years also,so we can truly understand.

Nadine said...

Pastor Dudley:
This is the first time that I have responded to any blog. I wanted to take the time to let you know that my heartaches knowing that you and your family are going through some tough times. In my teenage years, I was in a similar situation, and I don’t recall that being publicized.
The media will misquote, misguide, and mislead us just to create a storyline to sell newspapers or bump up TV ratings.
They eat up people’s failures and criticize people’s faults. Each and everyone of us has made some sort of mistake and its through life’s experiences we grow and learn from them.What makes us different from everyone else is that we have Jesus to wash away our sins.

They will just point the finger, spread gossip and judge you just because of who you are. Christian…..Pastor……
Stay strong. We believe in you, your son, your family. The Lord will see you through this. And through this, YOU will see a stronger and more devoted congregation. WE LOVE YOU!!!!

alex said...

pastor dudley,

fortunately i do not know what it feels like to lose a loved one, i can imagine that it hurts alot. my prayers go out to you and your family and may the Lord give you strength in these times of hardship.
it is shocking to hear the news of dallas as i remember being his classmate in middle school and high school. we all make mistakes and are mislead by worldly temptations. nobody in this world is perfect, everybody makes mistakes and it is from these mistakes that we learn and grow. although some make it look like he is a victim the truth is we must all own up to our actions and take responsibility whether right or wrong. the task at hand now is to get back on track and learn from previous mistakes. may the Lord be with you and your family and guide you as you move on from this and may you be strenghened by this situation.

Danielle said...

You and your family are in my prayers. Psalm 3:1-8

Steph said...

You have been there for us, now it's our turn to be here for you. In our hearts and prayers. I'll borrow The Marine's motto "Semper Fi" brother Dudley, satan doesn't stand a chance!!!

Much Love,
Stephanie Contreras

Jon said...

"And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit".
2 Corinthians 3:17
In times of grief and trial, the world will see who our God truly is as you reflect and shine His likeness. Shine brightly.
In prayer and in His service,
The Manocchios, Jon, Niurka, Gabi, and Julia

the Concha's said...

Pastor Dudley,

Please know that you are a blessing and an inspiration to thousands of people. Our Lord Jesus Christ is using you mightily in these last days, thus, the evil one is trying to pull you stronger by giving you trials. Everything happens for a reason. Be still and know that HE is LORD. HE is sovereign in everything. You are HIS beloved child and we have the assurance that HE will never leave us nor forsake us.

I empathized with you,Pastor Dudley, and I know how it feels because I am a mother, too. Our prayers are with you and your family each and everyday.

Thank you for touching our lives to become dedicated Christians.

God bless and we love you!

Dave said...

Pastor Dudley,Our hearts are heavy for you and your family. We are lifting you up to the Lord in prayer constantly. We all make choices and mistakes. God loves us no matter what.Trials will come-it's how we handle them that matters. The world is watching how Christians react to the economy,natural disasters,wars,disease etc. All I can say is Maranatha! Someday(hopefully soon) we will be rejoicing in His presence.God knows the reason for events in our lives but you already know that. Thank you for the strength you have given to us in our challenging times.May you be comforted in knowing so many love you and your family,and are praying for you.Dave and Nancy Krieger
P.S. our sons were no angels in their teenage years also,so we truly understand.

Graziadio said...

We feel your heavy heart. We feel your pain. We will stand by you and your son, daughters, wife, the whole Rutherford tribe, our tribe, His tribe. Always.

M,M,Nick and Ginger said...

Dear Pastor Dudley,
Our family and a few very faithful friends prayed for you on Monday, even before words were printed. These are words and we rely on the WORD!
"Nothing, nothing, nothing can separate you from the LOVE of our God." The enemy may try, but it’s a lost cause.
Hang tight; His mercy, love, strength, forgiveness and direction will sustain you and our prayers will be with you, your son and your family,
Love,
In Christ!

Benny said...

Pastor D... our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You're blog has such intense words from the heart! Thank you so much for sharing...

Robert Perez said...

As I sat in front of the computer attempting to figure out what to post, I found myself stumped for words. I stared at the screen, attempting to put words together that would truly express the love we have for and your family; but the love we have is a type of love that is best expressed and not written. Then it hit me. My youngest of seven began to cry for an unknown reason. She is two and can barely speak, yet her pain could clearly be heard through her sadness. I determined that there was nothing physically wrong with her, so my next reaction was to pick her up, cradle her in my arms and love her so hard until she stopped hurting. That is what fathers do regardless of the wrongs that children do. Our children will always be our babies and regardless of their size, we will always cradle them, in our arms until they stop crying. So in your time of pain as you cradle your son and attempt to heal his pain, remember that our Lord is cradling you in His arms attempting to heal your suffering.

Love,
The Perez Family

Lloyd said...

Pastor Dudley,
I have been praying for you and your family and the families of the other young men. I know that we have a great God and our Lord Jesus will help you through this time of trouble and sorrow.
Thank you for shepherding His church and teaching His Word faithfully. We love you and appreciate all that you do.
May God bless you and your family,
Lloyd Francis

Laura said...

Pastor Dudley,
We (your church) stand behind you, support you, love you, pray for you, and encourage you, just like you do for us every Sunday. Keep your head up!
-Laura Hanley

Lupita said...

BE STRONG !! ITS NEVER EASY TO LOOSE SOMEONE YOU LOVE BUT REMEMBER WE WILL SEE HER AGAIN!! LIFT YOUR HEAD UP AND BE PROUD OF YOUR SON WE WILL BE PRAYING FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.. WE LOVE YOU PASTOR !!

Natasha Hall said...

Dearest Pastor Dudley,
Tonight as I prayed with Ethan, my son, we asked God to fix it, right away! We asked Him to comfort and guide you, your wife, your son, and your daughters during this most disparaging situation. Ethan asked, “What’s wrong with Pastor Dudley?” I then explained, tearfully, how none of us, even the most Godly, are beyond Satan’s reach, and that even you and your son were under the enemy’s attack. I explained to Ethan that Satan is very powerful and that we must always pray for God’s protection. Pastor Dudley, you have been a constant inspiration in my walk with Christ. I admire and respect you because you have an incredible ability to relate to people as we live in this unholy world. You guide us, you give us hope and you educate us all. I have a new found level of admiration and respect for you because I know that you will, with all of God’s love, continue to walk by faith, and not FEAR, (False Evidence Appearing Real). You have taught us that God is good, and that He is present in the hard stuff, too! God knows the goodness and sincerity of your heart! You are a humble and loyal servant, too! This evil nightmare will soon be behind us!
In His Name,
Your sister in Christ.

GRACE8873 said...

We are praying for you and your entire family. This is a test, not for you but for everyone, for the church, for our faith it is so easy to say Praise God when everything seems perfect. Our faith and hearts are shown when things are not so perfect when our foundation is shaken up a bit. We love our Pastor and his family,our church and brothers and sisters in Christ we love Jesus Christ and God is Good all the time and will lead us through anything.

Let's be Kind
Let's be Compassionate
Let's be Gentle
Let's be Loving
Let's be Godly

With Love,
The Dardon Family

Billster said...

Pastor Dudley, I only have one thing to say. FREEDOM!!!!!!!!!!!! 2 Corinthians 3:17

Stacy said...

Dudley and Family - stand firm. My prayers are with you.


As quoted in Crosswalk - Encouragement for Today Proverbs 31 Ministries:

Just because we're Christians living out God's principles for life, does not mean we won't face difficult circumstances.

The difference being a Christian makes is how the difficulties affect us. If we are hearing and heeding God through our prayer time and reading His Word, then we will be able to stand strong in the storms of life.

Our faith will not be shaken and our identity will not be rattled.

smokey said...

Pastor Dudley I am sorry for your loss of your aunt, may our Father keep you and your family and may He continue to be a source of strength. We Love you and thank you for the Love you have shown us as members of Sheperd. We will pray for your family and I am sure you know that this will pass.

The Gautier's

Deb said...

...when I first heard about this, I felt a heavy, sorrow at what you must be going through...

then, the thought came to me, "wow, the theme for 2009 must be a real threat to the enemy!"

...praying for you...

Shelly Lombardi said...

Pastor Dudley, Justed wanted to tell with a heavy heart I feel your pain. No one is exempt from the Evil One not even You, Dallas, and me. You and your family will be in my prays God doesn't give us anymore than we can handle. I live by a phase everyday "LET GO LET GOD" Please know how much you and your family is loved and respected!

May The Lord Bless You
Shelly and Alyson Lombardi

Ria Hong said...

Pastor Dudley and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I'm truely sadden about all of this happening at once. My heart goes out to you and your loved ones. Continue to be strong and have faith & courage in our Lord God. I love my son very much as well, I greatly admire your love & support for your son. Thank you for reminding us of our Fathers love for sending his one and only son for our sins.
We love you Pastor Dudley.

Ria Hong & the Amor Family
Mission Hills, Ca.

Fran said...

We are so proud to say that you are our Pastor & to be members of the family at Shepherd. Tears flowed as I read your posting, just as they would for any family member. That truly is what Shepherd is for us, family.

You & your family are as always in our prayers. I am reminded of the quote, "If God brings you to it, He will see you through it." Please know that your church family stands behind you & lifts you up in prayer. We admire you so much for your strength, your dedication to the Lord & your dedication to your family. It is always apparent how much you love the Lord & how much your love your family & that nothing means more to you.

Shepherd has been such a blessing in our lives. Our lives as we live them now, do not even remotely resemble who were before we came to Shepherd. Thank you for being the amazing person you are.

-Fran Busch & Tom Hibbs

Byron said...

The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knows them that trust in Him.
Nahum 1:7

Jody said...

Dear Pastor and beautiful Rutherford family:
As I read thru your 'blog comments', I just cried and thot that these are the Greatest Newspaper Headlines I've ever read! This is what should be on the front page! This is truth; this is support; and this is true love, worthy of reporting! Your family has only VICTORY waiting for you around the corner, because there is no way Satan could be victorious when so many are praying and diligently fighting this battle with you that is so furiously raging. Satan is a liar, he is defeated and God is on His Throne. We will continue to fast and pray as God carries you thru this momentary, rather large bump in the road. (A large ugly clump of clay that the Potter is going to mold into the most beautiful Vessel ever - Hallelujah!
We love you dearly!

Jack Sunkes said...

Dudley
Your a great father, just like our father in heaven.

You love your son, I love my son.

Your strength is your sons strongest support.

This will pass and you and your son will have a stronger bond.

We pray for you every day!

Jojo said...

I love your writing and what an awesome blog today. As always, you and your family are in my prayers. Love you Pastor!
-Josephine

Sheree Spraglin said...

Pastor Dudley,

I have great empathy for Dallas as I too grew up in a glass house with an amazing father. Like him, I made mistakes as a young women, but we both know that our trials make us stronger when we lean on our Father in heaven.
You and your wife have been wonderful parents who model strong Christian ethics. Your son has also exhibited ethical and moral behavior and I would not characterize him as one who typically makes wrong choices.
I will continue to pray that God will give your family comfort, wisdom, and peace in this storm. I will also pray that all who learn about this trial will be filled with compassion, and that the reputations of the church and it's beloved pastor not be diminished in any way. Let's not forget to pray for the Coach's son and the others to receive comfort, peace and fairness.

Your empathetic sister in Christ,
Sheree Spraglin

Mark Miller said...

Lori and I are praying for you, Renee, and Dallas. I love and greatly respect you. We will pray for wisdom, guidance, and healing.

Mark Miller

debi said...

Pastor Dudley,
You & your family are well prayed for.And this too shall pass.Kids will be kids and everyone knows this.It is no reflection on your parenting!We all love you all so.Keep the faith!God is ever strong & with you even mmore.We rejoice for your aunt.Debi Rowlett

Karen said...

Hi Pastor Dudley,
This is the first time I checked out your blogs. I did so to see your thoughts on the recent situation with your son. When I read your blog, I cried! The humanness, well, I thank you for your honesty. It's admirable! Thank you for showing how much you love your son. You are showing God's love... how He stands with us every day. With today's world, I often ask God to show me, here on earth, not just in my heart, His love - to remind me that His presence is alive here on earth. I saw His love again in your blog today. Thank you Dudley and praise God!!!

I have seen many pastors go through tough times and be tested. I know that pastors and their families are often a main focus of the devils. He wants to bring you and yours troubles because you are doing so much good for God (...and because you head the church). You are one of the greatest messengers of God's out there these days, and so of course the devil will try and do anything to hinder God's work through you. I know you are aware of this.

The devil can try all he wants, but we know who has already won the victory over you and your son. The devil has NO jurisdiction with you or your son. Remember to claim Christ's victory and to disclaim any evil that has tried to get in.

My family and I have been praying and will continue to do so for your son, your family, and you.

We too love your son. He is our brother in Christ.

Thank you for being who you are and for your walk with Christ. You have always been an inspiration to me and my family, better yet, you have always challenged me in my walk with God - you make me long to know God more. I praise God for your gifts and for what He has yet to come through you and through these trying times.

Lastly, I pray for your family during the loss of your aunt and I also praise God for her homecoming. I can only imagine the sweet happiness she is feeling now!

In Christ,
Karen

Liz Ortiz said...

Pastor Dudley, we are so honored to be part of Shepherd of the Hills. You are a hugh inspiration to us all. We love you and your family and we will always feel the same about you no matter what. The enemy is always trying to attack us in everyway he can, we just have to stick together and keep all our church in prayer. We all need the Lord to protect us from evil. We will take this as a lesson to be learned and continue to stay strong because the enemy is working overtime. The congregation needs to fast one day to keep strong and keep the enemy away. You are the best of the best. THANK YOU FOR BEING OUR PASTOR!!! Our condolenses are with you and your aunts family. God Bless You! Liz & Brittany and Giselle Ortiz and Ronnie, Marylou, Monique and Raymond Carrisosa.

Cynthia said...

Dear Pastor Dudley,
We have all fallen short of the glory of God. Your son is not the first one nor will he be the last one to make a bad choice. The following scripture was worth repeating: Isaiah 40:28-31, Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
The Larkin Family is praying for you and your entire family. You and your family are in our prayers

dfsegovia said...

Hey Dudley, roll with the punches. God has given you a tremendous opportunity to open your eyes and see that love, obviously, isn't enough to keep a kid from screwing up. Self-examination can be hard. You keep saying that you love your son. What else can we as parents learn from this? What can we do differently that might keep our kids righteous? Self-examination, Dudley.
God will give you answers, and You will pass them on to us who seek. That's what you do. God is with you, Dudley, everything is already taken care of. Listen! That knock on the door is opportunity to serve your Lord.

dfsegovia said...

Lord, help me today, every second of today. I cry out to You, for YOUR help, for YOUR guidance, for YOUR protection, for YOUR love and for YOUR purpose to be front and center. Thank you for helping me get through THIS DAY. I pray in JESUS' name.... Amen!!! YOU SAID IT, DUDLEY. AMEN

the sportsreporter said...

What a tragic day?
When I saw the front of the daily news, I was in total disbelief.
Being a sports journalist, I have cover many stories and personalities but never thought I would see something like this.
I pray for Pastor Dudley and his family and also for the 3 other
CSUN athletes and as well for Bobby Braswell and his family.

Sandra M said...

Pastor Dudley,

My heart feels your pain for you and your family! I love you guys and will be in constant prayer, for we know through Him there is a much bigger purpose and blessing behind all of this. Sorry for your loss as well. I have watched you for 15 years live a life with passion and love for others. Thanks for continuing to be a great and wonderful example of God's uncondition love. I love my son too, and he will always be loved no matter what. Your share just reminded me of how much we love our sons just as Christ loved His son.

In His hands,
Sandra Martinez

Primo said...

Pastor Dudley your words fill me with the overwhelming love that God has for all of us and your love of family. So beautifully communicated! I'm so sorry for what you are going through, but I can tell you I have been through both of your situations (not at the same time) but came out so much stronger. God always pulls us through.

Things happen for a reason, this is in God's plan. I know you will turn this into God's light shinning so much brighter to all of us at SOTH and will draw in so many others that need to know how truly glorious our God is and how much He loves us and forgives us because of his Son.

Our prayers are with you and your family.

In His Name,
Amy & Alex Primo

dee said...

Father God,

Please provide comfort to all families that this has effected. Let the words tha come from the mouths of your people be uplifting, kind, and supportive. Give our pastor strength as we continue to hold his family up in prayer.

In Your name,
Amen

dee said...

Pastor;
We love you and suport you and your family. We pray that God allows you to only hear words of encouragement and support from His people. We will continue to lift your family in prayer.

Dave and Dee Schneider

B said...

I don't know you... I just choose to go to your church because you're the best around... the best at combining real life in this world and real faith in God... you're not the best like an athlete is the best at some skill... you're the best at being real.. it's a condition of the heart that is tough, near impossible to maintain in this hardnosed world...
I don't know you or your family, but for some reason especially after reading your blog entry, it feels like my family. That reason is because God is real and has forgiven me for much greater things than this. Be strong, deal with it, and don't listen to the accuser.

Abecerra said...

Sometimes good kids make mistakes too. Having made a mistake doesn't make him or the others bad. Your words and your actions are a great example of what a good parent should do.

My prayers are with you, your family as well as the other families.

Cheryle said...

Dear Pastor D

I have never responded to your Blog before, but I try and check it every day to see what's happening... with the exception of your latest entry. I didn't log in yesterday, nor did I read the paper or watch the news, so the first time I heard about the situation with Dallas was when a co-worker brought it up. Then I read your Blog and called a dear friend from Church to fill me in on the details... Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that you and Renee and your children are in my Prayers.

I have only been a Member of Shepherd since the Spring of 2008 and I am so very proud to say that I have finally found my Church Home! You have inspired me in so many ways that this Blog response would never be long enough to tell you how much my life has changed for the better because of you!

Shortly after I became a Member, my older brother died unexpectedly on a Sunday Morning and my plane back home wouldn't leave until the evening and I was just in shock as to what to do since my entire family was back East and I was all alone here in California... long story short, I suddenly realized that I wasn't alone and it was Sunday and I needed to be in Church! I became instantly surrounded with such Tender Loving Care that enabled me to have the strength to do what needed to be done to lay my beloved brother at rest. I could not have gotten through that time if it hadn't been for Shepherd of the Hills Church and with YOU at the helm, I know that everything will be alright. I trust you more than you will ever know and I want you to know that you can trust me to stand with you no matter what!

You will see your son through this difficult time as I have seen my family members through other similar wrong choices in judgment. Been there, done that and moved on. Everything will work itself out as long as we remember that Love is the most powerful weapon against Evil! Your love for your son and the love of our entire church family for all of you will never diminish. Just lean on us and allow us to support you in whatever way possible.

My favorite Sermon this year was "The Parable of the Sower (Soil)". I have the CD and I listen to it often because it reminds me to be strong in all things. When you said that being a Christian and a Member of Shepherd of the Hills Church costs you everything and that there are many things that happen at Church that we may not agree with and those without strong roots simply fall away... Well my roots are getting stronger everyday and I "Thank You" from the bottom of my heart for giving me the best soil in which to grow.

Blessings Always!
Cheryle

P.S. Remember what they say about today's newspaper lining tomorrow's birdcage...

LeShon said...

our prayers are with you, your son and family. Rickie & LeShon Carter

Deborah said...

Dear Pastor Dudley,

I read the newspaper yesterday morning, while driving my son to work and I felt sick at heart, for you and your family. Immediately, I covered you in prayer, and my prayer group lifted you and your family up to the throne of God last night. Your blog today touched my heart and reminded me of a time some 4 years ago. My sons, who attended Shepherd, were involved in crystal meth. I'm a single mom and I have done my best and trained them up in the ways of the Lord. Your blog reminded me of that time that no matter what they did, or what people said about them, I love them, and never stopped, and never will. Praise God that they have been delivered, and I have found much comfort in the walls of Shepherd of the Hills Church, and through your teachings and example. I hope that everyone who read the paper or saw the news, will see your blog, because it demonstrates unconditional love -- not only God's love for us, but exactly what Jesus said we should do, and love each other more than ourselves. I praise the Lord for the awesome testimony Dallas will have, all for the glory and honor of JESUS CHRIST! God bless you and keep you. I love you and am ALWAYS praying for you and your family.

Tayler Knight said...

All growth is through trial and error for the mere human. Even when we start walking we fall down. Dallas will regain his footing and all will be well again. He will lean upon you and you will stand and be his rock as the Lord has been your rock in every dark hour. The passing of your Aunt is a blessing... to be with the Lord free from a world of sin, there could be no better place than in paradise with the Almighty. We suffer pain because we are human, but knowing that your Auntie is with Him, no grander plan could ever be fulfilled.

I hold you and your family in my prayers and thank the Lord above for giving us, the people of Porter Ranch and Shepherd of the Hills, your pure heart and dedication to the congregation. You make me proud to be a member at Shepherd!

with much respect and love,
Tayler

Annett said...

We are praying for you and your family. God IS WITH YOU. He always is.

Morena Alvergue said...

Dear Pastor:
I'm part of the Spanish Minister for about 4 years and I'm sorry about what happening recently but you know what? times that looks worst God will make it as Victory for you , for your son, family and for us that we're member of Shepherd....I beleive that Galatas 6:1 say and trust of the Lord and He is over us... God Bless you

KimberlyP said...

Dudley,

My heart goes out to you. I am a single mom with twins, boy and girl. They went to Hillcrest with Dallas and your daughters.
I know life has choices and we ask God to assist with the right path. Needlesstosay, I would stick by both of my kids no matter what, for it is the love that will pull everyone through this difficult time. As you always say, God does not give us more than we can handle. Our family prays for Dallas and for you and your family during this time. God will not leave yours or Dallas side, He walks with you in this journey. God will see you through this. You have encouraged me and my family and touched so many people through the community. You are an inspiration to many. We love you, stay strong.

Kim Patterson, Austin and Ashley Anderson

Morena Alvergue said...

Dear Pastor: we are praying for you , and your family,, as I know when times looking bad God changed it for a huge Victory. We will see it soon , because the Lord is over you and family . As a member of the Spanish Minister for many years I always pray for you and Pastor Salvador and we sew the fruts of the Lord.

Ed said...

Dudley:

Janice Erickson said...

Thank you Dudley for sharing your struggles in such a powerful and intimate prayer. Life can be so very humbling at times...Standing with you on Rom 8:28 and lifting you and your family up in prayer.
God is good all the time!
Janice Erickson

cpryor said...

Our children are a gift from God as part of our journey in our walk with Him. The trials they face become our trials too and we are to guide them through it just as He did His Son.

Please know that we love you and your family and you will always have our support and prayers.

Lance Sorenson said...

Dear Pastor,

You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. I hope you will be comforted knowing that you and your family are loved and appreciated...very much!

In His Life-Changing Love,
Lance & Susan Sorenson

Kathy said...

Pastor Dudley, my heart goes out to you, your son and Family. I'm also sorry to hear of the loss of your Aunt. It's truly a sad day, but keep your head up and know that WE, YOUR CHURCH FAMILY STAND STRONG WITH YOU AND BESIDE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY! Now the Media will finally see just how great of a "MEGACHURCH" we really are when they see the WALL WE WILL BUILD AROUND YOU AND YOUR FAMILY! When they mess with you, they mess with us and TRUST ME, Satan will NOT win this battle and he CANNOT and WILL NOT ruin your reputation because it's one that cannot be broken down, you've done waaaaaaaay too much for far too many souls! People tend to forget that YOU and your family are human beings just as we all are and ALL children make mistakes, EVEN yours! We all have had bad judgement at one point or another! Don't you worry Dudley, YOU are ANNOINTED and God has his hand on you, your son and family and he will guide you through these trials and tribulations. Just try to remember "this too shall pass". We will be praying for God to give you the strength and wisdom to deal with WHATEVER comes your way. We LOVE you Pastor Dudley and are truly blessed to have you as our Lead Pastor. Personally, I don't know where I would be on this very day had it not been for your guidance, wisdom and Shepherd of the Hills Church!

God Bless you and your family.
~Kathy

lenya said...

dearest dudley,
i gave my mother a lot of grief when i was a teenager and now i am a new and changed person! i walked into shepherd during my darkest hours and God spoke to me through you! the first time i went to shepherd was for "gabe's" funeral, another troubled young man. now, ten years later i have a Christian husband, 3 kids, love God, still attend shepherd and dont give my mother as much grief! we love and support you and your family! EVERYTHING happens for a reason. you are in our prayers during the good times and the hard times.

Jennifer said...

I praise my God in heaven for delivering you and your precious family to my life so many years ago! I merged from Hillcrest with you many years ago and have never looked back. God is with us in the deepest valleys and cries with us as much as he celebrates the peaks with us.
As you look back on this time & see the one set of Footprints...God was carrying you!
You are in our thoughts and more importantly in our prayers. We stand in the gap with you and your family, Dudley - and we praise God for his infinite wisdom.

Pastor James Trabilcy said...

Hi Pastor Dudley,
I am sorry to hear about the incident that involved Dallas. Sometimes things happen in our lives so the Lord can take us in a different direction. I imagine that Dallas has a high calling in his life like just his father! And maybe through this trial the Lord will show him if He already hasn't. You once told me that you wanted to be a basketball coach & business man, and I know you would have been great at both. But you also told me that the Lord called you to be a preacher just like your dad. And in obedience to the Lord you chose the better. And the Lord has blessed you and your family in a mighty way. I will continue to pray for you and your family,as I have all these years. That thru this trial the Lord would pour out His Grace & Peace upon you and your family. And remember that we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those that are the called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). May the Lord bless you,keep you & cause His face to shine upon you. Lord Bless You ! James Trabilcy

mistycuco said...

"But I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11)
Your a wonderful Godly man I know the LORD has not left you only!!!!

alexandra rouhani said...

Dear Pastor Dudley,

" For we know that all things work together for good to those who love God..."

There is always a light at the end of that tunnel....sorry that you are experiencing these difficulties. God is really trusting you to handle them all....for you are a faithful servant to Him and to your flock.
Please know you are prayed for.

Susan Rivera said...

Pastor Dudley, in correction there is chaos. We have a saying in our house, kinda corny, but true--this, too, shall pass. Also, remember, we all went through stuff when we were young, and we turned out okay.

Your son's incident has inspired those of us single parents in an odd and unexpected way. You see, we single parents with no family support or financial resources like you, those of us who have had children go to jail or in other trouble, can say that even kids from the best of circumstances can be held captive by the Enemy.

Did you know that for the first time in American history that 51% of American women are single, divorced, or women, and many raising kids by ourselves? You have many single parents in your congregation who are suffering and need support.

While we love and pray for you, maybe this incident will open your eyes to a new reality. Welcome to our world of jails, courts, and expensive bail bonds.

"The seed of the righteous will be delivered" (Proverbs 11:21). What the Enemy meant for your destruction, the Lord will use for good. Take care, dear Pastor. Having done all to stand, stand therefore.

Denise said...

Though we walk through the fire, HE will be there- As family (Children of the King) we are here for one another and united we are stronger than the darts of the media for we KNOW "whose" we are and it's in HIM we place our HOPE and TRUST! IT'S ALL ABOUT JESUS!!!
Thank you Dudley for your honesty and for sharing your heart with us just as you always do! We love you and your family as our own! We look forward to seeing you Sunday!
The Tait Family

Susan Rivera said...

Hi, Dudley...I'm sure that in spite of all the support and love you felt tonight, you are glad tonight is over. You did an excellent job, and the year's sermon/event schedule looks wonderful, thanks so much.

I was glad to hear you will do a For Men Only and For Women Only sermon, and you asked for input. Then you said, wives go home and tell your husbands, and husbands go home and tell your wives...

Pastor, do you realize that for the first time in American history, 51% of women are single, divorced, or widowed? Some times we single women feel invisible, ignored, and overlooked in the church.

Many of us have faced similar challenges to what you faced this week, but without the family support and financial resources you enjoy. Imagine going through something this difficult with your child, but without a spouse by your side. It's not easy or fun, loneliness is a huge issue, and many of us are the victims of adultery and abandonment.

So, you could you please acknowledge and address the new reality of singlehood in your congregation? Yes, families still exist, but today they come in many shapes, sizes, and configurations. The other side--the single parent--needs to be shown. Thank you for your consideration.

Denise K. said...

Susan Rivera please contact me. rxneesa@aol.com

Michael Johnson said...

WOW those are powerful words! I will be praying for you and your son

mariapaz said...

This year's theme has kept me growing and, your love for your son has been GOD's window of a glimpse of how GOD love His children...I thank our LORD Jesus Christ for you! I pray that our Comforter quickens your heart to HIS presence always.