Living Truth for Today

Posted: 12.11.2018
No news from Karen is good news regarding BRM finances! But on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 Karen informed me that we needed $1,163 from Emergency Funds to cover October’s remaining expenses. Since we had to leave for Franklin, Pennsylvania for the District 10 Girls’ Soccer Championship, we were unable to get to the bank before closing. No one knew...
Posted: 12.04.2018
Thoughts for the Christmas Season It’s the Christmas season, and amid the baking and the bustling and the bows, it’s easy to lose sight of what the fuss is all about — a baby. As the old carol asks, “What child is this?” There’s a lot riding on your answer. Because that baby is the central figure of human history. Human history, in fact, is...
Posted: 11.27.2018
The many blessings and miracles God has bestowed in my life, family and ministry have not come about because of “proper confession” or using the “right” technique, formula or ritual, but because of faith in Him and obedience to His Word. I have not sought these things, but I have sought Him: to know and obey His will and to make Him Lord...
Posted: 11.20.2018
During family devotions, we have been looking at what it means to love. We found John chapter 13 to be an important passage. In this chapter Jesus washes His disciples’ feet, predicts His betrayal by Judas, then gives His disciples the following command: A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that...
Posted: 11.13.2018
My friend told me about a book, he said it’d set my soul on fire. He said that it was good, and I know he’s not a liar. I had known him all my life, and he had never steered me wrong. He knew that I liked music and said that this was God’s own song.   I had heard about the Bible, but had never given it a read. My friend told me that it was the...
Posted: 10.26.2018
On the first day that my children took a pottery class, they were given a lump of useless clay. The teacher told them this lump of clay would eventually be turned into a beautiful vase. Despite a few imperfections, that is exactly what happened as my children made that piece of clay into a vase that sits on display in our house. Many of us feel...
Posted: 10.23.2018
"If God gives you a few more years..."  
Posted: 10.19.2018
“When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:2 Out of the Ashes In the days following Bill and Karen’s escape from the devastating Southern California Fires (see the September 25 blog for the incredible account) Bill served as a Red Cross chaplain at several evacuation centers...
Posted: 10.12.2018
“May integrity and uprightness protect me.”   Psalm 25:21 Bobby Jones is considered one of history’s greatest golfers. But more than all his victories on the golf course, he’s famous for what happened in the 1925 U.S. Open. He inadvertently touched his ball and assessed himself a one-stroke penalty, even though no one else saw him touch...
Posted: 10.05.2018
Following an intense workout with Bill Rudge at the Ministry’s Ultimate Challenge Obstacle & Fitness Course the first week in October, each member of the Sharpsville Boys’ Varsity Soccer Team received a U.S. Army water bottle. The water bottles were donated by Kevin M. Shultz, Sergeant First Class, Station Commander for the U.S. Army...
Posted: 09.25.2018
God in the Wildfires - Part 1 The neighborhoods and mountains were devastated as if by an atomic blast! Charred mountains and canyons lay as far as the eye could see. Over 3,500 houses were destroyed – most reduced to rubble and ash – along with ranks of burned cars and trucks, their windshields blown out. Billows of smoke blackened the...
Posted: 09.21.2018
"Select seven men who are well respected and are full of the Spirit and wisdom.  We will give them this responsibility."  (Acts 6:3) Do you have any abilities God can use? Too often believers shrink back from a “God-calling” because they feel less gifted than others. But think about these points: 1. Do you share our Lord’s interest in the...
Posted: 09.14.2018
Christianity is under a relentless assault from atheism, Islam and the media. Yet much of the Church is so focused on “pleasing people” that she has lost the power of God’s Spirit.  The Church must return to the biblical mandate of evangelism and missions, lest she be overcome by the apostasy (falling away) foretold by the Apostle Paul (2...
Posted: 09.04.2018
Pastor Joe Marzano was a youth pastor for eleven years when he and his wife made the decision to step away from their church because it had drifted from the Word of God. During some time in the wilderness, and after much prayer and the leading of the Holy Spirit they decided to start a church. They knew, however, that they needed some...
Posted: 08.31.2018
Your Circumstances May Say It is impossible.  Things are hopeless.  I can’t go on.  It is never going to work out. God’s Word Says All things are possible to him who believes. (Mark 9:23)The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. (Hebrews 13:6)I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)  God causes all things to work...
Posted: 08.28.2018
Daily I get a glimpse of how much God must love each and every one of His children. The following are just a few examples using my 11 grandchildren to reveal my love and enjoyment of them and how much I miss them when I am not with them. When my 18 year old granddaughter left for college in August or previously sang for a Memorial Day Program or...
Posted: 08.24.2018
I have seen many signs during my travels with motivational messages to encourage and inspire. The following are just a few for youth (and parents) as they return to school or participate in various sports. Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. When you want what you’ve never had, you must do...
Posted: 08.21.2018
In light of the recent news about abuse by clergy in Pennsylvania, Bill has written the following article: Most men and women get into ministry with a heart to serve the Lord and continue with that commitment throughout the duration of their ministry. Hopefully this is true for the majority of those who serve in Jesus’ name. They will one...
Posted: 08.17.2018
Some of you may feel that your life equals a Big Zero and that “O” is meaningless. I asked several people what a zero meant. “Nothing” they replied. So I said, “Since ‘O’ means nothing, write me a check for $1.00 and let me add some zeroes!” They got the message:  Even though we may think we have no real value or...
Posted: 08.14.2018
Despite predicted thunderstorms, the Hickory Girls Varsity Soccer team arrived to blue skies at the Bill Rudge Ministries Ultimate Challenge & Obstacle Fitness Course last week. As usual, Bill began the session instructing the team about safety as well as life lessons that they would learn as they traversed the course. The girls attacked each...
Posted: 08.10.2018
This month, Bill Rudge Ministries is celebrating 41 years in ministry locally and around the world. Bill Rudge Ministries (BRM) has been helping children, teens and adults to reach their maximum potential – physically, mentally and spiritually – for the past 41 years. Stepping out in faith, Bill and Karen Rudge began the ministry locally...
Posted: 08.03.2018
The Kennedy Catholic girls’ soccer team was up for the challenge at Bill Rudge Ministries’ Ultimate Challenge Obstacle & Fitness Course this week.  The girls listened intently as Bill gave them instructions for the course interspersed with lessons that could be applied to their lives as well. They met each obstacle with strength and...
Posted: 07.31.2018
Read the following article about Bill Rudge's presentations to five different middle school 8th grade students on Street Survival and Self-Defense.  
Posted: 07.13.2018
A doctor’s report of a major health problem, the sudden loss of a job, or the unexpected death of a loved one can instantly change our lives. When these events arise – with or without warning – they will certainly test our faith. This is why it is so important we take steps every day to strengthen our faith in Jesus Christ. Through time in prayer...
Posted: 07.03.2018
When I ran track in high school, I was willing to try any event – short or long-distance running, jumping, throwing events; everything except pole-vaulting (which I thought was insane). I read an article about Charlotte Brown, who in the spring of 2015, won the bronze medal for pole-vault in the state of Texas. While winning any medal in states is...
Posted: 06.26.2018
Is it by tapping into latent powers within your mind or body? Is it by becoming one with the universe and realizing you are God? Is it through some esoteric technique or ritual? No! It is by having a personal relationship with the resurrected Christ; coming to know Jesus in a real and personal way and living by the truth and principles in His Word...
Posted: 06.19.2018
“Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.” Dr. Adrian Rogers
Posted: 05.29.2018
"No one can become My disciple without giving up everything for Me." Luke 14:33 Once you are convinced that Jesus Christ is the promised Messiah, God uniquely manifest in the flesh, and the only way of salvation, you must count the cost before you give your life to Him. In Luke 14:28-33, Jesus shared the importance of counting the cost...
Posted: 05.25.2018
It has been said that a strong man stands up for himself and a stronger man stands up for others and his country. But I say that the strongest of men stand up for their testimony of Jesus Christ and God's Word.
Posted: 04.17.2018
“Be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks the reason for the hope you have.” 1 Peter 3:15 With so many religious and philosophical options to choose from, why are you a Christian? Is it because you’re convinced that Jesus Christ is who He claims to be and that the Bible is the unique revelation of God? 1 Peter 3:15 encourages us...
Posted: 04.13.2018
Character is like a muscle; the more it is exercised and used, the stronger it becomes. Every time we choose to do what is right, we build character and moral courage. ~ Colonel Douglas Mastriano U.S. Generals' Comments on Character - I would place character as the absolutely number one requirement in leadership. ~ General J. Lawton...
Posted: 03.30.2018
About a hundred people were gathered outside a witch doctor’s hut in Haiti in a voodoo village. We formed a large circle and were about to pray when one woman became very agitated.“You didn’t bring us food and clothing!” she cried out in Creole. Having nothing left since we had already given away the food and clothes my team had, I responded...
Posted: 03.27.2018
The Lord’s Prayer opens with this concept of reverence: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name” (Matthew 6:9). Addressing God as our Father identifies us as His children. How do we become one of His children? But as many as received Him [Jesus], to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in...
Posted: 03.22.2018
Listen to the Spanish version of Bill's dramatized testimony on Unshackled. To listen to this broadcast please click here.
Posted: 03.20.2018
It was my first year of coaching soccer when I met Michael. Tryouts had just begun. As the skills of the new kids were being tested, we coaches gathered to observe. We were looking for raw talent – someone we could work with. Then I spotted him. He was the heaviest and slowest kid on the field. None of the other coaches seemed interested, but I...
Posted: 03.15.2018
Stephen Hawking was a brilliant physicist – but the intricate prophecies in Scripture and the glorious revelation of Jesus Christ far surpass any human knowledge or ability. The psalmist stated, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God’” (Psalm 14:1; 53:1). The human conscience and the Creation point with definitive clarity to a...
Posted: 03.06.2018
Powerful and Effective Prayer "The Lord is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust!" Psalm 91:2 A good place to begin a powerful and effective prayer life is in realizing that we are, in every way, completely dependent upon God. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego understood that their lives were under the...
Posted: 02.27.2018
Bill Rudge Ministries received a letter with prophetic perception from Mrs. Valerie Graves, a pastor’s wife from upstate New York, who has read much of what Bill has written over the years, finding the teaching insightful and encouraging. Valerie described her and her husband’s adventurous trip to California, visiting their daughter who is...
Posted: 02.20.2018
The Coming Antichrist and False Prophet "None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand." Psalm 101.3 The pages of history are laced with accounts of new movements generating such enthusiasm and momentum that a nation – even the world – was swayed. As a teen in the late 1960s many of my generation got caught...
Posted: 02.13.2018
What parent wants their name disgraced by his or her children? A bad name is a curse while a good name is a blessing. People live and die to protect the testimony of their name and the reputation of their family. How much more the Lord defends the honor of His name. “I am the LORD, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another, nor My...
Posted: 02.09.2018
The booklet, Style, by Wally Kubitz, revealed the slippery slope that we have been sliding down for the last nearly 100 years: In the 1920s & 30s, briefer swimwear appeared which lead to the introduction of the bikini in 1946. By the late 40s and early 50s, Alfred Kinsey’s questionable studies popularized the notion that bedroom...
Posted: 02.06.2018
Eve had it, Bathsheba had it, and Delilah certainly had it. I’m talking about the ability that women have to use, or misuse, our God-given trait of persuasion. As Christian women, we have a responsibility to set a godly example before others, especially younger women and girls. Much has been said about teenage girls and how they dress. Who is...
Posted: 02.02.2018
"I will set before my eyes no vile thing." Psalm 101:3 The world recently praised the legacy of a renown man for his liberation from sexual limitations, however, the Bible has a different perspective. This man may have had a “funtastic” life but I would not want his eternity. He may have been proud about breaking down...
Posted: 01.26.2018
Doors of opportunity open and victories are realized when you pray for us. Effective ministry happens through lives saturated with prayer. In fact, virtually every miracle we have seen through this ministry has occurred during or right after a time of prayer and often including fasting. Obstacles have been overcome, the impossible made possible,...
Posted: 01.23.2018
Bill Rudge compiled the following nine biblical principles which have been extremely beneficial in his prayer and fasting, as well as for countless others who have read his book, Fasting for Sensitivity and Power. The following verses will help you develop an effective prayer life. Right Motives  James 4:3 ...
Posted: 01.19.2018
I got up early one morning And rushed right into the day; I had so much to accomplish That I didn’t take time to pray. Problems just tumbled about me, And heavier came each task, “Why doesn’t God help me,” I wondered. He answered, “You didn’t ask.” I wanted to see joy and beauty But the day toiled on, gray and bleak, I wondered why God didn’t show...
Posted: 01.16.2018
One of the greatest questions that you will ask in life is, "Why am I here?" In other words, "What is the purpose of my life?" As Christians, we know that we have an eternal purpose. We have been given the task by Jesus to be His ambassadors here on earth (2 Corinthians 5:20) - a task that calls us to be His representatives in sharing with others...
Posted: 01.12.2018
Early one morning my then five-year-old granddaughter, Caeleana, saw me on my knees by the couch preparing to pray. She exclaimed, “You are supposed to pray in the evening before you go to bed.” I responded, “You are right. But I also pray in the morning to start my day and at noon in the middle of the day. And I pray at night to thank the Lord...
Posted: 01.09.2018
An insightful perspective on prayer is provided by Colonel Douglas Mastriano who saw God do miraculous things in Operation Desert Storm. Prayer is critically important to the Christian. Prayer is a cover of spiritual protection that offers a clear advantage. This “prayer cover” can be equated to the role that air cover plays in...
Posted: 01.05.2018
"The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results." James 5:16 Do you desire to be a man or woman of great faith? Do you want God to use your life so as to leave a lasting legacy? I recently read a book entitled 50 People Every Christian Should Know. This book presents the...
Posted: 12.12.2017
It was rush hour in Pittsburgh, when Karen and I were walking across the bridge. I noticed a man just sitting there. Most people walked past him as though he weren’t there – not even glancing at him. I made eye contact with him and said, “I don’t have anything now but I’ll catch you later.” He replied, “I appreciate you saying that.” An hour and a...
Posted: 12.08.2017
This past spring, summer and fall many individuals and groups tested their skills at the Bill Rudge Ministries’ Ultimate Challenge Obstacle & Fitness Course. Sports teams, military personnel, youth groups, Boy Scouts, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, those preparing for mission trips, as well as groups of friends from work or school, faced the...
Posted: 12.05.2017
Bill Rudge Ministries had the privilege of sponsoring several Motivational Media assemblies in area elementary, middle and high schools recently. The assemblies used music and movies familiar to the students to present a strong message on choices, courage, strength, determination, love, kindness, helping others, respect, self-control, and other...
Posted: 12.01.2017
In this chaotic world that we live in, it is comforting to know that the LORD is my.... Creator who designed me. Savior who died for me. God and King whom I serve. Rock on which I stand. Strength...
Posted: 11.28.2017
Giants and obstacles are like exercise. Exercise works because of resistance. The greater the resistance, the bigger and stronger your muscles become. The more giants we face, the more character and spiritual muscles we develop. Often, what I have wanted God to deliver me from was what He used to make me stronger. Something...
Posted: 11.17.2017
Bringing Difficulties On Ourselves We make choices all the time: what we eat, where we go and what we do. Sometimes we suffer the consequences of those choices, such as the young man who called in despair because choices he made require him to appear before a judge who will determine jail time or probation. Natural...
Posted: 11.14.2017
The children of Israel in the Old Testament are a great example of why we should reflect upon God’s faithfulness in the past. Whenever they faced a challenge they were reminded to go back and reflect on God who had proven in the past to be greater than any situation they presently faced (see Deuteronomy 5:15; 7:18; 15:15; Joshua 4:19-24; 24:6-13...
Posted: 11.10.2017
This past Sunday, Bill and Karen Rudge were returning from Michigan where they had delivered a carload of books to Christian Resources International. As they reached Toledo, a fast-moving thunderstorm overtook their vehicle and did not subside for the remaining four hours of the trip. The torrential rain, high winds, and thunder and lightning made...
Posted: 11.03.2017
Sometimes more important than the words we use are the meanings behind those words. Let me explain. I opened my door to two individuals who greeted me with a smile. They said they were Christians and believed in Jesus. However, after asking them a few questions, it became apparent we did not believe in the same Jesus. While I...
Posted: 10.31.2017
Similar to those struggling with physical addiction there are those who struggle with spiritual addiction. They develop an unhealthy pattern of seeking spiritual highs through “experiences” and phenomena. An acquaintance of mine is on a spiritual “roller coaster” because her relationship with Jesus is solely dependent upon her...
Posted: 10.27.2017
There is an accurate saying that Satan will use nine truths to get one lie across. The primary lie he attempts to propagate concerns the identity of Jesus Christ – the One before whom every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord. Satan’s ultimate deception is to suggest you do not need to accept Christ, or try to cause you to...
Posted: 10.24.2017
Instead of transforming our culture, the church is being transformed by the culture. Sermons being promoted with sexual images, worship being infiltrated by secular songs, the preaching platform shared with Star Wars characters – yes, these are just samples of the efforts taken by many churches to make Christianity “...
Posted: 10.17.2017
We hear much about signs, wonders and miracles but very little about the need for discernment. As a new Christian, I did not expect to uncover deception in churches and ministries such as I found in researching the realm of the occult. While I have witnessed genuine miracles and prophecies, there is often too much “flesh” and “fraud”...
Posted: 10.11.2017
The Hickory Boys’ Soccer and Sharpsville Girls’ Soccer teams as well as members and recruits of the U. S. Army tested their skills at the Bill Rudge Ministries’ Ultimate Challenge Obstacle & Fitness Course in Hermitage. The Army assisted Bill as he guided the soccer teams through the course before they embarked on their own physical training....
Posted: 10.03.2017
Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims of the mass shooting in Vegas. Our ministry prayer team is praying for the families of those whose lives were unexpectedly cut short as well as for the recovery of the many injured and traumatized. The impact this senseless tragedy has, and will have, on so many lives and families is incomprehensible....
Posted: 09.12.2017
If someone were to ask you what you thought was the most unknown book in the world, what would be your answer? What if someone told you that the most unknown book in the world was publicly recognized by one of the world’s greatest literary scholars (Mortimer J. Adler) as one of the greatest books in all of human history and is still the number one...
Posted: 09.08.2017
The day before kindergarten started, Bill Rudge’s granddaughter broke her collarbone. As painful as that was, the broken collarbone meant she wasn’t going to be able to take the horse riding lessons which she had longed for, even giving up dance lessons to fulfill her dream. The first week of kindergarten, Bill had the opportunity to take his...
Posted: 09.05.2017
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth;   Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them...
Posted: 08.29.2017
I have met many atheists, such as my former college professor who vehemently denied the existence of anything outside the natural world. He spent the whole semester trying to demonstrate the foolishness of believing in God and the Bible. From his perspective, faith in God was devoid of sound reasoning and mere wishful thinking. Although I earned...
Posted: 08.25.2017
The seeds of faith that Bill Rudge planted in the 1970s bore fruit when one Sunday morning Bob Davis laid down his gun and decided to go to church. That very day he found salvation. It has been 10 years this month since Bob Davis’ plan to end his life was foiled. Bob tells it this way: In the summer of 2007, my wife Sally...
Posted: 08.22.2017
It is apparent as we watch today’s national news coverage of current events that we still have a far way to go as a nation with racial reconciliation. Even though we have made many great strides in this area, the language and actions displayed by many Americans clearly show that we have room to improve. Of course, it’s easy to identify a problem;...
Posted: 08.15.2017
This summer, many groups and individuals were challenged by the obstacle course at Bill Rudge Ministries. It was a delight to see the diversity within each group, from young people who were athletically gifted to those who looked at the obstacle course with apprehension. Several of Bill’s grandchildren assisted the groups through the course. As...
Posted: 05.02.2016
As a new Christian Bill Rudge worked at a quick lube place changing oil. He made sure every car had a tract on its dashboard before it left Pit Stop. One day a man who just had his oil changed noticed a tract about Jesus on his dashboard as he drove out. He was livid. He turned off his engine and came back in shouting, “Who put this tract in my...
Posted: 04.18.2016
Dr. Damadian and his wife Donna became friends and faithful supporters of Bill Rudge Ministries after they met Bill and Karen while both their daughters were roommates in college. Bill was honored to perform Keira Damadian’s wedding in 2001. Dr. Damadian, renowned physician and scientist, is among the greatest inventors in history and one of the...
Posted: 05.21.2015
by Dr. Michael Abdul-Malak Dr. Michael Abdul-Malak, a highly respected gynecologist, is not only a friend of Bill and Karen Rudge, having delivered two of their grandchildren, he also is a supporter of the Bill Rudge Ministries. The following testimony describes his journey from avid atheist to devout Christian. I was born and raised in a...