Living Truth for Today

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: 07.28.2017
Forty years ago God led Bill and Karen Rudge to begin an incredible journey of faith. In August of 1977, with no money or facilities – only a God-given vision and determination – they began a ministry that was destined to become an international outreach. While most people thought the goals of this young couple could never be...
Posted: 07.25.2017
Want to be a Winner? Compete against yourself, not somebody else. Beating your partner at golf doesn’t necessarily mean you shot your best game. Outrunning your rival doesn’t mean you ran your best race. You can win over another and still not fulfill your potential. It’s true in all of life. To be your best, you must compete with yourself. It’s...
Posted: 07.21.2017
Recently, our family and friends decided to “rough it” on a two week journey through the western United States. The trip was challenging and oftentimes extremely difficult. However, all the inconveniences were worth it because of the breathtaking landscapes, incredible experiences, and bountiful witnessing opportunities. This is a reminder to me...
Posted: 07.14.2017
John Wilkes Booth shocked the world by assassinating President Abraham Lincoln. At the time, Booth’s brother Edwin was considered one of the greatest actors in America. Believing the family name had been shamed forever, he retired from acting and went into seclusion. But his legacy turned out not to be one of death and disappointment, but of life...
Posted: 07.11.2017
For our family devotions, we have been dealing with the issue of love. One of the Bible passages that we looked at was from John, chapter 13.  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: just as I...
Posted: 07.07.2017
Read comments from others who have traveled with Bill Rudge Ministries to the Holy Land and find out how you can join them on their 10th Holy Land Adventure next February 18-27, 2018.
Posted: 06.30.2017
The last line of the Declaration of Independence says, “And for the support of this Declaration...we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.” Fifty-six men signed the document. Here is what happened to some of them: • Five were captured as traitors to Britain and tortured before they died. • One was wounded,...
Posted: 06.27.2017
Summer is a great time to devote extra time to prayer and Scripture. Relaxing on the beach, working in the garden or reclining in a hammock are great opportunities to ponder the wonders of God’s creation and His marvelous works or to meditate on His Word and pray. Listen to the Bible while walking or exercising. Fill your home with praise music,...
Posted: 06.23.2017
I had just turned 25 when I started this ministry in 1977. In those early days, I was told by ministers, older than myself, that the years would pass quickly. They were right. The ministry will turn 40 at the beginning of next month. Over the years, I have learned many important lessons through experience, observation and reflection. The wisdom...
Posted: 06.09.2017
Young children repeat what they hear, and imitate what they see. Youth receive moral instruction from television, movies, music, the Internet, and their peers. How can they stand against secular influences and the lure of this world unless they have wise and positive role models who display principles of truth and...
Posted: 06.06.2017
Dad is the head of the house, but Mom is the heart of the home. Faults are thick when love is thin. To improve or be a success in anything – you must keep one room empty in your house... “the room for improvement.” The door to your heart can only be opened from inside. We may give without loving, but we cannot love without giving...
Posted: 05.30.2017
Scripture indicates that Jesus spoke to large audiences (thousands of people) by the Sea of Galilee. Skeptics said it would be impossible for Him to speak to thousands of people without amplification equipment. However, I was in Israel at the site of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. The hill forms a natural amphitheater that slopes to the Sea...
Posted: 05.23.2017
“There is a certain blend of courage, integrity, character and principle which has no satisfactory dictionary name but has been called different things at different times in different countries. Our American name for it is ‘guts.’” Louis Adamic, A Study in Courage (1944) “It takes courage to resist the peer pressure of your friends –...
Posted: 05.16.2017
This month we conclude our series on the principles of Biblical leadership. Whether you are in the role of leader or not, this study can contribute to the growth and maturity of every Christian. Building Confidence and Courage One of the great challenges leaders face is encouraging others to step out of their comfort zone and overcome...
Posted: 05.12.2017
I gave you life, but I cannot live it for you. I can teach you things, but I cannot make you learn. I can give you directions, but I cannot always be there to lead you. I can take you to church, but I cannot make you believe. I can teach you right from wrong, but I can’t always decide for you. I can advise you about friends, but I cannot choose...
Posted: 05.09.2017
Former porn stars Shelley Lubben and Jessica Neely shine a light into the dark world of pornography: In Lubben’s biographical DVD, Out of the Darkness, she states, “When people view pornography they are really watching mentally ill and physically diseased people have sex.” She also said that all the girls she has helped rescue from the...
Posted: 05.02.2017
This month we continue our series on the principles of Biblical leadership. Whether you are in the role of leader or not, this study can contribute to the growth and maturity of every Christian. Show Humility Humility may be the key characteristic God looks for in choosing a leader. But this is the one to whom I will look [esteem]: he...
Posted: 04.28.2017
As a teenager I wanted to be accepted by a group of older guys, so I was motivated to lift weights and train in the martial arts until I achieved that goal. However, the desire to be accepted by these older guys (which I accomplished) was replaced when I became a Christian at age 18, with a passion to be inducted into God’s Hall of Fame. The aim...
Posted: 04.25.2017
Following in Moses’ footprints after his death, Joshua’s example of dedication to the Lord inspired his generation. Joshua’s influence was felt not only during his lifetime, but for years after his death. This profound statement is recorded in Joshua 24:31: Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who...
Posted: 04.21.2017
Rev. Bill and Karen Rudge will host their 10th Holy Land Adventure to Israel February 17 - 26, 2018. 
Posted: 04.18.2017
Athletes and soldiers train hard and give their all to hear their coaches and commanders commend them. Their sacrifices and tremendous efforts result in amazing feats that reflect years of discipline and commitment. But there is greater acclaim than that given by coaches, fans and superior officers - God's commendation. Shortly before leading the...
Posted: 04.11.2017
It is extremely important that Jesus rose from the dead because the resurrection is the very foundation of the Christian faith. Paul stressed this point to the church at Corinth where many people were claiming there was no resurrection of the dead. In response, Paul asserts that without the resurrection there would be no Christian faith: But...

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