Living Truth for Today

Posted: 04.04.2017
A healthy lifestyle can be developed by maintaining proper exercise and nutrition, keeping a positive mental attitude, and cultivating peace and joy (in spite of circumstances) through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Conquering daily fears and stress, as well as following the Creator’s example and instruction of taking one day off a...
Posted: 03.31.2017
It is not the one who commends himself or herself, or even the one who is commended by others, but the one who is commended by the Lord (2 Corinthians 10:12, 18). When all is said and done, the only opinion that really matters is the Lord’s. He is the One we stand before to give an account of our lives. He is the One who holds our destiny in His...
Posted: 03.28.2017
Speaking at a pastor’s conference I asked, “How many of you believe in God? How many of you truly believe the Bible is God’s Word? How many of you really believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead? Enthusiastic affirmation followed each question. “Then live like you believe it.” I said. “If you really believe in God and Jesus Christ and that the...
Posted: 03.24.2017
Whether you are in a leadership role or not, this study on biblical principles of leadership is essential for every Christian for growth and maturity. Making Excuses A few years ago I wanted to teach my soccer team the importance of keeping their focus and not becoming complacent, so I brought a jar of 18 marbles to practice. Each marble...
Posted: 03.21.2017
Three different groups of people — citizens, religious leaders, and the twelve disciples — asked “Who is this?” about Jesus. The first group were the citizens of Jerusalem at Jesus’ triumphal entry. “When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, ‘Who is this?’” (Matthew 21:10). They were told “the prophet from Nazareth in...
Posted: 03.14.2017
A couple years ago Bill Rudge shared with Jim Weikal what often happens when the Lord leads him to do something. First is clear direction from the Lord. Secondly, obstacles arise and thirdly – after persevering in faith – victory comes. True to the pattern, the very day our Holy Land Adventure 9 brochures were...
Posted: 03.10.2017
I think most of us, in our youth, expected to find pleasure, satisfaction and happiness in this world. But as we eventually discover they either elude, or are shattered by the disappointments of life: hardship, sickness, injury, tragedy and discouragement. However, I find peace and hope through Jesus Christ and the assurance of having unending...
Posted: 03.07.2017
It was a Saturday night in March 1993, when Bill Rudge and his team arrived back at the Mission Possible compound in Haiti after an outreach in Gonaives. They heard voodoo drums, so Bill decided to go research a Rara. Bob, Toni, and BJ went with him, while the others stayed back at the compound. The lights go out at the compound at 9:00 p.m. and...
Posted: 02.28.2017
A - Admit you are a sinner in need of God’s forgiveness. There is nothing you can do to pay the penalty of sin or earn your salvation (Romans 3:23). The penalty for sin is death, and only God’s righteous and sinless Son could pay that penalty. So, there is no other solution to your dilemma other than coming to Jesus Christ in...
Posted: 02.21.2017
Over the next few months we will be examining biblical principles for being an effective leader. Whether you are in a leadership role or not, this study is essential for every Christian for growth and maturity. Need for Godly Leaders One day a good friend of mine came by my office. After ten years as a youth pastor he was ready to leave the...
Posted: 02.14.2017
Brittany and Joshua met, and eventually fell in love, while they were both on a military tour of duty in Iraq. Most young couples have challenges during their dating and engagement; imagine being in a war zone. Joshua’s Comments on the first time he saw Brittany: “She was sneaking into the back of the chapel on Sunday. I will...
Posted: 02.07.2017
I  was having a conversation with “Joe” at his place of employment one day. A co-worker blurted out that “Joe” was living with one woman but also had several girlfriends in other cities. I told him about a voodoo witch-doctor I knew who had women in many different areas of Haiti with several children by them. Later, when he became a believer in...
Posted: 02.03.2017
“But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality…” Ephesians 5:3   While speaking in Trinidad in the West Indies I visited their main tourist attraction: the largest natural tar deposit in the world. The guide there offered us a free walk out onto the tar. He assured us he would carefully lead us so we would not fall in...
Posted: 01.31.2017
The following was written by A.L.P. Jr., Arkansas: I am 31 years of age and currently incarcerated at Ouachita River Correctional Unit in Malvern, Arkansas. I was sentenced to nine years in prison for second degree Sexual Assault. I am taking advantage of this time to correct my problematic thinking and behavior patterns. For years, I...
Posted: 01.27.2017
Being a sports fan is like being on an emotional roller coaster. You experience the high and excitement of watching your team win a game and the low and disappointment of watching them lose. As a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, this was certainly the case for me over the past few weeks. In one moment I was cheering with excitement as they advanced to the...
Posted: 01.24.2017
The following is excerpted from Seducers Among Our Children by Investigator Sergeant, Patrick Crough. I have met child victims who communicated with their offender over the Internet right under their parents’ noses. Because chat room language is cryptic and hard to decipher, it allows the victim to become involved, and eventually...
Posted: 01.17.2017
I walked into a shop where several men in their sixties, seventies, and eighties were discussing politics and other topics. They were trash-talking just about everyone and everything – using God’s name in vain frequently. I made a comment but their “hardened hearts” and “attitudes carved in stone” made coherent conversation difficult. Each trying...
Posted: 01.10.2017
Champions are not always the ones who win. True champions and real winners are the ones who give their best in whatever competition or situation they are in. Instead of merely comparing yourself to others to see if you are better than they are, compare yourself to yourself and to the Lord’s standards, to evaluate your progress in...
Posted: 01.06.2017
In 1977, at the very beginning of the Bill Rudge Ministries, the Lord spoke to Bill’s heart and gave him goals and a vision that within five years the ministry would be reaching out nationally, and within ten years internationally. Bill knew he could not fulfill this vision on his own – all he could do is be faithful to the Lord and let Him do it...
Posted: 01.03.2017
“Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves!” 2 Corinthians 13:5 Want to test the condition of your heart? The following exam will help you evaluate which areas of your life are committed and which are compromised. The Holy Spirit can speak to your heart as you ponder some crucial questions – and help bring change...
Posted: 12.20.2016
Wise men saw Jesus’ star in the east (Matthew 2:2). Shepherds in the fields outside the village of Bethlehem saw the brilliant radiance of the Lord’s glory in the night sky (Luke 2:8, 9). John testified that Jesus is the “true Light” (John 1:9). No wonder Christmas celebrations include a multitude of lights! Christmas also involves gift-giving....
Posted: 12.16.2016
Several years ago I had an opportunity to go to Israel. One of my favorite places is the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, the traditional site of Jesus’ birth. This place is special, not only because it attests to the historical birth of Jesus Christ, but also because it testifies to His true identity: "But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah...
Posted: 12.13.2016
Atheists have altered the popular Christian slogan, “Jesus is the reason for the season” to “Christmas is the season for reason.” I have no problem with their modified version because “reason” and evidence are why I put my faith in Jesus Christ. A Wise Decision Without a doubt, Jesus of Nazareth is the most unique individual who ever lived. No one...
Posted: 12.09.2016
Lynne Patton Stewart called the ministry to see if I could visit her ex-husband, Terry (and father to their children, Eric and Kristin) who was in the hospital. He was an atheist and dying of cancer. Entering Terry’s hospital room, I saw a man who was mere skin and bones. After telling him that I was a chaplain and that Lynne had sent me, he...

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