A Life Lesson from King Hezekiah

King Hezekiah was a man of extreme faith and yet when he was confronted by this Assyrian invasion [2 Kings 18:13 – 19:36] he didn’t simply count on the fact that God would take care of him based on his trust. What did Hezekiah do? He did absolutely everything he could, humanly speaking, and then he trusted the One who could do more.

And for me that’s an amazing life lesson when I try to be faithful and yet the Lord allows challenges to come into my life. What do I do? How do I manage myself in the face of those challenges?

I think Hezekiah gives us a wonderful example to follow. I’m going to do everything I can and then I am going to absolutely trust in the One who can do more.

John Beck, PhD

excerpted from The Rescue of Jerusalem dvd by Day of Discovery

Their Sacrifices, Our Freedom

by BJ Rudge, Ph. D.

While there are some who abuse authority, the majority of police officers should be commended for their dedication and sacrifices. All lives matter, including police officers. The senseless tragedy of police officers being ambushed and shot is a trend that if not reversed, will undermine the very law enforcement system of America and lead to unimaginable chaos.

Every day, police officers put their lives on the line to protect and defend the freedom of their loved ones, strangers, and even those who hate them. As someone who has family in law enforcement, I recognize the sacrifices they make daily. I realize the dangers and fear they face every time they put on their uniforms.

In remembrance of the police officers who have lost their lives from senseless violence, and in appreciation for those who faithfully serve their communities, we can do two things. First, we can get down on our knees and pray for law enforcement. Second, the next time we see an officer, we can approach him or her and say thanks for the sacrifices they make on our behalf.

Regardless of our color, gender or age, all of us are dependent upon the sacrifices of others to enjoy the freedoms we have today. This is also the case when it comes to our spiritual freedom. Jesus Christ paid the ultimate sacrifice to give us freedom. Jesus is the greatest example of what it means to lay down one’s life for another (John 15:13). So don’t forget to also thank Him for what He has done for you.

 

Ministry Marks 39th Anniversary

The Bill Rudge Ministries recently heard from its 126th country, Iceland. This August marks the 39th anniversary of the Bill Rudge Ministries which started in an upstairs apartment on West State Street in Sharon as an educational and religious non-profit organization. Since its meager beginning the ministry has touched the lives of thousands of youth and adults in this area, across the nation and around the world with its message of reaching your maximum potential – physically, mentally/emotionally and above all spiritually.

Bill has spoken over 2,500 times in 25 countries and throughout the U.S. at schools, colleges, seminaries, military bases, prisons, churches, chapels, rallies, retreats, banquets, and leadership conferences. His military ministry has taken him to bases across the U.S. and Europe as well as South Korea. In addition, Bill’s dramatized testimony was featured worldwide on Unshackled on over 1,200 radio stations.

Combined, Bill and BJ Rudge have written 12 books. More than 1.5 million copies of their books, audio messages and other ministry resources, such as the monthly newsletter, have been requested by people in 126 countries. Several of their books have been translated into various languages and published in those countries. Bill and BJ have spoken at, or sponsored over, 100 elementary, middle and high school assemblies. Speaking engagements, books and other resources are offered free of charge. Any money donated goes directly to the ministry.

Bill Rudge was founder and director for over 10 years of the highly successful Teen Life and Kids Life which involved hundreds of area youth in various activities and events and Total Health and Fitness which provides exercise and self-defense clinics in schools, churches and for various groups.

The Ministry Center has an obstacle course that has been used to train hundreds of children, teens, adults, athletic teams, youth groups, soldiers, sailors, new recruits preparing for boot camp and youth and adults preparing for mission trips. Bill has also created several games and sports activities that have been published in various magazines and several of BJ’s articles have been published in various magazines and journals.

Three ministry centers have been built on faith, briefly borrowing money only once and never having to pay any interest.

More than 30 staff and volunteers currently serve in various aspects of this ministry at our Hermitage, Pennsylvania headquarters or from their own offices scattered throughout the country. The ministry has trained hundreds of staff and volunteers over the years – many who are now serving in churches, ministries, and organizations as youth leaders, Sunday School teachers, pastors, and other positions of leadership and community service.