Spiraling Into Darkness

I’m talking about when a nation collapses – morally and spiritually. When a culture spirals out of control. When restraint is all but gone. When good becomes evil and evil becomes good. When shameful things are celebrated and holy things are denigrated. This is what we are witnessing in America today. Our country is spiraling out of control. Our culture is unraveling. Darkness is being heralded as light.

– Michael Brown, Decision, May 2019

Regrets and No Regrets

There are three things for which I have no regrets. Ironically, they are the same three things for which I have some regrets.

First, for my faith in Christ and relationship with Him. I have no regrets for the many years I have been a committed follower of Jesus Christ. But I do have regrets for the years before I accepted Him and the choices I made, which although they did not destroy me – left their marks.

Second, for the time and relationships I have with my close and extended families. I have no regrets for the wonderful times I have had with my children, grandchildren, other family members and friends. They have blessed me in countless ways. But I do regret not having more time to spend with them. I guess I will have to wait until the Millennium and Eternity, when there will be no time restraints or hindrances for these amazing relationships.

Third, concerning my health. I have no regrets for living a life of discipline concerning nutrition and exercise. But I do regret the many years I was a junk food junkie and abused my body and health in so many ways. I am blessed to have regained my health in my 30s and hope to maintain it until I go to be with the Lord.

~ Bill Rudge

Stages of Stardom

  • Passion – the obsession to become a star
  • Pursuit – the quest for success
  • Price – the cost paid to achieve the goal
  • Popularity – adoration of fans
  • Prestige – fame and celebrity status
  • Pride – thinking more highly of yourself than you really are; giving glory to yourself rather than the One who deserves it
  • Pleasure – worldly indulgences and self-gratification
  • Possessions – lots of “toys” and worldly goods
  • Power – to influence and control others
  • Pinnacle – reaching the peak of success
  • Plunge – appeal and popularity decline
  • Panic – turning to drugs and alcohol or committing suicide
  • Passing – all over in this life

This pathetic pattern is repeated over and over in every generation, yet many people “sell their souls” for fleeting fame and passing popularity. Instead of chasing fantasies that fade like the radiance of a rainbow, be wise and live your life for the One who promises abundant life here and now, as well as eternal life.

~ Bill Rudge

The Great Love of God

Before conversion we followed the ways of this world, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature. Even though we were in willful rebellion “because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ – it is by grace you have been saved” (Ephesians 2:4, 5). No other religion has a God like this: A God who loves His fallen creatures so completely that He gave His only Son and anyone who believes in Him shall have eternal life (John 3:16).

~ Jim Weikal