End the Fright!

Filling your mind with bad things,

dark intruders to your life it brings.

Terrors in the darkness, fears in your dreams,

cold sweats at night, rooms filled with screams.

But come to know Jesus, walking in the light,

will give you His peace and end all the fright.

Serve the Lord daily, with all of your might;

the enemy soon will know he’s lost the fight.

Bill Rudge

Don’t Be Afraid

by Bill Rudge

Photo by Bill Rudge

When my wife and I are in potentially dangerous situations, such as walking down a dimly lit street or walking in a remote area during a mission trip, I tell her, “Don’t be afraid. Just stay close to me. I will protect you.”

So too, the Lord tells us, “Don’t be afraid. Stay close to Me and I will protect you and be your Helper.”

Hebrews 13:6 – “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear.”

Isaiah 41:10 – “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

Dealing With Fear

BJ Rudge, Ph.D.

Halloween is a holiday focused on the emotion of fear. While some people enjoy the adrenaline rush from walking through a haunted house, for others the ongoing daily battle with fear has kept them paralyzed in bondage.

While occasional fear is something all of us will experience, the question is, how do we prevent this emotion from controlling our lives? Certainly, our mindset is important because what we perceive in our lives through the lens of fear, dramatically impacts how we will deal with reality. Also, realizing the strength and support we can gain from others is vital in helping us overcome our fear.

The real key in dealing with fear is knowing the LORD our God Who is greater than anything or anyone we will ever face. Joshua was reminded of this as he prepared to take the children of Israel into the Promised Land, “Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).

The next time you feel the emotion of fear holding you back, remember the words the Apostle Paul gave to Timothy, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).

Are You Hiding From God?

BJ Rudge, Ph.D.

Most of you are probably aware of the manhunt for Brian Laundrie, who was a person of interest in the murder of his fiance Gabby. Brian had eluded law enforcement until his remains were recently discovered. Many of us try to do likewise with God. Just as Adam and Eve hid in the Garden after they sinned, we try to keep certain sins hidden from God. Brian did not remain concealed forever; so too the hidden sins of our lives will one day be exposed. The Bible teaches that all of us will be held accountable for our words and actions in this life:

God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad (Ecclesiastes 12:14); …everything that is now hidden or secret will eventually be brought to light (Mark 4:22)…when the Lord comes, He will bring our deepest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives (1 Corinthians 4:5).

The key question in those days of accounting (the Judgment Seat of Christ for believers; the Great White Throne Judgment for nonbelievers) is, will you be pardoned? God has provided forgiveness through the life, death and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ (John 3:16).

Make Your Home An Oasis

Your home should not be laced with land mines – unexpected and shocking images that pop up or scenes which undermine your biblical convictions. Instead, your home should be an oasis and safe haven.

You must evaluate your sources of entertainment and remove whatever is not profitable or dishonors the Lord. If you don’t, seeds will be planted in your children’s hearts that can grow and lead them down a path you do not want them to go.

Caution and discernment concerning all forms of media – even “Christian” movies – is vital. We are living in a day and age when it is imperative to evaluate the content and message of every program or movie before allowing them in your home. Remaining faithful to the Lord and His Word must be your preeminent goal.

Bill Rudge