Motivational Quotes

Winners never quit and quitters never win.

Tough times don’t last. Tough people do. How tough are you?

You can’t enjoy the roads to success until you’ve traveled the streets of failure.

Winners will fail, and losers will win, but the true champions never quit.

~ Mike Senerchia

Angelic Advice

by Jim Weikal

The angel said with a loud voice:

Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come; worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters (Revelation 14:7).

This announcement is made to an unrepentant world in the midst of unprecedented judgments from a holy God. The unrepentant world will ignore the words, but what about you?

Do you Fear God?

Or do you fear man more? For example, is there a person in your life who needs the Gospel, but you will not share it because you are intimidated? You may fear and reverence God privately and around fellow Christians, but what about around the bowling team, your car pool buddies, at a family reunion, or retirement home?

Do you Give God Glory and Worship Him?

The world praises and even worships people who show outstanding athletic ability. For example, the individual who ran the first under-4-minute mile; hit a World Series winning home run; scored the winning goal in the World Cup; made a fantastic catch in the Super Bowl. There is nothing wrong in recognizing someone who does great things even if it only lasts for a short amount of time. But do you give God the glory and worship due Him? After all, He made our physical universe and created each one of us (Genesis 1).

Powerful & Effective PRAYER

by BJ Rudge, Ph.D.

Seeking God’s Will

God is looking for men and women who will inspire others. Those who will show, through the way they live, what it means to be totally committed to Jesus Christ regardless of the cost. This will only become a reality by those who devote themselves to prayer and Bible study.

An important principle for having a powerful and effective prayer life is to seek God’s will and not our own. This is taught by Jesus in the Lord’s Prayer:

“Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).

In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus prays in the following manner:

“Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done” (Luke 22:42).

The essence of Jesus’ life reflects His willingness to humble Himself and submit to the will of His Father (see Philippians 2:5-11).

The apostle John reiterates that we should pray according to God’s will:

“This is the confidence that we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us” (1 John 5:14).

John could not have stated it more clearly: If we want God to hear our prayers, then we must seek God’s will and not our own. Our prayer lives will be ineffective if we approach God on our own terms and in accordance to our will. However, they will become powerful and effective if we humble ourselves before the Lord and submit to His will for our lives.

Praying the Promises

Praying the promises in God’s Word, having a powerful prayer life, and living by the truth and principles in the Bible are great ways to keep one’s life in submission to the Lord.

Excerpts from BJ’s E-book, Powerful and Effective Prayer, available free of charge at http://www.billrudge.org.

Brain Health and Sugar

David Perlmutter, M.D. is America’s Brain Health Expert. He advocates following an anti-inflammatory diet for a healthier brain by avoiding sugar and processed carbs, particularly those containing gluten. He encourages us to consume more healthy natural fats that are vital for a healthy brain, along with plenty of fresh organic vegetables rich in protective antioxidants and other essential brain nutrients. (Dawn Thorpe Jarvis, Extraordinary Health, Vol. 33)

Considering the many health problems clearly linked to added sugar, including diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease, cutting out simple sugars makes sense. (“Ask The Doctors”, The Herald, 2/6/19)

God desires you to…

accept Him as your Savior,

be committed to Him as LORD,

dare to step out in faith,

trust Him when facing impossible circumstances,

have hope in Him in the midst of tragedy,

honor His name in the face of adversity,

obey His Word in spite of ridicule,

stand as a bold witness for Jesus Christ and the Bible,

be sensitive to the leading of His Spirit,

persevere in faith and determination until His purpose is fulfilled, and

remain faithful until He returns.

– Bill Rudge

I Felt So Empty

by Glen Rudge

I looked at the sky on a cloudy day –
Feeling so lost for I had lost my way.
For some reason and I don’t know why,
I felt that I was living a lie.

I reflected on my life and where I had been –
I thought, could I go back and start over again.
I’d make everything right of this mess I was in –
All my mistakes and all of my sin.

I felt so empty – way deep to the core –
I didn’t think I could take any more.
I found myself kneeling, speaking a prayer –
Not knowing where from, the words were just there.

They weren’t mechanical, for they came from my heart,
Not sure what it was that made me start.
I found my head bowed as I started to pray
Not really knowing just what to say.

But the words, they were coming as I prayed aloud
And looked up as a sunbeam pierced through a dark cloud.
This ray of sunshine; this bright beam of light
Awakened God’s wonders, displaying His might.

This instant awak’ning filled my whole being –
Not just the shaft of light but some Thing unseen.
I closed my eyes and prayed harder still,
Asking forgiveness, as was His will.

Then I thought about Jesus and the stories I’ve heard;
Vowed to read the Bible and bathe in His Word.
Two weeks passed; I’d been deep in the Book –
Was I unsure of something? I gave a re-look.

My Bible’s now tattered but I’ve been made whole –
And I prayed and thanked God and gave Him control.
Now I walk with purpose – He’s shown me the way;
In all of His righteousness I plan to stay.
To this day I’ve found peace that comes from above
Bestowed only in grace with His blessings of love.