The Slippery Slope of Sin

by Dan Gallagher

It’s wintertime, and where I live that means things freeze—a lot! Although the below-freezing temperatures that we commonly experience cause my southern friends to shiver and shake, often shutting down most of their activities, for us it is just another day. Those who live in warmer climates find it hard to wrap their minds around […]

A Whole New Normal

by Dan Gallagher

I have a public confession to make…I am a creature of habit. My day is filled with lots of routines, and I like them. My eyes pop open and I climb out of bed at close to the same time every day—no matter what. Of course, this is probably the result of me going to […]

How deep is the Father’s love for us?

by Renee Dugan

I find myself asking this question a lot. Not because God hasn’t shown His love in uncountable ways, but more because the great variety of the examples truly expresses, at least to me, just how intimately God knows and cares for our hearts. While reflecting on the story of Moses’ life recently, it struck me […]

Worship – It’s More Than A Song!

by Renee Dugan

If you’ve spent any length of time in a Christian community, you’ve probably heard the terms “praise” and “worship” linked hand-in-hand. In fact, in some circles, they’re considered synonymous. However, while it’s part of our faith-walk to both praise our Creator and to worship Him, these aspects of Christian life are not exactly the same—and […]

Four Ways to Deal Graciously With Negative People

by Renee Dugan

Everyone has bad days. In fact, as I write this, I am among them. These kinds of emotional lows are just a part of life. But I think it’s safe to say we have all dealt with at least one person in our lives who is just excessively negative. That individual who almost always leads […]

Four Reasons Why We Need Grace

by Renee Dugan

It happened again today. I was sitting at my desk, working on my usual business, when it hit me—I’d made a clerical error in our shipping department. Nothing huge or world-ending, mind you. No one was bleeding or dying. No one was even going to be drastically and everlastingly inconvenienced. It was a quick fix […]

The Imitation of Intimacy

by Renee Dugan

When I was in sixth grade, I made my first “neighborhood friend.” Katie and I spent the summer biking the six or so blocks to each other’s houses, peeling ourselves out of bed at the crack of down to fish for crawdads in the storm culvert, and getting slushies, hot dogs, and candy from our […]

Feel the Burn

by Renee Dugan

I’ve found myself reflecting a lot, lately, on a conversation I once had with a sibling in Christ. We were on the subject of “unsavory thoughts” and how insidious they are—how difficult it is to get ahead of them. After a lot of banter about the subject, I reminded my friend that no matter how […]

Know Them By Their Fruit

by Renee Dugan

When people look at you, what part, if any, of Jesus do you think they see? When I was younger, I always wanted people to see the “right” side of Jesus in me. The part that was above error, that always had the proper reply for everything because he walked so in-tune with his Father. […]

A Change of Plan

by Renee Dugan

I am what my family affectionately calls an “administrative nerd.” Organization is my passion…few things bring me as much satisfaction as seeing all things flowing in the same direction, buttery-smooth as sun-kissed streamwater. But…sometimes, there’s a dam. Dams in the waterways of life are inevitable…but that doesn’t mean I have to like them. Never have […]