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 […]

Let Daddy Fix It

by Renee Dugan

God knew what He was doing when He named Himself the Father to all those who believe and are saved. A healthy, godly relationship between father and child is one of the most precious bonds I’ve ever personally witnessed; and I can’t believe the lessons I’ve learned about God, and our relationship with Him as […]

Four Steps to Focused Prayer

by Renee Dugan

My guess is that I’m not the only person who’s ever struggled with being distracted while praying! Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve had trouble with this. I’d start to pray, then I’d start to think about whatever I was praying about…next thing I knew, I was just thinking about my concerns, not […]

How Do I Bring Christ to People?

by Renee Dugan

Even after we’ve decided to make the effort to “bring people to Christ,” the question that stalls most Christians I’ve met is, “How do I actually do this?” There are plenty of Christian resources that will tell you how to witness—from door-to-door evangelism to the people we sit next to on a plane—not all of […]

Rules of the Road

by Renee Dugan

The following blog was written by Renee Dugan, a full-time staff member with Spirit & Truth Fellowship Int’l. Growing up in Indiana all of my life, there’s rarely been a time when some activity or another didn’t require me to travel on “The Loop” – the local name for I-465, a massive 3-to-6-lane highway that […]