Posts by Renee Dugan

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Our Source of Peace

by Renee Dugan

During the holidays, the word everyone both secular and religious seems to leap on is “peace”—specifically peace on earth, and good will as spoken by the angel at the birth of Christ (Luke 2:14). Why is peace such an important subject? For many, it’s because they recognize the dearth of peace throughout the world. Chaos […]

Walking Alive

by Renee Dugan

It seems like nowadays, zombies are everywhere. From movies and television to clothing, accessories, books, and costumes, the “undead” genre is rapidly gaining something of a cult following. What are zombies, by the way? Basically they’re human husks whose only desire is to consume (and apparently create jump-scares for viewers). They shamble aimlessly around a […]

Tearing Down the Dividing Wall

by Renee Dugan

Ephesians 2:14-16 paints a beautiful illustration of one of the most profound realities that came about with Jesus’ sacrifice: with the fulfillment of the law through his death, Christ put to death the hostility between the Jews and Gentiles by becoming the bridge that spanned the gap between them. Through Christ, rather than through the […]

Seeing God’s Glory Through Masters and Servants

by Renee Dugan

There is much spiritual understanding we can glean about our relationship with God from the verses in Ephesians 5:21-6:9. In this segment, I want to look at some of the lessons Ephesians 6:5-9 teaches about the master/servant relationship and how this passage serves as a model for a particular aspect of our relationship with God […]

Seeing God’s Glory Through Parents and Children

by Renee Dugan

There are many spiritual lessons we can glean about our relationship with God from the verses in Ephesians 5:21-6:9. In this segment, I want to look at some of the lessons Ephesians 6:1-4 teaches about the parent/child relationship and how this passage serves as a model for a particular aspect of our relationship with God. […]

Seeing God’s Glory through Husbands and Wives

by Renee Dugan

There are many spiritual realities we can glean about our relationship with God from the verses in Ephesians 5:21-6:9. In this segment, I want to look at some of the lessons Ephesians 5:21-33 teaches about the husband/wife relationship and how this passage serves as a model for a particular aspect of our relationship with God. […]

Serving the One Who Is Above All Others

by Renee Dugan

In the first chapter of Ephesians, there is so much emphasis placed on two particular subjects: Jesus’ current status and identity, and our identity and status through our union with him. Having been sealed, redeemed, and bestowed with a guaranteed inheritance and every spiritual blessing through Christ, it can be almost too easy to get […]

Who & What Defines You?

by Renee Dugan

In the month of September, my husband and I made a commitment to pursue reading the Book of Ephesians together, over and over, until we gain the best possible understanding of its many wonderful lessons. Having read it twice in the Holman’s and once in the REV version, we decided to pick up The Message […]

Paid By the Blood

by Renee Dugan

I can’t speak for everyone, but personally I have rarely felt so horrible in my life as when I realize I’ve hurt, offended, or angered someone unintentionally by something I said or did. I have a habit of acting in a moment without thinking through the consequences of my choice. Sometimes, by the grace of […]

Why God Adopted Us – And Why It MATTERS

by Renee Dugan

Ever since shortly after my husband and I were married, the subject of adoption has been close to my heart…an ember I believe God will stoke into flame at the right time. There’s no doubt that adoption is a long and intricate journey for any family here in the USA, with a spate of background […]