Posts by Renee Dugan

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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 […]

God Has a Team! Are You On It?

by Renee Dugan

There’s a verse in Ephesians that used to confuse me as a kid. It talks about how God “chose us in him before the foundation of the world to be holy and without blemish in his presence in love.” I wasn’t raised under the Calvinistic viewpoint that God predestined individuals to be saved, but I […]

Every Spiritual Blessing

by Renee Dugan

One of my mom’s favorite rituals is what she calls “Happy Tuesday” presents. Giving in general is one of the many, many ways my mom expresses love, and a while back she decided that gift-giving shouldn’t be constrained to holidays or birthdays. So if she sees something she thinks will bless you, chances are you’ll […]

What is Your Treasure?

by Renee Dugan

In Matthew 6:21, Jesus admonished his listeners about the places where they were storing up treasure. I’ve met many people who carried out the extent of this passage as it pertains to investing their money; they were quick to give and lived a minimalist life. It’s easy to assume if we’re not clinging to material […]

Breaking Down Walls

by Renee Dugan

Over the summer, I visited Chicago with a group of friends. It was my first time visiting a truly big city in many years, and let me tell you—even for an extrovert, it was tiring after three days! But I went into it with a prayer that God would use the experience to teach me […]