Finding the Goodness of God in Difficult Times

by Renee Dugan

It’s not uncommon to hear the phrase “God is good!” in times of plenty. When circumstances fall together in ways that please and benefit us, we’re often quick to declare the goodness of God because it’s right there in front of our faces. However, the same Christian who praises God’s goodness when they drive off […]

Living in the Mindset of God’s Holy Warrior

by Renee Dugan

I’ve recently been diving into Lisa Bevere’s Girls with Swords as part of my Bible-and-a-book devotional. It was in this book that I was first introduced to the conceptual difference between soldiers and warriors. Bevere makes many great contrasts between these two classes of fighters—too many to quote here!—but one I found most interesting is […]

God of Wonders

by Renee Dugan

I think Christians sometimes become a little jaded about the power of God. If you’re like me, there has been no shortage of times when you’ve looked at the mighty wonders God worked in the time of the Apostles or the Old Testament and asked yourself why the sun has never stopped or seas parted […]

Making Use of Your Talent

by Renee Dugan

I come from what I would call a “multitalented” family. Everyone in my immediate familial circle is blessed with some serious skills, and I’m not just saying that because I love them. My husband, mom and brother are all gifted artists; my brother is also an extremely talented musician, even having never taken a single […]

4 Godly Ways to Handle Conflict

by Renee Dugan

Bad news: Conflict is going to happen. It’s been happening even in Christian circles for a long, long time…think before Christ’s ascension! God tells us that “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” (John 13:35 NLT) Kind of makes you wonder what our contention among ourselves proves […]

The Radical Messiah

by Renee Dugan

In our current verbiage, the term “radical” has adopted an unsavory note. It’s usually used to describe someone who’s gone off the religious deep end, or who’s pushing some kind of harmful or even anarchistic agenda. But in truth, something is truly “radical” when it relates to or affects the fundamental nature of something, particularly […]

Diving into the “Depend”

by Renee Dugan

Different generations seem to have different qualities they laud and applaud. In times past it was honesty, integrity, grit, strength…nowadays, it seems the best thing you could ever be is independent. The ability to care for oneself irrespective of the input of others is considered tantamount to achieving nirvana. According to our modern culture, when […]

Me & God in a Cardboard Box

by Renee Dugan

When my husband first proposed, we weren’t in the worst shape financially. We were both blessed to still live with our parents while working full time, so we’d managed to sock away a decent savings. Still, the prospect of living on our own, being solely responsible for bills and rent, was intimidating! We had to […]

Don’t Wait for Perfection to Start the Work of the Lord

by Renee Dugan

It can be so hard sometimes to grapple with the fact that in our imperfection, our fallen, flawed state, we are still the representatives of the only man who ever walked out this messy, complicated life in perfection. For all of my shortcomings, I’m meant to be his disciple. Um—HOW?! There have been many times […]

Peace to the Inconveniences

by Renee Dugan

I think the hardest thing God has ever asked of me is to live peaceably with all men. I tend to spin out at the slightest inconvenience. I’m working on improving at that, with the help of my Creator, but there are times when it’s so hard not to completely lose my cool and get […]