The Value of Grit & Pressure

by Renee Dugan

Living with discomfort is…well, uncomfortable. People often take great steps to avoid it. We step out of awkward situations, avoid difficult conversations, and bow out of tough social events. Parents do their best to keep their children from experiencing hurt, disappointment, and the sting of failure. Coworkers cover for each other. Friends hide grievances behind […]

Your Past is God’s Glory

by Renee Dugan

It can be all too easy to label ourselves as damaged goods. From things we’ve done or that have been done to us, many Christians or people considering giving their lives to Jesus stand on the slippery precipice of shame, a foot in the kingdom and another on the ice, their souls just one aching […]

Learning How God Speaks to YOU!

by Renee Dugan

My experience growing up in the faith was both an incredible privilege and a source of unique challenges. I certainly had plenty of great, godly people to look up to in my formative years! But from a very young age I remember feeling confused, uncertain, and a little let down that I couldn’t seem to […]

Why Is Surrender So Challenging?

by Renee Dugan

As a kid, I remember going to a lot of Christian conferences where huge emphasis was placed on Praise and Worship sessions. To my young, hyperactive mind, they seemed to go on for hours! But I didn’t mind; I loved the high-energy dancing with my friends and singing at the top of my lungs in […]

Why Is Obedience Important?

by Renee Dugan

Obedience is no easy lifestyle. Whether it’s obedience to parents, workplace superiors, team leaders or the ultimate authority—God Himself!—there’s always a part of our spirit that will dig its heels in and defy. A lot of times it’s driven by the sinful nature in us—that angry slice of our being that insists we know better, […]

What’s In Your Backpack?

by Renee Dugan

A friend once told me a story of two Bhuddist monks walking down the road. They reached a river in the way and found a wealthy woman searching for a way to cross without sullying her fine clothes. Being celibate to the point of abstaining from even the smallest contact with women, the monks were […]

How To Change the World in Five Steps!

by Renee Dugan

So, fellow Christian, you want to change the world? AWESOME! Me too! I think we should all want to do this—considering the power of the truth we carry and the great commission to make disciples of all nations! Difficult to do that without changing some things, right? But where to even start? When you have […]

The Personal Redeemer

by Renee Dugan

What a powerful thing it is to be children of the One who redeemed all mankind through the sacrifice of His Son. The One who reaped us back from death. Who does more abundantly for us than we could ever even think to ask. And how often do we neglect to ask? How often do […]

What Song Has God Placed In Your Heart?

by Renee Dugan

Music is one of my favorite things in life. I probably listen to a good 5 hours of music—at least!—every day. Even as I write this blog! (If you’ve never heard Cimorelli’s mashup of I Can Only Imagine/What A Beautiful Name It Is, you are missing OUT.) I like to think I come very honestly […]

What is True Humility?

by Renee Dugan

I find myself thinking often about the things the Apostle Paul said about himself. Despite the great good he did to spread the Good News, he referred to himself in such glowing terms as “chief among sinners” (1 Tim.) and “least of all the holy ones” (Eph. 3). No one could accuse Paul of resting […]