Encouragement

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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 […]

Armed with the Spirit’s Sword

by Renee Dugan

I grew up around weapons—guns and swords. My brother and I were raised to respect them. I remember being taught over and over again that if you’re going to pick up a weapon, you’d better hold it carefully—and be aware of what it can do, so you can use it well. The Sword of the […]

Helmed with Salvation

by Renee Dugan

There are a lot of things we can live without, but we can’t live without a head. Unless you’re fighting a hydra, the general consensus in battle is that the head is a pretty good target to aim for. It’s one of the surest ways to incapacitate your opponent. You don’t even have to knock […]

Shielded With Trust

by Renee Dugan

When I was fairly young, one of my favorite movies was Braveheart. I remember sitting in rapt attention on the living room floor, stuffed horse gripped to my chest, watching the scene when the Scotsmen taunted their English enemies and then promptly retreated from the reciprocating storm of arrows behind a shell of wooden shields. […]

Shod with Readiness & Peace

by Renee Dugan

It’s a sound we all know well: the crash, the musical tinkling of shattering glass, and the very, very delicate cleanup of the mess in the wake of a broken dish or wineglass. Most of us won’t make it through our entire lives without breaking something, and when we do, for the most part we’ll […]

Plated with Righteousness

by Renee Dugan

No matter how tough we try to be, underneath, we are all soft, squishy people. I remember being a little kid thinking my rough-n’-tough dad was literally impenetrable. It took me a while to realize that as stern stuff as my dad is made of, he bleeds like anyone. And the same is true for […]

Belted with Truth

by Renee Dugan

My husband is the master of the work aesthetic. He always makes sure he’s dressed for success, no matter what the task is. I’ve always admired how put-together he is for the occasion, from hat to shoes to belt. Always gotta remember the belt! And he’s right about that, because it’s important that he has […]