Dawn Rutan

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Written by Cara Brock I’m scared to blog because I have a best friend that does it and she’s so great at it that I don’t even know what words are anymore. But in a way this is appropriate for something I want to discuss… I’d like to address a topic that’s increasing in popularity …

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God Is…

  Written by Dawn Rutan One of the books I got for Christmas was Max Lucado’s The Great House of God, and chapter 3 talks about some of the names of God. That made me think about how I have understood God in recent months. What names have I known Him by? The ten names …

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Rethinking Resolutions

Written by Dawn Rutan Though I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, I thought I’d take a different approach this year. A few Scriptures came to mind last night with exhortations that I need to dwell on: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ …

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Let There Be Light

Written by Dawn Rutan Last night I was reading Psalm 4 and noticed verse 6b: “Lift up the light of your face upon us, O Lord!” (ESV). That led me to think of Isaiah 9:2: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, …

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Waiting for Joy

Written by Dawn Rutan In this third week of Advent the theme is joy. Joy is one of those terms that is hard to define very well. We’ve been told that it is supposed to be different from happiness, which is based in circumstances (related to Old English happenstance, hap, luck). It should be more …

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The Glory of the Cross

Excerpt from “The Glory of the Cross” by Jeremy Treat, published in Christianity Today, October 2013. For the full article, check out the magazine rack at church. Many of us instinctively feel that if we are faithful to Jesus, then life will go well for us. We will find comfort, success, and maybe even wealth. …

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