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  • Jun 2018
  • Two Paths

    IF YOU ARE AN average adult, on any given day you make about 35,000 conscious decision ...

  • Addicted to Sin

    Written by Dawn Rutan Sometimes I hear the stories of young people who struggle with dr ...

  • Desire Spiritual Gifts

    DO YOU THINK ABOUT spiritual gifts on Sunday morning before church? Do you think about ...

  • May 2018
  • Love Lasts

    WHAT GOD DOES WITH a new Christian is like what someone might do to an old, abandoned ...

  • Five Types of Church People

      One of the reasons why it can be confusing to figure out where you stand with Ch ...

  • Love Is Action

    LOVE IS NOT A FEELING or an emotion - it's action. If you are a Christian, you have not be ...

  • Nothing Without Love

      PUT YOURSELF IN THE POSITION of a parent or parents trying to get the whole ...

  • Just Rest

    Written by Dawn Rutan Last week I was on a spiritual retreat at the Billy Graham Traini ...

  • Remember What You Have

    We all have a natural tendency to dwell on the things we don't have - the things we wish w ...

  • Understanding 1 Corinthians 11:2-16

    Big Idea: In 1 Corinthians 11:2-16, I believe Paul is addressing a specific issue in the ...

  • Apr 2018
  • Otherishness

    In America, you can drive past 10 churches that don't suit your preferences and then g ...

  • Flee Idolatry

    "FLEE IDOLATRY!" That is the banner over the rest of this Scripture passage. Anything that ...

  • In the Light

    Written by Dawn Rutan I’ve been thinking about sin lately, and I’m not the only one. It ...

  • Don't Be So Sure

    Every Christian struggles with the temptation to sin. Everyone you know struggles with the ...

  • Receiving, Standing, and Being Saved

    Today we celebrate the greatest series of events in all of human history. Greater than the ...

  • Mar 2018
  • Jesus Is Coming Back

    Did you know there is a cosmic conspiracy trying to lull us to spiritual sleep? The world ...

  • Unhidden

    Written by Dawn Rutan Every now and then I wish that the Protestant church had not aban ...

  • Shaped by Unity

    Shaping Theme in Acts: Unity. Think about the people in your life - the relationships y ...

  • Shaped by Scripture

    Shaping Theme in Acts: Scripture. Imagine that you were one of Jesus' early disciples - y ...

  • Among Friends

    Written by Dawn Rutan I read the following quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer (originally f ...

  • Evangelism and the Church

    Shaping Theme in Acts: Expansion by Communication We are studying the book of Acts - the ...

  • True Peace

    The book of Ephesians is mainly about the good news of Jesus Christ, and one of the applic ...

  • Feb 2018
  • What Do You See?

    Written by Dawn Rutan After Jesus was arrested, Peter followed along behind. Luke recor ...

  • Signs & Wonders

    Shaping Theme in Acts: Signs and Wonders One Bible dictionary defines signs and wonders a ...

  • Created for Worship

    We have been, as a church, coming before the Lord from the book of Acts. And we have been ...

  • The Holy Spirit | Part 2

    Shaping Theme in Acts: The Holy Spirit Is for All God's People Have you ever sensed a p ...

  • The Holy Spirit

    Shaping Theme in Acts: Holy Spirit There is a central mystery of God's nature that we h ...

  • Jan 2018
  • Filled With the Spirit

    The book of Ephesians is a letter that the Holy Spirit inspired the apostle Paul to writ ...

  • Under Authority

    Shaping Theme in Acts: Authority Remembering that Jesus arose from the grave helps us to ...

  • Listen and Obey

    Written by Dawn Rutan The following is more or less what I shared with our church famil ...

  • Jesus' Resurrection Is Our Backbone

    Shaping Theme in Acts: Resurrection As we study the book of Acts, there are certain theme ...

  • Sealed

    Written by Dawn Rutan I keep thinking about a Christmas letter received from an acquain ...

  • What Comes After Christmas?

    There seems to be the sense of a real let-down after Christmas has passed. The joyous nois ...

  • Dec 2016
  • Christmas Inconveniences

    Written by Dawn Rutan The down side of working in accounting is that the busiest time f ...

  • A Brief Thought for Advent

    Written by Dawn Rutan The four traditional emphases of the Advent wreath are hope, peac ...

  • The Truth Hurts

    Written by Dawn Rutan I read a few interesting passages this week: Jude 4 (ESV) – ...

  • Nov 2016
  • Rejoice in Forgiveness

    Written by Dawn Rutan Some time back I was reading Nehemiah where Ezra is reading the B ...

  • Unseen and Seen

    Written by Dawn Rutan Her heart was pounding as she looked at the crowd in front of her ...

  • Christ is All, and in All

    Good morning, Driving home from dropping the kids off at school, I pondered what script ...

  • Pinpoints

    Written by Dawn Rutan Awhile back I was walking in my yard after dark and in the grass ...

  • Oct 2016
  • Fearless

    Written by Dawn Rutan I’m reading the book Fearless, by Suzanne D. Williams, which has ...

  • Innocent

    Written by Dawn Rutan In How to Really Love God as Your Father, Deborah Newman comments ...

  • Q Commons Takeaways

    Last night, in our desire to broaden our circle of fellowship to include more diversity, M ...

  • Called by God

    Written by Dawn Rutan Joseph told his brothers, “So it was not you who sent me here but G ...

  • Sep 2016
  • Put on Christ

    Written by Dawn Rutan This post builds on one I wrote in August. In the midst of some r ...

  • Cast Offs

    Written by Dawn Rutan I had started writing this post last week, but was too busy and s ...

  • 10 Things We Know for Sure

    Our meeting place is on the edge of Charlotte, and many among us live or work here. We don ...

  • Faith or Fear

    Written by Dawn Rutan Last night I read Genesis 20, where Abraham passes Sarah off as h ...

  • Broken People

    Written by Dawn Rutan I was skimming through the recent issue of Christianity Today and ...

  • Aug 2016
  • Qualifying Runs

    Written by Dawn Rutan This was an interesting passage to read right after the Olympics ...

  • Preserve, Protect and Defend

    Written by Dawn Rutan I suppose it is due to election season that I have had the presid ...

  • No Comparison

    Written by Dawn Rutan This week I read a couple articles that got me thinking about how ...

  • Betrothed

    Written by Dawn Rutan This week I was listening to Alistair Begg’s messages on marriage ...

  • Jul 2016
  • God's Privileged Children | 1 John 3:1-3

    Guest speaker Rev. Steve Lawson I. What we are- v. 1 1See what kind of love the Father h ...

  • Truth and Error

    Written by Dawn Rutan Last week I stopped by the library to pick up an autobiography th ...

  • Who Gets the Glory?

    Written by Dawn Rutan I’ve spent several days in Ephesians 1 lately, and I noticed that ...

  • Jun 2016
  • Paths of Grace

    Written by Dawn Rutan Sometimes having a vivid imagination can be both a blessing and a ...

  • You Are More

    Written by Dawn Rutan This weekend I was reading a couple different books that used the ...

  • Chew on This

    Written by Dawn Rutan Last night I read Amos 8:11, which at some point I had underlined ...

  • May 2016
  • Mercy, Fools, and Losers

    Written by Dawn Rutan Since Pastor Matt is on a well-deserved vacation this week, I wro ...

  • Fightings and Fears

    Written by Dawn Rutan One day recently while reading a fictional story, I encountered t ...

  • Ministers of Reconciliation

    Written by Dawn Rutan The following was written for our denomination's Prayer Emphasis ...

  • A Wanderer No More

    Written by Dawn Rutan I wasn't going to post this since I've written similar things rec ...

  • Freedom

    Written by Dawn Rutan for our denomination's Prayer Emphasis Month blog. After memorizi ...

  • Apr 2016
  • What's All This about Demons?

    In our study of Mark we’ve seen six demonic altercations in the first seven chapters. What ...

  • What's All This About Elijah?

    A few weeks ago I ran short on time and couldn't address the following passage in my s ...

  • Now We Can Tell Everyone | Mark 9:9-13

    When we see greatness, we naturally long to tell people about it. Marketers strive for thi ...

  • Jesus' Divine Glory | Mark 9:2-8

    Glory is the Weight of One’s Greatness In the New Testament, the word glory means honor, ...

  • Glory & Joy

    Written by Dawn Rutan I shared this quote from Tony Reinke in The Joy Project on Facebo ...

  • United

    Written by Dawn Rutan We’re all familiar with the scriptural admonition that is often r ...

  • Mar 2016
  • Four Views

    Written by Dawn Rutan Pilate:Truth? What is truth? He says he is a king, bearing witnes ...

  • The Weight of Sin

    Written by Dawn Rutan In one of his messages this week Alistair Begg commented, “My sin ...

  • Seeing Jesus Christ | Mark 8:14-30

    Humanity is afflicted with a real spiritual condition: blindness. We are all spiritually b ...

  • The Face in the Mirror

    Written by Dawn Rutan Earlier this week I read Psalm 17:15 (ESV), “As for me, I shall b ...

  • Compassion for the Nations | Mark 8:1-13

    Discussion Starters Compare the miraculous feeding stories and Mark six and Mark eig ...

  • Unforgiven

    Written by Dawn Rutan A presidential candidate has been reported as saying he is a Chri ...

  • Jesus is the Christ | Mark 8

    The Most Important Result The most important result that can come from you reading this s ...

  • He's Got This

    Written by Dawn Rutan Two recent articles about God’s sovereignty on the Desiring God b ...

  • Feb 2016
  • 3 Lessons about Life in Light of Death | Luke 12:13-34

    Life is about more than stuff and survival. It's about seeking the Kingdom of God. Discus ...

  • Hot Pursuit

    Written by Dawn Rutan As I’ve been reading through Proverbs lately, I’ve noticed how fr ...

  • Worth It All

    Written by Dawn Rutan I keep a list of possible writing ideas, and I had noted a verse ...

  • Who's in Charge?

    Written by Dawn Rutan For a while now I’ve been thinking about that controversial word ...

  • Missional Meanderings

    Written by Dawn Rutan The thought process started when I read this article on the missi ...

  • Wisdom and Laziness | Proverbs 6:6-11

    6Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. 7Without having any chief, ...

  • Jan 2016
  • Choose Today

    Written by Dawn Rutan This video from Francis Chan has been circulating on Facebook: ht ...

  • Right Praying?

    Written by Dawn Rutan Lately I’ve been reading The Necessity of Prayer, by E.M. Bou ...

  • Wisdom and Neighbors | Proverbs

    Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother who is far away. (Proverbs 27:10b) Your ...

  • New and Improved

    Written by Dawn Rutan In some recent reading I encountered the idea of “sins of identit ...

  • Wisdom and Discipline | Proverbs 3:11-12

    1) My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, 12) for the ...

  • Just Rest

    I want to share a couple more quotes and thoughts from When God Doesn’t Fix It, by Laura S ...

  • Proverbs 2:1-15 | Seek Wisdom in God

    1My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, 2making your ...