Dawn Rutan

Praying Scripture

In the newly formed women’s group for our church, we watched the movie War Room and talked about prayer. Several years ago I received a bookmark of Scripture-Based Prayers to Pray for Your Pastor, and I’ve used that regularly ever since. I’ve also collected other such prayers as I’ve read through the Bible. Here are …

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Many people like to use the hashtags #blessed or #soblessed when something good happens. I have no problem with that; however, a quick browse of those tags on Twitter reveals some alarming and even blasphemous comments. I will no longer assume that a person saying “I’m blessed” is necessarily Christian. I think there is a …

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One Body

Lately, our church has been discussing the biblical basis for church membership and what that should look like. As Sam Allberry points out in this video clip (referring to Hebrews 10:25), the “opposite of not going to church is encouraging one another.” How can we encourage one another when we have no relationship? How can …

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high water

Judgment Call

After the hurricane passed through this area, I was talking with someone who commented, “God sure is unhappy with our country, isn’t He?” Since it wasn’t a person I knew well, I didn’t want to get into a theological debate – but it did make me wonder about their beliefs. It’s true that God has …

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Weary and Burdened

I read this last night in The Sacred Romance by Brent Curtis and John Eldredge, and it spoke to where I feel myself to be right now. “‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest,’ says Jesus. Most of us think of spiritual progress as requiring us …

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Lightning Bolt

In the Storm

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I …

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