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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Enduring with Joy

Written by Dawn Rutan I’ve been reading Be Still My Soul: Embracing God’s Purpose & Provision in Suffering, edited by Nancy Guthrie, which is a collection of 25 readings by various authors. The following are several quotes that I’ve noted and clung to in recent weeks. “God permits what he hates to accomplish what he …

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Little by Little

Written by Dawn Rutan Getting back into the swing of things with a new year, I was reminded of a verse that I thought I had used in a prior blog but can’t find now. In Exodus 23:29 (and reiterated in Deuteronomy 7:22), God was instructing the Israelites on what to expect as they entered …

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Never Alone

Written by Dawn Rutan A couple weeks ago I was watching Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix for the millionth time. One particular quote often catches my attention. When Harry is feeling alone in his fight against the enemy, Voldemort, Luna Lovegood tells him, “I suppose that’s how he wants you to feel… …

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Reasons to Endure

The following quote from Nancy Guthrie was shared during our recent sermon series on prayer, and is worth revisiting regularly. The full article can be found here: http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/praying-past-preferred-outcomes “If we really believe that God is purposeful in suffering, that our suffering is not meaningless or random, shouldn’t that affect how we pray about the suffering in …

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Simply Trusting

Written by Dawn Rutan Once again God has conspired with several writers to remind me of His truth. My pastor and his wife were both involved in different ways. Meredith posted on Facebook, “Trusting in Jesus does not seem to me to be a one time declaration, but a moment by moment choice to remember …

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