Sanctification

2 Corinthians 7:1 // How to Get Ready to Dwell with God

Today, we’ll be looking at 2 Corinthians 7:1. It’s just one verse, and here’s why you should pay attention to it: this is a command from our Commander. Some Scripture passages are really theological and are more about what to believe than how to act. But this one isn’t like that. It gives us something …

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Walk with Me

Lately it seems like quotes from Fred Rogers pop up on Facebook every week. Perhaps that’s because there have been some new biographies released in the past couple years. In the past few months I’ve read The Good Neighbor by Maxwell King, as well as an older biography, The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers by …

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Do You Believe?

Written by Dawn Rutan In his book Life in Christ: Lessons from Our Lord’s Miracles and Parables, Charles Spurgeon has a chapter on Jesus’ encounter with the blind men in Matthew 9. When the men cry out for mercy, Jesus asks them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” Spurgeon writes, “Faith …

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Out of the Darkness

Written by Dawn Rutan “He brought me out into a broad place; He rescued me, because He delighted in me” (Psalm 18:19 ESV). I read this verse last night and saw it in a new light. Usually when I’ve read it I’ve thought to myself, “I hope that will be true one day.” The cares …

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Be First

Written by Dawn Rutan There are preachers who quote 1 Peter 1:15-16 (ESV), “…Be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy,’” as a basis for works righteousness. God is holy so He wants us to live holy lives, or so the argument goes. However, that …

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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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