Running Scared

I’ve been reading Ed Welch’s book Running Scared (available in the church library), which seems pretty relevant to where I find myself these days. The following are several quotes that caught my attention, along with a few of my own thoughts. “There was a time when the biblical commands ‘Do not worry’ and ‘Do not …

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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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God Glorifies Himself

Written by Dawn Rutan The Westminster Confession of Faith is not one I’ve studied in recent years, but a recent reference by Alistair Begg made me revisit it. Chapter 2 Article II states in part: “God has all life, glory, goodness, blessedness, in and of Himself; and is alone in and unto Himself all-sufficient, not standing in need of …

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He’s Got This

Written by Dawn Rutan Two recent articles about God’s sovereignty on the Desiring God blog have caught my attention. In, Jimmy Needham comments about a funeral he attended: “At the funeral, the officiating pastor offered these chilling words for her family and friends: ‘That truck driver robbed this woman of the long life that …

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All or None

Written by Dawn Rutan As I’m reading through the Psalms again, one particular word caught my attention in Psalm 25—“all.” It occurs a few times, but the first one I noticed was verse 10, “All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness…” (ESV). Not just a few or some, but all. Even …

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Hope in God’s Sovereignty

Written by Dawn Rutan I recently came across this definition of despair from the Catholic Encyclopedia: “Despair, ethically regarded, is the voluntary and complete abandonment of all hope of saving one’s soul and of having the means required for that end. It is not a passive state of mind: on the contrary it involves a positive act of the will by which a person deliberately gives over any …

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