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About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have four grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Lead Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.

40 Years Of Marriage

Janet & I just celebrated our 40th anniversary on July 16.  At dinner, we talked to our waiter (who was probably in his late 20’s or early 30’s) and when he found it was our 40th, he had a amazed … Continue reading

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RAVE – CELEBRATE – ROBUST – LOUD – ELATED

These are words used to describe one of the primary Hebrew words for PRAISE used throughout the Old Testament.   As one writer states: HALLAL is a primary Hebrew root word for praise. Our word “hallelujah” comes from this base word. … Continue reading

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I KNOW I SHOULD FORGIVE BUT DON’T WANT TO

This past Sunday, I wrapped up our series on IDENTITY with a message related to FORGIVENESS.   If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, a part of your IDENTITY in Christ is one of being totally, eternally forgiven. One … Continue reading

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FORGIVENESS

Reading and reflecting on these passages as I prepare for this Sunday.  Maybe you should do the same. Matthew 26:28   for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins. Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, … Continue reading

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MY TRUE IDENTITY

When we make a decision to believe and receive Christ as Lord and Savior, we become a brand new person.  Christ is in us and we are in Christ. Colossians 1:27 NLT says:  For God wanted them to know that … Continue reading

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POSITION & IDENTITY

Here are some of the notes and passages from today’s message on My Position & Identity in Christ. If you are not a follower of Christ, God wants you to know He loves you in spite of anything you’ve done, … Continue reading

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HAPPY 14th BIRTHDAY GRACE FELLOWSHIP

14 years ago a group of people who had met and prayed for some time were convinced that God wanted them to start a different kind of church in Wise County.  And on Sunday, June 8, 2003, Grace Fellowship Church … Continue reading

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The Blessing of Harmony

We all know when there’s harmony in our homes, businesses, family, communities, teams, churches, etc – it’s a blessing.  A lack of harmony impacts everyone.  David, the great king of Israel, wrote in Psalm 133: 1 How wonderful and pleasant it … Continue reading

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Blessings – Happiness – Peace

Reading in Psalm 128 this morning, I was reminded of some general and timeless principles.  None of these contradict the truth in scripture that we will all go through tough times (we will experience as Jesus did – sufferings & … Continue reading

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3 Marriage Principles

I’m about to perform what’s probably going to be my last wedding; my nephew and his finance are getting married this weekend.  It’s been a joy to be a part of all my children’s weddings, and of my nieces and … Continue reading

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