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March 3, 2017

Somber Optimism

During an Ash Wednesday service in my church, the 
pastor alternates between two different statements when 
imposing the cross of ashes on the forehead of worshipers. The first is, “Remember that...

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March 2, 2017

A Precious Gift

I’ve always observed Lent by sacrificing something to help me remember Christ’s holy sacrifice for me. But over the years some of my passion for this practice dimmed, and I began...

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March 1, 2017

Ash Wednesday

As a former college football player, I take special notice when Paul refers to sports. In the reading above Paul wrote, “Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to...

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February 28, 2017

Shine Like Stars

My church has offered our members a course that encourages us and equips us to share our faith with our friends and neighbors. I usually avoid situations where I need to...

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February 27, 2017

Dancing Lament

I teach a dance class each week in which we move our 
bodies in different ways to express emotions, including 
negative ones. We bring 
our hands high above our heads and...

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February 26, 2017

Renewed Day-by-Day

I struggle with an illness that saps my strength and energy. As a result, I have difficulty getting myself out of bed in the morning. A friend sent me a picture...

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February 25, 2017

Still Here?

As a child, I would pore over maps, all the while fantasizing about packing a suitcase and exploring the world. In high school, my plan of action was simple: to become...

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February 24, 2017

Walk the Talk

Hebrews 11 is often referred to as “Faith’s Hall of Fame” because it lists people who fulfilled what God asked them to do. One example is Abraham, who obeyed God's call...

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February 23, 2017

Love Your Neighbor

I have been a regular reader of The Upper Room for over eight years. I feel comforted and strengthened in my faith by reserving 30 minutes of my day to pray,...

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February 22, 2017

The Prayers of Many People

Recently my wife, Joyce, went through a difficult time 
with serious health issues. We made a trip to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, to deal with one specific health 

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Meet people where they are . . .

“The Upper Room, like the local church, yearns to meet people where they are. And we are particularly keen to encourage spiritual leaders who are seeking nurture and care as they lead others on the path that leads to life.” Read more.