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The Upper Room Disciplines provides an opportunity to look more deeply at scripture by offering a week of devotions by a single author on a particular theme.

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Looking to the Lord - November 14, 2018

November 14, 2018

Born in a time when women had no inheritance or birthright, Hannah is the proverbial underdog. Marriage assured and insured a woman’s future through male offspring. In spite of Hannah’s being...

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Looking to the Lord - November 13, 2018

November 13, 2018

When in your life did you feel discouraged and chose to meet with other Christians, to be part of Christian fellowship? Did it result from persecution from people, friends, or family...

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Looking to the Lord - November 12, 2018

November 12, 2018

In Old Testament times, the high priest entered the Holy of Holies once a year to offer atonement for Israel’s sins. The high priest readied himself for the extensive liturgy and...

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Circles of Blessing - November 11, 2018

November 11, 2018

Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote about “cheap grace,” grace with­out serious cost, grace without a cross, cosmetic sharing and blessing not deeply felt. Charity also can be either cheap or costly. We can...

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Circles of Blessing - November 10, 2018

November 10, 2018

For anyone looking to the Bible to support laziness, the two phrases “unless the Lord builds” it and “unless the Lord guards” it could serve as a foundation. Our resignation that...

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Circles of Blessing - November 9, 2018

November 9, 2018

Jesus is painfully aware that we who compete, consume, and worry anxiously about ourselves may wear more than one face. In our self-identity, do we live our lives as chameleons and...

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Circles of Blessing - November 8, 2018

November 8, 2018

These verses provide a wonderful description of Christian faith. Something momentous has happened through Christ. Coming out of the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus is a marvelous conviction for...

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Circles of Blessing - November 7, 2018

November 7, 2018

"Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.” The psalmist does not depict Yahweh as a contractor ready to receive our blueprint for a new house....

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Circles of Blessing - November 6, 2018

November 6, 2018

If you tell the story of King David, Israel’s most celebrated ruler, and if you describe his ancestry, you have to include a foreign woman, a Moabite named Ruth. Through her...

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. . . The police were getting the closest families to evacuate. My house was close enough that we could see things happening but far enough away to be safe. The police had told some people to wait in front of our house where it was safe. There was a father and his young son outside our house, and they were getting cold. We invited them to come inside until it was safe. Thankfully, the situation was resolved without anyone getting hurt." Read more from Pockets magazine.