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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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An On-Time God - June 17, 2024

June 17, 2024

There are times when the enemies we must face have organized against us. We’ve all heard the saying “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.” Sometimes that’s not an exaggeration....

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On Receiving Anointing - June 16, 2024

June 16, 2024

As a result of Jesus’ death on the cross, we are able to let our false selves die as well. We don’t have to look to the things that give our...

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On Receiving Anointing - June 15, 2024

June 15, 2024

My mom and I always get excited when it’s foggy outside. We’re aware that this is unusual: Most people prefer sun and warmth to the cold and mysterious ambiance of fog....

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On Receiving Anointing - June 14, 2024

June 14, 2024

On the one hand, this parable feels like an invitation into purposeful work with the Lord. The man in the parable takes on the work of scattering seeds without knowing of...

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On Receiving Anointing - June 13, 2024

June 13, 2024

The twentieth psalm stands out from the ones leading up to it. This psalm is written to be sung on behalf of the king in preparation for battle. It makes the...

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On Receiving Anointing - June 12, 2024

June 12, 2024

Most mornings, I wake up to see my dog completely relaxed on his back, paws up, head tilted to the side, basically leaving me no choice but to offer him a...

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On Receiving Anointing - June 11, 2024

June 11, 2024

It is striking to me that Samuel hears God’s voice so clearly. Samuel has a deep ability to experience and discern God’s presence. He could have doubted the words, “The Lord...

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On Receiving Anointing - June 10, 2024

June 10, 2024

In my days as a children’s ministry leader at our small church in a suburb just outside Minneapolis, my favorite class to teach (yes, this teacher had favorites) was the preschool...

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Blessed to Be a Blessing - June 9, 2024

June 9, 2024

When Jesus spoke of an unforgiveable sin, he uncorked a flow of questions and fears that continue today. It seems to me that the specter of God’s unforgiveness has, in many...

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