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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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Trusting God’s Love Even in Bad Times - November 29, 2020

November 29, 2020

I once saw a bumper sticker that read, “BE ALERT! THE WORLD NEEDS MORE LERTS.” Jesus tells his disciples not only to be alert but to stay alert until the end...

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Trusting God’s Love Even in Bad Times - November 28, 2020

November 28, 2020

Paul addresses this first letter to the church in Corinth to the “saints.” He writes for the people who have been set apart as God’s people by their baptism. But when...

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Trusting God’s Love Even in Bad Times - November 27, 2020

November 27, 2020

Jesus and the disciples are leaving Jerusalem after a long day of teaching in the Temple, when one of the disciples gushes about how awesome the stones and buildings are. Jesus...

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Trusting God’s Love Even in Bad Times - November 26, 2020

November 26, 2020

Deuteronomy is written as a farewell address by Moses. For forty years he has led the Israelites around and around in the desert. Most of the folks who came out of...

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Trusting God’s Love Even in Bad Times - November 25, 2020

November 25, 2020

Do you ever get distressed when others are praising God for the blessings they’ve received? Do you feel left out in the dark while others are in the sunshine of God’s...

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Trusting God’s Love Even in Bad Times - November 24, 2020

November 24, 2020

The prophet speaking for and to the returned exiles pleads for God to blast their enemies. But that doesn’t happen. It is time for a sort-of confession. “But you were angry...

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Trusting God’s Love Even in Bad Times - November 23, 2020

November 23, 2020

The Israelites experience God not as an abstract set of attributes but through stories of saving power. Yes, God is described as holy, powerful, just, steadfast in love. But mostly God...

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The Promises of God - November 22, 2020

November 22, 2020

We have been walking through some tenuous scriptural ground this week, grappling with hell and judgment, salvation and righteousness, empire and God’s kingdom. It is no easy terrain, no simple way...

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The Promises of God - November 21, 2020

November 21, 2020

One of the gifts the Jewish tradition offers is the practice of midrash, a way of reading a biblical text with a question mark instead of a period. The practice of...

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Our resolve must be different. My prayer is that we have finally reached a tipping point. My hope is that when the protests fade and the marches slow that our will as a church to truly eradicate the scourge of racism won’t dissipate but grows even stronger.” 

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