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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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Thirsting for God - March 20, 2019

March 20, 2019

Got Jesus? is a question, almost a dare, I’ve seen posed by posters and sweatshirts. I want to respond by saying, “I hope he’s got me.” But a better answer might...

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Thirsting for God - March 19, 2019

March 19, 2019

“Seek the Lord while he may be found.” When would that be? Now! Claus Westermann translates it, “Seek Yahweh since he may be found.”* God does not hide in some distant...

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Thirsting for God - March 18, 2019

March 18, 2019

The Israelites who hear the prophet’s ringing, joyful proclamation must scoff. The city is in ruins; the possibility of rebuilding the nation must seem ridiculous. To such demoralized people, needing a...

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The Paradoxical Ways of God - March 17, 2019

March 17, 2019

How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!” What a tender and helpless image! What...

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The Paradoxical Ways of God - March 16, 2019

March 16, 2019

The first verse of this text says, “At that very hour.” What hour? The hour when Jesus, while making his way to Jerusalem, is casting out demons and curing the sick....

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The Paradoxical Ways of God - March 15, 2019

March 15, 2019

Paul encourages his sisters and brothers “to stand firm in the Lord in this way.” What way does he mean? First Paul advises them to imitate him. But wait; Paul’s conversion...

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The Paradoxical Ways of God - March 14, 2019

March 14, 2019

The psalmist’s life has been anything but a bed of roses. He has been beset by trouble, ravaged by war, pursued by enemies, and victimized by violence and false testimony. Even...

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The Paradoxical Ways of God - March 13, 2019

March 13, 2019

When my sister was dying, her son asked her, “Mom, if you were granted one wish, what would that be?” With the small voice she had left after undergoing three surgeries...

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The Paradoxical Ways of God - March 12, 2019

March 12, 2019

Abram is old and childless; his wife, Sarai, is well beyond childbearing age. Abram cannot believe that his own child will be his heir and that his descendants will outnumber the...

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The Holy Service of Motherhood

"When I became a parent, I struggled to find God within the chaotic world where I now lived. I was used to contemplative prayer, to silence and service and listening for God’s still, small voice in quiet, hidden spaces. Suddenly none of my life felt quiet or hidden – it was all loud, messy, and exposed." Discover more.