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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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Show Me Your Ways - October 22, 2017

October 22, 2017

Sometimes the unbelievable complexity of life brings amazement. Shorthand and lingo get batted around, effectively excluding anyone who hasn’t been part of the conversation from the beginning. Sometimes people use big...

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Show Me Your Ways - October 21, 2017

October 21, 2017

Playing favorites isn’t fair! While nepotism isn’t illegal, the practice of giving family and friends special opportunity and privilege can have demoralizing effects on others. Morale crashes. Mistrust builds. And those...

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Show Me Your Ways - October 20, 2017

October 20, 2017

A small brown rock sits on my desk amid other sentimental stuff—wind-up clacking teeth, a challenge coin from a police department I served as chaplain, a tiny carved wooden elephant from...

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Show Me Your Ways - October 19, 2017

October 19, 2017

Love means never having to say you’re sorry” according to Erich Segal’s novel (Love Story), written nearly fifty years ago. That philosophy deems responsibility for hurt feelings unnecessary. Regret becomes irrelevant....

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Show Me Your Ways - October 18, 2017

October 18, 2017

To have an identity is to be unique, to be distinguished, to have connection with others, to have history, to belong. In late 2014 a worldwide gathering focused on the plight...

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Show Me Your Ways - October 17, 2017

October 17, 2017

Ilike my hammock. With it hanging between two pine trees, I can climb on, wait for the gentle swaying to stop, and gaze out on the lake that reflects the blue...

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Show Me Your Ways - October 16, 2017

October 16, 2017

It’s frustrating when you recognize someone but can’t call the name. It’s on the tip of your tongue, but it’s not coming. Even finger snapping doesn’t bring the name to consciousness,...

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Show Me Your Ways - October 15, 2017

October 15, 2017

What exactly does Jesus mean when the king hosting his son’s wedding banquet says, “Many are called, but few are chosen”? I have struggled with this parable because the king’s violent...

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Show Me Your Ways - October 14, 2017

October 14, 2017

How would you respond if I publicly announce that you need to be of the same mind in the Lord with someone with whom you are in conflict? I always wonder...

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