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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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When Things Seem Impossible - February 23, 2024

February 23, 2024

As a pastor—as a professional “person of faith”—I am keenly aware that I am expected to set a good example not only in my congregation but also for the people I...

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When Things Seem Impossible - February 22, 2024

February 22, 2024

Recently I officiated the funeral of a 96-year old man. He and his wife had three children, eight grandchildren, and twenty-two great-grandchildren. It was necessary to block off at least five...

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When Things Seem Impossible - February 21, 2024

February 21, 2024

It’s astonishing how easy it is to forget the amazing things God does for us. Not long ago I was doing some reorganizing and came across a shoe box filled to...

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When Things Seem Impossible - February 20, 2024

February 20, 2024

My all-time favorite novel is Jane Austen’s Persuasion, first published in 1818. It tells the story of 27-year-old Anne Elliot, the daughter of an English baronet. When she was nineteen, Anne...

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When Things Seem Impossible - February 19, 2024

February 19, 2024

Like many Presbyterian pastors, I lead a congregation where older members far outnumber the younger ones. Some of them need canes and walkers to navigate their way to worship now. Others...

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Hiking into Lent - February 18, 2024

February 18, 2024

As Christians, we each need to make a conscious effort to discover what God calls us to do. God’s call isn’t the same for everyone, and it is only through prayerful...

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Hiking into Lent - February 17, 2024

February 17, 2024

For me the most joyful moments of hiking are walking along the ridgelines of the mountains that surround where I live in southwestern Virginia. They often follow sheets of rock outcropping...

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Hiking into Lent - February 16, 2024

February 16, 2024

For many the season of Lent provides a framework to work out a spiritual goal, such as establishing a more regular prayer life, giving oneself in service, or choosing to fast....

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Hiking into Lent - February 15, 2024

February 15, 2024

Many people find spending time outdoors peaceful and rejuvenating. Hiking is a way I have found to engage in nature and spend time in prayer. Not all long distance hikers are...

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