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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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The Best and Worst in Us - June 21, 2018

June 21, 2018

Mark’s few verses are consistent with the theme of contrasts this week. Perhaps we need these opposites to remind us of life’s ebb and flow. Today is the summer solstice, the...

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The Best and Worst in Us - June 20, 2018

June 20, 2018

Today’s scripture provides a striking contrast in tone. We are lifted up with affirmative praise and reminded of the reward for those who seek God (vv. 9-12). Then just as quickly...

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The Best and Worst in Us - June 19, 2018

June 19, 2018

This scripture is a treasure trove of truth about ourselves. Here we have the example of what we can become when we are unsure of ourselves as Goliath was when he...

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The Best and Worst in Us - June 18, 2018

June 18, 2018

Our first image of the Philistines is that of an unsettled, wandering, irritable, and discontent people—like me for a long period of my life. What is likely to happen to us...

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Trusting in the Lord - June 17, 2018

June 17, 2018

In today’s reading, the apostle Paul outlines some tenets of trust for all who believe in Jesus Christ. Am I confident in the Lord, no longer clinging to this earthly life...

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Trusting in the Lord - June 16, 2018

June 16, 2018

Individuals applying for employment in the federal government are often required to complete an administrative background investigation called the National Agency Check. This security check is a validation of public trust...

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Trusting in the Lord - June 15, 2018

June 15, 2018

I  preached my first sermon over fifty years ago as a young teenager. The text and subject of the message escapes my memory, and I’m quite sure the congregation would say...

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Trusting in the Lord - June 14, 2018

June 14, 2018

We live in an age of instant gratification, same-day delivery service, and high-speed Internet. The insatiable demand for quick results fills our lives, and we have no patience . . ....

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Trusting in the Lord - June 13, 2018

June 13, 2018

This psalm opens with a reminder to place trust in God “in the day of trouble.” Days or seasons of trouble certainly come in this earthly life. Those who trust in...

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Missing an Opportunity

"I am concerned about our aging church membership, not out of fear that we are becoming an 'old' church; rather, my concern is that churches are missing an opportunity to help build the Kingdom of God with older adults." Read more . . .