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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 Option to Choose - September 22, 2018

September 22, 2018

Why are the disciples afraid to ask? Is it because they cannot conceive that Jesus can suffer death after the notoriety of his ministry and miracles? It seems that their fear...

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The Option to Choose - September 21, 2018

September 21, 2018

Obedience to God begins the fulfilling of God’s will in our lives. When James writes about submitting to God, he is simply saying: Obey God. Some of us wrestle with the...

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The Option to Choose - September 20, 2018

September 20, 2018

“Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you?” External conflict often reflects our internal struggles....

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The Option to Choose - September 19, 2018

September 19, 2018

James writes to Christians experiencing conflict. In order to help them, James confronts them with this question: “Who is wise and understanding among you?” In other words, how do you know...

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The Option to Choose - September 18, 2018

September 18, 2018

Today’s passage reminds me of a story from an anonymous author. A little boy named Peter is visiting his grandparents’ farm. Peter has a slingshot and plays with it in the...

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The Option to Choose - September 17, 2018

September 17, 2018

We often assume that Proverbs 31 describes the perfect woman or the characteristics a “good” woman needs to possess. However, we need to be aware that this passage is a poem...

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Heed the Calling - September 16, 2018

September 16, 2018

James offers a clear warning: harsh, critical, damaging language has no place in a faithful life. The text suggests it’s impossible for the two to coexist: “Does a fig tree produce...

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Heed the Calling - September 15, 2018

September 15, 2018

Every Sunday many ministers utter the psalmist’s prayer just before offering sermons to their congregations. They have spent the week reading, studying, praying, and writing a spiritual reflection on a passage...

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Heed the Calling - September 14, 2018

September 14, 2018

In today’s passage, James uses strong words to describe the tongue. He says it’s a match that can start a wildfire—a fire that originates in hell. He warns that our “tongue,”...

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