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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 God of New Beginnings - March 25, 2019

March 25, 2019

The Israelites finally have arrived. After forty years of wandering in the wilderness, God has brought them into the Promised Land. The long and difficult journey has lasted for a generation,...

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Thirsting for God - March 24, 2019

March 24, 2019

Jesus knew trees. As a carpenter, he understands how even the chopped-down tree has its uses. Like everyone else in ancient times, he eats directly from trees along the way. Thomas...

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Thirsting for God - March 23, 2019

March 23, 2019

Pilate reportedly ordered the execution of some Galileans just as they were offering sacrifices in the Temple. Hearing this news, Jesus reminds his listeners of the eighteen people who died when...

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Thirsting for God - March 22, 2019

March 22, 2019

I once heard a comedian say, “The problem with the lessons of history is we never learn the lessons of history.” These primal days of Israel’s history as a nation liberated...

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Thirsting for God - March 21, 2019

March 21, 2019

Psalm 63 takes a surprising turn in verse 6. Verse 5 begins, “My soul is satisfied . . . my mouth praises”—but when? “When I think of you on my bed, and meditate on you...

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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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Patience

"Patience requires us to slow down, pay attention, and see God in the midst of our frustration. When you get impatient, ask God what God would like you to see in that moment." Read More . . .