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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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Refuge Is Sabbath - August 19, 2019

August 19, 2019

Baby brother came home from the hospital with his proud parents to meet his sister. The four-year-old asked her mom and dad if she could be with her brother alone. Anxiously,...

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No Greater Love - August 18, 2019

August 18, 2019

Jesus’ declaration that he has come not to bring peace but to bring division is unsettling. Images of a peaceable kingdom where lions lie down with lambs float further away as...

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No Greater Love - August 17, 2019

August 17, 2019

In 2014 I had the chance to spend a week with a group of leaders from the underground church in Iran. The Americans were assigned to be their teachers at a...

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No Greater Love - August 16, 2019

August 16, 2019

What does it mean to run a race surrounded by witnesses? In the first Olympics of modern times in 1896, the crowd not only cheered but literally surrounded one runner. The...

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No Greater Love - August 15, 2019

August 15, 2019

Too many of us have grabbed hold of the notion that people of faith are perfect, unwavering examples to be lifted up because of their endless strengths. Actually, reading the Bible...

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No Greater Love - August 14, 2019

August 14, 2019

Today’s setting feels like déjà vu all over again to those of us who spent the last two days in Isaiah 5. We’re back on the farm. Once again Israel is...

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No Greater Love - August 13, 2019

August 13, 2019

Today we learn the outcome of the gardener’s investment of care. When he harvests the grapes, they are not the sweet, wholesome fruit for which he prepared. They are wild grapes,...

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No Greater Love - August 12, 2019

August 12, 2019

Love often takes the shape of preparation. A young man showers and shaves and washes his car as he thinks of a date with his beloved later that day. A mother-to-be...

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Doing Good, Seeking Justice - August 11, 2019

August 11, 2019

Live in readiness. Be dressed for action. Keep your batteries charged. Jesus does not equate waiting with doing nothing. Life is lived in the present, and Jesus has just instructed the...

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