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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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A Sense of Place - October 21, 2018

October 21, 2018

James and John get a lot of flak from the other ten. Are the ten jealous of the brothers’ boldness—their ability to ask the question? Do the other disciples think them...

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A Sense of Place - October 20, 2018

October 20, 2018

Sometimes we need to speak up to get where we want to go. James and John do just that. They say point-blank to Jesus words to this effect, “Do something for...

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A Sense of Place - October 19, 2018

October 19, 2018

Then there’s Jesus Christ, who meets us where we are and deals gently with us. Today, tomorrow, forever. Being a high priest for all and forever is no joking matter. It’s...

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A Sense of Place - October 18, 2018

October 18, 2018

Sometimes knowing your place literally means knowing where you are. Other times, it means knowing your roles and responsibilities to yourself and to others. It takes time to realize that your...

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A Sense of Place - October 17, 2018

October 17, 2018

Sometimes we’re in the right place at the right time to catch glimpses of the holy. While on a clergy retreat in the Arizona desert, I had some time to sit...

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A Sense of Place - October 16, 2018

October 16, 2018

I’ve asked “Where are you God?” and “What have you done for me lately?” before. In times of loneliness or loss or impatience, it is easy to doubt God’s presence and...

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A Sense of Place - October 15, 2018

October 15, 2018

Do you remember a time when you thought you knew everything? When you constantly felt the need to correct or criticize everything? That you knew what was going on in the...

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Spotlight on the Soul - October 14, 2018

October 14, 2018

Years ago I remember playfully altering the words of the hymn by Judson W. Van Deventer titled “I Surrender All.” I wanted to point out the absurdity of partial commitment to...

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Spotlight on the Soul - October 13, 2018

October 13, 2018

Jesus said some shocking things about money. I just want to put that out there in case you hadn’t run across some of his radical thoughts on the subject. For years...

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Amazing Kids

Marlee Whitlock considered a question posed by her church in Indianapolis: How could you use $100 to make the world a better place? Adopted from Ethopia as an infant, Marlee decided that she wanted to help children in her native country. Read more of Marlee's story...