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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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Rules and Freedom - March 2, 2024

March 2, 2024

In the 1970s, a theory was promoted that humans have six basic emotions: happiness, sadness, fear, disgust, surprise, and anger. I’ve heard—and preached—a lot of sermons on happiness, sadness, fear, and...

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Rules and Freedom - March 1, 2024

March 1, 2024

For some reason, more and more people ask me to prove the Christian faith these days. Prove that God is real. Prove that Jesus is more than a historical figure but...

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Rules and Freedom - February 29, 2024

February 29, 2024

As a pastor, teacher, and leader, I spend a good amount of time trying not to be thought of as foolish. I’d venture to say that, unless you are in a...

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Rules and Freedom - February 28, 2024

February 28, 2024

Have you ever been in a setting that absolutely took your breath away? Many of us experience this sensation out in nature. On one such occasion for me, I was with...

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Rules and Freedom - February 27, 2024

February 27, 2024

The structure of the Ten Commandments is important to note. The first three commandments focus on loving God, and the next seven commandments focus on loving neighbor. I find it interesting...

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Rules and Freedom - February 26, 2024

February 26, 2024

I was in a conversation once with a teenager about freedom. The teen defined freedom as the ability to do what you want. This teenager is not alone; many people define...

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When Things Seem Impossible - February 25, 2024

February 25, 2024

Some things are just counterintuitive. For example, if we want more energy, expending it through exercise generally gives us more energy than resting too much. If we want to steer a...

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When Things Seem Impossible - February 24, 2024

February 24, 2024

After becoming the first disciple to declare that Jesus is the Messiah, Peter turns around and rebukes Jesus for saying that he must suffer, be rejected, and be killed. Some interpret...

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When Things Seem Impossible - February 23, 2024

February 23, 2024

As a pastor—as a professional “person of faith”—I am keenly aware that I am expected to set a good example not only in my congregation but also for the people I...

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