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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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Looking for the Bigger Picture - February 20, 2019

February 20, 2019

When we encounter the words of the Psalms, we find language of loving God and being loved by God that is becoming more foreign to our day and time. In this...

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Looking for the Bigger Picture - February 19, 2019

February 19, 2019

Children have always held a special place in the lives of Native American and indigenous communities across the world. Many in North America believe that the innocence and purity these little...

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Looking for the Bigger Picture - February 18, 2019

February 18, 2019

The story of Joseph in the book of Genesis is a fairly well- known saga, possibly one of the best-known texts of the Hebrew scriptures. The story is full of controversy,...

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The Bible in One Hand and Ojibway Fiction in the Other - February 17, 2019

February 17, 2019

Our greatest reassurance lies in our faith and confidence in the resurrection of the dead and, specifically, the resurrection of Christ Jesus. Resurrection overpowers all the negativity that weaves through this...

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The Bible in One Hand and Ojibway Fiction in the Other - February 16, 2019

February 16, 2019

“Happy are those . . .” Garnet Raven shows us that happiness is a complex state not easily achieved. The kind of happiness referred to in Psalm 1 is partially captured in Wagamese’s slang...

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The Bible in One Hand and Ojibway Fiction in the Other - February 15, 2019

February 15, 2019

Resurrection of the dead is one of the most difficult Christian doctrines to understand. It is easier to find imagery that allows us to glimpse resurrection than to define it. When...

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The Bible in One Hand and Ojibway Fiction in the Other - February 14, 2019

February 14, 2019

Richard Wagamese’s books record the difficult, diverse, and complex paths of human beings toward healing from deep emotional wounds. In Keeper’n Me, Garnet Raven seeks his Ojibway identity, learns the teachings...

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The Bible in One Hand and Ojibway Fiction in the Other - February 13, 2019

February 13, 2019

In this passage, Jeremiah presents us with a series of potent metaphors for the person who places trust in mere mortals rather than in God, concluding with the shocking image of...

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The Bible in One Hand and Ojibway Fiction in the Other - February 12, 2019

February 12, 2019

I can lose myself easily in Richard Wagamese’s descriptions of Ontario lake country—the pines, the cliffs, the water. I imagine paddling the lakes or driving through the forest to White Dog...

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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 . . .