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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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June 14, 2016

June 14, 2016

Many of us feel perpetually overwhelmed by financial difficulties, relationship problems, health issues, and more. All of these can weigh on us, leaving an impression in our souls. When I am...

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June 13, 2016

June 13, 2016

I have two children under the age of four. I often spend my days in a cacophony of shouts, wild laughter, and shrieking tantrums. I frequently find myself competing with the...

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June 12, 2016

June 12, 2016

One bedrock principle of the Protestant Reformation was justification by faith. We are not justified by meritorious works but by our faith in Jesus Christ. However, this principle depends upon a...

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June 11, 2016

June 11, 2016

Marketing consultants tell companies that they must “brand” their products. Otherwise they won’t stand out from the other businesses around them. Branding employs external markers to distinguish a product from its...

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June 10, 2016

June 10, 2016

Naboth’s widow and children could have written Psalm 5. The psalmist praises God as the one who takes no delight in evil, greed, dishonesty, or treachery. The psalmist’s God is the...

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June 9, 2016

June 9, 2016

Israel’s royal ideology demands that its kings deliver the needy from oppression and defend the poor from violence. Jezebel and Ahab do not simply neglect this responsibility; they intentionally repudiate it...

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June 8, 2016

June 8, 2016

King Ahab covets the vineyard next to his palace. He approaches its owner, Naboth, with an offer that he cannot refuse. But Naboth does refuse. He knows that his land is...

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June 7, 2016

June 7, 2016

This story concludes with a description of several other women who follow Jesus. They too live generously and gratefully in response to Jesus’ healing and forgiveness. Like the Twelve, they are...

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June 6, 2016

June 6, 2016

All four Gospels include stories about a woman who anoints Jesus during a meal. Three Gospels describe this anointing as happening in Jerusalem before Jesus’ arrest as a foreshadowing of his...

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June 5, 2016

June 5, 2016

Jesus restores a young man to his mother and community. He moves in close, touching the bier that carries the son. His action causes the bearers to stop, to stand still....

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The Holy Service of Motherhood

"When I became a parent, I struggled to find God within the chaotic world where I now lived. I was used to contemplative prayer, to silence and service and listening for God’s still, small voice in quiet, hidden spaces. Suddenly none of my life felt quiet or hidden – it was all loud, messy, and exposed." Discover more.