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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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What God Requires - January 27, 2023

January 27, 2023

I belong to an indigenous community that inhabits the mountains and hills in the northern part of the Philippines. Our ancestors were labeled as barbaric, demonic, ignorant, and foolish by Spanish...

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What God Requires - January 26, 2023

January 26, 2023

Paul was writing to a congregation beset with disunity, immorality, infidelity, and other problems. In many ways, the Corinthian church was a microcosm of Corinth itself. Corinth was a major Greek...

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What God Requires - January 25, 2023

January 25, 2023

When I was a child, my parents farmed land we did not own for a living. Every planting season, we had to take loans from wealthy businessmen so we could buy...

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What God Requires - January 24, 2023

January 24, 2023

Micah deplored the wealthy who were oppressing the poor, and he warned that Judah was doomed to fall because of its failure to do justice. When we reject justice, we reject...

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What God Requires - January 23, 2023

January 23, 2023

Remembrance is central in the divine-human covenantal relationship. Our journey is largely shaped by past events of God’s encounter with God’s people. Today’s reading begins with God’s rebuke against Judah for...

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The Courage to Change - January 22, 2023

January 22, 2023

Fishing involves a whole lot of waiting, waiting, and more waiting. And even after all that waiting, sometimes nothing happens. The disciples knew that as well as any fisherman today does....

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The Courage to Change - January 21, 2023

January 21, 2023

We live in a world where platform and audience equal power and profit. It is an era when people are tempted to gauge their worth by how many people listen to...

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The Courage to Change - January 20, 2023

January 20, 2023

Earlier this week, we remembered the ministry of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We also remembered the sermon he preached in Memphis, Tennessee, just before he was assassinated. He...

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The Courage to Change - January 19, 2023

January 19, 2023

The change God wants to bring into our world and lives has a consistent rhythm. When Jesus spoke in his home synagogue for the first time, he announced that he had...

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The Courage to Change - January 18, 2023

January 18, 2023

Everything changed for me as a kid the first time I experienced a harvest. I vividly recall riding the bus home in second grade, carefully cradling a tiny sprout. I began...

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