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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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Faithfulness, Grace, and Growth - July 25, 2020

July 25, 2020

Have you ever been with friends, family, or some large group where the goodwill seemed to overflow and the love radiate without conscious effort? You may have been very near “the...

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Faithfulness, Grace, and Growth - July 24, 2020

July 24, 2020

After all our efforts to reach adulthood, we may be surprised to realize at some point well into our adulthood that we still need to grow up. Perhaps our patience or...

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Faithfulness, Grace, and Growth - July 23, 2020

July 23, 2020

There’s a big difference between “all things work together for good for those who love God” and “in everything God works for good with those who love him” (rsv). The Greek...

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Faithfulness, Grace, and Growth - July 22, 2020

July 22, 2020

You’re reading the paper or watching TV. You see or read something terrible that lands with an impact. You give a deep sigh; you groan or grieve inside yourself. Paul tells...

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Faithfulness, Grace, and Growth - July 21, 2020

July 21, 2020

We’ve all known those who say they love the “whole human race” but seem to have difficulty interacting with individuals in front of them. Enduring relationships are specific, relational, and intentional....

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Faithfulness, Grace, and Growth - July 20, 2020

July 20, 2020

The saga of Jacob, Laban, and Laban’s daughters revels in a clash of wits. Laban, with possible collusion by the two sisters, outwits Jacob (who has just outwitted his brother Esau)....

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God Is at Work—Behind the Scenes - July 19, 2020

July 19, 2020

Imagine a world leader who delivers a speech that includes a story that doesn’t make a lot of sense to listeners. Then behind closed doors comes the meeting of the cabinet...

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God Is at Work—Behind the Scenes - July 18, 2020

July 18, 2020

When I work hard to do something right and it gets spoiled, I feel surprised at first, then perturbed, and finally sad. The householder-master in this parable responds to the malevolent...

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God Is at Work—Behind the Scenes - July 17, 2020

July 17, 2020

At the church I grew up in, I was as likely to be called “Kay” (my mother’s name) as to be called by my own name. I resemble my mother with...

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God Is at Work—Behind the Scenes - July 16, 2020

July 16, 2020

If someone comes to our house with a search warrant, we may feel guarded. Can we trust this person to be fair? What if they’ve fabricated evidence? Certainly we don’t trust...

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I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what is it that you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s People and like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.”

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