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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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Heed the Calling - September 15, 2018

September 15, 2018

Every Sunday many ministers utter the psalmist’s prayer just before offering sermons to their congregations. They have spent the week reading, studying, praying, and writing a spiritual reflection on a passage...

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Heed the Calling - September 14, 2018

September 14, 2018

In today’s passage, James uses strong words to describe the tongue. He says it’s a match that can start a wildfire—a fire that originates in hell. He warns that our “tongue,”...

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Heed the Calling - September 13, 2018

September 13, 2018

Today’s psalm describes something every one of us has experienced: The heavens declare the glory of God. Whether we’re captivated by a mountain on the horizon, early mornings on a beach,...

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Heed the Calling - September 12, 2018

September 12, 2018

When my daughter was two years old, she enjoyed two activities: playing outside and removing her clothes. More than once, she sprinted out the front door and down our quiet residential...

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Heed the Calling - September 11, 2018

September 11, 2018

Today’s scripture recounts a notable interaction between Jesus and Peter. When Jesus shares a message of suffering and death with his disciples, Peter rebukes him. Jesus replies, “Get behind me, Satan”...

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Heed the Calling - September 10, 2018

September 10, 2018

This week’s readings center around hearing God’s voice and heeding the call to faithfulness. Each scripture bears witness to the power of God’s presence in the words and an invitation to...

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Love Your Neighbor as Yourself - September 9, 2018

September 9, 2018

So many factors in the human experience can serve to separate us. Governments, societies, and even religions seem intent on erecting walls and boundaries that divide us based on any number...

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Love Your Neighbor as Yourself - September 8, 2018

September 8, 2018

All religions attempt to instill a sense of right and wrong into the hearts and minds of their followers. Although we can think and discuss ethics without considering religion, it is...

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Love Your Neighbor as Yourself - September 7, 2018

September 7, 2018

We may also find ourselves “labeling” people based on their physical ability—like seeing or walking or comprehending. We use the terms disabled and whole to divide people. We lump all those...

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Love Your Neighbor as Yourself - September 6, 2018

September 6, 2018

We often differentiate among people by focusing on national borders. The question of the status of immigrants or refugees is a daily discussion on news programs and in the halls of...

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Sharing the heart, mind, and work of Christ . . .

“Prayer, searching the scripture, and service are means of entering into and sharing the heart, mind, and work of Christ. A balanced spiritual practice helps us get in step with the transforming rhythm of Jesus’ life with God: work and worship, engagement and rest, service and Sabbath, contemplation and action.” Read more.