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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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Working Our Way Through Change - May 13, 2019

May 13, 2019

When God seeks change, God calls persons in ways they can understand. Along with the other disciples, God charges Peter with the daunting task of changing a religious culture. In the...

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Conviction of Things Not Seen - May 12, 2019

May 12, 2019

Several scripture readings this week depict Jesus as our Shepherd, describing his care for the sheep. When coupling Revelation 7 with Psalm 23 and John 10, a striking reversal leaps from...

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Conviction of Things Not Seen - May 11, 2019

May 11, 2019

Sometimes when I look at the world, I begin to despair. There seems not enough space for the thousands of refugees worldwide fleeing war, genocide, brutality, and injustice. Even if we...

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Conviction of Things Not Seen - May 10, 2019

May 10, 2019

Jesus says, “My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me.” At first this sounds like a logical, easy progression of events. We hear God’s voice, and we...

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Conviction of Things Not Seen - May 9, 2019

May 9, 2019

Earlier in John 10, Jesus depicts himself as the good shepherd who willingly lays down his life for the sheep. He warns that one must enter the sheepfold by the gate,...

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Conviction of Things Not Seen - May 8, 2019

May 8, 2019

By the time we arrive at Joppa and the story of faithful Tabitha, the signs and wonders of Peter and the apostles are known widely. When Peter is in Jerusalem, people...

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Conviction of Things Not Seen - May 7, 2019

May 7, 2019

Readers tend to focus on what Psalm 23’s Shepherd does for us—with good reason! The Shepherd provides for our needs; guides us into places of peace, safety, and prosperity; and leads...

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Conviction of Things Not Seen - May 6, 2019

May 6, 2019

Sheep heavily rely upon their vision. The placement of their eyes enables a wide field of sight for them to scan their surroundings quickly for any surprises, particularly predators. Since their...

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Embodying the Resurrection - May 5, 2019

May 5, 2019

Reading John 21 from start to finish reveals a theme that one might otherwise gloss over: Before Jesus tells Peter to feed his sheep, Jesus feeds his sheep. In yesterday’s reading...

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Embodying the Resurrection - May 4, 2019

May 4, 2019

The New Testament intentionally affirms the bodily and physical—as opposed to the merely spiritual—resurrection of Jesus. In John 20:24-31, Thomas touches the risen Lord in order to verify the bodily nature...

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Sacred Work

"Lauren Burdette affirms the sacred work of motherhood and invites us on a path of rest and formation—to step more fully into the messy embodiment of God's love in the midst of family life." Learn more.