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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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Witnessing (to) the Journey - May 18, 2023

May 18, 2023

Have you ever flown with young children? “Mom, look at those mountains!” “Dad, what’s that out the window?” Caught between the beauty and the novelty, they want us to join their...

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Witnessing (to) the Journey - May 17, 2023

May 17, 2023

Journeys can feel risky, especially when you feel like no one is in charge. Today’s passage takes us back to an earlier stretch of the disciples’ journey, when Jesus had just...

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Witnessing (to) the Journey - May 16, 2023

May 16, 2023

“Hurry up and wait.” Anyone who’s ever taken a family trip knows the feeling. The destination is in mind and the itinerary all planned out, but so much of the journey...

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Witnessing (to) the Journey - May 15, 2023

May 15, 2023

“Are we there yet?” This question captures a weariness from travel and an eagerness to arrive. Whether on a family road trip or working toward a professional goal, exhaustion and excitement...

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Knowing God - May 14, 2023

May 14, 2023

I remember specifically the terror I felt as a child in the basement of a Sears department store when I discovered that my curiosity had separated me from my mother—who was...

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Knowing God - May 13, 2023

May 13, 2023

Language about God is a tricky business. A mentor stressed to me that speaking about God means trading in metaphors. They flutter between yes and no, opening vistas of understanding and...

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Knowing God - May 12, 2023

May 12, 2023

“Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good?” It turns out that this does not promise followers of Christ that they will be free from...

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Knowing God - May 11, 2023

May 11, 2023

I recently visited Maine’s Acadia National Park, an expansive natural treasure of 49,000 acres. The breathtaking landscape was carved out by glaciers in a past so distant that it stretches the imagination....

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Knowing God - May 10, 2023

May 10, 2023

Communities have stories. If you think about it, there really is no hard and fast distinction between the story of me and the story of us. Every individual’s story contains numerous...

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Knowing God - May 9, 2023

May 9, 2023

When was the last time you experienced awe or wide-eyed wonder? When have words escaped your ability to give expression to beauty? Or grief? In these moments we get a glimpse...

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