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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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The Paradoxical Ways of God - March 11, 2019

March 11, 2019

The Lord comes to Abram “after these things.” After what things? The verses immediately preceding tell us that Abram has come from battle with those who captured his nephew. The Lord...

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God’s Unwavering Presence - March 10, 2019

March 10, 2019

Reflecting on the temptations of Jesus can be difficult. They touch on our human desires to eat, to have power, and to be immortal. We all feel these desires at one...

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God’s Unwavering Presence - March 9, 2019

March 9, 2019

When we read these verses of the book of Isaiah and reflect on our world today, we have no choice but to conclude that these words are as relevant today as...

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God’s Unwavering Presence - March 8, 2019

March 8, 2019

Today we continue reflecting on this passage from the letter to the Romans. The apostle Paul, the author of this letter, is an expert in Jewish law and had lived his...

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God’s Unwavering Presence - March 7, 2019

March 7, 2019

The apostle Paul writes this letter to an emerging Christian congregation in the capital of the Roman Empire. This congregation probably meets in someone’s home and is composed not only of...

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God’s Unwavering Presence - March 6, 2019

March 6, 2019

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent when we focus on reflection, fasting, and prayer. Many Christians choose to fast during Lent. It has also been a custom...

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God’s Unwavering Presence - March 5, 2019

March 5, 2019

“You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress; my God, in...

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God’s Unwavering Presence - March 4, 2019

March 4, 2019

In the book of Deuteronomy, we read over and over again about the land God promises to God’s people. Trusting that promise, they leave the nation where they have been foreigners...

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A Noticeable Difference - March 3, 2019

March 3, 2019

In today’s text Paul uses Moses’ veil as a metaphor for the lack of spiritual understanding outside of a relationship with God through Jesus. Paul writes that the purpose of Moses’...

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A Noticeable Difference - March 2, 2019

March 2, 2019

As a little boy walking with my mom and dad through the county fair, I’d see men standing at the entrance to tents trying to entice people to enter. It might...

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The Holy Service of Motherhood

"When I became a parent, I struggled to find God within the chaotic world where I now lived. I was used to contemplative prayer, to silence and service and listening for God’s still, small voice in quiet, hidden spaces. Suddenly none of my life felt quiet or hidden – it was all loud, messy, and exposed." Discover more.