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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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Returning to God - September 13, 2019

September 13, 2019

How do we experience God’s mercy? Paul testifies that he received mercy even though he was the foremost of all sinners. The word mercy presupposes an acknowledgment of unworthiness on the...

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Returning to God - September 12, 2019

September 12, 2019

One day I lost my earrings. My daughter had bought them for me with her first salary, so you can imagine how precious they are to me. I thought I had...

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Returning to God - September 11, 2019

September 11, 2019

What has Jesus called you to do? How has the overflowing grace and love of God enfolded you and empowered you, especially in times when you have made poor choices out...

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Returning to God - September 10, 2019

September 10, 2019

How many times do we forget to “call upon the Lord”? Seeking after God is not an easy task for contemporary Christians, especially when there are so many distractions. What would...

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Returning to God - September 9, 2019

September 9, 2019

This week’s reading starts with a feeling of the Creator’s agitation and the image of creation being dismantled. The disappointment with human beings and our unfaithfulness reaches the point of an...

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The Grandeur and Grace of God - September 8, 2019

September 8, 2019

Today we return to Luke 14, where Jesus counsels his followers to give up their idolatries if they would be his disciples. Now we note the hardest part of this call:...

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The Grandeur and Grace of God - September 7, 2019

September 7, 2019

In this familiar story, Paul sends Onesimus, who is probably an enslaved man who has run away, back to his master, Philemon. Paul appeals to Philemon not to enslave Onesimus but...

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The Grandeur and Grace of God - September 6, 2019

September 6, 2019

Jeremiah sees God at work in our lives and invites us to respond. God’s presence draws us into deep communion with God and the loving purposes that infuse all of creation....

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The Grandeur and Grace of God - September 5, 2019

September 5, 2019

In this striking analogy, Jeremiah pictures God as the potter, fashioning vessels out of clay. This would be a very familiar image to Jeremiah’s readers. The clay in this imagery represents...

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The Grandeur and Grace of God - September 4, 2019

September 4, 2019

The psalmist continues to express, in the most intimate terms, how totally God knows us and has formed us. These words do not compel us to conclude that God literally made...

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