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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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Jesus’ Baptism and Ours - January 9, 2020

January 9, 2020

The words of this prayer for a newly installed king apply just as readily to leaders of countries with a different form of government. They surely embody hopes and aspirations that...

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Jesus’ Baptism and Ours - January 8, 2020

January 8, 2020

Devout Jewish Christians find it hard to believe that God accepts people into the Christian fold without the Jewish requirements for admission—baptism for all and circumcision for males. One of Jesus’...

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Jesus’ Baptism and Ours - January 7, 2020

January 7, 2020

Readers of the Gospels will recognize readily the impact the Servant Poems of Isaiah (42:1-4; 49:1-6; 50:4-11; 52:13–53:12) exert on Jesus’ understanding of himself and God’s expectations of him. Scholars hold...

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Jesus’ Baptism and Ours - January 6, 2020

January 6, 2020

Early Christians added the visit of the magi to Bethlehem to the baptism of Jesus as a second interpretation of Epiphany. (The first interpretation of Epiphany was the day of Jesus’...

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As It Was in the Beginning . . . - January 5, 2020

January 5, 2020

I love working on my genealogy as a way of discovering my heritage. I have learned a lot about my family members. I am quite proud of some; others, not so...

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As It Was in the Beginning . . . - January 4, 2020

January 4, 2020

Jesus Christ is God’s complete expression of grace and truth. Jesus makes God known to us and to the world. The law is given through Moses, but we receive God’s grace...

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As It Was in the Beginning . . . - January 3, 2020

January 3, 2020

Today’s reading introduces a discussion about the relationship between God and Jesus and describes how God and Jesus are united as the Word from the beginning. The Word is with God...

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As It Was in the Beginning . . . - January 2, 2020

January 2, 2020

I listened with awe as a young man shared his testimony. His wife died from cancer several years ago. He spoke of the holiness of the moment of her death; he...

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As It Was in the Beginning . . . - January 1, 2020

January 1, 2020

Is your Christmas tree still up? Are you still overindulging in Christmas goodies? Are you celebrating throughout this week too? I hope so. In stark contrast to the secular season of...

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As It Was in the Beginning . . . - December 31, 2019

December 31, 2019

My military family moved fifteen times before I left for college. I have used Google Earth and driven by former homes to see what they look like. I find myself asking,...

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