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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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Divine Provision - September 24, 2023

September 24, 2023

Jesus never calls the landowner “God” and neither should we. Like every parable, this one does its best work when it’s not locked down ahead of time, no matter how many...

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Divine Provision - September 23, 2023

September 23, 2023

Today’s parable is so familiar to church-going Christians that it seldom receives a fresh hearing. Once you know the punchline, the story is just the vehicle for getting there. But if...

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Divine Provision - September 22, 2023

September 22, 2023

Philippi was a Roman military colony, which helps explain the military language here. Paul worked hard to use the language of the people to whom he wrote. If more Christians could...

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Divine Provision - September 21, 2023

September 21, 2023

Paul is in prison. He does not say where, but the church in Philippi has been good to him. A member of the congregation named Epaphroditus has come with gifts and...

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Divine Provision - September 20, 2023

September 20, 2023

This psalm praises God for giving the land of other nations to Israel, lending fuel to the long-burning fire between Israel and Palestine—but that gift is just one in a long...

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Divine Provision - September 19, 2023

September 19, 2023

No one has parsed Exodus more carefully than the Jews whose story it tells. Rabbinical literature is full of best guesses about the meaning of each detail. Cherished legends fill the...

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Divine Provision - September 18, 2023

September 18, 2023

Though the people’s life in Egypt was bad, the bread was good. Pharaoh’s royal kitchen produced fifty-seven different kinds of bread. Native emmer wheat was so valuable it was kept in...

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Parting the Waters - September 17, 2023

September 17, 2023

In Exodus, God parted the waters of the Red Sea to provide a way for God’s people to cross over safely. According to the writer of Psalm 114, Judah became God’s...

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Parting the Waters - September 16, 2023

September 16, 2023

Sisters and brothers in Christ, how is God leading us out of a place where we are caught or stuck? Moses’ words to Pharaoh were to “let [God's] people go” (Exod....

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Parting the Waters - September 15, 2023

September 15, 2023

What is forgiveness? We regularly pray some form of these words in the Lord’s Prayer: “Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.” What is the measure...

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