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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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Who Are We Becoming in Christ? - January 25, 2017

January 25, 2017

After hearing God’s brief against the people in verses 1-5, in this passage we hear Micah’s own words. The prophet seems to repeat a list of questions posed to him. Can...

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Who Are We Becoming in Christ? - January 24, 2017

January 24, 2017

In these verses that lead up to one of the most oft-cited passages from Micah, the prophet lets the people of Israel know that God is lodging a complaint against them....

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Who Are We Becoming in Christ? - January 23, 2017

January 23, 2017

The scripture texts assigned for this week seem to contain a lot of lists. Some describe what is good, and some note what is not good. If you are a list...

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No Need to Fear - January 22, 2017

January 22, 2017

This joyful pronouncement promises a time to come when all will rejoice before God, when oppression and war will end, when the anguish of darkness shall cease. God has promised us...

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No Need to Fear - January 21, 2017

January 21, 2017

What drives us to split into groups, to drive others away because of differences real or imagined? Why do we wall ourselves off to other points of view except that of...

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No Need to Fear - January 20, 2017

January 20, 2017

Light has come into the darkness. Hope has come into hopelessness. Healing has come to sickness—all through Jesus Christ. Jesus calls Simon and Andrew, James and John in this moment, but...

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No Need to Fear - January 19, 2017

January 19, 2017

Paul understands his primary call to be that of proclamation. Paul’s conversion came in a flash of light, with Jesus himself speaking to Paul. The story involved visions, blindness, and healing....

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No Need to Fear - January 18, 2017

January 18, 2017

They leave everything. That’s what strikes me. Peter and Andrew, James and John leave behind everything they’ve ever known—the boats and nets they employ to make a living, their families. They...

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No Need to Fear - January 17, 2017

January 17, 2017

The states of confidence and doubt are jarringly juxtaposed in this psalm. How can the psalmist go from praise to impassioned pleas for a glimpse of God’s help? How often do...

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No Need to Fear - January 16, 2017

January 16, 2017

God is like light, like a stronghold. Light, by its very nature, drives away the darkness and shows what has been hidden; it can do no less. A stronghold could be...

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This season, Whitney R. Simpson has given us the gift we must open: a clear, accessible invitation to connect with the divine spark that is within us. This is the best present: being present for Jesus’ birth, God made human.”

Learn more about our newest Advent resource, Fully Human, Fully Divine here.