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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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Lessons in Respect - September 15, 2016

September 15, 2016

One of my Bible teachers noted that humanity’s attitude is this: “Lord, tell me once, maybe twice, and I'll take it from there.” It reminds me of a young child telling...

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Lessons in Respect - September 14, 2016

September 14, 2016

We want to find people we can look up to, don’t we? Just look at the many TV shows and movies based on superheroes and people who save the day. Our...

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Lessons in Respect - September 13, 2016

September 13, 2016

Jeremiah began prophesying to Jerusalem and Judah in 622 bce, during the time of the reforms of King Josiah. Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylonia, destroyed Jerusalem in 586 bce, ending the southern...

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Lessons in Respect - September 12, 2016

September 12, 2016

Jeremiah mourns Israel’s alienation from God. He proclaims, “Come back to God,” but the people refuse. The drought in the land reflects the drought in their souls. The people wonder why...

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The Many Faces of God - September 11, 2016

September 11, 2016

All three parables in Luke 15 (the lost sheep, the lost coin, the lost son) end the same way: with a big, lavish, over-the-top party! In verses 1-10, the elation of...

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The Many Faces of God - September 10, 2016

September 10, 2016

Jesus comes under fire from the Pharisees for consorting with tax collectors and sinners and actually sharing meals with them! The dinner table, a place of acceptance and celebration, clearly brings...

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The Many Faces of God - September 9, 2016

September 9, 2016

Paul celebrates what he experiences as Christ’s remarkable patience. It isn’t surprising that Paul’s list of the fruit of the Spirit includes patience. (See Galatians 5:22.) As we attempt to embody...

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The Many Faces of God - September 8, 2016

September 8, 2016

Paul joins a long list of biblical characters who engage in kingdom purposes despite their inadequacies. In this letter to Timothy, we read a portion of Paul’s personal story. He tells...

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The Many Faces of God - September 7, 2016

September 7, 2016

The final words of Jeremiah’s diatribe hold out a sliver of hope for the wayward Israelites. Verses 27 and 28 offer a surprising shift in tone as they speak of restoration...

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The Many Faces of God - September 6, 2016

September 6, 2016

This psalm presents a gloomy view of humankind—a picture of “fools” who fail to acknowledge God’s reality and presence. It describes the foolishness of a life out of step with God’s...

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