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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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Walking in the Light - February 5, 2017

February 5, 2017

Today’s passage helps us understand qualities of discipleship and puts forth two images for Christian community: salt and light. Salt is an amazing ingredient that flavors and preserves. Yet, when “salt...

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Walking in the Light - February 4, 2017

February 4, 2017

I heard a story about Mother Teresa when she was beginning her ministry to the poor and dying in Calcutta, India. She had taken a plate of food to a woman...

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Walking in the Light - February 3, 2017

February 3, 2017

In many of his letters, Paul enumerates a list of the gifts the Holy Spirit bestows on those who follow Christ. His concern for the churches he founded and supported through...

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Walking in the Light - February 2, 2017

February 2, 2017

Many years ago I studied Anglican spirituality at Canterbury Cathedral in England. The first night the dean of that church introduced participants to the program with a candlelight pilgrimage through the...

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Walking in the Light - February 1, 2017

February 1, 2017

Paul proclaims “God’s wisdom, secret and hidden.” The light of Christ that blinded him on the road to Damascus has filled his heart and mind. Freed from his blindness, he receives...

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Walking in the Light - January 31, 2017

January 31, 2017

In some parts of the world, Christians practice evangelism by sending a young Christian couple to a village to live and work. The couple begins their family and lives faithfully day...

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Walking in the Light - January 30, 2017

January 30, 2017

The Creation story in Genesis reveals God first creating light that enlightens an earth bathed in darkness. God speaks light into being. Many understand this first light of Creation as the...

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Who Are We Becoming in Christ? - January 29, 2017

January 29, 2017

The Beatitudes are a prophetic utterance. They claim and proclaim God’s favor in places and for people for whom it is not yet apparent. They point the disciples and us to...

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Who Are We Becoming in Christ? - January 28, 2017

January 28, 2017

Jesus goes up the mountain to teach. The writer of Matthew’s Gospel addresses a Jewish audience for whom Moses’ teaching from Mount Sinai loomed large in both geography and self-understanding. Commentators...

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Who Are We Becoming in Christ? - January 27, 2017

January 27, 2017

We often hear it said that “seeing is believing,” but “believing is seeing” can also be true. Our expectations and beliefs shape what we see or perceive. Paul notes that the...

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