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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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As It Was in the Beginning . . . - December 30, 2019

December 30, 2019

This week, endings and beginnings get jumbled together. The last month on the calendar coincides with the first season of the Christian year. The new year coincides with ending fiscal cycles....

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The Humility of God - December 29, 2019

December 29, 2019

We feel the sun; we see the moon, rain clouds, storm clouds, ice, snow, birds, great whales, and waves. We hear the sound of cicadas, thunder, and gulls. We look up...

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The Humility of God - December 28, 2019

December 28, 2019

One of the most beautiful gardens in Britain is at Highgrove. In a tucked-away portion of the garden stands a wall created of what appears to be broken pieces of stone...

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The Humility of God - December 27, 2019

December 27, 2019

I find myself reaching back to remember once-familiar words or concepts now almost forgotten. I think to ask someone and then remember that those who might recall have entered another life...

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The Humility of God - December 26, 2019

December 26, 2019

There is a place I see often in my mind. In the summer heat, the grass is brown, but in the just-after-snow melt the green grass grows until it reaches high...

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The Humility of God - December 25, 2019

December 25, 2019

There is no such thing in the universe as a one-person event. The story isn’t about us alone. Even with our narrow focus, the narrative begins with me and the God-Who-Is-Humble....

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The Humility of God - December 24, 2019

December 24, 2019

Nothing that emanates from the character of God is static. Creativity that emanates from the person and presence of God still continues, changes, and grows. That spiritual process is renewed every...

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The Humility of God - December 23, 2019

December 23, 2019

God is humble. A listening ear may find music in random sounds. All around us are the songs of animal composers, whale and bird, frog and cricket. Human composers gather and...

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Covenant Keeping - December 22, 2019

December 22, 2019

Joseph must have gone to bed that night with a lot on his mind. His betrothed, Mary, is pregnant. He knows he has not contributed to this pregnancy. Out of goodness,...

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Covenant Keeping - December 21, 2019

December 21, 2019

In the opening sentence of Paul’s greeting, he identifies himself as a servant of Christ. Few of us would likely identify ourselves as servants, given any other options. A disciple? Yes....

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