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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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Love Your Neighbor as Yourself - September 5, 2018

September 5, 2018

A healthy relationship with God requires both faith and works. Faith acknowledges the relationship we have with God, both individually and as a community. It understands and holds dear the privileges...

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Love Your Neighbor as Yourself - September 4, 2018

September 4, 2018

Yesterday’s reading from Proverbs revealed that measuring people’s worth by their wealth is an illusion. God created all of us, and our common humanity can bring us together. Today’s reading from...

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Love Your Neighbor as Yourself - September 3, 2018

September 3, 2018

In our twenty-first-century world, e-mail, social media, and 24-hour news sources connect us in ways unimaginable to previous generations. Our technologies and online lives bring us seemingly closer to one another...

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Love Comes - September 2, 2018

September 2, 2018

Song of Solomon is one of the briefest books in the Old Testament with only one hundred seventeen verses organized into eight short chapters. However, as its other name, Song of...

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Love Comes - September 1, 2018

September 1, 2018

Please don’t ask me to officiate any more weddings,” I begged my two clergy colleagues on our church staff. After a string of wedding mishaps, I needed a break from less-than-ideal...

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Love Comes - August 31, 2018

August 31, 2018

The heading of this psalm titles it “a love song.” In actuality, it is a royal wedding song. When read in its entirety, the psalm elaborates on the fine clothing of...

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Love Comes - August 30, 2018

August 30, 2018

Fifty kids and leaders tumbled out of the minivans and car pools that carried them to the Bible school field trip at the community garden. Half an hour later, after instructions...

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Love Comes - August 29, 2018

August 29, 2018

The Pharisees and scribes are Jewish religious leaders who hold tradition in high regard. In the missing pieces in between the portions of this text, Jesus points out that these leaders...

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Love Comes - August 28, 2018

August 28, 2018

James speaks as a realist. He recognizes the specific hindrances that block our faith, and he calls them out for us. Ego and anger, James knows, are two serious impediments to...

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Love Comes - August 27, 2018

August 27, 2018

Pay attention to the words people speak as you get ready to walk out the door,” our chaplain supervisors advised us during our training as student chaplains. And sure enough, they...

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Sharing the heart, mind, and work of Christ . . .

“Prayer, searching the scripture, and service are means of entering into and sharing the heart, mind, and work of Christ. A balanced spiritual practice helps us get in step with the transforming rhythm of Jesus’ life with God: work and worship, engagement and rest, service and Sabbath, contemplation and action.” Read more.