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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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A Noticeable Difference - March 1, 2019

March 1, 2019

If the mountain in this story is Mount Hermon, as many believe, it requires a long climb, probably high enough to where there may be snow on the ground. When they...

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A Noticeable Difference - February 28, 2019

February 28, 2019

God invites us to join in God’s mission to the world. For some, that invitation is to vocational ministry. For most, it is an invitation to ministries for which they are...

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A Noticeable Difference - February 27, 2019

February 27, 2019

The night I rode out Hurricane Isabel I felt the earth shake. Historic, majestic, seemingly indestructible trees bowed before their Creator, and the wind declared a power far greater than its...

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A Noticeable Difference - February 26, 2019

February 26, 2019

Moses glows. Not like someone on his or her wedding day. Not like someone who just won America’s Got Talent. But like someone who has just been with the All-Powerful Master...

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A Noticeable Difference - February 25, 2019

February 25, 2019

Moses’ face is glowing. Not the glow one gets after too much sun. Or when one is embarrassed or in love. But mysteriously radiant. We shouldn’t be surprised. After all, Moses...

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Looking for the Bigger Picture - February 24, 2019

February 24, 2019

In this section of Luke, we continue to see the subversive movement that is meant to undermine the dominant thinking of the day. What value is it to bless only those...

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Looking for the Bigger Picture - February 23, 2019

February 23, 2019

In a world familiar with occupation and military control by the Roman empire, the words of the Gospel of Luke are quite striking, even revolutionary. Roman authorities demand obedience and order....

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Looking for the Bigger Picture - February 22, 2019

February 22, 2019

Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable,” states Paul in his letter to the church of Corinth after a lengthy discussion on...

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Looking for the Bigger Picture - February 21, 2019

February 21, 2019

Who owns this land? This question was foreign to many Native American tribes as they encountered European explorers. They often responded, “How does one own the land?” Or, “How does one...

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Looking for the Bigger Picture - February 20, 2019

February 20, 2019

When we encounter the words of the Psalms, we find language of loving God and being loved by God that is becoming more foreign to our day and time. In this...

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The Holy Service of Motherhood

"When I became a parent, I struggled to find God within the chaotic world where I now lived. I was used to contemplative prayer, to silence and service and listening for God’s still, small voice in quiet, hidden spaces. Suddenly none of my life felt quiet or hidden – it was all loud, messy, and exposed." Discover more.