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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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Being Seen, Seeing God - February 8, 2024

February 8, 2024

It feels good to focus on the glory of God and the beauty of God’s creation. The God of unconditional love is popular. But what of God the judge? Life can...

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Being Seen, Seeing God - February 7, 2024

February 7, 2024

As the psalm opens, the psalmist declares praise for the God of Israel. “Praise” may call to mind light and upbeat music, pure happiness and joy. But to offer praise, particularly...

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Being Seen, Seeing God - February 6, 2024

February 6, 2024

The need to be seen is a basic human need. The desire to be recognized and known is intended to be met in the community of the church. We are greeted...

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Being Seen, Seeing God - February 5, 2024

February 5, 2024

The story of Elijah the prophet and Elisha his successor is one of mentorship. Elijah’s earthly life is ending. He has prepared Elisha to receive his mantle. Having a mentor is...

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God’s Mission—My Priority - February 4, 2024

February 4, 2024

As I read about Jesus departing into a deserted place, I wonder if there is any relationship between it and the deserted places mentioned in other passages in the scripture. In...

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God’s Mission—My Priority - February 3, 2024

February 3, 2024

I teach courses in missiology and ecclesiology at the Methodist University in Kindu, Maniema Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. My students are mostly student pastors who are assigned to...

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God’s Mission—My Priority - February 2, 2024

February 2, 2024

Church people commonly assume that God favors church people over “unchurched” people. This kind of mentality leads us to act in ways that ensure that those “unchurched” people will stay the...

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God’s Mission—My Priority - February 1, 2024

February 1, 2024

According to statistics from the General Board of Global Ministries, United Methodist missionaries serve in professional careers as educators, health workers, pastors, evangelists, church coordinators, agriculturists, development specialists, community organizers, and...

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God’s Mission—My Priority - January 31, 2024

January 31, 2024

In some parts of Eastern DRC, traveling by road, air, or river can be challenging, as some areas still have pockets of active violent conflicts, remnants of these long years of...

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God’s Mission—My Priority - January 30, 2024

January 30, 2024

Sometimes we ask questions—in our minds or audibly—to clarify a situation or subject, to gain knowledge, or to generate new ideas. At other times we ask questions to guide a conversation...

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