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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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The Grandeur and Grace of God - September 3, 2019

September 3, 2019

We pause over the deep implication of this psalm: God is present all the time and everywhere. The psalmist expresses that implication in personal terms: God knows everything about us. On...

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The Grandeur and Grace of God - September 2, 2019

September 2, 2019

Today’s reading is one of the most troubling passages in the whole Bible. Is Jesus calling upon us to abandon our families? Those who are nearest and dearest to us? The...

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God of Enough - September 1, 2019

September 1, 2019

A year or two ago, I cut sugar from my diet in an effort to decrease arthritis inflammation. Eager to experiment and find a sugar substitute, I delighted in finding I...

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God of Enough - August 31, 2019

August 31, 2019

Years ago, I kept a gratitude journal. Without much space to jot down more than a thought or two, its narrow pages became a genuine and authentic way for me to...

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God of Enough - August 30, 2019

August 30, 2019

Recently, my sons and I encountered a man experiencing homelessness asking for assistance. I rolled down my window to give him a package of Pop-Tarts. A conversation about building houses and...

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God of Enough - August 29, 2019

August 29, 2019

When I was an English teacher, I loved teaching about contrast in literature and helping my students to understand what happens when we consider together a pair of two strikingly dissimilar...

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God of Enough - August 28, 2019

August 28, 2019

Last week, a handful of friends gathered at my family’s house for dinner. Take-out pizzas, compostable paper plates, and red plastic cups filled our table. Three hours later, most of the...

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God of Enough - August 27, 2019

August 27, 2019

Christmas carols remain the song of choice in my family all year. Earlier this morning, my five-year-old sat on the floor of the living room, singing his own version of “Repeat,...

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God of Enough - August 26, 2019

August 26, 2019

The print that hangs in a corner of our dining room reads: “When you have more than you need, build a bigger table, not a higher fence.” My family tries to...

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Refuge Is Sabbath - August 25, 2019

August 25, 2019

The woman has suffered from bodily and social pain for eighteen years. She has been victimized and abused as a sinner by the religious leaders. She has been exiled, rejected, despised,...

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Looking to God for Strength

"How many times do we get stuck looking at people getting under our skin or at all that is wrong instead of looking to God for strength?" Read more.