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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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Seeing, and Seen, Through Suffering - October 24, 2018

October 24, 2018

Psalm 34 is an acrostic. With a few exceptions, each verse begins with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet in order from beginning to end. Why did the psalmist shape the...

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Seeing, and Seen, Through Suffering - October 23, 2018

October 23, 2018

Job’s story ends happily. God restores his fortunes twofold, and he is blessed with ten more children: seven sons and three daughters. Job is transformed, a transformation far deeper than the...

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Seeing, and Seen, Through Suffering - October 22, 2018

October 22, 2018

I heard a story about twin girls, toddlers, blind since birth. As toddlers do, they liked to test their limits. One day as they were headed toward trouble, their mother told them...

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A Sense of Place - October 21, 2018

October 21, 2018

James and John get a lot of flak from the other ten. Are the ten jealous of the brothers’ boldness—their ability to ask the question? Do the other disciples think them...

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A Sense of Place - October 20, 2018

October 20, 2018

Sometimes we need to speak up to get where we want to go. James and John do just that. They say point-blank to Jesus words to this effect, “Do something for...

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A Sense of Place - October 19, 2018

October 19, 2018

Then there’s Jesus Christ, who meets us where we are and deals gently with us. Today, tomorrow, forever. Being a high priest for all and forever is no joking matter. It’s...

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A Sense of Place - October 18, 2018

October 18, 2018

Sometimes knowing your place literally means knowing where you are. Other times, it means knowing your roles and responsibilities to yourself and to others. It takes time to realize that your...

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A Sense of Place - October 17, 2018

October 17, 2018

Sometimes we’re in the right place at the right time to catch glimpses of the holy. While on a clergy retreat in the Arizona desert, I had some time to sit...

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A Sense of Place - October 16, 2018

October 16, 2018

I’ve asked “Where are you God?” and “What have you done for me lately?” before. In times of loneliness or loss or impatience, it is easy to doubt God’s presence and...

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A Sense of Place - October 15, 2018

October 15, 2018

Do you remember a time when you thought you knew everything? When you constantly felt the need to correct or criticize everything? That you knew what was going on in the...

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"One Thanksgiving night there was a shooter in my neighborhood . . .

. . . The police were getting the closest families to evacuate. My house was close enough that we could see things happening but far enough away to be safe. The police had told some people to wait in front of our house where it was safe. There was a father and his young son outside our house, and they were getting cold. We invited them to come inside until it was safe. Thankfully, the situation was resolved without anyone getting hurt." Read more from Pockets magazine.