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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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God's Surprising Presence - December 19, 2018

December 19, 2018

Serving as a guest minister in a congregation one Sunday, I closed the service with the blessing from Numbers 6:24-26: “The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his...

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God's Surprising Presence - December 18, 2018

December 18, 2018

In a communications class in college, my professor made a comment that has stayed with me for nearly thirty years now: “News happens where we place reporters.” She did not mean...

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God's Surprising Presence - December 17, 2018

December 17, 2018

Walking into the sanctuary one Sunday morning, I was stopped in my tracks when I saw the face of an old friend. We had not seen each other in ten years....

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Rejoice, Give Thanks and Sing - December 16, 2018

December 16, 2018

During Advent, we often find ourselves thinking warm and comforting thoughts about Christmas and babies and manger scenes and carols. Some of us think warm thoughts about families gathering to celebrate...

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Rejoice, Give Thanks and Sing - December 15, 2018

December 15, 2018

One of our sons works for the US State Department, and his position requires him—and his family—to move somewhere in the world every two years. Their current post is in the...

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Rejoice, Give Thanks and Sing - December 14, 2018

December 14, 2018

In these two short verses, the prophet Zephaniah accomplishes a major task: He moves from disaster to celebration. Many of the Hebrew prophetic books close with a message of hope and...

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Rejoice, Give Thanks and Sing - December 13, 2018

December 13, 2018

Begin today’s meditation time by rereading Isaiah 12:2-6. This passage contains a multitude of words and phrases we can take to heart. Choose the one that is most meaningful for you...

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Rejoice, Give Thanks and Sing - December 12, 2018

December 12, 2018

John the Baptist’s harsh words remind us of God’s judgment while opening the door for a teaching moment. John gives three pieces of advice when asked, “What then should we do?”...

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Rejoice, Give Thanks and Sing - December 11, 2018

December 11, 2018

Zephaniah 1:1 dates this prophetic book during the reign of King Josiah of Judah, from 640 to 609 bce. King Josiah brought about important religious reforms in Judah. (You can read...

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Rejoice, Give Thanks and Sing - December 10, 2018

December 10, 2018

Today’s scripture was spoken by the prophet Isaiah to the people of Judah, who were living in the shadow of the powerful Assyrian Empire at the time. Isaiah prophesied to Judah...

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