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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 Option to Choose - September 18, 2018

September 18, 2018

Today’s passage reminds me of a story from an anonymous author. A little boy named Peter is visiting his grandparents’ farm. Peter has a slingshot and plays with it in the...

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The Option to Choose - September 17, 2018

September 17, 2018

We often assume that Proverbs 31 describes the perfect woman or the characteristics a “good” woman needs to possess. However, we need to be aware that this passage is a poem...

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Heed the Calling - September 16, 2018

September 16, 2018

James offers a clear warning: harsh, critical, damaging language has no place in a faithful life. The text suggests it’s impossible for the two to coexist: “Does a fig tree produce...

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Heed the Calling - September 15, 2018

September 15, 2018

Every Sunday many ministers utter the psalmist’s prayer just before offering sermons to their congregations. They have spent the week reading, studying, praying, and writing a spiritual reflection on a passage...

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Heed the Calling - September 14, 2018

September 14, 2018

In today’s passage, James uses strong words to describe the tongue. He says it’s a match that can start a wildfire—a fire that originates in hell. He warns that our “tongue,”...

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Heed the Calling - September 13, 2018

September 13, 2018

Today’s psalm describes something every one of us has experienced: The heavens declare the glory of God. Whether we’re captivated by a mountain on the horizon, early mornings on a beach,...

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Heed the Calling - September 12, 2018

September 12, 2018

When my daughter was two years old, she enjoyed two activities: playing outside and removing her clothes. More than once, she sprinted out the front door and down our quiet residential...

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Heed the Calling - September 11, 2018

September 11, 2018

Today’s scripture recounts a notable interaction between Jesus and Peter. When Jesus shares a message of suffering and death with his disciples, Peter rebukes him. Jesus replies, “Get behind me, Satan”...

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Heed the Calling - September 10, 2018

September 10, 2018

This week’s readings center around hearing God’s voice and heeding the call to faithfulness. Each scripture bears witness to the power of God’s presence in the words and an invitation to...

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Love Your Neighbor as Yourself - September 9, 2018

September 9, 2018

So many factors in the human experience can serve to separate us. Governments, societies, and even religions seem intent on erecting walls and boundaries that divide us based on any number...

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Kids With a Mission

"A few years ago, my sister, Anna, and I had a club called the Awesome Club.We had short meetings in a walk-in closet with stuffed animals and dolls. It was fun, but it didn’t have a real purpose. One day we decided that it would really make the club awesome if we followed the Golden Rule and did something to help others." Read more.