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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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Love Your Neighbor as Yourself - September 8, 2018

September 8, 2018

All religions attempt to instill a sense of right and wrong into the hearts and minds of their followers. Although we can think and discuss ethics without considering religion, it is...

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Love Your Neighbor as Yourself - September 7, 2018

September 7, 2018

We may also find ourselves “labeling” people based on their physical ability—like seeing or walking or comprehending. We use the terms disabled and whole to divide people. We lump all those...

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Love Your Neighbor as Yourself - September 6, 2018

September 6, 2018

We often differentiate among people by focusing on national borders. The question of the status of immigrants or refugees is a daily discussion on news programs and in the halls of...

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Love Your Neighbor as Yourself - September 5, 2018

September 5, 2018

A healthy relationship with God requires both faith and works. Faith acknowledges the relationship we have with God, both individually and as a community. It understands and holds dear the privileges...

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Love Your Neighbor as Yourself - September 4, 2018

September 4, 2018

Yesterday’s reading from Proverbs revealed that measuring people’s worth by their wealth is an illusion. God created all of us, and our common humanity can bring us together. Today’s reading from...

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Love Your Neighbor as Yourself - September 3, 2018

September 3, 2018

In our twenty-first-century world, e-mail, social media, and 24-hour news sources connect us in ways unimaginable to previous generations. Our technologies and online lives bring us seemingly closer to one another...

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Love Comes - September 2, 2018

September 2, 2018

Song of Solomon is one of the briefest books in the Old Testament with only one hundred seventeen verses organized into eight short chapters. However, as its other name, Song of...

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Love Comes - September 1, 2018

September 1, 2018

Please don’t ask me to officiate any more weddings,” I begged my two clergy colleagues on our church staff. After a string of wedding mishaps, I needed a break from less-than-ideal...

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Love Comes - August 31, 2018

August 31, 2018

The heading of this psalm titles it “a love song.” In actuality, it is a royal wedding song. When read in its entirety, the psalm elaborates on the fine clothing of...

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Love Comes - August 30, 2018

August 30, 2018

Fifty kids and leaders tumbled out of the minivans and car pools that carried them to the Bible school field trip at the community garden. Half an hour later, after instructions...

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When sexual assault is in the headlines...

"As the survivor of childhood trauma, I’ve come a long way in my healing process. This is thanks in part to years of therapy, a lot of hard work, and an incredible support network of family and friends. More so, it’s the result of learning to be still with God, to offer up my pain for God to transform, and to realize I am God’s beloved. I’m now in a place of peace, one that has stayed with me for several years now."