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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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Discipleship’s Transforming Power - January 10, 2018

January 10, 2018

The psalmist speaks of God’s complete knowledge of him: The Lord knows what the psalmist will say before he says it, what he will do before he does it. The psalmist...

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Discipleship’s Transforming Power - January 9, 2018

January 9, 2018

Who wants to hear bad news? A parent finds a child standing in the kitchen next to an empty cookie jar with crumbs on his shirt. The parent asks, “Who ate...

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Discipleship’s Transforming Power - January 8, 2018

January 8, 2018

We need a prophet badly. . . . “The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.” While young Samuel appears unprepared to hear from the...

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God Our Redeemer - January 7, 2018

January 7, 2018

As Paul travels through Asia Minor, modern-day Turkey, he encounters a group of twelve disciples who know of John the Baptist but not Jesus. Because they have never heard of the...

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God Our Redeemer - January 6, 2018

January 6, 2018

Tradition holds that Paul wrote Ephesians while imprisoned in Rome. His experience as a prisoner underscores the contrast between bondage and freedom found throughout his teachings. It also establishes a contrast...

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God Our Redeemer - January 5, 2018

January 5, 2018

In modern life, time has become primarily a quantitative measure. “How much time is left?” we ask. Yet we also talk about having a bad time or a good time, which...

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God Our Redeemer - January 4, 2018

January 4, 2018

As we age, we can become obsessed with the past, how things used to be. But Simeon looks forward to the deliverance of Israel. His mindfulness of God’s promises and hopefulness...

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God Our Redeemer - January 3, 2018

January 3, 2018

If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither!” (Ps. 137:5). This verse recalls the importance of the city of Jerusalem within the Bible. Christians focus so much on...

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God Our Redeemer - January 2, 2018

January 2, 2018

Faith sometimes leads believers to focus on spiritual realities to the neglect of earthly cares. The psalmist never does so. For the psalmist, a vital awareness of God reminds believers of...

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God Our Redeemer - January 1, 2018

January 1, 2018

As one year turns to the next, we naturally reflect on the passage of time. The seconds tick away and are gone. Each moment of our lives is finally temporary. The...

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Good News

"The good news of the Resurrection really does shake the foundations of our lives and gives us a new way of seeing everything." Read more . . .