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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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Some Assembly Required - December 9, 2018

December 9, 2018

We return to Malachi to bookend this week, but I invite you to read a bit more. Malachi 3:5 follows today’s reading with these words: “I will be swift to bear...

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Some Assembly Required - December 8, 2018

December 8, 2018

Finally, we get to John—John who was predicted in Malachi, John who was just born in Luke 1, finally arrives in Luke 3. This is the guy! This is who we’ve...

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Some Assembly Required - December 7, 2018

December 7, 2018

In The Phantom Menace (1999) Yoda says this: “Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.” Yoda sees fear as the gateway that leads to other bad...

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Some Assembly Required - December 6, 2018

December 6, 2018

Thank you so much” is the best way to start a letter or e-mail. Whether you are thanking the recipient for a gift, for their attention to your relationship, or for...

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Some Assembly Required - December 5, 2018

December 5, 2018

I  love volleyball. After the serve, each team has three touches to get the ball over the net to the opponent’s turf. At the competitive levels, the three touches have the...

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Some Assembly Required - December 4, 2018

December 4, 2018

A children’s book titled Love You Forever by Robert Munsch (2011) always makes me cry. In the book, a mother tells her son, “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for...

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Some Assembly Required - December 3, 2018

December 3, 2018

The minor characters matter in stories seen on the stage and screen. In detective shows, you have to pay attention to the minor characters because one of them may be the...

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Expecting a Loving God - December 2, 2018

December 2, 2018

Throughout scripture we sense a focus on communities rather than individuals. Yet, in my own experience and cultural pattern, the category of individual rather than community receives emphasis. This assumption of...

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Expecting a Loving God - December 1, 2018

December 1, 2018

The apostle Paul writes to a community of faith that suffers persecution due to their Christian beliefs and practices. Paul expresses gratitude for this community and encourages them to keep the...

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Expecting a Loving God - November 30, 2018

November 30, 2018

Yesterday we reflected on God’s actions toward humanity and creation. Today we reflect on humanity’s response to God’s mercy and our receipt of God’s holiness. Psalm 25:4, 5, 8-10 mention the...

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