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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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Deeper Issues - August 3, 2018

August 3, 2018

Construction sites interest me. I like them so much that they become tourist attractions to friends and family who visit me from Brazil. There are several stages in the home-building process....

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Deeper Issues - August 2, 2018

August 2, 2018

When marathoners go on long-distance runs, we carry a few essentials. I take a headlamp because it is dark when I run at 4:30 a.m. I need to see the path...

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Deeper Issues - August 1, 2018

August 1, 2018

I  grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. My family’s relatives lived in a state less humid than Rio, and part of the wonder of our childhood was the number of...

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Deeper Issues - July 31, 2018

July 31, 2018

A few times a year my electronic devices experience what I call “the upgrade syndrome.” Suddenly, apps and programs that once worked perfectly start to slow down. My work becomes unfruitful,...

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Deeper Issues - July 30, 2018

July 30, 2018

My kitchen was clean. The pile of papers and kid toys that often rested on the table were gone. Only an unidentified sour smell remained, but I had no time to...

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Mea Culpa - July 29, 2018

July 29, 2018

This has been a tough week for self-concept. We’ve begun to understand how thoroughly self-idolatry creeps into so many nooks and crannies of our identity. And perhaps most difficult is the...

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Mea Culpa - July 28, 2018

July 28, 2018

This scripture offers some answers to a nagging question: How can self-idolatry ever end? Paul’s rhapsodic exultation about Christ’s love opens the window to a satisfying, lasting remedy: Replace your self-adulation...

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Mea Culpa - July 27, 2018

July 27, 2018

Today’s reading is part of a longer narrative that stretches over two days of Jesus’ ministry. Right in the middle of the action we note a significant event—the people want to...

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Mea Culpa - July 26, 2018

July 26, 2018

Since this psalm is attributed to David, we may wonder if he composed these lines before he ruined his and others’ lives with adultery and murder. Or did this psalm come...

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Mea Culpa - July 25, 2018

July 25, 2018

Raw atheism—“there is no god”—can be an easy target for theists like us. How nice it can be to mow down opponents with verse 1’s wonderful insult! After all, who wants...

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"It was my first year at my new school . . .

and I was making a ton of friends. There was one girl who always got picked on for her height. Nobody wanted to be her friend." Read more about Pockets.