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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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No Need to Fear - January 18, 2017

January 18, 2017

They leave everything. That’s what strikes me. Peter and Andrew, James and John leave behind everything they’ve ever known—the boats and nets they employ to make a living, their families. They...

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No Need to Fear - January 17, 2017

January 17, 2017

The states of confidence and doubt are jarringly juxtaposed in this psalm. How can the psalmist go from praise to impassioned pleas for a glimpse of God’s help? How often do...

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No Need to Fear - January 16, 2017

January 16, 2017

God is like light, like a stronghold. Light, by its very nature, drives away the darkness and shows what has been hidden; it can do no less. A stronghold could be...

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Called to Faithful Service - January 15, 2017

January 15, 2017

Imagine yourself to be Andrew. Already a follower of John the Baptist, you pay close attention when your spiritual master, John, proclaims Jesus to be the Lamb of God. You and...

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Called to Faithful Service - January 14, 2017

January 14, 2017

John the Baptist’s ascetic practices of self-discipline and prayer distinguish him as one who sought union with God. His intimacy with God leads to his discernment of being chosen for a...

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Called to Faithful Service - January 13, 2017

January 13, 2017

God often chooses “unworthy” people to fulfill holy tasks. Moses killed an Egyptian. A younger son in a minor Hebrew clan, Gideon lacked any social status. One of only four women...

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Called to Faithful Service - January 12, 2017

January 12, 2017

God acts, and the psalmist moves from exaltation to action. His happiness has given him insight and energy to become a witness for God to all he meets. Look at the...

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Called to Faithful Service - January 11, 2017

January 11, 2017

The psalmist waits patiently. Then God acts on the psalmist’s behalf: God inclines, hears, draws up, and sets feet on rock. The psalmist’s response is one of joy. Wouldn’t we be...

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Called to Faithful Service - January 10, 2017

January 10, 2017

Put yourself in the servant’s place. First, God tells you that you have been chosen to lead the nation of Israel back to righteous living. Then God says you’re not only...

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Called to Faithful Service - January 9, 2017

January 9, 2017

All of us know what it’s like not to be chosen. From our childhood days when we’re chosen last or not at all for school yard games, a sense of inadequacy...

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