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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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Gratitude: Foundation of Faith - October 18, 2016

October 18, 2016

Among Jesus’ teachings on prayer we find this parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector—perhaps a favorite because we all know that we are not Pharisees! Clearly, this Pharisee has...

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Gratitude: Foundation of Faith - October 17, 2016

October 17, 2016

On sunny days when the air is crisp and the colors spectacular, gratitude flows so easily. Awe, wonder, and thanksgiving easily slip out of our mouths. Even our posture signals our...

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Teach Me Your Way, O Lord - October 16, 2016

October 16, 2016

She doesn’t have a prayer. Some dismiss her as “simply” a widow. Without family to care for her in customary ways, she doesn’t seem to matter or to fit anywhere. She...

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Teach Me Your Way, O Lord - October 15, 2016

October 15, 2016

I sometimes forget stuff: names I know as well as my own, things I remembered an hour ago, where I put my keys or what I set on top of them! But...

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Teach Me Your Way, O Lord - October 14, 2016

October 14, 2016

Timothy is blessed by the many people and avenues that have nurtured his faith: the teachings of his mother and grandmother and his own reading and study of scripture. His soul...

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Teach Me Your Way, O Lord - October 13, 2016

October 13, 2016

The Lord makes the Israelites the offer of a lifetime—even better than a clean chalkboard or dry-erase board! No matter how hard you work to clean those surfaces, you can still...

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Teach Me Your Way, O Lord - October 12, 2016

October 12, 2016

Our society trains us to expect immediate gratification. Crisp photos and videos appear immediately on multitasking phones we carry faithfully. We have thousands of songs or dozens of movies and television...

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Teach Me Your Way, O Lord - October 11, 2016

October 11, 2016

Walking the cookbook or diet book aisles of a bookstore overwhelms me with the myriad choices, all claiming to be the best. Each author makes his or her case for eating...

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October 10, 2016

October 10, 2016

As a child, Timothy learned more than rote words of scripture. The words came to life as he heard the stories of how those words sustained his grandmother, Lois, during the...

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Joy and Obedience - October 9, 2016

October 9, 2016

As an adult I found myself intrigued by the Harry Potter series. In it, witches or wizards whose parents are Muggles (ordinary people) are a genetic phenomenon. The series carries a...

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Amazing Kids

Marlee Whitlock considered a question posed by her church in Indianapolis: How could you use $100 to make the world a better place? Adopted from Ethopia as an infant, Marlee decided that she wanted to help children in her native country. Read more of Marlee's story...