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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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Joy and Obedience - October 5, 2016

October 5, 2016

When I became a mother, people naturally wanted to know about the baby. How much did she weigh? Who did she look like? How did we choose her name? After several...

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Joy and Obedience - October 4, 2016

October 4, 2016

Shortly after beginning work for Chevrolet, I received an e-mail from one of my college professors who reminded me of the old adage that “what’s good for General Motors is good...

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Joy and Obedience - October 3, 2016

October 3, 2016

Bloom where you are planted. Handstitched and framed in blue, these words adorned the wall of my grandmother’s kitchen. My mother repeated them to me during my first semester away at...

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The Tracks of Our Tears - October 2, 2016

October 2, 2016

The disciples, amazed by Jesus’ demands, plead, “Increase our faith!” Jesus then responds with a parable that, at first glance, seems rather harsh. A servant doesn’t receive special praise for obedience....

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The Tracks of Our Tears - October 1, 2016

October 1, 2016

The wide-ranging sources of sorrow and human suffering can overwhelm us. We may feel tempted to add tears of self-pity to our long list of tears. Why is life so hard?...

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The Tracks of Our Tears - September 30, 2016

September 30, 2016

Join with me” Paul urges Timothy, “in suffering for the gospel.” “For this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher” he writes. “For this reason I...

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The Tracks of Our Tears - September 29, 2016

September 29, 2016

For eight years my wife and I lived in Scotland. Our three oldest children were born there. I remember how my parents would cry when, after a short visit with them...

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The Tracks of Our Tears - September 28, 2016

September 28, 2016

Psalm 137 is, as previously noted, written from the perspective of those carried off into captivity in Babylon. Verses 1-6 give voice to moving and heartrending lament. Weeping grows into rage,...

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The Tracks of Our Tears - September 27, 2016

September 27, 2016

Like Lamentations 1, Psalm 137 is a poem of lament arising from Israel’s captivity in Babylon. Lamentations 1 is written from the perspective of those left behind in Jerusalem. Psalm 137...

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The Tracks of Our Tears - September 26, 2016

September 26, 2016

One of the great Motown hits of the 1960s is the Smokey Robinson song, “The Tracks of My Tears.” Three of the four passages we’ll encounter this week mention weeping in...

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When sexual assault is in the headlines...

"As the survivor of childhood trauma, I’ve come a long way in my healing process. This is thanks in part to years of therapy, a lot of hard work, and an incredible support network of family and friends. More so, it’s the result of learning to be still with God, to offer up my pain for God to transform, and to realize I am God’s beloved. I’m now in a place of peace, one that has stayed with me for several years now."