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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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The Lord Provides - December 29, 2016

December 29, 2016

We live a storied existence but often forget how God weaves those stories together. Jesus’ birth fleshes out biblical prophecies, and history forever changes. Jewish people were storytellers who passed on...

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The Lord Provides - December 28, 2016

December 28, 2016

Centuries before the writing of this Gospel, Jerusalem fell to the Babylonians and the Israelites found themselves exiled in a land far from home. As the faithful Israelites recounted God’s faithfulness...

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The Lord Provides - December 27, 2016

December 27, 2016

We have to be careful with the weight of the world’s burdens. They grow heavier as we watch the news, which reminds us of the world’s brokenness. The bad news seems...

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The Lord Provides - December 26, 2016

December 26, 2016

All eyes were focused on Washington, DC. Rick Warren prayed; Aretha Franklin sang; and Barack Obama was sworn in as the forty-fourth president of the United States—an exciting and historic day...

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Sing the New Song: Our God Reigns! - December 25, 2016

December 25, 2016

Sentinels lift your voices! Sing out together! How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of a messenger who proclaims peace, brings good news, and proclaims salvation. This messenger has come....

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December 24, 2016

December 24, 2016

Christmas Eve services across the land now host the largest number of worshipers of any throughout the year. Like those in the time of Caesar Augustus who traveled to their birthplaces...

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Sing the New Song: Our God Reigns! - December 23, 2016

December 23, 2016

The opening words of Hebrews soar with Christological passion: “In the past God spoke through the prophets. . . . In these final days, though, he spoke to us through a...

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Sing the New Song: Our God Reigns! - December 22, 2016

December 22, 2016

Advent soberly acknowledges the darkness in the world. We are reminded of wars and rumors of wars, disease, death, and despair. How are we to walk forward? A mother asked her...

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Sing the New Song: Our God Reigns! - December 21, 2016

December 21, 2016

The Creator and Ruler of all creation comes in this psalm as Judge. God “will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.” God comes to judge creation and...

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Sing the New Song: Our God Reigns! - December 20, 2016

December 20, 2016

How will creation sing to the Lord a new song in the age of climate change? With our belief that the earth demonstrates God’s glory and serves as God’s living creation...

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God comes to us . . .

"God comes to the woman who feels in exile in her own marriage. To the man who grieves the loss of life dreams. To the child who lives on the street. To the parents who struggle to feed and clothe their children. To the one whose loneliness or depression intensifies every Christmas." Click to watch video.