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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 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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The Responsibility of Promise - September 25, 2016

September 25, 2016

A few years ago, I helped celebrate Holy Communion at an affluent church. We used the liturgy of The Great Thanksgiving for Advent. In the middle of the liturgy, the celebrant...

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The Responsibility of Promise - September 24, 2016

September 24, 2016

Wake up. Go to work. Sit in traffic. Engage with members of your family. Eat. Go to bed. Rinse. Repeat. For many people, this pattern represents a good life (well, minus...

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The Responsibility of Promise - September 23, 2016

September 23, 2016

Newsflash: Christmas is three months away! Do not panic! Rather, consider this an invitation to ponder what it means to be content. Very soon, the “best sales events of the year”...

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The Responsibility of Promise - September 22, 2016

September 22, 2016

Songwriter Diane Warren penned a Grammy award-winning tribute to her father, “Because You Loved Me.” The lyrics of the song proclaim a love that profoundly influences the life of another. In...

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The Responsibility of Promise - September 21, 2016

September 21, 2016

Twenty-four-hour news broadcasts leave us longing for peace, mercy, justice, hope, and love. Children lose their lives, leave families; and friends wonder why. Young adults feel a sense of insecurity in...

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The Responsibility of Promise - September 20, 2016

September 20, 2016

My real estate agent asked as we stood outside the office for my house closing, “Are you ready for this?” I wanted to shout, “No way! What crazy person decided it...

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The Responsibility of Promise - September 19, 2016

September 19, 2016

The prophet Jeremiah receives a promise—a word from the Lord—which seems poorly timed. A war rages, and Jeremiah is in jail. Those looking at the situation from the outside would find...

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Prayer can change our reaction . . .

"Often we pray expecting God to take away our problems. Prayer usually doesn't change our circumstances, but it can change our reaction to them. If we can relinquish control and give everything to God, we may find greater clarity. Whatever we are going through, God is with us. And God is bigger than any problem we might face."

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