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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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Saying Yes to Life - February 12, 2017

February 12, 2017

If hearts are not on your mind this week, perhaps they should be! We are days away from that annual holiday of conversation hearts, heart doilies, and hearts poured out in...

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Saying Yes to Life - February 11, 2017

February 11, 2017

One of the first things you likely learned—before you even went to school—was your alphabet. My infant son and I read book after book together that teach this building block of...

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Saying Yes to Life - February 10, 2017

February 10, 2017

The time has come for the Corinthians to grow up. This early church had received the gospel from Paul when he spent more than a year and a half teaching them...

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Saying Yes to Life - February 9, 2017

February 9, 2017

As Jesus continues expanding on the law of Moses as a way of life, a little cultural background is in order. Jesus’ society and culture defined adultery as the male of...

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Saying Yes to Life - February 8, 2017

February 8, 2017

Matthew’s Gospel portrays Jesus as the new Moses, bringing God’s law and leading God’s people into freedom. Nowhere is the parallel more apparent than in the readings for the next two...

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Saying Yes to Life - February 7, 2017

February 7, 2017

We live in a culture that celebrates choice. We have a vast number of options for what airline to fly, what cell phone carrier to use, what side we’d like with...

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Saying Yes to Life - February 6, 2017

February 6, 2017

For generations in Egypt, a small but growing group called the Hebrews lived in slavery, brutally oppressed by the powerful Pharaoh. Their circumstances changed when God led them out of Egypt...

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Walking in the Light - February 5, 2017

February 5, 2017

Today’s passage helps us understand qualities of discipleship and puts forth two images for Christian community: salt and light. Salt is an amazing ingredient that flavors and preserves. Yet, when “salt...

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Walking in the Light - February 4, 2017

February 4, 2017

I heard a story about Mother Teresa when she was beginning her ministry to the poor and dying in Calcutta, India. She had taken a plate of food to a woman...

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Walking in the Light - February 3, 2017

February 3, 2017

In many of his letters, Paul enumerates a list of the gifts the Holy Spirit bestows on those who follow Christ. His concern for the churches he founded and supported through...

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Patience

"Patience requires us to slow down, pay attention, and see God in the midst of our frustration. When you get impatient, ask God what God would like you to see in that moment." Read More . . .