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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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Our Joy in God’s Righteousness - October 28, 2016

October 28, 2016

The first chapter of Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians begins and ends with grace: “grace and peace to you” in a salutation and the “grace of our God” in a...

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Our Joy in God’s Righteousness - October 27, 2016

October 27, 2016

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” What a way to begin a letter! Perhaps, like me, you receive voluminous e-mails daily, many unwanted...

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Our Joy in God’s Righteousness - October 26, 2016

October 26, 2016

In this prayer of lament, the longest psalm in the Psalter, righteous is a key word and is repeated five times. The psalmist points us not only to God who is...

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Our Joy in God’s Righteousness - October 25, 2016

October 25, 2016

Habakkuk positions himself to hear God’s response to the dominant question posed in yesterday’s reading, “How long?” In his declaration that he will be at his “watchpost” waiting for God, Habakkuk...

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Our Joy in God’s Righteousness - October 24, 2016

October 24, 2016

In today’s passage, the beginning of a dialogue between the prophet Habakkuk and God, Habakkuk complains vehemently to God and questions God, who seems to be silent and inattentive in the...

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Gratitude: Foundation of Faith - October 23, 2016

October 23, 2016

On this sabbath day in thousands of settings, faithful Christ-followers take their places of leadership to teach, praise, preach, and pray. They have studied, prepared, and centered themselves in the presence...

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Gratitude: Foundation of Faith - October 22, 2016

October 22, 2016

The psalmist expresses his deep gratitude to God using the metaphor of water. His imagery reminds me of a dear friend who loved to quip: “A day without rain is like...

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Gratitude: Foundation of Faith - October 21, 2016

October 21, 2016

Locusts, grasshoppers, fire, invaders, destruction, desolation, dust, death—these do not foretell the future but rather Judah’s current-day reality. Devastation and defeat overwhelm, and deportation to Babylon looms. Yet, following his descriptions...

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Gratitude: Foundation of Faith - October 20, 2016

October 20, 2016

The sports-mania of Western culture quickly brings to mind the image of the raised index finger. We want to be first, not second; winners, not losers; victors now, not next year....

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Gratitude: Foundation of Faith - October 19, 2016

October 19, 2016

In this parable of contrast, the Pharisee actually asks God to compare and contrast his life with that of the tax collector, hoping for a favorable result. But the resulting contrast...

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Benediction

Today we invite you to read this Advent Benediction. Read more...