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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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God Is Great - August 3, 2016

August 3, 2016

In these verses, the psalmist steps aside and God comes to testify against the people. As in Isaiah’s time, worship has become a time to glorify self. The people misunderstand sacrifice;...

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God Is Great - August 2, 2016

August 2, 2016

Enough! A popular worship video a few years ago titled Me Church carried the tagline “where it’s all about you.” The video promises would-be attenders that the church service won’t start...

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God Is Great - August 1, 2016

August 1, 2016

The apostle Paul frequently begins his letters with reminders of God’s grace and mercy (Galatians being the exception). No matter how severe his word of warning or rebuke, he fosters a...

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Transforming Mercies - July 31, 2016

July 31, 2016

A certain man who has a bumper crop decides to build bigger barns to hold it all. In 1973, the average house in the United States was 1600 square feet. By...

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Transforming Mercies - July 30, 2016

July 30, 2016

Entering into someone else’s argument seldom leads to a good end. No matter how reasonable the side presented might be, it is never the whole story. We fail to see the...

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Transforming Mercies - July 29, 2016

July 29, 2016

Paul, a person of action, tells us to put to death sinful actions, to set aside harmful behavior, to take off the old nature, and to put on these spiritual practices...

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Transforming Mercies - July 28, 2016

July 28, 2016

In the hymn “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” the author mentions raising an Ebenezer. In First Samuel, Samuel uses a stone he calls Ebenezer to commemorate the Israelites’ victory over...

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Transforming Mercies - July 27, 2016

July 27, 2016

My husband served in the navy for many years. After a deployment, the families would gather at the pier to welcome the ship and the sailors home. If the sailor for...

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Transforming Mercies - July 26, 2016

July 26, 2016

Our vision of God as judge, dispenser of punishment, often conflicts with our view of God as Father, dispensing grace with mercy new every morning. We often create God in our...

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Transforming Mercies - July 25, 2016

July 25, 2016

Many a parent has been driven to such a moment of recitation by a rebellious child. “I was there when you took your first step, threw your first ball, and played...

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Sharing the heart, mind, and work of Christ . . .

“Prayer, searching the scripture, and service are means of entering into and sharing the heart, mind, and work of Christ. A balanced spiritual practice helps us get in step with the transforming rhythm of Jesus’ life with God: work and worship, engagement and rest, service and Sabbath, contemplation and action.” Read more.