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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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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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Intimacy with God - July 24, 2016

July 24, 2016

Prayer brings us into a close relationship with God. Our relationship with God is closer even than that of a friend whom we awaken at midnight for a favor. The friend...

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Intimacy with God - July 23, 2016

July 23, 2016

Many of us have repeated the prayer Jesus taught so often that we have lost the sense of intimacy that the words convey. Familiarity breeds contempt, and we can easily allow...

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Intimacy with God - July 22, 2016

July 22, 2016

There’s a story told of a lecturer who brings a see-through bucket to class one day. He proceeds to fill it with large rocks and then asks the students if they...

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Intimacy with God - July 21, 2016

July 21, 2016

The whole body receives nourishment and grows through a life lived in intimate relationship with Christ. Three images within today’s passage illustrate our union with Christ. The first is of a...

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Intimacy with God - July 20, 2016

July 20, 2016

God has forgiven, and God will forgive again. The psalmist recalls God’s past pardon and asks God to “restore us again,” to “show us your steadfast love.” God forgives but forgiveness...

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Intimacy with God - July 19, 2016

July 19, 2016

Broken relationships affect all those around us, but God holds out the divine possibility of healing that brokenness. Relationships can be mended, intimacy restored. “The number of the people of Israel...

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Intimacy with God - July 18, 2016

July 18, 2016

od calls Hosea to provide a lived-out parable of God’s relationship with the people of Israel. Hosea’s life dramatically illustrates an intimate relationship that is broken. The people of Israel have...

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July 17, 2016

July 17, 2016

We end our journey where it began, in Bethany with Mary’s choice of the better part and Martha’s choice of the busy part. Now we know what Mary has chosen: the...

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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.