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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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January 18, 2016

January 18, 2016

With the blessing of Artaxerxes, the king of Persia, Nehemiah returns to help rebuild and repopulate Jerusalem. Those left in Jerusalem (a majority of the population having been in exile for...

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January 17, 2016

January 17, 2016

As the number of people gifted with many years increases, those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia also increase. Such suffering often precipitates a crisis of faith in...

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January 16, 2016

January 16, 2016

For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent. . . . I will not rest.” Isaiah’s vision of God’s kingdom (“kin-dom”) continues to inspire. In Luke 4:16-21 Jesus announces his own...

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January 15, 2016

January 15, 2016

How can we apply Isaiah’s message to our lives when looking for an answer to the question, “What concern is that to you and to me?” This passage clearly states the...

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January 14, 2016

January 14, 2016

When we are trying to decide how to respond to a given life situation, do we base our decision on our understanding of God’s will for our lives or on some...

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January 13, 2016

January 13, 2016

Knowing our spiritual gifts allows us to answer the question, “Of what concern is that to me?” As a spiritual director I frequently encounter people trying to discern God’s call—from young...

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January 12, 2016

January 12, 2016

Jesus—as obedient son—responds to Mary’s suggestion that he help with the wine situation, and the Gospel writer tells us that by doing so he “revealed his glory.” What glory did he...

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January 11, 2016

January 11, 2016

This is Jesus’ first “sign” in the Gospel of John: water to wine. Jesus’ response to Mary’s communication that the groom has run out of wine seems somewhat harsh—yet it sounds...

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January 10, 2016

January 10, 2016

One of Oklahoma’s United Methodist district offices added the well-known Interview with God video clip (www.theinterviewwithgod.com) to their website, and visitor usage crashed the site. Usually twenty-five or so people visited...

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January 9, 2016

January 9, 2016

During a season of restlessness, I came across a prayer by Thomas Merton in which he expressed his inability to discern God’s leading. He hoped only that his desire to please...

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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.