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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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A Different Kind of King - November 14, 2016

November 14, 2016

This coming Sunday we mark the close of the church calendar. Once again we have walked through the events of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, and the life of the church....

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Telling a New Story - November 13, 2016

November 13, 2016

It seems that every year as Hollywood looks for another story to tell, they find a summer blockbuster that narrates the cataclysmic destruction of the world. Perhaps the writers take their...

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Telling a New Story - November 12, 2016

November 12, 2016

Wow! What beautiful work! It’s amazing that someone possessed the skill to make this!” I overheard this comment when visiting the grand cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. Yes, it is...

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Telling a New Story - November 11, 2016

November 11, 2016

The author of Second Thessalonians surely takes the church to task for its laziness. He tells the faithful to “keep away from believers who are living in idleness.” Ostracism: that seems...

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Telling a New Story - November 10, 2016

November 10, 2016

The psalmist praises God for being his salvation. The verses prior recount the many ways divine salvation has come. God has been the psalmist’s refuge, his strength and protection, and now...

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Telling a New Story - November 9, 2016

November 9, 2016

The single most important event of the Old Testament, the story that the Hebrew people told about themselves, was that of the Exodus, their release from captivity in Egypt. They go...

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Telling a New Story - November 8, 2016

November 8, 2016

As we would expect from a prophet, much of the book of Isaiah contains warnings and pronouncements about the sins of the people. The prophet has warned them of the coming...

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Telling a New Story - November 7, 2016

November 7, 2016

It’s easy in our darkest hour to despair. We rehearse the tribulations, trials, and troubles that bring us to the height of our pain. I suppose something helpful comes from telling...

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A Place in the Choir - November 6, 2016

November 6, 2016

A professor of mine once said that there are no bad questions, only bad answers. I used to believe that. However, as I write this meditation, election season has rolled round...

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A Place in the Choir - November 5, 2016

November 5, 2016

When Franklin D. Roosevelt looked over the crowd gathered to hear his first inaugural address in 1933, one emotion dominated the nation: fear. An unprecedented economic collapse, an agricultural disaster, and...

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An Anchor to Hold

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