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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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On Loving and Being Shepherded - April 16, 2024

April 16, 2024

For the next four days, we will read Psalm 23, and I invite you to engage in a process of lectio divina as you read. Each day, read the psalm multiple...

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On Loving and Being Shepherded - April 15, 2024

April 15, 2024

By what power or by what name did you do this?” The disciples had to answer this question in public without much time to process and compose their answer. They had...

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A Beautiful and Broken Mess - April 14, 2024

April 14, 2024

I used to serve at a ministry location that had inmates from the local correctional institution come help with maintenance and landscaping. Volunteers would provide lunch, and we’d sit down and...

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A Beautiful and Broken Mess - April 13, 2024

April 13, 2024

As I spent some extra moments reflecting on today’s few verses, I noticed more than the (understandable) fear and doubt of Jesus’ followers. When reading the stories of Jesus appearing to...

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A Beautiful and Broken Mess - April 12, 2024

April 12, 2024

Today’s reading left me considering the verse, “Little children, make sure no one deceives you” (ceb). As I thought about the beginning of this passage and the truth that God loves...

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A Beautiful and Broken Mess - April 11, 2024

April 11, 2024

Several years ago, I experienced a time of disorientation. After thirteen years in a place I loved, I relocated for a new ministry role. I had grown up in my call...

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A Beautiful and Broken Mess - April 10, 2024

April 10, 2024

I’m intrigued by art forms that take brokenness and make something whole. One such form is the Japanese practice of kintsugi, repairing broken pottery with lacquer that’s dusted or mixed with...

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A Beautiful and Broken Mess - April 9, 2024

April 9, 2024

Most of the time, I’m a rule follower. I’m the one who will walk the extra steps to go in the actual “in” door, even though the “out” door opens and...

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A Beautiful and Broken Mess - April 8, 2024

April 8, 2024

Sometimes it’s easy for me to relate to the disciples and those we read about in scripture. At first glance, Peter seems to be admonishing the Israelites in these verses, reminding...

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