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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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Abundantly Far More with God - July 22, 2024

July 22, 2024

Psalm 14 is a lament, a passionate expression of deep and heartfelt emotion. The psalmist says their feelings out loud. There is something special about that. It is not sugar-coated or...

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Where Does God Reside? - July 21, 2024

July 21, 2024

This text brims with edges and boundaries. Christ calls the faith ambassadors to a deserted place, presumably the outer edges of society, to rest. Christ then crosses over the shoreline, only...

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Where Does God Reside? - July 20, 2024

July 20, 2024

Spiritual abandonment feels particularly pervasive these days. I don’t have to go far to hear stories of wounds and aches from folks who feel outcast by the church community and have...

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Where Does God Reside? - July 19, 2024

July 19, 2024

God’s home can be in our very bodies. Regardless of the body, God can dwell there. Moreover, God chooses more often than not to make a home in those bodies often...

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Where Does God Reside? - July 18, 2024

July 18, 2024

Years ago for my Lenten prayer practice, I chose to paint abstract art. I had seen the work of a synesthetic abstract artist who saw colors when she heard music and...

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Where Does God Reside? - July 17, 2024

July 17, 2024

My daughter in all her toddlerhood often experiments with the world around her. It is how she learns best. This also means that countless times a day I hear, “Uh-oh!” When...

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Where Does God Reside? - July 16, 2024

July 16, 2024

I see this often in the church. We, as beloved community, are full of good folk who wish to give of themselves. Sometimes, though, we get so caught up in what...

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Where Does God Reside? - July 15, 2024

July 15, 2024

I do not remember the first time I heard, “Home is where the heart is.” It is one of those colloquialisms that was embedded deep and early. In this text we...

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Power and Ritual - July 14, 2024

July 14, 2024

Herod was bound in the tension between doing what was right—refusing to behead John the Baptist—and upholding the social norms and standards around keeping one’s word. Both options had their own...

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