The Upper Room

Weekly devotional column.

A lovely place

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Read Psalm 84:1-12


How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! – Psalm 84:1 (NRSV)


One morning as I took a break from my duties at the church building, I read the verse quoted above in my devotional book.

I began to look around at the beautiful sanctuary where I was sitting.

Like a child

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Read Luke 21:1-4


Jesus called a child, whom he put among them, and said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 18:2-3 (NRSV)


Plain speech

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Read Mark 1:16-20


Jesus said, “Why do you call me “Lord, Lord,” and do not do what I tell you?  I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, hears my words, and acts on them.” – Luke 6:46-47 (NRSV)


A new start

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Read 1 John 1:5-9


If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. – 1 John 1:9 (NRSV)


Trials with purpose

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Read 2 Corinthians 1:3-7

God] consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God. – 2 Corinthians 1:4 (NRSV)

Seeing with new eyes

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Read Ephesians 1:15-20


Brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – thing about such things. – Philippians 4:8 (NIV)


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