The Upper Room

Weekly devotional column.

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)

My toys

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Read Jeremiah 9:23-24


This is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. – John 17:3


Letting go

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Read Deuteronomy 31:1-8


It is the Lord who goes before you.  He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.  Do not fear or be dismayed. – Deuteronomy 31:9 (NRSV)


A good steward

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Read Matthew 25:14-29


Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace. – 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)


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