The Upper Room

Weekly devotional column.

What if?

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Read Luke 12:25-30

Jesus said, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” – Luke 9:23-24 (NRSV)

Many times in life I have tormented myself with “What if?” questions asking, “Where would I be know if only I had made this or that decision?” 

Never alone

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Read Isaiah 49: 14-15

God said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” – Hebrews 13:5 (NRSV)

I have a good friend who offers me comforting advice when I need it.  However, since an ocean divides us, I see her only once a year.  I often wonder how we remain close despite the time and distance.

Embrace the pain

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Read Romans 8:35-39

Consider it pure joy…whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. – James 1:2-4 (NIV)

God's calm presence

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Read 2 Chronicles 15:1-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. – Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

From death to life

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Read 1 Corinthians 15:35-45

Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. – John 12:24 (NRSV)

In God’s image

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Read Genesis 1:26-31

Elihu, the son of Barachel the Buzite said, “The spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” – Job 33:4 (NRSV)

Getting rid of worry

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Read Luke 8:4-15

Blessed is the one…whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.  That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither – whatever they do prospers. – Psalm 1:1-3 (NIV)

Competence from God

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Read 2 Corinthians 3:1-5

Paul wrote, “We are [not] competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.” – 2 Corinthians 3:5 (NIV)

Remember when?

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Read Psalm 107:1-9

Take care and watch yourselves closely, so as neither to forget the things that your eyes have seen nor to let them slip from your mind all the days of your life. – Deuteronomy 4:9 (NRSV)


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