November 30, 2015

God’s Messengers

By Luther E. Smith Jr.
The Upper Room Disciplines 2015

The Upper Room Disciplines 2015. Click to purchase this full week of devotions (“God’s Messengers”) as an e-book.

Read Malachi 3:1-4

God announces that a messenger is being sent to prepare the way for God’s coming. This announcement is a response to prayers that God be made manifest and specifically to the question, “Where is the God of justice?” (Malachi 2:17). This text does not identify the messenger, nor does it state the specific time of arrival. Even the message itself is not delineated. Yet, it conveys the certainty that a messenger is being sent and God will follow. … read

November 26, 2015

Gratitude for Simple Things

By L. Roger Owens

Blog-Meme-11-26-2015_Apple-small-things-THANKSGIVINGI always save my apple for last.

After I finish eating the rest of my lunch—most days a salad and a handful of walnuts—I take the large red and green Honeycrisp apple from my daughter’s old preschool bag that became my lunch bag, sit down on the small sofa in my office, and enjoy. … read

November 23, 2015

Hopeful Waiting

By Sally O. Langford
The Upper Room Disciplines 2015

The Upper Room Disciplines 2015. Click to purchase this full week of devotions (“Hopeful Waiting”) as an e-book.

Read Luke 21:25-36

At dawn this Monday, I am frantically cleaning house, washing dishes, and making a grocery list in preparation for Thanksgiving dinner. Jesus warns us that the Son of Man will return one day with power and glory. We must pray and stay alert if we want to be ready for God’s coming judgment and redemption. But for me, there’s no time this week to get ready for anything other than the perfect family feast on Thursday. … read

November 19, 2015

We Gather Together for More Than Food

By Evelyn Bence

RECIPE: Chicken- or Turkey-Corn Soup

In his 1989 presidential farewell address, Ronald Reagan challenged listeners to gather together to eat and converse: “All great change in America begins at the dinner table,” he said. “So, tomorrow night in the kitchen I hope the talking begins.” He overstated his case, of course; turnabouts can take place in a conference room or voting booth, at a school desk or an altar rail. … read

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