October 5, 2015

Trusting God in the Land of Emptiness

By J. R. Daniel Kirk |
Dark Night of the Soul by Linda Furtado
Dark Night of the Soul by Linda Furtado

Dark Night of the Soul by Linda Furtado

Read Job 23:1-9, 16-17

Job is a faithful companion for us through life’s valleys because Job knows that life with God does not give us easy answers. Job knows that God is powerful over all things, and so he can complain to God about what he thinks God has allowed to happen. Job also knows that he has been faithful to God and that God will vindicate him if given the chance. … read

September 29, 2015

How Meditation Changed My Life

By J. Dana Trent |
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Photo of J. Dana Trent by Jim Harris

Photo of J. Dana Trent by Jim Harris

In Saffron Cross, I wrote about my husband’s morning devotional practice, a routine stemming from his service as a Hindu monk and priest.

It wasn’t until I met Fred that I began to discern what such a morning contemplative practice might look like for me. But in the past, when I had tried to keep a daily prayer or meditation practice, I quickly let it slide to the bottom of my to-do list. Even after five years of being married to someone with an intense morning spiritual discipline, first-thing contemplation doesn’t come easy for me.

And, until recently, I spent my first moments awake checking social media, e-mail, and firing my brain into a frenzy of the day’s anxieties – all before I rolled out of bed.

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September 28, 2015

The Problem of Suffering

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The Upper Room Disciplines 2015

The Upper Room Disciplines 2015

Excerpt from page 284 of The Upper Room Disciplines 2015: A Book of Daily Devotions. Used by permission of Upper Room Books.

Read Job 1:1, 2:1-3

Job is devout and faithful. Because of his righteousness, he gets plucked out of obscurity and placed in the midst of a heavenly dispute. In the opening verses, the Lord and the heavenly court debate how to recognize true devotion. “Obviously, Job loves you, with all your blessings,” says the divine district attorney. “Let’s test him, and see how he feels then.” … read

September 25, 2015

Our Interfaith Bible Study

By Cecilia Maciel-Ortega |
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Cecial Maciel image 1As a student at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tennessee, I never thought I would encounter such diversity. Not only is there racial diversity, but also religious. Though Martin is a Methodist school, it does not mean that only Christians attend. There are several religious life clubs and small groups, but La Conexion is unlike any other organization on campus.

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