Today’s Reflection

SPIRITUAL GIFTS are given to each of us for the sake of one another. … We cannot exercise our spiritual gifts in isolation. They are not given to be hidden. Spiritual gifts are not bestowed for satellite use. The church is a communion, an organically connected body. … We are called to be together as Christ’s body on earth.

When we have discovered, by grace, our need for a constant, living reliance upon Christ Jesus the vine, our whole lives will orient around that truth. Jesus becomes the very organizing principle for all of life. He is, as the hymn says, “the heart of our own heart.” Thus gathering together as the body of Christ is not optional. Worship is vital. It is the very first activity God asks of us.

– Gerrit Scott Dawson

Responding to Our Call, Participant’s Book, Volume 4

From page 66 of Responding to Our Call: Participant’s Book, Volume 4 by Gerrit Scott Dawson. This is the 4th volume in the original Companions in Christ series. Copyright © 2006 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

What gift do you share with the Body of Christ? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!”

Romans 8:15, NRSV

This Week: pray for graduating seniors. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

Did You Know?

In need of prayer? The Upper Room Living Prayer Center is a 7-day-a-week intercessory prayer ministry staffed by trained volunteers, call 1-800-251-2468 or visit The Living Prayer Center web site.

Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember: Augustine of Canterbury (May 27).

Lectionary Readings

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Radical Grace

May 28, 2015

Today’s Reflection

GRACE IS A FAR MORE RADICAL CONCEPT than most of us are comfortable with. Many theologians who have gone before us have wrestled with the implications of this concept. Even Paul, the writer of a significant portion of the New Testament, struggled with grace. In 2 Corinthians, Paul writes about having a “thorn in the flesh” that he asked God to take away from him. Paul recounts that God’s response was not simply to remove the thorn, but to remind Paul to rely on grace: “My grace is sufficient for you, my power is made perfect in weakness.” What a good place to start! Grace is God’s power made perfect in weakness.

Grace is God’s doing for us what we cannot do for ourselves. We see grace in Jesus’ determination to seek and save the lost during his ministry on earth. We also see grace in Jesus’ determination to seek and save the lost in the days immediately following the crucifixion. And we experience grace in our own lives because of Jesus’ determination, despite all that we have done to get in the way, to continue to seek and save the lost today.

– Kevin M. Watson
A Blueprint for Discipleship

From page 15 of A Blueprint for Discipleship: Wesley’s General Rules as a Guide for Christian Living by Kevin M. Watson. Copyright © 2009 by Discipleship Resources. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

How is the grace of God teaching you in your weakness? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.

Romans 8:14, NRSV

This Week: pray for graduating seniors. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

Did You Know?

In need of prayer? The Upper Room Living Prayer Center is a 7-day-a-week intercessory prayer ministry staffed by trained volunteers, call 1-800-251-2468 or visit The Living Prayer Center web site.

Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember: Augustine of Canterbury (May 27).

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

Sponsored by Upper Room Ministries ®. Copyright © 2015, a ministry of Discipleship Ministries | PO Box 340004 | Nashville, TN 37203-0004 | USA

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Five Ways to Spread Hope

May 27, 2015

Today’s Reflection 1. Be a helper. If you hear of disasters or troubles, especially near where you live, pray about the situation. Ask God for ideas for helping. Maybe you can collect food, water, or clothing for victims. Maybe you can help collect funds in your neighborhood or church. 2. Be an encourager. When you […]

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Still Flourishing in Old Age

May 26, 2015

Today’s Reflection SOME PEOPLE BELIEVE that life peaks at some point and has an upward and downward slope on either side. The peak for some people comes in midlife and from that moment on, their life goes downhill. However, the psalmist contends that people will flourish and maintain vitality in old age: “they will still […]

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Agape Love

May 25, 2015

Today’s Reflection THE AFFIRMATION OF GOD’S LOVE is the most healing and nurturing message you will ever receive. Why, then, is it sometimes so difficult to accept God’s love personally? One reason may be the understanding and experience we bring to the word love. We use the word so casually that it has lost much […]

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Where Are You, God?

May 24, 2015

Today’s Reflection IN THE DARK NIGHT of my soul, I look for you, God, searching through darkness until my eyes can bear no more. I look for you, God, until everything around me seems emptied of meaning. I look for you in every person, until I discover that you transcend them all. I loook for […]

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Slowing Down

May 23, 2015

Today’s Reflection WHEN WE LOSE SOMEONE or some activity, we slow down to a speed that feels safe. Each step is a cautious effort. Someone once told me that he had experienced the loss of his mother as a descending darkness. He said he had to live as if he were driving at night. He […]

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The Passion of Christ

May 22, 2015

Today’s Reflection I’D JUST FINISHED a breakfast meeting with some friends in midtown Manhattan. It was a glorious fall morning when I said good-bye, hopped on my bicycle, and pedaled up Madison Avenue toward home just north of Central Park. Rush hour was rushing and dreams were flying all around me as I passed 57th […]

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Time for Stillness

May 21, 2015

Today’s Reflection MONASTIC CHANT of the Psalms appeal to many today who find the gentle, rhythmic singing a soothing introduction to meditation. Recordings of chant sell in great quantities, and monasteries are receiving a record number of guests looking for a different pace of life. The Psalms draw people in because they represent prayer uttered […]

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Living a Deeper Christian Life, or a Broader One?

May 20, 2015

Today’s Reflection OVER THE COURSE of my life, I have often heard Christians refer to their desire to “live a deeper Christian life.” I have said the same and sought it. But in the last 20 years or so, I have begun to respond to another desire within me: the desire to live a broader […]

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