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The Upper Room magazine's mission is to provide a practical way to listen to scripture, connect with believers around the world, and spend time with God each day.

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January 28, 2017

Rest Practice

I sat at my drums, music playing through my headphones, my hands and feet moving in time to the song I was learning for a theater production. My eyes tracked the...

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January 27, 2017

Looking for the Beauty

At the beginning of our trip to Western Australia, I was on a mission to see wildflowers. As we drove around, I scanned the edges of the roadside where I’d seen...

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January 26, 2017

The Importance of 

A friend of mine was showing me the features of his new smartphone. Suddenly, a shrill beeping assaulted our ears and he read a notification.  Then we heard a low humming...

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January 25, 2017

Soul Answers

“Why?” I sobbed into my husband’s arms. A joyous 
occasion had turned to despair. After a 24-hour labor, our baby boy was dead. Fifty years later, I still remember the chill...

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January 24, 2017

Calling All Volunteers!

This verse from Isaiah was one of the verses that touched my mother’s heart with the desire to become a missionary. Many times I heard the story of how my mom...

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January 23, 2017

Trusting God 
through Transition

When I moved to the bustling metropolis of Istanbul, a city of more than 15 million people, God seemed distant and unconcerned. My wife, our two children, and I had moved...

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January 22, 2017

Seeing the Potential

The plant had only two puny leaves sticking out of a dirty clay pot. When one of the rummage-sale workers asked me, “Will you take it?” my first thought was, Another...

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January 21, 2017

Storms of Life

The day was stormy. Lightning flashed all around. The wind howled, the rain fell, and tornadoes threatened. At the radio station in Athens, Georgia, where I worked during college, the owner...

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January 20, 2017

The Benefit of the Present

On a Friday afternoon, I was driving along Interstate 95 outside of Washington, D.C., when I came upon a flashing alert sign that read: “Traffic ahead next 2 miles.” I thought,...

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January 19, 2017


When an item breaks, I have three responses: 1) I’m 
unhappy; 2) I’m frustrated; 3) I’m challenged to fix it. The first two responses rarely last long. In a short time,...

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Starting New Churches in Honduras

The United Methodist Church in Honduras uses El Aposento Elto, the Spanish language version of The Upper Room daily devotional to start new faith communities. They use "An Easy Plan to Use The Upper Room in Small Groups" found in the back of the magazine. As the groups grow, they build critical mass for new church starts.