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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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December 9, 2016

Wind and Waves

My mom, my two younger brothers, and I went canoeing. When a speedboat went by, the waves would rock the canoe from side to side. I would get nervous, fearing that...

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December 8, 2016

God’s Direction

As my college graduation approaches, I have a million thoughts running through my mind: Where will I work? Where will I live? How will I pay my bills? My five-and-a-
half-year journey...

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December 7, 2016

Like Trees Walking

Being the youth leader at my church is not easy for me. 
I have not raised teenagers of my own and do not have any training in working with teens. But...

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December 6, 2016

Peace that Passes 

My friend Helen was expressing her concern for her son, who lived in a home for people with disabilities. At 86, 
she and her husband knew they would not be with...

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December 5, 2016


My wife had surgery on her right hand and couldn’t use it for several weeks. She needed help to do almost everything; so I became her right hand. Some of the...

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December 4, 2016

Freely Given

I volunteer to speak in Sunday evening worship services for residents of a nearby healthcare facility. Preparing a fifteen-
minute sermon can be challenging. The message must be 
concise and easily understood...

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December 3, 2016

Worthy is the Lamb

We all know how hard it is to accept criticism, especially when we’re fully convinced that we’re in the right. When we get back that best-written paper from our professor, we...

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December 2, 2016

Doing What Is Right

Recently, I was struggling with feelings of uncertainty and a lack of direction; in general I wasn’t sure how I felt. My 
uncertainties were frustrating and affected nearly everything 
I did....

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December 1, 2016

Desires in Conflict

I was alone in a foreign country, on an overnight stopover after a busy three weeks of preaching and teaching, and I 
had once again watched TV pornography. No one will...

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November 30, 2016

Healing Prayer

Three-and-a-half hours had elapsed as my sister’s friends and family waited in the crowded hospital lounge. We were relieved when the physician made her way toward us. With concern in her...

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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.