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The Upper Room Disciplines provides an opportunity to look more deeply at scripture by offering a week of devotions by a single author on a particular theme.

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Latest Disciplines Devotions

Longing for the Reign of Christ - November 18, 2019

November 18, 2019

As we reflect on the reign of Christ through scripture this week, we are reassured that God continues to watch over this world and responds to our cries for leadership that...

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A Perfect World - November 17, 2019

November 17, 2019

Today’s text predicts wars, uprisings, earthquakes, famines, and disease. Jesus says that we will be persecuted and imprisoned, but that we will have “opportunity to testify” to our faith in him....

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A Perfect World - November 16, 2019

November 16, 2019

This is the beginning of the end for Jesus, and Jesus knows it. Jesus’ contemporaries believe that those nearing death have an extra ability to see things more clearly. Nearing death,...

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A Perfect World - November 15, 2019

November 15, 2019

Idleness and disruption can damage a group of people trying to live and work together. Every ship’s crew is grouped together in teams of members who have been trained to do...

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A Perfect World - November 14, 2019

November 14, 2019

The US military is an apprentice organization. It hires personnel with the intent for senior personnel to teach them how to do specific jobs. When I was a beginner chaplain, experienced...

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A Perfect World - November 13, 2019

November 13, 2019

Our words carry meaning. When we speak our ideas, thoughts, desires, and fears, others hear them and process them for a meaning in their own lives. Sometimes this valuable exercise can...

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A Perfect World - November 12, 2019

November 12, 2019

A roof over our heads and food on our tables—that seems to be a reasonable expectation for most. And still there are those who have not or cannot realize that expectation...

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A Perfect World - November 11, 2019

November 11, 2019

With all that we see in our world today, we can grow tired and weary of the heaven and earth we experience. The thought of new heavens and a new earth...

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Coming Alive in Christ - November 10, 2019

November 10, 2019

To come alive in Christ is to understand the truth of Jesus’ resurrection and its power to awaken us to right living. This story unifies all those who seek to discipline...

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Vulnerability

“I believe with all my heart that vulnerability and authenticity are the only way to find wholeness in Jesus Christ. … I believe in the holistic, healing love and salvation in Jesus Christ, who walks with us in the valleys and brings beauty from ash heaps again and again and again. I am here to tell you that I have been on the mountaintops and in the valleys, and I have discovered that we need a reset in our souls. We need to share stories so that others will too. When we’re free to be real, that’s when the real joy comes.” Read more.