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About Disciplines

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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Restored - July 23, 2019

July 23, 2019

Restore us, O God! The more things change, the more the refrain stays the same. The psalmist yearns for a return to past glories. The psalmist remembers (perhaps accurately, perhaps not)...

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Restored - July 22, 2019

July 22, 2019

My given name ends with “Jr.” I was named for my dad, by my dad. He hoped and prayed that I would grow to be a good man. My dad knew...

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Feeding the Christ Within - July 21, 2019

July 21, 2019

Saint Francis de Sales reportedly once said, “Every one of us needs half an hour of prayer each day except when we are busy—then we need an hour.” At first this...

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Feeding the Christ Within - July 20, 2019

July 20, 2019

As I strive to release my inner Martha and embrace my inner Mary, one huge distraction stands in the way—my cell phone. For years I have been encouraging my kids to...

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Feeding the Christ Within - July 19, 2019

July 19, 2019

We live in a society that celebrates our inner Marthas; we are affirmed for being productive, busy, and active. Our inner Marys, on the other hand, receive minimal, if any, encouragement....

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Feeding the Christ Within - July 18, 2019

July 18, 2019

It is said that Michelangelo could look at a plain block of marble and see what was invisible to everyone else: the image that dwelled beneath the surface, waiting to be...

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Feeding the Christ Within - July 17, 2019

July 17, 2019

Music beautifully and mysteriously blends sound and silence. Even the lovely bird songs of the early morning naturally mirror this gift of both chirping and quiet. The balance between notes and...

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Feeding the Christ Within - July 16, 2019

July 16, 2019

A headline about Psalm 52 might have read something like this: “Saul orders slaughter of priest and family, over eighty-five dead.” In 1 Samuel 21 and 22, we learn that David,...

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Feeding the Christ Within - July 15, 2019

July 15, 2019

Every week during the summer, I pick up a delicious basket full of summer fruits and vegetables from UpCycle Farm—tomatoes, zucchini, watermelon, strawberries, and more. My family eats, stores, or shares...

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An Anchor to Hold

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