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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

Fear: It’s Risky Business - June 16, 2021

June 16, 2021

Sometimes love and circumstance push through our reticence like a swollen river finally pouring through flood gates. We release our pent-up pain, and another’s heart opens to receive it. That’s what...

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Fear: It’s Risky Business - June 15, 2021

June 15, 2021

Saul has been dosing himself with music from David’s lyre. Lately that medicine has been Saul’s only relief from the troubling spirit which possesses him. Today Saul’s weightiest worry is the...

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Fear: It’s Risky Business - June 14, 2021

June 14, 2021

Fear is quite a risky business. Sightseeing in Italy drove this point home. My friends and I were in Umbria, walking through ancient towns and churches. One bright, chilly afternoon in...

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To See Our Lives as God Sees Them - June 13, 2021

June 13, 2021

The kingdom of God, Jesus taught his disciples, is like the smallest of seeds. In the church we can become preoccupied with size. How many gather for worship? How large is...

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To See Our Lives as God Sees Them - June 12, 2021

June 12, 2021

Jesus often taught in parables, stories that drew his disciples’ attention to their ordinary surroundings. The kingdom of God, he says, is like the scattering of a seed upon the ground....

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To See Our Lives as God Sees Them - June 11, 2021

June 11, 2021

Someone has noted that we see others not as they are but as we are. The apostle Paul is writing to the mature spiritual leaders of Corinth and now to us...

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To See Our Lives as God Sees Them - June 10, 2021

June 10, 2021

The apostle Paul writes to the church at Corinth with the weight of concerns bearing upon him—despair, criticism, opposition, fatigue, suffering, human limitations, mortality. He imagines what it might be like...

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To See Our Lives as God Sees Them - June 9, 2021

June 9, 2021

On first impression, a psalm describing a king preparing for battle and a petition for victory may not seem relevant to most of us. Is David giving his blessing to violence...

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To See Our Lives as God Sees Them - June 8, 2021

June 8, 2021

In this psalm, a petition for God’s intervention and protection in a forthcoming battle, there is a strong connection between God’s will and the action of the ruler. There is something...

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I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.” 

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