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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

Faithful Presence within the Abyss - August 3, 2020

August 3, 2020

Beaten and left for dead in a dried up well; sold into slavery by your own family; tossed about by tempest winds within a stormy sea. Life can be brutal. Sometimes,...

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Painful Blessings, Bewildering
Abundance - August 2, 2020

August 2, 2020

This chapter of Matthew’s Gospel invites us to compare two banquets: Herod’s decadent feast of excess, arrogance, scheming, and murder in a royal palace and, in this passage, Jesus’ impromptu feast...

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Painful Blessings, Bewildering
Abundance - August 1, 2020

August 1, 2020

When this story begins, Jesus has just learned of the murder of his cousin John at the order of Herod. He wants to be alone for a while. But, as always,...

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Painful Blessings, Bewildering
Abundance - July 31, 2020

July 31, 2020

Paul is agonized over Israel’s failure to recognize Jesus as the long-awaited Messiah. It breaks his heart that they cannot share his conviction that Jesus is the fulfillment of the ancient...

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Painful Blessings, Bewildering
Abundance - July 30, 2020

July 30, 2020

This passage from Paul’s letter to the Romans reveals a deeply personal side of him. He confesses his “great sorrow and unceasing anguish” that his “own people,” his fellow Jews, have...

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Painful Blessings, Bewildering
Abundance - July 29, 2020

July 29, 2020

This psalm of David is a tough one to read. And it seems a dangerous one to pray. The psalmist is sure of his own righteousness, convinced that his personal enemies...

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Painful Blessings, Bewildering
Abundance - July 28, 2020

July 28, 2020

In this passage, Jacob fords the River Jabbok with his whole family and everything he owns, and he sends them on ahead of him. We do not know why he stays...

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Painful Blessings, Bewildering
Abundance - July 27, 2020

July 27, 2020

Jacob is returning to his ancestral home in Canaan after twenty years of exile. He is rightly uncertain of his welcome. The last time he saw his brother Esau, he cheated...

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Faithfulness, Grace, and Growth - July 26, 2020

July 26, 2020

Jesus Christ may be “the same yesterday today and forever” (Heb. 13:8), but that requires us to keep changing and growing rather than holding tight to our unchanging past. Human souls,...

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