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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

Practicing Hope - November 29, 2022

November 29, 2022

John the Baptist would make a lousy guest preacher. Rather than commending the piety of all the good religious people who had come to hear him, he deprecates their integrity, promises...

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Practicing Hope - November 28, 2022

November 28, 2022

“It’s going to turn out fine” was the last thing I wanted to hear as I shoved the last of our boxes into a moving van, saying goodbye to the new...

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Life As Pilgrimage - November 27, 2022

November 27, 2022

Today is the beginning of Advent, the season of preparation for the coming of Christ! How fitting, then, that Psalm 122 is a song of pilgrimage to Jerusalem. The writer asks...

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Life As Pilgrimage - November 26, 2022

November 26, 2022

My spouse has told me often of his father’s favorite scripture. (It is not from today’s reading, but there is a link between them.) The favorite text was, “Always be prepared...

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Life As Pilgrimage - November 25, 2022

November 25, 2022

Do you ever get so involved in something that you lose touch with where you are or what day it is? Most of us do that from time to time. We...

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Life As Pilgrimage - November 24, 2022

November 24, 2022

One historical United States tradition is Thanksgiving Day, observed the fourth Thursday in November. There is food to prepare, there are tables to be set, a feast to be shared, family...

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Life As Pilgrimage - November 23, 2022

November 23, 2022

The Letter to the Romans was written by Paul, who had been a zealous persecutor of Christians until he quite literally “saw the light” and became a Christian himself (see Acts...

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Life As Pilgrimage - November 22, 2022

November 22, 2022

Psalm 122 is about pilgrimage—a journey to a place of religious importance. This pilgrimage is an opportunity to join others and travel together to Jerusalem to worship in the Temple. Imagine...

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Life As Pilgrimage - November 21, 2022

November 21, 2022

This passage records what Isaiah saw and heard regarding the future of Judah and Jerusalem. If you go to Jerusalem, you will see that the Temple Mount area is not level...

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Whitney Simpson offers a wide-open doorway into embodied practice and awakens us to the long-held wisdom of our tradition that our bodies are sacred places where God meets us and dwells. Fully Human, Fully Divine is a true Christmas gift!”


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