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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

Believe It or Not - August 8, 2022

August 8, 2022

In today’s reading, Asaph, a temple musician in Jerusalem, observes the Assyrian invasion of the northern kingdom of Israel. Ten tribes are being swept away, leaving the southern kingdom of Judah...

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Sacrificing Certainty - August 7, 2022

August 7, 2022

Stay ready so you don’t have to get ready. I’m not sure when and where I first heard that phrase, but it has always stuck with me. Perhaps it was on...

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Sacrificing Certainty - August 6, 2022

August 6, 2022

Turning on the news these days can easily be overwhelming, given the amount of suffering in the world. It seems that there is always a new tragedy and a new fear...

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Sacrificing Certainty - August 5, 2022

August 5, 2022

Gratitude is at the center of sacrifices that are pleasing to God. Of equal importance is how we express that gratitude in the world. The book of Isaiah begins much like...

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Sacrificing Certainty - August 4, 2022

August 4, 2022

As we sacrifice certainty and attempt to discern God’s will for us and our communities, how do we know we are on the right track? How can we rest assured that...

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Sacrificing Certainty - August 3, 2022

August 3, 2022

I recently attended an intergenerational conversation between the women of a Catholic religious Order and young spiritual seekers. The community is called Nuns & Nones, and it seeks to foster relationships...

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Sacrificing Certainty - August 2, 2022

August 2, 2022

We are not the first, nor the last generation, called to sacrifice certainty. Growing up, I remember hearing family stories around the dinner table of ancestors who risked their lives in...

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Sacrificing Certainty - August 1, 2022

August 1, 2022

These days there seems to be very little of which we can be certain. The past several years saw a global pandemic take the lives of millions of beloved brothers, sisters,...

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God Is Enough - July 31, 2022

July 31, 2022

This is one of my favorite Gospel stories. In one stroke, Luke challenges both the multi-billion dollar retirement industry and the personal storage shed industry! We spend much time and energy...

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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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