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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

To the Ends of the Earth - May 6, 2021

May 6, 2021

Borrowing the language of social media, one might say that God has “friended” us. Jesus said it this way: “I no longer call you servants . . . Instead, I have...

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To the Ends of the Earth - May 5, 2021

May 5, 2021

The Greek word for the kind of love Jesus is speaking of here, agape, means “unconditional love.” It is the type of love that puts the needs of others ahead of...

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To the Ends of the Earth - May 4, 2021

May 4, 2021

It was an unusual visit, albeit a divinely orchestrated one. The Jewish apostle Peter had been invited to the home of a Gentile soldier named Cornelius. Certainly Peter has his reservations....

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To the Ends of the Earth - May 3, 2021

May 3, 2021

“Sing to the LORD . . . Shout for joy to the LORD . . . Make music to the LORD . . . ” (NIV). The psalmist implores us to...

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Moments of Grace - May 2, 2021

May 2, 2021

Driving to work one morning, I listened to a song by a musician I like. A friend had recommended him to me, and I thought about how I might not have...

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Moments of Grace - May 1, 2021

May 1, 2021

A character in one of my favorite western novels, Lonesome Dove, is so fond of a Latin dictum that he emblazons it, albeit somewhat incorrectly, on a sign. The phrase seems...

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Moments of Grace - April 30, 2021

April 30, 2021

Growing up, I heard many sermons that focused on specific behaviors: what I should and shouldn’t do, with a heavy bent toward the “shouldn’t.” Each Sunday the preacher delivered his dire...

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Moments of Grace - April 29, 2021

April 29, 2021

Not long ago I drove past the building that was at one time the location of the public library in my hometown. Seeing the old building reminded me of the many...

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Moments of Grace - April 28, 2021

April 28, 2021

Like most people, I want a smooth journey from points A to B; but that’s not always what I get. When I’m out hiking—one of my favorite activities—sometimes the path is...

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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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