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About Disciplines

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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Born Anew - May 22, 2018

May 22, 2018

The focus of Isaiah’s objection and God’s subsequent healing is the lips. The mouth holds much power. As Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel says, “Words create worlds.” God links the mouth with...

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Born Anew - May 21, 2018

May 21, 2018

God offers Isaiah a fresh invitation to serve. Isaiah finds himself entangled in regret and shame as he witnesses God’s glory and holiness firsthand. He doesn’t feel “clean” enough to be...

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Praying Our Way to Pentecost - May 20, 2018

May 20, 2018

While some come only out of a sense of duty or obligation, others have saved up to make the pilgrimage. It is Pentecost Day in Jerusalem, a fixed holy day for...

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Praying Our Way to Pentecost - May 19, 2018

May 19, 2018

The grandeur of creation reminds us of God’s glory. Trees older than countries, canyons deeper than rivers speak of the power and majesty of the God who created them. Birds tiny...

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Praying Our Way to Pentecost - May 18, 2018

May 18, 2018

If you knew you were about to leave your family abruptly, what would you say to them? John 14–17 essentially records Jesus’ leave-taking conversation with his disciples. We learn so much...

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Praying Our Way to Pentecost - May 17, 2018

May 17, 2018

Some days even the most silver-tongued find it difficult to pray. Stupefying days, like 9/11, when life’s harshness has slapped the words of prayer out of our mouths. Prayerless days because...

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Praying Our Way to Pentecost - May 16, 2018

May 16, 2018

It is small wonder that we hesitate to pray about some things. Our culture has wired us to believe that we can dictate the results as we pray our prayers. On...

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Praying Our Way to Pentecost - May 15, 2018

May 15, 2018

Jesus still has much to say in this last conversation before his arrest and execution, but the disciples cannot bear what he needs to tell them. The rest will have to...

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Praying Our Way to Pentecost - May 14, 2018

May 14, 2018

Here stands Pentecost, tall, proud, and long-legged. Originally a celebration for the children of Israel, now the “birthday” of the Christian movement—repurposed by the faithful who have seen Jesus! More than...

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Starting New Churches in Honduras

The United Methodist Church in Honduras uses El Aposento Elto, the Spanish language version of The Upper Room daily devotional to start new faith communities. They use "An Easy Plan to Use The Upper Room in Small Groups" found in the back of the magazine. As the groups grow, they build critical mass for new church starts.