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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

The Promises of God - November 22, 2020

November 22, 2020

We have been walking through some tenuous scriptural ground this week, grappling with hell and judgment, salvation and righteousness, empire and God’s kingdom. It is no easy terrain, no simple way...

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The Promises of God - November 21, 2020

November 21, 2020

One of the gifts the Jewish tradition offers is the practice of midrash, a way of reading a biblical text with a question mark instead of a period. The practice of...

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The Promises of God - November 20, 2020

November 20, 2020

In today’s scripture reading, we find Jesus echoing Ezekiel’s prophecy to the Hebrew people. Jesus offers his disciples and us warnings of judgment and a call to righteousness. There is a...

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The Promises of God - November 19, 2020

November 19, 2020

A master letter writer, Paul offers a heartfelt and inspiring introduction to the church at Ephesus in today’s reading. Suggesting that he does not know them personally with the phrase “I...

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The Promises of God - November 18, 2020

November 18, 2020

I recently heard Rabbi David Horowitz describe the Kaddish, an ancient prayer recited regularly in Jewish worship services and originally known as the Mourner’s Prayer, as a prayer for those who...

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The Promises of God - November 17, 2020

November 17, 2020

Take a moment to picture divisive politics ruling the land, military alliances and violent crimes taking place at alarming rates, policies privileging the wealthy, and a society ruled by its greed....

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The Promises of God - November 16, 2020

November 16, 2020

As a child, I was terrified of being lost. I understood “being lost” as being separated from my parents. When I was five, I tried to spend the night away from...

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Growing in Faith the Hard Way - November 15, 2020

November 15, 2020

There Will Be Consequences “Whatever. . . . Been there, done that. I don’t care. . . .” A jaded callous attitude seems to pervade popular culture. I wonder if what appears as cynicism may be a...

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Growing in Faith the Hard Way - November 14, 2020

November 14, 2020

So I Was Afraid Fear may be seen as having faith in the enemy. Fear can hold us enthralled, imprisoned. Paralyzed by the “what-ifs” and “maybes,” we decide we would rather...

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Throughout my Walk I experienced the presence of the Risen One in the devotional spaces as well as in times of teaching, meditation, and prayer. The communion with brothers, experienced in the daily sharing at the table and in the Word, generated deep bonds of brotherhood.” 

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