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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

Liberation - October 23, 2021

October 23, 2021

Further revelation of God usually results in God’s being stripped of our human-imposed limitations. It also leads to God’s creation finding new life and availing itself to the renewed call to...

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Liberation - October 22, 2021

October 22, 2021

Some years ago, my family doctor recommended that I see a psychologist. To my great surprise and joy, by the end of the third session with the psychologist, we had gotten...

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Liberation - October 21, 2021

October 21, 2021

As the audition of witnesses began, a young political leader was taken into pretrial detention. His alleged crime: making government-owned property available and affordable to a certain section of the population,...

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Liberation - October 20, 2021

October 20, 2021

Sometimes, as a result of our limitations, our understanding of God and the ways of God become blurred. Amidst life and its realities, our dim vision then results in prolonged periods...

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Liberation - October 19, 2021

October 19, 2021

The background to Psalm 34 is an unusual and quite amusing story. In First Samuel 21:10-15, while David is fleeing his archenemy King Saul, David goes to Achish king of Gath,...

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Liberation - October 18, 2021

October 18, 2021

Coming from a small Caribbean island, I find that the opportunity to take long, uninterrupted drives is one of the things I enjoy about living in the United States. For me,...

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The Limits of Human Power - October 17, 2021

October 17, 2021

In the scriptures for this past week, God spoke through the prophet Joel, the psalmist, the whirlwind, and Jesus (God incarnate). Today, we have the witness of this cosmic yet earthly...

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The Limits of Human Power - October 16, 2021

October 16, 2021

James and John are not yet ready. They have not learned the hard lesson of forgoing desires and delusions of grandeur for the Christlike role of servanthood. When the other disciples...

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The Limits of Human Power - October 15, 2021

October 15, 2021

Were James and John not listening? Jesus had just predicted in grim and specific terms what he expected to happen to him when they reached Jerusalem. Perhaps they just caught the...

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