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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

Spirit and Breath of Power - May 31, 2020

May 31, 2020

In some cultures, it is inappropriate to speak the truth openly and in public unless the person speaking is drunk. Somehow, within the context of such cultures, a person is forgiven...

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Spirit and Breath of Power - May 30, 2020

May 30, 2020

Fear is projected all around us through commercials, political ads and speeches, and polarized news reporting. Marketers and politicians figured out long ago that fear is a powerful motivator to get...

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Spirit and Breath of Power - May 29, 2020

May 29, 2020

Can you feel the tension between unity and diversity in this text? On the one hand, we read about the same Spirit, same Lord, same God, and common good. On the...

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Spirit and Breath of Power - May 28, 2020

May 28, 2020

We live in a world dominated by the voices of the powerful and rich, who use their power and money to influence our media and spread divisive information. This information polarizes...

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Spirit and Breath of Power - May 27, 2020

May 27, 2020

In today’s reading, Peter quotes from the prophet Joel: “Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old . . . shall dream dreams, and your young . . . shall...

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Spirit and Breath of Power - May 26, 2020

May 26, 2020

A small group of Jews who follow a teacher named Jesus, who had been killed like a criminal, gather in one place at Pentecost, a Jewish festival celebrated fifty days after...

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Spirit and Breath of Power - May 25, 2020

May 25, 2020

Breathing is powerful. Since it is an involuntary function, we don’t think much about it until we are underwater, in a place with an unbearable odor, or in a dusty environment;...

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Empowered by the Spirit - May 24, 2020

May 24, 2020

On this Ascension Sunday, we are called to rejoice with all the company of earth and heaven in the gift of our risen Lord. Christ has ascended. Alleluia! We are not...

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Empowered by the Spirit - May 23, 2020

May 23, 2020

Even if we have read the first chapter of Acts many times, we may overlook this profound moment. Here, the community of Christ followers gathers on the eve of the birth...

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