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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

Encountering God: A Child Shall Lead - April 12, 2021

April 12, 2021

When we were babies, we had no shame about crying for help. We can't remember it, but when we were hungry, we cried out. When we had wet our diapers and...

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Resurrection in Body and Spirit - April 11, 2021

April 11, 2021

It has always troubled me that in some circles, this Sunday after Easter is called “low Sunday.” Don’t misunderstand. I know that the Easter throngs have mostly disappeared, the flowers have...

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Resurrection in Body and Spirit - April 10, 2021

April 10, 2021

“There was not a needy person among them” is an arresting thought. In my part of the country, especially in the warmer weather and at intersections and the end of highway...

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Resurrection in Body and Spirit - April 9, 2021

April 9, 2021

The kindred unity of yesterday’s aspirational psalm appears to be realized in this early experiment in Christian communal living: “Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart...

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Resurrection in Body and Spirit - April 8, 2021

April 8, 2021

Sometimes I wonder how I’ve gone from the kid who loved to bring the hose into the sandbox and make mud pies to the adult who reads this passage and says,...

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Resurrection in Body and Spirit - April 7, 2021

April 7, 2021

“O God,” prays the Christian in an old joke, “it’s been a good day. I’ve been a good person today. I haven’t said an ill word to anyone, or had an...

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Resurrection in Body and Spirit - April 6, 2021

April 6, 2021

Sight and Sound Theatres in Lancaster, PA, and Branson, MO, offer live presentations of stories of the Bible. Folks from my part of the country travel, literally by the busloads, to...

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Resurrection in Body and Spirit - April 5, 2021

April 5, 2021

“You have to manipulate the scar.” Nearly three decades ago I had cervical neck surgery requiring a horizontal incision on my neck above the collarbone. Post-surgical treatment required physical therapy. The...

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Stretched Out - April 4, 2021

April 4, 2021

This is the day. You have awoken in it. Your breath is still in your lungs—stretch your ribcage outward with a deep inhale and press it inward with a long exhale....

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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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