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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

March 29, 2016

March 29, 2016

Some movies end with a door left open to a sequel. The writers wrap up most of the plotlines but leave one conspicuously open. This will become the launch point for...

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March 28, 2016

March 28, 2016

In six short verses the psalmist offers a succession of a dozen entreaties to praise the Lord. These staccato phrases express the where, why, how, and who of praise—with emphasis on...

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March 27, 2016

March 27, 2016

Christ is risen, he is risen indeed!” This shout of exultation often marks the arrival of Easter, but I have never resonated with it. When I studied today’s passage, I understood...

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March 26, 2016

March 26, 2016

We first meet Nicodemus in chapter 3 of John’s Gospel. He seeks Jesus under the cover of night in order to learn from him, which—on the surface—seems an admirable deed. A...

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March 25, 2016

March 25, 2016

At the conclusion of the Farewell Discourse (John 14–17), Jesus goes with his disciples to a garden in the Kidron Valley. There, on the east side of Jerusalem, Judas betrays him...

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March 24, 2016

March 24, 2016

The one command Jesus issues to his disciples alone stands at the conclusion of today’s reading. “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples,” he tells them, “if you...

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March 23, 2016

March 23, 2016

Jesus has just finished washing the disciples’ feet when he jolts them with the news: “One of you will betray me.” The disciples look at one another. Who could Jesus be...

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March 22, 2016

March 22, 2016

The Jesus in this Gospel troubles me. In the other three Gospels, Jesus wavers before the cross—but not in John. Pondering the cross he asks, “What should I say, ‘Father save...

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March 21, 2016

March 21, 2016

Jesus arrives in Bethany six days before the Passover. We have just learned that the authorities plan to put him to death. (See John 11:53-57.) And we can scarcely envision any...

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March 20, 2016

March 20, 2016

We stand on the threshold of the complexities of Holy Week.Our readings this week have invited us to think about the intimate relationship between despair and hopefulness, sadness and joy. The...

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You are invited . . .

Join us on March 1 in observing the World Day of Prayer. Wherever your desire for prayer begins, we invite you to join with persons around the world for an intentional Day of Prayer on Friday, March 1, 2019.