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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

February 20, 2016

February 20, 2016

After Paul has held up examples worthy of imitation, Christ first and then himself, he identifies those whose example the Philippians should not follow. He refers to this group as “enemies...

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February 19, 2016

February 19, 2016

Paul writes to the Philippians while in prison, not knowing whether he will face release or death. He has every reason in the world to feel sorry for himself. Instead, he...

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February 18, 2016

February 18, 2016

The psalmist alternates between fear and faith. In the midst of his praise, he makes one request of God: that he may live in the “house of the Lord” forever. We...

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February 17, 2016

February 17, 2016

The Bible attributes many of the psalms to David, a shepherd boy who became king. As a great warrior, he led his armies against foe after foe. Understandably, he had enemies...

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February 16, 2016

February 16, 2016

How could Abram possibly question God? God has twice promised Abram the blessings of land and descendants. Here God, once again, clearly communicates with Abram and tells him that “his reward...

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February 15, 2016

February 15, 2016

For a third time God reveals to Abram that God has chosen him, selected him to receive a vast amount of land and to have countless descendants. Neither promise makes any...

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February 14, 2016

February 14, 2016

We urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain.” God does not promise that our lives will be easy, only that they will be blessed. Afflictions, hardships,...

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February 13, 2016

February 13, 2016

As a young pastor I remember reading that people in the Bible not only act out their feelings; they also act their way into feelings. When a tragedy occurs, they rend...

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February 12, 2016

February 12, 2016

Every time a server sets a meal before me in a restaurant I wonder about this passage. Jesus instructs us not to make a public show of our piety. And yet...

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February 11, 2016

February 11, 2016

When I was growing up, my pastor introduced the collection of the offering each Sunday with these words, “With gratitude for all we have received, let us offer our gifts to...

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The Holy Service of Motherhood

"When I became a parent, I struggled to find God within the chaotic world where I now lived. I was used to contemplative prayer, to silence and service and listening for God’s still, small voice in quiet, hidden spaces. Suddenly none of my life felt quiet or hidden – it was all loud, messy, and exposed." Discover more.