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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

April 17, 2016

April 17, 2016

The religious leaders have trouble believing that Jesus is the Messiah. But what is hard for me to believe or even imagine is the aspect of eternal life and never perishing....

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April 16, 2016

April 16, 2016

Jesus says, “The works . . . testify to me.” Spiritual leaders, politicos, government authorities, and corporate moguls know how to spin a good cover story, but can we trust their...

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April 15, 2016

April 15, 2016

Understanding the value of diversity is a great struggle and a great theme in modern life. But two millennia ago the story of civilization as recorded in Revelation offers preview. Eventually...

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April 14, 2016

April 14, 2016

If dark times are inevitable, can we believe during good times? For those whose natural predisposition is optimistic, the struggle of faith seems rather easy. For those who hold a pessimistic...

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April 13, 2016

April 13, 2016

Inevitably, all of us will walk through dark times. The nature of those dark times, whether it be overcoming cancer as my older brother did in six successive bouts or recovering...

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April 12, 2016

April 12, 2016

When we belong to a faithful community we find that serving others comes naturally. Clearly Tabitha had discovered this and offered herself to the community in good works. Joppa, a coastal...

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April 11, 2016

April 11, 2016

We all yearn for community: a place to belong, a place where our personal welfare is considered important by others and where we can depend on the charity and grace of...

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April 10, 2016

April 10, 2016

Awkward conversations occur often. You round a corner in a bookstore and bump into an ex-boyfriend—who introduces you to his new girlfriend. You sit next to an acquaintance at a dinner...

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April 9, 2016

April 9, 2016

We take comfort in familiarity. For Simon Peter, fishing is familiar. We assume that he’s already seen the risen Lord with the other disciples. But there’s been no specific mention of...

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April 8, 2016

April 8, 2016

The end of the New Testament begins a new song. Amid the letters, visions, beasts, and riddles of Revelation are these spoken verses set to music over the centuries. They are...

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