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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

May 31, 2016

May 31, 2016

Elijah engages a widow who has an edge. She makes it clear that this is not a good time for him to be asking for hospitality. Notice the dynamics of this...

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May 30, 2016

May 30, 2016

In this reading, we meet a woman depleted. She has exhausted her food supplies and as she prepares a last meal for herself and her son, Elijah shows up asking for...

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May 29, 2016

May 29, 2016

The first few times I read Galatians, I actually missed how upset Paul is at the beginning of the letter. I breezed right through the sarcasm in verse 6 and the...

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May 28, 2016

May 28, 2016

Cheap imitations can entice. I remember buying a pair of sunglasses in New York City as a child that cost ten dollars and looked like a pair of sunglasses that would...

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May 27, 2016

May 27, 2016

I don’t know about you, but when Jesus praises someone’s faith, it usually makes me uncomfortable. The faith of the centurion offers an excellent example! Jesus often uses outsiders as positive...

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May 26, 2016

May 26, 2016

Elijah calls on the people of Israel to decide between following God or following the prophets of Baal. The showdown begins. Elijah, a brilliant showman, highlights the impotence of the prophets...

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May 25, 2016

May 25, 2016

God often shows up when we least expect it. Samaria, the setting for today’s reading, has been in the midst of severe famine. Matters have become so desperate that King Ahab...

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May 24, 2016

May 24, 2016

If the strong affirmation that God alone reigns interrupts the initial familiarity of Psalm 96, the disruption continues with a further affirmation of God’s role as coming judge: “Let all crea-
tion...

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May 23, 2016

May 23, 2016

Like many, this psalm is tricky. At first glance it may come across as mundane. If we are not careful, we can simply ride the wave of the psalmist’s call for...

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May 22, 2016

May 22, 2016

So then, if we are not out of alignment with God but participants in the work of aligning ourselves with one another and with all creation to the glory of God,...

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