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About Disciplines

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

January 13, 2016

January 13, 2016

Knowing our spiritual gifts allows us to answer the question, “Of what concern is that to me?” As a spiritual director I frequently encounter people trying to discern God’s call—from young...

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January 12, 2016

January 12, 2016

Jesus—as obedient son—responds to Mary’s suggestion that he help with the wine situation, and the Gospel writer tells us that by doing so he “revealed his glory.” What glory did he...

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January 11, 2016

January 11, 2016

This is Jesus’ first “sign” in the Gospel of John: water to wine. Jesus’ response to Mary’s communication that the groom has run out of wine seems somewhat harsh—yet it sounds...

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January 10, 2016

January 10, 2016

One of Oklahoma’s United Methodist district offices added the well-known Interview with God video clip (www.theinterviewwithgod.com) to their website, and visitor usage crashed the site. Usually twenty-five or so people visited...

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January 9, 2016

January 9, 2016

During a season of restlessness, I came across a prayer by Thomas Merton in which he expressed his inability to discern God’s leading. He hoped only that his desire to please...

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January 8, 2016

January 8, 2016

At the end of my second year of college I found myself in a depressed state. I had fallen in love for the first time, and I had also fallen out...

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January 7, 2016

January 7, 2016

Where do people turn when they encounter struggles in their lives? I know that some people withdraw. Some people turn to friends or coworkers. Some look for books that might help....

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January 6, 2016

January 6, 2016

The meeting had begun by the time I slipped into the room. As I entered, persons were introducing themselves. One after another stated that he or she felt a special call...

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January 5, 2016

January 5, 2016

Our scripture offers clues as to how prayer can help us draw closer to God. The opening verse says, “The people were filled with expectation.” Life with God, a life of...

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January 4, 2016

January 4, 2016

Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn says that he tried prayer and it did not work. He put a shoebox under his bed and prayed that it be filled with gold. He awoke...

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Decades of Faithfulness

Pastor Harold Stinson was given The Upper Room as a child by his mother. He is now 71 years old and still reads the devotional guide every day but now in large print. He also hosts a daily prayer call and uses the scripture from the meditation as the basis for that call. 

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