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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

God on the Margins - August 22, 2016

August 22, 2016

From the moment the people of Israel struck a covenant with God, they began looking elsewhere for their sustenance. The prophet Jeremiah points out this reality and invites God’s people to...

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Faith or Fear—Our Choice - August 21, 2016

August 21, 2016

When visiting relatives, I went to the public library to do some work. I failed to notice a sign that restricted parking and pulled into a parking space provided for those...

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Faith or Fear—Our Choice - August 20, 2016

August 20, 2016

Pain not only hurts, but it colors our view of the world; it slows us down and changes the way we participate in life. I have been troubled with occasional lower...

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Faith or Fear—Our Choice - August 19, 2016

August 19, 2016

Apocalyptic language such as this tends to divide the Christian community. It need not do so. Written in times when it was dangerous to be a follower of Christ, such symbolic...

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Faith or Fear—Our Choice - August 18, 2016

August 18, 2016

So many things are changing and impermanent in our world that we look for something that is certain and unchanging. Perhaps that is why we like to speak of God as...

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Faith or Fear—Our Choice - August 17, 2016

August 17, 2016

Note the cries for protection from the enemy in this psalm: “Deliver me . . . . rescue me . . . . save me.” We might add, “Save me from...

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Faith or Fear—Our Choice - August 16, 2016

August 16, 2016

Self-preservation is both a natural human instinct and a grave spiritual danger. If we never move beyond measuring every action and relationship by how much is in it for us, this...

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Faith or Fear—Our Choice - August 15, 2016

August 15, 2016

A friend of mine once said, “You can pray or you can worry, but you cannot do both at the same time.” We might likewise say, “You can have faith or...

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Shocked into Change - August 14, 2016

August 14, 2016

The psalmist refers to God as Shepherd but also acknowledges God’s majesty and power on the throne. As in our reading from Isaiah, Israel is likened to a flourishing vine that...

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Shocked into Change - August 13, 2016

August 13, 2016

The writer of Hebrews now focuses on the men and women of the fledgling church and tells them, “You can also live faithfully!” I suspect they listened, nodding wisely, as the...

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