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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 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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April 7, 2016

April 7, 2016

By the end of Psalm 30, David has made a difficult vow. God has pulled him to safety and turned his tear fest into a dancing festival. Rescued, David composes a...

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April 6, 2016

April 6, 2016

Long before Jesus of Nazareth healed people with a touch, the God of David healed with a pull: “I will exalt you, Lord, because you pulled me up” (ceb). Pushing and...

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Our resolve must be different.

“My prayer is that we have finally reached a tipping point. My hope is that when the protests fade and the marches slow that our will as a church to truly eradicate the scourge of racism won’t dissipate but grows even stronger.”

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