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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

The Responsibility of Promise - September 22, 2016

September 22, 2016

Songwriter Diane Warren penned a Grammy award-winning tribute to her father, “Because You Loved Me.” The lyrics of the song proclaim a love that profoundly influences the life of another. In...

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The Responsibility of Promise - September 21, 2016

September 21, 2016

Twenty-four-hour news broadcasts leave us longing for peace, mercy, justice, hope, and love. Children lose their lives, leave families; and friends wonder why. Young adults feel a sense of insecurity in...

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The Responsibility of Promise - September 20, 2016

September 20, 2016

My real estate agent asked as we stood outside the office for my house closing, “Are you ready for this?” I wanted to shout, “No way! What crazy person decided it...

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The Responsibility of Promise - September 19, 2016

September 19, 2016

The prophet Jeremiah receives a promise—a word from the Lord—which seems poorly timed. A war rages, and Jeremiah is in jail. Those looking at the situation from the outside would find...

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Lessons in Respect - September 18, 2016

September 18, 2016

In our culture, we detest being conned. We’re suspicious of everyone because anyone can mistreat us. Before we make commitments to another, we question why we should care about and respect...

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Lessons in Respect - September 17, 2016

September 17, 2016

The manager’s job performance is only part of what Jesus addresses as irresponsible. In a broader context, Jesus teaches about service to God versus service to money. The King James Version...

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Lessons in Respect - September 16, 2016

September 16, 2016

Some days at work I don’t give my best. I just go through the motions. On those days my boss, the company, or the other employees barely cross my mind. On...

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Lessons in Respect - September 15, 2016

September 15, 2016

One of my Bible teachers noted that humanity’s attitude is this: “Lord, tell me once, maybe twice, and I'll take it from there.” It reminds me of a young child telling...

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Lessons in Respect - September 14, 2016

September 14, 2016

We want to find people we can look up to, don’t we? Just look at the many TV shows and movies based on superheroes and people who save the day. Our...

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Lessons in Respect - September 13, 2016

September 13, 2016

Jeremiah began prophesying to Jerusalem and Judah in 622 bce, during the time of the reforms of King Josiah. Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylonia, destroyed Jerusalem in 586 bce, ending the southern...

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