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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

June 5, 2016

June 5, 2016

Jesus restores a young man to his mother and community. He moves in close, touching the bier that carries the son. His action causes the bearers to stop, to stand still....

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June 4, 2016

June 4, 2016

The grief of a mother in Nain evokes an emotional and physical response from Jesus. The widow loses her only son. She also loses her security and will live in poverty....

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June 3, 2016

June 3, 2016

Paul, an advocate for inclusion of the Gentiles, now finds himself going toe-to-toe with leaders who question his apostolic authority. He counters their accusations in a very personal way—by insisting his...

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June 2, 2016

June 2, 2016

The psalmist invites us to look to God for support we can count on: “Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob” (niv). The Hebrew word translated “help” implies...

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June 1, 2016

June 1, 2016

The psalmist points us to the reliable love of God, which manifests itself in concrete help for people desperate for compassionate aid. We wisely ask ourselves: How does God provide all-encompassing...

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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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I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.” 

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