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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 Decisions of Discipleship - August 31, 2016

August 31, 2016

Jesus speaks to a large crowd whose overly enthusiastic zeal may prevent them from seeing the serious nature of what following him requires. This journey toward Jerusalem does not parade to...

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The Decisions of Discipleship - August 30, 2016

August 30, 2016

Jeremiah responds to the Lord and goes to the potter’s house. There he witnesses the work of the potter as he shapes and molds the clay. As is often the case,...

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The Decisions of Discipleship - August 29, 2016

August 29, 2016

The word of the Lord comes to Jeremiah at a crucial time in the life of his people. They live in the ever-lengthening shadow of the Babylonian empire, which looms as...

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God on the Margins - August 28, 2016

August 28, 2016

What an interesting picture of the kingdom of God as a party of misfits! God welcomes all to the table to share in nourishment, conversation, and friendship. I envision laughter and...

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God on the Margins - August 27, 2016

August 27, 2016

Proper channels can obstruct kingdom work. While they can provide the needed skeleton for ministry development, they can also be a spiderweb of hierarchical committees that drain the passion from those...

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God on the Margins - August 26, 2016

August 26, 2016

Practicing hospitality—being a selfless host, providing a place of comfort and safety—is foundational to our ancestral heritage. God’s word, “I will never leave you or forsake you,” provides a beautiful reminder...

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God on the Margins - August 25, 2016

August 25, 2016

The story of entertaining angels points to a God who shows up in all bodies, especially in the unlikely ones. Jesus taught that when his disciples cared for the most vulnerable,...

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God on the Margins - August 24, 2016

August 24, 2016

The psalms, like the music of our great spiritual songwriters, give poetry and rhythm to the history of God active in the world. The cadence of the psalm serves as the...

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God on the Margins - August 23, 2016

August 23, 2016

My husband and I felt a clear call to leave our church positions, come out of our Egypt of isolation, and live in a neighborhood-based community. We wanted to find the...

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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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