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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

March 3, 2016

March 3, 2016

My beloved, professional baseball team signed a big-name player from the New York Yankees. His contract was worth an enormous amount of money for about a decade worth of commitment. The...

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March 2, 2016

March 2, 2016

In the city of Seattle when the sun comes out you can sense a shift in people’s mood. It’s not that folks expect it to rain every day; it’s just that...

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March 1, 2016

March 1, 2016

A friend once said that forgiveness doesn’t simply mean forgetting. Forgiveness also conveys the quality of wishing the other person well. It often takes an extraordinary act of grace to forgive—much...

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February 29, 2016

February 29, 2016

In the Hebrew Scriptures, we tend to focus on the daring escape of the Hebrew people from Egypt, fast-forwarding through the many adventures of the people during their forty-year wilderness trek....

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February 28, 2016

February 28, 2016

Icy desert nights bring clarity to the view of the sky. I slept outside one winter’s night at a youth camp in a remote location. Near midnight I awoke, cold and...

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February 27, 2016

February 27, 2016

In South Africa, news reports recite a litany of stories related to crime, corruption, trade union strikes, political unrest, and other human tragedies. At times the bad news feels so overwhelming...

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February 26, 2016

February 26, 2016

If the psalmist’s life and words in Psalm 63 illustrate how to approach time in the desert, the Israelites’ wilderness wanderings illustrate how not to. In writing to the Corinthians, Paul...

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February 25, 2016

February 25, 2016

How easily we take something for granted. Water, for instance. Water is a precious commodity on my continent of Africa. More than 300 million of the 800 million people in sub-Saharan...

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February 24, 2016

February 24, 2016

Each of us will face seasons in the desert—times of intense hardship and sorrow. You may be in such a place in your life right now. My friend is navigating the...

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February 23, 2016

February 23, 2016

Our journey in the desert continues as we hear God’s voice calling people to come and drink at the waters. Written almost six hundred years before Christ’s birth, Isaiah’s words point...

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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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