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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

God’s Community - September 18, 2022

September 18, 2022

These philosophical observations from Jesus come as a summary to his unusual and confusing parable about the Rich Man and the Dishonest Manager. The first few verses are as confusing as...

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God’s Community - September 17, 2022

September 17, 2022

This strange parable seems on its surface to be about the morality of money, but deeper examination points to Jesus’ countercultural vision for human relationship and community. The framing of this...

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God’s Community - September 16, 2022

September 16, 2022

Though this passage begins with an exhortation about the importance of praying for our worldly leaders, the author quickly shifts away from earthly authority to true divine authority. The author asserts...

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God’s Community - September 15, 2022

September 15, 2022

The author of First Timothy first urges that prayers, supplications, thanksgivings, and intercessions be made for everyone, but then he singles out one particular group: kings and all who are in...

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God’s Community - September 14, 2022

September 14, 2022

The world seems more divided than ever. Pundits argue on news networks, politicians pit themselves against one another, people attack one another on social media. Even families find themselves at odds....

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God’s Community - September 13, 2022

September 13, 2022

Jeremiah reaches out for refuge in God as his people suffer. Jeremiah trusts, even as he is filled with questions, that God is listening and that God cares. The prophet offers...

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God’s Community - September 12, 2022

September 12, 2022

We live in a broken world. All over the globe people suffer from conflict, disease, natural disasters, exploitation, bigotry, and injustice. We witness these struggles up close, in our communities, in...

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From Death to Life, Lost to Found - September 11, 2022

September 11, 2022

Several months after I moved to China, a friend invited me to her cousin’s wedding in a remote village. When we arrived at the bride’s home, the family surrounded me and...

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From Death to Life, Lost to Found - September 10, 2022

September 10, 2022

Water is remarkable. While sometimes soft and soothing, its fearsome power is on display in ocean waves or during floods. But water’s most remarkable transformations come over time. If you visit...

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From Death to Life, Lost to Found - September 9, 2022

September 9, 2022

“It’s not about you.” It was just an exasperated retort by my then-boyfriend, but it turned out to be one of the more liberating and clarifying statements of my life. It’s...

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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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