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About Disciplines

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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Getting Unskewed - July 14, 2019

July 14, 2019

True story (pun intended): As a boy grew, he developed a noticeably odd way of walking. He leaned to one side. Doctors put him through a battery of tests but found...

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Getting Unskewed - July 13, 2019

July 13, 2019

If tradition holds true and Jesus was a carpenter, it is interesting that he never pulls a plumb line out of his toolbox for a parable or two. Nonetheless, much of...

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Getting Unskewed - July 12, 2019

July 12, 2019

Most houses are not plumb. Some were never built that way; others have settled or shifted. It is almost impossible to bring an out-of-plumb house back into true. We think of...

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Getting Unskewed - July 11, 2019

July 11, 2019

Yesterday we pondered the good news that changed the people at Colossae. Today we go back to Amos. Amos’s words are difficult, and they feel like anything but good news. This...

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Getting Unskewed - July 10, 2019

July 10, 2019

Nightly news about the economy, politics, and world affairs is often bad news. We hear of attacks, abuses, pollutions, starvations, and contaminations. Most nights we wonder why we don’t ever hear...

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Getting Unskewed - July 9, 2019

July 9, 2019

The Saint Benedict Center in Schuyler, Nebraska, is a beautiful spiritual retreat center. It has soaring ceilings and long, expansive hallways. The breathtaking perspective its ceilings and hallways offer communicates an...

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Getting Unskewed - July 8, 2019

July 8, 2019

Tucked in among the tourist traps of the South Dakota Black Hills is a self-entitled “Mystery House.” The mystery of the Mystery House is that water seems to run uphill, and...

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Listening for Instructions - July 7, 2019

July 7, 2019

The psalmist we meet in this passage has known a life of trouble. Although we don’t know the specifics, we can imagine that tears have fallen, the air has felt thick...

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Listening for Instructions - July 6, 2019

July 6, 2019

Rule-following can offer us the gift of satisfaction. We convey this message to children from a young age: Learn the rules; act accordingly. Often, following the rules equals happiness and ignoring...

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Listening for Instructions - July 5, 2019

July 5, 2019

Paul cares deeply about how the members of the church relate to one another. He has seen the church at Galatia at its best and at its worst. He sees how...

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