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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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Latest Disciplines Devotions

Dwelling with God - October 19, 2020

October 19, 2020

Each of us is irreplaceable; each of us can be replaced. Both these statements are true, and both are important for us to remember as we look around at those we...

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We Belong to God - October 18, 2020

October 18, 2020

In this passage, Jesus asks to see the coin used to pay the taxes to the emperor. He asks what image is on the coin and counsels to “Give . . . to...

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We Belong to God - October 17, 2020

October 17, 2020

Our passage today is from Paul’s letter to the Christian converts in Thessalonica—one of his earliest missionary journeys. Paul affirms the people: “You became imitators of us and of the Lord,...

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We Belong to God - October 16, 2020

October 16, 2020

This passage from Matthew’s Gospel finds Jesus back in Jerusalem in the last week of his life. He has cleansed the Temple (21:12-17), cursed a fig tree (21:18-22), confronted those who...

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We Belong to God - October 15, 2020

October 15, 2020

In today’s reading the people of Israel are in a time of crisis. They have broken their covenant with God by making golden idols. God has called the people of Israel...

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We Belong to God - October 14, 2020

October 14, 2020

Who is this God to whom we belong? God, the sovereign of the universe, enthroned in heaven upon the cherubim, is not a distant God. This God listens to us and...

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We Belong to God - October 13, 2020

October 13, 2020

Who is this God to whom we belong? In today’s reading, this God is proclaimed as the sovereign of the universe, “enthroned upon the cherubim.” This enthronement psalm recognizes God as...

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We Belong to God - October 12, 2020

October 12, 2020

In today’s reading, the people of Israel are nearing the end of their wandering in the wilderness. Moses is proclaiming God’s word to the people who have journeyed together from the...

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God’s People Can Be Wrong - October 11, 2020

October 11, 2020

We come to the end of our readings this week in a strange place. The Gospel lesson puts us there. Unlike the other readings, the parable from Matthew offers no deliverance,...

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God’s People Can Be Wrong - October 10, 2020

October 10, 2020

Our Gospel lesson is among the most difficult to interpret of all the teachings of Jesus. If we admit this up front, maybe we have some hope of gleaning something of...

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Throughout my Walk I experienced the presence of the Risen One in the devotional spaces as well as in times of teaching, meditation, and prayer. The communion with brothers, experienced in the daily sharing at the table and in the Word, generated deep bonds of brotherhood.” 

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