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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

Empowered by the Spirit - May 22, 2020

May 22, 2020

A natural response to loss, change, or ending is to ask “What’s next?” Before Jesus ascends, his disciples ask him how the messianic vision will be fulfilled now that he is...

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Empowered by the Spirit - May 21, 2020

May 21, 2020

On this day of Christ’s ascension, we are invited to join the disciples in awe as Jesus takes his leave from earthly existence. For forty days, the resurrected Christ has been...

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Empowered by the Spirit - May 20, 2020

May 20, 2020

Mystic and philosopher Simone Weil observed that our natural human impulse is to turn away from suffering, so we tend to blame the victim. Yet the writer of First Peter challenges...

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Empowered by the Spirit - May 19, 2020

May 19, 2020

In John 16, Jesus emboldens his disciples in his farewell speech by reassuring them with the promise of the Holy Spirit. Now in the seventeenth chapter, Jesus turns his eyes to...

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Empowered by the Spirit - May 18, 2020

May 18, 2020

In the Psalms, as in the Beatitudes, the righteous are promised joy. Yet we know from our own and others’ lives that such a promise is no formula. Godly people suffer,...

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Becoming Who You Are - May 17, 2020

May 17, 2020

Earlier in this week, we noted that Paul preaches to the Athenians to help them understand that God is transcendently close. That’s good news. In this passage, Jesus is addressing his...

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Becoming Who You Are - May 16, 2020

May 16, 2020

A year after taking a position as a seminary professor, I discovered the secret fame of one of my colleagues. For years, the hymn “Child of Blessing, Child of Promise” (umh,...

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Becoming Who You Are - May 15, 2020

May 15, 2020

I was asked to lead the youth group in a lesson about Daniel, who persevered in the ways of God and faced the lions for it. Maybe Peter has Daniel in...

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Becoming Who You Are - May 14, 2020

May 14, 2020

When God called me to be a preacher, God used Psalm 40. I was still in high school, and when I read the beginning verses about God leaning down and lifting...

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Becoming Who You Are - May 13, 2020

May 13, 2020

My wife has been hospitalized twice recently with a respiratory infection that makes it hard for her to breathe. How glad I was this week when she reported how much better...

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An Anchor in the Storm

Joining friends at The Upper Room in morning prayer on Facebook Live has been an anchor in the storm during recent weeks. In the chaos of trying to figure out how to do ministry in strange and uncertain times, it was a compelling call to stop, breathe, listen, and be in community with those who gather "where the world meets to pray." Join us each day for morning prayer.