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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

The Limits of Human Power - October 11, 2021

October 11, 2021

“Sin in haste; repent at leisure” is a common theme in our Old Testament history. Things are going so well; then because of thoughtlessness, greed, envy, complacency, stupidity, or any manner...

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Lament and Grace - October 10, 2021

October 10, 2021

Following Jesus calls us into what can be a harsh reality. It’s a calling to give up all that we have and all that we think we are. It’s a calling...

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Lament and Grace - October 9, 2021

October 9, 2021

If we ever wish to come face-to-face with where our day-in, day-out lives demonstrate how far we are from the kingdom of God, we can do no better than listening to...

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Lament and Grace - October 8, 2021

October 8, 2021

Job and Psalm 22 reflect the cries of the confident. But sometimes our darkness is more our own doing. The living and active sword of God’s word calls us to faithfulness;...

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Lament and Grace - October 7, 2021

October 7, 2021

This week, Job and the writer of Psalm 22 have come before God boldly. They have come more boldly than most of us would dare. We are too aware of our...

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Lament and Grace - October 6, 2021

October 6, 2021

Never underestimate the power of the past. In ways that we often are not even aware of, the past shapes our understanding of the present and our hopes and fears about...

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Lament and Grace - October 5, 2021

October 5, 2021

What does it mean to be forsaken by God? As Christians we sometimes take a few quick leaps that go something like this: Jesus cried out, “My God, why have you...

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Lament and Grace - October 4, 2021

October 4, 2021

Job is a faithful companion for us through life’s valleys because Job knows that life with God does not give us easy answers. Job knows that God is powerful over all...

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God Is Present Even in Suffering - October 3, 2021

October 3, 2021

Near my house is a museum with a space exhibit. The exhibit features everything from early astronauts’ suits to a full-size prototype of the Apollo 15 Lunar Lander. Each time I...

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God Is Present Even in Suffering - October 2, 2021

October 2, 2021

Hebrews addresses believers who have been on their journey of faith a long time. They have read scripture, worshiped together, endured trials and tribulations, and have kept going for the long...

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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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