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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 Presence Amid Chaos - January 6, 2021

January 6, 2021

In modern English, we use the word epiphany to connote a sudden revelation. This week, light has arrived in both the texts and liturgical seasons, illuminating that which was previously “dark”...

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God's Presence Amid Chaos - January 5, 2021

January 5, 2021

The psalmist describes an enormous storm with God as the source of the storm. This text resonates with the ancient Canaanite narrative of Baal, the God of Thunder, who tames chaos....

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God's Presence Amid Chaos - January 4, 2021

January 4, 2021

On this first Monday of the year, we begin at the beginning. The New Year is always a good place to start at the beginning. With its proverbial flip of the...

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God's Word Runs Swiftly - January 3, 2021

January 3, 2021

Toward the end of Revelation, John receives a vision of God's future plan for the faithful. Throughout most of his vision, John offers a word of encouragement to followers of Jesus...

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God's Word Runs Swiftly - January 2, 2021

January 2, 2021

A fellow who lived in the rural part of Middle Tennessee where my mother grew up responded in this fashion when people asked him what kind of Christian he was: "Well,...

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God's Word Runs Swiftly - January 1, 2021

January 1, 2021

Many people make resolutions on the first day of a new year, but what do you resolve on the first day of a new decade? (Though many herald a new decade...

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God's Word Runs Swiftly - December 31, 2020

December 31, 2020

There was a time in my younger days when I used to run ten-kilometer races. Never being a fast runner, I always wound up at the back of the race. In...

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God's Word Runs Swiftly - December 30, 2020

December 30, 2020

Several years ago another pastor in my annual conference invited me to baptize her child. This young woman had been a youth in one of the churches I had served years...

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God's Word Runs Swiftly - December 29, 2020

December 29, 2020

I had gone to visit Hubert at the hospital where he was awaiting the amputation of a second leg. His first amputation had taken place several years earlier. Having been a...

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God's Word Runs Swiftly - December 28, 2020

December 28, 2020

The church calendar refers to this day as the Feast Day of Holy Innocents. It commemorates the children who died because of Herod's fear of the birth of another king, a...

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Our resolve must be different. My prayer is that we have finally reached a tipping point. My hope is that when the protests fade and the marches slow that our will as a church to truly eradicate the scourge of racism won’t dissipate but grows even stronger.” 

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