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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

Stretched Out - April 3, 2021

April 3, 2021

Into the grief and silence of death, the prophet whispers: “Drink plenty of water. Get something to eat. Remember that the rain will still come, and the seed will still grow;...

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Stretched Out - April 2, 2021

April 2, 2021

A familiar story stretches out before us today. The inevitability of the events might cause us to skim the passage. But the belabored details call us to pay attention to the...

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Stretched Out - April 1, 2021

April 1, 2021

The signs are as plain as blood on a doorpost. The hints of betrayal are as obvious as a kiss from Judas. On Maundy Thursday, however, the more subtle indications of...

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Stretched Out - March 31, 2021

March 31, 2021

The posture of pain and betrayal is defensive: back turned, shoulders hunched, head bowed, knees tucked in, arms crossed. We curl our skeleton around our soft core for its protection. The...

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Stretched Out - March 30, 2021

March 30, 2021

Life is not for the faint of heart. The stresses, insults, and injuries of the world splay our spirits and batter our flesh. We quickly pray the prayer that Jesus rejected:...

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Stretched Out - March 29, 2021

March 29, 2021

Death is coming. We notice it in the signs and stories of Lent. We feel it in the pleas of the psalms. We brace ourselves for it in the building drama...

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The Plot - March 28, 2021

March 28, 2021

Jesus enters Jerusalem in a triumphant procession and then cleans the Temple of those who have perverted it. Now it begins. Now we are at the beginning of the eight monumental...

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The Plot - March 27, 2021

March 27, 2021

The plot to kill Jesus, the Last Supper, travel to Gethsemane, betrayal, trial, denial, Pilate, crucifixion, death, burial. Reading these chapters of Mark may take more time than the usual reading...

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The Plot - March 26, 2021

March 26, 2021

Christ emptied himself, taking the form of a slave" (AP). I often express dismay that the Bible does not include musical notation for its many hymns and songs. My imagination wants...

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The Plot - March 25, 2021

March 25, 2021

“I trust in you, O LORD . . . My times are in your hand.” Psalm 31 is a psalm of lament, and we see the depth of that lamentation in...

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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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