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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

A More Excellent Way - January 17, 2022

January 17, 2022

Today we commemorate the life and legacy of one of the greatest prophets of our time—the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In gratitude for all he sacrificed, we call out...

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The Indestructible Light - January 16, 2022

January 16, 2022

The world-bending words at the beginning of John’s Gospel announce the incarnation of God—Christ on earth walking in neighborhoods and the countryside. The Messiah among us, the Word become flesh—what could...

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The Indestructible Light - January 15, 2022

January 15, 2022

Paul lists famous gifts: wisdom, faith, knowledge, healing, miracle-working, prophecy, discernment, tongues, and interpretation of tongues. Apparently some of these gifts were disruptive enough that they needed calling out. Presumably other...

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The Indestructible Light - January 14, 2022

January 14, 2022

One time a tearful reader called with a question: “Do you think my Rudy is in heaven?” Rudy had died unexpectedly during routine surgery. Rudy was only eight years old. Rudy...

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The Indestructible Light - January 13, 2022

January 13, 2022

I can almost hear Paul sighing as he gazed upon the bickering scene at the Corinthian church and was forced to sort it out. Apparently some churchgoers were lording their gifts...

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The Indestructible Light - January 12, 2022

January 12, 2022

Gilead, Nineveh, Damascus, Beersheba, Galilee. The place names of the Bible echo back to Sunday-school childhood and thousands of years before that—names forged out of the mysterious encounter of human and...

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The Indestructible Light - January 11, 2022

January 11, 2022

“Providence”—the word has always drawn me in. It has a big inclusive embrace, a protective sweep. I also sense the word is out of favor these days. Maybe belief in luck...

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The Indestructible Light - January 10, 2022

January 10, 2022

The locale of Jesus’ first miracle is a party, a wedding, with wine at the center of the action. Scripture dares to place God’s abundance in a festive setting here, not...

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I Baptize You - January 9, 2022

January 9, 2022

My first grandchild was born recently. His name is Benjamin, making him the fifth living Benjamin on my side of the family and also the fifth-generation Benjamin on my side of...

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I Baptize You - January 8, 2022

January 8, 2022

Like all my companion authors for Disciplines 2022, I am writing during a year fraught with uncertainty. It will be the defining year for this current generation. The names we hear...

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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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