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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

Persistent Praise - November 3, 2019

November 3, 2019

Today’s passage centers on dreams. In Daniel 1–6, Daniel’s job is to interpret the dreams of others. Yet in a pivotal shift in the text, Daniel is now the dreamer. He...

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Persistent Praise - November 2, 2019

November 2, 2019

Today’s reading is a psalm of praise. It is unclear if the psalmist’s context is the Exodus or the exile. However, it is clear that the psalmist believes in the sovereignty...

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Persistent Praise - November 1, 2019

November 1, 2019

All Saints Day is a liturgical moment when the church pauses to honor the lives and legacies of all those who have passed away. This occasion is not just about the...

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Persistent Praise - October 31, 2019

October 31, 2019

Psalm 119 is the longest psalm and reads as a litany of prayers and reflections. Today’s passage has righteousness as its central theme. The psalmist acknowledges not his own righteousness but...

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Persistent Praise - October 30, 2019

October 30, 2019

Tax collectors during Jesus’ time are generally known for their corrupt practices and their relationship with the Roman empire. This is not the kind of person that one might naturally put...

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Persistent Praise - October 29, 2019

October 29, 2019

Second Thessalonians 1 is prayer. There are three parts to the prayer—an introduction (vv. 1-2), thanksgiving (vv. 3-10), and intercession (vv. 11-12). Verses three and four introduce thanksgiving for each person...

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Persistent Praise - October 28, 2019

October 28, 2019

Not every message is made for every season. Often our understandings of God and how God functions limit God’s speech to platitudes and orthodoxy. While some patterns of behavior persist in...

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God with Us - October 27, 2019

October 27, 2019

One of the most significant gifts we can receive is the mantle and spirit of those whom we admire. For me, it would be my grandmother. My grandmother was a strong...

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God with Us - October 26, 2019

October 26, 2019

I love the celebration of Holy Communion. It is one of my favorite moments in the life of the church. This holy meal, shared with the world, represents God’s redemptive love...

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God with Us - October 25, 2019

October 25, 2019

Each day, cell phone company commercials interrupt our television and radio programs to explain why their services are better than those of other carriers. There are many cell phone providers, and...

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A Desire to Belong

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