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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

Time for a Change - November 10, 2022

November 10, 2022

How often do we feel hopeful after checking the news? Natural and human-made disasters, disease and pandemics, wars and the threats of violence, climate change and ecological crises, crime in the...

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Time for a Change - November 9, 2022

November 9, 2022

I once overheard the following from a woman in a restaurant. “I would like the Eggs Benedict, but I don’t really like ham, so if you wouldn’t mind, I think I...

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Time for a Change - November 8, 2022

November 8, 2022

My third-grade Sunday school teacher was a dedicated but scary woman named Miss Hack. She spent most of her time putting the fear of God—instead of the love of God—into her...

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Time for a Change - November 7, 2022

November 7, 2022

The reality of a personal form of bondage came to me a few years ago when aggressive arthritis destroyed both my hips, leaving me on crutches for more than a year...

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This Is the Day - November 6, 2022

November 6, 2022

I’m writing this during the pandemic of 2020. There are plenty of predictions about what is going to happen, but you readers will have a much better perspective on all of...

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This Is the Day - November 5, 2022

November 5, 2022

“We’ve never done it that way.” It’s a threat, or so it feels to many church leaders. Or it’s a warning or an incantation against change of any sort. Some have...

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This Is the Day - November 4, 2022

November 4, 2022

I remember that day more than forty-two years ago when I stood before God and everybody and made promises that were impossible to keep. Oh, I didn’t think so at the...

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This Is the Day - November 3, 2022

November 3, 2022

Waiting is always hard. You can smell those cookies baking. You watch the clock hands move. And it seems interminable. So you try to hurry it along. You open the oven...

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This Is the Day - November 2, 2022

November 2, 2022

Every day I will bless the Lord. Every day? Yes, every day. What about the days I regret, the days when everything goes wrong, when I make bad choices or fall...

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This Is the Day - November 1, 2022

November 1, 2022

For all the range of emotion that permeates the Psalms, the collection ends in a crescendo of praise. In this next to last song, there is unbridled exuberance, ranging from raucous...

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Whitney Simpson offers a wide-open doorway into embodied practice and awakens us to the long-held wisdom of our tradition that our bodies are sacred places where God meets us and dwells. Fully Human, Fully Divine is a true Christmas gift!”


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