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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

Moments of Grace - April 27, 2021

April 27, 2021

When I enrolled in a graduate degree program to study theology, I went because a friend had suggested that I go and because I didn’t have any other concrete life plans...

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Moments of Grace - April 26, 2021

April 26, 2021

During my freshman year in college, one of my teachers made a note in the margin of an essay I had written that said, “You write well.” I don’t think he...

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The Good and Faithful Shepherd - April 25, 2021

April 25, 2021

Jesus’ prophetic statement of bringing other sheep into the fold can be viewed as John’s commissioning for the early church—a command to welcome and receive others into the life and ministry...

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The Good and Faithful Shepherd - April 24, 2021

April 24, 2021

John reminds us that Jesus is not only the good shepherd because he’s willing to die for his sheep but also because, in contrast to the hired hand, he’s invested in...

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The Good and Faithful Shepherd - April 23, 2021

April 23, 2021

What does it mean to believe? Recently I asked that question at a Bible study. At first there was an awkward silence and trepidation among the group, but eventually someone chimed...

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The Good and Faithful Shepherd - April 22, 2021

April 22, 2021

John, the disciple whom Jesus loved, gives us an account of how Christians are to love one another—a lesson taught by Jesus himself through his sacrifice for humanity. It’s as if...

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The Good and Faithful Shepherd - April 21, 2021

April 21, 2021

Psalm 23 is familiar to most churchgoers. Read aloud on some of the most somber of occasions, it reflects the believer’s spiritual journey here on earth as well as one’s future...

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The Good and Faithful Shepherd - April 20, 2021

April 20, 2021

Can we boldly proclaim as Peter does, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved”...

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The Good and Faithful Shepherd - April 19, 2021

April 19, 2021

Jesus the Good Shepherd is a shepherd of second chances, as evidenced in today’s scripture reading. The setting in which Peter and John find themselves is reminiscent of Jesus’ earlier inquest...

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Encountering God: A Child Shall Lead - April 18, 2021

April 18, 2021

I recently found a journal that I had kept daily for the first five years of my son Julian’s life. During that period of time, his younger brother Britton was born,...

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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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