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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

Remember! - September 2, 2020

September 2, 2020

The second half of our psalm takes a sharp turn from praising God with a new song and dancing to executing vengeance, punishment, and judgment. Verse 6 tells us to have...

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Remember! - September 1, 2020

September 1, 2020

The psalmist calls the Israelites to learn a new song. They are very familiar with the songs of sorrow and suffering. But the psalmist reminds them that as “children of Zion”...

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Remember! - August 31, 2020

August 31, 2020

A professor of mine liked to tell the story of his first blind date. He said as they left the house the mother said to her daughter, “Now remember who you...

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Divine Action, Human Response - August 30, 2020

August 30, 2020

We live in an intergenerational household that includes a toddler. From the adults’ example, she learns what behaviors our family considers important, whether in showing love through hugs, respectful conversation, and...

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Divine Action, Human Response - August 29, 2020

August 29, 2020

For most of my adult life, I have belonged to a non-geographic covenant community, Sisbros, in which we live by a series of practices that govern our spiritual, economic, and political...

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Divine Action, Human Response - August 28, 2020

August 28, 2020

What does love look like? Television commercials and magazines show starry-eyed love between romantic partners; sweet, cuddly love between parents and children; and “I’ve got your back” love between friends. If...

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Divine Action, Human Response - August 27, 2020

August 27, 2020

My oncologist. I never expected to use these words in daily speech, along with breast cancer and mastectomy. After a routine mammogram recently set my life spinning, I found my language...

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Divine Action, Human Response - August 26, 2020

August 26, 2020

In the burning-bush encounter with Moses, God says, “I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed,...

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Divine Action, Human Response - August 25, 2020

August 25, 2020

Moses’ ordinary life as a shepherd is interrupted and upended when he spies “a flame of fire out of a bush” that “was blazing, yet it was not consumed.” As most...

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Divine Action, Human Response - August 24, 2020

August 24, 2020

My childhood family vacations alternated between driving 1,600 miles east to visit my paternal grandmother one summer, then 1,200 miles north to see my maternal grandmother the following summer. I loved...

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Our resolve must be different. My prayer is that we have finally reached a tipping point. My hope is that when the protests fade and the marches slow that our will as a church to truly eradicate the scourge of racism won’t dissipate but grows even stronger.” 

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