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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

God with Us - October 24, 2019

October 24, 2019

One night as my son was preparing to go to bed, I heard him listening to the children’s nursery rhyme “Rain, rain go away.” This song brought back many memories. As...

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God with Us - October 23, 2019

October 23, 2019

I acknowledged the grace of God awakening me to a call to ministry at an early age. My pastor at the time served an essential role in my discerning process. He...

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God with Us - October 22, 2019

October 22, 2019

There is nothing like sitting and listening to the seasoned (senior) persons in my community. They seem to have stories for every situation. They have stories that will make you laugh...

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God with Us - October 21, 2019

October 21, 2019

One of my most memorable experiences as a youth was running on my junior high track and field team. I never believed that I would love running. I had never considered...

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Trajectory of Mercy and Justice - October 20, 2019

October 20, 2019

This parable is about persisting in prayer, yet its primary content reveals a longing for justice. The story calls us less to persistence as to a longing for justice, which is...

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Trajectory of Mercy and Justice - October 19, 2019

October 19, 2019

How do you pray? What do you pray for? In what way? If I’m honest, my prayers are mostly a presentation to God of the list of things I want God...

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Trajectory of Mercy and Justice - October 18, 2019

October 18, 2019

The Bible can be funny. Take the judge in today’s parable. He “neither feared God nor had respect for people.” That is not surprising for a politician. The judge’s self-reflection surprises...

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Trajectory of Mercy and Justice - October 17, 2019

October 17, 2019

Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible. Its 176 verses say one thing over and over: the law is great. It is an acrostic poem, in which each letter...

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Trajectory of Mercy and Justice - October 16, 2019

October 16, 2019

As a member of Generation X, I often warn my baby boom generation colleagues against using sentimental language around “family” to describe the church. The baby boomers were the first to...

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Trajectory of Mercy and Justice - October 15, 2019

October 15, 2019

The Bible rarely asserts its authority self-referentially. When it does, we should pay attention. Second Timothy promises that “all scripture is inspired by God.” The scripture Timothy refers to—the only scripture...

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In Solitude

"In solitude we discover that we are not what we do but what we are given; that we are not the result of our judgments but born out of God's love." Read more.