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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

Grace Runs Down - July 6, 2021

July 6, 2021

Sometimes when the lectionary skips a few verses, they hold arcane detail unlikely to illuminate any but the most dedicated archaeologists of the Bible. Other times, they reveal uncomfortable information that...

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Grace Runs Down - July 5, 2021

July 5, 2021

“Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD?” the psalmist asks. Last time I set out to climb a small mountain, it was without supreme confidence that I would make the...

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We’re Marching to Zion - July 4, 2021

July 4, 2021

Psalms 46-48 are a trio of psalms that lift the vision of the worshiper above a jingoistic celebration of the city of Jerusalem to the God who is “king over the...

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We’re Marching to Zion - July 3, 2021

July 3, 2021

Passengers arriving at the O. R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, are greeted by a large mural that declares, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you...

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We’re Marching to Zion - July 2, 2021

July 2, 2021

The journey to Mount Zion is never easy. Sooner or later, disciples who are “marching to Zion” discover the ways God’s purpose challenges the way we live in a sin-damaged world....

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We’re Marching to Zion - July 1, 2021

July 1, 2021

David was a strong leader. People remembered the way he “led Israel out to war” and took Mount Zion by force (2 Sam. 5:2, 9, CEB). In our capital cities, we...

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We’re Marching to Zion - June 30, 2021

June 30, 2021

While we are “marching upward to Zion,” what kind of leader can we trust to show us the way? The first reason the Israelite tribes gave for choosing David was, “We...

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We’re Marching to Zion - June 29, 2021

June 29, 2021

The lectionary reading leaves verses 6-8 out of this passage. It’s not unlike the way we try to hide the ugly stories in our history. Located on the border between Israel...

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We’re Marching to Zion - June 28, 2021

June 28, 2021

I never cease to be inspired when I arrive in Washington, D.C. and ride past the Washington Monument or walk around the Lincoln, Jefferson, and King memorials. They are architectural witnesses...

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Standin’ in the Need of Prayer - June 27, 2021

June 27, 2021

This is not the only time the Gospels give us reason to hope beyond hope that our prayers for humanly impossible situations might be answered. There is Jesus’ delayed response to...

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