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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

March 9, 2016

March 9, 2016

Mary and Martha certainly have experienced sorrow and pain in the death of their brother, Lazarus. After his resurrection we find the family hosting a dinner, and Jesus is present. The...

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March 8, 2016

March 8, 2016

The psalmist asks God to change his circumstances, but he doesn’t give God a deadline. Our instant-gratification culture tricks us into believing that everything changes at the same speed as our...

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March 7, 2016

March 7, 2016

Any early riser will agree that the darkest hour of the night is just before the sun peeks over the eastern horizon. The reality of that darkness and the pain and...

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March 6, 2016

March 6, 2016

Some people refer to this parable as the parable of the lost son, in keeping with the two preceding parables about the lost sheep and the lost coin. The younger son...

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March 5, 2016

March 5, 2016

Today’s parable is one of the more developed parables that Jesus tells. Let’s review this story from the perspective of the three main characters. The elder son’s perspective: This is the...

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March 4, 2016

March 4, 2016

The main character in the French novel Les Misérables is Jean Valjean, an ex-convict haunted by his past. Like Valjean, we make choices that we wish we could take back. Choices...

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March 3, 2016

March 3, 2016

My beloved, professional baseball team signed a big-name player from the New York Yankees. His contract was worth an enormous amount of money for about a decade worth of commitment. The...

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March 2, 2016

March 2, 2016

In the city of Seattle when the sun comes out you can sense a shift in people’s mood. It’s not that folks expect it to rain every day; it’s just that...

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March 1, 2016

March 1, 2016

A friend once said that forgiveness doesn’t simply mean forgetting. Forgiveness also conveys the quality of wishing the other person well. It often takes an extraordinary act of grace to forgive—much...

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February 29, 2016

February 29, 2016

In the Hebrew Scriptures, we tend to focus on the daring escape of the Hebrew people from Egypt, fast-forwarding through the many adventures of the people during their forty-year wilderness trek....

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