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About Disciplines

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

Seeing and Seeking - June 15, 2020

June 15, 2020

The story of Hagar and Ishmael being sent into the wilderness has as its backstory a great moment in biblical history gone sour. Abraham and Sarah have received a powerful, joyful...

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Encountering God - June 14, 2020

June 14, 2020

Travel light, but travel with Christ’s authority to preach the nearness of the kingdom and to heal the sick and raise the dead. These instructions to the twelve apostles follow the...

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Encountering God - June 13, 2020

June 13, 2020

These verses offer a simple description of what Jesus does. He teaches, he preaches or proclaims, and he heals. All these flow out of his love of God and his compassion...

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Encountering God - June 12, 2020

June 12, 2020

“Christ arrives right on time. . . . He doesn’t wait for us to get ready” (the message). The first movement of the gospel symphony is that God loves us; God makes the first...

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Encountering God - June 11, 2020

June 11, 2020

God makes us right, gives us peace, brings us into grace, and offers us hope for the future. Despite our own best efforts and mighty struggles, God is always before us...

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Encountering God - June 10, 2020

June 10, 2020

Though many psalms speak to our personal situation, most of the book of Psalms entered the canon as the songbook and prayer book of the community. If you imagine a procession...

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Encountering God - June 9, 2020

June 9, 2020

When things seem too good to be true, we doubt them; yet often we have no trouble believing that things are as bad as we are told. Sarah laughs an old-age...

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Encountering God - June 8, 2020

June 8, 2020

Abraham and Sarah first appear in Genesis 12, and significant encounters with the Holy take place in nearly every following chapter. In our reading the Lord appears as three visitors in...

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The Authority of Love - June 7, 2020

June 7, 2020

There probably is no Christian teaching more confusing to us than the Trinity. I have heard people ask a thousand times, “Why can’t we just add a fourth member to the...

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The Authority of Love - June 6, 2020

June 6, 2020

The Bible suggests that Paul struggles to exercise authority gently and humbly but also powerfully with the church at Corinth, whose favorite sport seems to consist of serious fighting. The Corinthians...

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