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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

Deeper into the Wilderness - March 12, 2021

March 12, 2021

Derik fled his home country of Honduras because of violence. He was kidnapped as he traveled through the desert, and he escaped only to find himself lost and alone for ten...

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Deeper into the Wilderness - March 11, 2021

March 11, 2021

One of my all-time favorite camp songs is “They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our Love.” When I think about what faith means to me, I think of those lyrics. Working...

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Deeper into the Wilderness - March 10, 2021

March 10, 2021

My current congregation’s mission statement is simple: Loving God. Serving Others. Changing Lives. This statement is written on the wall above the doors so that we can’t help but see those...

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Deeper into the Wilderness - March 9, 2021

March 9, 2021

The Israelites in their lack of faithfulness and their distrust of God spoke out against God, and God got tired of it. There are consequences to any action. In the case...

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Deeper into the Wilderness - March 8, 2021

March 8, 2021

We are three weeks into the season of Lent, three weeks deeper into following Jesus into the wilderness. The deeper we get into the wilderness and the closer we get to...

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Acting Out of Faith - March 7, 2021

March 7, 2021

When we speak of the Decalogue (a fancy name for the Ten Commandments), we speak both of the literal stone tablets brought down by Moses from Mt. Sinai and also the...

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Acting Out of Faith - March 6, 2021

March 6, 2021

Psalm 19 is, according to many biblical scholars, two psalms edited together. While the two are divergent in their subject matter, with verses 1-6 speaking of God’s nature and 7-14 God’s...

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Acting Out of Faith - March 5, 2021

March 5, 2021

We all want change, but we want it on our terms. The leaders of the Temple do not condemn Jesus outright for pushing the salespeople and money changers out from the...

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Acting Out of Faith - March 4, 2021

March 4, 2021

When I was in seminary, one of the most referenced stories of Jesus was the cleansing of the Temple. In the Synoptic Gospels, this scene occurs as Jesus enters Jerusalem for...

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Acting Out of Faith - March 3, 2021

March 3, 2021

The wandering Israelites have reached the Sinai—a large peninsula connecting the lands of Egypt to the west and Canaan (modern-day Israel) to the north and east. When the people are three...

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I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.” 

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