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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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Refuge Is Sabbath - August 23, 2019

August 23, 2019

The writer of Hebrews reminds his contemporaries about their Israelite ancestors: “Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of...

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Refuge Is Sabbath - August 22, 2019

August 22, 2019

The writer of Hebrews encourages the first-century followers of Jesus to persevere in their faith in the long-awaited Messiah. The writer reminds them what it was like to live under the...

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Refuge Is Sabbath - August 21, 2019

August 21, 2019

Jesus’ enemies often threaten to arrest and kill him. He admonishes his disciples, “Whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Those who find...

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Refuge Is Sabbath - August 20, 2019

August 20, 2019

My friend Sergio was born with a severe hearing impairment and a defective heart. When he was a six years old, his parents brought him to Florida from Mexico. They entered...

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Refuge Is Sabbath - August 19, 2019

August 19, 2019

Baby brother came home from the hospital with his proud parents to meet his sister. The four-year-old asked her mom and dad if she could be with her brother alone. Anxiously,...

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No Greater Love - August 18, 2019

August 18, 2019

Jesus’ declaration that he has come not to bring peace but to bring division is unsettling. Images of a peaceable kingdom where lions lie down with lambs float further away as...

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No Greater Love - August 17, 2019

August 17, 2019

In 2014 I had the chance to spend a week with a group of leaders from the underground church in Iran. The Americans were assigned to be their teachers at a...

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No Greater Love - August 16, 2019

August 16, 2019

What does it mean to run a race surrounded by witnesses? In the first Olympics of modern times in 1896, the crowd not only cheered but literally surrounded one runner. The...

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No Greater Love - August 15, 2019

August 15, 2019

Too many of us have grabbed hold of the notion that people of faith are perfect, unwavering examples to be lifted up because of their endless strengths. Actually, reading the Bible...

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No Greater Love - August 14, 2019

August 14, 2019

Today’s setting feels like déjà vu all over again to those of us who spent the last two days in Isaiah 5. We’re back on the farm. Once again Israel is...

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A Lifelong Journey

"When we begin to really understand what a disciple is—a person who knows Christ, who is growing in Christ, who is serving Christ and sharing Christ—we discover that discipleship is a lifelong journey that requires a steady connectedness to Jesus." Read More.