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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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Living Into Trust - January 20, 2018

January 20, 2018

For those in healthy marriages or with material “creature” comforts, this passage can seem harsh or unwieldy. Why would Paul disregard the importance of a healthy relationship or the opportunity to...

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Living Into Trust - January 19, 2018

January 19, 2018

James and John quickly leave their father with the nets and the boat; scripture offers no commentary on their father’s feelings. Mark’s sense of urgency in moving the story forward doesn’t...

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Living Into Trust - January 18, 2018

January 18, 2018

Mark’s account of Jesus’ life is one of the more dramatic Gospels. In some scripture versions, Mark uses the word immediately about forty times throughout the Gospel. When John the Baptist...

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Living Into Trust - January 17, 2018

January 17, 2018

As an act of grace, the story continues with God’s word coming to Jonah a second time. God’s response not only frees Jonah from his predicament but reminds Jonah who he...

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Living Into Trust - January 16, 2018

January 16, 2018

The psalm moves from placing full trust in God to a painful acknowledgment of our own human frailty. Whether rich or poor, powerful or disempowered, “human beings are nothing but a...

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Living Into Trust - January 15, 2018

January 15, 2018

For God alone my soul waits in silence.” The psalmist offers healing for the world-weary soul. In the midst of an uncertain and violent world—if we are still, we may hear...

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Discipleship’s Transforming Power - January 14, 2018

January 14, 2018

Philip has heard Jesus’ call to “follow me” and witnesses to Nathanael. Philip does not find Nathanael’s dismissive com-ment about Nazareth off-putting. Instead, he invites Nathanael to “come and see.” Philip...

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Discipleship’s Transforming Power - January 13, 2018

January 13, 2018

Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Nathanael gives voice to his prejudice, a prejudice that could have closed down a fruitful avenue in his future. How often have we allowed...

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Discipleship’s Transforming Power - January 12, 2018

January 12, 2018

What connects the body with the spirit? What happens when we drive a wedge into life between the sacred and the secular, between the spiritual and the material? Paul discovers that...

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Discipleship’s Transforming Power - January 11, 2018

January 11, 2018

The nature of relationship with God is deeply personal. This is not a relationship between a philosophical construct and humanity in general. The relationship exists between the Creator of the universe...

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Good News

"The good news of the Resurrection really does shake the foundations of our lives and gives us a new way of seeing everything." Read more . . .