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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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At Home with God - May 21, 2019

May 21, 2019

Once Paul and his companions get the green light from the Holy Spirit to enter Macedonia, they proceed to the city of Philippi. Paul’s usual strategy in a new city begins...

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At Home with God - May 20, 2019

May 20, 2019

In today’s passage, Paul and his companions are on their second missionary journey, departing from Antioch and heading west. They have chosen to take the land route this time to visit...

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Working Our Way Through Change - May 19, 2019

May 19, 2019

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more.” When I was young, these words held little meaning. I was busy building a life and a ministry...

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Working Our Way Through Change - May 18, 2019

May 18, 2019

Revelation 21 begins with the powerful statement that we need a new world; the old world is unable to embrace what God has for us next. Sometimes we can repair broken...

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Working Our Way Through Change - May 17, 2019

May 17, 2019

We praise people to affirm them, but God doesn’t need our affirmation to be God. We praise others to encourage them to continue on a certain path, but God works in...

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Working Our Way Through Change - May 16, 2019

May 16, 2019

I find it intriguing that one entire book of the Bible, Psalms, is a book of songs. Words to be sung, not merely read. All cultures have their own music; it...

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Working Our Way Through Change - May 15, 2019

May 15, 2019

How is it that Jesus has been glorified already? He has dismissed Judas to set in motion his crucifixion. There is no turning back. Jesus neither pleads with Judas to reconsider...

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Working Our Way Through Change - May 14, 2019

May 14, 2019

Despite what romantics say, love is not blind. Attraction may obscure others’ flaws, but genuine mature love recognizes all shortcomings and understands and accepts others as they are. Jesus calls his...

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Working Our Way Through Change - May 13, 2019

May 13, 2019

When God seeks change, God calls persons in ways they can understand. Along with the other disciples, God charges Peter with the daunting task of changing a religious culture. In the...

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Conviction of Things Not Seen - May 12, 2019

May 12, 2019

Several scripture readings this week depict Jesus as our Shepherd, describing his care for the sheep. When coupling Revelation 7 with Psalm 23 and John 10, a striking reversal leaps from...

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