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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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A Braided Love - April 23, 2018

April 23, 2018

She was three years old and loved swimming with her family at the pool but hated having her tangled hair combed out at the end of the swim. The grandmother spoke...

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Living the Resurrection - April 22, 2018

April 22, 2018

The theme running throughout both the Gospel of John and the epistles of John is this: Just as God has loved us, so must we love one another. This reverses our...

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Living the Resurrection - April 21, 2018

April 21, 2018

Shepherd appears to be a favored occupation in the Bible. Abraham, Jacob, Esau, and Amos were all shepherds. Moses became one while on the run. David was a singing shepherd before...

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Living the Resurrection - April 20, 2018

April 20, 2018

You can tell a lot about the speaker and the speech by the opening line. If you hear the words, “Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages,” you are probably listening...

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Living the Resurrection - April 19, 2018

April 19, 2018

The epistle writer appears to assume that the Christians of his day are not following the way of love. He offers an epistle whose central theme is the call to love....

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Living the Resurrection - April 18, 2018

April 18, 2018

We may find it insulting to be called a sheep. That’s what this psalm seems to do. We often have disparaging images of sheep as dim-witted, bumbling, and prone to wandering....

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Living the Resurrection - April 17, 2018

April 17, 2018

Psalm 23 is a cherished scripture because it expresses a lot about life in the real world. It does not paint a picture of a perfect life in which days are...

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Living the Resurrection - April 16, 2018

April 16, 2018

It’s hard enough to be scrutinized when you’ve done something wrong. It’s even more difficult when you’ve done something right. Peter and John do a good and right thing: They heal...

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Questions of Identity: Who Am I? - April 15, 2018

April 15, 2018

People lose jobs, accidents happen, loved ones die. The wicked seem to prosper, and sometimes life is downright scary. Many psalms give the psalmist voice as he tells God his problems....

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Questions of Identity: Who Am I? - April 14, 2018

April 14, 2018

In seventh grade, I felt torn between the popular crowd and a longtime friend the other kids considered dorky. The popular girls were cute, well-dressed, bragged about fabulous parties, and felt...

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Starting New Churches in Honduras

The United Methodist Church in Honduras uses El Aposento Elto, the Spanish language version of The Upper Room daily devotional to start new faith communities. They use "An Easy Plan to Use The Upper Room in Small Groups" found in the back of the magazine. As the groups grow, they build critical mass for new church starts.