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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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Questions of Identity: Who Am I? - April 13, 2018

April 13, 2018

People express astonishment when Peter heals a “man lame from birth.” Rather than bask in the limelight as a miracle healer, Peter speaks plainly to the crowd. He walks them through...

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Questions of Identity: Who Am I? - April 12, 2018

April 12, 2018

Jesus comes to us in the midst of our ordinary lives. We know him from scripture, in worship, as we pray and sing songs of faith. In this passage, Jesus attempts...

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Questions of Identity: Who Am I? - April 11, 2018

April 11, 2018

The disciples’ world has been turned upside down. In the past days they celebrated a memorable meal with their beloved Jesus, then saw him dragged before Pilate, crucified, and buried. Deep...

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Questions of Identity: Who Am I? - April 10, 2018

April 10, 2018

I wear a silver necklace made by a Hopi artist. It’s a simple design of a stalk of corn that reminds me of meaningful weeks spent working on the Hopi reservation with...

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Questions of Identity: Who Am I? - April 9, 2018

April 9, 2018

Years ago, my identity was stolen. I cried when I heard the tape-recorded voice of the man who impersonated me to access my credit card and pensions funds. This stranger claiming...

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An Easter People - April 8, 2018

April 8, 2018

On this second Sunday of Easter, much of the world has moved on. The stores promote another holiday. Society’s attention turns elsewhere. Even within the church we may witness some surprised...

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An Easter People - April 7, 2018

April 7, 2018

Sometimes I suspect this psalmist had no siblings. I have a wonderful relationship with my younger sister, and we have a wonderful relationship with our parents. And it is, indeed, very...

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An Easter People - April 6, 2018

April 6, 2018

We are an Easter people. Your faith community is an Easter people. Together we make up the body of Christ, and we sense the Holy Spirit’s presence among us. We are...

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An Easter People - April 5, 2018

April 5, 2018

Christ is risen, but fear remains. The first day of the Resur- rection, the first day of the world made new, is marked not by joy but by fear. The disciples...

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An Easter People - April 4, 2018

April 4, 2018

How very good and pleasant indeed is this vision of the early church. All is shared. All are known. All are cared for. No one allows fear of scarcity or need...

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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.