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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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Seeing, and Seen, Through Suffering - October 28, 2018

October 28, 2018

When the crowd calls Bartimaeus to Jesus, the beggar throws off his cloak and leaps up. He leaves behind what is probably his only possession, his means of protection and livelihood—the...

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Seeing, and Seen, Through Suffering - October 27, 2018

October 27, 2018

Some years ago, an unexpected snowstorm left my region of the country without power for almost a week. It was cold, difficult to sleep, impossible to cook. One of the hardest...

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Seeing, and Seen, Through Suffering - October 26, 2018

October 26, 2018

The writer of Hebrews speaks of a long line of priests endlessly presiding over sacrifices in carefully prescribed ancient rituals meant first to cleanse the priests who prepared and offered the...

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Seeing, and Seen, Through Suffering - October 25, 2018

October 25, 2018

A few weeks ago, many of us gathered to celebrate World Communion Sunday, in large cathedrals and small country congregations, in storefront missions and suburban churches, in ornate Gothic chapels and...

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Seeing, and Seen, Through Suffering - October 24, 2018

October 24, 2018

Psalm 34 is an acrostic. With a few exceptions, each verse begins with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet in order from beginning to end. Why did the psalmist shape the...

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Seeing, and Seen, Through Suffering - October 23, 2018

October 23, 2018

Job’s story ends happily. God restores his fortunes twofold, and he is blessed with ten more children: seven sons and three daughters. Job is transformed, a transformation far deeper than the...

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Seeing, and Seen, Through Suffering - October 22, 2018

October 22, 2018

I heard a story about twin girls, toddlers, blind since birth. As toddlers do, they liked to test their limits. One day as they were headed toward trouble, their mother told them...

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A Sense of Place - October 21, 2018

October 21, 2018

James and John get a lot of flak from the other ten. Are the ten jealous of the brothers’ boldness—their ability to ask the question? Do the other disciples think them...

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A Sense of Place - October 20, 2018

October 20, 2018

Sometimes we need to speak up to get where we want to go. James and John do just that. They say point-blank to Jesus words to this effect, “Do something for...

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A Sense of Place - October 19, 2018

October 19, 2018

Then there’s Jesus Christ, who meets us where we are and deals gently with us. Today, tomorrow, forever. Being a high priest for all and forever is no joking matter. It’s...

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Benediction

Today we invite you to read this Advent Benediction. Read more...