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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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Latest Disciplines Devotions

May 23, 2016

May 23, 2016

Like many, this psalm is tricky. At first glance it may come across as mundane. If we are not careful, we can simply ride the wave of the psalmist’s call for...

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May 22, 2016

May 22, 2016

So then, if we are not out of alignment with God but participants in the work of aligning ourselves with one another and with all creation to the glory of God,...

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May 21, 2016

May 21, 2016

How shall the work continue? How is God working out the healing of the world? When will it be done; when will you and I live consistently in the confidence of...

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May 20, 2016

May 20, 2016

Jesus left unfinished work. The restoration and realignment of all creation to God remained incomplete when Jesus’ life on earth ended. Before his death, in his final teaching to the disciples...

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May 19, 2016

May 19, 2016

Despite the majesty and design of the created world, there are detractors who dispute God’s ways and undermine God’s work. Why, in the midst of such a celebratory psalm, does the...

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May 18, 2016

May 18, 2016

Listen to Wisdom as she tells the story of God’s ordering work at the beginning of time: What she saw when there was not yet depth or height or light What...

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May 17, 2016

May 17, 2016

From the highest heavens to the deepest oceans, the psalmist declares, God has aligned creation—given purpose and order to all of life—and God’s name is majestic over all! Follow the alignment...

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May 16, 2016

May 16, 2016

Imagine typing words into a word-processing program without any parameters for the alignment of those words on the page. No left justification. No right justification. Not even center justification. In fact,...

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May 15, 2016

May 15, 2016

If you have ever dropped a rock in water, you know what happens. The impact creates changes. Ripples spread out from the point of contact. Many factors determine the size, extent,...

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May 14, 2016

May 14, 2016

The new creation spreads out in all directions. The disciples have the breath of God blown into their souls, empowered to bring the good news to everyone. The waves of the...

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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.